Over the past 4 years, I have had some amazing opportunities and events. I never thought this blogging journey would lead me to meet so many amazing people and attend so many special events.
At the top of that list is now the amazing day the Draper James team planned for us to celebrate the new book from Reese Witherspoon, Whiskey In A Teacup! Holy cow!! The team did an amazing job at running everything smoothly and treating us so special.
The Dallas Store
All the bloggers were instructed to meet at the Draper James store in Dallas to take some pictures, pick out something to wear and enjoy some treats. I am no stranger to this store since I try to pop in every time I go home. It’s quite possibly the most well merchandised stores I’ve ever been into and the staff truly repersents the South by offering every shopper a glass of sweet tea when they walk in.
To be honest, I was REALLY nervous! My entire drive home to Texas I prayed that God would show me why I was invited and help me not to compare myself to the other girls. I am so blessed with each and every one of you, but it’s easy to get wrapped in the numbers of “Oh I only have 30k and she has 100K followers.” I was SO nervous up until I walked into the store, a peace came over me that was like “you are supposed to be here.”
I was greeted by one of the lovely PR team members, who knew exactly who I was and was introducing for taking over the Draper James IG while I was at the Masters and it hit me, I wasn’t there for my followers, I was there because the team genuinely enjoyed my content.
This made me feel so comfortable to introduce myself and feel confident to get to know the other girls regardless of mine or their follower count.
I had been eyeing a few dresses and got to try them all on, in addition to getting a sneak peek of the new fall collection. I won’t spoil it too much, but it’s to die for!
We all spent a few hours trying things on, chatting, enjoying some snacks from the Biscuit Bar and drinks.
What I Wore
After trying a few dresses on, I decided to go with this gorgeous Honeycomb Floral Ponte Dress. I love the classic shape and colors and I loved that it could easily be transitioned to fall while still being cool enough to spend several hours outside in the Texas heat.
I paired it with simple nude sandals and, of course, a statement earring, that was totally Reese approved…we’ll get to that later! I also needed a lot of stuff for the day like my camera, makeup, etc. so I had to grab my go to St. Anne tote from Barrington.
The Draper James team bussed all the girls down to Waco from the Dallas store, but since my mom and I were going on to Austin we drove separately. I was sad at first that I didn’t get to spend as much time with everyone, but my introvert self-was thanking me!
When we all arrived at Magnolia Table they had the most beautiful spread of treats and snacks including lemon lavender donut holes, pimento cheese sandwiches, candied bacon, and so many other yummy things. This was such a treat because we had the whole place to ourselves, which on a normal day you can expect to wait approximately 3 hours to get a table.
We did as all bloggers do and immediately snapped about 500 pictures and then dug into the food. Once we had a little something to eat, the team let us know Reese was almost there. We all touched up and got in line to meet Reese.
The moment was here! Time to meet Reese! Once again the nerves kicked in, what do I say? How do I look? After all, I’m only going to get one chance to meet Reese I can’t look like a goof in my picture.
I went up first and to be honest I don’t know what I exactly said. I remember her saying she loved my earrings (thank Lisi!) but after that, it was a total blur. My mom jumped in after our photo and I remember telling her we were going on a mother-daughter weekend and she thought that was cute. We snapped a mother-daughter photo and my mom got one solo and off we went.
Although it was short, she was so gracious and felt very down to earth. She was and is a true southern icon!
Whiskey in a Teacup Event
After the meet and greet, we all headed to the Silos for the big event! We got to be privately be escorted into the front row for the event. Little did we know, Joanna Gaines was introducing Reese and Jenna! AH! Could it get any better?! The kids were watching from the rooftop and Chip screamed “I LOVE YOU JOANNA GAINES!” from the balcony…typical Chip!
The interview between Jenna and Reese was so natural and empowering. Reese is a total girl’s girl. She loves building girls up and watching other women succeed. Shouldn’t we all? She also had a great sense of pride in freedom and America. This probably due to Jenna Bush Hager being the moderator that this came out more in this interview.
I left feeling so inspired and empowered!
On top of all of the amazing events and goodies. I got to meet some amazing women in the blogging industry that I’ve followed for a long time. I even got to meet some girls who were IG friends in person! Below is a list of all the sweet girls who attended the event! Go check them out I know you won’t be dissappointed.
Kate from Lone Star Southern
Tristan from The Polished Posy
Anna from Fleurdille
Ellen from The Perrenial Style
Mallory from Style Your Senses
Natalie from The Fashion Hour
Alicia from The Lush List
Stephanie from Stephanie Taylor Jackson
Madison from Hey Madi Nelson
Olivia from Livvy Land
Niqui from Fash N Curious
Natalie from Natalie Means Nice
Ashlee from Little Lovelies
Hunter from Hunter McGrady
This event looked amazing! What is your favorite part of her new book? I really want a copy…ps that dress is super cute!
Megan McLeod says
So much fun! I can’t wait to read the book!
Glad you liked Waco! Come back sometime! Silobration?
Lauren Kingsley says
This is so awesome, girl! So happy for you!
Brittany Unke says
What a cool experience! It must have been fun getting to take part in all of it with your mom. I love when I have the chance to make memories with my mom. Reese’s book looks like it’s going to be a fun read! I’ve been looking forward to seeing the different recipes in it.
Emily Grant says
This is absolutely amazing! Definitely living vicariously through you ?
So happy you got to meet Reese! She is such an idol and role model!
Mary Roberts says
This trip looks like a dream come true! I can’t wait to hear what you think about the book … it sounds like everyone loves it. ?
Looks like such a fun time! Love your dress too!
So jealous! Looks like so much fun. Can’t wait to read the book!
Love everything about this post. Her book is on my wish list! Xoxo
I so wish Reese made some Midwest stops on her tour because this girl is southern at heart!!!
Millie Alcivar says
The sounds like so much fun!
It totally was!
Laurin Guinee says
So very cool! Definitely jealous ?! The book is beautiful!
It was seriously AMAZING!
Hope Wages says
This event looked like so much fun! I can’t wait to read Reese’s book and cook with my mother and grandmother.
It was SO special! Once in a lifetime experience!
Taylor Winters says
First of all, that dress is stunning on you. Second, it really touched me when you talked about comparing yourself. I’ve followed you for years and LOVE the Thrifty Pineapple. You are so deserving! Thank you for being so transparent with your audience.
Thank you Thank you! I always want to be honest and open!!
Charity Smith says
New follower here – but I recently just googled “Bloggers in Arkansas” and you were one of the first to pop up! I love reading blogs and I have enjoyed browsing your blog and getting to know more about ‘The Thrifty Pineapple’! How exciting it must have been to meet Reese! Eeek – so fun!