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The Star of the Show

So, there I was, just hanging out in the garden, as you do. Posing. Totally unaware of Terry standing right there in front of me, with the camera. When all of a sudden… Oh. Hi, Rubin. Why so suspicious? You…

Florida

All Off-White on the Night

[Trousers and top: Zara // bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs c/o Shopbop // Shoes: Buffalo c/o Spartoo // Sunglasses: random gift shop in Orlando c/o my dad] Well, folks, it’s a big day here at the ol’ blawg, for today,…

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The ’59 Sound

[Dress: ASOS (new, but sold out) // Shoes: Paul & Betty c/o Sarenza // Bag: New Look (ancient) // Petticoat: eBay] Not the best photo location, I’m afraid  (We’ve noticed recently that even if it’s been sunny all day, it’s…

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Icebar Orlando

Because we don’t get to be freezing cold often enough here in the UK, when we were in Orlando this summer, we decided to go and be freezing cold in the Icebar, which, as the name suggests (and as you…

Tantallon Castle

East Coast, represent

[Dress (worn as skirt): Miss Selfridge via ebay // top: ancient, no idea // shoes: gift from my parents] When I was just a few years old, my parents announced that we would be going on holiday to Spain: a…

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Women Who Love Polka Dots Too Much

[Dress: handmade by my mum // shoes: Buffalo 'Alisha' c/o Spartoo] The sun came out. And so did the polka dots. Actually, the polka dots come out regardless of whether it’s sunny or not. You all know this. But this…

Schuh 'Garda' red gingham wedges

In Praise of the Midi Dress

[Dress: ASOS // Shoes: Schuh 'Garda' wedges (old)] Hi everyone! It’s time for your regularly scheduled weather/outfit report. Because I just KNOW you all wake up in the mornings and think, “Gosh, I wonder what the weather is like in Scotland…

High Tea at the Grand Floridian

Heart-Shaped Shoes at The Grand Floridian

[Dress: River Island (old) // Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa c/o Sarenza // Cardigan: H&M (new) // Sunglasses: Gucci c/o Shopbop] I’ve written about high tea at the Grand Floridia (or “Grand Tea at the High Floridian, as I just wrote….)…

I propose to find a new path

Jupiter Artland

As I mentioned in my last post, Terry and I decided to take a couple of days off last week to try and take advantage of the drier-than-usual weather (That turned out to be a wise decision, too: I’m typing…

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Surf n’ Turf

(Dress: Topshop (old) // Blazer: Zara (new) // shoes: River Island (old) ) Last week, as loyal readers (hi, mum and dad!) may recall, Wednesday was to be the only vaguely sunny day of the week, so we took full…

Disney's Boardwalk

The Accidental Dress

[Dress: Stop Staring 'Boardwalk' dress // Shoes: Paris Hilton (yes, really) via TK Maxx] This dress is Stop Staring’s “Boardwalk” dress. And I wore it to… Walt Disney’s Boardwalk. Yes, I went there, with the matchy-matchy. Yes I did. My…

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One Thousand

[Dress: ASOS (sold out in gingham, but new versions available in block colours here , wallpaper print here, and OMGPOLKADOT here) // Shoes: Carvela 'Assemble'] This is my 1,000th post here at Forever Amber. I thought I would mark the occasion by writing my…

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The Prisoner of Bathroomatraz

Everyone else is writing about the Olympics opening ceremony this morning. Instead of doing that, though, I’m going to write about that time I locked myself in the bathroom. That time known as “yesterday”. (With apologies to those of you…

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Playing hookey

[Capri pants: ASOS // tank top: River Island // shoes: gift from my parents // glasses: eBay // cardigan: shop in Orlando about 8 years ago // Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs c/o Shopbop] Back in the days when I…

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Double Dotted

[Swimsuit: George at Asda (old) // Skirt: Forever 21 (new, but not online) // Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa (old)] Yup, we’re back in Florida, folks. Not literally, obviously – just in the sense that I’m back to posting outfit…

