Best Instagram Accounts

Before I get stuck into this post, I feel a little duty bound to write a short disclaimer. I know this post is going to get long, but these words are important so stick with me. Instagram is a great platform – functional, beautifully designed, enables community building and lets us keep up with the lives of our dearest, both near and far. But it’s often not real life. Any social media network represents a carefully edited snapshot of the lives of others. Very rarely do people post their tear-streaked, chocolate-stained, hardest moments of life. Keep this in mind when perusing your feed, and please don’t compare yourself, your body or your life to anything you see on social media. In a lot of cases (though not always), it’s not real life, it’s just fantasy. Or at least a highly edited narrative of the best parts of someone else’s life.

That said, I’m a bit Instagram obsessed. I love scrolling through for a hit of inspiration or motivation, or to keep up with my mates. You can follow along with me here, if you like. Today, as part of the B Bar’s blog link up, I’d like to call out three of the best Instagram accounts in my feed. The B Bar Gals set the challenge – who are your three favourite instagrammers and why? Picking only three was a real (first world) challenge, as I’m a visual person and Insta is my fave social media channel, closely followed by Pinterest. Nevertheless, here are my current favourite accounts, for your scrolling delight.

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amy stone - best instagram accounts on girl for granted

amy stone best instagram accounts // girl for granted

amy stone best instagram accounts // girl for granted

This account is hands down my current favourite. As the social media darling for Gap, Amy Stone has a great eye for detail and a fresh, relaxed and clean aesthetic. Her skill as an iPhone photographer has me seriously contemplating how to up my own game. Amy’s feed is abundant with gorgeous nautically inspired shots (keep those Pilgrim Surf + Supply surfbort shots comin’), laid back vignettess, crisp flowers and the most photogenic front doors in all the land. Somehow, this New York gal has nailed Cali cool with an East Coast prep twist – consider me lime green.

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jasmine dowling // best instagram posts // girl for granted

jasmine dowling // best instagram accounts // girl for granted

jasmine dowling // best instagram accounts // girl for granted

Minimal, beautifully washed out and somehow very motivating, Jasmine Dowling‘s Instagram feed is a beauty to behold. This wunderkind has serious social media game – she champions emerging Australian designer and is growing her own flourishing small business as a typographer/designer/artist/blogger. Jasmine posts cheeky words of wisdom in her trademark handwritten type to get the creative juices flowing – hopefully cold pressed. Soft greys, khakis and blues dominate her feed, interspersed with outfit shots and the odd minimal flat lay.

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jess zimlich // best instagram accounts // girl for granted

jess zimlich // best instagram accounts // girl for granted

jess zimlich // best instagram accounts // girl for granted

Considering Amy and Jasmine already have large followings on Instagram, I’m rounding out this list by spotlighting an equally impressive account that has a smaller following. Finding new blogs and/or Insta accounts to follow in their early stages is a great thing. It’s really vicariously rewarding to watch as they grow and then explode. Jess Zimlich is a blogger from Kansas City who is taking life and shaking it, and while her Insta following isn’t yet huge, I think it’s going to be. Jess’ feed is so friendly – each image and caption tells a story that ultimately weaves into the wider narrative of her feed. Fitness, food and fashion feature, with a dash of motivation for good measure. I love a good caption, and Jess’ are right up there. Check it out now, and when she’s huge, you can claim you followed her way back when. Millennials love that, right?

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Now, the most fun part of this post – the blog link up side of things! Basically, a blog link up is when a whole bunch of bloggers post about the same topic at the same time, and provide links to each other’s posts for your perusal. It’s the shit. You can find new blogs to explore and love – there’s almost nothing better than stumbling on a blog you really connect with, then spending hours in a treasure trove of archives. Each of the following ladies and gents have rounded up the best Instagram accounts they follow – there are sure to be some gems, so get on it.

