Oh oh – & Other Stuff have a sale on…

…and that always spells disaster for my bank account.

I love &OS – for those that don’t know, they are the middle child in the H&M family, with Cos at the top in terms of both out there aesthetic and price point. For me, the quality of &OS outstrips H&M, but their styles are on the more wearable end of the spectrum from Cos (especially for those of us sadly not built like beanpoles).

From bitter experience, I’ve discovered it’s far better to order everything you like from their sale straight away (it can always be returned…) rather than doddle, as things sell out really quickly (especially their leather handbags, which are always well discounted).

I ordered quite a few bits this time round – some work items, some accessories. As you can see, I’m still favouring the more muted colour palette, but I loved the splash of yellow in the bag. I’m really excited to receive my order through, as I’ve always been really impressed with the quality of things from &OS.

One thing they didn’t have, that I am on the look out for, is a dove grey trench – I think that would tie together so many things in my wardrobe (and wouldn’t it look beautiful against the splash of yellow?) Leave a comment below if you’ve seen anything like that out at the moment.

I will no doubt be back on, in case they add any new items. Addicted – moi?…

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Ingrid Nilsen (a.k.a . Miss Glamorazzi) Comes Out

So last week the You Tube world got a bit of a jolt, in the form of beauty guru Ingrid Nilsen coming out as gay.

Ingrid, one of You Tube’s top content providers, has (at the time of writing) 3,471,374 subscribers and 259,850,520 views, is a ‘Glambassador’ for Cover Girl and has been creating content on You Tube for nearly six years.

I think it’s so positive to see her smash the stereotype of what a lesbian is/ should/ must be – Ingrid is feminine with a passion for make-up, fashion and all things beauty. Plus, not only did she come out, she shared her personal journey leading her to this point with the audience – and I have no doubt this will impact in a hugely positive way on a lot of her viewers. Whether that is to give people a better understanding, or to give them hope and show they they are not alone, Ingrid’s video will surely have a positive impact on a great number of people.

It is interesting to note, however, that Ingrid’s video seems to be getting a far greater number of negative comments than similar content from her male counterparts (e.g. Joey Graceffa). Why is this? Is it because it’s a bolt out of the blue (as opposed to say Joey Graceffa, who had endured years of rumours before coming out)? Is it because a great chunk of the You Tube demographic are young girls, who find it easier to accept a gay boy than a lesbian girl? Or perhaps because viewers have seen Ingrid’s previous boyfriends feature on her channel, they struggle to adjust to the idea those relationships weren’t, in retrospect, all they had appeared?

When at university, I wrote my dissertation on the the representation of female sexuality on television (and that is a part of the reason I’m following this so closely) – although that was only six years ago, I think there is now enough here to develop a whole new thesis on the topic, and covering these relatively new forms of self-expression and content creation.

We can’t underestimate the fame and reach of the top You Tubers – brands harness the power of the top You Tubers to promote their brands, as these ‘ambassadors’ can pack far more of a punch that more traditional advertising channels. In a nutshell, viewers feel these content creators are their friends, entirely relatable in the way a conventional advert simply isn’t. When considering this context around Ingrid’s announcement, and the reach she has, it’s clear Ingrid is somewhat of a trailblazer.

I can only imagine how many people Ingrid will positively influence by coming out – all the girls following the same path, suppressing their true nature, seeking out love and acceptance from those not really able to provide true acceptance. Whether you are straight, gay, bi or something else entirely, I think everyone can take something positive about accepting your true self and, as Ingrid says, giving yourself your best chance, from her video.

You can watch Ingrid’s full video below – but the disclaimer is, you might want to grab a tissue before you watch…


Review: Aveeno Moisturising Creamy Oil with Coilloidal Oatmeal

It’s very appealing to stick to blogging the fun side of beauty – the glossy lipsticks, beautiful nail polishes, pretty blushes etc., but sometimes you need to turn to the less glamourous side of things, the things you need to do to give yourself a decent canvas to stick the fun stuff on top off.

I’ve always really struggled with dry skin on my legs, leaving them really itchy. I’ve been looking for something that was soothe them while adding moisture. So many body lotions are heavily scented and leave dry, scratched skin stinging and red.

I saw this Aveeno Creamy Oil on offer in Boots, and I was intrigued – anything with the words ‘oil’ or ‘gel’ in the title intrigue me, as I’m not a fan of anything overly creamy or heavy, in spite of having dry body skin.

Plus, Jennifer Aniston is the brand spokesperson, and I can’t deny – that did catch my attention. She’s always so put together and her skin always looks perfect.

The cream has a nice, light scent – sweet and with a hint of almond. It’s not overly scented, just enough of a little something to make it feel more indulgent. It sinks in quickly, and didn’t sting – so a winner from me in that respect, as so many products further irritate the dry, delegate skin on my legs.

The packaging is nice enough, but nothing special – although as mentioned at the top of the page, this is a more a necessary product that one you’d use to feel indulgent. I do however really like the pump – it makes application far less messy and more hygienic than sticking your fingers into a pot of cream.

My lovely other half suffers from patches of psoriasis and we’re currently testing this out to see what effect it has – oatmeal is commonly used in skin products to sooth eczema and psoriasis prone skin, so hopefully we’ll see some positive effects.

You can buy Aveeno Creamy Oil from Boots, and it’s currently included in their 3 for 2 Skincare offer, and is priced at £7.65.