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Districts of Dallas

February 5th, 2018

Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow

I always feel like Friday nights are meant to be spent downtown, does anyone else agree? When Matt and I first got notified that we’d be living in Dallas for two years, we knew the best part of living outside a city, would be having the chance to experience a youthful city nightlife. Both Matt and I love keeping ourselves busy so we felt this two-year adventure would leave us with lots of different neighborhoods to discover and coffee shops to explore. 

I’ll admit Dallas wasn’t exactly what I pictured when I first visited. I thought the city would be more on the historical end, like a Boston or Charleston, filled with old homes and charming streets; but in all honestly, Dallas is a classic metropolitan city. Between massive highways and building cranes filling the skyline, you can tell this city is in the mists of a huge growth spurt, making Matt and I, very grateful that we get to experience a city that welcomes new businesses with open arms and land to build on. This growing metropolitan area has provided Matt and I, with an ever growing amount of restaurants, coffee shops and dessert joints to choose from, making our trips downtown that much more fun. 

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Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow

I guess the hardest part about living in such a growing city is keeping up with all the different districts and what they have to offer. If you’re new to Dallas or just visiting for the weekend you might feel overwhelmed, I know I did, so I wanted to share some of my favorite districts with you all and what they have to offer: 

+ Downtown District: I visit Downtown not nearly enough, but when I do I like to take in the museum and events the city has to offer. I often find myself visiting The Sixth Floor Museum, which showcases the life, death, and legacy of President JFK, with family members visiting the city for the first time; or I’ll find myself at the American Airlines Center watching the Dallas Stars shred up the ice. Hockey has always been one of Matt and I’s, favorite sports to watch, so having an NHL team so close to where we live has truly been a blessing. Also located downtown is Neiman Marcus Headquarters and original store. 

+ Deep Elm District: This district is by far my favorite place to visit if I’m headed out for the night or in need of some good old fashion comfort food. From Pecan Lodge’s BBQ to Tex-Mex, Deep Elm has you covered, but don’t rush out of this district after dinner, stay around an explore the insane nightlife and bars Deep Elm has to offer. I mean they even have a dueling piano bar and thriving street art; all and all this district is by far the hippest in town and reminds me of a mini-Austin. 

+ Harwood District: By far one of my favorite districts to stroll around in, take photos in and finish off with a bite to eat. Dolce Riviera for Italian food, The Grove at Harwood for tacos and ice cones (last shown here), and Mercat Bistro for French pastries and coffee; I mean need I say more.  

+ Bishop Arts District: I feel most at home here, to be frank, with over 60 independent boutiques, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, this district is the perfect place to stroll around with a latte in hand and just get outside. I often head to this district to visit Society, a local high-quality candle shop. They specifically have a collection dedicated to the scents of Texas, and I plan on stocking up on hundreds of candles before moving back to New England with Matt.  

+ Uptown District: With high-end fashion stores, electric bars and a bumping restaurant scene; the Uptown District would be the place I’d most likely buy an apartment in if I wanted to live within the Dallas metropolitan city area. Being the country mouse that I am, Matt and I decided on an apartment just outside of Dallas but I could easily see myself moving to Uptown. I mean they have a Soul Cycle, guys! 

Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow
Districts of Dallas | The Coastal Confidence Aubrey Yandow

It’s all a little overwhelming, isn’t it? I still can’t believe Matt and I have been in Dallas for almost two whole years, I don’t know where the time has gone and it makes me a little sad that I haven’t spent more time here. I still feel like we haven’t done or seen enough but each weekend Matt and I make it a point to revisit the districts and see what new businesses have opened and what has changed since our last visit. 

