Candid Keepers {#250}

To say I am KICKING myself, would be an understatement!  Tara is the first of all the Trunk Keepers I have interviewed that hasn’t been via Skype.  Skype is wonderful for so many reasons, but most of all, I am able to put a face with a name and a personality with a voice.  Luckily Tara needs neither of these things to glide through an interview and share with us her hopes, her loves and her laughs.  If you are lucky enough to occupy her neck of the woods, get on the phone and set up a show NOW!  I know first hand of her generosity, and the crazy enthusiasm in which she flows through this world.  Please give our Tara M.  a very warm welcome!!

Photographs by: Shawna Lilly Photography

1.   Let’s start off with sharing some of your basic information:

My name is Tara Miller.  I am 33.  No, I turned 34 two weeks ago!!  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 12 years and we have been blessed with 4 amazing children.   We reside in southern West Virginia.  I went to West Virginia University “Go Mountaineers!” and stayed in Morgantown for a total of 10 years!  We loved it there, but decided it would be nice to move back home.  I have never lived anywhere besides West Virginia.

2.    Tell us a little bit about your family.    

My family is great!!  I am really close with my parents, who typically watch my kids for me while I am at my shows-so grateful!  I have one sister who lives in Hilton Head, SC who I don’t get to see nearly enough.  My husband and I dated for 6 years before we were married so we have been together for over half of my life.   He makes our home fun!!  With him always playing his guitar, it is always live entertainment at our house with my kids as his backup singers and  dancers .  On to our kids…Saylor Grace is 10 (my ballerina/singer) , Jayden Ross is 8 (my little athlete, everything comes easy to him) , Eden Reign is 6 (silly and carefree), Branson Maverick is 4 (truly the baby, but a comedian too).  

 

 3.    Share your Matilda Jane story with us.  How and when did you become a TK? 

I discovered Matilda Jane about 2 years ago at church!  A little girl named Laken had on the cutest outfit.  I was mostly curious because I love clothes and I didn’t know this brand to my surprise!  Her aunt had got it at a trunk show in Delaware.   I went home and immediately googled Matilda Jane and found out there was not a TK in our state.  So I asked Laken’s mom and my friend, Gina, if she was going to do anything about this and she told me to go for it.   I contacted MJC and had a traveling trunk show where my neighbor’s fell in love! They encouraged me to pursue it!  Even offering to write letters if needed!  The rest is history…this is my 4th season!!

 4.    What is your favorite thing about being a TK? 

Definitely meeting my customers, they have become my friends!  I just have one problem…I typically leave my shows much later than I should because I love just hanging out with all of these amazing ladies!  Latest show on the books…home at 3:30a.m.!  I had a sinus/head cold and felt terrible so I had my cousin, who was in from college drive me since it was a 2 hour drive, so glad he had some friends in this town to hang out with! 

 5.    What do you feel is something special that you bring to your Janes to give them a stellar Trunk Show experience?   

I am real and relate to all of my customers in some way!  I think I can find something in common with everyone I meet, but that’s not real hard in a room full of girls and clothes.  I know West Virginia!  I have to drive at least an hour or more to the majority of my shows so I think my “Jane’s” appreciate that!  

6.    Okay, enough about Matilda Jane.  We want to get to know Tara!  

I really don’t like answering questions about myself so here is what my husband says…

List 3 of  your best personality traits.  Shy, but not timid.  Loyal.  Funny, with a touch of corniness! 

List 3 of your worst personality traits.  Summed up in three words…Paranoid Procrasting Perfectionist.

{Laughing} I concur!  Procrastinating, only because I feel I have more important things to do.   Like having fun and working at the best job ever.

 7.    What do you prefer?  Sweet or Salty foods?  If you had to pick one food to live on the rest of your life, what would that be?  

Definitely sweet!  I have a major sweet tooth, ask my dentist!!!  I could live on chocolate!

8.    How would you describe your perfect day alone?

 I don’t prefer to be alone, but if I was I would probably sleep in, take a long bath, and lay in bed looking at magazines/pinterest/shop online!  I like being outdoors though, so I would at least have to take a walk to Small Talk (a local café)  and get a hot CHOCOLATE!

 9.    Do you have any hidden talents? 

I am pretty artistic when I want to be or when I have time! 

10. Name one thing most people don’t know about you? 

I am a really open person so this is hard.   I iron every piece of clothing my children wear.  My son even asked for his underwear to be ironed!   

11. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? 

Taking long walks, biking, camping at our family camp, snow skiing and waterskiing.  My dad snow skis with us and can barefoot water ski-my kid’s think that is really cool and so do I!

12. How many times a day do you check Facebook?  LOL  Be honest.  

It’s on my phone so I check my private messages continuously, but I log on at least  a couple of times a day, maybe more, probably more-LOL!! 

13. What are your favorite blogs or websites that you visit everyday?   

Right now I am addicted to Pinterest!  I love to coupon shop so I frequent sites like www.moneysavingmom.com

14. Favorite TV show. 

We only have Netflix so I am a little behind on TV shows  and because we can watch an entire episode in a couple of months this is constantly changing – right now it is “24” !!

15. If you could take your family on a vacation to anywhere to do anything, where would that be? 

We have only been to Disney once with our kids so that would definitely be a top pick-it really is magical!

16. What is your greatest achievement? 

Definitely being a MOM! 

17. How do you want to be remembered by your children?  What is the one thing you want them to cherish about you? 

I always want my children to remember me for my faith and standing firm in my beliefs and values.  I want them to learn to love others by seeing me show love to others.  I hope they also cherish the fun times we have time together.  I love surprising them with silly impromptu fun moments-like having a picnic in the kitchen floor, talking in a silly voice in the morning to get them moving (they call it the “big mama voice”) and they laugh hysterically, turning on the music and dancing, just silly fun!  I also want them to know they can talk to me about anything and I will love them unconditionally! 

