Top Instagram Posts from 2017 + NYE Weekend Sales Roundup

I've seen a few similar posts to this and thought it would be fun to look back on the highs of 2017 and take the opportunity to talk a little about Instagram with yall. This is a bit lengthy, but very interesting, so stick with me! As an incentive, I'm also sharing some great NYE weekend sales at the end of the post. ;)

First off, you've probably heard a lot of complaining about the new Instagram algorithm this year and how it's kind of been a pain for anyone who's trying to get their posts seen on the platform. I know for me personally, I'm super frustrated when I sign on and at the top of my feed are pics that are days oldWhat the heck!? I feel like I'm missing SO many posts from my friends, family and favorite influencers because of this.

Good news: there are a couple of things you can do to try and help the algorithm and start seeing the posts you like...

1. ENGAGE!! I can't emphasize this enough! If you want to see more of your friends or a certain influencer's (ehem, like me hehe) posts you need to be engaging with their content. That means liking and/or commenting every time you see a pic come across your feed. This is hands down the most important piece to this complicated puzzle.

2. Turn on post notifications. If you really and truly don't want to miss a single post from someone, this is a great way to ensure that. Let me walk you through how to do it... it's very easy! Open Instagram -- go to someone's profile -- once there, you will see three dots in the top righthand corner of your screen -- click those dots and then click "turn on post notifications". 

Doing this will now make sure you are notified every single time your favorite people post. And unless someone is posting 4-5 times a day, I promise it really isn't as annoying as it sounds. I've recently done this with a few favorite people and am so much happier that I'm seeing their content again.

3. Watch Instastories. Again, this is another form of engaging with people and by watching their stories, replying to them, participating in any polls, etc... that all tells the algorithm you're interested in that person's content. In theory, that should help posts you actually want to see come to the top of your feed.

4. Follow along on other platforms. If you really love what someone is putting out, it's great if you can follow what they're doing across many platforms. We're not always posting identical content each place, so there is some variety to doing this. A place like Pinterest, for example, gives a whole other view into your favorite influencers and their style! I would love for you to join me on the other platforms I frequent... Facebook & Pinterest are my two favorites behind Insta! You can also follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.it, making it way easier to shop my outfit posts and looks there.

So what's the moral of the story here? To be completely frank, I want yall to see my Instagram posts and engage with them! I'm working hard to create fun content and post pictures each day, so it's a bummer when they're missed. I also want you to be able to see the people and things you really enjoy. I've been frustrated lately by not seeing my favorite people in my feed as much anymore, so if you're in the same boat, I get it! 

Maybe give a couple of these tricks a try and see how it helps your feed look. I'm also super curious to hear what your thoughts are on Instagram, the dreaded algorithm, and what kind of posts you're seeing these days. Let me know if you have thoughts in the comments below!

Now to the pictures of 2017. My most liked pic of the entire year was the adorable shot at the top of this post with my baby bear, Remi. I must say, I'm a very proud mama! The the other nine top performers are below. You can click on each pic for more info and shopping details where they apply...

And as promised, here are those awesome NYE weekend sales going on! :) Enjoy...

Abercrombie & Fitch // up to 50% off 

Anthropologie // extra 30% off sale items

ASOS // up to 50% off select items

Baublebar // up to 60% off select styles

Express // up to 60% off select items

J.Crew // extra 30% off final sale items + 40% cozy styles with code BIGONE

Madewell // extra 30% off sale items with code YESPLEASE thru 1.4

Nordstrom // Half Yearly Sale (up to 50% off) going on thru 1.2

Pottery Barn // up to 30% off with code CHEERS

Steve Madden // extra 40% off sale items with code CHEERS

Urban Outfitters // up to 30% off sale items

West Elm // extra 20% off select items with code BYE2017

Hoping everyone has a fun and safe New Year's! See yall in 2018...

xx Alex