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Making Friends After College

May 17th, 2017

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This week marks my 1st ‘post-college anniversary’, filling me with a mixture of feelings. I feel sooooo happy when I think about how far I’ve come, in just one year and excited to see where my blog takes me, but I’m also feeling slightly sad. It’s been just over a year, since seeing some of my closest college friends, being in San Diego and having the ‘cozy’ routine of ‘college’.

This year, more than ever, made me realize how important it is to foster and grow friendships; while also realizing how hard it is to make friends after college. Now, some of you might not encounter this issue, but moving to a new location and working from home, resulted in making new friends, for the first time in my life, a challenge.

After talking with my friend Jennifer, I realized this might be a more common struggle than I thought. I guess I just want to share my tips and tricks when it comes to meeting new friends in hopes to inspire you, to put yourself out there, after all the worse they can say is no.
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Basically, I thought moving to a big city, like Dallas would make meeting new people so much easier, but let me tell you one secret I learned, making new friends takes effort and is all about putting yourself wayyyyy out there.

Working from home is great, but it was really hard for me to meet new friends in a new city because well, to be frank, I spend a lot of time at home. I do work with several gals, but most of our communication is via phone, email, facetime etc.

So when I found out Matt and I were moving to Dallas I reached out to about 18 bloggers, in hopes of making ‘work friends’ quickly.

However, people are busy and bloggers are constantly traveling so after coffee-dates fell through, availabilities didn’t match up and a lot of no responses; I kept putting in the energy in hopes of the universe working its magic. Making Friends After College-3288

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  1. It takes time – don’t rush friendship, it takes time to meet new people, get adjusted to your new home and probably your new job! So don’t be hard on yourself.
  2. Reach out and send a follow-up email – I am the queen of sending follow-up email after follow-up email, people are busy but don’t be afraid to reconnect with an old friend, business women you admire or gal you meet for five seconds at work.
  3. Be authentic and don’t be afraid to meet-up– meeting new friends can be just as awkward as a blind date, but guys it’s worth it. Be positive and just put yourself out there, whether it’s to network or literally make a friend, just being you is the best you can do. 

Okay, so after being in Dallas for now, almost ten months, I’ve met some amazing friends and have become really open to reaching out, meeting new people and just connecting. I’ve joined a yoga studio, got a part-time job, finally meet some amazing Dallas bloggers and connected with some of Matt’s work friends. 

If you are either worried about making friends after college or if you are feeling stuck while trying to make friends, just know it takes work and time!

Don’t get discouraged, especially when you’re in a new city! xx Aubrey

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Podcasts I’m Currently Obsessed With

May 15th, 2017

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 I love walking; you’ll find me walking to coffee shops, walking to work, and always walking just to clear my mind. Walking is a great way for me to decluttering my mind and mentally reset; but sometimes when I’m on my walks, I notice my thoughts going straight back to ‘the clutter’. 

The clutter of finances, to-do lists, fires to put out and plans to be excited about; all and all I wasn’t making the most of my downtime until I got into podcasts. 

You know what they say, time is currency, use time wisely, we all have the same about of time in a day; blah blah blah. All this emphasize on maximizing your time was making my R&R time anything but relaxing, so I decided to add some wisdom to my walks. 

Podcasts are great because they keep your mind busy, you absorb a lot of useful content while getting a good laugh in! I now have Matt and my Mom both addicted to podcasts, I initially thought podcasts would be boring and boy was I wrong. 

I figured I’d list some of my favorite podcasts below, and please comment below any you currently like! 

1. NPR – How I Built This

2. Ask Him & Her – The Skinny Confidential

3. Missing Richard Simmons

4. The Lady Gang

5. Awesome Etiquette

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How I Reset

May 10th, 2017


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I don’t know about you, but recently I’ve been on the go, go, go. Being busy is something a lot of people pride themselves on, but it isn’t always good. Rather being too busy can just distract you from accomplishing your goals.

So when I get bogged down and burnt out from literally busy work, I reset outside. 

At first, I took thirty minutes out of my lunchtime to watch a Netflix episode. I thought this activity would help me reset, settle down and really let go of everything not helping me complete my goals, I thought what a great plan, right?! Except it didn’t work out, I ended up using that 30min to be on my phone, scrolling through

Except it didn’t work out, I ended up using that 30min to be on my phone, scrolling through Instagram, facebook, twitter and snapchat. I was doing the opposite of resetting I was causing more mental unsettledness, during what was suppose to be ‘down time’

So I decided I’d start taking my 30 min breaks outside. Whether that means going for a bike ride through Texas’ wildflower fields or walking through Fenwick back home in New England, just getting outside and taking in the current season is how I was able to clear my mind and reset. 

