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Texas Bluebonnets

April 13th, 2018

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Before heading to Costa Rica with Matt and my family tomorrow, Matt and I decided to play hooky for a day and head on a road trip to see the infamous Texas Bluebonnets. I think I mentioned this in Monday’s work wear post, but recently Matt and I have really been non-stop. I’ve been working extra hours to financially save up for a big upcoming project (hopefully) and Matt’s been busy with March Madness, keeping food in the fridge and my spirits up; as I’ve been checked out due to work. 

I’m the definition of a workaholic. I read one quote that said something along the lines of ‘if you love what you do than work-life balance isn’t an issue because your work gives you life’ and I totally agree. I’m my happiest after we land a partnership, complete an epic shoot or wrap up editing a video. Producing content for you all gives me energy and pushes me to explore new places and bring them to light here on this platform. I’d love to know what gives you guys energy though, is it time with your friend? Traveling? Iced Coffee? I mean, share what gets you up and going below. 

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

Anyway, when we decide to play hooky, which I admit I like to do on a monthly basis. Wait, reading that back makes me sound like I have a horrid work ethic. Okay, I like playing hooky on Fridays because I’d much rather do office work on a Sunday and give myself Friday to explore new places, during the day when the crowds are small and the lighting is good…makes sense right? Anyway when we were planning our hooky day I knew exactly where we had to head. Earlier that week when I was out shopping for bathing suits for our trip tomorrow, I heard a women raving about the Texas Bluebonnets in Ennis, a small town an hour south of Dallas, Again my eavesdropping came in for the win, and I knew it would be the perfect place to get you all inspired for spring. 

I mean the weather has been rough in Connecticut, I’m not going to lie but it’s all worth it, just think of the New England summer that awaits us. Wouldn’t you agree? I’m giddy just thinking about it. Until then I hope this post gets you excited to throw on your own lightweight wax jacket by Barbour and visit those stunning New England flower farms that should hopefully be opening next week if the weather warms up. If you missed our New England Flower Farms To Visit post you can view it here

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

Walking through the fields of brilliant bluebonnets made me think of my college days and when I started this blog. One of my first posts, which I can’t believe I’m linking for you guys but here it is, was taken at the The Flower Fields on Carlsbad Ranch. I was just a sophomore at college in San Diego, excited to learn more about growing a blog while experimenting with my Canon camera and basic kit lens. It really wasn’t that long ago but to think of where I am now and the TCC Crew members I’ve surrounded myself with, really keeps me grounded. There are moments when I feel like I should be further ahead, more financially stable or engaging with a larger Instagram following but to think it all started in a little dorm room with a base model DSLR camera, that I worked double shifts at my school’s gym job to afford mind you, makes me smile. 

What I’m trying to say is it’s Friday and it is finally starting to feel like spring. So take time out of your day to reconnect with yourself, what you’ve accomplished and enjoy the weather. Play hooky with your to-do list and enjoy the day with whatever gives you energy. I mean, if bees and bugs weren’t a thing, then you’d find me day in and day out gardening. I really want to get good at growing hydrangeas but that’s another post for another day. 

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Districts of Dallas

February 5th, 2018

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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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15 Patriots Bars Across 15 Cities, To Watch The Super Bowl At

February 2nd, 2018

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Just like that Matt and I are leaving Dallas and heading out to San Francisco to capture, what I believe is, one of the prettiest cities in America. Not only was this weekend the perfect weekend to get away, it also happens to be Super Bowl weekend…LET’S GO PATRIOTS! To be honest, at first Matt was hesitant about traveling on such an important weekend, but I insisted that no matter the city, Patriot fans are in it to win it. Hopefully literally.  

You might remember that last year, Matt and I were fortunate enough to attend what I believe has been the best Super Bowl yet. We were in Dallas at the time and just three nights before the big game found tickets on Craigslist and well the rest is history if you want all the details make sure to check out this post where I share our Super Bowl experience.  Anyway, back to going to San Francisco, I actually went to college in California and my best friend currently lives outside the city. After going over two years without seeing each other, I figured it was about time for a visit. Matt has actually never been to San Francisco either and I’ve only visited once before so I’m giddy with excitement about getting to revisit one of my favorite cities. 

