Candid Keepers {#359}

(Posted by Jami)

Okay.  Let’s see a show of hands from anyone who has secretly wished they could be a Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper.  Don’t be shy.  We’ve all thought about it, right?  I mean, who hasn’t wanted to be a part of the endless giving, the loyal relationships, the grand parties and the charitable causes?  Don’t even get me started on that discount!

I’m not gonna lie.  I too have dreamt of the coveted Trunk Keeper position.  Yep.  I even took it to the next step and APPLIED to be a TK.  For me, I couldn’t imagine working for another company.  Where else can you go to find over the top cuteness, beautiful ladies (more importantly on the inside), loyalty, smiles and fun??  Nowhere, I tell you.  Not like this!  Alas, I didn’t make the cut.  After mourning the loss of this dream for several days, I started shopping again.  😉  It didn’t take long.

So, while I’ve been interviewing some of the incredible new trunk keepers over the past few weeks, I’ve realized this is a pretty special group.  These gals have found their new career at just the right time in their lives and the company of Matilda Jane is all the better for it.

I hope you love Jessica Nevermann from Oconomowoc, WI every bit as much as I did.  She is a special lady that I immediately felt kinship towards.

Q:  Well, let’s go ahead and get started.  Start off my telling everyone your name and your age.

A: {Big sigh!}  Oh my goodness!!  Phew, my name is Jessica Nevermann and I am from a town called Oconomowoc.  You might need me to spell that for you.  {laughing} That’s 5 O’s!

*Wait a second, where are you from???  Your accent is very……………Canadian!!

No, no, no, I’m from Wisconsin.  You betcha!!  That’s so funny.  I DO NOT have an accent.  I’m a speech pathologist and I assure you I do not have an accent!  {loads of laughing}

*FYI, she does have an accent and it’s the cutest thing ever.


Q: So, did you grow up in Oconomowoc?

A: No.  Now get this, I’m going to need to spell it out for you again.  I grew up in a town called Kaukauna.  I think it means “land of the stinky fish.”


Q:  Tell me about your kids.

A:  My son Drew is 5 ½ and my daughter Aubrey is 2 ½.


Q: How long have you been married to your husband?

A: My husband Alex and I have been married for 7 years, but dating since 1999.  We met when we were undergrads.  We went to the same University and met when we were sophomores and the rest is history.  I wish I had a more romantic story.  {laughing}


Q:  You said undergrad.  Did you go to graduate school?

A:  I did.  I have a Masters degree in Speech Pathology.


Q:  So, if I asked your husband one thing you do that drives him crazy, what would he say?

A:  Ugh, I leave my clothes everywhere!!!  They never make it back to the closet.  They’re always just kind of laying around.  I mean, who knows.  I might want to wear it tomorrow so why put it away right? {laughing}


Q:  So, what would he say he loves most about you?

A:  Oh my gosh………..I think my outgoing personality.  I’m not afraid of trying new things.  He’s a bit more reserved.  He likes to sit back and take it all in.


Q:  What accomplishment are you most proud of?

A:  I certainly am proud of the fact that I went to college and obtained a graduate degree…. But my greatest accomplishment in life is my children.  My greatest accomplishment is right here, right now, right in front of me.  it is not my college education of the past…. It is my beautiful children and the future they hold.  THAT is my greatest accomplishment.


Q:  Who has been the kindest influence in your life?

A:  Oh my gosh, you said this would be easy.  I totally have a Type A personality and seriously debated emailing you for a list of questions just so I could be prepared.  {both of us laughing}  Okay, back to the question.  Wow, you know I have come across so many kind people in my life.


Q:  Okay, okay, okay that is a tough one.  Instead of answering that, how about tell me one of the kindest things anyone has ever done for you.

A:  Can I come back to that one?  There are too many.


Q:  How has your life been different than how you imagined it to be?

A:  Oh my gosh, it is SO different.  It is CRAZY.  I imagined having a little family, being the perfect wife………  I thought it would all be so easy, but being real; I am a Mom, I work a full time job, now I’ll be selling Matilda Jane…………  I think I just imagined not so much chaos.  You know, taking the kids to school, doing a little grocery shopping, but not this much craziness.  I love it though, even if it’s not what I imagined it would be.


Q:  Name 2 things on your bucket list.

A:  1.  I would love to go on a Mediterranean cruise.  I’d love to see my girlfriends and I go on this cruise and meet up with our high school friend who is in Madrid.

2.  I want to go on a hot air balloon ride with my Mom.  It’s something she’s always wanted to do and I’d really like to make that happen.


Q:  If you were gifted $1 Million dollars to give to your favorite charity, where would you gift it and why?

A:  I have to say I would not choose just one.  I would choose an initiative of focus that’s very near and dear to my heart.  That would be domestic violence.  It’s so important that people get the support they need, including children when they are in a violent environment.

*Here’s where I’m going to interject and say that I just love this girl.  Jessica and I spoke off the record for quite some time about a rather sensitive subject and I realized my earlier question, “What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?” was very silly.  Sometimes it’s a hug, or a smile, or a kind word when you need it most.  The kindest thing doesn’t have to be the gesture, it can be the timing of the gesture.


Q:  Phew!!  Now on to an easier question.  What drew you to Matilda Jane?

A:  That is such an easy question.  I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter Aubrey and my photographer had opened up her studio for a trunk show.  I knew that I was going to be having newborn photos, so I wanted to check out her photography.  I started looking at the clothes and loved them!!  I bought Aubrey’s first knot dress before she was even born.

So by me stumbling across it, I became a full fledged addict.  I loved everything about it; the fabrics, the quality, the compliments.   Then I got to know more about Matilda Jane and how they run their business.  I love their mission.


Q:  What do you think you will love most about working for Matilda Jane?

A:  I really think it’s building relationships, meeting new people and new friends.  We had our regional retreat last weekend and I was only able to hang out with the other tk’s for a few days, but I already feel like I have these amazing new friends.  I can’t believe I was so nervous to meet them.


Q:  Tell me one thing most people wouldn’t guess about you.

A:  I used to have my nose pierced.


Q:  Do you have a favorite blog or website?

A:  I have to say Matilda Jane, along with some favorite photographers.


Q:  So, how do you juggle a full time job, a family and Matilda Jane?

A:  It’s my husband.  Period.  If I didn’t have the support of a strong family, I wouldn’t be able to do it.

*Thank you Jessica for a wonderful Skype interview.  You definitely have a knack for making someone feel at home and like they have know you for years.  What a gift you are!


Photography by: Kelly Smith




Chas - February 13, 2012 - 6:59 am


Ana - February 9, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Got your FB message 🙂
I will come to see it in person
Love Kelly’s pictures – she is amazing; she took Lola’s pictures couple of years ago

janeb - February 9, 2012 - 6:38 pm

awww Jessica, way to go! how fun was your chat with jami. ????! photographs are so beautiful. thanks for sharing with all of us!

Carrie - February 9, 2012 - 2:15 pm

Love that girl! So glad she is on our Wisconsin team!

Rachel B - February 9, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Yeah Jessica! You are awesome! I loved meeting you in Lake Geneva. Have a great season 🙂

Jen - February 9, 2012 - 12:18 pm

If you haven’t met this girl, you definately NEED to! She is going to excel!