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A Colorful Gingham Maxi Skirt, In Quepos

May 18th, 2018

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Okay, this is it guys, we are heading into our final week of Costa Rica content before we dive deep into New England summer and the color pallet that ensues. Shooting in Costa Rica really motivated me to bring new colors schemes onto this platform and my wardrobe. From teal bathing suits to pink jumpsuits, my suitcase was more colorful than a bag of skittles and for once I embraced it. 

The other day I talked about visors and retro-inspired attire and this post is kicking off on the same note. The brand Whit was kind enough to loan me some pieces from their newest collection to shoot on location and I instantly jumped at the offer. With the brand’s simple structures and retro-feminine details, I knew Whitney’s designs would be both elegant and fun to shoot in the jungle of Quepos. From the moment I opened the press booklet, I knew I had to share this gingham piece

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I love a gingham moment, more than my bank account would like to admit. I’m just a sucker for gingham skirts and this year the trend is alive and more colorful than ever. Now usually I keep my gingham to neutral colors but recently I’ve been purchasing gingham hues left and right. Actually, scroll down to the bottom of this post to see a full range of colorful gingham maxi skirts. I mean, maxi skirts are one of my favorite pieces to travel with because not only do they hide any uneven tan-lines but they also are super light and cooling. 

Anyway if you’re trying to stock up your closet with colorful gingham maxi skirts or just trying to add some color to your current wardrobe I have you covered. Just shop the options below and make sure to follow along with us over on Instagram to see more gingham looks coming to life soon! 

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Protect Your Skin This Summer With Visors

May 14th, 2018
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Happy Monday guys! Today I’m sitting down and talking to you all about something I’m really passionate about right now…visor hats. Now, this post is no joke, in fact, I pushed back another post in order to get my passion for stylish visors hats for the beach out there and into the universe. My face doesn’t do too hot in the sun, which is why I’ve always been obsessed with baseball hats. Personally, my face goes from the cute sun-freckled face to a crispy peeling burn very quickly and I’m constantly looking for new ways to protect my face, neck, and chest. Sometimes I sport the stylish beach towel made into a scarf look but in March when I started to see visor hats slowly growing traction on the retail floors, I quickly decided I’d test them out.
 
In fact, it was the perfect timing, I could test out the new visor trend for you all pre-summer while in Costa Rica and bring back some feedback. So I went to a few different retailers and ended up buying a total of three visors in all different styles and price points. Now, when I first pulled this visor out of the shopping bag Matt had comments left and right. I may have gotten a few bingo jokes, maybe a handful of shuffleboard puns and a large dosage of Florida gags but that didn’t stop me. As I said above I’m pretty anti-sunning when it comes to my face, neck, shoulders, and chest and my Mom’s always been big on sun protection. It only took me suffering from a wicked sunburn on my feet, a few summers back, to get me obsessed with sun protection and hydration. 
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Basically, when it comes to sun protection a visor trumps the classic baseball hat any day, especially when on vacation. Not only can you use it to capture the perfect 60’s palm beach aesthetic you’ve always been hoping for, but you also get so much more protection from the sun. The visor not only covers your face from the sun but also your neck, shoulders, and chest! When I headed to the beach during the sunniest part of the day I always brought my large visor but for quick trips to the beach, I packed this retro-styled one. And guess what, between the three visors my face never got burnt once! 
 
I’d love to hear from you guys. Do you think you could pull off a visor or would want to? I mean I’m all for it and if you do go out and buy a visor make sure to tweet me a picture, so I can check out your retro style. On that note can you believe summer is almost here, I can’t wait to start hitting the New England coastline with my Jack Rogers and visors in hand. I hope to see you guys there! xx Aubrey 
 
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How To Stop Overpacking: Why Jumpsuits Are My Secret Weapon

May 7th, 2018

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At the start of the year, I told you guys this would be Matt and I’s year of travel and I was by no means over exaggerating. From San Francisco to Costa Rica we’ve quite literally been non-stop traveling since January and I must say, no matter how far we travel, my family and I always seem to come back to Costa Rica. From its lush green landscape to its abundance of wildlife, I’d strongly stand behind Costa Rica as my favorite tropical destination.

Now with this being our fifth trip of 2018, I must say I’ve finally gotten into a grove when it comes to packing, unpacking and most importantly avoiding my downfall, over packing. I never regret over packing until I get back home, or as I like to call it the post-vacation wreck when I’m dealing with double the dry cleaning, laundry loads and my least favorite part double the folding, hanging and steaming. I avoid laundry like the plague, on a daily basis, but by using these few packing tactics I’ve listed off below, I’ve single-handedly solved the packing epidemic. Now, let me introduce you to my secret weapon…the jumpsuit.

I mean, the jumpsuit is my secret weapon but before you use the secret weapon you need to have your ducks in a row. First and foremost the easiest way to reduce the possibility of over packing is by packing the bare necessities as the Jungle Book says. I always lay out my vacation outfit options on top of my bed before placing anything in my suitcase. By visually being able to see everything I’m about to roll up into my suitcase, helps me eliminate useless pieces and minimizes the laundry on the flipside. 

 

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Next, I pack everything into packing cubes, which I’ve talked about obsessively before in this YouTube video. I live by my packing cubes and I wish I had used them while I was traveling in college, but you live and learn. Anyway, I usually pack my cubes one per vacation day and even label them with a list of exactly what is in the cubes. I mean you’d be surprised to see the extraordinary amount of clothes that can fit in those little zip-up bags. Oh and don’t forget to pack a laundry bag in your suitcase, just throw all your dirty clothes into the bag throughout vacation and this tactic will cut down cleanup time when you arrive home. Just dump the bag into the wash, no hassle. 

Okay finally, let’s talk about why jumpsuits are my secret weapon when it comes to packing.  I kind of went overboard with jumpsuits on this trip, bringing exactly four for my seven day trip to Costa Rica but let me tell you they are a god sent.  I’ve never had such a deflated suitcase, usually, my suitcase is bursting by the seams but since jumpsuits are a one-step outfit, I was able to leave behind pieces that take up more space in my luggage like jeans and skirts. Not to mention jumpsuits are so low maintenance, I never once had to pull out my steamer as they all traveled incredibly well AND the best part, they are all non-dry cleanable. So when you get home just throw them in the wash on cold and they are as good as new. 

I’ll basically do anything to cut down my dry cleaning bill and if jumpsuits are the way so be it. 

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Okay now, let’s talk about this outfit! I use to avoid jumpsuits because of my height being on the more petite side, but recently I’ve given them a second chance, and have come to find that they are a packing god sent. Just like dresses, jumpsuits are a one-piece solution to your night out. In the past, I would have automatically picked a dress over a jumpsuit but today I’ve fallen in love with the retro 40’s cut jumpsuits that are hitting the retail floors. With a high waistline and signature, boat legged cut these suits are classic, elegant and paying an homage to one of my favorite style decades. 

The night before heading to Costa Rica, Matt and I ran out to Walmart at 11:00 PM to grab some last minute sunscreen when I stumbled into this jumpsuit. Ringing up just under $20 I knew it was perfect for my trip and if I do say so myself, olive always looks great on me so the color instantly sold me. I played off of the 40’s retro cut by adding a visor and letting my hair naturally curl. Now I’d love to hear from you what packing tricks do you live by? Let me know below. 

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Pajama Set Sleepwear

May 4th, 2018
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If we’re being transparent here I spend more time in my pajamas than the average person. Whether I’m having a ‘casual pajama day’ while working from home or just slipping into my pajamas at 6 PM after a busy day of photo shoots, I value nothing more than being comfortable and cozy while at home. In fact, if you’ve visited my house it’s more likely than not that you’ve seen me open the door in my pajamas. It’s a horrible trait of mine but I can’t let a door go unopen. Now usually the pajamas I’d be hanging around in were the most unflattering pajamas known to mankind. I basically looked like Cousin It, as you’d find me collecting old XXL college t-shirts to wear to bed along with my go-to pair of dark grey sweatpants. I looked like a walking blob, so when I started to pack for my trip to Costa Rica a few weeks back, I knew it was time to invest in some pajama sleepwear
 
I decided to invest in new sleepwear for a few reasons…first off I knew I needed something lighter to wear to bed while in Costa Rica. Between dealing with 100% humidity and temperatures in the high 80’s, I knew I needed to leave my sweatpants behind and wear something respectable that wouldn’t scare the thirteen other people I’d be traveling with. Honestly, my tees were getting way too old and a little holey anyway, soooo I made an executive decision to forgo any wardrobe malfunctions and find some affordable pajama sets.
 
 
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Pajama Set Sleepwear | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Pajama Set Sleepwear | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
 
 So fast forward to two days before the trip when I’m frantically online shopping, and searching for a lightweight pajama set when I stumble upon the above set on sale for just $20.99. I think to myself perfect and order a few pairs, one for myself and one for my sister just in case she’s stuck in between a rock and an old holey pajama place. Not only was the price point affordable but the quality of this pajama set was just as good. In fact, the moment I got back from my trip, I went as far as to order another two pairs of pajamas for our upcoming summer travel. 
 
I knew I wanted to share my pajama set epiphany with you all, so early Wednesday morning Tessa and I woke up extra early to sip on a fresh pot of coffee and watch the sunrise. You guys know I’m not much of an early riser but having this peaceful moment with Tessa on our bedroom patio before the start of what would be a jam-packed day was ideal. We sipped our coffee in our matching pajama sets and watched as squirrel monkeys swung from the trees and birds of paradise flew towards the shore.
 
 
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Pajama Set Sleepwear | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
 
If you’re heading on a group trip soon or just looking to up your pajama style, I’ve linked some of my favorite prints and affordable pajama sets currently available below. 
 
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Fishing in Quepos, Costa Rica

April 30th, 2018

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I mean, where do I begin with this post. I guess let’s start from the beginning, with how I ended up fishing in the first place. If you read my blog, which I hope you guys do, then you know last week I went to Costa Rica with a large group of thirteen. It was composed of my family, Matt’s family, two of my cousins and Matt’s sister’s boyfriend CJ. Way back in December when my Dad and I first starting planning the trip, and booking excursions, like our day in Manuel Antonio National Park, which you can read about here, we reached out to Matt’s family to see what activities they’d be interested in. Instantly CJ and Jessica responded with inquiries about fishing options. Both CJ and Jessica love fishing, from ice fishing in New Hampshire to fishing tournaments around New England, they were excited to take their fishing skills international, and I’m usually down for whatever might result in dynamic blog pictures.

On top of his love for fishing, CJ explained to me that Costa Rica’s warm Pacific water provides an ideal environment for fish like Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin and most importantly the Roosterfish. Again, I really didn’t care about fishing and to my knowledge, it seemed like it would be a leisurely activity so my Dad and I signed everyone up for the excursion and then things got interesting. 

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Again since we were such a big group of thirteen we ended up needing three boats. Boat one was assembled by my Dad, my Mom, Tessa and I. We instantly called ourselves the leisure boat or as I like to call it the blog boat. Boat two was assembled by my brother, my two cousins, and Matt. We thought this would be the helpless boat, as neither my brother nor Matt knows how to fish, so this boat was relying on Olivia and Bernadette, my two cousins to get all the fish. Boat number three was assembled of CJ, Jessica, Matt’s parents and Ryan (Matt’s brother). We called this boat the competitive boat because both CJ and Jessica are competitive fishers and we thought for sure they would have the most success. So we all boarded our boats and went our separate ways, and it was all downhill from there. 

So back to my boat, the four of us boarded our boat and our captain, who speaks only Spanish thank goodness for my AP Spanish years, asks me what fish we are after. My Dad instantly says Roosterfish as that was the fish CJ and Jessica were most excited to catch, due to the fact that it was regional to Costa Rica. Little did we know what we had just signed up for. I mean stay with me here it gets good. Boat number two requested to go fishing for Mahi Mahi and boat number three requested to do both.

