Insta-Gods: Who You Should Be Following on Instagram

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be completely addicted to Instagram. I love being able to open the app and explore the glamorous lives of anyone – celebrity or not – anywhere in the world, get fashion, exercise or home decor inspiration or just follow my favourite celebs. With filters, cropping and editing, it’s possible to make yourself look amazing from a single photo and gives you a little boost of confidence when editing those pictures from last night. But there are so many people on Instagram, it can all be a bit of a blur. So I’ve got a list of some of the best people to follow on Instagram – the people that upload regularly with fabulous pictures or just some inspirational ones! Enjoy!

Millie Mackintosh

I always loved Millie when she was on Made in Chelsea – with her serious loyalty and anger towards men. However, since she has left and married rapper Professor Green, her life has hit the fast lane and she is all about health, fitness and high fashion. She also posts a LOT of dogs!

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Anouska Proetta Brandon

Anouska is a fantastic blogger based right here in Dublin and is the unofficial face of Irish blogging. Unlike some who are flashy and flaunt their new-found fame with designer goodies, Anouska has taken several campaigns and brand ambassador titles in her stride and combines unknown and Irish designers with other bigger brands. Working for Guess and other big brands, Anouska is both beautiful and business-savvy, teaming up with brands that suit her and her style. She can be found wandering around Dublin in fabulous ensembles being photographed by her photographer boyfriend Ronan.

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 Derek Blasberg

Friend to everyone from Alexa Chung to Cara Delevingne, Derek Blasberg’s Instagram is full of celebrity friendships and glamour. He never seems to be short of a party to go to and always puts up pictures of his escapades with his famous pals!

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Holly Shortall

Holly is a fantastic Irish illustrator, a skill that is hard to come by these days. Not only does she get paid for illustrations but her drawings online are done for the love of her job and she has been recognised by everyone from Kelly Osbourne to Lupita Nyong’o for her fabulous red-carpet illustrations. She did the illustration for my website Intrigue.ie and I’m hoping that I’ll get a personal illustration done one of these days!

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Cara Delevingne

Just because. Our new favourite model is just the right amount of crazy and we get to follow her global takeover bit by bit on social media. From tattoos to partying with Rihanna, this Brit girl has the high life and I adore seeing her style choices.

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 Kendall Jenner

My favourite of the Kardashian sisters and a fantastic model, Kendall Jenner is definitely on the one-to-watch list. Her mixture of high-fashion shoots and runways with friend selfies reminds us that being young doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. She really is the breakout star of modelling at the moment and we sure hope it continues!

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Leanne Woodfull

Another Irish blogging influence, Leanne Woodfull is so passionate about what she does and isn’t afraid to show it. From London Fashion Week to the streets of Dublin, you’ll find her strutting somewhere in some Wednesday Addams-style clothes and badass shoes. Not only is she an advocate for fashion but for life issues and women with body image issues!

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British Vogue

If you’re as passionate about fashion as I am, you’ll need to be following at least one edition of Vogue. I’ve always made it known that I’m a huge fan of British fashion so British Vogue would have to be on my list. From must-have products to British models, Vogue has it all and I adore looking at their updates to see what’ll be in the new magazine!

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Rachel Iwanyszyn

Rachel is the creator of Jag Lever, a fantastic fashion blog that is a real joy to read. Her unusual, interesting style ensures her place in magazines, on websites and regularly the front page of Lookbook. She looks a little like Zooey Deschanel and rocks plaid and flowers like a boss.

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 British GQ

One for the boys, this Instagram account covers everything from London Collections: Men to the latest trends and everything in between. GQ is the perfect mixture of fashion and life issues for men and their coverage of fashion weeks like London Collections: Men are extensive and very in-depth. Definitely one to follow if you’re into male fashion!

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Nicole Richie

No longer part of the most ridiculous duo on TV, Nicole Richie is now a fully-fledged fashion icon. Her Instagram feed is a mixture of high-fashion and family snaps, giving us an insight of her glamorous life. Her gorgeous clothes and hairstyles are inspiration for many and the pictures of her husband and children are so sweet, I really do love looking at her account.

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Lorraine Candy

Lorraine is the editor of Elle UK and is a fantastic role model. Juggling a hectic work schedule with four children is no easy task but Lorraine seems to manage it all, while looking fabulous to boot. She gives us sneak previews of runway shows, Elle stories and snippets from her own fabulous life, covering a little bit of everything!

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There are so many interesting people to follow on Instagram, these are just some of the ones that I love! Go searching on the app and you’ll never know who or what you might find! If you want to give my account a follow, click here for my updates (yes I’m that person that Instagrams her food!) and you might see something interesting! All pictures are courtesy of the individual’s Instagram account.

Until next time,

Keep Styling,

Em

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The Met Ball 2013

The celebrities were out in drones last night to celebrate the start of fashion season at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Costume Institute Gala is always the most stunning event of the season and this year was no different. As usual there were some fantastic dresses, some horrendous creations and everything in between. The 2013 theme ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ gave the A-list the chance to spread their style wings and come up with something a little different. Therefore, I’ve decided to compile my thoughts on the best and worst dresses of the night. Let me know your thoughts and opinions too!

