My Life According to Instagram

Instagram is such a pretty social media outlet. It's one that truly inspires me, gets my wanderlust bubbling, & let's me see just how beautiful the earth can be. It's been a goal of mine to up date my Instagram every day & that is a journey itself. Sometimes it's fun just to look back on my life according to Instagram.

As with any other social media outlet, you have to realize that Instagram is not fully representative of a person's life. Every photo is handpicked, cropped, edited, & curated to create the perfect Instagram feed. I know how it works because Instagram is my job. Facebook is my job. Twitter is my job. Social media is my job. 

If you're sitting at home wishing you were that person eating a really fancy pastry with an expensive cup of cold brew coffee in the middle of Paris, don't worry you can be. After all, you can create a gorgeous photo with a pastry from the grocery store, instant coffee in a cute mug, & a nice outdoor setting. Just remember not to compare yourself when it comes to social media because it's not 100% authentic. 

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For example, the photo of me & my quadruplets took about 20 shots. It was New Year's Eve & I had gotten dolled up. My hair was looking stupid. My double chin was acting up. I felt a bit discouraged. Finally I got a decent photo & decided to edit the hell out of it. That's the result. Now it's on Instagram.

The photo of the Jo Malone perfume is not from my personal collection. In fact I've never owned a Jo Malone perfume in my life, despite my constant hoping. I was actually in a Jo Malone shop in Paris & decided to take advantage of the remarkable beauty there. The store was basking in sunlight. The white flowers freshened up the place. I took some pictures. Now it's on Instagram.

My pretty Christmas cookie & espresso photo took so long that the chocolate started to melt as the espresso began to cool down. But don't fret I took about 15 photos, carefully placed the cookie, & the photo was created. Now it's on Instagram.

I love Instagram. It is a wonderful place for inspiration, like-minded people, & just exploring what's out there. Just remember that every photo is carefully curated. If you want some insight into a person's real life follow them on Snapchat. Those photos & videos are instant & a bit less contrived. What I'm trying to say is this: don't take social media so seriously & literally. Just enjoy it for what it is. 

Do you like Instagram? Do you have any favorite users? What is your favorite social media outlet? :]

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50 comments

  1. Gorgeous photos
    But a really important and mindful message that's brilliant to share
    It's easy to forget that nobody's life is as picture perfect as it might seem

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    1. Thanks for reading, Raj. I appreciate it! :]

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  2. I honestly think there is nothing wrong with social media as a job and creating stunning imagery. People need to realize that places like instagram are for artists and creatives, so we are going to strive to take amazing images. I do also think, however, that we should be realistic and approachable as well. I have solved the problem by having two instagrams - one for spontaneous less-than-perfect pictures, and one for my blog and work.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. That's a good idea -- although for me, too much work. :]

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  3. I completely agree that Instagram is a social platform amazing beyond words, and yes at the same time more people needs to be aware of just how curated it can be and not use it as a guide to measure themselves but see it as inspiration instead. I appreciate users like the Australian girl IG celebrity (sorry her name escapes me!) that decided to reveal just how difficult it was for her to uphold the image she had. Great post, thanks for the share!

    xo, Alice | Miss Inconnue

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    1. I think Insta is awesome. People should just know that other's don't always have a glam team or catered lunches. :]

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  4. Happy 2016 Carmen, may it bring lots of love, joy and dreams come true! <3 I think more and more people need to speak up and beware of the image that is created and how that isn't the full picture. I love to study social media in a lot of ways, I don't have Instagram *My phone is too old school ha!* but I study Facebook quiet a bit and it's fascinating to me why we share what we do and how we've very quickly become an oversharing and self absorbed culture. I start to wonder why does that need to be shared, is there meaning behind this or is there validation truly lying beneath the surface. Don't get me wrong it can be a great place to share what you have been up to with family and friends, be a creative outlet or to help/inspire people or to be inspired/helped yourself. I do however think a lot of us need to stop and think why we are posting something and be fully aware there is more behind the scenes.

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    1. Happy 2016 to you too. The meaning of social media ranges per person. For me, it's a means to share bits & pieces of my life as it is. :]

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  5. I adore Instagram more than any other social medias that I have, the pictures are very inspiring and it's also a great place to get to know other like minded people.

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  6. Really great point. Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in the numbers game that is social media, and we lose sight of what it's really for- fun! Love your photos :)
    xo Kiki
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  7. Great post. x

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  8. Nice...true about instagram vs snapchat. Great post.

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    1. I love both channels for different reasons. :]

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  9. The photos are beuatiful, and you look beautiful! I love Instagram too. I feel so inspired when I look at other peoples pictures :)

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  10. Yes I have Instagram and I love it :) just follow you.
    I'm agree with you.. on social media all is so pretty and expensive. All the girls have the same coat, shoes, parfumes and so on. Love this post. Well done.

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  11. You´ve spoken some really wise words here. For me Instagram being "arranged" and highly edited was always a part of it and I only noticed that others don´t take it that ways when the whole thing with Enessa came up. My friends were shocked by how she described Instagram was while I was just sitting there shrugging my shoulders. So it´s a good thing that we all put this out there more.
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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    1. It's indeed highly edited and also editorial. It shouldn't be shocking but it is. :P

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  12. I love Instagram. Not just because it's Instagram but because I see it as the best place to view creative and unique content + photography. Great post!

    Love,
    Hannie Arden from Missing Wanderer.

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  13. Pretty pics! I love Instagram, too. Although I do like Snapchat because you can share things that aren't picture perfect.

    Jamie
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  14. That cookie looks so yummy! Wishing you a great new year!

    Shauna

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  15. Happy new year! I definitely really love Instagram. I don't post often myself, but I use it as a source of keeping up to date with trends and any inspiration! I love following HONY the most! C:
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    1. HONY is the best -- I usually stayed tuned with them on Facebook. :]

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  16. Great photos! Love this post!
    Hugs,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  17. Very nice shots!!!
    kisses
    Chiara
    http://shesinfashionblog.com

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  18. Such a fun post! Same situation here! I love Instagram world x Mary

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  19. Haha, this made me laugh because you're so right! Social media is fun, but it is in no way an accurate portrayal of someone's actual life. Great post! :)

    -Court
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    1. You're so right! Just gotta enjoy the beauty without having any jealousy. :]

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  20. wow that is one gorgeous profile! Love the theme you have created, will definitely follow you on insta hun xx

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  21. I totally agree! I love intagram too!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  22. This is a great post! It's so easy to get tied up and caught up in the "perfect" lives of those on social media. It's nice to hear a reality check and realize that not everyone is living the life you think! Thanks for your honesty!:)

    Shannon Sage

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  23. I love Instagram so much! It's actually my favorite social media app! But it's very true, people look at the pictures on someones IG account and think 'wow she must have such a nice life', while in reality they could be having a horrible time. People on Instagram only show the best, the prettiest, the nicest things they see and do. That's why it's so lovely, but that's also why it's so deceiving. Cute pics though!!
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    1. Instagram is deceivingly beautiful. :]

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  24. Instagram is so inspiring indeed! I love your pictures Carmen!;)
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
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