Saturday, 1 January 2022

Goodbye 2021, & Thank You

Outfit: Dress - Mango / Shoes - Dune

Another year has come to an end. We hoped that 2021 would be better than 2020, and arguably it was in a way. For me, 2021 was monumental in little and big ways. I wanted to take this time as we spend our last few moments in this year to reflect on what it's meant for me, so I hope you don't mind. 

I turned 25 this year. 

Before I turned this age, I was panicking about turning it. I thought "Oh my God, 25, how? What? No, I'm too young." Something about this age felt daunting, like there was an expectation to have my life together. When I was younger, I had a plan and I thought my life would be totally different to what it actually is at 25. But then I relaxed into this age, I spent time with myself and realised the thing we all need to realise: Nothing ever goes to plan, and that's not a bad thing. 25 has made me stronger, made me love myself more, made me be more myself again like I was when I was a kid. Though I'm an adult now, I feel connected to that carefree, confident little Emma again and that for me is so beautiful. And now, going into 2022, in just over a month, I'll be turning 26 and you know what? I cannot wait. I'm not scared, I'm excited for all the possibilities it holds. What a shift in mindset. 

I completed a Master's Degree with Distinction.

I decided to not let COVID take a whole year of my life away by last minute deciding to do my Master's degree in Media & Communications from the comfort of my home in Sri Lanka. Back at my alma matter, a comfort place for me really, but a course that pushed me out of my comfort zone. Having to make friends through Zoom calls, becoming a student rep, actively participating in classes when others may have been silent. I really pushed myself and tried to get the most out of this course. It paid off. Just the other week, I received my results and the confirmation that I would be graduating with distinction - I lost my mind. I couldn't be prouder of myself, though that sounds so self-centred. But it's important to celebrate all the wins, and this one was huge for me. Now I look forward to my in-person graduation next month back in London, meeting all the new friends and celebrating this achievement even more. 

I started a whole new venture on a sport I love. 

People are still confused when I tell them I love Formula 1 and have since I was a kid. It's a part of myself I kept hidden for fear of being judged. But why was I scared of being judged for a passion? Lord only knows. F1 has been in my life for as long as I can remember. It filled my weekends, the whole family watching it together and being so invested in every race. As I grew in coming back to myself in the most authentic sense, this love came pouring out for more to see. I felt comfortable sharing that unexpected side of me. So when my mum told me to take that love, passion and, excuse the pun, drive, and turn it into something that could be so good, I took the plunge. I got myself on TikTok, created "The F1 Rundown", launched it in October and have been consistently creating content on the sport. In just 2 months, I've reached over 3600 followers, 50k likes and views ranging from 1k to 5k to 10k to 30k to even... 100k. Every time the number goes up, my smile gets bigger. It's the same when I talk about it and people notice. So maybe, who knows, you might just see me as a presenter for F1 someday!  (Keep your fingers crossed for me because I'm working to get there). 

Though it took a back seat, this blog still means the world to me.

I didn't post or create as much content as I would have liked for Seventeen James, I may not have the biggest following or readership, but it's not stopping me. I want to keep going, creating and sharing. I have so many ideas for 2022 and I can't wait to execute them because the drive and determination is there. I want to make this bigger and better. So I hope you'll stick around for the ride. I promise you, I'll be back with a force in the new year.

Alongside all these big achievements, there have definitely been the small ones too. I've been blessed with beautiful supportive friends, who have showered me with so much love and appreciation. My family have been nothing but cheerleaders for me and my comfort. Most importantly, I learnt how to truly be me, more so than ever. 2022 will be a continuation of that journey and I'm so ready for it. I think it might just be my best year yet. I can feel it. 

I hope you all had the merriest of Christmases and I'm wishing you all the good things for 2022. Happy New Year my lovelies!

Lots of love, 

Emily xxxx


Friday, 17 December 2021

Christmas Nails & A Little Review of A New Nail Salon!

 I've probably mentioned this before, but I love getting my nails done. I'm not always going to the salon, it's a very rare occasion, so when I do it's usually to get my nails done. Combine that love with the excitement of Christmas, you've got a happy, happy Emily. 

