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Forever Amber: UK influncer

green pleated skirt with gold lurex top

green and gold Christmas day outfit

red curly hair

Look everyone, it’s a Christmas miracle: I’m wearing makeup!

Also, I did my hair (and, OK, I did it in much less time than it really needed, which meant the curls had mostly dropped out by the end of the night, but given that I haven’t even been washing my hair lately, this is huge progress for me!), and wore clothes that couldn’t reasonably double as pyjamas, for the first time in weeks. Like I said, a Christmas miracle: they DO happen!

There were two reasons behind this, er, transformation…

01. I got more good results at the hospital on Saturday.

Once again, my hormone levels had dropped by around 60%, and they’re now low enough that the hospital have told me I only have to come in once a week from now on, as opposed to the every-few-days routine I’d been on until now. That would have made my next appointment Christmas Eve, unfortunately, but we decided to go in the day before that instead, in the hope that the results will continue to be positive, and that Christmas Eve can just be… well, Christmas Eve, as opposed to a day filled with hospital visits and nervous tension.

I’m not getting my hopes up too high about that, though. Although things are definitely going in the direction, and there are lots of reasons to feel positive, I won’t be fully discharged until the hormone level is back to zero, and I’m very aware that there could still be a couple of bumps in the road before we get to that point. Mostly, though, I’m just really, really tired of this: of the hospital, and the blood draws, and the long wait for the results, which never seems to get any easier (although, thankfully the blood draws themselves have been significantly easier the last two times: the current thinking is that my veins had been damaged by the repeated injections, but are now back to normal, so long may that continue!), no matter how many times we go through it. It’s almost a month now since I was first diagnosed, and it kind of breaks my heart to think that it’s STILL not over, but this wasn’t actually the tone I intended to set for this post, so moving on to reason 2 for my return to normal clothes, if not quite normal life…

02. Iiiiiit’s Christmaaaaaasss!

Or, at least, it WAS for us, yesterday. Terry’s family, you see, are not all going to be here in Scotland on Christmas Day itself, so as we won’t be able to see them then, we decided to have a little pre–Christmas celebration at Terry’s mum’s house, yesterday. We went all-out, too: Christmas dinner, exchanging gifts, me eating waaaaay more chocolate than I really should have… it was awesome. For obvious reasons, I’ve been feeling even LESS festive this year than I usually am, but it’s hard NOT to feel some of that Christmas spirit when you’re surrounded by lots of good food and smiling faces, so it really helped give Terry and I a bit of a lift… and, of course, now we get to do it all over again this weekend!

As for the outfit, this is, unfortunately, one of those ones that looks better in real life than it does in photos: both the sweater and skirt have a bit of a shimmer to them, so I was going for a subtly-festive look, which had the added benefit of an elasticated waistband, for all of that food.

Right now, we’re in that slightly surreal week-before-Christmas stage, which is being rendered even MORE surreal this year by everything that’s been going on. I’m not quite sure whether it’s a blessing or a curse that there are too many distractions to allow things to feel anything like “normal” again just yet, but I guess getting dressed was a good start, so I should probably aim to do that a little more often, huh? We’ll see how that goes…

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New Look sweater (similar)

Primark skirt (similar)

Christian Louboutin shoes

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  • Jennifer
    December 19, 2016

    Glad for the good results again. You look beautiful. Happy you are feeling better too.

  • Erin Burrows
    December 19, 2016

    glad to hear your spirit’s on the mend, lovely! Xxx

  • Anna nuttall
    December 19, 2016

    Yay that great to hear about your results. I’m so happy for you. You look lovely and I love that skirt. xx

  • Sandra
    December 19, 2016

    It is so great to hear that you are feeling better now! I really wish you only the best and hope things are going to be better and better for you.

    PS: you look great in this festive outfit!!

    Many hugs
    Sandra <3

  • Elaine
    December 19, 2016

    What a lovely post! You look marvellous and I’m very glad to hear you’re feeling better. Enjoy the rest of your festivities. Xx

  • I’m so happy for you about the positive results! Just in time for Christmas. You don’t look like you’ve been under hospital care at all! 🙂

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  • Myra
    December 19, 2016

    Small steps to getting back to normal (albeit somewhat changed by the experience). I hope you are able to see that you are much stronger than you thought and that you can endure the most fearful things. You and Terry deserve a great Christmas and a good start to 2017.

  • Natasha
    December 19, 2016

    So glad that things are beginning to improve for you Amber. Here’s to a happy, healthy Christmas. X

  • William Dunn
    December 19, 2016

    Amber McNaught where did you get those drawers behind you? It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! ( yeah I know I should be looking at the hair and make up 🙂 )

  • Leslie Jackson Lee
    December 19, 2016

    Drop dead gorgeous! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Natalie
    December 19, 2016

    You look fabulous! It’s great that you have reasons to put on makeup and fancy clothes.

  • Deanna
    December 19, 2016

    So nice to see you enjoying life again! I have come down with a cruddy Christmas cold and have not finished my shopping yet, nor made one single batch of cookies, so my children (all college-age) are helping out a lot!! I also had to cancel a pre-Christmas girls overnight to Charleston, SC with my daughter – she was so sweet and understanding but I’m definitely sad to miss out!

  • Kristian
    December 20, 2016

    So glad to hear there was some more good news on the health front.

    Enjoy Christmas in your gorgeous skirt!

  • Maren Kearns
    December 20, 2016


  • last year's girl
    December 20, 2016

    And here was me thinking you looked super sparkly even in the photos!

    So good to see you with a smile on your face again, lady. Long may it continue.


  • Harlow
    December 21, 2016

    I love the gold, sliver and glitter together! It is wonderful to see you in better spirits and having a moment to enjoy the season after everything that you have been through. I have been following along your ordeal and I hope that despite everything that has been that you will still be able to enjoy Christmas even if it means switching off for an hour or so and getting caught in the moment where everything else that has happened can go on the back burner. I hope that you have a lovely Christmas and I wish you and Terry the very best of health for 2017 – and maybe a lottery win or something too considering all that bad luck something has to give right?!

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