about Annie Kip…


Hi, there – I’m Annie!

I love talking with other women about making our lives more the way we want them to be. There are a lot of blogs out there which will show you how to live a perfect life, have a perfect home, and be a perfect parent.  Reading my blog should never make you feel that you are not living up to some arbitrary, unattainable standard. I believe that we each have our own unique style and connect with each other through our aspirations, imperfections, and vulnerabilities – so I am willing to share real stories from my own messy effort to create a plenty perfect life.


As a single mom and entrepreneur, I understand living in a real house with real kids, a budget, a dog, and never enough time or storage space. I believe we have a lot to learn from each other and can benefit from sharing ideas for getting more of what we want out of our lives.

Over the last few years, I have built a business as a Style Consultant and offer my clients fine menswear through J. Hilburn Custom Men’s Clothiers.


I meet with men and help select fabrics and styles which flatter them and feel comfortable. Together we build a wardrobe full of outfits which enable them to present their best selves in any situation.

Working with men is very rewarding, but one of the best parts of my job is mentoring my team of Personal Stylists. We are all finding ways to do work we enjoy and make our dreams come true.



My business has expanded and I am currently looking for several independent, motivated, entrepreneurial people to take leadership positions on my team. Please contact me if being a J. Hilburn Style Consultant sounds like fun to you!


My experiences have given me a unique perspective on what it really takes to create a home and build a family – and balance that effort with work that is fulfilling and engaging.  I have moved 10 times to 7 different states, lived through national disaster and divorce, and have created a new home for my family each time. 

I am a gal who can happily swing a hammer, bravely dispose of bugs and pesky varmints, as well as manage a busy family, decorate a beautiful, comfortable home, and make the work I love to do fit into my family life.

I am on a journey to make the next phase of my life what I want it to be – and I am happy to share the ride with you, my friends who are readers and readers who are becoming friends.


Grab a cup of tea and let’s get to know each other a little better! I would love to hear your stories and hope you will enjoy and be inspired reading about my experiences with intentionally styling my life, my home, and my work in a way that makes me happy.

Thanks for stopping by!

All my best, Annie

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  1. Karen says:

    Hi, I was lead here from looking at a divorce site and wanted to speak with you about divorce. Thanks

    1. annie kip says:

      Hi Karen, I hope you are enjoying the site! I am not a divorce expert and can’t really offer counseling. My aim is to give people inspiration for building their own plenty perfect life – whether they are single, divorced, married. I hope you find something here that helps you!

  2. Dana says:

    So wonderful to find your blog Annie! Feel at home and wishing you were my neighbor and friend. Looking forward to reading everything. I find making friends with middle age woman are hard. They are married and busy with family and hubby or their established friends. Single women sadly want to mingle at cocktail lounges.. no offense anyone. I am new at finding my identity and so loving your transparency. A teaching tool for me to enjoy and grasp!

    Thank you and nice to meet you!

    1. annie kip says:

      Oh Dana, it is so nice to meet you too! I know what you mean – it can feel like everyone already has established friendships. I have moved a bunch of times and have felt that way often. Even now, I feel like my girlfriends know each other better – but then they say something that makes me feel like I belong and it is so heartwarming. We all need a tribe! I wish we were neighbors too!!! I am glad to be connected here – thanks for taking a look! As you read the posts, please feel free to share what you are struggling with, as it will give me good ideas for what to write about in future posts!

  3. Karen Dasey says:

    Great blog, Annie. Love your engaging writing style.

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks, Karen – that means a LOT coming from you – a professional writer! I really appreciate your feedback.

  4. Mary Beth says:

    Wonderful blog, Annie!! I have enjoyed ‘browsing’ your posts. So many creative and inspirational ideas! Thank you for sharing!

    -Mary Beth

    1. annie kip says:

      Hi Mary, thanks for taking a look! It has been a slow summer for my blogging (too many kids running around!), but I plan to get back at it in the Fall. I hope you stay tuned!

    2. annie kip says:

      Thanks, so much, Mary Beth! I really appreciate your stopping by and hope to hear from you again whenever there is something you relate to! It really helps me to know what people are enjoying. Thanks!

