miscellaneous four.

after 110+ friday’s of the week in photos, I’ve decided it’s time to retire it and start something new.

introducing:

miscellaneous four.

the idea behind it is to share four things I’ve collected throughout the week. it can be anything from a quote I’ve held onto, a recipe I’m loving, exciting life events, a lesson I’ve learned, and of course ..photographs. I want it to become less of ‘recap from my week’ and more of a takeaway for us all.

                                                                                             

1 // which brings me to the new finally defined direction of little lessons in a big city. throughout the past few years, I’ve been working to transform this creative space from a personal journal to a full-blown lifestyle blog. I don’t want it to be necessarily about my day-to-day, but rather a collection of things that make each day better. many people start the new year with huge, often times unattainable goals, but I’m asking all of you to shift your focus with me in 2014.

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and those little things will be what you can find on LLinaBC. a collection of how to’s, do-it-yourself projects, recipes, fashion + beauty tips, and the occasional life update.

you don’t have to make drastic changes to better your life, it’s all about the little things. like a handwritten note from a friend, a good glass of wine, a new piece of artwork, or a successful DIY project.

2 // pretty, little snowflakes. aren’t they beautiful?

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3 // santa put this water bottle in my stocking and it has not left my side yet. I’ve definitely been drinking more water. and even eating quite a bit healthier. I have pictures of wedding dresses + bikinis dancing in my head. only 9 months to go.

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4 // cheers to making 2014 the best year yet.

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happy friday.

have the best weekend.

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is christmas really over?

I hope you all had the most amazing christmas!

and are spending the day lounging in your flannel pajamas, because you have the day off.

if only christmas was a bit more like thanksgiving, where it always lands on a thursday and people get the next day off. leaving them with 4 full days of celebrating. or we could all pretend we’re still in college and take a month off. because that’s how the holidays should be done.

sadly, it’s not. but on the bright side, it is friday.

all day yesterday I was convinced it was sunday.

[J] + I had arguably the most relaxing and quiet christmas to date. we were not able to spend the day with our families which stunk but we did have our first just us christmas. and it was really nice. [J] even planned + cooked a scrumptious holiday feast.

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you had me at loaded mashed potatoes!

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[see video of us shooting the champagne cork off our balcony here].

I hope you all have the best of weekends.

and are getting prepped & excited to ring in the new year next week.

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the week in photos.

as I was editing the photos for today, I realized they collectively scream “I’m an adult” hence why I don’t have two weeks off for christmas anymore.

now after that stellar introduction ..

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it is the ‘best’ feeling when you have a spice-heavy recipe to make and you have ALL the needed spices in your spice rack. I almost always have to purchase something. but folks, I am now an adult.

week in photos, dec 20 // LLinaBC.com

winter in iowa triggers chili cravings.

week in photos, dec 20 // LLinaBC.com

I participated in an ornament exchange hosted by a slice of mudpie. for the exchange, I received mandy of mandy’s money blog. after a little “research,” I discovered she loves to bake. so when I found this little guy, I knew it was perfect for her.

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she sent me a handful of pretty ornaments.

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week in photos, dec 20 // LLinaBC.com

plus this gem to commemorate [J] & I’s engagement.

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christmas is in five short days.

[J] & I are headed to my hometown tomorrow to celebrate with some of my family. we’re doing a white elephant style gift exchange at my aunt & uncle’s, and I cannot wait to steal the sweetest gift from someone. that’s me full of holiday cheer. and tonight, I may ask make [J] bake cookies with me.

what’s in store for your weekend?

happy friday all.

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