Today marks the start of public access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which means it’s time to get a jump start on revamping your fall wardrobe! Above I’ve pulled together some of my favorite looks and below I go into more detail about the styles, structures and how they fit into a New Englander’s winter wardrobe.
If you can buy two items and two items only, these would be the items I suggest putting into your online shopping cart. Both of these items I own personally and am actually repurchasing this year because, well frankly, winter is coming!
- Madewell 10-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans – Blue Denim is a must for any New Englander’s fall wardrobe, and this year I’m specifically stocking up on these button fly jeans. Madewell’s high waisted denim is not only the comfiest around but they’re perfect to tuck the coziest of cream fall sweaters into all winter long.
- J. Crew Olga Boiled Wool Topcoat – Nothing says taking the train into NYC to witness the holiday lights, quite like a wool topcoat! I purchased this exact coat in cream, last year and was ecstatic when I saw it in a brilliant red. Pull together a neutral sweater look with this traditional yet colorful winter coat.
If you’re looking to add new pieces to your fall wardrobe these wardrobe select pieces are for you. From the classic mule to the more modern over the knee boot, a New Englander’s closet is rooted in tradition but open to new pops of color and structured statements. Below are pieces I’ve personally purchased this year, those of which I’m ecstatic to style for you all.
- Funnel Neck Shirt – Every New Englander has a funnel neck shirt. I have about fifteen of them but the great part about this one is all the little details. I’m a fan of the little buttons on the collar and the more youthful and dramatic shirttail hem. I highly recommend this shirt to any college gals or young professionals, it’s a wardrobe must!
- Over The Knee Boots – A little outside of my comfort zone but for the best. I decided to go with a more mature boot selection this year, compared to my constant bootie purchases. These stunning over the knee boots will look gorgeous come fall especially when styled with pops of fall color.
- Madewell High Waisted Black Denim – I really don’t have much to say about these jeans besides the simple fact that I live in them. I wore mine so much that last year, they ripped, which was slightly embarrassing but I’ve had them since high school so no judging. On that note, I plan on purchasing two pairs of these and calling it a day.
- The Loafer Mule – I already own the classic Madewell loafers, from last year so I couldn’t help but yelp from excitement when I saw they made a loafer mule combo. The only way to celebrate was by purchasing both the Black and English Saddle color sight unseen.
- Found My Friend Sweater– I purchased this exact sweater a few years ago and am so happy they brought it back. You can see me style it in this post here, however it runs SUPER large. I’m usually a medium in tops and I purchased an XS so size down ladies.
- FRAME Le Slender Straight Leg Jeans – I love straight legged jeans with mules and I’ve been looking for an affordable lighter denim for the longest time. I haven’t gotten these in the mail yet to try on in person but fingers crossed they work.
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You can thank Instagram’s innovative features for inspiring this blog post today. Last Monday I decided to try out Instagram’s new ‘ask me anything feature’ and while I wasn’t sure what type of questions I’d get, or if I’d get any, I was very surprised when I saw a bunch of blogging related questions roll in. I was shocked but thrilled because blogging means so much to me and I was happy that it wasn’t a dying art form, which is how it can feel sometimes. A lot has changed since I started blogging and a lot of that has to do with Instagram, so before I go any further make sure to follow us on Instagram here.
Okay, I digress, flashback to when I started blogging back in 2014, I was addicted to the blogging world and the bloggers creating it. To paint the picture I was a nineteen-year-old college student who would wake up every morning, two hours before my 9 AM class, head to Aromas, our on-campus college coffee shop, order a blueberry muffin and a medium ice coffee, cream, and sugar; sit in the same tall booth and open my laptop to dive into the freshly posted content. Back in 2014, I’d say 90% of bloggers were blogging Monday through Friday, which meant every day I had new posts to read, new ways to connect with bloggers I admired and read advice from bloggers who felt like friends to me. It was the original Facebook Community Group before the ones we have now and it really set the tone for my day.
The blogging community four years ago was also so attainable and content-based, it was about connecting and creating community through value-based relatable content. It was less about links, loop giveaways and much less about selling Instagram preset. I think in the last four years a lot has gotten lost in translation with blogging as Instagram became the main focus and written content got pushed to the side. I mean, I don’t blame other bloggers who stopped blogging because it’s a ton of work. Planning an Instagram post takes nowhere near the time of what goes into a blog post; not to mention the expenses that come with running a site.