Okay, so now I’d love to hear from you guys! Have you been to Dallas? If so which district is your favorite? Did I miss any I need to include? Let Matt and I know below, we are still taking suggestions even though we’ve lived here two years, oh well and happy Friday

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How To Feel A Part of A City, While Being A Tourist

January 26th, 2018

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2018 is our year of travel and I know I’ve probably already stated that about fifteen times, but Matt and I are sooooo excited to travel as much as possible this year and to bring you all along. As some of you might know, Matt was assigned to work as an account manager in a Dallas office for two years, and with only six months left, we are really trying to cram in as many experiences as possible, before settling down back in New England.  

We kicked off our year of travel first with Central Connecticut, then Vermont and now Dallas. For the next two weeks, our crew will share posts pertaining to our favorite areas, neighborhoods, and restaurants that Dallas has to offer. Before we jump right into traveling guides and itineraries, I’m going to share one of my favorite travel tips with you all, how to feel a part of a city, while being a tourist. 

 I actually learned this trick through experience, when I was studying abroad in Florence. When you’re traveling it is so easy to feel lost or lonely, especially if you are traveling alone or for a long duration of time. I found that having a routine or a spot, that you can go to, to plan your day or finish off some emails each morning really made me feel more settled while traveling. To be honest, I’m by no means a world-traveler, in fact, I would much rather prefer to stay at home, but having this small morning ritual of; waking up, getting dressed, putting on my walking shoes and walking over to a local coffee shop or bakery; was a great way feel a part of whatever city I am in. 

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I kid you not, having a routine and getting outside of your hotel room in the morning and into a local spot, is the key to feeling a sense of belonging and community. First off it’s a great way to see what that culture treats themselves to for breakfast (yummm) and secondly, coffee shops are aesthetically set-up to bring people together in a collaborative environment. Whether you’re traveling alone and want to meet new friends or traveling with a friend and just want to hear the local gossip, coffee shops are a great way to feel out the local scene. 

 So the other morning Matt and I woke up and decided to explore a district of Dallas we had never visited prior. It was a beautiful day in Dallas, almost 70 degrees in January! And when we opened our car doors to the Knox-Henderson district, we could feel the energy and excitement this winter-heatwave had brought upon shoppers and locals. The streets were bustling and after passing about two coffee shops Matt and I decided on the Village Baking Co. Boulangerie. This shop was filled to the brim with a large variety of specialty baked goods and pastries to choose from, it was honestly hard to decide on what to purchase. So hard in fact that I ordered one breakfast croissant and two desserts, oops.  

Matt and I spent almost an hour and a half in the coffee shop talking to the bakers behind the counter and hearing the lengths they take to create such beautiful baked goods. Of course, Matt had to interrogate them about their espresso machine after he asked for an iced coffee and watched them make an Americano, his mind was actually blown. After we were both caffeinated and on a sugar high we departed the Baking Co. and headed outside to enjoy the fresh air and shops the district had to offer. 

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 How To Feel Apart of A City, While Being A Tourist-9050Again, I left the district feeling like I had a chance to feel it out. Maybe I’m odd, but I love figuring out what makes certain city districts unique and how they draw specific types of people in. Maybe that’s just the marketing major in me or maybe I spend too many hours reading books on Facebook Ad Targeting, but seeing how restaurants, coffee shops, and people can transform a small area into a ‘district’ with almost a life of its own, still amazes me to this day. 

Overall the Knox-Henderson district was thriving with a bustling restaurant scene and some amazing storefronts, I was grateful Matt and I had taken the time to get to know a new part of Dallas, well at least a new part for us. We can’t wait to bring you along with us next week for a few more of our favorite districts of Dallas, and until then I’d love to hear how you guys embrace community as a tourist. Leave a comment below, with any tips or ticks and have a great weekend.

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Sunset Meadow Vineyards Wine Tasting

November 13th, 2017

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After visiting Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates my Mom and I drove over to Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen, CT to see what it was all about. Since we had already fit in two hours of blog shooting prior, we spent our time at the vineyard relaxing before venturing inside for some wine tasting. 

