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

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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.

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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.” 🍰

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Photo by @alittlescotch Small but mighty Scottish terrier Winston Aloysius ( @alittlescotch) prepares for bath time with two even smaller rubber duckies. 🐥 WHPmini

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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.” ☕️

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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.

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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.

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Photo by @pattischmidt For Patti ( @pattischmidt), mini is “when you’re a whole lot smaller than your 6’4” brother.” WHPmini 👶

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Photo by @rosaiyoo “Yellow rain boots for a rainy weekend,” writes South Korean paper artist Rosa Yoo ( @rosaiyoo). ☔️ WHPmini

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Boomerang by @frenchie_sweets Perky ears, blinking eyes and wagging tongues — Oreo and Mars ( @frenchie_sweets), two French bulldogs and best friends, are in perfect sync for our BoomerangOfTheWeek. Add BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang — yours might show up here on @instagram.

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Featured photo by @chiisanashiawase2015 Weekend Hashtag Project: WHPmini Small is cute but mini is irresistible — like this featured photo of tiny teacups from Kiyomi ( @chiisanashiawase2015). This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos of all manner of mini objects and creatures. Here are some tips to get you started: The miniature trend is alive and well. Are you an artist who makes itty-bitty masterpieces out of polymer clay and paint? Show off some of your favorite creations. Take a video of your younger sibling who mimics your every move, a new puppy following around its mother or the little things in your world that make you go, “Aww!” Compare something micro to something massive to better illustrate its size — like a sapling at the base of a giant redwood tree or an ice cream challenge next to a single scoop. PROJECT RULES: Please add the WHPmini hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.

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Photo by @agirlwithajournal Lina Doerwald ( @agirlwithajournal) remembers her first journal: it was a birthday gift from her grandmother, and she would go months without writing in it. Fast forward a few years, and the 19-year-old German student is writing, painting and drawing in her colorful notebooks almost every day. “Most weeks, I sit down three or four evenings to prep my journal with watercolors,” says Lina, who uses paints, pens and stamps to decorate the pages. She then fills her journals with handwritten words, printed photos and various bits and pieces of her daily life. “It’s the best way to get all my feelings out.” Lina frequently finds inspiration within the supportive journaling community on Instagram. “Everyone is so creative and always coming up with new ideas,” says Lina, who gives back with KindComments. “I try to respond to every comment under my posts and show how much I appreciate the effort people make to write something that brightens my day.” To celebrate the upcoming WWIM16💌 theme of Kind Comments, we’ll be featuring voices spreading messages of kindness within the Instagram community. Watch our Instagram story to take a look inside Lina’s journals. 📖

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Photo by @wahnails From blinged-out 3-D acrylics to intricate portraiture, London’s WAH Nails ( @wahnails) paints fingertip canvases using the most cutting-edge techniques. “If there’s new tech, we’re trying to use it,” says the company’s social and communications manager, Ellen Ormerod. WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid was a pioneer of the nail art craze, starting her company in 2009, but her initial ambitions were simple: “It was just meant to be a place for Sharma and her friends to hang out and get their nails done,” says Ellen. Now the company boasts a hip Soho storefront with a dozen artists, each with their own specialty and style. “We have one tech who does lots of pastel girly stuff and one who does embellished sci-fi nails,” says Ellen, adding that styles are constantly changing based on trends. “There are always ways we can paint the new season’s prints, or we did one with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble’ lyrics. We’re able to keep it relevant and fresh.” 💅 Check out some of WAH Nails’ latest designs on our Instagram story now!

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Photo by @flyingkat Katja Eshkileva ( @flyingkat) moves in accidental spaces between highlights and shade. Born in Russia and based in the Netherlands, the freelance photographer travels widely and likens her images to snapshots of a performance space, where “the sun plays the main role and the rest stays or moves as décor.” ☀️ “I’m looking for color, light, lines, complexity of shadows and strange frames,” she says. “Nothing is posed or calculated, but reality is not the purpose of my work.” Watch our Instagram story now to see some of Katja’s photographs.

