Do you have an item or two (or seven) in your closet that you’ve held on to for a long time and you’re not sure why? It doesn’t fit or it’s out of style but it holds some type of significant meaning to you… whether we realize it or not… a lot of our identity, personal history, and even sometimes our self-esteem can have a significant connection to what’s hanging in our closet… we hold onto things that maybe… just maybe we should let go of.
As a child, Essense wanted to rebel against being dressed in the same outfits as her sister. Once she found her first job in retail she took full advantage of her 30% employee discount and she began to cultivate her own style.
In college, Essense started to define and explore her own style, but worried people would only know her for clothing. She wanted to be known for her personality as well.
Today, Essense fully embraces her personal style as a way to show others who she is.
While working as a paralegal, Essense’s style would attract attention from her coworkers who requested help with shopping on lunch breaks.
Sometimes the best way to start is by jumping in the deep end: Essense changed her Instagram profile to say “Paralegal by day, personal stylist by night” before she ever had her first client.
Essense’s mom left a beautiful legacy of faith, and Essense honors her mom’s legacy by giving glory back to God with every step of her career. After finding her mom’s old business cards, Essense carries on her mom’s boutique with D.E.F.Y. Fashion and a unique take on camo jackets.
Essense Heel is a fashion stylist and social influencer from Raleigh NC. She launched her business in 2014 after training under celebrity stylist Shun Melson. Essense is on “the it list” and receives exclusive invites to all the fashion social scenes in NC. She is also the co-founder of the Where to be Society. You can find her sitting on the front row of a fashion show dressed how she wants to be addressed!
Essense wears the titles of daughter, sister, friend, socialite, mentor, and God Chaser. You can find her on all social media @essenseheel.