I’d love to hear how you guys reset and recharge below! Share your tricks and tips in the comments. xx Aubrey

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Mother’s Day Care Package

May 8th, 2017

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If you don’t already know, mark your calendars because this Sunday is Mother’s Day! Whether you’re celebrating with a Sunday brunch or a good old fashion Facetime, it’s an important day to just say thanks! 

I don’t know about your Mom but since I’m currently staying in Dallas and before this was attending college in San Diego, my mom has officially mastered the art of a care package. No one puts a care package together quite like a mom, am I right?!

Today, I’m turning the tables and sharing the care package I made for my mom with you all! A Mother’s Day care package filled with merci chocolate is a pretty simple and meaningful gesture to show your gratitude towards your mom, and all that she does. So NO EXCUSES LADIES. 

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Okay, so here is what you need to put together the best Mother’s Day Care Package:

merci chocolate – This is by far my favorite chocolate, for a few reasons. First off the packaging, is simple, elegant and really easy to ship. You don’t have to worry about any candy melting together or getting smushed. Secondly, each box contains eight unique, individually wrapped flavors, my favorite one is marzipan covered in dark chocolate, so good. Finally, it’s a win, win because there is a chocolate for everyone inside the box, so if you aren’t sure if your mom prefers dark over milk chocolate; this box has the perfect assortment. 

candle – Now that we have taste covered don’t forget to grab your mom’s favorite scents. I just went to Aruba with my mom so I grabbed a coconut candle to remind her of our trip. 

scarf – Scarfs, and bandanas are ‘the thing’ this year, so when I saw this one, well it just reminded me of my mom, so I added it to the pile.

shoes – My mom has been telling me how she wanted a pair of mules for the longest time. So the other day J.Crew put these babies on sale and I snagged the last pair in her size. 

crab jewelry tray – I had to include a ‘home good’ because moms are all about the home, am I right?! 

Anyway, I wrapped and packaged all the items into a large USPS flat rate box, and it went from Dallas to Connecticut within two days! 

I’m very grateful for my mom, she was my original blog photographer, stylist and expert ironer (which I’m still terrible at) and my blog honestly wouldn’t be where it is without the help from my mom. Whether she’s cooking dinner for us or baking up goodies for the blog, she is always putting my siblings and I first. 

So take a little time out of your day, grab at least a box of merci chocolate and a card, to simply say THANKS! 

Okay, I’d love to hear how you are planning to spend Mother’s Day below. xx Aubrey 

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May 4th, 2017

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I feel like you guys deserve to know the whole story and not just the Instagram filtered one. A lot of you guys are either bloggers yourself or trying to start-up your own business, and I get a lot of questions about how to collaborate with brands, how to be ‘successful’ or even how to pitch to a client. 

& don’t get me wrong, I love to answer your questions and help you reach for your dreams, but I also want you to know, rejection is part of the game.

I think Instagram and a lot of other social media platforms glorify entrepreneurship as making your own schedule, living a life of luxury and just romping around from one fancy coffee shop to the next,

A big part of running your own blog or company is rejection. obviously, no one wants to talk about rejection, because well it’s kind of depressing but to be completely transparent with you all, it’s the peanut butter to you running your own business jelly, they really do go hand and hand. 

I always say for that one yes, I received from a brand, there were about twelve no’s before that. To be honest, I think you really have to have a thick skin for this gig, because guys, I’ve heard it all. 

I’ve gotten no’s from other bloggers about meeting up for coffee, no’s to working with brand’s, no’s to images I’ve loved but the brands didn’t like and sometimes I even get ignored, which for me I HATE wayyyy more than receiving a no, it drives me, nuts guys.

Ugh, I hate to call myself this but since I’m a pro at rejection, after blogging full-time for about a year, I figured I could pay it forward and give you guys some tips. 

