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9 Great Instagram Accounts

https://cupofjo.com/2020/03/funny-food-instagram-accounts/

What Instagram accounts do you love? Fat Art History (above) explores fuller figures in artwork. It shows what muses they were — and continue to be — for artists. Here are 8 more great accounts to follow…

https://cupofjo.com/2020/03/funny-food-instagram-accounts/

The anonymous illustrator behind Worry Lines tackles vulnerability and the hardships and triumphs of personal growth, in a palpable, humorous way.

https://cupofjo.com/2020/03/funny-food-instagram-accounts/

Minneapolis baker Zoë François feels like your cool aunt who offers to bake your wedding cake, as soon as you get engaged. She makes breathtaking desserts, in the most attainable, you-can-definitely-do-this-too manner. The best part are her baking tutorials found in her story highlights. She plays the best background music (think: Beastie Boys and The Supremes) and dances gleefully while torching a crème brûlée. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent watching this cake tutorial — it’s absolutely mesmerizing.

https://cupofjo.com/2020/03/funny-food-instagram-accounts/ Blvckvrchives, started by Renata Cherlise, captures everyday moments of black people, across the African diaspora. Some are vintage photos of black celebrities, but my favorites are the beautiful, carefree moments of black families, which aren’t often seen. The best ones including home videos, like this one of a family cookout and this one from a prom in 1992!

https://cupofjo.com/2020/03/funny-food-instagram-accounts/ Therapist Allyson Dinneen started handwriting notes in summer of 2017 and has posted one online every day since. Her personal, tough-love notes hit home every time.

https://cupofjo.com/2020/03/funny-food-instagram-accounts/ Kat Logan, the co-owner of Buttercream Bakery in Sydney, Australia, does something you’ve never seen a cake artist do — she paints with buttercream. Her remarkable impressionist style will leave you wondering if you’re staring at a painting or an actual cake. (I want this one for my future wedding!)

https://cupofjo.com/2020/03/funny-food-instagram-accounts/

New York From Behind is a quirky love letter to the people of New York, who know that the streets are the only runway that matters. Also a great place to look for coat inspiration!

https://cupofjo.com/2020/03/funny-food-instagram-accounts/

Started by Koreen Odiney as a question card game, We’re Not Really Strangers spilled over into a deep, thoughtful visual project. Odiney created WNRS to “empower meaningful connections, to make us feel less alone, to broaden our empathy, and to reconnect with us with ourselves.”

https://cupofjo.com/2020/03/funny-food-instagram-accounts/ The Happy Newspaper is a quarterly newspaper that shares only good news, happening all around the world. And it ships worldwide!

What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts to follow? I’d love some recommendations…

P.S. More great Instagram accounts and 7 hilarious illustrators.

  1. emily g says...

    I love color, so I follow lots of very colorful artistic accounts…
    @ettavee a painter with the most fun, colorful designs
    @thehayleycakes makes beautiful cakes, cookies with cheeky sayings, and videos of fun sprinkle mixes
    @bluebellgray a Scottish brand of gorgeous watercolor products
    @novamercury a Canadian weaver who makes joyfully colored wall hangings
    @bfreeart fun and colorful resin art
    @oeewrites rainbow watercolor calligraphy
    @ireneneuwirth beautiful jewels that I’ll never be able to afford
    @lovenfreshflowers a flower farmer in Philadelphia who makes the most beautiful floral creations

    And not necessarily colorful, but @royalcollectiontrust aka the charity that cares for all the fancy artwork, jewels, and baubles belonging to the British Crown. I love all the little snippets of history they share!

  2. Leanne Coppola says...

    For everyday NYC scenes, you should check out jimbarraud
    He takes photos from the bus and along the streets during his work day. They’re incredible and capture so much beauty and personality of NYC.

  3. Shannon says...

    the.holistic.psychologist puts out some amazing content on self-healing. I’ve learned so much reading her posts over the months – it’s nice to get a little bit of deep/thoughtful information that you can absorb, process and apply.

    • Emma D says...

      YESSS!!! She’s so good.

    • Katie says...

      Fantastic series!!

