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Greatest Hits of 2023

A look back at some of this year's most loved Invitation Magazines stories.

Invitation Magazines publishes 10 issues a year packed with stories, photographs and illustrations that reflect our community. The subject matter ranges from sports and fashion to the arts and home renovations to pets and travel. But no matter the topic, each piece tells a local person’s story. We take pride in this. In addition to readers of our print magazine, these stories reach thousands through our website and social media outlets. Enjoy this list of some of the most loved stories from the past year, and visit for current content and to search past issues for a treasure-trove of local stories. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest.


An impressive Booneville teen is heading to Ole Miss to pitch for the lady Rebels softball team. A visit with 17-year-old Hallie Burns uncovers some interesting details about the brown-eyed softball pitching phenom. She’s dedicated to being the best she can be on the softball field and balances sports, education and life’s extras like a pro.

FB + Insta Reach: 105K | Posted March 28

Finding Her Muse

Leisha Pickering, a Mississippi mother of five, grows a small, creative idea into Musee, an internationally recognized company that employs the most vulnerable members of her community.

FB + Insta Reach: 6K | Posted December 12

Talitha Kumi

An Oxford woman pours her artistic talents into hand-beaded, hand-sewn work and lands a spot on the runway during Paris fashion week; but the stitches that have bound together the moments of Timber Heard’s life have not always been straight or without some fraying. Despite challenges, Heard created Talitha Kumi Jewelry & Handbags and poured her artistic talents into the business. “I have been blessed,” Heard said. “I have truly been blessed.”

FB + Insta Reach: 11K | Posted April 4

The South Lamar

The purchase of an Oxford house draws a couple into the thick of the hospitality business with a new bed-and-breakfast.

FB + Insta Reach: 7K | Posted September 11

Beep! Beep!

Move over for the interior design genius of young phenom Baylor Pillow, founder and principal designer of Oxford-based firm Beep Design Consulting.

FB + Insta Reach: 8K | Posted May 7

From Wheeler to Milwaukee

Born in Tupelo, Milwaukee Brewers’ starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff has had some big-time life experiences that most can only imagine. Woodruff sat down with us to reflect on his notable life in Major League Baseball.

FB + Insta Reach: 33K | Posted March 21

A Place Called Eden

A multitalented Mississippi native designs a midcentury modern house just outside Oxford.

FB + Insta Reach: 13K | Posted July 24

On Tour

Mississippi musician Jamie Davis reflects on life, songwriting and touring with Luke Combs.

FB + Insta Reach: 9K | Posted September 27

Making a Fashion Statement

Local rescue pets and their owners dress for the season and share their adoption stories, proof that saving an animal is always in fashion.

FB + Insta Reach: 8K | Posted October 11

Adventures in Food

Northeast Mississippians offer unique and delicious goodies, including over-the-top tailgate fare perfect for any game day.

FB + Insta Reach: 8K | Posted September 13

Homeplace Revival

A Tupelo couple (the Haydens) rebuilds a century-old house on family acreage to transform it into their dream home.

FB + Insta Reach: 48K | Posted May 17

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