Now over the last year, I’ve seen a lot of bloggers stop blogging, and start solely being Instagram influencers, and it’s made me sad, to put it frankly. I would open my computer to find fewer new blog posts for my morning read through, and I quickly started to appreciate more and more, the bloggers who’ve stayed consistent through and through; because even though Instagram is all the rage, a picture is just a picture, where’s the value?
Which brings me to my point, why I’ll never stop blogging and why I love it. The reason I’ll never stop blogging is I’m too deep in. At first, I was doing it all for you, creating content to inspire you and style guides to get you all cute and cozy for fall football games. I created this space solely for user function, and as a place where I laid New England lifestyle out and provided you all with the most value and hopefully inspiration I could.
Yet, fast forward four years later to 2018, where this space is something completely different to me. Not only is my brand bigger than my blog, we now have a flourishing TCC Crew, a Youtube Channel where we upload twice a week, and an ever-growing Instagram; what the blog means to me has changed. Not only is the blog a place that I can connect with you on a deeper level, it’s also a documentation of my life. I have my college graduation, family vacations, and my move to Dallas; all documented on this blog. I can look back at my life and see it unfold through blog posts and I love that. I get to document my life, share New England with you all, and most importantly share more than a pretty picture.
So why I’ll never stop blogging, well that’s a selfish reason. I’ll never stop blogging because I love that I’ve documented so much of my life here and watching my brand, content and life change via this platform is something I never want to lose, but more importantly, let’s talk about why I love it. I love blogging because of you. I was asked on the new Instagram feature what my favorite part of being a blogger is and it’s connecting and sharing my moments of New England living with you. I’ve meet TCC readers all over New England now and getting to share our love for New England together is something that never gets old. So if you see me in the streets or vlogging away with Tessa, stop and say HI. Connecting with you is what I love and something I’ll never change.
Okay, now let’s talk about this outfit. I’m always a huge fan of Vineyard Vines dresses come July and August because they hold up so well in the heat. Same goes for this structured front tie dress, it’s the perfect lightweight piece for your hot summer fun. I would highly recommend ordering a size up though as it runs on the smaller side due to the front tie! Finally, I want to check out your blog! Leave your blog title and why you love blogging below. I can’t wait to check out your blog in my morning read through.
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First dates can really put your emotions through the wringer, and it’s important to be prepared for anything and everything. Okay, chances are you’ll feel excited, nervous, stressed out and exhilarated; but in today’s world thinking of where to go or what to eat can seem almost as daunting as getting asked out on a date, which is why I had to pipe in and ease those first date jitters. Dating can be nerve-wracking, but finding the perfect date night activity doesn’t have to be, which brings me to this post and why mini golf makes the ultimate first date.
To be fully transparent, I was lucky enough to get paired up with Matt at a very young age, so while I haven’t had a ton of first date experince, per se, I have been on a ton of dates, that is for sure. Honestly dates come and go, but I would say that our mini golf date nights are some of the most memorable date nights ever. Which is really saying something because, Matt and I have spent nine summers together now, and as summers come and go the one thing that stays constant is our love for mini golf. I mean it’s a classic, and no matter your age, gender, height or skill set; mini golf is anybody’s game which is why it’s so fun.
It can be tempting to head to your favorite restaurant or a good movie for your big date, but nothing shakes off the jitters and allows you to really chat like a freshly turfed mini golf course. Whether you’re fishing your ball out of the water pathways or strategically trying to get your ball through the narrow doors of the lighthouse structure, and into the hole, embracing the now and letting loose is what dating is all about. Oh and it’s a good date night option if you’re looking to step away from your phone, which is another reason I love playing. I mean focus is key if you want to win and you know I’m all about winning!
Now that you know what you’re doing for your first date, it’s important to figure out what you should wear. Recently I’ve been living in this gingham printed sports polo dress from Vineyard Vines. Usually, I’m in between a size four/six but decided on a size small in this polo dress and honestly couldn’t be happier. The fabric is ideal for hot summer days and is cute as a button to boot. Very Jackie O and let’s just say that the compliments came pouring in while I was on the mini-golf course. Overall, polo dresses are a great New England wardrobe staple and can be styled from the golf course to the club with a few added accessories like earrings, a bold lip, and oversized sunglasses.
Oh, and to make things more interesting it’s always fun to throw down a bet. For Matt and I that means the winner gets to control the TV remote for one entire night, so the stakes are high but for a first date I say the loser buys ice cream is a pretty safe bet. Now I’d love to hear from you guys, do you have a favorite mini golf course? If so leave the name and town of the courses below so Matt and I can check it out.
