My Favourite Instagram Accounts

A Girl, A Style _ The Best Instagram Accounts

Instagram is, unquestionably, my favourite social media platform. I love getting to see glimpses into the lives of people I admire around the world, and it is such a happy community (some of my best friendships were made via Instagram). Things I love on Instagram: pictures of Paris or New York or places I’ve never been to (but long to explore), flowers, cute dogs and beautiful lighting (things I hate: too many blurry selfies, messy backgrounds and accounts that only repost other people’s images). Here are the Instragrammers around the world that I just can’t get enough of:

parisinfourmonths
Carin’s feed is a beautiful love letter to her (adopted) city. She has the most beautiful vision, and Paris through her lens looks like the set of a Woody Allen film. A must-follow for anyone who dreams of Paris as I do.

sarahkjp
Sarah’s feed is the manifestation of the New England American dream; nautical adventures, preppy field trips and summer spent travelling around the North East coast. As polished, preppy and picture-perfect as her darling blog, Classy Girls Wear Pearls.

garypeppergirl
Nicole has achieved remarkable success with her blog, but for good reason. Her ‘outfit shots’ are more worthy of the pages of Vogue; grand editorials set in all the most breathtaking locations around the world. My favourite of the ‘super-bloggers’ by a mile.

juliahengel
San Francisco-based Julia is cute as a button (and just as sweet in real life) and shares my weakness for flowers and anything pink. I love the daily outfit posts she shares from her blog, Gal Meets Glam, and her current travels around Europe make me want to take a month off to explore the Continent.

nicolettemason
Full disclosure: I can’t be impartial when it comes to Nicolette because she is one of my favourite people in the world. Regardless, her feed is a beautiful documentary of her feminine style, her incredible home (where she lives with francoisethepug) and her life in New York.

carly
Carly, who writes The College Prepster (one of my daily reads), is the perfect girl next door; in fact, I wish we were actually neighbours so I could hang out with her and theodorefitzpatrick in Central Park every week. She lives on the Upper East Side, loves bows and books in equal measure (girl after my own heart) and shares all my Type A-tendencies.

lucylaucht
Lucy’s was one of the first blogs I ever followed (back when she was an English girl living in Australia), and I just love her aesthetic. These days, she lives in Brooklyn and shares snaps from around the city, her enviable travels and her flawless style. Expect lots of colour, perfectly-styled still life photos and the prettiest flowers.

amy_stone
Amy’s feed is a perfectly curated vision. From the nautical-inspiration to summer in Nantucket and her quest to find the most handsome doors in New York, her account is a delightful shot of escapism.

katiearmour
Katie, who edits the charming digital monthly, Matchbook Magazine, is, simply, one of the coolest girls I know. Part cultured neo-traditionalist with an appreciation for art galleries and old libraries, and part cheeky Tomboy with a fondness for smoking slippers and walks around New York with her dapper pug, Alfred, she has a style I adore.

thisisglamorous
As the name suggests, Rosalie’s feed (just like her equally gorgeous blog by the same name) is a tribute to all things beautiful, feminine and glamorous. I love peeking inside her home, the snapshots of Edinburgh (where she lives), and the abundance of blooms in all her pictures.

What are your favourite Instagram feeds? I’d love to read your suggestions in the comments!

P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram here!

Love, Miss B xx

How To: My Favourite Apps and Gadgets

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked by lovely readers is what I use to blog / take my pictures, and how I edit my photos. So here is a roundup to all my favourite gadgets and apps.

To write my blog: I am seriously attached to my Apple MacBook Pro, and my blog is self-hosted on WordPress.org (meaning I pay a monthly hosting fee and built the design from scratch).

On the go: Though I’m really a pen and paper girl (for my endless ‘to do’ lists and ideas), if I’m travelling then I’ll take my iPad (which lives in a Stella McCartney Falabella case) or my new Samsung Galaxy Note tablet (which comes with the snazziest pen for hand-drawing and writing over pictures) for checking in.

Photography: Until this point, I’ve mostly used a Canon 1000d (the perfect entry-level digital SLR camera) for my blog photos, but I’ve just upgraded to a Canon 650d which so far seems perfect. If I don’t want to take a big camera but want something in my bag ‘just in case’, then the Olympus Pen Mini is excellent (it works like an SLR, but is a fraction of the size / weight and you can also add photo filters a la Instagram). Regardless of the camera I’m using, I always shoot on manual so that I can set the ISO higher and the shutter speed lower than it would otherwise be on automatic (to give a brighter, breezier look).

Phone: I am rather permanently attached to my iPhone, and between checking my emails, approving comments, writing from the train, snapping pictures of little things that make me smile, and updating my social media, sometimes it feels as though my blog could barely function without it. My favourite apps are Instagram, Hootsuite to keep up with my Twitter feed (you can create categories and columns, meaning you can just check your favourites or your mentions if you’re short on time) and Dropbox to easily transfer photos between my phone and computer.

Photo-editing: I am really rather low-fi and do as little as possible when it comes to editing (I prefer good, natural lighting to post-processing), but sometimes I do give my pictures a little tweak. Oh my phone, Instagram (I always use the Earlybird filter) is by far my favourite app (I always put my ‘month in pictures’ posts together using the pictures I’ve snapped on Instagram), but I also love the PicFX app for the bokeh effects (that gives the little twinkly lights in the two pictures above) and the rosy Marshmallow filter (also in the two pictures above). For my main (camera) photos, I’ll sometimes use PicMonkey (like Photoshop-lite, but free and online and easy-peasy to use) to brighten, crop or blur photos, smooth out a blemish or add a slight filter (I like a touch of Tranquil for a vintage look). You can also make collages on PicMonkey, but I tend to use either Polyvore for a collection of products (like my ‘monthly loves’ posts) or, for my ‘month in pictures’ posts, literally line the images I want up in a square on my computer’s draw programme and then save them as a jpg file (I told you I was low-fi!).

…And there you have it; all my blogging secrets revealed!

Photos: (top) Apple iPhone, Lulu Guinness phone case, Chanel Malice nail polish, Miu Miu sunglasses, Rifle Paper co. Notepad, Bauble Bar necklaces, Mimco cameo necklace (old), vintage brooch, Mac Ruby Woo lipstick, The Great Gatsby book.
(bottom) Samsung Galaxy Note tablet and Nicholas Kirkwood chevron case, Warby Parker glasses, Mimco pearl necklace, Olympus Pen Mini camera.

Feel free to ask me any more questions, and please do share your favourite apps and gadgets in the comments below.

Love, Miss B xx