Life Lately

Looks like it’s Tuesday again.

Instead of just talking about Africa like I always do I thought I would just share a few things that are going on in my life..well, and maybe a little about Africa cause as you already know it is a big part of my life and it’s what’s constantly filling my head with thoughts.

I’ve spent the past several nights watching documentaries. There are seriously so many on Netflix and every night as I scroll through all the choices I find myself adding another one to the list to watch later. Have you ever seen Half the Sky? That was the first one that I watched and I think it’s what started this whole documentary kick. Anyways, if you haven’t seen it you should..but you should be warned that it’s not an easy watch and you may want to break it up and watch it over a few different nights. Another one that I watched is called I Am Because We Are, ever heard of it? Just watching these two was enough to get me even more excited to move to Kenya. If watching these don’t make you want to do something to make a difference I don’t know what will. Seriously, you should watch them.

Do you guys ever have a hard time turning your brain off at night like I do? For the past couple weeks I haven’t been sleeping much, I’ve just got so many thoughts in my head and can’t stop them from continuing to process all through the night. I find myself dreaming about Africa and what my future holds and whether I will even make a dent in the problems Africa has. I know that moving across the world to love the kids of Kitale, Kenya won’t end world hunger, change the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic or even guarantee these children a great life but I do know that with every ounce of energy I have and with every piece of my heart I want to do everything I can to make even the slightest difference in their lives.

Sometimes I wonder why me? Who am I to provide them with this love or hope? There has to be tons of other people out there that would be better for the job. No, I don’t have an answer to my own question but I am beyond thankful that I have been called to the job. I am so excited to get to spend everyday with these kids. Can’t wait to continue to get to know them and watch them grow up and chase after their own dreams.

I think the next few years of my life are going to be interesting. With every documentary I watch I add another thing (sometimes a few things) to my list of things that I want to do. Africa has so many problems and there are so many things that I just want to get my hands in and make a difference and be an advocate for those people. I know I am only 21 and don’t have the resources to make the world a perfect place but I feel so overly informed about Africa’s problems and now that I know  about a lot of them I can’t just sit by and watch the people suffer from the consequences. Some of you might ask why Africa? Why not America? And I know that every country and person has their problems and I wish I had some awesome answer as to why I love Africa so much and why I want to help the people of Kenya but I don’t. And maybe I don’t have to? I don’t know. All I do know is that through a serious of events I was lead to Africa and after just a few days of being there I was totally and completely in love. The second I got to work with the women in Rwanda I knew that I wanted to leave everything I have at home behind to work with them and empower them. Then, after visiting Kitale, Kenya (twice) I knew that without a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to spend the rest of my life empowering the people there.

It’s crazy how my dreams and MJC will get to continue to be intertwined. Over three years ago when I was “just the intern” I never in a million years thought that I would drop out of college to work for a children’s clothing company and that years later it would lead me to Kenya. Crazy, right? It’s insane, insanely amazing.

Okay, so this ended up being all about Africa and very little about my life apart from it. Hope you didn’t mind me spilling all my thoughts that have been overwhelming my head lately. I feel like I could go on and on and on for days but I know that that would just bore you guys so I will save some of my thoughts for next week..or maybe you guys are thinking I should stop talking about Africa 24/7 and find something else to share about, I don’t know..I hope not!

Talk to ya next week,


Marcy Schneider Hoffman - March 19, 2013 - 4:32 pm

Sweet Kiara, you don’t have to have the answers to any of those questions. You are following your heart, and THAT my dear, is the only answer that you need! Don’t stop talking about Africa! I love your posts!

Nicole - March 19, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Kiara- I think it’s wonderful that you are so inspired and passionate about Africa! Follow your heart and your dreams and I’m sure it will lead you to your destiny, whether it be in Africa or here in America. Regardless, those children are so lucky to have you and MJ who love and care so much about making their future a better place.

crystal Melim - March 19, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Kiara, you have such a sweet heart! Please don’t stop talking about Africa!!!!

sandi - March 19, 2013 - 7:29 pm

So inspiring!

Lisa - March 19, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Every time I see a blog posted from MJC now I get excited and hope that it’s about Africa! I’ll never get tired of hearing about your experiences.

Molly - March 19, 2013 - 10:02 pm

Kiara – You are AMAZING! I love reading your posts. Thanks so much for sharing.

