1) Great Place to Chat
You know those dates where after the movie ends you are stuck looking at each other, wondering whether to the extend the date to a second location, or go your separate ways. Well the great part about Fenway is your in BOSTON, let’s say the date goes great you have several bars and restaurants within walking distance where you can extend your date organically, cutting out the awkwardness.
So let’s talk about point one:
& I’m happy with the status quo right now, so don’t expect any engagement Instagrams from me anytime soon, guys.
& guys don’t forget to sneak a peek at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, it opened to the public today!
Photography by Beckly
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I’ve always been a huge fan of the all-American game of, golf.
Actually, let me specify, I’m a fan of playing and dressing the part, but NOT a fan of watching it.
Anyway, it’s a classic game, the color pallet is ‘je ne sais quoi ‘, and who doesn’t like a sport that includes a cart! Win, win & a win.
While I’ve always been a huge admirer of the sport, I never really took a swing at it (no pun intended) until this past year.
Once Matt and I moved to Dallas we decided it was important to really have a hobby, that we could work on together.
Now don’t get me wrong, Matt spends plenty of time playing golf with ‘the boys, butttt it’s fun to get out on the course together! So once a month, with the aim to improve our skills,
or I guess I should say the limited skills we have, we roll up to the golf course with the aim of working together.
Whether that means going to Top Golf and working on accuracy or just hitting some golf balls for 30 min at the driving range, it’s fun and really essential to embrace a hobby together, plain and simple.
Now, don’t take this post the wrong way, it’s UBER important to have your own thing!
So Matt has his work, video games, and sports, and I have my blog, part-time job and interns. We both have things and people that we are passionate about, that we can bring to the table and share with each other.
However having something that we like to do together; is JUST as important.
Sharing a hobby or a skill that you can master together, really builds ‘teamwork’ skills.
Blah, I hate even writing that, but it’s true!
Sports really do help to foster comradery and communication, which if you really think about it, is essential to having a solid and supportive relationship.
Right? Don’t we all want to have a partner that is a good teammate! Basically, sharing a hobby, is a fun and easy way to get on the same page while goofing around the golf course.
So whether your hobby is: shopping, movie-going, traveling, attending events together (sporting, concerts, lobster feasts and polo matches) or even something as simple as listening to podcasts together; having a designated hobby together, is all you need.
& it’s also way more fun to have a partner to celebrate your accomplishments with, like when you score your first birdie, which for me is something to celebrate!
Comment below if you have any hobbies you and your better half, partake in. I’d love to hear what you’ve accomplished together & Happy Monday. xx Aubrey
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Hey, Guys! Per your request here is your monthly dose of Mr. Matt. He is here to host another Reel talk, specifically focused on ‘keeping a relationship fun’.
This post was highly requested so I hope you all enjoy it! As always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below, we love getting your guys’ input!
Anyways let’s jump right into the post! Take it away Matt.
Just like everything else in life, a relationship is work, but it’s work well worth it.
On an ideal day, you’d hope that everything would run smoothly; but just like work, friendships and life sometimes there’s a bump in the road. But guess what when you hit a bump and get a flat tire, you get out of the car and fix it.
When Aubrey and I first moved here, we had the hardest time getting our schedules aligned. She would have photo shoots scheduled for our weekend, Sunday nights were dedicated to editing and who knew when she was going to run out the door to yoga or a coffee shop, that girl loves to spend mucho dinero on coffee.
So, to be honest, we just kept missing each other, so we decided, early on to reserve one night a week; which we call date night! We take turns planning the night, for instance, Aubrey planned a movie and DQ sundae run on Friday, and I have a trip to San Antonio planned for us on Saturday.
No matter how busy we are, we make time for date night, and Aubrey has to leave her phone behind! Date night has actually allowed us the time to explore our new home in Dallas, eat out at every restaurant (I swear Aubrey plans date nights around food) and explore a new area together.
Guys, relationships take work, but work can be fun!
