Nothing is more soothing and exciting than the hustle and bustle of Bowen’s Wharf come summertime. In fact, if you asked me to describe Newport, Rhode Island to you, the first thing that comes to my mind is the historic wharves and all they have to offer. So, I was ecstatic when Tessa and I had enough time on our previous trip to Newport, to clock out early and enjoy a leisurely ‘linner’ at Bowen’s Wharf.
The stunning 18th-century brick wharf buildings, bring you instantly back to Bowen’s start as a thriving seaport in colonial New England. Today the once commercial seaport buildings, are filled to the brim with shops, artwork, and delicious food, which is much more up my alley. The weather was beautiful when Tessa and I were visiting, so our first stop was at the Coffee Grinder to pick up two iced lattes and an apple turnover. We snacked on the apple turnover and our lattes from the comfort of these green Adirondack chairs as we watched the sailboats load and unload tourists.
After we finished our lattes we headed to the main reason why I was so excited to visit Bowen’s Wharf, Kiel James Patrick’s Flagship Store. I’ve always been a huge fan of the KJP brand and their New England presence, so getting to walk into their flagship store and see their entire line of products was surreal. To be hoenst, I ended up having the hardest time deciding what to buy, I’ve always wanted KJP’s Oyster Rockefeller Ring for the longest time but ended up splurging and getting a dress on my visit.
Next, we strolled through the many art galleries along the wharf. I love collecting art while traveling and out of all the art galleries I’ve seen, no one understands my aesthetic like Newport, Rhode Island. The galleries were filled with nautical themes and gorgeous sailboat models, I couldn’t help but to write down a few artist’s names to give to Matt for potential Christmas gift ideas. Because you know it’s never too early to get your Christmas shopping in, I kid.
Finally, we headed to Diego’s Mexican Restaurant, which was recommended to me by my cousins Rachel and Michael who went to school in Rhode Island. All and all, I was so glad they recommended this place. Tessa and I swallowed the nacho plate whole and feasted on a burrito for each of us, to boot. It was the perfect place to watch the sun creep into the water and enjoy the chaotic foot traffic the wharf sees daily.
When heading to Newport, Rhode Island please make sure to take a pit stop, and recharge at Bowen’s Wharf, it really is a classic New England spot. With amazing views and plenty of fresh seafood restaurants, it’s a great way to start or end your day in this seaport city. Oh, and if you’re interested in a real New England experience, look into taking a sailboat ride from the wharf, [sail-newport.com] here! I use to do this annually with my family when I was little and it’s something I always look back on today! I promise it will be so much fun.
There is A LOT going on in my life at the moment, which sounds so dramatic but it’s a lot of really exciting things, that I can’t wait to open up and share with you all soon! But until then I wanted to sit down, clear my mind and kind of vent about the all too real-life lesson, these big ventures have taught me, but to put it simply, these experiences have truly taught me how to be patient with the process.
You know how people always say patience is a virtue, well they weren’t kidding. By nature I’m a pretty patient person…well my Mom, might disagree but with most things I am. I mean, I could never be a teacher but on average if I’m doing something I enjoy I’m pretty content at putting in the hard work or time for the ultimate end goal. Yet as our ventures get bigger the process takes a heck of a lot longer and requires a lot more energy, which is starting to leave me with feelings of unrest and anxiety, more than anything else. Now, overall the whole experience is so odd to me because I’m normally not one to rush ANYTHING, I like to sleep on decisions, run things by Matt; but at the end of the day moving forward and seeing progress is something that pushes me forward. Which brings me to this post, how do you stay motivated, productive and excited about a venture that is so up in the air?
I mean in the last thirty days Matt and I have come a long way in this venture, which mind you, we’ve been talking about for an entire year, but we still have a very long way to go and at moments it can still leave me feeling like, ‘what the **** is my direction here’. Now, I, fortunately, have a pretty good gut, which seems to inherently lead me into all sorts of ventures, and while this one has truly tested my patience, I know deep down that this one could be the most stunning, exciting and exhilarating adventure yet.
Now, I might be digging my own grave while writing this, as we are actually waiting on some big news about the project today, but I just felt like now was the time to sit down and talk this out with you guys. You know they say the best things in life are worth waiting for, and I’m really hoping that’s true as Matt and I have been waiting on a decision that’s been postponed three times, since NOVEMBER, yes NOVEMBER 2017, but I think the universe has a funny way of making things work out. I mean, if the decision had gone through in November there would have been no way we’d have been able to move forward with the venture but after hearing some big news over the last thirty days, we are finally in a position to bring this venture into formation.
