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72 Hours in Austin

June 8th, 2017

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Last weekend was my birthday week, which I’m sure you all remember! We had a huge giveaway to celebrate all Geminis (woot-woot), while Matt & I even decided to take a last minute trip to Austin, to visit my brother. 

We snapchat ‘vlogged’ the whole thing, which was a lot of fun! I’d still love your feedback on the snapchat ‘vlogs’, so far it’s been positive but we’d love to know how to improve. Anyway once in Austin, I got soooo many recommendations from all of you, THANK YOU for that!

So I decided to throw together a 72 Hours in Austin Guide! I thought it would be a smart way to put all of your recommendations in one place. Anyway, let’s get to it!

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Where to Stay: 

+ The Westin – Austin Downtown – Whenever I visit Austin, I personally want to be downtown. My brother’s home is exactly an 8-minute uber drive away, and it’s just so convenient. We’re able to discover all the best parts of Austin on foot. & did I mention it’s extremely close to sixth street!

So if you’re one for a good time, or planning a bachelorette party this hotel is perfect!!! You can discover the best of 6th street’s nightlife, hang by the newly renovated pool bar and be just a short Uber ride away from The Domain (aka best shopping in Austin!). 

WHERE TO EAT BRUNCH:

Stella San Jac, – located in The Westin. You guys have to go here and try the biscuits, I visit every time just for the biscuits, #noshame

+ Voodoo Donuts – If we have a busy schedule I’ll usually send Matt out to grab breakfast while I get ready. So on Saturday Matt ran out and grabbed us some Voodoo Donuts, he was only supposed to get two but he came back with 12 (he would!) Anyway you really can’t go wrong with Voodoo Donuts.

+ 1886 Cafe & Bakery – I have just two words to say about this place: cinnamon bun

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What To See: 

+ Sixth Street – The street is basically deserted during the day but come 7 pm the street takes on a life of its own. Completely blocked off from cars, it basically is one big bar crawl for the entire city, I’m not a huge drinker, but it’s 100% something to see. 

+ Congress Avenue Bridge Bats – with over 1,500,000  bats sleeping under the bridge, arrive at sunset to see them take off from the bridge and fly into the night! I thought this was so cool and something you should see.

+ LBJ Presidential Library – if you like history/Mad Men you’d love this library. It’s filled to the brim with history and artifacts from Johnson’s time. You’ll see some interesting videos, clothes, and advertisements from his administration, it takes about 2.5 hours to cover the whole thing. 

+ Texas State Capital – it’s a beauty!

What To Do At Night:

+ Peter Pan Mini Golf – The only mini golf I’ve been to that’s BYOB!

+ Azul Rooftop Bar & Loungel- Watch the sunset and the city light up, come sunset, from the heart of downtown, cocktails in hand.

+ Visit Rainey Street – This was my first time visiting Rainy Street & it was by far my favorite part of Austin. Rainey Street is a row of old craftsman styled homes turned into delicious restaurants. It’s really a fun place to walk around, get some food and explore the tastes of Austin. 72 Hours in Austin-6026

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Where To Road Trip: 

+ Gruene – Historic Town just about 45 min south of Austin, read more about our time in Gruene here

+ San Antonio – Take a road trip to visit the Alamo and taste the best Mexican Food around, while overlooking the world famous San Antonio Riverwalk! It’s just a 90 min drive south of Austin, read about our time in San Antonio here!

+ Magnolia Farms (Waco, TX) – About a 95-minute drive (depending on traffic) North of Austin, if you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper show, make sure to check out the cute town of Waco TX. 


 That’s all I got for you guys!

I had the best time in Austin and I was lucky to celebrate my birthday with Matt and my brother at The Westin – Austin Downtown!

Please, Please, PLEASE; leave any additional Austin recommendations below, and for even more recommendations check out my last post about Austin here! xx Aubrey 

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Winter Guide to Manchester, Vermont

January 17th, 2017
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Over the last year I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Vermont, three times but to be honest winter is always my favorite time to visit.
 
