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Christmas 2012

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Christmas Day




Season’s greetings, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying a good Christmas/holiday season/Wednesday/delete as appropriate.

*Goes to check that it is, in fact, Wednesday. Realises it’s actually Thursday. Panics slightly at the realisation that OMG, the time, it is passing her by. Stops speaking in the third person, because seriously: ANNOYING.*

I may not be a big fan of the hysteria that surrounds the run-up to Christmas, but I do take a break from the humbugging for the day itself, which is always a good one. This year was no exception, and we’ve spent the past two days at my parents’ place, where we got lots of lovely gifts (many of which you’ll see soon, because they were the type of gifts you can wear…) and had lot and lots (and lots and lots…) of delicious food: so much, in fact, that we were still eating it on Boxing Day. My parents are probably still eating it now, in fact.

(I’m joking: my parents are probably hitting the sales right now. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree is all I’m saying…)

Every year, my mum does a different theme for our Christmas table, and this year’s theme was holidays and days out: she’d made an amazing table cloth covered in mementos from our various trips (it totally didn’t photograph well in the low light, which is also why some of these photos are a little yellow…), and we had starters from around the world, before the “traditional” turkey dinner, which actually isn’t particularly traditional in our house, this being the first time we’ve had it in years. We all had far too much too eat, but hey, it’s Christmas: it’s what you do, no?

Rubin, meanwhile, had a slightly more adventurous day, thanks to an intrepid cat, which had the temerity to wander past the house while Rubin was sitting at the window, guarding us all. Well, he wasn’t going to stand for A CAT on his patch (I mean, can you even BELIEVE it?!), so he took off into the garden in hot pursuit (The cat wasn’t actually IN the garden, of course, but outside is outside as far as Rubin’s concerned…), and somehow managed to pull a muscle in his leg in the process. We’ve no idea how he did it – my mum was watching him at the time and says one minute he was running flat-out, and the next he was… well, STILL running flat-out, but now on only three legs, the fourth being tucked up under his belly. We spent the rest of the day fussing over him and trying to get him to lie down and rest, but he didn’t seem to notice anything was amiss and continued to try to jump on and off the furniture and race around after his toys, so I think the whole incident was more traumatic for us humans than it was for him. He’s still limping slightly, but as I write this, he’s just launched himself off the bed and raced downstairs to bark at the Tesco delivery man, so I think he’s probably on the mend…

Hope everyone’s having a good holiday season!

Christmas outfit

(Skirt: Topshop // sweater: H&M  // shoes: Ted Baker Keanah 2 c/o Sarenza // Bow bracelet: ASOS // Petticoat: eBay // Brooch: vintage (gift from my parents)

Hi, I'm Amber. I'm a full-time fashion/shoe blogger from the UK, and this is the story of my life, my clothes, and the International Man of Mystery Next Door. You can read more from me at my other blogs, The Fashion Police and Shoeperwoman, and you can follow me on Bloglovin' here.


  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Alison S

    Love your outfit, and fab photos as always xx

  • Reply December 27, 2012


    You look so lovely, Amber! Gorgeous christmas photos! x

  • Reply December 27, 2012


    PETTICOAT LOVERS REPRESENT! Happy Christmas, Amber! I love your photos, your mum sounds like such a darling and that photo of your parents kissing is just too adorable! I hope Rubin’s leg is on the mend – we were worried about our wee dog this year as having my brother’s stepchildren around meant she was very stressed, she doesn’t like small children at all. But she seemed to recover enough for a vigorous game of chasing her squeaky toy after they left so all was well!

    • Reply January 6, 2013


      Aww, glad she recovered! Rubin doesn’t like small children either – when he was a puppy, the kids in our street would all crowd around him, screaming and grabbing at him any time we went out: he is still terrified of little people to this day :(

  • Reply December 27, 2012


    I love your outfit, is it wrong that it reminds me of a Disney Princess and that is why I love it?

    sounds like you had a fabulous day, the idea of the theme is really cool, I like it when people go to extra effort to do things like that, it makes it even more special. Aw poor Rubin, tell him that next time he wants to go chasing cats he really must warm up and do his doggie stretching (I try to get my sister dog to do yoga as she has arthritis and it is meant to be good for it, but she just looks at me like I am insane). Feel better soon Rubin!

    Janine xx

  • Reply December 27, 2012


    Gorgeous photos!!

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Call me M

    You look super cute! I love your outfit for the day, and all the photos are amazing! I’m sure you had a lovely time! Everyone eats a lot on Christmas, don’t worry. :)

  • Reply December 28, 2012


    Such an elegant Christmas!

  • Reply December 28, 2012

    Claire Recman

    Awww^^ You had soo cute outfit! You looked like princess! :-) I hpe, that you had perfect Christmas and that you will have good luck in new year 2013! :-)

  • Reply December 28, 2012


    What a beautiful outfit. How do you manage to always look so stunning!

    I love the idea of the themed table =)

    Much love
    Corinne x

  • Reply December 29, 2012


    That’s probably my favourite of all the skirts you’ve published. And Rubin is just ace. :P

  • Reply December 29, 2012


    Merry Christmas and happy silly season to you all!

  • Reply December 29, 2012


    You are a BOMBSHELL! Absolutely stunning! And your outfit is so sweet! Love all the girliness and sparkle, and that skirt! I’m drooling.

    Hello from your newest follower! :)

  • Reply December 29, 2012

    Amber of Butane Anvil

    Happy Holidays, Amber! Your shimmery outfit is marvellous, and I promise I didn’t look too long and hard at any photos which also included white tablecloths and furniture so as to prevent staining, which I suspect I have the power to do even retroactively and from Canada. I hope Rubin’s leg is well on the mend! Wishing you, Terry, Rubin-of-the-sweetest-face, and your loved ones all the best for 2013.

  • Reply January 4, 2013


    I love the bow details!! I’m just a sucker for bows!

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