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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…

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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”….

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Planes, Boats and Crop Tops

This weekend, I caught two separate people doing a McNaughty. I also had a really lovely day out with my family, so I’m going to show you the photos from that first, and then those of you who feel like listening to…

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Teddies on the Freeway

While I was in L.A. (Yeah, yeah, it’s another one of THOSE posts: just stick it out though and I’ll start talking about something NOT connected to my holiday, I promise) we were driving along the freeway one day, when…

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A Whistle-Stop Tour of L.A.

OK, I’m taking pity on you all. I realise I’ve tresspassed on your patience long enough now with all of my “lookit my holiday snaps!” posts, so I’ve pulled all of the remaining photos into one, giant, easily-ignored post, and…

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Official.

This arrived in the mail today. Bring it on, all you McNaughties out there… (P.S. This makes me officially a superhero now. Anyone know where to get good capes these days?)

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In Praise of Esther Williams Swimwear

You see this swimsuit, folks? This is my New Favourite Swimsuit. And I almost didn’t get it. Allow me to explain… You see, the swimsuit in question is by a company called Esther Williams. (Yes, named after THAT Esther Williams.)…

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Goodbye, Norma Jean…

While we were in LA, we found ourselves inadvertently walking in the footsteps of one of my biggest icons, Marilyn Monroe. I mean that literally: (I was all, “I’M Marilyn. No, I am! You be Jane Russell, mum…”) Hollywood Boulevard…

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Week In Photos

Sunday Sunday was probably the hottest day of the year, so, with the exception of this quick walk with the dog, we spent it inside, painting the office. Well, who wouldn’t want to spend a sunny day breathing paint fumes?…

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On the Road: Googleplex, Carmel and Big Sur

You know how every time I take a vacation, my body thinks, “Oh, great, Amber’s giving me some time off: I think I’ll fit in a quick illness?” and I spend the first few days of my trip coughing and…

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Thanks, Terry…

… for spending part of the weekend turning this: Into this: I owe you one several A LOT. I think the man deserves a round of applause, no? P.S. I’ve had a couple of questions now about the single shoe…

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The One Where I Dye My Hair Orange

The night before we left for California, I dyed my hair orange. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re all, “But her hair already IS orange? Should I say her hair is orange? Has she not noticed?” People, I mean…

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The Rock

Want to know the strangest thing about visiting Alcatraz? Right before you get on the boat, they make you stand in front of this giant photo of the island, and have your photo taken. Then, on the way back, they…

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The Dock of the Bay

Look! It’s the Golden Gate bridge, all tiny and far away! And it’s one of those, “I am taking this photo myself!” photos! And it’s obviously completely freezing! But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before we got here, to this…

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Flying By Numbers

(Dress, Bettie Page; Shoes, Zara (last season, out of stock) I’m back. And rather than get straight into the OMGDEPRESSION I feel at being back, I’m just going to go right back to the start of my trip, and systematically…

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Hollywood Hair

We made it to L.A., and we’re having far too much fun for me to find time to blog, so for the moment, let the record show that my hair is continuing its assault on my person, this time under…

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Snapshots of San Francisco

Well, we got to the West coast safe and (mostly) sound, and I have a few minutes to spare while I’m waiting for everyone to be ready for breakfast, so I thought I’d quickly show you some photos from my…

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California here we come

(I’ve been practising my holiday hairdo in readiness for the frizzbomb my hair is about to become for the next three weeks…) Well, guys, I think we’re ready to go. The bags are packed. The taxi has been ordered for…

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The Hair: A Horror Story

Back when I wrote this post (which was about that time I flashed everyone at the local garage, thanks to a strong gust of wind and a big-skirted dress, just in case you can’t be bothered clicking the link), some…

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Glossybox makes it all better*

(*Well, a little bit better, anyway…) In a bid to distract myself from all of the OMGSTRESS I’ve been posting about recently, here’s a post that I’d normally publish on Dollface, but which, as part of a super-secret experiment, and…

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“There Is the Temptation of Women Pictures”

Since we last talked: 1. This happened: The wind, it was frightening. It still is, actually. Just to make things even more interesting, the more the wind roared and howled, the more Rubin did likewise. Imagine the wind roaring, the…

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Volcanoes Hate Me

Hey, remember last summer, when a volcano in Iceland erupted right before I was due to fly to the States, all of the UK’s airspace was closed, and I spent the couple of weeks before my trip freaking the hell out…

The Story of My Life

Yes, it’s another post about people who copy my websites. Sorry, I’d be bored hearing about this by now too, but it really has become the over-riding theme of our lives at the moment, and it makes me so angry…

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Do you like scary movies?

