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A Colorful Gingham Maxi Skirt, In Quepos

May 18th, 2018

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colorful gingham maxi skirts

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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

 Colorful Gingham Maxi Skirt The Coastal Confidence
 Colorful Gingham Maxi Skirt The Coastal Confidence
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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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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. 

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
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

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
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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The Perfect White Tee

May 18th, 2017

The Perfect White Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

The Perfect White Tee || J.Crew Retro Jeans (just $39) || Necklace || Watch

Finding the perfect white tee has taken me 22 years, but it was worth the wait. I’ve tried tees from Nordstroms, Anthropologie, J.Crew, Free People, Hanes; you name it I’ve tried it. 

So this year, I decided to try J.Crew Factory’s version of the ‘basic white tee‘ and OMG. It’s perfect. Not only is it super affordable, it’s also almost always on sale (WIN/WIN). 

Basically, I refuse to pay over $20 dollars for a basic t-shirt, and I also refuse to buy any white tees that are the following: too thin, involves a plunging neckline or easy to stretch out.The Perfect White Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

The Perfect White Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
The Perfect White Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

I’ll be honest, I’m picky! But having flattering staple pieces is the foundation of any good wardrobe. So yesterday, I was running super late for meetings, so I threw on this white tee, and these retro jeans GUYS HOW CUTE ARE THEY! 

Matt hates them BUT what do you think!? For the price, I think they are AWESOME. I like to think it’s J.Crew’s take on retro, and I’m not fighting it. 

Anyway, Matt & I have a jammed packed weekend, which should be interesting. Lots of photos, lots of travel and lots of fun. What are you guys up to this weekend? Let me know below :)! xx Aubrey The Perfect White Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

The Perfect White Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
The Perfect White Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Meeting Monday

May 7th, 2017

Stylish Workwear for The Office | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

J.McLaughlin Dress c/o || Bag || Shoes || Earrings || Lipstick

If I learned one thing from college, it was that having a busy and meeting filled Monday really sets the tone for a successful week. Now I was in a sorority in college that had ‘meeting Mondays’ which meant every Monday at 7 pm we met in ‘business casual’ of course. 

At first, I hated the idea of business casual especially on a Monday, but then after time, I loved picking out a cute dress and pair of heels come Sunday night. I 100% think dressing up and having a business Monday really helped me stay on task, productive and enthusiastic about my work. 

& guys, people can pick up on that energy, especially come Monday when everyone else is reminiscing about the weekend.

Stylish Workwear for The Office | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Stylish Workwear for The Office | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Stylish Workwear for The Office | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Stylish Workwear for The Office | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Stylish Workwear for The Office | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

But let’s get things straight here, the term business casual is something I always dreaded, anyone else?. I either end up looking way overdressed OR wayyyyy underdressed. So, each year I stock up on J.McLaughlin Dresses, the quality and cut are perfect for business casual BUT also easy to wear on the weekend. 

While some gals, might hesitate on the price for just a dress, I will say these dresses are QUALITY! My go-to pink dress, which I wore in 2015 on the blog here, is still a weekly staple for me. They wash amazingly, they look so classy and hold up so well guys. 

This post is not at all sponsored, I just feel like it’s a brand you should keep on your radar.

So if you are interested in buying another Lilly dress this summer, I’d recommend investing in a J.McLaughlin staple instead. I have so many Lilly dresses that I thought I’d wear a ton but come post-college, you’ll get more use out of one of these!

Okay, I’m off to three meetings, and I hope you guys go out and kill Monday! xx Aubrey. Stylish Workwear for The Office | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Stylish Workwear for The Office | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Stylish Workwear for The Office | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Rainy Day Gear

May 1st, 2017

Rainy Day Gear | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Red Fleece Rain Jacket || Striped Shirt (ON SALE!) || Jeans || Purse (sold out, similar listed) c/o || Earrings || Mules

April showers bring May flowers, but I swear all April showers have brought this year are more showers! We are getting some much-needed rain, deep in the heart of Texas, so it’s made me really appreciate my handy-dandy rain jacket! 

The other day while I was on Instagram live, a reader asked me what’s my go to spring statement piece, and this year it’s 100% been this yellow rain jacket! Rain or shine, I throw on this jacket because you never know when you might get caught up in a midwestern storm. They are so odd, guys. 

