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5 Tried and Tested Instagram-Trends: Are They Worth Their Hype?

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I believe in the importance of culture and of new experiences. When I travel to new places, I’m passionate about exploring their individuality. I look forward to finding unfamiliar restaurants and taking in details of streets I’ve never seen before. To me, the thought of visiting somewhere new only to spend my time in a chain restaurant eating off of a menu I already know from home just reeks of wasted opportunity.

The Age of Instagram

In the age of Instagram, it’s all too easy to be enticed by trends; the apparent popularity of something or somewhere. The same book, beauty product or pretty pink cupcake shop can only pop up on our feeds so many times before we just have to get involved and find out for ourselves what all the fuss is about. From my experience, I’ve learnt to research said Insta-trend before diving straight in.

The place may serve up unarguably adorable French Bulldog latte art. It may also take half an hour to get to your table and be floating atop a health-conscious chai.. yes Farm Girl I’m looking at you. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Farm Girl. I’m trying to say, don’t judge a book by its cover. When the most photogenic coffee I’ve ever seen began appearing all over my feed, OF COURSE I wanted my own opportunity to post it all over my socials and watch the likes roll effortlessly in! After a little snoop through their menu and a few reviews about slow service, I realized that it wasn’t for me. Life is too short to try and drink something that tastes like grass just because you’ve spent £4.00 on it for a picture. SO here are five Insta-trends that I jumped on and the low down on whether they’re worth the hype.

Milk Train

A couple of weeks ago I shared the most photogenic ice cream I’ve ever eaten via Instagram, and my caption sums it up. We queued for a little over ten minutes. We then stood around the corner in the sun and were asked by the lady who queued near us us ‘was it worth the queue then?’. After a little conversation, we agreed that although it makes a great photo, the actual ice cream was shockingly average. In fact, it wasn’t even Mr Whippy standard as it didn’t really taste like much. I’d give it five stars for aesthetics but only two or three for taste. If you’re not in it for the picture then you’d be better off saving yourself £3 and grabbing a McFlurry.


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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck

Do you even have an Instagram account if you didn’t grab this book just to feature it in a flatlay? There are so many Instagram users who claim to love this book. Maybe I’m just more of a natural self-help guru than I give myself credit for because Sarah Knight told me absolutely nothing new. I certainly didn’t find this helpful. In fact, the only thing she taught me not to give a f*ck about was this f*cking book. She also WAY overused the f word to the point where I read it so many times that I started physically rolling my eyes.


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Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine is another Instagram hype and I’d recommend using the money that you saved by not buying into the above (if it’s not already too late) and buying this instead. After wasting my precious time reading The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, there was no way that I was buying into another Instagram literary recommendation, but I borrowed my Mums copy and actually loved it so much that I featured it in my June Highlights.

Pixi Glow Tonic

I’m so sorry (but not really) for yet another blog reference to my Cult Beauty Haul; its the last one, promise. The Pixi Glow Tonic is one of the goodie bag products which I couldn’t wait to try. I was a little sceptical about it though, because of all of the Insta-hype. I’m so happy to report back that my faith in Insta-beauty recommendations has been restored because this product is well worth its hype. An instant favourite, this tonic is so refreshing and leaves my skin with the healthy glow that it promises. A beauty product that does what it says it will? Hallelujah. 

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Instagram-trend The Ivy
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On the ‘gram, The Ivy, Chelsea Garden is not best known for its impeccable service or delicious food, but for its striking floral entrance. Though in my opinion it should be recognised for all of the above. We visited mid-morning, and although a £40-£50 price range for breakfast is certainly on the expensive side, it’s like I said to Jamie; ‘you’re in Chelsea now darling, what did you expect?’. The Ivy has exceptionally attentive staff and a great menu. I tend to avoid ordering pancakes because I find that they rarely taste fresh. I took a chance as I felt that The Ivy might actually be able to deliver, and I was right. Ladies and gentleman, this one is worth the hype.


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Peggy Porchen’s

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If my very many hints are recognized then my next birthday cake will be from Peggy’s. It’s 100% worth its Instagram Trend status. The downside is the swarms of people lined up to take photos outside of it, despite not eating there. I guess we’ve all done it in some way or another. The first time I visited with my friend, I had a slice of cake. Although the cupcake I enjoyed on my most recent trip was delicious and photogenic, I’d recommend a slice instead. My mouth is watering as I write so I’m going to have to wrap it up. To conclude: the cake at Peggy Porchen’s is without a doubt worth it’s status. If you get the chance to visit then grab it with both hands. You can thank me later when your mouth isn’t so full of cake.