I LOVE scary movies. They’re my favourite kind, in fact. Not gore movies, you understand. I’m not keen on blood and guts and all that kind of thing, but give me a creepy old house with a mysterious secret and…

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I Heart Zara (and stripey tops)

I know this will come as a surprise to no one, but seriously, I love Zara. I mean, look how nicely they pack even a small order: A box! I love boxes. And tissue paper! Tissue paper makes me feel…

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Three weeks and counting…

Well, folks, we’re getting scarily close to the final countdown on our trip to California. It’s not quite three weeks to go, but… almost. And to be completely honest with you, this has surprised the hell out of me. When…

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“ANOTHER pair of shoes?!”

This morning, as I was drinking my coffee and checking my email, there came a knock upon the door. There, on the doorstep, stood a delivery man clutching a parcel. “Another pair of shoes?” he asked, as I signed for…

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Castle Bagging

You know how some people like to “bag” Munros? Um, you probably don’t, do you? I think it’s a Scottish thing. Basically a Munro is a type of mountain: we have a whole bunch of them here, and people like…

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Random Rubinman

It’s been a horrendously stressful couple of weeks. This is the kind of thing that’s been helping us get through it: Well, that and the wine. Oh, and watching my parents and Terry slide down Arthur’s Seat on their butts…

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Saving the world, brb.

Recent events (inlcuding being threatened with police action for writing a blog post) are somewhat monopolising my time right now, so blogging here may be light. Or, you know, non-existent. Hope you’ll all stick around until the dust settles…

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California Dreaming, on such a winter’s day…

In just over two month’s time, I’m going to be here: A few days later, I’ll be here: I’ll possibly take a trip back here: And I’ll definitely be taking a trip (or, you know, ten) here: I am so…

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A Lesson to Children Everywhere

When I was a little girl, my parents took me to see E.T. at the cinema. It was a rather traumatic experience for my young self. Oh, don’t get me wrong: I LOVED the film. I mean, a little wrinkly…

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Dear Fairies…

I’ll be spending a chunk of this afternoon at the dentist’s, so today seemed as good a time as any to show you this letter, which my mum came across earlier this week, along with some other missives written by…

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Friend Friday: Beauty Products

  (So, I haven’t been Frocking lately, as some of you have noticed. I’ve been mostly Skirting instead. Honestly, I’m just totally sick to death of my winter wardrobe by this point of the year, and the skirts didn’t get…

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Serving Suggestion

Well, folks, last night, as I’m sure you know, was the night of The Oscars, which means I’ve been up all night drinking coffee and playing celebrity blogging monkey over at The Fashion Police, so I’m now feeling ever so-slightly…

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Another Amber Impersonator Uncovered

Remember the time someone impersonated me on a forum? Or the time someone impersonated me on a social network? (Let’s not even mention all those times I’ve popped up modelling shoes and makeup on other people’s eBay accounts. Whoops, just…

Royal Fail: 100% failure rate in 2011 so far

Remember last year, when Royal Fail held about 15 of my parcels hostage and refused to allow me to collect them? And took six weeks to deliver some of them? And LOST one of them? I thought it couldn’t get…

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Frocking/Friend Friday: Body Image

The Frocking: (Dress, ASOS (obviously); shoes, Christian Louboutin. Worn on a Valentine’s dinner date with Terry. The shoes were the first to be rescued in my Shoe Challenge, hence the numbers at the bottom of the image…) The Friend Friday-ing:…

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Frocking Friday #5: Rudolph the Red Nosed Blogger

