Abandon heels, all ye who enter here


snow outfit


Hunter boots

Jacket: Zara kids // Jeans: Citizens of Humanity c/o Shopbop // Hat: H&M // Boots: Hunter c/o Sarenza // dog leash: Rubin’s own

WHAT? Oh, come on: you didn’t seriously think I’d prance around in stilettos in REAL snow, did you? I mean, not even I would be quite that stupid, although I’m willing to admit that it does SEEM like the kind of thing I’d do. In fact, just last year, I was contacted by a journalist from a national newspaper, who wanted to include me in a feature about women who love heels. I got really excited about this… until I realised the journalist in question was mentally adding the words “too much” to the end of that sentence. And the headline of the piece wasn’t even going to be “Women Who Love Heels”: it was going to be something more along the lines of “Crazy Woman is Crazy”. And I was going to be the crazy woman. Yes.

My suspicions about this were first aroused when the journalist asked me to send her some photos of me as a child, wearing stilettos. I mean, I didn’t even know they MADE stilettos for children, and even if they had, my younger self was far too busy being a showjumping detectiveΒ and wearing a swimming cap in public to even think about such things. “Well, do you have any photos of yourself wearing high heels to, like, a sports day, say?” she asked. “Or while walking on a tightrope or something?” Now, as amused as I was by the suggestion that I would ever voluntarily take part in sports, I have to admit, I was a little annoyed that she obviously thought I was too stupid to see where this was going, and where it was going was a sad spread in a Sunday paper featuring yours truly wearing stilettos while milking a cow or something. Look, I used to be a journalist myself: it takes one to know one.

Naturally I declined to be involved at that point, because while I DO wear heels most of the time (certainly more than average, I’m guessing), and find them perfectly comfortable and practical for MOST of the things I get up to in life, I don’t insist on wearing them for everything any more.Β  And when it comes to walking the wolf in ankle-deep snow, I do what any self-respecting fashion blogger does: I reach for the Hunters. And also a gigantic, puffy gold jacket which I bought in Zara’s children’s department last year, in Β a Β rare moment of practicality which I still feel smug about now, because it cost 50% less than the identical adult jacket, which was the exact same size. And also because my intuition was correct for once, and we have indeed reached that low point of the winter where I cast aside fashion and JUST WANT TO BE WARM. Even if it DOES mean walking around wearing a sleeping bag.

“You look a bit bedraggled,” said Terry, the charmer, while he was taking these photos. What he neglected to tell me, however, was that I also looked like a big-footed hunchback*, and that’s why I don’t post photos of myself in wellies and sleeping bag-style jackets very often. I’ve already shown you the kind of thing I wear to walk the dog in autumn, though, so I thought I might as well show you the corresponding “dog walking in winter” outfit. I don’t really know WHY I thought that, if I’m honest. I mean, it’s not like I have tons of readers all lining up to say, “Let’s see what you wear to walk the dog in all the seasons, Amber!”, but then again, you didn’t ask for ANY of this, did you? Not the dresses, or the shoes, or all those polka dots. None of it. God, I feel sorry for you all, sometimes.

As you can see, Rubin is also wearing a coat in these photos, much to Terry’s disgust. I realise the sight of animals in clothes is kinda freaky to a lot of you, and I apologise for that, but rest assured, I didn’t put it on him because I thought it looked cute: I did it because the snow attaches to his fur like velcro, and then forms huge snowballs which can’t possibly be comfortable for him. He DOES look cute, though, there’s no getting away from it.

And not the least bit like a big-footed hunchback, either. Lucky him.


*It’s not my posture, honestly: I was wearing at least three other layers under that coat, one of which was almost equally chunky. I could hardly move my arms, seriously. If the cops had turned up and told us to put our hands up, I’d have ended up getting shot because I just couldn’t have done it. I know you’re thinking that’s OK because really, what are the odds of Terry and I being involved in a shoot-out while walking the dog? But then, what are the odds of Terry being accused of stalking me, either, huh? You just never know, is all I’m saying.

