The topic for The Well's linkup this month is Instagram, which of course prompted me to join in, because let's face it - I'm obsessed with Instagram. I'm also very, very picky about which accounts I'll actually deign to follow. I hate the direction the platform seems to be taking as of late - too many posed/styled shots combined with an overproliferation of random picks tagged with affiliate links that are only being shared to try to earn some money. Like, really? That expensive candle just happens to be sitting next to an open tube of lipstick, a box of colorful macarons, and a pair of frilly underpants? That's totally how I leave things sitting around my home too!
But whatever. Instagram is growing increasingly dumber, but I can't help but love it regardless. I seek out like-minded 'grammers, I guess you could say - I want the shots of nature and landscapes and delicious food and beautiful light. I want to see scenes of real-life adventures, not a testimony to one's ability to stick a bunch of random objects on a floor together and snap a picture [can you tell I find the styled side of Instagram REALLY frustrating?]. I especially love to follow people with a love for photography - I am nothing if not a visual person - as well as people who live somewhere new and exciting and foreign to me.
The task at hand for this linkup was to highlight three of your favorite people to follow on Instagram, which proved to be a fairly impossible task as I love too many accounts to distill the numbers down to just three. But these are three Instagrammer who give me a major thrill when I see their names pop up in my feed.
Anna might possibly rank as my favorite Instagrammer - a title that I do not throw around willy-nilly. She has such a way with light and color in her images that makes me all swoony, and a lovely sense of composition. She lives in beautiful Boston, my very favorite place that I've never actually visited; her East Coast life basically reinforces everything that I've built up New England to be in my head, and it's wonderful.
Natalie is another Boston local with a fabulous Instagram feed. She's a very busy traveler with dual US/French citizenship...so she's basically living my dream life. I love her feed in part because of the exoticness of the locations [although let's be honest - basically anywhere not in the South is pretty exotic after 9.5 years of being stuck in Alabama], but also because of the sheer quality of her imagery. I think she does a fantastic job of highlighting color and adventure in her life, even when she's not out exploring random parts of the world.
Fran is a fairly popular and successful style blogger who also happens to be a second year medical student - win win win. I love to follow her in part because I admire her ability to put together classy outfits, but also because I find her to be so inspiring in regards to my own life. She's the kind of med student who has her act together - which is the exact kind of med student I aspire to be. ;) But really, I'm jealous of her ability to manage her time and to juggle all of these various facets of her life. Her adorable pets are just the cherry on the sundae.
And here's a bonus account, just for the heck of it.
This probably doesn't appeal to the layperson, but as I am a French degree holder with very limited opportunities to practice her language skills, the French Words account brings me so much joy. The hardworking person behind this account shares a French word / phrase / quotation every. single. day. Many of the posts are really basic vocabulary, but every so often I'll find a word I've never encountered before [the terms featured above are a few examples], and it honestly makes my day. This feed just serves as a highly appreciated dose of language in my currently very science-focused life.
Psst! Shameless self-promotion here: a few shots from my own Instagram account:
And check out the other participants in the linkup! If you have some free time to fall down the Instagram rabbit hole.
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 | A Girl for Granted | Tortoise in the Sun | 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