Saturday, July 30, 2011


My apologies! I know I've been extremely absent in both posting and commenting. I'm in the middle of moving, but don't worry, I'll be back soon!!

OEpRUs on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

I have a tumblr that I'm slightly more active on. I've enabled the 'ask' feature on it, though any rude questions will be deleted-- if anyone is too cruel, I'll simply flip off anonymous questions. :)

Friday, July 29, 2011

sponsor spotlight: crown and glory~


A little while ago, the darling Sophie of Crown and Glory sent me the sweetest crown a girl could hope for. It's adorned in purple flowers, butterflies, and makes me feel oh-so-lovely. I feel like a princess as I rush around town with butterflies in my hair and poetry notebooks in my purse.

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, though I chose the headpiece and fully recommend Crown and Glory.
xo, Amber Rose

EDIT: sorry I didn't include this link! (To purchase one of your own, click here)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I'm currently accepting sponsors for August and beyond. I love working with shops of all sizes and bloggers especially, so email me at if you're interested or just to ask questions!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

a poem.

the walls screamed poetry.
moths and butterflies surrounded you, and I watched your body decompose.
I called out
but you didn’t hear,
you never do.

I drug your ghost across the city and deep into the roots
stardust and wicked moonlight our only companion
‘they only care when you die’
and we wrote our names in the dust
but then the wind came and blew it all away.

farewell my sweet love,
tonight I am giving up the ghost.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

You’re not a disaster anymore.

when the rises so early and sets so late, I find myself spread thin.
I could watch the sun forever and it wouldn't be long enough.
there just aren't enough hours..

I've been enjoying my own company, really savoring the summer. I leisurely read under the warmth of the Alabama sun, get all dolled up to frolic through fields, camera and journal in hand. I think that dwelling in the monotony, drowning in loneliness if you will, was my problem. Routine can definitely be a monotonous burden, but that doesn't mean my entire life is going to be that way.

Right now, my simple routine of the summer is just that-- simple. But once classes start and I'm running from French class to Poetry and to English, I'll be longing for the chance to rest and relax.

Here's a nod to lazy summer days, late-night makeovers to find the perfect look, a bombshell look, and a princess look, and to trying dressing up for yourself because, really, we are the very best company.

outfit details: dress and shoes: Forever21 // lace vest: thrifted // necklace: gift from Romwe

{{aside: I know I've been going overboard with the plethora of Forever21 dresses lately! The thing is... there isn't a Forever21 back home in Clarksville, and here in Alabama, there's on less than five minutes away!}}

Love Always,
Amber Rose

Tuesday, July 19, 2011



maybe next time
maybe next time
maybe some time

{{image via weheartit}}

Friday, July 15, 2011

I dreamt this was a dream.

now imagine that..

How readily we categorize ourselves, aiming to fit a mold that we thrust upon others and therefore are subjected to. I scream and I whisper in the same breath, so what category is the loudness of my voice?

Amber... child, ninety, twenty-eight, twenty-three, nineteen, seven
poet, monster, dreamer, dancer, sinner, pretender, lover, singer,
other :)

Do you ever have dreams where you discover that your whole life was in fact a dream? Or just think about it? It makes my head spin, my chest constrict, my eyes flip, but in all honesty, do you ever allow yourself to feel the immensity of it? You think and you can walk across the room as you command your legs to carry you, and they call me 'Amber!' and therefore I look up. But a name is just a name, we are all people, and our mere existence is a dream to someone.

Onto dresses and platforms and lipstick and sun.
I've worn this dress twice in such similar ways that I decided to post the outfit photos all in one cluster- the only difference being the shoes. With the weather so hot and tempestuous, a simple cotton dress is all that is needed.

