Today, I’m going in-depth into why I started an Instagram account, @librarianforlifestyle, and highlighting 10 Instagrammers I love.
Why I started Instagramming
It took me a long time to get into Instagram — or even to understand the appeal. I’m not a person who jumps into trying out trends or new technologies; instead, I have to think my way through things and see if something is right for me. So I’ve been thinking about Instagram for awhile, but I wanted to make sure that if I committed to Instagram, then I was doing it for reasons that made sense to me, and not just doing it because I was “supposed to” as a style blogger. So I did my research (of course!), reading over posts by bloggers I read and trust, like Franish’s very informative post and tips about Instagram. Her tip to “think about if it’s instagram or a blog post” stuck with me, about making your Instagram be its own thing and not just be a rehash of your style blog. I am a purpose-driven woman, so that made sense to me, to have a clear purpose for each kind of social outlet for my blog. Here’s what I came up with:
- Purpose of style blog: Highlight my style journey and perspective with the opportunity to reflect and write in-depth about how and why I put outfits together
- Purpose of Instagram feed: Provide a more personalized peek at my daily life and style, including random photos I like to take and the books I like to read
You can enjoy my Instagram feed even if you’re not on Instagram. I’ve also got the latest pics from my Instagram on my blog’s sidebar.
And I have really been enjoying my foray into Instagram! I now have an outlet for all those random and spontaneous photos I take going about my daily life, like this sartorial still life, plus it’s a way to post about things that I don’t want to write in-depth about. And it’s opened me up to a whole new world of bloggers!
10 Instagram bloggers I love
Three years ago at the end of March, which is Women’s History Month, I started highlighting bloggers I love in an annual series I called “Spreading the blog love.” I highlighted 9 style bloggers I love in 2015 and 5 more bloggers I love in 2016. This time around, I thought it appropriate to highlight a few Instagram bloggers I love and why I love them!
Hello Katie Girl
I love Katie’s Instagram feed for its bright, cheerful photos and outfits. She also loves a brightly colored wall! I always smile when I see her Instagram photos and colorful, feminine style. A total pick-me-up!
Follow Katie on Instagram: @hellokatiegirlblog
You’ve seen Daenel on my blog before, in a “Librarian Style Profile” last year. She is a fellow librarian, and she has a totally cool, down-to-earth style all her own. So I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time, but then I also fell in love with her Instagram feed, which is full of gorgeous photography and coffee pics. Her view of the world through her camera lens is always interesting and often introspective.
Follow Daenel on Instagram: @daenelt
A self-professed “book smart city girl who’s living life like a modern Jane Austen”? Right up my alley! Colorful, cheerful, sassy, with tons of shoe and book close-ups. LOVE.
Her blog and Instagram title? Comes from a scene in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, from Mr. Darcy’s (first) proposal to Lizzy: “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Like I said, LOVE.
Follow Ardently Admire on Instagram: @ardently_admire
This Is Jules
I follow a lot of travel-themed accounts on Instagram, as well as those who highlight the city they live in. This Is Jules focuses on England (Yorkshire, to be specific), and I love the more muted, softer tones and mood of the photos she takes. It’s somehow nostalgic and wistful and soothing all at the same time.
Follow This Is Jules on Instagram: @thisisjules
Madison’s vintage style is so gorgeous and flawless and fun. I could look at her photos for days. Her red lipstick ALONE is worth a stroll through her Instagram feed.
Follow Madison Steward on Instagram: @madisonsteward
Pearls and Pink Pens
I love Flor’s classy, feminine style, and she focuses on highlighting stylish work outfits. I find her feed and outfits inspirational for my own work life.
Follow Pearls and Pink Pens on Instagram: @pearlsandpinkpens
Here’s the description in the Bookish Press Instagram profile: “Mostly books but occasionally other glittery things that take my fancy.” They take my fancy, too! Lovely and creative photos of books and other “glittery things.” Happy sigh.
Follow Bookish Press on Instagram: @thebookishpress
The Southern Gloss
Catherine from The Southern Gloss has a gorrrrrrrrrrrgeous head of red hair and gorgeous style. She’s also the one who inspired me to wear my blanket scarf in a new way!
Follow The Southern Gloss on Instagram: @thesoutherngloss
Economy of Style
Psyche from Economy of Style has the most gorgeous smile and the most fearless style! I always feel happier and inspired after browsing her Instagram feed, which is full of pattern-mixing and bright lipstick and interesting shoes. Plus, she focuses on budget-friendly style, and she’s in academia, too. She inspired me to wear my wrap dress in a totally different way!
Follow Economy of Style on Instagram: @economyofstyle
This is the cutest couple EVER. They have been married for decades, and they like to dress alike and take pictures. It’s that simple, and that love- and life-affirming.
Follow BonPon511 on Instagram: @bonpon511
Have you perused my Instagram feed yet? Are you inspired to check out some new bloggers? Please leave a comment and let me know! 😀
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