red hair in the sun

Walk This Way


Zara check wiggle dress

red hair in the sun

Dress: Zara // Boots: Topshop Barley2 (old) // clutch: vintage c/o my mum’s closet // suglasses: House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’

OK, first up, I have absolutely no idea what that weird green light on my stomach is in the very first photo. There aren’t any mysterious marks on my dress (for once) so it’s obviously something in the picture itself, but WHAT? Terry says moisture on the lens, but it wasn’t raining, and there definitely wasn’t any humidity in the air, so I’m thinking probably more like an alien impregnation in progress or something? I was going to try to Photoshop it out, but I decided just to leave it, so that if I DO start to exhibit behaviour consistent with an alien takeover of my body/mind (“BUT HOW WILL WE KNOW?!” I hear you cry…), you’ll all at least have had some prior warning, and will be able to alert the appropriate authorities. (Note to self: find out who appropriate authorities are in cases of alien takeover of fashion bloggers.) And also because, seriously, I know I don’t have the most exciting life in the world, but even I have better things to do with my time than Photoshop weird green marks off my stomach. Well, Sims Social isn’t going to play itself, is it?

Anyway, enough of these alien-impregnation shenanigans, and on to the outfit. Actually, I wasn’t going to post these photos: this dress is new, and has quickly become a favourite, but unfortunately it just doesn’t photograph well, so while I love it in real life, I don’t think the photos really do it justice. (That may be something to do with the aliens too, who knows?) (I’m going to blame the aliens for everything now, by the way. Always good to have a scapegoat, and Rubin’s tired of it always being him…)

I decided to show you it anyway, though, because remember back when I said I was going to tell the story of my clothes? Well, this dress has a story. No, don’t worry, it’s not one of those stories where I don’t buy the dress, then it sells out, and I have to spend months stalking it on eBay. (Although I DO have one of those stories in stock too, funnily enough…) No, the purchase of this dress was pretty uneventful. Its first outing, however, was not. See, a few weeks ago, my parents surprised Terry and I with tickets to the theatre, so this weekend we took them for afternoon tea at The Peacock, to thank them. (That wasn’t when these photos were taken, by the way: I’ve actually worn this dress twice already since I bought it. Only one time attracted the attention of the OMGALIENS, though…)

The Peacock Inn

(Side note: The Peacock doesn’t actually do its afternoon teas at the weekend, but when Terry called to book, the person on the phone said they weren’t busy, so it would be fine. But they neglected to relay this information to the people who would actually be working that day, so we turned up, all ready for some cake n’ cocktails, and they could not have been more surprised to see us. They also could not have been nicer about it, though, because even although they weren’t prepared for afternoon tea, they made it for us anyway, and they even baked the scones from scratch especially. Isn’t that amazing? If you’re ever in Edinburgh, you should totally go there. But not on the weekend if you want afternoon tea, obviously…)

afternoon tea

(I had intended to take some photos of the rest of the food, like a proper blogger, but they brought out the champagne first, and after that I was all, “Meh, who cares?” Because I’m THAT kind of blogger…)

Where was I? Oh yes: we went to The Peacock, and then, on the way home, my parents suggested we pop into Ikea, just to remind ourselves how fortunate we are not to have to go to Ikea most weekends. Now, as crazy as it might sound to visit Ikea when you don’t have to, Terry and I agreed to this because, as you might recall, we’re hoping to buy a new house soon, and that means that all of our spare time and energy is currently spent looking at houses (on the internet, naturally: we’re not at the stage of actually viewing them in person yet), talking about houses, and, when we get tired of that, looking at things to put inside houses.

So, off we went.

It was as we walked through the door and were confronted with the huge staircase leading up to the main part of the store that I realised I was in trouble. You see, this dress is basically what’s known as a “wiggle” dress. The space at the bottom is really, really narrow,  and although it’s fine to walk in, walking up stairs is, well, not so fine. Folks, I could barely do it. Or rather, I could… but I could only do it by adopting a bizarre, crab-like movement where I kind of pressed my legs together at the knees and then swung them from side to side as I encountered each step. GOD.

Terry took the sensible measure of pretending he didn’t know me. My parents, meanwhile? They just stood at the top of the stairs and laughed. They’re probably still laughing now, actually. My mum has told me to bring the dress with me next time I come round, so she can put a little kick-pleat in the back. She said this through tears of laughter, though, so, I dunno, it could be that she just wants to see me wear it again so they can try to make me run uphill in it or something. I mean, I bought the dress for me, but really, it’s brought joy to the whole family. I should buy dresses more often, shouldn’t I?

(*Haha, just joking, Terry! Like I could POSSIBLY buy dresses more often!)

[Disclaimer: Yes, I had a coat with me – I just took it off for a few seconds to take photos!]

