Photo diary: winter fair and dressing the part

This is another one of those posts that I start writing and think: why on earth would anyone care about this..? Is anyone going to actually read this? And now that you can’t wait to read on, that, my friends, is why I’d make the world’s worst lifestyle blogger. Not that I’ve ever really understood what that term means, but I assume it’s something along the lines of blogging about your actual life, rather than just what you wear in it (weird). Mind you, what I wear is generally x100 more exciting that what I do, which can neatly be summarised as: 1) go to work 2) shop online for clothes 3) put new clothes on and take outfit photos. Like I said, good thing I’m not writing about what I do… oh, wait a minute.
Anyway, that’s a long-winded introduction to something I did actually do that involved neither 1 or 2 of the above… and only a bit of 3. It was definitely not all about the 3 for once… just a bit about it. Because I don’t think I’ll ever be involved in any exciting activity where planning what I’ll wear for it isn’t part of the fun. And that’s just this blogger’s lifestyle…
And my life also involves living in a really great part of Cambridge that I rarely talk about, but love a huge amount. The first weekend of the year the local community puts on a winter/Christmas fair down the length of a main road (that my road is attached to) and the local businesses and shops do a parade and put out stalls… which are mostly food stalls, as all the best stalls are. Actually, things I do number 4: eat. I love food, I really do – and this fair for me is all about seeing what tasty treats are on offer each time. But don’t worry, I spared you pictures of me eating (the internet breathes a sigh of relief) and instead took them of pretty things like the amazing vintage shop that’s a minute’s walk from my house, my beautiful new Hell Bunny coat and furry boots. You’ll be seeing those again soon when normal blogging business is resumed… assuming you come back for more 😉


Featuring Miss L Fire Alpine boots in black


View from the bridge of Mill Road winter fair, Cambridge


B and his cosy new scarf that reminds us of Space Invaders
The Old Chemist Shop Antique Centre, Cambridge
B does some Super 8 filming
Me in a beret again


We are Mill Road apparently


Mill Road Winter Fair parade


Hell Bunny Millie Coat in grey
I’d like to add that these burgundy tights are fleeced-lined and that fleeced-lined tights are one of my favourite things in the world right now. If you’re in the UK, you can pick them up at decent enough quality from Primark for silly money (and your frozen legs will thank you for it).


  1. December 8, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    I think most of us have to make a point not to worry too much about how interesting we actually are. 😉 I know I'm not a thrill a minute, but I think you can be interesting and have something to say without being a jet-setting party monkey type person. That winter fair sounds really lovely, and I'm dying over those boots and that coat. Love the tights and well, fleece lined is such a life saver this time of year.

    • December 11, 2014 / 1:06 pm

      I hope I'm still saying something interesting, but it's a weird thing being all 'me, me, me'!

  2. December 8, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    I love fairs like that, aren't they fun? I went to one this weekend, though far less glamorous, as it was held in a leisure centre and the demographic of your fair is quite different! That's a gorgeous new coat, I've seen it online. And fleece lined tights are amazing, I have one pair, from M&S, I should really stock up on some more. Such a cute outfit again, something a tad Victorian in this one. And by the way, you could honestly write about anything and I'd read it x

    • December 11, 2014 / 1:06 pm

      Aw, that's the loveliest comment ever 🙂 x

  3. December 9, 2014 / 12:08 am

    That coat is gorgeous. I love fairs like that.

    You sound like me about the blogging bit. I start writing a post and think I'm the most boring person in the world and who on earth would read such crap? LOL

    I have to say your man has fantastic hair.

    Just had to put that out there ; )


    • December 11, 2014 / 1:07 pm

      Yep, pretty much! I barely do anything, how can I be interesting?! And my man was incredibly pleased with your comment on his hair – I think you made his day!

  4. December 9, 2014 / 4:55 am

    I want fleece lined everything. I have about 4 pairs of fleece lined tights and it just isn't enough during our Alaskan winters. Your coat looks beautiful on you and that fair looks like a lot of fun. I often think to myself, "Why would anybody want to read what the hell I'm doing?" Sometimes it worries me, but for the most part, I don't write it looking for approval, I'm just happy to write it and if somebody wants to read, that's great.

    She Knits in Pearls

    • December 11, 2014 / 1:08 pm

      I've got 4 pairs too now and I want more, MORE I tell you! And that's true, you have to write a blog for yourself first and foremost, and anyone else reading is a bonus.

  5. December 9, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    This sounds like so much fun and you look lovely!

  6. December 10, 2014 / 3:18 am

    Oh how your description of the way in which your days are spent and in turn blog posts come to be about made me smile. Sweet gal, I think that describes a huge percentage of fashion bloggers from all walks of life, fear not! I fully consider myself a lifestyle blogger and do blog about my own life sometimes, but more often than not I use that term to cover the fact that I blog about things that pertain to a certain type of lifestyle (in my case, a vintage one).

    You look so splendidly lovely! Grey and burgundy are two of my favourite colours together ever! (Interestingly, they were also my elementary school's colours, but my love of them predates even grade school).

    Big hugs & many heartfelt thanks for your wonderfully caring and kind comment on today's post,
    ♥ Jessica

    • December 11, 2014 / 1:10 pm

      At least I'm not alone 🙂 I think these terms are all so interchangeable and have so much overlap they barely mean anything… yet they still get bandied about so clearly the world isn't ready to let go of them yet! I also love grey and burgundy… and when I thought about it, my primary school colours (which I think is the same as elementary) were grey and red! x

  7. December 10, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    Ah, I so relate to this – pretty much every single post I write, I think, "Who's going to care?" I love posts like this, though – those little snapshots of people's lives are so fascinating, especially when the pictures are as gorgeous as these ones! And I *really* love that coat!

    • December 11, 2014 / 1:12 pm

      Well, you're the queen of posts that are snapshots of your life that are still incredibly interesting – I often have you in mind when I write something about this to try to think how to make it sound more entertaining i.e. what would Amber do..?

  8. December 11, 2014 / 9:36 am

    haha yeah, I'm trying to be a lifestyle blogger but failing horribly atm…but don't worry, I did really enjoy this post. If people follow you, they'll probably be interested in bits of your life too and if not they can just scroll on by, right?

    can I just say your eyeliner is so perfect? aand omg fleecelined tights sound like heaven right now (its also cold here in the Netherlands brr) buut I cannot walk into a Primark and buy tights only :P. so… I should probably stay away haha.
    your coat is gorgeous. love the black piping detail!

    • December 11, 2014 / 1:14 pm

      Ah but what is failure and what is success when it comes to blogging? Depends on why you're doing it, I think! Glad you liked my attempt though 🙂 and very glad you like my eyeliner as it doesn't always look great from every angle and I'm constantly paranoid about it!! And very true, on Primark…

  9. December 12, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    That fair looks really fun! I'm quite jealous you have this coat. It's so perfect on you! Maybe I'll get my hands on one eventually too :).

  10. December 18, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Extremely relatable about writing 🙂 Looking at what everyone else has said so far I guess we are all in the same boat 🙂 But I think bloggings wonderful, such a great way to build a community and share tales, life stories, styles and tutorials ^.^
    I'm very much enjoying your blog so far 😀
    A big hello from South Cornwall

    Sarah xo

    • December 18, 2014 / 1:47 pm

      Very true – and thank you for the lovely comment 🙂 x

  11. December 18, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Stunning and classic. The event looked so much fun.

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