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Before heading to Costa Rica with Matt and my family tomorrow, Matt and I decided to play hooky for a day and head on a road trip to see the infamous Texas Bluebonnets. I think I mentioned this in Monday’s work wear post, but recently Matt and I have really been non-stop. I’ve been working extra hours to financially save up for a big upcoming project (hopefully) and Matt’s been busy with March Madness, keeping food in the fridge and my spirits up; as I’ve been checked out due to work.
I’m the definition of a workaholic. I read one quote that said something along the lines of ‘if you love what you do than work-life balance isn’t an issue because your work gives you life’ and I totally agree. I’m my happiest after we land a partnership, complete an epic shoot or wrap up editing a video. Producing content for you all gives me energy and pushes me to explore new places and bring them to light here on this platform. I’d love to know what gives you guys energy though, is it time with your friend? Traveling? Iced Coffee? I mean, share what gets you up and going below.
Anyway, when we decide to play hooky, which I admit I like to do on a monthly basis. Wait, reading that back makes me sound like I have a horrid work ethic. Okay, I like playing hooky on Fridays because I’d much rather do office work on a Sunday and give myself Friday to explore new places, during the day when the crowds are small and the lighting is good…makes sense right? Anyway when we were planning our hooky day I knew exactly where we had to head. Earlier that week when I was out shopping for bathing suits for our trip tomorrow, I heard a women raving about the Texas Bluebonnets in Ennis, a small town an hour south of Dallas, Again my eavesdropping came in for the win, and I knew it would be the perfect place to get you all inspired for spring.
I mean the weather has been rough in Connecticut, I’m not going to lie but it’s all worth it, just think of the New England summer that awaits us. Wouldn’t you agree? I’m giddy just thinking about it. Until then I hope this post gets you excited to throw on your own lightweight wax jacket by Barbour and visit those stunning New England flower farms that should hopefully be opening next week if the weather warms up. If you missed our New England Flower Farms To Visit post you can view it here.
Walking through the fields of brilliant bluebonnets made me think of my college days and when I started this blog. One of my first posts, which I can’t believe I’m linking for you guys but here it is, was taken at the The Flower Fields on Carlsbad Ranch. I was just a sophomore at college in San Diego, excited to learn more about growing a blog while experimenting with my Canon camera and basic kit lens. It really wasn’t that long ago but to think of where I am now and the TCC Crew members I’ve surrounded myself with, really keeps me grounded. There are moments when I feel like I should be further ahead, more financially stable or engaging with a larger Instagram following but to think it all started in a little dorm room with a base model DSLR camera, that I worked double shifts at my school’s gym job to afford mind you, makes me smile.
What I’m trying to say is it’s Friday and it is finally starting to feel like spring. So take time out of your day to reconnect with yourself, what you’ve accomplished and enjoy the weather. Play hooky with your to-do list and enjoy the day with whatever gives you energy. I mean, if bees and bugs weren’t a thing, then you’d find me day in and day out gardening. I really want to get good at growing hydrangeas but that’s another post for another day.
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Skirts and dresses are the pieces I reach for most, whenever I have to get dressed up for a work meeting; but recently due to this bizarre snowy April weather, I’ve found myself reaching for something with a little more skin coverage and warmth. This is going to sound over dramatic but I’ve been anti slacks for a long time now. In fact I haven’t purchased a pair in over ten years. I mean, I just always felt like they made me look like a little parochial school kid, which isn’t an ideal look for the workplace. Now, maybe it’s because I’m just a tad over five feet or maybe it was because I never found the right fit but for as long as I could remember I banned work slacks from my wardrobe.
I mean, it was a practical solution because I worked from home, and most of my meetings were done via conference calls anyway. This meant I had the greatest excuse to elude work slacks for what I hoped would be my entire life. I could successfully pitch a brand from the comfort of my home office in my comfiest pair of joggers and L.L Bean slippers, and they would never know. I guess you could say my style peeked, I kid I kid.
