Blowing the cobwebs away

polka dot coat and umbrella

windy day

red hair in the wind

Coat: Debenhams (Christmas gift from my parents) // jeans: 7 for All Mankind slim cigarette jeans  c/o Shopbop // shoes: Kurt Geiger Corso Como

OK, I’m just going to say it: I’m glad the “festive” season is finally over. I mean, don’t get me wrong : I love Christmas day itself, and I also enjoy the various events that surround it… once I’m actually at them. But as much as I would love to squee with the rest of you over tinsel and mince pies and all that jazz, I just can’t: partly because I hate the word “squee” (and I also hate mince pies, come to think of it…), but also because I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just not a “Christmassy” person. Or a “festive” one, for that matter. The whole thing just exhausts me. I’m one of those introverted personality types who needs to spend a lot of time alone to recharge, you see, and the Christmas season doesn’t allow for much of that: there’s always somewhere you have to be, and something you have to do, and although all most of those things are fun in themselves, by the end of it I always feel like I need a nice long holiday. You know, to recover from that nice, long holiday I just had? First world problems: I got ’em.

The upshot of all of this is that by the end of Boxing Day, I’m pretty much over Christmas, and looking forward to getting back to normality. I want to tear all the tinsel down (I don’t have any tinsel), pack up the tree (I don’t have a tree), dust all the glitter off my clothes (I… do have quite a lot of glitter on my clothes, actually) … I even look forward to wearing casual clothes like jeans and sweaters, and to not having to get dressed up all the time or wonder if I’ll still be able to struggle into the only remaining dress that feels appropriately “festive” enough for whatever the next party is. I’m not really one to subscribe to the whole “OMG, I’m totally starting a CLEANSE!” stuff that abounds at this time of year, but I’m not immune to the lure of the fresh slate either, and I have a lot of blog-related plans* for this year which mean I’m also looking forward to getting back to work (Or “even MORE back to work” as the case may be, because I did actually end up doing quite a bit over the break…), as strange as that probably sounds.

(Actually, that whole, “I want to wear jeans and get back to work,” thing DOES sound strange, doesn’t it? Maybe I should just go and lie down instead? And eat some Haribo mix, maybe?)

(*Plans for my OTHER blogs, I mean. On this one I’ll probably just continue to wear a lot of polka dots and complain about the weather. Sorry about that.)

Basically, January is a time when I crave the simple things in life. It’s one of the coldest, windiest and most miserable months of the year, but I like it better than November or December, say, because it marks the turning of the year: longer days, the promise of spring, and a few stiff breezes to blow the cobwebs away.

Bring it on.

polka dot coat and jeans


  • Maddy says:

    I love this outfit, the coat and the shoes … Amazing! xxx

  • Karlie says:

    Your Parents really know your style

  • I did loads of work for my blog over the holidays – I kind of view them as a time to catch up on my own projects, of which the blog is top of the list.

    I really like that first photo – the way the light’s coming through the umbrella and the almost-circle around your head is lovely.

    • Amber says:

      We lost so much working time during December that we had to do quite a bit over the break, unfortunately. It was mostly the kind of work I enjoy, though, so it wasn’t too bad!

  • Lovely shoes. The colour is so eye catching.

  • Roisin says:

    Happy New Year! And I know what you mean. I loved the Christmas holiday and I’m sad that it’s over, but also I’m relieved to have some shape back to my days, and I feel motivated by the fact that it’s a new year and I have lots of plans! I’m going to blog more often, do lots of sewing, and get a new job. YES – bring it on, 2013!

  • Annette says:

    Fantastic present from your parents! I really love the style of your coat.
    I am feeling exactly the same about the Christmas season and winter… so much loving spring and summer!

  • Trea says:

    Love those ginger shoes Amber!

  • Louise says:

    I totally get you on this, oh and I don’t have a tree either, I don’t like them. X

    • Amber says:

      Our house is just too tiny to hold one – even just putting the Christmas cards on display makes it feel horribly cluttered! I keep saying we’ll get one if we buy a bigger house, but I secretly don’t much like them either, and we don’t spend Christmas at home, so… we’ll see.

  • Corinne says:

    Ahh, I am kind of sad Christmas is over, I think I like the build up more than the actual Christmas day itself! We get to listen to the same Christmas CD over and over again at work, blaring out over the tannoy. Everyone is about ready to off themselves by the second week in December, but I could listen to it the whole year.

    I do find it exhausting though! Retail is hard work over the holidays, 12 hour shifts, not enough breaks etc etc.. plus you don’t get a lot of time off like in other jobs. So the 3 days I have off were spent rushing around with family and not getting enough sleep, then having to drive across Yorkshire from my parents straight to work. TIRED. Do you have a violin?

