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Hello, ladies + gents! Now that we have our super-fab team photos back from the amazing Millie Holloman, we thought we’d do some proper introductions! Some of us you’ve already met, some of us you may be meeting for the first time — but after this little Sit a Spell series, we hope you’ll feel like you know us even better! You’ve already met Nicole, Sierra, and Marissa, and now it’s Whitney’s turn! Whitney is poised, funny, kind, and quite fashionable — you’re all in for a treat! — Emily

Hey y’all! I’m just delighted that you’ve stopped by, and I’d love to tell you a bit more about me, myself and I! I’m the go-to gal for anything and everything ad related. See those gorgeous banners along the right side of your screen? I’m lucky enough to work with each and every one of those vendors. The print advertisers are fabulous, too! Pull up a chair, sit on down and grab some lemonade. Let’s begin!

1. I was the champion of the Idaho History Bee in 4th grade. Though I’m a Southerner at heart, when it comes down to it, I’m a transplant. I was raised in the good ol’ state of Idaho and I didn’t move to North Carolina until I was 16 years old. Ask me anything about the potato state and I’m sure that I could answer. State bird? The Mountain Blue Bird! Most famous Native American? Sacajawea! The best part of winning that bee was the trophy in the shape of Idaho. It’s still hanging on my wall.

2. I over-exaggerate. A lot. When it’s hot outside, it’s about a million degrees. If there’s a snow storm, we will never be able to go anywhere ever again. So, I’m a bit melodramatic and I have a flair for extremes, but it certainly makes life more interesting. By the way, the commute from my house to the office is about 20,000 hours.

3. In a previous life, I was a classical singer. Really. I took voice lessons for 12 years and competed in several voice competitions. I was obsessed with musical theater and took part in local productions of Les Miserables, The Wizard of Oz and Fame.

4. I drive a little white convertible and she has a very distinct personality. Her name is Shelby and we have had a long love-hate relationship. Some days, she is beautiful and agreeable and other days she just doesn’t want to do a thing. I honestly find myself talking to my car trying to coax her into behaving. I swear it works.

5. Last year, I got four Snuggies for Christmas (and Snuggies were not on my list). My family and friends all separately decided that I was in need of a Snuggie (or four). Maybe it is because I’m extremely cold-natured? Maybe I just look like I’d love a blanket with sleeves? Now, I am the proud owner of a pink Snuggie, a blue Snuggie, a Carolina-themed Snuggie and a leopard print Snuggie. I have a Snuggie for every mood!

6. Bees are attracted to my hair. I don’t know if it’s that bright red shade that lures them in or if it is the scent of my shampoo, but I cannot walk outside without a wasp bee-lining (get it?) straight for my head. It’s made for many uncomfortable outdoor experiences.

7. I’ve been to 48 states. Every summer when I was growing up, my dad would pack all of us into an RV and take us around the country. From east to west, north to south, I’ve seen it all. Which two states am I missing? Alaska and Hawaii, of course. They’re very hard to drive to.

8. I am terrified of trash. I will clean the bathroom and scrub the floors 10,000 times (there’s that exaggeration again) before I’ll touch the trash can. I’m a bit of a germaphobe and I will do just about anything to get out of taking the trash out.

9. I’ve been to Disney World more than 20 times. My grandfather and my uncle have both worked at the happiest place on earth since around the time I was born and my family takes a trip down to the sunshine state almost every year. I’ve met Mickey so many times that I bet he knows me by name.

10. In ten years, I hope to have a beautiful flat in a big city (maybe Atlanta?). The cars will bustle by stories below as I sit happily in front of a fireplace next to my future hubby. Maybe there will be a few rugrats and a cute puppy. For now, I’m just so happy to work with the women of Southern Weddings. Y’all, these girls are amazing!

Read more about me here!

Do we have something in common? Introduce yourself in the comments below!

Written with love by Whitney
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How To: Tie a Bow Tie

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I’m really excited about today’s How-To! I’ve been fixin’ to do a feature on bow ties for awhile, and since we’re giving away a couple of snazzy Forage bow ties this week, I thought this was perfect timing!

Illustration by Katie Rodgers via Pinterest.

Belles and beaus, I’m here to teach you how to tie a bow tie. There are some of you who have known how to do this since you donned your first seersucker bow in your cousin’s wedding when you were six. Others of you, like me, never had a pressing need to learn. That’s right ladies, it’s good for you to know, too!

Image credit: Upper French via Green Wedding Shoes

The period between your engagement and your wedding day is the perfect time to hone your bow tying skills, lest you end up like these guys.

