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OUTFIT | Polka Dots & Pink

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black polka dot cigarette pants with pink sweater


K, I have approximately 4 minutes to write this post before relieving Terry of childcare duties, so three things:

01.  These trousers were sent to me by the kind people at Joanie Clothing, and when I put  them on, it was the first time I’d really felt like myself since before I got pregnant. The power of clothes will never cease to amaze me, so thanks for that, Joanie peeps!

02. Still totally cringed when I looked back at the photos, though. GOD. (I lost another 2 pounds this week, but there’s still a big difference between the person I am in my head and the person I see in the mirror/in photos. That’s possibly because the person I am in my head is Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, though…)

03. Yeah, I’m wearing pink and black again. I know it probably seems like those are the only colours I wear right now, but they really aren’t, honestly: I mean, I also wear pink and grey a lot, and that’s TOTALLY different, right?

04. I was lying about there being only three things. There will obviously be more than just three things. Seriously, AS IF I’d be able to keep it that short?

05. These photos were taken on the single sunny day this week, sandwiched between two weeks of wintry weather. Like, one day I was out like this, with bare feet in pumps, and the next day? It snowed. Which was just plain WRONG. I mean, snow at Easter is just ALL CAPS WRONG, isn’t it? I think so.

06. Aaaand I really DO have to wind this up now. Happy Monday, everyone!

casual spring outfit
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Cigarette trousers c/o Joanie Clothing

H&M sweater



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  • LindaLibraLoca
    April 2, 2018

    Grey and pink are worlds apart from black and pink!

  • Ginger
    April 2, 2018

    Pink and black (and pink and grey) is such an Amber combination! I love it when you wear it!

    Ironically, it has snowed/iced on Easter before where I live. Which is Texas. ALL WRONG. (Not this year at least.)

  • Barbara West
    April 2, 2018

    So pretty! And pink polka dots! Totally Amber.

    You wear them, and a pink sweater, far better than the model at the Joanie site does, BTW.

  • Meriam
    April 2, 2018

    This is so cute! Love the trousers!

  • Debs
    April 2, 2018

    This combination is lovely and cute!
    Thanks for the links!

  • Brenda
    April 2, 2018

    Pink is such a great colour on you and I love those pants. the polka dots amp them up a lot!

  • Jana
    April 2, 2018

    Mom told me that due to my red hair, “no red, no pink honey”. I stuck to that most my life and now? My closet is stuffed with pink (and that vibrant orangy red). Gooooo pink!

  • Lori L.
    April 2, 2018

    You look beautiful and the outfit is perfect for spring. You always look so happy in pink (with black, gray, or any other color!)

  • A
    April 3, 2018

    Lovely outfit.

    At a tangent – as well as the stereotypical blue for boys and pink for girls (which I don’t adhere to) – it also seems, especially in children’s clothing, that stripes are for boys and dots for girls. Have you noticed this? Is it just me that thinks this is weird?

    (This is very tangential and in no way a criticism of your clothing, you are an adult woman and it is completely different. Anyway I like both dots and stripes. The post just reminded me of this.)

    • Amber
      April 3, 2018

      I hadn’t noticed, but I don’t really look at girls clothes!

  • A
    April 3, 2018

    I didn’t notice until I saw an article that mentioned it but now I see it everywhere!

    It’s amazing what judgements people make from baby clothes. My daughter’s main outfit for cold weather is a green dinosaur suit (why not dress your baby up while you can!) which I think is unisex, but most people seem to think is for boys? But then they see her shoes (which are purple, the only ones Startrite had in her size at the time) and say “ah I can see she is a girl from her shoes”.

  • Marjolaine
    April 3, 2018

    I have started wearing pink and black more often and I reeeeally love it, so thank you for that inspiration!!

  • Georgia Howard
    April 5, 2018

    Awesome outfit. I am loving your polka-dot trousers. So cool and chic.

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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I posted this on Stories...

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OUTFIT | Polka Dots & Pink