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This week I thought I’d shake it up a little bit and let our TK choose the theme of our contest and I’m so glad I did.  Random though these contests may be, we want to hear from YOU!  Tell us your funniest story involving clothing.  If you don’t have one, share a friends.  Anonymous of course!  😉

For example, I’ll share one of Tara’s mishaps.

Her Words:

  “I was in the bathroom at a restaurant once when a ladies hand reached under the stall and pulled my pants up, scaring me to death!  She said “new shoes?”!  She thought I was her sister!”

HILARIOUS!!  Poor lady.

I’m in the mood for lots of laughter today, so throw all shame to the wind and share your story with us.

We’re all friends, right?

{Just keep it clean. ;-)}

     
J. Whitacre - March 6, 2012 - 8:21 am

My poor daughters always come home from school telling me their teachers had to remove the sales tags from their clothing…sorry girls!

Courtney Puhl - March 5, 2012 - 10:13 am

A “clothing incident” was the source of my worst embarrassment as an adolescent. You know those parties in Middle School where the boy are invited and you so desperately want to be cool? Well, I’m at one of those and it just so happens to be a pool party. The boy who I had the biggest crush on was there and I was determined to impress him. So I to do my most graceful dive into the pool to cool off. Then, feeling pretty proud of myself I jump out and walk around the entire pool to meet my friends. I’m getting stared at the entire way…in my mind, I‘m thinking “boy, maybe I do look ok in this bathing suit! Yes!” Then my girlfriend runs to me to let me know my left breast is out of my suit. Not just a little out…I mean all the way exposed! I was so mortified. I’m sure I did make an impression on my crush, but not the kind I wanted!

yoga_lat_te - March 5, 2012 - 2:58 am

My senior year in high school -ugh, so, almost exactly 20 years ago … scary!-, I went on my first date with this boy that I had totally been infatuated with; I even remember the name of the restaurant we went to … I think it was “Flaky Jake’s” … I don’t even know if it still exists, but it was located on the East-side of Indy at the time. So, trying to impress him as much as I could -remember, I was only in high school-, I went to the rest room to freshen-up, so to speak. Well, I come out of the rest room, and my date is dying laughing … I came back from the rest room with a looong piece of toilet paper stuck on the bottom of my shoe! He was such a good sport about it, and we ended up dating for almost 2 years after that!

Christina A. - March 4, 2012 - 9:58 pm

I walked in my daughter’s pre-k class on a Monday afternoon to pick her up and she says, “Wait, Momma, I have something to show you.” She runs to her nap bag and pulls out a pair of my underwear in front of the whole class, teachers, other parents, everyone, and says, “I found your underwear in my blanket at naptime.” Gotta love static cling.

Jennifer jarrett - March 4, 2012 - 4:11 pm

I was on a first date at Outback and they have water and tea pitchers on the back of some of the booths. The waiter picked up the water one and turned around to get something at the next table. He accidently poured the pitcher of water down the front of my shirt. I was 16 years old and mortified!

keira's mom - March 4, 2012 - 10:40 am

Mine is just a little swimsuit mishap that still makes me giggle when I think of it. We were visting my sister and the kids wanted to go to their neighborhood pool. My nine year old niece helped the little ones into their swimsuits while us moms quickly packed our bags. Later at the pool while we sat chatting in our lounge chairs I caught a glimpse of my five year old daughter from behind for the first time, perched on the side of the pool ready to jump in. At first I thought her swimsuit had just “ridden up” and was exposing most of her little “cheeks” but I soon realized my niece had put my daughters swimsuit on backwards! lol It looked like she was wearing a thong! I took a quick picture of her before taking her into the bathroom to turn her suit around. : ) (couldn’t resist!) Luckily it didn’t phase her a bit, I was the only one a bit embarassed that she had been parading around like that. At least her little cheeks are CUTE, though!

Candace Love - March 3, 2012 - 8:48 pm

The story that immediately came to mind is a story about my son. Right after I graduated from grad school in East Tennesse, I moved back home to Nashville. One day I was at a cousin’s house for her high school graduation party. At the time I was looking for a job as a teacher. Some of her favorite teachers were there and I was talking to them about job prospects. I was trying my best to sound educated and put together. So of course, that is when my son decided to enter the scene. He came in through the back door. I looked up when I heard his sweet little voice. This is what I heard, “Mommy, come wipe my butt. I pooped in the yard!” I wish I could type the sing-songy way in which he delivered this news while standing in the doorway with his pants around his ankles. I have never been more mortified. It didn’t stop me from laughing though. And oh how he LOVES to hear that story now!

Molly Keene - March 3, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Tara is my trunk keeper! She is amazing!!! I just love her.

Megan Davis - March 2, 2012 - 10:52 pm

I just had to share!! I do most of the shopping and dressing of our 2 adorable children, but one morning for church my husband was dressing our daughter. She walked into the living area and was walking funny. I asked what in the world she was doing, she stated that her shorts were really hurting her belly. I asked her to walk over, I had never seen these shorts of hers before. I unbuttoned and pulled them down. When I read the tag I realized that my husband had squeezed our 4 1/2 year old daughter into her brother’s 9 month shorts. I have no idea how he got her into them. I laughed and laughed and am so thankful he is so helpful with the children!!

Trish j - March 2, 2012 - 9:22 pm

Go Mountaineers! Both my dh and I are alum’s as well!

Carrie Brown - March 2, 2012 - 8:39 pm

It was my husband’s (boyfriend at the time) college graduation weekend and I was meeting his parents for the first time. Of course, there may have been a couple of party nights after finals earlier in the week and I had my first (and ONLY) hicky on my neck. I was stressing out about what to wear, covering up the horrible hicky and just about everything. I went over to his apartment to pick him up (he roomed with 5 other guys) before we left to meet his parents. When I walked in not only did they notice the mark on my neck, they also noticed that my shirt was inside out and backwards. THANK goodness it was 5 guys calling me out rather than my mother-in-law-to-be!

