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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,…

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Dressember Day 1: Terry’s Invisible Spear

I had to laugh when I downloaded these photos off the camera: I actually wore this dress, and photographed it against the snow, earlier this year, so it’s Day 1 of Dressember and I’m already repeating myself! I guess this…

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Snow My God!

I know you’re all sitting on the edges of your seats right now, thinking, “OMG, I wonder how on earth Amber is coping with the First Snowfall The World Has Known, Ever!” so let the record show that: 1. Amber…

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“But it’s SO pretty!”

Our plans for the weekend? Cancelled. Because of the OMGSNOW. Our grocery delivery today? Cancelled. Because of the OMGSNOW. (So no food for us then, kids!) Terry’s transplant checkup tomorrow? Cancelled. Because of the OMGSNOW. Some flights going out of…

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Going Commando

So, this happened: And this, my friends, is why I leave the country every December, if it’s humanly possible. “Imagine if we weren’t going on holiday soon!” I said to Terry last night, as we watched a couple of cars…

Night of the Living Crabs

It happened again. It’s the early hours of the morning, and I wake up suddenly to find a huge piece of machinery standing next to the bed: I have only a vague impression of what it looks like, but from…

Friend Friday: Blogger Copying

This week’s Friend Friday is about blogger copying, and as regular readers will even now be realising with a sinking heart, this is a subject I’ve come up against time and time again, both as a pro-blogger, and as a…

Friend Friday: Blogger Self-Promotion

Remember when I used to do the Friday Five every week some weeks? To be honest, I barely remember it myself, for it was a long, long time ago (I can still remember how those questions used to make me…

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Dreaming of December…

… because in December I’m going to be back here: Tenerife, Canary Islands. I’m up in the mountains at the time, which is why I look so omgfreezing. I’d also just had the flu, thus ruining most of the first…

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Friday Photos: Off the Rails

Just a few photos to round off the week… We discovered this little “abandoned” railway station a couple of weeks ago while we were out walking with my parents, and I made a mental note to come back and take…

Meeting the Mouse

So, picture it: it’s late last night, I’ve just finished up work, and am clearing the day’s debris from my desk before going to bed. This done, I head downstairs to put the aforementioned debris in the bin, which lives…

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A Clarification, by Rubinman

A guest post, by Rubinman…. OK. I wasn’t going to say anything, because I didn’t really think it was my bizniss, but here’s the thing: Amber tells lies. Yes, she does. I mean, she’s not actually some red haired “blogger”…

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Boxwatch 2010: Boxing Clever

In the comments on my last post, Katri said she’d been hoping for an update on The Box, and, well, that’s really all the encouragement I need, so without further ado: (Rubin: “I know I normally come running every time I see…

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Baby You Can Drive My Car

So, it turns out that the Box O’Doom isn’t the only thing Terry has been hoarding lately. You see, a couple of weeks ago, we bought a new TV cabinet. I know, it’s a rock n’ roll lifestyle we lead, to…

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Boxwatch 2010

Folks, this box set up residence in my living room approximately 4 weeks ago: It’s still there. It arrived containing a part for Terry’s car, which, bizarrely enough, was contained inside a much smaller box, which was inside this one….

Sleep Talk and Teeth

One of the most unexpected side-effects of the Invisalign treatment I’ve been having has been a dramatic increase in the number of “OMG, my teeth are all falling out!” nightmares I usually have: in fact, I’ve gone from maybe one…

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Queen of the Stone Age

“I die!” (Shoe Challenge # 51, for Shoeperwoman.com) Remember those sheep I became friends with this summer? Well, they weren’t the only surprise this town had in store for me. In fact, just a few days later, I was out…

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Me in SHE, on how to make money from blogging

A few weeks ago I did an email interview with SHE magazine on making money from blogging. I spent a bit of time answering questions on the topic, and here’s the article! OK, so they distilled my predictably long, rambling…

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Pick My Next Little Black Dress

So, waaay the hell back at the start of this year, Shoeperwoman.com won a blog competition, and the prize was a Karen Millen gift card. This was tremendously exciting to me, obviously (in fact, if you heard a faint, but…