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Photo by @ihappenedindubai When food arrived at the hotel for Kunal Kataria ( @ihappenedindubai) and his family, Kunal looked at his wife and said, “Our daughter looks like a queen at the table for breakfast in the royal kingdom.” 👑WHPinthekitchen

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Photo by @cakemaniaitalia Sasha Carnevali’s ( @cakemaniaitalia) grandparents bought this 17th-century villa — complete with frescoes on the kitchen walls — after World War II as a country escape. “Like many people who have lived through a war, my grandmother accumulated a lot of stuff,” says Sasha. “I loved the idea of using this scale of hers to weigh the plums I picked to make preserves.” WHPinthekitchen

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Photo by @lokesh.dang “I love the concept of an open kitchen,” says Lokesh Dang ( @lokesh.dang), who took this photo as he stepped out for a quick bite with a friend. “It makes me feel like the cooks are scientists, experimenting with something new every day.” Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, WHPinthekitchen.

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Photo by @rojothellama “More like a dog than a llama” — that’s how Shannon Joy describes today’s WeeklyFluff, Rojo ( @rojothellama), a 15-year-old, 400-pound (181-kilogram) therapy llama. “Most llamas are always looking for threats — they’re often used as guard animals — but Rojo stays present,” says Shannon, who manages a small herd of therapy llamas with her mother, Lori, in the Pacific Northwest. “He understands he’s large and stays still in crowds, using his long neck to reach for treats from new friends.” When Shannon’s family moved to rural Washington when she was a kid, her mother was on the hunt for “cute lawn mowers.” They came across llamas and fell in love. Inspired by a moment between Rojo and a disabled child, Shannon, Lori and Rojo passed a certification class and began sharing Rojo as a therapy llama in 2007. Now, Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas brings Rojo and his small herd — often dressed up in silly costumes — to everything from memorial services to weddings, nursing homes to college campuses. “Most people respond how you’d expect: incapable of not smiling,” says Shannon. “Llamas aren’t like dogs or cats. They’re new. They offer a genuinely unique expression of curiosity and happiness.” Watch our Instagram story now to meet Rojo and his herd.

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Photo by @troudibilel Waffle pops, anyone? WHPinthekitchen

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Photo by @takemecooking This not-so-average Argentine picnic spread is the perfect setting for WHPinthekitchen.

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Photo by @allthatisshe “Cooking with kids is when you end up, quite literally, wearing the food,” describes Dominique ( @allthatisshe), at home in the UK. 🍄 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, WHPinthekitchen.

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Photo by @cristinaverdu “hellomynameis Cristina Verdú ( @cristinaverdu). I’m 22 years old and I live in both Alicante, Spain — the province where I’m from — and Australia. I study design engineering and I love longboarding! I got into the sport when my gym teacher showed me some videos, and eight months later I was competing at the world level. Getting on my board is an escape for me; I get to let go of the pressure from my studies and from life in general. You don’t think about anything apart from the adrenaline. You’re on your own with no brake in the middle of the road surrounded by nature — I love that feeling! “Last year I came in seventh place in an international longboarding competition, and now I want to be world champion. But above all, I want to raise awareness about extreme sports. There are a lot of female competitors, but most of the people who take part are still men, so I want to encourage everyone to try it. If I can do it, anyone can. You just have to take the first step.” Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames.

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Photo by @martinwehrmann Martin Wehrmann’s ( @martinwehrmann) dream shot at Athabasca Falls in Canada’s Jasper National Park required his wife to stand on a cliff for 30 minutes until the sunset’s glow was just right. “She was so brave!” says Martin, a lawyer and photographer from Hanover, Germany. “I like the mixed feeling I have while looking at this photo. On one hand, I see this dangerous moment with a person standing right on the edge of a high cliff, with the wild nature around her. On the other hand, the light gives this photo such a beautiful and friendly touch.” TheWeekOnInstagram

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