But with my business and crew growing larger and larger each month, I found myself having to step out of the home office and into face to face meetings. Having the opportunity to travel and meet in person with brands I’ve been working with for years is something I’ve always dreamed…until I realized I had nothing to wear. Ideally I wanted to wear dresses, but with April snow showers I had to opt for a warmer option which brings me to my main point of how I met my dream work slacks.
I went out a few weeks ago and pushed myself from store to store until I found the perfect slack. I was really determined and towards the end when I was giving up, I figured I’d make one last stop at Chicos, and I’m so happy I did. I walked through the doors and saw the mannequin styling these comfort waist utility pants and instantly got excited. I loved the cuffed details because as you guys I know I love a good cuff, so I grabbed a few sizes and headed into the fitting room.
I’ve never spent less time in a fitting room in my entire life. Sometimes I’ll sit in the fitting room and hem and haw about whether I should pull the trigger but not with these slacks, they were not only flattering but SUPER comfortable. It made sense when I realized they were made out of a blend of cotton, nylon and spandex; basically as comfortable and functional as yoga pants. I quickly purchased two pairs and if you’re interested I highly suggest sizing down! I went down two sizes due to that stretch factor.
Anyway, I’m excited to pack these babies up for a few upcoming meetings and work trips I have in May. The images above are the last ones I have from my most recent work trip to Charleston, and in just a few weeks I’ll be off again to a warmer location with my family and Matt. I’ve been basically working non-stop through February and April, so I’m taking a little vacation of my own & the slacks are definitely being left at home for that trip. Has anyone else felt like this year has been insane with work? I’m not complaining by any means but I’d love to hear how you all are doing below.
Okay, I’ll be running around this week trying to get everything packed before we head out on Friday. The chaos before vacation is kind of my favorite, and I always mean business. Maybe you’ll see me running around Westfarms Mall in these slacks or at Walmart loading up on sunscreen, who knows. Oh and I still have to find a place to stay for one of the nights…opps.
On that note, I have to go but leave a comment below if you have a pair of slacks that I need to investigate. With this bizarre weather we might be wearing slacks into June!
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By far my favorite part of vacation is eating dinner on the beach. I mean nothing is more relaxing than kicking your shoes off burying your feet deep in the sand, and watching the sunset over a delicious dinner. It’s something I look forward to all year long, but there’s just one issue with eating dinner on the beach, and that issue is figuring out what to wear.
Okay, I have to tell you guys a funny story; let me rewind to last year when my family, Matt and I went to Aruba for Easter. On Easter Sunday my Dad went the extra mile to get us a reservation at the fanciest restaurant, which mind you only had one round of sitting that took place on the beach, at sunset. Basically, to make this long story short, we decided before dinner that it would be fun to walk from our hotel to dinner on the beach boardwalk. I mean we had good intentions, we even went and asked the concierge if the distance was walkable and they replied ‘yeah, it’s just up the boardwalk’. So off went my sisters and I, all decked out in our Easter dresses and kitten heels thinking we’d take a leisurely stroll to dinner, just up the boardwalk. Well a mile and a half later, right up the boardwalk, we ended up being 30 minutes late for our dinner reservation, which we almost lost and all of our feet were blistered from running in our kitten heels in the sand. Oh, and if you are wondering we 100% missed the sunset but it was comical, to say the least.
All I have to say from this is I learned my lesson. From now on I set my fanciest shoes aside, settle for my favorite pair of Jack Rogers and reach for something flowy and breathable to wear it with. I love wearing white to beach dinners so when I saw this bell sleeve, Lilly Dress, I knew I had to add it to my summer wardrobe. I can picture myself now wearing it to a dinner in Nantucket or an afternoon polo match in Watch Hill. Basically, I had to have it and I can’t wait to bring it with me on my upcoming trip to Costa Rica.
We are leaving one week from today, which is insane to me, I honestly don’t know why this year has been slipping away from me. All and all though I’m really excited. This is my first big family vacation, and by big, I mean thirteen of us under one roof. Oh and to make matters better, I’m bunking with Tessa, so you guys better follow us over on Instagram for some hilarious late-night shenanigans and TONS of video content.
