Magic Confidence

The Blog by Michele Charles Gustafson

Pumpkin-Spiced Brain Food Latte & New Year Reflections

I do some of my best thinking on Sundays.  This time of year combined with a Sunday and I get to share a few things with you to help to relieve some of the stress of this time of year.

Here, I'm sharing this latte recipe (below) and my new year advice. 
Cozy up, click through and see if you can define a brand new year!

 
 
 
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My Origin Story: Dressing Myself Well

aboutmichele confidence Nov 14, 2018

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...

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2 Unexpected (Yet Powerful) Uses Of Color In Your Life

color Nov 07, 2018

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:...

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#Glowvember Instagram Challenge

 

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)...

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5 Simple & Powerful Ways to Maximize Your First Impression

 
 Learning to become confident in the image you portray to others is easier when you have a fantastic role model. My Dad, Dr. Gerald Sonson Charles Jr., was my example. He was a significant reason why I do what I do today.  He was the sharpest dresser and the first one to teach me the importance of a great first impression, how your image connects to a mindset that creates...
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2018 EmpowHer Mentorship Scholarship Recipient

 

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The Top 2 Elements of A First Impression

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.

 
These are the two elements people notice first in your appearance:
 
:: YOUR FACE - Your features, the center of your face, your eyes and the gesture of your mouth (your smile). Then the...
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Makeup Hack: Save Your Face & Your Image

makeup tips Jul 26, 2018

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...

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The Gift of Resiliancy

aboutmichele confidence Jul 05, 2018

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:

  • Moving 2500km from home at 18 to go to university. I knew no one and had no idea how I was going to get my 2 suitcases and 1 cargo...
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How To Avoid Wardrobe Mistakes & Wasted Money

fashion shopping style May 23, 2018

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...

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