Phyllis - March 20, 2013 - 10:01 am

You know when God puts HIS plan in your heart for you, then it does become your heart. So, like so many other things that He does in our lives, it is almost impossible not to talk about them and give HIM the praise for the calling and love. Ephesians 2:10, one of my favorite verses:”For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I don’t know if you are recognizing HIS voice since I don’t know you, but HE is definitely calling you. If you have not, you might like to read “Kisses from Katie” by Katie Davis.

I am 64 years old and want to be just like you and Katie when I grow up. You are truly blessings.


MonToaBeautifulPrincess - March 20, 2013 - 7:41 pm

He doesn’t call the qualified– He qualifies the called.

Jenna - March 20, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Sometimes we are called to do great things. Never feel like there is anyone out there more suited to follow your dreams! Your passion and heart will carry you through until you learn how to best make a difference. Just be careful out there.

I have not seen the movies that you mentioned but will look for them. I recently watched a documentary regarding Malaria in africa and its shocking how just one small net can literally save the lives of so many children.

Erica Scott - March 21, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Personally, I love hearing your stories about Africa and the children are so blessed to have you! Your passion for them is overwhelming and I’m pretty certain that your life took these turns because those sweet faces needed YOU!


It’s a rainy cold day here in Fort Wayne and I’m sitting at my desk as usual and working on colors for Spring 14.  I wound up going through Serendipity photos and couldn’t help but spend a little time daydreaming over them.  I’m not even gonna turn around and look out the window cuz ahead of me is sunshine and cheery colors. Aghhh I love Spring. And I love Spring Break. Only 1.5 weeks, okay 2!

Franklin got a hair cut this weekend and has been hiding ever since. Literally, hiding. Poor guy. He is so embarassed. He’s spent 2 days in Joe’s bedroom sleeping, he doesn’t even hang out with Joe. He’s totally Gabe’s dog. Those 2 are crazy about each other. Sidetrack- I need to rent Homeward Bound. I think Gabe would love it.  And Joe?  I’ve been trying my hardest not to sound like I am quizzing him everyday about his life. And he’s been handing me his phone with no hesitation at any given moment. We are getting there! It’s so crazy to look at him and think he’s a kid…not a child. It’s so crazy that he is totally his own person and every day I am seeing it more and more. It was so great when I could say how to act, what to say, when to …but now all I can do is hope I did a good job.

I keep seeing all these email ads for Easter and I gotta say, this is my fave top for Easter….and it is from Serendipity. I’m pretty certain we still have some.

And as far as dresses…Oh my goodness, Good Hart is filled with them!

The girls are coming back from China tomorrow. I can’t wait. I’m itching to finish up with Spring 14. And in the back of my mind, I can’t wait for Sam to come to 435 to start building racks for Art Fair. I  could totally do it myself, but it’s been empty for a bit and makes me a tad nervous to go. Ha, empty buildings are too quiet and when Sam gets nervous she is so loud. Perfect combination. Did you know we are going to have a Christmas section this year at Art Fair? Did you know that Livie and Luca will also be there? Did you know, pretty certain Maya’s Curls will be there. She’s been working hard to make it happen.I hope she can, cuz you will adore her. There is something about meeting people face to face, hearing their story and falling in love with why they do what they do. Aghh..I am getting so excited. And I promise you the best selection yet, with the prettiest, boldest, brightest colors. And for the ones that like the softer colors, I told Sam we need a Shabby Chic section too. I think you are going to be surprised at….. I can’t say. All I know is I am smiling huge right now!


Ashley S - March 18, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Oh I love Serendipity so much! The Vanilla Dot Top is my absolute favorite!! It’s so soft and angelic looking!

Brittney - March 18, 2013 - 12:34 pm

So excited for Art Fair!!!!!! So very very excited :)

Missy - March 18, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Gah! This post got better and better, line by line!!!! So excited for my 1st art fair!!!! You are brilliant in your personality, mind, mothering techniques. Your purity is fascinating to me!

krista - March 18, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Eek! I can’t wait! will you be doing any give-a-ways for any more tickets to dinner or lunch???