Okay, fast forward two hours into our five-hour fishing shenanigans, aka the moment I was starting to relate to the Life of Pi book in all the wrong ways. Sitting on our boat with our three fishing lines out to sea with no bites, no shade, and gigantic ocean waves was making me crispy. And guys I was literally crispy so sunburnt and dehydrated, to say the least. The four of us rotated taking breaks from our non-active fishing lines to shoot some blog photos, while our boat was rocking and rolling with waves fit for the movie Castaway. Finally three hours into fishing we caught our first bite. We get our cameras ready to see the fish but again the joke is on us because these fish are big, beautiful and strong. Long story short, It took us over an HOUR to reel in the fish…I repeat an HOUR! Okay now we are on hour three, we finally see the fish get our picture taken with her release her back to see. Around this time I mentally decided to retire from my fishing career. 

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But our captain says we must persist so Tessa and I head to the front of the boat and snap more pictures before arriving at our next reef to fish at. By hour four we are the definition of a hot mess. The waves are getting rockier, the sweat is unmanageable and the sun is set at high noon. As Tessa and I were huddled at the front of the boat looking for shade we synonymously get hit by a few big waves. Tessa and I are officially done and are trying to figure out how to get this boat to shore when I couldn’t hold it down any longer.

 Just like that, I turn around and threw up everything I had eaten for what felt like the last four days. It was rough, it was gross but we ended up catching one more Roosterfish, which Matt attuned to my chum #gross. Anyway, we ended up catching and releasing two Roosterfishes which is almost unheard of within our five hour time fishing. Apparently, you could go out fishing for a Roosterfish and end up with nothing at all.

We were happy our sweat, throw up and dedication resulted in at least two beautiful fish. As soon as hour five struck our boat headed back in towards the docks and the four of us were exhausted, sunburnt and drenched in sweat as we waited for the other boats to pull in. Low and behold boat number two pulls in with my brother, Matt and my two cousins. They ended up catching a total of 23 little fishes as the group decided to skip the entire concept of Rooster fishing and settle on more of a booze cruise than my Life of Pi adventures. Actually head over to Instagram stories to see the fish Matt caught vs the fish we caught, I mean our experiences could not have been different. I was on deadliest catch and he was on below deck, to put it nicely. 

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Even though I don’t think I’ll be jumping on the opportunity to fish anytime soon, it was a memorable day, to say the least. Oh and I felt like my outfit was on point for the excursion. I wore this tiered gingham vineyard vines beach dress on top of this bathing suit, oh and don’t forget a big floppy hat for sun protection. Without that hat, I would have turned into one gigantic sunburn. All and all Quepos Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been and I honestly can’t wait to share more pictures with you guys soon. 

Okay, now I want to hear from you! Do you guys like fishing and if so where is your favorite place to catch fish? Let me know in the comment section below. 

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A Day In Manuel Antonio National Park

April 23rd, 2018

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Matt and I are finally back in Dallas after a whirlwind of a week in Costa Rica. If you were wondering what the heck we were doing there, we were actually on a combined family vacation! The vacation included both my family, Matt’s family and a few extended family members… because more is merrier, right? All in all, we were a group of thirteen exploring the county and taking in its culture one restaurant at a time. 
 
To give you guys some context, our families decided on rented a house together in Quepos, Costa Rica which was an area neither of our families had visited yet. We decided on this location after hearing how it was renowned for its diversity of wildlife and active fishing community. Oddly enough,  I’ve been to Costa Rica a total of five times now, and I’ve still never covered any of my trips or travels to Costa Rica on The Coastal Confidence platform, until now. When I first found out I was heading back and my sister/videographer/photographer/god-sent, Tessa, would be my roommate I knew it was time to capture that Costa Rica content. & oh boy did she agree.
 
My sister and I had the best time exploring Costa Rica and capturing its beautiful wildlife and scenic sights for you all, I’m already giddy about the upcoming posts hitting the blog over the next couple of weeks. Anyway, we kicked off our trip with a walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, and we took the camera with us to bring you all along. 
 

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Our group got into Costa Rica late Saturday night and woke up bright and early on Sunday to visit Manuel Antonio National Park before the crowds rolled in. I always recommend heading to National Parks, actually any park for that matter, on the earlier side, especially if you are interested in seeing wildlife, as they are often more active and social first thing in the morning. When we decided on this tour we knew we had to hire a tour guide, so we could learn more about the history and animals of the region. The National Park is, of course, available to visit without a guide but our guide went out of his way to show us the unique creatures of Costa Rica. I mean, he was able to spot out animals almost invisible to the human eye, like that little frog in its home featured above. Yes, he spotted that frog and pointed him out so casually, and if you can’t see the frog in the above tree picture, zoom in!    
 
