Hangout Fest: A Look Behind The Scenes With Co-Founder Lilly Zislin

During this past weekend’s Hangout Fest, we had the opportunity to spend a morning with co-founder, Lilly Zislin, and learn a little bit about the creators behind this hugely successful event. Before Lilly and her husband, Shaul, launched the festival six years ago, they were seasoned business owners with two restaurants—The Hangout (the festival’s namesake) and The Gulf—several Surf Style shops, and various […]

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Lovely DIY Flower Crown

Wedding season has arrived and here at Southern Living, we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’ll be bringing you weekly wedding-related posts—DIY ideas, etiquette tips, real weddings and more. This week, we have another lovely project from Amy Osaba Events!   Level: Easy Timeline: 40 minutes Supplies: flowers greenery hot glue gun gold buillon wire scissors paper towels water refrigerator Instructions: Start by laying […]

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Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Southern Living Food Awards

The Southern Living Test Kitchen taste-tested more than 300 of the newest artisan products to find the best Southern-made foods. Now, we’re finally announcing our 24 winners. We kicked off our three-day taste test by sampling nearly 60 jars of jams and jellies and ended with a side-by-side comparison of 46 different kinds of coffee. In between the sugar headaches […]

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Slug it Out: One Woman’s Quest for an Iconic Mississippi Treat

The destination was Corinth, Mississippi, and the goal was to eat a slugburger. For those who don’t know, a slugburger is a meat patty that has been mixed with other ingredients–potato flakes, flour, and soy grits have all been cited as ingredients–to “stretch” the amount of meat. This mix is rolled out thin, deep fried, and served on a bun […]

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An Honest Moment With JJ Grey

JJ Grey recently sat down with us before his show at Birmingham’s WorkPlay Theater to chat about growing up in the South, who helped develop his musical accent, and creating an honest moment with his audience. If you listen to JJ Grey & Mofro’s seventh album Ol’ Glory—and I mean really listen—you’ll hear a celebration of life, the wonderment of nature’s […]

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2015 Summer Fashion Trends

No one ever said that being a girl was easy. From keeping up with the latest hairstyles and nail trends to figuring out “what’s in this season”, spend a little of that hard-earned money on some fun summer pieces to update your wardrobe. “Save a pretty penny” references cheaper, more affordable options. “Big spender” references, well, you know. Photo above: […]

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Prune Out Your Dead!

Readers are besieging Grumpy with frantic questions about trees and shrubs that don’t look right. Some have branches that haven’t leafed out. Some have bare branches and are sprouting only from the base. And some show no signs of life at all. “Why is this happening and what should I do?” they ask.

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My Southern Living Story: A Beauty Queen Turns Author

Our letter this week comes from Johanna J. Smith who graced our June 1970 cover while a student at Sandhills Community College. Since her college days, Johanna taught tribal children in West Africa; taught English as a second language in Morocco; and wrote a children’s book, Star Gazer, The Horse Who Loved History. Below is an excerpt of her letter… Dear Mr. Evans, How […]

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Today is Armed Forces Day – Show Your Love!

The pulse-quickening, foot-tapping refrain of a John Philip Sousa march will echo down Main Streets across the country as communities turn out to pay tribute to the United States Armed Forces. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single […]

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Top 5 Happy Hours in Birmingham

Pictured above: Chuy’s Prickly Pear & Mango Swirl Margarita Whether you’re a college student balling on a budget or a date night couple looking to save some pennies here and there, check out our top choices for a happy hour you’re sure to enjoy! Chuy’s – Weekdays 4-7 p.m. including a “pimped out nacho bar” complete with taco meat, beans, […]

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