Local Connecticut Restaurants Open For Takeout During COVID-19

March 25th, 2020

The Coastal Confidence first began with my goal to share the charm and tradition of the New England lifestyle with you all. Over the years, we have maintained that goal by highlighting the style of New England, home decor, our historic towns and the small businesses that make each of them so unique. While I’m not one to discuss National or International Events on my solely New England-themed platform: I believe it’s important for The Coastal Confidence to address COVID-19. COVID-19 is affecting everyone around the world. Healthcare providers, first responders, and essential workers are all selfless heroes…

Everything You Need To Know About Hunting For Antique Rugs, With District Loom

March 19th, 2020
Location  •   Connecticut

With so much going on this week, and with both Matt and I working from home – you could say my time online and at home has skyrocketed. Now while most of us are practicing social distancing, it’s more important than ever to reach out in support of local businesses in whatever means you can. Whether you can purchasing a gift card, share a business you love on social media or make a purchase – small business owners are so essential to not only our economy but also our communities. Last week, I had the opportunity to interview…

Springtime Easter Baskets: What You’ll Need

March 7th, 2020
Location  •   Connecticut

Thank you Christmas Tree Shops and That! for sponsoring this post. With Easter hopping closer and closer – it’s time to pack up the winter decor and start preparing our homes and hopes for springtime in New England! I have fond fun memories of growing up during the spring season. From our annual neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt to my grandfather’s bright Easter sweaters – Easter was always filled with chocolate bunnies, colorful chick decor, and daffodil buds peeping up. Since 2020 is mine and Matt’s first Easter Season in our new home, I wanted to add spring decor and slightly…

How To Make A Latte Art Heart Like A Barista

February 11th, 2020
Location  •   Ogawa Coffee, Boston MA

Happy National Latte Day! Last weekend I visited Boston for the opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of latte art with New England Dairy! Between dark winter months spent indoors and additional computer work in preparation for Mr. Trophy’s website launch, I was so looking forward to the latte art class at Ogawa Coffee in the Downtown Crossing area of Boston. The event was the perfect excuse for a day trip to Boston and a latte lesson I’d been interested in learning. When I have a coffee out or at home, it’s almost always either an iced or a…

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Breweries in New England You’ll Want To Check Out On Your Next Date

February 4th, 2020

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re looking for a youthful way to celebrate – something beyond the standard box of chocolates, this Valentine’s Day, then you’re in luck. Our crew has pulled together a long list of breweries in New England you’ll want to check out, on your next date. Breweries have been popping up left and right in New England and while fancy dinners, gifts, and flowers are always a treat – Matt and I decided to put a casual spin on Valentine’s Day this year to get outside of our mundane tradition…

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2020 Goals

January 12th, 2020

Last year, I was moving so fast that I never got around to posting my 2019 goals and with Mr. Trophy work, ramping up – I’ve allowed myself little to no time, to sit down and blog. So I’ve decided to take the approach of better late than never with life, until things become a little more manageable. With that in mind, and even though we’re 13 days into 2020 – I still wanted to sit down and share my 2020 goals with you all. When it comes to making a list of goals, I usually list off about…

Before and After Colonial Fireplace Transformation

January 6th, 2020
Location  •   Connecticut

A frequently asked question found in my Instagram inbox from readers asks about our fireplace. From what color we used to the paneling size, I like knowing you all are as obsessed with the look as I am! Today I’m spilling all the before and after details of our colonial fireplace transformation. Paneling Originally the wall was created with beveled wood paneling. While the look was traditional to a cape built in the ’60s, I wasn’t my style or on-brand with our home’s colonial feel. I turned to Pinterest and within minutes I discovered what I wanted – raised paneling! Raised…

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2019 Year End Review

January 3rd, 2020

2019 has been the most humbling experience to date. 2019 had A LOT going on. Truly it had so much going on that – sometimes I had NO IDEA what was, in fact, going on. Often, the last words out of my mouth before my head hit the pillow were I DON’T KNOW, because honestly 2019 I DO NOT KNOW! It’s funny because I look back at my 2018 and I had feelings of exhaustion, being overwhelmed and astonishment but 2018 has nothing on what this year brought. Yet the only difference is while I was over 2018,…

9 Favorites From 2019

December 30th, 2019
Location  •   Wethersfield, Connecticut

2020 is just around the corner and truthfully I’ve never felt so unready. I usually like to take the week before the new year to process the passing year and reflect on my favorite products, things and life moments the year offered, thus today’s post breaking down 9 Favorites From 2019. Yet as I sat down to look back on 2019, I realized that this year has left me feeling a little jumbled. Ending more on a cliff-hanger, with several loose ends needing tying up, than with a traditional full-circle ending. And while it does feel like A…

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 25th, 2019

This time of year, while filled with hustle and bustle, is also the ideal time to find quiet moments to reflect on this past year and find peace before heading into the new year. We’ve been a tad quiet this holiday season on the blog, as I’ve learned to adjust to a big life change that has left me sincerely humbled at times; but that has also brought so much joy, happiness, and light into my life. With that in mind, I wanted to take the time to wish you all a happy holiday and personally thank you…