The Good, The Bad & The Awkward

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about some of the little things that had been annoying me (plus some of the things that had cheered me up), and fortune must have been shining on me that day, because only one person (On Facebook, natch. Because it's always Facebook, isn't it?) piped up to remind me that, actually, I'm not allowed to be annoyed by anything at all these days, because, PREGNANT. [ 1,277 more word ]

Maternity Style | Black and Blush

I wasn't going to post these photos. They were taken just as the sun was going down (So although they look a bit dark, the sun was right in my eyes), the backdrop is boring, the outfit is basic, my hair hadn't been washed in two days and was being blown around by the wind, I got photobombed by a cat (Yes, I washed my hands afterwards, people who are about to issue dire warnings about pregnant women and cats) ... [ 287 more words ]

Pregnancy Diary | Week 28

So, week 28 has been kind of a rough-one, anxiety wise. I'm just going to get that out of the way up front, so that when this post takes a quick detour to Crazyville, you can't say I didn't warn you. (The detour is coming up right now, btw. It's worth sticking around, though, because there are woolly mammoths later. Yes, really...) [ 2,988 more words ]

Today's post is a collaboration with KUMA Design :

Maternity Style | Mint coat and butterfly bracelet

One of the best things about maternity clothes - from my point of view, at least - is that they tend to be pretty basic. So, for people like me, who love simple silhouettes and no-fuss dressing, pregnancy ends up being a pretty good excuse to just stick to things like jeans and sweaters for a few months, without having to think too much about you're wearing. [ 493 more words ]

A Very British Hygge, and how to get it

I'm writing this post surrounded by the most mess this house has seen since The Great Kitchen Reno of '17. In fact, it might even be worse than that, because at least back there, the mess was (mostly) confined to the ground floor, and right now it's everywhere. It's BAD, guys - and it's not going to get better any time soon, so I guess it makes sense that I've spent some of my time this week barricaded in the bedroom (Which is the only room currently still intact), reading… [ 528 more words ]

The Ghost of Halloween Costumes Past

It's Friday the 13th, just two weeks before Halloween, so what better way to mark this spookiest of dates than with some equally spooky Halloween costume ideas? Actually, on second thoughts, maybe we'll just skip the "spooky" part. I don't really DO spooky when it comes to Halloween costumes. Well, other than that one time when I dressed as Samara from… [ 723 more words ]

Pregnancy Diary | Week 27

Week 27 of this pregnancy has been a pretty significant one for me - for no other reason than that it's the final week of the 2nd trimester. In fact, by the time this post goes live, I'll be just embarking on the 3rd trimester, and, I mean, WOW, how trippy is THAT? I kind of wish I could go back in time to my 1st-trimester (or post-miscarriage, or post-ectopic) self, and tell her that one day she'd reach the 3rd trimester, and be embarking on the home straight. [ 2,000 more words ]

5 Gadgets My Husband Bought for Our Unborn Child

As I mentioned in one of my recent pregnancy diaries, while I've been obsessing over cute baby clothes and wondering what colour to paint the nursery, Terry has been busy buying up every new baby gadget known to man. Well, five of the new baby gadgets known to man, anyway. Here's what we have so far... Philips Avent Smart Baby Monitor… [ 1,049 more word ]

House Tour | Master Bedroom

I kind of hesitated to call this part of my 'house' tour because - and don't look at me like that - we already have a tiny change planned for this room. But that's another story, for another time. This, meanwhile, is as "finished" as this room has been in the entire time we've lived in this house (four years this August - gulp!), so here's how our master bedroom is looking right now: [ 1,054 more word ]

Maternity Style | Blush & Blue

This was one of those outfits that looked better in my head than it did in reality. You know the ones I mean? You get the idea for them while you're lying in bed one night, or in the shower the next morning, and you're all, "Ooh! I bet that will look AWESOME!" But you stupidly don't bother to actually try said awesome outfit on until approximately five minutes before you have to leave the house, at which point you realise that, actually, you're just wearing jeans and a sweater, like you always do, and wait - is that your… [ 463 more words ]

Little Things That Have Annoyed Me Lately, And Some Things That Have Cheered Me Up

Pregnancy has made me grumpy. Like, really, really grumpy. Well, grumpIER, I guess. I mean, let's face it, everyone who knows me is reading this and thinking, "Er, you're already a grumpy sod, don't try to pretend this is a new thing," and yup, that's totally true, not gonna lie. But pregnancy hormones have made me EVEN MORE GRUMPY, like, OMG, WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE WALKING SO SLOWLY, DO THEY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THEIR TIME, AND WAIT, IS THAT TAP DRIPPING AGAIN, BECAUSE I THINK I'MA JUST RIP IT OFF THE WALL IF SO, OK? [ 2,507 more words ]

