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Candid Keepers #465


Shawna Pesina of Minneapolis, MN

Favorite Place:

Hermosa Beach, CA

Q:  Please tell us a bit about yourself.  Where are you from and where are you now?

A:  I am a city girl.  Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN.  I grew up always living about 10 minutes from downtown so my family thinks it’s ridiculous that I moved to the west suburbs and am “so far away” now.  J  At least they have to call before they stop by now!  Haha!!  I am still close to my core group of high school girlfriends, we’ve known each other for over 25 years and are all celebrating our 40th birthdays this year!  I think that is so cool.  I am a good friend and I love to make another person smile.  It’s probably my biggest goal each day….to make someone happy and spread a little cheer.  I love being a mom  and have never had a harder job in my life, but also never a more worthwhile job either.  🙂

Q:  How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?

A:  We met on a boat cruise on one of our lakes here in Minnesota.  I went as a friend with someone else, he was alone, we met and were inseparable for the rest of the night.  2 years later we were married.  5 years later began a family.  🙂

Q:  My favorite thing to talk about is my kids.  Tell us about YOURS.

A:  Sophia Margaret is 7 ½ and fabulous.  She has always been a textbook child, doing everything she’s supposed to, when she’s supposed to.   She’s smart and funny and has a great sense of humor.  Her funky creative style mirrors MJC so perfectly.   Joshua Michael is my 5 ½ yr old boy.  That about says it all.  J  He is feisty, a prankster, and sneakily clever.   He’s my boy and that seems to mean he gets away with a little bit more than he should.  He’s very blessed to be cute, I have said this to him since the day he was cut out of my belly via emergency c-section! 


Q:  What did you do in your previous life?  Pre-Matilda Jane?

A:  I have a Retail Merchandising Degree from the University of Minnesota.  Directly out of college I began a career with Marshall Field’s in their Buying Office.  I worked mainly as a Business Analyst for Men’s Accessories and loved playing with product, watching trends and forecasting sales.  I left work on a Friday, in 2005, gave birth to my daughter on Monday and never went back.  I knew I wanted to stay at home full-time to raise my baby.  1 son and 7 years later…my children are both in school full-time and I’m ready to work!  Matilda Jane Clothing is the perfect fit for me!

Q:  How did Matilda Jane find YOU?

A:  Ooooh!  A friend showed me some clothes she “got at this show someone had, called Matilda Jane”.  I knew I loved them the minute I laid eyes on them!  I found it online.  Then I lost it.  Then found it.  Then forgot about it.  Then FOUND IT for the final time and made the leap to book a show!  I booked a party with Erin McCauley and it was all over after that.  I fell in love with  her and the entire Character Counts line and knew I had to be a part of this amazing company!  I am in love with clothing, styling and fashion and new we’d be a perfect match!

Q:  Who on this earth has been the number one influence in your life?

A:  My Father.  He was the most positive person I ever had the pleasure of spending time with.  I am him, in a girl body. 

Q:  What are 5 words your friends would use to describe you?

A:  Happy, Outgoing, Faithful, Loyal and Kind.

Q:  Besides your family, what are you most passionate about?

A:  Making this world a sweeter place, one smile, one ‘hello’, one laugh at a time.

Q:  Chocolate or Vanilla?

A: Vanilla!!!  Chocolate is too overwhelming….too much going on with it! 

Q:  Are you  a dreamer or a realist?

A:  Mostly a dreamer.  I have big dreams and many of them are coming true!  Matilda Jane Clothing has enriched my life so much in such a short time, it’s a little scary.   I often say “I live in LaLa Land, it’s much, more pleasant than Downerville!”

Q:  Crazy or not, what is one dream that you would most like to make come true?

A:   Own a cabin on a lake.  That’s it.  Our very own weekend spot to relax and recharge and someday retire to.

Q:  If you were gifted $1 million to donate to any charity or organization, which one would you choose?  Why?

A:  I would donate it to our Church/School.  We have an amazing school and I want to ensure that it is always financially stable so it can continue to allow children to grow in a Christ Centered environment and not worry about cutting staff or dropping programs.

Q:  If you could crawl into the pages of any book, what would it be and why?

A:  Any Phillipa Gregory Book (The Other Boleyn Girl).  She really draws you in to that period of time, it already feels like you are there, living along with the characters.  Such a great escape!

Q:  Good Hart is a special place for Denise.  What place do you hold dear to your heart?

A.  Hermosa Beach, CA.  We lived in California when I was little and it’s where my heart is.  The ocean, The Strand, running on the beach and driving along the coast.  When I get off the plane I immediately feel memories flooding back to me from childhood when the ocean air hits me.   





Just a Happy Day

Just a quick good morning.