With that being said, I started this blog when I was attending college in California with the idea that you could live a New England lifestyle no matter the coast, thus The Coastal Confidence. So this weekend I’m bringing that mission statement to life, while Matt and I will literally be on the other coast of the country. We plan on celebrating the big game with all the hoopla and hurrahs of an official New England Tailgate. Whilst doing my research, I figured I’d throw in a couple more cities and somehow we ended with this epic post. 

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15 Patriots Bars Across15 U.S. Cities, To Watch The Super Bowl At:


 

 

  • Boston — Cask ‘n Flagon: If you are a true Boston sports fan than you’ve been dragged to The Cask ‘n Flagon a time or two. Between Super Bowl-themed cocktails and hundreds of die-heart Boston fans this bar is the perfect place to watch the biggest game of the year along with some epic people watching.
    • Los Angeles — Sonny McLean’s: This Irish Gastro Pub in Santa Monica is like a little piece of New England on the West Coast.  With homemade Shepherd’s Pies, Fish & Chips, and New England Ipswich Fried Clams; you’ll feel like you’re in Massachusetts the moment you step in the bar. Seats are filling up fast, so reserve a seat ahead of time to watch the big game with fellow Patriot Fans.  
    • Chicago — Theory: I mean not only is this bar aesthetically pleasing and perfect for that game day Instagram, it’s also an ‘official’ Patriots bar! So gather up all your Tom Brady jerseys and Patriots beanies and head on over. 
    • Houston — Biggio’s: Between ceiling to floor TV displays and a sweet downtown location, this bar is a great place to watch the big game if you’re visiting. Matt and I visited this spot when we attended the Super Bowl last year and I promise you won’t miss a moment of the game with the amount of TVs present. 
    • Seattle — Bar Harbor Bar: I mean doesn’t the name say it all. This delicious seafood restaurant is the ‘official Patriots bar’ for Pats fans in Seattle. Better yet the event is free for anyone to attend on a first come first serve base, but everyone is asked to leave a donation for the Jimmy Fund! True Boston fans, am I right! 
    • Philadelphia —  Field House: If you happen to be in Philly for the Super Bowl, I’m sure the city will be nuts! With a ton of events to pick from, I’d recommend checking out Field House. With 100% of their 40 beers on tap coming from within 100 miles of Philadelphia, this bar is a hit for sports fans and beer connoisseurs.
    • Denver — Three Dogs Tavern: Someone on Yelp described this bar as ‘An oasis of blue, silver, and red in a sea of orange’ and I just about died. Anyway again this is an ‘official Patriots meeting place’ for Pats fans in the city of Denver. 

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    • San Diego — Barleymash: I mean between the rich food and the prime Gaslamp District, Downtown location, what isn’t to love about this bar. Watch the game here and then head outside to a street full of restaurants, bars, and dessert shops to pick from. 
    • Dallas — The Nodding Donkey: The Nodding Donkey is one of the Best Sports Bars in Dallas, with a prime Uptown location. With great food and great beer specials, this place will be a hoot to watch the game at. 
    • Washington D.C — Capitol Lounge: An ‘official’ Patriots bar’ where even the waiters are decked out in jerseys. This restaurant is the perfect place to come together with New Englanders and get that team spirit pumping. 
    • Austin — B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub Downtown: Someone on Yelp described his experience at this bar as ‘hoist a pint every Sunday with fellow Pats fans, Chowdaheadz, transplanted New Englanders and enlightened Austinites. Oh and if that didn’t sell you on visiting this ‘official Patriots bar’ it’s also conveniently located in Downtown Austin on Sixth Street.
    • Nashville — Whiskey Rhythms Saloon: If you want to see what an ‘official Patriots bar looks like just click on their Facebook Page. Whether you just moved to Nashville or just visiting, join your fellow New Englanders to cheer on our Patriots. 
    • San Francisco — Connecticut Yankee: I mean when I saw this bar I instantly knew this is where we would be watching the Super Bowl, just check out their website, it basically screams Aubrey and Matt. I guess I’ll see SF TCC readers there! 
  • New York City — Professor Thom’s: This diehard Patriots fan bar is the perfect place to watch the big game and explore the East Village. Oh, and if you’re a Harpoon drinker this bar is for you because Professor Thom’s is renowned for having the largest selection of Harpoons outside of Massachusets. 
  • Charleston — Hometown BBQFootball and BBQ, basically any guys dream. If you are visiting Charleston I would recommend stopping here for some good ole southern comfort food. Nothing is more game day appropriate than BBQ ribs and pulled pork.

