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Monday, July 21

What I Instagrammed VS. What Really Happened

I saw a link on Facebook the other day that led to an article on Bustle that cracked me up so much I immediately showed it to everyone I know and decided to do my own. I, like so many of you wonderful readers, have an Instagram. I check it ALL THE TIME and I always feel like I should be following more people because I run out of new photos on my timeline pretty quickly.

But the funny thing is - no one Instagrams (that's a verb now?) their life exactly how it is.

I always take at least ten photos of something, sometimes more if I'm in a hurry, if I know I'm planning on posting it to IG. What if one is blurry? What if the framing was weird on that one? What if I look like I have a lazy eye or my makeup is running? There are so many things that can go wrong that I make sure I have enough.

After that, I go to my apps to edit the photos. A lot of people use VSCO cam, but I normally just stick to Afterlight (I have seven favorite filters!) and Pic Stitch if I need to put two or more photos together.
After that, I come up with a caption and work on hashtags. None? ALL the hashtags? Comment them?
The possibilities are endless.

So without further adieu, here are my slightly hilarious examples of What I Instagrammed VS. What Really Happened.


What It Looks Like I'm Doing:

Oh, let me take a quick, perfectly placed photo of my productive food and planner before I delve into writing in appointments and eating quickly because I just don't have time to make anything else because I'm so busy!

What I'm Actually Doing:

Can this chair hold my weight? Oh gosh, it cracked. That's what I get for buying a $10 chair. Wish I'd had different food to photograph but I'm super broke so rice-a-roni it is while I watch Pitch Perfect instead of actually opening my planner to check off things I've done/need to do.


What It Looks Like I'm Doing:

These flowers that we happened to pass by look gorgeous, so why not take a photo in front of them to show off this new J Crew hat that I bought yesterday? This picture was totally not awkward. At all.

What I'm Actually Doing:

Okay, we're leaving the hotel and I need an Instagram for the day. Can you see our bags in this photo? No, good. My hair is an absolute mess so I'm glad I threw it on when we left so you can't tell in the photo. Is my dress too wrinkled? Maybe a filter can fix that. Also, people kept walking by and we had to momentarily pause and awkwardly wave at said people.


What It Looks Like I'm Doing:

I look like this ALL the time. Really. I wear heels like a boss and this purse was given to me c/o so I absolutely have to show it off because it's beautiful. My feet don't hurt and this dress looks so good!

What I'm Actually Doing:

If the balls of my feet hurt any more at this point, I'm going to take my shoes off and run the risk of getting infection from going shoeless on the subway. Can you tell that this purse is super new and unused? Because my purse broke on the plane over here so I went to Forever21 late one night in Times Square and fought people while exhausted to grab this purse and get out.


What It Looks Like I'm Doing:

OF COURSE I casually meet up with my favorite bloggers all the time! I was so chill because she's totally a normal person. On the inside, I'm like a calm, saltwater pool just enjoying the day and I showed up five minutes early to make sure I was on time.

What I'm Actually Doing:

OMGOMGOMG I AM FINALLY MEETING CARLY. I was fangirl texting a friend of mine the whole time and definitely took a cab and showed up 20 minutes early just in case I got lost so I wouldn't look like a stupid tourist in NYC that can't find her way around. But at least, to her, I seemed calm. I think. I hope.



What It Looks Like I'm Doing:

Just a casual night of watching documentaries and indie films on the big projector in our living room because we don't use tvs like normal people. We also only drank one or two of these and definitely did not have any problems staying up all night and keeping up with said documentaries while sipping on these delicious drinks.

What I'm Actually Doing:

I drank four or more of these, I'm sure. We were watching horror movies (probably one or two we'd already seen four billion times - hello The Conjuring) to freak ourselves out on purpose because it's more fun that way. I fell asleep halfway into the first movie and snored. Will I look like an alcoholic if I post this? Do I post too many alcohol pictures? I don't care, I'm posting it anyway. These really are delicious. And hey. The part about the projector is true.



