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Is Perfection Attainable?

In a society largely influenced by media, our perception of “reality” has been skewed. Our television shows, magazines, and movies all lead us to believe that these women in the media spotlight don’t leave their homes without looking perfect, polished, and put together. Of course it’s normal to spend thirty to forty five minutes doing your hair just to shuffle into Starbucks and run to the grocery store. #NoWay It often isn’t shown that these women are primarily just like we are. Messy hair don’t care.

So why are we trained to feel bad about not looking put together all of the time? I know that I don’t wear heels every single day, all day, to run errands. I know that I, as much as I would like to, don’t perfectly curl my hair each morning to go to class. Let’s get real. I am all for striving to look and feel your best, but some days I honestly just don’t have it in me. I am totally fine with admitting that at this very moment I am in yoga pants, a hoodie, and a top bun at Starbucks. Yoga pants unite. Women can be just as productive, successful, and driven in sweat pants as they are in a pencil skirt and blouse.

Look Good, Feel Good

However, all of this being said, I firmly believe in the look good, feel good mentality. I know I feel better when my hair is all done and I’m sporting a fresh manicure and outfit. My only point is, is that women shouldn’t compare themselves to individuals that appear to be always put together. Because chances are, they too have an extensive collection of hoodies and sorority function tees from their college days that they run errands in.

How do you feel about this? What do you normally wear on a day to day basis? 






  • Reply Alexis Reliford June 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Great post! I completely agree with everything you said. And I wear yoga pants faithfully everyday with no remorse. 🙂
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  • Reply Kaitlin June 11, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    This post hit home with me! I completely agree with the look good, feel good mantra. When I had foot surgery two months ago, I never imagine the mental effects simply not getting dressed up, and looking like “myself,” would have. Being that I couldn’t walk or leave the house for 6 weeks, there was simply no reason for me to wear anything other than sweats or do my hair and put on makeup. It was a true mental challenge. Although I do have to say, as I’ve gotten older I am much more acceptable of myself without makeup. I don’t wear much to begin with, but my baby blonde lashes really “need” mascara. I never used to dream of going anywhere without it! Now I’ll run to the store or Starbs in leggings, a messy bun and makeup free Xx
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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Wow, yeah I’ve never had a big surgery like that. I can only imagine the feeling of not being able to leave the house. Whenever I’m sick I always get really pretty and done up as soon as I am back on my feet. It’s very refreshing! Aaaaand then back to yoga pants. Haha! But good for you for not “needing” to anymore. I definitely think that it should be something that you want to do, not something that you feel like you NEED to do

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  • Reply Seersucker Sass June 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    The older that I get, the more that I strive to look “put together” every time I leave my apartment! There’s nothing worse than looking like I rolled out of bed and seeing a VIP I know from work at the grocery store. However, I don’t think looking “put together” means that I need to look perfect. Sometimes it just means throwing on a hat that matches my workout gear because my hair looks gross! Hahaha.

    Great post and such a relevatn topic!

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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      I completely agree with this. I tend to go through phases of wanting to look put together pretty much all of the time and then phases of not caring as much! I think that even if it’s just matching your hair to your workout gear, the little things that make us feel better are what is important!

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  • Reply Sophie June 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about feeling the pressure of always looking good. I think the only reason I succumb to it because it makes me feel good when I dress up.
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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      I agree that I looove the feeling of looking on point and put together. Look good, feel good. As long as you are doing it because you want to not because you feel like you have to is all that matters! 🙂

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  • Reply Jenny June 11, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Sometimes I dress up, sometimes I don’t. That was my college mantra.
    Now that I have to dress up for work everyday, thats changed a little but I definitely don’t bother to do perfect hair each morning for work.

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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      I’m sure that once I have a nine to five job I will be MUCH more consistent (out of necessity) with getting dressed up everyday. Usually it’s not the outfit that is a pain but doing my hair. Haha

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  • Reply Jordyn June 11, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I’m a big believer in embracing natural beauty (which isn’t perfect). That being said I love getting dressed up, some winged eyeliner and getting my hair done but to me staying confident in who I am means not needing those things to feel good about myself. I need to always be the girl who can go out without makeup and still feel okay about it!
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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Me too! I definitely have those friends that HAVE to put makeup on before they leave, and while I prefer it, it definitely is not a requirement.

