Candid Keepers {#341}

There’s a town in central Michigan that is home to one MJ’s ultra fabulous NEW Trunk Keepers.  A lover of all things beautiful and an energy that would drop most of us to our knees, Jennifer has what it takes to take care of all the little ladies in the “Great Lake State.”  She’s cute, she’s spunky and she can’t wait to fill your closet and your heart with pure goodness.

Q:  Tell me a little bit about yourself.

A:  My name is Jennifer Freeland and I’m from Midland Michigan.  When I was growing up I had these big dreams of moving to Chicago, becoming an incredible interior designer and then…………………….. I met my husband and it was just love at first sight.  We’ve been married 9 years.  Nine blissful years.  We have one daughter named Vivian who just turned 7.

Q:  How long did you and your husband date before you married?

A:  Oh my gosh it was fast!  We dated less than a year and got engaged at 9 months.  I actually knew I was going to marry him after our first date.  We were sitting at Ruby Tuesday’s eating dinner and I’m looking at him thinking, “I’m gonna marry this guy.  He’s smart, he’s funny, he’ll take good care of me………So, I knew I was going to scoop him up and we’d get married. {lots of laughing}

It’s just so funny because we are such opposites!  He’s totally type A and if you could see my office right now you’d see open drawers with socks hanging out and dirty laundry everywhere.  I’m just all over the place.

Q:  What would you say is the one thing that drives him crazy about you?

A:  Yeah, my cleanliness.  It just drives him nuts and it doesn’t help that Vivian is JUST like me.  Poor guy has to deal with both of us!!   It’s just not that big of a deal to me.  I mean, life is just too short to worry about messes.  {laughing}

Q:  You said so many nice things about your husband, what is his one flaw?

A:  Oooooh.  That’s tough.  I’ll have to make sure he doesn’t read this.  {laughing}  No, seriously, I just can’t think of anything.  I mean, besides the fact that he wears way too much athletic gear (he’s a coach), I think he’s perfect.

Q:  So, tell me what kind of a child you were growing up.

A:  Ooooh, I was very, very dramatic.  I just always had a huge imagination, I was full of drama and always had some sort of “problem.”  My poor, poor parents.  But, I think at the same time, I was also very thoughtful and well behaved.  Have you seen that movie Ramona and Beezus???  I am SO Ramona.

Q:  Would you say that you are still that same girl?

A:  Yep, I’m still that same girl.  Just married and have a child.

Q:  Now what is your daughter’s name?

A:  Vivian.  We really wanted her to have a unique name, because when I was in school, Jennifer was THE name in 1975. I know this because I was one of 5 Jennifers.  I was always known as Jennifer N.  I just didn’t want her to deal with that.

Q:  When it comes to Vivian, if you could leave her with one piece of wisdom, what would that be?

A:  I think………… always be honest and to always believe in yourself and to always BE yourself!!


Q:  Tell me your Matilda Jane story.  We all have one.

A:  Yikes.  It’s a long one.  I’ll try to make it short.  Well, like I said, I graduated with a degree in Interior Design from Central Michigan University.  I knew that once I moved back to Midland there wasn’t going to be a job for me because it was just so small.  So, I actually wasn’t sure what I was going to do.  I went back to school because I am the type of person that HAS to work.

I worked part time for my neighbor and also in litigation.  Litigation just did not seem like my personality because I’m a bit of a “free spirit” and not much of an office type.

So, one day I was looking for the perfect outfit for my daughter for our family photos and my photographer says, “Have you ever heard of Matilda Jane?”  Well, I hadn’t.  So, I went home and looked it up and fell in LOVE!!  That’s how I met Allison, my trunk keeper, and I just loved her.  I always had the best experience with her.  I would go to her Open House and I would leave thinking “she is just the coolest person.  And I totally want her job.”  {Laughter}  So I asked if they were hiring and they weren’t at the time.  I just kind of forgot about it until she contacted me in the Fall.  She asked if I was still interested and I was like “OH MY GOSH.  YES, YES I AM.”  I am just so thrilled that I have this creative outlet and I am SO, SO excited!

Q:  What are you looking forward to most about being a TK?

A:  I think the relationships and the fact that I get to be around these beautiful clothes every day.  Not to mention, my daughter loves it and is so excited for me.  She loves being part of this.  I really think it will give us a good opportunity to hang out and bond.  She loves everything about helping me right now.

One of my goals is to spread the Matilda Jane love to upper Michican.  I might be in Midland, but I just want to fill all the little girls closets in Traverse City, Harbor Springs, Petoskey……….  I absolutely love Northern Michigan and I can’t wait to share it up there.