For the longest time I was impatient with the process, wanting to jump the gun and gamble whether we’d be able to commit, but for once the timing feels really right and I guess all we can do now is continue to be patient with the process. After all who knows, the decision they make today could put the whole process to a roaring halt, and send Matt and myself, back to the drawing board, but either way, I’m deciding right now to continue being patient with this process in hopes of reaping the rewards.
I’m learning day by day to be patient and enjoy the process, especially since once the light goes green it will be mayhem from there, but I kind of thrive in mayhem is that weird? Anyway, I know no matter what there is a big change happening for Matt and I, just around the river bend, and if it took me four backbreaking patient years, to build this brand then, I know that only good things could come from the eight-month wait Matt and I have been patiently navigating.
Now let’s talk about this outfit real quick, this dress is everything and it’s a wicked good deal right now so grab one of your own here. I digress, I’d love to hear from you guys! Did you ever experience a time when your patience was tested? How did you maneuver enjoying the process and was it worth it in the end? I love hearing from you so leave your experiences down below. xx Aubrey
Tis the season for weddings, especially here in New England, and while I’m not personally attending any big weddings this year, I figured I’d play dress up and show you my go-to event outfit. Whether it’s a wedding, polo-match or brunch at the Ocean House I love getting to dress up and style dresses that I normally wouldn’t wear on a daily basis.
Okay, now when purchasing a dress for an event I always try to purchase styles that can be dressed up or down depending on the type of event I’ll be attending. I do this so that I can get maximum usage out of a more expensive dress by wearing it to a variety of functions. In the end, an elegant midi dress is always a good choice, and if you’re unsure of the dress code never feel awkward reaching out to other attendees to gauge what they’ll be wearing. Or as I always say, better safe than sorry.
Okay, now take some time to look at your calendar and compare the events you’ll be attending this summer. Are they formal, casual, indoor, outdoor or color themed in any way? Once I get a feel for my events, I try to go with the concept of quality over quantity and purchase a dress that would work for most occasions. Ideally, at the start of the summer event season, I usually set aside a budget to purchase one to kill designer dress that I can rock and style all event season long. Which brings me to my most frequently asked question…where do you find a good summer wedding guest dress? For me personally, I have a few designers and brands that I return to year after year and they are: Shoshanna, Tory Burch, Brooks Brothers and my newest obsession the Gal Meets Glam Collection. All of these designers vary in price points but in the end, all of them make impeccable designs, fun patterns, and timeless silhouette.
The other thing I look for in an event dress is some sort of pattern or texture. Summer is the ideal time to embrace color and floral patterns into your style. So when I found this elegant Gal Meets Glam dress hanging in Nordstrom, I knew I had to purchase it. From the muted browns and pinks to the elegant smocking at the shoulders and bust, I knew this design and silhouette would be ideal for summer in New England. Personally, as long as I have a dress that I feel confident in with breathable material I’m happy. Oh and recently Gal Meets Glam dropped her second line of dresses and I’m dying over this satin wrap dress! It’s just perfect for evening events that I might just have to splurge.
Okay now I’d love to hear from you guys! Do you have any big summer weddings happening in your future? Or are you like Matt and I with a summer full of work events. Either way, I’d love to hear what designer you like to sport, below! xx Aubrey
It’s June in New England which means one thing and one thing only, it’s officially road trip season! Actually, I think an element that makes New England unique in and of itself, is how easy it is to jump into a car and explore picturesque New England towns without breaking the bank. Last weekend, my sister/photographer Tessa, and I decided to capture one of our favorite New England cities, Newport Rhode Island!
I honestly don’t know where to start, Newport has so much to offer, but let’s just start with a little background, shall we? Originally found in 1639, Newport is filled to the brim with American culture and deeply rooted in colonial history, architecture, and hauntings if that floats your boat. Newport isn’t just known for its colonial history, if you fast forward to the Gilded Age, you’d find Newport in it’s peek. Around this time tycoons of industry, such as the Vanderbilts, adopted this seaside city to be the location for their summer ‘cottages’. Now, these cottages were nothing short of extravagant Versaille like mansions, in fact, we bring you along for our tour of Rosecliff Mansion in the video above.
None the less, between a rich history and delicious seafood, my sister and I decided to break down our ‘official’ New Englander’s Guide to Newport, RI for any of you interested in visiting this summer or fall! The video above shows you a play by play of our travel suggestions for 48 hours in Newport, so make sure to check that out, BUT to help you out we’ve also listed all the links to the places we’ve visited and extra recommendations below!
Okay, let’s get to it and make sure to leave a comment below with any additional recommendations!
