Having a powerful presence and a sense of self and style isn’t necessarily something that you are born with.

Its something you grow into, whether it’s because your parents and/or childhood cultivated opportunities for you to create resilience, strength and grow through challenges or because you sought them out (or both).

Personally, I see my growth in confidence and presence starting when we moved from a suburb of Detroit to a suburb of Chicago.

Read More »

There seems to be a trend of connecting with fellow California expats here in D.C. and Jessica Grounds is no exception. Moving to D.C. right after graduating from Pepperdine, Jessica is the epitome of the ‘make it happen’ attitude. Don’t let her optimistic outlook fool you, though. She has had a ‘juicy’ career since landing in D.C. which has evolved from couch surfing while looking for her first job to founding Running Start before pursuing a once in a lifetime opportunity on a leap of faith and ultimately founding Project Mine the Gap with Kristin Haffert.

Read More »

“I feel more authentic than ever before.” ~ Cindy Harris

The work that we do with our clients is not about changing them or styling them so they ‘fit in’ to expectations of what they should look like. That’s why I kind of love the juxtaposition of Cindy’s ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo’s. There is a lot that carries through with the scarf and color.

But, the ‘after’ is much lighter, easier and FUN.
Read More »

A recent conversation with a client highlighted a key to her success and WHY we’ve created such amazing results evolving her style as she’s moving into her next level in her career.
Why did she invest in Ustyled?
Because she had been trying to figure out her ‘professional style’ on her own and not having much success or fun with it.

Sure, she could get out the door fairly easily, but she was just ‘appropriate.’

Read More »

You know how you’re supposed to let go of something, but perhaps it can take weeks, months or even years to actually let go of it?

It’s scary!

Not just because you may still be doing something because it’s your bread and butter but also because it’s what you KNOW. Moving forward into something unfamiliar is always a risk and a challenge.

But, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
Read More »

Have you ever worn something because a salesperson at the store picked it out for you but you just didn’t quite feel “right” in it?

Have you ever LOVED a style in a magazine only to try and rock it yourself and in the end, feel UNCOMFORTABLE because it might be too bright, bold or revealing?

The cycle that usually perpetuates thereafter is either one of two things (1) we find the “go-to” clothes: the all black outfit,

Read More »

I wasn’t in a great place at the beginning of this year. I was feeling wonky with everything going on here in D.C. and questioning the work I’d been doing for over 8 years. I also saw this feeling of wonkiness realized physically in a bit of weight gain.

Now, I don’t weigh myself too often. For me, it’s about feeling good and strong in my body. And noticing how my clothes fit.

Read More »