As someone who is constantly on the lookout for new and interesting content, I have always found blogger / Instagram round ups super helpful. As a blogger myself, I love that round ups make finding other like-minded people super easy and accessible because of the fact that a bunch of profiles are curated together in one post. I decided to put together my own roundup of my 5 favourite local bloggers and Instagram profiles that I have stumbled across over the past couple of months. I’m guilty of creeping every person on this list, so if you’re looking for new people to follow, look no further! (And even if you aren’t from Calgary, I still think all of these ladies are worth checking out!)
Chelsea Tan – IG: @chelseadaily.co / BLOG: chelseadaily.co
I found Chelsea’s Instagram profile through hashtags (seriously, they’re the one place I would recommend looking through, especially if you’re looking for local people to follow), and I’m really glad I did! It’s also how I discovered her blog. I really love her blog because she writes about her adventures around Calgary, which makes me want to go out and explore. I also love how she keeps it real and isn’t afraid to talk about more personal things, such as her mental health. I feel like I can relate to her in a lot of ways (My favourite blog post of hers is this one, where she talks about her university experience. I relate to this so hard, and I feel like a lot of my followers might too!), and I admire her realness and transparency. It’s something I think social media (and the world in general) could use more of.
Ally Rasmussen – IG @ally.raz
My local girl crush, in every sense possible!! First of all, Ally’s feed is goals. I love how clean she makes everything look. So aesthetically pleasing! I love her sense of style, and I get so much outfit inspiration from her. She also recently went blonde, so make sure to go and comment on her pictures and tell her how much of a babe she is!!! Ally is more than a pretty face and feed though. She also does tarot card readings, with more information all conveniently located on her IG profile!
Karleen Valencia – IG: @karleensamson / WEBSITE: karleen.ca
Okay, so I don’t know if this is biased because she’s my boyfriend’s cousin (also it feels weird to just type Karleen because ya girl is a respectful Filipina ok), but Ate Karleen is just goals in general. If you’ve read my blog post about representation, I talked about how I never really had any Asian role models that looked like me. But ever since CJ and I started dating, and I timidly introduced myself to her, Ate Karleen has become one of the strong (literally), female, asian role models in my life. She honestly drips in confidence, is effortlessly cool, she’s super involved in the community, and is an all-around powerful human being. I love the way she takes and edits her photos, and I admire how she is just always herself. Ya girl is already working towards getting on her frequency.
Dezleigh Teodosio – IG: @dezleighh / BLOG: dezleighh.com
I have actually been following Dezleigh for a while now. She was kind of the first local “influencer” I found out about. As ignorant as this sounds, back before I started learning about blogging and making money through social media, I always just assumed people who have large followings and who work with brands couldn’t be from a place like Calgary. But Dezleigh has proven me wrong (obviously). Since I started following her, she has grown her audience considerably and has gotten to work with numerous brands, which is well-deserved because you can tell she works hard and deserves every opportunity that comes her way! Her blog is more than just your typical lifestyle blog. I love her outlook on things, and that she talks about more than just beauty and outfits. Dezleigh talks about a lot of personal life experiences, and she is continuously learning and growing. You can feel her bubbly personality through her posts, and is definitely someone who is worth a follow!
Shaleza – IG: @shaleza.yyc
I found Shaleza’s IG account on my Explore page. The one thing that really made me interested in her profile, and made me want to follow her right then and there were her flatlays! She composes them so well, and her flatlays never look too “staged”. Since I’m such a sucker, it makes me want to go out and buy all her favourite products. On her page, you’ll find lots of beauty and makeup related photos, outfit inspo, some quotes to get you through the day (which I personally love and think are so cute!), and nailfies! And if you know me, you know I admire a fresh set of nails, whether on me or someone else! Shaleza is totally relatable and her IG feed, to me, is one big mood board.
And there you have it! Please give all these lovely ladies a follow, I’m sure you won’t regret it. If you have any other bloggers or Instagrammers that you think I should check out, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments! And they don’t even have to be from Calgary, I love anyone with a pretty feed!