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What not to wear on a windy day

[Dress: River Island (old) // Cardigan: H&M (new, but couldn't find it on the website) // brooch: New Look (old) // Shoes: Carvela 'Australia' c/o Sarenza] Over the weekend, Terry and I noticed that we were starting to get some…

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Every year for about the past five years now, Terry’s birthday (and my dad’s too, actually)  has fallen while we’ve been on holiday. Which just isn’t fair, is it? I’m currently campaigning to have my own birthday moved to June,…

Ted Baker 'Keanah' pumps

If in doubt, wear green

Dress: Louche ‘Leigh’ spotty dress // Shoes: Ted Baker ‘Keanah’  After the extreme wordiness of my last post, I’m going to keep the talk to a minimum with this one, and merely note that these spots? Are pin dots, not polka…

and they all lived happily ever after

The Ducks

OK, so, on the last episode of “Amber Recounts Her Holiday in Tedious Detail”, I was still in Clearwater, where I was wearing a playsuit, and probably flashing everyone within a five mile radius, for all I know. After a…

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Polka Dots & Cherries

(Dress, Stop Staring; shoes, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon ‘Cherries’) On our way back to the apartment after the trip to Tarpon Springs I wrote about in my last post, we stopped in at the little town of Dunedin*,…

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Baby, there’s a shark in the water…

The whole time she was at the coast, my mum (who is a worrier, like me) remained in a constant state of RED ALERT, perpetually scanning the horizon for the sight of the shark fins which she was convinced would…

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Sand in my shoes

(Dress: Bettie Page ‘Jazmin’ dots; shoes, Zara; sunburnt nose, Amber’s own) Ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a warm Forever Amber welcome for this red belt! It’s a little crooked, it looks like it’s fastened in the wrong hole, and I…

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Freshly squeezed Florida orange

(Shorts, H&M; tank, New Look; wedges, River Island) One of the things I love about Florida – and about holidays in general, actually – is the way an ordinary little café can suddenly feel like the Best! Place! Ever! just because…

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Red, white and blue

(Zara dress; Christian Louboutin shoes; Gucci sunglasses) Today is the 4th of July (Happy 4th, American friends!), and even although that fact has absolutely no relevance for me whatsoever, I figured I’d show you this little red, white and blue…

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, June 2012

Well, folks, we’re back, as you can probably tell from the fact that my Instagram photos have abruptly switched from photos of sunsets (and, er, rubber ducks…) back to their usual programming of photos of Rubin. And rain. (OK, I…

Forever Amber

Fashion Blogger, jumping

(Blazer and shorts, H&M; top, Madewell; shoes, Zara) Hey, folks, remember me? I’m still in Florida, but we’ve been having a spell of rainy weather, so I’m taking advantage of the downtime (while my dad barbecues in the rain, wearing…

Forever Amber

Carried Away

(Terry carries me back to his cave after Steven and Lindsay’s wedding this week…) Thanks to the wonders of scheduled posts, by the time you read this, I’ll be… um, I was going to say I’d be en route to…

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The Saga of the Trashy Diva Honey Dress

(Dress and jacket, Trashy Diva; shoes Christian Louboutin; fascinator made by my mum, and handbag stolen from her, accessorized with Trashy Diva bow) Yesterday, our two good friends Lindsay and Steven got married. It was an absolutely amazing day: the…

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As Happy as a Dog With Two Tails

(Dorothy Perkins dress; Vivienne Westwood /Melissa Lady Dragon heart shoes, c/o Sarenza) Unlike me, Rubin isn’t a big fan of the heat. Which I guess is understandable, given that “personal style” for him involves wearing the same, white fur coat…

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One gingham skirt short of a picnic

(ASOS skirt, Jasper Conran shoes, Primark tee, eBay sunglasses) If you’re a regular reader of this here blog, and you happen to be based in the UK, you’ve probably been expecting this post. “Oh great,” I can almost hear you…

