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Maternity Style | Mint coat and butterfly bracelet

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maternity style 28 weeks: mint green winter coat with jeans
Cambridge Satchel company pink Cloud bag with monogram
Boden mint green winter coat
Pink Cambridge Satchel Company Cloud Bag with Kuma butterfly tie


ne 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.

One of the worst things about maternity clothes, meanwhile, is that… well, they tend to be pretty basic. Which can get a bit boring even for me, to be honest – and that’s saying something.

This, however, is when accessories really become indispensable. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big accessories girl: I wear the same, very simple, jewellery almost every day (Wedding and engagement bands, watch, maybe a slim chain with a locket or something on it around my neck if I’m really pushing the boat out…), and I’m one of those people who has a drawer (OK, several drawers. Actually, they’re mostly in storage boxes, but whatever…) full of things like scarves and other accessories that I will totally forget to even open 9 times out 10. Whoops.

These days, though, the fact that my outfits have become so much simpler has forced me to try a little bit harder with my accessories. So, a few weeks ago, I pulled some of my favourite silk scarves out of the storage box they’d been hiding in, and then, last week I received this gorgeous butterfly tie from KUMA, which adds another little touch of interest to even the most basic “jeans-and-a-sweater” look – even more so considering that it can be worn two ways: either around your wrist, courtesy of the little leather strap that comes with it, or pinned to your clothes, as a regular brooch.

Mimi's Bakehouse, Leith
KUMA butterfly tie
Afternoon tea at Mimi's Bakehouse, Leith, Edinburgh
KUMA butterfly tie
afternoon tea at Mimi's Bakehouse, Edinburgh
tea and scones at Mimi's Bakehouse, Edinburgh

I wore this last week, on a quick trip to Edinburgh, when Terry and I stopped into Mimi’s Bakehouse in Leith for some afternoon tea. Now that my bump is getting bigger, and the weather’s getting colder (Although, having said that, it was actually freakishly warm on the day these were taken, so I could probably have done without the coat – and I’m just going to go ahead and add that to the, ‘Things I Never Thought I’d Say in October’ file), I’m finding maternity dressing a bit more challenging than it was during the summer, when I could just throw on a dress and be good to go. I still keep having that moment of total disconnect where I think I know what I look like… right up until the moment I start looking back at the photos we’ve taken that day, and I’m just like, “Er, is that REALLY me?”

But, of course, it really is – for now, anyway – so little details like a fun brooch, or a new lipstick, or whatever, are even more important as a way to cheer myself up, and keep having just a little bit of fun with fashion, even when I’m stuck with the absolute basics.

(Cakes help too, obviously…)

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Boden ‘Joanna’ coat and cashmere sweater (both from last winter)*

ASOS ‘Ridley’ petite maternity jeans

Cambridge Satchel Company Cloud bag*

Butterfly bracelet c/o KUMA

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  • Myra
    October 18, 2017

    Looking fabulous

  • Chiarina
    October 18, 2017

    I totally relate to the “dressing the bump in cold weather” struggle. Both my pregnancies ended at the end of winter, so my third trimester was in winter… I so wished I could just put on a dress and go. Instead I had to worry about coats not buttoning up… You look gorgeous. The sweater and coat are adorable… Ever since becoming your regular reader, I have turned into a mint green addict!

    • Amber
      October 18, 2017

      It’s so annoying! This coat *just* buttons up and no more, so I’m resigning myself to the idea of open coats and chunky scarves until the baby arrives, I think!

  • Rosie von Waldherr
    October 18, 2017

    I know exactly how you feel, I love basics and haven’t really changed my style at all…the only thing I changed (thanks to YOU I may add!) was that I got some of those H&M dresses you posted several times. I usually never wear figure-hugging dresses – because I am already a plus size girl and don’t think they fit me – but I gotta say, with this baby bump growing, they look and feel amazing!!! So yeah, thanks for the tip 😉

    xo, Rosie //Curvy Life stories

    • Amber
      October 18, 2017

      I’m glad they worked out for you – I’m just about to order another one!

  • Nicole
    October 18, 2017

    I would definitely need to use the butterfly as a brooch, or maybe turn it into a hairpiece. I’m so fidgety when it comes to accessories–I’ve worn the finish off a few necklaces and dangly earrings from constant handling 😛

  • Maria
    October 18, 2017

    You look absolutely fabulous

  • Laura
    October 19, 2017

    These pastels work just amazing on you. Really love how the butterfly and bag match. 🙂

  • Charlotte Lane
    October 25, 2017

    I absolutely LOVE this mint green coat, it looks fab on you!! These photo’s are absolutely beautiful as well – I guess this is still the 85mm lens?! Which I’m now extremely close to purchasing because of all of your stunning photos!!xo

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There’s a hot tub for us and a playpark for Max, so needless to say, we’re having a fantastic time, and I’m already dreading having to leave. Today’s big question: can I pass as an under-12, so I qualify for a pony ride at the nearby wildlife centre? 🤔 (On second thoughts, don’t answer that one...)⁣
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It’s another rainy Monday, so I’m throwing it back to our trip to @universalorlando ‘s amazing Volcano Bay water park last month. I’m a bit of a scaredy when it comes to water flumes, but this park had tons of stuff for pretty much everyone: plenty of rides for me, and an amazing splash pad for Max 👶In fact, I’d still be on The Fearless River right now if I possibly could be. Still, doing the laundry and turning the heating on will be just as good, right? Right?! 🌋 🏊‍♀️ .
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I’m still really upset that this happened in the first place, obviously, but so relieved that we don’t have to put him through a general anaesthetic, and just incredibly grateful that it wasn’t anything worse. I know some parents have to deal with much more serious stuff than this, and my heart goes out to you all: it’s been a rough couple of days, and I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday’s post - your stories were so comforting when I was panicking yesterday ❤️ ⁣
(Old photo, obviously: every time Max sees the selfie camera, he thinks it’s going to be one of those filters where you open your mouth and something happens 😂)⁣
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Good news! We took Max...

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve just spent the morning in Accident & Emergency with Max, who fell on the path outside the house and split his lip open 😥 ⁣
They tried to stitch it up at A&E, but it was totally impossible with him awake, so they’ve booked him in to have it done under general anaesthetic tomorrow ... Max is absolutely fine: the bleeding stopped quickly, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, and is just his normal, happy little self. I, on the other hand, am a complete wreck: the plastic surgeon he saw today reckons if we don’t have it fixed, his lip will be crooked when it heals, but I’m absolutely *terrified* of the thought of my baby having to have a GA. ⁣
If you’re a long-time follower, you might know that I have a full-blown phobia of general anaesthetic (I literally had an elective c-section in order to eliminate the possibility of an emergency one, which might have had to be done under GA), so I just can’t get my head to accept that it’s safe and he’ll be fine 😥 ⁣
Positive stories and advice very welcome: I’m just so terrified, I can’t even imagine how to get through the next 24 hours 😥😥😥

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve...

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#throwbackthursday to last week, when...

I posted this on Stories over the weekend, but he looked so cute in it I figured it deserved a spot on the grid, too! This is Max all ready for his friend Eleah’s 1st birthday party on Saturday: despite the jetlag and his continuing obsession with doors of all kinds (He had an entire soft play at his disposal, but he mostly just wanted to open and close the gate into it...) he had an absolute ball, and spent the whole drive home shouting, “HAPPY! HAPPY!” Thanks to @thestirlingstyle for a great party 🥳 🎈 🎉 . (Oh, and that’s his hairbrush in his hand - boy likes to look his best 😉)
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