best blog posts of 2016

My Favourite Blog Posts of 2016

I know most people are in full-on Christmas mode right now, but as I don’t have anything particularly  festive to share with you, I thought today would be as good a time as any to take a look back at my best blog posts of 2016.

Now, I’m using the word ‘best’ in a purely subjective sense, here: these aren’t necessarily the posts which got the most likes or shares, or however you want to define the “success” or otherwise of a post. They’re just the ones I most enjoyed writing/photographing/putting together, or which I feel were the most important or significant of the year. So, just in case you missed them, here are some of my ‘best’ posts of 2016, which I’ve divided roughly into three categories…


field of poppiesField of Dreams

This is just a basic outfit post, showcasing a not-even-particularly-intersting outfit, but the photos ended up being some of my favourites of the year, and the day itself, although not especially significant, was a very happy one, so there’s that, too. One of the things I love most about blogging is the way that even a single outfit photo can bring back a ton of memories of the day you took that photo, and that’s one the reasons I love this one.

7 Ways to Wear a White Shirt

Does exactly what it says on the tin: shows you 7 ways to wear a white shirt. Its groundbreaking stuff, NOT, but it was pretty fun to style, all the same.

10 Ways to Wear a Pencil Skirt

Yeah, I don’t really need to explain this one either, do I? I’ve been asked to do some more of these, but the problem is they’re REALLY time-consuming to put together, and I’m not sure what other items of clothing I wear often enough (or differently enough…) to provide more than one suggestion for, but if you have any requests, fire away…

The Four Outfit Formulas I Swear By

These are probably already obvious to anyone who’s been reading my blog for a while, but if you’re new to it, or just looking for some easy ‘formulas’ to help you get dressed every morning, this one’s for you.

Capsule Wardrobes and Style Essentials

Even although I don’t have a “proper” capsule wardrobe, in the true sense of that term, I am fairly obsessed with the idea of wardrobe capsules, and tend to put together seasonal ones which then become my “core” wardrobe for that season. This post basically pulls together everything I’ve written on this subject, so it;s a good starting point for anyone also looking to fall down the capsule wardrobe rabbit-hole.

How I organise my closet

I’m including this post purely because it took me approximately 5 years to take the photos for it, and I STILL wasn’t happy with them. Scotland’s lack of natural light: you gotta hate it, don’t you?

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How to Get Rid of Sleep Lines

Preventing sleep lines will probably end up being the greatest battle of my life: this post documents some the weapons I’ve been using in it.

How I get curls that last for days in my stick-straight hair

This year a curling tong saved my life: this post tells you aaaallll about it.

How to get perfect winged eyeliner, every time

This product ALSO changed my life this year. No, I’m honestly not joking.

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Why we need to talk about miscarriage

I know the ink is barely dry on this one, and it’s basically all I’ve talked about for the past few weeks, but this was by far the most important post I wrote this year – in fact, it might be one of the most important posts I ever will write – and it was also one of the hardest, so I make no apologies for including it… or, for that matter, the next one:

How health anxiety (probably) saved my life

Again, if you’ve been reading my blog at all recently, you’ll already know far more about this topic than you could ever want to, but, again, this was one of the most significant events of the year (if not my entire life) for me, and the post I wrote about it was the most-commented on the site this year, so I figured it deserved a mention, too. And, with the depressing stuff out of the way…

Things My Husband Thinks Are Weird

My husband thinks I’m weird: this post will tell you why.

Things I Learned from Reading My Childhood Diaries

This year I started the project of going through all of my old childhood diaries, with the intention of publishing them here on my blog. I only actually completed the first diary in the set, from when I was 11 years old (you can read it here...), because when I started reading the second in the series, I immediately realised that some things should NEVER be on the internet. Seriously. I’m still toying with the idea of turning some of the entries into an ebook, but until I get around to doing that, this post shares some of the things I learned from the experience of reading the thoughts of my younger self.

How do you grow a thick skin anyway? And why would you want to?

As someone who’s both a full-time blogger and an extremely (over)sensitive soul, I’m very used to being told I need to “grow a thicker skin”. No one has ever been able to explain to me just HOW I should do that, though: and this year I realised that, actually? I don’y even WANT to grow a thick skin: I do, however, think that SOME people could do with growing a thinner one, which might allow them to be just  little more sensitive to the people around them. Speaking of which…

9 Things You Should Never Say to Someone

If you want to be more sensitive, avoiding these 9 questions/comments is a good place to start: trust me on this…

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If you’re a regular reader, you might have noticed I haven’t included any of my posts on blogging in this list, even although it’s another of the main topics on my blog. Worry not, though, I didn’t forget: in fact, I have an entire post dedicated to blogging, which I’ll be publishing some time next week – unless, of course, something genuinely interesting happens before then. So, er, that’s something to look forward to, huh?

  • My favourite posts of yours are always your thoughts on your life. I’ve said this before, but I really like how you share your story and personal thoughts with your readers! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    December 21, 2016
  • I just re-read your ‘ 9 Things You Should Never Say to Someone ‘ post. My god I could add to that list now. As always Amber, a year of some really lovely blog posts. xx

    December 21, 2016
  • Justina


    “Things My Husband Thinks Are Weird” is possibly my favorite blog post of all time 😀

    December 21, 2016
  • Genevieve


    I always love your diary style posts. I guess because i fall into the category of feeling like you are kind of a virtual friend, and also because even commonplace things like going for a hike are interesting to someone from another country. Kind of like a little mini virtual trip!

    December 21, 2016
  • Viliyana Stoeva


    I know it’s probably not that significant or out-of-the-box original, but I also like the entertainment posts – they always give me an idea of what to read / watch when I don’t know myself. Even if I don’t choose the book / TV series / etc. you offer, it inspires me in a way and helps me choose faster.

    December 21, 2016
  • Myra


    I remember all of these posts because they are memorable. I love them all and I particularly enjoyed the accompanying images.

    December 21, 2016
  • I love being able to look back at blog posts from the year and choosing favourites. I can’t wait to read all of these that I somehow missed!

    xx, Pia

    December 29, 2016
  • He he loved this. My pet hate is when my husband uses the last of something from the cupboard, THEN PUTS THE EMPTY PACKET BACK IN THE CUPBOARD!!!! Why – WHY?!!

    February 17, 2017