Trust Yourself

By Elissa Prola

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Elissa, I am the “E” behind Styled by E., a personal styling company that is committed to seeing women transformed by their next level personal style. Basically, I help women feel like absolute badasses in their clothes everyday. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Trust yourself.

What would you say to 16 year old you?
Do it. No fear, no questions, no doubts, just do it. We live in an age where there is information everywhere. We can be listening to podcasts 24/7, or gaining information from other thought leaders. But at the end of the day, you are the one that has to be happy and excited about the decisions you make. Once you start listening to your inner voice, the world really opens up.

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
When you know who you are, and you know that your calling is bigger than anyone’s thoughts, doubt becomes irrelevant. When you are confident, there’s no room for others to doubt you. There will ALWAYS be naysayers, and ultimately, you don’t have time for them. You gotta do you!

What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I am this spunky, no-bull shit powerhouse. I hid my desires and my strength for a long time, so it’s been so fun to allow some of my more passionate sides come out! 

What motivates you most?
As morbid as this sounds, death motivates me. We have such a limited time on earth, so I want to make it count!

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
My marriage is my greatest achievement. My husband and I are celebrating five years of marriage and I consider it to be my greatest gift and my greatest achievement. Marriage is amazing. It takes time and self-work, but my gosh it’s so worth it. 

What is something on your bucket list?
I would LOVE to live in the British Virgin Islands on a catamaran for a bit. That’s definitely on my bucket list. Or to meet Oprah! 

What are your biggest passions?
1. Female empowerment– Women feeling like the beautiful badass forces they are. 
2. Entrepreneurship–I love business building.
3. Beauty–I love making things beautiful 
4. Relationships–family, friendships, clients. I LOVE relationships!

Where/when did your passion for fashion start?
I’m pretty sure I came out of the womb fashion-obsessed. I would take HOURS picking out my outfit for preschool (yes PRESCHOOL!). And I was very particular as to what I wore. Oh, and it never matched! I always wanted to do these crazy mixed print combinations. My poor mom. She would dress me in things that were fairly normal, but I wouldn’t have it. I wanted to be in stripes and florals. 

Imagine you open your closet and it’s empty, what’s the first thing you would buy?
A good jumpsuit. Something classy, feminine with a hint of edge.


Elissa Prola

Elissa Prola is a personal stylist, obsessed with helping women feel like the badasses that they are. She works with women who are at the top of their field, who find themselves needing to have a wardrobe that reflects their authentic self.

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