There is something iconic about a New England Winter in Vermont. Maybe it’s the snowy ski slopes or the warm glow coming from the quaintest New England towns, it just gives me the chills.
 
After visiting Vermont two weeks ago, I received a lot of requests for a travel guide, so here it is! I’ve broken down my favorite neighborhoods, restaurants, cafes and activities in Manchester Vermont. 
 
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Favorite Neighborhoods: 
 
Manchester Village – quintessential charming New England winter village
 
Stratton Mountain – hit the slopes & enjoy some fun
 
Route 7A – magical mountain views of charming little New England towns.
 
Route 30 – Stone Valley Scenic Byway
 
Where to Eat:
 
Bistro Henry – OKAY IT’S MY FAVORITE! I love seafood and it’s a hard not life for me because most of my family members hate it. So I love Henry’s because it has a great seafood menu but also has amazing pasta, steak and salad options! Basically the best of both worlds for everyone. If you like seafood get the crab cakes & salmon; just thank me later!
 
Overall amazing food, a little more expensive but totally worth it! 
 
The Perfect Wife Restaurant – Love this restaurant but be prepared for slow service! The food is really really good guys, and the menu has a little bit of everything so it’s a safe choice if you’re traveling with a large group of people. Basically it has a little something for everyone, oh & the atmosphere is great. It’s always packed with young adults and it’s a great place to go if you just want a drink and meet other ski goers.
 
Overall cute, charming and packed; but fun overall! 
 
The Bench – What’s better than American comfort food?  NOTHING! This is the perfect place to hit up after a long and tiring day on the slopes, rejuvenate those calories with some hot mac & cheese or a huge burger. I love comfort food and this place does it right!
 
Overall vibe = bring your boyfriend here, he’ll love it I promise! 
 
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Where to Grab a Latte:
 
Black Cap Coffee – I love visiting local cafes, no matter where I am. It’s the perfect way to get an understanding of the people in the local area. Also it’s an easy way to meet new people and bond over a common ground, coffee!
 
So if you just moved to the area or visiting Stowe alone, meet some new people & grab a latte. It’s a win win.
 
What to Do:
 
Obviously go skiing at Stratton Mountain Resort! If you are heading to Vermont during the winter month’s I would highly recommend planning a ski trip! Stratton Mountain is about thirty minutes from Manchester!
 
Visit Hidden, The Lincoln’s Family Home. You guys I love history, so this is a must for me. I went for the first time this past winter and loved it, I’m highly recommending this one.
 
I feel like Vermont is all about the R&R, so grab a group of girlfriends & head up to The Equinox, Golf Resort & Spa for a spa trip! I personally think it’s more fun in the winter and usually you can get a good steal deal, around this time of year.
 
Scenic New England Instagram Worthy Spot: 
 
 
I would suggest going to the Manchester Village! & if you have a car and don’t mind driving, hop in the car and drive around.
Vermont is full of scenic routes, so you never know what you’ll stumble upon, I usually get my best instagram images this way!Winter Guide to Manchester Vermont - The Coastal Confidence -2
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& that’s a wrap! I hope this post inspires you to take a weekend for yourself and visit the best spots of Manchester Vermont! I’m always up to trying new places too, so if you have any Vermont suggestions, comment below
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7 Best Breakfast Joints in Boston

August 14th, 2016

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Last week my mother, sister & I headed up to Boston for an overnight visit at The Boston Park Plaza! The stay was amazing, but the food was even better.

During my stay soooooo many of you snapped me breakfast recommendations, so I felt like I might as well share my mini-breakfast joint guide with you guys.

Going out to breakfast is literally one of my favorite things to do in a new city. But lets be honest, picking a restaurant to eat at while you’re in a city you don’t really know, can lead to hangry people.

So instead of stressing over breakfast reviews on yelp, the next time you’re up in Boston, just look up this post!

Let’s jump right into it.

