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#WWIM16💌 is the weekend of September 8-10. Find an InstaMeet near you:

Photo by @emiibook “A day without seeing any books is a sad day for me,” says Emilie ( @emiibook), a 21-year-old French student and bibliophile. After discovering her passion for reading just a few years ago in — where else? — a bookstore, Emilie was hooked. “What I love about books is that they transport you to another world,” says Emilie. “You can live an extraordinary experience all while laying on your couch. I am never the same after reading a book.” Whenever she finishes a new tome, Emilie creates a photo inspired by the story, highlighting her favorite parts and using props like stamps, postcards, paint, plants and dolls. “I have a whole world in my head and I try to express it through my photos.” 📚
Video by @ziggythebird Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Ziggy ( @ziggythebird). Described by her human as “trouble making, curious and cuddly,” green-cheeked Ziggy is a conure, a type of parakeet named for its beautifully hued plumes. A very social bird, Ziggy is always on the lookout for the next head scratch — when she’s not bathing or preening, that is. Follow @ziggythebird to keep up with her every move. 💚
Boomerang by @toshadaa Whatever mood she’s in, model and entrepreneur Toshada Uma ( @toshadaa) can find a way to express it. “I try to look at my identity as a piece of art I’m creating — and hair, makeup and styling are my tools,” says the 18-year-old, who lives in her hometown of Mumbai, India. At 4’9” (1.4 meters) tall, Toshada is also focused on defying expectations in the fashion world. “I really hope I can create more acceptance for the body type in the industry,” she says, adding, “I have always been a confident person, but on the days I don’t feel so good, I always know that playing around with some outfits is definitely going to make me happy.” Watch our Instagram story to see some of Toshada’s favorite looks.
Photo by @amybethellice_ When Amy-Beth Ellice ( @amybethellice_) needs a bunch of lavender wisteria draped across a table or a handful of raspberries to decorate a freshly baked cake, she doesn’t have to go far. “Growing up in the countryside, I’ve always been inspired by our garden and flowers at home,” says the 19-year-old baker and party designer from Essex, England. Just a toddler when her mother introduced her to the kitchen, Amy-Beth was soon taste-testing her own recipes; from there, she published her first cookbook at just 16 years old. Often planning and throwing dinner parties for friends and family, Amy-Beth’s tips for romantic English place settings, pretty flower arrangements and rustic desserts all boil down to one thing: “Use fresh ingredients,” she says. “I just love using things from the garden. As long as I think everything looks beautiful and tastes great, that’s what I really enjoy for the table.” 🍰
Photo by @alittlescotch Small but mighty Scottish terrier Winston Aloysius ( @alittlescotch) prepares for bath time with two even smaller rubber duckies. 🐥 #WHPmini
#Boomerang by @christyyeee Architect Christie Tan ( @christyyeee) was motivated by #WHPmini to finish this tiny model of an old, local coffee shop — pictured just behind it — over the weekend. “Heritage buildings tug at my heart,” she says. “I like that this model is recognizable as the old shop, yet not exactly the same. I’ve reinterpreted the build.” ☕️
Photo by @alef79 Drones have a knack for making everything appear small. Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPmini.
Video by @theharperwatters Harper Watters ( @theharperwatters) says he’s been “a constant mover” ever since he was a child, dancing in styles from modern to hip-hop, jazz to African dance while he was growing up in New Hampshire. After moving to Texas to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer, Harper, now 25 years old, has since realized that dream as a demi-soloist with the Houston Ballet. “It’s my goal to highlight the ballet world and bring it to different audiences,” says Harper, an extremely active voice in the social media dance world. “I want to show that we have our own interests and likes.” To accomplish this, Harper frequently films photos and videos he calls “The Pre Show,” showing himself and his fellow dancers preparing for performances, and creates viral videos of himself in bubblegum-pink heels — dancing, vogueing and walking on the treadmill. “These are expressions of my personality and extensions of what I love to do,” says Harper. “I want to create a space for people to be comfortable in who they are, where it’s possible to love Beyonce and RuPaul, and you can wear a pair of pink heels and still call yourself a classical ballet dancer.” 👠 Watch our Instagram story now to take a look into Harper’s ballet world.