When we arrived at the tasting room, we were overwhelmed with a large group of people and some very expensive camera equipment. At first, my Mom and I thought nothing of it. Personally, I figured that the winery must be shooting some promotional videos and just had a large budget to shoot with. Since we were taking pictures at the location too, I had to ask what was going on. Partially because I figured maybe it was a New England based magazine that I could introduce myself too, but mostly because I’m just darn nosey. 

So I walked up to the bartender and asked, ‘what are you guys shooting here’? Low and behold, and you guys might not believe me, it was actually the NETFLIX TEAM. I died right then and there.

Apparently, Netflix was shooting a crime movie for an upcoming Netflix original, just up the road! The bartender went on to tell me that Sunset Meadow Vineyards was a location the Netflix team just happened to stumble upon and wanted to capture a couple of scenes. 

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I failed as Sherlock Homes and left with basically no details about the exact movie Netflix was filming and I have yet to come across any news of the movie on the world wide web. So comment below if you know something I don’t! 

To be honest, I was shocked at the way the Netflix team was producing and creating the film. The team seemed low maintenance, spontaneous and kind of running with the punches. Basically, I always pictured Netflix crews as a huge production but this team was using the natural light, a few cameras and way less equipment than I had pictured in my head. 

Anyway, we had unusually warm weather that day so I was able to get away with wearing this Vineyard Vines Diamond Dress along with my Leopard Flats, no tights needed. My mom and I were plenty warm, relaxing on the wooden rocking chairs on the harvest decorated porch. The porch was the perfect place to sit down, catch up and watch the Netflix team’s every move. 

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 Overall we spent about an hour rocking in our chairs on the porch and trying to enjoy the last warm moments of fall. Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen, CT is really a winery you should all visit. We loved that it was located in the country giving both the wine tasters on the porch and patio scenic views of brilliant and lush fall foliage. There were plenty of tables and chairs for everyone both indoor and out, making the wine tasting experience enjoyable for all. 

Once we were done shooting some pictures and tasting wine, my mom and I piled back into the car and drove a few minutes down the road to downtown Litchfield. The windy New England roads were stunning and the homes garnishing Main Street were just starting to prepare for the holidays with decorations. 

I can’t wait to travel back up to Litchfield County sooner than later and hopefully bring Matt along for the ride, too. Oh and I’d love to hear of any good wineries you all love, leave a comment below with all the details. xx AubreySunset Meadow Vineyards Wine Tasting-6559

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Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates

November 7th, 2017

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Last week, I woke up to an unusually warm November day and called up my Mom to see if she wanted to hit the road to explore. She agreed and we took about an hour ride up to Goshen, CT. In the past, I had heard wonderful things about the little town of Goshen, but most importantly, I heard word of a farm and chocolate factory that I had to see with my own two eyes. 

So yes, I drove an hour for artistry chocolate and yes it was worth every drop of gas. At first, I was expecting a leaf peeping tourist trip. I assumed it would be a huge farm and factory, fully equipped with parking lots and gift shops to boot, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this farm was quaint and literally off a beaten path. The wooden barn and baby cows chopping on hay brought the idea of a quintessential New England country lifestyle to life. 

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Once we pulled up, I jumped out and instantly started capturing pictures of the wooden barn. I must say it was a tad windy, so I was happy to have on my cropped mock neck sweater. I’ve been searching high and low for a more fitted cropped sweaters to pair with skirts, and I was over the moon when I saw this cozy number in Vineyard Vine’s new arrivals. I wore this faux suede skirt with the sweater to complete the look and add a feminine touch. 

Once we walked into the barn we were greeted by Clint and Kimberly, who own and operate the farm. Boy, are these two a power couple if I ever did meet one. Clint seemed to be in charge of the farm side of things, he warmly introduced us to each cow. He then explained how the individual cows produce different tasting milk, which corresponds to the chocolate being handcrafted by his wife Kimberly. 

