And I would rather be anywhere else but here today

red skirt and stripe top

Well, I made it safely back from Miami, and thankfully, so did my suitcase. This was a big worry for me, because in recent years my packing “technique” (and I use that word in its loosest possible sense…) has basically been:

    1.  Select most favourite clothing items EVER. Clothes that are PRECHUS. Clothes that are irreplaceable if lost. Clothes that were acquired after a long hunt or at a very great cost. Clothes which I would WEEP over for months if I ever lost them. (Which is always a possibility with me, even if I’m not planning on taking a plane ride with them.)
    2. Place items in suitcase.
    3. Hope for best.

The wait at the baggage carousel, then, is always a particularly tense one for me (as I know it is for everyone), but luckily my fears about crashing planes and lost luggage proved to be unfounded, and I was reunited with my clothes on Saturday morning, in one of those joyful airport reunion scenes which you normally only see in movies. In a slightly surreal twist of fate, not only were all of my clothes on the London – Edinburgh leg of the flight with us, so too were English rapper Dizzee Rascal (who went through all of the security checks directly behind us, with his entourage. I had no idea who he was until Terry told me, but I hope he enjoyed that long rant about The Others which he couldn’t have helped but overhear during the wait at border control. I expect he will incorporate it into a song one day. I’m going to have to keep an eye on that.), rugby star Gavin Hastings and at least one premiership footballer, who… yeah, I’m not a football fan, so no idea. Actually, I’m not a rugby or Dizzee Rascal fan either (My mum likes Dizzee, though. I KNOW.), but it was still vaguely surreal, especially given that we saw no famous people at all in Miami, so-called playground of the rich and famous, only to find at least three of them on the flight home with us. Famous people, eh? They’re like buses: you don’t see any for years, then three turn up at once!

Where was I? Um, seriously, where was I? Because I’m still jet-lagged and keep waking up wondering where the hell I am: so trippy! Oh yeah, I was talking about my clothes. Just for a change.

The outfit in this photo DOESN’T consist of any of my all-time-favourite clothes, unfortunately – actually, it’s what I wore on the car ride back from Naples last week, hence the slightly dishevelled look and complete lack of accessories – but I’d bought the skirt just a couple of days earlier, so as with the Banana Republic dress from my last post, I had to wear it ASAP. I got very excited when I saw it on the H&M mannequin, because I thought it was a red version of the off-white and yellow skirts I have from H&M, and you all know how much I love those skirts. Unfortunately it’s not quite the same: it’s a little bit shorter and not nearly as full as the other two, but it stayed totally crease-free in the car, and you can always use a red skirt, can’t you? I know I can.

Anyway, I may be back in the UK, but I will continue to be in Miami for the next few outfit posts at least, because I still have a ton of photos to go through and post. I’d apologise for the continued obsession with my vacation, but hey, it’s not like you were expecting any less of me anyway, hmm?

Hope everyone’s having a good summer!

[Skirt and top: H&M | Shoes: Zara | Sunglasses: House of Harlow]

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  • Welcome back! I hope it’s sunny and warm in Scotland, it’s scorching hot down in Hampshire. I really enjoyed your holiday posts, you seemed so happy and carefree and I marvelled at how well turned out you looked. I was marvelling the other day that Blog Amber and real life Amber on holiday are one and the same whereas I dress nicely for work and then on holiday it’s shorts and vests ago-go which will never be blogged 🙂

    July 15, 2013
  • I’m more afraid of losing my luggage than I am of plane crashes. Clearly I have my priorities straight.

    I love a skirt with good pockets.

    July 15, 2013
  • I’m soooooo terrified of losing my luggage, and yes, because it’s what one does, which is include the most precious clothes whenever there’s a holiday. Loved all your pics of your hols on Instagram, but my favourite ones where the ones you took whilst on a drive with Rubin a couple of days ago 🙂
    Keep the lovely sunny pics and stories coming, love the summer vibe they give xxxx

    July 15, 2013
  • I like how everyday effortless chic this outfit is, it suits you very well and you look fab – even in simple things like these!

    July 15, 2013
  • I love this outfit, it’s so perfect and easy going.

    Fashion and Happy Things

    July 16, 2013
  • Amber, next time you fly, remember these statistics. The odds of you being involved in an aircraft accident are 1 in 11 million, whereas your odds of being in a car accident are 1 in 5,000.

    So, really, the most dangerous part of your flight is driving to and from the airport.

    July 19, 2013
  • Amanda


    What are your thoughts on packing hats? I have a felt fedora which I fancy taking to Vancouver next week but I’m afraid it would be irredeemably crushed if I packed it and I’d look absurd wearing it on the plane.

    September 10, 2015
  • Amanda


    Wonderful – thanks!

    September 11, 2015