Photo by @pattischmidt For Patti ( @pattischmidt), mini is “when you’re a whole lot smaller than your 6’4” brother.” #WHPmini 👶
Photo by @rosaiyoo “Yellow rain boots for a rainy weekend,” writes South Korean paper artist Rosa Yoo ( @rosaiyoo). ☔️ #WHPmini
Video by @dyllonwolf A recurring appearance from this tiny, leaping frog inspired Dyllon Wolf’s ( @dyllonwolf) #WHPmini submission. 🐸 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project.
Video by @deivitt Computer engineer David Moreno Garcia ( @deivitt) got to unleash his playful side while building this #myinstagramlogo with Lego bricks. Always on the lookout for bright materials to make logos, it took David 45 minutes to record this Hyperlapse at his home in Barcelona, Spain. “I love being part of a community so colorful,” he says.
Video by @jonburgerman Jon Burgerman ( @jonburgerman) has never not been doodling. “I doodled all the way through school, often getting in trouble for drawing with the condensation on steamed-up windows,” says the artist, who grew up in the UK and now lives in New York City. “Even from an early age, I was obsessed with drawing on everything. You could say art was a way for me to retreat into a fantasy world of my own making.” These days, Jon paints, draws, animates and even writes as a full-time job — and also unleashes his creativity on Instagram Stories, adding googly-eyed creatures into the regular world and creating them out of inanimate objects with tools like markers and eraser brushes. “I’ve unlocked a part of my brain that allows me to anthropomorphize everything,” he says. “If there’s anything I’d like people to take from my work, it’s that it’s fun to be creative. Everyone should have a go at making things and not worry about them being ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Just playing and seeing is the main part of the fun.” 👀 Watch our Instagram story to see Jon’s doodles come to life in New York City.
Photos and #Boomerang of @jasmeannnn For Jasmine Brown ( @jasmeannnn), keeping makeup simple doesn’t mean keeping it boring. “Modeling, fitness and traveling make my beauty routine stay natural 90 percent of the time,” says the 22-year-old, who is originally from Texas. “But I LOVE experimenting with makeup, new colors and new looks. New challenges I’ve encountered have been silly ones, but still so fun, like the ‘no mirror’ makeup challenge and the ‘using your opposite hand’ makeup challenge.” When she’s creating a new beauty tutorial, Jasmine turns to her followers to find out what they want to learn, and her advice for pulling off a flawless look is always the same: “Confidence! It’s the most beautiful thing ever!” 💋 Watch our Instagram story now to see Jasmine pull together one of her signature looks as she gets ready for @beautycon.
Photo by @dllln Dillon Jenkins ( @dllln) and his husky, Coda, camped at this lake with the hope of catching a stunning sunrise. “We woke to a cloudless sky and fog floating above the lake,” he says. “Coda rushed down to the water to dip her paws in, and we listened to the birds sing while I made coffee.” ☕️ #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @andrrresky Fresh beets, carrots, basil — “I came up with the idea for this photo after I brought this harvest home and laid it on the table,” says food photographer Andrey Tulsky ( @andrrresky). “I couldn’t resist the recipe for beet pappardelle. This moment transports us to the kitchen of a Tuscan villa.” 🍝 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @evaxucs During her annual US motorcycle trip, Spanish native Eva Oliveras ( @evaxucs) spotted these plastic flamingoes on the side of the road. “I was on the lookout for them, as always,” she says. “So, I came back the next day to take the picture.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @andreslobatoes After stumbling across a television crew filming a period piece, photojournalist Andrés Javier Lobato Bonilla ( @andreslobatoes) “felt like I was traveling through time,” he says. “I love the way the raindrops fall over the scene, and the blur of the girl in motion.” ☔ #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @marcosalfonso_ Marcos Alfonso Gallardo Negrin ( @marcosalfonso_) came to visit friends in the countryside to drink maté, watch the sunset and take photos of horses. “When I’m in the city, I love the presence of people. But when I’m in the country, I love the absence of them,” he says. “I get inspired by the simplicity of nature and animals.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @elenyh “I wanted to show the color of summer in this photo,” says Elena Aparicio ( @elenyh). “Every year, I come here to walk through the sunflowers. I love the colors in this town.” 🌻🌻🌻 #TheWeekOnInstagram