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I’ve reached the point where it feels weird not to mention the Referendum.

Actually, I’ll be honest: it’s felt weird for MONTHS now.

The truth is, although this is, for the most part, a light-hearted look at my life through fashion, beauty and all of the frivolous things that fill my head most of the time (I mean, there were GNOMES. In my garden. HOW?), those aren’t the ONLY things that fill my head, and I would hate for you to think that they are.  And while I wouldn’t describe myself as a particularly political person, this referendum is hugely important to me, and, of course, to my country. It could change EVERYTHING.

Today, Scotland will decide whether or not it should become an independent country. Tomorrow I could wake up in a different world. All of a sudden, that outfit post I was planning to publish feels almost like a lie by omission. I would press publish on that post, and you’d see me rattling on about shoes and clothes, and what you wouldn’t realise is that I’ve spent the last few weeks talking about little else but today, and what it might mean. That I have literally lost sleep over it. That I’ve written and re-written this post about twenty times now, and that I’m still not even sure I’m going to publish it: never talk about religion or politics, huh?

So today I won’t post about fashion, or makeup, or any of those things. I also won’t post about the referendum itself, as much as I want to. I actually DID write a post about it a few weeks ago, but, having given it a lot of thought, and talked it through with Terry, I came to the conclusion that our business, of which this blog is a part, is not the place for politics, and especially not for arguing about politics, which is what I suspect any post on the subject will descend into.  But at the same time, this is important to me, and I want to acknowledge that.

It bothers me that, by reading my blog, you might be encouraged to think that there isn’t a thought in my head outside of shoes and dresses: there is, and although the focus of this blog has been very fashion-centric over the last couple of years, it is, first and foremost, a diary, and an attempt to tell the story of my life through snippets of words and pictures. I can never give you the FULL story, but I can at least give you a more rounded version of it, and this is it. A lot of my readers have told me they like it when bloggers (and fashion bloggers in particular), step away from the shiny surfaces and staged photoshoots and provide a glimpse of their “real” selves.

So this is me. I’m Amber. I love shoes and dresses, and tonight I’ll sit up until the small hours, waiting for the results to come in on the most important vote I’ll ever participate in.  And more than anything, I hope that after today, how everyone voted will be less important than how we all move forward, and learn to respect  and tolerate each other’s different beliefs. I don’t know about you, but I think that would be the biggest – and best – change of all.

[Normal service will resume shortly.]

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  • Mum

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    Well said. Important day, long night. Wine in stock.

    September 18, 2014
  • Catherine

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    That last paragraph is heartwarming and it’s exactly what I think as well. I hope that whatever the outcome of the vote all Scots unite and move forward together.

    Will your websites still be under the .co.uk domain if independence happens? (I know nothing about these things)

    September 18, 2014
  • Yes!

    September 18, 2014
  • Quite an emotional day as I remember this being talked of since the 70s when I was a child. I don’t have a vote as I’m in London now. But whatever the outcome I hope it will lead to real change and it’s been brilliant to see people having a say in their future.

    Glued to the telly!

    September 18, 2014
  • Amanda

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    I suggest going to bed. First results from smaller regions are expected 2am, and the final result isn’t expected until 6.30am on Friday.

    There’s a list of expected declaration times by region here: http://election.pressassociation.com/Declaration_times/scotland_ref_2014_by_time.php

    My region’s result expected at 5am.

    It’s been pretty intense and emotional though. And a bit weird – who ever thought you’d pass teenagers in the street having political discussions?

    September 18, 2014
      • Amanda

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        Given my ‘druthers, I’d probably be staying up too 🙂

        September 18, 2014
  • I actually came by (after a long while) to your blog to see if you did have any posts about this. It’s s big deal and probably want to stay and watch.
    But here’s a good luck to Scotland in moving forward despite whichever of the many paths they take.

    September 18, 2014
  • It actually doesn’t even slightly surprise me that you have been giving this a lot of thought outside your blog – you’re quite clearly a super switched on and intelligent person from the way you write! Being on the other side of the potential future border, I’m finding this also quite a lot of food for thought too… and I also want to stay up to watch what happens. Like you say, I hope whatever happens it results in the best future for our two countries!

    September 18, 2014
  • Maria

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    My best friend just moved to Scotland so I’ve been anxiously reading the news. I’m thinking of you Amber and wishing you and Scotland the best and success in moving forward no matter the outcome. — From Boston, USA.

    September 18, 2014
  • Jill

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    I was in Scotland this summer for the first times, and it was one of the most lovely places I’ve ever been in my life. In fact, I’m applying for a job position there for next year. I wish you all good luck in the future no matter which way the vote goes.

    September 18, 2014
  • Perfect. I wait with baited breath.

    September 18, 2014
  • Thank you for sharing Amber. I live in the U.S., so I haven’t heard much from a personal perspective about this. I really respect that you put thought into what you share on your blog. This is the kind of event in life that is so impactful that I would think all of your readers would like to hear about it. It’s so exciting. I don’t think I could sleep. I wish Scotland all the best moving forward.

    September 18, 2014
  • Liz Tea Bee

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    I actually assumed you would have strong feelings about it. I didn’t know enough about it (or you) to know how you’d feel about it but you just don’t strike me as the kind of person who would be an uninformed voter.

    The results are due in the wee hours of the morning here (Massachusetts). I will probably groggily check my phone when I get up with the baby. For an American, I’m weirdly invested in the outcome.

    September 18, 2014
  • I follow you closely and had wondered whether you would be posting something about this or not. Being an expat myself, currently living in the UK, it sounds odd to my ears to hear you refer to Scotland as “my country”. I guess because, although I have been here 10 yrs now I still think of the US as my country, odd really because I am currently going through the naturlization process. Your post & thoughts were warm and heartfelt. Hope the outcome is what you want. x

    September 19, 2014
  • Cristina

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    Well said.
    I always find it interesting how the effects of such a momentous decision reach further than most people realise.
    From my time living in Spain, I know there will be a few regions there highly interested in the results, and even in Australia the referendum has brought up the republic question again.
    But, like you said, the most important thing is what happens after.

    September 19, 2014
  • I know it’s a little late, but I am so happy to see this personal side of you. As an American, I found this vote to be extremely interesting, and, in my opinion, a rich moment in history. Whatever your desired result may have been, I wish Scotland the best of luck moving forward. Such an exciting time for all involved!

    September 19, 2014
  • Fran

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    I have woken up anxiously to this result too. Here’s to hoping it was the one to make you happy. x

    September 19, 2014
  • Whether you write of shoes and fashion, or the making of modern history, your intelligence shines through. Great post x

    September 20, 2014
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