Project Perfect.

I was casually reading through my Blogger Dashboard last night when I came across a very interesting post from the gorgeous Amy at Flaws and All. The title 'Project Perfect' instantly grabbed me and I had to see what it was about. When I read her post, I felt very strongly about the issue at hand. She basically says that all us silly girls who are constantly wanting to change ourselves should be happy with who we are and instead of focusing on our 'flaws', we should focus on the things we do like about ourselves.


Do you ever find yourself thinking 'why can't I look like that?' when flicking through a glossy magazine? I know for a fact that I do it ALL the time. I am the worlds worst person for comparing myself to others and anyone who knows me well enough, will know that I have struggled with self-confidence issues for a long time now. There are various reasons behind why, but I won't turn this positive post into a sob story. I have recently graduated with a degree in Journalism and my dissertation topic was based on Body Image and how women's bodies are portrayed in gossip magazines. After months of researching and reading about Body Image, it is a subject I feel strongly about. 
Unfortunately, we seem to live in a world that is very image obsessed and it is understandable for any girl to feel self-concious when the magazines we read are full of 'perfect' looking girls. However, what we should remember is that nobody is perfect, and the images we see are often airbrushed or photoshopped. I know I need to start loving myself a bit more and appreciating what I have, which is why I think Amy's post is FAB.

To try and help girls come together and appreciate the beauty they have been blessed with, Amy has asked us all to do the following -

1. Post a photo that you like of yourself and say in a couple of sentences why you like it.
2. State some things that you DON'T like yourself but say why others may love to be like that.
3. State 3 things that you DO like about yourself.

So here is my Project Perfect post:

A photo of myself that I really like:


The reason I like this photo is because it was taken at a time I was really happy, as you can see from my huge grin. It was taken last summer, which was the best summer I have had in such a long time. I turned 21, I graduated and my dad had come over from Australia to visit me. I was generally loving life. I also like how tanned I look (even if it was  from a bottle of St.Moritz).

Okay, so onto the 3 things I don't like about myself -

My Nose - I absolutely hate my nose, I think it's huge and just generally don't like the shape of it. However, my boyfriend thinks it's cute and although I don't like the shape of it, it is straight with no bumps.

My Bum - I am always moaning about the fact I have a huge bum. I feel really self conscious of it all the time and think it looks huge in certain items of clothing. I don't like wearing leggings very often as I think they just make it look bigger. However, I know some girls would love to have a few more curves in the bottom area. Also, J-Lo/Kim Kardashian type bums are often admired by lots of people.

Moles/Freckles - I hate the fact my skin isn't clear. Although my face has no moles or freckles, I have a few on my body and one that I HATE on my neck (as seen in the picture above). Sometimes I feel so self-concious about it, I won't let certain areas of my body be seen and have even contemplated getting the one on my neck surgically removed. However, I know some people see them as 'beauty marks' because they add character to a person. Oh, and Beyonce has one on her neck too which helps.

Moving on to the three things I like about myself -

My Eyes - I do like the colour of my eyes as they are a light blue and stand out when I wear dark eye makeup. I'd say my eyes are the feature I get the most compliments on.

My Waist - I am always moaning about my body but my waist is one area that I do like. It is tiny compared to my hips which creates a nice hourglass and I think it looks quite womanly in fitted dresses.

My Hair - I literally couldn't think of anything else so I'll go with my hair. Its pretty long now so I don't need to wear my extensions as much as I used to and its naturally thick. I can also blow-dry it without it going frizzy and needing straightening, which is quite handy I guess. 

I hope everyone enjoyed reading my Project Perfect post and I hope you all do it on your blogs. Don't forget to send the link of your post to Amy as she wants to read them all. I'd love to read them too.

Don't forget.. We are all beautiful in our own special ways!

Lots of Love,

Kayleigh..

xXx.


35 comments

  1. really good inspiration. it's important for girls to feel beautiful despite what the media or others say xx

    My Blog: Boho Vanity

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    1. I agree.. there is far too much pressure on girls to look perfect these days! xx.

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    1. Aw thankyou Jasmine, you should do the post on your blog too :)

      xx.

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    2. you've honestly inspired me to do so! i will do one this weekend hun!
      thank you for sharing! i love, love, love coming back to your blog each day!
      i even have you saved on the top of my favorites tool bar... as creepy as that may sound.. heh heh heh


      xxxo

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  3. you look perfect to me.... I think you are absolutely stunning.... and your nose is cute! Greets from Ireland! x Marina

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    1. Aw thankyou so much, that's so sweet! i will hopefully feel that way about my nose some day!

      xx.

