Support Your Local Instagrammers

Support Your Local Instagrammers

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According to Instagram's press page, Instagram has 300 million monthly active users, 70 percent of which are outside the United States. Overall, there have been 30 billion photos shared through the app and on an average day, Instagram users post 70 million photos, all while hitting the "like" button 2.5 billion times. The average Instagram user spends 21 minutes per day using the app; that's a lot of minutes and even more seconds for an app that just showcases images.

Instagram, in essence, is a powerhouse tool, similar to the mitochondria, and continues to be used for personal and business purposes from users across the world and of every sect of society. With this expanding app, in terms of users and content, it can be a bit confusing about where to start: Who do you follow? How many times should you press "like"?

I don't have all the answers, but I do know one thing: Above all, you should support your local Instagrammers.

AMYVENTURES

Amy Chen is a NJ/NY based graphic designer, photographer, and prop stylist. A graduate of Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design, Chen goes by @AMYVENTURES on social media to capture her adventurous spirit, aesthetically made up of bright pops of color, and most importantly, ice cream.


CHRISKLEMENS

A YouTuber, entertainer, photographer, creator of Bent Apparel and recent NYU grad, Klemens is an Instagram star. He boasts 21.1k followers through his account @CHRISKLEMENS and posts artsy photos of his stark white hair and morning coffee.


THEDOGIST

A photo-documentary series about the beauty of dogs by the author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Dogist." It's like Humans of New York, but with dogs. Plus, it gives you the location the cute dogs are spotted at, so if you are ever really desperate, you can stalk with ease, thanks to @THEDOGIST.


EMMASHBATES

A native Londoner, Emma Bates is now living in New York, and apparently spending all of her money here as well. Along with her accent that's to die for, her latest adventures with her gorgeous boyfriend, gorgeous views, and even more gorgeous food can be found at @EMMASHBATES.


EATINGWITHMINNIE

Because everyone needs a good aerial photo of the perfect brunch made in Manhattan heaven. Seriously, these can be found at @EATINGWITHMINNIE. Go now.


GETFITBROOKLYN

Delivering "a healthy dose of sass," Chinae of @GETFITBROOKLYN posts photos that fall into the three following categories: lifestyle, fitness, and, in her own words, badassery. After a weekend of drinking and brunching, it's nice to have a dose of reality with planks and Nike gear.


JESSMCLEMENTS

YouTuber, @AERIEgirl, model, part time alien, and bird lover aka Jessica Clements is the Renaissance woman. Not even kidding.


JOSHKATZ

NYU student, popular YouTuber, and old-school skater, what makes for a better combination? Find out at @JOSHKATZ.


LUCIEBFINK

If you choose to have a girl crush on any single individual, pick @LUCIEBFINK. Content creator based in New York for Refinery29, she makes wildly cool videos, including fantastic stop motion videos. I love her.


MELL0WFELL0W

Based in the Big Apple, this fellow is definitely someone you want on your feed. I'm talking buildings on top of pretty vines on top of perfect color palettes.


NIGHT.SHIFT

A 17-year-old photographer, capturing the streets of Manhattan, that will make you feel perfectly inadequate while you try to struggle to not drop your iPhone on your face in the morning.


TRACELESS

Traceless is a mysterious NYC-based photographer, and frankly, that's all you need to know. Oh, also that you need to follow him. Like now. Get the real New York City, from the gritty to the Subway performers to rooftop views, taste it all.

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14 Inspirational 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes For College Kids Feeling Like Eeyore

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Winnie the Pooh and his friends were my best buds as a child. Now, as a college student, I've realized they knew more about life than I thought.

These 14 quotes from the 'Winnie the Pooh' movies, TV shows, and books, is getting me through this difficult semester, and maybe it will help you, too.

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Christopher Robin

"The nicest thing about rain is that it always stops. Eventually." -Eeyore

"The things that make me different are the things that make me." -Piglet

"It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." -Eeyore

"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." -Winnie the Pooh

"Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering." -Piglet

"Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." -Eeyore

"Spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count." -Rabbit

"There's no difference between falling a thousand feet to the jagged rocks below and tumbling out of bed." -Tigger

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." -Winnie the Pooh

"I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I have been." -Winnie the Pooh

"To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." -Eeyore 

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for other to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." -Piglet

"When you are a bear of very little brain, and you think of things, you find sometimes that a thing which seemed very thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it." -Winnie the Pooh

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The Cullen Girls: Part 18

Follow the lives of Meredith, Amy, Olivia, Sarah, and Jane Cullen, as they navigate the unknown territories that come with building a family through adoption.

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"What are you two fighting about now?" Olivia is sitting at the kitchen table with Sarah, and Amy is the stove making something mouth watering.

"Nothing," Jane mumbles, rolling her eyes as she comes through the screen door. Pete comes in behind her, hands up in disbelief.

"Really, Jane? You're gonna call that nothing?"

"Really, Pete? After everything you've put me through?"

"What did I do?"

"I'm talking about Davey. All that shit with Davey."

"Oh god, we're back to this." Sarah groans.