I know, I know; that was a lot of information but I hope this post inspires you to attend one of these sports bars or look up one of your own in the area. Watching the Super Bowl with other New England fans, no matter the city, is a great way to meet new people, come together as a region and root on our favorite team. Now Matt and I are officially landing in San Francisco so all I have to say is GO PATS! 

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Fried Chicken in Dallas

January 29th, 2018

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I spend a good amount of time traveling between Connecticut and Dallas, and whenever I’m traveling by airplane, I often arrive at my destination on an empty stomach. When I land in Connecticut I often head to my parent’s house, aka a stocked fridge, but Dallas is a different story. First off, whenever I  leave Matt alone for a long period of time, I can bet my bottom dollar that the fridge will be bear and the pantry nonexistent. With that information in mind, I can’t help but get excited after landing in Dallas for the restaurants that await me. I’m a huge seafood fan, so I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by seafood almost year-round in Connecticut, but the moment my feet touch the ground in Dallas, I can’t help but anticipate the mashed potatoes and fried chicken, that are calling my name.  

From the moment I shut the car door, I often beg Matt to bring me to one of the many delicious restaurants Dallas has to offer. I’m a huge fan of quick in and out eating spots, so Bubba’s Cooks Country is always at the top of my list, because what sounds better than getting off a plane, eating fried chicken, going home to shower and hitting the hay? Nothing! 

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When I first stepped into Bubba’s Cooks Country, I was drawn to the classic diner aesthetic and red vinyl booths but was greatly surprised as to how good this spot was, when I bit into my first piece of crispy fried chicken. On a whole, diner food is always a go for me, but Bubba’s Cooks Country is the perfect definition of traditional southern cooking, with homemade sides like mashed potatoes and fluffy rolls, you’ll have a new definition of comfort food by the time you leave. Oh and if you are extra tired after your flight and don’t want to wait around or sit-down, don’t worry they actually have a drive-through option for quick in and out hits. 

 After living in over three states: Connecticut, California and Texas; I would stand by the fact that Texas not only has the best food but also has bargain prices to boot. When Matt and I first got an apartment in Dallas you guys, sent in tons of restaurant recommendations from North Texas to Fort Worth and in between; and to be honest, at first it was slightly overwhelming. I still to this day feel like we still have so many places we have to try, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you all in case you’re in the Big D, for a quick stop. 

Of course, you have to stop at Bubba’s Cooks Country but here are some more of our favorite restaurants in the Dallas/DFW area:


 

 Pecan Lodge — Deep Elm, Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant — Fort Worth, Monkey King Noodle Company — Deep Ellum, True Foods — Plano, Cadillac Pizza — McKinney, Yolk — Dallas, Frisco Diner — Frisco, Emporium Pies — Bishop Art District

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Overall though, I can’t allow you to leave Dallas without trying their BBQ or Fried Chicken, I mean I don’t think I could ever be satisfied with the rib dinner from Chili’s again after living in Dallas. One thing I’ve learned from traveling so much is to really embrace the food each place has to offer, in New England that means seafood, in Dallas that means BBQ and Fried Chicken and don’t even get me started on California and their acai bowls; because every time I move I seem to miss the restaurants and food more than anything else. I mean I still to this daydream of Taco Tuesdays in San Diego, let’s just say my Mexican food obsession peaked. 

Okay, so tag you’re it! Tell me below, which place you’ve visited that has the BEST food! I’d love to hear what type of food it was and if the restaurant is still around today. As always thanks for reading along and sharing your experiences. 

