The Instagram Awards
I love Instagram. It’s one of the top apps on my phone—it’s before my CNN app!—and I’m on it constantly. While I’m waiting for the train? Instagram time. Commercial break during New Girl? Also Instagram time. It’s how I found out about taking cod liver oil for smoother skin, and it’s one of the main ways I stay up-to-date on style trends and general adorableness thanks to fellow Instagrammers like the lovely Eva Chen above. I wanted to share the fun with my readers, so below I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites and given them awards for what they do best.
PS: If you want to follow me on Instagram, you can do that too! I’m @favinthemaven.
The Instagrammer: Felicia Walker Benson, the blogger behind ThisThatBeauty
Her handle: @thisthatbeauty
Her award: The Tastemaker. Felicia runs beauty social media for Bergdorf Goodman, so she knows about everything before everyone else.
Best secret I’ve learned from her feed: As far as mascara slogans go, “a wig for lashes” sounds kind of extreme. But it looks like this mascara actually works! And let’s be honest: I would totally wear a lash wig.
The Instagrammer: Marianna Hewitt, the blogger behind La La Mer
Her handle: @marianna_hewitt
Her award: Best Head-to-Toe Looks. Her feed covers makeup, hair, and outfits—the works!
The Instagrammers: Stephanie Shim and Jascmeen Bush, two of the bloggers behind ModaMob
Their handle: @modamob
Their award: Best at Keeping Up with the Kardashians! They post red-carpet pictures of reality TV’s first family, along with their own style and beauty how-tos and inspiration shots.
A secret I’ve learned from their feed: The Kardashian clan is trying to bring fanny packs back. I might sit this one out, Kylie, but keep doing you!
The Instagrammers: Honza and Claudine Lafond, an adorable married couple and founders of yoga school YogaBeyond
Their handle: @yogabeyond
Their award: Best Posers. How do they even do that? Why doesn’t she fall off?
A secret I’ve learned from their feed: They are basically wizards.
The Instagrammer: Ashley Crowe, designer manicurist, nail-art blogger, and the person who gave my coworker Kelly a manicure inspired by The Birds.
Her handle: @astrowifey
Her award: Best Nail Art. Duh.
The Instagrammer: Eva Chen, the editor in chief of Lucky magazine, and the person in the top photo of this post!
Her handle: @evachen212
Her award: Best Instagram to Live Vicariously Through. When cyber-walking in the designer shoes of a Very Important Fashion Person, you could meet anyone from Diane von Furstenberg to the cutest puppy ever.
A secret I’ve learned from her feed: Her signature shot is of her shoes, bag, and snack for the day—like the one above or this one, with the coolest fashion Tevas ever.
The Instagrammer: Christine Petric, the blogger behind The View from 5 ft. 2, who also works at Groupon! If you want to know more, she recently talked to my coworker Mae about her style.
Her Instagram handle: @viewfrom5ft2
Her award: Most Stylish Urbanite. Especially during the summer—she knows how to beat city heat without revealing a ton of skin. (You can see it in the picture above; also, check out these glam shorts she found!)
A secret I’ve learned from her feed: How to pair leather and lace in an elegant way.
The Instagrammer: Tamira Laboy, the Allure Award–winning blogger behind Lipstick with Some Sunshine
Her handle: @lipstickwithsomesunshine
Her award: Biggest Product Junkie. Well-informed reviews, helpful tutorials, lovely product-cluster photos—she does it all. Just look at this beautiful spread of her favorite travel makeup!
Instagrams published with permission from photographers.
Beauty blogger working at Groupon. For me, both beauty and fashion need to be accessible and not intimidating. I love a great deal and a good DIY beauty treatment. I pride myself on trying new trends, being open minded and getting a great treatment without breaking the bank. In the name of beauty I will try anything once.