Hey y’all! Welcome to Pretty Southern, a home for folks who #LoveTheSouth on the web. PrettySouthern.com was born in Atlanta in 2011. My name is Lauren (Morgan Patrick and I’m as Southern as they come. I was born in Virginia, my folks are from the Carolinas, and for more than 20 years, Georgia has been my home. I’m a University of Georgia alumna #GoDawgs! I graduated from UGA’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication where I had the honor of serving as Editor-in-Chief of UGA’s student newspaper The Red & Black. As a storyteller, I wanted to have a platform to share stories from the South and to give Southerners from around the world a place to let their voices be heard.
Here are a few things y’all should know about Pretty Southern
Many of our contributing writers are graduates from UGA’s Grady College including Katy Ruth Camp, Polina Marinova, Chelsea Cook, and many more. We’re die-hard Bulldog fans, although we have a sincere appreciation for both SEC and ACC schools, especially Virginia Tech thanks to Kate Robertson. Except for Florida. F*** Florida.
We also love the Sh%t Southern Women Say videos. These L.A. Southern Belles are a genius representation of the crazy comments and Southern-isms from our fair sex. Their videos have garnered millions of views, and y’all can watch their latest one on YouTube at the Southern Women Channel.
We’re proud members of The Atlanta Press Club, The Atlanta Food Blogger Society, and The Atlanta Blogger Network. A few of the other blogs we really love include:
A Thought and a Half
A Taste of Our City
Darling Down South
Eating With Erica
Hungry Girls Do It Better
Peaches to Pearls
Stushi Gal Style
Y’all might know a couple of ways to make a Southerner happy. It’s about Family, Food and Fun. You’ll find these loves in any region of America, but they’re especially important in the South and the reason we founded Pretty Southern.
You can see love exemplified in the weddings we write about, in the adorable photos we post of babies and cute puppies.
It’s about your neighbor bringing you mint from his garden so you can concoct a fresh julep. Or your lady friend who just opened her first boutique and is looking to grow her business. That’s the funny thing about the inherent grace each of us possesses (even Yankees) it’s about being thankful for the little things and trying to help each other out.
I’ve also recently started publishing fictional stories in the Pretty Southern novel series, with more coming soon.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a blessed day.
Love y’all & #LoveTheSouth!
Lauren Morgan Patrick
P.S. that’s me with my arms outstretched over the Jackson Street Bridge giving Atlanta a “hug”. This photo was shot by my pal Christopher Watkins as part of the #DiscoverATL campaign for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Back in 2017, if you Googled “Atlanta” this photo would actually come up!
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