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  • Reply Ade June 11, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Well said! I realized my life was a lot less stressful when I decided to stop comparing myself and rocking to the beat of my own drum.

    P.S. Top buns and yoga pants ftw!
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  • Reply Tiffany Khyla June 11, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    This is all so true! Who has time to be put together all the time? I know I don’t. I gets exhausting getting ready for work every morning. Some days I just want to lounge around in comfy clothes and be lazy. I’m actually most comfortable in jean shorts, a loose tee and flats.
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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      I can imagine that would be exhausting! I’m sure that when I have a nine to five job I will be sooo missing my tshirts and nike shorts.

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  • Reply Lauren Ashley June 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I completely agree with this! I love it. I sometimes look put together but I’m in pjs 51% of the time! Hehehe

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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      I’m super hit or miss as well. I feel like I have two looks: hobo, and fabulous. #noshame

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  • Reply Caroline @ The Caro Diaries June 11, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I most certainly don’t wake up like this haha! I do admit that I feel like shit when I’m not made up.. this week, I’ve been stress breaking out a ton, and it’s stressing me out even more because I feel not put together, and like crap.. Just inspiration for me to channel myself into my outfit.. but once 5pm comes and i’m back home, it’s yoga pants, a sorority tee and a glass of wine for me 😉
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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      I do the same thing! I usually get some what dressed up during the day (by usually I mean 65% of the time) and then as soon as I’m finished with the day’s errands and activities run for the nearest pair of Nike shorts! Best of both worlds.

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  • Reply Claudia June 12, 2015 at 2:05 am

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing!
    xo, claudia
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  • Reply Jenn, hellorigby.com June 12, 2015 at 2:08 am

    So true! I think in today’s society it is so easy to get caught up with the Pinterest/Instagram perfect lives that people showcase… in reality, that’s only one second of someone’s day!
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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Yes that is such a good point! I read an article the other day about how fake instagram is especially in the blogging world and it really hit home for me! It is so easy to compare your own messy life to the highlight reel of another person’s (SECRETLY messy) life.

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  • Reply Jessica June 12, 2015 at 4:48 am

    I went through a phase of never leaving the house without curling my hair because I hated the way it looked straight. But I grew out of it and now I don’t care as much about looking put together. Like you said, we can still all be productive and have a good time without being dressed up to the nines!

    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Wow I wish that I had your dedication. There are some women that curl their hair EVERY DAY as their signature style. I don’t know how they do it! That’s good that you are more relaxed now with how it looks straight! I’m sure that it is gorgeous!

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  • Reply Elana June 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I love this! I also do Makeup Free Monday’s to let my skin breath.

    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      That’s so great! I always get compliments on the clearness of my skin, but it’s probably because I don’t wear makeup half of the time! #lazinessforthewin

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  • Reply Sarah June 12, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I completely agree! I dress for myself because fashion is something I enjoy, but I do it for the art and how I want to present myself — not because I feel pressured, and that’s how it should be for us ladies!

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  • Reply Tiffani June 12, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I am happy to admit that I REALLY struggle with the look good, feel good. Now thats it’s warmer, I normally turn to my favorite Lulu shorts and a cute tank to wear for day to day stuff during the week. If I know I’m going somewhere that I’ll be seen, I’m all throwing on a pair of wedges and a cute maxi. I am PROUD to say I am not always put together- and totally okay with that some days!
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    • Reply Marie Huang June 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Amen to that! I am proud of that quality about myself as well. I would much rather have that than be one of those girls that are terrified to leave the house without makeup 🙁

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  • Reply April Rose Pengilly June 14, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Great post! I always try to look neat and polished, but I do avoid wearing make-up as often as I can get away with!
    April xx

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