blue 50s style dress

Not in Kansas Any More

blue 50s style summer dress

bichon frise

blue ASOS 50s style dress


shoes and sunglasses

[Dress: ASOS (last year) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (ancient) | sunglasses: eBay]

These aren’t the best photos of me ever taken, partly because direct sunglight + feet-concealing-grass does not the best outfit photos make, but also because I’d let my hair air-dry that morning, and to say it ended up flatter than a pancake would be an insult to flat pancakes everywhere. They’d be all, “Hey, what’d WE do to deserve that comparison, bitch?” and they’d be right. Sorry, flat pancakes.

I think they’re amazing photos of Rubin, though, and they also bring back lovely memories of a sunny Saturday afternoon spent at the first barbecue of the summer, so I think I’ll keep them. Even although this one totally looks like it was shot in a portrait studio, in front of one of those cheesy painted backdrops:

Amber & Rubin

“It… kind of reminds me of the Wizard of Oz,” said Terry, when he looked back at it. I’m not sure if it’s the combination of blue dress + small dog, or whether it’s because it looks, you know, totally FAKE, but I see what he means. All I need is a scarecrow and a tin man and I’ll be all set.

So, either you believe me that this is a real photo, and that all I’ve done to it is to crop and re-size it: no Photoshop whatsoever. OR, Β this photo is totally fake, which means EVERYTHING about this blog is probably fake, and I’ve been lying to you all along. In that scenario, you can’t believe a word I say from now on, because I’m actually a balding, middle-aged man called Clive, and my secret is OUT. I mean, that’s NOT the case, obviously. If it was, I wouldn’t have given myself flat, and yet strangely frizzy, hair in these photos.

It made you wonder, though, didn’t it?

red hair and blue dress


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  • That blue dress with the green background made for some great photos! Love that second one of Rubin. :-). So much sunshine, you all must be loving it!!!

    June 12, 2013
  • It is Wizard of Oz like- in the best possible sense!

    June 12, 2013
  • Are YOU in fact, Nigel, International Man of Mystery and the tales you told us were actually you???!

    June 12, 2013
  • Yes! you’re only missing the ruby red slippers – but then you got a dog whose name IS Rubin… I can even feel the yellow brick road somewhere out from the pic! πŸ˜€
    Lovely dress, shoes, your cute dog, and sunlight!
    And I love your hair! Don’t you love it when you are finally able to let it air dry without styling at all?

    June 12, 2013
  • Rubin, you are so super adorable in these photos! The whole blonde wig thing is but a distant memory. Amber, I see what you mean about the Oz photo…the half circle shadow at the bottom is so perfect, it seems unreal. But I believe you are you, and you are truer than true.

    Now, I can’t get away fast enough. Must wash Michael Flatley off my eyeballs!

    Sue xo

    June 12, 2013
  • You look stunning as always. And Amber looks nice too, Rubes.

    June 12, 2013
  • And here all this time I thought you were Nigel, International Man of Mystery!

    June 12, 2013
  • Love the photo of you and Rubin. Speaking of which, what breed is Rubin?

    June 13, 2013
  • Hahahhahahhahaa, oh Clive. You are wonderful, I love Rubimman’s guest post, you should get him to do another one.

    You should really stop posting links to other posts in your posts, because I get all distracted and start clicking everywhere and before I know it, it’s 20 mins later, I’m still half way through straightening my hair and I’m looking at pictures of a dog in a blond wig, thinking ‘dang, I’m gonna be late again’.

    Love the pictures! The ‘fake’ one is amazing! Definitely one for above the fire place!

    Corinne x

    June 13, 2013
  • I found your blog yesterday and i absolutely love your style. And btw, your hair looks gorgeous πŸ™‚

    June 13, 2013
  • Beautiful shots πŸ™‚

    June 13, 2013