Hey guess who is back from the dead again… oh wait, it’s me! I have been away in Sweden with no way of writing a blog post so I really apologise for the huge gap between posts. As soon as I got back I wanted to post about my trip and include a load of photos but then I fell ill with food poisoning and a fever so it has definitely been a longer break than first anticipated.

Also, Happy New Year guys! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and New Year and spent it exactly how you wanted to. 2018 is a new start and now that I have finally begun to make a dent in the 12,000 words I have had to write over the Christmas break (disgusting, I know) I can start writing some posts again! I have really missed writing and I have so many ideas that I can’t wait to share with you all over the coming months. I hope you checked out my post before this about my Resolutions for the next year. I have linked it here if you’re interested.

So… finally… here are some photos from my week away in Sweden.

Special credit to the wonderful Nikki who took this photo of Rose! After having some chilled out time after traveling over, we helped decorate the family Christmas tree. I loved all their decorations, so many of them being sentimental – from family, friends or countries they have lived in. This photo of Rose is probably one of my favourites from our trip. It was her first Christmas and she was determined to get her hands on that Mickey Mouse bauble! Such a cutie.


















We all wrapped up and went for a walk when there was still a little bit of snow which made for some lovely photos! Hovås is quite close to the coast so they don’t experience a lot of snow like other parts of Sweden – so it was definitely a treat to get to see some.The walk was lovely as we got to see more of the place where Robyn and her family had been living. I had never visited Sweden before and I was in awe of all the houses, in particular. The architecture is gorgeous and I have a real love for Scandi home design so I was definitely in my element getting to finally have a look at their homes.


















We also need to take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous little ball of love. I have never been around babies, or essentially any children that don’t walk and talk, so spending so much quality time with Rose was really eye-opening and made me realise how much I love children. Is there anything more heartwarming than making a baby smile and laugh? I have to admit, at first I was nervous to hold her or be left alone because I was worried that I wouldn’t be good enough at caring for her or be generally useless in knowing what to do, but it honesly came so easily and I love her to pieces. What is even more exciting is that since we visited her, she has begun to crawl and is getting teeth?! Crazy how quick she is growing and it won’t be long before she is breaking hearts, that’s for sure.

I mean, I could gush about what a little gem Rose is for hours but I also need to mention how incredible these lovely two ladies are. There are few women in my life that I feel as close to as I do Nikki and Robyn and I think it is vital that you let the people you care about know how much they mean to you as often as possible. They have both had their fair share of hardships and seeing them smile makes my day! They are only ever positive and loving and it baffles me every single day (being the cynical, pessimistic joy I am) that they approach life in the way they do, rather than my chosen method of a pity party until something goes my way. To be welcomed in to Robyn’s life and her lovely family and to be asked by Nikki to be one of her bridesmaids has been such an honour and I had to include this little message to give them a big ol’ soppy thank you for being the bestest.

The area was just so beautiful and I felt really lucky to be able to visit Robyn and spend time with her family and Nikki. It was the first time I had traveled with friends so it was a great experience and being able to spend the week there was incredible. On top of that, I got to tick another country off the list and it has definitely made me more excited to travel to Sweden’s neighbouring countries – especially because Nikki spoke so highly of Norway (which looks equally as beautiful).


If you are a long time reader of my blog, you would be aware that I used to do monthly goals. When I decided to completely overhaul my blog, I did away with them and I definitely think my ability to stick to goals has suffered since. Please do let me know if you would like to see them back again!

But as it is the month of making goals and resolutions, I thought it was the perfect time to talk through some of my goals for 2018. 2018 is a really big year for me, personally and academically and I have some pretty big goals to share with you. Some of these are also intertwined with moments I am looking forward to in 2018 too.


  • Surround myself with more positive people and do not feel guilty about cutting ties with those who are toxic, negative or make me feel bad about myself. There are definitely a lot of people I surround myself with already that bring such positivity and inspiration in to my life and I always try to acknowledge them for how great they are – specifically, Katie who I help at the Hospice, Raff who is one of my closest friends and Nikki and Robyn who I have only grown closer and closer with recently and I love to pieces. However, I do have people who I know aren’t the best for me, especially my mental wellbeing, and it would do me some good to cut ties this year.
  • I read 21 books this year, which surpassed my goal of 18(!), but I want to read even more in 2018. I want to set myself the goal of reading 25 books. I have a Good Reads page too if you want to check it out – linked here.
  • Be vigilant when it comes to maintaining my oral health and hygiene and really care about my braces. I get clear braces fitted very soon and I am super excited to feel more confident (in around 16 months time…) but I know that the progress depends on my ability to be proactive and determined.
  • I want to enter myself into the York 10k this year and raise money for a Marfan charity.
  • Get another tattoo to remember my Auntie Tina who passed away when I was younger.
  • Better my anxiety when flying as I have a pretty long flight coming up in April when Adam and I travel to America for the first time.