THE BEST:

I don’t think anyone else could pull this off but Gwen Stefani manages to look absolutely fabulous in a Maison Martin Margiela gown and Fred Leighton jewels on the red carpet. Many didn’t like this as the punk theme was Stefani’s time to shine but in my opinion, Gwen looks beautiful! Gavin Rossdale scrubs up nicely in his tartan suit too!

Emma Watson looks like an absolute babe in a Prabal Gurung cut out gown. This type of gown was popular on the night but the Perks of Being a Wallflower star looked edgy and chic while still giving it that touch of class! Those shoes really give it the finishing touch!

Although Jennifer Lawrence played it safe with yet another Dior dress, I still think this is one of her best looks and love the fine details on the dress. Lawrence paid attention to detail with this outfit, with spiky shoes and the headpiece giving the outfit that little punk edge it needed.

Blake Lively managed to stun everyone in her two-tone Gucci dress. This girl seems to never get it wrong. The only thing missing from this ensemble is her new man candy husband Ryan Reynolds!

As one of the few celebrities that really embraced the punk theme, white hair has never looked so good on anyone as it does on Nicole Richie! Wearing a Topshop white gown, she let her hair and make-up do the talking and created a funky but chic outfit.

Sienna Miller was another celebrity who kept the theme in mind and stole the show in a simple white Burberry gown, covered by a very heavily studded leather jacket and headband. The outfit was risky for an event like this but she really pulled it off, showing that Brit girls are a step ahead when it comes to punk!

To all the ‘Hatha-haters’ out there, this look will stop you in your tracks! Although I’m a fan of Anne Hathaway, I’m not always a fan of her style choices. However, this Valentino dress shows a new racy side to her and the bleach blonde hair is fantastic, giving her a real edge in the style stakes!

Nina Dobrev looks phenomenal in a custom-made sheer Monique Lhuillier gown with a difference! It fits her like a glove and the trousers under the gown is inspired without looking like a bad 90s outfit!

I always love Rita Ora’s style, no matter how out there it is but she excels in this Thakoon number! The white with gold is elegant but the cut gives it a little bit of edge. Teamed with her trademark red lips, this ensemble is one to remember!

Saving the best till last (in my opinion) and another stunning gown from Thakoon. New supermodel on the block Cara Delevingne is everywhere at the moment and she proved that she is truly the belle of the punk ball in this studded number. Not only does it scream punk but its elegant and a true winner in the style stakes!

THE WORST:

There are way too many of these to count. Some people just didn’t get the theme, others just dressed in the dark! In any case, these are my opinions on the worst outfits of the night

I don’t know why, and I’ve tried really hard to, but I can’t like this dress! I don’t know if the Anthony Vacarello number would look better on someone else or not but I can’t get on board with it! Sorry Gisele!

Religious imagery is best left out of these things in my opinion and it certainly doesn’t belong on a dress for the Met Ball. I don’t know what kind of punk Katy Perry was trying to portray but I think this Dolce & Gabbana dress made her look frumpy and ridiculous and don’t get me started on the crown!

I know she is the honorary chair for this year’s Costume Institute Gala committee but I really can’t stand this Givenchy dress. Elements of it are…ok, but altogether I just see a big mess of colours, cuts and patterns. It may have been salvaged if those gloves hadn’t gotten involved but although they match, they add to the madness that is this outfit!

With a Giles Deacon dress, Philip Treacy headpiece and Louis Vuitton boots, there is just WAAAY too much going on in this outfit. Separately, these pieces probably would have worked to adhere to the punk theme but together, they really hurt my eyes. Sarah Jessica Parker is a real style icon in her own right but this look doesn’t work for me!

With all the stories of an imminent breakdown in the Hollywood rumour mill, Miley Cyrus doesn’t help herself when she goes out looking like this! This Marc Jacobs fish net dress does nothing for her and the spiky hair is less punk and more insane asylum!

Apparently Kanye was ’embarrassed’ by Kim’s ensemble, and while he has no right telling her what to wear, I can kinda see why. This Givenchy dress is way too busy for someone with a baby bump and as Kim’s maternity style has been a bit hit and miss, she could have stunned us with a fab outfit. However that wasn’t the case and we’re left grimacing at this awkward style choice!

Ok, so I’ll start by saying that I love this Stella McCartney jumpsuit in theory. In practice, and on Kristen Stewart, not so much! The lines are lovely and this is a gorgeous colour, especially on Kristen. However the boxy shape around the hips and thighs make her look like a very fashionable hexagon and it just doesn’t work for me! Sorry Kristen!

I adore Coco Rocha but her Met Ball choice have been questionable the last two years. The pink and yellow suit/hair thing she was trying to do last year just didn’t work, and this Ungaro outfit is no better. The gold leaf design mixed with leopard skin is disastrous and the ankle boots make it ten times worse!

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It would take Madonna to ruin a theme and ruin it, she did! Forget the fact that she is way too old to be dressing like this anyway, she took punk way too literally and I imagine Lourdes will be hiding with the shame until next year after seeing this picture! Someone needs to tell Madonna not to go next year!

So these are my opinions on the best and worst dress at the Met Ball in New York last night. There were far more that I both liked and disliked but these were the clear winners and losers for me. Plus, you don’t want me going on anymore! Let me know what your thoughts are on the Costume Institute Gala style!

Keep styling, Em x