Twenty Thirteen








It was a funny old year.

And not always in the “LOLZ” sense, either.

I’ll be honest: for the first six months of 2013, I was pretty sure it was going to be that dragon I talked about in my slightly-awkward New Year’s Eve post back in January. In fact, I was seriously considering asking for my money back, and just heading on to 2014, where you’d find me waiting for you all with my feet up, and a nice glass of wine.

In retrospect, though, it doesn’t seem quite that bad.  In fact, it seems pretty damn good. Oh, there was stress, to be sure. I wrote a lot about the stress connected to selling our house, and buying the next one, but there were other sources of stress, too: things I didn’t write about, because I couldn’t write about them, but which meant that by the time I headed off to Miami, at the end of June, I was basically just a great big ball of STRESS.

That holiday marked the turning point in the year.









The sun shone. The stress melted away. Terry slept for about seven hours, under a tree, and woke up like a new man. The house was totally haunted, and really not all that clean, but I didn’t care (OK, I kind of DID care about the “not that clean” bit), because somehow the dragon had been slain, and as D Ream famously proclaimed, things could only get better.

And they did. In the last few days of that trip, we found out that we still had a shot at buying the house we thought we’d missed out on. We came home and moved three weeks later: it was, once again, a time of complete and utter stressfulness, but this time the stress had a purpose, and we knew it would be short-lived, so even that doesn’t seem so bad now that I look back on it from a safe distance.

So, here we are, ending the year in a new house, in a new village, and everything is different.





Well, almost everything, anyway. The  important things are still the same, and the important things are that we’re here, we’re healthy, we’re alive: we made it through another year, and it was a pretty good one, all things considered.







As always at this time of year, I want close by saying a big “thank you” to those of you who are reading this … or who are STILL reading, I should say, because, damn, that was a lot of photos. Sorry. Seriously, though: thank you. This has been a bit of a weird year for the blog: a lot of the time I’ve felt that I just haven’t had much to say, or anything much to show you, and that’s never a good thing for a blogger, so the fact that there are still people out there reading my ramblings, and taking the time to comment on them, is seriously amazing to me, and I appreciate it more than I can tell you.

As a small token of my gratitude, I leave you with my favourite photo of the year:

Happy Rubin

If 2014 is even half as happy as Rubin looks in this photo, I think it’ll be a pretty good one, too.

Happy new year, everyone!

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  • 2013 in outfits:

    December 31, 2013
  • Happy New Year Amber. And thank you for a wonderful 2013 on your blog.

    Best wishes from Denmark


    December 31, 2013
  • I LOVE your pink outfit in the final photograph!

    Also, your hair colour is stunning. Is it natural? I kinda hope not because I’d love to be able to buy it in a box! If you do dye it, which shade do you use?

    B xx

    December 31, 2013
  • Happy new heels Amber!

    December 31, 2013
  • Happy New Year Amber 🙂 x

    December 31, 2013
  • I hope everyone’s 2014 is as happy as Rubin in that last pic.

    I’ve probably said before but I’m not a fan of “new years” (I like the eve party bit, just not the impending year bit) as I always think it’ll be nothing new or improved just scary bits. However, if I look back on this last year I ended up returning to work in October after 14 odd years doing the housewifery thing and I surprised myself by loving it and rediscovering me (if that makes sense!). So although I think doom and gloom about “New Years” it could be ok.

    Ahem…sorry, I seem to have made this all about me!
    Hope you, Terry and Rubin have a great new year, I also hope you continue to blog and post pretty pics of clothes and shoes as I now need others to shop for me as I don’t have as much time now! LOL!

    December 31, 2013
  • I just love that photo of Rubin, he looks so happy! Wishing you a very Happy New Year Amber x

    December 31, 2013
  • Mhairi Cosgrove


    Happy New Year to you and Terry. Hope 2014 is happy, healthy and stress free for you all x x

    December 31, 2013
  • Emma


    Long time follower but first time commenting – just want to say I love reading your blog and am delighted that this year has turned out so well for you. Wishing you all a very happy 2014.

    December 31, 2013
  • Happy new year Amber! I’ve really enjoyed the blog this year personally and am pleased you are now in a happier place. Have a great time seeing in 2014 with Terry & Rubin.
    I’m not one for celebrating NYE these days, toddlers wait for no mum at 6 or 7am so I’ll be asleep well before midnight ready for parkrun at 9am on NYD where I celebrate the new year with my running family 🙂
    Best wishes for 2014 x

    December 31, 2013
  • Happy New Year Amber, Terry and the Rubinman! I hope you have a really wonderful, relaxing 2014. You certainly deserve it. I’ve loved reading your blog this year, even though I haven’t been commenting as often I have been reading just as regularly. Oh, and I’m not sure if you saw it but last night on BBC1 there was this one-off drama called The Thirteenth Tale and it was awesome – it was set in a spooky old stately home type place. You should still be able to catch it on the iplayer and you totally should. It was right up your street! xxx

    December 31, 2013
  • I started reading forever Amber earlier this year and loved it. I’m not really one to follow “fashion” blogs but your writing style pulls me in, it is full of humour and honest. I look forward to reading your posts when the pop up on my list. Happy New year to you. X

    December 31, 2013
  • Your dog is seriously the cutest & I love your style in all of these pictures. Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2014
  • Happy new year to you, Amber, and to Terry and Rubin. I hope that 2014 is much more stress-free for all of you. And fun. Rubin should not get to have all the fun. 🙂

    January 1, 2014
  • Have a wonderful 2014, Amber! I think I started reading your blog around this time last year, so it’s lovely to see a reminder of the year. There are so many OMGZIWANTZ in this post. I love your outfits and am insanely jealous of your beautiful dresses, shoe shelves and dog.

    Can’t wait for more eye candy soon!

    Corinne x

    January 1, 2014
  • Happy New Year! It must be lovely to have so many photos to look back on for the year showing how happy/twirly you were on so many occasions. And what bloody fabulous outfits you wore! Here’s to a happy 2014 xxx

    January 1, 2014
  • Happy New Year Amber! I hope that 2014 will be even better than 2013 was.
    I really enjoyed seeing these photos again, because I really love your style. And of course I don’t mind at all reading your posts….on the contrary. Rubin is really cute in the last photo. Such a photogenic dog! My pets dislike the camera. hehe

    January 1, 2014
  • Sonya Dempsey


    A very belated Happy New Year to yourself, Terry and little Ruben! 🙂 I avidly read your ramblings and love nothing better than to leave it a while, let them all pile up and kick back and pass an hour being entertained by your tales.
    Wishing you all the vey best in your new home and in life in general! X

    January 21, 2014