What It Looks Like I'm Doing:

Just casually eating donuts and milk at the Lock and Dam on the back of my car because we wake up early on purpose to get a good start on our day. While doing so, we talked about important things and what we wanted to do with life while hearing the birds chirp and eating these donuts slowly so we had some leftover for later.

What I'm Actually Doing:

Hangover food. We were up early because we both had to be somewhere and we were both starving. I tried super hard not to spill this milk on my lap while taking the photo and I hate mornings, so all we really talked about was how much I hate mornings and what we had to do that day. We had no donuts leftover. Yum.


So yeah. I LOVE IG, but it's definitely not what it looks like 99% of the time. I think that's what makes it more fun though. People can be artsy with it and not worry about other people saying "BS! That is totally not true. It didn't happen like that" because their IGs are most likely filled with untrue photos as well.

What's your favorite part about IG?
And here's my Instagram if you'd like to follow along!

Happy Instagramming, everyone! And happy Monday!

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31 comments:

  1. I love being able to document with a picture rather than a written status. Pictures truly do tell so much more!

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    1. I do too! "A picture is worth 1000 words" is still so true.

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  2. Haha, what a fun post idea! Haha the baseball cap OOTD pics were so awkward! #ThatBlogLifeTho

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    1. Hahaha you are NOT kidding. But at least we got them!

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  3. So so true, I really wish my life was like my instagram feed....

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    1. So do I girl...so do I. Everything would be much easier.

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  4. OMG I saw this post on bustle too and I was laughing out loud. Believe me , the caption behind that photo with Carly of CP is so very accurate. I'd be shrieking inside if I had a photo with a celeb or famous chica.

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    1. Hahaha I'm glad I'm not the only one who fangirls at other bloggers!

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  5. Hahaha I love this post! It's amazing how everyone's lives look through the instagram lens g t reality can be quite different :) x

    Brenda | www.brendabusybee.blogspot.com

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    1. You're not kidding! :) It's so fun though.

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  6. I love this post! It's true that we curate a certain style of images on IG that more likely than not, don't capture the full story of what was going on <3

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    1. So so true! If only it was normal to add in as a caption what we're REALLY doing, haha.

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  7. HAHAHA. This is so true! The story behind the Instagrams tend to be more entertaining than the picture itself! I love it!

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  8. love this idea, and I'm glad I'm not the only one that meticulously places things in my photos! So funny. :)

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    1. Of course! I do it for most of my photos, actually. Haha.

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  9. I love that you did this! When I saw the original post, I laughed so hard. Your post is just as hilarious.

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    1. Hey, thanks. ;) Glad you think so! Haha.

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  10. Hahah I love that article...great blog post idea may have to steal with credit ;-)

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    1. Totally fine! :D Let me know when you've done it!

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  11. I also saw that article :) I enjoyed reading a behind the scene look into your instagram photos.

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  12. LMAO! I loved this post so much!

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  13. I still love that bag, I don't care where or how you got it! Awesome picture too.

    I like to think I show my true self on Instagram, just, you know, edited to look good in pics. It definitely doesn't give a very clear account of my life, but that's largely because I'm a lazy asshole and I only take pictures with my tablet once in a blue moon. Then I post them a week later because I haven't instagrammed in a while and that's the only way it's going to happen.

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    1. Haha thanks, lady! :) I love the bag too.

      Mhm. :P I totally think that falls under this post's category. #latergram

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  14. Oh my gosh this was hilarious! I'd do a post like this, but for the most part, my photos are sad examples of my real life. Every boring or awkward or silly detail. Maybe I could try, but I'd still be fooling no one.

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  15. This is so funny! I was just having a conversation about this the other day. I instagrammed a picture of green juice in a mason jar, all the while thinking "Nobody knows that I just had a piece of cake for breakfast..." haha

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  16. ha-love this post. I see so many instagrammers and their life looks perfect while mine is far from it
    flyergal82

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  17. love the post! what you are instagraming sometimes is different that what actually happened
    i am not uploading pictures on facebook anymore, just on instagram!

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