Sweet Tea + Magnolias | for the love of the south

There is something special about Southern women. There are elements engrained in our history, in our ability to be hospitable and in our namesake. We take on the names of the great women that have created a legacy before us, in hopes of leaving our own legacies. There are great expectations on our lives as Southern women. We were taught to sit up straight, to listen more than we speak (which we don’t always succeed at, but we try!), and to attempt to meet difficult times with a sugary disposition. Daring to be sweet in a world hell bent on being difficult. And above all, we were taught to be nothing less than a gracious hostess.

I mastered the art of being a hostess at a young age. I watched my grandmother and mother gracefully greet guests into their homes with open arms, always offering them something to drink as soon as they cross the threshold and answer the door with such enthusiasm the person on the other side heard them coming from a mile away while they shout, “I’m coming! I’m coming! I’m coming!” The gesture was well received with a grin and a hug around the neck.

Magnolias + Pearls | for the love of the south

Now, I greet guests with open arms in my own home. Mimicking the movements I’ve watched over the years. I rush around last minute lighting magnolia scented candles, pulling at my linen apron strings while touching up my lipstick right before company arrives. All the while, attempting to give the illusion that everything looks this way all the time, that I’m not out of breath, and that my company couldn’t hear me running around as they walked up the wooden stairway to my loft!

Magnolias | for the love of the south

Most people remember how you make them feel upon meeting, that is why the heart of a hostess is so important to Southern women. Our goal is to make you feel loved and comforted as you step into our home. We want to make sure there is plenty of food whenever life carries a crisis to your doorstep (and enough casseroles to fill your entire freezer for a year), enough flatware to serve a small infantry, and more than enough pimento cheese and biscuits to slake any Southern appetite.

Magnolias + Pearls | for the love of the south

Southern women are made to withstand heat. We have the tolerance to render bacon fat with a smile in a steamy kitchen in the dead of summer. To be able to serve ice cold sweet tea at a moments notice. We are resourceful in the kitchen when tough times abound. We are resilient women, withstanding all odds, challenges and our past. Southern women are tethered to history and are made stronger because of it.

I’m grateful to be a Southern woman. It has helped shape the very person I have become: God-fearing, proud, strong-willed, polite, caretaker. I am defined by geography, circumstance, and culture, and for that, I am truly grateful. Forever I will be thankful to be a spirited, Southern woman like the great women before me who graced these halls, handled these slicked skillets, wore these pearls and filled these etched glasses with sweet tea. Long live the legacy of the Southern woman.













30 replies on “SOUTHERN WOMEN”

What an authentic and loving tribute to all Southern women….of which I am proudly one! Delightful!

I loved this post! I am unfortunately a wannabe southern woman. I will never truly be one because I was born in Oregon, but I admire so many qualities that I associate with the south and southern women (basically everything described here), oh and the food! Hopefully one day I will get to experience these things for myself.

This. So much this. It makes me so proud to be Southern. Have you ever read anything by Allison Glock? She writes a lot about Southern women and other Southernisms 😉


I really enjoyed reading this article. I grew up in Georgia and can resonate with everything you said about southern women, especially about hospitality. 🙂

I’ve just started to read your blog some days ago and I really enjoy it! I love the way you write and the recipes are great! Stunning pictures! Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

Dear Amber, I am a “Northern woman” who recently enjoyed several days of loving hospitality from a treasure of a Southern woman and her amazing daughter. I was so struck by her relaxed and loving graciousness that I had to google ‘What makes Southern Women so special?’ Your post popped right up… and your explanation makes perfect sense. God bless you and all Southern women. You really are special.

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