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I can’t believe this week marks the first of July, and with so much going on, and with big travel plans in the works, I’m looking forward to taking a step back and enjoying the best scenic routes Connecticut has to offer. This past weekend, I was bogged down with the summer bug, so I’m extra eager to make the most of the beautiful weather we’ll see and hit the open road to explore. Whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I like to get outside of myself and hit the drive the quaintest of Connecticut’s Scenic Summer Routes with Matt or Tessie.
This past weekend, my uncle, Mike, was kind enough to lend Tessie and I his vintage buggy car, for a little road trip to Old Wethersfield and The Wethersfield Cove. Before heading out Tessie and I packed the car full of our favorite snacks for a quick picnic and stopped by a farm stand on the way to snag these budding sunflowers for some pictures.
Taking time to reset and explore the best of Connecticut’s scenic summer routes is a godsend for me during this busy time of year. My job requires me to be on and creative basically twenty-four/seven, so packing a few outfits and just getting in the car to see what we stumble upon is my ideal choice when dealing with writer’s block or when feeling unmotivated. So I figured maybe sharing my favorite routes to drive and explore might help you the next time you need to escape and drive a little bit.
If you’re up for wood-shingled homes and beautiful coastal views, then you best head south on Route 154. You’ll drive by some of my favorite coastal towns and communities like historical Fenwick, known for being the summer oasis for nonother than Katherine Hepburn. Once you take a spin around Fenwick, last seen on the blog here and here. Continue on Route 154 until you hit the Old Saybrook, my ideal pit stop for great seafood, shopping and New England culture. Then jump back in your car and see where the open road takes you next.
If you’re hungry head take the scenic route 1 to scenic route 27 through downtown and historic Mystic CT. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, ice cream or seafood, Mystic has you covered. Just give yourself plenty of time to explore the off-roads of Route 1 and Route 27 too, as you’ll be sure to pass stunning homesteads and gorgeous historical homes, you’ll want to pull over to take a picture.
Finally, if you’re in that country kind of mood. Roll down the windows and head towards Route 49 & Route 14A. You’ll ride up and down large hilltop farms decorated with historic stone walls, grazing cattle and summer corn tassels that stretch for miles and miles. Oh, and depending on the time of year you may come upon fields of gorgeous sunflowers soaking up the rays of summer.
I hope this post inspired you guys to hit the open road this weekend and enjoy your time with friends and family. Now I’d love to hear from you guys, what’s your favorite summer route to take? Leave a comment down below!
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It’s summertime in New England which means it’s time to unbutton the covers on our boats and induldge in the best dockable resturants Connecticut has to offer. Now, this past week has been eceptionally hot in New England, which has all of us leaving our yards, pools and golf carts and heading towards the cool refreshing brezze of the ocean. To be honest, this time of year is one of my favorites to dress for but I often get emails from you all asking for suggestions on what to wear, when boating in New England; so Tessa and I decided to snap these pictures after our recent trip to Abbott’s in the Rough.
Abbott’s in the Rough is one of my favorite dockable resturants in Connecticut, from it’s famous lobster rolls to it’s waterfront picnic tables, it’s as quantessential as it gets. The boat ride to Abbott’s in the Rough from where I live can seem like a haul though, so it’s always important to dress for comfort, pratically and in something you’re not afraid to get wet!
Whenever I head out on the boat, I always like to stick to a nautical style. Whether that means blue and navy attire, like what I’m wearing above, or a classic striped number; nothing is more traditional than a nautical moment out in sea. Now if you take a look at what I actually decided to wear, when boating in New England the other day, you’ll completely see the nautical theme I talked about pulled in. Normally I would recommend wearing jeans when boating, because the wind chill can be no joke, but since it was so hot the other day, I opted to wear these cuffed white jeans shorts and a nautical blue elbow cropped sweater.
I feel in love with this sweater, from the moment I saw it on Vineyard Vines online store. It comes in both red and blue, and it was so hard to choose, but I am forever thankful for the Vineyard Vines team sending me this number. It’s the perfect weight for an evening boat ride and it’s classic cut is ideal for pulling off that nautical style.
Anyway, I’m debating making a video on this topic and showing you the whole process, from start to finish! Let me know if this is something you’d like to see below and I hope this post inspired you to get nautical and hit the open sea.
