Boutiquing: Dallas Loves Draper James...

The initial Draper James love-fest swept the social scene when Reese opened her original Nashville location, but the recently opened Dallas boutique has converted me into a full on brand fan. Greeted at the open door (did I mention it was a high gloss cobalt blue paneled door with bold brass details?) with cheerful staff offering sweet tea, it was instant love. That Mark D. Sikes decor is at once posh (I'm looking at you, brass & gilt details) and openly approachable. Pale wood floors, iconic blue and white wallpaper and plump white twill seating encouraged the "sit down and stay a while" vibe.  The atmosphere is southern hospitality with more than just a pinch of preppy sophistication.

Looks aside, the merchandise is what stole the show for me. Familiar with the oft Instagrammed totes and clutches bearing the sweet southern phrases like Darlin' & Totes Y'All, I was pleasantly impressed by the high quality tailored dresses and accessories on hand. Tasteful floral dresses, classic wool camel coats and just enough tweed to make me pine for a trust fund to call my own. Swoon!. Draper James offers wear it now, love it forever favorites perfect for the modern belle - southern or not. If you haven't experienced the brand's fashion up close, I would liken the quality & style to Tory Burch meets Trina Turk: preppy with a cheeky wink. I am absolutely smitten.

Moving on to the housewares, this is the area my fellow Instagram babes adore. Silver mint julep cups, graphic serving trays, gold-rimmed plaid cocoa mugs, and linens embroidered with playful phrases keep the vibe light & playful. It's impossible not to love what Reese has created. And the book selection? I do love a good table stacked with design books and Draper James did not disappoint. Set atop a long blue & gold two-tiered table were enough gorgeous lifestyle books to inspire enviable "shelfies" for weeks to come.

So there you have it, friends. Draper James has settled in and invited us in for drinks. I am so incredibly happy to have a Dallas location to visit for hostess gifts, pretty dresses and unexpected little accents. My girls and I absolutely loved our time at the boutique (that sweet tea won my mini-me's over instantly!) and can't wait to go back for more. Thank you, Reese, for bringing southern style & elegant substance to Highland Park Village. It's the happy little knowing wink we all needed!