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The Engagement Timeline

July 20th, 2017

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Last month, I sent out an Instagram story asking for you guys to submit any and all relationship topics. 
 
I was overwhelmed with how many of you guys, submitted some hard hitting questions, which lead me to create some amazing content, like this post about why sharing a hobby, is essential and this post on 5 tips to maintaining fireworks in a long-term relationship
 
Overall Matt & I aim to bring you guys relatable and valuable content, so we decided to tackle your relationship Q’s head on. Oh, and just to clarify, just because we are answering these questions, doesn’t mean we know it all or that our relationship is perfect; we just aim to bring you valuable content.
 
Anyway, I digress…
 
When I was sorting through the questions, one question stuck out to me, and by the way, we backlogged some questions for future content so if we didn’t answer your question just yet, don’t worry.
 
The question that stuck out to me was the following: ‘I’ve been in a relationship for 6 years now and I am currently not so patiently waiting for my ring, opinions?’
 
P.S: to the TCC reader who sent in this question PLEASE email me an update, when he does propose.
 
Okay, so this question is a question, I get a lot but indirectly. I know a lot of people are going to have different opinions on this question, so I was tempted to not answer, but what the heck, I’ll share my opinion.

 

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Okay, as many of you know Matt & I have known each other for 8 years (long-timers). However I’d say we are pretty non-dependent on each other, Matt went to a school in NY & I went to school in CA, and life went on. Even though we live together in Dallas, I’ll spend weeks at a time in New England shooting content and we really aim to give each other time to do our own things.
 
Yet, since we spend a lot of time together, hanging out with friends, working on the blog and planning collaborations; it appears we spend 100% of our time together. Which is 100% not true, I’d say we spend about 60% of our time together because I like spending time with Matt, I’d even go as far as to say we are the best of friends.
 
If Matt wants to do something, great go for it. If I want to do something, great I’ll be doing it. We don’t HAVE to do everything together, yet because we’ve been dating for sooooo long and are always together, I constantly get the ‘engagement’ question (basically on repeat).
 
‘When do you think you’ll get engaged’ or even worse ‘when is he going to propose’ I really hate that question because my answer is always: NOT ANYTIME SOON.
 
To be honest, I really don’t know why, but getting engaged isn’t even a thought that crosses my mind.
 
I get so many questions about engagement timelines and if Matt’s going to propose, I even got a DM yesterday asking if I was wearing an engagement ring in a recent post (lol).
 
Let’s all agree that engagements are EPIC, like who doesn’t love watching people get engaged and go through the wedding process, but it’s just not on my timeline.
 
Whenever I say that people then follow up with the second question, similar to the question above focused on figuring out THE ‘engagement timeline’ and this is my opinion on this topic: 1) be on the same page with your partner & 2) DO YOU.
 

 

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So let’s talk about point one:


 
1) be on the same page with your partner:
 
To the TCC reader that asked for my opinon, I’d say stop waiting and bring up the converstaion.
 
Okay, maybe it’s an awkward conversation, especially if you’ve already hinted/are waiting for an engagement ring, but I’m a New Englander through and through and if there is one thing we are good at and it’s being blunt.
 
So just go for it, bring it up, talk about a ‘plan’ could it be in 1 year, 5 years or not even on the to-do list yet. Talk about it, because nothing is WORSE than being on two totally different ‘timelines’.
For me personally, it’s not even on the to-do list, there are just so many things that Matt & I have yet to accomplish professionally, that I don’t even have time to think about adding anything else to our plates.
 

& I’m happy with the status quo right now, so don’t expect any engagement Instagrams from me anytime soon, guys.


 
2) DO YOU:
Okay, this one is important guys, I’m only 23 and already my Facebook is filled with relationship status being turned to engaged (ahh).
 
& I totally understand how you could get engagement FOMO, ESPECIALLY if you have been in a relationship for a long duration, like 6 years, which is a wicked long time.
 
BUT, listen to your gut on this one.
 