So if you are preparing to travel, venture out or visit me here in rainy Dallas, don’t forget your rainy day gear: a yellow rain jacket,  rain boots, and a sterdy umbrella.

Rainy Day Gear | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Rainy Day Gear | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Rainy Day Gear | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Rainy Day Gear | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Rainy Day Gear | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

To help you stock up on rainy day gear, I’ve listed some of my favorite pieces below, along with my outfit! Make sure to really click through the jackets, some of them are currently 50% off! 

Finally, I’d love to hear how you guys stay warm and cozy on rainy days. Comment below and let me know. xx Aubrey

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Greetings from Maine Tee

April 27th, 2017

Greetings from Maine Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Greetings from Maine Tee (ONLY $29.99) || Purse ||  White Jeans || Sunglasses 

The other day, Matt & I took a trip down to the Dallas mall when I stumbled upon this greetings from Maine Tee. I was already 75% sure I was going to buy it at first sight, but then I found out it was just $29.99 and I purchased two (oops). 

With the weather heating up here in Dallas, my daily outfit has basically revolved around easy to throw on tee-shirts. Now even though I have about 1,000 white and gray tees, I realized my wardrobe really lacked graphic tees, so I felt I had some logic behind this bargain purchase. 

Greetings from Maine Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Greetings from Maine Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Greetings from Maine Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Greetings from Maine Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Whether you’re in college, high school or working towards your dream job, we all need a perfect tee here and there! & I think we can all agree on that. 

Besides tee talk, I want to wish you all a happy Friday!

Matt & I are super excited about this weekend, we are actually going to see the Texas Rangers play, which I’m ecstatic about. Baseball is by far one of my favorite sports, so I can’t wait to see what the Arlington stadium has in store for us. 

Okay, I’m going to make today’s post short and sweet, but keep your eyes peeled for a potential Instagram live on Saturday morning! Matt & I have had so much fun doing them, we are hoping to host another on this weekend. 

Matt & I have had so much fun doing them, we are hoping to host another on this weekend. xx Aubrey Greetings from Maine Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Greetings from Maine Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Greetings from Maine Tee | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Easter Treats at Bird Bakery

April 9th, 2017

Easter Treats at Bird Bakery | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Greetings from Aruba!

Matt & I have finally landed in Aruba along with my entire family, and I could not be more excited. This is my first time in Aruba so I’m looking forward to a day of exploring, beach reading and snorkeling.

As always, I’d love your recommendations, so if you’ve ever been here please message me!

Anyway, before heading down to Aruba, to celebrate Easter with my family, Matt and I had a little of our own Easter celebration in Dallas. We went to this unique and charming bakery in Highland Park, Dallas. It’s called the Bird Bakery and it’s totally worth the trip. 

Easter Treats at Bird Bakery | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Easter Treats at Bird Bakery | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Easter Treats at Bird Bakery | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Easter Treats at Bird Bakery | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Easter Treats at Bird Bakery | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

I had heard about the delicious bakery before, but the fact that they put all their mini cupcakes in egg containers just screamed EASTER Brunch to me! I even ended up buying an extra half dozen to give to a friend, let’s just say Bird Bakery has the perfect treats for Easter. 

To be honest, on Saturday I was starting to get stressed so we took a break from packing, and drove down to Highland Park Village got us some cupcakes and coffee, and had a little Easter brunch.

It was the perfect way to destress before taking off at 5:00 am the next day, ehh.

On a style note, Easter, dresses can be tricky, especially for New Englanders because who knows what the weather will bring in early April. So when I woke up to a chilly Dallas morning, I reached for a sleeved dress.  

I had this Draper James sleeved dress, last seen here, on hand so I was able to still look the Easter part while not freezing off my arms.

Anways I’m keeping this post short, after all I am on vacation. I’ll keep you all updated as much as possible and look forward to more Easter looks coming soon :)! xx Aubrey 

Easter Treats at Bird Bakery | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Easter Treats at Bird Bakery | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Easter Treats at Bird Bakery | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Knot Tie Blouse

April 5th, 2017

Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Exploring historic downtowns will always be my go to weekend activity. When I’m in CT I love driving to different towns and taking in the colonial homes, but with the warmer weather here in Dallas Matt and I have made it a point to walk around the different historical downtowns outside of Dallas. 