  5. Wonderful Blog! Congrats! May I ask which Word Press Theme you use?
    Greetings from Spain, Alexander

    1. annie kip says:

      From Spain!?! Wow – how cool!!!! I have just recently relaunched with the BirdSITE theme and I really like it the gallery style front page. Do you have a blog too?

      1. Yes, Annie, my blog is called http://www.kriegelstein.eu; I am Dorothea Hübner-Tilroe’s cousin.
        As I said, I like your blog very much, aestetically and concerning the substance. Warm greetings, this time from Vienna!

        1. annie kip says:

          Hi Alexander! Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog – your job as a tour guide sounds incredibly exciting. I love knowing that you are checking in from so many different countries!!!

  6. Emily ann says:

    Hi Annie,
    I saw you in Woman’s Day article about Divorce and thought I would
    check out your blog.

    I did not think it would be so lovely and inspiring!

    I love that its like nature ~ nothing perfect but perfectly wonderful!

    Thank you for doing this as I am about to be served my divorce papers and needed a shot in the arm!


    1. annie kip says:

      Hi Emily, thanks so much for stopping by! It makes me really happy to think that I could make a dark time a little lighter. I hope that your world will open up and you will feel expansive in this next phase of your life. Divorce is an end, but it is also a beginning. Best wishes to you!

  7. Shelley says:

    Dear Annie,

    I just love this blog… made me cry at times as it made me remember all the things I love about you and how much I miss our times together. You are such a talented person and seem to have found so much happiness along the way. You have so much to share and we are all the lucky readers… Keep it up. <3 Shelley

    1. annie kip says:

      Shelley – thanks for taking a look. I am just winging it and it makes me happy to think that you like it. I miss our times together too!!! I hope you laughed as well as cried!!!

  8. Doug Weismann says:

    Annie, your blog is beautiful. What is so powerful and moving to me are your childhood reflections. So many years later I realize we share: the neighborhoods, the friends, the spirituality, those early experiences. Thank you for bringing that amazing poem in
    the Owen’s home to us again. I remember it well, talking to Jean and Dave about what it meant to them as parents. Remember when we were all together with the Owen’s growing up and being influenced by such wonderful family and friends?…..lots of fun, laughter, and joy when we were together.

    Your “lens” on life is honest, real, and illuminating. May the inspirations you share here fulfill all who visit!

    1. annie kip says:

      Oh Doug – thank you so much. Maybe none of us realized how much those times together at Dave and Jean’s influenced us. We were so lucky. So glad you like the blog. I hope you laugh at todays’ post!

  9. Ingrid Goldbloom says:

    Hi Annie,
    I have been loving your blog. Love the love notes idea and the cut paper flowers.

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks Ingrid!!! You are a great source of creative ideas – you should do a guest post!

  10. Jody says:

    Love your site, Annie! Good for you — reading your blog makes me miss our nightly chats on family, food, ambitions, decor . . . life. So glad to reconnect.

    1. annie kip says:

      Jody!!!! I miss that too – it was a really special time. Thanks for taking a look at the blog – would love your ongoing feedback. I always loved getting a view from your perspective.

  11. Diane Marget says:

    Looks great, Annie and congrats!

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks so much for taking a look, Diane!!!

  12. Deb Gregory White says:

    Annie~ Just love reading your blog … makes me plenty perfectly happy each time! xoxoxoxo

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks, Deb! It is supposed to make you happy! I am glad it is working! Thanks for keeping up with me!

  13. Stephanie Horan says:

    Way to go Annie…congrats on your new endeavor!!!

    1. annie kip says:

      Hi Stephanie! So good to hear from you!!! Thanks for taking a look!

  14. Courtney Christensen says:

    Annie- this is fantastic! Looking at all your great ideas takes me back to our Durham days. Thanks for sharing.

    1. annie kip says:

      Oh Courtney!!!! Thanks! I hope all is well for you and Rob and the boys. You are the one who made it all look so easy! I am so glad to hear from you!

  15. Brooke says:

    Congratulations, Annie! Great start! Can’t wait to follow along with you.

    1. anniekip says:

      Thanks, Brooke!!!!

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