Clint showed my Mom and I, around the farm including meeting the cutest of farm guests a baby cow. Sadly the baby cow was camera shy otherwise I would’ve taken a whole camera roll of cute pictures. After seeing the baby, Clint introduced us to his longhorn population. 

Who would have thought that Connecticut was a place to breed longhorns, not me. I was pleasantly surprised to see these amazing creatures roaming the fields. They were truly beautiful and I had to snap a few pictures for all you Longhorn fans, or as Matt would say ‘Hook Em’

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After chatting with the Longhorns, my Mom and I made our final stop into the milk house for chocolates. We were warmly greeted by Kimberly the chocolate shop owner, creator, and as I said earlier Clint’s wife. We were instantly overwhelmed with a number of chocolate choices, from classic flavors like raspberry truffles to seasonal flavors like pumpkin; this tiny shop was overflowing with chocolate creativity. 

We had a hard time deciding what to pick, so Kimberly urgently requested us to taste test the sea salt caramels which after taking one bite, I’d confidently say, was the best sea salt caramel I’ve ever eaten. She went on to explain that basically no sugar is added to these rich caramels, but rather the sweetness is completely driven from the cows’ milk. 

After tasting the caramel we had to try some of this sweetened milk. I grabbed a bottle of vanilla bean milk, which included only the cow’s pasteurized milk and vanilla bean. After taking my first sip I was shocked how sweet the milk was and even purchased a few bottles to take home and use as a substitute for coffee creamer. Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates-5692

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Overall we ended up staying a whopping two hours on the farm, chit-chatting with Kimberly and learning her chocolate story. It was truly a wonderful experience and I’d highly recommend visiting and taking extra time out of your stay to learn about their amazing chocolate making process. 

We left with a full box of chocolates and a belly full of caramel. While at Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates, I tried to capture some video for you all, but sadly my vlogging camera died halfway through. After looking at the footage I was able to pull together a mini vlog! I hope you enjoy the video and make sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel Here

I hope this inspires you to get in the car and explore the amazing New England towns awaiting you! Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly New England travel newsletter! This week we are sharing the ins & outs of Goshen, so don’t forget to sign up here. xx Aubrey 

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5 Reasons You Should Take Your Coffee Break Outside

November 3rd, 2017

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You guys, it’s here, well not quite but it’s right around the corner…it’s ALMOST the busiest time of the year. It’s not only busy for retail employees but for basically everyone. From workers (the TCC Crew is jammed) to students (finals and term papers); to say this time of year is exhilarating is an understatement but don’t let the craziness of this holiday season wear you down. 

& while I’m 100% one to dive headfirst into overloading on work, I have to say recently I’ve discovered a new trick to rejuvenating my work ethic. It’s super simple, but recently I’ve been stepping outside for my 15 min schedule breaks and it’s been a game changer.

As many of you know, I work from home which is both a pleasing and a curse. Personally, I thrive on deadlines and structure, so I created a scheduled workday, from the minute I get up until 5:30 PM I’m go-go-go and because of this I often found myself skipping lunch and limiting my productivity.

One day I was so run down, I knew this had to stop, so I decided to start including three fifteen-minute breaks throughout the day. These breaks were mainly meant to reset my eyes from the constant glare of a computer screen but quickly developed into much more. Over the last few months, I’ve been stepping outside for my three breaks and to be honest it’s resulted in a HUGE improvement in my productivity. 

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The goal of our TCC Crew is to bring you content that inspires you towards living a New England lifestyle, which of course means being the most productive version of yourself, so we had to share why these outside recess times improved our workflow, along with 5 reasons you should take YOUR coffee break outside. 

 

1) Produces a Clear Headspace: I often find that taking a 15 min break, in your workspace limits your ability to reboot. Ideally, when the time has arrived for me to take my break, I make sure to get outside and change my scenery. Whether that means going for a walk or running to Dunkin Donuts; by getting outside an interacting with people outside of my workplace, provides me with a new sense of determination and clarity. 

