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Things You Missed If You Haven’t Been Following My Instagram Stories

Last week I wrote about my newfound love for Instagram Stories, and this week the love is still going strong.

There is just one problem with Instagram Stories, though, and it’s an issue I also had with Snapchat: the stories go away. Yes, 24 hours after they’re published, those stories are GONE. You can, of course, save them to your camera roll, so you can look back on them forever more, but what about the poor readers/followers who missed your story the first time, and will now NEVER know what was inside that ASOS package you got last week? HOW WILL THEY COPE?

Well, I’ll tell you how they’ll cope: they’ll cope (this week, at least) by reading your blog, where you will dutifully post the photos they might have missed. Because you’re thoughtful like that, and also because it allows you to basically re-use the same content twice, and pretend you’re NOT just being lazy about it. Every cloud, huh? I haven’t bothered to upload the various videos I posted this week, so you’ll have to follow me on Instagram if you don’t want to miss those in future,  but here’s a quick look at what you missed if you weren’t following my Instagram Stories this week…

Fat Face Slim capri jeansThe arrival of these jeans

I tend to film quite a bit of the “blogger mail” I receive – or, in this case, just regular ol’ mail, because I paid for these myself. They’re by Fat Face, and I was lucky enough to be gifted a pair in dark blue earlier this summer, which I liked so much I decided to buy them in this lighter wash, too. These are billed as “capri jeans”, but on me they’re more of an ankle-length, which makes them perfect for my 5’4″ self. I DID intend to take a photo to show what they look like on, but… I forgot. Probably distracted by some other important mail-opening video or something, who knows.

And this dress

black ribbed bodycon dressH&M’s finest folks: by which I mean, “the quality isn’t amazing, and it’s a bit thinner than I expected it to be, but it’s fine for wearing around the house, or on holiday, say, and it was so comfortable I didn’t bother to take it off after taking this photo, so I guess I’m keeping it.” (I DID take the shoes off, though: not even I will wear stilettos around the house…)

(I feel have to point out here that the little specks you can see are on the mirror, not on the dress. Guess I’m cleaning that mirror as soon as I finish writing this, then…)

This photo of Rubin…

bichon frise with tartan neckerchief

Er, quite a few photos of Rubin, actually. Can you blame me, though? I mean, THAT FACE!

Quite a few “I’m in the car” selfies…selfies

I’ve always wondered why you see so many selfies which appear to be taken in a car. Well, now I know: it’s the LIGHT, people. Car light is good light. I have no excuse for me adopting the same pose every single time, though: that’s just plain stupid. Next time, I will endeavour to put my OTHER hand behind my head, just to switch things up a bit. Exciting, huh?

The Enthralling Saga of ‘What’s in the Box‘?

What's in the box?

OK, so it wasn’t particularly enthralling, or, indeed, much of a saga: it was just a series of videos of me opening a Superdrug order, which I’d refer to as a “haul”, except, a) There were just four things in that fairly large box, and two of them were identical, and b) I’m cringing at the word “haul”, even as I type this.

Since those particular videos will be long gone by the time you read this, and I don’t want to keep you in suspense, here’s what was in the box:

Superdrug Colour Effects Shampoo in Warm Copper Gold

Yes, they’ve repackaged my favourite hair product for redheads, and they’re now calling it Superdrug Colour Effects Shampoo, rather than Colour Effects Conditioner. Or is it that there’s now a shampoo AND a conditioner? I’m suddenly confused. Anyway, the product inside seems exactly the same as it was before, but this bottle contains more of it, so they can call it whatever they like, as far as I’m concerned. It actually makes sense to me to stop calling it a “conditioner”, because it was a truly awful one: I’ve always just used it for its colour-boosting properties (as I said in my Instagram Story, this shade is basically my natural hair colour, but better…), so as long as they’re still making it, I’m happy. And, speaking of happy…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Earlier this week, we had a surprise delivery from Amazon, which turned out to be a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which my parents had ordered and had sent to our house. Aren’t they awesome? I won’t post any spoilers, for those of you who haven’t read it yet, but I loved it, and I SO enjoyed being back inside the Harry Potter world again. If I had one wish, and someone else had already covered world peace, a cure for cancer, etc, it would be that J.K. Rowling would just keep on writing about these characters forever. Is that really too much to ask, J.K.? IS IT?

And that was my week. How was yours? 

(P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, for more thrilling instalments of ‘What’s in the Box?’)


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  • Anna nuttall
    August 13, 2016

    Hi Amber, I enjoyed looking at your blogger mails on Instagram Stories and let be honest I never get bored looking at Rubin cute face. xx

  • heather
    August 13, 2016

    so far not too many of my friends have started using Instagram stories, which is too bad cause it’s a pretty cool function. I’m hoping it will just take a little while to get used to. I like that you did a recap, it’s not always possible for me to check Instagram every day!

  • Erin
    August 13, 2016

    I have so enjoyed following your stories! I hope this doesn’t sound super creepy, but it’s neat to hear you talk. I haven’t used stories yet, but I’m hoping more people consolidate from snapchat to stories so I don’t have to follow everyone in 50 places.

  • Linda A Cassidy
    August 15, 2016

    My wish is also for JK to keep writing those stories for ever and ever

  • Emily H.
    August 15, 2016

    Yikes! Haven’t quite got the hang of them yet, but did see your Instagram stories and saw the car selfies and the mystery box.

    I have been having fun with the Boomerang app though!

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Things You Missed If You Haven’t Been Following My Instagram Stories