7 Best breakfast joints in Boston:

1. The Paramount \\ Beacon Hill

2.. Stephanie’s on Newbury \\ Back Bay

3. The Friendly Toast \\ Back Bay & Cambridge

4. Union Square Donuts \\ Somerville

5. The Breakfast Club \\ Allston

6. Bagelsaurus \\ Cambridge

7. Off the Common \\ Back Bay

Remember to check out Blackstone’s to find a Boston Mug to drink from when traveling to all of these breakfast joints. I legit bring my mugs everywhere with me.

You can also order a mug here, and if I missed any breakfast joints that you think I need to try, let me know below in the comments. xx A.

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Biking Around: San Diego

June 3rd, 2016

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Per several Snapchat requests, here is my San Diego travel guide!

If you’ve haven’t been to California & want to experience a So. Cal. vibe, then you are on your way to San Diego.

There is literally so00000 much to do in San Diego, that I’ve kind of been avoiding making this post. I honestly didn’t even know where to start. 

But since my time in San Diego has officially come to a close, I figured it’s now or never. 

Sooooo let’s bike around San Diego!!!! 

Where to Stay: sunset

When traveling to San Diego, you have a few options in terms of location. 

San Diego is so big, so before picking your hotel, think about the vacation vibe you’re going for. Below I’ve broken down the different areas/vibes & my favorite hotel in each region.

So. Cal. Beach City: 

Hyatt Regency Mission Beach

This resort is located in one of the coolest San Diego beaches, Mission Beach. If you’re looking for a vacation full of beaching, water activities or a local beach bar crowd; well Mission Beach is for you! 

Downtown San Diego:

 Hilton San Diego Bayfront

I stayed here by far the most! I love love love it. I honestly liked it a lot because it’s wicked close to the Gaslamp District, which of course is the perfect place to grab a drink & get a delicious dinner. 

This hotel is also located on the bay, so get use to amazing views! Also it’s super close to the Padre Stadium, so if you are looking to go to a game, this hotel is perfect for ya. 

Coronado Island: 

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Oh Coronado, how I love you. If you are looking for a romantic and family fun vacation destination, then hit up Coronado. It’s honestly the most charming part about San Diego and a great place to go visit. From the beach, to the cute downtown, Coronado is as charming as it gets. 

To-Do: beach jumping

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OMG where do I start? Literally there is so much to do, I actually still have a list of things I want to go back and do. But let’s start with a few San Diego hotspots that you HAVE TO HIT. 

Torry Pines Gliderport

This one is a must hit for anyone with an adventures side. I’ve actually never hang glided (I don’t even know if that’s a word), buttttt my brother was brave enough to try it out & loved it. 

Basically you hang glide or paraglide over the cliffs of La Jolla & the Torry Pines golf course. It’s honestly beyond beautiful and I have a few pictures from the glider port above & below, but the pictures don’t do it justice. You can read more about the whole package here

Anyways if you’re brave then drive right up & take the plunge literally. beach jumping

Balboa Park 

If you are in San Diego you have to take a quick stop at Balboa Park! It’s gigantic & so pretty. The picture above of me, was actually taken at Balboa. It’s just a wonderful place to catch up with friends & exercise. 

San Diego Zoo: 

This one is a MUST! The Zoo is huge & I personally like the Safari Park the most. It’s gigantic and is filled to the rim with animals, you didn’t even know existed. If you have children, make a day of it & I’m sure they will enjoy it. 

Padres Baseball Game:

 Make sure to check the Padres schedule if you are in San Diego. The tickets are beyond cheap and the park is really beautiful, Matt & I always go to a game whenever we are in town. 

Go to the Beach: 

This one is kind of obvious, but just in case you forget. Makes sure to stop by one of the many amazing San Diego beaches! Some of my favorites are: Mission Beach, Coronado Beach, Pacific Beach & La Jolla (obvi)!
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To Eat:

The food is my favorite thing about San Diego! 

