My favorite people to follow on Instagram (beauty, fitness, style…)

Instagram has quickly become one of my favorite social media platforms. I like being able to learn new things, follow someone’s journey, be inspired…

Most of all, I think Instagram has come to answer my need to gather in one place all the topics I’m interested in. It matches the workings of my mind (if you were wondering, it goes all over the place). That might explain why I enjoy using it so much. Add to that the fact that I’m an inspiration hoarder and you can imagine how being able to save posts and organize them in categories might appeal to my oscillating brain.

However, I’m not blind to Instagram’s downsides such as the amount of time you can easily lose whilst scrolling endlessly (guilty!*) or the fact that most of the things portrayed there belong to a fantasy world. Since it has been quite a recent discovery for me (I’ve had my page for a couple of months now), I’m not at the stage of overly dwelling on these negative aspects. (Though, give me some time and I’ll come back grumpy and disillusioned…)

Here are some of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram broken down by categories, skincare, makeup, fitness, nutrition and health, physical therapy, style, food and lifestyle (yes, it’s a really long one).

* I don’t like knowing that I’m missing posts that I might enjoy, and so, I try to scroll until I get to the last post I’ve seen (obsessive compulsive behavior?).

EDIT: I’m no longer following Dr Mark Hyman on Instagram because some of his posts go against my balanced approach to nutrition. Excluding whole categories of food when you don’t have an allergy/intolerance issue doesn’t agree with me.

  • SKINCARE

Caroline Hirons

Tonight's face. And I am OVER dealing with the last bit of perioral dermatitis which just would NOT shift. So I got a prescription steroid cream and while I was at it another prescription Retin-A. @shuuemura Cleansing Oil as I was wearing a lot of makeup for filming @drunkelephantskincare Beste Jelly Cleanser – first time using this. A tad drying so may save for a morning splash cleanse. @zelensskincare Pre and Probiotic Z Balance mist @esteelauderuk ANR Eye Complex and then a thin layer of Retirides Retin-A followed by the steroid on the two bits around my mouth that need to sod off and then @katesomervilleskincare Goat Milk to seal the deal. I'm off to edit tomorrow's video. Night all! #365inskincare

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If you’re at all interested in skincare, you have to know about Caroline Hirons, a renowned facialist. Her blog has become staple reading for any skincare enthusiast. She reviews products, explains her routines and does brilliant cheet sheets to detail how to take care of various skin conditions. On her page, you can find posts about her routines, product reviews, news on her ongoing projects along with her various passions (country music, Duran Duran, cats…). She is extremely funny (I particularly love her “how rude” expression) and you can sometimes catch her lipsyncing or using hilarious facial expressions to make a point in her Instagram stories. She is honest (that’s actually something all of the people mentioned here have in common in my opinion) and gives you information without the bullshit.

Nadine Baggott

Nadine Baggott (a.k.a. the beauty know it all) is a brilliant beauty editor, journalist and TV presenter. She uses her extended experience in the beauty industry to educate us on ingredients, effective products and routines. I love her no-nonsense attitude and the way she’s able to explain things in an easily understandable manner. On her page, you’ll find posts on her routines, product reviews (skincare, makeup, hair, gadgets…) and celebrity interviews.

Shani Darden

Shani Darden is an acclaimed celibrity esthetician (she counts Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kelly Rowland, Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba among her clients). On her account, she distils advice on products, treatments, beauty tools etc. She stresses the importance of a thorough cleanse and sun protection with additional treatments (retinol, microcurrents, red light therapy). I like her “skin tip of the day” stories where she tackles specific problems or questions.

Beautyeditor

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Have you tried your face mist over makeup? 💦 It's one of the best tricks to make it look like your own skin! 😜 Misting (from 5-6 inches away) helps melt in foundation, and cuts any chalkiness from powders. Result 👉 You just look like you have good skin! . Shown here, from L-R 👇 1⃣️ @caudalie Grape Water: Great for all skin types, especially sensitive! 2⃣️ @tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist: Super-silky and moisturizing, thanks to squalane and glycerin. (Note: This does have a thin silicone, cyclopentasiloxane, which may be problematic for some people) 3⃣️ @eminenceorganics Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist: Smells amazing, plus has all-natural anti-aging ingredients in a coconut water base. 4⃣️ @mariobadescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: Cult classic aloe vera-based spray—very refreshing!

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Michelle Villett was the beauty and health editor at Elle Canada before launching her own website, Beautyeditor. I like following her page to find out about new launches (regarding skincare and makeup), product reviews and ingredients breakdown.