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Fall in Dallas, Bucket List

October 4th, 2017

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Corduroy Shirtdress || Tassel Flats || Belt (old similar listed) || Bag 

If you don’t already know, Matt and I split our time between New England and Dallas, Texas. It’s an odd match for sure, but Matt’s currently here for two years and since my work is mobile I can spend half my time with Matt, and the other half in New England. To be honest though, during this time of year and especially in summer I prefer New England, but with that being said, Dallas does have a lot to offer come fall. So I figured I sit down and share some of my go-to activities when I’m in the big D (as they say).

Since this could be Matt and I’s last fall in Dallas, we are trying to check off as much as possible, on our long bucket list. Today I figured I’d share a glimpse into our Fall in Dallas, Bucket List. Below, I broke down all my favorite places to go, unique things to see, and food to try; while here in Dallas for Fall. I hope this inspires you guys to embrace autumn no matter where you are.

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Fall in Dallas, Bucket List:
1) Texas State Fair // September 29th through October 22nd. Make sure to try a corn dog, they are delicious.

2) Witnessing the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl // October 14th Don’t forget to wear your hook em’ colors!

3) Watch a dozen hot air balloons take flight at the Plano Balloon Festival

4) Visit the pumpkin patch at Autumn at the Arboretum, and take lots of pictures.

5) Go to a Dallas Cowboy Game

6) Attend the outdoor, Dallas Farmers Market

7) Eat one slice from all five fall pies located at Emporium Pies
8) Take a picture In One of Texas’ Many Country Fields

9) Watch a game at the most expensive high school football stadium in America, Allen TX.

10) Take a train ride on the Texas State Railroad to a pumpkin patch.

11) Visit the original Six Flags over Texas, for Fright Fest.

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Fall in Dallas, Bucket List | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Fall in Dallas, Bucket List | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

This time of year just slips by us so quickly, and while I’ve already loaded up on Bath and Body Works Candles to remind me of this season all year long, I figured making a Fall in Dallas, Bucket list would hold me accountable in putting down the laptop and head outside.

From the not so brisk 72 degree fall air, to the hushed talk of football round the clock; Dallas might not have a conventional fall. You won’t see any apple orchards and forget about seeing any leaves but Texans have their own way of celebrating this season via college football.

So if you find yourself outside of New England and a tad sad you don’t have leafs crunching as you walk and apple orchards in every town, take some time to experience the fall around you. Ever region embraces this time of year differently and it’s good to get outside of your comfort zone. Trust me.

Anyway, I’d love to hear where you are spending this fall. Leave a comment down below and include where you are and what your favorite local activity is! xx AubreyFall in Dallas, Bucket List | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Fall in Dallas, Bucket List | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Fall in Dallas, Bucket List | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Why Fenway Is My Ideal Date Night

August 18th, 2017
Why Fenway Is My Ideal Date Night | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
 
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.
 
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Why Fenway Is My Ideal Date Night | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Why Fenway Is My Ideal Date Night | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
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Why Fenway Is My Ideal Date Night | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
 
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. 
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Why Fenway Is My Ideal Date Night | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
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Why Fenway Is My Ideal Date Night | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
 
 

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.
 
3) Afterparty? 

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 
 
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72 Hours in Austin

June 8th, 2017

72 Hours in Austin Travel Guide | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Last weekend was my birthday week, which I’m sure you all remember! We had a huge giveaway to celebrate all Geminis (woot-woot), while Matt & I even decided to take a last minute trip to Austin, to visit my brother. 

We snapchat ‘vlogged’ the whole thing, which was a lot of fun! I’d still love your feedback on the snapchat ‘vlogs’, so far it’s been positive but we’d love to know how to improve. Anyway once in Austin, I got soooo many recommendations from all of you, THANK YOU for that!

So I decided to throw together a 72 Hours in Austin Guide! I thought it would be a smart way to put all of your recommendations in one place. Anyway, let’s get to it!

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72 Hours in Austin Travel Guide | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
72 Hours in Austin Travel Guide | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Where to Stay: 

+ The Westin – Austin Downtown – Whenever I visit Austin, I personally want to be downtown. My brother’s home is exactly an 8-minute uber drive away, and it’s just so convenient. We’re able to discover all the best parts of Austin on foot. & did I mention it’s extremely close to sixth street!