Q: What is your favorite piece of Matilda Jane clothing?

A:  Oh man.  Definitely the knot dresses.  I’m going to have huge issues when Viv grows out of them.  Plus, I think every single person should own a pair of the adult Ruffle pants!!!


Q:  How would you describe your perfect day.

A:  Definitely being busy.  I love to be busy, but I think it would start by working out, a stop at the local coffee shop to get my Chocolate Chai made with soy, read a book, a little shopping, ALL in a big city.

Q: What city would you choose?

A:  You know, I love to travel and I’ve been to a lot of cities, but I’d have to say Chicago.  I love the feel of it, the energy, the sky scrapers, the bright lights.  EVERYTHING!!  It’s definitely one of my favorites.

Q:  So, I think friends are such an important part of our lives.  Who is your best friend and why?

A:  This is going to sound so cliché, but it’s definitely my husband, Justin.  He’s my biggest supporter, my biggest fan and he gives the best advice.  Yep, definitely Justin.

Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?

A:  Hmmm, well, my parents loved to travel.  They would pack us up and we would drive to Northern Michigan.  I have to say I never camp now.  Never, EVER, EVER!!  But, we would pack up the station wagon and head up north for the weekends or the Summer.  I loved being on the water in the fresh air surrounded by trees.  That’s my favorite memory.

Q:  Who is the strongest female influence in your life?

A:  (short pause)  I think I would have to say Vivian.  Just because I want to be a great role model for her and I always want to be the best example to her, as a Mother, as a wife, as a sister, as a daughter.  I want to be someone she can look up to.

Q:  Okay Jennifer, now the questions are gonna get easy.  Favorite TV show?

A:  UGH!!  I’m a reality TV fanatic.  The Bachelor, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,  I love Tory and Dean!!  They’re my favorite, I love them!

Q:  If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A:  Pizza!!  I cannot get enough pizza.

Q:  The one item you would wear EVERY SINGLE DAY.

A:  That would have to be my Willow.  It’s my go to comfort jacket.  I wear it all the time with everything.

Q:  Do you have a favorite blog or website you hunt down every day?

A:  Well, I do visit the Matilda Jane blog every day, but there’s also this local Mama that has a website called Brown Paper Packages and she’s just so inspiring.  She has 5 kids, 2 sets of twins, and comes up with all of these incredible ideas.  She makes everything look so easy.  This gal is SO with it!!

Q:  Do you have anything else you would like to share with the readers of MJ?

A: You know, I just have to give a shout out to the best kept secret in Midland.  I would not be doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for my amazing photographer and friend Rene at Captured Photography who is just so wonderful.  Rene and Rachel are amazing photographers and the reason I found Matilda Jane.  Rene is hosting my launch party and I am just thrilled!!  I’m so excited for Serendipity and a wonderful season.

*There is truly no doubt in my mind that Spring 2012 will be a stellar season for you, Jennifer.  You have an energy and a zest for life that shines through and a love for this company that will take you far.  Let’s give our Midland, MI Trunk Keeper some love and our very best wishes.




Allison - February 6, 2012 - 9:09 am

Wow! I’m from the mid-Michigan area, and didn’t know there was a local trunk keeper 🙂 I’ll have to look Jennifer up next time I want to place an order, I’m using a trunk keeper from Wisconsin LOL ! Congrats Jennifer, It’s about time Mid-Michigan was blessed with some MJ!

Nichole S - February 3, 2012 - 7:46 am

welcome to to party!!

Jenn in GA - February 2, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Love it!!!! I was always Jennifer N too!!!!! Named my girls unique for the SAME reason!!!! Never liked being in a crowded place and someone yells “Jennifer!!!” and 6 people turn around!!!!! …hope I have the opportunity to be a TK one day!!!!!!! Good luck Jenn!!!!

yoga_lat_te - February 2, 2012 - 3:13 pm

*Love* this new “series”! Congrats to Jennifer! Love the ‘photos … you have such a beautiful family!!

daydreambelieverneverhomecomingqueen - February 2, 2012 - 2:51 pm

congrats on what has to be *the* best ‘job’ around…meaning…wow! i’m so (willow) green with envy that you will have a grand ole time being a tk! cheers to u:-)

Jennifer - February 2, 2012 - 2:43 pm

What a wonderful feature of a WONDERFUL Trunk Keeper!! Jennifer is gonna go SO far with Matilda Jane!! Thanks for highlighting my neighbor and friend on the blog… GO JEN!!!!