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Kid Fears

If you’re a longtime reader, or are one of my parents, you will already know much, much more than you ever wanted to about my main phobias: crustaceans, people rubbing their feet together while wearing socks, being beheaded… you know…

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Back to the Asylum

Terry actually took these photos for one of my Shoeper Shoe Challenges today, but, as usual, he took about eleventy-one shots, so I thought I may as well offload them here, so someone can use them to advertise their second-hand…

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Packing Away the Summer

On Sunday, I decided that, after a beautiful, warm September, I could ignore the truth no longer: winter was upon us, and it was time to conduct the Great Wardrobe Switchover for the second time this year. Now, I know…

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Why I Should Never Shop Alone:

I go out to buy cheap trousers, I come back with Louboutins. And this is why I’m not allowed to go shopping any more. (In my defence, they were heavily discounted.) (And I’ve wanted them forever.) (And there was only…

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Fighting A Losing Battle

A quick snapshot of my Formspring account: This last person, by the way, followed the Formspring question up with no less than three comments on the blog itself, all in the space of ten minutes, and all asking about “sheeping”…

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Seven Random Facts

Lovely Roisin  (whose blog you should totally be reading, by the way) nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger Award last week, and because there’s apparently no limit to the trivia I can divulge about myself on the Internet, I am…

That One Time I Tried To Ride a Rollercoaster

Bucket List With a Twist

A while back, Terry and I watched The Bucket List. Man, I hated that movie. Not because it’s a bad movie, I hasten to add: I just generally try to avoid watching sad movies because, well, they’re sad. And they make…

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The Sheep Whisperer

So, a few days after my misadventure with the sheep, I headed back to the scene of the crime: only this time, I took reinforcements, in the shape of Terry and Rubin. By this point, I had found out a…

The Comfort of Strangers

On Tuesday, Terry and I decided it was time to re-introduce Rubin to the outside world, by resuming his daily walk, which we’d temporarily halted after The Episode, thinking it might be best to try and keep him quiet for…

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The One Where Rubin Goes to the V-E-T

Last time, on ‘Oh My Holy Hell, Will Amber Ever Learn to Write Concisely?': 1. I had gone to the optician to find out whether or not I had a brain tumour 2. Terry had gone to visit a friend 3. Rubin…

Bedtime in the Forever Amber household

So, on Friday night Terry and I are getting ready for bed. I come out of the bathroom, only to find Terry standing at the bedroom window, scanning the street, and sniffing the air like a bloodhound. “Someone in the…

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Weird Email of the Week: Miss I-Was-Fat-Forever

During my break from personal blogging, it saddens me to report that people haven’t gotten any better at telling the difference between me and Joan Rivers. The E! channel’s Fashion Police show is currently back on the air, which means that every morning I wake…

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Taking the Long Way Around

So, I decided to start running outdoors again. Yeah, I know: been there, done that, got the washed-out Nike t-shirt (actually it’s a tank top, but whatever) to prove it. If you’ve been reading this blog since God was a teenager,…

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Back From the Blogging Brink

So, this is awkward, isn’t it? I mean, it’s been so long: we’ve lost touch, drifted apart. Some of you have probably changed your names and taken on new identities so you don’t have to pretend to read this site…

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Friday Photo: Best Joke Ever

Rubin and I just heard the best joke ever: We’re totally not going to tell you what it was though. Sorry. Today I decided, in my infinite wisdom, that I would start up a Tumblr. Well, all the cool kids…

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OK, let’s get this over with…

(I am never so happy as I am when I’m on holiday…) Whoops, by going on holiday, I’ve gone and lost all my readers again. For those of you still grimly hanging on in there a) thank you! and b)…

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Homecoming

Well, folks, I brought an unexpected souvenir back from Florida: a heavy cold, which arrived the day before we left and gleefully packed its bags and hopped along with me for the plane ride home this morning/yesterday/whenever the hell that…

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High Tea at the Grand Floridian

I’ve actually already posted some of these over at Shoeperwoman, but on the off-chance that there’s anyone still reading over here, too, here are some photos from our High Tea at the Grand Floridian, which is something I highly recommend doing…

Whoops, I did it again…

I know this is essentially an action replay of my holiday LAST year, but oh look, Neiman Marcus had a sale on! Uh-oh. Minutes after buying these, I tried to buy a cheap dress in Forever 21, and … my…

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Palm Beach, pools and shoes

I know the US government won’t let me live here for more than a few weeks at a time (probably wise of them, all things considered), but if they ever want to change their minds on that, I now know…

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Coming Home

Well, folks, we made it. And having only been in the States for about five hours, I’d already bought myself a Zac Posen for Target dress, which I think has to be a personal best for me in the shopping…

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THE FEAR

Remember when I said I was so relieved to be able to go on holiday despite the best efforts of the ash cloud, that I wasn’t even feeling a smidgen of my usual fear of flying? That was before I…

Three sleeps to go!

