Thanks to social media, we now have more opportunities to show off how awesome our lives are than ever before. We upload pics on Instagram of our delicious food, fabulous nights out, weekend getaways and of course, #selfies of our gorgeous faces. Come on, there’s really no better way to say “I love myself and my life” on social media than to take a selfie. But now that these self-centered pics have been abused (people uploading 5 a day) and middle schoolers have caught on to the trend, twentysomething girls had to find a new way to show off. That’s where this new selfie spinoff comes in.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a “shelfie is photo of your stuff artfully arranged on a shelf-like surface.” I mean think about it, there is probably no better way to say “I’m better than you,” than to gather your most expensive stuff (home decor, jewelry, books, etc.) and photograph it in the nicest-looking part of your tiny studio apartment. Your followers will totally be jealous of all of your cool things AND they will think you live in the lap of luxury. They will definitely envy your new mason jars that you DIY’ed on your #lazysunday and placed on your really expensive dresser (aka, found at a thrift store for $50). Oh, and did we mention celebs like Lauren Conrad, Kourtney Kardashian and Rachel Zoe are all in on this trend? Case closed: #shelfies are better than #selfies.
So if you want to get in on this new Instagram trend, here are the steps you need to take to the perfect #sheflie:
1. Go to the closest flower shop and buy some flowers. Shelfies always look good with flowers.
2. Assuming you already have a ton of really stylish and pretty home decor (if you don’t, go buy it), arrange it and the flowers in the coolest way on top of the nicest-looking piece of furniture, counter top or shelf in your apartment or home.
3. Take the pic.
4. Choose a really good-looking filter.
There, you’re done. And while taking shelfies may seem like more work than taking selfies, they really aren’t, because you can totally take a shelfie while you’re “sweatpants, hair tie, chillin with no makeup on,” but to take a selfie, you have to look good. Because even if you take a #nomakeup selfie, we know you’re lying. You’re at least wearing tinted moisturizer and mascara. You can’t fool us.