So if you’re one for a good time, or planning a bachelorette party this hotel is perfect!!! You can discover the best of 6th street’s nightlife, hang by the newly renovated pool bar and be just a short Uber ride away from The Domain (aka best shopping in Austin!). 

WHERE TO EAT BRUNCH:

Stella San Jac, – located in The Westin. You guys have to go here and try the biscuits, I visit every time just for the biscuits, #noshame

+ Voodoo Donuts – If we have a busy schedule I’ll usually send Matt out to grab breakfast while I get ready. So on Saturday Matt ran out and grabbed us some Voodoo Donuts, he was only supposed to get two but he came back with 12 (he would!) Anyway you really can’t go wrong with Voodoo Donuts.

+ 1886 Cafe & Bakery – I have just two words to say about this place: cinnamon bun

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72 Hours in Austin Travel Guide | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
72 Hours in Austin Travel Guide | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

What To See: 

+ Sixth Street – The street is basically deserted during the day but come 7 pm the street takes on a life of its own. Completely blocked off from cars, it basically is one big bar crawl for the entire city, I’m not a huge drinker, but it’s 100% something to see. 

+ Congress Avenue Bridge Bats – with over 1,500,000  bats sleeping under the bridge, arrive at sunset to see them take off from the bridge and fly into the night! I thought this was so cool and something you should see.

+ LBJ Presidential Library – if you like history/Mad Men you’d love this library. It’s filled to the brim with history and artifacts from Johnson’s time. You’ll see some interesting videos, clothes, and advertisements from his administration, it takes about 2.5 hours to cover the whole thing. 

+ Texas State Capital – it’s a beauty!

What To Do At Night:

+ Peter Pan Mini Golf – The only mini golf I’ve been to that’s BYOB!

+ Azul Rooftop Bar & Loungel- Watch the sunset and the city light up, come sunset, from the heart of downtown, cocktails in hand.

+ Visit Rainey Street – This was my first time visiting Rainy Street & it was by far my favorite part of Austin. Rainey Street is a row of old craftsman styled homes turned into delicious restaurants. It’s really a fun place to walk around, get some food and explore the tastes of Austin. 72 Hours in Austin Travel Guide | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

72 Hours in Austin Travel Guide | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
72 Hours in Austin Travel Guide | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Where To Road Trip: 

+ Gruene – Historic Town just about 45 min south of Austin, read more about our time in Gruene here

+ San Antonio – Take a road trip to visit the Alamo and taste the best Mexican Food around, while overlooking the world famous San Antonio Riverwalk! It’s just a 90 min drive south of Austin, read about our time in San Antonio here!

+ Magnolia Farms (Waco, TX) – About a 95-minute drive (depending on traffic) North of Austin, if you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper show, make sure to check out the cute town of Waco TX. 


 That’s all I got for you guys!

I had the best time in Austin and I was lucky to celebrate my birthday with Matt and my brother at The Westin – Austin Downtown!

Please, Please, PLEASE; leave any additional Austin recommendations below, and for even more recommendations check out my last post about Austin here! xx Aubrey 

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Texas Hill Country

June 7th, 2017

Gruene Texas Hill Country | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Nothing screams, historic town, like an old fashion bottled Coca-Cola, am I right! 

I’ve recently gotten a lot of questions from you guys, asking for me to capture some of my favorite parts of Texas! So this past weekend Matt & I did exactly that. When we decided to head to Austin and San Antonio for my birthday weekend, I knew I had to stop in the historic district of Gruene, in New Braunfels, TX, on the way! 

This town reminded me of Mystic CT, but instead of the ocean this town has hidden in the Texas Hill Country. The town was bustling with women antique shopping, groups of tourists and teens with tubs headed to float down the river, and an old fashion ice cream palor or two. 

Gruene Texas Hill Country | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Gruene Texas Hill Country | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Gruene Texas Hill Country | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Gruene Texas Hill Country | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Gruene Texas Hill Country | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

If you decide to venture to Gruene make sure to do the following:

SEE: Gruene Dance Hall, Texas’ Oldest DanceHall. Today, the Dance hall stands as one of the most important live music venues in Central Texas. Not to mention the movie MICHAEL featuring Jon Travolta was filmed here. 