Katie Gregg - March 18, 2013 - 12:45 pm

a Christmas section at Art Fair? That’s better than Christmas!!
and I love Maya’s Curls hair pretties, but you know I’d also LOVE to see there? Princy n Paris!!!! Her flowers are the perfect MJ accessory :)

Rachel - March 18, 2013 - 12:58 pm

I am trying to figure out a way to come to Art Fair this year. I totally am dying to go. I don’t want to register or take tickets for anything though if I don’t get to go. It would be taking someone else’s spot which is so so wrong. Anyway..can I just show up? What do I have to register for? What will I be missing if I don’t register? Anyone know?

Rebecca Howard - March 18, 2013 - 1:02 pm

You just gave me goosebumps!!! I can’t wait for AF! Heading straight for that shabby chic section! :)

Denise - March 18, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Hi all, you do need a ticket if you come to the pre-party, tickets are at Brown Paper Tickets
And yes, if you are 1 day to 10years old you must have a 10 and under ticket.
And nope, it is not too late for tickets to the Pre-party. You do not need a ticket to the Art Fair on Saturday.
I’m trying to think of a fun contest…I’m stuck.

Denise - March 18, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Thanks Missy

Stacie Petta - March 18, 2013 - 1:34 pm

I was just thinking of the Serendipity line last night too because I was watching the movie Serendipity! I loved the Serendipity collection and actually still have my eye on a few pieces that I wish I could have! : )

A Christmas section sounds fun at art fair! Wish I was going!

Heather D - March 18, 2013 - 1:34 pm

A christmas section?? Yay!! And double yay to a contest. :-)

Allison cox - March 18, 2013 - 1:51 pm

My friend Casey and I couldn’t be more excited about Art fair 2013!! We didn’t score tickets to the lunch or dinner but it will def not be stoping us:). We had the best time last year, we literally smiled for two days straight. Can’t wait to hit the pre party this year and hopefully see some familiar faces from last year. You ladies all deserve a big thank you! Watching you all work so hard just blew me away!!! Until then I’ll be day dreaming about all those pretties and sweet sweet livie and lucas!!:)

Tonya - March 18, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Art fair was fabulous last year and Kennedy lived celebrating her 6th bday there. I have yet to inform her we are unable to go this year :( can’t wait to see some fabulous pics!!

Gran - March 18, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Welcome home from China MJC girls.

Marcy Schneider Hoffman - March 19, 2013 - 11:48 am

I thought the child tickets were under 10. I bought adult tickets for the 3 10 year old girls(Ellie and her friends) I am bringing. Oooops! Yikes! Can they get in with the adult tickets?

Susie - March 20, 2013 - 5:54 am

Christmas AF is the best!! We have several vintage pieces that I can not sell, love them to much…whoo hoo!!! A Christmas hobo too??? You know I had to ask:)Can’t wait!

Rebecca smith - March 22, 2013 - 12:17 am

Serendipity has got to be bout the prettiest!its my first pieces that I started last year,I like it so good I’d buy it really it all is pretty,I’m so glad to know you don’t have to have tickets to go to art fair,I’ve never been and would love to go so just maybe ill get to.thank you soo much for all you do,I admire someone who works hard, shares so much,and brings all these beautiful clothes for our children as well as us it:)

Just a reminder

I didn’t even realize Kiara had posted about Art fair till just now. Guess we all have the same thing on our brain. I couldn’t sleep last night so I headed into the workshop at 7 am and got to stay till 4pm. So nice. I got so much done and tomorrow I get to finish up. I’m working on a few new pieces. I’m quite excited about.  And my plan is to have at least 5 new style for Art Fair. Just a reminder if you have not purchased your tickets for the pre-party and would like to go, please head over to Brown Paper Tickets and you can get it all taken care of.  I haven’t asked Becky for an update but I think we have about 100 tickets or so left for the pre-party. No tickets are needed for the actual art fair.

And no I am heading to the red table to clean up and start thinking about Spring 2014. Sam will be back on Tuesday so I need to get my thoughts re-focused.  So far the collection is amazing. It is so weird to work so far ahead. I know I say that all the time.  But my brain is on Fall 13  Photoshoot, promo items, and conference, then it’s on Good Hart and Collection 3-4 which I LOVE, and now onto Spring 14. For a about 2 weeks it will be crazy cuz we will have 3 collections spinning at once….lots to keep track of. God thing for great MJC girls!



Aimee - March 17, 2013 - 6:11 pm

If I am bringing my 7 month old daughter will I need a “10 an under” ticket for her?

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