I’m so happy today. Just got back from soccer, then have an interview at 11, then I am meeting Jenni V to see Africa pics, then heading to MJC to cut some Art Fair goodness, and then dinner tonite.  Aghhh it’s gonna be a good day.

I got some super cool fabric and I am dying to cut it. One of my fave things about Art Fair this year is that we have been setting a lot of fabrics aside so that when you come it will be new, fresh prints. So much new stuff! And yes, I am working on the 12/18m and the 10/12 tweens.

You guys, seriously, if you are not planning on attending ART FAIR and you love Platinum, then you might want to reconsider. I’ve got really good feeling about this. It is so nice not to have the stress of “do we have enough, it is really good stuff, it is new, it is fresh, will they love it?”

And I do have to turn the ticket site off today so we can start planning swag bags, so be sure to get your ticket if you are coming.

Monika M. - May 11, 2013 - 6:11 pm

You don’t even know how badly I want to reconsider!! Sadly I’m not made of money, lol! I told myself that there won’t be much in Grace’s size anyways… you know, just to make me feel better about not coming… and then you burst my bubble ;-). Oh well, I’ll just sing Rolling Stones here in CA. You can’t always get what you want….

Mama Hope - May 11, 2013 - 3:42 pm

I’m having a good day, too! Got the sweetest Mother’s Day card from my MJ girls – love it and thank you! But the big news is that I placed a beef, chicken, and fruit pies order with The Good Hart General Store! You know my Michael is going through some serious health issues … (Well, we are ’cause it’s a two-man job) … His Dad is coming to babysit next week while I’m in Cali for work … What a great treat for them to have, huh? The General Store posted a yumminess picture on FB … So I picked up the phone! Yay, Me! Yay, You … for sharing your love of Good Hart!! I’m dying to visit – we are thinking after AF! Where can we stay? Like you are going to answer!

SC - May 11, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Soooooooo wish I could go…I’m a platinum addict! We will be preparing to move at that time so it just won’t be feaseable. Sounds like its goning to be wonderfully epic!

Katie - May 11, 2013 - 11:07 am

Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!!! Have a great day!!!!

Platinum Update

It has been quite awhile since I blogged last and I feel like we have so much to catch up on!

I have really loved my time here so far at MJC. I work with some of the greatest people that make everyday unpredictable. I never know what each day has in store for me, and I love it!

These past couple weeks have been beyond fun! Since Kiara was in Africa I got to help Carrie with layering and even some cutting! Tabitha went on her first trip to Chang’s (I even got to tag along a couple times) We have been transforming 435 into an Art Fair wonderland and the excitement is overwhelming! This will be my first Art Fair and there aren’t any words to describe how much I am looking forward to it…I can’t wait to meet some of you and even your little ones 🙂

Now that Kiara back from Africa its like the family is back together again (cheesy, I know…) I just love it when Kiara returns from a trip, we always have a million questions for her and she has amazing stories to tell (not gonna lie, they usually make me tear a bit) Although we are sad for her to leave us we see how she is when she returns and we just know that is where she needs to be.

On to the fun week we had….let’s be real, these girls have become some of my best friends. Most days we spend about 12 hours together, whether it is going to the mall, pedicures, a movie, or just dinner to catch up on life outside of work. Since Kiara was gone, this week has been just about everyday! So much Platinum bonding time.


Carrie is still pregnant as ever. I am so jealous of how cute she is, and she still hasn’t repeated an outfit. I wish I had her closet…She has been cutting all the live long day! This week has been tank dresses for Art Fair. Get ready ladies 🙂

Tabitha got her wisdom teeth out last Friday so the beginning of the week was a bit rough for her. But her cute cheeks are getting back to normal (PS she might kill me for that comment). She can’t wait to eat popcorn again. Oh and she also spilled her cold pop all over the floor today, instant depression. But I was nice and got her another when I was out on an errand.

Cara learned how to layer this week! And she got the opportunity today to play fabric Jenga. “What is fabric Jenga” you say?! It is when you have a pallet of fabric and you need the bolts in the middle. She was extremely successful!

Emily, Patty, Megan, and our new intern Lily have been at 435 this week buttoning, ironing, steaming, and hanging all the AF pieces. I love going over there to see the progress, it is AMAZING!


I guess that is all for now. Until next time 🙂


I know you are all missing Platinum, but never fear, it is not over quite yet! But relax this weekend and enjoy the awesome spring weather with the family. I know I am planning on taking a few bike rides!

Alison - May 10, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Oh my goodness I am SO glad the pop didn’t splash on that beautiful fabric! 🙂 Fabric Jenga. That’s clever. 🙂 Good job.
Counting down the days till Art Fair.
Thanks for the update on Platinum. Hoping it was going to be up this weekend. I miss it. 🙁
Have a wonderful weekend ladies.

Bridgette Lott - May 10, 2013 - 4:06 pm

I thought you were transferring out of Platinum?