posts archive

featured

Living Room Refresh | After(ish)

Last week, while fighting off a lurgy and freaking out ever-so-slightly at the state of the house, we finished painting the brown wall in our living room green. You all knew we’d paint that wall green, didn’t you? I mean, what other…

Boden Holland Park Coat & Phillip Lim Pashli bag

A Pop of Red

I feel like I’ve waited months to wear this coat… er, probably because I HAVE waited months to wear it, now I come to think of it. I bought it back in May, thinking that, as it’s fairly lightweight, I’d…

blogging-copyright

Blogging and Copyright | The Basics

I’ve written pretty exhaustively in the past about the issue of copyright, and why it’s a good idea not to steal other people’s words, images, identities, blog names, registered business names… the list goes on. (And on, and on, and…

Birchbox October 2014

Birchbox | October 2014

I’ve had my October Birchbox for well over a week now, but… There’s only so many times I can mention the chaos that is my home right now, isn’t there? I think I’ve reached that limit, so moving on… October,…

morning coffee

Morning Coffee

Remember when I told you all about my lazy Saturday mornings, and how I love them? Well, last week I got a new computer, which means that my laptop (which was previously “tethered” to my monitor, being used basically as…

autumn in the country featured image

Country Casual

“MORE horses, Amber?” I hear you say.  “What is this: ‘My Friend Flicka’ or something?” (Fun fact: ‘Flicka’ was the name of my imaginary horse when I was a child.) (Slightly disturbing fact: I had an imaginary horse when I…

Living room refresh

Living Room Refresh | Before

We painted the living room last night. I dunno… we’d just gotten rid of the huge hole (and associated mess) in the hall, and had the new flooring installed to cover it… I guess we just thought there wasn’t quite…

acrylic makeup storage from Muji

Muji 5 drawer acrylic makeup storage

Meet my Mujis, everyone! Wait: that sounded a bit weird, didn’t it? OK, let’s start again… Remember when I showed you my snazzy new Ikea storage box, which I’m using for my skincare and nail polish? I mentioned in that post…

powder room renovation

Powder Room Project | Before

When we moved into this house last August, I remember telling Terry I was going to make a point of going around and meticulously photographing every single room, so that all of the changes we made would be documented, and…

Forever Amber: UK fashion and lifestyle blog

Inadvertently Ask Amber

 long, long time ago (I can still remember how that music used to make me smile), I used to run an occasional feature called ‘Inadvertently Ask Amber‘, in which I answered the questions people inadvertently ask me by typing them…

the trouble with working from home

The Trouble With Working from Home

I love working from home: I honestly wouldn’t change it for all the shoes in the world. The trouble with working from home, however, is that when your home is also your office, any problems with your house will have…

OMFG

My Hall Looks Like This Now

There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that two out of my three bathrooms are now back in working order. And as a wise man once said, two outta three ain’t bad. The bad news, however,…

casual autumn outfit

Window of Opportunity

  I liked this jacket so much I bought it in two colours: this bottle green and the tan version that’s still available. Yeah, I know: I went a bit crazy with the ol’ biker jackets this season, huh? Those…

outfit post featuring blue jeans and pink sweater

What I Wore to Go Kitchen Shopping

Now that we know the insurance company will be covering the tedious repairs to the blocked drain under our house  (Which we still don’t have a date for, by the way. There was some talk of the fire-breathing dragon perhaps being…

best budget eyeliner

The Best Budget Eyeliner

The best budget eyeliner – in my opinion, at least – is Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner. I just re-purchased this in both Jet Black and Sable Brown: I wouldn’t say they’re an exact dupe for my holy grail…

