Confession time: I am a sucker for a well-styled Instagram photo. Give me white space, natural light, and things positioned "just so" and I'll like it. Maybe that makes me super cliche and stereotypical, but I don't mind. I just really appreciate a good aesthetic. Don't get me wrong, I love the "real life" aspect of Instagram as much as the next person, but lately I've been gravitating more toward purposefully styled accounts to follow, while keeping more of my "real life" viewing on Facebook. I think there's been a huge shift in social media over the past couple of years, and that has trickled down into the blog world as well. Instead of devoting time to reading and following blogs, we've become so used to "liking" and instantly commenting on photos shared on Instagram. At first it really bummed me out, but now I kind of like the change. It's allowed me to open myself up on my blog again and just write whatever I want. Of course it has also encouraged me to do ridiculous things like "styling" my bowl of Froot Loops (yep!), but whatever. It's a give and take kind of relationship, okay?
Since I've found so many wonderful new IG accounts to follow, I thought I'd do a monthly roundup of my 5 favorites for that month. That way you can get a little glimpse at the photos these users share, the kind of aesthetic I'm loving at the moment, and new, inspiring accounts to follow! Here is my first edition... my five June favorites!
I love the soft, airy feel of Cassidy's feed. It's a mix of lifestyle, fashion, and family... all with the most gorgeous color palette. It's the "overall" look and feel of her Instagram account that drove me to pick her this month. Everything looks so beautiful together!
Heather's feed is exactly what I imagine Portland, Oregon to be like. Her photos are gorgeous, but they have this fog and grain to them that my other choices lack this month. I feel like I'm hiking on a misty mountain while wearing a sage green bomber jacket and knit beanie when I look at her feed. And that's a compliment, I promise!
Give me lots of white light and bright colors, please! Ashley's feed has all sorts of inspiring images ranging from her handwriting-inspired mugs to styled shots of her meals and snacks. I'm glad I'm not the only one who styles my cereal!
I don't read The Everygirl blog very much since I don't feel like "one of the everygirls" ya know? But I can't help but adore their Instagram feed. Spoiler alert: there is absolutely no shortage of peonies in their feed... You know, in case that makes or breaks it for ya!
Lily's feed is one of my most recent follows and I am in love with her use of color. She manages to make even an awkwardly styled photo look beautiful (I'm looking at you, cake photo in the lower left corner! haha) I've definitely noticed that color is the biggest factor in the feeds I've gravitated toward recently, and it's so inspiring!
I'm all for real life snapshots and photos on Instagram. My feed is full of them. But these 5 feeds above make me want to look at the world a little bit differently. Maybe try to find the beauty in the little things... a new composition or angle. It's amazing how a tiny little phone can hold the key to so many inspiring possibilities. I'm going to be more mindful of what I snap and share.
Who are some of your favorite Instagram users to follow?