Hey Guys (read this in a YouTube Voice),
Welcome back to Fashion Made Me Do It, the blog. It's been a minute and I promise I will get better at updating you all on my adventures. Today's post, will hopefully make up for the long wait!
Since moving to Texas, my birthday has kind of become an annual road-trip for my boyfriend an I. Last year, you'll remember my 8 hr road trip through the desert to visit the Prada Marfa sculpture. This year, we headed 2 hours south to Waco, TX to visit Magnolia!
If you're not familiar with Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper, we can't be friends and this post is not for you! However, everyone loves the Gaines' so I know that you'll enjoy the recap of my trip just as much as I enjoyed exploring the Silos.
First, we went to Magnolia Table for lunch. BUT, they were closing early for the day and already had over an hour wait time. So, we headed 2 miles up the road to the Silos and Magnolia Market.
As you keep walking, there's an open area where families can enjoy outdoor games and numerous picnic tables filled with people looking for a break from the 100 degree weather.
There's about 5-6 food trucks to choose from. I tried the BBQ chicken pizza from one of the trucks and it was sooooo good.
The sweet tea was just ok. I prefer my sweet tea to be extra sweet (basically, brown kool-aide) and at $8, it was a little pricey. However, we did get to keep these cute mason jar cups that I fell in love with.
On to the market: the interior reminds you of a huge barn. It's filled with Magnolia branded products, like mugs and candles, as well as other home good items. It's clear that they know how much people are attached to the Magnolia name as they have their candles and mugs sprinkled throughout the store.
The candles smelled pretty good, but not $28 good (I'm cheap).
However, I did get this mug. It was $18, but as an avid mug collector, it had to come home with me!
Considering the long lines that we saw at the bakery when we walked in, we decided to make it our last stop. As you enter the roped winding line, you're greeted with a sign informing you of your 20 minute wait. While the building looked fairly large, the bakery is fairly small. Only a few people are allowed in at a time; Hence the long line. You're handed a menu while you wait in line and once inside, you hand your menu off to the cashier and wait for your warm cookies to be handed over to you. (We got to the bakery around 5pm, an hour before closing, and they were understandably sold out of a lot of their sweets).
When I asked how often do Chip and Jo Jo visit, I was told "they come every now and again. Chip has an office upstairs in the Market building."
Overall, I had a great time experiencing the Silos and everything that is the Magnolia brand. As a fan of the show, it was inspiring to see how they've renovated the Silos into a full-on Magnolia empire. From Magnolia Reality, Magnolia Homes (their renovation company), Magnolia Seed and Supply (also at the Silos), Magnolia Market, Silos Bakery, publishing deals and countless other products, they've got this branding thing on lock!