Dove advert and bracelets

I found this Dove soap advert interesting and as it’s gone viral and had 55 million views on youtube, I am obviously not alone.

This is what the manufacturers said about making the advert:

‘Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.’

It is interesting and a bit sad, that woman are keen to point out what they perceive as their flaws rather than their strengths.  None of the woman described their good features, it was strangers who had just met them who pointed out attractive features when describing them. Is it politeness that stops someone from saying she has a huge jaw or stringy hair or does a stranger genuinely only notice the good when they meet someone. They have no need to be critical or analytical, they just take you at face value.

It goes without saying that we are our own worst critics, we’ve been hearing it for years but this experiment really does prove it. It also goes without saying that we need to be more confident about who we are and what we look like. I have wondered for instance, about a woman who might be in a relationship or have a job that is not the right one for her but if she has no confidence and can’t see her worth maybe that leads to thinking that she doesn’t deserve the best possible relationship or job and she settles for something that is not quite right. People with confidence in themselves expect good things to come to them and interestingly enough, they invariably do.

I have always loved enormous bracelets, the bigger the better but at the moment I am absolutely obsessed with them! I have gone off necklaces for a bit and all I want are lots of huge bracelets.

Wooden bracelets

Wooden bracelets

I have been wearing these carved wooden bracelets that were made in a shelter for abused woman in Swaziland. They are very light although they don’t look it and I love the sounds they make when they clunk together!

I had a wooden bracelet from a craft store as well as a few old plastic bracelets that I don’t wear anymore so I decided to cover them in fabric and decorate them with buttons and an old pair of broken earrings that were lying around.

Fabric and wooden bracelet

Fabric and wooden bracelet

I cut the fabric into strips, coated it in gel medium and wound them around the bracelet. When that is dry you give it a few coats of varnish and then attach the decorations with gel medium.

Completed bracelets

Completed bracelets with old earrings stuck onto it

Completed bracelet with buttons stuck onto it

Completed bracelet with buttons stuck onto it

Bracelet wrapped with piece of frayed satin

Bracelet wrapped with piece of frayed satin

 

 

Chunky bracelets image from bestontop.com

Chunky bracelets image from bestontop.com

Dinosaur Designs bracelets image from unikapparel.com

Dinosaur Designs bracelets image from unikapparel.com

Bracelet from Dinosaur Designs

Bracelet from Dinosaur Designs

Bracelet from Dinosaur Designs

Bracelet from Dinosaur Designs

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4 Responses to Dove advert and bracelets

  1. It is terrible how critical women are of themselves. Next time you have a group of people together ask them to describe themselves. Men are really factual, saying things like 6 foot, brown hair, loves golf while women say things like I hate my hair and need to lose a bit of weight! Seriously it’s quite startling when you see it happening.

    • shirlcatts says:

      It would have been interesting to do the same exercise with men, I agree, generally they don’t have the same insecurities with their looks that women do.

  2. sabrina says:

    Hi Shirl,

    Loved your newsletter this week. Lots of interesting things. Exactly what I was talking about and looking for. Good Ideas..

    Thanks

  3. rosemary says:

    You are so creative. Just love the bracelets.

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