So it's already July & summer is basically already over and it's barely even started.
Ok, I'm being dramatic... but still! If you live in Chicago then you know that summer is not only the best time of year but also incredibly fleeting. It's already July and I've yet to sunbathe on a yacht off Navy Pier or close down Trader Todd's Monday night karaoke or blackout at Beauty Bar. Like who am I?!
All jokes aside, any Chicagoan (or tourist!) should take full advantage of the warm weather & try to explore all that Chicago has to offer. After surviving the -50 degree winter storm we had this last January, I am determined to check off a few Chicago bucket list items while the sun is out and my winter boots are collecting dust under my bed. I've read through every Do 312 summer item, perused Instagram, & researched more blogs then I would like to admit in order to curate this expansive, fun, & unique list of 2019's "must-do" adventures in and around Chicago. So grab a pen, take a Malort shot, get your Groupme (& wallet!) ready because we're about to make this summer one to remember!
❏ MORNING YOGA AT GALLAGHER WAY
❏ SING WE DIDN'T START THE FIRE AT TRADER TODD'S KARAOKE NIGHT
❏ CIRQUE DU SOLEI: VOLTA - UNTIL JULY 6TH
❏ SPONGE BOB POP UP BAR - REPLAY LINCOLN PARK - UNTIL JULY 14TH
❏ SEE THE STRUMBELLAS + LOVELYTHEBAND @ THE TASTE OF CHICAGO
❏ THROW IT BACK! WATCH TO CATCH A THIEF @ LOGAN THEATER 8/13/19
❏ CHECK OUT THE COOKIE DO POP UP @ NAVY PIER + WATCH THE FIREWORKS
❏ ATTEND A COMEDY SHOW AT SECOND CITY
❏ TAKE A CALLIGRAPHY COURSE AT A PAPER SOURCE LOCATION
❏ TACOS Y TAMALES FESTIVAL IN PILSEN JULY 19TH-21ST
❏ FLEETWOOD MAC POP UP AT THE ROOKERY
❏ PICNIC + LIVE MUSIC AT RAVINIA
❏ SEE EARTH, WIND, & FIRE @ THE CHICAGO THEATER JULY 14TH
❏ A COMEDY SHOW @ THE LAUGH FACTORY
❏ ENJOY SOME BBQ & COUNTRY AT WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT JULY 12TH-14TH
❏ CREATE YOUR OWN WINE AT CITYWINERY
❏ WILLIS TOWER WINE TASTING WITH CITY WINERY - MULTIPLE DATES
❏ LEARN TO SEW - TAKE A SEWING CLASS WITH ANASTASIA CHATZKA
❏ IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE AT iO
❏ MUSIC BOX DRINK-A-LONG (FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
❏ TAKE A CHICAGO ARCHITECT TOUR
❏ ATTEND A CUBS OR SOX GAME
❏ DONATE TOYS + PET THE PUPPIES/CATS AT PAWS CHICAGO
❏ VISIT THE CATCADE FOR GAMES + COFFEE
❏ CHECK OUT 29ROOMS
❏ TAKE A COOKING CLASS AT EATALY
❏ WATCH THE AIR & WATER SHOW
❏ GO TO A MAGIC PARLOUR SHOW
❏ BIKE THE 606
❏ STROLL THE LINCOLN PARK ZOO
❏ FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR + 50% OFF FLATBREADS AT THE RESERVOIR
❏ PICNIC AT MONTROSE BEACH
❏ ADVENTURE OUT TO SIX FLAGS
❏ GAME OF THRONES MAY BE OVER SO VISIT MEDIEVAL TIMES INSTEAD
❏ TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF THE CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER (IT'S FREE!)
❏ MAKE PRETTY BOUQUETS AT AN ALICE'S TABLE CLASS
❏ DRINK + EAT ON THE RIVERWALK
❏ GO TO A SOFAR SHOW
❏ LAGUNITAS BEER CIRCUS - AUGUST 24TH
❏ EAT SWEET TREATS AT THE I CRAVE FESTIVAL - SUNDAY JULY 21ST
❏ SANGRIA FEST - AUGUST 17TH
❏ TANGO LESSONS + DINNER AT ARTANGO STEAKHOUSE
❏ TAKE A RELAXING SPA DAY AT AIRE
❏ SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS / SHOPS AT MADE IN CHICAGO MARKET
Literally Everyone Is Going To Bali 🍍
If I'm being honest, the thought of committing to a 34 hour trek to fly from Chicago to Bali, Indonesia wasn't something I was super psyched about. I mean, yes, it looks beautiful in photos but I've been to a lot of beautiful places that are MUCH closer. However, when my well-traveled friend invited me to join her on a trip to Bali this last October I decided the long journey would be worth it.
Bali is definitely THE place to visit right now. If you've been on Instagram, Pinterest, or any social media then you know anyone who is anyone is vacationing to this tropical spot. & now that I've been to this amazing destination I totally understand the hype! It's serene, peaceful, and (a HUGE bonus!) super affordable. If you're considering a trip to Bali then I hope my vacation guide can be useful to you during the planning process.
We booked our Bali trip through Groupon. This was my first time to book a Groupon trip and I was a bit nervous about doing it. $899 roundtrip airfare from LA to Bali + 6 hotel nights + transportation? Seemed a bit too good to be true. Or so I thought. Thankfully Groupon proved me wrong! Not only were our hotel rooms AMAZING but it was so nice having transportation and planned out itinerary for a few of the days. It's important to note that the reason many of the Groupon trips are so affordable is because your tour guide tries to sell you additional products + excursions throughout your trip. This didn't bother us very much but I could see how some people might not enjoy being bombarded with offers & products on their vacation. We did have to sit through a handful of rather boring shop owners at stops along the way on our daily trips (coffee, jewelry, etc). However, for $899 I still thought it was a steal of a deal!
It's Cheap AF
Everything is SO cheap in Bali - it's crazy! The food, drinks, clothes, souvenirs, even excursions- you're bali'n in Bali. One night our group went out to a swanky restaurant that in the states would have been $$$$. Up to that point everything we had consumed was pretty cheap but this was the first "fancy" restaurant we had gone to. TBH I was a bit worried about the bill as we tallied up drink after drink followed by a 5 star cuisine. When we finally got the bill, I was SHOCKED to find that the total came out to about $12 USD a person. TWELVE DOLLARS! For 6+ drinks each, fish, shrimp, gourmet main dishes, and appetizers... If you're on a budget but wanting to see your money go far (and still feel like you're in a relatively safe spot!), Bali is a great vacation destination. I can't think of a more rewarding feeling then knowing you can take a lavish vacation somewhere gorgeous and not have to spend an arm and a leg to experience the finer things in life.
