An Analysis of My Quarantine Instagrams To Date

My Instagram content during Quarantine has been on point, if I do say so myself.  I'm taking advantage of every corner of my apartment and every walk for exercise or takeout! Why NOT? What else do I have going on? Anyone who thinks otherwise, anyone who thinks I have no life, is a hater. No one has a life right now, and it's not my fault that you aren't creative enough to come up with new and different instagram photos during quarantine.

IG #1: St. Patrick's Day 

Backstory: One of the first days in Quarantine, on a walk, before we had to wear masks outside.  I rented a green dress from RTR to wear to work, but it made me look like an elf and I wasn't going in to the office anyway.  I decided to wear my green OV pants and my favorite green Madewell puffer, especially because it was freezing outside. I forced Andrew to take this photo of me on our walk to pick up our weekly pizza at Sliver.  I was not wearing any makeup and I had a huge pimple on my chin after a stressful MSJ reply-brief-writing session. This photo was forced, okay!

Like Analysis: 37 likes? That is a poor showing for me. But - I get it. This is not an inspired post.  The caption sucked!  I just felt stifled, not being able to go anywhere cool, I was supposed to be in Hawaii at this point, and I just needed attention on ig and posted it. Whatever! I don't regret it!

IG #2: Zoomin to Hawaii 

Backstory: I had initially come to an agreement with Andrew that he would take pictures of me in all the clothes I got for Hawaii in exchange for cancelling our Hawaii trip.  In hindsight, it's obviously good that we did not go because we would have been stranded there.  This Farm Rio shirt was a RTR pick for Hawaii, and I loved it. This was one of the first few days that we were on zoom every day, and the backgrounds were still a novel thing.  Everyone knew I was supposed to be in Hawaii so I was dressing in Hawaii-themed things every day, wearing a hibiscus flower in my hair most days and swapping it out for a rainbow cowrie shell necklace.

Like Analysis: 58 likes is more than I was expecting for this photo, especially given the showing that my St. Patty's day post had gotten.  It gives me hope that I don't have to feel like I need to post full body outfit pics clearly taken by Andrew in order to get a significant amount (for me) of likes.  I think it's because it was relatable and funny! I still think it's funny when I look at it now.

IG #3: Hawaiian Take-Out Vibes

Backstory: Here's the hibiscus flower I was talking about.  Andrew and I went to get Hawaiian food because that's what we were supposed to be eating all week!!! I considered wearing a full on tropical dress to this restaurant, but I stopped myself because Andrew obviously would have been embarrassed and it was probably under 50 degrees out that day.  Regrets! I asked him to take some photos, but again, I was against wearing makeup at this point in Quarantine, and they turned out bad. I decided to take a risk and post a selfie, something I don't typically do on my ig for fear of looking more narcissistic than I already do. [side note: it's as if I think people believe Andrew just takes pictures of me looking chic because he thinks I look chic, not because I beg and force him to take them]

Like Analysis: 50 likes. Again, I'm just not expecting much from people these days, so I'm happy with this amount. I actually think that 50 is the number I strive to with every post as I currently still have less than 500 followers.  I'm happy that this selfie didn't totally fail and that people were responding to my pretend-Hawaii content!

IG #4: Big Cat Energy

Backstory: I had been waiting on my RTR items to all get processed (via mail, since the stores were all closed) just so I could get this leopard Adam Lippes outfit. I finally did it! I put it on just to walk outside and force Andrew to take photos of me outside our neighborhood liquor store. Clearly this is also when mask time was starting.  This also was around the time that Tiger King was at its peak, and is also probably the last time I will be wearing leopard for a while.

Like Analysis: 77 likes! Hell yeah. I am glad that people appreciate that this is a sick outfit photo.  Of course, the photos taken by others always do better than selfies or photos without me in them. I also got a lot of comments on this photo, which honestly feels better than getting likes. Comments mean engagement! People care enough about the photo to comment!