No joke, I have some amazing food pictures, showcased below. I honestly have so many recommendations that I’m just going to start listing them off, soooooo 1 for the money, 2 for the show, 3 to get ready & GO GO GO: crushed

Brunch: 

Richard Walkers Pancake House

Crush (Mimosa Brunch!)

Cafe 21

Lunch: 

Tender Greens

In & Out

Rubicon Deli

Dinner: 

Sushi – Cannonball 

Seafood – Top of the Market

Italian –  Spaghetti Factory

Dessert:

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That’s basically all I got for now! Oh & San Diego readers, make sure to leave any additional suggestions below! I’m always up to trying new places. 

I hope to continue doing these travel posts! Sooooo let me know below if you are looking for a travel guide to any place specific place in New England. 

Happy Weekend xx A. 

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Biking Around New England: Boston

May 15th, 2016

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Hey Guys! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend, it truly was beautiful here in New England.

It’s finally starting to feel like summer, which means it’s time for those iconic New England road trips. The best part of living in New England is the close access to sooooooo many hoppin summer destinations.

So I’m taking you all along! I’m actually starting a new segment on the blog called ‘Biking Around New England’, after all the TCC logo is a bike.

The series will document my upcoming summer road trip adventures, and of course I wanted to start the series off with my favorite New England summer road trip destination, Boston. 

So let’s jump right into it, shall we… 

Where to Stay: 

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Whenever I travel to Boston I always stay at The Sheraton Boston Hotel! 

The reason why I always stay at the Sheraton is it’s prime location. It’s literally a 3 minute walk from the best street in Boston…Newbury Street! 

My mother & I traveled up to the Sheraton to kick off our New England summer road trip series & loved how convenient the location was. We did some shopping at the Prudential, which is actually connected to the hotel, went to dinner on Newbury & then went over for an evening walk in the Boston Common. 

Everything was within walking distance from the Sheraton, and whenever I travel I always pick my hotels based on location. You know what they say on Million Dollar Listing NYC, ‘location, location, location’!

Also The Sheraton currently has a “spring into summer” promotion, available through Labor Day weekend! So if you are planning on hitting up the greatest city in New England, you can check out all the details here! They are offering low rates on rooms, discounts on spa treatments & on-site restaurants, the last time Matt & I visited the Sheraton we had Apropos breakfast delivered to the room & it was beyond perfect. 

& if you follow me on instagram then you’ve seen the amazing view from the Sheraton’s sundeck! If you missed it, check it out here (it’s to die for!). 

To-Do: swan boat

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OMG where do I start? Literally there is so much to do, I actually still have a list of things I want to go back and do. But let’s start with a few Boston hotspots that you HAVE TO HIT. 

Boston Common:

It’s a must, especially during the spring & summer. Whenever I go to Boston Common I always ride the Swan Boats, it’s something you have to do. & bring your phone along because it will be the cutest part of your snap story. 

Currently the park is beyond beautiful with all the flowers blooming. I got a little flower happy on snapchat (aubreyrose740), while in Boston. 

Finally my suggestion is grab your picnic basket and head up to Boston for a romantic road trip! Grab your hubby, head to the Sheraton and have a picnic in the park. Literally cutest, date, ever. 

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Without a doubt, if you are in Boston you HAVE TO GO TO FENWAY! I’m actually going to games all the time with Matt. It’s our favorite thing to do in the summer. We are planning to go to the May 25th game next, so I’ll see you all there. 

If you’ve never been to the ball park before, then make sure to arrange an hour long walking tour!  By the end you’ll know everything you need to know about America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. 

Boston Duck Tour:

Honestly these tours are just fun! If it’s your first time in Boston then stop what you are doing and book a duck tour here. Literally these are the best tours. You ride a amphibious vehicle for a drive around the city’s historic spots before splashing into the Charles River. Get your cameras ready, because you’ll literally see it all. 

Shopping: 

If you are in the mood to shop, then you are in the right city my friend. You can stroll over to the Prudential Center for some big brand shopping or hit the streets of Boston for a leisurely day of shopping. 