Topshop polka dot midi skirt

Sunshine and Showers

The curse hit again. It had been gloriously sunny all morning. Windy, true, but then again, it’s ALWAYS windy, and at least it was sunny and dry, and not too cold: almost perfect outfit-photo weather.  (I say “almost”: I would…

blog like nobody's following

Blog Like Nobody’s Following

A few weeks ago, I got out the pile of old paper journals I kept from when I was 11 years old until … well, until I started blogging, basically. I’d had some vague ideas about going through them, and…

chambray shirt and stripe skirt

I Copied This Outfit from Pinterest

All credit/blame for this outfit has to go to Pinterest. I was browsing the site with my morning coffee (as you do), and I noticed the same outfit kept coming up. Not EXACTLY the same outfit, you understand: there were…

new couch

Reading / Trying / Watching / Buying

Every single time I write one of these monthly roundup posts, I have to fight the urge to mention how amazed I am by how quickly the month has flown by. Rather than bang on about my continued astonishment at the completely…

cherry print dress

Miss Cherry Pie

I think at this point we should probably all take a moment to stop whatever we’re doing and give September a standing ovation. September, you’ve been AWESOME. And, I mean, I know you’re not quite over yet, which means you…

BloG Design Tips for beginners

Blog Design Tips for Beginners

Want to see something funny? It’s my first-ever blog template (or a version of it, anyway: I couldn’t find the VERY first incarnation, but it looked much like this, with a few small differences): a Typepad theme, heavily customised by…

1

A Whiter Shade of Pale

Well, guess which song YOU’RE going to have stuck in your head all day now, huh? My gift to you, people: you’re welcome. And before you hate me too much, know that I wrote this post yesterday, and that I,…

scary gnome

Another Gnome

So, my parents admitted to planting the three gnomes which mysteriously appeared in our garden last week. Not only did they deliver the gnomes, however, my dad actually CLIMBED OVER OUR FENCE in order to leave them there. Apparently they thought…

featured

In The Line of Duty

I really hope you enjoy these photos, fair readers, because you see that skirt? That huge, yellow skirt? That skirt is probably the biggest one I own, in terms of sheer amount of fabric. Seriously, you should see me trying…

D70_7691

The Trouble With Flats

  Remember when I said I’d never wear flats, like, EVER, EVER again? EVER? You all got that I was just kidding myself, didn’t you? The the thing is, I DO actually like flats, and this year I’ve been wearing…

french beauty and liefstyle box

My Little Parisienne Box

Remember the French lifestyle box I showed you a few weeks ago? The company behind it, My Little Box, has now launched in the UK, and were kind enough to send me their latest box to try. This is the…

vote x only once

Vote (X) Only Once

I’ve reached the point where it feels weird not to mention the Referendum. Actually, I’ll be honest: it’s felt weird for MONTHS now. The truth is, although this is, for the most part, a light-hearted look at my life through…

mystery garden gnomes

There’s No Place Like Gnome

Remember the saga of The Ducks? For those of you who can’t be bothered clicking that link: a couple of years ago, while we were on holiday in Florida, rubber ducks started appearing in the bathroom I was using. I’d…

autumn outfits

Autumn Outfits from the Archives

NEW LOOK JACKET // H&M TROUSERS // CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SHOES [Original post] Taking photos of your outfits is undoubtedly strange (Like, really, REALLY strange sometimes…) but there’s no denying it can also be useful from time to time. Last week,…

D70_6994

HD Brows: Before and After at The Retreat, Linlithgow

HD Brows Review at The Retreat, Linlithgow It’s a far, far braver thing I do today than I have ever done before, people: I’m posting close-up photos of my eyebrows. Untweezed. Un made-up. All natural eyebrows, in da house. Gulp. Before…

Something Like Summertime

Something Like Summertime

When I pulled this skirt out of the shipping bag, I immediately proclaimed it to be The Best Skirt I’d Ever Owned. “Isn’t it basically the SAME skirt you’ve ALWAYS owned?” asked Terry, betraying a really quite shocking lack of…

zara-trench-coat2

Rainy Days and Mondays

First of all, can I just say how happy I am to finally have a legitimate excuse to use ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’ as a post title? And OK, these  photos weren’t actually TAKEN on a Monday, but they ARE…

circle of shoes

How I Became a Professional Blogger | Part 2

So! In Part 1 of ‘Amber Really Needs to Learn to Edit’, a.k.a. ‘How I Became a Professional Blogger‘, I told the incredibly long story of my first online venture, and how it crashed and burned. Rather than putting me…

cherry cupcake

Coffee & Cake

I give you fair warning, readers: this post is basically just cake porn. There are worse things in the world, though, right? This week, the weather randomly decided to suck a little less than it usually does at this time…

