The Blog by Michele Charles Gustafson
Every superhero has a turning point in their origin story - how they come to be and own their magic, that they use to help others. I have mine too.
This photo was my very first Instagram post. I then shared it on my Facebook profile with the caption, "Everything must change nothing stays the same." I love that song.
It was at this time I was in the "sad times." I call it. I appeared confident on the outside. The world saw me as owning life, but deep down I was crumbling. It was a critical time and this time - Feb 2011 - was the turning point.
It was shortly after this photo that I began to renew how I saw myself in the mirror. I was my first Hue and Style image consulting client, and by changing how I saw myself, I shifted how I saw my contribution, I made new choices that supported my life and the sadness lifted.
By November 2011, I posted a new status, "Feeling happy all the way inside." What most don't know about me is I am my own case study. By my learning to dress well, by...
Right now, there is a huge chance that you don’t realize how powerful color is in your life. I mean, you may generally agree with me that it boosts your mood or makes you face more vibrant but unless you’ve learned the deeper power of it, you just can’t know how powerful it is.
That also means you don’t know how to use it in your life to do two very amazing things:
So while I love that you love color as I do, I want you to know there is more to it than meets the eye (pun intended). There is more to learn and if you are on a mission to help, change, impact and transform others, it’s a tool in your image...
In my past lives, I sacrificed fun for work - it’s still a battle sometimes, if I'm honest with myself, as a self-proclaimed “Type-A in Recovery” so I thought it'd be fun to spark some fun with what I do and to invite you guys to come along with me in November with an Instagram #photochallenge!
The theme is #Glowvember and is a chance to discover (or rediscover) and share the keys to style, confidence, and joy because when they all come together, you GLOW!
I’ll be posting each day on my Feed and/or IG Stories.
JOIN ME! And better yet, tag a friend on this IG post and we’ll all have some fun together! Don't overthink it (I'm resetting that too this month). It's easy. Just say 'yes'! Can’t wait to play!
Ninety-three percent of your first impression is built on your appearance. That means people are judging you and you haven’t even said a word. It’s not fair but it’s true.
You have to know from me by now that the #1 thing people notice about your image is YOUR FACE!
So...keeping it "well kept" by cleaning your makeup brushes (every 2 weeks if you can) is a must! Here's a fun hack for you. Use Dawn dish detergent for the "wash" cycle in your brush care.
It cuts the grease that is the oil from your skin and strips all that bacteria harboring 'goo' off your the bristles of your brush - especially if they are natural hair. Many of you may not know that I was a skin care professional and makeup artist for 15 years - I always used Dawn to clean my brushes and have had some for those same brushes for the same length of time. It's tried and tested.
Save your skin from bacteria, save your complexion from breakouts. EVERYBODY go wash your brushes this weekend and report down below how it went for ya inside the Art of Dressing In Confidence for Success community on Facebook! You can even post your own hack!
Some call it Grit. I call it Resiliency. It’s the ability to bounce back and I think one of the most valuable qualities anyone can own. It comes from experience. You can’t fake it.
My resiliency comes from 3 experiences in my life:
Each of these has taught me exactly what I need to know to be a leader to others at this moment in my life. They...
Listen, Gal. Not even I get it exactly right every time. But my wardrobe missteps are 1 in 20 garments I purchase. Not 20 out of 20.
Case in point: I bought this top. Loved the cut, the color was right, the flowers I thought were Dramatic enough for me, but when I got it, I took it on and off a few times - never actually wearing it out. (A tried and true symptom of a misaligned wardrobe purchase.)
I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t want to wear it and finally, it hit me today. It’s “too sweet” too much in the Romantic’s style story and not enough in own dominant or secondary style profiles.
Solution? I choose two items that ALWAYS get me where my outfits communicate who I am: First, my favorite pair of wayfarer sunnies, and second, a moto jacket.
BOOM! Now, it’s me. All me.
Here’s what you need to know, Gal, every item you choose, purchase and wear is speaking to you, for you and about you. You have the power to have every piece...
Thank you The SheFirst Project for having me on the SheTime Podcast to talk about the truth of Women & Style.
I was delighted to be featured in this episode where host Alexandra Sampson sits down with me to discuss:
With my own brand "tell it like it is," I listen to the entire interview by clicking my quote below or HERE.