Here’s our latest group of Bella Vita ladies. Hopefully, you’ll find out something about each one of them that brings you a little inspiration and to Bella Vita to share!
And stay tuned. We have one more fabulous group of gals coming your way in an upcoming blog. Keep looking and keep reading …
Megan McNeely, this high-energy, fun-loving gal helps with both stores’ visuals and displays, and sets up our show booths. She also manages the bridal registry, handles the appointments and maintains each bride’s file. On top of all that, she assists with daily store operations and to-dos. She’s been working hard for us for three years.
(Photography courtesy of Allison Rodgers Photography)
Hometown: Right here in Memphis
Hobbies: Right now? Preparing for our baby girl. (Lyla June is due August 26.) Others include singing and busting out a move every now and then.
Go-to clothing/must-have jewelry? My Debbie Segal earrings. They are so elegant, yet simple and can spice up any outfit, dressy or casual.
Last movie seen: True Grit
Favorite TV: GLEE! Yes, call me a Gleek!
What’s unique about me: I can touch my tongue to my nose and I can make some killer chicken and dumplings. So Southern through and through.
What I love about Bella Vita: I love the relationships I have built through Bella Vita. The girls are wonderful to work with; they keep me thinking and feeling creatively. I get a boost being there, for sure. Also, our customers are some of the best.
Brittany Johnson worked in our stores until she and her husband moved to New Mexico recently. Sad for us but glad she can help keep us up and running long distance, writing blogs and helping with website maintenance. This girl is Texas through and through. She’s fun to be around—even from far away—and we’re all secretly jealous because she always looks like an Anthropologie model.
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo! I’m one of those proud Texans and will probably talk your ear off about it.
Hobbies: First and foremost, shopping. It’s a bit of a running joke that I have a problem but, hey, everyone has their vices, right? I am also fashion-obsessed. If you haven’t heard from me, it’s probably because I’m holed up reading fashion magazines, blogs or watching streaming videos of the latest runway shows. I also love art, yoga and music. I would be perfectly content spending every weekend at a music festival.
Go-to clothing/must-have jewelry: Leggings, my go-to uniform for almost any season. Who doesn’t love an item that still feels like you’re in your pajamas? Plus, everyone looks cute in them when you throw on a flowing top or dress and boots to complete the outfit.
Last book read: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I’m incredibly proud of myself for sticking this one out. I typically struggle with long, detailed books due to my great inability to sit still for more than 30 minutes.
Favorite TV: It’s a tie between Glee and Dexter. Strange combo, I know. One feeds my love of the arts and music (OK, drama) while the other let’s me get in touch with my dark side. That’s right, even my bubbly self has a dark and twisty persona.
What’s unique about me: I was a competitive gymnast growing up, and my middle name is Noel because I was born on Christmas. (This is purely coincidental and has nothing to do with my love of gifts, though my husband may tell you otherwise.)
What I love about Bella Vita: The fun and funky style of the accessories, and the earthy look of the home decor. Each item is unique so I can be sure I won’t see my twin when walking down the street!
Cheryl Wood is our lifesaver. When it comes to handling shipments, she can unpack and process shipments faster than anyone. Cheryl is most often behind the scenes getting new items processed, priced and ready to go on the floor. We’d be in big trouble if we didn’t have her, especially when it’s floor-to-ceiling boxes when the holiday lovelies start to arrive.
(Photography courtesy of Allison Rodgers Photography)
Hometown: The South. I’m just a good ole Southern Girl! I was born in Atlanta, Ga., moved to Germantown at age 6, then to Eads where I lived until my husband, Chris, and I moved to Olive Branch Miss. There, we raised our girls for 18 years. For the past three years, we’ve lived in Collierville.
Hobbies: I’ve really become a people person from the shy girl I was growing up so, anything I can do to help others is an enjoyable time for me. I also enjoy designing with flowers, both fresh and artificial.
Go-to clothing/must-have jewelry: At home, it’s all about being comfy, so it’s into my pajamas. When I’m out, I’m usually in jeans and any comfortable, cute T-shirt. Jewelry: My Vintage Gypsy necklace and/or earrings.
Last book read: I just finished Leaving by Karen Kingsbury and am into the next book in the series, Learning. I got hooked on Karen Kingsbury about 10+ years ago after reading One Tuesday Morning the first in the 9/11 series. I’m always anxiously waiting for her next books to be released.
Favorite TV: Just one? I’m not sure I can pick. Let’s see, NCIS, NCIS LA, Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory are at the top of the list.
What’s unique about me: My husband and I always have a date night every weekend. I love to travel. He and I have been scuba-certified since September 2009 and are one checkout dive from becoming master divers. Yes, I’ve been diving with sharks, but the beauty of God’s creation under the sea is so incredible it overcomes all fears. I love to ride on the back of my husband’s motorcycle and travel with our motorcycle group from church.
What I love about Bella Vita: What is there not to love about Bella Vita?! I love the camaraderie that exists between everyone who works at Bella Vita, as well as the team effort and the friendliness that we all share.
I hope you're getting to know these girls as well as I do! They are all a blast!
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