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  • Reply eviebraithwaite

    Loved this post! I’ve been so tempted to buy The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck purely for the aesthetic – I can give in to hype so easily. But I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and adored it! I’ve also been debating buying the glow tonic for the LONGEST time, so I’m glad to hear it lives up to the hype!

    Evie x |

    July 12, 2018 at 7:10 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Thanks girl, so glad you did! I think we all do but some of it definitely isn’t worth it! x

      July 12, 2018 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply lolitambonita

    I LOVE this post yet I am glad to say I have rarely followed the gram train on where to take my pictures and what of ? x

    July 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Thank you! Its so good that you’re original though, I love some of the hypes but they can get stale so quickly! x

      July 12, 2018 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Tsundoku Girl

    This is actually such a helpful post, because so many of these things pop up and tempt me but they are quite pricey if they don’t live up to the hype!

    I loved Eleanor Oliphant too! Won’t bother with The Life Changing Art of Not Giving a F then!!

    Rhianna x

    July 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply newgirlintoon

    THE best idea for a blog post! I am so guilty of this, sometimes it’s impossible to resist but you are completely right – it can be so daft to spend ££££ on something you may not actually enjoy just for “the photo” – these big instagrammers must waste so much food and drink!

    I’d love to go to Peggys just to people watch all the instragrammers – it amazes me people get such good shot when there are crowds of people there!

    July 12, 2018 at 9:43 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Aw thanks I’m glad you like it! It’s so tempting to spend a fortune just for a picture isn’t it! Which is fine but you should definitely be enjoying it in real life too! Haha while your there grab a bit of cake, you won’t regret it!

      July 12, 2018 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Sahara

    I’ve been seeing the Milk Train ice cream a bit over on Instagram and always wondered if it tasted 10/10 and lived up to the hype (being from the U.S. I can’t just hop on over haha) – it does look amazing aesthetically (looks almost like it’s on a cloud!) but as an ice cream lover, taste is definitely more important to me!

    I’ve see the book by Sarah Knight mentioned over and over again and I usually try not to buy into the hype to buy a book – that must have been so annoying to have every other word be the f word on repeat, I hate when I’m reading a book and it’s just thrown in everywhere serving no purpose. I’m adding the Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine to my long to be read list – love a good book!

    I love that everything your mentioning I’ve seen/heard of – saves me from trial and error (well minus Milk Train unless they opened up one in New York City for me to try it haha) – I’ve heard so much about the Pixi Glow Tonic and I’ve been trying to decide if whether or not I should give it a try – a healthy glow in the summer is actually summer goals.

    Peggy Porchen’s! I think there was a solid time where I saw it essentially every single day from different people on Instagram – have to give to the designer who had the idea for the entrance a round of applause – brings all the bloggers to the front door!


    July 12, 2018 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Jessicα (@JessxWonderland)

    Such a cool post, I found it really helpful, thanks Sophie 🙂

    I’m so guilty of falling in the trap of buying what people are constantly raving about on instagram and have wasted soooo much money so it’s always good to know what is and isn’t worth it!

    I’ve heard so many things about the two books here but haven’t read either of them, though my mother in law absolutely loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine so I’m probably gonna borrow that from her.

    Peggy Porchen’s is somewhere that I’m dying to visit, it looks so beautiful and I’m a sucker for any kind of dessert so it’s definitely on my bucket list 🙂 xx

    Jessica |

    July 12, 2018 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Lisa's Notebook

    This post made me laugh so much, Sophie! I know what you mean about Insta trends, ice creams and Peggy Porschen are just everywhere ? I’m so glad you dispelled some of the myths though, and I 100% agree with you, Eleanor Oliphant was AMAZING! Great post, lovely! Xx

    Lisa |

    July 13, 2018 at 12:02 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I’m so glad you liked it and agreed, an amazing read. Thanks for stopping by! x