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  • Oh dear. I *do* wear heels to sports day. And my hunter wellies have heels. Can you pass my number to the journalist? Thanks.
    I love Rubin’s coat!

    January 23, 2013
  • Rubin’s coat is inspired! And you look lovely. No hunchbacks in this article! πŸ™‚

    January 23, 2013
  • Love the colour of your hunters! I had pink then got red ones last year. Rubin looks like he is having fun in the snow!

    January 23, 2013
  • It looks like you’re wearing a duvet.

    January 23, 2013
      • It’s so sad when people spend their time trolling blogs to harass. I wonder what they do in their *free* time. Push old ladies over? Pinch babies?

        January 23, 2013
      • I think Trolls are very sad people. They should get a happy pill or stay off the internet. I love your Zara jacket by the way.

        January 23, 2013
          • Nasty people are only bitter because they are sad and jealous. When you have time, you can feel sorry for them.
            Now let’s celebrate duvet day! How do you manage to look lovely on snow day? You will push me to make more efforts, thanks for showing it is actually possible.
            Please keep your blog, you are giving a lovely time to all your readers (minus 1 apparently)

            January 24, 2013
            • Also, FWIW: I have one of these Zara coats, and it DOES look like a duvet, and THAT IS WHY IT IS AMAZING. So double snark fail. πŸ˜› It is literally my favourite coat ever.

              January 30, 2013
  • I don’t know much about the journalism world (yet) so this girl sounds really weird to me! On the other hand, she should come to Rotterdam in Spring, we have some kind of a sprint-in-stilettos running event, where she could see a lot of girls spending a sports day in heels!:)
    Thanks for the idea to shop at children’s department, I always forget to check out mens/childrens departments when shopping, although they’re sometimes full of treasures:)


    January 23, 2013
  • The pics of Rubin are SEH presh! (Have I gone too Valley? “so precious” in case anyone was wonderin’. I really shouldn’t have explained should I? *sigh*)

    I think you look fab wearing your duvet.

    January 23, 2013
  • oh you DO look cute and warm in wellies and winter coat, and of course we asked for polka dots AND heels AND walk-the-dog-winterwear too!
    “If the cops had turned up and told us to put our hands up, I’d have ended up getting shot because I just couldn’t have done it.” geez, that’s winter layering! πŸ˜€
    About Zara kids, I feel silly even looking at that department since I don’t have kids and I am not exactly a petite.. still, I find things over there too, from time to time. Yep, half the price. I think that zara kids style looks too often more edgy adult than the normal zara (where is the stylish and playful and colorful kids? why do they wear all those grays and blacks?), and on the other end, you can find many kids style clothes on the woman department, expecially at TRF. Just sayin’..

    January 23, 2013
      • just the fact I desire (and buy!) something that’s in a kids department.. makes me wonder! Yep, fashion forward kids. Maybe a little too much? I saw leopard print for little girls in the newest collection.. wowza! But also a couple of striped dresses that I’d buy for me (if I didn’t had boobs to fit in!) eheh!
        Well, after all last year I bought me combat boots at the Zara Kids dept… πŸ˜€

        February 1, 2013
  • I love that first photo! What a happy puppy!


    January 23, 2013
  • I totally understand some days warmth over fashion is just the way to go. πŸ™‚ I find myself also wearing rain boots lately, especially since a dog has entered my life, but mine are not warm at all. How insulated are these, or this particular brand because I see them a lot online?
    Also, Rubin is adorable in the snow!

    January 23, 2013
  • There is actually a photo of me somewhere, aged about 11, trying to master a pair of silver stilletoes that are too big for me… In our garden, oh the shame.

    January 23, 2013
  • I love the colour of the Hunters so much! xxx

    January 23, 2013
  • I actually really like this outfit on you, when it is this cold you need to be warm so to be able to carry off warmth with any kind of style (which you have) is admirable. I didn’t realise Zara kid’s clothes were so nice, I just checked them out (I am only 5’3″ so I wear a lot of kids clothes but Zara Kids isn’t a place I had considered). Plus I see no hunchback, but then again I haven’t seen the outtakes like you say haha.

