Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of my FAVORITE southern bloggers. Allie at Sundresses and Smiles is smart, sweet and I’m convinced would be my best friend if we lived closer. I’m thrilled to have her guest posting so be sure to head over and check her out as soon as you leave! Without further ado:
Hello to all you Southern Sophisticate readers! My name is Allie and I blog over at Sundresses and Smiles.
When Cambron invited to guest post as a part of her new blog reveal I was thrilled. She was one of the first bloggers I found when starting my blog just over two years ago and now I also really enjoy following her on Instagram.
After accepting Cambron’s invitation the big question popped into my head: “What the heck am I going to post about?”
I had some standard posts I’d been working on– things on my radar, summer fun, etc– but none of those felt very original. Then finally, one night it came to me!
I’ve been reading Gone With the Wind and as I was laying in bed reading it one night I began thinking of how Scarlett is the iconical “Southern Belle.” I started to reflect on what images come to mind when thinking of the modern day Southern belle and how Scarlett relates to them. Then, I also remembered that Cambron’s blog name is SOUTHERN SOPHISTICATE and thought it would be the perfect guest post for her blog!
I emailed her my idea and she liked it, so here we go! At this point, I’m about a third of the way through the book. So far while reading, I can’t help but love Scarlett. Sure, she’s spoiled, vain, selfish, and manipulative just to name a few, but she is also is very real, not to mention, ahead of her time.
In a time when women were bound by so many societal rules, Scarlett dared to speak her mind and push the boundaries and in many ways is an example of today’s Southern belle.
When I think of what makes a Southern Belle today, I think of a girl who is charming, well-mannered, and graceful…BUT…the description doesn’t stop there! Today’s Southern belle has a little bit of fire in her…she is educated and not afraid to speak her mind, though she does it tactfully. She can dress up and work a crowd at a party, but she also isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. I think this quote sums it up perfectly:
1. Sweet Tea or Lemonade: Lemonade…I know I fail as a Southerner admitting this, but I can’t stand sweet tea, or ANY kind of tea!
2. Favorite Southern City: I’d have to say Richmond, Va, my hometown!
3. ACC or SEC: I’m a UVA grad, so ACC for me.
4. Bow ties or Necktie: BOW TIES…is that even a question?
5. Linen or Seersucker: Oh my, THIS is a tough one. I love a man in linen and a man in seersucker! I will say, however, I can’t handle a full seersucker suit…mix and
6. Favorite Southern Tradition or Piece of Advice: Please and thank you are magic words! Good manners can get you through even the worst situations.
7. Fried Chicken or Barbecue Chicken: Fried chicken, with a big side of mac-n-cheese!
8. Gulf Coast or East Coast: East Coast
9. Garden and Gun or Southern Living: Garden & Gun
10. Favorite Southern Saying: “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”