  • To graduate. I guess that the big ol’ heffa of a goal. I mean, it is almost inevitable, obviously, but I’ve got to acknowledge that one! It is such a big step into the real world and I want to graduate and be proud of what I have achieved over the past three years in York.
  • Really focus on my studies. I am literally in the home stretch now as I don’t personally have a summer term and I want to really succeed and prove my abilities. I finish on March 12th and I want it to be the best 2 months I can make it.


  • As you’ve just seen, I have a lot on my plate academically so trying to fit in blogging is both important but also not my biggest priority. I had a big love-hate relationship with blogging at the end of 2017 and I want to improve that. I get comments, quite often, about people who enjoy my content and I find it a great space to be in but the amount of knocks I received from going self-hosted has made it a difficult journey. I want to be more focused and try to write at least once a week again. If not, more!
  • Learn more about being self hosted and how I can make it work for me. I mean there are so many ways to benefit from being self hosted and so many reasons why people choose this route so I want to learn how to tailor it to myself so I can make the most of ellamaygarrett.com. My experience of going self hosted is linked here if you’re interested.

The Big Ol’ Life Goals

Finally, these are more of acknowledgment of the big life changes that I’m going to face in 2018!

  • As I’ve already mentioned, graduate and be proud of what I have achieved.
  • Get myself a job in Events, starting my career and enjoy my work as much as possible.
  • Start renting in York with my best friend and boyfriend.

So, that is all I have for you! What are your resolutions for 2018?


When I came back from university last week I was over the moon to see a big ol’ box sitting on my bed from the delightful Bella Inizio after I was lucky enough to win her giveaway. And, oh my gosh, did she go to town on the goodies. She included some incredible Revolution products, to begin with, which I will be providing my first impressions on later in this post.

To begin with, I wanted to apologise for my blogging photos. They are not my best and that is predominately due to the fact that I have a severe lack of Christmas paraphernalia to add into the background to spruce it up a bit. So if they look as sparse as that 20-year-old Christmas tree your Auntie is currently dragging out that definitely looks worse for wear – that is why.

So… what was I lucky enough to receive? The first things I noticed were these lovely packaged scrubs from ‘Scrub Love’ that are for your body. I have seen so many people on Instagram and other social media platforms use and promote them and I have always been interested in testing them out! The yellow packaged scrub is infused with hydrating coconut oil in ‘Coconut Mango’. It supposedly leaves your skin smelling perfectly tropical as well as soft and glowing. I have found it here on Look Fantastic if you wanted to check it out, linked here. I am so excited to try this out!

The second one in the lovely pink and polka-dot packaging is in ‘Original Lovin” and is infused with coffee and vitamins to leave your skin feeling silky soft and moisturised. I found this one on Fragrance Direct if you’re interested, linked here.

Another amazing little treasure was the Benefit ‘Cha Cha Tint’ samples. I absolute love Benefit products – I actually named to get my hands on the They’re Real! mascara again, sometime – so I’m super excited to try out something new and interesting. I love the premise behind this product and I feel like it is perfect for creating a gorgeous, natural look. I’ll have to let you know how I get on with these!

I am absolutely obsessed with Yankee Candles, well… candles in general, and the Christmas Cookie scent has always been one of my favourites. To get a pack of 12 tealights is lovely! I can’t wait to start lighting these and feeling super festive! I don’t think my mum will be too pleased as last time I lit a candle in my bedroom at home, it got soot(?) all up the walls…. my bad!

The lashes are something I’m eager to try out too – probably for Christmas Day or if I have a nice meal out or something soon. Fake eyelashes are something I find always look fabulous on everyone else but I completely suck at them myself. I am trying to learn, but how does everyone else make it look so easy?! I remember attempting to try and put on a Cheryl Cole pair before and having the worst time. 5 years later and it’s a craft I’m still trying to master!

The set of three, gorgeously coloured eyeshadows are another thing I am so happy to receive! You can’t go wrong with having some incredibly bright colours in your collection and I can’t wait to test out some really different and unique looks with them.

The last things I wanted to mention were the absolutely incredible Revolution pieces she included.

I have always wanted to try Revolution makeup but I have never known where to start. I have heard such incredible reviews about their products so to be lucky enough to receive 3 is just insane!

The first I’ll mention is this great matte lip kit in the colour Noble. I am truly obsessed with the colour, just the perfect nude for winter, and the packaging with the copper is just to die for! I have already worn it essentially every day and the combination of the lip liner and the lipstick creates such a seamless finish that lasts for hours. The formula isn’t overly drying and sits perfectly. I have linked it on the Superdrug website here, if you’re interested.

