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Here's the Wild Stuff the Instagram Shopping Algo Is Serving Our Editors

The all-seeing 'Gram algo knows our staff wants knit Cheetos pillows, disco ball decor, and Guy Fieri bumper stickers.
Editors' Picks for the Best Stuff You Can Buy on Instagram Shopping
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Instagram has come a long way. Back in the early days, we were enthusiastically posting janky pictures of sunsets and non-aesthetic food photos with the worst photo editing skills possible. Valencia was the filter of choice, in all its high-saturation glory. Boy, times have changed. And, now posing with puckered lips has been deemed insanely cringe (thank god). The algo giveth—boosting your crush’s posts to the top of your feed the second you open the app—but it also taketh away (reverse chronological feed, we sure do miss ya). And there’s plenty of money exchanging hands, too; you can make a living being an influencer, even if you’re just promoting a protein powder, and even better, all users are offered a personal, tech-driven selection of products that you can shop right on Instagram—because you can never get enough of that, right? 

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The Instagram shopping algorithm knows us better than our own moms, which is alarming, to say the least, but, also charming at the same time—it really shows it cares, what with it remembering that time we stared at a pair of clogs on SSENSE for 20 straight minutes before closing the window. So, to pay homage to the almighty e-commerce Eye of Sauron and its powers of persuasion, we’ve gone on a hot date with the ol’ Instagram algorithm for the past several nights. Our staff hit the ‘Gram and endlessly scrolled through all of the offerings in decor, wellness, and fashion to present  all the things we wish were being delivered to our doors at this very moment. Here it is: the best stuff we’re being served via Instagram algo. Pour some wine, cause you’ve got a date. 

Floyd’s ‘The Sectional’

Because the algo knows all, it definitely knows that I’m looking to upgrade my couch situ [Sent from my eight-year-old IKEA sofa accented with cat puke stains], and Floyd just might be the direct-to-consumer furniture brand that ends up getting my hard-earned clams. Not only is its signature sectional a mid-century-modern dreamboat, but it also gets top marks for being super comfy (and the Cypress performance fabric is *chef’s kiss*). Might have to start saving for the four-seater, since I will wanna show this thing off to a crowd (and it makes me want to throw cocktail parties). —Hilary Pollack


$2370$1659 at Floyd

$2370$1659 at Floyd
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Cherry disco balls

I go weak in the knees when I see a disco ball, and cherry decor is so cute. Put the two together and you get disco cherry balls—a match made in heaven, and one the algo knew I’d go nuts for. Anything shiny has me simpin’. I already know where I’m putting them in my room. —Nicolette Accardi


$150 at Etsy

$150 at Etsy

This Fruit Loops-inspired cereal bowl candle 

I am very in favor of the movement of making candles that look like absolutely everything. It really hit its stride in ye olde lockdown times, and it’s still going strong. This cereal candle is so realistic, I want to eat it—but it also makes a great piece of trompe d’oeil decor. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp 


$23.99 at Amazon

$23.99 at Amazon

The Venturi Flower Cat Tree

Yes, I am the owner of a spoiled, beautiful cat, and yes, I am a kitschy goil. This is why this incredibly whimsical cat tree keeps reemerging between posts of my friend’s selfies and flyers, patiently waiting for me to pull the trigger and add to cart. It’s a piece of modern art—and I love me some beautiful cat furniture. —Hilary Pollack


$280.51 at Wayfair

$280.51 at Wayfair

A LED Keith Haring sign 

If you’ve always dreamed of having a Dan Flavin residing in your home, but you’re just not quite there yet, there’s good news! Neon artwork has become a lot more affordable over the years, and Yellowpop has endless options for creating your own glowing masterpiece, as well as some really sick artist collaborations with the likes of Keith Haring, Jonathan Adler, and André Saraiava—just to name a few.  This one keeps appearing in my feed. —Becca Blasdel


$390 at Yellowpop

$390 at Yellowpop
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This Cheetos pillow

Who doesn’t want a pillow version of the iconic, orange-dusted snack lounging around on their Floyd sectional? Also grateful that they opted for the 80s-style bag design instead of the contemporary version. Just take all my money. —Hilary Pollack 


$145 at Chairish

$145 at Chairish

A giant duck plush 

I may be 26 years young, but I still enjoy stuffed animals—specifically this enormous duck. My Instagram shopping algorithm knows that I can’t resist a body pillow that also looks like a character from a Mother Goose rhyme. This will soon be taking over my bed, I promise. —Nicolette Accardi


$29.89 at Amazon

$29.89 at Amazon

Castlery’s Harper TV stand

The bad men in the computer are reading my mind (and probably scanning my living room) again, and they know that I am also guilty of using a literally $12 IKEA side table as a TV stand for almost a solid decade now. Castlery makes this lovely piece of furniture that I have added to cart a half-dozen times but sadly is outside my budget—but if you’re lucky, it’s within yours. —Hilary Pollack 


$999 at Castlery

$999 at Castlery

A pro-Guy Fieri bumper sticker

Mr. Fieri’s red hot rod has stolen the hearts of many on his iconic opus Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Now, he has a cheeky bumper sticker to honor that. I can’t wait to smack “I Only Brake for Guy Fieri, Brother!!!” on the back of my little white Mazda. It will give it the character it deserves. —Nicolette Accardi 


