19 Things I’ve Recently Saved on Instagram (and Why)

A mouse recently chewed a hole through the inside lining of my green suede tote bag. It was super gross. I guess I left a half-eaten granola bar in there plus an M&M or two over winter break, and some sneak caught wind of the snack. While thinking about all the things the mouse must have encountered once inside my bag (a tissue, a sock, an overstretched hair tie, a notebook), I was reminded of those old fashion magazine roundups that took on the tone of a Samuel L. Jackson CapitalOne commercial and asked, What’s in your purse?

An annotated photo of an editor’s belongings would follow: a collection of his or her items, equal parts chic, practical, funny, personable, always artfully arranged. At first I wondered, whatever happened to those? I kind of missed them. They were like pre-internet brain breaks.

Later, I realized such peek-inside cravings could be satisfied by the latest Instagram trend. You know, the one where people turn their saved folders into mosaics and post the picturesque screen-shot to their feeds? This has to be our modern millennial equivalent of said magazine format.

I am, on the daily, in awe of people with such an unrelenting sense of aesthetic that their bookmarks are color-coordinated. It’s also exceptionally satisfying to scroll through. Peeking into another’s saved IG feed is the best voyeuristic expedition known to humankind since, “Oh look! The fancy house has their lights on so you can see inside their living room! Get up on my shoulders — I’d like to know their stance on throw pillows.”

As a whole, like the inside of my bag, my saved feed is no organized feast for the eyes. (There just so happens to be, in both cases, the presence of a mouse.) But pulled apart, mine is an assortment of things that reads like a monthly diary of my habitual scrolling: people I find interesting, things  I’d like to know more about, style cues I’d like to try, quotes I want to remember. It’s a reminder that, for as much of a frame for selfies as Instagram can be, it remains a platform for discovery, too.

As such, I thought I’d share my saved feed with you, as a sort of Man Repeller equivalent of “What’s in your purse?,” if you will. 

1. @AccidentallyWesAnderson

I have a lot of images from this account bookmarked. AccidentallyWesAnderson posts photos of places around the world (often shot in near-perfect symmetry) that, per the name, look like something out of the director’s travel scrapbook and set design mood board.

_________________________ Museum of Applied Arts | Budapest, Hungary | 1896 • • The Museum of Applied Arts (Hungarian: Iparművészeti Múzeum) in Budapest, Hungary is the third-oldest applied arts museum in the world, and stands as an outstanding example of European Art Nouveau • • Constructed between 1893 and 1896 to plans by Ödön Lechner it draws on international aspirations from Eastern, Western and Hungarian vernacular architecture • • The tiles of the rich Hungarian-style ornamentation on the exterior and interior walls and the roof were specially made by the world-famous Zsolnay company of Pécs with inspiration from Hindu, Mogul, and Islamic design • • Located near the southern end of the Grand Boulevard in the Ferencváros neighborhood, the museum houses a collection of metalwork, furniture, textiles, and glass • • The Museum's initial aim was to create an art collection that would promote the development of Hungarian craft industries and raise the standard of public taste; besides being a museum it was to accommodate a library and a school • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @marcuscederberg • • ✍️: @wikipedia + imm.hu • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #SymmetricalMonsters #Hungary #AccidentalWesAnderson #Budapest

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2. @Allure.Mood

This account is filled with runway throwbacks and beauty shots. I loved this woman’s “disco ball eyelids” and saved the photo as inspiration for a potential future MR story.

3. @Freakebana

Freakebana is “the art of arranging whatever you want,” a weird cousin of Ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arrangement), coined and created by The Cut’s Editor in Chief, Stella Bugbee. I love this account because arranging flowers gives me a similar panic to baking — I love and dream about the idea in theory but choke upon execution for fear of a less-than-perfect outcome. Freakebana erases the rules but keeps all the beauty. This shot is a re-post from @Rosie_Assoulin, and seeing it on Freakebana.Life was like having a bunch of great friends in the same room at once.

🗿🔵🔺🔶🐚love your super freak @rosie_assoulin

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4. @SolarMag.Es

Solar Magazine is at your local magazine hub; if you’re a print mag collector who treats them like coffee table books, I encourage you to pick up a copy. It’s really cool. And it is the first independently published lifestyle magazine in Spanish with worldwide distribution.” The Instagram’s great too. (And clearly, I cannot get off the glitter hype of December.)