  • MAKEUP

Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge is an extraordinary makeup artist and the creative director of Lancôme makeup. She is simply brilliant (I love her talent, simplicity and fun personality). On her page, she displays her work (from editorials, campaigns, celebrities to covers) and her own inspirations. It’s impossible not to learn something from her or be inspired by her creations.

Val Garland

Val Garland is a cult makeup artist and L’Oréal Paris global makeup director. You can’t help but feel inspired by her work of genius. Truly amazing. She also has an hashtag (#VALidate) where she mentions products she approves of.

Pat McGrath

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MOTHERSHIP III: Subversive: Obsessive Opulence ⚡️⚡️⚡️ 1 of 3 mesmerizing eye palettes containing 10 of the most extraordinary shadows!! Debuting 9.28.17 on PATMcGRATH.COM #PMGHowTo __Line eyes with PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil in ‘Xtreme Black’ and extend into wing __Soften edges and blend into eye socket __Press and blend ‘Black Metal’ pigment onto existing shape __Press ‘Gigabyte’ pigment onto lid with finger __Sharpen wing using PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye pencil in ‘Xtreme Black’ __Highlight inner corner using ‘Astral Ghost Orchid’ __Apply ‘Dark Star’ Mascara and false lashes __Apply ‘Deep Shade’ to lower lash line __Apply a thin piece of tape below wing __Continue to blend out ‘Deep Shade’ below the tape

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Pat McGrath is a legendary makeup artist that now has her own line of products (Pat McGrath Labs). You can follow her amazing work and what inspires her on her page. She also posts mesmerizing mini eye makeup tutorials that I can’t stop watching.

Mary Greenwell

Mary Greenwell is another titan in the makeup industry. She makes what she does look effortless. I find her work timeless and stunning by its subtlety. You can find endless inspiration on her page through her work (covers, editorial, celebrity…).

Terry Barber

Terry Barber is the director of makeup artistry at M.A.C. His account provides endless beauty inspiration. What’s unique about it is the way he shows us side by side what inspired a specific look. I love it!

Violette

Violette is a makeup artist and Estée Lauder global beauty director. She makes creative makeup tutorials on Youtube that I love to watch. Her page is filled with art, photography and prints that inspire her (such as her color moods). I always feel inspired by her posts.

  • FITNESS

Alice Liveing

Alice Liveing is a personal trainer and fitness book author. She posts great workout videos (at home circuits, gym exercises, using equipment or simply bodyweight…). I also love her instagram lives where she deals with various fitness topics and answers her followers’ questions.

Shona Vertue

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HOME • WORKOUT | Get your absolute sweat on before you get outside into the chilli temperatures this morning. This cheeky double kettle bell circuit works both the upper and lower body. Y'all know I love my big blue balls (kettle bells) – they weigh 12kgs each – for this workout I wouldn't go any less than 8kgs using big KB's like this – this is to ensure you have a supportive base for this KB push ups. Give it a go and let me know how it feels (or, if you're hanging HARD just hit the bookmark button and save it for later – DONT TRAIN WITH A HANGOVER – you will not 'sweat it out' – that is the biggest load of BS ever): . . A1. Push ups x 45 seconds . A2. Front Squat x 45 seconds . A3. KB burpee with close grip push up x 45 seconds . A4. Single Leg Deadlift x 45 seconds each leg . Repeat x 5 with 15 seconds between exercises and 1 minute between sets (one full round of A1-A4 = 1 set). . ALSO – can we please just appreciate Lauryn Hill – she is just so f-ing cool. I wish I had her swag and skill. Alas I must accept my fate as an #instagrammer and not as a singer/rapper badass boss lady #sigh #itstoolate let it go shoniqua. . Outfit: @newbalanceuk X @jcrew . Yoga Mat: @yogaeverywhere_au ❤️ . #vertuecrew #vertuemethod #kettlebellworkouts #kbwod

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Shona Vertue is a yoga teacher and personal trainer and creator of the Vertue method. Her approach focuses on three pillars: strength training, flexibility and mindfulness. Here, you’ll find excellent workout videos, inspiration for healthy meals and encouragement on your fitness journey (plus, she’s really funny!). Shona likes to empower us with knowledge so that we know why we do something and how it works. We are thus more inclined to keep on with it.

