I’ve loved Reese Witherspoon since her southern sass in Sweet Home Alabama (my go-to comfort film for every occasion since age 11) and my admiration for her female force has only grown with the launch of her lifestyle company Draper James, book club Hello Sunshine and her general habit of overcoming odds to push the business narrative forth for women. Also, she’s managed to maintain the same humble charm through every summit of her career; if there is anything to treasure in the world, its a woman unapologetically true to herself.
First bit of breaking news: Daniel and I made the move to sweet southern life. To say I’m in dire need of southern guidance? Understatement. Her gorgeous book Whiskey in a Teacup belongs on the
coffee sweet tea table in every southern home. From classic southern comfort food recipes, golden wisdom from her grandma to the secret to decorating a home fit for antebellum royalty, every page of this book felt like a warm porch-side conversation with an old friend and has helped make my transition from full-time city life to the splitting time in the south all the more romantic.
Additionally, I’ve filled my closet with Draper James staples – always dresses. Reese’s designs capture the effortless elegance southern women have kept intact for generations. Coming from Brooklyn where yoga pants were standard uniform to a quintessential southern town like Charleston where keeping up appearances is still very much a culture, it’s been a welcome change (the whole southern belle treatment isn’t horrible). Southern women are a classic cocktail of sass, strength and style, and every Draper James piece captures just that. Being southern seems to be more than a state of mind, but rather how you carry yourself with gumption through every mountain of life.
Reese is the perfect example of a female voice that has cultivated a more powerful narrative for woman with every project touched. I always tell my friends that one day I’ll be her friend and my novel will be featured in her book club Hello Sunshine (it’s a goal), but currently she serves as my inspiration for building a lifestyle brand that pioneers meaningful change.
I’m excited to attend her event in Washington, DC this October.