You HAVE To Ride The Elephants
While you can go to plenty of beautiful lush, tropical places around the world, you can't ride an elephant in all of them! I highly recommend riding and feeding the elephants at Mason Elephant Park & Lodge. This park offers elephant rides, spots where you can feed the elephants, shops, a restaurant, and even a hotel- in case you want to sleep with the elephants too! It's a beautiful property and the elephants are taken well care of, which was something that was important to me and my friend before we booked our excursion. Our elephant ride lasted about 30 minutes and included pictures of us on our elephant- he happened to be the biggest elephant at the park and had these huge tusks! 10/10 would recommend this spot!
The Resorts Are Breathtaking
Seriously, the resorts are GORGEOUS. No matter what part of Bali you decide to stay in, you won't be disappointed. We hotel hopped in Seminyak and Ubud- both of which I highly recommend when researching hotels. No matter where you stay, your options for amazing resorts and hotels will be ample. Our hotel in Ubud had an amazing pool and we got lucky to book a first floor balcony room so we were able to walk right out into it every day. Talk about a dreamy spot to relax! In Seminyak, our hotel was a bit more modern but we loved the pool, lounging areas, and being close to the beach. I love AirBNB but I'm also the type to enjoy the amenities hotels have to offer. I personally think Bali might be one of those places where booking at a hotel is the way to go. I think it's important to remember that it's still not safe to drink the water and to be cautious when consuming local food. The hotels are usually good at providing meals that will not make tourists ill & having resources available if you do come down with something.
Get Back To Nature
Raise your hand if you're ALWAYS behind a screen of some sort and the last time you were surrounded by nature was when you blacked out at brunch and woke up on the patch of grass outside your apartment door 🙋🏼The best part about vacations (in my opinion) is being able to explore and get back to nature. Bali is the PERFECT places to adventure and get lost in the beauty in this world. There's beaches, forests, volcanoes - everything and anything you would want to experience on a tropical getaway.
My Fav Places & Spaces....
- Sacred Monkey Forest
- Mount Batur
- Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
- GitGit Waterfall
- Kuta Beach
- Lake Bratan
- Pura Luhur Batukaru
- Tanah Lot
- Miura Pinxtos Bar & Grill
- Mason Elephant Park
- Ku De Ta Club + Bar
- Anumana Ubud Hotel
You definitely have to go to Bali!
Despite the long journey, I totally recommend a trip to Bali! I think it's a must add destination to any travel bucket list. Using Groupon or similar websites is a great way to find a good deal on this amazing destination. The food is great (TONS of vegan + vegetarian options I might add). The scenery is beautiful. It's warm, affordable, & a relatively safe spot for tourists. What's not to love?!
Y'all The TYME Iron Is The Only Curling Iron You Need... Trust Me!
Raise your hand if you are actually super good at curling your own hair....
Probably no one... let's be real. I'm 25 and have owned countless curling irons my whole life and it still takes me about 80 tries, burnt hair ends, and a bottle of hair spray to get ONE good curl- ONE! That is until I splurged on the TYME Iron - and now my hair is SO easy to curl it's crazy.
I am one of those people who always straightens my hair because I just can't use a curling iron to save my life. Maybe I'm just super lacking hand eye coordination but it was never working for me. I've always wanted to get bombshell curls like the Victoria's Secret models but I never knew how to achieve that look without spending $75+ at a salon.
My friend curls her hair every. single. day. and it always looks AMAZING. I asked her once what she was doing because I was like there's no way she's getting that look from a wand. She told me all about the TYME Iron and how it's basically the curly version of a straightener. I was shook. Then I found out it was $175 and I was like ok I don't need beautiful curls that bad.
Months (actually years) went by and every time I saw my friend I was obsessed with how good her hair looked. Finally (this past September) just a few days before my cousin's wedding, I decided to go ahead and splurge on the TYME iron. I figured what I was spending would pay off in the long run if I liked it because I easily spend half that amount to get my hair professionally styled. I found it on Amazon which was super convenient because I was able to get one day shipping just in time for my cousin's wedding.
I'll be honest, it takes a bit of time to get the hang of it. I first tried it out on my hair THE MORNING OF my cousin's wedding and that wasn't the best idea ever. I ended up having to go with it half up, half down since I couldn't get the hang of it and each curl looked a bit different. It still looked good though - better than other curling irons. I could see that I would be able to get the hang of it with practice and time.
It's definitely one of those flip of the wrist things. Like once you get it you're gonna be like DUH. But it might take some Youtube video tutorials & practice to figure it out. If you spend some time with no place to go, I think you can easily master the technique you're looking for within an hour or two. Obviously the more you use it the better you'll get. I've since been able to figure out how to curl my hair exactly the look I want and now my hair looks really good when I style it. I recommend the TYME iron 10/10, 5 stars. I've yet to use any of their other hair products but it's definitely on my list of beauty products to purchase.
If you're on the fence about it, definitely consider making the purchase. If you already get perfect curls with a different styling product then that's amazing (bc I seriously have no idea WHAT you're doing to get that result!). If you're like me and you're just not savvy enough with those old school products and even the curling wands, I totally recommend making the investment. BC girl you totally deserve some amazing curls!
Unintuition's List of 219 Things To Do In 2019
It's finally here! My annual post of "21_ Things To Do In 201_". I've been working on this list for MONTHS because as you may or may not know I never repeat the same thing twice. My first list - "216 Things To Do In 2016" - went viral 3 years back and I've since followed up with "217 Things To Do In 2017" and "218 Things To Do In 2018".
While I've put a lot of thought into each year's list, this year was different. This year was a struggle for me, as have the previous years but 2018 was a whole new level. This was also a year where I learned the most about myself and I faced a lot of mental health challenges in order to get where I am now. It's also been an amazing year filled with travel, lots of new moments, and people in my life that want to be in it - which is the first time in a long time I can say that. I can honestly say since my first list that this is the first time I've posted one where I am actually feeling happy, excited, and ready for the holidays and a New Year.
I have high hopes for 2019 & I think we all should. It's been a rough decade for a lot of us- individually and as a community. Let's finish this decade out with a bang so we can finally party like the roaring 20s all over again!
