Candid Keepers #572


Holly Holton of Murfreesboro, TN

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Q: Well hello there. Tell us a little bit about YOU.
A: Hi! My name is Holly Holton, and I’m a life long Tennessee girl. I’m passionate about God, my family, traveling, art, jogging, and many other things. Although, there isn’t much room in my life (or budget!) for the art and traveling these days. I’m saving those for retirement! For now, my time is focused on my family and friends and work (Matilda Jane as well as an accessories boutique, Ramona & Co., that I own with my mother and a close family friend). My life is full, but my heart is even more so!

Q: How did you meet and fall in love with the man of your dreams?
A: We both went to Lipscomb University in Nashville, and I can remember him from the very first Freshman events. He always wore a ratty baseball hat that said “ZIPS” which I think is a reference to something in Ohio, his home state. Our first semester, we had a mutual Chemistry Lab, so I’m sure those horrible Chemistry goggles played a roll in sparking an attraction. (ha!) We began dating our Sophomore year, and never looked back. I’ve always felt like I’m home with him.

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Q: Bebes? You know we’d love to hear about them.
A: Oh, it’s hard for me to talk about anything else these days! We are blessed with two precious girls, Madeline (6), and Alexandra (2). Madeline is sensitive and creative, and is doing her best to teach me the meaning of patience. Alexandra is easy going, sweet, brave, and wants to be just like her big sister. She’s still not sure why she doesn’t get to go to Kindergarten with her big sister every day! God certainly knew what He was doing because I can’t think of a life that could possibly make me happier than life with these two girls. I feel like they’ve always been a part of me.

Q: How long have you been with Matilda Jane and when did you know you wanted to be a Trunk Keeper?

A: This is my very first season as a Trunk Keeper, but I have been in love since Hammond Bay. I bought my very first knot dress that season from my friend, Joy Pine, and I was hooked. She brought to my attention this past Spring that there wasn’t a Trunk Keeper in Murfreesboro, and the opportunity was too good to pass up. I love this company and everything it stands for too much to not pursue a chance to be a part of it.

Q: I have many rituals in my day. How do you like to start out your day?
A: I’m SO not a morning person, so, in a perfect world, I would love to start out every day with about an hour of lying in bed, or as my mom calls it “luxuriating”. As you can imagine, this never happens. My day generally starts with the necessities- dressing myself, dressing the girls, feeding everyone breakfast, and off we go!

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Q: What is your favorite family tradition?
A: Each December, we pick a Saturday to eat a late breakfast at the Pancake Pantry in Nashville and to see a matinee of the Nutcracker Ballet. We usually follow it up with a little Christmas shopping to soak up a full day of holiday hustle and bustle. My parents took my brother and me to the Nutcracker almost every year, so it holds a special place in my heart. I hope it will be as magical in my daughters’ memories as it is in mine.

Q: Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
A: My mother wins this one by a landslide. She’s taught me to be brave, to be positive, to be myself, to work hard, to show respect to others, and that faith is the most important thing. She’s always been my biggest cheerleader, and we all need a cheerleader behind us.

Q: Which historical figure would you like to meet?
A: There are many people that I would be completely fascinated to meet, but Jesus is the only one that really matters to me. If I have a second choice, I’d love to meet Mary Cassatt and be transported to her life during the years that she lived in Paris among the free spirited artists of the Impressionist movement. How brave to be an American girl choosing the road less traveled in that era!

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Q: What is your favorite time of day and why?
A: Night time after my girls are asleep. I can finally slow down and hear the thoughts in my head, and have a real conversation with my husband.

Q: What teacher or coach has had the most impact on you and why?
A: Again, I’m going to go with my mother. During my elementary school years, she taught a pull-out enrichment class that I was a part of. I’m sure I gave her a hard time most days, but I LOVED having my mom around. And I have to say, she was an inspiring teacher. She put her heart and soul into bringing intriguing and creative curriculum to her students. I think her greatest lesson was teaching us to think outside the box, and to be able to problem solve our way through life’s challenges.

Q: Which TV family is most like your own?
A: Ahhh, that’s a tough one because I watch very little TV. I’d like to think my family is one of a kind. We’re just carving our own little place in a big world.

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Q: What is your favorite smell in the whole world?
A: Definitely campfire. I guess all of my experiences around a campfire have been happy ones- family camping trips, hay rides, cook outs. That smell takes me straight to a place with treasured people and not a care in the world!

Q: Where is the coziest spot in your home?
A: Sleeping may be my favorite past time, so I would have to say my bed. Curling up under my duvet after a long day and letting the world go is priceless!

Q: What is your “must have” Paint by Numbers piece?
A: Madeline has always been all about the comfy lap dresses, so I’m going to say the Blossom Lap Dress. It’s everything a girl could want- prissy, comfy, and it has great twirl factor. I’m sure it’s going to be her go-to piece this winter. 

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Suzanna Jorel - January 9, 2014 - 2:16 pm

“I’ve always felt like I’m home with him”-seriously, so cute!! This is my favorite bio I’ve read so far.