Eye Candy: Instagram Accounts to Follow

It’s no secret that I love all things social media. Facebook is great to keep tabs on what friends are up to. Twitter is a nice way to get in contact with people you might not normally have the chance to chat with. And Instagram is, well, full of pretty things.EYE CANDY

I love to scroll through and see the photos that are posted. Pretty colors and perfectly staged little images? You’ve won me over.

I tend to follow less actual friends on this platform, and more blogs, designers, photographers, musicians, etc. And the page that used to be the most popular photos that has now turned into an endless stream of photos recommended for you? Yeah, I spend a solid amount of time pining over pretty things.

Okay, so most of my posts end up being shots from concerts (shocker) or food, but I do try to get artsy once in a while! If you aren’t following me, feel free to do so here.

If you’re looking to break out of the normal set of accounts that you follow, have a look at some of my favorites.

  • Humans of New York: I’m sure you’ve heard about this project, whether it be from Facebook or his coffee table book. Having it in my Instagram feed just adds a nice little break to the rest of my stream; a reality check, if you will.
  • Jordan Matter: I absolutely adore Jordan Matter’s photography. Best known for his Dancers Among Us project, I am always amazed by the work that he does- and even more so, his ability to capture such gorgeous shots in a split-second of time.
  • Tiny PMS Match: Love Pantone’s color of the year? Then you have to give this a follow. The artist takes tiny, everyday objects and matches them up to their corresponding PMS color. I love the minimalism here!
  • Dangerdust: Who knew such pretty artwork could come from a chalkboard? These guys are design students (well, post-grads now I suppose) who got their start placing these anonymous drawings at their school. The intricacy of these drawings is unreal.
  • Theodore Fitzpatrick aka Teddy: Okay, so Teddy might be the cutest dog ever. If you don’t get enough of Teddy from following The College Prepster, never fear! This little toy poodle pup also has his own Instagram account to chronicle his adventures in NYC and beyond.
  • Tyler Knott: I first came across these little poems on Tumblr, and have been hooked ever since. Tyler Knott is best known for his Typewriter Series, but his Instagram gives you a peak a quite a few handwritten works as well.

What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow? 

Web Wanderings

I spend a lot of little coffee breaks surfing the web. BuzzFeed, Mashable, FastCompany- you name it, I read it. I feel like I’m always sending links around to friends. As I hunt around for fun factoids, I might as well compile them in a place to share.Web Wanderings (1)

This is the start of my Web Wanderings. At the end of each week, I’ll pull together a few of my favorite things to share. From research studies to tech news, marketing campaigns to cute dresses, you’re bound to find a wide array of goodies here

As always, I’d love you hear your feedback! Give me a shout in the comments below, let me know the things that you’re sharing this week!

Always #LikeAGirl Campaign:  I’m always a sucker for these sorts of videos. Dove is the prime suspect, but this time we’ve got a gem of a piece from Always. This video is inspiring in all sorts of ways- not just for young girls, but for everyone.

Grrl Meets Marketing World: Why Brands Are Suddenly Preaching Fempowerment: To go along with #LikeAGirl, this article from Mashable breaks down the successes and failures of the ever-so-trendy ‘fempowerment’ advertisements.

Bon Iver’s “Heavenly Father”: It’s been quite some time since we heard some new stuff from him, and I’m loving this track that he’s created for Zach Braff’s new film. Preview it courtesy of NPR Music.

Behind the Scenes of Dancers Among Us: I absolutely adore this series (I own the book..and the calendar..). On this post, photographer Jordan Matter gives a sneak peek of what goes into getting that perfect shot.

Google’s SmartyPins: Alright, Google. You win again. This might be my new favorite way to jump-start my brain when I’m feeling bogged down. (I’ve always been a sucker for a good game of trivia!)

What have you stumbled across this week?

Music Monday: Volume 4

Alright so, I’ve been buried under work recently. Running from the office, to the studio, to looking at a potential house– the last month has been crazy! Things are finally settling back into normal, at least for the next couple of weeks until I pack up and move to a new house.

At least the weather has been absolutely beautiful these last few days. I’m happy be kicking off a new week with some music, my favorite dress, and a new bow in my hair! Here’s to a productive Monday (and maybe even a short work week for Easter)!

Coffee Break: A Take Away Show âˆ†

This weekend is (hopefully) bringing around a little bit of warmth before we head back to the cold temperatures through next week-  although it is quite dreary outside right now.

As I finish up my second cup of coffee this morning, I came across this video (have you seen the new YouTube layout? Interesting.), which is part of a larger series, A Take Away Show, presented by La Blogothèque. I’m not sure how I’ve missed out on these, but this is a nice little recording of two of my favorite songs- tranquil enough to blend in with the foggy mess outside.

Coffee Break: No Body Shame Campaign

Someone showed me this video the other day (I can’t remember who it was..) and I was amazed at how this girl moves. Today, BuzzFeed posted a story about her background.

The dancer in the video, Whitney Thore, was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome when she was in college. Whitney gained over 200 pounds in just two years. Check out her website, No Body Shame Campaign. It’s inspiring to see someone so comfortable in their own skin and ready to tackle some social norms. She says it best in her own words, below.

I am learning to practice aggressive self-love. I have lived my life as a 130-pound woman and as a 350-pound woman in North America, in Europe, and in Asia. Cultural norms, societal pressures, and the whims of the fashion industry do not define my worth as woman or a human being. My intelligence, personality, talents, and contributions do not fluctuate with the numbers on a scale. I am unwaveringly ME; and the same goes for YOU. No matter WHAT you’re struggling with, embrace what you have to offer, love yourself right this minute and start affecting positive change for yourself and others. No excuses. No shame.

Join her campaign, and be sure to check out her other videos as well! Sometimes, we all just need to get out and dance.