      July 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Lena Dee

    OMG Sophie! This is such a fab post! <3

    Like these are all such photogenic places and products tehe. That ice looks soooo delicious lol I would probs not want to eat it and take tons of pics but lol ofc it'd melt. Yum yum yummy!
    Lol the mere fact that people just buy this book to add it to a flatlay is super funny to me…I'm surprise i'm not more familiar with the book actually but I hate over hyped books tbh so that's annoying.
    OMG I keep hearing of Pixi and its awesomeness and I NEED to get my hands on it 🙁 Lol why did I just think of Made in Chelsea (my mom is always watching that), Chelsea Garden is gorgeous and the food sounds amazeballs! Finally, you look STUNNING as always! Fantastic post gal! 😀 <3

    xx Lena |

    July 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Hels

    Hahaha I LOVE this post! I honestly agree with you on everything (except the Ivy which I’ve never been to!) I HATED TLCMONGAF to the point where I actually couldn’t finish it, but I genuinely enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant. I visited Milk Train before there was a flower wall, so it wasn’t very good ice cream and not even a pretty spot! I do love PP but I do struggle a bit with the prices of their cupcakes, same with Dominique Ansel bakery just down the road from it! Amazing post!
    Hels xx

    July 13, 2018 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Melina Elisa

    This was such a great post! I actually follow so many UK bloggers, that when I go there, I thought I was going to be so overwhelmed by all the places I wanted to go and visit! I would love if you created a series on this! It was such an enjoyable read and felt myself agreeing with you on the things that I’ve also had the chance to try. I loved the You Are a Badass? How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life book, but I hated the Subtle art of not giving a fuck. It didn’t give me any new information, and it also wasn’t worded in a way that gave me that “aha!” moment. It really was nothing special at all, and I’m glad I’m not the only person who felt that way! Great post xx

    Melina |

    July 13, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Aw thanks Melina, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’ll definitely consider making it into a series and it will give me a good excuse to visit more IG hyped places haha! Oh its such a shame that I picked the bad one, that’s what I get for buying a book just because it keeps popping up on IG I guess haha!xxx

      July 14, 2018 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Sophie's Thoughts

    This is such a good idea for a blog post, I loved reading it!! I really want to go to Peggy Porchen’s and see what the hype is about!!

    Sophie x

    July 13, 2018 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply October's Lallu

    Personally, I love your blog! It’s full of interesting posts! Keep it up <3
    // October's Lalllu

    July 13, 2018 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah Hunt

    Really loved reading this post! I always see posts like this on Instagram and I’ve always wondered if I should take a trip down and take some photos because I just wanted to be apart of it all! I’m glad you enjoyed the food it actually looks amazing! I also had a feeling those ice creams wouldn’t be great! Lovely post xx

    July 13, 2018 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply emilycatherinemuir

    This is a brilliant post! I love it when people strip back all the beautiful things that you see on Instagram, and show the reality behind the pictures. Those pancakes look totally worth the hype though – and are making me super, super hungry. ?

    July 13, 2018 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you, I think its so important to be honest about experiences, a lot of people don’t have the money to chuck at these things just for a photo so people should enjoy the experience too!

      July 14, 2018 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Nancy

    I agree with you about the Insta-trend. Oh man, I can relate to this because either we spend a lot to do it for the ‘gram or end up posting an exact picture. There was an ice cream shop that was SO CUTE but I ended up getting a stomach bug from it. Not worth it for the gram @__@. You know how to take the cutest pictures!

    Some places know to charge more because of its amazing aesthetics. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!

    Nancy ♥

    July 14, 2018 at 2:08 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Oh no that’s awful, there’s no way I’d ever go to that icecream shop then, it’s actually pretty scary and definitely a reminder not to judge a book by its cover! x

      July 14, 2018 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Eena

    OH HO HO HO. Have I got a story to share! Nancy and I went to this really ~hipster ice cream shop and we both got stomach bugs from it. Too make it worse, the food coloring used for the ice cream left a color on other things as well. So, basically, sometimes, just because somebody posts about it on Instagram doesn’t really make it worth it, ha!

    cabin twenty-four

    July 14, 2018 at 11:38 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Ah I just read Nancy’s post about that and it sounds awful, the ice-creams looked great too so what a shame! x

      July 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Rita

    I loved this post! The content is great and the photos are beautiful!

    July 15, 2018 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Love this post! I really want to try the Pixi Glow Tonic and I’m glad you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine as I loved that book! I really want to visit Peggy’s I’ve got such a sweet tooth and their cakes look amazing!

