These days Instagram is everything: from providing our mid-morning coffee entertainment, fulfilling our design inspirations, discovering new interests, finding new recipes, and of course, shopping.
Mobile technology has drastically altered the way we shop. We can sit down to dinner while browsing through our favourite high-street shops and luxury boutique stores, satisfy our late-night shopping cravings from the comfort of our beds, and even virtually stand in a queue while waiting for the next ‘it’ thing to drop. As a retailer, Instagram goes one step further by giving us infinite outfit combinations from the smallest street-corner indie shops to global fashion conglomerates; creating dedicated online communities of fashion followers looking to recreate perfect Insta-worthy, white-washed, plush photos for their own feeds. Here, nothing is off limits which is one of the reasons why Instagram has the potential to outrun popular sites like Asos and Net-a-porter. There’s no right or wrong style, trend or colour combination, and a bountiful supply of inspiration that is inevitable to make you want to step outside of your comfort zone. With the quick search of a simple hashtag (#shirtdress, #loafers, #statementearrings), and the help of battle-ready fashion stylists, insiders and bloggers, it’s like having your own personal shopping assistant right in the palm of your hand. The only thing more satisfying than this is finding out the pieces you want are all from the high-street…
Here are our nine favourite affordable buys of the week, straight from the feed.
1. An updated denim shirt for spring
Buy it now, €69 at &OtherStories
2. A light spring trench
Buy it now, €79.95 at mango.com
Buy it now, €22.12 at asos.com
Buy them here, €15 at omdivaboutique.com
5.Flowy, spring-filled co-ords
Buy it now, €50 at monki.com
Waiting for that first G&T of the weekend ? Ok I might be home in my PJs already, waiting for #HugoHarrel to go down to tuck into some Netflix action ? This week wasn’t nearly as productive as I intended it to be, you know these weeks when either your body, your mind or even both are not following the plan at all?? Well we rolled with it, we rested when we could, even chucked in some extra self-care by ways of meditation (although my heart would race and panic when I used to try it for just 5mns, now I’m hooked and need it twice a day, never thought I’d get there ? ? and it’s changing my life, loving the @calm app ??), massage (@itsseun told me about @urban_massage, I wanted to try reflexology but there was no woman available for that one, and I wasn’t sure about having a man into my house massaging my feet ? I love a foot massage, it makes me make weird noises though ? – so I had a full body one instead and it was great) , lots of journaling, cuddles with friends and rosé (it’s officially the season ???). On these slow weeks, try to extend yourself more love, care and compassion instead of beating yourself up for moving slowly, you’ll get your mojo back more quickly, and there’s actually more time to reach your goals than social media allows you to think ? [Tap for details – will add links to outfit in my Stories, you won’t believe how cheap this set is ?]
6.A pink double-breasted style blazer
Buy it now, €90 at Riverisland.com
7.The midi skirt
Buy it now, €59.95 at zara.com
8.The net bag
Buy it now, €12.95 at mango.com
9.Layer it up
Buy it now, €129 at nalinstudios.com
While you’re here, have you listened to our new podcast The Spill? This week’s episode kicks off with an examination of Janelle Monaé’s PYNK, which features her and her fellow dancers in opulent pink vagina trousers. Sophie and Rhona go on to discuss if people are treated differently because of their level of beauty and finish by helping a reader who can’t stop fantasising about women.