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On the south-most tip of North America…

[Clearwater Beach, Gulf of Mexico, Florida] This is where I’ll be this time next month. This is also why I’ve been a bit quiet recently: as regular readers know, the approach of a holiday sees me pretty much chained to…

Forever Amber: the story of clothes

The Story of Clothes

(Zara pants, La Redoute sweater, Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag and Gucci sunglasses (c/o Shopbop) A couple of years ago, I discovered a vintage Jean Varon dress in a thrift store in Edinburgh. Now, I’m no fashion historian, but this…

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Fields of Gold

I have to admit, all these years I’ve been writing about Nigel, the International Man of Mystery Next Door, there’s been a little part of me which secretly hoped the mystery would never be solved, and that we would just…

Forever Amber

I Quit the Gym

(Primark trench, J Crew trousers, Next shoes.) I quit the gym. Yes, Others, YOU WIN, with your space-invading ways, your whistling and your general other-ness . You can have the gym, see if I care. Although, before you go feeling…

Forever Amber

Seven Things

( Miss Selfridge via eBay dress; Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes; mystery  cardigan, eBay sunglasses) Jenni tagged me to do one of those “Seven Random Things About Me” posts a couple of weeks ago, and I started it, then quickly…

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Nigel Cometh

Our car was officially written off yesterday. I knew it would be, of course, but I’m still completely devastated. It doesn’t help that right before we got the email (yes, they told us by email. Presumably so that we wouldn’t…

Forever Amber

What’s black and white and red all over?

(Dress, River Island; shoes, Office c/o Idealo; clutch, stolen from my mum) Thanks for all of your comments on my last post, everyone: I’m still feeling pretty craptastic about it all, to be honest, so here are some photos from…

It Could Have Been Worse

Last Thursday morning, Terry and I had some errands to run. We set out early, and it was a bit of a stressful morning, for one reason or another, so by the time we got back into the car and…

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What March Looked Like

Kurt Geiger’s wall of shoes I had a whole other post planned out for today, but then I remembered it was Easter, and that no one ever reads blogs on holidays, do they? Which makes them as good a time…

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And then this happened

(Image fails to depict blizzard that was blowing at the time…) … which kind of explains why I was so happy about the sunshine last week, no? I guess it’s a good job I kept out some coats and boots…

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So little to say, so much time

It’s a sad fact of my life that when I’m actually, you know, doing stuff, I don’t have the time to write about it, and I usually forget to photograph it, too. I will never be one of those people…

Forever Amber

Fashion Blogger Clichés, Part 2

(Dress, River Island last year; Shoes, TK Maxx, about 6 years ago.) For some reason, sunny weather (Oh, hey, did I mention we’ve been having sunny weather recently? Did I? Because I feel like I haven’t gushed about it quite enough…

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A host of golden daffodils

So picture it: there I am wandering lonely as cloud. You know, like I do. When all of a sudden, what do I see? Only a crowd! A host! Of golden daffodils! That totally matched my outfit! “Quick, Terry,” I…

Amber of Orange

Yes, I am still talking about it

This morning I got up not-so-bright and early, and headed to the supermarket, where I purchased the bottle of Head & Shoulders Citrus which I should have just bought the second this whole “orange hair” saga started.  Well, you know…

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Orange Crush

It’s… still kind of orange. I’ve been washing it faithfully with Head & Shoulders, and it’s faded quite a bit, but I still have my orange temples (That’s totally going to be the name of my band, by the way: Amber…

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Cheers to the freakin’ weekend