  (Dress, Dorothy Perkins, Shoes, Nine West) So, I wasn’t going to bother with Frocking Friday this week. You see, that lurgy I was complaining about earlier this week still hasn’t quite released me from its grips (I slept with…

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I got me another lurgy. Looks like 2011 is planning to proceed on a “one lurgy per month” basis. (Hey, I could totally make that a new feature of the blog: Lurgy of the Month. Do you love it? No? Oh.)…

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Frocking Friday # 4: Rinse & Repeat

(Dress, ASOS; Shoes, Dune) Because I am a shameless outfit repeater, last weekend I wore this black ASOS dress again. (I also used my super-powers to turn the whole world black and white, except my shoes. Yes, I can do…

Friend Friday: Blogger Mechanics*

(*This title totally made me think of lots of little men in overalls running around inside my blog and going, “Well, we can fix it, love… but it’s going to cost you..”.) 1. What technology do you use in blogging?…

Attention all frockers!

Just a very quick post to let those of you who’re following me because of Frocking Friday/Dressember/dresses and fashion in general, that The Frockery, which is a fabulous source of online vintage, is running an eco fashion challenge this February,…

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Sandra The Great

When we were on holiday in December, we had the greatest maid in all the land. Her name was Sandra, and I wanted to take her home with me. (OK, full disclosure: it turned out that her name wasn’t Sandra…

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Frocking Friday # 3: McNautical

(Dress, George at Asda; cardigan, Miss Selfridge; belt, gifted; boots, Dorothy Perkins) Folks, I have a confession to make, and I’m just going to get it out of the way, so we can all move on with our lives. These…

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Great job, Royal Fail…

Posted on November 16th, just turned up this morning, without so much as an “Oh, hey, sorry we’ve been holding your mail hostage for the past two months!” (And yes, it was posted in Canada, but as soon as it…

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Totally gratuitous photos of my new shoes

So, my Shoe Challenge ends next Wednesday (not that I’ve been counting down the days until it’s over, you understand…), but I’ve not exactly been making it easy on myself, because despite promising myself I wouldn’t buy any more shoes…

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Pot Luck

It’s been a while since I last whined wrote about my old nemesis, the OMGSNOW, and that’s because, as luck would have it, we’ve been experiencing non-stop rain for the past week or so, which has washed all of the…

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Frocking Friday # 1: Portobello

  (Dress, BB Dakota; boots, Topshop) So, it’s the first ever Frocking Friday, which means the first of 52 dresses in 2011. Everyone up for it? I’m just going to pretend you all said “yes” to that. It’s OK, don’t…

Video: Tenerife 2010

  Well, 2011 has come in like a lion, which is a bit weird, really, because that’s supposed to be March’s job. I wonder what March will come in like now that January’s stolen its thunder? (Or its, er, lion,…

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Dressember Day 31: Happy New Year!

(Dress: Vintage Allure, Christmas gift from my parents) This dress is called “Ethel”, but I will forever think of it as “Roisin”, because it was lovely Roisin who introduced me to Vintage Allure in general, and to the Ethel dress in…

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Dressember Day 28: Secret 70th

(I absolutely hate these photos of myself, so I took them down. I seriously have no idea how daily style bloggers cope, because no matter how much time I allow myself for getting ready, I always end up running around…

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Dressember Day 27: Ol’ Curly

(Dress, ASOS (obviously); shoes, Christian Louboutin) I actually wasn’t going to bother posting these photos because as well as the Christmas season stealing all my readers, the horrible light inside the house at this time of year means that this…

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Dressember Day 26: Skirting the Issue

(Skirt-that-used-to-be-a-dress, eBay; sweater, Mango; boots, River Island) First, the outfit shots: Now, I know this isa skirt and sweater rather than an actual dress, but in my defence, skirts ARE allowed under the Dressember rules, and this one did actually begin…

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Dressember Day 25: Christmas Day

(Dress, ASOS; boots, River Island; cardigan, used to belong to my friend Stephanie, but I asked to borrow it so many times she finally told me just to keep it. Thanks, Steph!) “Christmas Day”. I think that has to be…

