June Favorites

Another month has passed and it’s time for another monthly favorites post. I only have one month left in Knoxville, and come August 3rd, I’ll be off to Columbia to spend my sophomore year at Carolina. This month has been full of so many emotional ups & downs and very exciting things happening on the blog!


I’ve decided to kind of re-brand my monthly favorites posts. A few months ago I added a life update segment and now I’m adding a monthly stats segment! We’re going to call this little monthly post monthly recaps from now on because it’s turned into way more than just my five favorites from the past month. Hope you don’t mind the new addition!


So many exciting things happened this past month! First off, my blog relaunched on June 1st, pulling in over 500 sessions in one day. That’s a new record for me. I’ve been working out with my trainer religiously three times a week, and I’m totally seeing results. I’m developing muscles I never knew I even had! I’m feeling so much more confident in myself. Toward the end of June, I think I entered a full-on quarter life crisis. Ok so PMS may have not been helping the situation, but I’m still just so lost and confused when it comes to my life, what I’m supposed to be doing, and the vast difference between my dreams and the reality of life. As a result of my confusion, I needed change in my life. A spur of the moment decision led me to chop off a good five inches of my hair, leaving it the shortest it’s ever been. I’ve honestly never looked back.


How can I not do a blog post without mentioning nail polish. I honestly don’t think it’s possible. Anyways, I LOVE summer polish colors because you can get away with wearing brights & neons without anyone judging you. Not that you should be choosing your polish color on what other people think.


These polishes from China Glaze are beautiful and perfect for summer! I wanted to include my new LED Gel Nail system that I purchased last week, but I haven’t used it enough to include it in a favorites video. But keep your eyes open for next month’s favorites 😉


I don’t know why filling in your eyebrows makes you feel like you can conquer the world, but I’ve totally been missing out! This was an impulse buy while I was at Target the other day with a friend and we both decided our eyebrows needed to be on point.


I love how natural the gel from this kit looks. You know how when some people fill in their brows you can totally tell, well this doesn’t do that. It looks like my natural brows, and I couldn’t be happier! Plus the $3 price tag is something I love.


You know that Bath & Body Works candle that every girl loves because it smells like a man? (Ok that sounds really creepy, but girls, you know what I’m talking about) Well this girl doesn’t have $22 to spend on a candle. I dream of one day being able to afford it, but not right now my friend.


This candle from Wal-Mart smells almost identical and it’s only $6. What? $6 you say? Yes. The amazing man-smelling candle is only $6 so you better go take yourself to Wal-Mart right now. Or you can totally buy it online if you don’t feel like leaving your house.


Before my little quarter-life crisis started, I decided it was time for a new pair of glasses. Yes I loved my red ones, but it was time to mature my look a little bit. Even if Taylor Swift personally complimented my red glasses, I had to say goodbye (but I totally kept them).


I went for a larger, darker frame, and I love how I look in them. I feel so much more confident and not like I’m hiding behind my glasses. They just naturally complement my look, letting me as a person really shine through. If you want to see the day when I actually picked them out, check out my A Day in the Life post!


I saved the best for last. Not even kidding. About three weeks ago, Cristina from Cristina Was Here proposed starting #FaceMaskFriday and that was the best hashtag to ever enter my life. I’ve never been a big face mask person, but I had slowly grown a collection over the past few months and I decided it was time to start using them.


I’m not into spending a ton of money on face masks just yet, so I stick to the ones that are just a couple of bucks. You can find the Que Bella face masks at Target and I think the other ones are from Wal-Mart. Not too sure because my mom sent them in a care package during the school year.


Woah new segment. I always love seeing other people’s stats because it makes you feel not as alone, especially if you’re just starting out. These stats were pulled on JUNE 27th so they’re going to differ slightly from my actual stats for the month.

Pageviews: 6,520 (-12.65% increase from May 2016)
Visitors: 4,517
Unique Visitors: 4,014

As you can see, my #’s are a little lower than last month, which is perfectly fine, as long as they’re within a couple hundred of each other, I’m pretty content. Plus, June is the start of summer for a lot of people which means people aren’t going to be spending as much time on the computer as they would be during the school year.

