*This is a guest post from 34 Magnolia Street
As summer starts wrapping itself up to welcome fall, I whole-heartedly welcome the Southern comforts of fall! I love New Hampshire, but I'd give just about anything to slowly welcome the cool days with cute transitional clothing pieces. Unfortunately, I can feel the cool nights coming on a little too quickly, I'll be wearing sweaters before you know it!
So for the rest of you who live up north, or really anywhere other than south, here's how you can integrate a little southern charm into your life no matter where you live.. and maybe some long-lasting warmth, too! ;)
1. Write thank-you cards. One of my favorite things to do is write thank-you cards after friends have us over for dinner or games. It's such a nice gesture and who doesn't love getting snail mail?!
2. Open doors for others... Or at least hold it open behind you! Don't let it slam the person walking in behind you in the face.
3. Speak slowly. Man, these northerners speak quickly! Slow it down. Act like you don't have fifteen other things to do right at this moment and enjoy the conversation.
4. Sprinkle your vocabulary with y'all, gals, and sweet tea. That's all you need.
5. Smile and say hello. Friendliness is the number one characteristic of southern charm - a smile and nod go a long way. Almost every time I go to the grocery store here, someone thanks me for smiling or tells me I have a nice smile. I don't think my smile is that special... I just think there aren't enough to go around!
6. When asking, "How are you doing?".... Mean it. And then listen to the response.
7. When in doubt, wear lipstick.
That's all, folks. Best of luck to you as you practice your newfound "southern charm"... here's to hoping some warmth comes with it, too!!