People To Follow On Instagram

It’s no secret that Instagram is by far my favorite social media outlet. As with all social media, we each get to decide how we’re going to use it.  Will our account be exclusive to family and close friends or will it be public?  Maybe we’ll capture memories of our children, the places we visit or the art that makes us happy.  Maybe we’ll post inspiring words, pictures that make us laugh or stories that help us connect.  Maybe we’ll use filters, or add text, or crop a photo just right OR maybe our photos will be rough, often blurry but most certainly authentic–I see beauty in both forms of expression.

For me, IG is a photo journal–a way for my family and me to look back and see snapshots from special moments in each of our days.  It’s also a place where I support the growth of business owners I know and love.  A place where I find encouragement and connection.  I follow family members, close friends, old friends, virtual friends and my favorite brands.  I even follow complete strangers simply because they intrigue me. Basically, I follow what I find beautiful.  It could be an artist, someone with a sense of humor, an interior designer, a mother, an old elementary school friend, an athlete, a writer, a chef or an entrepreneur.  People who inspire are beautiful to me–and scrolling through a feed of beauty makes me happy.

I follow A LOT of wonderful people on IG, many of whom I know personally.  BUT today, I wanted to share my list of  People To Follow on Instagram who I don’t know in real life–essentially, the people I stalk on IG like a creeper who likely have no idea of my existence.  You’ll want to stalk follow them too, trust me.

(fyi, you can follow me on IG here)
and I would love to know your favorite follows.


*Note: not listed in the same order as the photos.

The Alison Show:  
This girl. Freakin hilarious.  And refreshingly real. Oh so real.  The kind of girl you want to be real life besties with. She has these dance videos that are so hilarious but also completely inspiring. 
Amber Interiors: An interior designer, shop owner and mother. Everything about her style makes my heart go pitter patter.  She has an amazing eye and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. 
Alex Elle: Writer. Mother. Mentor.  This gal is as wise as they come.  Everyday she shares in her own words, thoughts and ideas that make me stop and think–that make me want to be better–that remind me I’m enough.
Joy Prouty:  Joy is living that life I dream about living in my imagination.  At one point she and her husband and young children sold their home and possessions and went on the road in an airstream. The entire experience is documented on IG. Following her feed is like following a slice of the past–vintage quilts, wooden toys, no television, books on record–it’s all quite glorious actually. 
Ginger Parrish:  Everything about this Momma’s feed is gorg.  Her eye for photography and color and lines, not to mention her stunning family and sense of style.  If her feed were a coffee table book, I would buy it.
Soule Mama:  Amanda captures so many organically beautiful moments in life, in parenting, in nature and in her home.  Her eye for beauty in little things and little moments has inspired me for the past year.
Under The Sycamore:  I don’t have any sisters, but if I did I would really really really hope that they could be as all-around rad as Ashley.  She’s the full package.  This Momma is authentic, beautiful, talented, altruistic and humble.  Follow her feed and you’ll find that you’d do anything to be a guest in her home and get to know each of her extra special kiddos.
Maskcara:  When I first started following Cara I was a lurker/stranger.  Since then I have had the pleasure of meeting her and discovering that she is just as lovely in person.  Hands down, by far, my favorite beauty blogger with the MOST helpful tips and unbiased reviews of products and techniques.  Not to mention, she has my favorite makeup line ever!
Beth Allen Art: Another “once stranger” who became a sorta virtual friend after I stalked her art like a crazy fan-girl.  Her work inspires my soul and I knew I needed to reach out to her personally. A true artist, this girl. 
Jenna’s Kitchen:  Jenna is a stranger who feels like a friend.  I’m pretty sure we have several real life mutual friends, and we’ve even had a bit of IG banter through the years.  But for the most part, having never met, we are still kinda strangers–though I’m confident we’ll be real life friends one of these days.  Jenna is part of the awesome Small Fry team.  Her IG feed is all about her journey to healthy eating using mostly Whole 30.  I’ve learned so much!  Now, if only I had her strength and perseverance.
Livy Loves to Run: This girl. I’ve followed her since I first joined IG.  I watched her journey since before it even really began. I’ve cheered her on and had tears in my eyes as I watched her cross threshold after threshold.  She has lost OVER 100 pounds and is still losing.  Such an inspiration to women everywhere. We can do hard things.
Kelle Hampton: I’ve read her blog for years and enjoyed her book to pieces.  Her IG feed is just as lovely, inspiring, and beautiful.
Lauren Conrad: Yes, the celebrity Lauren Conrad.  One of the few celebrities I follow–mostly because she doesn’t seem like a celebrity. She seems like a gal pal. Someone I could shop with, or get a pedi with, or eat a carton of ice cream with. And I like that about her.