Grace Evelyns Mom - March 2, 2012 - 8:36 pm

I have one more I have to share. My aunt had just given birth to her second child, she put my uncle on baby duty in order to take a quick shower. When she got out of the shower she could not find her oldest child (a two year old escape artist). As she was beginning to panic she hears car horns and looks outside to see her daughter in the middle of the road with traffic stopped both ways, she throws on underwear and a house coat and runs out, just as she gets to her daughter her underwear fall down to her ankles. She had mistakenly grabbed a pair of maternity underwear! She tells the story this way, “all I could think to do was to grab Beth, step out of my underwear, pick them up and run back into the house!” and then she sat and fussed at my uncle and cried!! Not so funny 40 years ago but we have laughed about this for some time now 🙂

Grace Evelyns mom - March 2, 2012 - 7:56 pm

When I was in college and pleather pants became so popular my mom and I went shopping. I found the perfect pair so off to the dressing room I went…I got them up, got them zipped (barely), and checked them out in the mirror. I didn’t love them so I was going to take them off BUT the zipper would not budge! I got mom in there, she could not get them so she told me to lay down, as she was standing over me trying to unzip these awful, tight, pleather pants I look up to see a ceiling tile missing and hear construction workers! They did not make it over to see our fiasco but to this day mama and I laugh hysterically about this event! Unfortunately it is one of many for us!

hikinglisa - March 2, 2012 - 6:16 pm

even though i don’t remember this, i find it hilarious! when i was 3, dad got me dressed for church and in the rush to get out the door, forgot my undies… fast forward to after church when it was discovered. i had a twirly dress on and they looked over at me twirling away as they talked to friends and saw my bare buns spinning around!

Tracy D - March 2, 2012 - 2:12 pm

A friends daughter went to school one day and had brought the cutest stuffed puppy for show-n-tell. When it was her turn she decided what she found in her coat pocket would be a much better show-n-tell item. At the front of the entire kindergarten class she held up her mom’s black lace thong. She went as far sling shotting them across the room to her classmates. Her teacher put them in a brown paper bag and passed them to her mom in the pick up line and just said “I think these might be yours.” I don’t think there is a single night when we get together with wine that this is not brought up.

Darlene Burchfield - March 2, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Not nearly as funny unless you knew my hubby:) but it was pretty funny at church one day when we realized the long navy socks he had worn had tiny satin bows at the sides on top and were our daughters! Lol:)

jen k - March 2, 2012 - 11:06 am

I so enjoy these tk interviews, and have loved reading all the hysterical stories in the contest. I had no intention of contributing, however. was just enjoying a few chuckles…and then this morning happened.
Oh my dear, sweet Evelyn…love the child to bits and pieces, but she is a beast of a toddler and had she been born first, it’s possible she’d be an only child.
So the morning started, business as usual…alarm clock, shower, kids up, fed, clothed, loaded into the car, school drop-off…no worries. Evelyn and I then head over to the “big school” (the upper grades in my daughters school are in a separate building) for a PCC meeting (Parents’ coordinating council, aka PTA.) A few minutes in my morning coffee kicks in and I need to excuse myself, Evelyn in tow. While in the loo I check the piglet and it’s time for a diaper change. I cloth diaper and while it’s still a pretty quick process, it’s slightly more involved than disposables, so I split up the work load…got her dirty fluff off, cleaned her up, then sat down to go, myself. Evelyn is toddling around the small carpeted bathroom at this point and proceeds to start pottying again – on the floor. Mortified I scoop her up and dangle her over the toilet where it quickly slows and stops…and she laughs. That lovely belly baby laugh that melts my heart…and so even I had to laugh some. And yet…I’m now covered in pee, Evelyn is covered in pee, the carpet is covered in pee…someone is now knocking on the door…
I pull Evelyn’s dress over her head, take my cardigan off and shove in my purse, ask who’s at the door…oh! Someone I know! ok, I’ll open the door…there are two stalls after all…
And there. she. goes… Full throttle, little toddler arms swinging, hips waddling and that baby laugh echoing through the school…straight into the meeting room wearing nothing but her (thankfully a bit too big) MJ Shirley top, silver dollar size potty mark on the front, little cheeks peeking out the back…and proceeds to finish going, for all to see.
I hoped to better get to know a lot of the other parents by the end of the first year – I just never imagined a story like this being how that was accomplished! My only regret, though, is that I didn’t get a picture – because it would absolutely be going in her 8th grade year book when she graduates the school.
Happy Friday, ladies!! Enjoy your weekend and whatever surprises it brings your way! 🙂

Amy S. - March 2, 2012 - 10:06 am

I was in the wedding party for my brother’s wedding on a windy day in May. The church scheduled 3 weddings back to back that day so we had to leave as soon as pictures were done. I had on a floor length wrap dress. As I walked out the front door of the church I was really worried about the wind catching the wrap and blowing it open so I had it clutched in my hand. I should have also been worried about the back. When I stepped out, the wind caught the back of the dress and blew it up over my head. Everybody exiting behind me got an eyeful. I’m so thankful that it was a dress you could wear underwear with, otherwise it would have been mortifying rather then just embarrassing.

Cate Y - March 2, 2012 - 9:07 am

I’m glad I can laugh about this now!

A few months ago, I had been hospitalized for an infection following an appendectomy. During the wee hours of the morning, I woke up with a horrible urge to run to the bathroom. Unfortunately, it was quite a process just to get to the private bathroom in my room (that was only about five feet from the bottom of my bed).

After fumbling around in the dark, I lowered my bed, lowered my bed rail, unplugged my IV from the wall, wobbled to the bathroom while toting my IV, arranged everything the best I could into the cracker box of a bathroom so the door would shut (if I didn’t, I would have been visible from the hallway). I hurriedly sat down with a huge sigh of relief. I hadn’t had time to turn the light on. When I had finished, I stood up and flushed the toilet. Just as I flushed, I flipped on the light and noticed my gown being sucked into the toilet. I tugged it out of the swirling water and narrowly saved myself from being sucked into the depths of the sewage system.