  4. @Stefdies is hilarious, mesmerizing and truly excellent photography. The subject is photographed laying face down among tourists and among everyday people going about their lives, often with a Where’s Waldo approach to subtlety. It is a delight. https://www.instagram.com/stefdies

  5. Emily says...

    As someone who studied contemporary art history, WNRS seems a pretty blatant rip-off of Jenny Holzer’s Truisms. Yes, the statements and images are striking but– it’s not an original idea. I would love for COJ to focus a little bit more on the history behind these things rather than just promoting whatever account is ‘cool.’

  6. Jennifer says...

    @nytimescookingcomments is hilarious!

    • Rony says...

      Yes!!

  7. Ser says...

    @mothersbefore is my fave . People send in photos of their mother before she had children and a little story about her life. It’s so touching. I remember realising as a teenager that my mother was a PERSON with a whole inner life and this account reminds me of that.

  8. Nadine says...

    @blvckvrchives reminds me of @savefamilyphotos, which I already had bookmarked. But I guess I need to bookmark this one, too – it’s making me feel uncomfortable & I think I need to read the stories. @historycoolkids is another place I learn a lot.

  9. sonya says...

    such a great list, thanks! (and suggestions in the comments, too). Not gonna help my effort to reduce screen time…

  10. Judy says...

    @lokokitchen – her witty commentary is bested only by her pies that look like pieces of art!

  11. I was not expecting a lovely fat black nude when I opened this post.

    Thank you, thank you.

  12. Abesha1 says...

    Does the NY From Behind get permission from the people they’re photographing?

    • Madeline says...

      Would also love to know this! Stelthy shots like this make me so uneasy.

  13. Nina says...

    Thanks for several good suggestions! I’m especially intrigued by Allyson Dinneen’s account and will give it a try.

  14. Amy says...

    Simple Families – Denaye Barahona has her PhD in Child Development so you know she knows her stuff, but is super approachable and has great tips for a minimalist journey when you have young kids in the home. Not just less stuff in the house, but less mental clutter and less food drama etc too.

    Josie Doodles – I think I found her here, but great comics on body-positivity, emotions, etc.

    And of course Smitten Kitchen, because Deb’s been keeping me cooking for a decade, give or take. And Jenny Rosenstrach, because even though I never end up cooking her recipes, her approach to family & food keeps me sane.

    • Gillian says...

      Love Denaye. Her podcast is fantastic too.

  15. EmBed says...

    Best art accounts: Cup of Meat
    https://instagram.com/cupofmeat?igshid=pswuah3n25fv and Peter Shear https://instagram.com/petershear?igshid=e420ns10a3rd. I’ve discovered loads of new painters that I adore from these two accounts, both deceased and contemporary. They also find amazing deep cuts from painters I already know and love like Matisse, Klee, O’Keefe, etc. I don’t really like or use Instagram for the social aspect, but for discovering and exploring new painters it is an excellent, excellent resource.

    • Rae says...

      Embed, I also use Instagram almost entirely for art and design. It is such a great source of inspiration. Thanks for these two suggestions. I follow lots of museums which also leads me to artists that I haven’t heard of before. My favorites are often the smaller museums like the International Folk Art Museum https://www.instagram.com/internationalfolkartmoifa/

    • Deborah Velay says...

      These look great! I’m always looking for good art accounts, so thanx.

  16. Maranda says...

    Immediately signed up for The Happy Newspaper! Such a fun idea. I’m looking forward to getting my first newspaper.

  17. Julie says...

    bethostern: Beth Stern, she posts her foster cats and her own cats all day every day and it’s the adorable lift I need.

    philamuseum: the Philadelphia museum of art’s official account, it highlights beautiful art from their collection and also has incredibly funny posts celebrating days like Galentine’s Day.

    filmtourismus: an account there they superimpose photos of famous movie scenes in the spot in which they were filmed.

    subwaybookreview: Photos of people and their books on the subway, with them explaining what the book is and what it means to them

  18. Monica Schnurr says...

    I somehow came across @obviousplant. This guy creates hilarious (and sometimes irreverent) fake products in their packaging and then plants them on store shelves. I have laughed until crying at some of the things on this feed.

    • Cherie says...

      Same here! Weeping with laughter. I love it so much.

    • Sara says...

      Thank you so much for this recommendation, I am struggling to hold in wails of laughter at my desk at work!

    • Judy says...

      Thank you for this recommendation! He is hilarious!

    • jules says...

      Thank you Monica Schnurr. Sooooooo good.

    • Jessica says...

      This account is INCREDIBLE. Thank you!

