2013

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Twenty Thirteen

It was a funny old year. And not always in the “LOLZ” sense, either. I’ll be honest: for the first six months of 2013, I was pretty sure it was going to be that dragon I talked about in my…

Christmas gifts

And so this is Christmas (Eve)

[Wearing: ♥ Tara Starlet skirt  ♥ H&M top ♥  Christian Louboutin shoes] The idea of hosting Christmas itself is the stuff of nightmares to me (Like, ACTUAL nightmares, of the wake-up-in-a-cold-sweat variety), but Christmas Eve is a slightly less scary…

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Linlithgow Lunch

[Wearing: ♥ Primark coat (c/o VoucherCodes.co.uk) ♥  ASOS trousers ♥ Zara shoes ♥ Kate Spade '2 Park Ave Beau Satchel *] OMG, can you BELIEVE that woman is wearing a winter coat, but you can totally see the tops of her feet…

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The Season of the Skirt

[Skirt: River Island; sweater: Vero Moda; shoes: Dune; sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs*] My in-laws are going to be spending Christmas at Terry’s brother’s place in Kent this year,  so because we won’t be seeing them on Christmas Day, Terry’s…

Scottish fashion blog

Gran Caffè

Yes, it’s another photo-overload folks: sorry! This Sunday, my sister-in-law, Jolene, invited Terry and I to afternoon tea with her and Terry’s brother, John. Now, afternoon tea is one of our very favourite ways to spend a Sunday afternoon (Or,…

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Edinburgh in December

[♥ Coat: J Crew   ♥ Bag: Kate Spade *  ♥ Boots: Dune 'Sandhurst'] Last Sunday, Terry and I headed to Edinburgh to do some Christmas shopping. As it happened, though, we ended up abandoning the shopping in favour of a…

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Paint It Black

♥ Coast ‘Luxe’ coat c/o Coast ♥ Topshop boots  ♥ New Look Belt ♥ vintage brooch (gift)  ♥ House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’ sunglasses So, after pretending to be having a party for one in my living room last week, I…

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Winter Florals

[♥ Dress F&F c/o Tesco ♥ Shoes: Ted Baker 'Mayter' c/o Sarenza ♥ Clutch: Dune] Last week, the people at Tesco asked me to style one of their F&F dresses for a Christmas party. Well, there are a lot of things…

Christmas tree decorations

It’s beginning to look a little bit like Christmas

[♥ Cherry tree c/o The Range ♥ Decorations and earmuffs c/o Uniqlo Table-top tree (sold out online) and ♥ Christmas candle c/o Next] Up until this year, Terry and I didn’t own a Christmas tree. This year, we kinda have two. And…

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You can never have too many…

[Zara dress;  Sam Edelman boots*;   Marc by Marc Jacobs bag*;  Pieces scarf;  New Look brooch] You can never have too many… ♥  Pairs of cropped black trousers ♥ Boat-necked sweaters ♥ Stripey tops ♥ Full skirts ♥ 50s style dresses…

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100 Days of Snow

They’re predicting 100 days of snow, people. The worst winter in sixty years, apparently. And by “they”, I’m not referring to our doom-mongering neighbours this time, but to, like, proper weather experts and stuff. Oh, and also the Daily Express:…

Forever Amber UK fashion blog: retro autumn outfit

The Super Spy Dress

[Wearing: Heartbreaker Super Spy dress in blue c/o BettyLicious | New Look shoes and belt | Dune studded clutch bag] I really wish I had a black beret to wear with this dress. Not just because it’s called the ‘Super Spy’…

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Walls come tumbling down

“HEEEEERREEE’S TERRRRY!” Well, it happened, folks: and no, I don’t mean we went to another Halloween party, dressed as characters from The Shining. I mean Terry finally did what he’s been threatening to do since the day we moved into…

retro autumn outfit with full skirt, stripe top and red shoes

I like big skirts and I cannot lie

[Wearing: H&M skirt | Collectif sweater | Miss KG shoes (old) | Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses*] I feel like all I ever wear lately is some kind of big skirt, with heels and a sweater. Probably because that IS pretty much all I…

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Three Months Later

Tomorrow is the three month anniversary of the day we moved into our new house (Yes, we’re still referring to it as a “new” house), so I figured that would be as good an excuse as any for me to…

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Cherry cherry boom boom

These photos are a bit of a “Monet”: they look OK from a distance, but if you’d gotten up close you’d have clearly seen the terrible traces of last week’s cold written all over my face. Red nose. Flaky skin….

