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Forever Amber featured in Company Magazine

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Forever Amber Company Magazine feature

Oh, look! It’s a strangely blurry photo of me in front of my shoe wall, in this month’s Company Magazine! You should all rush out to buy it (Or, you know, download the digital version for iPad, like I did, because I was too lazy to walk to the shop…) and then write letters to the editor demanding to see more from the redhead with all the SHOOZ. Because you know you want to.

This photo was used as part of a feature on fashion bloggers and their closets. As you can see from my (slightly paraphrased) quote, I declined to provide a photo of my ACTUAL closet, because, trust me, you do NOT want to see that mess. In fact, that walk-in wardrobe I mentioned is the main reason I want to move house right now, not even joking. Speaking of which, remember that house we liked? The one we totally weren’t getting our hopes up about, except we actually were, to the extent of driving past it every week and picking out furniture? THAT house?

Yeah, someone bought it.

Hey, remember that three-week long frenzy of activity, in which we frantically called our mortgage company, repainted the house and FINALLY got around to repairing the mess on the ceiling, caused by the Watergate incident (and which I’d always known we’d only fix if we were selling up), all with the aim of selling our house fast enough to hopefully be able to make an offer on The One?

Yeah, someone bought it on the very day we finally completed that process. OF COURSE they did.

We were gutted, naturally. On the plus side, though, at least I got to go around for a while going, “I TOLD you this would happen! I KNEW we wouldn’t get it! And I was right! Say I was right!” And everyone had to say I was right, because I totally WAS right. I’m hardly ever right about anything, so, at least I got something out of the whole thing. Apparently I’m on a bit of a roll right now, so if you have any predictions you want made, hit me with them! Magic Eightball Amber, she say outlook not so good…

Once I’d worn out everyone’s patience with my I WAS RIGHT proclamations, I plunged into a pit of despair from which I would emerge periodically to once again comb through the property listings and declare that it was no use, because we would NEVER find another house we liked even half as much as that one, and that what would likely happen now would be that someone would buy our house, but we would have nowhere to move to, so we would be forced to build a makeshift shelter out of old shoe boxes or something.

This went on for about three days, at the end of which we went to see another house, and…

We loved it. Uh-oh. Instantly I switched mode from “We will sell our house and have nowhere to go,” to “We will NEVER sell our house, and will be forced to  live here forever, with my shoe collection gradually expanding to every room in the house, and my clothes one day exploding out of the closets and going running down the streets shouting, “WHY MUST SHE TREAT US LIKE THIS?”

So that’s where we’re at, basically. If we do sell this house, I guarantee we will do it on the very day the one we like is sold to someone else. And if we don’t manage to sell this house (Which is the most likely scenario according to my imaginary Magic Eightball), that other one will stick around forever. There will be other houses, though. At least that’s one thing we can take from the events of this week. And I have absolutely no doubt that I will obsess over them all, until finally we find the one that’s destined to be ours.  Now, if you’ll all excuse me, I have some photos of walk-in closets to go and pin…



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  • Emily
    April 10, 2013

    Ahhhhh! Am definitely grabbing an issue on the way home from work!!
    Your shoe obsession paying off 🙂

    Blog: Emily Jay’s Masquerade

  • Shona
    April 10, 2013

    Or… the people who have bought the house might have actually just bought you some more time – the sale might fall through and then the current owners will want to sell it for….um, 20% off. RESULT!

  • Katie
    April 10, 2013

    I can very well remember the trauma of house hunting. Getting my hopes up every time thinking “What if this is THE ONE?! Perhaps the sellers will love us so much they’ll sell it to us for 50p!”. And, every time, it was mouldy with wonky floors, and the seller would proudly announce “We’ve only been burgled once in 25 years!”.