    I love that coat =)

    Corinne x

    • Amber says:

      Haha, that would definitely drive me crazy! I managed to almost totally avoid hearing Christmas music this year, by doing most of the shopping online so I could avoid actual stores as much as possible – I reckon there should be some kind of retail workers medal for those who sacrifice themselves at this time of year!

  • Katie says:

    I know what you mean about the enforced sociability of CHristmas! We hosted a giant family Christmas at our place once and at one point, I spent about half an hour in a room by myself so I could re-charge a little. It’s not as though I don’t like people, but facing them en masse like that is just a bit much.

    I hope 2013 is going well for you so far.

    • Amber says:

      “Enforced sociability” is a really good way to describe it: I always think Christmas is nice, but it’s not a REAL holiday because rather than getting to just relax and do whatever you feel like, it’s all socially mandated. “It’s December 31st, everyone, so you WILL have fun now, whether you want to or not!” It’s a first world problem, for sure :) I also always think that hosting Christmas must be OMGSTRESSFUL. I think I would probably have to leave the country, or fkae my own death or something if I was ever asked to do that!

  • cal says:

    Thank you for sharing about needing lots of alone time… I’m like that too and I am also not partial to noise…. this sometimes leads to misunderstandings because people think you are anti-social or selfish and don’t realise that introverts need lots of alone time in order for the time spent with people to be good… I shall now use this article and the one you wrote about noisy neighbors as precedent… if I may? God bless you!

    • Amber says:

      You might like this, too: it’s funny, but I totally identified with it, and wanted to show it to everyone so they would understaaaaaand me. /emoteenager. (I laughed so hard at the line, “I’d better get home and read some books” – that’s SO me!)

      And yes, you’re so right – people so often assume you’re being “weird” or just selfish, when really you DO enjoy their company, you just can’t deal with it AAAAALLL the time! I’m also very shy, so throughout my life people have assumed I’m stand-offish (in school I was frequently described as a “snob” – I was just too scared to speak to anyone…) too, so when I do find myself in a social situation I have to work extra-hard to not come off that way, which is just exhausting. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who feels like that!

  • Janine says:

    Ah but now we all get to look forward to EASTER!! Yey, bring on the mini eggs lol.

    I really like this outfit, I don’t think I have ever seen you in just plain blue jeans (or I skipped those posts – I like to read back over your older posts when I am at the bus stop seeing as I only found your blog in last 6 months I have a lot of catching up to do) Also I saw a comment reply you made about not wearing tights, how do you manage it? I seriously could do with some tips as I live in my 100 denier tights and am getting really very bored with it. How do you not freeze to death?

    Janine xx

    • Amber says:

      Oh, I DO wear tights, I just don’t LIKE wearing them! I think I must have expressed myself particularly badly about this at some point because I’ve noticed quite a lot of people seem to have the idea that I refuse to wear them or something, but that’s definitely not true – I have to wear them in the autumn/winter, but I do find myself wearing a lot more trousers at this time of year to avoid the necessity! I do wear jeans, too, but I have a lot of trouble finding ones that fit properly, so I tend not to photograph them much: there are a few posts with them, but I’d not be surprised if you skipped them – they’re pretty boring!

  • Wonderful coat. This post is a great favour to introverts everywhere – cheers to the relief, the “festive season” is not set up for the likes of us. I do so enjoy your polka-dots-and-cruddy-weather posts, carry on!

  • Margo says:

    This look totally gave me my life! Love the coat and those shoes are super-adorbs!

  • Call me M says:

    I actually like Christmas a lot. I always get more cheerful when the date is approaching, and I get sad, when Christmas is over, and I have to take off the Christmas lights, and decorations, as I did today. I like big family gatherings, and hosting parties at my house, but I get how you feel, because my brother is like you, and he’s almost the opposite of me. I do like the fact that spring is closer, and the days are becoming bigger, because I love spring, and I hate winter. But Christmas makes winter bearable for me.
    Love your coat by the way! What a great gift from your parents, and I love your shoes too.

  • Great post Amber! I really appreciate how your title, and your content fit so well with your photos. You’ve captured energy, and a freshness and a promise of spring with a few photographs. Brilliant! Love your blog!

  • Erika says:

    My comment is much like the others, that is an AWESOME coat! I also can relate to the shy so you must be a snob thing. I always got that – maybe I still do! Oh, well, it doesn’t bother me now that I am older. It is only recently that I am trying to come out of my shell. Love your blog, and I always look forward to your posts.

  • newdada says:

    so sweet!kisses from Italy

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