Insta Life vs. Real Life

I stumbled upon What I Instagrammed vs. What Was Really Happening, or My Entire Life is a Lie last week and found it so true and so funny. It even made my Friday Favorites. I follow a lot of types of people/companies on Instagram and I love seeing all the different pix and videos people post. I also love posting myself (but not pictures of myself, which I only do sometimes.) I thought it would be fun to compare my own life (boring) with my Instagram life like Olivia did.

1. The I Obviously Spend My Whole Day Working Out Photo

all the sneaks


If I have three pairs of brightly colored sneaks right by the door for the multiples time of the day I run out of the house and to the gym for a workout. I am a triathlete and a half marathoner, obviously I workout all day every day.

Real Life…

Ugh, these shoes have been there for a week know. Someday I have to bring them upstairs where they belong. Maybe if I trip over them one more time coming in the house after work and school (pic was taken while I was still MBAing) I’ll actually pick them up.

2. The I Eat Healthy (Expensive) Lunches Snap

Whole Foods Lunch


My work days are nice and leisurely; I go to whole foods for my hand pressed juice, fresh sushi and healthy soda. I even sit outside in the sun.

Real Life…

Damn that juice was good but it was $7…WTF?! The sushi was so good too but it was $7 and I was still hungry after. Oh, and I wasn’t working that day but SL was and I was bored to shit and bummed to be eating an expensive lunch alone.

3. I Am Getting on My Environmental Soap Box Shot

coffee cup


Who would dare still use styrofoam? Doesn’t everyone know that the stuff kills whales and breaks down the ozone layer? I would never even think of spending my money somewhere that uses styrofoam.

Real Life…

I honestly don’t purposefully buy anything in styrofoam but you know what…sometimes it just happens. Sorry Earth, I am not perfect and I probably never will be.

4. My Pet is So Much Cooler Than Your Pet Picture



My dog is obviously way to cool for IG, he seriously can’t bear to have his beautiful face splashed all over social media for the world to see.

Real Life…

Curtis has more personality than any other dog I’ve had. He loves attention and would be happy to know that this picture is one of my most liked picture on IG this year. He’s such a ham.

5. The Hidden Selfie Shot

computer selfie


It’s just a shot on my computer showing how productive I am 24/7…oh, wait. Nope, it’s a hidden selfie! Here I am working away at (insert random WFH location here) and I just so happened to catch a cute semi-selfie completely unintentionally!

Real Life…

I was so bored with my work that I angled my screen perfectly to capture my completely intentional selfie.

6. The Posed Dinner Shot

lobster dinner


I just got home after a long day at work and this lobster dinner was on the table and ready to eat. I have an amazing fiancé!

Real Life…

I just got home after a long day at work and this lobster dinner was on the table and ready to eat. I have an amazing fiancé! Sometimes real life is way better than IG life 🙂


Friday Favorites – 7.25

July 25th?! When did that happen? This summer is flying by way too quickly for me. That’s not but but you know what is…FRIDAYS!! I couldn’t be happier that this week is coming to an end. Work has been super busy and SL was on vacation so he got to sleep in every morning as got up early and trekked into the city. Woof!

SL is starting a new job on Monday and I am really excited for him. He’ll be back in the city so hopefully we can start commuting together here and there. I would love it…he might hate it! Ha.

Anyways, on to our regularly scheduled blogging…here are some favorites this week.

My Easy Pesto


I bought a basil plant at the grocery store a few weeks ago and it has started to grow like crazy. This is great for me because it means homemade pesto! If you know me or have been reading this little blog for any amount of time you’ll know I don’t like cheese. Most (if not all) pestos in grocery stores are made with cheese so I veer away from them. Mine is dairy-free (and therefore vegan!) and delicious (and only 5 ingredients).

Emily’s Pesto

  • 1.5 cups fresh basil
  • 3 T pinenuts
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 -2 cloves garlic (depending on how much you love garlic)
  • 1/4 t course sea salt

Add all ingredients to a food processor (mini ones work great for this) and process until desired consistency. Then devour! I used about half of this in my Pesto BLT Pasta Salad last week and the rest to top salads, chicken and left over pasta.

Instagram Life vs. Real Life

Instagram Collage

OMG this article was so funny and so true! Olivia inspired me to look through my Instagram and do the same. Keep an eye out for that post next week 🙂

Free coffee on my way to work


The Coffee-mate street team was hard at work this morning giving out free iced coffee and hot coffee loaded with their creamer. I snagged an iced coffee with Caramel Macchiato creamer and it was delish! Perfect way to start my Friday morning!

Just a few more hours of work, a hopefully painless commute home and it’s weekend time! Peace and love homies.