If you’re planning a trip to Rhode Island, I would highly recommend staying at The Attwater Hotel in downtown Newport, From its intimate sizing to its nautical decor, we truly enjoyed every moment of our stay in this centrally located boutique hotel, We were lucky enough to get a room last moment that perfectly accommodated our needs. The room layout gave Tessa and I enough space for us not only to work and store our photography equipment for our Newport content but also a separate bedroom to unplug and relax, I mean, I did a whole room tour in the video above, so you guys can get a sneak peek inside of the atmosphere The Attwater Hotel has created.
Now if I’m being honest, my favorite part about this hotel was not the bedroom, but rather the shower. I’ve been gearing up to do a little home renovation and their shower gave me all the inspiration. Tessa was cracking up because I took about 1,000 pictures of it to keep for inspiration and to show my family and friends, and let’s just say so far everyone has approved. Besides being obsessed with their decor, the fresh hot coffee they had in the lobby all day long, and the sweet staff that directed us in the right direction for our photoshoots, made our stay all that more enjoyable. Tessa and I had a busy 48 hours in Newport so being in the heart of downtown and being able to walk to shoot locations like Bowen’s Wharf, Bellevue Ave, and the historical downtown area, from the comfort of the hotel lobby, made all the difference.
Anyway if you don’t already know, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Now, this is the first Lark Hotel property I’ve stayed at but Tessa and I are excited to capture more of their New England properties throughout the summer and fall! If you’re headed to a New England destination station this summer check out Lark Hotels on their website or Instagram!
+ The Mansions: visiting the Newport Mansions are a must. I don’t want to giveaway to much details but the lifestyle these Gilded Age social lights and business tycoons lived, seems straight out of the Great Gatsby. In the video above we actually bring you along with us on our tour of the Rosecliff Mansion. Not only is the Rosecliff Mansion one of my favorite mansions in Newport to tour, but it’s also the backdrop to a few famous movies you might recognize!
+ The Topiary Garden: Totally underrated if I do say so myself! You can learn more about our visit to the topiary gardens in this blog post!
+ Shopping on Bowen’s Wharf: I mean, shopping right! I love taking a stroll down Bowne’s Wharf for some summer inspiration. Whether I’m popping into KJP’s Flagship Store or taking a peek inside the sailboat-filled art galleries, I always seem to leave Newport with a few more bags than I arrived with.
+ Berry Picking: Rhode Island has the best strawberries and now that they are in season Tessa and I made a quick stop at Sweet Berry Farm on the way home from the Topiary Garden! Not only did we pick some delicious strawberries but we also got freshly made ice cream, at their farmstand to boot.
+ Dinner Downtown: We headed back to the hotel, to grab a quick coffee before changing our outfits for dinner! The fact that downtown Newport was walking distance from our hotel, made late night food runs a must.
+ Visiting A LightHouse: Every good New England summer getaway has to end with a lighthouse photo! Tessa and I decided to bike over to Goats Island to get a picture with the iconic lIghthouse whilst watching the sunset over the Newport Bridge. It’s the perfect Instagram shot if you ask me!
If you follow me on Instagram, and if you don’t you should be, then you already know that this past weekend Tessa and I headed to Newport, Rhode Island, for a little adventure. Now we’ve been to Newport a few times before and had done a lot of the typical tourist attractions like touring the mansions and taking a plunge at first beach; sooooo when we made plans to visit Newport again, we wanted to explore an attraction neither of us had seen prior. Long story short, that’s how we found ourselves at The Green Animals Topiary Garden.
The Green Animals Topiary Garden is a little north of Newport and does require a twenty-minute car or uber ride to get there from downtown, BUT it was so worth the drive. From the moment I walked onto the property, I felt like I was being transported into a fairytale, or at least to Europe, as the gardens reminded me of the beautiful castle grounds Matt and I explored in Ireland last August. Now, none the less, Tessa and I spent about two hours within the garden’s walls capturing the unique and humors topiary structures, along with exploring all the nooks and crannies the garden had to offer.
Between the smells of freshly cut grass and the fairytale-like environment, I literally twirled my way through the garden thanks to this tropical print shirt dress. In fact, at one point in time, Tessa told me I needed to ‘stop living my best life’ and give the twirling a rest for photo sake but I honestly couldn’t help it. I felt like a movie-star in this perfectly crafted shirt dress from Brooks Brothers! Now if I’ve said it once then I’ll say it again, but nobody crafts a dress quite like the Brooks Brothers team. Each dress I try on from them is perfectly structured and cut to make the subject feel both classic but with a warm feminine twist. Please please please take a second to check out some of their dresses for yourself. In fact, a lot of their designs are being featured in their current annual sale, I’ve linked a few of my favorite ones here,here and here, and you guys can thank me later!
