Simpsons Books is Now on Instagram

My Simpsons Books tumblr is gaining a decent following, so I decided to also put it on Instagram at @simpsonsbooks.

I’m surprised someone wasn’t doing this already!

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#thesimpsons #simpsonsbooks #archie #riverdale

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#simpsonsbooks #thesimpsons

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#thesimpsons #itchyandscratchy #simpsonsbooks

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Teddy’s Adventures

For those of you who love my dog Teddy, he has his own Instagram account! You can follow him at @bichonteddy.

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This white stuff is delicious

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Can I has? 🍔

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Digging for treasure in bed

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Instagram Best 9 of 2016

I did the 2016 Best 9 thing for Instagram and all my most liked photos seem to be rather solitary activities like listening to vinyl, the dog, landscape and of course selfies. Only 2/9 are concert related photos which was super surprising!

I’ve had an eventful 2016 and I hope 2017 will be even better!

I don’t even turn on notifications for my family 

If you have been on Instagram these pass few days, you probably come across a lot of posts pointing to the 3 dots in the top right corner telling and a message telling you to “turn on notifications”.

That function has been there forever. Brands and influencer are currently scared that an upcoming algorithm chance will make them less popular with their followers.

While this may be the case, popular things tend to rank better if you have looked at any other network. In fact the only people who the timeline change would possibly affect would be those with few likes (likely because their posts are unpopular or annoying).

Turning on notifications would just flood your already  flooded phone with more pop ups. That’s something I don’t even do for people I like.

I Went to Bestival

A few weeks ago, I went to Bestival. While the music was heavy on DJ sets (which I’m not the biggest fan of), I still had a lot of fun. There were a lot of things that this festival did differently that made the overall experience an interesting one.

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Finally inside @bestivaltoronto

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There were plenty of things to do besides see music, including a tent where you could knit.

People got married in an inflatable church with a rapping pastor.

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Hammock #selfie at @bestivaltoronto #getcurious

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There were hammocks.

Sponsor Perrier brought in a private greenhouse party.

I randomly received a free signed Owen Pallett CD from Fido for tweeting about the festival!

You could drink fruit juice out of the fruit.

and of course the food was delicious! Will talk more on that later.

Prints from Origrami


As much as I love the ease of digital photography, I still love the feeling of holding a photograph so I printed some of my Instagram photos through Australian site, Origrami.


They were delivered rather quickly by mail (considering I live in Canada). The photos came in an adorable camera shaped box with a branded tag inside.


I ordered the Squareprintswhich were $22.95 AUD for 36 photos. The back of the photos had either a map (if a location was tagged) or a colourful camera logo along with your Instagram likes and comments. I really loved that idea as a backside since it provided a way to make my digital memories analog!

JUNOS Weekend Through Instagram

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I'm an alien #JUNOS

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I’ve been busy this past while with JUNOS and post-JUNOS stuff. I thought I’d take you through some of those adventures through Instagram. It was my first time covering JUNO weekend. It just never worked out logistically in the past. When I went to get my ID made, they turned me blue!

On Friday, SOCAN had their Friends & Family party. My publicist friends decided it would be fun to switch places and for once they’d be the photographers.

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.@tremission #junos

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Then I went to a hiphop show at a venue by the lake. It was kind of like Hamilton’s version of Sound Academy.

We stayed up until 2am waiting for Saukrates (one of my co-worker’s favourites) to go on.

On Saturday we woke up early and had brunch at Jack & Lois.

After brunch we interviewed Jenn Grant, who is the most awesome in person.

The TD Lounge were supporting local Hamilton schools and I saw these adorable kids play!

I almost didn’t get into this Rich Aucoin show (he owns every city he is in) but I waited patiently in line and the bouncer let me in. I ended up leaving a whole bunch of confetti in my co-worker’s car.

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At the #junos songwriter circle!

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On Sunday Morning, I attended the JUNOS songwriter circle where songwriters shared stories before performing acoustic versions of their songs.

Backstage of the JUNOS gala, I sat beside my friend Sarah and dropped her piece of complimentary cake. Oops!

Life is interesting sometimes and Instagram is such a great way to relive it!

The Great Instagram Purge of 2014

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Last week, Instagram went through a giant purge of bots. That meant a great deal of users lost followers in some way. Some lost thousands. I only lost 40, but it still felt like a lot.

I’ve never ever bought followers nor am I a huge user of hashtags, because I know they contribute to a lot of the bot numbers. But I guess they still managed to find me in some way. Instagram’s not like Twitter and there’s not so many tools out there for moderating your contact list (nor do I trust most that exist). I’ve never really used any strange “marketing techniques” to garner any of my current followers (on any social networks). I am a very big advocate on the attitude of “if they want to follow you they will”.

I’m a very big believer of influencer marketing, a topic that is now of heavy debate in Singapore. I think that’s what prompted me to write a post on the matter. This Instagram purge was very necessary for the network to know it’s real users and to reveal who their true influencers are. While Instagram still has yet to be infiltrated with ads, it has a lot of potential to be very valuable to advertisers. Hell, the other day I saw my first “sponsored ad”, one by Ferrero Rocher, my favourite chocolate in the world. How they knew that, I don’t really know. All I know is, Instagram’s ad network will be very targeted.

I’m not freaked out about social media and advertising. I’ve kind of always dove nose-first into it. We make unconscious decisions about everything we purchase and are surrounded by ads and marketing almost everywhere we look. I will just remain being myself everywhere online.

If you’d like to connect with me on Instagram you can find me here:!

Instagram “Like” Necklace

IMG_9379I saw this adorable necklace the last time I ordered on Photojojo and had been thinking about it ever since. Then one day I gave in and impulsively ordered it.

IMG_9356IMG_9360I love their silly branding of always sending a dinosaur with every package. They even tell you that on the box. Not entirely sure why a little necklace needed a big box though.

IMG_9357IMG_9361The charm itself is a lot bigger than I thought it was in real life and sits on a shiny silver-plated chain. It’s a Photojojo exclusive made by modern jewellery company, Plastique.

IMG_9389It’s been a lovely accessory and conversation starter when meeting new people last week at CMW!