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...
The Northern Southern Belle: How to Dress Your Best for Thanksgiving Dinner

The Northern Southern Belle: How to Dress Your Best for Thanksgiving Dinner

Next Thursday, the Lipscomb doors will be quiet and dark as we disperse to warm, cozy homes filled with cornucopias and pumpkin-scented candles. Some of us may just be looking forward to the comfort of our own bed, the chance to shop til we drop on Black Friday, and the opportunity to spend time with family and breathe for once, escaping from the everyday stresses of college for a little while. But most of us girls have one stress on our mind — what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner.   I often think about why we spend so much time dressing up to eat with our families when it’s something that we have done thousands of times throughout our lives. Tonight one of my friends explained the logic of it to me. “You’ve got to look your best and show them how great you’re doing when they ask you how your life’s going,” she said. And it’s the truth. Perhaps the reason that we spend so much time focusing on what to wear to the dining room table is because we want our relatives to see that we are thriving: that we are put together and still rocking stylish outfits (when in reality it’s leggings and tees to class all day, every day). Still, though, we want to look cute (I know I do) for the hundreds of pictures my sweet grandmas will be taking of all of us together. Might as well look pretty in the photos if they’re going in the frames or on Facebook. Therefore, here are some tips for how to dress your best for Thanksgiving...
The Northern Southern Belle: How to stay in style as a broke college student

The Northern Southern Belle: How to stay in style as a broke college student

College students are often described as “broke,” with our piling loans and obsession of trying every restaurant in Nashville. And yet, if you’re anything like me, you’re always wanting some retail therapy to escape from the stresses of college. But living the stereotype of “broke college student” makes purchasing cute clothes a struggle. Or so it seems. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to buy the name brand products from the fancy stores. You can get good quality clothes at low prices from many different places. So here, my fellow broke college students, is how to shop for less while still looking super cute. 1. ALWAYS shop the sale racks There are some stores that I only go into to look at the sale rack. There is still cute stuff you can get without paying full price. Check online or stores anywhere, especially in the high-end stores for good deals. 2. Thrift Shop As much as you may not want to go and sort through secondhand clothing, there are actually some really great finds in there. Give them a wash or customize them to make them your own, and nobody will ever know that you didn’t buy the piece brand new. There are some great finds at shops around Nashville. My favorites are Thrift Smart and Plato’s Closet. These will give you some options. While Thrift Smart has more of a variety, Plato’s is more picky on the quality of clothes it accepts, but you’re bound to find something you like at both places. Nashville has tons of great thrift stores. The...
‘Hoodies for the Homeless’ serves Nashville community

‘Hoodies for the Homeless’ serves Nashville community

From now until the end of October, the Lipscomb bookstore is offering a promotion where customers can receive 25- percent off a regular-priced hoodie after donating a gently-used hoodie. All of the collected hoodies will be donated to Nashville Rescue Mission. “Our other schools are very on board, and everybody knows it happens every year,” said Kelsey Bucknam, an employee of the Lipscomb bookstore. “We’re hoping that becomes such a strong tradition here.” The program started in 2011 and has also been an annual event at nearby Trevecca University. If students cannot afford a hoodie, the bookstore has provided a list of other items that the rescue mission is accepting. These smaller and more affordable items ensure that all students can participate. Tree of Life, the organization that operates the Lipscomb bookstore, hopes the event will positively impact the entire Nashville community, starting with, but not limited to, the student body. “We want our store to be more than a campus store,” Bucknam said. “We want to pour into the community. “The hoodies must be gently-used. Obviously, we want them to be good quality. We want to show dignity to the people we’re donating to.” Immediately inside the bookstore is a display with various facts about homelessness. Many of these are centered around poverty in Nashville, and others are holiday-themed. If students are unable to donate in person, Tree of Life has set up a website where customers can purchase a new hoodie, and the bookstore will then donate one of their own to the mission. The online shop’s website...
The Northern Southern Belle: fabulous fall fashion trends to help you look fantastic

The Northern Southern Belle: fabulous fall fashion trends to help you look fantastic

Fall’s arrival signals one of the most exciting times of the year: autumn fashion staples. The leaves are finally beginning to dance toward the ground, and temperatures are dropping below 70 degrees here in Nashville, at last! With the turn of the seasons comes the changing of attire. Finally, we can pack up those shorts and tanks (at least for now — according to my Tennessee native friends, it can be 75 degrees on Christmas) and pull out the jeans, cute little ankle boots and sweaters. Trends that reappear each year and will never go out of style include flannels paired with jeans. A way to make this a bit more fashionable is to wear a contrasting or coordinating tank underneath the flannel. Match these layers with a cute pair of jeans — maybe a pair with a few rips. Leave the flannel unbuttoned so you can show off your coordination or contrasting skills (whichever you choose) and tie the flannel at the bottom. Add a statement necklace to make the outfit even more outstanding. Corduroy skirts are in style this season. Pair them with a long bell sleeve top, or a short sleeve with a cardigan. These corduroy skirts can be found in all kinds of colors — brown, red, light pink, green. Any of them work well for fall. In addition to corduroy skirts, jean skirts are also something that can work well for fall. Honestly, though, jean skirts are good all year round. In the fall, though, they’re extra cute when you pair them with a cardigan, kimono or cropped jacket. Just this past weekend, I...
Lipscomb’s fall fashion series jumps into fall with Kevan Hall

Lipscomb’s fall fashion series jumps into fall with Kevan Hall

Fall is in full swing as Lipscomb’s department of Fashion and Design continued their second event of the 2018 Fall Fashion Series. Evening wear designer, Kevan Hall, presented some of his Spring designs and spoke about his career in the fashion industry. The event was hosted at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens by Gus Mayer and Style Blueprint. The event was free to any student willing to pre-register. The show offered free food and drinks, and advice from Hall who has dressed many famous icons on the red carpet. Hall described his early beginnings in the industry. He explained he wanted to be a designer since he was 7 years old. He worked until he was eventually able to create his own Kevan Hall Collection, and in the process has designed for Michelle Obama, Vanessa Williams and Katherine Heigl. Established in 1997, the Caroline J. Cross Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences funded the event. The chair was created to “provide enrichment opportunities to students in this field.” Caroline Cross, the founder of the chair, said she wished that they could do a better job at reaching the community. She wants these events to reach out to not only students at Lipscomb but other students and anyone interested in fashion as well. “This is the first time we’ve done this,” Cross said, adding, “but I just wish something could be done about their advertisement.” She noted that she was happy to see that Style Blueprint, an online fashion publication, was there to help host the event, and she wants more light brought to the continued series. Despite what...