IG #5: A Navy Dream

Backstory: Literally we were waiting for our pizzas. I had finally got the matching top to my favorite OV joggers, and I thought my outfit looked extra cool with my Cal bucket hat. So, naturally, I forced Andrew to take a photo of course!! This OV outfit was my take on the tie-dye sets, considering I hadn't been able to get my hands on one.  Plus, my navy mask was still matching and made the whole outfit look cohesive.

Like Analysis: 57 is good. I like that, especially considering I hadn't really planned this post out.  I mean, I'm always thinking about posts, but recently I have been planning considering I don't really leave the house every day.  I have to figure out where I can take pics in the limited amount of places that we go to! I need variety!

IG #6: Bookstagram

Backstory: Not being able to peruse bookstores (or any stores) was making me feel bad. I love bookstores so much and being able to still support them by ordering books during this time made me feel good! I ended up with this stack of books even though I wasn't even able to finish one book during quarantine by the time I received them.  As of the time of writing this post, I have read 2 out of the 5 books (and others) so I'm feeling pretty good about it now! I also decided to take a chance in posting a photo without me in it. I was feeling like, who cares about likes! I just want to post what I like!

Like Analysis: 31. Yeah. This is what I would expect. People don't respect my book stacks! I feel like people think I'm narcissistic for only posting photos of myself, but those are what perform the best! I don't like having to feel bad when not a lot of people like my posts! Whatever. I want to put content out there and I just have to keep remembering that the likes right now don't matter as long as I keep going.

IG #7: Ugg and Small Bookstore Influencer

Backstory: I was doing a lot of posting about the ugg slippers on my ig stories, and I really wanted to get a picture of them on my actual feed.  This is the first of my Quarantine grams that was taken on my phone self-timer-selfie-style.  I needed the ugg slippers in it, and because I was still not into wearing makeup, I needed to cover my gross face! I was still actually reading this book at the time and I liked how all the colors happened to work with each other.  This white jumpsuit was also a RTR rental that I didn't think I would get a gram out of, but I did it!

Like Analysis: 43 is fine, even though it's not the 50 that I usually strive for. I don't know why more people didn't like it, and I don't care! I love this photo! Even now, when I look at it, it makes me smile.  This picture also looks like something that Andrew could have taken, while I was actually reading the book, but it's not. Maybe people saw through that!

IG #8: Y3 Sporty Spice

Backstory: Another RTR rental from my "Lounge" page. It's super cropped and I sort of wanted it to show a sliver of skin, but I'm okay with it not, especially since I'm still not at my ideal weight.  Andrew and I went on the second walk of the day, and I had already asked him to take photos of me in this outfit earlier when we were getting lunch.  He reluctantly agreed to take this and regretted it immediately once someone walked by us! He's always embarassed!

Like Analysis: OooOoOoO 69! Way more than I expected! I think more likes came in because of the caption. It's a tad self-deprecating because it's another full-body OOTD narcissist shot! I honestly need to stop calling myself a narcissist. I'm not sharing these photos because of how I look but because I think my outfits are cool and I want to share them. Is that still narcissism? I will continue to ponder this throughout this analysis.  In this essay I will ...

IG #9: A Gown and Uggs

Backstory: I could NOT wait to get this Saloni maxi dress from RTR. I was loving maxi dresses, as they cover your legs like sweatpants! I decided that I needed to get a shot of the dress with the pink uggs.  I set up my actual camera and my phone all over my apartment to try to get the shot. It was insane. Andrew was just sitting there doing work the whole time. He's actually in the bigger (uncropped) version of this photo, sitting on the other side of the table, but you would never know! You actually would though, as you can see slivers of his slippers on the floor across from me.

Like Analysis: 66 is solid. Sometimes when a previous post does well, it worries me about how a post that is posted too soon after will do. I've basically been posting almost every other day at this point! But I can't think about that! I need to think about the substantive content, and I was proud of this look at the caption. All around a solid post, if I do say so myself.