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Dressember Day 24: The Night Before Christmas

  (Dress, ASOS; Shoes, Faith) Well, it’s Christmas Eve, and here in the Forever Amber household, ASOS Week continues with this black dress which none of you will ever, ever see, because you all have better things to do on…

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Dressember Day 22: Back to Reality

(Dress, ASOS.com; boots, River Island) Well, as you can see from the snowy backdrop, we did make it back home safely last night, although, us being us, I wouldn’t exactly say we managed it smoothly… The first stage of the…

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Dressember Day 17: Bow Time

(Dress, Zara; shoes, eBay) Yes, yes, I know: I’ve worn my hair in exactly the same way almost every day since I’ve been here. In fact, they’ve stopped calling me “Sailor Amber” and are now calling me “Girl With Only…

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Dressember Day 16: Gone With the Wind

(Dress, PinUp Couture; Shoes, River Island) Well, the wonderful weather we’ve been having broke dramatically last night, with a storm which whipped up just as we took these photos, thus explaining my more-than-usually-gormless expression, plus the fact that I look…

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Dressember Day 14: Green & Gold

(Dress and shoes: both eBay) This is one of my favourite dresses, so I’m afraid I may have taken quite a few photos of it… I’m also afraid to say I’m just going to post them all, because, well, it’s…

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Dressember Day 13: Daylight!

(Dress, George via eBay; shoes, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa) OMG! A photo that wasn’t taken at night, on the hotel balcony! Well, I didn’t want you to think we were secretly vampires or something… This dress actually has something of…

Two Weeks

December 26th, 2003. I always describe it as the worst day of my life so far. It’s the uncertainty that gets you, isn’t it? Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can start to find a way to deal…

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Dressember Day 12: Anniversary

(Dress, eBay; shoes, Zara) First of all,I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who left comments on my last couple of posts: the internet connection here isn’t letting me do much more than hop on every…

Fear and Vomiting in Las Vegas

(Another post written in advance. As I’ve written these, I’ve become more and more convinced that the act of writing advance posts talking about anniversaries is a surefire way of tempting fate, and that, by the time you read this,…

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Ten

I’ve written this post in advance, so think of me today as a kind of ghostly voice from the past, if you will. (Aside: every time I schedule posts in advance for this site, I always worry about what will…

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Dressember Day 9: All That Glitters

(Dress, Mango; Shoes, eBay) OK, so I may have banned any more Zara purchases, but no one said anything about Mango, did they? Yesterday we went for a walk around town (in absolutely glorious, hot sunshine, I might add), and…

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Dressember Day 8: Earning My Stripes

(Dress: Topshop; Shoes: Zara) Well, as you can tell from the fact that I’m updating here, we did finally make it to Tenerife, albeit with a bit of a delay and a whole lot of chaos at the airport. The…

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Dressember Day 6: Going Postal

(I know it doesn’t look like it, but this is a dress: or ar least, it was described as a “dress” on the Topshop website, and when I bought it, last year, I saw several teenagers at the local mall…

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Dressember Day 4: Another day, another drama

(Dress, ASOS; shoes, Matalan; brooch and belt, absolutely no idea. Will have to add a cardigan too – even three-quarter length sleeves are too chilly for me in the winter!) So, you know how I’ve spent the last week desperately…

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Dressember Day 3: My Hero

(Dress: Pinup Couture; Shoes: Faith. I’m not going anywhere so I figured I may as well dress for dinner…) You see this dress, readers? This dress is a hero. I ordered it one Monday afternoon, from a company based in…

Friend Friday: Quittin’ Time

My Dressember Day 3 post is coming soon, and so is a massive rant, just to warn you. In the meantime, here’s this week’s   Friend Friday, which is on the subject of blogging, and knowing when to quit… 1. How many hours…

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Dressember Day 2: Please Mr Postman

(Dress: Dorothy Perkins; Boots: River Island) Yesterday I showed you the omgsnow at the front of our house, so today I figured I may as well show you the slightly less dramatic view at the back. With these two shots,…