How To Up Your Instagram Game

How To Up Your Instagram Game

Learn how to make your Instagram page #flawless!
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Our generation is social media obsessed––especially with Instagram. These past couple of months I have been working to make my Instagram page look top notch. I wanted to share some tips with you all that I have used while transforming my page.

1. Stop using black, white, and colorful borders.

Instagram just came out with a new update that allows you to not only post square pictures but also horizontal and vertical pictures WITHOUT borders! I would highly advise you to start posting your pictures full size because this makes them look clearer and more aesthetically pleasing. If you do still want to use borders, I recommend only using white borders because it will make your page cleaner looking rather than black or colorful borders.

2. Stick with an Instagram theme.

I'm not going to lie, it is very hard to stick with an Instagram theme, but it is doable. First, start with picking out an Instagram theme; this should reflect your personality. Are you a minimalist? Then you might want to go for a black and white theme or an all white theme. Are you spunky? Then you might want to try a theme that is vibrant and colorful. Then after picking a theme, start to edit all your pictures the same exact way.

3. Use high-quality pictures.

Obviously not all of us have a DSLR lying around the house, but if you do, USE IT. Luckily for people that have to make do with a smart phone, there are some tricks to making your pictures look just as good! First, take pictures with good lighting. Second, create a depth of field by putting your subject far away and in front of a background, this will give the background a blurry effect. Finally, you can sharpen your photos in an editing app, this will make your photos look more crisp but be careful because it easy to over do it!

4. Invest in editing apps.

Not all photo editing apps cost money, but some do! My favorite editing apps right now are:

  • Afterlight, $0.99. This app allows you to do the usual editing of the sharpness, saturation, brightness, etc. It also gives you the option of different types of white borders you can frame your picture with. I used to use this app mostly for the light streaks on dark pictures because it gave it a unique look.
  • VSCO, FREE. This app is basically just like Afterlight in that it allows you to edit the picture's brightness, etc. It has pre-made filters; the T1 filter being its most famous for being able to give photos the "Tumblr look." The best thing about this app is that it is just like Instagram; it allows you to post pictures to your page. Usually, before I post an Instagram picture, I'll post my picture to VSCO to make sure it goes with my Instagram theme.
  • Facetune, $3.99. This app is very controversial because it allows people to photoshop their bodies and skin. I personally use the whitening tool to whiten my backgrounds to make the photo appear cleaner and, occasionally, I will use the blur tool if I have a small blemish.

I know I am always searching for awesome Instagram pages to stalk so here are some of my favorite ones:

  • @mylifeaseva
  • @macbby11
  • @aspynovard
  • @imkell
  • @lararawson
  • @laurengiraldo
  • @laurenconrad
  • @margoandme
  • @tayst
  • @maddibrag
  • @jayalvarrez
  • @daniellemarieyt
  • @oliviamcclintock

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.

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Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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