  • Accept the no, but ask for feedback! – The worst thing you can do is get a no and not even know why! Whenever I get a no from a brand, I’ll ask ‘I was wondering if there was anything specific I needed to work on, to work with your team? Any feedback would be appreciated.’ This allows me to figure out what I can do better next time, while most of the time it’s either a budget or a schedule thing, it never hurts to get feedback. 
  • The worst they can say is no – so you got a no, and it’s bringing down your day but all they can say is no, so pick yourself up and move onto the next potential yes! The longer you stay focused on the no, the more time you are wasting, so learn to accept the no’s at face value. 
  • Overnight success doesn’t exist – one ‘no’ isn’t going to stop you from being successful so don’t get yourself down. Overnight success doesn’t exist remember you need a solid foundation before you can build a skyscraper, so just keep building one brick at a time.
  • Take breaks – rejection is hard, and if your business is your life, hobby, and all you do 24/7 that needs to change. Join a gym, an art class or even get a part-time job (I did!). I struggled with this the most, especially being in a new location, when your blog or business is all you are doing all day, you are going to burn out and you are going to burn out quickly! So make sure to have other things on your schedule, by getting a part-time job I was able to make myself leave my phone, and go out and help people. 
  • It only takes one yes – getting bogged down with no’s is hard but guys it just takes ONE yes, so don’t sweat the small stuff. 

I hope this is relatable for you guys, and I hope it shows you that I too STILL get rejections. Yesterday, I got two big ones and I felt like it’s time to share my experience. I’d love to hear how you deal with rejections below :) xx Aubrey 

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Why You Need Business Cards To Grow Your Business

April 24th, 2017

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I often get asked, how do I grow my following, which basically equals how do I grow my business in terms of blogging. People often want a short easy fix to growing their blog following, Many people ask which #hashtags to use, what time to post pictures on social media channels and even questions about purchasing followers (yuck). 

To be completely frank THE BEST way to grow your business is by always having business cards on hand! Now this may seem silly in the day of digital everything, but the most loyal followers and customers are gained by word of mouth.Why You Need Business Cards To Grow Your Business-0319

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Every marketing teacher, book and even internet articles will tell you that. “word of mouth marketing” is the best, end of story.

 Let’s face it if your friend tells you to follow this amazing blog, your more likely to check it out than if you see an instagram ad. & this is where business cards come into play. 

Matt & I will usually be out shooting, shopping or prepping for a blog post; when someone will ask what are you doing. I’ll usually explain that I have a blog and before they can even say ‘cool, I’ll look it up.’ I pull out a business card. 

Now my business cards aren’t your typical cards. Instead of position titles, office phone numbers and fax numbers; I simply list my instagram and Facebook handle along with my email. 

This makes it easy for them to find me, ESPECIALLY if the don’t have their phone on them when we are chatting. I’d say 98% of the business cards I hand out, end up following me on one of those platforms along with one or two friends. A few even comment on my photos saying where they met me and thanks for connecting! Why You Need Business Cards To Grow Your Business-0193

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You guys build your business the old fashion way and INVEST IN BUSINESS CARDS! I’ve tried a few different stationary companies when it comes to designing my cards as Basic Invite is by far the best. For a few reasons: 

  1. They have many different color options which you can instantly preview online. I’m super picky with business cards because I want them to represent the TCC brand so I was super happy that I could change the colors of each element on the card, making it easy to customize. So basically, no graphic designer needed. 
  2. You can order a printed sample! I’m super nervous about pulling the trigger especially when I want to buy a large quantity, so I liked that I could order a preview, bye bye order anxiety.
  3. I’m really bad with technology, and I loved that they had people I could live chat with! I was having trouble fitting all my content within the printable line, so it was nice to go back and forth via a chat box with a real employee. 
  4. What you see is what you get. My online mock-up looked exactly like the product I received in the mail! So get creative, design something fun and don’t stress about the printing part. Why You Need Business Cards To Grow Your Business-0297
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One last thing guys, while we are talking about stationary can I just say, Thank You cards are essential to growing your business too.

I probably send out three to twelve thank you cards a week, whether it be to brands I’m working with, readers who reached out or even to my friends and family; if you run a business or just want to show gratitude to those who care, buy some thank you cards!  

Trust me, a handwritten note goes a long way, especially in today’s world. & if you are preparing for an upcoming graduation, I’d say it’s about time to make some custom thank you cards; I think I sent out 78 thank you cards to family and friends post-graduation #bigfamilyproblems.

Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on business cards below! 

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March 30th, 2017

Wow…I actually hate that it’s April! This year is going by way to fast, and I’m here to bring you guys another monthly Serendipity post! 

For anyone new around here, “Serendipity’ posts are where I recap the latest happenings, on the blog and in my life. Think of it as a way for us to sit down and get the details on what’s going on in our lives. 

Anyway, let’s jump in! 

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I honestly don’t have a ton to report back to you guys. March was a very mellow month for me and somehow it just blew right by.