Maternity Style | A new outfit formula

You all know me, guys: once I find an outfit formula I like, I beat it into the ground, so here I am following last week's "midi dress, sweater and ankle boots" outfit with a midi skirt, sweater and ankle boots. So, that's TOTALLY different, yeah? Well, OK, it's not, really, but this particular combination is just really easy to wear right now, and if the sweater in question can have some kind of slogan on the front, then so much the better, because, when it comes to slogan sweaters, I. [ 252 more words ]

Pregnancy Diary | Week 26

It's been another one of those weeks where, every time someone's asked me how far along I am, I've had to stop for a few seconds and think about it, before going, "Oh yeah - 26 weeks!" Or six months, if you prefer, which is just... WOW. I've been pregnant now for half a year: it simultaneously feels much, much longer than that (When I think back to those first few weeks, it feels like a whole different lifetime), and a whole lot shorter, too. [ 1,519 more word ]

Maternity Style | Midi dress and ankle boots

One of the unexpected - but very welcome - aspects of pregnancy for me has been the fact that it's forced me to venture ever-so-slightly out of my comfort zone, fashion-wise. (And everything-else-wise, actually: let's just say this has been one hell of a surreal year...) Take this outfit, for instance. Now, I realise it doesn't look particularly adventurous to most of you, but the fact is, the whole, "midi skirt/dress + ankle boots + slouchy sweater" look is one I've always loved on other people, but have never tried myself. [ 557 more words ]

Making Memories with Nikon | A Day in Edinburgh

I've always been a bit of a Nikon fangirl. In my first "real" job after university, I worked as a journalist on our local weekly newspaper. Our paper was too small to have an in-house photographer, so, once a week, a photographer from our parent title, The Scotsman, would come out, and spend the day driving around with either me or our editor (or, most often, both) taking photos for all of the stories we were planning to run that week. [ 879 more words ]

Maternity Style | The Black Ankle Pants

True confession # 1: I totally had a pair of ballet flats stashed in my handbag the day we took these photos. I mean, sure, my feet don't feel any different right now, and nor does my centre of balance, so walking in heels feels exactly the same as it always has - FOR NOW - but this was one of the days I had to walk approximately five miles* (*Very slight exaggeration) through the hospital, and I might be stupid, but I'm not quite THAT stupid... [ 545 more words ]

Foundation for Pale Skin | Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation & Concealer Review

It's been a while since I updated my list of foundations for pale skin, so when Rimmel London asked me if I'd like to try out their new Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation and Concealer - plus a few extras - I was more than happy to give it a go. Now, as some of you might recall, I'm a bit of a Rimmel London foundation fangirl: their… [ 854 more words ]

What’s In My Makeup Bag | September

Now that my clothes shopping activities have been seriously curtailed by my growing bump (I'm sure Terry would disagree with that statement, but hey!), I've been focusing my attention on makeup, instead. OK, and shoes. Well, boots, really. But hey, a woman cannot live on lipstick alone, can she, exactly? Here's a quick look at some of the products I've been trying out this month... [ 996 more words ]

Pregnancy Diary | Week 25

Alternative title for this post: "I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell." Or, at least, that's the official verdict from the psychiatrists I saw at my first perinatal counselling appointment appointment this week, anyway. (Er, she didn't actually say the last bit, TBH: that was Matchbox 20 who said that. Same thing, though...) Because this was my very first appointment, it was more about gathering info/background information than anything else, so there wasn't really any counselling as such. [ 2,173 more words ]

4 Things I bought from Shopbop that are now on sale

Shopbop's latest sale event officially starts tomorrow, but Forever Amber readers are able to shop the sale today using the info in this post, so I thought I'd take a look at just a few of the items I've bought from the site* that I should probably have waited until I could get 25% of for. GAH. Well, you live and you learn, don't you? [ 422 more words ]

Maternity Style | The Unicorn* Trousers

(*This post may not contain actual unicorns. Sorry.) Ever since I started looking at maternity clothes, I've been hearing people talk about the existence of under-the-bump trousers that don't fall down all the time. And, I mean, I'd heard the stories, I'd seen the wide-eyed amazement of the people who told them... I just didn't believe them. For months now, I've assumed that comfortable under-the-bump trousers were a bit like unicorns: as in, it would be awesome if they were real, but LOL, like anyone's going to actually believe in THAT! [ 337 more words ]

