Mary Beard
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Recent Posts By Mary Beard

Your Groveling Advice

A few months ago, I asked readers for advice on how to grovel. The alternative—to do right in the first place—I rejected from self-awareness. Well, proving that people have too much time on their hands, I actually got some tips. I now know three indelible things: one, the Southern man knows more about groveling than he ought to admit; two, […]

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Stillness

I remember a quiet so complete a lone cricket was a cacophony, a single drop of water boomed like a stick hammering a bass drum. I remember space, vast and long, remember cotton that stretched to the end of everything, interrupted only by ribbons of blacktop that led to exotic places like Leesburg, Piedmont, and Rome. I remember a dark […]

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Southern Summer 30-Day Photo Challenge

Attention Southerners: We want to celebrate all the amazing ways you can spend a summer in the South—and we need your help! Join us in our first 30-Day Instagram Challenge! To Play Along: Re-gram the above photo today (it’s on our Instagram too), then each day follow the rule and share your best summer snapshots! We want to see what […]

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My Time Machine

They say we Southerners live in the past. That, they say, is our problem; the past is dead, Faulkner or no Faulkner. I guess I could try to explain, to tell them that for us memory is not an inventory, not a catalog of events, but a time machine. It lifts us off the dull treadmill of grown-up responsibilities to […]

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Grandpa’s Green Thumb

Andrew Blair was my grandmother’s father, a handsome, fussy Scot with an ego disproportionate to his environment. To be a snob in West Virginia is to exhibit a gross miscalculation of your milieu. That said, his garden was spectacular. Like many of my ancestors, Andrew was a potter. He labored long hours in a crowded, dusty factory a short stroll […]

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Etsy Shop of the Month: Thimblepress

Each month Dixie Chic is scouring the digital storefronts to bring you our favorite Southern artisans. From textiles to typography and everything in between, discovering truly unique Southern pieces has never been this easy—or this fun. The Shop: Opened in 2011, Thimblepress is the creation of Kristen Ley, a Mississippi State alumna and lover of graphics and design. After dabbling […]

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Uncorked Glassware: The Perfect Wedding Gift

The weather is warm and wedding season is well under way, which means most of us are planning what we’ll wear, where we’ll stay, and of course, what we’ll buy for our favorite betrothed duo! Keeping to the couple’s registry is always a safe idea, but if you really want to find a unique and memorable gift, check out one […]

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A Perfect Day in Dallas

In our Dallas Summer in the South Guide, fashion maven Abi Ferrin shared her itinerary for a perfect summer day in Dallas. To live like a local for a day start with a relaxing Tsada Yoga session, then have breakfast alfresco on the patio of Company Cafe. After mimosas and a tasty organic omelette, take the 20-minute drive to The Harbor at Rockwall […]

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The Best Drinks in Savannah

In our Savannah Summer in the South Guide, local fashion designer, stylist, and blogger Brooke Atwood told us where to sip a refreshing libation this summer—no matter what your drink of choice is. For a Good Cocktail hit up happy hour at The Jinx for the signature bloody mary garnished with string cheese, pickled okra, and a Slim Jim. For a […]

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Summer Shopping in Charlotte

In our Charlotte Summer in the South guide we tapped interior designer Barrie Benson for tips on the best shopping spots in Charlotte. If it’s a great deal you are after, Barrie recommends going to Hong Kong Vintage & Recycled on Central Avenue for chic accessories and breezy sundresses. To splurge on lust-worthy designer pieces such SUNO dresses, Nina Ricci skirts, and […]

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