Candid Keepers #617


Emily Holleman of Nashville, TN


Q:  Please tell us a bit about yourself.  Where are you from and where are you now?

A: Let’s see. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a teacher, and a trunk keeper (  I am a small town girl living the city life.  I was born and raised in the heart of the Louisiana delta in the tiny town of Lake Providence.  There I was surrounded by fields of beautiful cotton and corn with some of the best people in the world (No, seriously, the people there are amazing!).  I currently live in Nashville, TN with my precious family.  Nashville is an incredible city with a ton to offer.  I’ve been blessed with best of both worlds.

Q:  I always love to hear about the incredible husbands that support the crazy schedule of a MJ Trunk Keeper.  What makes your so special?

A: My husband is one of a kind.  He is sort of the glue that keeps our family together.  I honestly believe that without him I would never be able to get going and out of the house in the mornings.  Chris is kind, so very considerate, extremely patient, and it sounds trite but he IS the best dad around.  I am not sure what I did to deserve him but I am so glad our paths crossed.


Q:  My favorite thing to talk about is my kids.  Tell us about YOURS.

A:  I have two sweet girls and baby number three is on the way! Carlisle is 3½ going on 16.  She loves dresses and all things pink and purple.  Carlisle is precocious, independent, and incredibly bright.  She is the creative thinker in our house; she is our entertainer and performer.  Eva is 18 months old and brings such joy and laughter to our home.  I overheard Carlisle telling her the other day “Eva, you are the loudest baby in this solar system!” and if she isn’t the loudest she’s most definitely in the top 5.  Eva is spunky, energetic, and tough.  She marches to the beat of her own drum. Both of my girls are sweet, loving, and fun.  They keep me on my toes for sure!  I am so thankful for these precious girls and thank God for choosing me to be their Mama!  I am looking forward to seeing what baby number three throws into the mix.

Q:  If you could wear one item every day, what would that be?

A: Ha!  This is an easy one because I wear the hanover jacket from Field Trip so much that my husband calls it my “uniform”. 

Q:  How did Matilda Jane find YOU?

A: A few years ago I was talking with a friend.  She was telling me about some pieces that she makes (and sells on Etsy) that match Matilda Jane Clothing.  I went home and googled MJC and instantly fell in love.  I found a local trunk keeper through the website, was a Jane for three years and now I am here.


Q:  If you could have lunch with ANYONE, who would it be and why?

A: This is tough.  Why did I not get the questions like “Vanilla or Chocolate?”  Let me think.  Anyone?  I think I would say my Opa (my mom’s dad).  My mom is German and her parents and her entire immediate family has always been in Europe.  We visited some growing up but not nearly enough and there was always something about my Opa that made me want to sit and listen to him for hours.  He passed away a few years ago and I would love just one more day.  I hate that my girls never had a chance to meet him.

Q:  What are 5 words your friends would use to describe you?

A: Hmmm… laid back, loyal, caring, generous, and compassionate, maybe?!  I guess that’s six!

Q:  Besides your family, what are you most passionate about?

A:  Teaching.  “My kids” are five and six and are so passionate about life!  I love that they are sponges at this age and I feel so blessed that I am able to help them soak up so much information that they will use for a lifetime. 

Q:  Share with us just ONE very important thing you do to try to leave this world a better place.

A: Teaching my own kids and my school kids to be kind to one another and love with their whole heart.


Q:  What store makes your heart go pitter patter when you shop in it?

A: Anthropologie.

Q:  What do you value more?  Possessions or travel?

A: Travel.  I have been very fortunate to have traveled and seen so many amazing places.  From the time I was itty bitty I have always loved to go!

Q:  If given the opportunity to have the day to yourself, how would you spend it?

A: I would most definitely sleep late!  I am not sure that I would spend the day all to myself.  I am a people person.  I think a day of sleeping late and waking up to snuggles from my girls then shopping with my mom and then dinner with my husband at Caffe Nonna sounds fantastic.


Q:  If you could crawl into the pages of any book, what would it be and why?

A:  Another tough one.  I think oddly enough I’ll have to say the children’s book “Redheaded Robbie’s Christmas Story”.  It’s a simple children’s book that teaches kids very important lessons: that it isn’t necessarily how a person speaks but what is said that is most important, to give before you take, to show kindness to someone new, and to forgive a person who has hurt you.

Q:  What is YOUR “must have” Paint by Numbers piece?

A: Surprisingly, I’d say the Cleo Lap with the Baroque Rose Bennys.  I love, love, love this combo for my girls.  For me it’s the Midnight Ruffles.  They are so comfy that sometimes I sleep in them!


Suzanna V - January 8, 2014 - 12:35 am

What an adorable family!! She seems so down to earth and all about family. Two of the best qualities, in my opinion!