Essentially, it is utterly gorgeous!

The next I want to mention the eyeshadow palette. Not going to lie, I may have squealed a bit when I opened it and saw the colours. Oh my gosh, they are just perfect! I feel like you can create so many beautiful looks with these shades – there is a great combination of matte and shimmery shades. I instantly went for a mixture of the dark reddy-pinks on the bottom row and I was generally shocked at how incredible the pigment is. The colours are so vivid and it has instantly become a favourite of mine. Again, the packaging is a gorgeous copper but unfortunately, I stupidly didn’t photograph it! It is understandable why this palette is rated 4.8 stars on Superdrug. I have linked it here for you guys, I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Finally, I have to mention the stunning highlighter palette. I am currently besotted with all things shimmery and these were right up my street. They are such a perfect collection of shades and are exactly the right ‘iceiness’ for the winter months on cool, pale skin. I love them and they have, again, quickly become some favourites! I am now very much in love with all these Revolution products and I can’t wait to try out more!


I cannot thank the lovely Bella Inizio for choosing me as her giveaway winner and giving me the great opportunity to try out some amazing products! She is the loveliest person ever and I am so honoured to consider her one of my blogging friends. An amazing girl with an amazing blog!


I love Christmas and I love shopping so combining the two is my literal heaven. I know that shops are getting crazy busy now and the slow onset of panic of “oh my god I forgot to get Dad’s Christmas present” is about to come on so I thought I would help in organising your life. In fact, I essentially finished my Christmas shopping about a month ago. Yep, I’m one of those. I’ve done some blogging and shop trawling to see what people are mentioning this year and hopefully, I will help in finding some alternatives that other places have already picked up on. Also, this time of year is perfect for bargains so get out there now! So if you’re in a rush, clueless about what to get her or even want some little hints to help inspire your own wish list, here is my Ultimate Gift Guide For Her Under £40.

Handmade Satin Underwear Set from Rock Box Boutique £39
There is nothing like having new and really amazing quality underwear that makes you feel amazing. I always find myself coming across incredible boutique companies on Instagram that handmake their underwear sets and before I know it, I am stalking their model’s pages and websites. I think they’re just stunning and totally different to what you cant usually get on ASOS, Topshop or other places alike. Underwear is something that is so lovely to receive (especially some pricey pieces!) and this is just a great example in my books. Definitely worth checking out some of the other gorgeous collections they have too.

Mimira Mug from Anthropologie £14
There is no doubting that the mugs from Anthropologie are some of the most amazing pieces of homeware ever. What is better than living out your Pinterest fantasy than owning one of these mugs? Their description states that “Each and every only-here piece is inspired by watercolour paintings and finished with a flourish of genuine gold.” I mean come on. How cool is that? They have several different designs that artists and other professionals have helped create and I just think they’re beautiful and a piece of art in their own right.

Solid Copper Photo Print £19
I don’t think it would really be my blog if I didn’t mention some rose gold or copper. All the people close to me in my life are aware of how much I am drawn to copper! I think that personal presents are literally one of the loveliest gifts you can give. It shows a lot of effort and interest in making a gift totally different and unique for that individual. Personal gifts, combined with photos, are therefore the best of the best. Imagine a friend or family member receiving this frame – it’s just super cute! I can’t see why anybody wouldn’t love it?!… I think this is just a Christmas wish list for me at this point.

Clothbound Classics Series: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens £14.99
For anybody that loves reading, I personally think that a gorgeous copy of their favourite book (maybe a childhood classic) is a faultless gift. Even maybe your favourite book that you want to share with them? Sometimes it’s possible to pick up signed copies or first editions and then you instantly have a sentimental gift for someone to treasure. One of my closest friends bought me the Puffin ‘In Bloom’ copy of Little Women and I love it to pieces and Adam also purchased me a gorgeous copy of my favourite book – featured here in my Books That Changed My Life post.

Personalised Coordinates Keyring £12.50
Yet another personalised gift! I have a real thing about coordinates and how special they can be and I think others would generally agree. If there is a precious place in mind that holds a memory, why not get the coordinates printed on something to show someone you care? It could be where someone asked you to marry them, where you had your first child, your favourite childhood place, your favourite holiday, the list goes on…Basically, it is something that means a lot to one individual and is almost secret as it is an utter mystery to everyone else.

