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Black dress and nude shoes

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Petals gathered side dress c/o Fuse Fashion  | Cardigan: Primark | Scarf: River Island | Sunglasses: Gucci | Clutch: Dune | Shoes: Christian Louboutin

I took a bit of an unplanned break from the ol’ blog last week: a combination of a bad migraine which lingered on for days, and feeling generally under the weather for the past few weeks, and I ended up just totally burnt out, basically. I’m extremely lucky in that my worst migraines are significantly better than many people’s best migraines (I WIN AT MIGRAINES!) (There are no winners when it comes to migraines.), so I was still able to keep the other blogs running (just), but that was really ALL I managed to do, and my personal “style” took a trip to Jeans n’ Sweaters Town (maybe you know it?) so there wasn’t a whole lot to post about here. Also, my inbox kind of exploded during this time, so if you’ve emailed me and haven’t heard back, I’m not ignoring you (Unless you’re that guy with the fetish for wet people: I’m totes ignoring you, sonny jim…), and I will (probably) email you back soon. Especially if you’re the lawyer dude who emailed me about the £16 million I’ve apparently inherited from an elderly relative in the United Arab Emirates. My bank details will be on their way to you ASAP, kind sir. SO EXCITED! Am on my way to Harvey Nichols as I write this!

So that’s been my week, and also my month, and kind of the whole YEAR so far, really.  (Cue Friends theme tune…) I think it’s going to be a dragon, people. I really do. And not the cuddly kind, either. But! But!

February is now over! And March is here! March is the month that heralds the start of Spring: it officially starts at midnight on March 20th, for those of you counting down, but apparently a vicious row has broken out between the MET Office, who say Spring starts on March 1st now, and certain “Others”, who want to maintain the old order and stick to the 20th/21st. (One of these Others is called Sir Nicholas Winterton. Well, he WOULD say that, wouldn’t he? Obviously ol’  Man Winterton would want winter to continue…) I, obviously, am on Team MET Office with this one: not just because I’ll take any excuse to hasten the arrival of Spring, but also because we took these photos on March 1st, and DO YOU SEE THAT SUNSHINE PEOPLE? Do you? There was actually a bit too much of it to take decent photos in, to be honest, but the fact is, it was WARM. In fact, it was so warm I didn’t really need that cardigan I’d brought with me, and was able to tolerate the elbow-length sleeves without feeling like my arms were going to drop off with cold. That almost NEVER happens.

I also have a new dress, which is another reason to be cheerful. This was sent to me by Fuse Fashion, and these photos unfortunately don’t do it justice, because it’s one of those “magic” dresses which pull you in and create curves where you didn’t have any. It’s also the dress that almost got us arrested (again): that first photo, you see,  isn’t just another example of my trademark “Looking off to the side because I don’t know what else to do with myself, GOD this is awkward,” pose. No, I was actually watching the POLICE CAR that turned around when it saw us taking these photos, and spent the next five minutes circling the area and very obviously “observing” us. Thankfully the cops drove off without questioning us this time (Unlike, say, the LAST TIME this happened…), but what can I say: we’re obviously suspicious looking characters. Either that or they were just admiring my shoes…

[Title: Dar Williams, February]

  1. Dress is beautiful – I love those side pleats! And I’m going to add another voice into the when does spring start argument. In Ireland, if you’re a catholic anyway, spring starts on the 1st February with the feast of St Brigid – which is the feast of a catholic saint but also a hangover from the pagan days, as Brigid was one of the goddesses of the Tuatha De Dannan. So yeah, anyway, according to Irish Pagans and Catholics it’s been spring for a month.

    It’s still cold, though 🙁

    1. It’s something I’d never really thought about… I mean, it doesn’t seem right to me that summer doesn’t start until mid-June, but March 1st feels a bit early for it to be Spring, too. especially when we’ve still got a good chance of snow! It was actually warm here over the weekend (well, warm-ISH, anyway), so it DID feel quite Spring-like. My conclusion: it starts when I say it starts 😉

  2. Yay to spring! And yay to not having to wear a cardigan on March 1st! This year’s winter was cold compared to last year’s, and I am hoping we have warm weather soon and sunshine. We had some yesterday and it was nice. Love these sun-shiny pictures of yours!

  3. Here in Italy it’s already spring, or at least the weather is spring-like, sunny and warm (and with all the rain and cold we’ve had lately it was about time!).
    The dress is really nice and also the shoes!

  4. Amber, I am so glad your migraine is gone and you are back! I missed your beautiful outfits and your writing style. I mentioned before how much I adore both and you always put a big smile on my face when I read your posts.
    Perfect feminine outfit!! Gorgeous.

    I am so glad Sir Nicholas declared spring to start on 1March 🙂

    Lady of Style

    1. Aww, thanks, Annette – I always feel a bit stupid explaining an absence from here, because I’m fairly sure no one will even have noticed, but it’s nice to know I was missed!

  5. Glad you’re better and back! Hey, maybe it’s not going to be a dragon! Maybe it’s just an initially bad-tempered but nonetheless adorable little garden lizard? 🙂

  6. Sounds like the police in your town are suffering either from boredom or paranoia? Not sure which one, really! But I second Fran on the year-as-a-garden-lizard-not-a-scaly-dragon scenario – your dress is beautiful (and so are you, as always) so there must be pockets of brightness in it!

  7. Wow the Police are really on to you two aren’t they? Maybe they have a secret surveillance operation going on for you and you just don’t realise it? ‘Operation Shoperwoman’ haha. I mean, an’t a girl just get her photo taken in a lovely dress in the middle of the road without the Police getting all suspicious anymore?! Tut tut, you should put a complaint in!

    I really do like this dress on you though and from the sounds of it, it looks even better in ‘real life’ gosh that saying is so dumb but you know what I mean.

    Sorry to hear about the migraines, I get them too and when I get a whopper of one all I can do is lay down in a darkened room whilst being sick into a bucket, it really is a glam and special time for me. Luckily they only happen every couple of years or so. The first one I had (just after my great grandma died when I was 18) was so bad I was convulsing and my Mum nearly took me to hospital, I thought I was a gonner, then she just gave me some Ibuleve on the off chance as she had suffered bad when she was younger (and seriously I would probably have to be dead for my Mum to take me to A&E, we are really a Keep Calm and Carry On family or more like ‘Ignore it and it will go away’ family lol) anyway safe to say that worked, we realised it was a migraine and I lived to tell the tale, hurrah!! I really feel for you having them, even the smaller ones are enough to knock you out.

    Let’s hope this year isn’t a dragon for you, there is still time for it to turn around yet, I will send you lots of positive Karma, I hope it helps!!

    Janine xx
    Bake, Glue and Trend!

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