This dress was a gift from Tulle, a clothing company that I've had such great experiences with, but my love affair with the company is for another time. Suffice to say that it's me in dress form and has quickly become a summer staple, fall dream, and winter possibility~

Outfit Details: Dress: gift from Tulle // Tan Platforms (left): F21 // Brown Platforms(right): c/o Blowfish Shoes

Lastly, if you haven't yet seen, earlier today I blogged about some new features that I hope to debut on the blog as early as next week! To submit to any of the categories or just to peg your curiosity, click {{here}}.

And remember, the clock is ticking away on the ShopSosie giveaway! click {{here}}

Love Always,
Amber Rose

new features

I've been trying to come up with some weekly or bi-weekly features for Laughing With Broken Eyes. I love my blog and I love that I can share my poetry and outfits and ramblings and whatnot (pardon the extreme run-on sentence), but I feel as though it's very disorganized and random.
{photo source: weheartit}

~Tumblr Tuesday
A tumblr that I'm really enjoying, a post, a photo, a user, anything. I haven't decided if this will be weekly or bi-weekly yet. {submissions welcomed and loved}

~The Beauty of the Tattoo // Tattoo Inspiration
A weekly feature of a few tattoos that I really love. While I only have one tattoo right now, I'm always scouring the internet for inspirations and whatnot. Hopefully I can come up with a better name for this feature. {submissions welcome and loved!}

~Writers' Wednesday
In the past, I tried a Writers' Wednesday feature, though this is not to be confused with that feature. Writers' Wednesday will be a poem, song lyrics, any form of writing that has inspired me that day, week, etc. This will be a weekly feature!

~Weekly Adventure
This can be something small like driving nowhere in particular and finding a meadow, traveling to a Spy Shop, anything silly or fun!

~Blog Spotlight
A weekly or bi-weekly feature of a blog that I'm loving. It may be a quick Q&A with said blogger, a link to a few of my favorite posts, or just a few sweet words! {submissions are welcome and loved!}

To submit to any of these catagories, email me at

Thanks, and I hope you are having a lovely Friday!!
Amber Rose

ps: ShopSosie is hosting a $25 giveaway right now, so don't forget to enter. :) {{click here}}

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Shop Sosie Giveaway~ {CLOSED}

Shop Sosie has become one of my favorite online stores and has graciously offered to give a $25 gift card to one of you lovely readers! Some of my favorite things from the shop are this dress, these shoes, and these shorts. I can already conjure up so many late summer/early fall outfits perfect for sipping coffee, listening to jazz, and watching the sunset.

You must be a follower of Laughing With Broken Eyes to enter this giveaway!
Conditions for the giveaway:
1. Like ShopSosie on Facebook
2. Post a link of your favorite item on ShopSosie's Facebook wall.
3. Leave a comment on this post with your email address and your Facebook name you commented with!.

Follow @ShopSosie and @ModestJune on twitter (separate comment with your twitter name)

Winner will be randomly selected by

{{Click here to see me modeling one of my favorite Shop Sosie dresses!}}

EDIT: The winner of this giveaway is @lookilu and she has been contacted!! Thank you for entering everyone!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

adored haunts~

My spirit is deteriorating, psychic energy afloat, and the body will soon decompose along with it.
My body is sluggish, clumsy, and slower than my mind.
I awkwardly pose for the camera, false smile locked into lips, gaze unsettled and transfixed on air, on emptiness, on vacant thoughts and crowded nothings.

Death haunts, and its ghosts follows me around, sends goosebumps down my back. Pending a late night chat with my dear friend Antastesia, I am again reminded that not all those around me are doomed to become ghosts.

With the loss of life on the mind, I've began thinking about what truly, really matters and just what it is that I want. Honestly, my deepest wish is to be acknowledged as a poet.. not even praised for my words, just understood, or to evoke some sort of emotion. Anyhow, onto the clothes, the exterior.





