“21 Beauty Secrets Southern Belles Swear By”

Thought I would share this piece by The Huffington Post‘s Style section, and just save us all a ton of time! They have been kind enough to poll their massive following for beauty tips, and I’m all about it!

Apparently we’re still operating under the ultra-dramatic shadow of Gone with the Wind, a movie I cannot stand. (I am not sorry!) It’s absolutely beautiful, devastating, iconic, and heart wrenching, but it’s also a MILLION hours of overwrought, “faithful slave” hocking, romanticized nonsense. According to people in “the know,” Margaret Mitchell didn’t even like it, and refused to be involved with the adaptation!

DRAMA!

Exhaustive drama! War, Multiple marriages, Death, Starvation, Hoop Skirts, Endless Wounded Soldiers, Business Ownership, Unrequited Love, Dresses made out of Curtains and Desperation, Birth, Fire, Madness, and so many Horses!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the way it looks; the actors, costumes, cinematography and settings are all completely gorgeous. I would just rather look at the pictures than have to sit through the drivel.

GWTWAshley

Ohhh, but I love YOU, Ashley!

In any case, I think we can all agree that Vivien Leigh was ridiculously beautiful as Scarlett O’Hara, and managed to create one of the most well known, snappy, manipulative, desperate, conniving, delightful, homesick, dedicated, intense Southern women in cinema.

Tighter, Mammy!

Tighter, Mammy!

What a flirt!

What a flirt!

This dress is incredible.

This dress is incredible.

Beautiful and Desperate

Beautiful and Desperate Dress

It looked great on Carol Burnett, too!

Aside: It looked great on Carol Burnett, too!

All giggles.

Scarlett’s all giggles. That’s what a roll in the hay with Clark Gable does to ya.

"I'll never go hungry again!" (Until you want that 18" waist back.)

“I’ll never go hungry again!” (Not until you want to get that 18″ waist back.)

And, whether or not you’re a fan of the film, these “Southern Beauty Tips” are sure to be useful, if not entertaining. So, take your pick, add to the list, and let me have it in the comments!

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5 thoughts on ““21 Beauty Secrets Southern Belles Swear By”

  1. I get the “love it but can’t stand it” opinion on GWTW. I love it, but I cannot sit through it again. It has a run time of like 10 hours (maybe not, but it’s my duty as a Southern woman to use hyperbole)!
    Btw – her curtain dress looks like Civil War era Peter Pan cosplay!

  2. Gone with the Wind is my favorite movie of all time – even though I don’t watch it but once a year (ok, maybe twice). I can’t agree with your thoughts on the film. It’s like whining about Wuthering Heights or Pride & Prejudice being too long and filled with “romanticized nonsense.” Blasphemy.

    Thanks for sharing the article on beauty tips. I completely agree with staying out of the sun and moisturizing the crap out of one’s skin.

  3. You do realize it’s not a Disney film, yes??

    I’ll give you “Wuthering Heights,” but Pride & Prejudice is a comedy of errors/satire and doesn’t take itself seriously, whereas GWTW is sooper serious about all the things.

    Thanks for your thoughts, and please let me know when your GWTW viewing will take place, and I’ll steer clear of the house for a day or two. 😉

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