Monday 23 March 2020

How To Dress From The Waist Up When Working From Home (& a Social Distancing Update)

Outfit: Shirt - Marks & Spencer // Necklace - Old

Happy Monday everyone!

I gather that most of us are now in self-isolation, quarantine, social distancing and or on lockdown wherever you may be. I hope that you are taking the precautions necessary for yourself, your family and your friends. It’s important that we do make the right choices at this time. A little update from my end of the world; here in Sri Lanka we are on full lockdown, living on a curfew. Since Friday 6pm, no one has been allowed to go out anywhere at all (people who have have been caught by police and arrested). This was meant to end this morning at 6am, however it was extended on Saturday evening until tomorrow at 6am and curfew will begin again at 2pm tomorrow (Tuesday 24th). It’s quite crazy if I’m honest. I don’t think I have ever been in a curfew lockdown for this long before, nor has my Mum; she said that even during the Civil War here there wasn’t this much of a curfew, nor was there one after the terror attacks last year.

So it’s very surreal and silent, but there’s beauty in this. I’m so lucky to live in a house here that is quite high up and has a view of a lake right in front of me. The area is actually known as a bird sanctuary and nature reserve, so all the birds are chirping, flying around and coming to the garden, the sky is so clear, there’s a wonderful breeze; it’s just luscious. Because of this we’ve been spending more time in the garden, soaking in what it has to offer. Our evening tea time ritual has now permanently moved outside into the setting sun.

Of course, like anyone, we’re itching to leave the house even just for a walk or drive, but we have to do what we have to and make the sacrifices. It honestly wakes you up to the everyday simple luxuries we have on a regular basis, doesn’t it? We take so many things for granted and this time allows us to reflect on that.

I hope you’re all keeping in touch with friends and loved ones in any way that you can! Make sure you check in on everyone, especially if you know anyone working in jobs that won’t allow for social distancing or isolation, especially those in the medical field who are risking their lives every day to make sure that people get the care that they need. I want to take a moment to shoutout to one of my best friends, Grace, who is a paramedic and works for the NHS – you are a true force girl and I love you! Stay safe!

But here's a little something on fashion as promised...

As you can see, I’ve attached an image to the top of this post and it’s for a purpose I promise. I thought I’d show you the easiest way to dress from the waist up, if you’re working from home and have to take meetings or conference calls but you can’t be bothered getting fully dressed. Here’s my easy option: grab your favourite shirt, preferably a loose option that you’re comfortable in, and pair that with a piece of statement jewellery. With my M&S linen shirt (similar), I’ve put on an old statement gothic style chunky necklace that just brings a little life to my “half outfit”. By adding a piece of jewellery, it’ll make you look more put together (even if you’re wearing sweatpants under the screen).

In terms of beauty, keep it simple because you don’t need a full face at home; keep your skincare routine going and maybe add a few touches of concealer, a wisp of mascara and a blushing of colour to the lips. Remember, you’re working but you are also at home so you can still be comfortable and get away with less than your average day at work.
It’s as simple as that! It doesn’t take much but it’ll help you give the illusion that you are ready for a day of work. Which I hope you are even whilst you’re self-isolating!

Oh and btw, check these out!

Something I’ve been enjoying that I want to share with you is the WHO and Global Citizen organised Instagram Live Concerts from your favourite artists everyday. There’s two concerts a day for about half an hour and it’s so amazing. What more could you want than listening to your favourite artists serenading you? Starting with Chris Martin and John Legend, now Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello and many more have done them now and you can re-watch them on YouTube too. Also head to to lend your voice!

If you want something fun to do with the family, I highly suggest you download the “Heads Up” app. We have been having such a laugh as a family playing this in the evenings, screaming at each other describing the different people or things in categories and we end up crying with laughter by the end! So definitely go and play that, along with all the other board games you might have lying around.

What have you all been up to? I’d love to know how you’ve been spending your time and what you’re suggestions are for inevitable boredom! Let me know in the comments below and let’s get a list together. Also, if anyone gets bored or lonely and needs an extra person to chat to, DM me on Instagram! I’m happy to talk to anyone who needs it. Let’s keep each other going through these uncertain times.

Sending you lots of love as always,

Emily xx

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