So here it is - my list of 219 Things To Do in 2019! If you have thoughts or ideas for things to add to this list -feel free to leave your comments below!
I'm also sharing the PDF version available to purchase which includes a full checklist of all 219 Things To Do, a printable calendar, a little eBook I threw together on my thoughts about the New Year and why I write this list, as well as few extra goodies. I hope you buy it because I spent a lot of time making the calendar! :) Happy New Year!
1. To stop overthinking
2. How to fish
3. How to tie a knot that will withstand (almost) anything
4. One survival skill you should totally know but don’t
5. Information on a trending news topic you don’t know much about
6. To leave good reviews instead of bad ones
7. A super impressive magic trick
8. How to do coffee art (at least one design!)
9. Axe throwing
10. How to cut out toxic people in your life
11. Facts about something super random/crazy (like ancient Egypt, alien theories, etc)
12. How to make/roll your own sushi
13. One super helpful tip that will make your life easier
14. A new perspective
15. Videography basics
16. How to bake a cake from scratch
17. To be a better speed reader
18. Jump start a car
19. More street smarts
21. The benefits of portion size
23. How to whistle with your fingers (taxi anyone?)
24. The periodic table of elements
25. How to split firewood
26. Wax a car
27. How to fillet a fish
28. All about blockchain development
29. About Google analytics
30. French cooking
31. How to easily adjust to Daylight Savings this year
32. Cook a turkey
33. All about climate change
34. All about the water crisis (& investing in water!)
36. How to moonwalk
37. How to pick a lock
38. Open a beer/wine bottle without an official bottle opener
39. How to tear open an apple in half with your hands (I know, it sounds crazy but impressive!)
40. What day or date of the week certain days/holidays fall without having to look it up!
41. The easy way to boil eggs
42. Candle carving
43. Better English (or whatever your native language is) by taking an advanced language class - because we all get a bit lazy!
44. All about abstract art
45. All about open source software
46. How to identity more plants
48. Negotiating tactics
50. How to escape duct tape, handcuffs, etc
51. How to make a sales pitch
52. How to build a network
53. Teach your pet a new trick
54. About the architecture in your city
55. Cooking new meals with Blue Apron
56. An ethnic dish you never would consider
57. Being sober at something you normally would drink at
60. Going one week without cursing (bc even if you like to talk like a sailor, sometimes it’s ok not to)
61. Taking a daily vitamin
62. Getting eyelash extensions (at least for a few weeks to see if you like your new look!)
63. Reading some pretty amazing entries & advice from DearCaptain.com
64. Riding a virtual reality rollercoaster/ride
65. Dressing like your favorite Instagram influencer for a week
66. Imperfect Produce
67. Going an entire week or month without online shopping, Amazon Prime, or food delivery (I know, it’s like the caveman days!)
68. An aerial silk class
69. Trapeze Class
70. Attending a Toastmasters class
71. Dating someone in the “real” world & not off of an app
72. Going to a book club
73. Candlelit yoga
74. Getting really good at something you’ve been interested in for awhile but haven’t fully pursued
75. Grammarly (For perfect emails & writing!)
76. Reading 24 books this year
77. Being more spontaneous
78. Doing more face masks to relax
79. Dragon’s Breath Ice Cream
80. Getting up early on a day you would normally sleep in
81. Selling something you don’t need on LetGo
82. 23 & Me
83. A food of the month club
84. The “Plogging” fitness craze
85. Meal prepping for 1+ week straight
86. Finding a new credit card that will give you rewards & points that is super beneficial to you
87. Not rolling your eyes in situations you normally would
88. Baking bread from scratch
89. Supporting something on Indiegogo
90. A Spartan Race
91. Different hot sauces
92. Driving a tank (Groupon!)
93. The Whole30 Diet
94. Cooking with your crockpot for 1 week straight
95. Watching all of the movies nominated for awards this year
96. Writing for a blog/website/column
97. Water-infused beauty products
98. Eating more adaptogens
99. Vero social media
100. Insect-infused recipes
101. Silkworm protein powders (super nutritional!)
102. The Blossom Cup (Ladies- I hear it's amazing!)
103. Class Pass
104. Taking a class of interest on Lynda
105. Taking a flight/train ride/or even a ride share to a random location or wherever destination is next
106. A Vipassana meditation course
107. Spending an entire weekend alone with no plans
108. The 52-week money challenge
109. A photo album of 2018
110. Your perfect 2018 playlist to always look back on
111. A list of everything you want to accomplish this year
112. A wine collection to open on special occasions (i.e. future birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, etc)
113. You & your friend’s own version of a fantasy draft that isn’t necessarily football/basketball (i.e. The Bachelor Fantasy Draft)
114. A Snapchat geo-filter for a party or event you’re hosting
115. A super creative hashtag to use on your photos throughout the year
116. A trip with a large portion of your friends to take in 2019
117. Naming a star
118. Highlighting parts of poems you love in a poetry book & gifting it to your lover, best friend, close family member, etc
119. A super organized folder with all of the important documents you have to keep (taxes, insurance info, etc)
120. A list of podcasts you really like
121. A holiday wreath for your door
122. A costume completely from scratch for a costume party
123. A super organized e-mail account that is caught up, sorted, & easy to navigate
124. Cocktail with edible cocktail paint
125. An infinity puzzle light
126. An organized make-up area
127. Your own face mask from scratch
128. An art project or installation out of old clothes
129. A furniture piece out of wooden pallets
130. An area outside where you can relax on a daily basis (or a kit/bag you can take to a local outdoor area to relax)
131. Custom thank you/birthday/holiday cards to send out
132. Paintings/drawings created after people watching at a cafe, museum, or other events
133. A terrarium
134. An updated savings/retirement/investment plan
135. A daily gratitude journal for 2019
136. A high performance work out plan for 30 days
137. Your own Vlog
138. Ways to mentor to someone
139. The ultimate toolbox for any home improvement project
140. Your own comic book
141. An Instagram or Snapchat account JUST FOR YOU (keep it on private) to share and document whatever you want from 2019
142. A Facebook group over something you’re interested in or passionate about where you can share and grow within a community
