Lauren James Event / Nashville Trip

by MissouriPrepster, 5:56 PM
Happy Wednesday, everyone! 

I have been waiting to write this post for what feels like forever!! I am so excited to share this with you all! This was such a special day for me and a day that I will remember forever!! This event was actually the very first brand event
that I have been able to go to so this was so special! I get lots of invites but I can never go to these events because of school and my super busy college life schedule. This event happened to be at the exact right time and place and I was so lucky that my schedule allowed me to go! Yay!! As you all know, Lauren James is one of my absolute favorite brands. All of their designs are so unique, classic, and pretty. I just adore them as a brand!!
Exactly two weeks ago I was in Nashville for the Lauren James event!! We are going to back track a minute to when I got invited to this event. I actually received my invite back in December before Christmas. I actually missed the email and LJ had to message me on Insta so they could send me the actual invite in the mail lol. If that is not my life, I don't know what is. I was so excited I literally called my mom freaking out! I was so so so excited!! My mom ended up going to Nashville with me which was amazing that I got to share this experience with her! 
When we began looking into booking this trip we quickly realized that we would have to make it a really quick trip. I could not miss too much class and my mom could not miss lots of work. That left us with a very short timespan. Since the actual event was on a Wednesday evening, we decided to fly out that morning. So, we got up at 4 am to get ready and got to the airport by 6 am. We actually had to fly to Chicago and then to Nashville so it was a long morning of travel. We landed in Nashville a little bit before 11 am and literally hit the ground running. It was such a gorgeous day. It was 60 degrees and not even a cloud in the sky. We went to Green Hills Mall to get some lunch and to shop! We ended up going to Cheesecake Factory which was really yummy (and something we have in STL so we did not get adventurous lol). After lunch, we went shopping around the mall which was really fun. I stopped at MAC and picked up a lipstick that I wore for the event, went to Lilly and got a pair of earrings that I had been eyeing ever since they were released and I also  wore them to the event. 
We then went over to 12 South which is one of my favorite places in Nashville. We went to Draper James, Reese Witherspoon's store, where I snagged the cutest t-shirt. I literally love Draper James. The whole atmosphere is amazing and the whole store is so darling. I mean they give you a little glass of sweet tea right as you walk in!!! How could it get any better?! They have so many cute new spring arrivals. And everything about the store is so picturesque. It has the infamous blue and white striped wall on the outside that literally everyone takes a picture with and it is right across from the "I Believe in Nashville" mural! So convenient!! 
Another thing I love about 12 South is that everything is in walking distance. Bar Taco is like a 30 second walk from Draper James and so is the Frothy Monkey. We ended up walking to Five Daughter's Bakery which has been a bucket list item for a while! I have always wanted to try their donuts since I am a donut fanatic! And let me tell you all, it was SO good!!!! My favorite flavor was the vanilla bean, so yummy! Five Daughter's Bakery is also super cute and has the cutest outdoor seating area. My mom and I actually took a couple of minutes to sit outside and eat the donuts, it was so nice!! 
We then checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Nashville. It was so nice and the lobby was just gorgeous!! They had terrariums and little cacti everywhere. We ended up chilling out for a little bit and then it was time to get ready for the event!! I was so nervous and excited while I was getting ready!!! I was about to meet so many bloggers that I looked up to and only dreamed of meeting! How cool is that?! 
I ended up taking an Uber over to the event which was at The Cordelle. The Cordelle is a wedding venue in Nashville and was absolutely gorgeous. I think it was an older home at one point and then was renovated into this gorgeous wedding/event venue. I was walking in and not even kidding as I was walking in someone yells "Oh my gosh!! Is that Missouri Prepster?!". I was in such shock!! I never expected that to happen at all! I walked in and was greeted by all of the Lauren James employees who were SO SWEET and it was great to put names to faces since I work with Lauren James a lot! I then met one of my followers, Carly, who actually won the Lauren James giveaway to come to the event. She was the literal sweetest being ever and I am so happy that I got to meet her and talk with her! Right as you walked in, the entire Spring Collection was out for showcase and let me just tell you all it is SO GOOD!!! Everything is so cute and I just know you all are going to absolutely LOVE it!! I then met Lauren Stokes, the founder and owner of Lauren James, herself. Lauren is the absolute definition of a girl boss! She chased her dreams and made it into a reality and even now as a full-time working mom owning her own business! Like wow such an inspiration! She was so sweet and I loved chatting with her about her darling kids and Lauren James itself. We then got to mingle for a little bit and then Lauren got up and announced that Lauren James was rebranding!! How exciting?! I mean if you loved Lauren James before, you are REALLY going to love them now!!! Their packaging now is just the cutest and I am obsessed with their new logo!! It was so inspiring listening to Lauren share her story and her passion with Lauren James and being in the same room with all of my favorite bloggers. And let me tell you all, I have never felt more like myself in a room full of people than I did then! It was amazing. All of these girls around me shared the same love of fashion, blogging, beauty, and are so passionate about their work as I am. It was absolutely amazing and so motivating! I got to meet Emily from @champagneandchanel, Dede from @dressupbuttercup, Lauren from @lc_steele (she is the cutest soon to be mama ever!!!), Chelsea from @chelseaolivia13, Natalie from @nataliekennedyblog, Hilary from @byhilaryrose, Kelsie (name twin!!!) from @kelsiebynum, Shea Leigh from @shealeighmills, and Katy from @mumuandmacaroons and SO many more!! Meeting all of the amazing girls was so inspirational for me and so empowering!! 
The event was so much fun! Being one of the firsts to see the whole brand new Lauren James spring collection was just an amazing experience. Like I said before, also just meeting all of those girls was just so inspiring and really confirmed why I started blogging. Without you all, I would not have had this amazing opportunity. So thank you all for choosing to follow along and supporting me! It means the world to me and I am so grateful for you all! You all are literally making my dreams come true!!!! 
From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much!!!

I have added lots of pictures from my trip and also from the event!! I am going to be adding some more behind the scenes stuff from the event to my Instagram stories too!! I also added some pictures from my trip and the event down below! And as usual, you can shop everything below!!

Lauren Stokes, founder and owner of Lauren James 

My follower who won the Lauren James giveaway, Carly

Kelsie from @kelsiebynum

Hilary from @byhilaryrose

Emily from @champagneandchanel and Dede from @dressupbuttercup

Natalie from @nataliekennedyblog

Lauren Stokes, founder and owner of Lauren James

The cutest PR package I got when I left the event! 

Thank you again, Lauren James, for the great event and for inviting me! It was something that I will never forget and I had the best time ever!!

Link to Lauren James video from the event: LJ Nash Bash Video 

Link to Lauren James Spring Collection: LJ Spring Collection


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