Perfume Making Experience £39
Finally, the last present is something that involves a day out. I think, as a society, we are very materialistic and it is incredibly easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of gifts and constant anticipation for the next best thing. I mean take your beloved iPhone. You love it until the next new fancy one comes out with 1 extra gizmo and sure enough, yours no longer means anything. This is why I think experience days, tickets to a gig, anything where you can create a new memory with someone is an amazing gift. This one, in particular, is creating your own perfume which I think is absolutely lovely!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my Ultimate Gift Guide For Her Under £40! Please let me know if you would like me to make any more of these guides and if anything was useful to you.



Hey guys! Yet again there has been a rather large break between my posts. It seems that I have quickly slipped from three posts a week to a measly one. I could list a whole host of reasons and/or excuses as to why I haven’t been so active on WordPress but to summarise – we all know that sometimes life gets in the way. This has meant that I have only really been reading posts I see on Twitter, as opposed to Reader. Side note: hit me up on Twitter and send me links to your posts! I have sucked. Big time. I am, obviously, planning to rectify this because Christmas is quickly coming around and I have a whole list of post ideas to share with you guys! On that Christmassy note, I hope you like the photos from the York Christmas Market that I’ll be featuring in this post alongside some of my thoughts.

Finally, yes you may have noticed that my blog took a “mature”(??) turn a while ago, and this has also resulted in less posts. I adore writing on beauty and fashion and other bits but I love more meaningful posts and this has generally meant that I prioritised quality over quantity.

So, less waffling! I wanted to talk about what being in my 20s means to me. I would love to know what you guys either plan to do in your twenties, are doing or did. Do you like your twenties? Did you travel? Study? What did you get up to!?

For me, your twenties seem to be a massive period of huge life decisions, judgement, and fear. Basically, a lot of emotion.

Right now, I am 21 and I am in my final year of university. I have some plans for the next few months and years but I am very aware that these will be trampled by some curveballs from life. I will, fingers crossed eh, graduate next summer and be moving to York officially. Hopefully, I will have a job that I am happy in and is one that provides me with some fab career options. I might be thinking about having my own family and settling down in the years after that and doing all the white picket fence crap too.

But. This is all very daunting. I often wonder if the decisions I am making now are because it is what is just expected of me. It is just presumed that you leave university with a good grade, get a job and live happily ever after in the house you buy, with your 3 kids and a labrador. In reality, there is a lot of debt, fear, and uncertainty. I have heard people mention recently in university that the pressure since being in their twenties has been astronomical. By your 30s, your parents probably had all the free-for-all, lack-of-responsibilities fun that they planned to have and became, what I deem, a fully-fledged adult. They most likely had children, married maybe and owned their home. Increasingly, people are making references to our generation having their 30s as their 20s. Education and career dictate so much of our lives that finances are strained and we don’t get the ideals of previous generations.

I could go down a whole other track about politics but that’s for another day!

I find it super interesting how more and more people want time to themselves after university and choose to travel or take a year out from studying or finalising career moves and get a low key job and essentially, just get by. There is less pressure, you can enjoy yourself and see the world and you have your whole life ahead of you. So why do we, as a society, push 20 year olds into this created norm where we study, get a successful career and have a family. Look at the people around you. The people in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Are they all doing the same thing? No. Were they all successful? No. Everyone hits bumps in the road and this ideal that we create for people to grow up in to is constraining and means that people “rebel” against it. Fuck you Brenda, maybe I won’t get a 37 hour unpaid internship just to get the job of my dreams at 21 when I can see Bali, Singapore, and Thailand and consider it after when I have a great tan and have made some questionable decisions about tattoos in foreign countries. Yanno what I mean?

I think that in your 20s you are pressured to fitting this “success” norm that doesn’t really happen for most and I find more and more hope and joy in seeing people break away from this mould. After being in education the majority of our lives, I think most of us deserve a break. A well-deserved one at that. People underestimate how draining it can be as a student (you know, not all of us are out every night and spend all of our money on alcohol and dubiously cooked chicken nuggets!) and how, nowadays, we are all pushed in to doing 101 things on top of our degree just to stand out from the crowd. I’m not saying I’m a shining example but on top of a very independent research and reading heavy degree, but in the last three years, some of the things I have done include:

  • Been elected the course rep three years in a row
  • Held down a job in a busy retail environment while writing essays and revising for exams
  • Visited China for almost 4 weeks to teach in a nursery
  • Volunteered consistently at a local hospice doing fundraising
  • Multiple positions in different societies

And you know what, it means I’m quite tired. I love all the extra stuff I do, and I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t, but sometimes the idea of escaping for a year or two after my studies is really appealing. In your 20s it seems more and more like we have to cram everything in, in a short amount of time, to be happy and successful and it’s just not true. I think people in their 20s should spend some time finding themselves, understanding what they want to gain from life and having fun. I mean, it’s going to take you at least 100 years to buy your house anyway…. might as well enjoy life!