  19. Meg says...

    Thanks for posting the Allyson Dinneen account. I ran across this note from her a few months ago: “I wondered why I was so afraid of conflict, until I remembered that I grew up with one rule as a child: obey. I was taught zero skills on how to safely disagree.”

    This hit me hard. I never understood where my extreme conflict-avoidance came from and as soon as I read that sentence it was like a missing puzzle piece of my life. I’ve spent so much time thinking about that (and discussing with my therapist lol) since. Such good insight and I love the format of her instagram account.

    • Emily says...

      She is so great, isn’t she? Every single one of her posts sticks to me/with me.

    • Morgan says...

      Oh my god, thank you so much for this. That was exactly my upbringing, too; tack on two parents who fought all the time – I still get anxiety over the smallest conflict. I am learning now, as a married, 28 year-old, how to safely disagree. It’s so hard. It is still deeply engrained in me that I’m not allowed to fight for myself or ask for what I need; but learning this work is the most freeing thing I can do.

    • Lesley says...

      Her feed means alot to me too.

  20. Tyler says...

    You’ve gotta check out @influencersinthewild– it’s hilarious!!

  21. Joaquina says...

    Iowa Farm Sanctuary’s Insta account profiles rescued farm animals and when you see the precious beings, your heart just melts. Today I saw a video they posted of two piglets cuddled up to an adult Labroador Retriever.
    I don’t have an IG account but I lurk on IFS daily for a rush of serotonin :)

    • Sasha L says...

      I love all the farm sanctuary accounts, really really good antidote to the world.

  22. Lauren E. says...

    You find the BEST Instagram accounts! Those painted buttercream cakes are unbelievable.

  23. Janey says...

    That news story about the free sanitary products! I live in Scotland and I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to go into public bathrooms all over the country and see plentiful supplies, often accompanied by a sign saying “don’t just take what you need for today, help yourself to enough to last your whole period!”
    How wonderful to stamp out period poverty for all women and I hope this initiative will soon become the norm everywhere

  24. Pam says...

    I really enjoy Amanda Cutter Brooks’ Instagram @amandacbrooks because her pictures of life in the Cotswolds are the stuff of daydreams. Also, Chris Gambrell’s Instagram @gambrell_ is filled to the brim with his drawings and paintings. He’s always always experimenting with materials and pushing boundaries. He’s the living embodiment of ‘the more you do, the more you can do.’

  25. I’ve been having a blast running an account that is essentially a love letter to dumplings: @dumpling.mart.

  26. Heidi says...

    I know it’s not new, but @theshirleytempleking makes me smile… it’s a young boy who reviews Shirley Temple drinks at all manner of establishments. (Loves a glass, not plastic cup, the more cherries the better, etc.) I think he has already been on the Ellen show. Joanna, it kind of reminds me of when you post things your sweet boys have said!

  27. Siobhan says...

    @theimaginarylibrary
    She’s an illustrator who has been documenting her grief after losing her mother. It is amazing to see how she captures all of my feelings that I find hard to express in a single illustration. Maybe I actually read about her here? I can’t remember.

    • Yes – @theimaginarylibrary is amazing!!

    • Katherine says...

      Thank you for this. My dad died in June and these illustrations capture my emotions so acutely. Appreciate you sharing; didn’t know how badly I needed to see some of her posts.

  28. a says...

    Love Blvckvrchives! I also highly recommend @brownhistory, which covers stories and family histories from the South Asian disaspora.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      following now! thanks, a!!

    • Jenny says...

      @brownskinmatters is everything missing from my med school dermatology class: people with melanin!

    • Jenny says...

      Sometimes I take a break from instagram. But I realize that curating my feed to block stuff that makes me sad and include stuff like Fat Art History is pretty powerful. Fuck you, magazines of my 90s girlhood that made me feel impossible for being a regular little girl. I thought the following revolutionary thought at the ice cream counter the other day, watching all the people in line enjoying samples, “Our bodies are so diverse! It is normal to be all these shapes and sizes.” Let me tell you, that is not what I used to think at myself when getting ice cream.

    • Sasha L says...