 

2) ‘Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy’ – Elle Woods:  Now, I’m not a fan of running, in fact, I’m not quite sure if I could even squeeze in a full mile during one 15 minute break, but what I do know is that I spend each of my breaks moving. I’ll spend that time outside running to a coffee shop, walking around my yard or if it’s raining walking on a treadmill. By moving my body and getting my blood pumping, I can really feel those endorphins kick in and any stress I had previously start to release. 

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3) Speaking of Stress: Recently, I’ve been overwhelmed with my inbox. When I first started blogging, I really disliked when bloggers would say their inboxes were stressing them out. Personally, I figured a full inbox meant lots of collaborations and thus a highly profitable business. However today, I realize that my inbox is 20% official collaborations, 20% reader questions, and 60% emails I need to politely decline. 

 

A huge chunk of my time is spent going through my inbox and saying ‘no’ to companies, brands or even events that just don’t make sense for the TCC brand. Saying no to brands, even huge brands that we personally love, but just aren’t the right fit is hard, can be really hard. So by getting outside and turning my data off, it gives me time to process the no’s we’ve given and received. Not only does it give me time to process but also allows me to refocus on our brand’s end goal. Going outside creates a buffer between admin-work and creative work

 

4) A New Perspective: My favorite Gilmore Girl once said ‘Perspective is the most important thing to have in life.’ and I literally couldn’t agree more with Lauren Graham! A change in perspective and scenery is really important in gaining new insights. A lot of what our TCC Crew creates and writes about is by getting in the car and going. Whether that means traveling to a new town in New England, to feature in our TCC Newsletter or by even asking readers’ their opinion; these tiny acts and outside perspectives, honest to God, shape our brand every day! Get outside and refocus, re-shift and reprioritize your perspective! 

 

5) Just breath:  Okay this might sound weird but there is nothing I love more than stepping outside and breathing in that crisp autumn air. I’m the first to admit that working at home often means getting cozy with my laptop, under a mountain of blankets and with the thermostat set at a solid 72 degrees; doesn’t that just sound perfect?! 

While it sounds perfect it often puts me in a lethargic mood, so my last reason for taking your coffee break outside is to re-energize your body with fresh air. I know it might be a little chilly outside, so grab your jacket and maybe a scarf (learn how 5 ways to style a scarf here) and hit the road. Trust me your creative juices will start flowing. 5 Reasons You Should Take Your Coffee Break Outside

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5 Reasons You Should Take Your Coffee Break Outside

Okay, that’s all I got! I’d love to hear from you guys. Do you like taking your breaks outside? Let me know your thoughts on this post below! xx Aubrey. 

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5 Ways To Style a Scarf This Holiday Season

November 1st, 2017

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The other day I woke up to a brisk 32 degrees and knew it was about time to blow the dust off my scarf bin, hidden somewhere in the attic. After a good thirty minutes of searching, I found the cozy bin of scarves and was reminded how lucky we’ve been with the weather so far this fall. Usually, my scarf bin is welcomed come early September, but now that the cooler weather has arrived and flu season is amongst us, it’s time to bundle up and stay warm. 

I’ll admit, sometimes, I take bundling up to the extreme and start to resemble the younger brother from A Christmas Story, but over time I’ve learned that staying warm doesn’t have to be a fashion don’t! Recently I’ve gotten a lot of emails from you guys asking about my fall and winter essentials, and my number one picks are always quality good scarves and gloves, especially on those windy days. 

After hitting send on the email, I often get a quick reply asking for tips and tricks on how to style a scarf, which makes sense, as it was something I struggled with for the longest time. Anyway, for a while, I avoided this post as I really didn’t think pictures alone could do it justice. So when my sister Tessie signed onto the TCC Crew as our videographer, I knew we could finally do this post and do it right. 