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Happy Halloween, everyone! As I mentioned in my last post, Terry and I have our second costume party of the season to attend this Saturday, so naturally we both woke up yesterday morning with bad colds: yay! We’re currently dosing…

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The Winter Dancing Skirt

Well, it rained all weekend. I mean, it’s rained all MONTH, to be totally honest. But it’s particularly annoying when it rains on the weekend because, well, it’s the weekend: it would be nice to maybe get to leave the…

That Time of Year

TERRY: So, I’ve been thinking about my Halloween costume for this year, and what I thought was… ME: …that we could go as the Beckhams? You wear a Manchester United outfit and I’ll buy a Victoria Beckham dress and a…

I believe in pink

When the people at Zalando contacted me a couple of weeks ago, and asked me if I’d like to choose something from their website, I went straight to this pink, 30s-inspired chiffon dress, which I’d had my eye on for…

You asked for it.

When I blogged about not having anything to blog about earlier this week, some of you were kind enough to say that you’re willing to tolerate posts about the Less Than Interesting stuff which is basically all that ever happens…

The Takeaways Are On Me, Apparently

Just after I wrote that post about how nothing every happens, and I totally don’t have anything to write about any more, woe!, woe!, the bank called to let me know The Others have stolen my debit card details (again!),…

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Lately

Well, folks, it looks like that wardrobe crisis I keep mentioning (and which is still very much ongoing), has given birth to a small blogging crisis too. Well, there’s only so many full skirts or skinny black pants I can show…

My new obsession…

… is with jelly ballet flats. Trust me when I tell you I’m every bit as surprised by this development as you probably are. The fact is, though, I got a pair of the Vivienne Westwood for Melissa flats from…

What Would Audrey Do?

Well, I’m still in the middle of my wardrobe crisis, as you can probably tell by the ever-present black trousers, which are basically all I ever wear right now. Not the same pair, obviously. No, I have about… let’s not…

After the boys of summer have gone

I know everyone’s been enthusiastically throwing themselves into autumn for weeks now, but I’ve been determinedly clinging onto summer for as long as is humanly possible. As I said in one of my other rambles, between the house move and……

The September Issue

September always seems to prompt a clothing crisis for me. It’s not that I have nothing to wear. I mean, I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I have TONS of things to wear. I know the friends who…

My Kingdom for a Horse

As I mentioned in one of my last posts, when we moved house, we also moved from a large town to a small village. I say “small”: we have a post office, a village store and… that’s it. Oh yeah,…

Closet Organisation Part 2 | Shoe Shelves

Four weeks. That’s how long I was without my shoe collection. Seriously, can you EVEN? We took down my previous shoe shelves around a week before we moved out, you see. We had to do it: it was one of the…

It Ain’t Easy Being Mint Green

OK, I think we can all probably agree that the title of this post is a big fat lie, and that, actually, it’s TOTALLY easy being mint green. Well, it is for me, anyway. Maybe a little bit TOO easy,…

The (Black and) White Stripes

This weekend was the first time I’d worn “real” clothes (By which I mean “anything other than the scruffy old jeans and t-shirts I deemed suitable for hauling boxes around, stripping wallpaper and scrubbing floors in…”) in, ooh, about a…

Closet Organisation: Belts and Scarves

So, you might have noticed that I don’t tend to wear a whole lot of accessories. I’ll be completely honest: it’s partly that I’m lazy I like to keep things simple. I’ve always been a fan of very simple, unfussy…

Biltmore Hotel, Miami

Fred’s House

The man we bought our house from was called Fred. I mean, he wasn’t ACTUALLY called Fred, obviously. I’m going to call him that, though, to respect his privacy, and because Fred is a fine name, don’t you think? Anyway,…

Found! Clip-in fringe for redheads

I kinda hesitated to post these photos, because I’ve learned the hard way that any post about my hair tends to open the doors to a flood of unsolicited advice about said hair, which I am apparently NOT TO BE…