I will say, however, Matt & I have some fun plans for April. We are actually leaving for a trip to Aruba next Sunday (ah). We’ll be in Aruba for nine days, so if you guys have any recommendations please email me! 

Besides heading to Aruba, I’ve really been focusing on creating valuable content for you guys. I’m by no means, a style blogger, and I’d love to incorporate more New England living into upcoming posts. 

I guess my question is what do you guys want to see, more New England recipes, more New England travel guides or more New England home decor. I love bringing content that is relevant to you all, and I’ve gotten a ton of New England style requests, but I’d love to switch it up. 

To be honest, it can be a little boring filling my feed with pictures of me, but if that’s what you want then that’s what you’ll get. I’m up for anything, so what type of New England living posts do you guys want to see? Let me know! 

Also Happy National Stripe Day! I’m so happy that J.Crew made stripe thing a day, see my favorite affordable stripe pieces below! xx Aubrey 

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My College Experience

March 16th, 2017

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Today I figured I’d sit down with you all over a hot cup of tea because I’m literally freezing, and take a moment to talk about my college experience.

I get a lot of questions about where I went to college, what my major was and any advice I might have. So today I’m breaking it down. 

First, let’s start with the basic: 

What college did I attend: I went to The University of San Diego

What was my major: I was a double major in Marketing and Finance

How did I end up in California: To be honest, it was kind of destiny. My brother at the time was at college in LA and I applied to schools all over. I initially wanted to go to schools down in Virgina or North Carolina but after seeing San Diego, I couldn’t resist. If you’ve never been you have to go, 

Was I in a sorority: Yes, I was in Kappa Alpha Theta but wasn’t heavily involved. 

Was I scared to be so far away from home: To be completely honest, no. I wasn’t worried about being far away, I was really excited to be in a new city and on a new coast. I was actually more excited than anything else. 

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Advice for not getting homesick: Keep yourself busy! I love being a busy body, just ask Matt! So during college, I kept myself beyond busy. I doubled majored, took on a part-time job with at least 15hrs a week, along with running my blog. Being a busy bee, still to this day, snaps me out of any homesickness or funk I might be in. 

I’m in college and trying to start a blog, who took your outfit photos when you were at school:  So I actually hunted for someone to take my photos. one of my roommates knew a photography major and I reached out to her. She was actually studying abroad so she posted on her Photography Major Facebook group and I found Ivy! We would meet weekly for an hour and shoot all my images. 

Oh, & you can see images from my graduation in my graduation post here and my favorite places to visit in San Diego in this travel post here


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Okay, so now that I’ve answered all your FAQ in terms of my college experience, I’d love to go more in depth about my personal experience. 

So I’m a true believer that college isn’t all it’s built up to be.

I worked really, really, really hard all through college. as I said earlier I doubled majored, worked a part-time job, ran my blog full-time and graduated a semester early. Now, I know that makes me sound like a superrrrr annoying over-achiever but the truth is COLLEGE IS A LOT OF WORK! 

It’s a lot of late nights, a lot of jumping through hoops and totally about playing the game.

For instance missing one class on your schedule could set your college career back a whole semester. So to be honest, in college you have to be on top of things, but most importantly you need to be 100% a go-getter. 

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A lot of my best experiences came from asking to meet with teachers outside of class, taking on two independent studies, one with the professor of digital marketing Prof. Justine Rapp. I actually still, consult with her today and I consider her a go-to mentor on all things blogging. All of my greatest experiences came from hustling and outside of the classroom work. 

 However, I think people often see college on TV and in movies and just assume that it’s all fun and games, but I just want to say sometimes it sucks and THAT’S OKAY!

I had moments where I considered transferring, changing majors, cried in the registrar’s office (so embarrassing), got stress blisters all over my right leg and even got to the library to end up just watching Netflix because I was crispy.

Some of my most vidid memories are those middle of the night study sessions with my friend Jennifer, where we’d just look at each other and laugh (you know the classic laugh on the virge of crying), while saying, when the heck did we learn any of this (specifcally Investments and or Investment Banking).

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I guess what I’m trying to say is my college experience was a rollercoaster, it wasn’t rainbows, pool parties and keggers. During my sophomore year of college I actually applied to transfer to the University of Richmond, got in and had two weeks to decide if I was going to move. 

I obviously ended up staying in sunny San Diego because, by my second semester of sophomore year; I met my best friend and fellow hustler Jennifer, I got my job at the college gym (which I loved! Everyone there was amazing including the bosses, Barbara and Matt) and later on I was able to study blogging with Prof Rapp.

