Bloggers, social-medialites and PR influential’s flocked to the Opry Mills mall in Nashville for the fabulous and fashionable ShOPRYMillsTweetUp event.

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It was a night filled with live models, great food, drinks, mingling and lots of fun.

Goodie Bags & Pre-Reception

Upon entry, those that RSVP’d to the event early on, received a nice goodie tote filled with swag from mall retailers and had a professional photo opp, which was kind of fun.   Even those that RSVP’d late or showed up, received a nice goodie bag.   Then it was off to the pre-event reception, held in Saks Off 5th.  Early arrivals were treated to cold drinks by the bartender at the Dave & Busters mini bar.

I opted for a nice white wine, which was really good btw.

Goodie Bag

Goodie Bag Swag – G Pulse Headphones from Guess, BCBG Journal, Saks Nail File/Mirror, 5$ off coupon from Old Navy, water bottle, Lego Creator Set and a Foldable Pocket Mirror from Body Central. Plus other mall coupons & retailer discounts.

Then guests were directed to the event area of the mall, as we got a sneak peek at the top holiday gifts from some of the mall retailers.   Old Navy had some great stocking stuffers for fashion & beauty lovers, Toys R Us showed us some of the hot toys topping kids wishlists this year.   Denim retailer,  True Religion told us all about their custom denim options and apparel and accessories boutique, Body Central showed us some great ways to style a scarf to spruce up any outfit.

The Event Area

After passing the retailers tables, guests were led to a really nice area in the middle of the mall, sectioned off for the event.  The area was filled with standing cocktail tables, hot foods from local restaurants (Oh the food….wait for it, wait for it…), a cool photo opp area with fun props and instant photo printing, comfy lounge chairs and inviting seating areas for guests to socialize.  There were large screen TV’s set up to display live tweeting and social sharing as the festivities went on and  2 mini stages with live models posing throughout the night.

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At the far end of the event area was the stage, where our host explained some of the surprises that we’d be in for.   It began with a fun fashion styling competition.  2 audience members were selected to style a male & female model with a collection of pieces from mall retailers such as Michael Kors, Coach, Saks and Steve Madden.   The contestants were given 2 minutes to style their models and explain their ensembles.   The models walked the runway and the audience voted for the winner by a round of applause.  The winner received a $75 gift card to Saks Off 5th and the runner-up a $25 gift card to Saks.

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The Holiday Gift Scavenger Hunt

Then it was time for the malls “scavenger” social sharing event.    On the back of our event passes was a list of mall retailers.  We had 40 minutes to “shop” the stores and share our finds on social media.  The catch was, we had to find 4 different types of gifts based on criteria like: “The perfect present for your best friend” or “A gift for the person who has everything”. Then we had to Tweet or share the gift photo on Instagram with the hashtag #ShOPRYMillsTweetUp to qualify for prizes.

Opry Mills Mall Holiday Gift Finds

Top Left, Vera Bradley Travel Bag – Top Right, Camo Sequined Tunic – Coach Store Bottom Left, Michael Kors Tan Snake Skin cross body bag and Bottom Right, Plaid Trench by Coach.

After the time was up, we all gathered again in the event area and prizes were announced from randomly selected social shares.  They gave away stuff like gift cards, swag bags, perfume, toys, gift baskets and more.

Then it was on to the 2nd styling competition and guess who was peer pressured to participate.   Yup.  So I got up on the stage, did my thing and ended up winning the competition, LOL.   I won 3 $25 gift cards to Saks!!!!

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Plus, both of my blogger buddies that came to the event with me won stuff too, so it was a really fun night.

The Food

This deserves its own section in my post.  Trust me when I say, the food was well thought out and super delicious.  I was very pleasantly surprised. So let me tell you what we had.   I had the most delicious dish from The Aquarium Restaurant.  It was huge chunks of lump crab meat (when I say chunks, I mean BIG chunks), shrimp and mushrooms in a delectable white cream sauce poured over white rice….OMG’ers, that stuff was freaking GOOD!!!   I later found out it’s called “Pontchartrain”. If you every have a chance to eat at the Aquarium restaurant, try that!   So after I inhaled that plate, I went over to the Gigi’s Cupcakes dessert tower and grabbed a yummy Turtle Cheesecake cupcake, which was basically ALL CHEESECAKE.  By now, I was approaching food coma status until I spotted some Shrimp Kisses, which are bacon wrapped shrimp with jalapeno and cheese..YUM!!!  Rainforest Cafe shared some delicious Taquitos.   They were a little spicy, but very good.  As I stuffed my face once again, I took some time to mingle and meet other area bloggers and people who just came out to have a good time.   I met a lot of really interesting people and was able to network and hand out my business cards.    Then I made a b-line to the Italian food.    I had some delicious meatballs & bruschetta from Romano’s Macaroni Grille and filled my candy bag to the rim at the IT’SUGAR table.

We had an awesome time.  I can’t wait for the next one!

Check out more pics on social media using the event hashtags #ShOPRYMills or #ShOPRYMillsTweetUp


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