I was forced to call the nurse…who was on break…so I explained to a volunteer that I had flushed my gown down the toilet and I asked if she would mind bringing a clean gown. She dropped off a clean one and left. I took a look at the gown I was wearing and it had no snaps at the shoulders…which meant I couldn’t get it off without unhooking my IV. I slid the gown off, slid it over the IV line and hung it on the box attached to the IV (the gown was still stuck to the IV). Luckily, the new gown had snaps:) When my nurse finally arrived, she had to cut the dirty gown to get it off the IV. She laughed and said I wasn’t the first person to flush a gown down the toilet…although I’m sure she was just trying to make me feel better! Oh the book this blonde girl could write:)

shanna - March 2, 2012 - 8:19 am

It was mine and my husband’s anniversary was trying to change things up a bit and decided to send some “naughty ” messages to him via text while he was at work, well. . .I accidentally texted them ro my mj trunk keeper instead! We definitely got a good laugh out if that!

Dawn M - March 2, 2012 - 7:38 am

When I was a little girl you could call me a bit of a tom boy. There were mainly boys on my street so the average day consisted of playing basketball, baseball, kickball and such. Well we were throwing a ball and the boy I was playing with threw it over the fence behind me. Well it was a tall wooden fence and I climbed it to see where it was well when I realized I could not climb it and jumped down and my shirt got caught and up went my shirt over my face. I bared my entire chest area. I was young and just started to develop a small bit. I was sooo embarrassed. ;-( That is why I would never do that now! Talk about a show. LOL

Melissa White - March 2, 2012 - 7:20 am

Thank goodness this happened back when I was skinny! 🙂 About 9 or so years ago my daughter and I were at the bank. I was dealing with the teller and she was standing next to me, both of our backs turned to the people waiting in line behind us. All of a sudden a feel a breeze and a tap on my buns! My sweet, almost 2 year old lifted my skirt to give a “love tap” to me, showing all of the bank!! All I could do was laugh, and blame daddy for doing it at home giving her the idea it was okay! 🙂

steph s. - March 2, 2012 - 6:18 am

seriously, LESLIE L, I’m cracking up!!! Denise, that can’t be topped:))) send that gal some love! My daughter’s worst clothing mishap is this…that it took until my daughter was FOUR years old to discover MJC! How did I miss you for so long, MJC? Anyway, love your clothes for my gal and lots of pretties for me (esp that Tapioca top!). happy march everyone! xo

Brannon - March 1, 2012 - 10:58 pm

7th grade. Mortifying enough right? It got worse. I thought I’d be all cool and walk by the guy I thought was cute and say hi. It had been raining and I thought I was cool in my reeboks and long flowy skirt. Right as I got to him and went to say hi, I slipped on the wet hallway AND hooked my shoe in my skirt. I ended up showing off my sparkly kiddy underwear and hurting my knee. My face was as red as my HUGE red frame glasses (yay for the late 80’s fashion trends LOL). The best part was he just stood there laughing! It took me a loooong time to get over it, I’m just lucky his friends weren’t around!

Heather W. - March 1, 2012 - 10:09 pm

To this day I still laugh so hard when the thought pops into my head! Twelve years ago some great friends got married & had their reception on a River Boat. Towards the middle of the evening one of my girlfriends stepped outside to the deck of the boat, that was floor to ceiling windows. Totally unexpected, from HER of all people, she lifts her gorgeous little black dress to moon the small group of friends gathered near the window. Only what she didn’t realize is that the grooms 80yr old grandpa, was front & center and got the show of his life. He was beaming from ear to ear! I’ll never forget his smile & our laughter that night.

Silly Silly Me - March 1, 2012 - 8:47 pm

I have a jacket that I absolutley love. I had bought from a local shop in Beaufort, SC. After wearing it for several months, I bumped into the store owner and she whispered in my ear that I was wearing it inside out. She has shared that story with several people and I work accross the street from her shop.

Kristy D - March 1, 2012 - 8:36 pm

This blog contest brings back probably one of my best “Mom” stories. Everyone who has kids knows how super crazy life is for the first few months of your first one. During this time, my husband and I planned an anniversary dinner, and we were going to leave our daughter with a babysitter for the first time. I was running around to pack everything up for the baby and also trying to look good for our night out.

We got to the restaurant, waited for a table for a half hour or so, and as I was sitting down at our table, I realized that I had two different shoes on. And no, we are not talking about two different shoes of the same color. I am talking about one flat flip flop on one foot and a very tall high heel on the other. So not only did I not realize that they were completely different heights and colors, but I also didn’t realize (or feel it)that I had something between only one of my toes!!!

I ended up taking my shoes off when I left the restaurant because I was so embrassed!

Too embarassed to say my real name - PL - March 1, 2012 - 7:52 pm

I am almost embarassed to even share this but what the heck! It was one of those mornings where I was rushing to get myself ready and get the girls ready for school. My hubby had packed everything in the car already since we often carpool together and had the girls already in their carseats so that I can get ready without any distractions. Even with that, I grabbed my purse, locked the house, and jumped in the car with everyone….but the only thing I had on was my top, panties, socks and shoes!!!! My hubby looked at me and said “cute outfit”..is that the way you roll now! I had completely forgotten to put my pants on. Needless to say, he would not have let me get to work without looking halfway decent since we do work in the same place!!!

Angie B - March 1, 2012 - 7:51 pm

My son is a goofball, he gets himself dressed every morning. One morning I was not going as planned. I told my 5 year-old son to go get dressed, a few minutes later he came out with his pants on his head and his shirt on his bottom half (legs though arm holes). I could not stop laughing it was just what I needed. Just a minute later my 2-year-old came out with her pants on her head too. Got to love those kids.

