Reality Bites

Oh social media, you little minx. In the famous words uttered by Kramer “She’s A seductress, she is a siren, she is a virgin, she is a whore!” Depending what your platform of choice is, you can often be left to feel ugly, unsuccessful, mediocre and sometimes downright dreadful.

On the flipped of course, you can feel connected, uplifted and entertained. But the truth behind the beautiful imagery is a person whose ploppy smells the same as yours. (Unless they exist on a diet of kale smoothies and cacao balls and then, well I dare not to think. What even is cacao?) What you want people to see, versus what is really going on is two entirely different things. I have friends who are not on any social media platforms because they find it depressing. I totally can see why.

But then there is Celeste Barber, who is just about the most glorious creature on the planet.

Follow Celeste Here.

Another joyful “content creator” should to consider is the extraordinary Lauren Dubois AKA The Thud. She is also one that has achieved gold class standards in the art of gently mocking curated online content.

You must watch her fabulous videos. Her comical timing is something you cannot learn. It is intrinsic.

And then there are the ones that can be filed under the NO FILTER category.

Cate Bolt has built an online presence to support the Orphanage she established in Indonesia. She lives on a converted bus, raises her middle finger to the conservative, conventional world and she is all kinds of wonderful. Learn more about Cate HERE. (But not if you are a god-fearing right wing Christian. You will no likey.)

One of the most divisive “Internet Identities” is the uber-famous Constance Hall. The thing to note about her is that she genuinely doesn’t give a shit what you think about her. I don’t know how she does it, but she does. You can find her here.

I am very new to Parenting for Trashbags, but will watch with intent as I suspect this could be good.

Some other gems out there? Sure!

Kangaroo Spotting

 Sesame Ellis


Maxabella Loves

Fuck You Friday


Rebel Without a Pause

These are all bloggers who “keep it real” without even trying. Nothing is forced, just genuine chicks doing their own thing. I know that these are but a few, and I could go on and on. But for every extraordinarily gorgeous Instagram account, every uplifting, inspiring blogger and every breathtaking Pinterest account, there are a few people out there proving that reality, in fact, doesn’t bite.

Feel free to share, in the comments, any other gems I have missed.

I need to expand my horizons.

  • Jenni from Styling Curvy

    Some of these are funny but there’s a fine line between mocking and bullying and taking the piss out of someone’s business is really never funny.

    • Which one are you referring to who crosses the fine line?

    • I hope you don’t think I’m bullying anyone Jenni? My posts and done with permission and are meant to be seen as mocking myself for failing to live up to the Instagram ideal.

      • Jenni from Styling Curvy

        Hey Lauren my comment wasn’t personal to you, I’m just aware that some people who take the piss online can cross the line. You know I love your work.

  • Wendy

    When I saw your headline I was going to recommend Lauren for keeping it real – you have great taste!

  • Donna

    I do love Celeste Barber when she pops up. Never heard of Constance Hall, which prob sums up my attitude to social media. I engage/follow very rarely. But I love Woogsworld – rely on you Kayte to be my filter from crap and my highlighter of important shit.

    Prob should follow parenting for trashbags. Did the school drop off in PJs, and stood outside the car – couldn’t have cared less. I get a day off work once in a blue moon and wasn’t rushing to get dressed for anybody.

  • Love this post xoxoxoxox

  • The Thud and Hugzilla never fail to entertain with their realness – I’d like to say when I grow up I wanna be just like them but I am much older than them, so yeah… conundrum 😉

    • Aww thanks Sandra. I adore seeing all the photos of your home. It looks like paradise.

      • Thank you Lauren! That’s so lovely of you. I’m very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world and in an amazing community. Love your work gorgeous girl 😘🤗

  • Thank you for including me Mrs! That’s some pretty impressive company to keep.

    To be honest, I’m just really quite useless at lying so I can’t even pretend to be perfect like some amazing bloggers out there.

    • Ange

      Glad to have found The Thud – just wish you’d been around when the boys were little

  • Oh, Lauren’s Mother’s Day video was just amazing – an absolute highlight this year for me haha. I am still loving it!

  • Ashleigh Mitchell Please check me out!

  • Ange

    Thanks for the suggestions. If I’m going to take the time to read a blog, I want it to be a laugh or a chat with a friend, not make myself feel bad. And I’m definitely all for keeping it real – after my experience with the 8 year old’s photo-shopped teeth. Can only assume it was some kid who has been fed a diet of filters and face improving apps (apparently these exist) alongside his or her kale and cacao.

  • Love Celeste’s work! My personal favourite is the getting out of the ocean. Oh, I had tears of laughter for 15 minutes when I first saw it.

  • Hugzilla


  • You are such a legend!! Sending love and hugs and wine an’ shit. Xoxoxo