(The highlight of the weekend: a crisp (potato chip, Americans) with a heart. The only thing better would’ve been a crisp with a shoe. Or if I’d backed the hell away from it a bit, so this photo wasn’t such…

you're welcome

For External Use Only

It’s been a long week. I haven’t been sleeping very well, which means I’ve been even more tired and groggy in the mornings than I usually am: and trust me when I tell you that I’m usually REALLY tired and…

green pencil skirt

Save Our Shoes

If you read any of my other blogs, or follow me on any of the approximately 1,763,345 social networks I’m currently part of, you will probably already know that I’ve spent the last 24 hours shamelessly begging people to join…

Forever Amber

Season of Spots

You know how people have Advent calendars, to count down the days to Christmas? I think I want one of those for Spring. I get MUCH more excited about Spring than I ever do about Christmas. Even although there is…

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Saturday Morning Shopping

(I took this photo by mistake while scrabbling around on the floor, trying to find a sock I thought I’d lost while trying on shoes. I thought it summed up my morning pretty well, though.) I wear earplugs every night…

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February in Photos

February has always been my least favourite month of the year. It’s a dark and vicious little month, and for a long time, it felt like if something bad was going to happen, it would definitely happen in February. And…

Scooby Ru(bin)

Just in case any of you were worried that my recent silence is a sign that the ghost which switches our TV on and knocks over our posters had taken more drastic action against Terry and I, I’m here to report…

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A Walk in Winter

This afternoon, we decided to jump in the car and take Rubin for a long walk in the countryside just outside town.  We actually thought we were being pretty clever here (Yeah, I know: famous last words…), because the thing…

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Messy Beehivehead

A few weeks ago, Terry decided that he hadn’t seen enough snow over the past couple of winters, so he and a couple of his friends booked a series of snowboarding lessons at a place in Glasgow. The lessons are…

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Oh, the irony…

So, after yesterday’s incident, in which Terry left the front door open all night, prompting the police to pay us a visit in the early hours of the morning, I resorted to desperate measures to make sure the same thing…

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The Incident

(Coat, H&M; skirt, Topshop; sweater, Primark (c/o my parents); boots, Sam Edelman; watch Michael Kors (both c/o Shopbop)) On Friday 13th, I was woken in the early hours of the morning by the sound of Rubin barking. I opened one…

WTF

Photobombs

FASHUN BLOGGING = SO HARD, you guys! Witness:   In other news (which will be totally repeated news if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter: sorry!), yesterday morning we woke up to this: Well, actually we woke up in…

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Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year, everyone! I know I’m a little late to the party with my New Year post, but that’s actually quite fitting, as I was almost late to the ACTUAL party, too, having: a) Managed to use rollers in…

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The Days of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas, I dropped my iPhone while getting out of the car, and cracked the screen. On the third day of Christmas, I scorched my favourite skirt while trying to iron it. On the fourth day…

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White Christmas

(Dress, Closet; shoes, Kurt Geiger) Happy Christmas, everyone! War is over! Oh no, wait, wrong song… This year I was dreaming of a White Christmas, and by that I mean “a white dress”. Well, I wouldn’t have been talking about…

Skirt and Shoes

Happy Christmas Eve-Eve!

(Skirt, ASOS; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti c/o Shopbop; top, ancient, no idea) Wow, ever since I realised I have nothing to post about here any more, I’ve been posting a LOT, huh? I bet you’re all thinking, “God, I hope Amber’s…

The Claw is My Hand

Tea With the Queen

After yesterday’s post, in which I worried needlessly about what to wear to tea with the Queen – and in other, entirely fictional scenarios –  I spent far too much time thinking about it, and I figured maybe something like…

Forever Amber

Grandad Pants

(Grandad pants and cardigan, H&M; sweater, Zara; shoes, French Connection c/o Spartoo) Ever since I fell off the Dressember bandwagon, I’ve had absolutely no idea what else to write about here, so I’m just going to keep blogging my outfits,…

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Conversation Stopper

(Skirt, Primark; sweater, thrifted; shoes, Kurt Geiger c/o Idealo.co.uk) Yesterday I got my hair cut and… HOLD IT! STOP RIGHT THERE, you, with your finger poised upon the red cross at the top right of your browser. Yes, I see…