Hope you enjoyed the new segment and minor re-branding of my monthly favorites! What do you think of the new segment? Do you like it? Also, what have you been loving this past month? Hope to hear from you in the comments!

~abigail gray

  • Molly O’Connor

    Ok those stats are amazing, I’m so impressed! Also, loving those glasses!! And I really enjoyed this segment. I’ve been loving being a new city this month and seeing what all there is to offer here! 🙂


    • Thank you so much! I always love finding cute, local coffee shops in new cities!

  • Yvanne

    Liking the new segment! Um your stats look amazing! Those nail polish colors are so prettyyy I need them.


    • I’m glad you like the new segment! And thank you! Also, Ulta usually has some pretty amazing sales on China Glaze nail polishes every once in a while, so if you’re looking to try a new color, be on the lookout for their sales.

  • Kym

    I love this recap format! I love looking at other people’s stats, and am totally jealous of yours, haha.
    Maybe I missed it somewhere on your social media, but I’m dying to see this new haircut!


    • I have yet to post a picture of the new haircut! I know I’m such a bad blogger, but I wanted to give myself a few days to understand how it will look and stuff. I’m going to be posting a picture/video probably tonight on my new Snapchat for the blog, so you should definitely go add me there (livingthegray)!

  • Congrats on your move and your new adventure! I love face masks… have you ever tried GlamGlow? They are my absolute favorite!

    • Thank you! And I haven’t tried GlamGlow yet! I’ll have to check them out soon!

  • 4,014 visitors is definitely admirable! and especially with summer coming up, which is always the toughest season. keep it up girl!

    • Thank you so much! That just made me feel so much better about my stats for the month. Sometimes you get so caught up in comparing yourself to a HUGE blogger and you can get really down on yourself.

  • Jen Dang @ Skirt The Rules

    Love this recap! Kudos for you putting your stats out there – totally admirable and I’m excited to see you grow!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

    • Thank you 🙂 I find that especially for other smaller blogs, it’s nice to see someone with similar stats. It’s encouraging! BTW checked out your blog and it’s beautiful!

  • I wonder if I should start using face masks! And Taylor Swift complimented your glasses?!?
    Your stats are awesome, it’s incredible that you are where you are only a year in!
    Sunny | astoldbysunny.com

    • Taylor and I are like BFFs. Ok not really but I did meet her last year at her concert! And you should totally try using face masks! They’ve changed my life. Not even an exaggeration.

  • Hey Abigail! I’m glad your blog launch went well. Your new design is so pretty. I love the nail polish colors, I like to wear pinks and corals during summer, too. I also love the eyebrow kit, I am tempted to try it! 🙂
    -Aly (http://welcometoalysworld.com)

    • That eyebrow kit is so worth it! I don’t know how I’ve gone so long without doing my eyebrows. Who knew just filling in one small feature, it can really change how confident you feel all day!

  • Moonlight Shimmer

    Nice job cutting off five inches of your hair! I know that can be very hard especially for girls who love their long hair (me!). Elf products are the best though and they are at such a reasonable price. Last winter, I found some red lipstick through elf for just a dollar (: It was amazing! I honestly never got a candle that smelt like a man before but now I want to go to walmart and get that candle!! I think that you can also get free products from Bath and body works if you provide them with your address? I got a couple of free items that way…. lotions and shower gel.. I don’t think candles though. But, you should try talking to someone about it if you are interested!

    • Yeah I’ve gotten those free items before! Don’t they typically send them out around the holidays? Well anyways, I usually get Vanilla Bean Noel because that’s my all-time favorite smell. I’m actually thinking about placing a big order on the ELF site soon just to try out some more of their stuff!

      • Moonlight Shimmer

        I believe around the holidays they do because I remember getting one around halloween and another christmas. Vanilla Bean is amazing!!!! I love the candy apple scent or just anything christmas related (: Have fun trying new ELF products!