I almost forgot to post this month's magical music mashup! This Playlist includes songs that simply remind me of summer either in lyric or attitude: personal musings, calm familiarity, relaxed introspection... you know, the sort of thing you can listen to while reading the latest "It" book and sipping lemonade. Hope you like it!
Good things Worth Noting from the week:
STUDYING: Club Monaco's style (shop here) WANTING: these killer d'Orsday flats from Loeffler Randall MAKING: Salted Caramel MOUSSE (second "S" is key here) w. Caramel Popcorn (via Design*Sponge) READING: The Vacationers by Emma Straub ENJOYING: Cereal Magazine (online features)
Oh, hi! (She says a month after her last post.) As is to be expected, some weeks at work are far crazier than others. The fashion world is wrapping up Fall at the moment, so May was just about trying to keep up with what is everyone's biggest season. Any chance I have to get outside (my apartment, my routine, Manhattan, the state of New York) I'm trying to take it, and so far, this summer strategy is working out just fine. Behold, some snaps (more here: @notetosarah) along the way...
Speaking of snaps: There is a lot of talk around the internets about "shelfies", and the so-called disease of idealism clouding Instagram. Someone recently brought a Times article to my attention: "The Agony of Instagram," which describes the effect. Apparently people are being too perfect and it's stressing everyone else out. (The ultimate First World Problem?) If you ask me, this is not new behavior. The only difference is everyone is a photographer using a lens and a filter instead of telling tall tales over wine spritzers at high school reunions. Behold insecurity on a visual soapbox.
To an extent, I understand the frustration. Personally, I don't stand on top of chairs at restaurants to capture the cappuchino, $16 avocado toast and perfectly manicured hands of a friend. To me, this crosses a line. It's also humiliating and incredibly disruptive to fellow diners. (Unfollow.) Have any of you been to a blogger event lately? It's like an Instagram zombie convention. Maybe there is something wrong here, but that's not to say that I agree with these reports...
My main issue with the articles like this is the harsh light cast on people taking pictures instead of suggesting a healthier way for Instagram users to process the experience. Some Instagrammers are ridiculous, yes. But is it not equally ridiculous to get emotional over a mobile phone image?
After all, there is a context for every photo. For every blogger or gal pal intent on conveying the "perfect" moment, there is an opportunity for us as consumers (and participants) to train our eyes and minds to think of the bigger picture. The next time you see the perfect overhead shot of a macaron, a computer keyboard and peonies, really look at it. Odds are that girl went out and bought peonies for the specific purpose of Instagramming them (I'm not kidding), dragged that vase over her keyboard so she can't even see her computer screen, and all so she could capture an image that looks good in a little, tiny square. That's actually hilarious, right? There is nothing agonizing about that at all. Confusing? Sure. Agonizing? No. Who cares as long as it makes them happy? You do you, girlfriend. We are all that person sometimes.
Think of the chairs people stand on, the boyfriends/husbands forced into taking street style pictures of their S.O. standing against a graffiti wall, the amount of times they move something to get the perfect light, or the crowd of people around them wondering "what the heck is that person doing??" Replace the FOMO with laughter if you must, or better yet: appreciation for the 10 minutes of styling that person clearly went through to get a nice shot. They (we) may not deserve it, but you'll feel better. I guess my point is: How we see things is entirely within our control. Take back the control, and lose the agony.
In the meantime, I'm sure more accounts like You Did Not Eat That will pop up to call out the most flagrant offenders. For the rest of us, I think we have every right to celebrate our itty, bitty perfect moments as best we can—walks in the park, homemade meals, and sunsets included. Consider these shots a scenic smile or a visual high five. In the end, we're all just trying to figure it out...