Last month I embarked on a project to challenge myself to take pride in my appearance and raise awareness and funds for mental health issues. I called it the #puttogetherproject and used the hashtag to chronicle my efforts across social media, particularly Instagram. Since the month and the project have wrapped up I figured I should check in with how I did and what I learned.
Out of 30 days I only missed two, which means I’ve donated $40 to my chosen charity, Association québécoise de prévention du suicide. I was also trying to do Set To Stunning’s #NERDVEMBER fashion challenge, but I soon discovered I didn’t have nearly enough nerdy fashion to keep from constantly repeating items.
Although observers probably found my daily selfies the height of narcissism, I did find that keeping myself accountable to social media was a huge part of my success. And while most of my outfits kept to my regular standards of T-shirts and jeans, forcing myself to think about accessories and makeup looks did make the process a little more fun and encouraged me to at least try to be creative. And while I probably won’t continue doing a full face of makeup every single day, I think I can commit to a minimum of BB cream, mascara & balmstain for the days I’m feeling extra lazy.
My 4 Favourite Outfits
My 4 Favourite Looks
- A good fitting blazer instantly makes any outfit look more pulled together and professional.
- Cream shadow and cream blush are your best friends if you are in a rush/not good at makeup.
- Bright lipstick is an instant mood booster.
- There is an art to the selfie that I have yet to master.
- Even if it takes you four hours to get dressed and washed, it’s still worth it.
I know looking good and feeling good are sort of a chicken and egg argument, but the accountability of this project really did force me to think about how my outward appearance and inner feelings are related. Feeling confident in my appearance did help me to be more social, to trust myself more and to get used to feeling good about myself again. Sure, a new lipstick won’t cure depression, but sometimes it can be enough of a distraction to keep you going until the depression passes. And that’s worth something too.
Thanks so much to everyone who was following along or participating themselves. I’m not sure if we were able to make much of a larger difference, but think it made a difference to me.