5 Favorite Instagram Accounts

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Looking for a daily dose of fashion inspo? Look no further!

2. HonestlyWTF

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Her stream is a slew of amazing home goods, tasty recipes, and fun DIYS.

3. Sam Larson

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Sam Larson is a super amazing artist! His work centers around nature and fine lines.

4. Cats_of_instagram

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If we’re being real, I follow mostly cats and dogs on instagram. I just need my daily dose of fluff!

5. SincerelyJules

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Fashion icon meets world traveler. Get the best of both worlds by clicking “follow.”

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My Instagram vs. My Reality

Everyone knows Instagram feeds are highlight reels of people’s lives. I mean, come on, any app where you can photoshop the shit out of a PSL to make it look like a life changing beverage is bound to be a little misleading.

And after reading this article comparing an Instagram post to reality I was dying to write my own!

1. I workout & look cool while doing it

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Instagram: 

Check me out! I run, I have cool shoes, and what’s that? a sexy city skyline? You can bet I’ve been more productive than you this morning and I feel GREAT about it!

Reality:

Half way through my run I get a bad side cramp and have to catch my breath. Right as I’m gaining my strength back and mental resilience to complete my minuscule run at snail speed, I realize there’s a pretty good backdrop for an insta.

2. The glam selfie shot

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Instagram:

Look at me y’all, I’m naturally beautiful and have cool eyes. Also my hair is looking like a beautiful mermaid’s.

Reality:

I just finished an interview and was using my front facing camera to make sure I didn’t have a booger on my face or something. Decided the lighting looked good, and after some editing, voila!

3. I go to really cool places

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Instagram:

Check out this cool hipster bar that has neat wall art. Also, admire my tasty ass beverage. I obviously exclusively drink craft beer.

Reality:

My friends were judging me for taking this & since I had to hold my beer up for the pic everyone at the bar probably thought I was a photo obsessed lunatic.

While Instagram isn’t a perfect representation of my life, I do think it’s a fun way to keep track of some small moments and make them seem a little grander. P.S. you can follow my tiny adventures on instagram here.

Weekend Recap Vol. 4

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Another great summer weekend with great people!

* Kayla and I went to the Chicago Air and Water Show on Sunday. The show is a bunch of tiny fast jet planes doing tricks in the air. I think the best part was being able to hop in the lake and watch the show while bobbing with the tiny waves.

* Logan and I celebrate 6 YEARS together on Saturday! I’m so lucky to have grown up along side him and travel the world together. I’m excited for all the adventures our lives have in store for us!

* We made the trip up to WI this weekend for a friends wedding. It’s so fun to see our friends growing up and making big commitments like this. The wedding was close to our college town, so we were able to drive through our alma mater, talk about nostalgic feels.

#thisgeneration vs #lastgeneration

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I saw this campaign on tumblr a few weeks ago, and it made me have a lot of thoughts about my feelings and feelings about my thoughts. The gist of these designs by Ajit Johnson is that #thisgeneration is too reliant on the internet, too self-involved, and, from what I can tell, just down right stupid. Like aren’t we all sick of hating on millennials yet, or no?

Since I grew up during the digital revolution #90sKid, I had a first row seat to the rise of at-home internet, a home computer, and even the invention of the first smartphone (yeah, I’m basically ancient). It’s because of these experiences, I think my generation is especially aware of the the true capabilities of the internet; not just for looking up directions or a recipe – but as a means to build relationships, self-educate, and [obviously] as a source of entertainment.

Social Media connects you with new and different people

Nothing is bad about gaining world perspective from the comfort of your own home. Websites like tumblr and twitter encourage constant communication and the exchanging of ideas between people who are very different from you. Whether you’re chatting with someone on the other side of the world, or the other side of your country – you’re being exposed to new opinions and ideas. Sounds like personal growth 101 to me.

Social Media literally bridges distance

I lived and worked in Spain for a year, and it was thanks to Facebook, Instagram, and FaceTime that I was able to stay hyper connected with my main squeezes. It also made me feel like I was still in touch with my at-home culture, and the lives of my friends and family. Thanks interwebz!

Social Media is an educational tool

I’m an avid tumblr scroller, and the website has really opened my eyes to huge social issues happening all around me that I may not otherwise be aware of. Tumblr users can post content that may not be in the big news circulation, but still needs awareness. A lot of my education about the LGBTQ community, and other minority classes has come from tumblr users who share news stories, published works, or personal experiences that I otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to.

So next time you eye-roll at a millennial on their phone, keep in mind the true good these platforms can bring to our society.

July Recap!

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* Watched basically every episode of Shark Week

* Celebrated the Fourth of July with my best bud in the best way, soaking up some summer rays

* Chicago went all out to celebrate the US Women’s Soccer Team world cup win

* I returned back to the good ol’ United States and got to spend some quality time at home

* Logan and I had to say hasta luego to Madrid after a year of living there

* My good bye European treat was a case of McDonald’s Macaroons, soooooo tasty

* Holy freckles

* Had lunch a couple times on the Chicago River Walk with BFF #1 & #2

* Went to a super fun wedding with the Cannon Clan

* Kayla and I were scolded multiple times for breaking beach rules we were unaware of #teamnoodle

* Reunited with some great friends at a Rooftop housewarming party, yay friends!

* Enjoyed some free music downtown with the siblings, so lucky to call them my best friends