I think I need to start off here with yes, these are just awful photos, but bear with me here. It gets much prettier to look at =)
Instagram has been on my mind as of late. I joined WAAAAAY back in March 2011 and had a shtick. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of my feed, you can see it for yourself. Quiet embarrassing. My first comment is usually really obscure, and because my account was private and I only had like 12 followers it was really just something for myself. So what on earth was I commenting about? Well I constantly have my headphones streaming music into my ears. It was the title of the song I was listening to. I told you it was weird and obscure. I was also BIG into filters. Filters that kinda make me cringe these days.
I can’t believe I’m revisiting these shots and sharing them with you! Man oh man! I took them with the original 1st generation iPhone that had such a scratched up camera lens. And then to add that scratchy texture on top of it and darken it, AND I added those awful frames. What on earth was I thinking? I soon got sick of the whole song title idea, so I changed it up. Besides my 12 followers slash friends were like WTH Kyla??? Since it was a private account, I just posted pictures of my everyday life, and it stayed this way for a really long time. I only used IG once in a blue moon.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
The beginning of 2013 I started to be a bit more creative with Instagram. I started following real Instagrammers and was more inspired by what I was seeing. Oh, and of course more pictures of my feet were added. Because that’s what Instagram was for, duh! It was summertime and I was out and about in the city and wanted to show my friends what I was up to. Still had my account set to private, but just exploring Instagram a bit more. People like @bonnietsang @maxwanger @leahminium @bythebrush @johncoyne @mrpaddingtonbear they were killing it! What they were doing with an iPhone blew my mind. I started to post more.
And then I started House Of Hipsters. An obvious change took place here. This was the beginning of truly stylized shots. A lot of the photos were content shots for the blog (back when it was originally entitled “Design and Artsy Shit”, but I quickly changed it as to not offend half of my audience with swearing right from the get go). I still kept my account private, and I never started a House Of Hipsters account which I still regret not doing. It’s very confusing to say, “Oh ya, my account is @kdall070.” People cock their heads, raise and eyebrow and say huh? At this stage in the game, I’m just kinda see it as Lauren Hutton’s large gap in her front teeth. It’s my thing, not going to change it. In fact, I’m just going to refer to it as the Lauren Hutton Affair from now on.
I started to take photos, but they were different. I’ve read many articles arguing that Instagram is ruining photography. That anyone with an iPhone thinks they are a photographer. And that might be true. But I’m so thankful for IG. It pushed me to explore my creativity. How I saw the world and to look at the details. Socially show people the world in my eyes without feeling insecure or self-conscious about it.
My Facebook friends were quite supportive of the change, and then Laura discovered my Instagram feed and encouraged me to open my account to the public. She found my dormant blog URL and urged me to continue writing. I owe this girl greatly. House of Hipsters would still be sitting idle if it wasn’t for her. I was frustrated that only 5 people visited a week and 3 of the visits were from me. And then Laura introduced me to Grace. I read these lady’s blogs, and I was truly amazed by their talent.
Speaking of these 2 lovelies and slightly off topic, we are debuting a Linky Party this SATURDAY at 8pm called Found & Foraged. Found & Foraged is a place to show off your creativity and how you’re using found and foraged treasures to beautify the spaces around you. Link up your DIY’s, house projects, vintage finds, shopping scores, upcycled projects, foraged decor, and anything else you’re working on! So if you are a blogger reading this, be sure to stop by one of our blogs Saturday night at 8pm and come party with us! We are super excited to see what you’ll share! 8pm, Saturday night, be here or be square. If you are a blogger, you know what to do, if you are a blog reader, sans blog, this post is still for you, be prepared to be introduced to a plethora of blogs and awesome projects!
But back to Instagram! For the past couple weeks, I’ve really tried to up my game, and I think it shows? At least I hope it shows. Again, I have Laura to thank for this. (Her feed is gorgeous in case you haven’t seen it, go check her out.) We’ve talked a lot about Instagram Challenges and adding hashtags to widen my audience. Literally, just the last couple weeks I’ve been participated in these challenges, and I can’t get enough of them. They are so much fun! They make me think. They push me. I recently was featured on @littlegreenshed for #natureinthehome with this shot of my new brass planter and vase from Schoolhouse Electric. I did a little happy dance in my car at the train station that morning.
I’m also guest hosting the Instagram Challenge, Thrift Score Thursday #thriftscorethursday this week with Black and White Obsession, For My Love Of, The Gathered Home, and Primitive and Proper. Ekkk! I’m so jazzed about this one. If you been here before, you already know I crush hard on flea markets and estate sales, and that is basically what this hashtag is all about. It’s so easy to joy in the fun, just share a picture on Instagram or Twitter of any thrifty find using #thriftscorethursday That’s it!
And FINALLY, I’m going to end this really long post (sorry guys, hopefully you are still with me here while I ramble on) with an all NEW Instagram Challenge that Laura from Avery Street Design, Grace from The Big Reveal and I are starting up. It too is called Found & Foraged. We thought it tied in nicely with the Linky Party. But this one is on Instagram and open to anyone with or without a blog. Tag anything that fits, be it found, foraged, thrifted, made, DIY’d, crafted, styled, this possibilities are endless! Just add #foundforaged to your Instagram picture and you are in AND we may just feature you!
So that is it for today you guys. Just so you know, I have a really exciting post hitting Wednesday! I’m still putting the finishing touches on it, but hint, hint, nudge, nudge, it’s not to be missed! So stop back Wednesday morning. On Thursday, I’ll be featuring my picks (will it be you?) from Thrift Score Thursday and sharing my personal finds (which I’m kinda nervous about my scores this week…they are unlike any other #thriftstorescore I’ve shared before). And Saturday at 8pm we will be launching the Found & Foraged Linky Party (not to be confused with the Found & Foraged Instagram Challenge #foundforaged) I’ll see you guys back here on Wednesday!