Getting engaged ISN’T like the ice bucket challenge, just because two of your friends have taken the plunge DOESN’T mean you have to be tagged to do it next.
& also remember everyone is in a different situation, so don’t pressure yourself into something you’re not ready for. For instance, I wouldn’t want to be engaged until I knew Matt & I were in a settled location and knew I had accomplished certain goals for my TCC brand.
 
Granted maybe that criteria means I’ll get engaged later than my friends and maybe that means other people who have been dating for a shorter time, get married before me; but I really don’t care.
 
So just do you!
 
& if you feel engagement is the next step for you and your partner, then open the conversation, because who knows maybe your significant other has goals on their timeline they want to accomplish before popping the question.

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Overall I guess the consensus is, there is NO one engagement timeline or rubric. To me, it doesn’t matter how many years you’ve dated, how much money you’re making or your age; to decide if you’ve passed the engagement timeline.
 
It all has to do with your gut, at least that’s what I think.
 
Anyway, I hope that was helpful & I’d love to know your opinion on the ‘engagement timeline’ below! xx Aubrey

 

& 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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Tee Time Together: Why Sharing a Hobby is Essential

July 9th, 2017

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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. 

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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.

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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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Let’s Talk About Fireworks

July 3rd, 2017
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In honor of 4th of July being tomorrow, let’s talk about fireworks.
 
I’m not talking about the fireworks I saw launch over the Connecticut River while sitting on my parent’s boat last night. I LOVE those kinds of fireworks, but today I’m talking about the fireworks in a relationship.
 
Matt & I have known each other for over 8 years, and I get questions all shapes and sizes from you guys when it comes to relationship advice. Some are about engagement, some are about moving in together, but most of them are all about how to navigate a long term relationship.5 Tips On Keeping Fireworks In A Long Term Relationship-26
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Let me start by saying, relationships are just like everything else in life, work! You need to be an active participant in one, to make it work. Whether it’s a friendship, romantic relationship OR even a work relationship; if you don’t show up then it’s never going to work, so be present.
 
Besides being present, below I’ve listed some things that have personally worked for Matt and I, when it comes to keeping the excitement and fireworks in a relationship.
 
1. Date night
It’s important to have a designated date night. Now it doesn’t have to be anything crazy, sometimes date night means going to a concert, but sometimes it means binge watching the entire season of Stranger Things. Don’t blame monetary reasons for ‘not having a date night’, it’s about quality time, not money spent. 
 
So make time each week to dress up, eat together and focus on fun! 
 
2. Traditions
Have traditions to look forward to, for Matt and I that means photo shoot Saturday’s, Black Friday shopping together, going to Denny’s spontaneously and watching Live PD at least once a week! 
 
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3. Have your own thing 
This is important. If you don’t have something that’s your own, then you’ll literally have nothing to talk about.
 
Get out there and do things on your own, so you have something to bring to the table. Make sure you are doing things, that you’re passionate about and excited to share with others. 
 
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.
 
It keeps things interesting. 
 
4. Share a hobby
Have a shared hobby. I’ll talk about this point more next week, but recently Matt and I have taken on improving our golf game, and it’s been such an exciting and fun time. It’s something we can work on together, I hate to use the words ‘team-bonding’ but it’s kind of along those lines.
 
5. Always keep it light 
Honestly, keep it light. When you are out and about, have fun. Don’t bring up topics that will cause riffs or push any buttons. Leave the tiffs at home and enjoy life. 
 
I’d love to hear from you guys! Do you have any advice for keeping the fireworks and fun in long term relationship? If so share below, and have a safe and fun 4th guy!
 
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Reel Talk: NO. 07

May 22nd, 2017

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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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Matt’s Role on The TCC

March 8th, 2017

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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). 

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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.

 

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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. 

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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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Home For The Holidays

December 20th, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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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The Boys of Fall

October 7th, 2016

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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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Reel Talk: No. 06

September 16th, 2016

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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? 

Snapchat all the way, you can follow @mattcraig15 & you can Aubrey at @aubreyrose740: snap

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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Out of the Office

August 16th, 2016

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& I’m officially headed to Dallas, to meet up with Mr. Matt. AHHHH.