143. An account with TikTok
144. A manicure/pedicure routine
145. Rewards account with a company/store you frequently use but have yet to join
146. Your own bath scrubs/soaps
147. A collection of your favorite poems and/or short stories
148. A list of things you want to purge or get rid of from your life in 2019
149. Better ways to market yourself or your business
150. A daily breakfast routine (Since we all sometimes miss the most important meal of the day!)
151. A time during the day where you can take a break or reflect
152. A list of 10+ self-improvement books to read by 2020
153. Your personal brand
154. A book filled with all of the ideas that come to you this year - be it work related, home projects, etc
155. A ten-year vision
156. A bucket list of things to do in your city/state
157. Ways to not get so worked up about daily minor inconveniences
158. Your own take on a classic or favorite recipe
159. A gallery photo wall
160. An organized, inspiring home office
161. A Polaroid photo collection
162. Care bags to donate to your local animal shelter with treats, dollar store blankets, etc
163. A relaxing spa day at Aire
164. An amazing (affordable!) trip off Groupon
165. Buying a drink/dessert/gift for a random couple, bachelor/bachelorette party, friend group, family, etc that you see out celebrating one night
166. A hockey game
167. Dine/drink at a robot bar
168. Being on live TV
169. Hosting a Secret Santa exchange
170. New Years Eve 2020 some place amazing
171. A fun night at Punch Bowl Social
172. Buying a few more boxes of girl scout cookies than normal to support their cause (and a healthy diet!)
173. A burlesque show
174. A Sofar Sounds show
175. Volunteering at a non-profit you care about
176. Volunteering somewhere out of your comfort zone
177. One weekend where you have zero plans & can 100% seize the day or any opportunity that comes your way
178. Your own glow-up
179. A play put on by a local elementary school
180. Ice Bowling
181. Getting rid of something you’ve always wanted to keep (because material items really aren’t everything)
182. A beautiful sunset
183. Coachella / ACL / Lollapalooza / SXSW / ETC
184. Going to a Renaissance Festival/fair
185. Feeding local wildlife
186. A pumpkin patch
187. A shopping spree with any gift cards you’ve been gifted the past few years (a lot of them expire in 2020!!)
188. Donating plasma
189. A halfway to Halloween party
190. A cat cafe
191. Hosting a 90s themed party
192. An “Instagram” pop up event
193. Hearing/seeing/meeting a politician you admire
194. A secret dining event
195. An alcohol inhalation bar
196. Sleeping with an air purifier
197. Digital art projection of some type (BC It’s V trendy!)
198. Reading more audiobooks
199. Hearing a riveting college commencement speech
200. Organizing a local charity event/fundraiser
201. Dying your hair a crazy color (at least for a weekend!)
202. Wishing someone happy birthday/anniversary/etc over the radio
203. Attending a gala
204. Visiting the home, school, or favorite places from your childhood
205. Being completely honest with yourself in regards to the current life choices you’re making and pursuing
206. Thinking of someone else in a situation where you would normally just think of yourself
207. Leaving your phone at home & kicking it old school one night
208. The Polar Bear Challenge
209. Cutting down your own Christmas tree
210. Whitewater rafting
211. Skinny dipping
212. Entering a competition for something you’re good at or something quirky (i.e. Chili Cooking competition)
213. Making up with someone you have gotten on bad terms with
214. Randomly sending a friend lunch
215. Sitting out & talking in the moonlight with someone you care about
216. Getting lost in your town or somewhere you're visiting
217. Amazing BBQ
218. Laughing uncontrollably
219. The peace with knowing 2019 is only one year & you have many years to come- this is just one chapter in your book and if you haven't done something yet, it doesn't mean you won't
I've gone through some rough times in my life- as I'm sure you're aware if you've literally read any other of my posts on here. I've dealt with death, moving almost every year for 7 years in a row, family secrets, everyone I'm related to being divorced, life pressures, the list continues. I don't always want to make things sound so bad, because I'm incredibly blessed. I do feel hurt from time to time and it's taken a lot to pull myself out of the low spots.
When you're having a rough go at it, it can be really hard to heal yourself. I don't think many people understand this. It's amazing how some people are so emotional and others aren't at all. Or how some people feel so jaded yet others feel fine. A human mind is a crazy place. No matter what you're going through or how you feel, I think there are a lot of ways to get yourself out of the funk- at least temporarily.
Here's my list of things you can do to feel better, clear your head, & try to get back to a better mental state:
-Talk to someone
-Turn off your phone & read or watch TV - completely distraction free
-Go for a walk
-Listen to a soothing music playlist
-Volunteer at an animal shelter (even just dropping off a bag of treats and petting a few good boys will make you feel 10x better, trust me!)
-Write - Your thoughts, short stories, memories, goals, anything your heart desires
-Write cards to mail your family or friends (we ALL love getting snail mail!)
-Paint your nails
-Do a face mask
-Take a bubble bath
-Cook your favorite meal
-Go for a run
-Dance (At home or the club or even just with some friends)
-Meet someone new
-Take a break from social media
-Watch something that always makes you laugh
-Look through old photos/albums
-Start a new project
-Go for a drive
-Do candlelit yoga (or any yoga for that matter)
-Go see live music
-Learn something new
-Read a book on your religion or self-improvement
-Do something super silly
There are so many blog posts on ways to feel better and spend your time when you're down. I'm sure this post is just like all the others. My only real advice to give (and I'm speaking from my own experience - not necessarily saying anyone else feels this way) but for me, when I'm really stressed out or overwhelmed I usually know what the root cause is. & for me I'm not going to really feel 100% better until I deal with the root problem. I can mask it all I want, pretend it will go away. I'm not going to feel better until I take care of whatever is wrong. So maybe before drawing a hot bath or reading a book, I might just try to tackle the issue at hand the next time I'm feeling low. Maybe this is advice worth taking. Or maybe it's not. We're all different and we all process things at different paces. No matter what you're going through, I hope you find peace through it and know that things can get better.
Alexa, play 24K Magic By Bruno Mars.
I'm currently 25, but I had a pretty lit 24th birthday. & by lit I mean all gold everything. I love sparkly things and gold- who doesn't? So having a 24K gold themed birthday for my 24th seemed like the perfect party idea. I think this theme would also rock for a golden birthday (See ya soon 28! - hopefully not THAT soon!). You could also do the a karat/gold theme birthday party for an 18th or 75th!
Here's how I decorated & celebrated keeping that 24K theme!