Now let’s get back to the garden! Just a friendly FYI you do have to pay in order to enter and tour the topiary garden and historical Victorian home built, in 1872. The home is gently placed at the base of the garden and has a beautiful view of Narragansett Bay. The price is about $17.00, and this attraction does count as one of the ‘Newport Mansion’ ticket attractions. Now I highly recommend purchasing a two or five house ticket pass if you are headed to Newport for the first time, as the passes actually don’t expire and having the passes on hand will save you money and hassle in the long run.
All and all I really had a magical time, I’m a sucker for boxwood so you could say I was really living my best life. Now I can’t wait to share more of my trip and our official Newport Travel Guide with you all on Wednesday, but until then I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever been to a topiary garden? And if so where was the garden located because I really want to drag Matt to a few of these gardens to get him inspired for our future home. I mean, a girl can dream right!? xx Aubrey
Here are a few facts about me: 1. I’m NOT a morning person and 2. I’m NOT a breakfast person.
Odd, I know.
I love having productive mornings but I’m not one of those people that jumps out of bed at 5:00 AM and gets right to it.
I’m more along the lines of jumping into bed at 1:00 AM after conquering the day.
I would say about 90% of the time, my morning routine is a drag, at 7:45 AM I get out of bed, go straight for a black coffee and start scheduling social media posts for the day, in complete silence.
Once 9:00 AM hits, life is perfect but before that time, I don’t want to deal with it, and by it, I’m meaning: cooking, socializing, emails, any of it.
I’m a creative night owl, through and through.
& that ‘night owl’ attitude carries over to my social calendar too, whenever anyone wants to go out to eat, I always suggest a late lunch or an even later dinner; never breakfast.
But, like everything in life, there are a few exceptions, for me, those exceptions are: the chocolate chip muffins and ice coffee at Harpo’s, the hash browns at Kens’ Corner and brunch at the Ocean House.
Those are my three exceptions to socializing and looking presentable before 9:00 am.
I actually attended brunch at the Ocean House for my first time this year, and I’m still dreaming about the raspberry lemon pancakes, they are cooking up this summer.
When I posted that I was there, I got so many DM’s from you guys asking what I wore for this New England famous brunch, which does have a dress code, by the way.
The Ocean House requires brunchers (is that a word?) to wear ‘resort casual’.
When booking my reservation, I decided to go later on in the day, so I chose an elegant lightweight maxi, to pair with my raspberry lemon pancakes.
The A-line cut on this maxi gave it the perfect dose of formality. I even told my sister that she could borrow the dress for an upcoming event. It’s quite easy to dress up or down.
The reason I chose this dress is that the bright colors reminded me of the hydrangeas scattered throughout the Ocean House property. After leaving brunch, I made my Mom snap some images of me with the blooming bushes.
Hydrangeas had a good year this year, that’s all I can say. Each bush was filled with bright petals and evergreen stems.
Life is all about, what I like to call, ‘the approach’.
I’m serious though! I’m always telling my friends, Matt, sisters and basically anyone that will stop to listen, that how you approach a person, is basically a pre-set to the outcome.
I’m talking about going into a conversation with an open mind and flexibility, rather than a set goal. So many people struggle with this, and don’t even realize it, so I’m here to help.
You could say my job is tied in with the art of communication, and guys, it really is an art.
Whether it’s writing a blog post, negotiating with a brand or even talking one-on-one with a reader, I’ve gotten pretty darn good at polishing my communication skills and learning what works.
But let me tell you one thing that doesn’t work…entitlement.
A lot of people ask me about my college experience and how I became a blogger, and to be honest it’s because I was open-minded and flexible when approaching people, SIMPLE AS THAT.
I would walk into professors’ offices and just have a conversation, I would ask people about their days. because…WHY NOT. I would go into every conversation (or try to) with a ‘whatever’ attitude & this is key.
I never expected people to help me and I never demanded or felt entitled (ew gross) towards their time, skills or connections.
We all have that friend, let’s call her ‘dear’ that no matter what, the moment ‘dear’ texts you, they need something. Whether it be a ride to the mall, notes from yesterday’s class or a study buddy; they go into every conversation entitled, closed-minded, and looking to get ahead (blah).
& you know what, we all have love/hate relationships with these kinds of people; heck maybe sometimes we are these types of people, but in the long run, you NEED to refine your approach.
Why? you might ask, well because how you approach people is half the battle. Being abrasive, aggressive, pushy and frankly rude; for no reason is well RUDE. & people pick up on these things.
All day every day, I get DM’s, emails, tweets, and comments asking for things. But let me tell you one thing, there is a big difference in how I react to brand’s asking for free work, haters upset about spelling mistakes or even people who demand free products, never to showcase it; from those people that reach out to say they loved a blog post and later down the line reach out for help.
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.