5. @IssaRae

Issa Rae at the BAFTAs in my dream dress by @Rosie_Assoulin will appear on all my fashion mood boards henceforth, regardless of theme.

6. @VogueMagazine

Blame the current 80s-redux (even though this shot is from a 1995 collection) but vintage Versace has been one of my favorite designer’s archives to delve into lately for the purpose of eyeball happiness.

7. @TamuMcPherson

I love how Tamu McPherson dresses. I bookmark her outfits OFTEN. When Harling and I timeshared that dress? I selected it because Tamu wore a similar one. This outfit in particular was so satisfying in its simplicity, but my favorite part of the combo is her pointy black Balenciaga boots with jeans (which I feel like I can replicate with black socks and pointy pumps and want to try this weekend).

School’s in session. 📸 by @renwejules

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8. @Shrimps

I’m eternally on the hunt for a new coat, the perfect coat, and never take the plunge. I can’t see myself wearing this one so it’s nice to see someone else in it.

@blancamiro in her #Resort18 Indigo Coat and lemon yellow Antonia Bag 💛

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9. @Tsunaina

I feel like I save her photos every time she posts a new selfie because I want to shoot her for Man Repeller. This is a bit of a problem with my saved folder: I use it partially as a to-do list (“Amelia: email this person for XYZ thing for MR”) but the problem is, I tend to forget until I scroll through my own saved feed. This just reminded me; making a real “to do” note this time.


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10. @LukeEdwardHall

I love his illustrations so much. One of my 2018 resolutions is to draw more and his sketches inspire me to break out the ink.

11. @MollyGoddard

Molly Goddard is a fun designer to follow in general, but I saved this illustration for the same reason as the above: a nudge to doodle more, and a reminder that it doesn’t have to be a whole production, either.

Happy Christmas ! ! !

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12. @TwoJudgeyGirls

The only Bravo show I watch is Southern Charm, so I am completely out of the Real Housewives loop, but a group of my friends love the franchise and always DM one another memes about the shows to our Instagram chat. I never have any idea what they’re talking about, but — especially after five different people tagged me in a “horse girl” meme the other day (I was that girl who cantered like a horse during gym glass in 4th grade rather than run “like a human,” whatever that means) — this made my entire day. I want to replace it with my face. It also reminds me of how I picture all Sagittariuses.

13. @SeaofShoes

Jane Aldridge was the first style blogger I ever followed, and I still do to this day. She dyed her hair back to red recently and now I have a creepy amount of hair references saved to my phone for the next time I go in to get my hair colored (but I’m not sure I’ll ever be this brave).

14. @LeandraMCohen

I love cheesy Leandra. And this quote.


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15. @Taylor_ThatDancer

I once had to unfollow Taylor because her feed was prohibiting me from getting work done. Then I re-followed her because I couldn’t stand being apart. She is mesmerizing. I could (and do) literally spend hours watching her dance.

Check the footwork 😷😷 tb

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16. @FleurDuMalNYC

I love fancy, pretty underwear. It’s one of my favorite things to buy.

17. @Stella_Vonsenger

I think Stella may be one of the coolest individuals I know. I feel like she could wear a tuna can as a hat and I would think it was ingenious. I loved this outfit for its unfussy nature: perfect jeans, perfect sweater. I used to have an old Lacoste V-neck like this but gave it away (mine was lemon-colored) and am now on an eBay mission to find something similar again.

My lewk

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18. @Premme.Us

I love this Premme jacket. This was a note to self to call in for a future shoot.

19. @AnimalOnEarth

I have a lot more animals saved than this but in the interest of showing you an edited collection, I leave you with a parent-to-baby Highland Cattle kiss.

Little None and her mother💕 By :@theedora #animalonearth

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In the comments below, let us know if you’re into this kind of story. And just as (more?) importantly, I need to know what your Instagram mosaic looks like!

Feature photo by Alexis Melbourne shot for Premme.Us

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  • Does freakebana.life remind anyone else of those “I Spy” books from childhood, where you tried to find random things amongst an image of many random things?

  • Annabel

    The instagram save feature is one of the best things they’ve ever done! Love this article and love your saves. It’s always so fun to go back and remember cool/cute/weird things I’ve found. Here’s some of my most recent! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c3d2a66ce404a22fac0355a249b70108b01fcfcc8d45c47ee28f5bc6b6ab1c4b.png

    • Cristina

      I agree, I LOVE saving stuff! Mine is mostly home decor, as I try to work on that. I can’t even being fashion, because I’m such an impulse buyer lol!