"Shut up." Jane and Pete tell her before turning and glaring at each other.

"What happened?" Olivia asks.

"Jane hates my girlfriend," Pete tells her.

"Oh my god, no I don't!"

"Aww, you have a girlfriend, Pete? And Jane's jealous?" Olivia leans forward, her own personal reality show right in front of her.

"I'm not jealous!" Jane shouts.

"It's obvious you don't like her - "

"That doesn't make me jealous. And I don't recall ever saying I didn't like her."

"You called her an airhead." Pete holds her stare. "To her face."

Even Amy is listening now. "Jeez, Jane. That's mean, even for you."

"Shut upppp!" Jane screams now. "I did not call her an airhead. All I said was that her comment made her sound like one. God."

Pete's face looks like he smells something bad. "You never have anything nice to say to her."

"You never have anything nice to say to Davey."

"I at least keep it to myself."

Jane punches Pete's arm as hard as she can, and his lack of reaction only pisses her off more. "Asshole! Go see your stupid movie with that airhead without me. Have fun explaining all of it to her the whole time."

"I will!" Pete is out the door, letting it slam behind him without another look at Jane. Jane runs for the door before he can get too far, yelling after him, "At least I get to make out when I go to the movies!" Behind her, her sisters are howling with laughter, and she turns her glare on them.

"Does this fucking amuse you?"

"More than you know." Olivia manages to get out.

"Well I can understand why you're amused," Jane shoots back, but Olivia is too caught up to be insulted.

……….

The change in Sarah is pretty quick. Her relationship with Ryan goes from casual to serious in a short time, and the result is the opposite of what her family expected. The same ends up being true with Olivia. She goes in the opposite direction with every step Sarah takes forward with Ryan. Her family goes days without hearing from her, and when she does grace them with her presence, she's short with everyone and downright nasty towards Sarah. After several dinners end with one or the other storming out of the house, Olivia stops showing up at all.

Tonight, after several minutes of hearing nothing but silverware on plates, Meredith asks, "Has anyone talked to Olivia?"

Amy looks at her mother, hesitating. "I tried calling before I came over, but she didn't answer."

"I talked to her yesterday." Jane offers, looking to Amy. "She said she wasn't coming, but I didn't think she meant it." Only Jane catches Sarah rolling her eyes. They both jump when Meredith throws her silverware on her plate.

"That's it. We are not having family dinners when family is missing."

"Mom, she's missing it by choice," Sarah scoffs, clearly annoyed.

"Choice or not, this isn't how this family works." Meredith starts grabbing everyone's plates as Sarah starts to protest. Her mother holds with a look that still manages to work, and Sarah knows better than to say anything more. When they reach Olivia's apartment her car isn't in its spot, but whether Meredith sees this or not doesn't matter. They all follow her silently up the stairs.

"Jeez, Mom, at least knock first," Jane says when Meredith pulls out a key. The last thing they need is to walk in on Ollie with a guy. Jane knocks loudly twice before reluctantly stepping back beside Amy. She doesn't like what they're doing, unsettles by what's happening between Olivia and Sarah. Amy puts her arms around her as they cautiously enter the apartment behind Meredith barging in with purpose. Sarah makes no move to follow, huffing and rolling her eyes in the hall.

"Sarah," Meredith warns without ever turning around. Sarah appears in the doorway, arms folded tightly across her chest. Ignoring her mom, she takes her glare and sits on the couch.

"Olivia?" Meredith walks through the apartment calling for her daughter. Jane looks out the window, finding Olivia exactly where she thought she'd be. Cigarette in hand, she sits on her balcony with a look on her face that Jane doesn't recognize. Amy comes to see what she's looking at, Meredith behind them cleaning up, unaware that Olivia's actually home.

"Something's wrong," Jane whispers. "Ollie doesn't act like this." Amy sighs softly but says nothing. She turns to Sarah, still scowling on the couch. They catch each other's eyes, and Sarah's expression hardens.

"What is she out there moping?" Her sisters ignore her, but a few seconds later they watch as Sarah appears next to Olivia. Jane pulls the window open enough to hear.

"Dude, what exactly is your issue?"

Olivia flicks the cigarette away, just missing Sarah, who doesn't flinch. "I'm not talking about anything with you," she says coldly.

"Fuckin Christ, are you serious right now? You're gonna keep acting like this, have mom come over here all worried about you, about nothing - "

"I don't want to see you!" Olivia screams, jumping up to get in Sarah's face. Jane is the one that startles as Sarah stands her ground. She's never seen her sister like this, and her expression is no longer sarcastic and annoyed, but confused. She starts to back away, unsure of what's happening.

"Too bad," she says. "I want to know why you're so mad at me. What is it that I did?" Sarah's voice gives a little, surprising everyone. It's enough to soften Olivia because she takes a step back, her face falling.

"It's not - you didn't…do - " Olivia can't finish what she wants to say, and with a hand to her face, she collapses into the chair. Sarah rushes to join her, squeezing herself into the space with her distraught sister. She throws her arms around Olivia as she breaks down.

"Ollie," Sarah murmurs. "What's going on?"

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