    Aw Rubin is so cute in his clothes, he looks like he really enjoyed wearing it too which is always good. My sisters dog tears anything apart that I try to put on her. I bought her a lovely santa scarf and hat for Christmas last year (yes she has her own stocking) and she destroyed it, but she liked the incredible hulk doll I also got her and takes really good care of that (she takes it to bed with her). Clothes obviously aren’t her thing!

    I remember reading the post when you were choosing what colour Hunters to get and you chose these, you are right they go with nearly all colours! Good choice πŸ™‚

    Janine xx
    Giveaway Post >>>

    January 23, 2013
  • You just can’t beat wellies when it comes to this weather. I have been wearing mine and bringing my proper shoes in a bag to change into when I get indoors – it’s quite good actually because I can wear shoes I wouldn’t normally be able to wear at this time of the year!

    I’ve got to that screw style stage of winter, too. The last few days I have been aaaaall about the wellies, the wooly hat with a face on and the too-big but so warm duffel coat. It’ll warm up eventually and I’m entertaining myself in the meantime by making summery dresses!

    January 23, 2013
  • Trust you to have nice pretty hunters Amber, mine are a dull navy and absolutely boggin with muck. I posted a snow outfit with them a few days ago and I look like a bag lady compared to u! πŸ˜‰

    January 23, 2013
  • You’re both really cute! I like your outfit, and I don’t see a hunchback in these photos! But too much layering to fight the cold can make you feel like one. I was waiting to see your new hunter boots, because I really love this color, and I haven’t seen anyone else wearing these. So pretty.
    Also, that journalist sounds really weird, asking you all these questions. I think it was a good decision to decline.

    January 23, 2013
  • Let’s see what you wear to walk the dog in all the seasons, Amber! Now waiting on spring and summer, I do believe…

    Seriously, jealous of the fact that with a small dog (Rubin is just adorable) you CAN wear heels. So not practical with our enormous hounds. Or the uneven ground in the nature reserve that we back onto πŸ™

    January 24, 2013
  • Love your blog. Nice boots. This doy is so sweety! almu

    January 24, 2013
  • Lolz at the trolling. I don’t understand why people bother reading blogs they don’t like. Sigh.

    That first picture of Rubin is SO CUTE. I want to pinch his little dog cheeks and make weird cutesie noises. Maybe.

    You don’t need to wear heels to be stylin’, glad you are enjoying the snow!

    Corinne x

    January 24, 2013
  • Your dog Rubin is so damn cute! Love these photos you have captured some great snow shots πŸ™‚

    Beki x

    January 27, 2013
  • I was toying with the idea of getting some cute rain boots for this time of year, but being that I’m in California, I’ve been able to put off that purchase until I saw these pics that inspired me.
    I know, I know dogs in outfits is in some respects kind of demeaning for the dog,but nobody can deny how fetching Rubin looks! Plus, I give you “puppy in footie pajamas:

    Is there any wonder why we revel in dressing our dogs when “necessity” calls for it?

    January 30, 2013
  • Sara


    I realize this is an old post but I felt like I needed to share my input on keeping warm in winter. I moved to Sweden about four years ago and have had to learn how to dress for extremely cold weather (-20 C) after living in Florida. It is not easy.. especially if you want to look cute. I tried taking the practical approach at first but I could not stand looking and feeling like the Michelin man. After some trial and error I have learned some things. Layers, especially wool are key. Mittens are way warmer than gloves. Thick scarves are so important. Shoes with a wool liner and/or thicker soles help to keep feet warm. Wool socks! I reeaaallyyy love wool now. Last year I bought a 1950s vintage princess in you guessed it.. a thick wool fabric. They just don’t make coats like this anymore, it is sooo heavy. The high quality of the fabric coupled with the longer length keep me toasty while the feminine shape help me feel pretty in the dark winter months.

    By the way, I think you look cute in these pictures but just wanted to share my two cents in case it can be of some help. I love your blog. Your fashion sense and humor are inspiring.

    October 22, 2016