    Jess //

    July 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you lovely! It’s a great book isn’t it, definitely grab a slice of cake if you can, it’s so good! x

      July 15, 2018 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Heather

    I love this post! The only Instagram trend I can kind of get on board with is flatlays as there’s literally no instagrammable places where I live and London is like 12 hours away from me haha! Maybe one day I’ll head down and definitely try Peggy Porchen!

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

    July 15, 2018 at 2:50 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh goodness that is a long way! Haha it’s good that you’re able to master the flatly though, I don’t do many but they take me forever to get right! x

      July 15, 2018 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Katie

    That ice cream is stunning! But definitely the type of thing I’d pass on, much rather have a normal ice cream and save my money to splurge on brunch instead!
    And I’m definitely more of a Marie Kondo Lifechanging Magic person…. almost bought the Lifechanging Magic of Not Giving a F*** so many times, looked at it in Waterstones and things… but really didn’t appreciate the amount of swearing and so stuck to the original Marie Kondo books in all honesty! Thanks for sharing, you did get some beautiful pictures there though!


    July 15, 2018 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Ooh I’ll have to look into the Marie Kondo book, that’s exactly it, it was so much unnecessary swearing!x

      July 15, 2018 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Missy May

    This post cracked me up girlll! You’re so right. These Instagram trends can be overwhelming. I love your thoughts on the book ‘not giving a fuck’. I actually wanted to get this book, but after reading your mini review, I’m not sure. Lol!!

    July 15, 2018 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Kate

    I love this post so much! I am the Insta-basic girl who follows the hype so much and whilst I’m mostly proud/don’t really care that I have a cactus, pineapple related-item and rose gold iPhone all within my reach I do love your honest review!

    Kate xx

    July 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! Haha and that’s fine, we all definitely give into the hype sometimes because sometimes it’s warranted!x

      July 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    This is such an interesting post and as a blogger I can definitely relate to the desire to nab the latest trend for the gram in the hope it will increase those numbers. I love your tongue in cheek truthful reviews of all of these!

    July 15, 2018 at 7:43 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you lovely, I’m so glad you liked it!

      July 15, 2018 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Babita

    Haha so true!!! I loved it! I never been any of this places but I can absolutely relate this! I too find such restaurants, cages that are great in terms of food quality and Insta worthy but they fail to their service so badly!!! Yet how we/ people end going there!!!

    Hope you have a great Monday!!

    Xoxo Babita

    July 16, 2018 at 7:26 am
  • Reply Fads A

    These are great and beautiful ideas. I’d love to try them out on my insta too, thanks for sharing! Definitely going to check out the books, they looks so pretty and beneficial.

    Love, Fads | The Ästron

    July 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Just Naqibah

    Wow! These look hella amazingly delicious AND tempting! The place is so pleasing on the eyes and don’t even start with the food! Love every bits and bots of it!

    Just Naqibah xx

    July 17, 2018 at 8:26 am
  • Reply The Ordinary Blogger

    Love this post! Nice to see an actual review on the products themselves and not just the aesthetics.

    July 17, 2018 at 4:02 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you liked it, thanks for stopping by! x

      July 17, 2018 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    When I was visited London, I thought about deviating from my planned itinerary to go to Peggy Porchen’s just because I see it on Instagram so much. After visiting Sketch I decided it was more important to see as much of the city as I could and take good Instagrams along the way.

    Very original post! x


    July 17, 2018 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Loren

    I loved your honest comment on the Milk Train, I honestly LOVE ice cream and the idea of buying an expensive one for an average taste would be both disappointing and upsetting.
    Sometimes I see some Insta-threads and wonder if people just do it because they’d like to or just because everyone’s doing it.

    July 18, 2018 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Natonya

    Soph this was such a creative post and I’m glad you pointed out that not everything on insta is worth the hype. I don’t have to feel guilty for not joining in on a trend ?. But I must say I’m sold into purchasing Pixi Glow Tonic because I keep reading blog posts that this is soooooooooo freaking awesome on the skin!

    Natonya |

    July 18, 2018 at 8:55 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad you liked it! The Pixi Glow Tonic is amazing, definitely worth it! x

      July 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply abbie

    Thankyou so much for sharing this! So interesting to read your opinion on so many products that are so hyped across insta. I am glad that you said the glow tonic is a good one though as I have thought about getting myself a bottle for so long!