My brother once joked that my work-life balance is reversed because I create content while traveling and relax while at home; but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I LOVE making content for you guys especially while exploring new destinations. Both Tessa and I are already pinning away inspiration and if you have any suggestions in terms of what you want to see…let us know!
Anyway, I’m off to the mall to grab a few more items before flying out next week. Wish me luck and don’t forget to tell me your suggestions for content below.
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Now, if you are subscribed to our weekly New England newsletter you know where this post is going! Our crew published this New England Flower Farm guide last week in our newsletter, but since so many of you missed the signup deadline to receive this content, straight to your inbox, I decided to also publish it here on the blog. Our TCC Weekly Newsletters are usually exclusive guides to New England, so if you like this post PLEASE SUBSCRIBE HERE.
You guys April has arrived, which means it’s time to plan your spring photo-op moments, I kid. But guys really, spring is here and it’s time to support your local farmers, grab your cameras and head out to my three favorite New England flower farms!
Tulips are actually one of my favorite flowers, so when this organic pick-your-own tulip farm opened in Rhode Island, I had to see it with my own eyes, with my tulip picking basket in hand. Now, this farm is the perfect excuse for a day trip to Rhode Island but don’t make plans too soon because they expect to open their gates in late April. I do highly suggest you purchase your tickets online in advance because they did, in fact, sell out last year, so make sure to snag a ticket here when they go on sale!
You might remember seeing Lavender Pond Farm in this blog post from a few years back. I’m a huge fan of lavender, whether I’m spraying it on my pillow before bed or throwing some lavender in my morning lattes; I’m all for it. I always plan an annual trip to Killingworth to this local farm to smell the beautiful lavender fields and to stock up on lavender goodies for, well basically, the entire year.
Nothing says summer like sunflowers, am I right? Now while these flowers don’t bloom until late July I had to include Buttonwood Farm on our flower farms list, because of how they give back to the community! Not only do they open their gorgeous 14-acres of sunflower fields up to the public, but they also donate 100% of proceeds from their sunflower sales to Make-A-Wish foundation. I mean, it’s a win-win for everyone and I highly suggested stopping for some of their homemade ice cream after your sunflower photo op.
Oh, and don’t forget to plan the perfect outfit for these photogenic farms while you’re at it. When I heard I was going to Charleston in the spring I knew there would be flowers on flowers, which meant I needed to invest in more gingham. Nothing says flower farm attire quite like a Dorothy inspired large gingham print. I’ve been trying to include more green hues in my closet, so I instantly purchased this wrap silhouette gingham print, mini dress when it popped up on my feed.
I mean, it’s perfect, right? Just imagine the green in a crisp purple field of lavender…Instagram worthy, to say the least. Anyway, I’d love to hear from you guys! Are there any flower farms I missed? If so leave the name and location of them below.
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This year, Matt and I will be celebrating Easter together in Dallas. Now while we don’t have any big plans for celebrating the holiday, you bet I’m buying each of us a hand full of Russel Stover chocolate marshmallow eggs to eat for dessert. To be honest, my family and I usually go out of town for Easter, last year we spent the holiday with our family in Aruba, which you can see in this post. But this year since it’s just Matt and I, we decided to make casual brunch reservations. Which got me thinking that I needed more pastels in my closet. So I ran down to North Park Mall on Wednesday to check out Free People’s new arrivals.
This year, I’ve fallen in love with Free People. I use to never be able to find a cut that worked for me, but the dresses this year are almost all within my price range and fit like a glove! I had a hard time deciding which dress to get, I was in-between this one and this one; but decided on getting the one I’m wearing above. I think the little bow detailing on the sleeves, sold me on it. & I just adore wearing anything pastel for Easter, it just fits perfectly with the season.
I’m so glad it’s finally starting to feel like spring here in Dallas. Last week we had a few days in the eighties and this weekend Matt and I are going to head to the Botanical gardens to see the tulips bloom. It should be a wonderful day in the park and I’m hoping to meet up with my sister Sarah who goes to TCU as well, maybe I can even convince her to snap a few pictures of Matt and I while we are at it. I mean, spring is finally here guys, I mean TCC Crew member Tessa might not agree since they just got their fourth Nor’easter in March last Wednesday but my siblings and I in Dallas have no complaints.
