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A Note From Meg

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The connection I have with our community is at the center of The Well Dressed Life; it is the secret to our success over the years.

When I worked with clients as a personal stylist, what I loved the most was the relationships that formed. Many clients quickly became friends, so my job at times very much felt like I was helping a girlfriend shop.

Now that my business has moved online and scaled, it’s more important than ever to retain that connection.

But, I have a hard time figuring out what and how to share aspects of my life.

So today, I thought I would take a minute to say hello, give you a quick update and let you know about a few things to look forward to on the site as we head into the end of the year.

As many of you know, being a mom is my number one priority. I left my corporate job almost 15 years ago to start my business when expecting our oldest daughter to build a career and family on my terms.

Today, I look back and am so grateful because, even though many people thought it was reckless, it is by far the best decision of my life.

I’m living in the moment I was planning for, now with three girls (14, 11, and almost 3) all in very different phases of their childhoods; I’m able to be available to them the way I had always hoped.

To be clear, I am so grateful and well aware of my extraordinary privilege; I’m also overwhelmed almost every minute of the day. I keep reminding myself that this is a season, but boy, am I tired.

A lot is going on at home currently, beyond the regular busy-modern-overscheduled-family stuff.

Without getting into too much detail, our middle daughter is dealing with a learning challenge, requiring us to make some decisions about her schooling.

Long story short, I am taking on the additional role of managing her education, which means I have to figure out how to do that and all the other things on my plate. 

After a lot of thought, I decided to pause the INSIDER membership for the foreseeable future. I cannot in good conscious charge for a service I can’t give everything to.

However, I am creating the same capsule for Fall, with a shopping list and outfit ideas and will share it as part of our free, daily content, so stay tuned 🙂 

Also, I continue to be locked out of my Facebook account after being hacked last week. So if you hear a muffled scream from wherever you are today, it’s me.

I lost access to my personal Facebook and Instagram, which gives me access to The Well Dressed Life Private group.

The good news is the group is still up and running; I was smart enough to give Brittany admin rights a few months ago. It’s just going to take a little longer to get posts approved. Please continue to share and participate.  Until I get back online, I’ll use Brittany’s account to communicate with everyone. 

I also still have total control over The Well Dressed Life on Instagram. If you are also on Instagram, you can follow me here

The bottom line is I’ll either eventually regain access or be banned forever. So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice. lol.

This season, in addition to our Fall capsule, I’ll also share our popular gift guides starting in early November, inspiration for holiday outfits, and more real life outfit ideas. 

Of course, if there is anything specific you would like me to cover, please drop a comment below. 

Our daily content and everything that comes with this site will remain, I am just unable to provide the group coaching, and live chats that comes with the INSIDER membership for right now. 

Thank you, as always, for checking in here every day and for continuing to help me build a safe and support space for women. 

It truly means the world to me. 



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Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Monday 11th of October 2021

At this time in your daughter's lives (especially the teen girls), it's very important for you and your husband to be there to offer love and support for their physical and emotional health. These teens years are short, but can feel like a lifetime. Later, you'll be happy you pared down other elements of your life to focus on them. Many of us have been there. We're all supportive!

Kathaleen Dudson

Monday 11th of October 2021

Hi Meg, I love your family being first priority. You will never regret that decision! ❤️ The challenges you are facing can seem daunting and you cannot do everything (even though you try to!). You will get this all sorted out and we will be here waiting for you when things get back to a new normal. Thank you for your honesty and commitment to us too. You are an amazing young woman. Sending you love, strength and patience for the days ahead, Kathaleen XO


Monday 11th of October 2021

Thank you for sharing. Take care of yourself and your family most importantly. Our life is truly a short one and time is a valuable resource, one we can’t get back when it is gone. I’m thankful for memories though. I spent my time supporting my kids education, keeping them busy enough not to get into trouble and loving them as much as any mom would. Just when I think I’m nearing the end and they are graduating college and in their careers I find myself missing their little faces and hoping their lives are fruitful and joyous. I wish your daughter much support and success in her educational learning and I wish you and your family a successful journey.


Monday 11th of October 2021

Meg, XO to you, and keep making those good decisions! (Saying this as a career woman and mom of 3 adults.) I am not super participative but have learned so much from you and it keeps changing how I dress, and how I see myself. I suggest you consider being banned temporarily from FB a sign in the right direction for this season of your life - Kim

Tracy Abraham

Monday 11th of October 2021

I love your emails! I am trying to pair down my wardrobe after taking an early retirement too! I don’t know whether I should be getting rid of colors that maybe don’t look as good on me (my struggle is figuring out the “bad” colors vs I love this item) or getting rid of individual items one at a time. My closet is stuffed and I struggle with getting ready every day. I am looking for more of a uniform to make it easier! Thanks for all the help!

Meredith Quinn

Monday 11th of October 2021

Hey Meg, Thank you for sharing. That takes courage, but gives us the opportunity to be compassionate to where you are. In the INSIDER group, I guessed a few of us were curious about the weight you had on your shoulders lately.

I would never wish my hard days on a friend. I know some of the weight of adding that "school learning decisions" on top of everything else in life. I'm proud and support your decisions and direction.

I know with my career and 3 kids, one with severe special needs, you've been a huge support in keeping me afloat whether making wardrobe choices or those fantastic fall gift lists!

Do what you can. Let us support and encourage you right back. God Bless, Meredith


Monday 11th of October 2021

Sending love and hugs to you. Take care of you too. Hope I'll get better soon. Tkank you a lot for all your tips and tricks, makes a huge difference for me. Hugs from Europe.


Monday 11th of October 2021

One of the things we all love about you is how authentic you are on this journey and we also know that anything you share is always SO valuable. Great decision on the Insider program - can't wait to see the Fall capsule (even though I live in FL and there is no Fall here, who knew I'd miss that). We love and adore you .. and your content of course! Big virtual Aussie cuddles to you this week


Monday 11th of October 2021

Life takes turns none of us except, or plan for, you are an inspiration to all of us and you can count on my support. Take care of your priorities in your order as a group of women we are here.


Monday 11th of October 2021

Grateful for all your sage attire and shopping advice and content! I hear your “voice” when I’m struggling in front of my closet! Thank YOU! As for the update above, your adorable daughters are surrounded by love—that by far is the most important thing for them to flourish. It sounds like you may now have more on your plate than was expected! Please let your standards for house related stuff (including meals) slide a bit to leave you more energy for this adjustment.


Monday 11th of October 2021

You are the best! I always love your candid conversations. You continue to roll with the punches and that what it’s all about!


Monday 11th of October 2021

Hi there, life sure is crazy lately! Just do what you can and we’ll be here. Hoping life gets smoother for you!

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