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So. I always tell you about the blogs and recipes I’m loving, but I rarely share my other faves on social media and what not. Considering I pretty much live on instagram, pinterest and my phone in general, below are what I look at every day or at least a few times a week. These are more than my monthly favorites, they are my constant favorites. Let me tell you about them!

Oh and please tell me yours. Your favorite instas, pinners, apps and everything. Dooo it.

my favorites on instagram? constantly inspired by these people.

vkrees: her photography is to die for! I’ve tried to copy it and i just… can’t. Ii want to be her.

dervlakelly: dervla is one of my good friends and she takes some killer pictures. I just love her eye. Not that that’s weird. She takes awesome photos of NYC.

cannellevanille: such stunning photography I can hardly stand it.

mollyorangette: her pictures. every single one, I adore. but the pictures of her little girl… eek! So cute.

bevcooks: this may be a little biased considering she’s one of my closest friends, but um… have you even seen her captions for her twins? Dead.


I mainly focus on pinterest for my inspiration board, but love all these pins these peeps put out.

top with cinnamon: Izy finds the best foodie content and most gorgeously styled shots.

take a megabite: moral of the story is I pretty much repin everything she pins ever. forever.

kate @ wit and delight: just love her eye for content.

glitter guide: always find lots of fun pins here that go straight on my inspiration board. Give me all the glitter.

caitlin cawley: the mix of everything she pins is like it’s coming right out of my brain. I get it.


Two years ago I shared some of my favorite iphone photo apps, but they’ve changed quite a bit. My most used iphone apps:

VSCO cam: but the old version. I don’t even know if you can still download the old version (you can’t?) but I like it so much better than the new version. I rarely filter photos these days (even that takes too long) but if I use anything, it’s this.

picfx: sometimes I put little sparkles on my instagram pictures. Sometimes I think I’m still 17.

proHDR: this cracks out a sunset photo every day of the week. SO BRIGHT. I love it, but it verges on the edge of fakeness easily.

turboscan: perhaps a boring app, but a necessary one. I use it every week. Like nintendo, I assume one day most kids will ask “what’s a scanner” and I only say that because I ask it. I scan everything electronically. How 2014 of me.

tabata timer: this is awesome for a super quick workout. As assumed, it times you for 20 seconds of exercise with 10 seconds of rest for 4 minute intervals.


AND. Just to embarrass myself, I thought I’d share my favorite pandora stations. Yes. These are real.

taylor dayne: this is no secret but I’m a Taylor Dayne freak. So much so that we danced to one of her songs at our wedding. From the 80s. When we got married in 2008.

miranda lambert: major girl crush alert. I adore her. Want to be her BFF.

pitbull: get ready for some VERY choice language, but this is the only station that gets me through an intense workout. I’m not kidding on the language. Sometimes I’ve stopped dead in my tracks during a workout and am all WHAT DID THEY JUST SAY?! I’m so old.

TLC: so much 90s goodness here. sometimes I can workout to this station too. More often than not though, it’s dance-party-in-your-kitchen music.

summer hits of the 90s: yep, this is a thing.

I officially belong in two decades ago.

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40 Responses to “Real Life Wednesday: Favorites in Fives.”

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — March 12, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    Megan’s pinterest is my life. Aaaaand I cannot believe that I was not following VK Rees on instagram! Thank you for the prompt, now that oversight has been remedied.


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — March 12, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    Ok, first thing on my agenda today is to follow all the instagram peeps and check out the photo editing apps! I love new visual foodie inspiration on Instagram and if YOU think they’re awesome, then I know I’ll be blown away!


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    Yael — March 12, 2014 @ 7:46 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves to work out to Pitbull etc. but has moments of WHAT JUST HAPPENED THERE?! I love taking zumba (which is hilarious, I couldn’t dance to save my life) and hip-hop yoga but I always wonder if I’m the only one who can hear the words. (Sometimes they’re so dirty AND so clever: eg “my last name must be Robbins because I’m baskin’ in these a**es all 31 flavors keep callin'” WHY is the whole class not on the floor laughing like I am in my head?!)

    Bevcooks’ pictures of her twins and her captions crack me up every.single.day. The best!

    Thanks for sharing these!


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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — March 12, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    Ahh, Bev’s IG captions are the best! They literally crack me up every time. Also, Turboscan is the best. It is probably one of the most useful apps out there, period. Dull or not.

    Also–you need to try Spotify! It’s really nice when you know exactly what you want to listen to (over and over again).


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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — March 12, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    I’d dance to Summer Hits of the 90s any day! I was at a party last week and I kept changing the music to N’Sync and Spice Girls. And, you know what? Everyone LOVED IT!!


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    Katelyn — March 12, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    I love Pandora as much as the next girl but have you tried Songza? Actual playlist: Songs from a 90’s School Dance. For real. Bonus: ads at the beginning and then never again (epecially nice for workouts).

    End of unsolicited ad for Songza. We had your chipote chicken bowls with the lime quinoa for dinner last night and I’m strongly considering having my leftovers for breakfast. Thanks for being you, sparkles and glitter and all. xo


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    Kelly Jo — March 12, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    Ok now I don’t feel so bad about listening to Spice Girls radio yesterday lol. 90’s music just can not be replaced.


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    Rebecca — March 12, 2014 @ 8:53 am

    I had to let out a little chuckle on the Pitbull station…I’m with ya on the language. It’s great for workout, but I’ve had to pause (literally, not the song “pause”…although that’s good too) and wonder if I heard that right. I mean, does it have to be so intense???