Untitled-1

A change is as good as a rest

So, this outfit is a bit of a departure for me, I know. And even although it’s really just a basic jeans/shirt/leather jacket combo, which is the kind of thing tons of people wear every day, I’m a bit nervous about posting…

ELF lip lock pencil

Reading / Trying / Watching / Buying

“Hey,  Amber! Where’s your monthly roundup, in which you routinely bore us with news of what you’ve been reading, trying, watching and buying?” I hear you all cry? Well, your wish is my command! This month I’ve been… We Are…

10-random-facts

10 Random Facts

I’ve been blogging for such a long time now that I don’t normally take part in any of the “list random facts about yourself” memes that are always floating around the internet,  purely because I’ve done quite a few of them now,…

how I became a professional blogger

How I Became a Professional Blogger | Part 1

In the very first post of my blogging tips series, Gillian asked me if I’d share the story of how I became a professional blogger, and because I love talking about myself  my last couple of posts in this series…

Rubiman, the amazing bichon frise

Pawsome: absolutely Pawsome

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shown you a beauty box and a lifestyle box. It’s only fair that I show you a doggie box too, isn’t it? Wait, wait: lower your expectations here, folks, it’s NOT a box full…

ASOS wiggle dress

Last of the Wiggle Dresses

Well, after a couple of weeks of me sulking around the house and declaring that summer was, like, SO LAST SEASON, the sun decided to grace us with its presence again this week, and I SHOULD THINK SO TOO, AUGUST. It…

Untitled-1

OUTFIT | Trashy Diva turquoise florals

OK, so this whole “constant cardigan” thing is just starting to get embarrassing now, isn’t it? I mean, you know how some fashion bloggers do features where they’ll wear a week’s worth of dresses, or a month-long ‘remix’ challenge or…

Lazy Saturday Morning

Lazy Saturday Morning

  I know Sunday is many people’s official day of rest, but for me it’s all about the Saturday mornings. They’re one of my favourite parts of the week. Mostly because I’m lazy. Sundays are good too, obviously. But Sundays…

green-skirt

Ready to Rhumble

♥  Green Choies skirt* ♥ Dune shoes and handbag  ♥  Hell Bunny cardigan  ♥  Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses*  A couple of months ago, my mum, who has been entering competitions pretty much indiscriminately for years now, announced that her…

sleep in rollers review

Sleep In Rollers | Review

Well, folks, it rained all weekend (and all of the week that preceded it, actually), so rather than the weekend outfit shots I normally bring you on a Monday, I thought I’d do a quick Sleep In Rollers review instead….

Philosophy The Present

Review |Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup

When I first heard about Philosophy ‘The Present’, my curiosity was well and truly piqued. I mean, just look at what it says on the tube! Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup, £22.50 Hopefully you can read that, but just in…

blogging tips for beginners

Blogging Tips for Beginners

Lately I’ve had a few people ask me for blogging tips for beginners, and as I get this question fairly often, I figured it was time to write the next installment in that “blog tips” series I started to write,…

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre and Tower

After our experience on The London Eye, I’m guessing it’ll come as no surprise to anyone to learn that, no, we absolutely did NOT go up the tower at the Glasgow Science Centre. Nuh-uh. (It’ll be even less of a…

french-lifestyle-box

A French Lifestyle Box from My Little Paris

Another week, another box of tricks to show you! This one is from My Little Paris, and calls itself a “lifestyle box”, as opposed to one of the beauty boxes you’re probably more familiar with. (Well, its makers call it…

Untitled-1

One year ago today…

… we moved into our new house! In some ways, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. The house hasn’t yet lost its feeling of “newness”, and I hope it never does. We still think of it as “the…

Untitled-2

The Canterbury Tales

On our last day in Kent, Terry and I decided to make a pilgrimage to Canterbury, with a knight, a monk, a prioress, a miller and  man of law. Oh no, wait: that’s Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, isn’t it? MY Canterbury…