Above you’ll see a video breaking down 5 Ways to Style a Scarf This Holiday Season, and below I’ve broken down each style and popular items I pair them with to complete the look. Anyway, let’s jump right in. 5 ways to style a scarf this holiday season

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1) The Basic Scarf 

This scarf style is best recreated with a thin wool scarf. It’s as easy as tossing the scarf on and running out the door. The scarf I’m wearing above is last year’s version of this scarf, and I know it’s a scarf I’ll continue to use time and time again. 


 

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2) The Loop Da Loop

This scarf style is best recreated with a thin wool scarf, as to keep the loop simplistic and clean. This scarf style is one you’ll see me wear on windy days. By looping the scarf around your neck you’ll make sure to keep your face and chest warm and sheltered from the brisk New England air. I love pairing this scarf with a funnel neck sweater and my new obsession Diane Gilman jeans


 

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3) The Freddie from Scooby Doo

Who would have thought ascots would be back in, not me, but at the same time I’m not complaining. If you live in a warmer area and want to forgo wrapping yourself in wool, I’d 100% recommend investing in a few silk ascots. They are really quite easy to tie, and not to mention if you get sick of wearing it while out, just tie it onto your purse as a statement. The silk ascot has honestly been my favorite trend of 2017. 


 

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4) Frosty The Snow Man

This scarf style was inspired by the snowman himself, Frosty! When recreating this look I always recommend going for a scarf with some hefty fringe, like this piece. I love wearing this scarf style with heels or tall booties, as it really adds length and dimension to the outfit. By covering your neck with the scarf you’ll be sure to stay warm and stylish this upcoming holiday season. 


 

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5) The Blanket Scarf

Last but not least, let’s chat about the classic blanket scarf. If you are traveling home for the holidays, I would highly recommend purchasing one of these bad boys. Not only do blanket scarfs complete a winter outfit they also work as, well you guessed it, a BLANKET! So whenever I’m traveling home to CT from Dallas you’ll find me wearing one of these scarves and then the moment I’m seated on the plane,  unwrap this number into a blanket. I wish all my accessories were as cute and convenient as blanket scarves



 

Staying warm and looking cute is honestly that simple this holiday season. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and make sure to subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL to see new videos every Wednesday. Also, leave a comment down below sharing your favorite way to style scarves this winter season, I love hearing your tips and tricks. xx Aubrey 

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PUMPKIN CARVING Q&A: Editing My Instagram Photos & More

October 30th, 2017

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You could say our videographer got a little ambitious this past week! Since last Wednesday our Crew has published over five videos, and I have to say we really dove head first into this youtube thing! We are so grateful to have our videographer, Tessie, as part of our TCC Crew, and we can’t wait to see what the future has to hold. 

With that in mind, we knew we wanted to use video to further connect with you all, and what better way to do so then via Q&A! So I sat down last weekend on Instagram Stories and asked you guys to submit your questions. We got questions sent in from all platforms and went with the first ten we received. If you didn’t see your question or want to be included in our next Q&A segment, make sure to list any additional question in the comment section of this video. 

Anyway, grab a cup of hot cider, or a pumpkin to carve and let’s jump right into this Pumpkin Carving Q&A. Oh, and if you are wondering when we’ll be uploading new videos, look forward to a new video EVERY WEDNESDAY, so make sure to subscribe. Okay, let’s slide right in. xx Aubrey 

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Head of the Charles Regatta & Vlog

October 28th, 2017
 
 
Last Saturday my family and I headed up to Boston for the annual Head of The Charles Regatta! And I’m kind of ashamed to admit that this was my first time ever attending the event. I had never seen or attended the regatta before, but nothing could have prepared me for the excitement and comradery that was in the air.
 
For some reason, I made myself believe that the regatta was a SMALL race for just the Ivy league schools, so low and behold my surprise when I parked the car and saw several hundreds of colleges attending. Not only was there local schools attending, I was pleasantly surprised to see fellow students attending to cheer on their team. It was all very lucky for me because it meant I got to meet a few TCC readers from schools far and wide. You guys, I even got to meet students and rowers from my own alma mater, The University of San Diego, how crazy. 
 
