Japanstagrams: 25 Photos of Naoshima, the Most Inspiring, Under-the-Radar Destination You Could Possibly Visit

You know how every September a group of people (some of them your close friends, even) flock back from the desert and say things like “Burning Man was just so…next-level. I can’t even….describe it. You just have to….go and experience it?” And, depending on what kind of a person you are, you respond either by nodding earnestly and making a mental note to check how far in advance you need to book an RV for that sort of thing or you’re too busy trying to stem the bleeding from biting your tongue so hard to actually respond at all? Well, I’m admittedly on the latter end of the spectrum—and that made it really hard for me to figure out how to talk about my recent trip to the fishing village-turned-art island of Naoshima, Japan. Because, honestly: It’s just so next-level, hard to even describe, and you kind of just have to go and experience it. So instead I’m going to let my iPhone snaps do the talking (and let the New York Times do the explaining). And, guys? They don’t even let you take pictures inside most of the places, so this is really, just, like…well, you have to go. -claire

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Want more Japan? You got it.

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Pic and Choose: 10 Places to Get the Very Best Insta Inspo

Because we’re honest people, we’re gonna tell you this: We may or may not start our days curled up in bed with our inboxes and our instagram feeds. And these are the accounts we depend on to serve up inspiring, fashion-y, silly, and thoroughly entertaining stuff that motivates us to leave those snuggly sheets. —erica

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Who: pjcalder
What: Pretty major portraits of pretty major women.

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Who: funkyoffishnation
What: Throwback insanity that’s often as fly as it is funny.

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Who: storq
What: Pregnancy looking unreasonably photogenic.

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Who: creaturesofcomfort
What: Fashion and, well, creatures from the awesome L.A. and NYC boutique.

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Who: shrimptoncouture
What: Loads of killer vintage editorials.

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Who: fantasydressup
What: What celebs should be wearing.

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Who: jcobando
What: Like getting access to a designer’s mood board.

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Who: earlboykins
What: Completely nuts and straight-up wonderful. Like, all LOLZ all the time.

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Who: laurakitty
What: The account of a fashion historian—what more do you need to know?

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Who: mydaywithleo
What: How could this not put you in a good mood? Tell me.

Looking for more instagram magic? Click, click.

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The Insider: Kristen Joy Watts

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Let us tell you what: We seriously double-tap Kristen Joy Watts. As an art-and-fashion-savvy member of Instagram’s community team, she’s in charge of discovering new talent, creating cool new content, and brainstorming fresh ways to collaborate with the likes of Vogue (see: #metgala) and the Frieze Art Fair New York (see: #emptyfrieze). Obviously, we wanted—needed!—to know more, so we asked Kristen to get real with us. mattie kahn

Q: Spill: What’s your favorite Instagram filter?
A: The city usually inspires the filter. I’ll probably use Hudson at about half strength, for example, when I’m in Vancouver next weekend—a bit of blue for a rainy place.

Q: What makes a good Intagram, do you think? 
A: We often feature tips from the community on the Instagram blog, and that’s a great place to start. I think great photographs have to be beautiful—but they also have to have what Roland Barthes called punctum: a photograph’s personally touching, even wounding, quality. Maybe it’s a hair askew or a slightly crooked horizon line—imperfections that haunt you.

Q: What’s your favorite landmark in NYC? 
A: Does Momofuku count?

Q: Where do you head for the best slice of pizza in New York City? 
A: On one of Scott’s Pizza Tours.

Q: Which Of a Kind designers do you have your eye on right now? 
A: I’m looking at the Chen and Kai (@ChenandKai) planters in my kitchen. 

Q: What’s the last viral video that made you cry-laugh?
A: This got me.

Q: Any guilty pleasures you’re willing to admit to? 
A: I think a lot of people would say that they like Boyz II Men, but not a lot of people still listen to "4 Seasons of Loneliness" about once a week. 

There are more completely amazing people to be found right here!

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Pic and Choose: 9 Artsy Instagrams We’re Basically Obsessed With

Ask Claire where she finds the most inspiration these days, and there’s a 110% chance she’ll say Instagram. No offense to our pals with their latte shots and hot-dog leg photos, but the people below are the ones who post the stuff that motivates us not just to double-tap but also to screenshot—and isn’t that basically the ultimate? —erica

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Who: mimiochun
What: This is from her series called “Stuffed Hipster Emblems” that’s just, well, mind-blowing. (Also, Mimi made our amazing totes!)

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Who: helendealtry
What: From-nature paintings by a seriously talented textile designer.