      @theconsciouskid is really really awesome, book recommendations to expand consciousness for kids re POC, + thoughtful dialogue about racism

  29. Ane A says...

    How about climemechange for some on point humor about climate change

  30. Hilary says...

    I love this post! A few accounts I’m loving:

    – Ambitious Kitchen- my fave food blog, and Monique just a had a baby!
    -drjoshuawolrich- A surgical doctor fighting weight stigma. His posts have helped me see the fear mongering in many “healthy” IG accounts and follows up with what science says.
    – k8_smallthings- Her IG stories are really funny and a mix of makeup/fashion/mom life
    – Influencersinthewild- Just started following this account and it’s just hilarious
    – Are you a parent to a newborn or baby? You need to follow TakingCaraBabies. We used her sleep program, but her IG account is full of great sleep tips!

    I look forward to checking back here throughout the day!

    • Julie says...

      Oh, I just checked out Ambitious Kitchen and I am making ALL of her stuff, thank you!

  31. Jocelyne says...

    Tatsuya Tanaka @tanaka_tatsuya does miniature art. She is so ingenious.
    Also, Catarina Skoglund, @annacate Island life in Sweden is simply beautiful to look at.

    • Colleen S says...

      I think I follow Tatsuya. Those miniatures are cool.

  32. celeste says...

    Very cool stuff! No Instagram, no Pinterest for me. (There’s only so many hours in a day :) )

    • Kate says...

      I work one of those jobs where death-destruction-bureaucracy are almost the only constants.

      The other constant is my Instagram feed. I follow accounts that fill my screen with beautiful and peaceful things — @fatgirlshiking, gorgeous dishes from Ottolenghi’s test kitchen, #hygge — and I scroll through them on the bus home from work each day.

      It makes my heart sing just enough to get me through my front door with a smile on my face.

    • MHP says...

      I’m with you. I gave up Facebook 8 years ago and it changed my life. After a very toxic experience with Instagram this past Fall I gave that up too and my mental health has skyrocketed. I think social media without the social element is likely fine but is otherwise really dangerous.

    • Colleen S says...

      I’m one of the lucky people that doesn’t suffer from unrealistic views stemming from social media. My friends are all different shapes and sizes, sexual identities, and the only things I follow on Instagram are celebs I can stand and animals. I do wish I could quit Twitter. Even though I’ve blocked quite a few accounts, there is still a load of negativity everywhere.

    • nora says...

      this reply isn’t directly to Celeste, but rather this thread (which is very thoughtful).
      i have some complicated feelings about social media. on one hand, i think it’s played a large part in the crumbling of our democracy. i also personally think it’s unhealthy in many ways.
      on the other hand, i also use it in the way Kate does. #hygge is a great hashtag to follow, as well as other ones like #jungalow and #dscolor. i find scrolling through Instagram relaxing – and i also find it educational! accounts like @brownissues and @theconsciouskid are wonderful. i also love seeing pics of friends and their kids that i don’t get to see often in real life, and of course i love Joanna’s account :)
      disclaimer, i run the social accounts for an art organization, and i always hope that we’re part of the enjoyable side of feeds for our followers. the best compliment is when i tell someone where i work and they say, “i love your instagram feed!” sometimes you don’t know where your work is going and it feels so good to know you’re putting a smile on someone’s face.

    • Laura says...

      I would love to hear from others (or maybe there’s a full post in this) on how people have been able to give up their social media accounts. I would really really love to but when I try, I feel disconnected and invisible, and not being able to scroll through pretty pictures when I need a fix is… uncomfortable. I know it’s not good for me but would love to hear how people actually do this. Side question for people who are in creative fields, how do you find inspiration and keep up with new artists/styles/what’s happening in the world while avoiding the internet? UGH

    • Angela says...

      I second a social media usage post! I’d like to know how/why/what others consume and their feelings surrounding that usage. I gave up Facebook in 2017, after being on there since 2006. The end came when I saw people justifying running over protesters in the streets. My heart just could not take seeing that. In April 2019, I gave up IG when Alabama was considering prosecuting a woman who had miscarried and the abortion debate caught fire (again!). I was spun out, trying to right every wrong and being a keyboard warrior. It was so hard to give up because we’d just finished building our dream home after years of planning and I wanted to document and share. I also love sharing my kids with family and friends and keeping up with everyone. But it became detrimental to my mental health and took time away from my family and other interests. If you choose to drop social media, prepare yourself for real withdrawal-like symptoms- I swear I didn’t know what to do with myself for like 2 weeks until I forged new paths. I also found I took less pictures in 2019, since my phone wasn’t in my hand and I wasn’t itching to share anything. Posts like this make me miss IG so much, but just not enough to give up my free time, my observations of the world, and all the reading I can now accomplish.