I know you said one but I had to include this: My son at his 4th birthday decided he was feeling hot and went to his room to change, so I thought. I called him out to sing “Happy Birthday” and he changed alright. He came out in his Birthday Suit for everyone to see.

Andrea - March 1, 2012 - 7:33 pm

A group of friends and I took the kids to Kalahari water resort. My sister and me(our husbands were working), a friend and her husband and our 3 kids shared a suite. I had slept in a tunic type dress/nightgown and the next morning we all got up to pack to leave. About 2 hours into it my sister tells me ” You have to be making Kyle (friends husband) super uncomfortable because without your bra on you can totally see through your pajamas!” It took her 2 hours to tell me! I tried it on for my husband when I got home to see how bad it w as. It was bad. He told me he could see everything…….which would explain why Kyle was curled up in the corner of the couch with a magazine touching his nose “reading”. Still can’t look him in the eye lol.

TanyaLea - March 1, 2012 - 7:20 pm

LOL! …I’m still laughing at the bathroom stall story!! 😉

Okay, my funny/embarrassing story happened back in HS when I was on a summer trip with my BFF and her family to Wisconsin Dells. Being the teenagers we were, we were late to rise and always took too long to primp and get ready …mind you, it was the late 80’s and we used a LOT of hairspray back in the day!! 😉 Anyway, one morning we slept a little too late, so her family made us go to the restaurant for breakfast w/out our make-up on yet. We were eating at this Circus theme restaurant that day. Upon arrival, we quickly placed our orders and then were off to the bathroom to get the rest of our make-up on, before our breakfasts arrived. Separating the mens and womens BR’s, was a wall of circus/funny mirrors (…you know, the kind that make you look fat, short, skinny, tall, distorted!!!) Anyway, we were so distracted by the mirrors that we giggled all the way into the bathroom, and then quickly got down to business putting our makeup on. A short while later, some college guy opens the bathroom door and steps in, and then he looks up seeing us at the mirror and says, “whooops, sorry!” and backs himself out. My BFF and I just looked at each other and then burst out laughing, expressing how embarrassing that must’ve been for him. Just seconds later, amidst our laughter, he pokes his head back in the door and this time says, “I just thought you gals might like to know that you’re in the MENS bathroom… but no worries, I’ll just wait til you’re finished!!” …flashing his smile and winking as he left. We were about done anyway, but just looked at each other and then glanced around us, and wouldn’t you know it!?! ~ there, right next to the sink/mirror we were using to put our makeup on, was a URINAL!! No kidding! We completely overlooked it (I have NO idea how!) Amidst our laughing from the fun mirrors outside the bathroom, we weren’t paying attention when we walked into the mens room, and clearly, not once we were in there, either! 😉 LOL!! To top it off, the guy was with a table full of his friends, sitting RIGHT NEXT to our table out in the restaurant. Needless to say, when we walked out, they were all chuckling, whistling and full of laughs…. and my BFF’s parents haven’t forgotten that story to this day! ROFL!!! 😉

Tisha - March 1, 2012 - 6:49 pm

I was moving in to my new house and was directing the movers on where to put the furniture. I was there several hours helping uncover the items so I bent over plenty of times. Well I had wore a pair of my old black bermuda shorts and later that day I bent over and felt something ! My entire pants were ripped out in the bottom area. Yep I showed them my pink Victoria secret underwear all day!!! Wow I was embarrassed!

Nicole - March 1, 2012 - 6:43 pm

I, too, reside in Southern WV. I am VERY excited that there is now a TK in my state, and hopefully close to where I live. Good luck, Tara!

StaceyW - March 1, 2012 - 6:14 pm

I was 13 at youth camp. I had a crush on the cutest boy named Kevin. We had never spoken, but I smiled at him, he smiled at me and the whole week was spent trying to run into him. My best friend and I were in line at the cafeteria before dinner. I had on my new salmon colored dress, complete with pantyhose that I thought were so grown up. Who walked up and got in line behind us? KEVIN! Trying to stay cool, but wanting to make eye contact, I kept him in my peripheral line of sight. His friends started laughing and pointed at my leg. I was mortified at the thought of what was on me or worse, what was NOT on me! Come to find out, the back of my hose on one leg were ripped up and down almost to the point of shreds. Needless to say, I was horrified but my sweet friend assured me that she saw Kevin mouth,”I dont care.” to his ridiculing buddies. Sweet Beth is still sweet, I don’t wear hose anymore, and I kept my “Kevin camp crush” for three years!

Kate Adcock - March 1, 2012 - 5:34 pm

When I was in 1st grade, I tied my pantyhose together at the inner thighs. Yup-I remember sneaking into my older sister’s room and stealing a pair of real skin-colored panty hose to wear. I was in music class and bored so I guess I tied them into bitty knots. I was too embarrassed to tell anyone and why in the world didn’t I take them off? All I remember is walking around like a duck all day & to boot, I was A WALKER and walked the whole way home with my inner thighs together! My mom still laughs about it to this day….ha!

Alyssa C - March 1, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Oh, I can’t believe I’m going to share this story! My most embarrassing moment ever! It was my husband’s birthday and I decided to take him out for dinner. I put on some nice white pants and strappy sandals, as we lived in Las Vegas at the time. It was a weekend and the place was packed. I ordered a Coke and after the second sip, managed to spill the entire glass on my lap, sitting stunned and trapped for a moment in our booth seat as it pooled beneath me. We made it through our meal, but I was mortified about the departure from the restaurant. I made the walk of shame past tables of diners who looked curiously at the lady who looked like she had wet her pants. Grateful to finally break out of the place, I somehow misjudged the first of the steps, tripping as my toes popped out of the sandal straps and I stumbled down the stairs grabbing frantically onto the handrail. I’m sure I looked like some way out of control person that night! My poor husband could only muster a “What’s wrong with you?!!” as we laughed hysterically all the way home at my horrible dining misfortune. Hmm, so much for “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”!