Most of the historic downtowns are built around 1940 and scream that old fashion soda pop shop, grease lighting, retro vibe. I shared bits and pieces of the historic downtown of Grapevine on Saturday via snapchat and so many of you asked for my outfit of the day details, so here it is. 

Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Off the shoulder isn’t my favorite trend, to be honest, I often find myself fidgeting with the sleeves, and I basically gave up on the trend until I tried on this shirt. The fit on this knot tie blouse is impeccable, it’s tied in the front and long in the back…basically shirt goals. 

I paired this knot tie blouse with my new favorite necklace! I grabbed it at J.Crew Factory for a steal and I believe it’s currently 50% off. I’ve been wearing it with everything, off the shoulder shirts, white tees and even polos. 

Finally I finished off the look with these Mott & Bow stretchy jeans. They are comfortable and affordable, so if you are in the market for a new pair of jeans, check them out. 

Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey YandowKnot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

While walking around Matt & I stopped by a farmers market and stocked up on a few healthy essentials, as we are trying to eat healthy for an upcoming trip. We actually leave for Aruba with my family on Sunday, however I ate three bagels today along with our healthy options, oops. 

Anyway, I hope you guys are enjoying the first moments of April it’s starting to get me pumped for New England’s summer. I think a trip home is in my future, possibly for my birthday? Who knows. & the fact that I’m planning trips in June is scary, where has 2017 gone! 

Do you guys have any spring travel plans coming up? I’d love travel suggestions from you guys :) xx Aubrey

Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Knot Tie Blouse | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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6 Basket Bags Under $150

April 3rd, 2017

6 Basket Bags Under $150

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6 Basket Bags Under $150 | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

One trend from last summer that stuck around for 2017 is the basket bag. I’ve always been a huge fan of the classic basket bags, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw designers rolling out more affordable yet still classy basket bag designs for 2017. 

To be honest, I own three out of the four options above, and I just ordered number five for an upcoming trip. The best part about these pieces is that they are all extremely affordable, the options above range from $33 – $158 so it’s easy to participate in the trend without breaking the bank. 

All the options above are classic, unique and totally worth the price. I’ve also listed some more options below, and I’d love to know which one’s your favorite! xx Aubrey

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Pie Tasting in Gingham

April 3rd, 2017

Pie Tasting in Gingham | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

So after living with Matt for about seven months, you can say he’s turned me into a dessert connoisseur. I never use to be that into dessert, I’m much more of a salt over sweet gal, but Matt has officially brought me to the dark side. 

On Friday I put on this gingham midi dress and we found ourselves wandering into random dessert places, all over Dallas, while nothing comes close to Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego, I will say Texas knows how to make a mean pie. & I guess it’s now key lime pie season, which I didn’t know was even a thing, but after seeing many flyers about the return of key lime, I was on a mission. 

& I guess it’s now key lime pie season, which I didn’t even know was a thing, but after seeing many flyers about the epic return of key lime, I was on a mission. 

Pie Tasting in Gingham Midi Dress | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Pie Tasting in Gingham | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Pie Tasting in Gingham | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Pie Tasting in Gingham Midi Dress | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Pie Tasting in Gingham | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Once Matt got home from work, last Friday, I dragged him out to Emporium Pies in McKinney TX, to get our pies on. & I’ll say it was darn good. 

I had my first ever key lime pie, and honestly, it was a little too lime for me, but the overall taste was heavenly. I’m much more of a berry pie gal, so I can’t wait till the raspberries and peach pies arrive, yummmm.

Going pie tasting was 100% worth the experience, and doesn’t pie tasting on a Friday night just sound perfect. Besides the key lime pie we also tasted the chocolate moose with pretzel crust pie and all I can say is, it was as good as it sounds. 

Meanwhile, let me remind you, we are supposed to be on a ‘spring break’ diet, as we leave for Aruba on Sunday, but how can you resist PIE. 

Pie Tasting in Gingham | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Pie Tasting in Gingham | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Pie Tasting in Gingham | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Anyway, while out and about, Matt and I tried our first Instagram live.

It was interesting to say the least, but sooooo much fun. We are thinking about making it a weekly Friday ritual! What do you guys think about that and what topics would you like us to focus on! Let us know below and if you like pie make sure to visit TCC tomorrow, as I’ll be sharing my favorite pie shops in Dallas!

Happy Monday, xx Aubrey. 

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