To a Man with a Dream…

50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and 250,000 people attended the March on Washington. At the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

As I scrolled on twitter, I noticed a tweet by country singer Brad Paisley. Paisley’s simple tweet stated “For MLK today.” Embedded was his song Welcome to the Future.

You might have heard today is now known as “Dream Day.” People across the nation have been sharing their dreams. Some dreams relate to hunger, education and poverty. My dream-that we will end hunger, find a cure for cancer and every child will be given the right to education.

From the country music world, this post is for you MLK.

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Back to Reality

Hey y’all! My apology for not posting in a while…it’s been too long! It’s been hectic these past few days, getting settled back into college, but I’m back and will continue to post regularly!

As summer’s coming to an end and school is starting back, how are you spending your last few days before heading back to reality?

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Southern Hospitality: The Power of Manners

Trust me sweetie, “please” and “thank-you” can go a long way. Never underestimate the power of using manners.

Growing up, Moma taught me to always be respectful, thankful, and how to act in public. In addition to having manners grounded in them by their Moma and Daddy, Southern belles take cotillion classes where they learn belles and manners go together like biscuits and jam.

The list of the 25 manners below are some of my favorites! What are some manners your parents taught you growing up?


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Don’t Mess with Texas

“There’s a yellow rose in Texas that I am gonna see. Nobody else could miss her, not half as much as me.” The song, The Yellow Rose of Texas, has always been one of my favorites! Moma used to sing it to me, growing up and called me her yellow rose of Texas. Just call me a Texas belle.

Ok, you might be thinking “Isn’t she a North Carolina belle?” Yes, I am; however, I was born in Texas. My daddy was in the Army and stationed at Fort Hood at the time I was born.  Even though, I didn’t get a good sense of living in the Lone Star state (I was only two months old when my family moved back to NC) Texas will always hold a special place in my heart.  After all, you don’t mess with Texas. 

Southern Hospitality: Choosing the Right Color

Admit it, we all have those colors we look great in. Then, there are the ones we should stay away from.  I stay away from darks, because of my blonde hair. Hopefully the tips below will help you decide what colors will make you shine and be a fabulous Southern belle!

1. Choose the right colors for your hair color.

  • Blondes look great in warm and bright shades such as yellows, oranges and rusts, as well as tans and taupes.
  • Brunettes can wear a wide variety of colors, including greens, blues, oranges, chocolate browns and pinks.
  • Redheads look best in browns and oranges, as well as taupes, ivories and greens.
  • Those with gray hair will look good in bright colors such as red, rose, plum, purples and berry, and jewel tones, such as bright blues, clear greens and bold golds. Black and a real navy blue look good, but stay away from grays and pastels, beiges and tans. In general, choose bold, bright colors to wear near your face.

2. Test your underlying skin color.

  • Pinch the skin on your earlobe, the back of your hand or the tip of your finger. The skin color you see for the following few seconds is your underlying skin color.
  • If you see blue, pink, red-violet or rosy tones, you’ll look best in cool colors.
  • If you see peach, golden, bright warm red or coral tones, warm colors are your best choices.

3. Compare colors against your skin and hair.

  • Choose a variety of different colored fabrics. You want to select some that are warm, cool, muted, dark, light, and clear so you can test each against your skin and hair.
  • In a space that is well lit by natural light, stand in front of a mirror and hold the colors to your face one by one.
  • Select the colors that make you look healthy, your eyes sparkle and your skin glow.
  • Avoid colors that make you look sallow, washed-out, tired, pale or otherwise unhealthy.

4. Wear colors that give you a monochromatic look.

  • A monochromatic or single-toned look is best achieved by choosing colors in the same shade as your hair. It will make you look taller and slimmer. This look is more suited for non-gray hair colors.
  • Blondes should wear yellows, primroses, or creams.
  • Brunettes should choose chocolate brown.
  • Redheads should choose rusts or orange.