Syatt Fitness

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💥14 EXERCISES FOR STRONG, HEALTHY & SEXY SHOULDERS💥 – 🍕If you take a close look at this graphic you'll notice each row of exercises targets a different goal. – 🥕The bottom row is all mobility. It focuses on improving upper back (tspine) mobility as well as pec mobility & flexibility. Most people don't realize this but if your upper back is immobile (stuck hunched over) your shoulders are way more likely to get hurt. Why? When you're hunched over your shoulders have less mobility. – 🍟Wanna test it on yourself? Sit up hunched over (bad posture) and try to raise your arms straight overhead. Now, sit up tall (good posture) and raise your arms straight overhead. Which one felt better & had a bigger range? The one with better posture, right? Right. Improve your upper back mobility & improve your shoulder health. – ☕️The middle row is exercises strengthening the smaller muscle groups that support your shoulders – low/mid traps, rear delts, etc. Most people completely neglect these which causes serious issues down the line. Don't go heavy on these. Light weight and focus on feeling the right muscles work. Muscles, not momentum. – 🦄The top row are your big, bang for your buck strength exercises for your upper back. They target the bigger muscles (lats, rhomboids, etc) and allow you to get your back strong as all hell. Because the stronger your upper back is, the stronger and healthier your shoulders will be. – #shoulderworkout #shoulders #shoulder #mobility #flexibility #yoga #yogachallenge #yogafun #strengthtraining #strengthcoach #personaltrainer #rhomboids #lats #backday #shoulderday #delts #alwaysoptimal #syattfitness

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Jordan Syatt is a fitness coach. He writes an amazing newsletter with workout ideas and references to fitness articles on strength training, fat loss, building muscle, nutrition… His account is full of infographics on training, nutrition and motivation. He debunks fitness myths and makes information easily accessible and understandable.

Alexia Clark

Alexia Clark is a personal trainer. She posts videos of her workouts every day. It varies between bodyweight, band and weights exercices. It’s a great way to find new workout ideas if you’ve been feeling uninspired.

Kayla Itsines

Kayla Itsines is a personal trainer famous for creating the BBG (Bikini Body Guide) programs. Her account is the epitome of fitness inspiration with astonishing before and after pictures, motivational quotes, healthy food and general support.

  • NUTRITION & HEALTH

Rhitrition

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🍕Throwback to my own poolside pizza party in Mykonos! 😋It’s pictures like these that remind me to share that food is here to be enjoyed. I really believe food should always be seen as a positive aspect of life! This is a key message in my #ReNourish philosophy. 😤Which is why it made me so frustrated to see huge fashion brand @NewLookFashion this week sell a t-shirt not just demonising food but suggesting juicing is the answer to make you look good in jeans! It said ‘my heart says donuts, but my jeans say juicing!’ Such an irresponsible message only contributes to more unhealthy relationships with food and effectively promotes fad dieting. 🙌🏻I’m so so pleased to share that #TwitterPower won and @NewLookFashion have now removed the item from sale and apologised! 👍🏻If you didn’t see it, head over to my Twitter @Rhitrition and check it out! ✋🏻The next time you see something that you don’t feel is right, don’t be afraid to call these big brands out. Do it nicely though, I never want to fight, only draw attention. In doing so, the story was picked up in The Independent, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Metro and The Mirror! 📷@CavoTagooMykonos #RhiannonLambert #Rhitrition #CavoTagooMykonos

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Rhiannon Lambert is a certified nutritionist who posts pictures of her meals showing us how to create balanced plates. She emphasizes the importance of a healthy relationship with food and debunks fad diets and unsound nutritional advice. I can’t wait to read her upcoming book!

The food medic

Hazel Wallace is a doctor and a qualified personal trainer (what an amazing woman!). She has an integrative approach to health and tackles various topics (nutrition, exercise, mental health…). She posts a lot of great recipes and workout ideas.

Thebodycoach

Joe Wicks is a personal trainer, author of the Lean in 15 method and the 90 Day SSS fat loss program. He shows us how uncomplicated being healthy can be with quick homemade recipes and adequate workouts. His recipes always look delicious.

Mark Hyman

Dr Mark Hyman is a functional medicine practitioner who stresses the importance of a global approach to health and wellbeing through whole foods, meditation and exercise. I love his approach and informative posts.

  • PHYSICAL THERAPY (PREHAB/REHAB)

Those are my favorite accounts about physical therapy where doctors are showing us how to perform exercices correctly, strengthen our body, prevent injuries and, if need be, exercices for injury rehabilitation and managing pain.