Before I get too ahead of myself, let me tell you a little bit about Manuel Antonio National Park. This beautiful National Park is located on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, which is just darn beautiful. The park is filled to the brim with flourishing rainforests, white-sandy beaches, and is home to some of the most diverse wildlife around. I had heard, from Google reviews obviously, that the park was known for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, but was shocked how many different animals we actually got to see up close and personal.

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At first, I was really unsure of my wardrobe choice, I mean I wasn’t sure how difficult this walking tour would be and my sandals, while comfortable, are the least practical footwear for a hike. Although I’d gladly risk a wiping out in order to capture that great content though. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and leisurely the hiking tour was. You could bring young children, elders, or just people like me in unfavorable hiking shoes with no problems what so ever. We walked along a gently pebbled covered path within this tropical forest that allowed us to get closer to Costa Rica’s wildlife then I’ve ever been before. 
 
Not only did we see both the two-toed and three-toed sloths, which Costa Rica is known for, but we also saw the endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys and the buck didn’t stop there. From poisonous frogs to rare bird species the park’s multiple terrains allowed us to get a real feel for Costa Rica’s animal population. Oh and don’t get me started about the beach hidden inside of the National Park. I’ve NEVER seen a more beautiful beach than the one hidden within the Manuel Antonio National Park. From pure white sand to crystal blue water, I couldn’t resist a swim. Post outfit photo taking of course. 
 
Now let’s digress a little bit and talk about this outfit! The moment I saw this dress, I knew it would look beautiful against the lush backgrounds Costa Rica has to offer. With an all over eyelet design and the feminine detail in the flutter sleeves, made this dress the ideal dress for vacation wear or for anyone’s upcoming graduation! I know this dress will be a staple of mine as we head into New England summer especially as it’s perfect to wear during the day and easy to transition into the night. 
 
I’m going to break down a lot of my travel style hacks over the next couple of weeks but one that I live by is traveling with accessories that can be dressed up or down, like this hat and tote. You’re going to see several blog posts with these pieces being styled in different ways from evening wear to lying on the beach in a bathing suit, traveling with versatile accessories will make your outfits pop. Anyone else agrees? 
 

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Overall we spent the better half of Saturday morning exploring the park in what seemed to be 100 degrees. The sweat was rolling so when we finally made it to the beach the cool breeze and scenic views allowed us to cool off and go for a dip. I had packed a bathing suit inside of my tote, and thank goodness I did. I slipped it on underneath my dress and dove into the crystal clear water for a break. It was the best way to start off the vacation and it’s was actually my favorite travel excursions I’ve done so far in Costa Rica. Maybe because it’s the most leisurely and I’m all about taking life slow and capturing nature when on vacation. 
 
Okay, so I’d love to hear from you! Have you been to Costa Rica? If so what part and what excursion was your favorite? I can’t wait to hear from you guys and continue to bring you along. 

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Texas Bluebonnets

April 13th, 2018

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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. 

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Texas Bluebonnets Barbour Jacket The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Texas Bluebonnets Barbour Jacket The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Texas Bluebonnets Barbour Jacket The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Texas Bluebonnets Barbour Jacket The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow

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

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Texas Bluebonnets Barbour Jacket The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Texas Bluebonnets Barbour Jacket The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Texas Bluebonnets Barbour Jacket The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Texas Bluebonnets Barbour Jacket The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow

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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Work Slacks For Day To Night

April 9th, 2018

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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

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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. 

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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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Dinner On Sullivan’s Island

April 6th, 2018

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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.

Lilly Pulitzer Beach Style

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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. Dinner On Sullivan's Island-0155

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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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New England Flower Farms To Visit This Spring

April 2nd, 2018

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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! 

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Wicked Tulips // Johnston, RI


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!

Lavender Pond Farm // Killingworth, CT


 

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.

Buttonwood Farm // Griswold, CT


 

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. 

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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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