Candid Keepers {#329}

I’m so excited for this weeks installment of Candid Keepers and to introduce Lisa Rapo of Santa Clarita, CA.  I mulled over some new material last night and worried I was going to stump the poor girl over our Skype chat.  But, NOPE.  She was cool as a cucumber and gave answers I wished I had thought of.  Answers I didn’t come up with after 20 minutes of pondering.  I love her energy, her gratitude and and the innovative spirit that she’s bringing to the customers of Matilda Jane.  Please give one of our newest girls the warmest of welcomes!!


Q:  Let’s go ahead and start off with a little background information about yourself.

A:  My name is Lisa Rapo.  I grew up in Mission Viejo and then went to college at San Diego State and studied food and nutrition.  Because of that career path I ended up moving to the bay area in San Jose, CA where I got a job working for a food service company.  I did this for about a year and a half, but this was during the dot com boom and I ended up changing paths and going into technology.  I moved onto software sales, which took me back down to southern California where I met my husband in 2005.   My husband and I had met at Disney Land on Memorial day.  We had mutual friends who had been hoping to set us up for about a year and a half and the timing worked out for us to finally meet.  We hit it off and we were engaged 6 months later.  Then married exactly one year after we met.  NOT at Disney Land though!  {Laughing}

So, we got married and we had our little girl Olivia in 2009.  She is 2 ½ now.

Q:  So, tell me your Matilda Jane story.  How did you become a Trunk Keeper?

A:  Well, my sister has a girlfriend who models and her children also model.  I knew her via facebook and ran across some of her photos there.  I came across these darling photos in the most adorable clothes and clicked on it.  From there it took me to the Matilda Jane blog.  I thought that I would love to host a trunk show, so I did, and my friends LOVED the clothing, so I hosted a couple more shows.  After that first year, I kept thinking “I LOVE these clothes and I think I would really love to sell them.”   I had told my TK, Julie, that I was interested and in the Fall she informed me that they were looking to hire someone else in my area.  I was so excited and let her know that I was VERY interested.  So, I started working for them on February 1st and that’s how I became a Trunk Keeper.  I’m just really excited to be here.

Q:  So, what do you love most about working for Matilda Jane so far?

A:  What do I love most?  Well, I’ve only been doing it for a couple of weeks, but I LOVE it!!  I had an open house on the release and I loved watching the excitement of all the ladies oooohing and aaaaahing over all of the items.  It’s so cute hearing them say things like, “oh my gosh, I just can’t handle it” or “Oh, I just don’t know what to get.”  I love the smiles and the compliments and I love how my daughter won’t wear anything else.

Q:  What is your favorite Serendipity piece that you’d recommend as a “must have?”

A:  Oh my goodness, that’s a tough one.  The one item I would say is the Swiss Knot Dress.  It’s just so versatile and the fact that they can adjust the straps to wear it as a dress right now and a shirt with some cute ruffles next year is huge.

It’s going to be Olivia’s Easter Dress this year.  It’s so, so cute and I think everyone should have one.

Q:  Okay Lisa, the questions are going to get a little tougher.  We’d like a little more insight into you as a person, not just your Matilda Jane world.   What is one of the most important lessons you have learned in your life?

{After a short pause}

A:  Oh, you’re gonna laugh.  But, okay, it’s the art of a thank you note!  My Mom always taught us to write thank you notes and in a world of evites and emails, people just don’t send anything handwritten anymore.  But because she taught us that as kids, I think it instilled thoughtfulness and gratefulness.  It was such a valuable lesson that I’m also trying to teach my Olivia.  No matter what someone does for you, it’s important to send them a written note.

Q:  Tell me how becoming a parent has changed who you are as a person.

A: Oh gosh, in so many ways!!  It’s a growing process and I’m still working on it, but I was married at 31 and I had Olivia when I was 35.  You know, you get used to being single and then you get used to it being you and your partner and you’re kind of selfish!!  You’re selfish with your time and your decision making.  I mean, all you have to think about is yourself and your spouse.  I think what I have mostly learned since having Olivia is to not focus on me all the time.  Now when I come home we do crafts or play and to be honest with you, I don’t even know what I used to do with my free time.  So now my life is much less selfish and totally focused on her.

Q:  What are your dreams for your child/children?

A:  Oooooh, if I could have anything………… Well, we are Christians and I want her to also have that faith.  This might sound broad, but I also want her to KNOW that she is loved.  Whether by her parents, her grandparents, her friends, I want her to know that she is loved no matter what choices she makes in this world.  She needs to know that she came from people who love her SO much.  I think that can give kids so much confidence knowing they have people who support them.

Q:  Who has been the greatest influence in your life:

A:  I would have to say my Mother in so many ways and in every aspect.  My parents live about 30 minutes away so we get to see them every week.  She is the most giving, unselfish person I know.  She gives of her time, her money, her things etc.   She is definitely the most influential person in my life.  I still go to her for advice over everything in our lives.

Q:  What is your favorite personality trait in a friend?

