Travel

Biltmore Hotel, Miami

Fred’s House

The man we bought our house from was called Fred. I mean, he wasn’t ACTUALLY called Fred, obviously. I’m going to call him that, though, to respect his privacy, and because Fred is a fine name, don’t you think? Anyway,…

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The Waldorf Astoria

I don’t really have “favourites”. I mean, I have SOME favourites, obviously. It will come as no surprise to most of you to learn that my favourite colour is green, for instance. And my favourite season is most DEFINITELY summer…

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Vizcaya

All of the new-house excitement has meant that my usual Post-Holiday Blues haven’t been nearly as bad this year as they usually are, but I have to admit that when I looked back at these photos, I got a big…

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The Biltmore

In a change to our scheduled “I Am The Only Person in the World Who Has Ever Moved House” programming, here are some photos from the first week of my vacation last month. I still have LOADS of holiday photos…

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Palm Beach, bringin’ the heat

If you have a very long memory, or are related to me, you might recall that the last time I visited Palm Beach, it was a bit of a washout. Literally I mean. It poured the whole time we we…

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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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No work, all play, OK…

(Photos by my mum) When I was packing for this trip, I optimistically included a pair of running shoes and some workout gear. I had this idea that I’d do a lot of running – maybe along South Beach at…

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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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Monarch of the Glen

Last time on “Amber Over-Dresses in a Slightly Different Location”, Terry and I had checked into Dunkeld House Hotel and were all ready to start relaxing. The hotel gives you lots of different ways in which to do this: there’s…

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Highland Fling

[Skirt: Tibi*// Shirt: George Kids // Scarf: Primark // Sunglasses: eBay // Shoes: Studio TMLS c/o Sarenza // Backdrop: Dunkeld House Hotel c/o Hilton Hotels] This past weekend, Terry and I were lucky enough to be the guests of Hilton…

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All Off-White on the Night

[Trousers and top: Zara // bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs c/o Shopbop // Shoes: Buffalo c/o Spartoo // Sunglasses: random gift shop in Orlando c/o my dad] Well, folks, it’s a big day here at the ol’ blawg, for today,…

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Icebar Orlando

Because we don’t get to be freezing cold often enough here in the UK, when we were in Orlando this summer, we decided to go and be freezing cold in the Icebar, which, as the name suggests (and as you…

High Tea at the Grand Floridian

Heart-Shaped Shoes at The Grand Floridian

[Dress: River Island (old) // Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa c/o Sarenza // Cardigan: H&M (new) // Sunglasses: Gucci c/o Shopbop] I’ve written about high tea at the Grand Floridia (or “Grand Tea at the High Floridian, as I just wrote….)…

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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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Double Dotted

[Swimsuit: George at Asda (old) // Skirt: Forever 21 (new, but not online) // Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa (old)] Yup, we’re back in Florida, folks. Not literally, obviously – just in the sense that I’m back to posting outfit…

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Every year for about the past five years now, Terry’s birthday (and my dad’s too, actually)  has fallen while we’ve been on holiday. Which just isn’t fair, is it? I’m currently campaigning to have my own birthday moved to June,…

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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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Polka Dots & Cherries

(Dress, Stop Staring; shoes, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon ‘Cherries’) On our way back to the apartment after the trip to Tarpon Springs I wrote about in my last post, we stopped in at the little town of Dunedin*,…

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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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Sand in my shoes

(Dress: Bettie Page ‘Jazmin’ dots; shoes, Zara; sunburnt nose, Amber’s own) Ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a warm Forever Amber welcome for this red belt! It’s a little crooked, it looks like it’s fastened in the wrong hole, and I…

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Freshly squeezed Florida orange

(Shorts, H&M; tank, New Look; wedges, River Island) One of the things I love about Florida – and about holidays in general, actually – is the way an ordinary little café can suddenly feel like the Best! Place! Ever! just because…

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Red, white and blue

(Zara dress; Christian Louboutin shoes; Gucci sunglasses) Today is the 4th of July (Happy 4th, American friends!), and even although that fact has absolutely no relevance for me whatsoever, I figured I’d show you this little red, white and blue…

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Clearwater Beach, June 2012

Well, folks, we’re back, as you can probably tell from the fact that my Instagram photos have abruptly switched from photos of sunsets (and, er, rubber ducks…) back to their usual programming of photos of Rubin. And rain. (OK, I…

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Fashion Blogger, jumping

(Blazer and shorts, H&M; top, Madewell; shoes, Zara) Hey, folks, remember me? I’m still in Florida, but we’ve been having a spell of rainy weather, so I’m taking advantage of the downtime (while my dad barbecues in the rain, wearing…

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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…

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 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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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…

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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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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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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…

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 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 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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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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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…

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Friday Photo: Reflection

Gran Canaria, December 2009. At least SOMEONE in the house still has his favourite pair of sunglasses. And oh, hey! If you look really closely, you’ll see that I’m actually wearing mine in this photo, too. Gah. Nope, still haven’t…

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Belated Friday Photo: Sand dune

It’s really a Saturday Photo now, of course, but here I am sitting on top of one of the Maspalomas sand dunes, in Gran Canaria. It’s a big ‘un, isn’t it?

