I am an Instagram rookie and a blogger newbie. I am learning what seems to be working and what is not working as I go along. As part of this process, I’ve been following other blogs and Instagram accounts and taking mental notes. For the purpose of this blog post, I am going to focus on Instagram.
Okay, so while I was in Wyoming, my daughter was taking pictures and trying to decide which ones were “Insta-worthy” and which ones were not. I was not aware of this division in the ranks.
The idea is that if you are going to post something on Instagram you have really got to jump up your game. It is even suggested that you have a plan for “visual aesthetic” or that you have a theme. With this in mind, I’ve realized that my Instagram feed is somewhat of a hot mess right now but it could be worse. I’m just starting out so we’ll see how it evolves with time.
I do have some qualms about the “Insta life” though. Is it a real life? This may be a topic for another post. I am going to say which Instagram accounts I follow. Some of these are famous, and some of these are not so famous. I had hopes of throwing out some undiscovered Instagram feeds, because I love when I discover them and I just know they will take off. Yet, those are hard to find because everything is so saturated. Anyway, here are a few of my favorites that are well-known or otherwise:
- I underestimated Goop. Goop is awesome! I won’t lie, some of this is cut out for women who have financial means that far exceed my own. For example, weekend retreats to the Hamptons, etc. Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by this or you’ll miss out. I have been impressed with their recipes, book recommendations, and wellness articles that ALL women can relate too. Also, some of the articles are so far- fetched that I derive a great deal of humor from them even though they are meant to be serious.
- My favorite blogs for aesthetic are dominomag and Anthropologie. Enough said.
- A great blog for creative inspiration is Etsy. I like that I get a glimpse into artists’ studios and the creative processes. I am a follower of pottery.
- Reese Witherspoon. Can we all say that we underestimated Reese Witherspoon? This woman is a powerhouse and is turning the female movie industry on its head. She is also well read and supports women in business. She just launched a new book called Whiskey in a Tea Cup and she has a book club. I have had no regrets following Reese Witherspoon.
- There are a lot of gorgeous wedding feeds out there by wedding planners, florists, photographers, or otherwise. Too many to follow. I follow one particular wedding feed because it really stands out for creativity, aesthetic, inclusiveness, and going beyond traditional. This blog would be June Bug Weddings.
I have a few favorite mom blogs which are popular for good reason. These ladies definitely know what they are doing on instagram.
- Taza– because…New York City and twins. I relate to Taza, she grew up in the same mormon community that I did, and she is doing the Instagram thing with a tremendous amount of class.
- This Little Wandering– I admit, this mom posts a lot, but come on…cute little A-frame cabin, Colorado, adorable baby, great playlist… that’s all I need. This mom proves you don’t have to go big to go big. whimsyandwhile is another instagram feed with a similar aesthetic that also shares a similar vibe.
I am just going to mention these three here, and they speak for themselves.
Okay, there are a lot of photography blogs out there with beautiful women in beautiful settings, and yada-yada. I’ll be honest, I followed a few of them and then got bored with some of them. These two have managed to keep my attention:
These are Instagram feeds by “real women,” yet they are both remarkably beautiful in their own right. One gives me a taste for the world, and the other, a taste for New Orleans.
So this is it. These are my favorite Instagram feeds for now, and I’ve only been following Instagram for a short while. If you have any other recommendations I would love to hear them. Many of these may be familiar to some of you, but they are some of my favorites just the same.
If by chance, you are following this blog, I just wanted to give you an update on the fire situation here in Utah. According to a local news source, KSL.COM, the Bald Mountain fire here is at 18,550 acres and 18 percent contained. The Pole Creek fire is at 99,693 acres and 33 percent contained. Residents of Woodland Hills and Elk Ridge were able to return to their homes today. Some other standby evacuation orders have been lifted. So that is good news. The Covered Bridge Canyon Area and Diamond Fork area still remain evacuated.
The air here remains smokey, and the winds are shifting some today which is kind of putting a damper on the ideal fire-fighting weather we have had over the past few days. I’m still mourning the loss of some of my beloved spaces. My recent trip to Yellowstone was an eye-opener for regrowth and how it occurs over time. It does happen, slowly…but it can happen. Nature will find a way.