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My Top 10 Favorite Instragrammers

Ahhh gotta love Instagram. It’s all about visuals, not a lot of words, no inbox messages to answer, no such thing as friend requests…Hashtags prevent you from having to formulate full sentences and you can look at (almost) anyones’s profile, no questions asked.

All jokes aside, I have become more and more enthralled with Instagram and what it has to offer. Some amazing photographs are to be found on this neat little app and it has helped me narrow my own interests and explore them deeper at the same time. Among those interests of mine are: yoga poses, healthy food, desserts, deserted beaches, redwoods, 11:11, city murals, modern interior design, boho fashion, chocolate labs, surfers.

Connecting with people on a purely visual, artistic basis is so refreshing.

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Inspire and be inspired. Always.

Here are (in no particular order) my top 10 Instagrammers:


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I actually had the privilege of living with her at Blue Osa for a few months. High quality photos and flawless yoga poses combined with vegan dishes. Shelby world translates excellently on camera.



I’ve always liked homes and interior design, and with Twiliamsphoto  I can teletrasport myself into these amazing spaces. Like this cozy stylish bed.



Boho chich, her style reminds me of Free People. Brings new perspectives by capturing things from different angles.



She is beauty personified. Her yoga practice is incredible and I like seeing photographs of the healthy things she eats that I would never make on my own (chia-what?)



For my green fix I can always count on Hatudah to re-connect with garden, animals and that true Oregon feel.



Recently discovered. Vibrant. So much color. Artsy combined with lots of fruits, veggies and a few blacks and whites.



Mystical, almost a bit spooky, lots of outdoor landscapes and trees. Like an elf in the woods!



Love the ballerinas, the walls, bikes and everything in between.



Witty, bright and fresh. She’s a foodie, lives in San Francisco and has a sense of humor. What more can you ask for?



Personable and cute. A narrative of a girl’s life. Love her dog.


Of course there are many more Instagrammers I enjoy like my closest friends, Patrick Beach and National Geographic, but I chose these 10 because their profiles do a great job at conveying their personalities while remaining splendid works of art.

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5 Reasons I Choose Organic Cotton (and YOGiiZA)

I was introduced to Yogiiza on my last trip to Miami by a friend.

”Do you want to go to a free yoga class in Sunset Harbor followed by a potluck?”

“Yes , please!”

I immediately fell in love with the vibe in the Yogiiza karma yoga class. But before I took class I had to get my hands on a pair of Yogiiza pants. I chose the long skinny leggings in forrest green with the pink embroidery. I’m not gonna lie, before trying them on  I feared they were going to be like the loose, thin cotton pants I used to wear a while back. I was so mistaken. Yogiiza pants hold you tight (but not too tight), have a nice thickness to them that feels supportive and give you a really nice lift too! My Yogiiza discovery has represented so much more than just adding a pair of yoga pants to my collection; here’s why:


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1. Organic cotton feels like second skin and it looks good too 

Of course I like to wear colorful things and flowers and bright colors and skulls and clouds. But Yogiiza is different because it carries a natural feel and earthy colors. Something about their brand really caught my eye. Maybe it’s because their spokes-models look gorgeous in their clothes. Maybe it’s the clothes’ fit. They lift without squeezing and hug without suffocating. Organic cotton makes a world of difference on your body and your skin will thank you. I also find Yogiiza’s color choices of various shades of white, blue, green, and brown to be calming and soothing. You can never go wrong with wearing simple, classy yoga clothes made out of cotton.


2. It’s not just the clothes, it’s the people


You know when you connect with a yoga instructor and all of a sudden you want to go to all his/her classes? It’s the same phenomenon with Yogiiza! Not only does Yogiiza make great clothes, but it has built an incredible community of yogis in Miami. It’s a cool community to support and mingle with because everyone there is dedicated to yoga but understands that there is a lot more to asana practice and they don’t take themselves too seriousuly.You’ll be greeted at the little warehouse door by smiling faces and a piece of 100% pure chocolate. I like Yogiiza because Mark and Dawn are cool, laid back, and fun. Those qualities reflect on their clothes too. Genuine, comfortable and good looking!


3. Natural is better


I choose to be natural in the way I eat, in how I cure my health and in what I wear. That doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t eat meat or gluten or that I won’t ever wear a pair of Lululemon pants again. But now I’m more conscious of what I wear. I prefer natural fabrics to synthetic ones. Natural is a way of life that applies beyond your clothes. Natural means going back to the roots, connecting to what’s important and simplifying. Natural means striving for balance. Cotton is the most natural thing to be worn on skin. Just as paper and glass are the preferred sources in industries of other kinds.


4. I choose consciously

I want to know where my clothes are made just the same way I want to know where my food is grown. Yogiiza clothes are made in Peru and Yogiiza works very closely with their producers. The motto “Live by Yoga” written on the back of the YOGiiZA tees is a good reminder to care for all the choices you make, ranging from your body, your planet and work conditions of people who make your clothes. I have a choice in what to wear, and it does have an impact in other people’s life as well as mine.


5. I am transitioning to a simpler, more natural look


I don’t just choose to be natural from the inside, but also from the outside. Lately I have invited a more plain, natural look into my life. I used to coordinate all my outfits. Now I just throw on a pair of Yogiiza pants and they match anything. I’m shedding  jewelry and I haven’t worn make up in 6 months. I have to carry less stuff around with me,I’m lighter and more free, both physically and metaphorically.

The new choice of wearing cotton also translates into feeling more comfortable in my own skin and starting to own my natural features. I finally understand that It’s small imperfections that make people beautiful and I am comfortable with my own imperfections. I have a whole new appreciation for natural hair color too. Nothing beats what mother nature gave us, and wearing Yogiiza organic cotton is as earthy as you can get. And as fashionable as you can be.


Read more about Yogiiza and what they do here.


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