Forever Amber : UK Fashion blog

Outfit | Blooming Rose full midi skirt

Well, it took a week, but I’m finally back in ‘real’ shoes again, after my ordeal with the Blister from Hell. To celebrate my return to the land of the limping (because no, it’s still not totally back to normal,…

The London Eye

The London Eye

What do you do when you’re scared of heights, and you want to see as much of London as you can, in a very short space of time? Why, you book yourself a couple of tickets on The London Eye,…

Birchbox reviews

Birchbox Reviews| Sun, Sea & Sand

I don’t travel light. For our long weekend in the south of England, for instance, Terry wanted us just to take carry-on luggage, to make the whole process both cheaper and faster. Terry was very, very right about this, as it…

dungeness-amber

A Day in Dungeness

On the south tip of England sits Britain’s only desert. Dungeness is one of Europe’s largest expanses of shingle, and home to an odd assortment of houses (many of them converted from old rail carriages), two lighthouses, a power station, and…

Buckingham Palace, London

London Calling

♥  Topshop skirt (via eBay)  ♥  River Island top  ♥   River Island shoes Slightly different backdrop for the ol’ outfit photos this week, folks! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may know that Terry and I spent the…

Forever Amber July Roundup

Reading / Trying / Watching / Buying

know I’m a little early with this monthly roundup, and I also know it’s a giant cliché to be all astonishment at the normal passing of time, but I can’t believe it’s been (almost) a month since I last did one…

beauty products

Some Recent Beauty Buys

♥ All products available at Boots used to be a bit of a beauty junkie. Back in my university days – and for quite a long time afterwards, in fact – it was makeup, rather than fashion, that most of…

running along the beach

The True Story of a Day at the Beach

♥  ASOS dress (almost identical version)  ♥  Target sunhat  ♥  Gucci sunglasses ♥ Vintage belt I could just let these photos stand alone, telling the happy tale of a sunny day at the beach: a day on which no-one almost stood…

blue strapless summer dress with pink cardigan

Every Day Could Be a Holiday from Real

♥ River Island dress (old)  ♥  Hell Bunny cardigan  ♥  Gucci sunglasses t’s amazing the difference a bit of sunshine can make. Unlike some of my recent posts, these photos weren’t taken on an island, or at the coast, or…

Untitled-2

Adventures | Exploring Dean Village, Edinburgh

♥  ZARA dress  ♥  Hell Bunny cardigan   ♥  RED Valentino bag*    ♥ Prada sunglasses (c/o Pretavoir)  ♥  Belmondo flats (c/o Spartoo) (Quick fashion note: I know my dress is really creased in these photos – I promise I…

red gingham circle skirt

Gingham Again

♥ ASOS skirt (similar)   ♥  Zara shoes  ♥  Hell Bunny Cardigan  ♥  Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses* I was thinking this week about how photographing my outfits has changed my style. And, I mean, it hasn’t CHANGED it, exactly: I still…

Dean Jones Hairdressing, Edinburgh

Review | Dean Jones Hairdressing, Edinburgh

It’s been a few weeks since I got my fringe cut in, and it had reached that “totally out of control, ruining every outfit post with its tendency to stick straight up in the air” stage, so when Dean, of…

largs, scotland

Millport and Troon

♥ Primark gingham skirt [similar ] ♥ Ancient black crop top  ♥ F&F wedges  ♥ House of Harlow sunglasses hen I look back on this blog in years to come, I’m probably going to think this summer was one of…

Untitled-2

Gala Day

♥ ASOS ‘Debutant’ dress  ♥  Hell Bunny ‘Paloma’ cardigan ♥  Paris Hilton shoes ♥  Dune clutch  ♥  Miu Miu sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop ♥ Primark belt Every summer, most of the towns and villages around these parts hold a gala day –…