    July 18, 2018 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Iga

    I’d give it five stars for aesthetics but only two or three for taste. – I do not do it often but just for this sentence I am adding you to my Bloglovin! Girl I am loving your blog! Love, Iga

    July 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw thanks so much, I’m so glad you like it! x

      July 18, 2018 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    This is such a great post. Honestly, the life changing magic of not giving a f*ck just doesn’t appeal to me. I already how to not give a rats ass about things so why would I need to read a book about it? And after you’re review, I’m totally put off by it so I appreciate the honest take on it haha. I’ve always wanted to try the glow tonic but not sure my eczema prone, annoying skin can handle it! Peggy Porchens look amazing. Hope I get to visit one day. Love reading this.

    Luce xo

    July 18, 2018 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Molly

    This is such a great idea for a post Sophie! Well done on the creativity! Also glad for the truth about the hypes!

    I’ve always wanted to visit The Ivy and Peggy Porschen! Glad they live up to their hypes! Also really need to get the Pixi Glow Tonic!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Lots of love,
    Molly xo

    July 18, 2018 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Alice

    This is such a fab idea for a post! I have never tried these things or been to any of these places, oops… I have seen a hell of a lot surrounding peggys and the pixi glow tonic. I don’t think I’ve heard a bad word about the glow tonic although I can get quite sensitive skin so I worry a little about resurfacing products! We have an Ivy restaurant in Bristol but I highly doubt it’s as photogenic as the Chelsea one, also 40-50 for BREAKFAST!? That is bloody extortionate haha. I’m not sure I’d pay that no matter how lovely it was!
    Alice Xx

    July 18, 2018 at 10:54 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Their food is so good but yeah it is pretty pricey, we paid about £45 for two breakfasts, two drinks and the 12.5% service charge xx

      July 19, 2018 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Juliet Ly

    Those restaurants all look stunning. It’s sad that the ice cream wasn’t as good as the aesthetics though. And I’ve been thinking so long about getting the pixi glow tonic. Maybe I’ll bite the bullet one day…

    July 18, 2018 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply Daisy

    Love the honest review. Thank you.

    July 18, 2018 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    I loved the concept behind this post! I’m not a fan of the Pixi Glow Tonic, I find it a bit too strong on my sensitive skin but I have been contemplating getting that book so thank you for saving me a little there. So glad you thought the Ivy Chelsea Garden was worth it because that entrance is far too pretty for it to be a disappointment. Great idea for a post x


    July 19, 2018 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Danielle

    This was such a great post! I agree with you on the Sarah Knight book. I ended up listening to the Audiobook and had to turn it off half way because I was fed up listening to the F word being used OVER & OVER & OVER!!! Definitely needing a piece of that cake btw… Mouth is watering at the thought of it! 😀

    July 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I really loved Peggy’s – me and my friend got cake to go though because the queue for a table was an hour and a half and we didn’t think it would be worth it! Have you tried ‘Elan’s” in Kensington? I was super disappointed with that place; finding my cake to be dry (but good in pictures) and the customer service terrible (they were turning away single customers in favor of two or more!)

    July 21, 2018 at 11:55 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh that’s crazy, I definitely wouldn’t be queuing that long to get into pretty much anywhere haha! No I haven’t but I’ve heard so much about it, such a shame that you had a bad experience, poor customer service is unacceptable! x

      July 21, 2018 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Giana

    what a great idea for a post! ngl the ice cream aesthetic alone is enough for me to want to get it aha! Loving the layout too xxx


    July 24, 2018 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Deasy @ Rose Gold Rhyme

    Good to know! I’m glad the Peggy shop is worth it, since it just looks amazing, haha. And I’m glad that I never picked up ‘the subtle art of not giving a f*ck’!

    December 30, 2018 at 11:43 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I know a lot of people dislike how hyped it is, but honestly its the best cake ever haha! I’m glad you didn’t too, a complete waste of my time and money x

      December 31, 2018 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Delila

    Loved this post! xx

    January 12, 2019 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Mercy

    I want to go to London because of these cafes, thanks for the honest review. I won’t go to London now but maybe someday sooner than later. I like it too that you review about this book, I didn’t really like the title in the first place and I’m happy that I’m not missing anything.

    January 22, 2019 at 3:44 am
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