This past weekend we had an engagement shoot up in Boston, so we made our way up early so that we could take in some of the “Head of the Charles” while we were there! The HOCR is a crew boat race in the Charles River where high schools, colleges, and teams from all over the world come to compete. We got there just as one of my alma maters, the Yale women’s team, went by. And later we saw that the Yale men’s team was set up right next to the RIT team (which is Justin’s alma mater)….so it was pretty awesome all around!!
Justin got to go to the HOCR once when he was little & we’ve been talking about going together for the longest time. So this year we made it happen! And we already have plans to go back next year with a blanket & a picnic to take in the whole day there on the banks of the Charles. But if I’m being 100% honest, while watching the races is definitely super cool, I had my own ulterior motives for going in the form of the KJP booth at the main Brooks Brothers tent!
I’ve been following Kiel James Patrick (KJP) & Sarah Vickers (SarahKJP) since earlier this year on Instagram (after my good friend Tiffany told me about them) and I LOVE following along & seeing everything they’re up to! If you are a fan of all things preppy, New Englandy goodness, trust me you should definitely follow along as well! Together they have the fashion brand “Kiel James Patrick” that is basically all the things that I love. In fact, when I just spoke at Pursuit 31, all the speakers got one of their polka dot cross-over bags and an anchor bracelet. And then. I. died. (Loooooove you Karen Stott for being the best gift giver EVER!!)
So long story short, I knew they were going to be at the HOCR too & I was determined to meet them! Two cab rides, one shuttle ride, one wrong Brooks Brothers tent (the one that was two miles from the main one), and an hour walking in boots that were most definitely not made for….well….walking. We finally made it to the tent! And there they were!
So I of course immediatelyt urned into some super shy stalkery version of myself that I didn’t even know existed & I just bought my pink & blue bow bracelet and started to walk away. But then I was like, you know what, what did I spend ALL of January telling people at The What’s Next Tour?? Wasn’t it….forget FEAR! You never know, unless you ASK! If you want something, DO something. And I darn well needed to take my own advice.
So I went back in the booth, introduced myself & asked if I could have a picture with them. And you know what, they said yes. AND even better, they were super amazing about it & so, so nice in person that it made me forget all about the blisters I got in getting there.
So there you go. I think sometimes it’s just when we’ve come the farthest, when we’ve taken the most scrapes, and we’re almost there, that’s when FEAR gets the loudest.
It’s in those moments, we have to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps & just be brave enough to Ask.
And since I’m still on Cloud 9 from meeting these guys and the whole crazy adventure working out, we thought we’d spread the preppy love your way too! Just leave us a comment in the box below saying hi & we’re going to pick ONE lucky winner to get your choice of either one of their bow bracelets or anchor bracelets. And….GO!!
**ETA: We would love to give a HUGE congrats to the winner of our KJP giveaway, Miss Kathleen Berger!!! Shoot us an email Kathleen so we can get your mailing addy!!