I recommend going to either Beacon Hill, Charles Street, or Back Bay, Newbury Street to experience the best shopping. From amazing restaurants to the cutest boutiques these streets got you covered. 

Oh & did I mention TCC mugs are now available at Backstone’s of Boston! They have stores on both Newbury & Charles Street so make sure to pop in & send me a snap of the mugs. stones

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To Eat:

God, I don’t think the word diet is in my vocabulary. Matt always jokes that one day they will have to roll me out of the house, because literally I love to travel and try new food places.

I can’t help it! Cities have the best food, they just do. & because I’m obsessed with seafood, Boston is kind of like a food heaven for me.

So let’s chat about places to eat!

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The last time Matt & I went to Boston we got room service at the Sheraton & boy was it good. It was the perfect go getter breakfast. If your aren’t staying at the hotel you can always venture to the hotel’s breakfast-only restaurant located on the lobby level, it’s called Apropos! 

Stephanie’s on Newbury: pancakes

If you are in the mood for a serious Sunday brunch then head over to Stephanie’s on Newbury! They mean business when it comes to sweet & savory breakfasts. 

Also Loving:

Georgetown Cupcakes

Cafeteria Boston

James Hook + Co ( get the lobster roll here, it’s the best in Boston!)

Tatte Bakery (my friend Jacqueline recommended it to me & it was so cute)

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That’s basically all I got for now! Oh & Boston readers, make sure to leave any additional suggestions below! I’m always up to trying new places. 

Next time I head to Boston I really want to spend more time in the South-End. I never really head over there  & I would love to check it out. 

I’m currently sick, so I’m headed back to bed! Happy Monday xx A. 

Thank you to The Sheraton team, for hosting me in Boston! 

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Biking Around: Punta Cana Beaching

April 27th, 2016

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Okay, where to begin! As most of you know I recently took a week long vacation with my family to Punta Cana, and went moderately MIA for a bit (is it too late now to say sorry??). 

Sooooo I feel like we have a lot to chat about. My time in Punta Cana overall was wonderful. I was lucky enough to stay at Paradisus Palma Real Resort, which is beyond beautiful, just look at the pictures! 

I’ve actually stayed there a few times before and really haven’t had much to complain about. The beach is perfect, the food is delicious and just look at the pool…#heaven. 

I always love sharing my travel experience with you guys, to give you an idea of what to expect if you want to plan your next vacation here. I will say this hotel is a great place to go to, to relax or have a little romantic getaway. However if you’re looking for constant entertainment, this isn’t your place. We spent most of the time just lounging around the pool and relaxing, which is my ideal vacation anyway. 

The only true issue I faced with the hotel was the spotty communication with the staff, During our stay we often ended up with completely different dining plans than intended #oops.

We also decided to go with a family concierge package, which overall I don’t think is really worth it. You get a butler that helps you plan your daily activities, but because of the poor communication, the butler ended up being more of a hassle.

SO if you are looking for a place to kind of do your own thing and RELAX, CHILL & ENJOY THE SUN, then this place is for you. However if you are looking for a place that is constantly entertaining you and organizing your day, I would suggest I different location. 

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Okay also if you are looking for a beach wedding venue, well I got you. Paradisus Palma Real Resort had at least one wedding per day, throughout our week long vacation.

So they are wedding professionals and they always had the cutest setups, just checkout the picture below. 

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Anyway, I’m so excited to be back in New England and plugging away at TCC content. The New England summers really inspire me, so I have so many cool ideas coming to a blog near you. 

Also a new mug design was delivered to my door today & I’m going to say that this might be my favorite mug so far (ahhh)!! I’m keeping it top secret for awhile but I can’t wait to share it with you all soon. 

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I love vacationing at Punta Cana because OMG how pretty is the ocean. It’s crystal clear, which is my standard for oceans. I’m a big shark week lover, which means I’m also a big ‘I’m not getting in that water’, gal.

