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.
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.
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
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.
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 time
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.
Matt & I have been quite transparent with you all, when it comes to our love of New England sports. It’s an activity both Matt and I love embracing, and unlike many preppy lifestyle blogs, I’m not talking about polo matches or croquet; no Matt and I are fans of the All American sports aka baseball and football.
The reason why we love these two All American sports so much is plain and simple. There is just something SO inspiring about the cornerstones in these sports: trust and teamwork. I think that’s why I like watching both sports so much, from truly trusting your teammates to prevent you from an injury-prone tackler or working almost seamlessly together to get a baseball runner out, all within seconds is just REALLY admirable.
Anway, the level of trust, teamwork, and dedication these players have really is inspirational. Oh, and did I mention, Matt asked me to be his ‘girlfriend’ during the movie Fever Pitch when we were 14 (lol), so Fenway’s always had a fond place in my heart.
Overall Fenway night games in August are actually my ideal date nights, come summer in New England. Whenever readers email me about summer date night ideas, I always recommend baseball games. Some cities even have pretty affordable nights, I know in San Diego you could attend a Padres game for as little as $25, that’s nothing!
So today I figured I’d go over why going to Fenway is my Ideal Date Night, and below I’ve listed my top three reasons.
1) Great Place to Chat
Unlike a movie theater or play, baseball games are a great date night location because it’s easy to strike up a conversation. Let’s say it’s the first date and you’re nervous about awkward silences, no worries, just head to a baseball game there is so much going on, at all times, that it’s easy to strike up a conversation about anything. I always love doing double dates at Fenway, so many good memories.
2) Make Memories
Date nights can end up, blending together, especially when you’ve dated as long as Matt and I have, so by going somewhere exciting like Fenway you’ll probably end up documenting the date and having a more memorable night. I love being able to look back at all of our date nights at Fenway, so we make it a mission to document the nights, which makes them more special than a dinner date.
You know those dates where after the movie ends you are stuck looking at each other, wondering whether to the extend the date to a second location, or go your separate ways. Well the great part about Fenway is your in BOSTON, let’s say the date goes great you have several bars and restaurants within walking distance where you can extend your date organically, cutting out the awkwardness.
& if that didn’t sell you on bringing a date to Fenway, don’t get me started on how terrific a Fenway Frank can be. So whenever Matt and I have a chance to slip away into either Fenway or Gillet Stadium, you bet we leave room for stadium food. Oh, and if hot dogs aren’t your thing they have Del’s Lemonade.
Anyway, Matt and I are off to Ireland tomorrow and I can’t wait to bring you guys along. Make sure to head over to Instagram for more current details. xx Aubrey
With the official start of summer, being just a few weeks away, I figured I’d help you get excited about New England summer!
I get countless emails from you guys, asking about my favorite places to take pictures, when traveling throughout New England, so I rounded up my top 9 Picturesque New England Beach Towns.
The other day Matt and I were out and about shooting content for TCC and I was soooooo happy I decided to wear this lightweight jumpsuit!
To be honest, it’s important to wear something with pants when it comes to shooting scenic images. A lot of the time I’ll be hanging out of car sunroofs, lying down on the beach or crouching in the middle of the street, anything for a good angle guys!
So I stuck to something simple, light and slightly fashionable; just in case we decided to shoot a few outfit images.
Anyway if you’re in the hunt for a good Picturesque New England shoot location or just planning a fun road trip with the girls or with ‘the boys’ as Matt likes to famously say, here are some of my favorite places to adventure to!
9 Picturesque New England Beach Towns:
+ STONINGTON BOROUGH, CONNECTICUT
+ KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE
+ Ogunquit, ME
+ MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT
+ NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
+ ESSEX, CONNECTICUT
+ Provincetown, Massachusetts
+ New Shoreham, Rhode Island
+ Fenwick, Connecticut
It was honestly hard, just selecting nine locations, but these are by far my favorite spots. I was so lucky to grow up in such a beautiful part of the country and I can’t wait to share more New England living with you all!
Leave a comment below if there are any towns I missed OR if you’d like me to do a more in-depth travel guide feature of the above towns! xx Aubrey
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Sunday was the perfect definition of a snow day! The storm didn’t roll in until 2pm so it gave me plenty of time to run some errands and then hunker down for the rest of the day. When the storm looked like it was starting to settle down, my mom and I went for a walk to snap a few pictures & let me tell you, it was a #struggle.
If you follow me on snapchat (aubreyrose740) than you saw these hilarious outtakes. I’m not kidding, they were literally hilarious I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. I’m trying to spend more time on snapchat and sharing more ‘behind the scenes’ moments. After the hilarious photo shoot my family and I made pizzas & hung out by the fire, a perfect evening.
I hope everyone that was hit with snow is safe & warm. It was a wild storm to say the least; I was only suppose to get 2 inches but I think we ended up with easily 6 inches! The weather is always unpredictable in New England & I kind of love it. Living in San Diego was the definition of perfect, but perfect can get boring quickly. Anyone else with me? Happy Monday xx A.
Boston was amazing (as always) & I was able to see sections of the city that I have never really seen before. Overall the trip was successful & full of delicious food. Here is some pictures for a glimpse into my weekend trip.
This house was located on Boylston Street & was pure beauty.
We started our weekend walking down the famous Boylston Street, which included historical landmarks, beautiful houses & a lot of yummy bakeries.
Then (obviously) we went to Newbury Street. Now, I have never been to Newbury Street, but I have to admit I enjoyed it more than 5th Ave (it was a little more relaxed & age friendly). I also enjoyed the variety of shops on the street & it had a million desert locations (including Georgetown Cupcakes!). I certainly would go back to Newbury Street for a girls day.
Matthew & I thus proceeded to the Freedom Trail! This trail is great because not only is it free ( perfect for college students) but it also leads you to all the prime historical spots of the city. We walked through some of the most famous historical structures, and bumped into these fellows:
They were reenacting the Boston Massacre
Here are some of the beautiful buildings we walked through on The Freedom Trail.
The Old State House
The Meeting House during the American Revolution!
Finally Matthew & I walked across the pond in The Boston Commons (as it was frozen solid).