"I am first and, finally, my only model." - Coco Chanel
Wardrobe Stylist + Fashion Contributor
Whitley spent her childhood in the idyllic surroundings of Asheville, North Carolina. Both her Grandmother and Great-Grandmother worked as buyers for an upscale luxury boutique in Eastern North Carolina. This early exposure to personal style and high fashion led her towards her work as a stylist and the creation of her blog, the Queen City Style. Whitley believes it is because of this exposure and DNA inheritance that she has always possessed an innate connection to all things fashion and style.
Whitley obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, NC, playing two undefeated seasons as number one seed on the women's tennis team and obtained a top 20 junior collegiate national ranking. She then received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a minor in Exercise Sports Science. Upon graduation Whitley moved to New York City to pursue her dreams in the big city of bright lights. She worked as an assistant to several of the world’s top supermodels and stylists and also served as executive assistant to the director of investor relations at Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Upon her return to the south, Whitley owned and operated Charlotte's oldest nanny placement service, Private Placements, Inc., for eight years.
It was with the birth of her second son in March 2011 that she decided to reevaluate her personal and professional goals and begin the pursuit of her passion for all things style. This creative nesting phase inspired her to submit a story to Lucky magazine which published and became the catalyst for the Queen City Style. Whitley now contributes as a writer and stylist to various regional magazines and makes regular television and radio appearances.
Teaming up with three other Charlotte entrepreneurs in 2011, Whitley co-founded Warm Charlotte, a charity collecting and delivering cold weather items to local shelters and families who need them most. Whitley's most focused current work-related philanthropic efforts include a close partnership and role as spokesperson for Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont. In 2014, Whitley completed her first Boston Marathon. As an avid runner, Whitley enjoys coaching a team for the boys not for profit characater building and running organization, Let Me Run, as well as serving on the advisory council.
Whitley feels she has been blessed with an indefatigable drive to pursue her passion on a professional level in order to help others look and feel their best while in pursuit of their own personal and professional goals.