Each month, Coast Monthly visits with some of the most charming people on the Texas Coast to chat about their style.
Army Lt. Col. Miller King comes from a long line of family members who have served in the military. King, commander of a Health Services Training Battalion at Ellington Field, has lived all over the world. With 17 years of service under her belt, she lives in the Clear Lake area and has been deployed twice to Iraq. Her husband, also an Army lieutenant colonel, is on active duty at Fort Meade, Maryland. Her two children seem destined to carry on the military tradition, she said.
Usually in camouflage and combat boots, King isn’t much of a fashionista, but does dress up for special occasions, she said.
“My style is casual, comfortable, relaxed and simple,” she said. “I’m partial to anything by Tommy Hilfiger, because he leans toward colors of blue and white, plus his clothes are mostly nautical, and I love the water.”
Here are a few of her favorite things:
Seaside wreath: I made this many years ago from seashells that my children collected, mostly from the Outer Banks in North Carolina, near their grandparents’ house. My son and daughter are true water people.
Icon: This is Saint Michael, who is the patron saint of police officers, and since I used to be a police officer, it’s special to me. It was gifted to me by my mother and has even been blessed.
Cross: This is a Celtic healing cross from Ireland that my husband gave me. Since I’m in the medical branch of the Army, the healing cross has a lot of significance.
Flag: This American flag flew with me everywhere I went in Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar. It never left my side and was my protector.
Watch: I am a watch snob and have quite a few. I really like my Swatch watch that I got in Switzerland, but I also have a few by Movado, Armani, Swiss Army and more — all in silver.
Scarf: I’ve got scarves from all over the world. My husband bought this handmade, cashmere one for me at a market in Afghanistan. It has a subtle pattern and I like the colors.
Berlin Wall pieces: I was at the Berlin Wall the night it came down and I chipped these off. A bronze cross and first aid kits were nearby. People used to throw those items over the wall to help those trying to escape.