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The Waldorf Astoria

I don’t really have “favourites”. I mean, I have SOME favourites, obviously. It will come as no surprise to most of you to learn that my favourite colour is green, for instance. And my favourite season is most DEFINITELY summer…

You Can’t Go Home Again

  Well, we’re here! And after all of my angst about moving, I walked out of our old house for the very last time… and I didn’t even know it. Due to a complicated sequence of events which I won’t…

We are never, ever getting back together

We’re closing on our new house today.  And, unless anything truly catastrophic goes wrong between now and then, we’re moving in tomorrow. This is really happening, people. I guess this is the moment when the sale/purchase should feel final to…

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Vizcaya

All of the new-house excitement has meant that my usual Post-Holiday Blues haven’t been nearly as bad this year as they usually are, but I have to admit that when I looked back at these photos, I got a big…

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The Biltmore

In a change to our scheduled “I Am The Only Person in the World Who Has Ever Moved House” programming, here are some photos from the first week of my vacation last month. I still have LOADS of holiday photos…

Skeletons in the attic

Well, the packing has started and the shelves are bare. Actually, to be completely honest, my shoes are literally the ONLY things I’ve packed so far. Well, the shoes and some hair products, because PRIORITIES, people, PRIORITIES. I had hoped…

The Nevermores

Folks, I’m starting to freak out a bit here. Just a little bit. OK, quite a big bit, actually. I mean, we’re supposed to be moving a week today. TODAY. As in, this time next week, I won’t be sitting…

The Simple Things

Things have been pretty hectic around here lately, so fashion has been taking a bit of a back-seat. Because of that, I was particularly happy to be sent this blue nautical-style dress from TK Maxx last week. I’m lazy about…

Summer turns to high

Thanks for all of your lovely comments on my last post, everyone! We’re still really excited, and only the tiniest bit freaked out at the prospect of packing up and leaving this little house behind us forever, for a fresh…

Third Time Lucky

(Champagne in the sunshine on Friday evening. Also pictured: tiny aircraft. Hai, tiny aircraft!) When I go on vacation, I always seem to come home with a renewed determination to change my life. There are workout plans (Er, I’m starting…

Flying With The Others

You know how I said my flight back from Miami last weekend passed without incident? Well, it mostly did. I mean, there was no turbulence, no lost luggage, and the flight didn’t crash, which is really the most I expect…

Me and Terry

Old Bahia Honda Bridge

So, it’s the summer I graduated from university: we go to Florida, and as a treat, my dad decides to hire a convertible. God, I loved that car. It was a Chrysler Sebring, in British Racing Green, with a soft…

Goodnight Miami

(OK, so most of these photos were actually taken in Key Largo and Naples – you don’t get to see the sun sink into the sea from Miami itself – but you get the message, I’m sure…)

See Naples and die

On Monday we took a short road trip to Naples, stopping en route at the Isles of Capri, where some of these photos were taken. I’d bought this little white dress in the Banana Republic sale the night before, so…

Independence Day

I guess it’s possibly a little strange for British people to be celebrating America’s independence from, well, US, but there were so many 4th of July celebrations going on yesterday it would’ve been stupid not to join in, and you…

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No work, all play, OK…

(Photos by my mum) When I was packing for this trip, I optimistically included a pair of running shoes and some workout gear. I had this idea that I’d do a lot of running – maybe along South Beach at…

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Bienvenido a Miami

Well, we made it to Miami. I’m still functioning on UK time, our flight was full of Others, and I’m pretty sure our rental house is haunted. (That makes me sound like one of those very tuned-in people who Feel…

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Scotland in Summer

If you ever come to Scotland, please, do me a favour and come in summer. Yes, it might be raining. In fact, it probably will be. But if you’ve ever visited the Scottish countryside on a warm summer day, you’ll hear…

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Let down and hanging around

Transport, motorways and tramlines / Starting and then stopping /Taking off and landing / The emptiest of feelings /Disappointed people clinging on to bottles / And when it comes it’s so so disappointing… [Radiohead, 'Let Down'] Last Wednesday we got an offer on…

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Not in Kansas Any More

[Dress: ASOS (last year) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (ancient) | sunglasses: eBay] These aren’t the best photos of me ever taken, partly because direct sunglight + feet-concealing-grass does not the best outfit photos make, but also because I’d let my…

Pretty Dress Company pencil dress

Summer in the City

[Dress: Pretty Dress Company (last year) | Shoes: River Island (old) | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs*] I feel like I have to apologise for the terrible case of Smugface I’m demonstrating in the first photo here. I have no…

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Forever Amber in Essentials magazine

This weekend I was really excited to get a tweet from the lovely Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, letting me know we’d both been featured in the July issue of Essentials magazine, in a feature about wedding guest style….

