watching the eclipse

Snapshots of My Week

A couple of years ago, I did a 365 project in which I took a photo a day, every day for a year. It was a lot of fun, but, more than that, I also really enjoyed looking back at the photos I ended up with: as with the outfit photos I post here, I found that even on the days when I felt totally out of inspiration, and had to resort to taking yet another photo of my shoes, or the dog, or whatever, the resulting image would trigger a ton of memories of that day, most of which had absolutely nothing to do with the thing I’d photographed.

Anyway, as much fun as it was, I don’t think I’d want to repeat it for an entire year again. When Tina suggested I try doing some kind of photo essay for these catch-up posts, though, I really liked the idea of taking some random snaps during the week to show you: photography isn’t my strong point (and quite a few of these were taken on my phone, too), so you’ll have to forgive the quality, but here are some random snapshots of my week…


new TV

We got a new TV last week. It was all very sudden. One minute Terry was talking about the prospect of a new TV in a “one day in the distant future” kind of way, the next he was telling me he’d ordered it and it would be here tomorrow. MEN, huh?

The new TV went in the living room (Er, I’d have taken a photo of it, but honestly, once you’ve seen one TV, you’ve pretty much seen them all, as far as I’m concerned. Which, co-incidentally, is what Terry says about dresses…), which meant the old one could be moved upstairs to the bedroom. That’s it in the middle of the floor, because, yes, we have a TV in the middle of the bedroom floor now, what of it?

The floor-dwelling situation of the TV is mostly because, like I say, this all happened very suddenly (TO ME, anyway. I have a feeling Terry might have been thinking about it for longer…), and we don’t have anything to stand it on yet, but it’s also because the TV is now at the centre of a dispute of “towel” proportions. The bedroom, you see, is currently scheduled for a makeover: a makeover which will see it transformed into a dreamy, white haven of rest and peacefulness. This vision did NOT include a giant lump of black plastic, so when it arrived, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about it.

“We need to talk about the TV,” said Terry, coming into the room on Sunday morning.

“I’m glad you brought this up,” I said. “Because this TV is not part of my vision for this room. I mean, do YOU see me pinning photos of giant black lumps of plastic? I THINK NOT.”

“Well, it’s a bit late to think about that NOW,” said Terry, huffily. “Because it’s here NOW: we’ll just have to make the best of it!”

So we’re making the best of it. And also looking into ways of making a giant black lump of plastic look LESS like a giant black lump of plastic, and more like something you might see on my bedroom pinboard. It’s a tough one. But I can’t deny, I DID enjoy being able to watch the season finale of Call the Midwife from the comfort of my own bed…

NARS Copacbana Illuminator


I’ve been practising highlighting and contouring this week. I don’t normally bother, because most highlighters make my face glow like the surface of the moon, but when we visited my mum for Mother’s Day, she looked at me and said, “I like your face!” so maybe I’m doing better than I thought. Either that or my face was so shiny it was acting like a mirror, and reflecting her OWN face back at her…


tracy anderson workout

This is basically the worst photo ever taken in the history of forever, but it’s supposed to indicate the fact that this week I started doing Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis program, so I’ve been spending quite a lot of time (well, a little bit of time: I haven’t exactly been sticking to a strict schedule with this, because God, SO BORING…) on the floor, doing crunches and leg lifts and things like that. I bought this via X Box Fitness (actually, Terry bought it for me for my birthday. Don’t worry, I had been talking about doing it: he wasn’t just trying to hint that I need to tone up or anything…), so while I’m attempting to follow the moves on the video, the X Box shows me a little silhouette of myself in the corner of the screen, so I can see where I’m going wrong, and also gain points for doing things right. As much as I’m not a fan of ANY kind of exercise, really, I do find this quite motivational, because it means I get to try and beat my previous scores, and I can be weirdly competitive with myself. (Not so much with other people, you understand, but put me in a competition against myself, and I will totally kick my own ass, you see if I don’t…)

