Meeting My Celebrity BFFs: Jessica and Ashlee Simpson

A few weeks ago I got the chance to go to Dallas at Northpark Mall to meet Jessica and Ashlee Simpson. Jessica and Ashlee were out promoting Jessica Simpson’s clothing, shoe, and jewelry line, and had a meet and greet! I have to admit, I’m usually not selfish when it comes to meeting celebrities, but to be honest, I felt like I needed to be selfish with this duo or the line would be even MORE crazy. Is that bad?! I honestly have been a Jessica Simpson fan for many, many years, and when Ashlee came on the scene with her first cd, I was an instant fan of hers as well. Jessica and Ashlee Simpson were my celebrity BFFs…they just didn’t know it yet.

I bribed Mathew into skipping going out to his deer lease to hunt and taking me to Dallas for the event by telling him we’d stop in West for their famous kolaches. The event started at 1 pm but I KNEW we’d have to be there early. I tried to get there  by 10 am, but with terrible traffic, we ended up arriving at 10:45. I may or may not have panicked and practically dragged Mathew in the store so we could hurry up and get in line. Mathew picked me out a Jessica Simpson cream motorcycle jacket and adorable navy blue flats with studs since we were at Dillard’s anyway (and called it my early anniversary gifts), and we got our spots.

I heard some girls talking about free earrings at the jewelry counter, so I left poor Mathew in line with tweens talking about Justin Bieber. Bless his heart. I wasn’t gone too long, but then of course I decided I had to go to the bathroom (which was only on the 3rd floor due to Jessica’s team using the 2nd floor bathroom). I got so excited when I heard someone say they had seen her earlier, and may have laughed when I overheard a different woman asking her friend if Jessica was tall (psh!). I have to say- I’m pretty good at my Jessica Simpson trivia, so I may have been a little smug in my own head. Oops!

After waiting about 3 hours because the event started an hour late, Mathew and I finally caught a glimpse of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson. Jessica, Eric, Maxwell, Ace, and Tina all walked in together (with all the paparazzi) and I swear, I felt like I’d almost died. I mean, Jessica was like my celebrity BFF but she didn’t know it…and I had FINALLY seen her in person! After a little of the chatter died, Ashlee walked in looking fabulous with her curled hair and we all got started.

Right before I got my turn to meet Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, I couldn’t help but look over and notice that Tina Simpson (their mom) was right next to me. I quickly asked Tina and Ace to take a “selfie” with me and well, as you can see, I was so excited to take the picture that 1) neither of us is really ready and 2) it’s blurry. But I don’t caaaaare! I loved Tina on Newlyweds and how she seems so much like my own mother. I couldn’t resist.

I also caught several fun pictures of Eric Johnson (Jessica’s fiance) throwing their adorable daughter Maxwell up into the air and catching her, and just pictures of Maxwell being so incredibly fashionable. Watch out Suri, step aside for Max! I love her bright blonde hair, little ponytail, and her rocker chic outfit. When I have a little girl one day, I hope she has the same shade of blonde hair. I just love it!

It seemed like forever to FINALLY talk to Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, but the time came. You guys have NO idea- I seriously took like 2 hours getting ready for these ladies. I thought I tried to look great for blogger meet ups but holy cow- I really tried hard! I wore my new leopard sweater, Michael Kors heels (Jess and Ash love his stuff), jeans, curled hair, perfect makeup, and the right accessories. I’m glad I took the time because the first thing that Jessica said was “I love your outfit!” which was quickly followed by “Us Texas girls love us some leopard, huh?” I died.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to tell them when I met them. In fact, I pleaded on my personal Facebook for my friends and family to pray that I would find the right words to say! I know that’s kind of ridiculous, but when you’re meeting your idols, you need that extra confidence. I ended up talking to Jessica and Ashlee Simpson about being from Waco. Jessica told me, “OMG we were just there last night!” We ended up exchanging short stories about Waco and how we lived close to their family. Last year around Christmas the girls had come to Waco and I was in Corpus visiting my family. My friend Hollie had been working at Chuy’s at the time and texted me to let me know that Jessica had stopped by with her family. I begged Hollie to get me an autograph, but she wasn’t able to. I told Jessica and Ashlee that I thought I’d missed my chance, but I was SO thankful that I had the opportunity to meet them after all.

We also talked about Pearl. Yep- I’m that crazy lady that talked about her dog to celebrities. Greaaaat.

But actually, it was great! Mathew and I bought Pearl at the same place that Nick Lachey had bought Jessica’s maltipoo, Daisy, and I really felt like I needed to share the story with them! Jessica got SO excited when I told her about Pearl! The girls mentioned how they missed Daisy and that they thought it was so cool that I had gotten Pearl at the same place. I also shared with them that Pearl’s name was inspired by Daisy’s. Pearl’s middle name is Rose, and I picked it because it was a flower just like Daisy. Anyway, it made me so happy!

After everything, I knew I didn’t have much time left to chat, and it was almost Mathew’s turn, so I asked the girls for a hug. Unfortunately, their management wasn’t allowing hugs (which I totally understand for time and safety concerns), so the girls held my hands and squeeeeeezed them tight like a hug. It made my LIFE. Sadly, Mathew didn’t know they were about to “hug” me, so I didn’t get a picture hand-hugging Jessica, but I have one with Ashlee.