June Roundup

Reading/ Trying/ Watching/ Buying

When I posted my May Roundup, a couple of you said you hoped I’d continue with this little series. That’s really all the encouragement I need, basically, so here’s June’s roundup… which I’m actually managing to publish IN JUNE (although…

on brands and blogging

On Brands and Blogging

 wasn’t going to publish this post. It’s been sitting in my drafts folder for weeks now: I hesitated to hit “publish” on it, because the fact is, I have a lot of respect for PRs, and the brands they work…

colour-pout-lipstain-review

Collection Colour Pout Lip Stain

y search for the perfect lip stain continues, and this month I’ve been trying out Collection 2000’s Colour Pout Lip Stain Marker in ‘Pout’, which is a bright, kind of blue-toned red. Actually, I was wearing this in these photos (as you can…

South Queensferry, Scotland

A Sunday in South Queensferry

♥  Club Monaco ‘Renay’ crop pants  ♥ H&M denim jacket  (this season’s) ♥  Zara top  ♥  Ted Baker shoes (old)  ♥  RED Valentino bag* (similar) What’s this? A causal outfit, and it’s not even Friday? I’m just showing off now,…

Untitled-3

Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens

On Tuesday, Terry and I decided to head into Edinburgh to run a few errands, and as the forecast was still looking suspiciously good, we thought we’d also pay a quick visit to the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens, which is one…

North Berwick Scotland

Amber & Terry’s Day Off

♥ Boden ‘Nancy’ dress ♥  Latinas ‘Bertina’ flats c/o Sarenza Over the weekend, we started to hear strange and almost certainly untrue rumours that the weather this week might be “quite nice”.  We didn’t dare believe it, obviously, but,  just…

Forever Amber | A Happy Place

Happy Place

Last week, Terry and I were talking about how some people have a “happy place”. “Go to your happy place!” they’ll say, in moments of stress, and we’ll be all, “Huh? Whaddya mean, ya bunch of hippies?” (Well, OK, maybe…

casual friday

Casual Friday | ‘For Best’

K, so apparently I’m incapable of doing one of these Casual Friday posts without the help of my loyal sidekick, ‘That Pink Bag’. Or without standing in this exact position, come to think of it. Or wearing heels, which, you…

Forever Amber | UK Fashion Blog | 60s inspired outfit

Better Late Than Never

  As with last week’s purple skirt, this dress is yet another item I had to wait months to wear. I think this was in-store back in February? March, maybe? I’m not sure. What I DO know, however, is that…

Boden Holland Park Coat

This month I…

[Disclaimer: I actually meant to publish this post LAST month, obviously, but… I forgot. I will try to do this month’s version THIS month, though. OR, I will just completely forget I even intended to start this series, and never…

purple-skirt1

The Colour Purple

  As soon as this skirt arrived, I knew I wanted to wear it with these shoes: it was just a matter of waiting for it to be warm/dry enough for suede peep toe slingbacks. That was 14 weeks ago….

thoughts on self-employment

Random Thoughts on Ten years of Self-Employment

 completely forgot to mention it at the time, but last month marked the ten year anniversary of Terry and I starting our own business and becoming self-employed. Ten years. It’s a long time. If our business was a baby, it would…

red-pencil-skirt

Location, location, location

o and stand over there,” said Terry, pointing to a patch of daisies in the middle of a strip of grass. “I can’t stand THERE,” I said, aghast. “That’s GRASS. And I’m wearing HEELS. I can’t wear HEELS on GRASS,…

pink ballerina skirt

Pass Plus

nother day, another H&M skirt… This particular skirt, especially when paired with black, makes me feel a bit like a ballerina, which, funnily enough, was one of my many short-lived childhood ambitions. I started ballet lessons purely because of my…

office shoes feature

Forever Amber in the Office Shoes Magazine

Ooh, lookit who’s featured in the Office Shoes in-store magazine this month! This was for a feature on “Shoedrobes”, and I’m really excited to be featured, alongside the lovely Sophie of The Folly Boutique. All credit, of course, has to…

skirt-with-pockets

A sunny day and a skirt with pockets

I don’t like talking too much about the weather here. Well, I mean, I DO like talking about the weather, obviously. I AM British, after all. I would actually start an entire blog dedicated to the weather, if I thought…

ASOS quilted floral skirt

The Usual.