Three sleeps to go, people! Three! And you know the one good thing about this whole Ash Cloud O’Doom extravaganza? It means that I’ll be so relieved to be getting on that plane on Saturday morning that I haven’t even…

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Under a Dark Cloud

Here’s what happened last night: It’s not frost, it’s SNOW. This was taken at 6am, when Rubin woke us up with his patented “Yapping at 6am for no reason whatsoever” manoeuvre. By the time we actually got up, it had…

Return of The Panic

Phones. I hate ‘em. I know I don’t have to explain this to any regular readers, but for those just joining us, I am phone phobic in the extreme, and will go to any lengths to avoid making or receiving phone calls –…

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Anyone for pizza?

Just a quick photo from the weekend, when we went bowling with some friends, and then headed back to theirs to work our way through this bad boy, which filled up the entire boot (trunk) of Mhairi’s car: My favourite part of…

I can’t wait to see the Google hits this one gets me…

Foot fetishists. They’re everywhere, aren’t they? And by “everywhere” I mean “they’re on eBay”. In large numbers, apparently. Last week I decided to sell some shoes, you see. (I know! Me getting RID of shoes rather than acquiring them: who’da…

Things That Should Not Happen

1.  Pre-school age children should not be handed the car keys and invited to treat the vehicle as a giant toy. Cars are not toys. 2. Car horns should not be leant on for five minutes at a time. 3….

Ask Amber: The Trouble With Shopping

Readers, a question has flooded in! Well, a problem, really. For me to solve. This is awesome. Maybe after this I’ll at last fulfill my dream of having my own problem page in a magazine or something? It could be…

You know you’re a blogger when…

Terry: Last night I had a nightmare. I dreamt we were in a car crash. The car rolled over onto its roof, and I was trapped inside it… Me: Wow, that must have been scary! Terry: And then you got…

She sells seashells by the sea shore

If you know me in Real Life (as opposed to this fake, imaginary life we all have on the internets), you may want to prepare yourself for the fact that next time you meet me, I’ll be speaking a little…

The One With the Cyclist

So, I’m out walking Rubin. I’m NOT wearing a dress, you’ll be pleased to know, and neither is he. He is, however, wearing his leash, and because it’s one of those extendable ones, and Rubin likes to be as far away from…

Never Knowingly Underdressed

Things you don’t want to hear from your husband: “Seriously, you are NOT going out in that, are you?” To be fair to him, I was planning to walk the dog in a dress. (Me, I mean. Not the dog….

When the blogging gets tough, the bloggers write lists

Because I am lazy, here is a quick summary of some things I’ve done in the last week, in a handy list format. You’re welcome! 1. Rendered myself unable to walk, courtesy of the elliptical machine at the gym Having…

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Beach Birthday

Mt Flickr Pro account expired a couple of weeks ago, and I’m too mean to pay to renew it right now, so I’m afraid that means some of the photos I would normally have posted there are getting stuck here…

The Mystery in the Mail

So, yesterday morning I was sitting at my desk, working away when there was a knock on the door. It was the postman, and the postman was delivering one of those cards that say, “Oh, hey, we have a mystery…

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Firefighting

Yesterday afternoon, after a hard morning’s shopping,  Terry I decided to go to our favourite local restaurant for lunch. Well, we got there, sat down and the waitress took our order. Everything was just peachy. In the middle of the…

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Happy Easter!

I couldn’t find a bunny, so here are some photos of a big bad WOLF instead: As you can see, the snow has melted, but it’s still very, very muddy. Especially in the region of Rubin’s belly. I’ve taken a…

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Oh. My. God.