IG #10: St. Patrick's Day

Backstory: Honestly, a throwaway photo. I wanted a photo in my new tie-dyed shirt and the little face covering I made out of the fabric I cropped off of the shirt. I never ended up getting one, but I took this photo in front of my books, because it was virtual bookstore day or something.  That's why I ended up posting this, and that's it! I honestly shouldn't have because my nails are WRECKED and it's just a boring photo.

Like Analysis: 39 is lowwwwwwww. I get it. This post is not inspired! Again! That's what I need to realize. I used to understand that. If a post or caption is not INSPIRED, don't post it!!! I just felt like I wanted to put content out so I did it.

IG #11: St. Patrick's Day 

Backstory: I'm shook that I'm already at #10. I really have been posting WAY more than usual. I usually average 1 a month, and now we are already at 10 in two months?!?!?! This was a must, though. I got a customized face mask! How would I not have a post that says "Getting Takeout," while getting takeout? I also decided to wear this EllandEmm jumpsuit again and I am honestly still inspired by this look.

Like Analysis: 66 is good and I honestly thought this would get more, but whatever. I've posted this sweatsuit on ig before, when I was in Tokyo last year!

IG #12: Chronicles of a Self-Timed Photo

Backstory: I wore a chic denim jumpsuit home to do laundry. I loved it! I considered asking my mom to take photos of me in the backyard, but then I decided to just try the self-timer around here and see what happened. I ended up liking the vibes and posted 3 of the photos! So unlike me. But, I liked the story.  The third photo is a photo of me holding Elsa!

Like Analysis: 91?! Extremely unexpected. Especially because of the admitted self-timer! Maybe the self-awareness? Maybe it's Elsa? The jumpsuit? Whatever it is, I'm loving the attention! THANKS!

IG #13: A Vacuum Gangster in a Peasant Dress

Backstory: I'm extremely unclear on what possessed me to take this photo at this given time.  I do always act like my new vacuum is a gun and I guess that's it? Idk about this dress? I didn't clean the table or anything around it while I was taking this photo? You can see a bunch of packaging from things we ordered just splayed out on the floor? Whatever! This is Quarantine!

Like Analysis: 66 likes and loving it. This was a risk and I wasn't sure about the caption but I'm glad people seemed to enjoy it! More people commented about this Zara dress than on any of my other outfit photos. Maybe because it's not rented? Unclear. But, I'll take it!

IG #14: Tender Greens Realness

Backstory: Again, I can't explain the creative juices that were flowing through me and possessed me to ask Andrew to take all of these photos. I didn't know what the TG takeout bag was going to look like! I put lipstick on because I had a work lunch meeting and for some reason I needed to put lipstick on. And my favorite star earrings! I don't know. I was just feeling it and I needed some photos. I posted this grid of all the photos Andrew took just to make it less serious and show the world what really happens on my photos app and the magic that I get Andrew to create!

Like Analysis: 62 is solid. Again. I wasn't sure how people would react to this grid style photo. A risk! I love to see it from myself.  I feel like I'm putting myself out there and I love to see it get rewarded! Also, I know 62 isn't a lot, but it is for me when I'm putting so much stuff out so often. Plus I literally still have less than 500 followers so this is what I'm dealing with!

IG #15: She Went to Cal Baby

Backstory: It was school spirit day, organized by myself, at our all attorney meeting, as the caption so clearly states.  I had 4 hats/headcoverings set up to switch between during the meeting. I took a photobooth photo of each one and served LOOKS! All with just a white shirt. Simple but inspired, honestly.

Like Analysis: 68 is great and I'm really happy about it because I literally posted 4 selfies in a row! Who does that! A narcissist? No. Someone that knows how to tell a story on IG! That's it! That's what I'm trying to do. Tell a story on my ig in as few direct words as possible.

I've posted more as of the time of this post, but this was already so much to write about. It's too much! I can't believe I've posted so much! I'm honestly impressed with myself and I'm glad that I can continue to come up with content even when I'm stuck at home. It's an exercise in creativity and I'm really loving it, so I don't care what the haters say or really what my "friends" are saying behind my back. This is for me and not them, and I don't care what they think. I can only hope to be like Dorit taking barbie glam vibes photos at home before an event!

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