Food & Drinks:
If you like it then you shoulda put a (donut) ring on it! Donuts are so cheap I love it as a go to party dessert food. In lieu of cake or cupcakes, I went with donuts! I added edible gold glitter to the tops since I'm extra. I made sure to keep gold chocolate coins ALL over as well. You really can't play up the gold theme enough.
For food, I went with a Chick-Fil-A nugget tray. Only the best. Plus nuggets go well with the theme. I considered doing chicken and waffles as well but decided to save that for another time.
Drink wise, well champagne was everywhere! A must for sure. I also think doing Mexican mimosas (champagne & tequila!) would be a great cocktail option to stick with the gold theme.
Decorating is relatively easy because you can just be super boujee. I put gold fringe everywhere (and even bought this super cheap but glam fringe chandelier - pictured far right). I think the champagne glass tower is a super fun way to decorate. It's like Gatsby is hosting your party. My previous apartment had a strange layout which made decorating more difficult, but if you get creative any space can be the perfect space to throw a party! Glassware, candlesticks, and anything that dazzles makes for the perfect table top display.
I totally recommend getting a few packs of gold glitter tea light candles. They're super great for adding mood lighting and more gold throughout your party space. Place them on bookshelves, cabinets, and various furniture tops to give a more dramatic look to your event.
Because I'm all about doing it for the Insta, I also put up a gold sequin photo booth backdrop for my friends to use. The backdrop was complete with number 24 gold balloons (did you even have a birthday if you don't include the inflatable number you're turning?).
To make these cute donut toppers, I bought black letter sticker sheets from the craft store and stuck them on to tooth picks. I then displayed them however I wanted in the donuts. You could easily do something similar with a cake or cupcakes. While I went with "Old But Gold", this topper DIY makes it easy to spell out whatever your heart desires!
Get The Lewk:
I've rounded up all my favorite gold decorations, accessories, and items that I think are perfect for creating a 24K gold themed or golden birthday party. Some of these ideas and products would be great for a NYE or Gatsby themed party as well. Don't be afraid to go a little wild & overboard!
Now I Ain't Sayin' She A Gold Digger:
I've come to the conclusion that gold is ALWAYS a good theme for a party. It can be bad, it can be boujee. It can be glamorous or you could do a speakeasy vibe. Whatever you decide to do, your playlist is equally as important. Here's my list of songs that I made sure were on repeat the night of my party:
Gold Digger - Kanye West
24K Magic - Bruno Mars
Glamorous - Fergie
Gold - Kiiara
Sunny Side Of The Street - Shazalakazoo
We No Speak Americano - Yolanda Be Cool
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody - Fergie
That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
Gin Tonic - Parov Stelar
Fashion - Lady Gaga
Le Disko - Shiny Toy Guns
Beauty Killer - Jeffree Star
Puttin' On The Ritz - Taco
Fancy - Iggy Azalea
Rockstar - Post Malone
Mannequin - Britney Spears
Pretty Girls - Britney Spears + Iggy Azalea
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Boom Clap - Charli XCX
Material Girl - Madonna
Never Let You Go - Waldeck
Paris - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Cinderella - Diana Vickers
Sparkling Diamonds - Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge)
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
Cheap Thrills - Sia
No Money - Galantis
Barbie Girl - Aqua
1999 - Charlie XCX
Maybe it's those hipster vibes that still linger in our bones from 2014 when mustaches were placed on everything and we all got into craft beer. Or maybe it's from all the nostalgia being thrown at us from the shows we binge watch - ya know, like how all the new shows take place in the modern day but everyone is driving a 1946 Ford Mustang and wearing vintage denim jackets. Trippy. Or maybe it's just because no matter how amazing the world of technology gets, there's something about those classic pieces that nothing can beat.
In other words, I think we can all agree that we would really like to start a vinyl record collection (or, for those not new to the game - continue investing in a vinyl record collection!).
It seems easy enough to start a vinyl record collection, right? I mean you just buy a record player and Amazon Prime some of your fav records. Simple enough?
Probably. But because we all love to give our opinions and read trivial blog posts - I decided why not write a guide on vinyl record collecting 101. Like anything, starting a true collection takes research and time. While I'm not exactly an expert, my dad is (he has 8,000+ records and counting) and between what he's told me and what I've discovered from personal experience, I think my advice is decent enough. This is the internet after all - people will believe anything.
1. Invest In A Good Turntable:
Ok, this is an obvious first step. I think many of us sometimes skimp on the tech details in order to find a good deal. We also sometimes tend to over splurge on items we don't know much about (usually in order to come off super trendy and boujee, let's be real). So before you buy an overpriced record player that's trending on Instagram for its gold finishes or a super cheap record player from Goodwill - I admire your determination to stick with the vintage theme, here's what you really need to know about purchasing the perfect turntable.
While definitely a bit overhyped, I think we can all agree that they look #aesthetic and that the sound quality is, for the most part, decent enough. If you're looking for starting a collection and aren't exactly sure how much time or money you'll be investing into it then I recommend the Crosley Radio Cruiser Deluxe Turntable. It looks sleek, it's easy to transport to and from, and you can even hook up your Bluetooth for when you are in more of a Spotify mood or have yet to build up a large collection of records. Priced around $70-80, it's a good deal for both a vinyl player and a speaker.
2. Get Some Background Information:
Not to speak for everyone here but I'm one of those people who doesn't really research ANYTHING beforehand. So when I start a new hobby (or really do anything for that matter) I'm super uneducated and usually find out the hard way the things I should have known from the getgo. Spend an hour or two watching Youtube videos over the history of vinyl. Learn the differences between EP & LP. Just a simple Wikipedia search over the history of records is enough to get some background information on this new adventure you're starting. Knowing the basic terminology will help you when it comes to finding new records and getting more into the music scene.
3. It's A Lifestyle:
Some people will spend hours looking through records at their local record store. Many record stores have a community where they host events and local musicians, with people all sharing their love for music. It's really so amazing how music can bring people together. No matter how trivial it may seem to you or what type of music you're into, consider going to an event hosted by a local record store to see what the fuss is all about.
As much as it pains many of us to admit to, this is a dying industry. Supporting your local record store(s) is really important - especially with the ease of being able to order records online. Say what you want about brick and mortar but there really is something special about certain industries and being able to go into an actual building and experience something deeper than clicking a button. Most record stores let you listen to your record first before purchasing it. It's a way to spend a Saturday, a great place to wander on a date, and something you can do completely alone. Join the community and I think you'll really appreciate this new collection you're starting.
