With her blonde locks beautifully styled to the side, Witherspoon's seemingly flawless features are hard not to notice. The Oscar winner's makeup, consisting of a brown smokey eye and bright red lip, is perfectly on point to match her manicured nails and bring out her piercing blue eyes, while her black one-shoulder dress and dazzling accessories radiate pure elegance.
In her accompanying feature, Witherspoon gets candid on her new lifestyle fashion brand with a Southern twist, Draper James, being a working mother to three children, and her biggest inspiration, Dolly Parton.
"When I was probably 5 years old, I wanted to be Dolly Parton," the Louisiana native explains. "I was skipping around the blacktop at school by myself, and my P.E. teacher said, 'Why aren't you playing the game [with the other kids]?'"
"I said, 'Well, I'm not going to play the game because, Ms. Wright, I'm going to be Dolly Parton when I grow up,'" Witherspoon, who recently snapped a "dream" pic with the country singer, adds.
And if acting, producing and raising a family weren't enough to tackle, Witherspoon is also busy with her brand new Draper James business. "It's a new chapter for me starting a business, going around passing the hat, and promoting it all over the place," she dishes. "It's a different experience, but I'm enjoying learning something new."
"I've been acting for about 25 years, and I still love it, but I like the challenge of trying something else too," she adds. "I find there are a lot of people talking about New York and Los Angeles, but there's a whole world out there in between, and that's who I like to tell stories about and make products for -- people who love the life they have and have a sense of style that's uniquely their own."
But the best part of creating her own brand? Choosing who she wants to work with!
"I think that's another good part of getting older," she admits. "I've realized that life is too short to spend my time with anybody who doesn't appreciate me, treat me with respect, or bring value to the relationship. I'm much more confident now, and I feel like I have the ability to say, 'Nope, I don’t want to work with that person.'"
Read Witherspoon's full InStyle interview in the December issue, which hits newsstands Nov. 14.