Instalife | Visual Stories
Instagram is a brilliant platform for immersing yourselves in other peoples worlds… often uber styled worlds but none-the-less a sneak peak behind your favourite brands, the people and the start ups! Here’s 5 reasons why I’m enjoying it this month.
# I N V E S T I N G I N T H E M A K E R S
You can shop directly with many of the designers who often offer an alternative to the idea of ‘black friday’ mass consumption. By buying small you’re investing in those creative makers up and down the country. In the words of Holly Tucker MBE (founder of notonthehighstreet): ‘We’re telling the world about our mission to support the makers, movers and shakers this Christmas. We’re pledging to support the colour and creativity of small businesses everywhere’. I love the idea that you can make a difference to what kind of world you are supporting with your pounds. It’s definitely the power of the collective.
The House of Hooray has brilliantly colourful prints, banners and bunting which offer statement colour in the home and it is lovely to see they champion the #shopsmall message to support their fellow artisans [Banner: House of Hooray and Photo: Holly Tucker]
# B R O W S I N G F R O M Y O U R S O F A
You can find kindred souls who are doing up their homes with creativity, heart and hard graft (and are kind enough to tell you where they got THAT tile from, what colour they used to spray paint their IKEA doors to make them more bespoke etc). This is especially useful when you have three young kids and browsing is a term no longer in your vocabulary…
Spaces To Love are blogging about their second build in SE London and have such beautiful taste and an open heart to sharing their progress and creative solutions.
[Photo via Instagram: Spaces to Love]
# C R E A T I V I T Y
There is some serious talent on Instagram to soak in. I’ve been following The Ordinary Lovely for some time and am always fascinated to hear about her latest projects. From splashes of colourful interiors to fantastical schemes for children her work really brings home the importance of colour and imagination in the home. She also seems to effortlessly balance the shop-bought items with bespoke items she’s made (or picked up – those ‘finds’) to personalise her home and it’s this creativity which has me coming back for more.
I’ve definitely lost an evening or two to devouring her stunning blog to help me develop my own creative ideas… Well worth a visit! [Photo via Instagram: TheOrdinaryLovely].
# F O O D P O R N
Food! Instagram is famous for it’s #foodporn but amongst all the incredible bakes (which realistically I’m just never going to actually make) there’s some attainable recipes which pop up and bring benefit to my time-strapped lifestyle. Variety and healthy quick solutions are worth their weight in gold. Case in point: these energy balls from Sugar Free Londoner which have just 4 ingredients and take 15 minutes to make.
[Photo: SugarFree Londoner]
# T H E H U M A N E L E M E N T
Lastly the human element. Those being brutally honest, more then I could ever venture, to share the ups and downs of their life (and leaky bits). I really admire the work of Mother Pukka and her drive to champion a fairer (and frankly better) world for all working people in the UK – especially those who happen to be parents. Most of us need flexibility to make our lives actually work and it seems like we’re going to have to fight for it. After I had my children I went freelance so I could make the kids their breakfasts, do the pick ups, be present at their Nativity (a memorable one was when my first born refused to be Joseph and wear the outfit so he nonchalantly walked across the ‘stage’ with Mary in his Toy Story t-shirt, glaring at everyone and refusing to say his line or sing). At the time I was mortally embarrassed but in retrospect I wouldn’t have missed that for the world! That’s my son! Because we’re all human #flexappeal.
Mother Pukka’s witty sharpness is brilliant to follow, especially as we both recently had a baby so I’m enjoying watching her experience of it. Part of the caption with this photo… Fit, Fat, Fuck A Duck who cares as long as we’re laughing more than we’re crying. You can’t say fairer than that!
[Photo via Instagram: Mother Pukka]
These little squares take time and energy but there are many people like me taking notice as it’s just a brilliant platform for exploring. Let’s celebrate the accounts which promote honesty, creativity and a vision for a brighter society.
Who do you follow? Would love to hear who/what is inspiring you this month!