Outfit Details: Dress: Gift from Shop Sosie // Shoes: c/o Blowfish Shoes // belt: thrifted// lipstick: Infallible Le Rouge in Unending Amber

This dress was a gift from Shop Sosie, my newest online addiction and honestly, I can't say enough pleasant things about it. I know it will be a wardrobe staple for quite some time as it's a very Autumn dress if one ever existed. Shop Sosie is also sponsoring a giveaway for a $25 gift card which will go live on Thursday and run for one week. Be sure to check back on Thursday to enter.

On an aside note, how do you manage to take photos in the sweltering heat/humidity? I'm struggling lately..

Love Always,
Amber Rose

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sweet Little Chickadee Giveaway Winners

The winner of the Sweet Little Chicadee giveaway is... well, there are actually two winners!

The winner of the Victorian Rose Bobbies and the Snow White Ring is #10 Catherine, and the (surprise) winner of a $10 gift card to Juli's shop is #19 Elyse. Please email me to claim your prizes!!

Thanks to everyone for entering, and a big thank you to Juli for hosting the giveaway!

Friday, July 8, 2011

I came across this post on Kate's blog and really wanted to share it with everyone. {click the photo to be taken to the post}

Thursday, July 7, 2011

the scream of the butterfly~


sometimes after you've said a word so many times, it begins to lose all meaning.





It wasn't until I'd already taken my outfit pictures did our mailman arrive and, with him, he carried a lovely purple hairpiece, made by the darling Juli of Sweet Little Chickadee. I immediate put the beaut on and traipsed about the yard like a lost flowerchild.

I've been quite lethargic as of late; the sun rises too early, the moon is my companion, and I write and read and write and read. A sound slumber is a dream, a dream I've all but forgotten. I'm mentally exhausted and thus physically exhausted.

I am no more.
Outfit Details: Dress: Ruche (from last summer) // shoes: Payless // headpiece: gift from Juli of Sweet Little Chickadee {{Don't forget to enter the Sweet Little Chickadee giveway!~}}

Tell me something beautiful.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sweet Little Chickadee Giveaway!

The lovely Juli of Sweet Little Chickadee is offering one of you a lovely readers a treat from her shop! The lucky winner will receive these two items, quite the pretty pairing!!

Victorian Rose - Set of 3 Romantic Bobbies

These soft pink rose bobbies add a touch of romance and whimsy to any outfit! Beautiful and so many different ways to wear them!

Snow White Ring
Inspired by the story of Snow White and Rose Red...
This sweet little ring has an adjustable silver base complete with a tiny white paper rose. The rose has been coated with a sturdy glaze and topped off with a dash of tiny iridescent fairy glimmer to add some romance and sparkle to your day!

There are only two requirements for this giveaway!!
1) You must be a follower of my blog with Google Friend Connect.
2) In your comment, you must tell me one of your favorite items from her shop!!

~Additional Entries~
1) Follow Juli's blog!
2) Follow Laughing With Broken Eyes on bloglovin'.

Be sure to comment each time for each additional entry!

The winner will be announced this upcoming Saturday!! Good luck everyone! :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

my youth flames out.

I measure my days in inches of hair cascading down my shoulders.




my scattered writings on the ground, solidity long in the past.
the wicked children laugh, snicker, dance, and I can see them from my window.

predictability, the birds do not chirp at midnight
and the decent people are fast asleep
long asleep in dreamless slumber.


I make no sense.
this is all in my head.

Sometimes I feel like my words weigh more than anything else, and as they dance on my tongue and itch to reach my fingertips, I am a slave to them. My youth won't last forever, my life will flame out, and it's my job to write it all while I can, before my time ends. I feel like I'm on another plane.. nobody understands my words, and I am left watching another day end, another sunset, another moon.
Outfit Details: Dress: gift from Copper Etiquette // shoes: F21 // Necklace: gift from my padre!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow as there will be a very special giveaway to celebrate the 4th of July! :)

Love Always,
Amber Rose

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice

The oh-so-wonderful Kate Gabrielle of Scathingly Brilliant allowed me to be a part of her lovely Sugar Spice, & Everything Nice feature on her blog! Please do stop by, xoxo.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Guest Post: Lifesize Paper Doll

Let's be honest. I was never one of those girls who spent their childhood and youth dreaming about their wedding and planning every detail. Truly, the idea of being in a relationship horrified me and being so hopeful that I might ever find a boy I'd want to date let alone marry seemed like a jinxed curse! However, things never happen how you expect them to and while I'm definitely not engaged/thinking about being engaged, my optimism in the future has been restored since being in a relationship.