The B Bar // Annie Reeves // Alyssa J Freitas // Cake & Lilies // Liska Monet // The Not Quite Adult // Equal Parts of a Whole // Carrie Loves // A Loyal Love // Paper and Skyscrapers // Glitter, Inc. // SKC Marketing // Shenanigan-ska // Elana Lyn // Sponsored by Coffee // Always Craving // All The Pretty Stars // Business Betties // Perfect Enough For Us // Always Anita // A Little Leopard // Girl for Granted // Tortoise in the Sun // The Yuppie Files // Healthfully Ever After // Urban Pixxels // Roam + Golightly // Preppy Panache // Brikasia // White Cabana // Idalia Photography // Little Wild Heart // Wearing Pearls // The Everyday Adventurer // Splendor in Spanglish // Life Modifier // Post Grad in Pumps // Alessandra Marie // Random Little Faves // PR Girl Diaries // Caitlin Cawley // Modish & Main // 26 and Not Counting // Pretty Much Design Studio // Grace Notes // Girl in Betsey // Something Good // Life with the Champions // Pattern Me Pretty // Simply Nicole // The Fashionable Wife // Cassandra Monroe // I Am Amber Nicole // Southland Avenue // English Mamma // Cake Over Steak // York Avenue // Jenn Inspired // Hitha on the Go // Beauty and the Pitch // Cedar and Rush // Luv in the Bubble // Des Moines Darling // Cheyenne Mojica // Step Brightly // Soak and Simmer // A Touch of Teal // Paris vs The World // Style and Free // Lovely Friend // A Few of My Favorite Things // The Blue Bijou // PR Blonde // Leigh Clair // Moonlight Chai // Meg Biram // Victoria McGinley

Which Instagram accounts are your favourites? You can follow me here! x

*Images from the lovely Instagram accounts of @amy_stone, @jasminedowling and @26andnotcounting respectively!

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    Annie Reeves

    Jess is my GIRL!!! And Amy, too!! This is one of my favorite roundups so far 🙂


      Yayyyy Annie – I’m so glad you liked it! Jess and Amy both have a great eye! Thanks for swinging by. x

    Jordana @WhiteCabana

    These look like gorgeous IGs!


      They sure are gems! Thanks for dropping in, Jordana! x

    Alyssa J Freitas

    Amy stone is a favorite of mine too!

    Alyssa J Freitas


      I think Amy is a big hit! And with taste like hers, it’s no wonder. Thank you for reading, Alyssa! x

    Jess Zimlich

    This is SO nice. I can’t even get over it. Thank you so much! I appreciate those words more than you know!!


      Anytime, Jess. Makes my day to know that someone else has a spring in their step. Keep doing you! x

    katie a.

    Woo! Definitely following! Thanks for this post. xo


      Yay Katie! Thanks for reading. x


    I LOVE Jess and Amy, they are SO sweet! I included Amy in my top three as well – I was lucky enough to interview her for my blog last month and she is seriously awesome!


      I saw your interview with Amy and loved it! That girl has STYLE. Thanks so much for stopping by! x


    Great picks! Jasmine’s pillows look so cute!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Bloglovin’


      No, thank YOU for reading! Jasmine is a wonderful Aussie blogger doing great things – one of my favourites to see watch. x

    Heath - Southland Avenue

    So happy you introduced us to Jess. Her feed is the best mix of everyday and styled!


      Isn’t it though? I love when you actually get a glimpse of someone’s life through insta. Thanks for stopping by! x


    I recently started following Jess on Instagram after reading her blog. Now I need to check out Amy’s too. Instagram is definitely my favorite form of social media followed closely by Pinterest too!!

      Amy Grant

      I can spend hours on both Pinterest and Instagram! Thanks for reading, Erica! x


    Love that you shared your hidden Instagram gem with us- Jess! Excited to be following a few new people and viewing some beautiful images!

      Amy Grant

      I’m always happy to share my favourites, Allison. I hope you will check out my picks! x