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Thursday, June 18, 2015

5 Things Living in the South Taught Me About Fashion & Life

1. The bigger the hair, the closer to God.
Or as we say in the sorority world--big hair, don't care. I have a theory about big hair down here south of the Mason Dixon. Basically, the humidity here is insane. I'm talking 90% humidity and a heat index level of 105 degrees insane. If you live down here, your hair WILL poof and I think the big hair was just a way to "steer into the skid," essentially. Hair spray quickly becomes an essential part of life. (I swear by L'oreal Elnett since it doesn't give me helmet hair, holds, AND brushes out easily, which is basically the hairspray trifecta.) I've quickly adjusted to the big-hair life and must say... it's awesome. Go big or go home.

2. Monogram all the things.
And booooooooy, do I mean all the things. I've seen monogrammed swimsuits, monogrammed car windows, monogrammed sports bras. I mean, if it's not monogrammed, does it even really belong to you? Now, while I do have my eye on a fabulous XXL monogrammed necklace, I do practice more monogrammed self-restraint than most (though I readily admit to a monogrammed hitch cover on my SUV). At the end of the day, it's pretty fun to essentially mark your territory in a curly, girly way. When in doubt? Monogram it. You'll be glad you did.

3. Lilly Pulitzer knows best.
Look, I didn't understand the bright colors of patterns until I became a sorority girl. Quickly, I became surrounded by the stuff and I realized something--people who wear Lilly are happy. You basically have to be bubbly and put on a smile when you're wearing a hot pink dress with an elephant print. It's the dress equivalent of looking at pictures of cute puppies and immediately feeling awesome. It doesn't hurt that Lilly pieces last basically forever and hide stains in their patterns like nobody's business. As Lilly wold say, "Life is a party. Dress like it."

4. Pearls go with everything.
I'm not kidding. Pearls are the ultimate neutral when it comes to accessories. When in doubt, throw on pearls. Packing and don't have room for a big ole' jewelry bag? Just bring some pearls! Want to feel fancy? PEARLS.

5. Cowboy boots are a closet essential.
Back in New Jersey, if you had told me that I would wear cowboy boots on the reg, I would have laughed and called you crazy. But then my family moved to Virginia and then I took it one step forward and moved as far south as you can go in South Carolina. In the midst of this, those little suckers grew on me. They're comfortable, indestructible, and fun. I wear them with jeans, Lilly Pulitzer, everything. A couple weeks ago I even took them line dancing. Cowboy boots immediately make you want to seek out adventure and if that isn't a must-add to your wardrobe, I don't know what is.


  1. As a Southerner who went to an SEC school, you hit the nail on the head when it comes to the sorority/country club/prep/classic Southern Belle set. It's reason #1 that everyone thinks I'm from up North when they see me in head to toe black. LOL!

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