So the caribbean is totally my beach, because you can see everything around you. Honestly I think if a shark reallyyyy wanted to eat me, it wouldn’t matter if I had a visual head start, but I think it’s just a mental thing. 

Overall that means I’m a party in my cabana by the pool kind of gal. I spent my whole vacation snuggled by the pool while reading Miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children & listening to my TCC Spring Vibes playlist

Okay enough about me, what did you guys do for spring break??? Let me know below! xx A. 
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Biking Around New England: Vermont 506 Inn on the River

April 3rd, 2016

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If you follow me on snapchat (aubreyrose740) or instagram, then you already know that I spent the weekend in Vermont.

Okay, I love living in New England, because you have all these whimsical towns in your backyard, literally waiting for you to explore them.

I love leaving CT & seeing new towns, so I was beyond excited when I booked my stay at 506 Inn on the River in Woodstock, VT.

Okay, go grab a coffee & hold onto your seats because this is a long post!

I’m breaking this post into sections because I loved the inn that much. It was like I died and went to decor heaven...or Joanna Gaines’ house.

The inn’s decor was a mixture of true New England style (think American flags, vintage ski boots & lots of historic typewriters) and eccentric antique finds. 

I was ready to move in & never look back.

Okay….enough about the decor, let’s jump into the recap. 

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Vermont is about a 2.5 hour drive from my house in CT, so we arrived at the inn around 7pm on Friday and immediately went to the grand room. 

We grabbed some decaf coffee and chatted by the fire before heading off to bed. It was a very rainy weekend, which made staying at the inn even more fun.

There is nothing better than curling up inside with a warm cup of coffee, on a rainy night. Also Vermont coffee is no joke, the whole town of Woodstock seemed to have the best coffee. which is a huge plus!

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This pool meant business. 

I honestly don’t know what else to say because it is probably one of the prettiest indoor pools in Vermont. I took the first picture sitting in the Jacuzzi and I didn’t want to get out! The pool room looked like it belonged inside a house in the hamptons, as it was decked out with sophisticated decor & included a sauna (#win). 

On Saturday it was still super rainy so my sister & I woke up and headed straight for the pool. We spent about three hours swimming around, getting out, jumping in the sauna and repeating that sequence about 20 times.

Once the rain started to wrap up, we headed back to our rooms to get ready for our next activity. 

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If you want to experience a true New England town, then book your stay at 506 Inn on the River & get to Woodstock VT. 

I’m sure you have all noticed, how much I love New England homes by now. I’m always being a total creeper and taking pictures of the New England-est homes & sharing them with you all on Instagram. I probably look like the biggest creeper. 

Well after the pool I got dressed and spent the whole afternoon with my family, walking around the town and snapping pictures. 

The homes were as New England as it could get really. They were charming, whimsical and most of them included shutters and a fence. 

So my family & I walked around the beautiful town for most of the day & then headed to the Maple Festival!

Yup, you heard me right! We headed to a Maple Festival, 506 Inn on the River recommended we attend the festival and I’m so glad we went. 

It was filled with local restaurants showcasing their best maple dishes. My sister and I just went for it, we ate maple ice cream, maple meringues and even ate maple french toast cupcakes. Everything was so tasty.

I even left buying a maple candle, true story I swear.

A Woodstock Nightcap:baryumbar goalscocktailAfter the Maple Festival it was time for a nightcap drink, before heading up to bed.

Of course I was obsessed with 506 Inn at the River’s bar, which was a bar fit for John F. Kennedy. It had classy cocktails, refreshing margaritas and cooling spritzers. 

Not to mention the bar was filled with vintage card games from the 70’s and about two dozen old books. 

After falling in love with the bar decor, I had to order a drink. It was the perfect way to end a rainy Saturday night. 

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Okay I digress into a small rant about how much I loved the inn’s kitchen. 

It literally felt like a set from the food network, it was that perfect. On Sunday my family and I met at the inn’s country kitchen for a complimentary breakfast! It was exactly what we needed and the perfect way to leave Woodstock.

