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a few of my favourite things {miscellaneous edition]

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Well, it’s not really a secret. It’s a plain old fact: blogging scares the crap out of me. So, why do I do it? I blog because I like it. I blog because I enjoy learning new things about site structure and web design and layouts and [...]

2x zit blitzers (ew zit)

OK, this is a yucky post. I say the words ‘zit’ and ‘pimple’, and talking about acne actually makes me feel a bit sick. Sorry if you’re the same. However, the truth is that everybody (I’m sure this statement is supported by SCIENCE) gets at least one spot or blemish in their lifetime, and sometimes [...]

autumn essentials

Autumn, YOU ARE EXQUISITE! (If you’ve never seen the episode of 30 Rock called ‘Black Tie’ whence that reference comes, go watch it now. That’s an order.) I do so love autumn. I’m not sure about autumn coming halfway through summer, but I’ll take it. I’ll take it because it means that I get to [...]

one thing wanted: the pointed black flat

Things have got a bit heavy around here lately, so it’s time to talk about shoes. Friends, I’m not sure that I’ll ever buy heels again. I know that slick, sassy city ladies probably slink about all day in sky-high heels quite happily (or do they..?) but I am not one of those ladies. Years [...]

one thing wanted: the baritone uke

Quite suddenly the other night, I got it into my head that I’d really like to learn the ukelele. I don’t know where these ideas come from. Usually, I mosey around in life, minding my own business (well, OK, not really), doing normal Amber stuff like procrastinating over writing projects and tripping over cats. And [...]

alimental: stuff to make things better

Because I’m boring and repetitive, I may have mentioned a bunch of times recently that I’m not feeling very well. How about today, instead of talking about unwellness, we talk about the stuff that makes us feel better? I’m not talking about sex, hot-air ballooning, or indulging in a trashy whodunit under the covers. I’m [...]

lippie love ♥

Can I let you in on a little something? Sometimes keeping a blog feels utterly ridiculous. It’s a bit like tending a straggly potplant everyday… then showing the world. Hey, look at my (ultra ordinary) potplant! And then there’s the content dilemma. Some people like cacti; others prefer bonsai. When I sart wondering why people [...]

Summer essentials

Summer is here! That’s why it’s 34° Celsius today and too hot to think! Over the course of the last eight hours, I’ve spilt cold drip coffee down my white silk shirt, been for an hour-long swim, had two showers, and acquired a nasty case of chlorine itch and heat-struck lethargy. I’ve probably complained that [...]

my favourite smells

My favourite smells ◄1► Freshly mown grass at dusk when the earth is beginning to cool. ◄2► My father’s jumpers: a curious mix of sawdust, sump oil, and Imperial Leather soap. ◄3► The first five minutes of a summer storm. ◄4► European-style brewed black coffee. ◄5► Crushed mint leaves. ◄6► The pages of a second-hand [...]

best of the bronze

If I had a dedicated theme song, it would probably be ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’. No. Wait. ‘Somebody that I used to know’? ‘Monkey in the Jungle’? Whatevs. I am definitely not a bronzed babe. I stay out of the sun for the most part, preferring not to oil myself up and roast my [...]