My Instagram Discover feed is best described as a meeting place for Timothée Chalamet fan accounts and reptile videos. I have no idea why I’m attracting all this footage of lizards, though my friend Grace recently speculated that my feed is influenced by those I spend a lot of time around… as if implying that I’ve been passing long hours in the company of geckos and iguanas. Either way, when I’m not deep in the digital weeds with salamanders and Call Me By Your Name film stills, there are a few non-reptilian things that find their way into my line of sight and are ripe for the bookmarking.
In the spirit of Amelia and Haley’s recent archaeological digs into their own Instagram saved folders, I recently decided to take a peek into mine. When it comes to bookmarking, I abide by a couple of rules for what I collect: anytime I see someone wearing headwear that could pass as a red cap, be it a beret or a fez or a bowler hat, I hit save. I also must bookmark all instances of butter.
Homemade butter, sprinkled with sea salt at Dill (@dillrestaurant), Iceland’s first Michelin-starred restaurant. The restaurant's chef, Ragnar Eiriksson, cycles to work so he can stop to collect rose petals, yarrow and sorrel for his seasonal five- and seven-course menus. Diners sit nearly knee-to-knee in former stables from the early 1900s, made over by the local designer Halfdan Pedersen, who transplanted some of the décor from an old farmhouse up north. Click the link in our bio for a guide to Reykjavik, the Icelandic city that's as wonderfully weird as ever. Photo by Carlotta Cardana (@carlottaroid)
When I’m not busy worrying about my butter collection, these are the other accounts and subject matter I tune into, such as:
1. Foods other than butter!
Here is my ideal meal covering all of my main food groups, which Instagram has kindly served in three portioned courses:
First, please give me the biggest, briniest oysters on your menu.
This recipe covers all of my main food groups (save for a few vegetables):
This one-skillet creamy chickpeas with eggs and prosciutto recipe from @andybaraghani is so easy you could make it with your eyes closed. But, you know what? It’s VERY DANGEROUS to cook with your eyes closed. And we should really stop describing recipes this way. Anyway, it uses less than 10 ingredients and only takes 15 minutes to throw together. Head to the link in our profile for the recipe. 📷: @yungbludlau
And, eeeeeeeek! A sinfully tall tower of meringue.
(This is why I can’t write about food; it makes me hungry.)
This is the art that is making me feel acquisitive, featuring the first sweatshirt I’ve ever seen depicted in a painting, and a millennial pink knitted composition by a Danish artist.
I also adore Rebecca Clarke’s portraits in Alice Neel-ian colorways. Her work always reminds me that the one superpower I wish I had is to paint likenesses of people in a tropical range of colors.
Adi Goodrich is a set designer and her work is neat-o with a capital N. Look at how she transformed a wedding altar into a resplendent punch of Pop Art:
I am afraid of dogs, except when they are sea captains. Cut to: the pug. In a boat.
3. Witty Women!
Aminatou Sow, Molly Young and Happy Menocal are what I’d consider the perks to having an Instagram addiction: they break out of the singular voice seemingly everyone adopts when captioning their Instagrams, and instead entertain with their brief, droll insights.
Then there’s author Stephanie Danler for reading recommendations, and The OA‘s producer/creator/lead actor Brit Marling for keeping a close eye on the progress of the Netflix series’ second season as I impatiently await.
4. Window shopping!
Can you help me decide which Annie Lee Larson sweater I should buy?
I haven’t been able to decide since I started following her around 2014. I’m partial to the first one with a totemic arrangement, in light a recent hypothesis.
I love the editorial direction of this new start-up Rebecca Allen, which makes nude pumps across a spectrum of skin tones for women of color.
And then I have dreams about these new Jesse Kamm overalls (and the entire Napa Valley lifestyle that comes with them)…
…while being enchanted by this dress, which looks like it’d also make a good bedfellow.
AW18 Backstage Shot by @sara.abraham Hair by: @cimmahony @studiocimmahony @ditte.studiocimmahony @sanne.studiocimmahony @lorealpro #studiocimmahony Make up: @rikkedengsoe @maccosmetics Styling: @emelierjohansson Choreography: @mariannehaugli Production: @thelabcph Concept & Art Direction: @moon_intl Music: @mrtophatofficial A special thanks to: @mrtophatofficial @nicolaiwallner @artekglobal Dan Graham
LA-based manufacturer Everybody.World makes a flight suit (like a boiler suit, but when you’re airborne!) that can come personalized in any custom Pantone color. How will I ever decide on a shade? Head-to-toe robin’s egg blue? Camel? Mint green? Gen Z Yellow? Help me!
EVERYBODY MEET CATHY COOPER. She's cool, confident, understated but bold, very creative and loves a flightsuit (and when we asked her to choose any color under the sun, she chose the one that matched it!). Here she is on set of a recent shoot done in collaboration with @danaboulos and @harrisonglazier to promote our Custom Color Flightsuit. But this wasn't our first rodeo! We met Cathy (@blantonia) a few years ago working on another video directed by EVERYBODY.WORLD contributor Danielle Levitt (@daniellelevitt). Small world? We don't think so! Visit us at www.everybody.world (link in bio) to learn more about each of our fascinating contributors, friends, friends of friends, and why EVERYBODY is wearing EVERYBODY. Photo by @harrisonglazier and full video by @danaboulos can be watched (repeatedly!) on our site. #everybody #everybodyworld #cathycooper #ethical #yellow #flightsuit #madeinlosangeles #california
I want to dress like Luke Edward Hall. I have never had a “style icon” and avoid Pinterest like the plague but LEH’s style struck me. He is the British incarnation of my self-described part-prep school, part-art school, Polo-Bar-meets-Dylan’s-Candy-Bar aesthetic. He won me over by his apt power-clashing and colorblocking exhibited here (which also made me realize I should be buying 100% more menswear):
Fashion photography can start to seem repetitive after looking at too much of it — this campaign by Edun for Summer ’18 jumped off the page though, completely striking in a sea of images.
5. Home decor!
I remember listening to the Oh Boy episode with Christene Barberich while I was making dinner in my college apartment a few years ago, and she spoke about how her career in media related to an early exposure to the book Gnomes, which profiles forest gnomes as if they are a subject of a National Geographic cover story. I instantly DM’d her and told her I shared her affection in that strange, niche book — never in my wildest gnome-ridden dreams did I think we would meet on a photo shoot years later! My point being, I really love lawn gnomes and definitely want one in my future maximalist-marbled bathroom.
Prepare to be completely enchanted by Andrew Baseman and his practice of inventive repair: he collects and documents ceramics that have been “restored” by cobbling together parts of other cracked vessels and plates to make the objects “whole” once more.
Maybe @bigstuffed is to blame for my reptile videos? I don’t know. But I am sure that I want to amass a fluffy aquarium with these supersized stuffed animals.
Feature image by Cait Kelly for Rebecca Allen.