I honestly believe that if I had transferred, I would not be blogging to you all today. 

So guys, take the good, the bad and the ugly and just know that you aren’t alone! When it sucks, yeah it sucks; but when it’s great it’s really really really great! 

xx Aubrey 

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Serendipity: March 2017

February 28th, 2017

Okay, here we go! Today I’m starting a new tradition on the TCC, so get ready.

I usually do Serendipity posts here and there, where I recap my latest thoughts, feelings, and happenings. However starting today, I’ll be doing a serendipity post, basically a life recap, at the start of every month.

Think of it as a way for us to sit down and get the details on what’s going on in our lives. 

& let’s both admit that these posts because it’s all about the details right! Okay, let’s jump right into the recap and scroll down to the bottom for the life recap! 

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February was an interesting month for me, to say the least, but in a good way. The month was jam packed with events. 

Matt & I kicked off the month by going to the Super Bowl! My dad and I actually surprised Matt with the tickets and you can see his whole reaction here. The whole trip to Houston was incredible. The energy of the people and the comradery of the New England fans really made the trip one to remember. We jammed so much into that weekend that the following week, both Matt & I had a wicked cold. 

The following weekend my whole entire family came to visit for a week! We visited my favorite  Texas Couple, Joanna, and Chip Gaines, obviously. We drove down to Magnolia Farms in Waco.

Once again, I walked out the door with way too many floral arrangements, but I have literally no regrets. We also stopped at the Silo Bakery and let’s just say YUM! The cupcakes were soooo good, I even purchased an extra half dozen to bring back to my apartment, because you can never have too many cupcakes on hand.

Finally last weekend Matt & I spent Saturday shooting March content and Sunday seeing the Bruins play hockey in Dallas. To be honest, hockey is actually one of my favorite sports to watch and it was my first time at an NHL game, some many firsts this February. 

First time visiting Houston, going to a Superbowl, eating a cupcake at Magnolia Farms and my first time attending an NHL game. Basically, February was about spending money on experiences and not things. 

So while I accomplished a lot this month, all the action and traveling ended up leaving me with a sense of being unorganized and always behind. I felt like I was always shooting next week’s content last minute due to our hectic schedule, and I HATED THAT!

 I’m just not the last moment person. Actually, I’m the opposite of that, I’m that person that arrives everywhere 10 minutes way too early, so feeling behind and unorganized was putting a damper on my overall mood. So Matt & I started working with a local Dallas photographer to help shoot some of our content, which has been a blessing, to say the least.  

While Matt & I love shooting our own images, because let’s face it I’m a control freak, having a photographer help us out with 4-8 shots really allowed us to get ahead and produce even more content for you all.  

We are even going to be relaunching our Sunday Newsletter, from here on out the TCC Weekly newsletter will be focused around blogging/business tips. So make sure to subscribe here if you’re interested in some Sunday motivation! 

I guess February tought me that you literally can’t do it all, and while dedicating can feel scary, uncomfortable and out of your control; sometimes our best work comes from outside our comfort zone. 

Okay, okay enough about my little life, have you guys checked out the SHOPBOP SALE! I’ve linked some of my favorite pieces below :) It’s a good time to stock up on wardrobe staples, like rain boots, a classic Kate Middleton trench, a cute umbrella & obviously this beach tote. xx Aubrey 

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Galentine’s Day Giveaway

February 14th, 2017

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Okay, in honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow Abby from Belle of the Ball & I decided to bring you ladies a little Galentine’s Day Giveaway. 

Now, this isn’t just any old giveaway, it’s a Kate Spade giveaway per your requests! I actually asked you guys a few giveaways back, what you’d like to win, and a ton of you said a purse (can’t blame you there).

Now, who does Valentine’s Day and roses better than Kate Spade? Well, the answer is No One! So when my eyes landed upon the purse above, I instantly sent a picture to Abby and we both agreed.

It was a no-brainer, and I hope you guys love it! This is a little gift from us to thank you all for your support and love. Without you all, there would be no TCC so thank you, thank you and thank you. 

To Win…Simply 

To enter follow @thecostalconfidence and @belleoftheball45 on Instagram, and tag
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  Guys, SUPER SIMPLE, Right!?
Just make sure to enter in time, the Giveaway ends Saturday the 18th at 11:59 pm EST!
 So go enter, enter, and enter! & comment below what you’d like the next giveaway
 item to be!
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