Social media has really taken over the way we think about almost everything. From Facebook to Twitter, updating people on your life and creepily keeping tabs on every celebrity you’ve ever hypothetically fell in love with (hello Andrew Garfield) or that random person from your 6th grade class who used to sit at the cool-person table at lunchtime has become habitual. Whenever I reach for my computer or phone, I inevitably end up learning something entirely useless about someone’s latest Starbucks latte they Instagrammed about.
And while a lot about social media remains unknown to me, like how Pinterest works, I have found that blogs are really one of the best expressions of social media out there. Opinion blogs, tumblrs, etc are great ways to learn more about, well, anything, and they avoid the black hole tendencies that Facebook-stalking tend to lead to. I prefer to stick to food, travel, or photography and art blogs, there are some great sites out there with interesting fashion and music too!
Here’s a list of my favorite blogs I scroll through daily!
A Well Traveled Woman: http://awelltraveledwoman.tumblr.com/
My absolute favorite blog written by a woman about her life as a seamstress and her 2 adorable children. Her tumblr, the link to which I have listed above, features great pictures she finds online of far away and gorgeous places to dream about, in addition to the farm she lives on. She is currently in Africa, maintaining her title “A Well Traveled Woman”.
Madewell Musings: http://madewell.tumblr.com/
Madewell, a branch of the store J. Crew, is my favorite store. Their tumblr features some of their latest clothes and what their interns are up to at headquarters. I would love to work for them in New York! They also have links to a bunch of other blogs that I religiously follow, like Refinery29 and others!
Garance Dore: http://www.garancedore.fr/
Garance Dore is a French illustrator and photographer. Her glamorous life revolves around fashion and all things Parisian. When not in Paris or hanging out with incredibly influential and prominent members of the fashion world, she makes quirky videos and talks about her life.
Tomboy Style: http://tomboystyle.blogspot.com/
I have always considered myself more a tomboy than feminine in my clothing and life choices, and this blog perfectly caters to the carefree and adventurous nature of a tomboy. With her book recently published, author Lizzie Garrett regularly updates her blog with her most interesting finds, like small surf shops in California and, for the holidays, the best places to get your stocking stuffers.
Man Repeller: http://www.manrepeller.com/
Leandra Medine’s blog gives very detailed instructions about the fashion choices that men would hate, so obviously, every girl should dress like that, right? Her eccentric and unorthodox (to say the least, one day she wore a bra OVER her shirt) sartorial choices force one to take chances in her wardrobe. She recently got married too, so I guess her “man repelling” wasn’t perfect, but then again, we wouldn’t want that anyways now would we?
Neuroscientist Ryan Gosling: http://neuroscientistryangosling.tumblr.com/
Yes, you read that right. Ryan Gosling surprised everyone when he became a neurologist. He is officially the perfect man. Not actually, but he does make for some nerdy humor when you’re bored studying for a neuroscience-related exam. Always a perfect, albeit distracting site, to visit.
Simply Breakfast: http://simplybreakfast.blogspot.com/
Breakfast is just about my favorite meal. Ever. This site is a record of one woman’s breakfast escapades. Great, wholesome recipe ideas and rustic photography await one here.
4 F’s. I had to check. A friend recently recommended this site to me, and it has an endless amount of great art and imagery that are a great way to get inspired or change that boring desktop background!
101 Cookbooks: http://www.101cookbooks.com/index.html
Self-explanatory, but has the most wholesome and delicious healthy recipes I have ever found. I could spend hours scrolling through the pictures, and just get hungier and hungrier (I really need to go grocery shopping).
Well, there you have it, some of my favorite blogs. Blogs can be educational and useful ways to spend your time on the internet (e.g: Neuroscientist Ryan Gosling). I hope that I can start to use my time on the web in a more constructive way in the future, rather than clicking a new tab to Facebook every time I open the internet on my computer or phone. Social Media can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, but can certainly be a vortex that sucks you in and keeps you distracted. And with finals coming up, I definitely need to ration my Twitter/Facebook time, perhaps trading it in for an interesting article online, or better yet, going outside and doing something (or lets be real, just playing with this adorable goof-ball).