Candid Keeper #174

It occurred to me the other day that A LOT of us get pretty attached to our fabulous Trunk Keepers.  They are friends, fellow mothers and just downright dazzling!  I imagine Mimi of Huntsville has quite a following of loyal customers.  There’s a sweetness in those big brown eyes that just can’t be denied and a sense of humor that’s oh so cleverly subtle.  Hello Mimi of Huntsville, AL!!

Q:  Hi there, Mimi.  Tell us a little bit about you and your family.

A: I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL, graduated from Auburn University, and worked in outside sales for 11 years before getting promoted to stay at home mom. My husband of almost 14 years, David, was also born and raised in Huntsville. We have three children, Caroline (11), Layne (9), and Grey (6) and a new puppy named Ty (9 weeks old).  My passion is hunting for cool junk and turning it into something beautiful for myself and others.  My husband is a financial consultant for a local firm, but has a true talent for writing non-fiction short stories and entertaining folks on facebook.  As a family we love Auburn football, cooking out, jumping on the trampoline, hot wings, going to the movies (especially on Christmas day), the panhandle of FL, the WoW Camera app, eating gluten free, dancing in the kitchen, and the list goes on.

Q:  What is your favorite place you’ve ever lived?  Why?

A:  Huntsville, AL—my home town.  I said I would never move back after I graduated from college, but I soon realized I wanted to be near the people that knew me the best and loved me the most.

Q:  How did you meet your husband?

A: Met him at a  Ducks Unlimited banquet while on a date (a lame date) with the guy I was dating.  A year or so later we became neighbors, then friends. It took him 4 years to ask me out, but less than a year to ask me to marry him J

Q:  If you could give your parents one gift, what would you give them?

A:  Good health and never ending happiness ~ one gift isn’t enough

Q:  Have you always known you would have children some day?

A:  Yes!!! I got married in my late twenties so I was not sure I would have the full house I always wanted. It worked out perfect. Dave wanted two and I wanted four so we had three.

Q:  What is the single most valuable lesson you’ve ever learned?

A: If you have a problem go to the source and no stopping along the way!

Q:  If you could crawl into the pages of one book, which book would that be and why?

A:  Hard question! As a kid I did not love to read. I guess all the “have to” read squashed the “wanting” to read. Now books are like pizza…even the bad ones are pretty good.  I would love to crawl into To Kill A Mocking Bird, because it is based in the south and written from a child’s point of view.  Two things I can relate to, appreciate, and trust.

Q:  If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?

A:  The Selma to Montgomery March. On 25 March 1965,  when Martin Luther King  led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, campaigning for voting rights.

Q:  If you were gifted a home in any part of the world, where would you choose it to be?

A:  Unfortunately, there are many places on my list to see, but I think it would have to be a home with a full view of  Mount Fuji in Japan.


Q:  Do you have a favorite blog or website you visit EVERY day?

A: From time to time I visit The Bloggess. And yes, I do have a  big metal chicken in my front yard named Beyonce. This lady makes me belly laugh. Caution…you must have a warped sense of humor to enjoy this blog.

Q:  How do you try to leave this earth a better place for your children?

A:  By only adding things to my life that bring beauty and happiness.

Q:  What is the best part about working for Matilda Jane?

A: Not fair ….this is really tough because there are so many reasons. Obviously, the clothes are one of the best parts. I love offering  pieces that make people feel good about themselves, girls and women alike. I work for a company that truly wants to make people happy and that is pretty neat. Got to mention all the fantastic people I have met because of MJC…folks at 435, other TKs, customers, and  Janes..from the newest to the first and all in between.  Never a dull moment!

Q:  How did you become a Trunk Keeper?

A:  My friend, Jennifer Dillard, is cousins with Mary Virginia Frist who was a TK in the Nashville area. Jennifer talked me into having a trunk show with MV and the rest is history. A total “meant to be” event.

Q:  If you could have your entire wardrobe designed for you by a single clothing designer for the rest of your life, who would that be?

A: Collette Dinnigan or Micheal Kors

Q:  Chocolate or Vanilla?

A: Chocolate…Dark Chocolate to be exact.

Q:  Salty or sweet?

A: Seriously? Both—can’t have one without the other….hence the evil combination of popcorn and real coke with just a little bit of ice.

Amen, sister!  You just CAN’T have one without the other.   Thanks for sharing a little bit of you with ALL of us!!  I have a hunch you make Huntsville just a little bit brighter by gracing it with your presence.  AND Matilda Jane!


Becky - June 10, 2012 - 4:46 pm

LOVE the Bloggess and War Eagle!

Beth Rorex - June 8, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Mimi brings happiness into the room! Loved being a Jane for her!

Rebel Judge - June 8, 2012 - 5:37 am

MIMI is the best…. with a single exception…. Roll Tide! ; )

Seriously… thanks for your hard work Mimil and always accommodating me at the last minute with a smile!

And finally… what a smashingly beautiful picture of you!

Alison Stewart - June 7, 2012 - 1:49 pm


Erin R.. - June 7, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Mimi!!! She’s just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out. I love her honesty and the fact that she always just tells it like it is. She is the best!!

amber lovell - June 7, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Best TK I know!!!

JESSICA LOCKE - June 7, 2012 - 9:01 am

the BEST TK!!! not only my TK, but becoming a great friend! it’s been my pleasure getting to know her…she is AWESOME!!