EATGristmill River Restaurant and Bar – This restaurant used to be an old cotton mill, not only is it historic, but it has a view of the Guadalupe River and the food is on point!

DO: Antique shop! If you like Antiques then you died and went to heaven! However, if you want something more active than shopping, just float the Guadalupe River! Grab your friends, rent some tubes and layer on that sunscreen. 

Overall Matt & I were just stopping by but we are already planning a trip back! As I said, it reminds me of Mystic, an old summer town; totally worth seeing. 

P.S: Who else like old fashion Coca-Cola more than canned? xx Aubrey 

Gruene Texas Hill Country | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Gruene Texas Hill Country | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Gruene Texas Hill Country | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Afternoon on the Riverwalk

June 4th, 2017

Afternoon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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I don’t know how it can get hotter than this past weekend, but the people in Texas tell me to prepare myself. If you follow Matt and I on Snapchat or Instagram, then you already know that we spent this past weekend exploring South Texas. 

We stayed overnight at the Westin Austin Downtown and covered Austin, Gruene, and San Antonio. I’ve been to both Austin and San Antonio before, but I was excited to explore these unique cities with Matt. 

On Saturday I found myself again, on the little-cobbled streets of the historic Riverwalk. To me, the Riverwalk will never get old, for two reasons primarily, chips and salsa. Not kidding, between great history and delicious food; the Riverwalk is a day-trip destination station. Afternoon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Afternoon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Afternoon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Matt and I had the best day, exploring the Riverwalk hand in hand, thanks to our concierge Dave Dart from The Westin: Austin Downtown. He actually emailed me a guide, of his favorite spots and I included the spots I had a chance to visit below!

San Antonio Day Trip Guide:  

Drinks: 


 

Menger Hotel: Historic Bar

This historic bar and hotel had the likes of Teddy Roosevelt walk through its grand entrance. The bar is something to see, and marks the location where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders! Not to mention this hotel is haunted, that’s as historic as it gets! 

Food: 


 

LuLu’s Bakery & Cafe: Open 24/7

This place was delicious and is actually famous for their chicken fried steak, need I say more

SEE: 


 

+ The Alamo 

+ The Riverwalk 

+ The Aztec Theatre

Afternoon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Afternoon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Afternoon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Afternoon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Afternoon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Needless to say, we kept ourselves busy. So before heading out of the city, we  traveled down the river in an iconic Riverwalk boat tour. I just love touristy things, it really pumps me up, watching other people share their home and history with strangers from all over. 

Our afternoon in San Antonio was perfect, but boy was it hot, I was so thankful that I decided to throw on this cotton eyelet dress before heading down. Maybe we got an extra humid day, or maybe I was a little nieve when thinking about the heat, but it was toasty. So thank goodness for lightweight cotton and the light breeze. 

Anway, comment below and share your favorite spots in San Antonio! I’d love to get your recommendations. 

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New England Cove

January 5th, 2016

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Today I woke up to 19 degree weather & nothing about that is okay with me. I’m a big ‘doer‘ & what I mean by that is… I love going out and doing things. Whether it’s  just getting out of the house for a walk or driving to a new ]ocation to shoot photos, ‘doing’ things just makes me happy. So with the winter weather rolling in, I’m determined to continue exploring instead of staying in & loafing around. 

When I woke up on Monday it was a warm 40 degrees and rainy, so I grabbed my rain boots & my mom and we went out for a coffee and a walk. We ended up driving all the way to the Wethersfield Cove. It’s actually one of my favorite places to take pictures because New England coves have this rustic beauty about them. If you’ve ever been there, than you know what I’m talking about! The cove is a little muddy, there is drift wood everywhere and it’s literally right next to the highway but somehow all the little imperfections make this place rustically beautiful.

However to enjoy New England’s beauty you must take on the New England weather (ahhh), so we shoot these photos on a very cold & rainy day but they turned out really well (or so I think). I hope you all enjoy the rustic beauty everyday brings! xx A. 

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