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The other day I got an email from a reader asking what Matt’s role was on the TCC, and I instantly wanted to do a post on the topic. I love behind the scenes content, I’m a sucker for the show ‘how it’s made’ (anyone else addicted to that show?) and all things behind the camera. I just think it’s so fascinating, so I figured I’d bring you all behind the blog for a day.
Now, every day is different when you’re a blogger. But no matter what, at least once a week you’ll find Matt & I outside shooting content.
You know the saying: if it looks easy, it’s probably not. Well that sums up shoot days.
I think a lot of people think shooting content can be super simple but I would say this is one of the busiest days of the week for Matt & I.
The night before the big shoot, I’ll usually hang up all my outfits. & I mean the whole outfit, picture Lauren Conrad working at Teen Vogue kind of organizing outfits. I’ll pick the perfect top, skirt, scarf, earrings, lipstick, purse, shoes and even undergarments for each outfit ;).
It’s all about the details you know. The day of, Matt is busy usually running out to the local Whole Foods to grab some props. Sometimes a coffee, maybe some macaroons or little cakes and ALWAYS flowers.
I love including flowers in the shoot, I’m not too picky when it comes to what kind of flowers but I usually have a specific color in mind, oh and ALWAYS wrapped with craft paper. Sometimes I’ll even send Matt with craft paper, just in case they don’t have any (hahaha).
While Matt’s out picking flowers (literally lol), I’ll be steaming the clothes and hanging them in the car. The worst thing EVER is getting to a shoot location and forgetting one shoe, or even worse the camera (it has happened guys).
So I go over the checklist, and I literally check it twice and then we depart.
From here Matt takes on the role of a Renaissance Man. He drives us to our location because I hate driving, he guards the car as I change outfits and we embark on taking pictures.
Now, sometimes I shoot with a photographer, but sometimes I shoot with Matt; it all depends on our schedule and how busy we are.
It takes about a solid 15-25 min to shoot each outfit.
So basically, this could take from 1 to 3 hours depending on how many outfits we are shooting.
Besides helping out on shoots, Matt also has a big role in the business side of the blog.
I would 100% say, I’m good cop and Matt’s bad cop. I have an issue when it comes to saying no or dealing with ‘takers’ and Matt’s the first person to tell me to stick to my guns.
Matt’s Role on The TCC:
PROOF READING EVERYTHING – I have the WORST spelling so Matt reads through all my posts and important emails before anything goes live.
BAD COP – he’s the first person to tell me when I need to say no or when I’m just taking on too much. I hate saying no, but sometimes it’s for the best.
BUDGETING = I’m a finance major that hates finances. I’m all about spending money on “your” business to make money, so Matt’s always the first person I turn to whenever I’m looking to budget new expenditures.
PHOTOGRAPHER – when needed Matt makes a pretty good photographer, I’m not going to lie!
SOUND BOARD – Well, I think this is his most important role. Because I work from home and I’m not around a ton of people, Matt is my go-to soundboard, all ideas, brand strategies and strategic plans are run by Matt. I always think it’s essential to talk about an idea, so having his ears open (most of the time) really helps.
Okay, that’s all I got. If you guys have any other questions or want to see any other behind the scenes content, reach out and let me know! I love sharing. xx Aubrey
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For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home, am I right!? Guys, Matt & I are back in Connecticut for Christmas & we have been enjoying every charming moment of it.
From random dustings of snow to heading to NYC on Thursday, our time here is limited but just darling. We knew we wanted to try to capture as much of New England’s winter charm before heading back to Dallas, so yesterday we headed to one of our favorite shoreline towns, Essex.
Essex Connecticut has always been a favorite of ours, specifically because of the charming homes & delicious seafood; which is literally my favorite thing to eat. I’ll be honest though, us Texans (eww, it feels wrong even saying that) didn’t pack for the weather of New England, I was literally FREEZING.
It was a crisp 28 degrees and I was so cold, that I was literally crying, which actually now sounds pathetic, but in the moment was so real.