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Happy T-Day

It may just be December 15th to everyone else, but for us it will always be T-Day. Today is the 6th anniversary of Terry’s kidney transplant. Which means that even although it’s cold and miserable and wet outside, we have…

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They paved the parking lot, put up paradise

(Dress, Dorothy Perkins (sold out); Shoes, French Connection c/o Spartoo) Last summer, workmen dramatically tore down the old office building I used to work in, and started building a gigantic Primark in its place. It was kind of like the…

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The Red Shoes

DRESSEMBER, DAY, 11 Dress, Stop Staring; Shoes, Office, c/o. Idealo.co.uk Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of my first “date” with Terry. Of course, yesterday was also a work day, so we decided to do our celebrating on Sunday instead, with…

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Hurricane Amber

DRESSEMBER, Day 7 Dress, ASOS; scarf, H&M; shoes, Kurt Geiger c/o Idealo.co.uk)  So, are you all suitably impressed that I haven’t complained about the weather yet? Even although the OMGSNOW came last week, and on day one, all everyone could…

Black platform stilettos

Don’t follow leaders, watch your parking meters

DRESSEMBER, Day 7 Dress, Zara;  scarf, River Island; cardigan, Topshop; bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs (c/o Shopbop); shoes, New Look OK, so, after the blatant cheatiness of my first Dressember post,  and the lateness of my second, you will no…

OMGCupckaes

And now I will post photos of cupcakes

There comes a time in every blogger’s life when she suddenly feels the need to take a photo of a cupcake and put it on the internet. Apparently that time has now come for me: I am so sorry. And…

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Dressember: are you in?

This is what I’ve been wearing lately: (Skirt, Topshop; turtleneck, Primark; boots, River Island; enormous hair,  Amber’s own.) I mean, not this exact outfit EVERY day, obviously. I don’t have a wardrobe filled with seven identical green pencil skirts and…

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How to Make Money Blogging

A few quick tips to help you make money blogging… How to make money blogging: my tips One of the side-effects of blogging for a living is that, after a while, people start to assume that you know what you’re…

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Size Zero, my ass

This skirt is a UK size 6, which, for the benefit of my transatlantic readers, roughly corresponds to a US size 0: I say “roughly”.  The size charts will normally equate US0 to a UK4 (which is a largely mythical…

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A short rant about hemlines

You see this dress, readers? This dress is from the Topshop Tall collection. Yes, TALL. For women of 5″9 and above. I am not tall. In fact, I’m just a smidge under 5″4 (that “smidge” is important, by the way….

Forever Amber

The Worst Witch

When I was a little girl I was a big fan of The Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy. Anyone else read those? They were about a young girl called Mildred Hubble, who went to a school for witches (which…

Ghost in Glasses

Y’all from the city?

Folks, I’d like to introduce you to the new man in my life: It’s Terry, the slack jawed yokel! Handsome brute, isn’t he? Don’t you just LOVE his hat?   Weird thing, though… when I was editing these photos, I…

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Caught some grief from a fallin’ leaf

Caught some grief from a falling leaf As she tumbled down to the dirty ground Said I shoulda put her back there if I could But everyone needs a better day And I’m trying to find me a better way…

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Happy Halloween!