4. Buy what YOU want:
Don't try to impress anyone but yourself when it comes to starting your record collection. My collection goes from Britney Spears to Elvis Presley to Hank Williams. Unless you plan to sell this collection down the road, don't spend your time or money buying records to build up a collection of music that you're not super passionate about. It's different when you're making tons of Spotify playlists to just throw anything and everything on there. When it comes to collecting records, research what you want. Maybe you only want to buy LPs. Maybe you prefer to stick with one genre. Whatever it is, you do you boo.
Planning your bucket list is personal & exciting - many of us have the same goals & desires we hope to one day accomplish. Is it just me or are some of our list ideas a little cliché? Sure, going to Paris or visiting Times Square are all rad ideas but I think it's a little more exciting to add some unique & creative ideas to our bucket list. Things that will leave us feeling inspired, alive, passionate, and a little more full of life than before we embarked down this journey.
So this is a list of "50 Things You Don't Have On Your Bucket List - But Totally Should!". A list of unique, creative (I hope!), and different ideas that you should add to your list of things to cross off. I think your bucket list should be entirely about doing things that make you FEEl something - not a list filled with things you think you're supposed to do. Get creative, jump out of your comfort zone! You only live once, do it with the sole intention of expanding YOUR adventures & outlook on life.
Here's to a lifetime filled with adventure ;)
1. Celebrate Halloween in Salem, MA
2. Win A Costume Contest
3. Fly Hawks At The Ashford Castle
4. Rent an Airbnb house for a weekend getaway with friends
5. Visit The Prada Store in Marfa, Texas
6. Trick or Treat on Embassy Row in DC
7. Buy Meet/Greet Tickets To Your Favorite Band/Musician
8. Run A Half Marathon/Marathon In Your Favorite City
9. Visit The Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
10. Go To The GW Exotic Zoo & Play With Wild Tigers!
11. Make A Family Cook Book With Recipes via Artifact Uprising
12. Do a 365 Photo Challenge (One picture a day, for a year)
13. Make music tapes of each year & include songs that will always bring you back to that year & memories you made
14. Swim in the Blue Lagoon hot springs
15. Experience the joy of having an amazing friends group during your adult years
16. Getting a piercing in Amsterdam
17. Go somewhere you never thought you would explore
18. Visit the Museum of Neon Art in LA
19. Buy a piece of artwork that speaks to your soul
20. Take a trapeze class
21. See the Bonneville Salt Flats
22. Eat deep dish pizza in Chicago
23. Go Vegan for one month
24. Visit all of the Disney World Parks
25. Go cheese tasting in Switzerland
26. See the Northern Lights from the ground & from the air (night flight to Iceland!)
27. Swim with otters
28. Volunteer at least once a year for something that inspires you
29. Ride the Orient Express
30. Take a cooking class by a Michelin Chef
31. Visit the city your favorite book/movie of all time takes place in
32. Flower shopping at Seattle's Fisherman Wharf
33. A Food & Drink Event by Bompas & Parr
34. Buying books at The Strand NYC
35. A Rebel Bingo Event
36. Barton Springs Pool Austin, TX
37. Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco
38. Holi Color Festival in India
39. The Golden Retriever Festival in Scotland (THIS IS AMAZING)
40. Visiting the Neon Museum in Vegas
41. Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs, TX
42. Taking a master class by someone who has inspired you
43. Reindeer sledding in Norway
44. Visit Mackinac Island
45. Check out a cat cafe
46. Sleep in an all-glass igloo room
47. Stay at the Palazzo Versace hotel in Australia
48. A Daybreaker Clubbing Experience
49. Visit the Dow Jones bar in Spain
50. Do Yacht Week with your closest pals
You guys- it's almost 2018! & I could not be more excited for it!
This post has become a little internet sensation over the years 😉 and so this time I have spent MONTHS planning it out & adding some really fun + cool things worth trying out for 2018. All of us rack our brains coming up with resolutions and new ideas for the new year. This list is meant to inspire and provide ways to learn, create, try, & experience new things each year. I think growing is the most important resolution we can make. Getting out of our comfort zones & trying new things will provide us with so much more knowledge and adventure instead of deciding (and many times failing) on a resolution made a few seconds before midnight on NYE.
This year, when you buy the full version PDF - you will be given a printable checklist to go alongside each item, a 2018 calendar (inspired by this post!), & a personal notes section. I really wanted this to be a more interactive experience- one that really gets us motivated for 2018 & ready to seize the day.
So, without further ado.... here is my list of "218 Things To Do In 2018"!
Cheers to the New Year!
1. How to pronounce items on food menus that you always struggle with
2. Being a decent Ping Pong player!
3. How to say hello / good bye in 5+ languages
4. How to say “No” to something you can’t / don’t want to do
5. How to use a computer program you’re unfamiliar with
6. All about the cryptocurrency market (& not just bitcoin😏)
7. Salsa dancing
8. How to market yourself - be it in business or your personal life
9. Life / funny stories from your grandparents and older relatives
10. Perfect dental hygiene
11. About a political law/policy that’s trending but you’re unfamiliar with
12. The full history of the country your family heritage is from
13. How to plan an event: budgeting, time management, decorating, etc
14. About a subject you failed (ok, or reaaaaally had to try on) in college
15. How to change a baby’s diaper - even if you have no plans to ever have one!
16. To research using more credible sources than Google (sorry, Google ;))
17. Making smart purchases
18. Balancing a checkbook
20. How to negotiate on price when buying something
22. Other ways to vent besides posting to social media
23. Being honest with people when you cancel, are running late, don’t do something, etc instead of making up an excuse or saying “sorry”
24. Somethings aren’t worth debating
25. How to improve on a character flaw you know you struggle with
26. To be a little more forgiving sometimes
27. Present Wrapping: How to make pretty bows & use wrapping paper so that it doesn’t look like it was found in a dumpster
28. To give the perfect foot massage
29. How to chop a salad to absolute perfection
30. The difference in APRs/Incentives of various credit cards & if any are worth opening based off your financial needs
31. How to overcome (or eventually overcome) a fear you have
32. All about diamonds & jewelry - just because! ;)
33. How to politely decline a wedding/shower/event
34. All about an artist who makes you feel something & about their art pieces
35. How to nicely tell people what they need to hear instead of what they want to hear
36. To be true to your word
37. About various mental illnesses & how you can support your friends, relatives, or yourself
38. The correct ways for you to stay calm in situations you would normally be flustered in
39. To talk with correct grammar... it’s amazing how lazy we get sometimes!
40. To not make those impulse buys you normally make
41. How to love a part of your body that you normally criticize or think needs to be perfected
42. To not say/write/text/post things you don’t mean or will regret
43. 3D Printing
44. To be more empathetic on a regular basis
45. To draw one animal/product/item/etc really well
47. All about classic cars
48. Glass blowing
49. Chocolate Making
50. To bowl really well (without the gutter guards!)
51. Being more reliable this year
52. The ways you can keep YOUR body healthy (based on your weight, height, family history etc)
53. About Aromatherapy + Scents
54. Basic math skills you’ve long forgotten
55. How to get around your city/town using only local transit (even if you drive everywhere, it’s a good thing to know how to do!)