Image Credit: Bobbi + Mike

I’ll admit, I was one of those guys just a few weeks ago. Though I wasn’t a groomsman preparing for my friend’s wedding, I was sitting at my desk in the Southern Weddings office with my laptop in front of me trying to learn. Whitney and Sierra will tell you this is a true story, since they laughed at me while I did it. The happy news is that I can now tie a bow like no one’s business! I enlisted Sierra’s brilliant design skills to bring you a step-by-step of the process. But before we get to that, let’s do a quick rundown of the different types of bow ties that you have to choose from.

The Butterfly Bow Tie. This bow has a wing span of 3 inches to 3.5 inches. It can look too big for you, but if you’ve got a wider neck span or a larger face and chin, this might be your guy!

Image Credit: Ashley McCormick

The Classic Bow Tie (A.K.A. the thistle or semi-butterfly bow tie). This is the bow you envision when you think of bow ties! With a wing span around 2.5 inches, it’s perfect for any event and suits any face shape and neck size.

Image credit: Bella Grace

The Batwing Bow Tie (A.K.A narrow bow tie). Elegant-looking and thin, there’s a bit of debate over whether this style is more formal or less formal than the classic bow. It has a wing span of 1.5 inches to 2 inches and, although it may look like a one long piece of fabric, it’s tied the same way as the classic bow.

Image credit: Pierrepont Hicks

The Pointed End Bow Tie. It’s exactly as it sounds! For a spin on the usual shape, the pointed end bow is also appropriate for formal occasions.

Image Credit: The Cordial Churchman and Forage

Now that we know what’s what, pick out your favorite bow and let’s tie it!

Need to remember this for later? We’ve got you covered! Sierra made us a fab downloadable PDF with illustrations that walk you through the steps. Print it out and with some practice, you could look as dandy as this guy.

Image credit: Paul Johnson (See more of this wedding here!)

Want more tips and tricks? Check out our past How-To’s.
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Tell us about your bow tying experience in the comments below!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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Y’all know that down here in the South, bow ties are near and dear to our hearts. We never tire of seeing handsome groomsmen donning our favorite striped, seersucker, madras or gingham bows. That’s why Forage bow ties were the perfect fit to start off this new giveaway column, our aptly-named Southern Fab Finds. This time around, we’re bringing you more than just great products we’re bringing you items that resonate with Southern culture and items that are made right in your backyard by vendors who know firsthand what it means to live below the Mason-Dixon line.

Forage knows bow ties! We’ve been fans of theirs for quite some time and love how they hunt down the best fabric to make their bows. Therefore, each bow tie they make is part of a limited edition. One lucky winner will receive two of their chambray ties!

To Enter: Go to the Forage site and tell us which bow tie your sweetie would look smashing in!

Win: Two Forage solid chambray bow ties for those dapper men in your wedding.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Sydney reply

    What amazing products Forage has! I love the unique design and nature of each bow tie. The only problem is that since each tie is so unique, many of the ones I love were already sold out. Oh well, just another reason to keep looking at their website. Thanks for the tip!

  2. avatar Ashley Stout reply

    My fiance would look amazing in the yellow gingham bow tie. Are wedding theme is rustic and country style. He would just look amazing in it.

  3. avatar Cami reply

    I would LOVE to see my fiance in the amber or emerald gingham! We are huge fans of Forage bow ties and hope to make them a part of our special day!

  4. avatar Laura P reply

    I’m lovin’ all the gingham Forage has! The amber gingham would look great on my fiance – no only because yellow/grey are two of our wedding colors, but also because it would go with suits he already has for non-wedding wear.

  5. avatar Stacy reply

    Love, love, love the amber gingham and multi gingham! My husband and son wear only bow ties, so I love to see beautiful ones!

  6. avatar Amanda reply

    Im not sure why my comment didn’t post for this contest but….

    I think my honey would look great in the multi gingham bow tie. He can pull anything off and this colorful accessory would be no exception!

  7. avatar Danielle B reply

    Oh my goodness, they’re all so beautiful. I really dig the Multi, metallic stripe, ad purple plaid. I’ve been looking for some super sweet bow ties for a while now and apparently Forage is the place to go! My sir will be looking extra handsome sporting these now:)

  8. avatar Sarah Torrens reply

    My honey would look just fabulous in the emerald gingham Forage bow tie! And he’d just fit right in with our fresh spring color palette of green, chartreuse, yellow and white!

  9. avatar Heather reply

    My sister is planning a bow tie themed wedding and I know she would absolutely love to gift this to her fiance for their special day!

  10. avatar Erin reply

    I just loooooove these bow ties. My man friend would look super cute in the mint one, but they’re all adorable.

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