I know it’s not actually Halloween until tomorrow, but my mum just emailed me this photo of Rubin (he stayed with my parents’ last night while we were out partying: we’re heading off to pick him up soon!), and it…

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Minnie

I got me some new shoes. I’ll look a lot like Minnie Mouse in them (and, in fact, that’s their name: Minnie.) but I don’t care. I would actually try to justify these as part of a “Minnie Mouse” Halloween…

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The Haunting of Amber McNaught

As some of you know, I have something of an obsession with ghost stories and horror movies, and in the run up to Halloween, Terry and I have been immersing ourselves in some classic horror, courtesy of the Hitchcock back catalogue,…

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The Girl In the Yellow Skirt

(Skirt and body, ASOS, shoes, Christian Louboutin) In an effort to get myself back on the blogging bus, after my recent absences (aside: there should totally BE a “blogging bus”, shouldn’t there? It would be filled with macarons and Instagram…

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Rock n’ Roll

Well, hello, ’tis I, your  redheaded blogger-friend, who hasn’t actually updated her blog in WEEKS, but who still expects you all to be faithfully reading along, even although you probably unsubscribed weeks ago, and are only here now because I kept tweeting…

Welcome to Hollywood

Yes, folks, it’s the moment absolutely none of you have been waiting for: part two of the video of our California trip. Because, yes, our holiday videos come in different parts. Think of it as like the Halloween movies, only…

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Make that 73 dresses.

So, I already had this dress: And I love it. Love it. It’s a great dress. All swingy, and swirly, and most importantly, mustard, which is my current colour obsession. And in ponte fabric, which I really love, because it…

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72 Dresses (And nothing to wear)

A few weeks ago, Siel asked me how many dresses I have. I didn’t actually know the answer to that offhand, and I couldn’t count them because I was scared of what the answer would be at any given time…

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House of Hedgehogs

As those of you who follow me on Twitter already know, yesterday afternoon I was on my way to the kitchen when I happened to glance out of the front window just in time to see this guy wandering across…

RIP, red jeans!

The White Mark of Death

So, I continue to be a walking disaster area as far as my clothes are concerned. In fact, in the past two weeks, I have managed to totally destroy three pairs of jeans/trousers. They were my three favourite pairs, of…

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It’s the end of the world as we know it

Well, I’m gutted. Without R.E.M., my adolescence would have been different. Without Automatic for the People, I would never have known the joy of being a whiny, introspective emo kid, who shut herself into her bedroom all day to listen to music…

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Rubin would like to thank you…

… for voting for The Fashion Police in the Cosmo Blog Awards: Um, you DID vote, didn’t you? Because, if you didn’t, Rubin has created this “thank you” photo for nothing, and that will make him MAD. You won’t like…

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Vote, vote, vote…

Well, after what feels like an entire year’s worth of bad news for my blogging endeavours (See: having to take legal action against a copycat site, being relentlessly plagiarised by dozens of other websites, Google’s Panda update killing our traffic… I could go on),…

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Ten Years Ago Today

It was a rainy day in Majorca. Terry and I were on our first ever holiday together: a late break we’d been saving up for all year, and which we’d been enjoying every second of. As the holiday drew to…

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Forget Something?

Every Monday, Terry and I have dinner with my in-laws, and we normally take Rubin along with us. Last Monday was no exception, and, as it turned out, my brother-in-law and nephew were there  when we arrived, and my sister-in-law…

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LETTUCE: A Photo Story by Rubin

LETTIS!!!!  OMGLETTIS!!!!!!!!!  BRING IT!!!!!! OK, then, DON’T bring it. I’ll just bring ME to IT instead. If the lettis won’t come to the Rubinman, why, the Rubinman must go to the lettis. LETTTIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pray to the Mighty Lettis God….

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Rubin fashion from Topshop

Topshop call this a “polar bear” sweater: But it’s clearly a Rubinman, no? HOW VERY DARE THEY?! It’ll go nicely with one of those Rubin hats River Island seem to bring out every year, though: He is taking over the…

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Monday, Bloody Monday

On Monday morning, I woke up 7am, to the sound of Terry swearing and muttering to himself in the hall, and to a REALLY strong smell pervading the house. No, this isn’t an action replay of my last post: don’t…

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A Day of My Life in (Instagram) Pictures

Way back in the day, when this was all still fields and I used to “blog” over at Livejournal (only we didn’t call it “blogging” then – at least, not without the inverted commas – we just called it “journalling”….