I literally don’t know where this summer has gone, and I can’t believe I found out, about a month ago, that I would be moving to Dallas. 

I’m constantly telling my family that I’m pretty positive, that I was a gypsy in my past life, because somehow I always end up on the road. & trust me I am not complaining, you know the quote ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’ welllllllll I totally believe it. 

Moving to California sparked my creativity to start the TCC, soooooo I literally can’t wait to see what spin Texas adds to this blogging business. 

Anyways, I was trying to prepare content ahead of time & continue to post 4 days a week during the move, and then I just realized I can’t.

I’m moving halfway across the country, so maybe I should hit pause, get settled & update you all once I have arrived. I think blogging on the go, on top of driving to Dallas, moving my sister in at HPU and moving into an apartment would send me into a stress attack. & I know I wouldn’t be giving it 110%. 

What’s the point of creating content if it’s just for the sake of content. Sooooo I will be ‘out of the office’ from now until next Wednesday. 

HOLD ON THOUGH, I will be fully active on Instagram & Snapchat (aubreyrose740), so you can still follow along with my move, and trust me you will want to. I’ll be driving from CT to High Point, North Carolina then on to Nashville then Memphis then Dallas. 

SOOOO get ready for some crazy instagrams & snaps, especially snaps! Love you all & see you on the snapchat. xx A. 

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Reel Talk: No. 05

July 25th, 2016

texasHey Guys! Per your request here is your monthly dose of Mr. Matt. He is here to host another reel talk with you guys.

This time we are spending this post answering your questions about our big move to Dallas. ALSO how cute are his shorts!!!! They are currently on sale here

Actually Matt is currently on the way there as we speak. If you follow me on snapchat (aubreyrose740) than you got to witness parts of the big move yesterday! The moving truck came yesterday to pick up all of our stuff, so I’m currently living out of a suitcase (ahhhhh).

Anyways let’s jump right into the questions! Take it away Matt…vineyard vines

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Q: Wait you’re moving to Dallas! Why Dallas?

After college I was thinking only Boston, but after working for 3 months in Rhode Island, I was offered the opportunity to relocate to Dallas and I figured everything is bigger in Texas. So honestly why not, I just went for it! To be honest changing your location can be a great way to get inspired and climb that ‘career ladder’. 

Also Aubrey already got to live outside of New England when she went to college in CA so I figured it was about time for me to switch it up. 

Q:  You seem to be a typical New England guy #vineyardvines, are you going to change your style to adapt to Texas? 

I will never change my style, but I will be buying a pair of cowboy boots…Aubrey doesn’t approve (she asked me to include that). 

Q: Kind of a random question but are you & Aubrey moving in together? & will you guys be doing a apartment tour? 

Yup! We will be living together in Frisco which is just north of Dallas. I am sure Aubrey will keep you updated on the apartment adventures, she’s already done some serious damage at Magnolia Farms. 

To be honest I only care about 2 things: the TV and the playstation. Aubrey can decorate the rest. 

Q: I’m a college student hunting for jobs & feel like I might have to relocate, which isn’t my ideal situation. How has the relocating process been so far? I’m kind of nervous for it.

The relocation process is a mix of emotions. It is exciting, stressful and also nerve wracking. However It is very exciting to have the oppurtunity to see other parts of the country at a young age. I figured why not take advantage of living in other areas while I still don’t have responsibilities. My advice is to just do it because you will never have these opportunities when your older. 

Q: What will Aubrey be doing in Texas?

She will be working on her blog and expanding her brand throughout Texas!  

Okay guys, it’s Aubrey & I’m taking the reins back! I hope you guys enjoyed this month’s reel talk!

Total side-note butt Matt just told me on Friday he needs to watch Texas high school football, on  Saturday he must watch college football and Sunday NFL football ummmm WHAT! Soooooooooo I think my life is turning into a episode of Friday Night Lights but without Tim Riggins, BUMMER. 

Just kidding Mr. Matt is right up there with Tim Riggins 😉

Anyways keep following along and leave any other questions you have for our REEL TALK POSTS below! xx A. 

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