Inspirational Instagram hashtags

Well hello everyone and Happy Friday! I really wanted to reinstate my Friday Favourites series on the blog, as I have so many favourite things I'd love to share with you. I'm going to mix it up this time and use the space to feature a different favourite thing of mine each week - could be a maker, photographer, artist, fabric, collection, Pinterest board, blog, magazine, shop, experience, etc. etc. - whatever takes my fancy, really! I hope it will help you to discover some lovely new things.

This week, I'm kicking off with a couple of favourite Instagram hashtags/weekly challenges. I adore Instagram. It's my happy place. Somewhere I go to feast my eyes on beautiful images and chat to like minded souls. It's a place for encouragement, creativity and inspiration.

1. Friday Faffing Competition #fridayfaffingcompetition 

Friday Faffing Competition is hosted by the very lovely and supremely talented @juliabesidethesea, @katherinedorrington and @am_i_dreaming_now (do take a look at their beautiful photostreams!). The idea is simple - have a lovely faff with some pretty bits and bobs, create a styled image, upload it to Instagram and tag it #fridayfaffingcompetition. You'll find that quite a few people like to combine a good Friday faff with #floralfridaycompetition, another beautiful hashtag/competition run by the lovely @emilyquinton. Friday's are certainly pretty! I've found so many beautiful photostreams to follow via this hashtag.

Every Sunday, one of the group will share four of their favourite images. See below for the favourites selected over the last couple of weeks, plus a screenshot of the gallery to give you a flavour. There really is so much eye candy, so do go and have a browse. Right, best go and get my faff on!

Image credits (above):

TL: @lilyandfrank TR: @petiamphotos BL: @allenandbear BR: @keepingupblog

Image credits (above):

TL: @georgiestclair TR: @thedizzybee BL: @ridasj BR: @tartepink2

Image above: screenshot of the #fridayfaffingcompetition gallery - it's constantly changing!

2. My Monday Moodboard #mymondaymoodboard

My Monday Moodboard is another weekly photo styling challenge to encourage creativity & inspiration. It is hosted by the super lovely @jessicatrent & @seasidelucy (who both have the most gorgeous photostreams too). Anyone is welcome to join in, just upload your styled image to Instagram on a Monday and tag it #mymondaymoodboard and follow @mymondaymoodboard.

Jess usually does a mid week round-up of some favourite images and shares these on Instagram, as well as picking a "super fave" which she shares on her lovely blog, The Cabinet Maker's Lovetale. See below for some of the recent mid-week round-up favourites, plus a screenshot of the gallery. A beautiful way to brighten up Mondays!

Image credits (above):

TL: @live_and_bloom TR: @mangelka BL: @so__laura BR: @thislittlecorner

Other favourites I like to dip into are Tuesday's #gatheredstyle hosted by @aquietstyle and the weekly challenges set by @its_my_week. Do you have a favourite Instagram hashtag/challenge you love to follow or take part in? Do let me know in the comments - I love to discover new inspiration.

You can find me on Instagram as @zoepower. Come say hi!