The Easter Bonnet


(Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in Easter Parade.) 

For holidays, in the South, people are dressed to the T. For Easter, many wear their nicest church clothes and of course, an Easter bonnet, but do you know the history of this popular springtime accessory?

There are many different versions of how the Easter bonnet came about. However, after the headpiece was referenced in Irving Berlin’s song ‘Easter Parade’ and the movie, with the same title, this fashion became popular in the mainstream culture. During the Depression, a new bonnet was considered a simple luxury, and followed the age old tradition of buying new clothes for Easter. Trust me, to this day, I still get a new dress and bonnet for the holiday.

Today, the Easter bonnet is mainly worn by women and girls, across the nation, to Easter services and parades.

What does your Easter bonnet look like for this year?

Happy Easter!


Why I’m Scarlett O’Hara


My all-time favorite movie is Gone with the Wind. Many people are familiar with the epic love story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. What many people don’t know is that this Civil War tale isn’t about a love story between a man and woman, but a love story between a woman and her home–Tara.

Throughout the movie, I can’t help, but notice there are similar characteristics between Scarlett and almost every Southern belle, including myself. Granted most of her tactics and actions aren’t ethical or moral, there are still lessons Scarlett O’Hara can teach us all:

1: Never give up: Scarlett never gave up trying to get what she wanted, she never gave up when the war destroyed Tara, and she never gave up trying to provide for her family.

2: Use your entrepreneurial spirit: During the 1800s, it was uncommon for women to work, let alone create and run a business. Scarlett had an entrepreneurial spirit that helped provide a living.

3: Worry about only what’s important, when you need to: We all know the famous quotes “After all, tomorrow is another day” or “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” She knew when to worry about things that mattered, when to worry about things that didn’t, and at the right time.

4: Family first: Scarlett proclaimed to “lie, cheat, murder, or steal” to make sure her family was safe and provided for after the war. Every Southern belle knows family comes first and you do anything for them.

5: Never forget where you come from: Roots run deep in the South. Whether it was her Irish heritage or Georgia home, Scarlett never forgot her family’s history and where she came from. Knowing your family’s heritage and the place you call home can do wonders for anyone. Home gives you strength when you need it most.


What ‘Steel Magnolias’ Can Teach Us about Life

25 years ago, this past weekend, the classic southern movie Steel Magnolias premiered. Steel Magnolias tells the story of six women from Louisiana, who share love, loss, and hilarious times together. Beside from being one of my favorites, there are several quotes from the movie that could apply to any point in a person’s life. As hard as it was, I narrowed down the list to just 5 quotes.

1. “Smile-it increases your face value.” -Truvy

2. “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” -Truvy

3. “I just like the idea of growing old with somebody.” -Shelby

4. “The bigger the hair, the closer to God.” -Truvy

5. “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it’s marchin’ across your face.” -Truvy

A Country Belle Chic’s 13 Days of Halloween: Day 13

And last, but not least, something yummy in the tummy to conclude our 13 Days of Halloween. I hope you enjoyed this series and until next year, happy Halloween!

Ghostbusters Green Slime Popcorn:


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 heaping cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 drops each green and yellow food coloring
  • 8 cups popped popcorn


  1. Place butter, brown sugar and corn syrup into a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and add marshmallows and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add the green and yellow food coloring to create desired color.
  4. Put the popcorn in a large bowl and pour the “green slime” marshmallow mixture over the popcorn. Stir with a large spoon until coated. Cover until ready to serve.



A Country Belle Chic’s 13 Days of Halloween: Day 5

Happy Monday! My apologizes for missing a few days in our 13 Days of Halloween! A quick trip to Hilton Head Island, SC (post to come) with limited WiFi threw my days off. So, to catch up I will post not one, but two days for our 13 Days of Halloween!

One of my favorite Halloween family memories was decorating pumpkins, and to top off this year, what little girl doesn’t want a decorated Else pumpkin from the movie, Frozen? Hope you enjoy day 5!

Frozen Elsa Pumpkin



White Pumpkin from Michael’s
3 packs Recollections adhesive rhinestones
2 packs Recollections adhesive Bling on a Roll
Jolee’s snowflake stickers
Krylon Glitter Blast


1. Lightly Spray pumpkin with glitter blast.  Let each coat dry completely before adding another coat.

2. Decorate pumpkin with rhinestones, rhinestone tape, and snowflakes anyway you like.

3. Add a tiara.