    • Amelia Diamond

      oooo top right that beanie looks sooo cozy

  • Adrianna
    • Amelia Diamond


  • I LOVE this post and basically just followed all of them. I don’t however utilize this function as much as I should so I am embarrassed to post my picture…*starts to work on it now*

  • Andrea Raymer

    just saying… going full blown redhead is life changing. I feel more like myself than ever before, but i am forever confused about which emoji hair color to use to describe myself.

    • Amelia Diamond

      ok but how often do you have to dye your hair! i am super gray on the left side so i’m worried it will be even more dramatic

      • Andrea Raymer

        I last got mine done right after thanksgiving and its still going strong. I use color depositing shampoo and conditioner and a hair mask every time I wash my hair in order to keep it bright.

        Before I last got it done I was box dying it myself around every 2 months, but I wasn’t using the same shampoo/conditioner then. just regular color treated stuff.

        • Amelia Diamond

          do you feel like color depositing shampoo makes your hair oily faster though?

          • Andrea Raymer

            not particularly. My hair is super fine and I am still washing it every 2-3 days. I also don’t want to wash it quite as much because red fades quicker than other colors because the particles are bigger on the molecular level.

  • you know you can sort your saves, right? like, make a “to do” folder? i only figured it out a few weeks ago and it’s life-changing.

    and PLEASE shoot Tsunaina 🙌

    • Amelia Diamond

      NO YOU CAN HOW?!?!??!!? (ok seriously emailing her!)

      • yesssss so easy!!! go to your insta profile on your phone (vs browser), go to your saved photos, click the right tab that says “collections,” and hit the plus button at the top right to create folders. you can even do it as you save photos! when you hit the bookmark icon, a little “save to collections” link will pop up below the photo, click it, and either add it to an existing folder or hit the plus sign to make a new one. my excitement levels about it are on par with the early days of pinterest.

        • Amelia Diamond

          wow wow wow can’t wait to try and play wit hthis

  • Matt Little

    LMK when you need a volunteer for that disco eyelid <3

    • Amelia Diamond


  • a_shoni

    I’m not even a fan of Wes Anderson, but @AccidentallyWesAnderson is pure love.

    • So good! Found that account a couple of weeks back and now looking for Wes Anderson colour palettes in Pinterest.

  • Jessica Williams

    I love all these things. Hair bows + cream Lacoste sweaters feel particularly current, as does @tsunaina’s face.


  • Ash

    I’m definitely into these sort of stories. Right now, I have hairstyles saved as inspiration for the next time I get the urge to chop my hair off, a really pretty picture with one of my favorite quotes, and a GIF I just remembered I need to show to my SO. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53554c08aad87826a3081e93c01e157f7b26a6c2e9e71bcefaeda6e57caedcea.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      oh man how i dream of short hair like bottom left. i never will wow

      • Nat Preston

        Oh man, me too, me too…

    • Nat Preston

      Screenshot-ed this because thats what hair I want when my fringe grows out.. <3

  • Yes! More of this! I love saved things. My most saved instagram posts come from: https://www.instagram.com/documentingfashion_courtauld/
    and more but I don’t want to BORE you.

    • Amelia Diamond

      i really like that paintings daily page! followed because of you thank you!

  • Maren Douglas

    I thought my mosaic would be cute but then realized that I save way too many memes for that to be true

    • Amelia Diamond

      the fucking memes.

    • Alicia McElhaney

      pro tip: you can make collections! I have one for meal ideas and then ones for different color palates i like!

    • Rosemary

      Me 2

  • Joyce Matos

    nanin vintage may have your lacoste v neck!

    • Amelia Diamond


  • Kelsey

    In. To. It.

  • Emily M

    Jane Aldridge/Sea of Shoes was the first blogger I followed too!!! I think I remember TeenVogue doing a small feature on her at some point, which led me to her blog, which got me hooked. Still follow her on Insta also <3

    • Kattigans

      I remember this so much! I freaking lived for teen vogue. I made my mom make all my jeans skinny in 2004 bc I saw the Aussie model who was huge at one point (forget her name but she was friends with Heath Ledger) in a pair of skinny, lavender pair on the TV cover. I really like to think I helped make skinny jeans happen. I still have all my magazines from that time period (like a collection of 100 or so)

      • mandy
        • Amelia Diamond

          omg gemma ward as a baby!!

