#FALLFASHION Tips from Whitney’s Boutique in Vaiden

Whitney Welch models the kimono, beaded necklace and flair jeans that are popular this fall. (Photo submitted)  

Susan Welch at Whitney’s Boutique in Vaiden said velour is HUGE this year. From tops to dresses, Welch said velour is extremely popular this season.

Welch said other popular trends include:

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Collins’ favorite Vaiden history story…

Ron Collins’ favorite story on the www.vaiden.net website is the story of Cowles Crowder Mead. “The indirect relation of the Town of Vaiden to the early history of the Mississippi Territory is most interesting,” said Collins. 


Cowles Crowder Mead (10/18/1776 – 05/17/1844) was from Virginia. Sally Cowles (04/25/1781 – 05/11/1850), also lived in Virginia. As a young girl, she was “wooed” by her cousin, Cowles Mead (pronounced “Coals”), whom she loved but refused to marry because of their blood relationship.  Continue reading

Ron Collins loves his hometown of Vaiden

According to Ron Collins, owner of the www.vaiden.net website, “Vaiden, Mississippi is not Heaven, but it’s probably in the same zip code.”

It may be harder to find a bigger fan in the state of Mississippi of the town of Vaiden than Ron Collins. Since the Fall of 1999, Collins has been sharing his favorite memories and a wealth of history about his hometown of Vaiden.

Collins love of Vaiden history has been ingrained in him since birth, but he points back to 1976 where his real passion for local history began. During the Vaiden Bicentennial, the Vaiden Garden Club composed ‘The Vaiden Heritage,” a book containing the history of Vaiden. It was composed of early Vaiden photos and information about the founding of Vaiden.

“Some of the old advertisements really caught my attention as well, and I spent hours looking at that book,” Collins said. “As a kid, I had explored just about every ‘nook and cranny’ of Vaiden – from gathering supplies for my treehouse to playing at the Old Shongalo junkyard, to riding bicycles all over town, with not a worry in the world.” Continue reading

#TuesdayTips: How to be a fashion designer by Jo Wray

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Jo Wray of Wild Flower Heart Clothing Designs said to be or not to be a fashion designer is a tough choice.

“Fashion designers lead a busy, secretive life, so getting them to talk to you about becoming one yourself and investing a small fortune on an unknown future is difficult,” Wray said. “This career is not simple because fashion designers work very hard for their fame and money. To be successful, you must plan from the beginning. Planning is makes the battle half won.” Continue reading