A:  I guess what draws me to a friend is someone who’s kind.  I mean, initially you have something in common that draws you to someone, but after that it comes down to kindness and people who are positive.  I want my daughter to be around people who show kindness in all aspects of their lives.  Whether they’re annoyed with their Mother in Law or have struggles in life, they’re just overall kind people.  I guess when that exudes from a person, I am drawn to that.

Q:  If you could trade lives with anyone for one day, who would that be?

A:  Oh GOSH!! This is SO hard.  This is going to sound so weird, but I would actually want to trade with my husband.  Not because I want to know what he does at work every day, but more because I want to know what’s going on in his head.  I want to know what he thinks, what he cares about.  I want to get inside his brain and his heart.  I guess what I mean is, I want to know HIM more!

{I loved this answer.  Mostly because 90% of us would have chosen someone we thought has a perfect life.  Something we DON’T have! I didn’t think to choose someone I wanted to get to know better.  Good one, Lisa.}

Q:  Now they’re going to get easier.  What was your favorite childhood book?

A:  Ewww that’s not easier.  Hmmm, let me think……. I would have to probably say the Nancy Drew books.  My favorite show right now is CSI, so it’s funny to look back that my favorites were Nancy Drew.

Q:  Favorite childhood movie.

A:  Well, my first movie I ever saw at the theatre was Annie.  I even had Annie sheets on my bed.  I loved that movie.

Q:  Favorite blog or website.

A:  I have 2.  One of them is Eighteen25.  It is the most darling blog.  They have crafts, DIY’s, subway art etc.  I downloaded all of this fantastic Subway art and I have a frame that we change out every holiday.  It’s so much fun.  Then the other blog I love is Hostess with the Mostess.   I love party planning, so I get so many ideas from here whether it’s decorations or food.

I love parties and I will start decorating weeks before an event.  I just finished our Valentine’s Party and  I’m already starting to plan an event for next month.  I’m really excited about it!

{What kind of event are you planning?}

Oh, I’m so excited about this!!  I met this really sweet photographer, Keri Lynn, and we are going to do a Spring Thank You Event in March for all of my local customers.  We’ll have live bunnies, raffles, prizes, an Easter egg hunt, and she is going to do mini photo shoots in my back yard. Our invitation reads:  Come dressed in your Matilda Jane best!   It’s going to be a wonderful time for all and I’m excited to thank all of my amazing customers with an afternoon of fun.


{I just ADORE this idea.  It makes me want to hop on a a plane next month just to snuggle those bunnies and win some prizes.  If you are a local Matilda Jane customer, you’d be crazy not to join in on the fun!}

Q:  If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be?

A:  1.  I wish that I could have another baby, but I didn’t have to be pregnant.  {lots of laughing}

2.  I wish the house was always clean without having to clean it.

3.  Oh, and I wish you could wake up every morning and not have to get ready.  I would love not to have to put on makeup and fix my hair.  Yep, that’s what I would wish for.  😉

A photo of Lisa and Olivia from the Hammond Bay days.

Lisa, thanks for sharing your morning with me and for taking us into a small corner of your world.  And I’m only partially  kidding about hopping on a plane for some bunny time.  😉








Julie Rogers - February 25, 2012 - 10:17 am

Lisa, I love your spotlight! Uncommonly interesting. I’m so glad to have met you through MJC and have you as one of my best Jane’s! The best thing about losing you as a customer is gaining you as my sister TK. Your photos capture the sweet genuine person you are and you daughter has always had my attention! She’s amazing. To a great season with the best company ever! Julie

kristy - February 25, 2012 - 9:28 am

what a wonderful interview. love that polka dot/rose sweater, darling!!!!

steph s - February 24, 2012 - 12:38 pm

congrats! welcome to your new job! may it be all that you HOPED it would be…and more than you could’ve ever DREAMED it would be!

Rachelle K - February 24, 2012 - 12:30 pm

So many things to relate to and love about this interview! I also love that Lisa thought of her husband to trade a day with. I wouldn’t have come up with that, but now that she put it out there I would love to be in my husband’s head for a day. That would be like perfect couples therapy to trade heads for a day!

Jill L. - February 24, 2012 - 6:11 am

Wow, Lisa sounds like the sweetest woman! Between wanting her daughter to know she’s loved no matter what, wanting to trade places with her husband so she could know him better, and the awesome thank-you party idea with live bunnies… I just think you know how to pick ’em, MJC!

Vanessa Bullock - February 23, 2012 - 11:31 pm

THAT’S MY NEW TK!!! Omigosh, this couldn’t be neater. And really, she is crazy nice in real life. 🙂 I found her by chance during the big sale and I have a feeling we’re going to live happily ever after. LOL! Awesome job, Lisa!

Sandra Pena-Vielma - February 23, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Lisa IS that kind and amazing person that she describes! Absolutely beautiful inside and out! I am so proud and happy to call her a friend. Amazing story and wishing her all the very best with Matilda Jane!

Meghan - February 23, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Such cuteness! And such grace under pressure! I never could’ve come up with those thoughtful answers on the spot.

Natalie - February 23, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Fun getting to know you Lisa. I wish for those same wishes too!

Amy Brown - February 23, 2012 - 10:16 am

Adorable girls! and great story.