There is a lot of fake on social media. People I know offline I see online posting pictures of things that I know they aren’t doing in real life. I see more airbrushing and product placement than I can shake a stick at. If you’re not comfortable in yourself, who you are and the life you lead, seeing all the things online can make you feel pretty insecure about your own position in life. I was reflecting on this with a friend the other day when I realized that, as an avid user of social media, I was just as guilty as others even though I didn’t think I was. I’ve narrowed it down to this: If you want the pretty version of my life, go to Instagram. If you want the real version of my life, go to Twitter. If you want the dream version of my life, go to Pinterest. If you want a blend of all 3, you’re at the best spot to get it – my blog.
My Pretty Life : Instagram
I love Instagram. Like love love love it. I’m a visual person who loves to look into people’s lives. What I’ve come to realize is that the look into people’s lives on Instagram, it’s a curated, pretty version of their lives. Everything I post on Instagram is real – but I’m not going to post pictures of the day I didn’t get out of bed. I’m not going to post pictures of the day I got dressed in the dark and wore brown shoes with a black outfit… But the pictures I post are all my real life. Everything actually happened to me. That is part of the philosophy of this blog – living life with more luxury, so it’s only natural that parts of my feed are more luxurious. Added bonus is that I like to look through my feed at the end of the year and remember all the good.
Let me show you an example from mid-late January on my Instagram feed.
- Top Right : My new Vince purse. I took the photo of it on the counter at my local Nordstrom store on the heels of a TreatYoSelf shopping day I treated myself to.
- Top Middle : A Magic 8 Ball that lives on my desk at the office. Sometimes when life is tough and there is no right or wrong answer, my co-workers and I let the Magic 8 ball make trivial decisions for us. Decisions like “Should I walk to the other floor to get a Diet Coke?” You can tell this one is not fake because I would not have such short, fat little fingers in fake life.
- Top Left : OK, this is a little staged but these items were everything that I was using that afternoon in the office. I own them all! I drink SmartWater like it’s going out of style after my Olivia Wilde encounter, I moisturize my hands and I listen to my headphones.
- Bottom Right : A throwback photo of my time at the beach on the coast last summer. That is really me and it is really my happy place.
- Bottom Middle : This is me, bundled up in coats and scarves, watching my toddler learn how to skate. This is my real life, in a pretty 5 second clip that doesn’t include all the yelling children, crowded parking lots and exhausted parents who dragged themselves out of bed to take their kids to an arena.
- Bottom Left: I was so excited about my new headphones! I love love love them. And I love my dog. So here is a combination of both on my living room couch.
My Real Life : Twitter
If you want to know my real thoughts on something, my Twitter feed is where you will find them. I think I once read that a tweet has a lifespan of like 10 seconds before it’s moved so far down everyone’s feeds that it is forgotten… Unless it’s terrible and then you’ll regret it forever. Twitter is where I connect with other people over events that are happening live, or where I vent about things that don’t need a whole blog post. Or I post something not glamorous about my life that I really don’t want to share on Instagram.
Let me show you an example from my Twitter feed:
My Dream Life : Pinterest
Ah, Pinterest. I went on just to find a picture of something I could do with my bar cart and now I’ve spent 4 hours looking at all the projects I would love to have the time to do… If I stopped browsing Pinterest. If I love Instagram, I’m in love and madly obsessed with Pinterest. I am an extremely visual person and the images that allow me to create almost a lookbook of what I want a specific area/topic/wardrobe to look like that meets all of my teenage scrapbook fantasies. I have one board dedicated to everything comfy and cozy – looking at it makes me want to blow through my savings accounts and buy huge thick blankets. My Beach House board reminds me that I shouldn’t blow through the savings accounts or I’ll never be able to buy my beach house. I adore peonies, so have a board entirely dedicated to them.
Let me show you an example of my Pinterest boards. Perfectly curated Pinterest boards, I’ll add.
My True Life : The Blog
The blog is a perfect combination of pretty life, real life and dream life. It’s where I share the things that happen in real life and how they have shaped my dream life and are helping me towards my ultimate goal of life always being pretty. You following? The blog is where I can truly be me, but share the things I’m doing in reality to make my future a better place. Or the things I do that are pretty fabulous that make up my real life. It’s the best of all three worlds. And I’m so glad you’re here reading it with me.