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A stripe skirt and a random act of stupidity

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full stripe midi skirt
full stripe midi skirt
navy and white stripe midi skirt

Louche Luxe Kienna Matt Satin Skirt with Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pumps and Collectif bardot sweater
Following on from yesterday’s post, and in a bid to get back into the writing-about-my-life habit again, let the record show that the day I wore this skirt (which was a very kind gift from the people at JOY the Store), was the first dry day in roughly 1,000 years, and Terry and I were on our way to dinner with Terry’s family.

I know, you’re already riveted by this, aren’t you? Don’t worry, it gets even better…

Once we got home, I took off the skirt, and the petticoat I was wearing underneath to give it some extra volume (to be honest, this skirt doesn’t actually NEED the extra volume, but every little helps, doesn’t it?), and got changed into my scruffiest jeans, to do some cleaning. There was just one problem: my beloved steam cleaner was broken. Actually, it had been broken for over a week at that point: I just hadn’t done anything about it (other than whining to Terry, obviously), because the only thing I could think to do was to just take it out of the cupboard every so often, press the button on the handle that releases the steam, and hope it would have miraculously fixed itself.

But it hadn’t.

Exasperated, I took it to Terry, and dumped it on the ground next to him. “I’m just about to throw this in the bin,” I said, “Because it’s broken beyond repair, and nothing can be done to fix it! Unless, of course, something can be done to fix it?”

Terry sighed and picked up the steam cleaner – which, by the way, he has never actually used, because I don’t let other people play with my toys. He looked at it for a few seconds, then looked up at me.

“You do know there’s an ON/OFF switch” on the front of this, right?” he said. “And it’s switched OFF right now?”

Er, no. I did NOT know that. I mean, I MUST have known it at SOME point, obviously, because I presumably must have set the switch to the ON position: my best guess is that I’d just left it like that ever since, though, working on the assumption that all I had to do was plug the thing in, and it would magically work.

That’s NOT all you have to do, though. No, you ALSO have to switch the damn thing on, and that, my friends, had been my big mistake here. So I switched it on, and sure enough, it worked like a dream: and then I had to just try to back out of the room slowly, hoping to God that Terry would not ever mention this random act of complete and utter stupidity again, but knowing with utter certainty that he will probably torment me with it for the rest of my life. GOD.

Just to prove that I’m not the MOST stupid member of our household, though, remember how I said I’d taken off my skirt and petticoat? Well, I’d dumped the petticoat (which is one of those white tulle numbers that looks absolutely enormous when you put it down somewhere) on one of the office chairs temporarily, and when I came back into the room to collect it, I discovered Rubin standing at the chair, wagging his tail enthusiastically, and giving excited little barks at it. From his behaviour, we deduced that Rubin thought I was the petticoat – or that it was ME, rather. I didn’t know whether to be flattered (I mean, if you’re going to be mistaken for an item of clothing, I guess a petticoat is quite a glamorous one to be, no?) or offended, but in the end I settled on just being grateful that it helped distract Terry from the whole ‘Steam Cleaner’ incident for a few seconds.

And that’s what happened The Day I Wore the Skirt.

full midi skirt and bardot top
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Louche Luxe ‘Kienna’ matt satin skirt c/o JOY the Store; Collectif sweater; Christian Louboutin shoes

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  • Žanete
    August 1, 2016

    Rubin must have been very surprised to see you coming into the room if he thought that you were already there. 😀

  • Gemma
    August 1, 2016

    If it helps, I once bought a new laptop because I thought my old one was completely dead and wouldn’t turn on.
    Actually I hadn’t turned the wall socket on when I plugged it in so the battery was just dead.
    Stupidity can be expensive.

  • Amy
    August 1, 2016

    Oh that is so something that I would / have done!!! The skirt is pretty lovely though 🙂 x

  • Jaynie
    August 1, 2016

    The first cell phone I had, as a teen I left on constantly, and usually charged it before the battery died, so it has never turned itself off…until it did. We got so far as to ask for help at the shop! “Yes, ladies, this is a power button…”

    I don’t think my mum and I stopped laughing about that one for several hours!

  • CiCi Marie
    August 1, 2016

    Haha your dog thought you were a petticoat! That is one of my favourite dog stories so far, thanks for that 😀

  • Anna nuttall
    August 1, 2016

    When we use to live in a rental place and was tidying up the place before we handed back the keys to the landlord, my husband and I) both thought the vacuum cleaner was broken. It turns out we needed to put a hoover bag in. lol

  • Sandra
    August 1, 2016

    Something like that happens to me all the time, really.
    One day I thought my car broken. In the end, only the steering wheel lock was activated – ooops.

    Oh, and Rubin is just too cute! What a funny story. 😉

    Many hugs,
    Sandra <3

  • Myra
    August 1, 2016

    Glad you’re back to writing about your life, very funny. I love that skirt

  • Nickolina Jacoby
    August 1, 2016

    Your global confession defused his potential teasing about it and most of us can relate to the situation because we have done something similar.

  • Loved the post. Don’t feel so bad about it, our son tried in vain to use our lawnmower for the very first time. It has the same problem, figuring out where the ON switch is. As you could pull the ripcord time after time and never get it started. I’m glad to hear that you were able to save your beloved skirt, for it looks great..


  • Sophikita
    August 2, 2016

    I like reading your blog due to your funny writing style, little stories like this are great but you also make outfit posts etc more “personal” just by your take on them 🙂

  • Cora
    August 3, 2016

    This is an outfit I love! So then keep it on! Love the skirt!

    • Amber
      August 3, 2016

      Are you being paid to post on my blog, Cora?

  • Miss Kitty
    August 4, 2016

    Hello Amber, I got a notification from Bloglovin to say you had a new post up, but it doesn’t appear on your blog? Do posts sometimes get deleted, or am I just missing something? The post was Things I Learned About Money at University, or something like that.

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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 ❤️ ⁣
(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 😂)⁣
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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 😥😥😥

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