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Infusing Life with a Touch of ‘Sparkle’: The Julie Hansel Story

Whether discussing her role as the director of executive office events at Mayo Clinic or reflecting on her personal life, Julie Hansel radiates a charm that is also evident in her fashion choices.

“I appreciate the diversity of tasks and the chance to interact with a wide range of individuals,” shared Hansel, who relocated to Rochester in 2020 following a career of over two decades with Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the Twin Cities. “I derive immense satisfaction from assisting patients who appear disoriented in the subway. Since joining Mayo, I’ve noticed an extra spring in my step.”

“In my leisure hours,” Hansel added, “I relish traveling, socializing with friends, and have recently embraced pickleball. I am also reviving my golfing skills.” She mentioned, “As a single individual without children, I find great fulfillment in being a cherished aunt to the children of my friends.”

How would you define your fashion sense?

Elegant. Timeless.

Any other descriptors that come to mind?

Radiance. I possess an aged Kate Spade glittering clutch. Enclosed within is a favorite quote of mine: “She tucked her coral lipstick away and floated back to the party.” This phrase often crosses my mind when I’m at a gathering, applying lipstick or engaging in similar activities—though I prefer vibrant pink shades.

What influences have shaped your style?

I was raised in a quaint town on the border of south-central Minnesota and Iowa, a time when shopping was primarily through catalogs. Despite limited choices, I subscribed to various fashion magazines like Seventeen, Teen, and Teen Beat, allowing me to explore my preferences.

Your Style - Jules Hansel

Jules Hansel photographed on Thursday, April 11, 2024, in Rochester.

Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Any other sources of inspiration for your style?

During my youth, I admired a lady at church for her sophisticated attire. She always appeared impeccably dressed with coordinated shoes, handbags, and jewelry—an epitome of elegance. I often found myself gazing at her during church services. Additionally, there was the Avon representative named Babe, who didn’t adore the Avon lady?

Which wardrobe elements hold the most significance for you?

Footwear, handbags, and jewelry—because they consistently complement any outfit.

How does your attire vary between home, casual outings, and professional settings?

Casual wear typically involves athleisure attire such as Lululemon or Mother jeans paired with a black top. I gravitate towards black as I find it classic and unobtrusive, although some may jest, “Oh, you’re in black again?”

What message do you aim to convey through your style?

Professionally, I aim to present a polished appearance. On a personal level, I strive for an effortlessly chic look.

Do hats feature in your wardrobe choices?

I own hats for warmth in winter and sun protection during summer outings. Otherwise, they are not a staple. Perhaps one day, I’ll sport a hat at the Kentucky Derby for a special touch.

Any cherished sentimental piece in your collection?

My cross necklace holds immense sentimental value. It was a blessed gift from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.

Any surprising items in your wardrobe?

A pink satin ladies’ jacket from Halloween stands out, along with vintage Doc Martens sandals and Tommy Hilfiger plaid golf shorts from the ‘90s. These pieces evoke fond memories and laughter when I stumble upon them in my closet.

Favorite fashion season?

The autumn season holds a special allure, especially when donning a new pair of boots for the first time. While I appreciate all seasons, fall exudes a unique charm, heralding the arrival of winter.

Any elements in your style that reflect your Minnesota roots?

Primarily evident when I attend sporting events.

Closing reflections?

During my formative years, I had a whimsical poem pinned to my bulletin board: “Imagine how happy and free I could be if I would accept me, if I would laugh at my mistakes and faults every once in a while, and accept my mistakes with a shrug and a smile.” Embracing self-acceptance is crucial, even in matters of style. Today, my mantra would likely be, “A touch of lipstick can work wonders.”

Your Style - Jules Hansel

Jules Hansel photographed on Thursday, April 11, 2024, in Rochester.

Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin