Wedding Weekend: Road Trip Essentials

We’re going on an adventure! Our wonderful friends Kevin and Emily are getting married this weekend (3/19/16) in Columbia, South Carolina. I get so excited for trips that I usually research so much (on Pinterest) as soon as I can for packing lists, travel essentials – the whole lot!

However, this time I was less prepared. (We leave tomorrow!) That is why I am putting together this packing guide for a wedding weekend away.

Now we just have to take Nyla girl to Misty Glen Kennel and we’ll be all set!DSCN0517

Here we go!



  • Button Up Denim Shirt
  • Ohio University Pull Over
  • Two tank tops: One white, one black
  • Two dresses – One for the rehearsal dinner (Target) and one for the wedding (TJ Maxx)
  • Three pairs of athletic shorts – for my morning runs I will attempt to do every day (ha!).
  • A pair of leggings, jeans and shorts
  • Three basic tees – from Target and Old Navy
  • Sweater from Target (I also have another one not shown from Marshalls)
  • Comfy long sleeve Patagonia shirt


More clothing

  • Three t-shirts
    • First one is a baseball tee printed from college for our ultimate team
    • Second one is a gift from an ultimate team for being the most spirited opponent
    • The third is a Calvin Klein comfy tee from TJ Maxx
  • Two bras – one strapless and another that matches my dress
  • Two sports bras (for that run ;D)
  • Six pairs of socks (I couldn’t find my ankle socks so I put together what I had)
  • And last but not least, comfy sweat pants for the road!



  • Hair things!
    • Dry shampoo
    • Garnier Fructise – Moroccan Oil
    • Purology – Shampoo and Conditioner (It’s peppermint and makes my head tingle!)
    • Brush
  • Secret Deodorant – I don’t recommend this type of deodorant. It’s running out really fast.
  • Clean and Clear moisturizer
  • Eye Stuff!
    • Contact case and lenses
    • Glasses and case
    • Bio True solution
    • Extra contacts (Needed!)
  • Teeth!
    • Crest 3D White travel paste
    • Brush in travel case
    • Floss
  • Neutrogena makeup wipes (My savior!)
  • Makeup!
    • Elf blush and bronzer (Used for contour)
    • Bare Minerals Luminizer Duo
    • Becca Moonstone skin perfecter
    • Rimmel London foundation
    • Maybelline Lash Sensational
    •  E.L.F. eye liner and shadow pencil
    • Blonde brow pencil
    • Lash curler
    • Givenchy La Rouge lipstick (medium red)


Travel bag/Shoes

  • Running shoes (Again, ha!)
  • Hat – mens department Target
  • 1 liter Water bottle – TJ Maxx
  • Sunnies
  • Travel bag – Etsy
  • Walking shoes – Vans
  • Frisbee – Cleveland Disc Association (Summer League)
  • Cross-body purse – GAP
  • Sandals – Target



  • Baubles Kate Spade bag – Found this at Marshalls!
  • Anne Klein watch
  • Bracelets and Necklace
  • Juicy Fragrance
  • Jimmy Choo Fragrance – TJ Maxx
  • Earrings – Target, Francesca’s and


  • I got these new sandals at Marshalls and I’m kind of obsessed!
  • I also bought some new heels to go with my dress since Nyla chewed my last ones!
  • I am including a bandana for this trip because it has many uses.
  • The clutch will be used for the wedding to hold my belongings. I don’t really have one like this and I don’t really love it but it was really cheap and on clearance at Marshalls.

Well, that’s all for now! I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions or anything to add to my road trip list, let me know in the comment section! Love, Abbey




Diversify Your Portfolio: Invest in Your Early 20s

For every 5 years a person does not invest in their retirement, they will save 1/3 less money.

Many adults in their early 20s do not realize how investing early can help you retire with a good chunk of money in your pocket. Below is an infographic on a couple of ways to invest now to yield later.

investing in your early 20s

If you have any questions, please email or comment below. I don’t have a lot of knowledge and I don’t pretend that I do. However, I did just start an E*TRADE account and opened my first Roth IRA. I feel all grown up and it’s so much fun to watch that baby grow!

Comment below if you like my infographic or have anything to add.

The Over 23 Guide to Drinking and Hangovers

“Nobody likes you when you’re 23.” Just ask my sister. She’s turning 23 in 9 days (I have a countdown) on March 5. Or I guess you could ask Blink-182 who actually wrote that lyric. Either way, your friends and family may still like you, but one thing that refuses to agree when you’re 23 (or older) is alcohol. That’s right people! This is your one-stop-shop guide to drinking and curing a hangover when you’re just not “feeling 22” anymore.