It's not that I think he's the man of my dreams and I've already figured out every detail of my wedding specifically with him in mind, but I've started to realize how wonderful it is to have a best friend you have a crush on who has a crush on you too and that my wedding will be a wonderful day for getting to officiate being with whoever that person is for a lifetime. I think it's pretty cool. Amber and I started talking about our dream weddings on facebook and ever since, I've wanted to do a post about my ideas so badly! Filling in for her was the perfect opportunity!



Anyways, it only became clear me to this year when I started to daydream that there was really only one place I can ever get married. And, in the blink of an eye and spark of one memory, my location is solidified. In my dream wedding, I'll walk down the aisle on the sandy beaches of Redfish Lake in Stanley, Idaho or through a meadow filled with thousands of wildflowers overlooking the Sawtooth Mountains. My family has spent our family reunions at Redfish Lake since I can remember and my mom spent her childhood camping there as well.

For the past twelve years straight, we've swam in the Redfish Lake waters, hiked the Sawtooth mountains, camped around the fire in the Glacier View Campground, walked to the Redfish Lake Lodge, and fished along the thousands of trails. I picture myself getting married in the early summer with the family I've been going to Redfish with since I was five years old in the early morning, before the public has made their way to the beaches and before the water turns wild with boaters and skiiers.

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Reflection from Redfish Lake
Surrounding the "summer lake" location, I really really love the idea of almost a "Fairy/Woodland" theme. Now, bear with me. I'm not thinking glitter and little fairies. I'm thinking natural wood tables and seating, lots of wildflowers at the tables, and just an eclectic feel. Glass vases for wild sunflowers and daises in multiple colors, white lace tablecloths, dark wood tables. Something that looks like this!
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I would love to be able to find an old barn or something for the reception. I envision a massive brunch with Belgian waffles, pancakes, bacon, omelets, French Toast, and every breakfast food known to man. I want it to be super casual and low key- no caterers for this girl! Since the ceremony would take place in the early morning, the reception would occur in the morning, also. After the reception, I want it to be like any other day we've spent as a family at Redfish: boating, water skiing, tubing, fishing, and playing! And everyone would have to enjoy the beach. For that reason, I don't envision the reception occurring far from the beach and an old barn seems a little far fetched. In fact, a beachside would probably be best if I could find a lawn or meadow for it to occur, far from the public!
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When I picture the bridal party, I want to maintain the fun/whimsical theme. I picture gingham shirts for boys, with suspenders and boat shoes. Or cardigans. And bowties. For girls? Choose your own dresses girls! Pastel colors. Knee length.
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And...for my dress... let me tell you, that's the one thing I can't picture! I know I want something classic. Something flattering. Something I'll look at fifty years later and still think it's as beautiful as the day I wore it. I love lace. I love classic cuts. I love simple! No crazy trains, no crazy frills, no mermaid styles, no poofs and no puffs!
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I really love seeing DIY projects at weddings. Whether it be invitations, fun games, seating charts, signs, anything. It's just cute. And a money saver!
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I want my wedding to be fun. I want pictures of me and my hubby to be jumping off a dock into the water. I want everyone to dance. I want Josh Ritter to play. I want lots of good, home cooked food. I want affordable. I want comfortable. I want it to be small so I can feel like I can celebrate with each and every person there. I want to have a photobooth with fun props. I want to wear Toms wedges.
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Anyways, thank you for letting me fill in Amber, and thank you guys for reading!