The trip overall left me super inspired. Many of you followed along on snapchat and shared local recommendations and wanted to see more of the inn. 

So the minute I got home, I started working on this post. I wanted to get it to you ASAP. 

Many of you asked if I liked staying at the inn & if I would recommend it, and my answers is…YES! I’m actually dying to bring Matt to 506 Inn on the River this summer, I think it would make the perfect weekend getaway. 

It’s the perfect way to experience the charming New England town of Woodstock. 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend xx A. 

 

Spring Break 2016

February 29th, 2016

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I can’t believe how quickly February flew by, like wow! I’m okay with it though, because now it’s time for Spring Break 2016! I’ll be traveling a lot during March & April, to hopefully much warmer places. Anyways I want to keep you all in the loop and involved, as I’m sure most of you are jetting off for Spring Break as well. So to get you all inspired for Spring Break 2016, here is my packing wish list.

I’m not actually going anywhere till the end of March, but I love making a list of ‘wants’ in order to actually budget myself.  Some items like bathing suits may be expensive, but other items like this straw hat are much more affordable. The below items are a mixture of steals and splurges, that’s kind of my philosophy on life. Splurge on pieces you can reuse for several years and find steals for trendier pieces, like shoes & hats. 

So let’s just jump right in…

Airport Necessities

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WAVESLet’s head to the Beach with these essentials…

Beach Bae: 
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Wedges are a Must: 
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I hope you guys love these Spring Break 2016 essentials. I’m dying to invest in that one piece bathing suit, these specific wedges (to die for) and of course this beach coverup. Just looking at these pictures, makes me want to head over to the airport right now! xx 

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Boston Weekend Recap

February 25th, 2016

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Last weekend the Sheraton Boston Hotel hosted Matt & I for the weekend and well, it was amazing to say the least. I’m going to give you guys a breakdown of everything we saw and everywhere we shopped (duh). So let’s jump into it! 

WHERE WE STAYED: 

As I said earlier the Sheraton Boston Hotel hosted us for the weekend and we enjoyed every aspect of their hotel. My favorite part though, would have to be the view! The image above was captured straight out of my hotel room; if you follow me on snapchat (aubreyrose740) then you know how obsessed I am with this view. I’ve stayed at several Boston hotels but none of them had a view close to this one. The view alone kicked the weekend off on a great foot. sheraton

The hotel workers go out of their way to cater to their customers. They left some champagne and a lovely New England themed gift-bag in the room to surprise Matt & I. And boy were we surprised. We were beyond impressed with the hotel’s amenities, hospitality and bustling energy. 

The Sheraton’s Perfect Location:

The Sheraton was in the perfect location! It is located in the middle of downtown Boston & is just a 3 minute walk from Newbury Street (perfect). As you may have guessed Newbury Street is one of my favorite places to visit, so I loved being a 3 minuet walk away. Overall Matt & I loved how easy it was to hit the shops on Newbury, run back to the hotel, drop off our goodies and head back out again. 

The hotel’s location made exploring the city so easy. 

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Next Matt & I decided to explore the Beacon Hill section of Boston & let me tell you, it was well worth it. I literally fell in love with Beacon Hill! I just loved the atmosphere so much, soooooo I’m giving it it’s own section…

BEACON HILL:

The Beacon Hill region is about a 1 mile walk from the hotel, which was perfect with the beautiful weather we had that day. It was honestly 58 degrees, which is unheard of in February, but hey I’ll take it. On our walk over to Beacon Hill we stopped and listened to all the amazing street performers sharing their talents & even prolonged our walk in the park, to take in the beautiful day. After walking circles in Boston Common and sending many snapchats, we arrived at Charles St. & allowed the photograph and shopping to commence. boston lovecharles street

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Matt & I walked the brick streets of this charming Boston region & took in every unique shop. One of my favorite shops I looked at was, Flat of the Hill. It had so many cute products and was just filled to the brim with great gift items. Charles Street has everything, from fashion forward clothing at Crush to a shop called Fastachi, which was a nut gift shop and let me tell you, it smelt like heaven. 

