Saturday, January 9, 2016

My Insta Obsession: Accounts to Follow

January is all about setting the tone for your year, which is why I wanted to serve up a little inspiration for you today, as we finish our first full week of 2016. "Insta-spiration" might be a better word-- (that was bad, I know. I'm sorry... but not sorry enough to change it.)
Below you'll find five of my favorite Instagram accounts specifically chosen to inspire you to do more of what you love in 2016 -- you'll see that these instagrammers certainly are! 
Run by: Karina and Craig Waters
Type: Home Improvement

 In 2013, Australian couple Craig and Karina Waters purchased an incredible 18th century Chateau in the South of France that was in need of a lot of TLC - casual, right? Their Instagram account (and website) is dedicated to sharing the renovation journey with their followers. When I tell you this house is beyond gorgeous, I'm underselling it. It looks like something straight out of a fairytale. It's basically my dream home. Expect to see exterior shots, interior shots and really just anything going on at this amazing mansion nestled in the hills of Chateau-Verdun. 

Follow, and maybe get inspired to take on a new project! 
Run by: Beth Kirby
Type: Photographer
Beth Kirby's muted color palette and gorgeous photos are why I never mind seeing Local Milk on my Instagram feed. From her kitchen to her travels, every photo seems like a dreamland and it's easy to get swept up in how stunning they are together. Plus, I'm a sucker for beautifully styled flat lays.

Follow, and maybe get inspired to start bringing your camera along! 
Run by: Melissa Hie
Type: Food & Travel

Girl Eat World will leave you wondering whether you're hungry for adventure or just plain hungry! (hint: it's both). Melissa Hie is all about snapping pics of incredible food in incredible places. From North America to Europe to Asia, she's trying all the local cuisines and sharing them too! Who knew food looks so much better with a backdrop?

Follow, and maybe get inspired to be a more adventurous eater!
Run by: Leaf
Type: Lifestyle

While most of us tend to scroll past Instagram videos in our feeds, Leaftv will make you want to watch again and again. This is the only account I follow that has substantial video content. The concept behind leaf is to make 30-90 second "how to" videos that cover everything from "How to Make Classic French Toast" to "How to Organize Your Makeup" and everything in between. On Instagram, these short videos become even shorter (a mere 10 seconds) and they are beyond mesmerizing. 

Follow, and maybe get inspired to learn a new skill!
Run by: Clifford Luu
Type: Baker

It appears "architect" and "baker" are a match made in heaven -- at least for Cliff Luu. These insanely goreous cakes look more like they belong in a museum next to a Jackson Pollock, than on the dessert table. And get this, baking is just Luu's part time hobby. 

Follow, and maybe get inspired to turn your hobby into a business! 

It's my hope that your 2016 is full of happiness and inspiration, both in and outside of your Instagram feed. 
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