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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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