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Cherries and gingham

[Skirt: ASOS (2012) | Cardigan: Zara | Cherry brooch: River Island | Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa | Sunglasses: eBay] I’ve not been doing a great job of keeping the ol’ blog updated recently. I say this, not by way…

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Formulaic

[Dress: ASOS (last year) | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Belt: vintage | Sunglasses: House of Harlow] When I was putting this outfit together (Which is a really pretentious way of saying, “deciding which shoes to wear with this dress…”), I…

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Post-Apocalyptic Stripes

[Skirt: Robert Rodriguez *  | Shoes: Zara (2010) | Top: ancient, no idea | Clutch: New Look | Sunglasses: House of Harlow] So, we’re in the car, just driving along, when suddenly Terry pulls up next to a derelict industrial site….

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OMG-Day

We didn’t get it. The buyer decided to go with the other property she was considering (That makes it sound simpler than it actually was… Needless to say, there’s a whole story connected to this, and the internet is not…

blue bird print tea dress

Twenty four little hours

[Dress: ASOS | Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti* | Belt: Primark - all bought last year] This is what I was wearing the day we started negotiations on the sale of our house.* Yes, folks, we got an offer. Yay! But it…

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The Others have hacked my Twitter account…

(I didn’t have a picture of a bird to represent Twitter, so here are some adorable baby ducks, photographed by my mum, in Florida last year, instead. You’re welcome.) Hi everyone, I mentioned this at the bottom of my last…

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Blue jeans, white shirt…

[Jeans c/o 7 for All Mankind // Blazer: Zara // Breton top: Zara kids // Clutch: Dune // Shoes: Primark // Sunglasses: Gucci] I don’t often wear jeans here on the blog, but I DO actually wear them fairly often…

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Perfect Ten

Since the house has been on the market (Yes, it’s another one of those “I’m selling my house, and I’m going to talk about it forever” posts. Sorry.) we’ve had three sets of potential buyers come to take a look…

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Monarch of the Glen

Last time on “Amber Over-Dresses in a Slightly Different Location”, Terry and I had checked into Dunkeld House Hotel and were all ready to start relaxing. The hotel gives you lots of different ways in which to do this: there’s…

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Highland Fling

[Skirt: Tibi*// Shirt: George Kids // Scarf: Primark // Sunglasses: eBay // Shoes: Studio TMLS c/o Sarenza // Backdrop: Dunkeld House Hotel c/o Hilton Hotels] This past weekend, Terry and I were lucky enough to be the guests of Hilton…

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April Flowers

[Trousers and scarf: H&M (2012)  (this season's trousers here) // cardigan: Forever 21 (2011 - similar here) // Shoes: Christian Louboutin] Don’t worry, I haven’t plumbed new depths in my quest for matchy-matchy accessories with this outfit – or not intentionally,…

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The Saga of the H&M skirt

[H&M white flared skirt and sweater: both H&M // Belt: New Look // Shoes: Office c/o MyVoucherCodes.co.uk // Sunglasses: Gucci*] First of all, I have to ask you to please excuse the state of my hair in these photos. One…

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Polka dot pants

Trousers: Forever 21 (sold out but similar here) // Sweater: thrifted // shoes: Primark // Bag: vintage c/o my mum’s closet // Sunglasses: House of Harlow There’s still some snow on the hills (And, OK, also on the dales, if…

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What I Wish I Was Wearing

[Dress: Dorothy Perkins, 2010 // Shoes: New Look (ancient) // Sunglasses: House of Harlow] There are currently 58 unpublished posts sitting in the drafts folder of this blog. Some of them are posts I started but never finished, for one…

Amber and Rubin

In the bag

[Jacket: New Look (old) // Trousers: H&M, 2012 // Shoes: Dune c/o Sarenza // Bag: City Shopper c/o Florian London // White fur coat: Rubin's own] I should probably begin this post with the hopefully so-obvious-it-doesn’t-need-to-be-said-but-I’ll-say-it-anyway disclaimer that these photos are strictly…

Forever Amber | Beauty blog for redheads and pale skinned people

Hello, Dollface readers!