$10 at Etsy

$10 at Etsy
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Fredericks & Mae confetti cutting board

Cutting boards are one of those things that you use every single day (unless you’re a four-alarm DoorDash addict like some of my friends and family members), but might not put a ton of thought into when it comes to aesthetics. But were you to scoop the coveted Fredericks & Mae confetti cutting board, that all might change. Would make a great holiday gift for me, thanks.  —Hilary Pollack 


$100 at Coming Soon

$100 at Coming Soon

This Mosser Glass Bathing Lady 

She is an icon, as anyone who has been to the iconic Madonna Inn can attest; the mothership of kitsch love hotels is filled with massive, retro Mosser Glass goblets and reclining lady dishes. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp 


$40 at Coming Soon

$40 at Coming Soon

And more disco decor—this time, a martini glass

I don't know if the universe has been telling me I need a disco ball, or it’s just my algorithm working overtime, but I’ve decided this mirrored martini glass is the one for me. My place isn’t big enough for a large hanging object, and I’m not crazy enough (yet) to shell out $2K for my dream disco ball. So when I happened upon Sofiest Designs, which makes a plethora of funky disco decor, I knew this sparkly little ‘tini was coming home with me. —Becca Blasdel


$150 at Etsy

$150 at Etsy

The Lego version of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

Why should there be norms about which age groups play with Legos? Building something that can also double as art is the perfect relaxing activity for stressed adults. Put this together, and you’ll never take it apart. —Nicolette Accardi


$169.99 at Barnes & Noble

$169.99 at Barnes & Noble
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A cute egg rug

Eggs may be a culinary must-have,  but those little sunny-side gems also make for a perfect rug. This one happens to be smiling, which instantly has won me over. —Nicolette Accardi


$21.99 at Amazon

$21.99 at Amazon

Ceremonia’s scalp massager 

You know that satisfying feeling of massaging your scalp with a few fingers? Multiply that times 20 with this gentle claw. Just looking at its pointy nubs massages my brain. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp 


$16 at Ceremonia

$16 at Ceremonia

Aesop’s Body Cleansing Slab 

Unsurprisingly, the algorithm knows I am eager to join the cult of fancy hand soaps, especially with this bar by Aesop with bergamot rind, ylang ylang, and Tahitian lime. Earthy and zesty. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp 


$25 at Aesop

$25 at Aesop

Fur Oil 

I have been using this gorgeous pube oil for over a year in order to pamper my bush and avoid ingrown hairs. I mean, Fur Oil comes in its own orb. Could you say now? Peak 1970s horny wizard behavior. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp 


$26 at Amazon

$26 at Amazon

Saucony Shadow 5000 shoes

One silver lining of the hell that was the prime COVID era was that I finally understood the appeal of very comfortable clothing and shoes, as I came to live in athleisure wear and sneakers. I don’t own any Sauconys, but since these are being slid my way on the ‘Gram, my guess is that they’re about to make their rightful comeback, following suit after New Balance and Asics. —Hilary Pollack 


$120 at Saucony

$120 at Saucony
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Adidas by Stella McCartney clogs

Speaking of comfortable shoes, they tend to be, well, ugly, but now, I genuinely like that! Can’t have things too easy and pretty, you know?  I’ve finally reached my man-repeller phase and these strange, Croc-y platform slides from Stella McCartney’s collab with Adidas are genuinely attractive to me. Next time they show up in my feed, I shall be copping. —Hilary Pollack


$130 at Adidas

$130 at Adidas

The Tote Bag by Marc Jacobs 

Time to admit it: I’m a digital nomad. All that Wi-Fi mooching, cafe time, and hotel-lobby-hopping calls for a bag that will carry all your work essentials. —Nicolette Accardi


$275 at Marc Jacobs

$275 at Marc Jacobs

A bootleg Cocteau Twins ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ Shirt

I’m relentlessly served bootleg shoegaze merch by my algo buddy, and periodically, I cave and purchase—just ask the bootleg Cocteau Twins shirt and sweatshirt that already reside in my closet. But even with my already robust collection, this longsleeve is tempting. The sleeve design? Hooo boy, throwing on “Carolyn’s Fingers” as we speak. —Hilary Pollack 


$35 at Etsy

$35 at Etsy

A light-up cowboy hat  

I’m not really sure why neon cowboy stuff keeps coming up on my #FYP, since I’m allergic to raves, and I’m not rushing a sorority at UT… but I’m starting to feel the desire to say “yeehaw!,” and have been saving a lot of cowboy boots, so the next logical answer is to bite the bullet and go full raver girl meets Coyote Ugly for Halloween. —Becca Blasdel


$110 at Urban Outfitters

$110 at Urban Outfitters
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Sarut’s Rubber Chicken Purse

Personally, I blame my twisted coworkers and the enthusiastic weird-product link-sharing of my occupation for why I keep getting served this rubber chicken purse. And yet, it’s growing on me. The reviews are quite persuasive; example: “I bought this as a gift thinking it would be hilarious, and it turned into a daily use purse for the person.” —Hilary Pollack


$31.24 at Amazon

$31.24 at Amazon

In the Instagram algorithm we trust.


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