So yesterday, I got my festive nails done and I absolutely adore them. I tried a new nail salon here in Colombo and I was so impressed with them that I felt I needed to share my experience. 

I found Noeline's on Instagram last year, (they've only open for a year), and I had been meaning to head to them for my next nail appointment, but I never actually got around to it. So when Mum said it's time to get our festive nails done the other day, I said "to Noeline's". 

Upon arriving, we were able to meet the owner herself, Noeline, who was absolutely wonderful. Truly, she is a treat. We had a chat with her, she offered us hot chocolate (which of course I took) and was utterly accommodating, checking on all her customers. The salon was packed with customers in the best way, which instantly gave you the impression of how good their services are. Not only do they offer nail services, but also waxing, lash and eyebrow services, facials and more. 

Mum and I got ourselves the Signature Mani and Signature Pedi with gel, which I haven't had for ages. The service we had from our nail technicians was extremely good, we were truly pampered and they were very attentive. Mum got herself a deep red plum colour on both her nails and feet, whilst I got a super Christmassy red on my toes (because Christmas) and I continued the festivities on my fingers, but still kept them minimal and on aesthetic. 

I don't do acrylics or extensions anymore because they ruined my nails years ago, considering my nails were always weak to begin with. But now, my natural nails are super strong and so I decided on gel on my naturals. In typical Emily fashion, half my nails broke 3 days before I got my nails done, which slightly compromised my design intent, however we managed to make the gold glitter french tips work and I truly love them. 

The quality of the nail work is brilliant and I'm really impressed. It makes total sense as to why the place is packed with appointments. I plan to definitely recommend this place to anyone I know, but also to you readers. If you are looking for your next nail salon in Colombo, look no further than Noeline's. 

Now I plan to continue just looking at my nails in awe and talk with exaggerated hands for the rest of the festive season. 

Check out Noeline's on Instagram and TikTok, as well as all the services they offer on their website

How are you getting your nails done this festive season? I would love to know! 

I hope you're all staying safe and well. 

Lots of love,

Emily xx


Sunday, 28 November 2021

Ready For Dinner, Dressed For Bed: Why The Pyjama Trend Is The Perfect One

Outfit: Pyjamas - Custom / Heels - Tony Bianco / Bag - Aldo

If there's a style for me that will never die out, that will be in my wardrobe forever, it would be the pyjama trend. There's something utterly comforting about being able to wear fancy silk pyjamas out of my house. 

If you've been following me for a while, you will know that comfort is key for me and what's more comfortable than pyjamas? Nothing. What's more, the pyjamas I'm talking about are those classic piped ones. The epitome of boujee pyjamas are silk piped ones and over the years they have become more than a statement for the bedroom, but for the streets too. 

I don't believe its possible to class up any other style of pyjama enough that you could wear it for dinner. I mean you could, but it wouldn't be as effortless as doing so with silk pyjamas.

This particular style is one that I have been wearing for years and I've never shied away from. Recently, I've decided to tailor more of these sets for my wardrobe in various colours because if there's anything I strive for in my clothing, it's comfort. I would rather be utterly comfortable than be restricted and anxious the whole time I'm wearing an outfit. 

Pyjamas for me are one of those easy outfits for when I'm feeling either my best or worst. I could wear them casual with sneakers or dress them up with heels. For me, there's nothing more too it than that because you have an outfit put together so easily. 

Yesterday when Mum decided she wanted to take us for a surprise dinner, it took less than a minute to decide what to wear - I instantly was going for a pyjama set. They feel wonderful to be in and still look elegant. 

I wore this chocolate brown pair with a light pink trim, which I hadn't worn yet but since we had them made I've been dying to find an occasion for them. Paired with my classic Tony Bianco mules and Aldo bag, it was the easiest outfit that made me feel good. 

With Christmas round the corner, I think pyjamas are the perfect choice for any smart-casual event. Wearing a festive coloured piped pyjama this season is not only fun and comfortable, but for some reason feels utterly fitting for this time of year. 

So will you be wearing your pyjamas out this Christmas and beyond?

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Hoping you're all staying safe and well! Lots of love, 

Emily xx

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