Amber V - March 1, 2012 - 4:19 pm

My husband had gone to play racket ball before work and since he worked 40 minutes away he packed his bag of work clothes to change into. I was kind of surprised when I got a phone call from him that went something like”what in the world did you do to my Sweater! It’s tiny! I guess i wasn’t supposed to dry his sweater because it was now Barely covering his elbows and and apparently didnt quite cover his stomach? I know it was bad but i couldnt stop laughing. Poor thing.. he had to suck it up and pretend he was rocking a new trend..i wish i could have been there to see my 6’3 husband presenting a plan to a board of people at google in his new mini sweater.

Alyssa P - March 1, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Ok, disregard the previous princess dress post..this happened today and I was just reminded of it…I realized at about 2 pm this afternoon that I was wearing hot pink and black paisley unders on a white background, under cream colored pants..needless to say, I could not take my coat off the whole day…I have a 5 year old that holds nothing back…I think I am so traumatized I completely forgot…until about 5 minutes ago…let this be a lesson…coordinate your colors…inside and out! 🙂

Rachelle K. - March 1, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Hmmmm, keeping it clean really narrows down my options, lol….Just kidding, my life isnt nearly that spicy. My story is about my nephew who was asked to be a ring bearer at the age of three in a friends wedding. My sister and her husband talked to him about it and told him he would get to wear a suit and walk up the aisle to give the bride a groom their rings. When the day arrived he was beside himself with excitement knowing he was going to be a ring BEARER. This all quickly subsided when the” suit” arrived. Major tears were shed by my nephew and after much confusion on on what this was about it was finally understood that he was expecting a real BEAR suit to be waiting for him, not a tuxedo. Hard to belive this cutie is now 19, a BMX champion and still has a major aversion to tuxedos.

Rachel R - March 1, 2012 - 3:28 pm

This just happened a month ago, I was at the gym doing my usual Tuesday morning Body Attack class. Typically there are not any guys in this class, however, that day there were 3! Well about 5 minutes into our jumping jacks and running in place, I could feel the “girls” not feeling as secure in my sports bra as they normally felt. I wear an Under Armour zip front bra, best supporting sports bra EVER. At least until the zipper came all the way down therefore releasing the girls! I did have a tank over the bra however, there was no denying what happened in a room surrounded in mirrors and 3 men! Thankfully there is a door to the ladies locker room in the back and was able to readjust and zip up!!

Jenni Broyles - March 1, 2012 - 3:25 pm

A year ago, I bought the cutest new sweater and showed up to work wearing it. An office mate was also wearing the same sweater – however, she had it on opposite to me with the buttons in the front. Because the tag was on the side and not the neck area, I was sporting the sweater backwards!!! We both went online to see who was wearing it the “right” way! What can I say, I am a trendsetter! 🙂

Tara Brown - March 1, 2012 - 3:20 pm

When I was pregnant with my first child my husband and I would swim at the gym several times a week. One time we were in a hurry after the swim to get to work. I was out in the lobby waiting for him wondering what was taking him so long. 5 minutes passed, then 10 minutes. It shouldn’t take him longer to get ready then his 9 month pregnant wife, sheesh! Then in come the paramedics with a stretcher an all! I tell myself that it can’t be for my husband. No. No way. They go back to the locker room and I continue my wait. 5 minutes later the paramedics approach me and ask if I am Mrs. Brown. Ugh! My husband had passed out in the locker room when he was completely NAKED! I can only imagine the embarrassment! Luckily he only needed a few stitches to the forehead and he was good to go.

Alicia - March 1, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Okay, this is long but I have to paint the whole picture. It was last summer and I chose an adoreable handkerchief cut sun dress and 4 inch sandals to wear to work. On my lunch break I had to run to Walmart and for some reason I paid in cash that day- which I never do. I had exited the store and was waiting on traffic to cross over to the parking lot so I decided I’d take that opportunity to put the change in my purse. About that time a huge gust of wind came and blew the money out of my hand and into the parking lot. So I took my opening and tried to chase down my 4-$1 bills. Traffic stopped and I tried to hurry while making extra effort to squat-not bend-in my short(ish) dress so I didn’t expose everyone to my unmentionables. As I was on the pavement scrambling I realized that my dress was in fact billowing AROUND MY WAIST!!! I was mortified as I waved my thank-yous to the cars that had stopped to watch the show. All for $4 people…all for $4…

Kelli Villarreal - March 1, 2012 - 2:52 pm

My funniest now, but not so funny then, and by far the most embarrassing clothing incident reaches all the way back to 5th grade. I was wearing skin tight jeans of course, and my class went outside to play kickball. Of course, I was wanting to look good in my tight jeans, but also loved to actually play ball, so when the ball came my way, I ran, bent over and caught the ball. As I bent over, my jeans ripped from top to bottom along the entire seam of the bum. Needless to say, I was beat red and to make it worse, I had a male teacher and had to get his help accompanying me during that very long walk from the playground to the school office where I had to wait for a change of clothes from my mother. I don’t know how many actually caught a glimpse of my bum (too many for sure), but I definitely stopped wearing those skin tight jeans after that day!

Addy Van Anne - March 1, 2012 - 2:45 pm

I am defiantly a shoe collector. What can I say, I just love shoes! I love to buy them, I love to wear them, I just love them. If I really love a shoe I am known to buy them in the same style in several colors. One busy day I remember receiving several compliments on my shoes only to realize that NIGHT, that I had one black shoe on and one navy blue shoe on! Hey at least they were the same style shoe! Moral of the story: get some new lighting in the closet!