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    August 29, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I love finding new and inspiring peeps to follow on IG. I share a few faves with you but now I got to check out the rest. Kirstenkraston , amberfillerup , thedaddyfashionstylist (he’s hilarious!) ,mommyshorts, jlgarvin , mommasgonecity are just a few that I stalk;)

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      August 29, 2014 at 3:33 am

      Oh, I love mommyshorts! Such sweet photos!

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    August 29, 2014 at 3:08 am

    My favourite people to follow on IG are:

    taymorrisnews – Taylor Morris is a quadruple amputee, having lost all four limbs while serving in the war overseas. His determination to overcome is inspiring, and his girl Danielle has been right by his side the whole time.

    gwynethmademedoit – Andrea Howe owns this IG account, and she has turned her entire life around thanks to the cookbooks and advice from Gwyneth Paltrow. She is humourous but really inspiring with her healthy posts

    mommasgonecity – Jessica Shyba – otherwise known as the owner of the precious little boy Beau who naps with their dog Theo each day, and she chronicles their love affair. Melts my heart every day.

    onefitwidow – Michelle Steinke – lost her husband while she was in her thirties. Lost a considerable amount of weight and now promotes healthy clean eating and lifestyle, as well as sponsors other widows to achieve the same results.

    Such inspiration!

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    August 29, 2014 at 3:09 am

    I follow YOU! You are an inspiring and beautiful person inside and out! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us all.

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    August 29, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I just stared IG and am in LOVE with it. I love the visual aspect of it. I can see it becoming my favorite form of social media. I’m still wading my way through people to follow. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    August 29, 2014 at 3:26 am

    I have a really awesome IG feed. Just sayin 🙂

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    August 29, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Thanks for sharing!! I love finding new people to follow on IG … I, too, follow a bunch of strangers who I chat with those close to me about as if I know them in real life. I just love the inspirational community that Instagram has formed!

    Totally not trying to spam your comments section here, but I wrote a similar post a while back with my top 10 faves which can be found here: http://www.chelceytate.com/2014/06/tuesday-ten-must-follow-instagram.html

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    August 29, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I follow you 😉 and I also really like Candace Cameron Bure and Joanna Gaines.

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    August 29, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Thank you for sharing these! I love learning about new people to follow on Insta. The first blog I ever ready was Under the Sycamore – and she inspired me to start my own documentary of my life. She’s also a favorite of mine on Instagram. 🙂

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    August 29, 2014 at 8:22 am

    LOVE livylovestorun! She was one of the first weight loss IGs I came across. Also love Lauren Conrad.

    Other obsessions include:
    Nicole Richie
    Heidi Powell

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    August 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I lovvveeeee Kelle Hampton and her book. I’ve been following for years! I’ll have to check out these other gals- thanks for the list 🙂

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    kathy h
    August 30, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Hi Ashley!

    I am in my 40’s and I don’t get instagram. 🙂 Maybe you could do a post on IG for those of us who are older, I mean new to it! Can you only use it on smartphones or can you access it on PC’s? How do you find new people to follow? Do you subscribe like you to blogs?


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    August 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Love your Intragram! You would be top in my list to follow! I follow a few on your list! 🙂 Glad to find some fun new people to follow. If you want to follow me, my Instrgram name is metrecaso. Let’s be friends! 🙂

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    September 3, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Now, you do know that I just had to go and look all these people up and follow them!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I love new IG friends.



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    May 25, 2017 at 4:58 am

    These are fabulous!! Oh my goodness…laughing and tearing up at the same time! Thanks for sharing your favs! xo

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