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If you’ve never attended the Head of the Charles Regatta, to put it simply, it’s basically like a preppy Bostonian fair. Picture hundreds of preppy dressed college kids, fair food (I’m talking about mac & cheese in a bread bowl) and let’s not forget about the enormous Brooks Brother’s tent. It was like I died and went to New England heaven. 
 
I went to the regatta in full on Red Fleece get-up and was blessed with a brisk 75 degree sunny fall day. Hey, I’m not complaining, it was so warm that I opted for this windowpane skirt and left the tights at home. I paired the wool skirt with a lightweight chambray shirt because frankly, a sweater would have been way too heavy, for such a warm fall day. Overall between the delicious food and getting to see my college race, the entire weekend just felt right. 
 
Not to mention that the weather was beautiful, the Brooks Brother’s team was as stylish as ever and the readers I did get to meet, were so welcoming and excited. I was only able to attend the event for a short period of time due to a family function, and I was crushed on missing out on meeting so many of you. Soooo Matt and I are considering doing a meet-up in December. Thoughts? 
 

Since this was our first year attending the regatta, we had to bring you along. So below hit play to see our first ever Head of the Charles Regatta vlog. As I said in previous posts, my sister Tessie is now officially part of our TCC Crew, as our videographer so don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel to see new videos every Wednesday.

Boston in Fall
Preppy Fall Style
Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
 
With all that being said, I’m 100% attending the regatta again next year and hopefully, Matt will be along for the ride. Maybe we can even convince him to squeeze into one of those tight rowers uniforms, I kid, I kid, but I think we can manage to deck him out in Brooks Brother’s
 
 
All in all, it was a perfect weekend and I’m excited for the weekends to come. A lot of busy stuff is happening down here in Dallas and I can’t wait to bring you all along. Don’t forget to comment below if you are interested in a TCC meet-up and let us know if you’d like to meet in Boston or Connecticut. xx Aubrey 
 
Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
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Finding the Great Pumpkin in Buffalo Plaid

October 23rd, 2017

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Buffalo Plaid Skirt || Turtleneck || Tights || Boots || Earrings 

This past weekend, I met up with my sister at Pickin’ Patch in Avon to stock up on perfectly shaped pumpkins, for a night of pumpkin carving and apple cider. With Halloween just around the corner, I really wanted to spend this weekend getting into the spirit and practicing my carving skills. We even filmed a pumpkin carving Q&A coming to our youtube channel soon

We were pleasantly surprised with warmer weather, this past weekend in New England, so I decided to wear this buffalo plaid skirt with a light turtleneck and classic black tights.  To be honest buffalo plaid is one of my favorite fall staples hidden within my closet. It is so easy to just throw on and go, which makes my life so easy especially when traveling.

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Fall is my favorite time to explore all the local farm stands of New England. Come September, almost overnight, the local stands go from being stocked with peaches and plums to having rows and rows of mums. Not only do these farm stands make it easy to load up on pumpkins for carving, they’re also usually loaded with fall tricks and treats. 

The Pickin’ Patch was filled to the brim with the tastes of fall. They had warm cider donuts, popcorn kernels designated for popping and need I mention the bags of apples washed and ready to be slowly dipped in hot sticky caramel. Yum. 

Pumpkin picking is kind of a family tradition so I was lucky to have been in Connecticut at the same time my younger sister Sarah was there. We had plenty of time to enjoy the weather and just catch up. Finding the Great Pumpkin in Buffalo Plaid-2876

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After picking out five perfectly shaped pumpkins, we hopped back in the car and headed to Dunkin’ to warm up with some hot coffee. Once we were all caffeinated up, we drove home and immediately printed out some online pumpkin carving templates. Sarah went with this candy themed template, and since my pumpkin was a little wider I picked this large jack-o-lantern print. 