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Who: imlauramiller
What: Fun-slash-insanity with produce.

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Who: andyspade
What: Totally captivating photos of completely mundane things.

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Who: jasonpolan
What: Drawings—and other awesomeness—that just ooze charm.

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Who: annstreetstudio
What: Straight-up magical stuff from our favorite photog.

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Who: donalddrawbertson
What: A fashion-chick favorite…for obvious reasons.

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Who: burr0w
What: Snaps that make us ask, “Is there such a thing as a pastry ARTIST?”

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Who: noahkalina
What: How could you see this and not want to follow?

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Around the World with Wanderluster

Tag along to Iceland and San Francisco, on staycations and weekend trips.

When Rammy Lee Park started her jewelry line in June 2011, the name Wanderluster came almost instantly. A hardcore traveler, Rammy wanted her architectural, attitudinal pieces to embody the same sense of adventure that the word wanderlust (and she!) does. And these days, like most everybody, she logs her journeys via Instagram (handle: @xwanderluster). These are some of her most recent worth-a-pic moments. —jiayi ying

Rammy made us a necklace (that transforms into a bracelet!) inspired by these travels—check it out, pronto. 

TRAVEL CHARMS
"I never go anywhere without this antique porcelain elephant and blue heart—both were given to me by my boyfriend."

PACKING
"I try to pack in a way that helps me get through security as quickly as possible. These are my go-to bags for trips under five days long. The larger one is Stella McCartney for LeSportsac from years ago, and I’ve taken it to Ireland, Istanbul, Iceland, and so on."

REYKJAVIK
"Iceland! I went to celebrate my birthday, and it was one of my most memorable trips. I spent most of my time there with my eyes agog at the natural yet surreal beauty of the land and the elegance and simplicity of the architecture. As a result, my fall/winter 2013 collection is going to be all about Iceland."

COLORADO SUN
"This was taken on Father’s Day, when my parents and I went boating on a lake in the Rocky Mountains. I’m from Denver, but I never appreciated the mountains until after I moved to New York twelve years ago. Now, I try to explore them every time I’m home."

SAN FRANCISCO
"I’ve been spending a lot of time in SF lately, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite American cities. I never actually visited as an adult until last year, and since then, I’ve gone four or five times. I’ve been ceaselessly charmed by the riotous colors, the Victorian homes, and the way the streets slope."

NEW YORK CITY
"I love moments in the city when I feel transported to another place. Here’s this magical little oasis in midtown. #wanderlocally"

WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE
"This is going to make it into a bangle soon. I’m not sure when my NYC-inspired collection will come out, but it can’t be avoided—it’s my home."

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Filtered: That’s a Wrap

It’s barely been scarf weather in NYC (well, until today), but yesterday I busted out our Symmetry Goods edition—and shocked myself with how much I liked it with a faux fur jacket from Thomas Sires. I mean, who knew. The rest of the get-up: J.Crew baseball tee, Vince pants, Thomas IV bag (for Of a Kind), and Gap boots that are as comfy as sneakers. —erica

For more Instagrammed nonsense, head this way.

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The 25 Of a Kind Designers You Should be Following on Instagram

Here’s your chance to get in on a road trip with the Upstate ladiez, peep a Society for Rational Dress photo shoot, and scope out Brook&Lyn’s newest materials. It’s this thing called Instagram. Heard of it? DUH. Of the 15 million users, these are the vets who get our seal of approval. —kate barrett

Ace & Jig - @jennnnnnnnna

Alex & Eli - @anna_zeman

ALL Knitwear - @annieleelarson

Ann Yee - @theannyee

Blanca Monrós Gómez - @blancamonrosgomez

Brook&Lyn - @brookandlyn

Clare Viver - @seevivier

Collina Strada - @collinastrada

Cursive Design - @cursivedesign

Dirty Librarian Chains - @dlcbrooklyn

Dusen Dusen - @dusendusen

Erin Considine - @erinconsidine

Forage - @foragebowties

Gabriela Artigas - @ladyartigas

Laura Lombardi - @lauralombardi

Louisa Parris - @louisaparris

Mctega - @semclellan

Partners & Spade - @partnersandspade

Rachel Nasvik - @rachelnasvik

Rachel Rose - @rachelrose8248

Society for Rational Dress - @societyforrationaldress


Sophie Monet - @sophiemonet

TOMTOM - @tomtomjewelry

Toujours Toi Family Affairs - @toujourstoi_familyaffairs

Upstate - @kalenk

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