The Prehab guys

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Episode 550: Wall Slide [Perform it Right!] . When performing any exercise, make sure that it is in line with your intent! People often compensate when performing wall slides with excessive scapular elevation. If strengthening the scapular elevators – upper trapezius and levator scapula – is the goal such as in patients with TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome), then performing the wall slide with scapular elevation is not a problem. That being said, the wall slide shown here is designed to target the serratus anterior by maximizing scapular upward rotation, NOT elevation! Why is this important? . Excessive activation of the deltoid and upper trapezius muscles could be counterproductive for scapulohumeral rhythm during shoulder elevation (Ellenbecker et al 2016). Increased upper trapezius and anterior deltoid muscle activity can cause reduced strength and coordination in the force couple between the lower trapezius and serratus anterior. Excessive upper trapezius and anterior deltoid muscle activity have also been linked to sub-acromial impingement. . In order to achieve full overhead motion, you need to ensure that you have adequate mobility at the glenohumeral joint, scapulothoracic joint, and thoracic spine. For many of those who lack shoulder mobility, it often isn't the actual glenohumeral joint that is limited. Rather, it’s lack of full scapular upward rotation or full thoracic spine extension that is to blame. . In this video the black blob represents the scapula: 1️⃣Place pressure into the wall to ensure you are engaging your scapula, which will make it easier to avoid excessive elevation of your shoulder girdle. 2️⃣There is roughly a 2:1 ration of glenohumeral joint to scapulothoracic joint motion. With 180 degrees of total shoulder flexion, will ideally have about 60 degrees of scapular upward rotation. 3️⃣You have the option of externally rotating your shoulder as you elevate, this will help inhibit the pecs which often take over during shoulder elevation. 4️⃣A progression of this exercise is shown with a resistance band + a Wall life (which emphasizes the lower trapezius) . Citation: In first comment

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Dr Jacob Harden

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YOUR GUIDE TO FIXING SHIN SPLINTS – SWIPE LEFT! . Shin splints, aka Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome or MTSS, are caused by a chronic overload of the tibia bone, leading to weakening and ⤵ decreases in bone density from repetitive failed recovery. If pushed long enough, they can and often do lead to tibial stress fractures. In fact, these conditions are now seen as two points along the same injury ↔ continuum. . Healthy bone will respond and adapt to the stresses placed upon it. This is known as 🐺 Wolff's Law. Shin splints occurs due to chronic overload and inadequate recovery. So we need to take steps to decrease the stress (impact force & training volume) and increase recovery via relative rest while maintaining fitness via cross-training 🚲🏋🏊 activities. . Impact forces can be reduced by increasing cadence (steps per minute) and replacing your 👟 shoes every 300 to 500 miles, which is when they lose half their shock absorption ability. . Once you are back to training, a proper program will be critical to long term success. 📈 Incremental building phases coupled with a deload of about 30% of training volume every 4th week will give a good balance of stress and recovery for most people. . Take this game plan and put it into 👊 action today to start getting past this dreaded condition. Then, train smart with properly programmed rest to make long term, injury free progress. . Tag a friend with shin splints and share the wealth! . #Prehab101

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Quaddoc (Dr Monica Harden)

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LOW BACK PAIN EXERCISE . Has your low back ever felt achy and sore? Whether your 🤰🏻pregnant, sitting at a desk, or about to hit your next 🏋🏻lifting session this is a little move that I like to do to get my low back moving. It has certainly come in handy being preggo for sure! . ⚠️Quick Disclaimer: If at any point during this exercise your back hurts, 🛑STOP IMMEDIATELY! . As you set up to do this, keep these things in mind: . 🐪Start in all 4's position then go onto your elbows, with your head tucked down. 🐫The motion comes from the pelvis, rocking back and forward. . Move slowly! It's not a huge motion because we are trying to target the lumbar spine. Think of it as isolated💃🏻 twerking. . Do these for 3 x 10. . Does this sound like someone you know? Tag a 🙋🏻friend and show them some 😘love! . 🎵"Children Of The Sun"-Daniel Baron . . #Prehab101

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Strengh coach therapy (Dr Teddy Willsey)

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Shoulder Health👆🏼 — 📝These exercises introduce load and stability. This is a very important compliment to all the mobility work I post. . 🐑The first exercise is loaded overhead mobility. Being on a swiss ball as opposed to the ground increases the core demand and also forces you to maintain a relatively neutral posture from the chin down. I like this for integrating the full body into overhead movement. . 🐂The second grouping are called blackburns. Basically grab a pair of 2.5's and go. If you're benching 250+ you should honestly be able to do these with 5's. Get to work kids! Start with no weight the first time, and try to keep your arms up for a minute. . 🐋Posterior shoulder strength is essential to support your overhead mobility and pressing strength in general. Do those for a month and you'll notice a difference in your shoulder health. . #TeddyTalksShoulders #StrengthCoachTherapy #BenchPress

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  • STYLE

For style inspiration, these are the women I love following:

The august diaries (Jill Lansky)

Shot from the street (Lizzy Hadfield)

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Pose inspired by 🚶🏻‍♀️

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Tijan Serena

Chriselle Lim

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MOOD ☺️☺️☺️

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  • FOOD

Warning: don’t look at these accounts if you’re feeling hungry and can’t cook/eat at the moment! They are full of delicious recipes.

