The Northern Southern Belle: Pieces you’ll love for Valentines Day

The Northern Southern Belle: Pieces you’ll love for Valentines Day

Thursday is the annual celebration of love, but it’s also a time to show off cute, romantic outfits. Whether you have a date planned with your sweetheart, or you’re planning on watching the classic movie “Valentine’s Day” with your best gal pals (my plans exactly), there’s something out there for you to wear to celebrate the season. We’re in luck, because stores have a wide variety of Valentine’s Day-related pieces for you to rock on the flower and chocolate-filled day. If you’re going for a night out with a fun and flirty dress, Altar’d State is perfect. They have a wide variety of red dresses, as well as floral ones, so you have options based on your personal style. Additionally, their options will let you choose if you prefer a tighter dress versus a more relaxed, flowing one. Pair with a cute pair of boots or heels and some red lipstick, and you’ll be set. Francesca’s also has an array of Valentine’s Day options, with an entire section online. They do have some dresses, but I am a big fan of some of their red and pink tops that can be paired with jeans or a cute jean skirt. Specifically, they have a red ribbed top with a jean skirt that I think is a super cute ensemble, but you can totally make your own at home with what you have, too. I have a pair of red sandal wedges that I think would look so cute with an outfit like this. Charming Charlie’s is the place for jewelry, with multiple Valentine’s Day-themed earring sets. If you don’t want...
The Northern Southern Belle: Preparing for possible snow, chilly temperatures in the South

The Northern Southern Belle: Preparing for possible snow, chilly temperatures in the South

Featured image by Anna Rogers I know I’ve already done a column about winter in the South, but since there is a possibility for some snow this week, I thought it might be good to circle back to this topic. While my fellow Clevelanders and Midwesterners are preparing for negative double digit temperatures this week (shoutout to you winter warriors, and prayers that you stay safe and warm!), Nashville’s supposed to experience some snow and cooler-than-normal temperatures that might be causing some wardrobe worry. Therefore, I figured I would give some advice from a lifelong-Northern girl on how to conquer the snow and cold in style. Long sleeves are probably the best idea for when the temps plummet and the snow starts to fall. Even with my heavy red peacoat that I love, I still get cold outside. Wearing a long sleeved top or a sweater helps with that, allowing me  to stay warmer as I walk to class or spend time outside. If you do not like long sleeves or are worried you might get too hot, try some layers. I love cardigans and kimonos to wear over short sleeved tops, and they’re great for if you get hot because you have the ability to take the long sleeves off. Not only do layers keep you warm and give versatility to an outfit, but they also allow a few pieces to create multiple looks! I got a new floral cardigan over break that I just absolutely love. It has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe because I can wear so much with it. It’s floral, so it...
The Northern Southern Belle: Fashion through the decades & how to incorporate them into your look today

The Northern Southern Belle: Fashion through the decades & how to incorporate them into your look today

Hello friends! Happy New Year! To start off 2019, I thought it would be fun to look back at six past decades and the fashion trends of each of them. In addition to seeing the styles shift every decade, there are ways to incorporate aspects of each of these decades into your wardrobe today. I was thrilled about this idea and then became even more excited when I was shopping in downtown Murfreesboro (which is so cute). My friends and I wandered into a store on the square called Sugaree’s, which was filled with vintage-style clothing. I seriously wanted to buy the entire store. So rather than using Pinterest as my inspiration for the styles of each decade, I thought we should look to our fellow Bisons. I spent hours on a quiet, cloudy Sunday sitting in the back of Beaman Library looking through yearbooks from 1939 to 1989 to find fashion inspiration from the classes that came before us. Enjoy these photos, styles and tips on incorporating the best of each decade into your daily look. The Best of 1939 A sweet photo of a couple filled an entire page in the 1939 edition of Lipscomb’s yearbook, The Backlog. Although it is just the backs of the couple, it gives a great depiction of the styles of the time. The girl is dressed in a plaid blazer jacket with a white knee-length skirt. The boy is dressed in a white jacket and dress pants as they stroll across campus. They are simply walking around campus, and they are dressed very nicely, which looks cute and classy.   A...
The Northern Southern Belle: What does your inner clothing look like?

The Northern Southern Belle: What does your inner clothing look like?

Okay, reading this title, you might be a little confused. Let me explain. With it being the holiday season, I wanted to do something a bit different to get everyone into the inspired, happy mood that this time of year brings. So, instead of talking about what to wear for Christmas Eve service or how to stay warm this winter, I want to talk about our real clothing: the traits that we are dressed in and that we display to others. I have a sign hanging in my dorm room that I found at TJ Maxx (really, though, that’s like the only place I shop) that says “Kindness is always fashionable.” It got me thinking, so I decided to do an article based around it. There are multiple verses throughout the Bible that discuss the Godly traits that we have each been given. Additionally, there are some wonderful songs that calm me and remind me exactly who I am – who God has made me. He is the ultimate Designer, and He has styled us each to be perfect. So take these things, think about them and look back at them every time you start to forget who made you and who He designed you to be. Colossians 3:12: “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” He has created you to have these traits. It is not the designer handbags or expensive dresses that we need to focus on to look attractive but rather these characteristics. Being kind and loving will not only help you fulfill God’s purpose, but they are also very charming traits that will...
The Northern Southern Belle: how to adjust to winter in the South

The Northern Southern Belle: how to adjust to winter in the South

If you’re anything like my Northern friends and me, you know that winter in the South seems to be a joke. We all tend to think that their winter is like our spring or summer, when in reality it is still chilly. Though Southerners don’t have to battle the below-zero wind chills and multiple feet of snow, it is still an adjustment to move from the North to the South, especially during winter.   I know for me, I came to Tennessee with very little winter things, expecting it to be warm all year round, but that’s not necessarily the case. Therefore, here is a guide of how to properly prepare for winter in the South as a Northerner. Invest in a quarter zip fleece. They’re so popular down here. Tons of sweet Southern Belles that I have met have their initials monogrammed in them. The fleeces are warm and soft, as well as super cute with the different colors. Bring your boots!! I didn’t bring many of mine and regretted it. Some of these brave souls are still wearing their Chacos in this weather, but it’s chilly. Don’t forget your hat, gloves, and heavy coat. Although it’s not as cold as up North, it is still winter and gets pretty chilly, so bring your stuff to bundle up. I didn’t go home until Thanksgiving and thought I’d be fine without my heavy coat and a scarf, but there have definitely been days when I’ve wanted them. Sweaters are big. I mean, they’re big in the North too, but they’re big here. It’s okay to bundle up. I recently...