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    Gaby — March 12, 2014 @ 8:53 am

    I do my best work to those kinds of Pandora stations. Are you on Spotify yet? I haven’t gotten into it yet, because Pandora just works for me.
    My favorite Pandora stations for writing/working/background music are:
    90s Pop
    2000s Pop
    Steely Dan
    70s Lite Rock


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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — March 12, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Loooove the summer hits of the 90s station. Good call on the TLC one! I listened to the Legally Blonde the Musical soundtrack on the way to work this morning, so my musical taste might be as questionable as yours :)


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    tasia — March 12, 2014 @ 9:10 am

    2000 Hip Hop pandora station. Love. Reminds me of college.
    Can’t wait to check out summer hits of the 90s! eek!


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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles — March 12, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    I have pitbull as a station too! Try the PussyCat Dolls station – you will love it!


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    Alyssa — March 12, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    Um, hi. Me too. I’m perpetually living in the 90’s and early 00’s. My favorite I Heart Radio station is my ‘NSync station. Ain’t no shame. Pop hits from all the boy bands, Mandy Moore, etc? The best of bubblegum pop that brings me right back to my preteen years. I dance to it while I cook dinner and my boyfriend laughs at me.
    But I’m TOTALLY going to get that TLC station on Pandora! I need more 90’s music in my life… even though it’s 50% of what I listen to. And 80’s. i love the 80’s, even though I barely remember them. I was 3 when they ended. Lol
    Okay I’m done blabbing now. Just going to sing cheesy old songs in my head until this workday is over…


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    elizabeth — March 12, 2014 @ 9:43 am

    I love IG and am always on the lookout for inspiring content. Definitely had to follow a few on your list! I have some of my favorites and they all fit different categories, for pure photography/life there’s katiejameson, whitrunyon and donorun. Had to scroll through my IG feed and I’m sure I’m missing some… now I need to take a peek at previous comments to find more. :)

    Do you have any websites/blogs you go to for photography info/inspiration?


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    Amanda — March 12, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    I loveee those pandora stations! Especially the TLC one. CrazySexyCool with the BEST ablum


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    Stephanie — March 12, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    YES I knew I was not the only one working out to the Pitbull station on Pandora! It’s the best.


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    Katrina @ WVS — March 12, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    Oh man, you and I have the exact same taste in blogs – there’s inspiration all over this freaking internet. I love it. Also, thanks for the iphone app update! xx


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    Christy — March 12, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    I love Ashley Rodriguez (@ashrod) from Not Without Salt on Instagram. Her photos make me want to eat and dream.


  19. #
    julianne — March 12, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    your blog makes me incredibly happy. it gets me through my day. so.. thank you! (:


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    HeatherChristo — March 12, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    I love this post!! Now I have new people to check out!

    And Bev’s twins. I force every. single. one. into my husbands face and make him read it. I love her.


  21. #
    Amanda — March 12, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    I’m going to check out your suggestions, but I had to say — Bev’s baby photo captions have my laughing all day long


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    dervla @ the curator — March 12, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    thanks for the shout-out, Jess! <3


  23. #
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run — March 12, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    love the tabata timer app, too!


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    Jade Sheldon-Burnsed — March 12, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

    I am definitely an instagram addict. A few more you might like to add to your list: thetrottergirl, parisinfourmonths, kessara and marte_marie_forsberg

    And I’m jade_melissa! :)


  25. #
    Lindsay — March 12, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    Summer hits of the 90s!!!




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    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — March 12, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    Slacker Radio – an alternative to Pandora – has a station called “Attack of the Boy Bands” that I have been known to get down to. Working out, cooking, driving – everything’s got an accompanying dance move now.

    I think it’s awesome. My husband thinks it’s embarrassing. Tom-ay-to. Tom-ah-to.

    Um, Bev’s twins?! I can’t even.


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    Brianne — March 12, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

    I adore the Summer Hits of the ’90s station. With Spotify, I can make a playlist and then turn that into a radio station, so I have my own “summer hits of the 90s” station based solely on my personal faves from the mid to late 90s.

    Have you heard Tig Notaro tell her Taylor Dayne story?


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    Nicocobell — March 12, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

    I’m completely addicted to Instagram. Its the first thing I check when I wake up in the morning. @chloechica if you want to follow me. I have to check out all these apps, I have not downloaded new apps in forever. PS Love those flowers!


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    Amber — March 12, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Summer Hits of the 90’s is the jam, love it! :)


  30. #
    Gina — March 12, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

    good stuff! love pandora! thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk


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    Megan — March 12, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

    I definitely put on the Pitbull Pandora station when I go running!


  32. #
    Chrissy — March 12, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

    Summer hits of the 90s?! YES


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    Alissa — March 13, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    I am now following everyone! My favorite person on Instagram is http://instagram.com/littlewhale3, her photos are gorgeous! I really want to have her hair too!


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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — March 13, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    Thanks for all the cool people to follow on IG, love them! Also love to know all these other handy tips you have!


  35. #
    Samantha Bowman — March 13, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    I saw this boozy hot chocolate with sprinkles and thought of you! http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2014/03/boozy-birthday-cake-hot-chocolate.html


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    Karen@Mignardise — March 13, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    If you’re an animal lover, you must see @benjaminhole on Instagram. He’s a sheep farmer in England and his photos are absolutely stunning. Also, @harlowansage (dogs), @sternmanrule (food), @julskitchen, @kingarthurflour. and @brooklynbaker.
    And of course I follow you too!


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    Erica — March 13, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

    Thank you for posting this, Jessica! I love bev’s blog- and you make me a little envious ‘cuz who wouldn’t want to know her?? I love that you have shared such great bloggers, pinners, and resources.


  38. #
    Jill — March 17, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    Upcloseandstylish on Instagram. She has amazing fashion, she mixes high end clothes with Forver 21 and H&M.


  39. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — March 18, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    Love love love! I’m SO stuck on Instagram (treats_with_a_twist) and I’m obsessed with –

    and tons more but I love those!



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