It’s Friday and a holiday weekend, so I’m keeping this post extra short. I’d love to hear what you are all up to for Easter weekend? Any big Easter egg hunts on the calendar? Let me know below and have a wonderful, hopefully warm, spring weekend!
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Hey guys and happy Friday, this post was highly requested over on my Instagram, so I hope you like it! I feel like a broken record saying this, but Charleston was truly one of the prettiest places I’ve visited so far. Whether you’re renting a bike and strolling down the battery or walking through the colonial streets of residential downtown; it is hard to ignore Charleston’s deep historical roots. Almost all the buildings downtown were historic in some way and getting to see the colonial city first hand was extraordinary.
If you’re a fan of Boston then I really think you would like Charleston, SC. I do however know all too well how hard it can be planning a trip, so today I’m sharing my Charleston Itinerary for spring break with you all. I hope this makes planning your next trip to this city less stressful, while inspiring you to visit sooner than later. So let’s get to it.
I mean, where to start! The food in Charleston was nowhere near what I had anticipated. I was mentally preparing myself and my stomach, for some heavy southern dishes similar to Texas’ style, but was surprised how light and seafood based a lot of the restaurants’ menus were. I did get my fair share of fried chicken, but was delighted with the amount of fresh salmon, shrimp and scallops local restaurants had to offer. Here are the restaurants I would recommend checking out:
+ Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits – I would highly recommend visiting this store for breakfast, not only are the biscuits divine but the iced coffee is superb.
+ Poogan’s Porch: I think this was actually my favorite restaurant in all of Charleston! My Mom got the scallops and I had the seared salmon. Oh, My, God, guys it was so good. This is the perfect place to eat if you’re headed out on a romantic date night or in need of celebrating an occasion.
+ Black Tap Coffee: Three words: Iced Lavender Lattes! I’m a huge latte fan and the kind barista insisted I get a little edgy with my order and add a pump of lavender, and it’s always hard to say no to new things while on vacation, so I went for it. Now I’m addicted to lavender lattes and Matt can thank this coffee shop for my newest coffee addiction.
+ The Darling Oyster Bar: I mean, sometimes you just need a hot buttery lobster roll after a long day of being a tourist. I was really dying for a lobster roll since the seafood in Dallas isn’t that great, and instantly fell in love with the aesthetic of this quaint oyster bar, the moment I walked through the doors. The delicious lobster roll was just an added bonus.
+ Vintage Coffee & Cafe: My Mom and I stumbled upon this cute breakfast joint on the way back from watching the sunrise on Sullivan’s beach. It was just about 8 AM in the morning and I was in need of some food before the hangry set in, so we quickly decided on this place. I was in heaven the moment I stepped through the door, now while their indoor seating is extremely limited their acai bowls are 100% worth trying to find a seat. I mean, if it wasn’t raining I would have gladly eaten outside on their gigantic outdoor patio area.
While visiting we actually stayed at two hotels, as our trip got extended a day due to weather conflicts and we needed to find a room. Below I’ve broken down the two hotels and my thoughts:
+ King Charles Inn: Loved this hotel, we were in a really convenient location and the accommodations were superb. This hotel is golden if you’re traveling to Charleston with a car, as they are one of the few hotels with guest parking downtown.
+ Elliot House Inn: This hotel was in a great location too, right next to Poogan’s Porch in fact, however it was a tad noisey due to late night restauranteurs chit chatting outside while waiting for a table. All and all this hotel was quaint and a more affordable avenue for staying downtown! Not to mention the team is so insightful, they really helped us get our money’s worth when it came to having coupons on hand for almost all touristy activities.
We ended up spending about four days in Charleston but honestly I could have spent over a week! There is just so much to learn, see and take in; but when push comes to shove here are the activities I would suggest hitting first and foremost:
+ Antiquing on King Street: King Street aka the 5th Ave of Charleston is the place to go shopping while in Charleston, from high end designers to historical antiques this cobblestoned street has it all. I would recommend grabbing a coffee from Black Tap Coffee and just walking the entire street, from start to finish. There are so many little mom and pop stores worth taking in.