    • Emily says...

      Just wanting to add to this thread my interest in learning how others manage to give up social media. I so badly want to escape the drama, and also the time suck of it all. BUT, I find it helps me document my kids’ lives (I turn my Insta into hard copy Chatbooks) and I also LOVE keeping up with the lives and kids of my friends and family I’m not able to see often. I’ve tried to take breaks, but I also feel disconnected. I live in a very rural area so often times social media feels like my only connection to the outside world. I just can’t seem to find the balance of how to use it without it sucking my entire evening away after I collapse on the couch after completing the bedtime circus of three small children. Thanks for letting me ramble….

    • Em says...

      Laura – I was the same as you. Many times I tried to cut back my social media usage or take breaks, and when I did I felt disconnected and always broke my rules or went right back on. The facts that I was never able to stick to the parameters I set for myself, eventually made me realize I wasn’t in control of it. 8 months ago I deleted everything cold turkey in a moment of willpower/desperation (lol). The first week was really rough. After the first week, it started to get easier. After a month I genuinely stopped missing it at all and I felt like a fog had been cleared from my brain. A few weeks of cold turkey gave me enough mental clarity and distance from it to realize how bad it was for my brain (not saying that’s true of everyone but it was for me!). I was a heavy user and expected to miss it a lot and it’s been 8 months now and I can tell you I literally never miss it and don’t feel tempted to go back.

    • Grace says...

      I’ve given up Instagram (although these gorgeous accounts make me want to get back on! Heart eyes to Fat Art History!) and Twitter, and only check Facebook once every other month or so.

      I wish I had a concrete answer of how I did it — mostly, I just reached a peak level of stress and could not handle it anymore. I’d spent a while teetering between enjoying social media and being incredibly anxious and guilty about it, and one day, the pendulum swung just enough into the “anxiety” camp that I snapped and deleted everything. Dramatic, but it worked.

      I do miss feeling intimately connected with friends. Now I have to put more effort into things. I text people to ask them for pictures of their pets and babies. I call (horrors!) people to find out how their vacation went. I make sure my friends know that I still want to be invited to things even though I won’t check my Facebook. That sort of deliberate tending to my relationships has actually been sort of lovely. It also made me realize that I can’t give that sort of dedicated work to every person in my life, and I have had to think about which relationships I want to nurture with my limited time and energy.

      As to what Laura said — yes, it was REALLY uncomfortable for a while! My hands would automatically open my phone, swipe to where Instagram was, and then I’d be like… oh. It’s gone. I stocked up on a million library books to make sure I had something to turn to when I panicked and wanted to reinstall.

      All I can say is that the discomfort passed after a while, and the brain space that’s been freed up has been worth it (for me). I’d like to get back on socials one day when I feel like I will be less obsessed with them… probably not anytime soon, though.

    • Maggie says...

      ” It also made me realize that I can’t give that sort of dedicated work to every person in my life, and I have had to think about which relationships I want to nurture with my limited time and energy.”
      +1,000,000
      Since leaving the socials my mental bandwidth is so much greater and I fill it with genuine interests that feed my soul (reading, lunches and coffees, cooking, self reflection, etc) instead of mindlessly consuming what someone threw up on their insta that day. I’m not interested in people branding themselves and my relationships are deeper and more genuine when we exchange goings-on in person or over a chatty email rather than curated pics and random info.

      Someone mentioned a fog lifting and that’s EXACTLY what it felt like when I broke away from insta. I also feel so much more in control of how I want people to know me and what they should know. Privacy seems the last standing commodity.

      All that said, I had to have my husband change my password to shut down my account with a promise to not give it to me. Once two or so weeks had passed the urge to engage in it at all is gone and I feel so much more present in my own life and the life of my kids. I’m more connected to myself and how I want my life to unfold. And the people in my life are there with intent. Highly recommend!!!

  33. Annie K. says...

    My very favorite is @thelaminimalist. For those looking for more inspiration for consume-less stress-less living, she’s the best. Non-dogmatic, positive, intelligent. She would be my “one” account.

    • Kathleen Best says...

      Awesome! Thanks for the recommendation :)

    • AH says...

      Oh this is right up my alley! Great recommendation!

    • Sky says...

      I second this rec! @thelaminimalist is awesome. She is so clear-headed and has really taught me to question our collective consumer-driven habits.