Magic Confidence

The Blog by Michele Charles Gustafson

Find Your Style By Doing This!

fashion style Jan 15, 2018

Recently, I was in a breakthrough session with a lady and she admitted to me that 25% of the few hundred she follows on Instagram are fashionistas, fashion bloggers or stylists. She giggled and said, “I follow you too, Michele.”

I smiled through the phone and asked her, “Lady, can you tell me the top 3 things you’ve learned from them about how to create your own...

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2017: The Year Of Detachment

confidence inspiration Dec 29, 2017

Sometimes you have to let go of the old. Old beliefs about yourself, who you think you should be, who you think you want to be, who you think you serve, who you think you are supposed to be to serve them, who you see is supporting you who and who you are to everyone around you.

Sometimes you have to let go to let more in.

I did just that this year - Detachment. And while the word sounds cold or...

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#BeInstagramUnworthy

What a joy it was to be the opening speaker at the Ignite Girls Conference this morning in my city.

The room was filled with 14 and 15-year-old girls learning more about themselves and how to create a community with each other.

I took them on a journey of giving themselves permission to be #InstagramUnworthy.

We discovered how they could begin diving into learning and loving their own...

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Be "Too Much" For Others To Handle

confidence Nov 06, 2017

One thing I hear from women when I talk to them about creating an image that helps them stand out is…”I just don’t want to come off as TOO MUCH.”

I get it. We’ve been told somewhere along the line…
“No one likes a show-off.”
“Don’t be boastful.”
“You’re not more special than anyone else.”

I beg to differ -...

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Retail Therapy Is NOT Therapy

shopping Oct 17, 2017

“Change how you dress and you’ll change how you feel.” How many times have you heard it? But you’re thinking, “Seriously? Is it that big of a deal?”

Many of you may not know that I began my image consultancy and mentorship business because after coming through a 9-month bout of depression, I used the process I take my clients through today to re-discover...

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Conquer Body Image Demons With Image Confidence

body image confidence Jul 31, 2017

Here I am paddle boarding this past weekend. I just got home and posted this reflection on my Instagram. I hope it offers you inspiration, Gals! 


"I wanted to tell you that you look so awesome in your bikini!" For me, who has been plagued with past body image demons, depression because of it and conquered that crippling negative voice, this kind of compliment still catches me off...

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Pack Your Gym Bag For Image Presence

life+style Jun 06, 2017

OK, my gym bags are heavy. Are yours?

Creating a presence in your image happens every day you leave the house. That means even when leaving the gym.

I go with a full change of clothes, makeup and accessories I pack the night before so I'm always ready to create a look that is at the least crisp and at the most impactful - even in the Pilates studio parking lot.

I teach my women to do the same....

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Why Fashion Tips Won't Help You

fashion style May 28, 2017

What are fashion tips anyway? Advice on how to wear something? Advice on what "thing to put together?" Suggestions on how to "find your style?"

Yes. Those are fashion tips. Have you noticed that I don't give you a bunch of those?

Here's why....
In isolation, they don't work.

Here's an example, if I told you "Wear stripes. They are in this season." Without a defined and empowered sense of...

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Confidence is a Currency in Short Supply.

Uncategorized May 17, 2017

These days it seems like women have every reason to be super confident.

They can get all the degrees and credentials, they can start businesses, they can hustle to make "a six-figure income," and they can raise a family and be a great part of their community.

They seem to have it all and look so "confident" doing it.

It's all a sham.

These women doing and having it all have a secret you don't...

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Your Dreams vs. Your Comfort Zone

quotes Apr 28, 2017

This week, I ran a 3-Day challenge in my Facebook community. If you haven't experienced a "Michele challenge," let's just say, it ain't no "fluffy" challenge.

I ask my participants hard questions. I challenge their thinking of their status quo. I teach them that the conventional thinking they have held is wrong and is what is holding them back. And then I ask them to personal responsibility and...

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