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I am so excited about today’s post! First off, I’d like to thank Country Club Prep for making this exciting giveaway possible but before I go into any more details on that, let’s jump into a little behind the scenes and what a day at Groton Long Point looks like. I get countless questions from you all, about my favorite picturesque beach towns in Connecticut and I’d have to say Groton Long Point is at the top of my list. No matter what time of day or day of the week, each time I visit I’m guaranteed to look out into the ocean and see sailboats gliding through the sound. Literally nothing prettier than that.
Before heading down to Groton Long Point, I decided to dress the part and pair my Jack Roger sandals with this Kiel James Patrick, Nautical Chinoiserie Shirtdress. I was instantly drawn to this dress because of its crisp white and blue sailboat print. I pulled the look together effortlessly with a pop of color on my lips and air dried coastal hair. All in all, it was going to be a good day.
Shoot days can always be hectic but since we only had plans on shooting one outfit look this day, my Mom and I decided to make an outing out of it. We stopped at my favorite bakery on the way to Groton, to grab a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich…my go to road trip snack and an iced coffee. It took us about an hour to drive down to the shoreline and once we arrived we were greeted with even prettier weather.
From there, we parked the car and walked around the whole point until we found the perfect spot to take our picture. Originally I wasn’t planning on taking pictures in the water but the sailboats were just too idyllic to pass up. We spent about three hours walking the point, shooting this dress and enjoying a relaxing day in Groton Long Point. We even went as far as to bring you all BTS (behind the scenes) with us! Just click on the video below to watch our whole photo shoot day unfold.
Okay, now from the moment I found out that Country Club Prep and I were greenlighted go for this giveaway I knew I wanted to head down to Groton to shoot the giveaway images and share why Jack Roger sandals are a staple in my New England wardrobe. In fact, I can remember vividly purchasing my first pair of Jack Rogers. I was interviewing with colleges down in North Carolina and on arrival realized I had forgotten to pack my one pair of kitten heels I owned for the interview. So an hour before my interview my Mom and I jetted over to the mall to discover the brand, Jack Rogers. I purchased my first pair of Hamptons Jack Rogers at the age of seventeen with cash that I saved up from my summer job, and still, have that pair of platinum sandals today. In fact, it’s actually the exact pair I’m holding in the pictures above.
Long story short, Jack Rogers played a big part in making me feel confident and classy for those interviews, and getting to giveaway a pair to you all now is a dream come true. It’s super simple to enter just head over to this Instagram post to get all the details. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and make sure to subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL to see new videos every Wednesday and vlogs every Saturday. Good luck and make sure to enter the giveaway here!
Nothing is more soothing and exciting than the hustle and bustle of Bowen’s Wharf come summertime. In fact, if you asked me to describe Newport, Rhode Island to you, the first thing that comes to my mind is the historic wharves and all they have to offer. So, I was ecstatic when Tessa and I had enough time on our previous trip to Newport, to clock out early and enjoy a leisurely ‘linner’ at Bowen’s Wharf.
The stunning 18th-century brick wharf buildings, bring you instantly back to Bowen’s start as a thriving seaport in colonial New England. Today the once commercial seaport buildings, are filled to the brim with shops, artwork, and delicious food, which is much more up my alley. The weather was beautiful when Tessa and I were visiting, so our first stop was at the Coffee Grinder to pick up two iced lattes and an apple turnover. We snacked on the apple turnover and our lattes from the comfort of these green Adirondack chairs as we watched the sailboats load and unload tourists.
After we finished our lattes we headed to the main reason why I was so excited to visit Bowen’s Wharf, Kiel James Patrick’s Flagship Store. I’ve always been a huge fan of the KJP brand and their New England presence, so getting to walk into their flagship store and see their entire line of products was surreal. To be hoenst, I ended up having the hardest time deciding what to buy, I’ve always wanted KJP’s Oyster Rockefeller Ring for the longest time but ended up splurging and getting a dress on my visit.
Next, we strolled through the many art galleries along the wharf. I love collecting art while traveling and out of all the art galleries I’ve seen, no one understands my aesthetic like Newport, Rhode Island. The galleries were filled with nautical themes and gorgeous sailboat models, I couldn’t help but to write down a few artist’s names to give to Matt for potential Christmas gift ideas. Because you know it’s never too early to get your Christmas shopping in, I kid.
Finally, we headed to Diego’s Mexican Restaurant, which was recommended to me by my cousins Rachel and Michael who went to school in Rhode Island. All and all, I was so glad they recommended this place. Tessa and I swallowed the nacho plate whole and feasted on a burrito for each of us, to boot. It was the perfect place to watch the sun creep into the water and enjoy the chaotic foot traffic the wharf sees daily.