(Taken just a few minutes ago: excuse the dark photo, it’s, er, nighttime.) NO. Nonononono. NO. It’s almost APRIL. It’s SPRING. Actually, as of Sunday morning, when Daylight Savings Time started in the UK, British SUMMER time has officially begun….

Amber’s Adventures in Invisalign: Part 1

A couple of people on Twitter have asked me about the Invisalign clear brace I mentioned a few weeks ago, and as yesterday was The Big Day, i.e. the day I got my first brace, I thought now was the…

Help Wanted

I’ve been a bad blogger this week. Worse than usual, I mean. This time, though, I have a very slightly better excuse than usual. No, really, I do. You see, at the end of May this year, I’m taking my…

Weird Email of the Week: Where’s PETER?

—–Original Message—– From: Peter’s #1 Fan Sent: 09 March 2010 04:48 To: Magic Amber Subject: peter   Where is PETER???  we want peter backl Peter had knowledge and opinions that mattered. Joan is funny, the others are boring  and bland….

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Mirror, mirror on the wall…

I HAD planned a completely different post for today, and man, it would’ve been brilliant! But I’ve woken up feeling like someone tried to drug me in my sleep, so all you get is a photo of the new hat…

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Papped! By Google Streetview!

Terry and I appear no less than four times in the Google Streetview for our area, which finally went live yesterday. This is the best one: Weirdly, they face-blurred me, but not Terry. Let’s not think too hard about why…

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My Life in Fashion, Part 2

(The masochistic among you will find Part 1 of this story here.) When we left our heroine, she was floundering in the stormy sea of “grunge”, wearing Doc Marten boots and a selection of baggy, unflattering clothes, and totally failing…

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My Life In Fashion, Part 1

From Formspring: How did your personal style evolve throughout your life? Contrary to popular belief, I was not born wearing Louboutins and shouting “Bring me a green dress! With a bow! And some stripes! Also: dots! Bring me dots!” Quite…

Recurring Nightmare

Two questions from Formspring: Would you ever go back to working as a journalist again or do you love being a blogger? Do you love your job? It is so different from ‘normal’ jobs. At least once a week, sometimes…

Things the Dentist Did

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see the dentist. It was really awful, actually. I had to get up really early, and sit in rush hour traffic for an hour, and not even for the sake of something…

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Rubinman Strikes Again

Yesterday afternoon, Terry was out with his friends so I decided to take myself off for a quick spot of shopping. Because that’s what I do when I’m left to my own devices, obviously. (I also apparently buy a whole bunch of…

Formspring Friday: Your questions answered!

I WAS actually joking when I mentioned “Formspring Friday” last week, but I’ve started to get a few repeat questions over there, which made me realise that some people might not realise I was answering some of the questions on…

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I Do Not Live In London

A question from Formspring: Do you ever feel that your business is more difficult not living in London? Other than “I am not a shop”, the phrase I use most often on a day-to-day basis is “I do not live in…

Changing Rooms

For the last year or two (or seven), I’ve desperately wanted to move house. The problem with that, though… well, actually, there are LOTS of problems with that, but the main one is that we just can’t afford it right…

How I Met My Husband

I had two questions on Formspring about how Terry and I met, so I decided to answer those first : How did you and Terry meet and fall in love? How did you and your husband meet? You seem like a perfect couple –…

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Ask Me Anything…

So, in common with pretty much everyone else on Twitter, I joined Formspring, which is a site where people ask each other questions and, er, answer them. I was actually a bit wary about this. I tried something similar a…

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I am a winner!

I know the image above is actually pretty hilarious given that I recently went out in public wearing two different boots, but allow me to bask for a moment in the reflected glory of The Fashion Police, which has just been…

The Morning After

Low battery, may fall asleep at any second

Hey, remember that time the low battery warning on our carbon monoxide detector started frantically PEEPING in the middle of the night, and we couldn’t work out whether it was the friendly “Hey-diddly-ho, neighbour, my batteries are staring to run…

OMG! OMG! Sunglasses update!

THEY WERE HANDED IN TO DOROTHY PERKINS! I am amazed! And happy! Something I lost… has been found! And so has my faith in humanity, because I seriously thought that if someone found them, they would either keep them or stick…