Best of Our Valley 2019: Social Media

by Melissa Larsen

Best Arizona Sorority Instagram: ASU Pi Beta Phi, @asupibetaphi

Arizona State University’s Pi Beta Phi shares sisters’ birthdays, travels and sorority events to its nearly 12,000 followers. Most importantly, the account details how the sorority’s “angels” are giving back within the community and the love and appreciation the young women have for one another.

Best Fashion Feed on Instagram: Chelsea Nordstrom Alexander, @chelseaonthedaily

Chelsea Nordstrom Alexander’s feed is composed of her two favorite things: fashion and Arizona. The Scottsdalite likes to feature the current trends within the fashion industry but with her own personal spin. “While my personal style is really a mixed bag—sometimes I’m edgy and other times more feminine—I find I gravitate most to pieces that speak to who I am,” she says. Currently, followers—she has more than 8,000 of them—will see a lot of 90’s vibes and bohemian pieces that speak to her desert home.

Chelsea Nordstrom Alexander

Best Fitness Instagram: Jackie Parks, @jackieparkspilates

Jackie Parks, who works locally at Remedy Pilates & Barre, features fitness posts through the lens of Pilates. Parks says her feed “is informative for both the client and the teacher when it comes to [her] interesting take on functional movement.” The fitness guru’s 2,000 followers tune in to be the first to know her teaching schedule, fitness events and other notable news.

Jackie Parks

Best Food Feed on Instagram: Christina Barrueta, @writeonrubee

If there is a culinary event or cocktail competition taking place in town, you better believe award-winning food writer Christina Barrueta is there to document each picture-perfect dish and sip for her 23,000 followers. Her Instagram shots are so sweet, Barrueta even teaches food photography classes at the Hermosa Inn.

Christina Barrueta

Best Hair Feed on Instagram: Tara Hainsworth, @thetarahair

Tara Hainsworth is the owner of Chandler’s Hainsworth & Co. Salon and has been a hair designer for 10 years. Nearly 8,000 followers check in to her Instagram feed to be inspired by Hainsworth’s latest ‘dos and to check in on her adorable family.

Best Makeup Feed on Instagram: Priscilla Ochoa, @scillaxnicole

Phoenix’s Priscilla Nicole Ochoa is a self-taught makeup artist who has been in the industry for about four years. “I share makeup tips and tricks because makeup is one thing I live for. It honestly is my passion, and when I’m around makeup I’m in the zone. I love doing it on clients, and I love teaching as well,” she says. Her boutique, Glam Studio 19, has been booming for the past two years; there, she also sells her own line of lashes. Ochoa is a self-described boss mom of two: her son, Mason, and daughter, Camila.

Best Pet Instagram: Coco the Maltese, @cocothemaltesedog

This too-cute account was started just about two years ago and has amassed a following of close to 80,000 pet lovers from New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Brazil, Japan and beyond. The lighthearted feed follows Coco and her little sister, Cici, and celebrity fans include Ellen DeGeneres, who reposted a video of Coco meeting Cici for the first time. “The dogs have now been picked up by an agent in NYC, The Dog Agency,” says Katee Lauchner of her famous fur babies.

Coco & Cici

Best YouTube Channel: Keaton Milburn

Nearly 500,000 subscribers tune in to Keaton Milburn’s YouTube channel to catch her popular makeup tutorials and fashion-inspired videos. “I also love to include my everyday college life in vlogs and share with my viewers what it’s like being an influencer and a full-time college student.”

Keaton Milburn

Cutest Kids Instagram: Cheeky Chic Baby & Kids, @cheekychicbb

More than 2,000 fashion-loving followers check out Cheeky Chic Baby & Kids’ Instagram feed to see the latest looks for tots and tweens. The Scottsdale Quarter shop often showcases shots from its fashion shows, adorable outfit flat-lays (always featuring a matching headband or hat) and deets about upcoming events and sales.

Cheeky Chic

Most #MCM-Worthy Instagram: Chad Johansson, @chadmjohansson

Chad Johansson is a talented fashion photographer and model represented by FORD/Robert Black Agency. His Instagram feed not only highlights some of his beautiful photography work, but he also slips in shots of his six-pack and baby blues for his 5,000 followers.

Chad Johansson

Most #WCW-Worthy Instagram: Niya Novi, @niyanovi

Niya Novi is a self-described content creator and influencer, as well as signed with FORD/Robert Black Agency. Though her look changes from one post to the next—sometimes with long pink or blonde locks, other times with short curly black tresses—her natural beauty always manages to shine through to her nearly 8,000 followers. “I’m a very creative person, so my feed is a little unpredictable,” she says, noting she likes to spotlight her favorite vegan foods in addition to modeling and fashion shots. “I like to play with wigs and get really creative when I shoot on my free time.”

Niya Novi

Fast Faves

Best Celeb Twitter: Larry Fitzgerald, @LarryFitzgerald

Best Local Celeb Instagram: Brie Bella, @thebriebella

Best News Twitter: AZ Family, @azfamily

Best Sports Team Instagram: Arizona Cardinals, @azcardinals

Best Travel/Adventure Instagram: Visit Arizona, @visit_arizona

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