Well, folks, it looks like my house isn’t the only thing I’m (possibly, hopefully, maybe) leaving behind this year: last week I also made the decision to close down my beauty blog, Hey, Dollface!, so if you’ve tried to access…

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Home is where the heart is

[Dress and boots: both Zara, circa 2011 // Jacket: La Redoute, 2012 // Giant snow heart: c/o Terry] So, our house is probably going on the market soon. I’m not sure quite how soon, but … soon. Too soon for…

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Rose coloured glasses

Remember back in January, when I whined a bit about how much I hate wearing glasses, and how no one other than my immediate family has ever seen me in them? Well, today I’m changing that. By wearing my glasses…

Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon bow shoes

I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell…

[1. New shoes c/oSpartoo | 2. Dorothy Perkins dress | 3. Gap skimmer jeans | 4.  A birthday gift] I haven’t forgotten about my 365 Project: I’ve still been diligently posting my photos on Instagram (most of the time) and uploading them…

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In like a lion

Skirt: H&M 2012 | Sweater: Ralph Lauren (gift) | Shoes: Topshop, 2011 | Sunglasses: House of Harlow Well, who would’ve thought yellow, of all things, would become my go-to colour this year? Not me, anyway. I’d have put my last…

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The Phantom of the Opera Singer

(Celebration, Florida, 2012. Has nothing to do with this post.) On Monday morning, Terry, Rubin and I were woken by the sound of an opera singer warming up her vocal chords in the office, which is just a few short…

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Back to Black

[Dress: Karen Millen 2010 (competition prize) // Boots: Topshop 2010 // Gloves: gifted // Sunglasses: House of Harlow] Well, at least if I ever have to go to a funeral in the 1940s, I’ll know what to wear, huh? But…

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette Collector Edition

Just a very quick post today, to show you this Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette Collector Edition palette. This contains four wet-and-dry formula powder shadows (Wear them dry for a subtle, shimmery effect, and wet if you’re looking for deeper pigmentation)…

Forever Amber

Leather and lace

[Lace skirt: River Island // sweater: Ralph Lauren (gift) // faux fur scarf: ASOS // Boots: Sam Edelman* // Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs*] Just a very quick post today, folks: I’m actually writing this on Sunday, and Terry and…

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Cut-Price Pin-Up

Dress: Missguided c/o MoneySupermarket.com // Belt: New Look // Shoes: Office (c/o) // Sunglasses: House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’ // Nude fishnet tights: Accessorize // Coat: in the car, waiting to be replaced once these photos were taken (although it was…

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Beauty Closet Clearout: January "empties"

Back at the start of the month, I declared my resolution to finally use up some of the half-finished bottles of body lotion and other products that have been lurking at the back of the bathroom cupboard for God knows…

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The Black and White Days

[Dress: River Island (2012) // Top: Primark // Boots: Topshop (2011) // Bag: vintage, c/o my mum's closet // sunglasses: House of Harlow 'Chelsea' (sold out in black, but in tortoiseshell here)] I’m embarrassed to admit it – although probably not nearly as embarrassed as I…

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365 Project 21- 29: Insanity

Yeah, I know, I know: it’s ANOTHER one of those stupid “photo-a-day” roundups. Right after the last one. With nothing in between them to at least allow me to PRETEND I sometimes write about other things here. SIGH. Look, it’s…

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365 Project 15 – 20: A week in winter

Day 19:  SNOMG! Last week, although I did continue taking daily photos for my 365 Project, I didn’t bother posting them on Instagram. This was partly to keep you all on your toes  because the photos I took all totally…

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Abandon heels, all ye who enter here

Jacket: Zara kids // Jeans: Citizens of Humanity c/o Shopbop // Hat: H&M // Boots: Hunter c/o Sarenza // dog leash: Rubin’s own WHAT? Oh, come on: you didn’t seriously think I’d prance around in stilettos in REAL snow, did…