Boots | Everybody, Everywear

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  • rebecca299


    That dress is so pretty, omg! I wish I could wear something like that, but I’m not skinny enough.
    Oh, and the mental image of you trying to climb the stairs made my day… 😀

    November 14, 2012
  • GORGEOUS dress. Love it. And don’t even get me started on the boots. Fab – love this look!!


    November 14, 2012
  • Rachel


    Haha many a time I’ve done that crab walk up the stairs, and then side stepped down them. I am trying to master a new way to climb stairs in my wiggle skirts/dresses, so far nothing has worked and its back to the crab, although my mum used to run like that :/ And whenever I wear heels and have to walk down a hill, I walk backwards!

    November 14, 2012
  • Steffi


    Just commenting because I NEED to say that you look absolutely gorgeous in that dress, and that Terry’ photos keep getting better, too.

    I feel like I’m a bit starstruck with you, Amber. (In a totally non-creepy way, I promise.)

    November 14, 2012
  • Stunning dress, despite the alien impregnation.

    I have the same problem with a few of my skirts and dresses but when I go to get in out SUV. I literally have to turn to the side, slide my bum in and then swing my legs around otherwise I can’t get in. Sometimes I think these dresses need to come with manuals.


    November 14, 2012
  • aida


    this post is the best thing i’ve read in a couple of years, i think

    November 14, 2012
  • You look absolutely stunning in that outfit.

    Thought you were looking down at the green light on your stomach until I started to read your post.

    November 14, 2012
  • Fran


    The third picture is a really beautiful portrait of you! Awesome hair. 🙂

    November 14, 2012
  • What am incredible, femme fatale dress! Your Ikea trauma sounds a lot like the time I wore a new pencil skirt, which was absolutely fine on a trip downhill to the station, to London and back but then rendered walking home UPhill totally impossible (well, I started, and could only take tiny geisha-style steps, so got my mum to give me a lift). Oops.

    November 14, 2012
  • Wowza! Gorgeous dress AND with long sleeves! But things are never perfect, as your family-entertainment crab walk proved (omg! sorry, still laughing on that!)
    Thumbs up to fabulous moms in the world who do wonders to make a poorly sewn dress as gorgeous as it should be. When Zara fails, your mom is there for the rescue!
    (we all should start sewing, don’t we?)
    As for the alien things, those are just sun rays reflecting on the lens of the camera while the pic was captured, and I actually think they give a natural outdoor light feeling to the pictures. Very pretty, despite it turned out as a green thing on your dress! 😀

    November 14, 2012
  • Lovely dress! Funny alien impregnation story. And thank you for the crab walk visuals. Such a riot!

    November 14, 2012
  • Love the dress, and I really like how you wore it with these boots! I can see why they keep using your pics to sell boots on ebay, because you always wear amazing outfits and you look gorgeous in them. hehe Just kidding. Of course that’s not an excuse to use them. But it was meant as a compliment…
    Love the shape of the boots, and I think the dress looks great in photos! It must be even better in real life.
    I laughed a bit when I read the last part. You made it sound so funny! But I guess it wasn’t so funny for you! Also, how nice of them to serve you high tea and bake scones just for you! Sounds like a great place!

    November 14, 2012
  • Wow, Amber, stunning silhouette in an amazing dress! Plus I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe and almost cried about the IKEA stairs story. All I have by way of pencil-skirt commiseration is an entire day stuck in a building with looong ramps between all the levels and yanking my hem back down wasn’t even funny for other people. But congrats on your alien impregnation! Tossing around any names yet?

    November 14, 2012
  • It’s a beautiful dress, no wonder aliens are after it. We are trying to sell our house at the moment, you don’t fancy moving to Coventry do you? No, thought not! Lol. X

    November 14, 2012
  • Just to turn this all round to be about me, I used to work in John Menzies (remember them?) and our uniform included a very tight pencil skirt… in which they expected us to climb very large ladders in the stockroom? Bad planning, John Menzies, bad planning.

    November 15, 2012
  • Totally know what you mean with the dress, I wore a pencil skirt at the weekend with no split or no Lycra it was a NIGHTMARE to walk in, not just steps but actually walking, needless to say I spent most of the night sitting in the corner! Think I’ll have to get my mum to alter mine too. Love that dress by the way, would love to see it in the flesh, any excuse to hit Zara.

    November 15, 2012
  • Absolutely gorgeous outfit from head to toe!

    November 16, 2012
  • You look so beautiful and I think you did a wonderful job with photography – the dress is fab, with the green lights or not. 🙂

    November 19, 2012
  • Love your boots. Wicked.

    November 22, 2012
  • YOu look lovely in this dress alien green light and all! I think this is a definite must have piece…It may find its way into my closet too!

    November 30, 2012
  • Ashley Holmes


    Do you care to tell how the sizing on that dress runs? I am worried an x-small or even a small will be too tight on me. I am 33-25-34 and I was wondering whether I would fit small or x-small. Any ideas?

    November 30, 2012