Sarah Long-Bachert - March 1, 2012 - 2:39 pm

Okay, I haven’t thought of this mishap in 12 years! I think I semi-blocked it from my memory. I went for a job seminar at the place I eventually ended up working at. I dressed up all nice, it was summer so I didn’t wear stockings with my skirt. It was a nice ponte knit pencil skirt. It happened to have seams on the front and back. Wellll… I got home from the seminar and went to change. It was then I noticed the hole in the seam on the rear! To this day I don’t know (and don’t want to know) if anyone got a glimpse of my undies!

Dawn M - March 1, 2012 - 2:29 pm

I’ll keep it SHORT!! Ok This is really funny. My husband and his friends were out at a restaurant and one of the guys got up (without speaking) and left. ABout 30 mins later everyone asked where he had gone and why he was gone soooo long. He said “Lets just say I had to throw my underwear away”. BAHAHAHAH I laughed so hard my stomach ached. Well hope this is not to dirty. I just think it is the funniest. Love serendipity #2! 😉

LaNeale Robertson - March 1, 2012 - 2:17 pm

My husband and I dated in high school where he was a stud basketball player. I came home from my first year of college to attend a tournament he was playing in (he was still in high school). I wanted to look extra cute and like a big time college girl so I wore these amazing high heeled boots and wide leg trousers with a cuff. We sat at the top of the bleachers and I had to use the ladies room during a time out. Long story short, my heel got caught in my cuff and I fell and actually did a somersault down the bleachers. It was so so loud and people rushed over to make sure I was ok. If that wasn’t bad enough, we were watching the highlights on our local access station the next night and I happened to fall right behind the scorers table where the men were being filmed….caught the whole thing on tape. Most embarrassing moment of my life!!!

Monika M. - March 1, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Oh, I have one of those embarrassing stories for sure. This was when I still lived in Switzerland and used public transportation to get to work… first I had to take a bus, then a train and finally a tram (like a street trolley or whatever you call it here, lol). All in all that trip took me about an hour. I’m horrible at being on time, so it was very normal for me to dash out the door with wet hair, grabbing my coat off the floor somewhere (I was young… like 20 and my place was a mess). So one morning I got off the bus and the bus driver gave me this big smile… very strange, he was usually a grump. Waited for the train and it seemed people were looking at me more than usual. I shrugged it off and got on the train. Got to the city, a guy is staring and starts giggling… at this point I’m checking myself out in a window, wondering if I have anything stuck to my head. Noticed nothing. Finally I got to work, walked into the small kitchen where my boss was already reading the paper… I turned my back to him to put my lunch in the fridge and he says “Monika, are you wearing a bra today?” Now we had a pretty good boss/secretary relationship, but heck, I was shocked by his question… probably I was all red faced and bug eyed… finally I asked “why?”… and he said “Because your bra is stuck to the back of your coat… ” TOTALLY EMBARRASSING!!! Bra must have been on the floor, got hooked to the coat and I had no clue….

Erin - March 1, 2012 - 2:12 pm

I’m sure I must have a story myself but have blocked it from my memory. However, I will gladly share someone else’s embarrassing story! Out on the golf course on a beautiful summer’s day, my grandfather was golfing with a foursome of friends. They were all wearing their lovely plaid pants and matching polo shirts. When to the shock of all, my normally reserved and polite grandfather suddenly dropped his pants and started dancing around. Apparently, a yellow jacket (or two) had flown up his pantleg and was busily stinging away.

Leah - March 1, 2012 - 2:11 pm

I had been dating my boyfriend (now husband) for only a few weeks when he decided to introduce me to his parents. His little brother had a baseball game and we were going to meet them there. The sun was starting to go down when we got to the field so I decided to change from my shorts to a pair of yoga pants.
After the game we were walking back to the cars to drive to dinner when his little brother points to something orange on the ground by our car and asked “What’s that?” His dad went over and picked up a pair of bright orange thongs-they had fallen out of my bag when I was changing clothes. I grabed them and mumbled something about them being mine. Hubby’s dad gave him a high-five and told him “This one’s a keeper!”.

Diana G. - March 1, 2012 - 1:57 pm

Oh goodness, I can’t believe I’m even going to talk about this here but who can say no to an MJC contest? My littlest daughter tends to be that kid that likes to tug on your pantleg/hem of your skirt/etc. to get your attention. For the most part I had gotten gotten so used to it that I didn’t even notice anymore that she did it. Until that fateful day, when she tugged on my skirt and whoops … down it came in the middle of the grocery store checkout line. To this day, I’ve still not managed to work up the courage to go back to that store!

JBO - March 1, 2012 - 1:57 pm

While walking across campus (I was in college, too long ago to admit), I noticed I was getting quite a few looks. I didn’t think much of it, just thought I was imagining things…. well, after I had made it clear across campus, a group of guys stopped me to let me know that my skirt had blown up in the wind and had apparently been stuck to my backpack for quite a while. Yup, flashed everyone without even knowing. I was at least relieved to know that no one I knew saw me, however, as I walked into class the next day, there they were, the same group of guys that had followed me for 10 minutes before they stopped me!!! Lovely. Definitely one of my finer moments 🙂

Alyssa p - March 1, 2012 - 1:56 pm

When my daughter was 2 and a half, 3 ish. She dressed up as sleeping beauty and insisted n wearing the dress to the store. I pick my battles, so I said sure, your dressed. My husband was extremely self conscious about it …. I think every person who passed us in the store smiled and for some, it might have made their day…not necessarily a funny story, but the only one I could think of

Stacie Petta - March 1, 2012 - 1:51 pm

My funny clothes story that I can remember dates back to my college days. I arrived in my pit class with my new pair of jeans on. I sat next to a cute guy that I always enjoyed flirting with and who always seemed to wear the same sweatshirt (which we later called his “hangover” sweatshirt) Anyway, after sitting next to him for a few minutes he pointed out that I still had the long sticker on my leg that shows the size of the pants. At the time I was quite embarrassed that he saw the size of my pants and that I walked all through campus with the sticker on but I must have still made an impression on him because we are now married 9 1/2 years! I would love to show off that size sticker now on my pants!