56. The basics of acupuncture
57. To be more honest with yourself & the art of self reflection
58. The best questions to ask in Never Have I Ever
59. An oxygen bar
60. Going one month without using your personal social media accounts
61. Fasting for a cause
62. Clicking the “Random article” link on Wikipedia to learn something new (& donating to Wikipedia while you're at it!)
63. Bocce Ball
64. A mermaid swimming class!
65. Going Vegan for 1-2 weeks (I promise it will have such a great affect on your life if you do it in a healthy way! & anything is worth trying once!)
66. Lush’s teeth whitening tabs
67. Sole Soothing Spray when wearing heels
68. To not Snapchat your day / night but instead embrace the moment
69. Cutting out dairy products as much as you can
70. Watching “What The Health”
71. Running a half marathon - if I can do it, you can do it!
72. Memorizing something (a poem, excerpt, quote, religious text, etc) once a week
73. New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle
74. A gym membership trial at a new gym / work out place
75. Growing your own vegetables
76. Different coffee shops in your city (and different coffees!)
77. On the topic of coffee… cutting back if it’s your weakness
78. Going one week without checking/listening to any news stations
79. Finding new podcasts to listen to that you really enjoy
80. Unsubscribing from monthly reoccurring bills you don’t use/need
81. A new hairstyle
82. Repairing something that’s broken that you were otherwise going to throw out
83. Entering a sweepstakes for something you want to win!
84. Not leaving a single bad review this year (unless it was a serious incident!)
85. Logging into your old Myspace/tumblr/other profiles from back in the day because nostalgia!
86. Saving up & having the means to make a big purchase you’ve been waiting for (such as a car, house, vacation, medical bill, etc)
87. Going to an event with a friend/partner that you hate but they love
88. Finding a new hobby
89. Writing a nice note & giving it to a stranger to make their day
90. Doing a daring activity - like skydiving, trapeze, etc
91. Giving the benefit of the doubt
92. Tipping more on a daily basis
93. Attending old, foreign, or indie movie showings in your city
94. Being on time to something you would normally be late to
95. Reaching out to your friends more & having more time where they talk & you just listen
96. Putting your foot down to someone who always tends to walk all over you
97. Completing a jumbo puzzle
98. Being more committed in 2018 - either in relationships, work, or your personal wellbeing (or everything!)
99. NOT texting your ex/blast from the past when you’re lonely or sad
100. Bird watching
101. Getting fake tattoos from Inkme
102. Flying a drone
103. A charcoal face mask
104.Crystal Healing Methods
105. Reading financial/business magazines frequently
106. A Bungee Dance Class
107. Taking a professional development class
108. Going to an art museum & making up your own stories about each person in each painting (super silly thing to do
109. Enrolling in an acting class
110. Joining a film group
111. Doing really well at a local trivia night in your city
112. Having a date night with items/entertainment solely from the Dollar Store
113. Thinking outside the box more
114.Participating in an escape room event
115. Staying super calm in a situation you would normally freak out in
116. Photo album of 2017
117. Mittens out of old sweaters
118. A list of all the things you love about yourself
119. Reviews to leave of restaurants/ stores / hotels you’ve been to recently that provided great customer service
120. Multiple go-to music playlists for any feeling/event/etc
121. An emergency kit / box complete with flashlights, water, canned foods, medical supplies, etc
122. Some poems (it’s super relaxing!)
123. A book shelf filled with classic literature
124. A dinner @ a friend, family, co-worker, acquaintance, or even a stranger’s home… all prepared for & cooked by you!
125. A new signature dish you can always prepare to perfection
126. A journal that documents every moment of life you cherish/remember from your childhood up until present day. I suggest sorting memories by friend / family member :)
127. Music tapes (Throwback!) of songs you loved, organized by dates/trips/events/etc to always listen back on (& a tape player!)
128. A family cookbook
129. A Group text group using Groupme (or similar app) for all of your friends or family to stay connected & in touch daily!
130. List of books you want to read this year
131. The perfect 2018 wine collection - cultivated from different trips, events, etc that you attend throughout the year
132. A list of things you want to do by 2020
133. The perfect password that *fingers crossed* no one could hack!
134. List of your friends/relatives birthdays so you never forget them again
135. A way to make some amount of passive income
136. A USB/Disc of scanned old family photos & giving your family members each a copy
137. Making a handmade furniture piece
138. Collection of your favorite magazines from decades ago to present day!
139. Embracing people more i.e. hugs, handshakes, etc (obviously respecting people’s space when requested or unsure)
140. Well decorated Christmas/Holiday cookies
141. A recording of your parents/grandparents/relatives voices, stories, advice, etc (super great to have for sharing with future generations)
142. A collection of your favorite childhood books
143. Seashell collection from places you visit
144. A daily journal entry
145. More of a “Smart Home” - such as investing in lightbulbs that can be turned on/off by a mobile app, wireless speakers, etc
146. Knitting a giant chunky knit blanket
147. Nice words of encouragement to send to someone you
look up to
148. A scavenger hunt with your friends (based off your interests together!)
149. A collection of photo booth strips throughout the year
150.Gift baskets for your local fire/police departments
151. Sweet cards for a local nursing home
152. A vinyl collection
153. Healthy connections/relationships in all areas of your life
154. An extensive family tree
155. Handwritten cards to give to your friends
156. An Ikea furniture hack
157. Album of pictures that will always make you smile/happy
158. A space in your home with fairy/twinkling lights
159. Regularly scheduled sports team/group for your friends - like volleyball, kickball, tennis ,etc
160. A fund for something you’ve always wanted to treat yo’ self to!
161. Balloon Art
162. Your own bar hopping tour with friends!
163. A book of family recipes
164. A beautiful bouquet of flowers to gift to someone
165. A collection of all the videos you have (even if it means breaking out the VCR) & making one big video montage
166. A safety plan for you & your friends/family in the event of an emergency
167. Crazy cool LED sign
168. Collection of hotel keys from all your travels
169. A picture perfect moment
170. The 52 Week Photo Challenge
171. Bedtime routine you can actually stick with
172. A Fantasy Football League
173. Friendsgiving with your friends!
174. A membership to a rewards program you will actually benefit from (For me it’s definitely Southwest Airlines or Hotels.com!)
