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Things I Should Know By Now

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If you’re not totally happy with the outfit when you look in the mirror, it won’t magically look better in the photos you try to take of it anyway. Just wear something else.


It doesn’t matter how long you wait for the UPS man to arrive: he will arrive as soon as you leave the house or get into the shower.


As soon as my fringe gets to the length I was growing it out to, I will want to cut it. As soon as I cut it, I will want to grow it out.


Don’t touch the curling irons to see if they’re hot: seriously, just stop doing that.


If you’re an introvert and/or shy, there is nothing lonelier than being in a crowd.


You can check your closet as many times as you like: you will not all-of-a sudden discover an amazing item of clothing you’d totally forgotten you had. (I can’t be only one who does this, surely? Like, you find yourself thinking, “You know what would look great with this skirt? A purple shirt!”And then you and look in your closet for one, even although you know beyond doubt that you have never owned such an item in your life, therefore there’s no possible chance of you finding one. Yet still you look…)


I will keep on checking, anyway.


Smiling like a maniac when you meet new people doesn’t make them think you’re friendly: it just makes them think you’re a maniac.


Reading books is important for my mental health, and I should do it more often. Also, books should be available on prescription.


People don’t ask enough  questions. This should no longer be a surprise.


Being an adult doesn’t necessarily mean you no longer get scared when you’re in the house alone at night. Especially when the dog starts pretending he can hear something downstairs…


The dog will ALWAYS pretend he can hear something downstairs when you’re the only person in the house with him. Every single time.


Finishing up the Christmas chocolate is not some kind of ‘challenge’ you have to meet. It’s not an item on the ‘To Do’ list, either.


You only ever spot the typos after the article is published.


I will probably never be able to come up with the last item for a list post…

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  • The Other Emma


    I should stick the list on my fridge. Also you will never have a moment when you feel like a real adult, just accept that the rest of the world sees you as one and carry pretending that you are.

    January 18, 2016
  • Haha, so true on the Christmas chocolate. “But I need to finish it so I won’t be tempted by it any more, then I can eat healthy after that” is usually my excuse. It’s a terrible excuse.

    January 18, 2016
  • I found myself agreeing with a lot of your things 🙂 Worst time to spot typos is when your tweet has been reposted several times or when the blog url has generated.

    Also in love with that skirt!

    January 18, 2016
  • Mariya


    06. I have the opposite problem – I decide I have nothing to wear, walk in Zara “just to look”, eye an item, and realise I ALREADY HAVE IT, but completely forgot about it, because working from home, I live in leggings and blank out when I have to wear actual clothes.
    07. Ditto for the dog. I have a yappy Maltese that is always on point when someone’s at the door, but sometimes freaks out, stares at *something* in the dark hall and deliberately growls at the something.
    Thank you Amber for existing & writing, it gives me a much needed piece of mind

    January 18, 2016
  • Theresa


    This list is accurate. I particularly identify with thinking someone is in the house, only to figure out ot’s my cats.

    January 18, 2016
  • Ha, had to laugh at someone above because I frequently buy things only to realise I had something reaaaallly similar already in my wardrobe, just e.g. another colour, slightly different width of stripes, an inch longer, etc etc. Always doing this with tops in particular!

    But I do often think a magical item of clothing that I haven’t bought 3 times will appear still, anyway…

    January 18, 2016
  • Jackie


    Yes to the books! A prescription would be lovely as no one could then criticize all the time I spend reading. The one thing I’ve found recently, that at least makes it less expensive, is that our library has a digital collection. You can check out e-books and download them to an e-reader. Not only do I save money through buying fewer books, but there are also no late fees! In addition to e-books they have audiobooks, videos and music. I’ve been using the music to download to my phone to give my treadmill “running” (which in no way resembles real running but a very slow and sad walk/jog combination – but I’m getting better) some variety. Less money on books = more money for dresses (say the lindybop sale…). I have no idea if this will be the same in another country but it is worth looking into!

    January 18, 2016
  • TinaD


    When you smile at people, they think you’re a maniac. When you don’t smile at people, they think you bitchy and a fool in the bargain, because who wouldn’t want to be friends with them?

    Also, the only typo you miss in proofreading the publication will be the one on the cover.

    January 18, 2016
  • 05. Yes, just yes.
    08. Why is it so hard to get the friendliness level correct? I either look way too eager or way to grumpy. Will I ever achieve a happy medium?
    09. A book prescription would be perfect. Then it would be possible to say “But I can’t do that right now. My doctor says I must read.” Who would argue with that?
    10. I was just talking to someone about the lack of questions. I am pretty sure it made them think I was nuts. But I do wonder why so few people ask questions. Isn’t it a sign of interest? Don’t people want to show they are interested in others and in the subject being talked about? Did you notice that I just asked questions there?

    January 18, 2016
  • Yeah, what is it with dogs barking/growling at imaginary noises when you’re home alone. Mine never barks when my husbands home but never stops when I’m home alone.
    And double yes to only spotting typos after posting.
    Jen x

    January 18, 2016
  • Yes! Number 3! I play musical fringes too! I basically only get my hair cut once a year – once to get the fringe, then once when the fringe is growing out and I get a long bob to make it all the same length again. Whichever phase I’m in I immediately want the other one, without fail. Also the dog thing – Bonnie loves to sit bolt upright in the middle of the night and growl intently at a supposedly empty corner of the room. I swear sometimes she’s doing it to freak me out.

    January 18, 2016
  • Oh for me I need one that says you will not have things you consider your style if you keep being afraid to try the things you want to wear on let alone buy the things.

    It’s a constant problem with me. I see it, I love it and then I’m afraid to try it/buy it so I’m stuck in a jeans/leggings and tee rut when I want to have a Audrey Hepburn in funny facestyle. Buy the black ankle pants, buy the boat neck sweaters.

    Fashion and Happy Things

    January 18, 2016
  • Ahahaha, I loved reading this post!! As always, your writing is great.
    xx, Pia

    January 19, 2016
  • That is *SO* true of the UPS guy.

    January 19, 2016
  • I am convinced someday I will find a forgotten gem in my wardrobe, I definitely rummage around in there like it’s Narnia! I caught myself over-smiling this weekend meeting a BUNCH of new people, which was terrifying (for me and anyone wondering who the cheshire cat was!). Introverts + masses of mostly non-introverted people =awkward. ;-/

    January 19, 2016
  • No 11. I’ve found myself checking the inside of my wardrobes armed with a bread knife before. I don’t know what I would have done if there had actually been an intruder – made him a sandwich?

    January 19, 2016
  • Number 14 is so true!

    January 20, 2016