August 20, 2013 Featured Opinion

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Lauren Patrick is a native Southerner and the editor of Pretty Southern.com. She’s a member of the Atlanta Blogger Network and Atlanta Food Blogger Society. #LovetheSouth #GoDawgs Follow Lauren on Twitter

If there’s one thing every Southern lady has in her closet, it’s that favorite pair of faded blue jeans. Miss Kelli Eidson of Atlanta has parlayed her love of simple fashion into a new blog: Faded Blue Jeans And Pearls. As she was already doing so many fabulous things on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter, she has, “finally gotten around to creating a blog about my beloved home.” Here’s a lovely post from Kelli about our honeysuckle ways…

“I am so incredibly blessed to consider myself a Southern girl. I delight in saying “yes ma’am” to my mother and saying “God bless” when something takes me aback. I involuntarily spit out any tea that is not as sweet as the day is long. I address strangers as sweetheart and dear without so much as a second thought. My hair is forced to suffer through the intensity of the heat and humidity in Georgia during the summertime, but I revel in it because it allows me to wear charming little sundresses.

I think we’re made a little differently down here. I was made to play outside as a child only to return home with my feet, face, and elbows a little dirty. It is widely accepted that Momma knows best whether I tend to like it or not. I am a God-fearing woman and happy about it.

Southern hospitality is not a myth. If you come to my home, you will be greeted with a genuine smile and a warm hug from me (and probably my Momma too). Life’s greatest lessons were put under the banner of “growing up things.”

If you live above the Mason-Dixon line, I am terribly sorry, but you are a Yankee. If you happen to show allegiance to any New York baseball team, you will always be a Damn Yankee in my eyes. Enough of you lost souls have managed to navigate your way down here and we take you. We’ll try to teach you a few things.

I don’t don as deep of a Southern accent as I did when I was younger, but you will hear me say “y’all” and “fixin’ to” on a fairly regular basis. I could sit on a porch swing for hours and watch the world go by without so much as a glimpse of anxiety.”

We totally agree. Keep up with all our @Pretty_Southern sayings using #LoveTheSouth, and be sure to keep up with Kelli on Twitter too!

Kelli Eidson
Kelli Eidson is a true Southern girl hailing from Kennesaw, Ga. She’s an avid reader, cardigan aficionado and Braves fanatic. Y’all can follow her on Twitter, and on her blog Faded Blue Jeans And Pearls.

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