The Search for a Stylish Changing Bag

I've talked about this before, I know, but, as soon as you announce that you're pregnant, people start lining up to tell you about how you Can't Have Nice Things any more, because OBVIOUSLY, duh! So far, I've been told that I... 01. Can't have nice shoes, because, in the unlikely event that my feet don't grow during pregnancy, "nice" shoes just aren't practical enough for all of the "chasing around after a toddler" I'll be doing. [ 537 more words ]

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Pregnancy Diary | Week 32

We have a date, people! I actually wasn't expecting to be told this for another couple of weeks or so, but on Tuesday morning I had a appointment with my midwife, who told me she'd just checked the system, and my elective c-section has been booked for... December 29th! This is, as you can probably imagine, is both really, really scary, and really, really exciting, in equal measures. [ 966 more words ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/week-32-pregnancy-diary

Where Should Besty Live?

Everyone, this is Betsy, our brand new pink sofa of dreams: Betsy is what's called a "cuddler sofa" - so, she's a two seater... but only if the two people in question are comfortable having a bit of a cuddle. Awww! She's also, as you can see, pink and perfect - so, when the kind people at… [ 597 more words ]

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Why I’m Having an Elective C-Section

Well, it looks like we're doing this, folks: I'm having an elective c-section. (Or that's the plan, anyway: but more on that later...) Last week I had an appointment with my doctor, at which I signed the consent forms: which means that, at some point within the next few weeks, I'll get a letter in the mail giving me the date of my baby's birthday - how crazy is that? [ 1,294 more word ]

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Maternity Style| The Cream Dress

So, this dress doesn't look the same as it did the last time I wore it, huh? This obviously doesn’t come as much of a surprise – I mean, I AM 32 weeks pregnant, now, so it would be pretty weird if I looked exactly the same, wouldn’t it? Like, the last time I wore this dress, I had to belt it at the waist, because it was a little too big for me, and now? [ 528 more words ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/cream-midi-dress-maternity-style

The Good, The Bad & The Awkward

Ha, you all thought I'd totally forgotten about my brand new blog series, in which I round up some of the good, bad and downright awkward things that have happened to me lately, didn't you? Well, you are... actually partly correct: I didn't forget, exactly, I just got a bit distracted by other stuff for a while there. I'm back now, though, so here's the lowdown... [ 1,743 more word ]

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My 3rd Trimester Maternity Essentials

Now that I'm in my third trimester, I'm finding that pregnancy has managed to come up with a whole new set of challenges - you know, just to keep me on my toes, I guess? Here are some of the hero products that have been getting me through it so far... 01. V-shaped pregnancy pillow So, basically the 3rd trimester hath murdered sleep. [ 1,264 more word ]

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Pregnancy Diary | Week 31

This week I happened to overhear Terry on the phone to his brother, who'd presumably asked how I was doing. "She's very tired, and pretty grumpy, really," said Terry, "But I guess that's to be expected at this stage..." "I AM NOT GRUMPY!" I yelled, grumpily. I stand by it, too. OK, maybe a little bit grumpy, actually, because, well, here are some things I'm really looking forward to being able to do again in January: [ 1,215 more word ]

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26 Ways to Make Your Instagram Account More Interesting

Over the last few months, I've completely changed my approach to Instagram, and, instead of trying to stick to a specific "theme" or grow my following, I've been focusing on making it a place to share some of my favourite photos instead, Here are some of the techniques I've been trying to use to make my Instagram account a little more interesting... [ 7,044 more words ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/instagram-feed-picture-ideas-tips

Maternity Style | What Would Audrey Do?

Guys! Guys! I found a jacket that still fits me! I can't even tell you how exciting this was for me... or how retrospectively embarrassing it is to realise that my day can now be made by a jacket, FFS. (Oh, who am I kidding: I've ALWAYS been able to get ridiculously excited by outerwear, haven't I?) This little 60s-inspired jacket was originally from New Look, but it must be at least six years old by now. [ 624 more words ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/what-would-audrey-do

Winter Coats in (Almost) Every Colour of the Rainbow

I may not love winter, but man, do I LOVE winter coats: in fact, with the exception of my one true love, shoes (And, OK, there IS that designer handbag handbag habit, but I try not to think too hard about that...), they're the item I spend most money on, and get the most pleasure out of buying. Well, when you live in the UK, you have to make winter bearable… [ 295 more words ]

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Posters with Scandinavian Design - Buy your Poster from Desenio