Courtney Voss - March 1, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Can you remember when handkerchiefs were the “it” hair accessory? Well, I was in the fitting room area at the gap and there was a girl trying on a lepoard print one….as a top. She had the square folded in half to a triangle, and then tied 2 ends behind her back so a point was (attempting) to cover her midsection. I didn’t want this girl to make a fool out of herself and walk out into the store with this on so I discretely said, “I’m pretty sure that is supposed to be one of those handkerchiefs that you use as a headband.” She then gave me a your-a-terribly-uncool-lady look and said, “No, it’s a top, see?” and turns to a side profile. I gave her a quizzical look and said, “ok, whatever you say but all I’m seeing from this angle is your nipple hanging out the side.” I turned and walked away as she huffed back into the fitting room. Oh, the fashion faux pas of the youth 😉

Lesli - March 1, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Ok just wanted to say that Tara is my TK and she is beautiful inside and out! She has a huge heart and is just a wonderful person, we became friends quickly and I always look forward to seeing her at my shows!!! Keep up the good work Tara 🙂

Caroline Ruta - March 1, 2012 - 1:25 pm

My baby shower was held at a fancy restaurant with my closest friends and family. My table was acknowledging what a great job the waitstaff was doing and how difficult it must be to hold so much weight (plates, cups, trays, etc) without it falling over. Almost everyone at my table was a waitress at one time or another and we all took turns recounting our own stories of terrible spills or falls we had while working in the food service business. As soon as I finished sharing my story, the waiter delivering a tray of drinks to our table toppled over and the tray of icy drinks doused my head and dress. The only thing I could do was laugh at myself, laugh along with the guests and at the timing of our waiter. After a quick trip to he bathroom to stand beneath the hand dryers (and a trip to the dry cleaners for my dress) we were both as good as new. It made the event a very memorable occasion, and I bet there are few that can say they were truly “showered” at their baby shower.

Chesney Maxwell - March 1, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Tara is the best trunk keeper ever. She drives 3 hours (one way) for my shows and is as sweet as can be. Loved the interview!

Amanda - March 1, 2012 - 1:14 pm

My sister walked around half the day shopping and running errands with a thong hanging off the bottom of her crop pants. She said she felt something weird when she was walking past a store window and there they were. For me, I had a tube top on and was carrying my first daughter through a store. We got to the checkout and I looked down only to see my entire bra on one side. No top. Beautiful. So there you have it! Who can beat those? 🙂

Courtney W. - March 1, 2012 - 1:13 pm

I don’t know if this would be considered funny or mortifying, but since it is a friend’s story, it’s funny to me at least :). My best friend is an extra for TV shows and movies and one day I got a phone call from her – from the set of a TV show. She said she was in the bathroom and had a “monthly mishap” on her jeans, but since she was on set, she couldn’t change clothes (have to make it appear to be the same day). I said, “Oh I’m sure it’s ok – your jeans are dark, everyone has those accidents happen at some point.”. Her response was, “But I think I’m the only one who has had it happen in front of DOOGIE HOWSER!”. She was on the set of How I Met Your Mother! When the episode aired, you couldn’t see anything, but she was in almost every scene! Sometimes from the back, sometimes from the front – I don’t think Doogie (Neil Patrick Harris) even noticed 🙂

jacy k - March 1, 2012 - 1:13 pm

in high school, i played the cello in the orchestra. we had to wear white button-down shirts for our concerts and the cello lays right on the boob-area. i guess my instrument rubbed the shirt funny b/c it came unbuttoned during the concert and i stood up to take a bow with my shirt unbuttoned! oppsies!

NM - March 1, 2012 - 1:11 pm

OK, I have to stay super anonymous bc this clothes story is about my husband…hilarious!! When my husband and I first started dating (way back when LOL)we were at my parent’s house hanging out together. Well, he went to the bathroom and must have clogged the toilet or something….b/c he walks back into the living room where my mom, dad and I were waiting SHIRTLESS!! He comes strolling in saying…ummm, I think there might be a problem in the bathroom…my mouth was on the floor and we were all just staring at him…he looked down and realized he forgot to put his shirt back on after he took care of business! (I did not know until then that he enjoyed taking his shirt off to take care of business!) He was soo embarrassed but we all laugh about it today…I was mortified LOL

Leslie L. - March 1, 2012 - 1:09 pm

While on vacation at Disney, I convinced my daughter to wear a pretty dress I selected for her special birthday trip. It was just her and I on this vacation {we ditched the big sis and dad for some mom/daugther bonding time for her bday}. I knew she wasn’t a fan of dresses but I thought for sure she’d be so distracted at Disney that she’d “forget” I slipped one over her head that day. I proudly pushed my birthday girl around in her stroller. She just turned 5 but hey, I was trying to spare those little legs so I didn’t have to carry her later. Everyone passing by kept chuckling and although I was curious as to why..I was on a mission to get to the other side of the park. I figured, what’s the worst thing she could be doing, sticking her tongue out at them?! We made it to the ride she was anxious to ride and I parked the stroller, and told her hop out. I flipped the sun shade up and looked down at her and there she sat in all of her glory..stripped down to her undies and proud as a peacock. And if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, as soon as she stood up she yanked the back half of those down just long enough to “moon” some foreign tourists. Yes everyone welcome to Disneyworld! So that’s my funniest story about clothing or um, lack of clothing;-)

Pam Arnett - March 1, 2012 - 1:07 pm

My best friends mom growing up got dressed to go to work one day and left the house in her dress blouse and her slip. She completely forgot to put on her skirt. My friend and I were teens at the time and watched her leave the house and instead of telling her we let her get all the way to work. She walked into work and realized what she had done when she was getting weird stares! She worked in a very busy doctors office!! HAHA!! We were so mean and in so much trouble when she came back home!!!