If you liked it then you shoulda put a filter on it.

Are you on Instagram? If not, you’re missing out on the same 10 pictures below with an “artsy” twist.

#selfie #nomakeup #nofilter #besties

I am not above this. I have fallen victim to the hardest decision known to man: Earlybird or Lo-Fi? I’ll even give you a sneak peek into my private IG account.

1. The Food Porn


#foodporn #breakfast #hungover

You’ve definitely seen this before. The meal of choice, cooked at home or served in a restaurant, with no special qualities about it. This is no extraordinary breakfast. It tasted fine. It was not life changing.

2. The Selfie


#selfie #coffee #caffeine

Selfie was the word of the year in 2013. So obviously they’re everywhere. Maybe there’s a prop. Maybe it’s taken in a bathroom mirror. I’m not sure what my life purpose was in this one.

3. The Beverage


#drinks #alcohol #firstdate

If you’re paying for your own drinks, that drink better take a picture of itself. If you’re not, take a mental and physical picture of the money you have saved. Or just advertise the fact you’re drunk on a Friday (Tuesday) night (afternoon.) As the hashtag indicates these were from a first date. Story to be continued…

4. The Pic Stitch


#bffs #picstitch #loveyou

Why not crowd up your phone with another pic app? Take your favorite pics of your vacation, your dog, your friends, whatever, squeeze them together and slap a filter on it. That’s the beauty of Pic Stitch (or whatever other app you may use.)

5. The Foliage


#fall #boston #pretty

Ah, September. When the leaves start changing and everyone needs to share what leaves look like. I’m a total sucker for this one. On a scenic walk through Boston’s Public Garden, I needed to stop and admire this. So I did, with my own eyes, and then I shared it with the Instagram world with a nice filter on it.

6. The Pet


#bulldog #cute #christmas

Aww. How can you not love that face? When your cat or dog or guinea pig (or in my roommate’s case…a bird) does something cute, or hell, just looks cute, you reach for your phone to make that a Kodak moment. I think I have more pictures of my parents’ dog Bailey (pictured above) than I do ones of my own friends.

7. The New Thing


#eyeshadow #beauty #urbandecay

You got paid. Or had a hard week at work and had to splurge. Or you got a gift. So you need to share your new thing with the world. In this case, it was a borderline unjustifiable $52 eyeshadow palette. (I JUST NEEDED TO FEEL PRETTY, OKAY?!) See also: TVs, items of clothing, concert or sporting event tickets. Basically anything worth dollars.

8. The Significant Other (#mcm)


#mcm #boyfrienddddd #cute

Aww, isn’t he cute? This is the wallet behind those fancy first date drinks above (the date went VERY well.) But anyway. If you’re in a relationship, you obviously need to broadcast it all over social media. An easy way to do this is participate in Man Candy Monday, aka #mcm. It is an excuse to flaunt your love life. If you’re single, it’s okay to put a Valencia filter over Chuck Bass. Same thing.

9. The Girl Crush (#wcw)


#wcw #pll @itsashbenzo

Alternatively, you can participate in Woman Crush Wednesday. Ashley Benson is my girl. Woman Crush Wednesdays are not limited to celebrities. If you’re on IG, you know your best friend looks best in Toaster. Guys can do this too. Sign up for the ‘gram and post a pic of your gf. Instant points.

10. Finally, the Throwback (#tbt.)


#tbt #family #love

Perhaps the most recognizable of Instagram hashtags. You definitely have a #tbt. I think Throwback Thursday has a flawed definition. A picture of you and your friend dancing on the bar last week is not a #tbt. The nice shot of you with a tan on a boat from July is not a #tbt. The filtered picture needs to be at least a year old, preferably with noticeable changes in your appearance. Or in this adorable #tbt, 18 years of noticeable changes.

Instagram in a nutshell. You’re not missing much. Or you’re missing a whole lot.


Liz Witter is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University where she majored in broadcast journalism with a (useless) minor in French. She is originally from Rochester, NY but moved to Boston for a job...then another job. She spends her free time sleeping, going to Sephora or doing crafts. She plays volleyball recreationally and refuses to believe she peaked in high school. She’ll take Tim Hortons over Dunkin, and Wegmans over basically anything. You can follow her on Twitter at @lwitta6.

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