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Waco, TX

Recently I took a trip to the motherland, otherwise known as Magnolia Market at The Silos. Last year, two of my girlfriends and I made our way to Waco to visit the old location and had the best day. When I look back on last summer, that day was one of my favorite memories. Cut off shorts, country music blaring, maybe a Route 44 Sonic drink to go…you know, the essentials. We determined quickly thereafter this would be an annual event for us and so a few weeks ago, we set out to conquer it once again. Except for the fact that this time the store had now moved locations, and quadrupled in size. It was no longer a cute little stop along the road, it was a destination. A few people have asked me for my take on it and advice on when to go, what to be prepared for and all of that so here you go. My take on the perfect day visiting Waco, TX as a tourist:

  1. Go early. And go during a week day, if you can. The girls working the check out counter in the store said Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best days to go and that the earlier you go, the better. Partly because of crowds and partly because Texas is hotter than hades so the morning helps with the sweltering heat.
  2. Park across the street at the church and make sure you bring cash. I believe $10 is what we paid.
  3. If you’re going in the hot months, bring a cooler with water bottles, or be prepared to pay for some once you get into the Silos.
  4. Shop, be patient, and shop some more. There are two sections of the main building in the Magnolia Market store and one part is all of the newer, beautifully displayed items (I mean, the oh so talented Joanna Gaines looks like she hand picked every ounce of the storeroom floor) and the other part is in the back, down some stairs and its gorgeously unfinished with exposed beams and more of a warehouse feeling that houses additional goods and products. It is crowded. No untruths about that, but I felt once we started making our way around the store, everyone finds their place and it all evens out. I went on a Friday in the middle of summer and there was no line, no smashed shoulders, no claustrophobia, just crowded because hey, its beautiful and everyone wants a little piece of the action.
  5. Make your way around the beautiful grounds to check out the food trucks, beautiful lawn, scattered tables and chairs and wooden swinging benches that I haven’t stopped dreaming about. There are restrooms outside (subway tile, black trim, gold accents…exactly how you would picture them to be) and a great area for kids to play outside in the cooler months of the year. I’ve heard the foodtrucks are great but because of that big ol’ Texas sky that had not a cloud in sight that day, we opted out of lunch in the great outdoors and opted in for margaritas and fajitas at Ninfa’s {more on that later}.
  6. Visit the newly finished garden store and check out the most precious fairy gardens you ever did see.
  7. Last but CERTAINLY not least, visit the bakery. Flour is the name of it and pure yumminess is the taste of it. Cheddar bacon something biscuit and a strawberry cupcake need to be included in your order. Don’t ask questions, you’ll thank me for it later.
  8. Gather up the troops and head over to Ninfa’s for lunch (originated in Houston so I’m partial) and have some of the best Mexican food inside the beauty that is air conditioning. Sip on a margarita (or two. Reward for your hard work).
  9. Walk on over to Roots, a super cute boutique in the same row of stores, and if you’re serious about your shopping, walk on upstairs to Spice Village. If you’re a real out of towner and are able to come for a couple days, I would even recommend going to Spice Village on the first day that you are in town because it’s such a neat collection of individually owned businesses and you could spend a solid couple of hours in there if you had them.
  10. Munch on that leftover strawberry cupcake on your drive back to wherever you came from and there you have it, one heck of a good day.

P.S. No, I didn’t get to meet Joanna or hear any of Chip’s corny jokes. Jo’s mom was in the store and I hear she is there often!

  • Granny - I am planning a trip in (hopefully) late October with Grandma Cheryl. It is on my bucket list! Sounds even better than last year….will need directions. Look forward to seeing your stash from the shopping trip.ReplyCancel

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I swear I blinked once and we jumped from Christmas to July 4th. Where has the time gone?! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend celebrating America’s 240th birthday. Mine was spent down at my in law’s beautiful new beach house in Galveston (just a hop, skip, and a jump from Houston if you aren’t familiar with the area) and we had the absolute best time. This look is my own version of a red, white and blue ensemble. A flowy white top paired with distressed jeans and glam shoes make for the perfect summer attire.

Stay cool my friends.


(top: Zara; jeans: Express; sunnies: Tory Burch; shoes: Christian Loubutin)