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Paint It Black

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Coast ‘Luxe’ coat c/o Coast ♥ Topshop boots  ♥ New Look Belt ♥ vintage brooch (gift)  ♥ House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’ sunglasses

So, after pretending to be having a party for one in my living room last week, I “winterized” my dress with boots, tights and coats, and headed out into the freezing November afternoon.

About the coat: I was really lucky to get this, not just because it’s a seriously awesome coat, but because I totally messed up with the ordering process and managed to provide Sian, who contacted me on behalf of Coast, with my new address, but my old postcode. I say my “new” address: we’ve been living here for almost four months now (!), but apparently that’s not long enough to make me forget the habit of just rattling out a portion of my old address without even thinking about it. And the embarrassing thing (Well, ONE of the embarrassing things…) is, I DO actually know my postcode. No, really, I do. It’s my phone number I can’t remember. (Yes, I know landlines are terribly old fashioned these days, but we have one for our business, purely because people don’t seem to trust companies who only list a cellphone number.) Seriously, I couldn’t tell you my own business phone number right now if my life depended on it, I really couldn’t. I guess I could try to excuse this with the fact that I don’t ever have to call  myself, but people always seem to be asking me for it, so you’d think I’d know it by now. You’d think wrong, though. In fact, just last week I found myself typing my parents’ phone number into some online form or other, so if my parents suddenly start getting lots of strange calls from telemarketing companies, they’ll know who to blame. As usual.

(Actually, I DO call myself, as it happens. I call my own cellphone at least once per day, because that’s how often I put it down somewhere and completely forget where I put it. It’s amazing I’m still alive, really, isn’t it?)

Anyway! The coat! The coat is, as I mention, from Coast, who very kindly sent it back out to me after it was returned to them, having presumably gone to my old house first, and wondered why I wasn’t there to meet it. I picked this coat, partly because it was black, and I’ve been wearing quite a bit of black lately, but mostly because of the sheer drama of the oversized collar, which was pretty much made to pin things to, and also to snuggle up into on cold winter days. And let’s face it: they’re ALL cold winter days, aren’t they?

In other news, my fourth full skirt of December is now on its way to me, and this time I’m blaming Char and Emily for helping convince me that YES, I DO need a gold sequin midi skirt in my collection. In fairness, though, I think EVERYONE does, really. Don’t they?


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  • New blog post is up, featuring my new coat from @Coast_Stores : http://t.co/15evFesn9z

  • Erika
    December 6, 2013

    A very dramatic collar, indeed! It looks great on you, and of course you have to pin something to it! 🙂

  • Laura S
    December 6, 2013

    PFFFFT EVERYONE needs a gold sequined midi skirt. It is law. (If only I could find ANY kind of gold skirt that would look good on me, haha…)
    But I understand the whole address thing, I moved about a year and 5 months ago, so I’ve got all the information down pat, but 3 out of 6 of the characters of my postal code (the first 3 ones) are the exact same for where I’m living now and my old place…so I always double check the last 3 characters my postal code whenever I write it down.
    I love the (hopefully faux?) leather belt on the coat!

    • Amber
      December 6, 2013

      Our new postcode is just one letter different from my parents’ – I always have to double-check, too!

  • Nanette
    December 6, 2013

    That belt looks fab around the coat and the black is lovely with your colouring! (I hope we’re going to see the gold sequin skirt once it has arrived.)

    • Amber
      December 6, 2013

      Oh, I’m sure there will be photos – assuming I can work out what to wear with it!

  • char
    December 6, 2013

    YOU TOTALLY DO NEED IT!! I have a whole outfit planned around mine for a blogger meet up tomorrow now, and it’s all down to you for chatting about it yesterday 🙂 I’m quite loooking forward to giving it it’s first outing, actually.

    Also, I was only thinking this morning about the time I used to have a landline at home (only to use up the end of an old business contract I no longer needed, so I got it relocated for free instead of having to pay a disconnection charge) and thinking that the only time it was ever used was for calling my phone, which I lose about a trillion times per day.

    I love the coat. So very chic.

    • Amber
      December 6, 2013

      Ooh, I’m looking forward to getting some ideas on how to style it from you, then!

  • Corinne
    December 6, 2013

    Oh, I know what you mean about the postcode, I always have to double check mine, I usually end up putting the first part of my new address, and the second part of my old address, mainly because the second part of both starts with a 2 and the old one just seems to roll off my tou… fingers.

    I have no idea what my landline number is either, but I guess it doesn’t really matter as we don’t even have a phone plugged in! We did in the old house but the only people that called were people trying to sell us stuff.

    You can never have too many skirts!

    It’s cute the little girl thought you were Amy Pond, she is Scottish, too, ya know (in Dr Who, I don’t know about the real life actress!). The only person I’ve ever been compared to is an Australian porn star called Paula. The scary thing is she DOES look like me, I found that out the hard way when somebody from work sent me the link and I sat down to watch a ‘video’ with my housemates. Thinking she wouldn’t look like me at all. Talk about awkward! We had to go out and get drunk afterwards to try and forget.

    Corinne x

    • Amber
      December 6, 2013

      Oh God, I know I shouldn’t laugh, but… 😀

  • Emily Jayne
    December 6, 2013

    Absolutely, you do need that skirt in your wardrobe, and I’m proud of my sparkle-pusher skills!!

    Also, looking gorgeous as ever in that outfit!

  • Carry My Style
    December 7, 2013

    Oh, the coat looks lovely.. I would love to buy one similar.. in two days time I have birthday – maybe I should give myself a present;)


  • Gipsy Dharma
    December 8, 2013

    Pretty beautiful posts,I will be waiting for more! 🙂

  • celyn
    December 11, 2013

    I LOVE this coat! its so glam looking!

  • Jessica Lauren Lambert
    December 17, 2013

    Amber you are quite fashionable aren’t you? 😉

  • Yanira Gutierrez
    December 30, 2013

    Great look for winter, can’t wait to see more form you! 🙂

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There’s a hot tub for us and a playpark for Max, so needless to say, we’re having a fantastic time, and I’m already dreading having to leave. Today’s big question: can I pass as an under-12, so I qualify for a pony ride at the nearby wildlife centre? 🤔 (On second thoughts, don’t answer that one...)⁣
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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 ❤️ ⁣
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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 😥 ⁣
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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 😥 ⁣
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I posted this on Stories...

Winter Florals
Paint It Black