Overall it was the perfect night, a little messy when it came to carving but all in all, perfect. Anyway, I hope all is well with you guys and happy Monday! & make sure to loop back around come Wednesday because we have a really fun surprise coming to the blog! xx Aubrey

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Fall in New England & HOCR Outfit

October 17th, 2017

New England in Fall & HOCR StyleBrooks Brother’s HOCR Sweater (LIMITED IN STOCK) c/0 || Cotton Chambray Shirt || Skirt 

After spending basically, a month traveling, I’m so happy to be back in New England. I always feel my best when I’m home in Connecticut, and I think it’s because there are just so many little nooks and crannies for me to explore. So many charming towns, so many colonial homes and not enough delicious lattes to sip on. So way back in July, I blocked two weeks off, in mid-October so I could make it back home just in time for the autumn hues to peak.

So many charming towns, so many colonial homes and not enough delicious lattes to sip on. So way back in July, I blocked two weeks off, in mid-October so I could make it back home just in time for the autumn hues to peak. Sadly, the autumn hues are running a tad late to the party this year, but I’m determined to hunt a few down for you all. 

Anyway, yesterday morning I woke up early to grab a warm latte and knock out some work before a jam-packed afternoon of video content planning with my sister Tessie. On that note, if you haven’t subscribed to our YouTube Channel make sure to do so here

I decided to wear this limited edition Brooks Brothers’ HOCR sweater, as the morning was quite chilly, but soon that chill was replaced with a perfectly warm fall afternoon. Apparently, the warmer fall weather is here to stay for the weekend, which is perfect timing, as I’ll be attending the HOCR race up in Boston on Saturday. I can’t wait to meet you all, so make sure to comment down below if you are going. New England in Fall & HOCR Style

New England in Fall & HOCR Style
New England in Fall & HOCR Style
New England in Fall & HOCR Style

 I’m actually traveling up to Boston to shoot some images with my TCC Crew. I often get a lot of questions about who takes my photos and I’d say 70% of the time it’s Matt, because we are always together, 25% of the time it’s my Mom and 5% is with a paid photographer. I love working with photographers but to be honest, I’m a really slow shooter.

I like to wander around and just drive until I find the perfect spot or town, so being on a time crunch doesn’t do me any good. I often like to shoot at multiple locations for one outfit, so having a friend or in my case, Mom, exploring with me for the day really makes my job 100% more fun. 

Not to mention it’s the best way to get out of the house. Oh, and the best part about shooting with my Mom is that she acts like a mini-photoshoot director. She’ll tell me where to look, when to throw leaves up in the air and when to just go full on candid; I love just slipping on an outfit and driving around town with her for an entire day. The whole post feels more candid from my end but spending a whole day shooting one post is very unrealistic of me, so I give myself two hours of shoot time per outfit. 

Anyway, if you are a new blogger and searching for a photographer or need help making content, don’t be afraid to ask a friend. Photography takes practice so as long as you’re both relaxed, your photo will continue to get better over timeNew England in Fall & HOCR Style

New England in Fall & HOCR Style
New England in Fall & HOCR Style
New England in Fall & HOCR Style

I digress, once I was done with work, my Mom and I traveled to Simsbury to stock up on some scenic images before picking Tessie up from high school. I will say some of my fondest memories with my mom come from these scenic car rides, we somehow ALWAYS end up finding a home decor store, which I’m not complaining about by any means. Oh, and we always find a coffee or an ice tea in our hands by the end of the journey. 

I think those little moments are why I love living in New England. The convenience of being able to get in the car and explore an entirely different state, via scenic routes. It’s why I love New England so much, though I’ll admit the local cider mills and the apple fritters are high up there on the list, of New England lifestyle perks. 

 

Anyway, I can’t wait to share these next two weeks with you. We are busy bees over here at TCC HQ and I’m so excited to add my sister, Tessie, to the TCC Crew as our official videographer.

Please welcome her to the crew, by leaving any video suggestions below! xx Aubrey. 

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