Ths is Sparta Gran Canaria!

First up: thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last post. Blogging can seem like a bit of a thankless task sometimes (especially when people like the lovely Jellybean decide to get in touch), so the…

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The One Where We Spend 17 Hours in an Airport

Well. I’m pretty sure no one will be reading this today, because you’ll all be off roasting chestnuts around an open fire, or doing whatever else it is winter-lovers do two days before Christmas, but let the record show that…

Earning my stripes

Well, we’re off on holiday on Monday, and I’m pleased to announce that so far I haven’t fallen prey to some kind of debilitating illness. You know, like I did last year? I’m less pleased to announce that in preparation…

The Story of My Life

    I’m just going to keep this short, but slightly hysterical: WE LOST OUR PASSPORTS. We turned the house upside down looking for them. We searched for an hour. I even called my parents to ask if, by any…

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Winter holiday is GO!

You know how in the aftermath of Black Friday, I was all, “WAH! Advance posts deleted! Can’t go on holiday! Life over!”? Mercifully, it turned out not to be true: Those are the Maspalomas sand dunes in Gran Canaria. The two little people…

The Way We Roll

I still have the post-holiday blues. Especially now that it’s rained on St. Swithins Day, which means 40 days of rain for us! (Not that we’ll really notice the difference here in Scotland, obviously…) Anyway, here, have a video, courtesy…

Holiday Shorts: Scotland? Where’s that?

Girl to me at the horse-riding-on-the-beach experience in Florida: So, where are you all from? Me: Scotland Her: Wow! How long of a drive is that?! I felt really bad having to explain that it’s actually on a whole other…

Nuthin’ mo’ betta

On the way back to the airport last week, we passed a restaurant that had the tag-line “Nuthin’ mo’ betta’.” No, seriously: it was written just like that. We didn’t stop there, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) so I can’t confirm…

Homeward Bound

Well, we’re headed home tomorrow, assuming our plane doesn’t drop out of the sky – and recent events lead me to believe that this is a strong possibility – and I don’t think it would be possible for me to…

Horses, beaches and crustaceans

Yesterday we did something else I’ve wanted to do for years: went swimming on horseback, by which I mean the horses went swimming and we, er, sat on their backs. Or, in the case of Terry, the horse went swimming…

I don’t feel like blogging, blogging…

… because I’m just too busy relaxing and enjoying the sunshine. I am, however, still jumping: Just not as well as Terry is: (Taken in front of the Rock n Rollercoaster at Hollywood Studios). I still have another few days…

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Things I Bought: Christian Louboutin edition

So, Neiman Marcus had a sale on… Whoops. I also got a Sephora Loyalty Card. You’d think that would be absolutely useless to me given that I live in a country Sephora doesn’t ship to, but nope, I already qualified…

It’s good to be back…

This morning we got up early and watched the sun rise: Needless to say, I’m really, really happy to be back…

Packing a Suitcase: an excercise in procrastination

I think I may have managed to conquer the packing. It took most of the day, though, because according to my Twitter, I first started to “think about” packing my suitcase just before lunch yesterday. Here’s what I had by…

Twenty Kilos of Clothes

Twenty kilos. That’s my luggage allowance for my trip to Florida. Twenty. Kilos. And actually, that’s the UPGRADED luggage allowance: the airline only wanted to give us 15 kilos each (!), but my mum realised that would send me insane,…

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Dear Santa, please bring me a monkey, kthxbai

Hey, guess what I appear to have got as an early Christmas “present”? Did you guess “another freaking cold?” Congratulations, you win the house cup! Now please shoot me… Yep, just in case the flu I had the week before…

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Aaaand we’re back!

Did you miss me? Did you? Did you? Actually, on second thoughts, don’t answer that… So, we got back late last night after a three hour delay in an airport in which every second flight seemed to have been either…

Excess Baggage

Houston, we have a problem. Other than the “It’s the first week in December and I already spent my entire salary on shoes and clothes” problem, I mean.  A DIFFERENT problem. So, we’re flying out to the Canary Islands on Sunday. HAVE…

Sunshine! Bring it!

Fully Booked. Thank God.

The weather forecast for this week says snow. SNOW. And I know I hardly ever mention this here AT ALL, but I really don’t like the cold (did I mention I don’t like the cold?), so with the “snow in…

GLAST Off

Hello, loyal reader, who has bravely remained with this blog through all of the “What I did on my summer vacation” posts! As a reward for your loyalty, here is a picture of the GLAST (no, I don’t know what…

The state with the prettiest name…

So, I had intended to do a little update every day this holiday, but as time has gone on and the wireless network in the house has become dodgier, I’ve found myself thinking “to hell with that” and heading off…