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  4. Think Amy's idea was perfect for us girls. Love this post. Feel free to take a look at mine
    xxx

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    1. I just had a look and it's great! I agree, love this idea. Things like this just make me love writing a blog even more than I already did!

      Xx.

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  5. You're absolutely GORGEOUS Kayleigh, you've got nothing to worry about! I know what you mean about being self-conscious & anxious all the time, seeing these 'perfect' girls in the mags but in fact they're airbrushed SO much.

    xxxx

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    1. Aww thankyou very much Stephanie! I know, the pressure the media puts on girls is ridiculous!

      Xxxx.

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  6. You look great and its a lovely idea for a post :D x

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    1. Thankyou Catherine, you should do the post too!! Xx.

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  7. Hello! Noticed your lovely comment on my blog and although I replied thought it would make more sense to comment here :) Also to let you know that you are stunning! I hate my nose too, would love a nose like yours, i'm an unlucky one who unfortunately has one of those bumps! Thankyou for following and for the lovely compliments! Just discovered your blog and I love it, now following :) I love this concept, everyone coming together to let us know that everyone is unique. aah I love finding bloggers from the same area! :) xxx

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment. It just goes to show that we all want what we don't have! Xxx.

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  8. This post is great! I might have to do it myself! Nobody is perfect. Not even the models or celebrities in magazines, photoshop is responsible for that "perfect" depiction.
    & I believe every girl is beautiful.
    But you are seriously veerrrrryyyyyyy gorgeous, you have a great nose and I have moles/whatever you call it..on my back and stuff, too..so that sucks. haha
    xxxxx

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    1. I read yours, it's fab that everyone is doing these posts. Nobody is perfect and everyone has their hang-ups. Thanks for the lovely comment :) xxx.

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  9. This is such a good idea, it's an amazing post :) xxx

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  10. Hi Kayleigh - you have such a beautiful smile! You are very photogenic! & your nose looks just fine to me! Great post!

    I took part in Project Perfect on my blog too!

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thankyou Jenifer, very nice of you! Xx.

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  11. I am melting before yr nice smile

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  12. Kayleigh this is such a brilliant post and such a great idea. I'm always saying to you I think you are gorgeous with an amazing figure but I appreciate everyone sees themselves differently!
    This has inspired me to also do one sometime! Thanks for sharing, it's difficult to highlight points you don't like about yourself!

    Lauren xo

    http://xblonde-ambitionx.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thanks Lauren, very nice of you. You know me though - Miss Paranoia. I hope you do this post too, I'd love a read :) xxx.

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  13. It's true there is so much pressure on girls these days. I think it's important to focus on your personality and talents. Looks can be misleading. X x x you are gorge tho. :)

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    1. i agree, it's all people seem to care about these days which is why girls put so much emphasis on their appearacne! Quite sad really! Xx.

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  14. fab post, and an amazing read. I have so many body issues so it's really bizzare to see that someone who looks as stunning as you, body,hair,face would have issues, so it just goes to show, everybody has them no matter how good that you think a person looks! xo

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    1. Aw don't be so daft, I don't see myself that way but thankyou. I definetely think everyone has insecurities. I look at girls and think 'how could she be insecure' but a lot of the time we see ourselves differently!! Xx.

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  15. Aww you look so gorgeous and I really enjoyed reading the post! It's weird to think that I'm looking at you thinking "why can't i look more like her" yet you don't like your nose or your big bum. Such an inspirational post!
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    Charlotte Couture Blog

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    1. Aw thankyou so much Charlotte, such a lovely comment! I would never think anyone would want to look like me so it just goes to show even if we don't like ourselves, someone else will!! Xx.

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  16. I had the same mole on my neck two your ago! I was so self conscious of it, I described mine as a coco pop haha! I had mine removed, its a really simple procedure!
    Go to your GP about it if your thinking of it! :)

    www.jadorebeautybrushes.blogspot.com

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  17. I think you're gorgeous! I genuinely think everyone has gorgeous qualities and I like how this post embraces them :) x

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  18. I LOVE this post! It it is really inspirational.
    I think I'm going to post something like this on my blog too. :) xx

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