When heading to Newport, Rhode Island please make sure to take a pit stop, and recharge at Bowen’s Wharf, it really is a classic New England spot. With amazing views and plenty of fresh seafood restaurants, it’s a great way to start or end your day in this seaport city. Oh, and if you’re interested in a real New England experience, look into taking a sailboat ride from the wharf, [sail-newport.com] here! I use to do this annually with my family when I was little and it’s something I always look back on today! I promise it will be so much fun.
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This week on the TCC Network we’re talking about the items you need to finalize your New England Wardrobe for summer. This video has been highly requested so whether you’re headed to Newport, Boston or New Hampshire for the season, don’t you fear, just watch this New England Wardrobe Essential video once or twice to check off all the wardrobe essentials.
Now before we dive into all the details let’s give a round of applause to Tessa’s editing skills! She’s really brought our channel to the next level and we hope this video inspires you to make a classic New England style your own.
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Okay, that’s all you need to complete your New England summer wardrobe! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and make sure to subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL to see new videos every Wednesday and vlogs every Saturday. xx Aubrey
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OUTFIT DETAILSBrooks Brothers Blocked Shift Dress (ON SALE!) c/o •Belt •Bag •Sunglasses •Lipstick
There is A LOT going on in my life at the moment, which sounds so dramatic but it’s a lot of really exciting things, that I can’t wait to open up and share with you all soon! But until then I wanted to sit down, clear my mind and kind of vent about the all too real-life lesson, these big ventures have taught me, but to put it simply, these experiences have truly taught me how to be patient with the process.
You know how people always say patience is a virtue, well they weren’t kidding. By nature I’m a pretty patient person…well my Mom, might disagree but with most things I am. I mean, I could never be a teacher but on average if I’m doing something I enjoy I’m pretty content at putting in the hard work or time for the ultimate end goal. Yet as our ventures get bigger the process takes a heck of a lot longer and requires a lot more energy, which is starting to leave me with feelings of unrest and anxiety, more than anything else. Now, overall the whole experience is so odd to me because I’m normally not one to rush ANYTHING, I like to sleep on decisions, run things by Matt; but at the end of the day moving forward and seeing progress is something that pushes me forward. Which brings me to this post, how do you stay motivated, productive and excited about a venture that is so up in the air?
I mean in the last thirty days Matt and I have come a long way in this venture, which mind you, we’ve been talking about for an entire year, but we still have a very long way to go and at moments it can still leave me feeling like, ‘what the **** is my direction here’. Now, I, fortunately, have a pretty good gut, which seems to inherently lead me into all sorts of ventures, and while this one has truly tested my patience, I know deep down that this one could be the most stunning, exciting and exhilarating adventure yet.
Now, I might be digging my own grave while writing this, as we are actually waiting on some big news about the project today, but I just felt like now was the time to sit down and talk this out with you guys. You know they say the best things in life are worth waiting for, and I’m really hoping that’s true as Matt and I have been waiting on a decision that’s been postponed three times, since NOVEMBER, yes NOVEMBER 2017, but I think the universe has a funny way of making things work out. I mean, if the decision had gone through in November there would have been no way we’d have been able to move forward with the venture but after hearing some big news over the last thirty days, we are finally in a position to bring this venture into formation.
For the longest time I was impatient with the process, wanting to jump the gun and gamble whether we’d be able to commit, but for once the timing feels really right and I guess all we can do now is continue to be patient with the process. After all who knows, the decision they make today could put the whole process to a roaring halt, and send Matt and myself, back to the drawing board, but either way, I’m deciding right now to continue being patient with this process in hopes of reaping the rewards.
I’m learning day by day to be patient and enjoy the process, especially since once the light goes green it will be mayhem from there, but I kind of thrive in mayhem is that weird? Anyway, I know no matter what there is a big change happening for Matt and I, just around the river bend, and if it took me four backbreaking patient years, to build this brand then, I know that only good things could come from the eight-month wait Matt and I have been patiently navigating.
Now let’s talk about this outfit real quick, this dress is everything and it’s a wicked good deal right now so grab one of your own here. I digress, I’d love to hear from you guys! Did you ever experience a time when your patience was tested? How did you maneuver enjoying the process and was it worth it in the end? I love hearing from you so leave your experiences down below. xx Aubrey
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