redefining the southern belle

I came across this great article from the Charleston-based publication Garden & Gun: Redefining the Southern Belle. I first saw it when it was pointed out to me that Lindsey Harper, my old boss (!!) when I worked in residential design, was featured as one of the "new generation of women who are redefining the Southern Belle." Even if it gets me funny looks when I say things like "I'm fixing to" here in the Big Apple, I love claiming the attributes of a Southern Belle as something I grew up being taught.

"There are other defining attributes, some more quantifiable than others. Southern women know how to bake a funeral casserole and why you should. Southern women know how to make other women feel pretty. Southern women like men and allow them to stay men. Southern women are not afraid to dance. Southern women know you can’t outrun your past, that manners count, and that your mother deserves a phone call every Sunday. Southern women can say more with a cut of their eyes than a whole debate club’s worth of speeches."

Congrats Lindsey on being included in such a neat category!