Who are you?
My name is LaVae Mathis & I am the creator of LaVae’s Faves. I am so excited that you’re here!
LaVae’s Faves is part of my company Bella Atto LLC. Bella Atto started as a hobby for gifting and has now grown into my very own small business which includes this LaVae’s Faves Blog & LaVae’s Faves on Poshmark
How did you come up with the name Bella Atto for your business and LaVae’s Faves?
We all know Bella is Italian for Beautiful but Atto is unfamiliar to many as it was to me when I started thinking about what to name my original website that started my path. I love Italian design, lust for life, and scenery! And of course, we all love Italian food & wine, right?! Who’s with me on that? And, one of my favorite movies of all time is Under the Tuscan Sun! So I opted for Atto attached to Bella for Bella Atto. Atto translated individually is Act or Gesture. Bella Atto together translates as Beautiful Place.
As I became more active in my online endeavors, and discovered Poshmark as a money earning option as well, I found that the name Bella Atto wasn’t my best option. I had a section of my original site that was entitled LaVae’s Faves. It was the most popular part of my new work and seemed to work very well on Poshmark so I decided to convert my website name to just LaVae’s Faves. The feedback has been so sweet and I thank all those that have helped me make that decision…big THANKS!
What inspired you to embark upon creating your own business?
I was an accountant for many years and although I had a great day job as the Controller of an engineering firm & worked with some fantastic people, once my husband & I became empty-nesters (Yep, it’s true, our kids are all leading sweet & successful lives as grown-ups now & btw, we’re very proud of them!) I desired a new baby of sorts, a creative outlet. I started asking the universe “what I should do”? Then, I was admiring a piece of artwork given to me by a friend that was lost unexpectedly and I thought about how much that gift meant to me, especially now that he’s in heaven. You can read about that here -> Gift of Art – The Bella Atto Gift Story
Then I thought about how much I love gifting in general. My mother practiced a religion when I was a child that disbarred Christmas and Birthday giving along with other holiday celebrations. As a child I always felt I was missing out. Not just on getting gifts but giving them as well! Although, I still have friends who practice the same, I did not adopt the same religious beliefs as an adult and in fact adore these celebrations in many ways.
So, there I was, in the midst of thinking about things I missed & desiring to make something I love come to life in what I hope inspires others! It’s like I’ve heard people say in that, sometimes.. what you don’t get in life gives you something else. So I started blogging about gifting. But I found during this endeavor that my readers were particularly interested in saving money, particularly on fashion and home goods, while gifting well & shopping for themselves too.
Over time, my initial creative effort grew from just gifting ideas into saving ideas. I also enjoy selling on Poshmark under LaVae’s Faves. So…bringing all of these endeavors together, LaVae’s Faves was born!
How do you find the great things you share here and at LaVae’s Faves?
Many of the posts you’ll find here are just about favorite things we do (& share with you) to enjoy and pursue a life well lived. But we are also an affiliate advertiser rather than a store. As an affiliate advertiser, we have access to a wide range of products via our available partnerships with thousands of merchants. We enjoy sharing many great deals and sweet finds via these partnerships that help you Save Well, Give Well, & Live Well too. In return we may earn a small profit when you decide to purchase from our partners and advertisers and we are very grateful and appreciative of your support!
What other interests do you enjoy personally?
My husband and I are both pretty simple people. We enjoy finding ways to make life fun and beautiful (Bella that is), in our own ways, without breaking the bank as they say. We enjoy the same things as most of you: time with family, getting outdoors, good food, movies, light travel, enhancing our home life, trying to stay healthy and active, etc. amid this and that of your typical middle class lifestyle.
We were blessed with 3 children between us and they have all grown up to be the kind of people you’re so proud to know even if you weren’t related to them. We enjoy time with them when we can to include their families and our sweet, sweet, sweet grandbabies too! We’re so blessed!
We are also dog lovers. We had 2 dogs which we affectionately refered to as our four-pawed children Ranger and Tigger. I’ll just call them Big & Little here because they were in fact, ‘BIG & wittle’. Big was our Lion Hunter – the Rhodesian Ridgeback that was over-sized for his breed weighing as much as me on most days & Little was a Maltese coming in at only 8 pounds or so. They were quite the pair and kept us delightfully busy much of the time when we’re at home.
They had both passed away come 2017, but we had added Zuzu Sugars to our pack. She is a delightful Canaan Dog that we adore. And, we also added a rescue we named Biscuit. We think he is a Leonberger mix but he’s small for a Leonberger. If you were to blend a Rhodesian Ridgeback with a Maltese, you would probably get something that looks like our sweet Biscuit. So, I think of him as a reincarnated spirit blend or our late Ranger and Tigger. So cute!
More FAQs coming soon & thank you for visiting LaVae’s Faves!
Have a Fabulous Day & Happy Lady Bug Hunting! If you’ve seen Under the Tuscan Sun, you know what that means! 😉
” I enjoy helping you, Save Well, Give Well, & Live Well! “