Thefeedfeed

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Monday calls for large bowl of Pasta ~ Tortellini w/ Avocado & Hemp Seed Pesto by @fitness_bianca. 👉Get the #recipe & 50+ more Vegan Dinner recipes from thefeedfeed.com/vegan-dinner (Vegan Dinner Feed edited by @eatwithsweet, Link in profile) or if you ever want the recipe of a pic we've posted on this account go to thefeedfeed.com/instagram. 🌱 Follow @thefeedfeed.vegan for all our favorite #Vegan recipes! #feedfeed . . .⠀ #foodpics #foodphotography #instafood #igfood #homemade #recipeoftheday #onthetable #dinner #plantpowered #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #plantbased #whatveganseat #veganfood #crueltyfree #eatclean #cleaneating #dairyfree #veganfoodporn #veganism #plantbased #healthyfood #Pasta #carbs #MeatlessMonday

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The tiny vegan kitchen (Tanya O’Halloran)

Addicted to dates (Christina Leopold)

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Hey! I just uploaded the recipe tutorial for these Vegan Snickers Bars🍫. The link is in my bio @addictedtodates. ~ I've experimented with quite a few snickers recipes is the past year and these are by far the easiest to make and they are closest to the original snickers bars too💙. If you have a chance to check them out I'd love to hear your feedback x ~ Thank you for your creations for the #nobakecakeparty as well. Next week will be the last week ☹ so I will be sharing some more entries and the winner will be announced on 31st October. Giveaway includes brands like @pana_chocolate @just_blends @sarifoodscompany and lots more. To see full details check my Ferrero Cake post from a few weeks back 💟 . I'm excited to be visiting @vegfestuk in London today ☺✌. There is such a great line up don't even know where to start 🤣. . Happy Saturday xx . . . . . . . . . . #snickers #vegansnickers #healthy #veganchocolate #healthysnickers #govegan #vegan #veganfoodshare #bestofvegan #beautifulcuisines #plantbased #foodie #heresmyfood #thrivemags #feedfeed #foodporn #chocolateporn #foodphotography #foodshare #ahealthynut #dessert #sweettooth #letscookvegan @thefeedfeed @letscookvegan

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Charleyshealth (Charlotte Heléna)

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For my very late (apologies) bake off entry for caramel week, I'm brining you these raw vegan salted almond butter caramel bars🍫🍦 I've been very busy this week working on something pretty exciting that might involve you guys being able to get your hands on something like these🙊🙊 The recipe for these tasty treats will be on the blog tonight! #health #healthy #healthyfood #healhyeats #healthyeating #healthyfoodie #healthylife #eatwell #eathealthy #healthyrecipes #healthybreakfast #healthysnacks #chocolate #fitness #healthytreats #fitfoodie #fitfam #fitnessfood #fitnessgirl #healthybody #healthydiet #fatloss #healthyrecipes #healthymeals #foodblogger #foodphotography #fitnessblogger #hbloggers #feedfeed @thefeedfeed

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Bakerita (Rachel Conners)

  • LIFESTYLE

Mango and salt (Victoria Arias)

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Levez la main si vous rêvez aussi d'une soirée plaid, tisane, bougie et lecture 🙋🏻🙈 #teammamie . . Ma lecture en cours, "Le secret de Lady Audley", correspond exactement à ce que j'aime: une ambiance victorienne et gothique, un mystère à résoudre, un rythme prenant, un questionnement de la moralité… Je n'en décroche pas ! Mary Elizabeth Braddon était considérée comme une "maîtresse du suspense" à son époque, et c'est une pionnière du roman policier – pourtant aujourd'hui elle est un peu retombée dans l'oubli… Si vous aimez les secrets et la littérature anglaise du XIXème siècle, ce livre pourra sûrement vous plaire aussi ! Merci encore @_pompoko pour la recommandation, tu as complètement cerné mes goûts ! 😘 . . Pour plus de recommandations de classiques, je vous donne RDV sur le blog dans mon dernier article ! . . #ladyaudleyssecret #maryelizabethbraddon #victorian #gothicnovel #ratdebibliothèque #livrestagram #bookstagram

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Victoria Arias is a French woman living in Amsterdam. She is committed to a natural lifestyle and posts about food, style, decoration, books and her travels. Her photos are beautiful and she is an excellent writer (I love her blog). Even if you don’t understand french, you can still be inspired by her posts.

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