My “Instagram Situation”

Tell it to your Neighbor

About two years ago, my sister and I were assessing my “Instagram situation”. Ha! Let’s just say, I wasn’t enjoying Instagram to it’s fullest potential, and she decided I needed some variety in my feed (my feed was full of just fashion bloggers… I wonder why -ha!). My sister put it perfectly, “Instagram can be another place to feel inadequate or it can be a source for inspiration!”

Well, my sister has a knack for finding all things interesting, special, and unique (including people). Her first (emphatic) recommendation of someone to follow was the artist Donald Robertson (@drawbertson on Instagram). Every day he would post pictures of his art, and I was hooked. At the time, it was fun fashion figures or LV bags made out of paper sacks. Then I learned that he would wake up early to create art in his basement before commuting into NYC, and then he would post it on Instagram. I can get behind that kind of passion.

Donald Robertson

I also love his happy approach to life and fatherhood. His instagram profile reads,  “Be a warrior not a worrier”, which as a mom, I can totally relate to. He has two adorable twin boys (not mention three other older kiddos) that he often posts. I also love his no nonsense captions. He’s not trying to appease anyone with them. He has coined the hashtag “buy them nothing” (#buythemnothing) after receiving some backlash on his feed about his boys not having toys. Well, now he posts pictures of them climbing on things, playing in boxes, or in his studio with paint with the #buythemnothing. I love it. He doesn’t let the critics get him down. Instead, he has fun with it. It’s so refreshing!

Donald Robertson

His approach to art is also refreshing. He is not the tortured artist type, and he seems to paint without abandon. He paints on anything and everything, just for the fun of it! Well, my husband and I decided we wanted to buy some art for the house, and you know my first request was that I wanted “a Donald“! We hired Kate Bellin to put all the pieces together (thank you, Kate!), and now we get to enjoy this piece every day in the kitchen! It makes for a really great “I spy” game at the dinner table.

For this mama, I could use a daily reminder to be a warrior and not worrier. And for this fashion blogger, I could use some variety in my feed from a refreshing artist who has a happy approach to life and doesn’t let the critics get him down! I’m in!

Who do you follow that inspires you? I need more variety!! My “Instagram situation” is better, but still needs some help!

13 Comments

  1. Melissa September 8, 2016

    Ha! Love it! And he’s the perfect prescription for getting on with it instead of down with it! Thanks for the heads up!

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    • Carly Lee September 9, 2016

      I love this line, “getting on with it instead of down with it”! I’m stealing it from you! Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Swayze White September 9, 2016

    I love Drawbertson!! I bought his children’s book for my girls!

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    • Carly Lee September 9, 2016

      Yes!!

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  3. Erica Smith September 9, 2016

    Hey sister, soul sister, you are kind! I love that we can help each other with “situations”. 😉 Instagram can be another place to feel inadequate or it can be a source for inspiration! Doing my best to choose the latter! I also love following athletes and professional sports teams! Try @amypurdygurl and @gotboz44. And your breakfast area, 100%!!!!!! Warrior on!

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    • Carly Lee September 9, 2016

      Yes, exactly! I’m going to check these peeps out immediately!

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  4. Leish September 9, 2016

    Im a yogi @thegentleyogi and my feed is also obsessively filled with yoga posts like @yoga_girl and @becahyogagirl, so ive started following some fun and funky fashion sites like @africanstylediary and travel sites like @beautifuldestinations! Let me know if you check those out and feel free to drop by my page too !

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    • Carly Lee September 9, 2016

      Thank you! I will check out your feed and the others you recommended. Thank you!

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  5. Jennifer Harkins September 9, 2016

    Your sister is one of the most intuitive and intelligent people I know. Advice from her equals that of a wise old sage ?

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    • Carly Lee September 10, 2016

      And I get to call her my sister. I’m so grateful.

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  6. Allison stasney September 10, 2016

    Loooooove.

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  7. Med Luckett September 12, 2016

    Where did you get the light and the table? Beautiful room!

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    • Carly Lee September 13, 2016

      Thank you! The table is from the antique fair in Round Top, TX. The light is from Restoration Hardware. I hope this helps!

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