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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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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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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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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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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 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…