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