Last weekend, my mom and I made the 3 hour drive north east to spend 24 hours in Nashville. But we weren’t there for a little vacation – we were there to see Reese Witherspoon. If you haven’t heard, Reese wrote a book Whiskey in a Teacup, and she has been on a book tour. I was lucky enough to get tickets as soon as they went on sale for her event in Nashville.
If there was ONE celebrity (actor, musician, etc) that I would want to see, it would be Reese Witherspoon above anyone else. Legally Blonde has been one of my all time favorite movies since the age of 14. She is not only an amazing actress and super stylish, but she is so driven and has accomplished so many things.
So our first stop was, of course, Draper James. I feel like this brand was made for me. And I wanted to move into the store. Everything is just so cute and feminine without being way over the top. Plus there are so many dresses & skirts! And so much navy and white!
There were, of course, 5 million people in the store. The store is in a pretty touristy location – lots of little shops and restaurants – and apparently the area is always super crowded. But I got my shopping in!
We also got to see the Amelia’s Flower Truck, which people post on Instagram a lot. It is adorable, and I just wanted to buy all of the flowers.
It has been several years since I have been to Nashville and it has grown SO much. The traffic is insane and there are people EVERYWHERE. That same night, Maroon 5 was playing across the street and Amy Schumer also had a show. It took us like 30 minutes to get about a half a mile.
Before the show, we went to eat at Merchants. It was once an old hotel, and it is the coolest. My mom and I were super stressed because, even though we had a reservation, it took 30 minutes to get a table and the place was so crowded. We were in a panic, but they were so nice and comped us our meal (we both must have looked like we were going to have strokes). Luckily the restaurant was just down the street, so we were able to eat really quickly and not miss the show! The food was good and I would highly recommend it for the decor alone, just make a reservation and arrive well before then. The wait time for non-reservations was two hours, and apparently it is like that just about anywhere you go in Nashville. I wish I had been able to spend a little more time looking around there. It was raining off and on the whole time we were there (mostly on), so I didn’t get a good picture of the front, so I borrowed from the website.
They had the most amazing chandelier.
And the most amazing floors.
The show was at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which is in Downtown Nashville. The building is beautiful. And I couldn’t believe how close we were to Reese – we were on about the 13th row! I desperately wanted to meet her, but the meet and greet tickets were $400. I am going to brag on Charlie for a minute – he was secretly trying to get me back to meet Reese and apparently was emailing everyone he could to try to make it happen including the publicist because he knew how much it meant to me. No luck and the meet and greet was sold out, but I thought that was super sweet.
So the event is just Reese and one other person (it changed from city to city), and in Nashville it was author Ann Patchett. I loved how easily the conversation flowed – it wasn’t rehearsed or scripted at all. It felt like you were hanging out with two friends. And Reese is so adorable and so funny! And the dress she wore was AMAZING (it is Draper James and I desperately want it, even though I never go anywhere that would require something so fancy). I could have sat and listened to them talk for days.
My number one take away from Reese – she said if there is something that scares you a little bit, you should probably do it.
And since it was raining and insane, I didn’t have time for any good outfit pictures, so this will have to do.
I haven’t read the entire book yet, but I can’t wait – it is full of stories about growing up in the South, family recipes, entertaining. There is even a chapter dedicated to monogramming! (As Reese says – if its not moving, monogram it, which is my way of life) And the pictures are gorgeous.
This trip was such a dream come true, and if she writes a second book, I will definitely be there! My mom and I are now trying to figure out a way to get to her rescheduled D.C. event at the end of October, but the VIP tickets are sold out, and I desperately want those VIP tickets!!