        • Kattigans

          OMG YES!! I was obsessed with Gemma Ward after this issue. I feel stupid I couldn’t remember her name bc duh!

      • gracesface

        teen vogue was the best 2003 – 2006. The back page “this is my room/clothes” features were my favorite (though I later realized that most of the time they featured the daugthers of models/actresses, etc. All those pairs of Seven jeans!). And I really loved ElleGirl too. Their street styles were always sooo cool.

        • Kattigans

          I loved that feature too. I remember there was this one girl who talked about loving Ralph lauren Polo shirts so soon after I became v into them too even tho I couldn’t afford more than 1. That was def during the polo shirt faze/craze lol

          • gracesface

            My friend worked at a Polo outlet at height of that fad. Madness!!

      • Emily M


        Omg. Gemma Ward. I remember this too.

        Edit: dang, someone beat me to the punch!!

        • Jenny Skarda

          omg i lived for Gemma Ward, anything she wore

    • T-Fierce

      I think I discovered her after some article about her debbing abroad… maybe Le Bal? Anyway totally agree, one of the first bloggers I followed too!

  • Maddy Paul

    As possibly the creepiest person alive, i love this story!! also Jane Aldridge was the first blogger i started following too!

  • omg omg i’m dying that you included a premme piece!!!
    hmu whenever you wanna shoot something bb girl. you know where to find me!

    • Amelia Diamond

      I LOVE IT. I need to email you as-is. HI

  • gracesface

    Have you seen Luke Edward Hall’s flat!? Amaaaaazing. And I love this buy/sell blog. I’m a total Anglophile. https://www.themodernhouse.com/journal/modern-house-duncan-campbell-luke-edward-halls-maximalist-camden-flat/

    • Amelia Diamond

      omgggggg NOOOO this is going on my own apt inspo mood board immediately

  • Sarah

    Accidentally Wes Anderson and Sea of Shoes are two of my favorites!

  • Jam Jam

    I love this! I use Instagram to post collage, so I follow that and art like this: https://www.instagram.com/angeladeane

    • Amelia Diamond

      this account is SO cool thank you!!

      • Jam Jam

        I’m so glad you like it! I looked her up after seeing her art on a Lenny Letter piece.

  • Marianne

    Love stories like this/seeing what all y’all save. I’m clearly v. much into pink and Glossier RN. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/00e3218b7a15888ad8d7bf75b47d43d4d7a805916f0aec5beee2dee7da1767b8.jpg

    • Amelia Diamond

      see these are the kinds of feed i admire wowwwwww

    • Same! I save everything Glossier’ish and my obsession over the brand is just getting worse since I can’t get my hands on any glossier products where I live. The pain is REAL

  • BK

    my instagram saved folder is almost exclusively simpsons memes

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  • Beasliee

    I LOVE Jane Aldridge. I love that she doesn’t buy too much into the usual influencer ‘fashun’ stuff and she is just so cute to look at. I also love her and her husband’s @ThymeandTemp feed where they make lovely and delicious looking food and snap their meals.
    Most of my saved images are from @Snoopgrams because, like Snoopy, I can be emotionally chaotic and I relate….

  • Tahmina

    Amelia / MR is always producing things I’m always wishing I thought of. Adore this.

    • Amelia Diamond


  • Chetna Singh

    Horse girl! That’s my favorite! Not quite the Centaur but save worthy for sure.

  • T-Fierce

    LUKE EDWARD HALL IS LIFEEEEEEEEE ugh I love all his color palettes so much

    • gracesface

      I posted pics of his apartment a few comments down. it’s pretty.

  • Holland Kennedy

    Wow! I didn’t even know this was a thing (the fact that people post their saved items), where are these wonderful ppl and why aren’t I following them. I should really curate mine more, I often go through my saved and find certain posts that’ll have me like “wait, why did I save this” lol. Mine consists of lots of art, pretty dresses, makeup & skincare that pops up in ads that I never buy, memes, and lots and lots of Rihanna.


  • Jenny Skarda

    Sea of Shoes was my first blog follow too! She’s kept her game strong and her voice authentic fo sho

  • Nicola V

    I just came here to say shoutout to girls who ran like horses in 4th grade … I hear you Amelia

  • Hope

    Ha, I saved that Vogue picture too. It’s beautiful