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The (Black and) White Stripes

black and white midi skirt with high heels

black shoes with black and white stripe skirt

This weekend was the first time I’d worn “real” clothes (By which I mean “anything other than the scruffy old jeans and t-shirts I deemed suitable for hauling boxes around, stripping wallpaper and scrubbing floors in…”) in, ooh, about a month, maybe? (Er, it was also the first time we’d taken outfit photos since Miami, hence my strangely clenched fist and half-closed eyes in the first one: whoops!) We went out to dinner on Sunday, and even Terry commented on how good it felt to be wearing ACTUAL clothes, that weren’t covered in paint and God knows what else. Small pleasures, people, small pleasures.

Anyway, up until this weekend, my clothes had been unpacked, but crammed into any space we could find for them. On Friday, though, Terry finished fitting the hanging rails in my new dressing room: it’s still far from finished, but with the  clothes storage in place, I could finally hang up my stuff, so I spent a pleasant Saturday morning getting re-acquainted with all of my dresses and skirts, and then a slightly less-pleasant part of the afternoon on the mammoth task of ironing clothes that had been lying in a heap on the bedroom floor, or stuffed into a closet with no thought whatsoever. I absolutely detest ironing, so I only got as far as this skirt before I got bored and gave up, so I decided that hey, might as well wear it since I just went to the trouble of ironing it!

I’ve actually had this skirt since March, or thereabouts, but I think this is only the second time I’ve worn it, because in the old house it kept getting shoved to the back of the closet, which meant I’d totally forget I even owned it. That happened a LOT in the old house, which is why I’m so excited to finally have everything organised, and out on display, where I can see what I have, and, you know, actually WEAR it from time to time, rather than just re-discovering it once every three years. “You’ll be much better dressed now,” said Terry, as he stood back to admire his handiwork on Friday night, which, yeah, thanks Tez.

Actually, I’m hoping I WILL be a bit better dressed now that I won’t have to fight my way through mounds of clothes just to get dressed every morning, or have half of my stuff in storage at any given time. Honestly, I feel like I haven’t just gained a new house: it’s like I’ve gained a whole bunch of new clothes, into the bargain. I can’t promise this will stop me wearing my usual uniform of full skirt + fitted top + heels, though. A fashion blogger never changes her spots stripes, after all.

Hey, want to see a cool trick?

one-legged Amber

OMG, I HAVE ONE LEG! My younger self would be all, “I TOLD YOU SO!” at this photo, seriously…

[Skirt: Star by Julien MacDonald | Top: Dorothy Perkins | Shoes: Buffalo ‘Beyza’, c/o Sarenza]

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  • Fran
    August 26, 2013

    That is such a lovely outfit! Black and white really are just about the most elegant colours around in combination (though I think there is much to be said for black and certain shades of pink). Also, congratulations about finishing putting the dresses away! How is the wall of shoes coming along? And I so much envy you for possessing an actual dressing room. I suppose I would spend my time pretending to be an 18th century lady preparing for audiences for the king and intent on choosing a dress. For I am strange. 😛

  • lanciacoriandoli
    August 26, 2013

    such a lovely look! <3


  • Elizabeth @ Rosalilium
    August 26, 2013

    One of the plus points of moving house is definitely finding possessions you forgot you owned. I do this all the time and it’s like Christmas all over again!

  • Erika
    August 26, 2013

    Yay for outfit posts! Yours are always my favorite. Yes, having a proper dressing room/closet space makes getting dressed so much easier. 🙂

  • Tatyana
    August 26, 2013

    I love this skirt!!! You just look so cute and gorgeous!!! I want a new house 🙂 xxx

  • Laura
    August 26, 2013

    You look stunning, that skirt is amazing, it’s beetlejuice chic! I can’t wait to see all your hidden treasures now you’re living the dream of having your very own dressing room!
    I’ve really enjoyed having a glass of wine and catching up with your blog this bank holiday evening, it’s been more entertaining than a soap opera and I wooped out loud when you got your house! It looks beautiful and I hope you, Terry and Rubin are very happy there. Just think of all that new territory for Rubin to conquer! Hope he’s settling in OK.
    Can’t wait to see your finished dressing room, I’m sure Terry has done you proud. X

  • Mana
    August 26, 2013

    I love this skirt, and one legged photographs are my favorite. My aunt and I used to stand on one leg in protest because my grandmother made us wear hats for Easter. In all of her Easter photos there’s my Aunt and I standing together like flamingos.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Tracey
    August 26, 2013

    Dear Terry

    You are a wonderful, wonderful man.


    p.s. Amber you look terrific 🙂

  • Kristian
    August 27, 2013

    Well, I love that skirt and hope to see it more now that you’ve got a big dressing room 🙂

  • Dom
    September 3, 2013

    Love that skirt – may I ask where the belt is from? Love it

    • Amber
      September 3, 2013

      I think it was from New Look or somewhere like that – it’s quite old now, so any label it might have had has long since rubbed off, I’m afraid!

  • Jade
    September 6, 2013

    gosh love the outfit! skirt looks just like the Ben de Lisi for Principles at Debenhams skirt, i loved it so much i bought it twice! gorgeous ^_^ xX

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