Want some new artwork for your wall? The code “foreveramber” gives you 25% off posters* between 31st October - 5th November at Desenio. *Except for handpicked-/collaboration posters and frame" - shop here: https://desenio.co.uk/

Pregnancy Diary | Week 30

Some things I have had to stop myself Googling this week: 01. If I have to have a c-section with a spinal block, and I sneeze during it, what will happen? Like, will my guts just all go flying across the room, and hit the surgical team in the face? Because it seems to me like that's EXACTLY what will… [ 2,553 more words ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/week-30-pregnancy-diary

Lifestyle Blogs UK Top 10 | Vuelio

Thanks to Vuelio for including me in their UK Lifestyle Blog ranking! http://www.vuelio.com/uk/social-media-index/lifestyle-blogs-uk-top-10/

5 Things Bloggers Need to Know About Working With Brands

In the past week I've received the following requests from brands, all of whom claimed to be "huge fans" of my blog, and absolutely desperate to be featured on it: 01. An "opportunity" for me to win a skiing holiday by entering a competition in which I'd write a post - about skiing, natch - on my blog, and hope the brand liked it enough to reward me for it. [ 1,807 more word ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/working-with-brands-tips

Choosing Artwork for Our Baby Boy’s Nursery

I'm saving the full nursery reveal until the furniture arrives mid-November (Because without a crib, and other baby-related stuff, it's basically just a room right now, albeit one with a rapidly-growing collection of soft toys in it...), but until that blessed day comes, I thought I share a quick look at some of the prints we've selected for the walls. Or the… [ 583 more words ]

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The Pet Collective

Just because...

Maternity Style | The Green Dress at 30 Weeks

OK, so, technically I was just 29 weeks and six days pregnant when these photos were taken, but my bump didn't change that much overnight, so I'm calling it 30 weeks: which is a number that seems almost as big as my belly is right now. (Actually, I don't really notice the bump change much at all from day to day - it's only really when I look back at photos that I'm like, "WHOA, MY BELLY GREW AGAIN!" and Terry's just all, "You don't say...") [ 467 more words ]

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Everyday Luxuries from Gordon Castle

So, I've reached that stage of pregnancy where I basically just feel frumpy, flabby and like I need an entire day in a beauty salon - at least - to feel even vaguely human right now. Unfortunately for me, though, that's definitely not on the cards: not only are most of the salon treatments I've been hankering after not advisable when you're pregnant, I've also been finding that most of the beauty products that have been catching my eye are similarly forbidden, with, "Please consult your doctor before use," written all over them. [ 658 more words ]

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Pregnancy Diary | Week 29

I'm writing this post at 9pm the night before it goes live, and my main pregnancy symptom for this week could be pretty much summed up with the words, "Holy crap, I'm tired!", so here's a handy visual representation of how I've felt this week: I found this on my phone, so either Terry took it, or the bunny set the self-timer and did it himself. [ 1,217 more word ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/week-29-pregnancy-diary

13 Things Pregnant Women Are Sick Of Hearing

I've written about the things pale girls are sick of hearing, the things women with long hair are sick of hearing, the things redheads are sick of hearing and - oh, yeah - I've also written similar posts about Scottish people and bloggers. You'd think there'd be nothing left for me to complain about by now, huh? [ 1,115 more word ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/things-pregnant-women-sick-of-hearing

Sloth Lovers

Starting the day with a video of a baby sloth...

Maternity wear. This is the kind of thing I'm up against, here:

Shopping for a Good Cause at Homesense

I'm sure you're probably all familiar with the shopping Mecca that is TK Maxx (or TJ Maxx, if you're in the States...), but did you know they also have a dedicated home chain called Homesense? Now, as it happens, I actually DID know this - when you follow enough home interiors accounts on Instagram, you can't fail to notice that a lot of the items featured are Homesense bargains - but, until recently, I'd never actually shopped there: the shame! #ad

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/homesense-shopping-for-a-cause

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/good-bad-awkward

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/pink-and-black-maternity-outfit

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/week-28-pregnancy-diary

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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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/butterfly-bracelet-afternoon-tea

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 ]

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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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/halloween-costume-ideas

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/week-27-pregnancy-diary

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/new-baby-gadgets

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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/beau-slogan-sweater

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/week-26-pregnancy-diary

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/midi-dress-ankle-boots-maternity-outfit

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 ]

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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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/maternity-style-high-heels

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/rimmel-lasting-finish-breathable-foundation-conditioner-review

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/2017/09/whats-makeup-bag-september.html

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 ]

http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/week-25-pregnancy-diary

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