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green leather biker jacket with blue jeans and stiletto ankle boots
Casual winter outfit: blue jeans, green leather biker jacket and high heel ankle boots

I’m back in business, folks: well, sort of…

… I mean, it’s February 19th: this is my first outfit post of the year (Actually, it’s my first outfit post since LAST NOVEMBER, GOD), and it’s just a boring jeans-n-sweater combo, so I feel a bit like I’ve dropped the “fashion blogger” ball here, really.

It’s not surprising, though: I mean, I didn’t actually intend to have such a long break from outfit posts (I had this cute little idea that I’d continue doing them all the way through my pregnancy and recovery, thus helping provide realistic outfit inspiration to pregnant and postpartum women. Now, if you’ll excuse me for a minute, I just need to pick myself up off the floor, where I’ve been rolling around laughing at my stupid, last-year self, because, O RLY, AMBER? YOU THOUGHT YOU’D DO THAT, LIKE SOME KIND OF FASHION BLOGGING SUPERWOMAN, DID YOU? HAHANOPE.), but, well, you know… As I said in my post on postpartum body issues, I’ve really not been feeling – or, indeed, looking – myself since about four months into my pregnancy, and my self-confidence has taken a serious hit because of it.

Still. Last week I finally got back into my pre-pregnancy jeans again: and not even the “fat” jeans I mentioned in my previous post – my actual, I-used-to-wear-these-when-I-still-looked-like-myself jeans, that I haven’t been able to get past my hips since around week 12 of my pregnancy.  YAY ME.

Before you go getting too impressed by this small victory, though, I’ll just go ahead and admit that while I might be back in my jeans, I’m only able to wear them with the help of my growing collection of loose sweaters right now, because, MUFFIN TOP. Oh my holy hell, the MUFFIN TOP. (Also, I could really go for an actual muffin right now. That wouldn’t really help my case, though, would it?) I suspect there will be a LOT of loose sweaters in my future because of it: in fact, I KNOW there will be, because, well, I ordered a bunch of them the day we took these photos. They’re on their way to me as I write this.

So. Jeans and sweaters might not be very interesting, but they’re pretty much all I can manage right now, so it looks like you’ll be seeing quite a bit more of them. That’s assuming I manage to get my act together enough to actually get out and take more photos, though: pray for me, people…

green biker jacket and blue jeans
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Mango jeans

ASOS sweater

ZARA biker jacket

Truffle Collection ankle boots

Zac Posen handbag*

Tom Ford sunglasses




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  • Hayley
    February 19, 2018

    You look amazing, even in jeans and a jumper! Don’t put pressure on yourself to look a certain way or be back to wearing the most put together looks, because it’s the only time of your life it’s acceptable to wear joggers 7 days a week 😉 Enjoy it x

  • Fiona
    February 19, 2018

    Ok maybe muffin top (and if I could put that in teeny invisible letters I would) but also: The Boots! The Bag! The Jacket! The Jeans! The Hair! You look glorious, woman.

  • Emerald
    February 19, 2018

    Yay you indeed!! Fab outfit! I love denim with green.

    Enjoy being out and about ☺. Looking great in these photos – it won’t be long till you’re back to being you!

  • Marie
    February 19, 2018

    You look stunning as ever Amber – the fact that you look so great but are so totally honest about your post-partum* body issues is nothing short of inspirational. A lesser blogger would have been all “hey, back in my pre-pregnancy clothes looking fabulous, no big deal” and not been honest about the fact that of COURSE your body’s going to be different when it’s been home to a tiny human! X
    *Auto-correct wanted to change that to post-party! One hell of a party…!

  • CiCi Marie
    February 19, 2018

    Yay for outfit post victories! Hopefully now the plaster’s off it’ll be a little easier… but I say this as a naive pregnant lady who’s just about to hit 18 weeks and has no idea of the body issues hell before her… Although I kind of do, because you’re being so honest about it and genuinely that is such a refreshing, positive thing for someone like me. It’s no help to me when bloggers etc set ridiculous standards for post-pregnancy body image! I might not know exactly what’s coming but even I know that’s not REALITY.

  • Kristian
    February 19, 2018

    ….. I don’t think I looked that put together or fashiony till my baby was at least 3 months. Not that it is a competition. But really, you look fabulous and I’m impressed you got a fashion post up!

  • Erika
    February 19, 2018

    You look great! The outfit posts should only get easier from here. I’ve missed them, but totally understand the break. 🙂

  • Brenda
    February 19, 2018

    You look really awesome, Amber!! It is amazing what getting fully dressed and pulling yourself together does for the psyche, isn’t it? I don’t know if this is TMI or not, but what the heck, just putting it out there anyway — do you find that the post partum “muffin top” is really different from the I’ve eaten too much for the past 5 months and need to stop “muffin top”? It isn’t really a “fat” muffin top, but rather a spongy, extra skin that needs to go back to normal muffin top? At least that is what I found… its like a completely different beast that needs to be conquered…

    • Amber
      February 19, 2018

      I’ve never actually been this size before so I’ve nothing to compare it to, really – it’s all new territory for me!

  • Funmi
    February 19, 2018

    Love the outfit, you look gorge! You did the outfit justice.
    You should be proud you fit into them jeans and you’ve got that post baby glow that just makes the photos pop!

  • Erin
    February 19, 2018

    You look great, and it’s nice to see your outfit posts again! Honestly, I work at home and my uniform is pretty much pjs and I have no new baby as a reason, so I’m super impressed you’re this put together 🙂

  • Moni
    February 20, 2018

    I’m falling in love with your jeans right now… and I already have SO MANY… (*Don’t buy them, Moni, just don’t!*)

    You look GREAT! 🙂

  • D Johnson
    February 21, 2018

    Congratulations! You look great! Thanks for your honesty and humor.

AD | We’re spending a few days at @highlandheatherlodges in beautiful Perthshire, for what Terry is optimistically referring to as his ‘birthday week’. (I say ‘optimistically’ - we’re only here for three days, and his birthday was yesterday, but don’t stop believing, Terry!)⁣
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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AD | We’re spending a...

AD | Time for a quick game of “Where’s Amber?”⁣
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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AD | Time for a...

Good news! We took Max to hospital this morning, and saw two different surgeons, who agreed there was no need to go ahead with the surgery as his lip is healing really well on its own 😅  He’ll definitely have a scar, unfortunately, but that would’ve been the case whether he’d had the surgery or not, and if it turns out to be worse than anticipated, we’ll have the option to have it corrected under local anaesthetic when he’s older. ⁣
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...

#throwbackthursday to last week, when I needed a sunhat and SPF 50 to leave the house, rather than the current raincoat and wellies situation. Can you tell the post-holiday blues are still in full swing over here? 🌧 .
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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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