22 - Taylor Swift


The funny thing is, doctors haven’t pinpointed hangovers as one solitary thing. It is just a mixture of symptoms including, headaches, thirst (alcohol is a diuretic), nausea from stomach lining inflammation and so on.

Moving on to why hangovers get worse with age has a few hypotheses. The first popular opinion from neurobiologist George Koob, Ph.D., director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is that, “As you get older, the enzymes you use to metabolize alcohol don’t work as well.”

Another reason is, as we get older, we might start putting on some love pounds which makes our body-water ratio lower and ups our Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) significantly higher with the same amount of alcohol than in our leaner early 20s.


The last and most fruitful hypothesis to the drastic change in hangover aptitude is the fact that we’re becoming mature human beings. We slow our roll on the shot guns and beer bongs, we have water with our vodka, and drink water again before bed.

Even after a night of rumpus, we wake up in the morning and try to have a productive day instead of sleeping in until 2 pm to cure the hangover. Our hangovers are so insufferable because we try to be productive instead of riding it out on the couch.


First of all, I love this article from with the first thing about hangover cures being, “Don’t get your hopes up.” Oh honey, our hopes were long gone after college. They’re probably in Franklin Halls toilets by now.

I really don’t have any significant evidence to share with you besides drinking lots and lots of this miracle drink called water. If you really want the end-all, be-all cure to hangovers, act like you’re 21 again and sleep to your hearts desire OR pop a few more Advil than normal and go on adulting like a badass.

I would love to hear about your own wacky and/or incredibly smart hangover cures! Some of my friends swear by pickles and Gatorade. I always go with water, Advil, and a bloody Mary.

I hope you liked my post this week. If you like my blog post a comment!


Dating In Your Early 20s

3975318621_b8ee295824_bAhh… Dating. It might come natural to some and less natural to others (like me!). But either way, it’s a lot harder now that you’re out of school and in your early 20s. There aren’t boys and girls traipsing around you 24/7 like in college. You actually have to go searching for these so-called, “single people” in the online world of Tinder and and the off-line world of REAL LIFE!

If you want to check out online dating, read this article at Love and Respect Now.

Everyone, quick! Look out your window. Not your browser window… you know, the one with the paned glass. That window. There’s a whole world out there outside of OK Cupid and Farmers Only where you can find the man or woman who meets or exceeds your goals. “Meets or exceeds your goals,” may sound less cliche than normal, but in reality you’re not likely to meet the man or woman of your dreams. Fortunately, with my unqualified advice, you can get pretty close to that dream babe. I know I did!

My first summer out of college was a lot of fun. I joined a community of great and funny people and had a ball all summer long. My advice to you – find a group of friends that you don’t feel awkward with and will introduce you to people who you could see yourself dating. You might even end up dating one of the people in your group.

Pro-tip: Dating someone in my group of friends wasn’t such a bad thing, but I definitely don’t talk or hang out with this person as much as I used to. This happens a lot with heterosexual people, but I hear that it’s less of an issue in the gay community. I’m not sure if that last statement has any truth to it, but either way, you’ve been warned!

For men and women alike, I suggest dating a lot of different people. This will help you not only get used to the dating scene in your city but you’ll also find out what you like and don’t like in a person you would like to date long-term.

If you find that the single life suits you better, like I said before, “Do you.” Just remember, if you want to start dating, you have to get yourself out there. Research things to do in your city, join a community or group and learn to be outgoing (drinking can help, but be cautious). These are only some of the things you can do to meet new people and start dating.

Now for asking someone on a date. The scariest part of the whole shebang! Honestly, all I can say is that if you feel like you’re grooving with someone on another level than friendship, you should take the plunge. What’s the worst that could happen? You’re not going to die if they say, “No.” Ask them!

If it’s a first date, just going out for drinks is a great choice and one that can be super casual and non-committal. It’s an easy-going date and one where you’ll both get to talk a lot and get to know each other. After that, you can talk about a second date to a cool new restaurant around town or if either of you just aren’t feeling it, you can leave it at that.

And that, my friends, is some advice on how to date in your 20s.

Comment below if you have any questions. I have loads of advice I could share, I just don’t know what you want! Tell me what you want! Or tell me a story of your dating adventures. I would love to hear your triumphs and sorrows. Leave it below!