Bullying: today’s epidemic infecting and effecting children in their schools, homes, and on the internet. Lessons from a Southern Belle addresses the issue and answers a couple of her followers questions on the subject.
Your name is? Mary Age? 20 You’re from? Louisville, KY Blog link?Bluegrass Belle
Favorite Southernbelleism? “We Southern Belles may appear to be as dainty and delicate as magnolia petals, but we are as strong as cypress roots.”
Favorite Place in the South? It’s a tossup between my college campus and Atlantic Beach, N.C. The first is because of the whole atmosphere and all of my wonderful friends, and the second because my family vacations there every summer and it’s absolutely stunning.
Favorite Southern Quote? “Well, they’re Southern people, and if they know you are working at home they think nothing of walking right in for coffee. But they wouldn’t dream of interrupting you at golf.” - Harper Lee
Favorite Southern Movie? I’ve gotta give it to “Steel Magnolias.” It’s a wonderful story, and the connections between those women are so true to form of real Southern women. It hooks me every time I see it.
Life Favorites: The fact that I can drive with my windows down well into November, the way Kentucky grinds to a halt during March Madness, my incredible sorority sisters who have seen me through some of my toughest times, Old Hickory barbeque on trips back to my Owensboro roots, the way chance brought me to my college even when I didn’t know it would be everything I needed in a school, soaking up the sunshine with a glass of sweet tea and a good book. I could go on and on. It really is about the simple things with me, though. I’d pick a big bowl of shrimp and grits over caviar any day.
What makes me a Southern Belle? To me, being a Southern Belle is all about love: love of the South, our heritage and customs, and who we are as Southern women. It’s a midnight summer drive in my friend’s truck with the windows down and an old George Strait song playing. It’s treating everyone we meet, be it the governor or the garbage man, with respect and courtesy. It’s the memory of the diner at the top of the gravel lane to my grandmother’s farm where I grew up drinking RC cola and eating fried okra. And I’m not claiming to be the most “traditional” Southern Belle – I drive a foreign car and I lost most of my accent in the move to Oklahoma and back. But I love where I come from and who it’s made me. And when people ask me where I live, I get to smile and say “Kentucky, home of the Derby and bourbon and the best barbeque in the country.”
—This Featured Southern Belle is from the blog owner’s home state!—
So, after trying for a couple of weeks, I have gotten some feedback and decided to keep Monday’s Lessons from a Southern Belle, Wednesday’s Featured Belle, and I am making combining weekly favorites and Pinterest finds on Friday!
Thanks for all your help! I look forward to sharing with you all!
Favorite Place in the South? Dallas, TX! I go there and to Houston to barrel race! I am also in LOVE with the Dallas Cowboy’s!! (And a lot of other places, but these two are my favorites. :))
Favorite Southern Quote? Ooooo. This is a tough one… ”‘My hair is too big’ said no southern belle ever.”
Favorite Southern Movie? O Brother Where Art Thou. No doubt about it, I grew up watching this movie and can say pretty much every line along with the actors.
Life Favorites: My roots run deep in this Mississippi soil but my branches seem to take me places. I enjoy traveling, although when you go North people seem to not understand southern hospitality. I love sweet tea, pearls, bobby pins, curly hair, bleach blonde hair that is natural. This list of life favorites could go on forever. I love when winter ends (even though it didn’t really get cold here this year) and you cut all of your jeans into shorts. I love it.
What makes me a Southern Belle? Everything. Where I’m from. The air I breathe. I love living in the South, I feel warm and at home here. Making a glass of sweet tea and laying out by my pool all day, then going to town at night or ridin’ back roads, raisin’ hell - that’s what I call paradise. Or going to the creek and cuttin’ up, then sitting by a bonfire all night playing the guitar and singing along. Perfection. A lot of people tend to say “Oh, I hate this small town theres so much drama here blah blah can’t wait to move out.” I basically live in a small town that everyone claims they hate yet never seem to leave. I don’t know how anyone could possibly hate this place. I love it. I grew up here and this is where all my memories are -good and bad. I would take being a southern belle over a city girl any day!
The way I pick Southern Belles to be featured is by who responds to the previous featured girls first! I like seeing you all support one another by liking and reblogging the other girls’ responses! So, if you’d like to be featured, let me know!
So, it is an absolute staple of the Southern Belle to own a pair of pearls. But what about us Southern gals that aren’t all that traditional? When I was browsing Pinterest this morning, I came across this beauty of a necklace. It has the elegance of pearls and diamonds, and then gives a little hint of tough girl with the chains braided in! I am thinking about making on of these gorgeous pieces because—as always on Pinterest—there was no link to purchase it!
I want this printed on a shirt or a poster or something, and then I’ll hang it in my home office as information for guests. I just thought it was absolutely hilarious! And I generally do like all of these, so if you find more of them, link me!
I am always trying to find new ways to decorate patios and porches. I hate owning furniture that everyone else owns—but don’t get me wrong, I can shop at Target for days and still want for more. I thought this was an awesome idea. You can get the whiskey barrels from Home Depot for $30 (which is relatively cheap, unless you happen to find some in an old barn and if you do, let me know!) You can fill it with real or fake straw, cap it with a glass top and voila! I think they are adorable!
As always, I hope you enjoyed the Pinterest Finds for this Tuesday! If you want, follow LfaSB on Pinterest and I’ll follow you back!
Martha Stewart strikes gold all too often. Why have I never thought of this?! I love watermelon. It has the perfect summer colors, goes with backyard barbeques, and happens to make a DELICIOUS punch (both non- and alcoholic.) This recipe is non-alcoholic, but for those of us who enjoy late nights on the porch filled with gossiping and good music, add your favorite wine to make a sangria or mix in some rum! Isn’t the punch bowl cute as a button? AND you don’t have to wash so many dishes!
I love boots. I know, I know. It is WAY too early to be wearing this—I mean, geez, we just got to Summertime! BUT I am always looking for my next shoe obsession and these are it. They have rustic charm and those ruffles stole my heart! Plus, check out the unique lacing detail. Here’s the problem though: I don’t know who sells these bad boys! The link took me to some random blog. :( Sad day.
I saw this and smiled. I am always looking for quotes (y’all know I am obsessed!) And this one really struck me. I have many girls who ask advice on finding that perfect gentleman to accompany them in this beautiful walk of life. Sometimes, I just never know what to say, but I think this is a good starting point. Find a love that runs so deep that it makes the ocean jealous. Find that kind of timeless love you can feel when your Memaw and Papaw walk into a room. Find the kind of love that sweeps you off your feet. There are so many pessimists in the world nowadays who ruin that truly magical kind of love by always saying it doesn’t exist, but I am here to tell you that it does. It is out there.
That’s all the Pinterest Finds for this week! All the pictures are URL clickable and will take you to the actual pins. Be sure to follow LfaSB on Pinterest and I’ll follow you back!