This outfit is from last Saturday, and consists of, wait for it, a 50s-style skirt and, OMG, it’s a bardot-neck top! The Usual, in other words. Now, obviously there’s absolutely nothing I can say about this outfit that I haven’t…

joules nautical stripe knit

Casual Friday | The Basic Breton

Yes, that’s right readers, it’s the return of Casual Friday, the series in which I wear casual clothes. On a Friday. God, HOW do I come up with these things? Actually, the main reason I started these posts was because…

retro cat eye glasses

Cat’s Eye

Houston, we have a problem. Of the “cat eye glasses” variety. (Which is the absolute WORST kind, isn’t it?) The problem is that there don’t seem to be enough cat eye glasses in the world for me right now. They’re…

The Kepies, Falkirk, Scotland

The Kelpies

Kelpies are mythical Scottish water horses, said to be able to transform into beautiful women or handsome young men, who will lure you to your death. And, I mean, I’m saying “mythical” here because that’s what you’re supposed to say:…

mysterious thing in garden

The Mystery of the Thing That Was in the Garden

This week, in lieu of Casual Friday, which, let’s face it, wasn’t that interesting anyway, here is a photo of a mysterious and possibly priceless artefact that Terry discovered in our garden, buried deep under the earth. Weren’t expecting THAT, were…

50s-style-dress

Trixie.

  [Dress c/o Trashy Diva // Cardigan: Hell Bunny'Paloma' // Sunglasses: eBay // Shoes: Studio TMLS c/o Sarenza] I know: florals for spring. Revolutionary, right? Also: green. And a big skirt. But I’m getting ahead of myself here… I’ve been lucky…

polka dot pencil skirt and peep toes

Dotty

Oh, look,  I’m wearing a Bardot top again, what a surprise! You just never know what I’m going to come up with next, do you? I wish I could say this off-the-shoulder obsession will be ending sometime soon, but given…

50s skirt and bardot top

Sunshine and stripes

You see this skirt, you guys? This skirt that was once a whole lot longer than it is now? Totally took that hem up all by myself. Like a BOSS. And I mean, OK, to those of you who’ve made…

50s style pink gingham circle skirt

I told you I was obsessed.

It’s worse than I thought, people. It looks like I’m not JUST obsessed with gingham skirts: I’m also obsessed with wearing them with this ASOS top, almost as if there are no other clothes in the closet. There are, of…

gingham capri pants

Casual Friday

OK, so I actually wore this outfit on Wednesday, not Friday. And I really hate indoor photos, which is why I try my best to avoid them. I realised that I hardly ever post any of my more “casual” outfits…

gingham

Spring Gingham

I’m totally obsessed with gingham print right now. Like, OBSESSED. Even more obsessed than I was this time LAST year, in fact, and I was REALLY obsessed last year, too. Why the obsession with tiny little checks, I hear absolutely…

Zara polka dot dress

So Good I Bought It Twice

You know when you see something you know you’ll wear to death, so you buy multiple versions of it, just to make sure you’ll ALWAYS have it? Er, please tell me it’s not just me who does that? I didn’t…

pastel coloured spring clothes hanging in closet

Spring Clean

When we moved to this house last year, one of the things I was most looking forward to was finally having enough storage space to not have to have 50% of my clothes in storage at any given time. Because…

Boden Nancy dress in blue Riviera print

The Nancy Dress

I pre-ordered this dress so long ago that by the time it turned up, I’d almost forgotten about it, so it was a little bit like getting a free dress, only in a way that wasn’t even remotely like getting…

ASOS red scuba midi skirt

Back to Basics

It occurred to me this morning that if I’d announced on January 1st that I was going do some kind of “Wear a Full Midi Skirt Every Day for a Year” style challenge, I would currently be feeling much less…

shoe wall

Forever Amber and the eBay Influencer Network

Remember that top secret, can’t-tell-you-or-I’d-have-to-kill-you project I made vague, annoying allusions to earlier this year? Well, today I can finally tell you that for the past few weeks I’ve been working (undercover, naturally. Picture me in a trenchcoat and fedora…