I said my thank you’s, took my autographs and gift bag, and grabbed Mathew. I didn’t post any pictures of him meeting Jessica and Ashlee on Instagram, but they’re all on my phone. As much as I “dragged” him out to see them, he was really excited to meet them too. I remember turning to Mathew and saying “…and THIS is my husband!” to which Jessica replied, “Hi husband!!!!” They, too, talked about Waco (and Jessica’s life-long dream of owning the local grocery store as a kid), and I didn’t want our time to end.

We said our final goodbyes, and just about died from excitedness.

Here’s the thing- I know I may be “silly” to some for loving Jessica and Ashlee Simpson so much, but I don’t apologize for it. They remind me SO much of me and my sister, that it really DOES make me wish that they knew me better. I didn’t feel like a “fan” with them- they made me feel like I’d been an old friend. These girls are successful singers, businesswomen, and mamas- and that’s something to be incredibly proud of. Not only that, but they do it with CLASS. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to meet them, and I hope that someday soon again our paths will cross!

Where Has the Time Gone? Happies and Crappies 44!

The Vintage Modern Wife and Brunch With Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 44th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn’t have been around for so long if it wasn’t for you awesome ladies linking up, so Amber and I really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:

1. Happies and Crappies link up is posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST. Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!

2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.

3. Please follow your hosts. It’s not  mandatory, but we appreciate the love.

4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag me and Amber as well as use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies

HAPPIES

1. My sister’s new clothing line has released this week for her shop 11:11 Apparel. I’m so proud of her and how far along she and the company have come. She started the shop when she was only 16, and it’s only gone up from there! Please make sure to check out her website. Psst- her clothes make awesome Christmas gifts by the way 😉

2. It’s FRIDAY! That in itself is something to be happy about. For once this weekend Mathew and I have NO plans. Usually we are out of town on the weekends or we try to keep pretty busy. Not this week! I’m thankful for it.

3. Thanks to my friend Whitney being on Twitter while I was still at work and telling me…Jessica Simpson is coming to Dallas next weekend and MATHEW IS TAKING ME! You guys- she’s my idol. It is my DREAM to work with her and her team for this blog. Not to mention, Ashlee will be there too. Jess and Ashlee remind me so much of me and my sister Heather (the one that owns 11:11 Apparel) in their love of fashion, differences in style, and their closeness.  Plus, they love making my signature pose..I mean come ON. How in the world could I miss this?!

Jessica and Ashlee Simpson

CRAPPIES

1. I strained my neck while working out the other day. It’s been 3 days and I still have a crick in my neck despite the use of Advil and Thermacare pads. They’re definitely helping, but I just want my neck to be completely better!

2. Pearl is in DIRE need of a haircut but I’m still too scared to put her in my car since the accident. I’m thinking she is going to get an early Christmas gift on Thanksgiving for a dog car seat, but we will see. There’s NO way I’ll be letting her sit ANYWHERE unbuckled.

Now it’s your turn to link up! Tell us about the Happies and Crappies from your week!

Happies and ze Crappies

The Vintage Modern Wife and Brunch With Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 41st week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn’t have been around for so long if it wasn’t for you awesome ladies linking up, so Amber and I really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:

1. Happies and Crappies link up is posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST. Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!

2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.

3. Please follow your hosts. It’s not  mandatory, but we appreciate the love.

4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag me and Amber as well as use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies

HAPPIES

1. Pearl and I are on the mend (see Crappies #1) and are doing better since Saturday. Her burns are scabbing which means they’re starting to heal, and my bruises are trying to go away.

2. I made my dad’s famous pico de gallo for our luncheon at work today. I’m kind of psyched and will probably be the only one practically drinking it, but hey, it’s all good.

3. I finally saw the Duck Dynasty episode where John Luke gets dental work done. Needless to say, I’ve been in a pretty rotten mood since the accident, and this episode had me DYING with phrases like “Bend over and I’ll show you!” or “Bumblebee Tuna”. If you haven’t seen the entire episode, you definitely need to. It’ll turn your crappy day into a happy day.

CRAPPIES

1. Well, as you know from my Pet Owner’s PSA post Pearl and I were in a car wreck last Saturday. I am in a bout of slight depression because 1) I caused my dog to be hurt, 2) I racked up hefty hospital and vet bills for us to be checked up, 3) I ruined my car and we’re dealing with insurance issues that are MY fault. It’s been a rough week for me. It really has.

2. I feel as though everything is going wrong this week. I broke one of our wedding gifts- a monogrammed spoon rest, and I’m really upset about it. Practically EVERY time we do the dishes, one of us breaks something. It’s so annoying because they’re like random accidents but half my glasses have broken, a bowl, my Rachael Ray olive oil dispenser, and now this! Ugh!

Mathew and I are sharing the jeep until my car gets fixed. I hate driving it even though it used to be my car 6 months ago just because it wastes so much gas on my drive back and forth to work. I definitely could use some prayers that my car gets fixed faster.

Now it’s your turn to link up! Tell us about the Happies and Crappies from your week!