175. Holding an exotic animal at an exotic zoo
176. Doing a ropes course
177. Opening night of a band / artist you love
178. A Poetry Night at a local bar / restaurant
179. Giving back to your community in some way
180. Attending a therapy session just to let go of past problems + any issues you might be going through
181. Completing something you thought you would never complete
182. Getting to know someone you would normally never interact with
183. Playing a game you loved growing up
184. Taking a road trip somewhere 5+ hours away
185. Donating just a little more money than you’re comfortable with…. good things come out of comfort zones!
186. A fun food festival in your city
187. Dining without your senses (ya know, when they blindfold you & it’s supposed to enhance your taste buds!)
188. The Ancestry.com DNA kit
189. Voting in an election in your town over an issue you care about
190. Getting a massage at least once a month - TRUST ME ON THIS
191. Professional photos of you - either with family, friends, your pet, your lover, or just for yourself!:)
192. Wearing REALLY NICE jewelry all thanks to Switch
193. A health/wellness checkup
194. Your credit score going up (at least a few digits!)
195. Buying a children’s book you love on a trip or at an event & writing a note to your future children in it
196. Seeing a legend in concert
197. Visiting a new city
198. Not getting a hangover on a night you normally would - self control people! ;)
199. Finding a new comedian that makes you genuinely LOL
200. Getting mental health check ups & letting out your fears/anger/sadness/thoughts to a professional. We ALL need to vent sometimes & speaking to a licensed professional can do the mind good
201. Failure - because it sets you up to be ready for success
202. Making a connection that is sure to be beneficial down the road…. be it in business, relationships, etc
203. A natural phenomenon
204. Hosting a watch party with your friends when your favorite Netflix/HBO/TV show aires
205. Setting a new personal record when it comes to working out or your career/school life
206. Not buying a single item you don’t need from Target (Sorry, Target!)
207. Creating an extremely thoughtful gift for someone special in your life that they will genuinely always remember/
208. The thrill of reading a book that has you engulfed page by page
209. Rooting for the underdog team
210. Attending a sports event of a local high school or college & supporting your community
211. Cooking a full meal & donating it to a homeless person you encounter on a frequent basis
212. Finding the perfect shampoo/conditioner/soap that makes your senses & body relaxed & happy in the shower!
213. Making a whole new group of friends
214. Sending a gift to a complete stranger from their wedding/baby registry
215. Going to a B&B for a nice weekend getaway with family/ friends/pets/your love
216. Completing something you never thought you would finish
217. Earning a medal/trophy
218. Knowing that 2018 is just one year out of many, many more to come & if you haven’t done something yet it doesn’t mean you won’t. Cheers to a new year & new possibilities!
The more I come across these glam, famous Instagrammers the more I wonder one thing- Is Instafame the new high school fame?
I mean it's basically the same thing. There are hierarchies, there are rules, and, most of all, there are people who gawk and drool over anyone who hits the "Instafame" mark.
You have the regulars- the Instagrammers who have sub par grams with less than 500 followers. They post blah pictures of their Olive Garden pasta and flowers in their backyard. Some of these people have tons of friends in the real world but no idea how to turn their enjoyable personality into virtual profit.
You have the wannabes-The girl who would KILL to be Instafamous. These accounts just continually fall short of hitting the 100k+ mark and are usually filled with tons of hashtags, overly filtered photos, and the occasional slutty selfie.
You have the posers- Some of them might have even hit the Instafame status, thanks to the power of fake followers & buying likes. They copy the best & make everyone else think THEY are the revolutionary.
You have the Queen B: She's got 150k+ followers, a flamingo pool float, at least one photo in a gingham bikini, up close shots of her Chanel earrings, tonssss of #iwokeuplikethis posts, a shockingly attractive boyfriend (oops, I meant fiance), & group photos of her and her besties on some rooftop bar. She's always jet setting off somewhere & is somehow invited to events like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC even though she lives in small town USA and has zero real world connections.
In my opinion, Instafamous is just a few letters away from infamous. Is being Instafamous really what it's all about? Have we as a culture graced that dreadful group from high school with an online presence?
Except now instead of having the cool table in the cafeteria they have photos of pumpkin spice lattes and acai bowls from some trendy breakfast joint in their posh neighborhood. They've upgraded from Abercrombie & Fitch to designers at Barney's. They've replaced the hot jock boyfriend with a handsome accountant, hipster startup guy, or (in the name of female empowerment) dates from Bumble. Instead of daddy's credit card, they have us!
& we follow each post. We search their usernames daily, fingers crossed we didn't miss anything while we were off in the "real world". We shop their closets with their handy liketoknow.it links and religiously follow their beauty routines. We read their advice on fashion & dating like it's the Bible. They are the epitome of Millennial adulting and should be praised as so.
& just like in high school, there's no escaping. These Instafamous girls & guys are everywhere. Except now instead of comparing ourselves to someone with a fake tan & too much lip gloss, we have to compare ourselves to filters, airbrush, & heavenly amounts of bright lighting. The brighter the light, the closer to heaven- I think that's what they say, right?
I don't mean to downplay the whole social networking experience. Obviously, there are people & brands who rightfully have thousands to millions of followers. It's just that the prom queen* is supposed to get fat after high school, not go on to sign some modeling contract.
*I was prom queen myself so I can make jokes on the subject
As humans, maybe we need this hierarchy. Maybe having all of these accounts to look at fills us with some kind of hope or sense of belonging. As we continue to incorporate sharing & a more communal lifestyle (i.e. Airbnb, Uber Pool, Rent The Runway, Couch Surfing), maybe Instagram is a way for us to revert back to our primitive form of follow the leader.
If Instafame is anything like high school fame, then we all know how this ends. & us regular people will just have to go on with our non-famous lives. I think we'll turn out just fine.