    I’m sure you’ll find the right one in the end, and sell your house just at the right time, and it will all work out beautifully. Although, if you DO have to do the shelter-out-of-shoe-boxes thing, I would imagine 100+ shoe boxes is enough to build a rather fancy fort 🙂 xxx

  • Corinne
    April 10, 2013

    AAhh, moving house is stressful. I’m sure you will find your dream house (walk in wardrobe and all) very soon!

    Corinne x

  • Rakhshanda
    April 11, 2013

    Congrats on the feature Amber!!

  • Minda
    April 11, 2013

    Oh, it’s all so horrid! Half the time it’s panic that you will never find anything. The other half the time is filled with night terrors that your dream home will slip out of your fingers or that you’ll have two mortgages that will eventually destroy you and all you will have left is a cardboard box on the street. But then it all works out wonderfully… 😉 I’m keeping good thoughts for you!

  • Louise (whatlouwore365)
    April 11, 2013

    Congratulations on the feature! I’ll seek the magazine out as I’m always keen to come across other UK based bloggers.

    Sorry to hear about the gazumping thing on the house, moving sucks, it really is so stressful but I wish you the best of luck! x

  • Diane
    April 11, 2013

    Ugh, it’s a heartache, but I’m sure you’ll find the right place in the end and it’ll be fabulous. As is the write-up in Company, congratulations!

  • Katie
    April 12, 2013

    Oh yes, a walk-in wardrobe would be amazing! Or a dressing room. For a while there, I toyed with the idea of turning our spare bedroom into a dressing room… hang on, we just threw out a whole bunch of junk that was taking up space in that room. The dressing room might be back on the agenda!

    Good luck with all of your house stuff!

  • Stella Kashmoney
    April 13, 2013

    Congrats on the feature Amber. Checking out the issue now.

Good news! We took Max to hospital this morning, and saw two different surgeons, who agreed there was no need to go ahead with the surgery as his lip is healing really well on its own 😅  He’ll definitely have a scar, unfortunately, but that would’ve been the case whether he’d had the surgery or not, and if it turns out to be worse than anticipated, we’ll have the option to have it corrected under local anaesthetic when he’s older. 
I’m still really upset that this happened in the first place, obviously, but so relieved that we don’t have to put him through a general anaesthetic, and just incredibly grateful that it wasn’t anything worse. I know some parents have to deal with much more serious stuff than this, and my heart goes out to you all: it’s been a rough couple of days, and I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday’s post - your stories were so comforting when I was panicking yesterday ❤️ (Old photo, obviously: every time Max sees the selfie camera, he thinks it’s going to be one of those filters where you open your mouth and something happens 😂) #pbloggers #mummybloggers #mummybloggersuk #ukmumblog #mumblogsuk #mumblogs #mamablog #ukparentbloggers #parentbloggersuk #ukparentingblog #parentingbloggers #motherhoodblogger #motherhoodblog #ukblogger #ukofficialblogger #happyblogger #mummyblog #bloggerclubuk #instamum

Good news! We took Max...

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve just spent the morning in Accident & Emergency with Max, who fell on the path outside the house and split his lip open 😥 They tried to stitch it up at A&E, but it was totally impossible with him awake, so they’ve booked him in to have it done under general anaesthetic tomorrow ... Max is absolutely fine: the bleeding stopped quickly, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, and is just his normal, happy little self. I, on the other hand, am a complete wreck: the plastic surgeon he saw today reckons if we don’t have it fixed, his lip will be crooked when it heals, but I’m absolutely *terrified* of the thought of my baby having to have a GA. If you’re a long-time follower, you might know that I have a full-blown phobia of general anaesthetic (I literally had an elective c-section in order to eliminate the possibility of an emergency one, which might have had to be done under GA), so I just can’t get my head to accept that it’s safe and he’ll be fine 😥 Positive stories and advice very welcome: I’m just so terrified, I can’t even imagine how to get through the next 24 hours 😥😥😥

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve...

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I posted this on Stories...

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We’re back home in not-so-sunny...

James Bond as a toddler... .
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James Bond as a toddler......

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Forever Amber featured in Company Magazine