05 June 2013

And I Thought the 30 for 30 was Hard...

Those of you who have followed this blog for awhile are familiar with the 30 for 30 Challenge I did a while back.  Essentially, you had to chose 30 items (shoes included) and wear only those 30 for 30 days.  Additionally, the 30 day challenge came with a 30 day shopping ban.  To say the least, It was an eye-opener about how much importance we put on our clothes- the quantity, the newness, the "look" that they give us and the way they make us feel.  

In less than two weeks I'll be leaving my life in the good ole' USA behind to become a Peace Corps Volunteer to Panama.  I couldn't be more excited, and I'm blogging about it all on my new blog.  

I've just finished packing for TWO full years, and it made my 30 for 30 challenge look like a piece of cake.  If you're interested in seeing what I'm up to (and what I'll be wearing over the next two years) head over to AbbyExplores.  

Thanks for sticking with me!

23 October 2012

A New Chapter

When I started blogging over two years ago, I had no idea how much I was getting myself into.  I've grown to really love the community and the experience of blogging, but sadly, I also came to dread writing posts for The Closet Files.  After a long hiatus, I realized that it was not that I disliked blogging, but that I was no longer passionate about what I was writing.  

Don't get me wrong, I still love clothes.  But as a senior in college with a ridiculous case of the travel bug, there are so many more things I want to write about.  Although I don't think The Closet Files is the right fit for me anymore, I'm excited to continue blogging in a way that's more personal and more passionate.  

If you're interested in food, travel, DIY projects, or the musings of a college student in search of the perfect job (that should be funny...) join me over at Abby Explores.  

Thank you to everyone who has commented, read, and supported me these past few years.  I hope to see you on the other side! 

31 May 2012

Foodie Pen Pals

About a month ago I posted about my April Foodie Pen Pals package, and today is the reveal for May! I was lucky at got another really great "pen pal." I told her that I liked chocolate and almonds, and she did awesome.  Check out below for some pictures

Included in my box was:
Coffee and cream covered almonds
Yogurt covered almonds
Milk Chocolate crisps (kind of like chocolate potato chips, minus the chip)
Chocolate almond spread
And a pepper grinder, except instead of peppercorns there are coffee beans, sugar crystals, and chocolate shavings!

So delicious with graham crackers!

This is my third time doing the foodie pen pals program, if you'd like to sign up, head over to Lindsey's blog and check it out!

22 May 2012

So far

Yesterday I started my internship, and although I wish I had taken a few outfit pictures, it was rainy and I've sadly gotten out of the habit.  My first day I wore a cream and black printed dress with a skinny gold belt and black pumps, and then today I went classic and wore a black pencil skirt with a black and white ruffle blouse (that the Chief Operating Officer complimented me on!) 

So far my internship is going really well; the company is letting me do so much!  It's also just really awesome to get to work with a non-profit that I'm personally passionate about.  

Something not so awesome though- I was curling my hair Sunday afternoon and the iron slipped out of my hand... And onto my face.  Thanks to that, I now have a scarface looking burn from the corner of my mouth down to my chin.  Awesome, right?  To top it off, because I did it Sunday, I have no idea how to explain it to my new wo-workers, who haven't yet seen the "normal" me.  For now, I just haven't mentioned it- and neither have they... I'll let you know how that one goes.  

How has everyone's first few weeks of summer gone?  Any embarrassing moments like mine?

19 May 2012


I had been reading about Birchbox, and similar deals for a few weeks and decided to give it a try.  Basically, it's a $10 monthly subscription (also available one-at-a-time) for a mystery package containing samples of really nice beauty products.  To make sure you will be satisfied with your monthly package, you take a quiz on your beauty routine and preferences.  

This month the box was Gossip Girl themed, and contained expensive yet classic products.  Included were:
Dior Mascara (fill-size, $28.50)
Dior Perfume (full-size, $62-$102)
Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 (full-size, $34)
Shu Uemura Cleansing Shampoo (full-size, $55)
not pictured- xoxo notecard (set of 12, $10)

I'm really excited to try the products from this month- especially the moisturizer.  Although I had never thought about paying for samples before, I like the idea of getting to try some expensive products I'd likely never buy.  Plus, it's just fun to have a cute little package to unwrap once a month :)

If you end up trying Birchbox or something similar, I'd love to hear your take on it!