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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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...

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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…

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Casual Friday | Consignment Store 2: The Return

All the best stories have sequels, and it turns out all the worst ones do, too, because today I bring you the excitement-free conclusion to last week’s ‘Casual Friday‘ post. And you thought Good Friday was LAST week! (It’s just…

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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…

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Review | London Retro ‘Eliza’ cat eye glasses

Oh hey, look: it’s one of those “I have new glasses and I will take awkward selfies to prove it to you!” posts! Because everyone loves an awkward selfie, right? I last did one of these posts around about this…

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Shall I at least set my lands in order?

You know what I hate? I hate it when bloggers start making vague references to exciting new projects which they’d LOVE to tell you about, but, you know, they just CAN’T, so they’ll just have to stay silent, except not…

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And then three came along at once

First up: I promise this will be the last post I will write about THAT pink skirt. Or “That Stupid Freaking Skirt”, as Terry now calls it. You see, as it turns out, pink skirts are a lot like buses….

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New Year, Not-So-New Me

[Dress: eBay, years ago // Shoes & Bag: both Dune] Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good start to 2014. Terry and I had been so busy planning for our house-warming party on the 28th (more…

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Twenty Thirteen

It was a funny old year. And not always in the “LOLZ” sense, either. I’ll be honest: for the first six months of 2013, I was pretty sure it was going to be that dragon I talked about in my…

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And so this is Christmas (Eve)

[Wearing: ♥ Tara Starlet skirt  ♥ H&M top ♥  Christian Louboutin shoes] The idea of hosting Christmas itself is the stuff of nightmares to me (Like, ACTUAL nightmares, of the wake-up-in-a-cold-sweat variety), but Christmas Eve is a slightly less scary…

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Linlithgow Lunch

[Wearing: ♥ Primark coat (c/o VoucherCodes.co.uk) ♥  ASOS trousers ♥ Zara shoes ♥ Kate Spade '2 Park Ave Beau Satchel *] OMG, can you BELIEVE that woman is wearing a winter coat, but you can totally see the tops of her feet…

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Gran Caffè

Yes, it’s another photo-overload folks: sorry! This Sunday, my sister-in-law, Jolene, invited Terry and I to afternoon tea with her and Terry’s brother, John. Now, afternoon tea is one of our very favourite ways to spend a Sunday afternoon (Or,…

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Edinburgh in December

[♥ Coat: J Crew   ♥ Bag: Kate Spade *  ♥ Boots: Dune 'Sandhurst'] Last Sunday, Terry and I headed to Edinburgh to do some Christmas shopping. As it happened, though, we ended up abandoning the shopping in favour of a…

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It’s beginning to look a little bit like Christmas

[♥ Cherry tree c/o The Range ♥ Decorations and earmuffs c/o Uniqlo Table-top tree (sold out online) and ♥ Christmas candle c/o Next] Up until this year, Terry and I didn’t own a Christmas tree. This year, we kinda have two. And…

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100 Days of Snow

They’re predicting 100 days of snow, people. The worst winter in sixty years, apparently. And by “they”, I’m not referring to our doom-mongering neighbours this time, but to, like, proper weather experts and stuff. Oh, and also the Daily Express:…

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Happy Halloween, everyone! As I mentioned in my last post, Terry and I have our second costume party of the season to attend this Saturday, so naturally we both woke up yesterday morning with bad colds: yay! We’re currently dosing…

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Lately

Well, folks, it looks like that wardrobe crisis I keep mentioning (and which is still very much ongoing), has given birth to a small blogging crisis too. Well, there’s only so many full skirts or skinny black pants I can show…

My new obsession…

… is with jelly ballet flats. Trust me when I tell you I’m every bit as surprised by this development as you probably are. The fact is, though, I got a pair of the Vivienne Westwood for Melissa flats from…

My Kingdom for a Horse

As I mentioned in one of my last posts, when we moved house, we also moved from a large town to a small village. I say “small”: we have a post office, a village store and… that’s it. Oh yeah,…

Closet Organisation Part 2 | Shoe Shelves

Four weeks. That’s how long I was without my shoe collection. Seriously, can you EVEN? We took down my previous shoe shelves around a week before we moved out, you see. We had to do it: it was one of the…

You Can’t Go Home Again

  Well, we’re here! And after all of my angst about moving, I walked out of our old house for the very last time… and I didn’t even know it. Due to a complicated sequence of events which I won’t…

We are never, ever getting back together

We’re closing on our new house today.  And, unless anything truly catastrophic goes wrong between now and then, we’re moving in tomorrow. This is really happening, people. I guess this is the moment when the sale/purchase should feel final to…

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The Nevermores

Folks, I’m starting to freak out a bit here. Just a little bit. OK, quite a big bit, actually. I mean, we’re supposed to be moving a week today. TODAY. As in, this time next week, I won’t be sitting…

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Summer turns to high

Thanks for all of your lovely comments on my last post, everyone! We’re still really excited, and only the tiniest bit freaked out at the prospect of packing up and leaving this little house behind us forever, for a fresh…

Third Time Lucky

(Champagne in the sunshine on Friday evening. Also pictured: tiny aircraft. Hai, tiny aircraft!) When I go on vacation, I always seem to come home with a renewed determination to change my life. There are workout plans (Er, I’m starting…

