My Top 5 Favourite Instagram Accounts

top 5 favourite instagram accounts

You guys, I’ve been trying to write today's post for days now and it has been a nightmare. I’ve got a whole lot of bad feels and junk crowding my life/thoughts right now and everything I write seems to be tinged with that negativity. That’s not really what I want to bring to this space, so since I’ve found myself cruising Instagram a lot as a pick-me-up lately I thought I’d share a few of my favourite happy-making Insta accounts instead:

Kristen Aleida Art (@kristenaleida)

Kristen is a Winnipeg-based artist and someone I know in real life. She’s one of the kindest folks I’ve ever met and a super talented artist. I love her account because her posts are not only gorgeous, but an extension of her personality - warm, positive, and just really lovely. Plus I can’t stop buying her art for my home, so there’s that. 

Johanna Seier (@johanna.seier)

I follow a few fitness-related accounts on Instagram and Johanna's is one of my favourites. She’s 100% relatable and manages to frame fitness in a way that is super positive and empowering. I freaking love her posts. She makes me want to move around a whole bunch for the pure joy of it

Beeproject Apiaries (@beeprojectca)

Omg BEES! I love this account, not just because I think urban beekeeping is super neat, but because I find their posts to be really informative. Also, I’m a big fan of how they post introductions to the people on their team. It’s always nice to be able to put a few faces to the brand, you know? 

Brittany Thiessen (@brittany_thiessen)

Brittany’s posts are filled with photos of her outdoor adventures everywhere from Vancouver to Guatemala. Over the past couple of years I’ve developed a real love of hiking, so whenever one of her posts pops up in my feed I always find myself pausing to make a mental note of where it was taken so I can add that place to my “to hike” list. I definitely live vicariously through Insta accounts like Brittany's sometimes, so I'm pretty happy that people like her exist in the world and are willing to share their experiences via social media.

Apartment Therapy (@apartmenttherapy)

I get serious apartment decor inspo from this account. The number of times that I’ve paused over one of their photos and zoomed in to take a closer look at some detail or other is ridiculous. I’m a slow decorator who likes to take my sweet time absorbing all of the ideas I can find and don't mind waiting for just the right pieces to fill my space. There's something about a well put together space that makes my heart happy, so this account is definitely my jam.

This post has been such a blast to write. I could list many, many more awesome Instagram accounts in my feed, but I’m going to leave it at 5 for now. Maybe I’ll do round 2 of this post sometime in the future when I’m feeling rough and need another pick-me-up. For today, I’ll just drop this link to my Instagram account and call it good.

Are you on Instagram? What are some of your favourite accounts to follow?

3 Tips for Thrifting a Wardrobe You'll Love

clothes thrift shopping tips

Thrifting my wardrobe is one of my favourite hobbies. Not only does it save me a ton of cash compared to buying brand new, but I find it super fun and feel great about keeping perfectly good clothing out of the landfill. It’s also one of the ways I use my paycheque to vote for the world I want to live in - one where perfectly useable items are reused or repurposed instead of being sacrificed to the altar of fast fashion. My consumption habits are far from perfect, but this is one area at least where I feel like my values and my actions are aligned.

There are a few things I don’t thrift (socks & undies, mostly) and I will occasionally buy new if I haven’t been able to find what I want used. On the whole, I’d say my wardrobe is about 60-70% thrifted, which I think is pretty decent.

With all that said, here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way that have contributed to my thrifty success:

#1 - Inspect everything Before You Buy 

Take a good look for holes, missing buttons, stains, or other flaws. If you find something that needs to be fixed or altered before it will be wearable, be real with yourself about whether or not you’re willing to go through the effort. I don’t enjoy repairing or altering clothes, so those items would just sit in my drawer for months on end before ultimately ending up back in the donation pile. If you do enjoy those activities then that’s another story altogether - the important thing is to be honest with yourself.

Likewise, check the tag to see how the item should be laundered. I prefer to wash any clothing I buy (thrifted or new) immediately after bringing it home and run it through the dryer to prevent the spread of any bed bugs that might be hanging out in the seams. I’ve never met anyone who has brought home bed bugs from a store (that I know of), but I still like to take this precautionary measure just in case. I also know that I’m not likely to bother getting something dry cleaned, which is just another reason for me to avoid those pieces.