Overall we spent the whole day taking pictures of Beacon Hill flats and just exploring. I honestly couldn’t tell which home was my favorite, each one had it’s own character and I basically wanted to live in them all.  

So 5 0’clock rolled in and Matt & I realized we were starving, we always do this to ourselves when traveling. Before we got super hangry, we just decided to walk into the closest restaurant, which worked out perfectly. 

We ate at The Paramount and grabbed some great American comfort food. We both got a cheeseburger with extra crunchy fries on the side, my ideal date food. If you are looking for an affordable, quick but super good place to eat, The Paramount is for you. 

So we finished our night by walking back towards Newbury, we may have taken a much needed stop at Georgetown cupcakes & then headed back to The Sheraton, for a late night swim. 

BREAKFAST IN BED:
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On Sunday, The Sheraton surprised Matt & I with the best breakfast! We opened our doors to two amazing spinach omelets, hash browns (my favorite), muffins & croissants (which of course I couldn’t resist), along with some delicious yogurt. Matt & I turned on the TV, snuggled into bed and ate our hearts out.

The Sheraton Team also surprised us with my favorite Starbucks drink, I’m a big believer in ‘the little things’ and this attention to detail just made me so happy. 

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GREEN TANGERINE SPA:hair style

Before heading home to Connecticut Matt & I wrapped up our visit at The Sheraton hotel with a trip to The Green Tangerine spa.

Matt got a deep tissue massage, which he claims was perfection and I got a 60 minute facial. I have to admit this was my first facial ever, I usually get massages but I figured why not step out of my comfort zone and try something new.

Oh boy, big mistake because I’m now addicted to facials. Cintia, gave me the best facial. She was so sweet and answered all of my questions. I’m a big chatter whenever I get any spa treatments, I love to pick the esthetician’s brain because they know their skincare stuff! 

Cintia was so kind and explained to me the importance of facials, how often you should get them and what they do for your skin longterm. After spending an hour with her, I’m a 100% on the facial bandwagon. I’m dying to share this new love of facials with my sister Sarah, I know she would love them! It was one of the best spa experiences I’ve ever had and I’m not just saying that. Everyone was so sweet and welcoming, it was great.

Finally I finished up the day with a blowout, as Matt & I were heading to a country concert that night. Brenna did my hair & as you can see, it came out perfect. I’m all about loose wavy curls, I love the texture they add to your hair. She was so kind and I loved chatting with her about her favorite New England locations. She recommended a summer weekend trip to Maine, and I kind of fell in love with the idea. 

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Final Thoughts:

Overall I’m a big believer in weekend trips, especially in New England. It’s really important to get out of your everyday routine and go out & really see what your surrounding cities have to offer. New Englanders are so lucky because we have sooooo many unique cities and towns to explore. However I’ve always loved visiting Boston, but I especially loved this trip. I can’t wait to head back to beantown, especially in the spring/summer. xx A. 

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September 8th, 2015

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Hey Guys, 

So how perfect is San Diego? Well I will tell you guys, it is pretty darn perfect! & if you know me, than you know I love going on walks. Walks downtown, walks on campus but most importantly walks & picnics in Balboa Park.

Balboa Park is a location fit for a San Diego Princess (aka me), so naturally I love walking around the park & taking in all the beautiful architecture. As I said earlier I love walking & for me walking equals these White Vans, I never really saw myself as a ‘Vans Girl’, but these sneakers are the perfect comfy white shoe (just trust me).

Anyways I have been spreading the word that this fall/winter I will be sporting the ‘Turtleneck’ attire left & right. When I found the Turtleneck Tank above, I had to buy it, it was love at first sight 100%. Turtlenecks are preppy chic, or at least that is what I think! 

So what do you guys think? Do you like the turtleneck style? Let me know below xx A. 

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