+ Day Trip To Sullivan’s Island: I never take a beach for granted especially when we’re talking about spring break. Anyway on the second day of visiting Charleston my mom and I took a $10.00 Uber to Sullivan’s Island to walk the beach, take photos and see the sunrise. It was the perfect way to start our trip and I’d highly recommend taking the drive over.
+ Ghost Tours: I mean, I hate scary things but after taking a historical tour of the city, I would say a ghost tour is necessary. Charleston has an interesting back story, from pirates to torture prisons and taking a ghost tour at night is the perfect way to tour the city at nightfall without dealing with the hot Charleston sun.
+ Boone Hall Plantation: I would highly recommend visiting this planation, and if you are interested click here to read a whole post about my time at Boone Hall.
+ Rainbow Row: I mean, how could you not visit Rainbow Row! & as Bugs Bunny says, that’s all folks. I hope this guide is helpful in some way, shape or form. Make sure to leave a comment below sharing any additional places you would recommend and have a wonderful weekend.
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Matt and I had a dose of spring weather early this year, during our most recent trip to San Francisco. With temperatures in the mid to upper seventies, Matt and I took advantage of the unusually warm San Fran weather, by spending the afternoon taking in the Golden Gate Bridge, with our bums in the sand on Bakers Beach. Matt and I had some good karma on our side, because you never know what view you’ll get from Bakers Beach, due to the cities thick fog. But we felt extremely fortunate when we walked onto the beach and had both beautiful spring weather and completely blue skies, giving us an epic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. To be honest, I get chills every time I see this bridge, whether it’s in person or in a movie, there is something so beautiful about its entirety.
I know what you guys were thinking when you read the title of this post, Aubrey spring is still around a month away, but New England weather has been extremely unpredictable lately and I figured let’s just throw spring thoughts out into the universe. New England has experienced both snow and warm peeks within the last week, that I figured it’s never too early to stock up on spring dresses. Oh, and don’t kid yourself I know a lot of you have fun trips coming up, in fact, a lot of you have DM’d me on Instagram saying you’re headed to SF soon too. So whether you’re heading out of town to warmer weather or taking advantage of every random warm weather day New England throws at us, we hope this guide will help you affordably stock up your closet with must-have spring dresses. Anyway, I can’t wait until the day where my closet is completely turned over for spring and summer, but for now, let’s just take it one dress at a time.
Last year, I invested in a serious amount of midi-length dresses under $108, like this one and this one, that I knew it was about time to even out my closet with a few midi dress. I’m actually only 5′ 2″ so mini dresses usually fall right above the knee making this dress style perfect for day-to-night looks. So yesterday, when Tessa and I headed down to NYC for a meeting I decided to wear this floral mini wrap dress, which I had purchased from Hope & Stetson over the weekend, for just $98! Whilst down there, I decided to run into Free People and I instantly fell in love with this Audrey Hepburn inspired mini dress, the moment I saw it, and after reading the reviews I actually went as far as to purchase it in both colors.
Mini dresses seem to be everywhere this spring, so here are a few more I’ve been eyeing recently. This femme lightweight yellow number, this white A-Line dress perfect for a night in the city, and I saved my favorite for last this stone embroidered number. Again, I’m not super tall, to begin with, so all of these styles end up falling at the perfect length and aren’t too short on my body type. Ugh, just looking at these dresses hanging on my rolling rack make me giddy for an upcoming trip I have planned with my Mom, next week. To think that March is just around the corner makes me excited for what warmer weather will bring.
You know that saying, when you look good you feel good? Well, I think changing my closet over to spring will help clear my mind of those dark hues and winter style while making room for the epic New England spring and summer that lies ahead. I’m especially excited for this summer because I’m finally going to make it to Nantucket, I’ve actually never been before, can you believe that!? Anyway, I’ll keep you all posted and make sure to scroll through the widget below to discover even more must-have spring dresses, under $100.
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