On October 17th, it was my 21st birthday. Last year I posted about 20 Things I Have Learnt In 20 Years and I wasn’t sure what to do for this year. I decided that it would be perfect to create a ‘photo diary’ of what I did with my friends and family as a little reminder for myself in years to come.

The Party

My housemates were totally amazing and did a treasure hunt for 21 gifts for my birthday. They totally understood that anything bought for my bedroom had to match my colour theme (yeah, I’m that person!) and spoilt me with presents that made my university bedroom feel like home. In second year, I had a very small room and I was really limited in the decorations I could have. So when I moved into my much larger room, it felt really empty and I loved getting photos, candles and more to make me feel more at home.

On the weekend before my birthday, we celebrated by hosting a house party. You guys may know that I am bit of a crazy, events obsessed loon so I almost tried to make it like any other event! We had drinking jenga which went down a treat and if you want to know how we did it, I have linked my pinterest board of house party ideas here which feature some photos of the game. It was really love to bring the flat and our friends together for a whole night.

We had tables for beer pong and flippy cup games too that got everyone bonding who hadn’t previously met.

We also got a Snapchat photo which was so much fun and totally worth it! I would definitely recommend getting one if you’re hosting any events as it’s something a bit more interesting and fun. They do Facebook ones now too if that is more up your street.

If you’re interested, the banner behind us (photo below) was from eBay and was only £2.99 here with free delivery! I have linked it if you’re after one.

We also got some amazing decorations from Poundland that we have left up because they were so cute. You could get these lovely paper pom pom decorations that you could fan out for such a bargain and I love them! If you wanted to get your hands on some, eBay have loads in so many colours. I have them linked here if you’re interested.

With The Boyf

Adam came up for my actual birthday which was so lovely and was actually the first time we got to see each other since I had gone back to university. We had quite a relaxed time but we did go out for a meal on my actual birthday to Prezzo. Basically, we are just suckers for Italian food! He totally spoilt me too which was so lovely and it was nice to just have some chilled out time together and cool down from a busy weekend!

At Home

I had an absolutely lovely meal at home with some of my family and Adam where I was surprised with the funds to go to New York. New York has always been a total dream for me and has been on my bucket list for years so I was speechless when I opened all my clues! If you haven’t seen my bucket list post before, I have it here if you’re interested.

My mum also completely spoilt me and I wasn’t expecting it at all. I love Gucci Premiere perfume and have been rationing a bottle for 3 years now so it’s was amazing to finally get another bottle! Mum also got me a ukuele music book as that is hopefully going to be my next Christmas present!

Finally, I treated myself. I have wanted another tattoo for ages and I decided to take the plunge and get the geometric cat I have been lusting after for around 5 years. I am totally obsessed with it! If you look at the top of my homepage, where my Instagram posts are displayed, you should see it there!

I do only have two tattoos but they both have a lot of meaning behind them so let me know if you would like me to discuss them in more detail in another post.

Turning 21 is a total milestone and I cannot believe how lucky I am to be surrounded by such amazing people. I cannot thank my friends, family and boyfriend for making it the most incredible birthday and one I will never forget!

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Hello Hello Hello! Welcome to the new ellamaygarrett.com blog. I really hope you guys like it! It has taken me a few days to umm and ahh about making this decision, go through with it and then figure out how the hell everything works so please give me time to understand the various hurdles of going self hosted.

I am very new to this and the only help I received was from a few very late night conversations with the Site Ground team where I essentially panicked over and over to them so please understand that this isn’t 100% up and running how I would like just yet. Although, I am extremely happy with how my site is looking at the moment and I hope you are too!

I want to apologise for any mistakes you may notice – I am still tweaking some little things here and there. I also know that two drafts got published in the time I was working on my site which I tried (and obviously failed) to prevent. I am really sorry about that too.

Please let me know if this post appears in WordPress reader as I have had some problems with that so your feedback would be really appreciated. If there is anything, as a follower, that you like or would like me to change please let me know. What is most important is ellamaygarrett being accessible and perfect for you guys.

I will be doing a self hosted experience post (update: it is here now!) as it was a reasonably stressful experience for myself and people’s post such as Adell’s and Angela’s really helped me understand what I was doing.

I have contacted the giveaway winner already (which was the lovely Chloe) and I am posting her prize off to her today. Thank you so much to everyone that entered, it was so great to see it go down well! Because of how well things went I am hoping to hold another one before Christmas and ensure it is international as that was something I know you guys wanted.

Thank you for your endless support!

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ELLAS UPDATES

So sorry guys, I accidentally posted this earlier when I was writing it up!!

Well you guys need a pat on the back for being the most amazing people in the world. I do not know how many times I can say how lucky I am to get to have you guys in my life brightening my day every day but one more time wouldn’t hurt eh?

Thank you so much. Honestly. I never thought this kind of thing would be possible for little old me. I am sending you all lots of love and hugs because I never feel like I deserve this group of people. I don’t know.. you’re all too lovely to me!!

If you didn’t know, I have my 1500 follower blogging giveaway up at the moment if you’re in the UK and interested in winning some goodies! I am reposting it every morning so that everyone can make sure that they see it and enter.

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ELLAS UPDATES

It has probably been glaringly obvious but I have been a little off the radar at the moment with my blog. I have still been posting 3 times a week but I have not been dedicating the time that I usually do to be as active as possible.

This is predominately down to two reasons. I don’t want to use them as excuses at all but you know I am always up front and honest with you guys.

  1. Home has been very hard recently. This is actually the one thing I keep private and don’t discuss on my blog as it is pretty sensitive information and could really affect people around me. I am between home and my boyfriend’s house at the moment which is all I will divulge and this instability has made things quite difficult.
  2. I have been working a huge amount for someone who is a student, originally on a part time contract. I have been doing long hours over sale and now my store is closing and moving over to a new one is equally as tiring but massively exciting!

I am so sorry I haven’t been active and nothing I say will excuse the fact that I haven’t been engaging as much as I should. Thank you so much for supporting me no matter what, it means the world.

I am away from the 4th-7th and 9th to 11th in Centerparcs and Prague but I assure you I will be back to normal ol me soon!

All my love,

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