October Recap & Chit Chat

Hello hello, and happy Tuesday!

To be quite honest, I originally planned for this post to go live last Friday. It feels kinda weird to be posting a chit chat post on a Tuesday because I usually keep my personal/informal posts for Fridays. But, life got in the way and I had to head home for the weekend so this post didn’t get published.

Usually when the month is over, I’m in shock that time flew by that fast, and I get kinda sad because I’ll never get that month back. I don’t know what it is about this year, but November 1st hit, and I was immediately like MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY HOLIDAYS LET IT SNOW. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve been this excited for the holidays since I was a kid.  I’m ready for the world to turn into a wonderland of red, green, and gold and have festive music blasting through the speakers and drinking tea by the fire in my cat pajama pants all while watching Christmas Vacation.

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Recent Purchases: Fall 2017

Recent Purchases: Fall 2017

Hello, hello! I’m so sorry that there wasn’t a post for last Friday, but as you’ll see in this Friday’s chit chat post (or if you saw this post on Insta), there’s a bit of a reason behind why I was M.I.A. But here we are, it’s Tuesday, and today I’ve got a recent purchases post coming at you. I mean clearly you knew what this post was about if you read the title…

I’m not going to lie, I was 100% inspired to do this post thanks to Kayla over at Kayla Blogs. She did a recent purchases post, and I was like, “you know, I just took a little self-care trip to Marshall’s, and I’m sure other people want to see the stuff I bought.”

But really I just wanted an excuse to show off my new coffee mugs.

I will say that from now until Thanksgiving-ish, I’m really going to watch my budget and my unnecessary self-care trips to Target and Marshall’s because the holidays are coming up and I’ve got a lot of Secret Santa’s to participate in. *wink wink to all the bloggers out there*

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Fall 2017 Skincare Routine

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Fall 2017 Skincare Routine feat. Clarisonic

I think this is the first time in my entire life that I’ve ever had a full-on skincare routine. I’ve been a 2x-a-day face washing girl with day and night moisturizer for probably the past 8 years. I haven’t strayed much from it because it worked to an extent, but since August, my face has been a bit out of control, and I figured that as a 20-year-old, I should probably start taking better care of my skin.

Recently my face has been that of a pubescent middle schooler, and I’m not too fond of that.

I don’t know if it’s hormonal changes, if it’s my anxiety, if it’s the stress of school, or a combination of everything, but whatever it is, I’m not happy about it.

It’s messing with my self-confidence, and it’s just straight up frustrating to look in the mirror and see my forehead covered in red bumps. To deal with it for the day, it’s always the toss up of covering my face in makeup to try and hide the problem or letting my skin breathe and feeling like everyone’s staring at my face all day.

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Fall 2017 Fitness Goals

Fall 2017 Fitness Goals

Hello, hello!

Y’all after a solid year of becoming basically best friends and constantly talking about doing a collaboration, Caitlyn and I are finally making it happen.

Read her post here!

Just in case you don’t know, Caitlyn is a fellow college blogger (College with Caitlyn) and fitness enthusiast. She’s a junior at Northern Kentucky University studying mathematics and computer science. I can’t really remember how Caitlyn and I “met”, but it was probably me bombarding her with messages on some platform. I would consistently ask questions and for advice, and eventually, we exchanged numbers, and here we are.

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Grace Hopper Celebration 2017

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women In Computing 2017 Orlando Florida

Good morning! This post was 100% supposed to go out yesterday, but there’s been a little bit of stuff going on in my personal life, and I just didn’t have the motivation to write this post on Monday. But here we are, so let’s get into it!

On October 3rd, I threw all my business casual outfits in a suitcase, Ubered for the first time to the airport, and hopped on a plane to Orlando, Florida. Well, we stopped in Charlotte for a bit, but we made it to Orlando eventually.

But Abigail, why did you go to Orlando??

If you haven’t been following this blog for the past few weeks, you probably don’t know that I was selected as one of 15 students from my university to attend this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. I attended last year, had an amazing time, and ever since that trip, I knew I was somehow going to make it to this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration. So this is a huge shoutout to my university for sending me to Orlando to be a part of this amazing experience.

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September Recap & Chit Chat

September Recap & Chit Chat

Good morning and happy Friday! I’m coming to you today from the lovely Orlando, Florida. I’m here for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, but I’ll get into that a bit later. Another month has passed which means it’s time for another monthly recap and chit chat post.

It’s hard to believe another month has gone by…. I feel like I say that every month, but it’s true. As I’ve gotten older, time just seems to fly by, and I don’t like it haha. September was definitely a month full of changes.

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