I’m going to be doing a review of this at the end of the 30 days (assuming I make it that far), so all I’ll say for now is that when I completed Day One, every single muscle in my body was trembling. Yes indeed. Tracy informs me that by completing this program I’ll be my “best self”. We’ll see about THAT, Tracy…

ASOS Debutante dress in green


I totally bought that ASOS dress I mentioned in my ‘beauty confessions’ post last week. Well, of COURSE I did. Have you ever known me NOT to buy a dress? Exactly. It’s a good job I did, too, because it’s now completely sold out in the mint green, although it’s still available in black. I, er, have the black version too. And the nude one, actually. As you can probably tell, I can recommend buying this dress: you’ll have to get there before I buy ALL of them, though…


2015 solar eclipse, from Scotland

watching the 2015 solar eclipse

2015 solar eclipse, seen from central Scotland

We finished off the week, like most people in this part of the world, by watching the solar eclipse from our bedroom window. I mean, most people didn’t watch it from our bedroom window, obviously: that would’ve been weird, and pretty inconvenient, really. How would we have got them all in the house, for one thing? Would I have had to provide refreshments? Why can’t they look out of their own windows?!

We actually didn’t think we were going to be able to see it AT ALL, because the forecast was for complete cloud cover (I know, so unusual, right?), but although it was pretty cloudy, it ended up working out quite well,  because it allowed us to see some of it without the special glasses Terry had ordered specially for the occasion. (We DID use the glasses most of the time, obviously: my mum had warned me no less than four times not to look directly at the sun (I dunno, it’s almost as if people don’t trust me or something?) and I’d also seen that episode of Neighbours where Kyle goes blind from looking at the sun, so I’d been well warned…) In the end, we were pretty lucky, and got to see quite a lot of it, which was amazing.

Despite getting around 94% cover where we are, it actually didn’t get all that dark – not any darker than it gets on a really overcast day, anyway, and we get those a LOT – and the birds continued to fly, so it wasn’t as “creepy” as the commentators on the TV were claiming, but then again, the commentators on the TV also mentioned that it was the first time in over a decade that we’d all get to see “day turn to night”, and I actually see that happen EVERY day, so I take TV commentary with a pinch of salt. Anyway, it was very cool, and I’m glad we got to see it.

And that was my week! How was yours?

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  • Boys! I find this happens alot in my house too. Monday its casually mentioned and its impliment by Friday. I recently read a post online about “hiding” your tv in plain sight. Here’s the link, hope it helps. X

    March 21, 2015
  • Oooooh, love the Debutante dress, I missed it in this colour! They have a similar one which I posted in my pastels post this morning, but that one is also gone in my size so probably a good thing as I’m not meant to be shopping! My sis has the nude one and we’ve actually discussed using it as a Bridesmaid dress, it is gorgeous. I’m tempted to get the red one too!

    March 21, 2015
  • Liz Tea Bee


    Gah! I had the window open to buy the dress in mint and got distracted and now it’s sold out. Boo. This is the great tragedy of my week.

    March 21, 2015
  • I totally bought a mint green full skirt from ASOS completely without intending to this week – mint green ASOS sisters 😉 and now I’m in a little cottage in the Peak District – so as weeks go, I can’t complain about something that has both new clothes and a mini holiday in it! My boyfriend would think nothing of putting an ugly black box in somewhere that’s meant to be beautiful either – men indeed!

    March 21, 2015
  • TinaD


    My ulterior motive (more Rubin pictures) is somewhat mollified–although I did have to examine your couch cushion for ears before I could be certain it wasn’t a second snap of him. Did Rubin develop an existential crisis when you bought that? (I’m a dog; but what if I’m a pillow? Can I be a cushion and a dog?…etc.)

    March 22, 2015
  • Loved this haha. Your writing always cracks me up Amber!!!

    Big fan of the dress. I kind of want it in black… but I kinda don’t have anywhere to wear it. Practical problems eh? Sigh.

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    March 23, 2015
  • See, Neighbours is totally educational! That’s my excuse for watching it anyway. Actually, my excuse for watching it the past few weeks is Madge and Harold being back! Loving all the flashbacks and general nostalgia for the 30th anniversary.

    March 24, 2015