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Winter woes, winter clothes

full yellow skirt with black tights and black sweater

Vivien of Holloway slash neck top with black beret and yellow skirt

retro winter outfit featuring full yellow skirt, black slash-neck top and black beret

Remember that mild cold I was complaining about last week? The one I was really hoping wouldn’t get any worse?

Yeah, it got worse.

Actually, by the time that post went live, it was so much worse that I was pretty sure I had the flu, not just the cold. (And also that I would probably die from it, because, you know, health anxiety. There’s no such thing as a ‘touch of the flu’ to a hypochondriac, amiright?) I had the sore joints, the dramatic changes in temperature (One minute I was so cold I was begging Terry to bring me a hot water bottle, the next I was so hot I was throwing the damn thing across the room, and seriously thinking about about running outside and rolling around in that snow you see in the photos…), the non-stop whining about how baaaaaaaad I felt, and how unfaaaaaaiiiirr it was. Then, when Terry came to bed, I managed to wake him up by suddenly sitting bolt upright, while shrieking, “WHAT’S THAT?!” and pointing at a random spot on the other side of the room. So, fun times at our house, for sure!

Anyway, it may not have been quite the weekend I’d planned, and I’m well and truly DONE with being sick all the time now, but, on the plus side, I’m hoping that’s my annual winter cold out of the way now, and I can look forward to being lurgy-free for the rest of the year now. Too much to hope for? Yes, I think so too. Sucks, doesn’t it? The upshot of all of this, though, is that last week’s mood of, “Yay! Am total girlboss!” has been replaced by one of, “GOD, I”m so far behind with everything I’ll probably never catch up now, and I’ve just this second realised that this outfit is almost identical to the last one I posted, just with a different colour of skirt*: whoops!” (*It’s also a different top, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it, would you?)

In other words: SEND CHOCOLATE.  And also wine. And maybe some ideas for blogging-related topics I can write about this Sunday, because Terry’s just told me he thinks he’s coming down with that cold/flu hybrid we thought I’d managed to avoid passing on to him, and my brain’s just told me it doesn’t feel like coming up with any ideas of its own this week. Yikes.

On the plus side, though, I may still have been recovering from the cold when these photos were taken, but at least the snow stuck around for long enough to let me get another set of (albeit very similar) outfit shots out of it, huh? I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’m almost sad that’s gone now. Almost.

full yellow skirt with black tights, ankle boots, slash neck sweater and beret

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Vivien of Holloway top*

ASOS skirt (similar-ish)

Zara ankle boots

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  • Chiarina
    January 18, 2017

    I’m really sorry about your flu, but I am amazed at how you managed to turn THAT into an entrataining post! You really have a gift for making people smile with your writing, and I mean that in the best way possible. Have a lovely rest of the day, and I hope Terry feels better quickly.

  • I love the colour of your skirt – if anything, the pictures turned out perfect. 🙂 Glad to hear you’re now recovering from the flu too!

    Charmaine Ng
    Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Shani
    January 18, 2017

    Very nice outfit. I like your hat and the way you put it on.
    Did you get the flu vaccine on the beginning of the winter?

  • Helen
    January 18, 2017

    Hope you’re feeling better now Amber…. on all counts! And, that 2017 is a fantastic year for you and Terry! xxx

  • Cassidy
    January 18, 2017

    The outfit may be similar, but I’m so glad you shared it! ‘Cause while the green skirt was lovely, today’s made me gasp 🙂 Love the extra fullness. Also, the beret is a lovely choice of accessory.

  • Myra Boyle
    January 18, 2017

    Love this skirt – so much more swingy and love the jaunty angle of your beret. Definitely worth posting, especially as you still have snow.

  • Emma
    January 18, 2017

    I just love your blog!!! I have similar taste, so it always helps me out- very few people are vintage-ish and wearable and cute and young enough for a 20 year old college girl who figures that a circle skirt and heels work for Science Lab! If you were really and truly asking for ideas (not just rhetorically), I would love to hear if you had any tips, tricks, advice on hats- the wearing and pairing thereof. Or is it just bling luck and genetics that make you look so cute?!?

    • Amber
      January 18, 2017

      Oh bless you for saying that! It was actually blogging- related topics I was looking for, but as far as hats go, I don’t really wear them all that often, so I don’t really have much in the way of advice, I’m afraid! I basically have a couple of berets and beanies for winter, and some fedora or wide-brim styles for summer, but I don’t really apply much of a thought process to wearing them, I just cram them on and hope for the best! 😳

  • nikoline
    January 18, 2017

    Your skirt is amazing! Beautiful photos ^^.


  • Dana
    January 18, 2017

    I can totally relate to what you’re saying about passing cold/flu back and forth with your spouse. Until we got a little smarter, inevitably if one of us got sick, the other would get sick right when sickey 1 got well. Once it was on a trip to Chicago. We were still able to sightsee but luckily we had a fab hotel for lounging. Sick or not, you look lovely…especially your hair!!

  • Rose
    January 18, 2017

    I did look at the photo and think.. I’m sure you wore that skirt in green last week! Love the outfit both yellow and green. Collectif currently has a red skirt that looks similar half price at the moment. But then I would buy everything from the Collectif sale but- money and wardrobe space are big reasons why I should stop now. Love the blog.

  • Deanna
    January 18, 2017

    So I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog for a while, but am feeling like there are probably so many blogs out there already and why would anything I have to say be any different? How do you find your voice/niche in a world of a million bloggers?? And how do you get over the feeling of insecurity about whether you have anything worth saying??

    • Amber
      January 19, 2017

      I have (embarrassingly!) never actually had that feeling of insecurity – not because I think I have anything worth saying, but just because I always figured that if people didn’t want to read it, they didn’t have to, which left me free to write pretty much whatever I wanted! I wrote a post on finding your voice/niche a while ago, though, that might be of some help:


  • Lori
    January 19, 2017

    I’m really sorry you’ve had the flu. But you look as lovely as ever. Adore your beret.

  • Mandy
    January 19, 2017

    Love that beret and just keep doing what you’re doing….(no help sorry 🙂

  • ML
    January 27, 2017

    This photo … the color of the skirt + black top + darling hat + your coloring & hair + snow = stunning
    Whenever you have a bad day, sick, sick at heart, or otherwise, you can look back at this beautiful photo and remember that you.are.beautiful. #dying #fellowredheadinspo

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