Instagram feed getting a bit samey? Fed up of filtered food snaps and sun-kissed selfies? Browse our top ten picks for the Instagram accounts that fire us up and provide inspiration on the daily.
1. Esperanza Spalding
So excited to announce the first few dates on my Emily's D+Evolution tour: 5/7/15 – @elreytheatre in Los Angeles, CA 5/15/15 – @lprnyc in New York, NY 5/16/15 – Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA 5/17/15 – @tlaphilly in Philadelphia, PA Can't wait to share some new music with you! Photo credit: @hollyandres.
Esperanza Spalding is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer who by all accounts can be considered a bit of a musical prodigy, having emerged as a self-taught violist at the ripe old age of five. A multiple Grammy award-winner who counts Prince amongst her close friends, Esperanza is truly a musical force to be reckoned with. Her posts are filled with serious sass, a mix of backstage shots, up close and personal on- stage performances and funky poses.
2. Girl With No Job
Girlwithnojob is the instagram account you turn to when you’re in dire need of a chuckle to cheer you up. Founded by Claudia Oshry, Girlwithnojob documents the hilarious struggles of one helluva assertive woman who, according to one post, simply wants to chug cocktails on a rooftop bar. Who wouldn’t? As famous for her “fakeup” tutorials as for her feminist-driven statements about society and razor-sharp wit, this woman is one to watch.
3. Passion Passport
"Early morning hours are an invitation to see another side of a place: to explore the usually-bustling streets in an almost eerie silence, to see the flower markets and coffee bars and construction sites come alive, to see the silhouette of palm trees lit from the east." Christine Amorose (@cestchristine) reminds us that the early bird gets the worm as she takes us through sunrises from Bangkok to Cappadocia in "The Magic of Waking Up Early" now live on www.passionpassport.com!
For the wanderlust-of-heart, make passionpassport your go-to place of inspiration. With stunning travel snaps from all over the world, ranging from the multicoloured street of Guanajuato City Mexico to the dizzying rocky spires of Wullingyuan National Park in China, the account shares pictures from travellers, storytellers and photographers alike, united by their love of exploration.
4. Lean In
Continuing with our love for kick-ass women, Lean In is your next stop for a daily dose of inspirational quotes and photos from ladies all over the world who are doing positive things to change the situation of womankind. Championing authenticity, opportunity and equality, Lean In will have help you put your best foot forward when Monday mornings seem bleak.
5. Arabella Golby
A real English rose with impeccable vintage styling and penchant for pointy shoes, Arabella Golby is a star in the fashion blogging sphere. Her instagram account is a mix of sharp tailoring outfit posts shot outside beautiful streets in Kensington and Knightsbridge, summer blossom and the odd homage to #doorappreciation.
6. Hattie Stewart
Acclaimed illustrator and serial doodler Hattie Stewart will bring more than injection of colour to your life with her artpop style cartoons and animations. Don’t just take our word for it – Hattie has collaborated with House of Holland, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Adidas, and was recently commissioned to produce artwork for the 2015 Oscars ceremony.
7. Caroline de Maigret
The only instagram account you’ll need to satisfy your lust for French styling. De Maigret is a much-coveted former catwalk model and Chanel muse who owns a rock music label called Bonus Tracks Records. If that’s not enough to convince you of her cool credentials, her fashion taste surely will. Channelling that inimitable French insouciance, de Maigret’s Instagram is filled with artists’s ateliers, high waisted sailor pants and just-got-out-of-bed hair.
8. Old Pics Archive
The Old Pics Archive uncovers significant moments in human history. There’s some fascinating finds just right for a few minutes or so of procrastination – from this snap of Brigitte Bardot hanging out with Pablo Picasso to a rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in Japan.
9. Megan Hess
You may not have heard of Megan Hess but chances are you’ll recognise her incredible illustrations, which have graced just about every reputable fashion publication going, and whose roster of high-profile clients includes Michelle Obama, Tiffany & Co and Candace Bushnell (Hess illustrated ‘Sex And The City’).
10. National Geographic
Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo // What is your spirit animal? I have many, but this encounter with the elusive, rare, and shy Kermode Bear (or Spirit Bear) was one of the most beautiful and powerful experiences I have ever had in nature. After weeks and months of searching, I came upon this bear fishing in a stream. Instead of being scared and running away, this bear was completely relaxed and allowed me to step into his world and capture intimate moments that help connect people to a fragile and magnificent landscape that needs protection. That is how I knew he was one of my spirit animals. With @jedweingarten and @cristinamittermeier #nature #bear #spiritbear #kermodebear #wildlife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #beauty #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #follow #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub
Words don’t do justice to the splendour of the subjects in National Geographic’s photographs, but sometimes words aren’t needed anyway. If anything, this Instagram account will re-instil a respect for our planet, and the beautiful creatures we share it with.