I recently have gotten a lot of questions from you all asking about how I style tights. & to be honest the answer is always with a pair of black boots & a cute skirt. If you live in New England then you need a good pair of tights because 28 degrees in no tights is literally my worst nightmare.
I always recommend going with an affordable pair, as they are easy to break, so I grabbed this pair for only $7.00. Tights are essential because baby it’s cold outside, but actually!
Going home for the holidays are always exciting and I feel like I always try to dress for the occassion & this year Matt got into the spirit.
Okay so if you are headed home for the holidays with your mate, significant other or as I like to call Matt my less worthy half (haha JUST KIDDING), you need to go home prepared. I always like to bring a little treat home, and this year I brought cookies.
I found Stefanie Rosales on Instagram & reached out to her hoping to make some TCC cookies. I basically said ‘go for it’ because I think creatives are exactly that, good at being creative, and shouldn’t be directed & oh boy….she killed it.
She made the sugar cookies featured above with The Coastal Confidence and my New England aesthetic in mind, and I literally cried when I saw them. Yes, I cried over cookies, wouldn’t you!?
So if you are headed home for the holidays don’t arrive empty handed, especially if you’re meeting your better half’s parents, just place your order with Stefanie & bring the New England chic cookies around.
Oh & this is not sponsored, I’m just LITERALLY obsessed with them! & I truly believe that a good guest should bring a little something, don’t you agree?
Okay Matt & I are off to the mall today, wish us luck. xx Aubrey
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Football is the guy version of Pumpkin Spice Lattes for fall! I’m totally serious, it’s all they talk about, it’s all they want to see & it’s 100% instagram worthy. Since moving in with Matt, all I have to say is, I’m a football, freaking expert now.
Ask me anything, I got you. I neverrrrrr really cared for football, beyond wearing a cute outfit, getting to eat fried dough and hang out with friends at games. However live with a guy and you’ll turn into a mini-ESPN reporter, ready to call out refs and throw down your own touchdown dance.
This weekend is really busy for me, my dad, brother, my brother’s girlfriend and Matt’s parents are all coming to visit (woot woot!). I’m so excited to have everyone in Texas and guess what’s on the agenda, Foooooootball (always pronounce it like they do in Friday Night Lights).
I’ll be out of the office on Monday and Tuesday as I’ll be traveling back to New England, I’ll be there for little over a week, so get ready for some incredible pictures. For now, I’m leaving you all with my boys of fall fashion; whether you’re heading to your local high school football game (glory days) or to the big Patriot game (Brady’s back) the below items are perfect.
Have a safe weekend and I’ll see you all on Wednesday. xx A.
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Hey Guys! Per your request here is your monthly dose of Mr. Matt. He is here to host another reel talk with you guys.
This post was highly requested so I hope you all enjoy it! As always, feel free to leave any additional questions in the comments below, and we will answer them next time!
Anyways let’s jump right into the questions! Take it away Matt…
Q: I know you guys are recent graduates so how do you and Aubrey manage expenses as a couple, out of college?
We only buy things that we need and cook our meals at home instead of going out to eat every night. We split our bills which helps a lot and I am constantly checking my statements online so I know exactly how much money I can spend during the week. We are still in our early 20s so its fun to go out and spend “stupid” money at bars or different adventures throughout the city.
Q: Could you talk about male home decor? What were you most excited to purchase?
After a serious debate with Aubrey we purchased a sectional couch. She wanted something way too ‘posh posh’ and my style is all about comfort. We also purchased a big TV for the living room, every male home decor includes a good TV for football season.
Q: Any bBQ recommendations near Dallas?
Hard Eight BBQ located in The Colony, Stephenvill, and Coppel is really good and inexpensive. Salt Lick is a must when you are in Austin because it is so well known. Make sure you get there early because you will be waiting in a very long line!
Q: Instagram Stories vs Snapchat?
Okay it’s me again! I hope you guys enjoyed another reel talk, and make sure to leave any additional questions below! We loveeeeee hearing from you all. Happy Friday xx A.
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