*This is a guest post written by Lauren from The Albrecht's Blog.
I can't be the only girl who secretly wishes she was a real life Southern Belle. You know, the kind who is perfectly made up at all times and speaks slowly with an adorable accent?
You see, I'm a Midwestern gal at heart, but when we lived in Tennessee, I embraced southern charm to its full extent. We moved to New Hampshire a few months ago, though, and I have to admit, there are times I really miss the south.
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!
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 through after you in the face.
3. Speak slowly. Man, in the north people talk fast! Slow it down. Act like you don't have 15 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. Any time I smile at a stranger, they almost immediately light up and smile back. It's the little things.
6. When you ask, "How are you doing?".... Mean it. And then listen to the response.
7. When in doubt, wear lipstick.
That is all, folks. Best of luck, gals!!