Flying With The Others

You know how I said my flight back from Miami last weekend passed without incident? Well, it mostly did. I mean, there was no turbulence, no lost luggage, and the flight didn’t crash, which is really the most I expect…

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Old Bahia Honda Bridge

So, it’s the summer I graduated from university: we go to Florida, and as a treat, my dad decides to hire a convertible. God, I loved that car. It was a Chrysler Sebring, in British Racing Green, with a soft…

Goodnight Miami

(OK, so most of these photos were actually taken in Key Largo and Naples – you don’t get to see the sun sink into the sea from Miami itself – but you get the message, I’m sure…)

See Naples and die

On Monday we took a short road trip to Naples, stopping en route at the Isles of Capri, where some of these photos were taken. I’d bought this little white dress in the Banana Republic sale the night before, so…

Independence Day

I guess it’s possibly a little strange for British people to be celebrating America’s independence from, well, US, but there were so many 4th of July celebrations going on yesterday it would’ve been stupid not to join in, and you…

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Bienvenido a Miami

Well, we made it to Miami. I’m still functioning on UK time, our flight was full of Others, and I’m pretty sure our rental house is haunted. (That makes me sound like one of those very tuned-in people who Feel…

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Scotland in Summer

If you ever come to Scotland, please, do me a favour and come in summer. Yes, it might be raining. In fact, it probably will be. But if you’ve ever visited the Scottish countryside on a warm summer day, you’ll hear…

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Let down and hanging around

Transport, motorways and tramlines / Starting and then stopping /Taking off and landing / The emptiest of feelings /Disappointed people clinging on to bottles / And when it comes it’s so so disappointing… [Radiohead, 'Let Down'] Last Wednesday we got an offer on…

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Cherries and gingham

[Skirt: ASOS (2012) | Cardigan: Zara | Cherry brooch: River Island | Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa | Sunglasses: eBay] I’ve not been doing a great job of keeping the ol’ blog updated recently. I say this, not by way…

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Perfect Ten

Since the house has been on the market (Yes, it’s another one of those “I’m selling my house, and I’m going to talk about it forever” posts. Sorry.) we’ve had three sets of potential buyers come to take a look…

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Home is where the heart is

[Dress and boots: both Zara, circa 2011 // Jacket: La Redoute, 2012 // Giant snow heart: c/o Terry] So, our house is probably going on the market soon. I’m not sure quite how soon, but … soon. Too soon for…

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Rose coloured glasses

Remember back in January, when I whined a bit about how much I hate wearing glasses, and how no one other than my immediate family has ever seen me in them? Well, today I’m changing that. By wearing my glasses…

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The Phantom of the Opera Singer

(Celebration, Florida, 2012. Has nothing to do with this post.) On Monday morning, Terry, Rubin and I were woken by the sound of an opera singer warming up her vocal chords in the office, which is just a few short…

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365 Project 21- 29: Insanity

Yeah, I know, I know: it’s ANOTHER one of those stupid “photo-a-day” roundups. Right after the last one. With nothing in between them to at least allow me to PRETEND I sometimes write about other things here. SIGH. Look, it’s…

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365 Project 15 – 20: A week in winter

Day 19:  SNOMG! Last week, although I did continue taking daily photos for my 365 Project, I didn’t bother posting them on Instagram. This was partly to keep you all on your toes  because the photos I took all totally…

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365 Photo-a-Day Project #1-8: Starting Over

As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, this year I’ve embarked upon a 365 project, in which I’m endeavoring to take a photo every day for year. And I’m doing it on Instagram, because, well, OF COURSE I’m doing…

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New Year’s Day

Robert Rodriguez pencil dress c/o Shopbop // Sam Edelman boots c/o Shopbop // faux fur H&M scarf // leather bow gloves (gift from my parents) // Gucci sunglasses Well so far it looks like 2013 is shaping up to be a long-sleeved…

New Year's Eve

All that glitters

(Zara pencil dress // Schuh heels – both from 2011) Happy New Year, everyone! Every year, I try my best not to build New Year’s Eve into the emotional ordeal it so often turns out to be for me. I…

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Obligatory Christmas Day photo overload

Season’s greetings, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying a good Christmas/holiday season/Wednesday/delete as appropriate. *Goes to check that it is, in fact, Wednesday. Realises it’s actually Thursday. Panics slightly at the realisation that OMG, the time, it is passing her by….

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Another horsedreamer’s blues…

(Er, obviously not an outfit photo, just here because posts without photos look all kinds of wrong to me now…) I HAD hoped to have another outfit post for you this week (Because I know how you all can’t live without…

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Here be pirates

[H&M skirt // Zara shoes (old) // thrifted sweater // House of Harlow 'Chelsea' sunglasses //  Accessorize nude fishnet tights // vintage bag c/o my mum] So, picture it: we’re on the way out to dinner. Despite having known all day that…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Products for Pale Skin: NARS Illuminator in ‘Orgasm’

It happened again last week. I was out visiting family, and a casual acquaintance of theirs – a woman I’ve only met a few times – suddenly zeroed in on my pasty complexion. “Are you feeling OK?” she asked, cutting across the…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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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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…

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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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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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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…

Review: Dainty Doll liquid foundation in 02 – Light

This week, my continuing search for foundation for pake skin led me back to the Dainty Doll line, by Nicola Roberts, and specifically to the new liquid foundation, which is £22 at Harrods. I was sent this as a review sample,…

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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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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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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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“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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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…