Live Finesse LLC. is a lifestyle brand created in July 2016 by creator and owner, Essence Sylvia Smith.

Mission Statement:

to encourage others to live their life unapologetically with zest and finesse.

There are four pillars under the Live Finesse umbrella: entertainment, beauty, lifestyle, and service.



In 2016, Before Bruno and Cardi B encouraged you to be dripping in finesse, before the drake shirt...someone asked me what I was going to do after graduating college. My response was “I’m going to finesse my way through life.” It was even more fitting that “FinESSe” had my initials in it. At that moment #LiveFinESSe was born. More than just a hashtag. It’s proof that no dream is too big for us, all visions are designed specific to us and us only, and nothing can stand in our way. For the moments in life when you don't always have the answers, and you're trying to figure it out: You take the opportunity by the horns, ride it, and finesse along the way. FinESSing is motivation to live life to your fullest potential by being charismatic, having a zest for life, and being unapologetically YOU! #LiveFinESSe

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And As Always, ✨



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Essence has been manifesting for some time now that she wanted to be on Essence magazine. Though she hasn’t landed a cover. She was featured during Essence Festival 2019.


who gone check me boo ?

In February 2019, Essence had the privilege to be an Influencer at The Southern Roots Festival in Atlanta, GA. The festival took place during Super Bowl Weekend. She enjoyed meeting celebrities, business owners, artist, and other creatives. The food from the food network chefs and food truck was amazing!

Janet Jaackson Concert

Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour

August 2018, Essence went to see the legendary Janet Jackson! These tickets were free. The seats were great, the concert was amazing, and she went with my bestie Niaboo. Shout out to Syndney!


Essence Festival

July 2018, Essence went to Essence Festival for the first time. She was able to travel with Lauren. The experience was amazing! She attended a Shea Moisture: Men event. At the event she met stars from Beverly Hills 90210 (Mack Wilds), New Edition Story (Elijah Kelley), and Insecure (Sarunas Jackson).


Horseback Riding in the Grand Turks

For her 26th birthday, part of her birthday trip was going on a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay, and the Grand Turks. While in the Turks Essence went zip lining, horseback ridding, rode a dune buggy, and snorkeling!


Zip Lining over the Las Vegas Strip

For her 26th birthday, part of her birthday trip was going back to Las Vegas! This was a free stay that we won from a time share. She went zip lining over the Las Vegas strip.


Parasailing in the Bahamas

February 2018, Essence took a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas and was able to check something off my bucket list. She went Parasailing! The experience was unforgettable.


Snakes in Miami

April 20- 22, 2017 Essence’s line sisters and her took a trip to the 305. While in Miami, Flordia she decided to live a little and hold a snake.  


January 13-14, 2017 Essence got the opportunity to participate in the #QuirktasticWeekend!  She was invited through a friend helping a friend. Essence was able to hang out with some popular digital influencers. In the great city of Durham, North Carolina (my 3rd home). She ended up getting the opportunity to join in on a podcast episode. This added full to my fire to get back on it.



Essence was getting my life at the Beyonce concert in Atlanta, GA. and ran into a celebrity. Well, he is a celebrity to her. Kentrell is the captain of The Prancing Elites who have a hit TV show on Oxygen. They are a dance team based in Mobile, Ala., the Prancing Elites face more obstacles than similar troupes as they work for success. The team is made up of five individuals who identify as gay or gender non-conforming, which results in the group being banned from competitions and parades. She loves to dance and loves their fierceness. Meanwhile y'all, he told her what direction they should take the photo because it was better lighting.