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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What You Need to Survive the Weekend Coffee Shop Study Session

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Weekend Coffee Shop Study Session Essentials

My most favorite part about school being back in session is spending my entire Saturday and/or Sunday at my local Starbucks. I would go to a local spot, but I’ve got that Gold Member status at Starbucks and I’m all about those free refills…

Anyways, as I was saying, I basically live in coffee shops on the weekends. I love the environment, the constant background chatter is honestly very soothing, and I love people watching.

But, there’s nothing worse than getting a table, sitting down, take your first sip of coffee, and realize you forgot your sticky notes or your textbook. Can we all just agree that that’s actually the worst??

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Quick & Easy Daily Makeup

Quick & easy daily makeup perfect for college students, post-gym routines, or if you're in a rush!

Hey y’all! Okay so I went back and forth for what seemed like hours about what to call this post. It could be makeup products for post-workout, it could be everyday makeup products for a busy college student, or it could be makeup products for when you don’t feel like wearing a ton of makeup. But I’m just settling on quick and easy daily makeup because it encompasses all of the options and more.

This routine takes me at most 10 minutes but usually it’s around a solid 5 minutes. It requires only four products minimum (blush and bronzer not included) which means it can be taken with you anywhere! Hence the reason I wanted to make this a post-workout makeup post.

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Back-to-School College Haul

Back-to-school College Haul | College dorm room essentials

Welcome back! Today’s post is one of my favorites strictly because of the cover photo. Isn’t that a beautiful flat lay? Also I just discovered that berry/mauve color is complementary to my mint green that I use and I’m kinda obsessed. Anyways, now that my mini excited rant is over, lets get on to this awesome haul!

Today’s post is short & sweet so I hope you don’t mind.

I don’t know about y’all but I love to watch and read anything back-to-school related. I also love watching and reading haul videos and posts. Combine back-to-school with hauls and I’m sold.

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Worth the Splurge: College Essentials

Essential college items worth the splurge.

My friends Gabby and Hannah over at The Swirl Blog published THIS amazing post the other week, and I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh I need to do one of these, too!” Hannah included some amazing essential college items definitely worth the splurge, so I thought I’d add on to her selections.

My most popular post to date, Buy This, Not That: College Dorm Edition, came out around this time last year, and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly suggest you do. I cover everything that those college guides tell you you should buy, but in reality you either don’t need them, or there are much better, cheaper alternatives out there!

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The Rifle Paper Co. Planner

An in-depth review of Rifle Paper Co.'s 2018 planner. Perfect for college students, millennials, or busy moms. Stunning designs and great functionality.

Annnnnd this marks the beginning of back-to-school posts! But Abigail, we literally just celebrated the 4th of July and I still have a solid month and a half before I even start school… Y’all I know, but hear me out because at the end of this post, I have a really exciting surprise for all my amazing readers! Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss this. (Or you can just scroll to the bottom and check out the surprise).

I hope y’all had an amazing 4th of July with friends, family, delicious food, and beautiful fireworks. Today I’m partnering up with Rifle Paper Co. (I know I’m still in shock this is happening) to bring you a post all about my go-to planner for college. Not only is it stunning, but it’s practical, affordable, and effective. I used a Rifle Paper Co. planner for the entirety of my sophomore year (you’ve definitely seen it in a lot of my Insta posts), and I am honestly just as excited to break open this bad boy on my first day of class in August.

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