What Instagram has taught me about letting go

instagram profile page | jane potrykus // simple pretty

screenshot of my instagram profile page

Instagram: it’s my of-the-moment social media salve. (Perfect for scrolling through at 3am London time, when I can’t sleep and it seems like my friends in California are having loads of fun.) Visual stimulation and inspiration plus connection? Yes, please.

But Instagram has also taught me a lesson. Its policy of only allowing you to access your 300 most recent likes has forced me to stay in the moment. At first, I railed against those lost photos (what if the perfect one was in there?), and hoped that the powers that be would realize their policy error, and cave to my desires. But they haven’t, and perhaps the better lesson was learning to let. them. go.

I’m learning to enjoy the beauty in real time — savoring it, even — but I’ve come to realize that much like any experience, holding on tightly rarely gives the payback you desire. I’m not perfect: I still tend to ration out my likes a bit too stingily, trying to make my favorites last, but I’m learning. and becoming more thoughtful in the process.

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London Shop: In House

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New to London’s Redchurch Street (Shoreditch), In House is a clever combination of exhibition and shop. Curated by the design team at In House Studios, each month presents a new shoppable theme. The debut collection, “In Print”, is dedicated to all things paper and ink (filled with pencils, notebooks, rulers, and such — right up my alley). If it’s your alley too, get over there this weekend: “In Print” closes on Sunday, September 28. Of course, that means October’s collection is right around the corner.

in house "in print" exhibit | simple pretty

photos from in house’s first collection, “in print”, as well a shot of the shop a few days before launch.

in house "in print" collection | simple pretty

back of the postcard explaining the “in print” collection

In House Studios // 67 Redchurch Street // London E2 7DJ

+44 207 729 5117 // @studioinhouse

all photos by jane potrykus

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London Spring 2015: Michael van der Ham

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Romantic appliqués at Michael van der Ham lend evening wear an appealing touch of wabi sabi. See the complete collection at Style.com.

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image credits: photos by stefano masse/indigitalimages.com for style.com

 

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London Spring 2015: Barbara Casasola

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Lightweight, metallic fabrics in leotard-inspired cuts paired well with wispy, ethereal skirts: Barbara Casasola’s spring show defined utilitarian luxe® evening wear. See the complete collection at Style.com.

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image credits: photos by yanni vlamos/indigitalimages.com for style.com

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NYFW Spring 2015: Nili Lotan

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Perfect kick-around-town looks in black and white (so much white at the spring shows!) from Nili Lotan. See the complete collection at Style.com.

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nili lotan courtesy photos for style.com

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