We're LIVE!

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We're LIVE!

After years of contemplating, dreaming, praying, and envisioning, Essential Elements online shopping experience is a reality!

It's December 22, 2016, my birthday and oh my, what a gift to receive, the debut of! A dedicated team of people came together on one accord, intently listening to what I believed our website could be and through weeks of hard work, we're off to a sensational start!

I would be remiss and very negligent if I didn't acknowledge the hand of God on this entire project, what I thought should happen years ago under different circumstances wasn't what He planned. Instead, He allowed for a wonderful, dedicated web-studio space to be directly across the street from our beautiful brick & mortar store, affording the opportunity of convenience and space. Won't He do it!

I'm also excited about our blog, The Mel Bag! Get ready to enjoy the Essential Elements journey, I'll be taking you shopping with me, let's talk about some pop culture happenings, and of course, lets delve deeply into that world we love, FASHION! It's certainly an exciting time in the life of Essential Elements-Chicago, and we're blessed and privileged to share this time and space with you!

In the meantime, enjoy some journey pictures!


Mel standing in our empty web studio space!

Mel standing and rejoicing in our empty web studio space.

  Artist extrodinaire, Jittaun Priest hand painting our walls.

Sensational artist, Jittaun Priest hand painting our walls.


Lead E-Com Admin, Di'Ana working it out!

 Lead E-Comm Administrator, Di'Ana werking it out!


E-Com Admin, Social Media expert Jackii.

 E-Comm Admin/Social Media Admin, Jackii making it happen!


Phenomenal photographer Jason McCoy giving us tips and pointers.

 We were blessed to have Chicago's very own amazing photographer, Jason McCoy
offer us tips and pointers!



  1. Lin Lin

    I was checking out your birthday post and I had my closed captions on. Please check it out quickly you may want to make some changes in the dialogue.

  2. Gail Y. Cousins Gail Y. Cousins

    This is Awesome, Melanie! You have dedicate so much in making this boutique grow and be known! Happy New Year to you and your Awesome staff, Melanie!! I am so happy to see that your Awesome boutique, Essential Elements now have a great online website !! For years, I love shopping at your boutique and now I will be shopping online for some great apparel and accessories!

  3. Kassandra Scott Ward Kassandra Scott Ward

    Congratulations! I love the website. You have made shopping at EE even more convenient. God bless your future endeavors.

  4. Onnameaga Kithcart Onnameaga Kithcart

    I've been patiently waiting for this as I have lived away from home and can only visit from time to time. I am grateful to Dee and others who have been so patient and helpful to me over the phone but I am overjoyed that I can shop online now!! I am forever a fan and pray God will bless you all even more than you can contain! Congratulations!!

  5. Romel Caldwell Romel Caldwell

    I want to take a minute to let EE know, how glad I am ,that I will be able to purchase online, thanks to all that made it possible.

  6. geraldine starks geraldine starks

    I,m just so happy and proud to be a part of Essential Elements. I started shopping their about two years ago and always bring along a friend every time I shop. My friends always ask if they see me with something on different " You been up on 87th haven't you and I smile and say of course.

  7. Jacquelin Holland Jacquelin Holland

    Received my Shennel gray, black and red jacket with a FREE infinity scarf today and a beautiful thank you note!! Thank you for being my favorite out-of-town boutique - ya'll rock!!
    Jaci Holland (Powell, Ohio)

  8. Sheryl Walters Sheryl Walters

    Mel, I am so pleased for you (and, of course, for us!!) that your EE site has come into fruition. I hope you are aware of the marvelous work you have done over the last 15 years or so. The growth and evolution of EE has been as phenomenal as your personal growth has been. God is good.

  9. Wendy Kendrick Wendy Kendrick

    Congratulations Mel! So happy to be able to shop from the convenience of my home in Ohio. God is so amazing and His timing is always perfect. Your website looks phenomenal...time to shop!

  10. Sandra S, Bonner Sandra S, Bonner


  11. Kendra Nicholson Kendra Nicholson

    I Love all that I've purchased from you guys. Just wished I lived in Chicago to be able to get inside the store. Now that you guys are going live I hope to find more treasures. Always pleasant when I call the boutique. Thank You

  12. Brenda Welch Brenda Welch

    Wooohoooo!!!! Many Congrats to YOU & your Team!!! Grateful that your prayers were fulfilled & Happy Bday!! See ya in NY in February. Brenda


    Melanie, you are a super star that I can relate to and follow! Thank you!
    And what a team you have! Such a good timing to wish you happy birthday, to you and your new project! For success! I am honored to be with you on that path! Yael

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