Update on yesterday's blog copying fiasco: she took the copied post down! The other blogger responded to a comment from one of my lovely readers saying she, "gets someone else to write posts for her," and didn't know it was copied. This is obviously not true - well, the first bit might be, but she definitely knew about it, because Terry and I had both left her multiple (polite) messages about it, all of which had been ignored. As things stand, she still hasn't responded or apologised to either of us, but she has removed my content, so at least that's something! Still amazed that people think it's OK to do things like this, even when they're being told otherwise, though! 😩

Endless Ways To Style A Midi Skirt - Mode Devoted

Another day, another blogger copying and pasting my content and profiting from my work 😡 I've made multiple attempts to contact this girl privately now, but she's ignored them all, so today I'll be having to spend a chunk of time filing DMCAs with her host and with Google, requesting that the copied content be removed. In the past when we've done this, it's very often resulted in the host just taking down the entire site, when the blogger ignores all of their attempts to contact them, too. I've no idea why some bloggers would rather risk a Google penalty and loss of their site than just admitting they've done something wrong and removing it: I've been really polite in all of my messages so far, and have given her every opportunity to just apologise and take it down, but I guess she must be making enough money from my work to not want to bother? 🤔 @modedevoted

I’ve finally found my holy grail shampoo and conditioner

I might not have gotten that thick, lustrous pregnancy hair I was promised, but my hair has been looking a little better lately - not because of pregnancy hormones, but because of this little duo: I know: this photo would've been a whole lot nicer if the two bottles were the same colour (And, well, were both grey, to match my decor. [ 1,108 more word ]

Pregnancy Diary | Week 24

Last week, on, "Amber Worries About Everything, OMG, When Will This Woman Calm Down?!" I had the cold, and was convinced it would kill my baby, even although every single person I spoke to about it - including my midwife - was all, "LOL, nope!" This week, I do NOT have the cold! And no one died! And, actually, it wasn't even THAT bad a cold, now that I'm able to look back on it, with the clarity of a whole new week behind me. [ 1,938 more word ]

Should I have an elective c-section for tokophobia?

So, the consultant obstetrician I met at last week's appointment has told me she's willing to offer me an elective c-section. And I'm thinking of taking it. I realise this will be fairly shocking to quite a few of you. Most women, after all, live in absolute dread of the possibility of having to have a c-section: and I do, too, actually. [ 3,415 more words ]

Maternity Style | LBD, Take 2

This post is a collaboration with Esprit I never thought I'd say it, but I think I'm finally starting to really appreciate the colour black. And, I mean, to be fair, I've always appreciated black ... on other people. In fact, I went through a phase in my early 20s when black was more or less the only colour I wore: I had this idea in my head that it would make me look like some kind of cool French girl or something, but actually, it just made me look like I'd been recently exhumed, and once I'd learned that painful lesson, I tried my best to steer clear. [ 440 more words ]

Maternity Style | The Pink Pleated Skirt

One of my biggest maternity style challenges so far - other than finding clothes that aren't black, obviously - has been putting together outfits that still feel like "me"... so I can't even tell you how happy the arrival of this ASOS maternity skirt made me. (Actually, I can't tell you happy ASOS in general has made me lately. SO happy, in fact, that a couple of weeks ago, I went ahead and renewed my… [ 424 more words ]

I Tried Magnetic False Eyelashes: Here’s What Happened

You know all of those adverts for magnetic eyelashes that keep popping up on your Facebook feed? The ones you look at, and think, "Now, who in their right mind would be stupid enough to try THAT?" Er.... *sheepishly raises hand* In my defence, for almost a year now, my natural lashes have been a MESS. They're thin, sparse and fragile, and absolutely nothing I've tried has helped*, so honestly, I was getting pretty desperate over here. [ 1,529 more word ]

Pregnancy Diary | Week 23

So, I got the cold. I always knew I'd get the cold - or possibly even the flu - at some point during this pregnancy (I mean, the odds of going a full nine months without so much as a sniffle must be pretty low, right?), and I even knew it would probably happen this week, too, on account of how this current variety of lurgy had already gone through most of my family, leaving me and Terry firmly in its sights. [ 1,279 more word ]

Things Other People Love That I Hate*

*OK, so "hate" is probably too strong a word here, but after writing about being tired of always having to caveat my totally non-controversial opinions last week, I realised that I'm not the only one harbouring a set of... let's just call them strong dislikes, shall we? ... that I'm too scared to voice for fear of offending someone. [ 902 more words ]

11 Things I Have to Do Before the Baby Arrives

Guys, I'm feeling overwhelmed. And, I mean, I'm one of those people who pretty much always feels overwhelmed. By everything. But knowing that I'm going to have a whole other tiny person to look after in a few months time has made me feel even more like a fish flailing around out of water than I usually do. I need LISTS, people: and I need them to be here on the internet, so that when I'm sitting refreshing… [ 1,975 more word ]

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