Basically, if you know deep down that you’re never going to give an item the care it needs to be wearable, it’s probably best to just leave it behind.

#2 - Check your mood before you shop and Get Ready to be patient

Thrifting can be tedious. Depending on where you shop, you might pick your way through an entire rack and still come up empty handed. The thing is, pretty much the only way to find the good stuff is to go through the racks item by item, which can take a long time and potentially leave you irritated. 

Over time I’ve learned that I enjoy thrifting the most when I don’t have any time constraints, I’m not hungry or tired, and I’m feeling relaxed and at ease. Understanding your shopping habits and emotional needs can help you decide what your ideal experience might be.

If you’re trying to be ultra thrifty by hitting up your local shop on a sale day, you should be prepared to be rubbing elbows with other bargain hunters and to wait in line to try things on or pay for your finds. I'm a pretty introverted person, so that kind of environment can be really overwhelming for me sometimes. I’ve straight up skipped great sales that I’d planned to go to because I was too anxious or just not in the mood that day and have zero regrets about it. 

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#3 - Come prepared and be picky

I like to keep a list of gaps in my wardrobe that I’d like to fill and/or specific pieces that I’m looking for in Google Keep and review it before I go shopping. This helps me focus and prioritize which sections I want to look through. 

I also find that taking a quick look through my closet before heading out is really helpful. I have a tendency to pick things off the rack that are super similar to items I already own, which is not exactly the recipe for a fun closet. I’ve put many a little black dress or cardigan back simply because they were identical or close to something I already owned. On the flip side, I’ve bought many pieces that I wouldn’t have otherwise looked at simply because I realized mid-shop that I needed to seek out things that were different from what I already had.

One more thing to watch out for is buying things you won’t actually need or wear just because they’re in good shape or a really good deal. If something isn’t quite your style don’t be afraid to leave it behind - someone else will thank you for it.

What about you - do you thrift your clothing? If so, do you have any tips or strategies that you’d like to share?

Currently in July

currently in july

Summer has been screaming by so fast this year that I keep finding myself shocked whenever I look at the calendar and realize just how little of it is left. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed and stretched for time this week, so I decided that another Currently post was in order. These are so fun that I might just make them a monthly thing.

Currently, I'm...

...reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. It's really interesting so far and has me thinking a lot about how we purchase food for our home and the disconnect between people and the sources/environmental impact of our food choices. I've been struggling to make time for reading over the past week, though, so I'm not super far into this one yet. I'm hoping to finish it by the end of the weekend.

...watching Ozark on Netflix. This show is pretty good and well acted, if not particularly original. I'm a big fan of Jason Bateman, especially in more serious roles, which is probably part of why I'm enjoying this one so much.

...listening to The One You Feed. It's a podcast centred around the parable in which a grandfather is telling his grandson about how we all have two wolves constantly at war inside of us - one good and one bad - and when the grandson asks which wolf wins his grandfather replies "the one you feed". Each episode is a guest interview with the focus being on how the guest "feeds their good wolf" and their worldview, etc. I'm still making my way through the earliest episodes, but so far I'm finding it to be a really interesting and thoughtful podcast. Also, Watsky was the guest on the first episode, which I thought was pretty rad. 

...looking forward to FALL. Don't get me wrong, I love summer - especially spending time outside - but I don't enjoy feeling constant pressure to make the most of every minute of the season lest I waste the few months of heat, festivals, beach time and camping that the short Manitoba summer allows for. I'm craving the cooler temperatures and slower pace of autumn in a big way these days (not to mention cozy sweaters, boots, corn mazes, feasts, pumpkin get the idea).

...loving waking up early to sip tea, read, and just generally have some time to myself each morning. I bought a small kettle for my nightstand so I can start my tea before even rolling out of bed and it's been so nice to take that time and space to mentally prepare before getting up to tackle the day. I'm still trying to nail down a weekday routine that works for me, but this practice is definitely something I'd like to continue.

What are you up to these days?