Today we are featuring Atlanta Sisters, Candice, and Lauren, who are building a home decor brand. These Atlanta natives have a passion for design, art, and style and have found a way to build this passion into a career. We are honored to share the story of these Atlanta Sisters Building a Home Decor Brand that […]
Holiday season is the perfect time to catch up with the ones you love. No better way to do that than with a holiday or New Year’s card. Get tips from Kalyn Johnson, Owner of Effie’s Paper today and make sure to get some pieces from their shop as they are Black Southern Belle approved!
Holiday Etiquette Tips from Effie’s Paper
Be Thoughtful About Your Recipient. A�I try to buy gifts that my friends and family will love. A�Sometimes ita��s an item that theya��d never buy for themselves; other times I might buy something I saw them eye-ing or heard them mention. Everyone loves receiving gifts and feeling loved. A�But, finding the perfect gift is not synonymous with spending a lot of money. A�Ita��s truly the thought that counts. My husband loves to cook, so last year, we gave our foodie friends homemade tomato chutney in Ball jars with labels I designed. A�Everyone loved the personal touch and the yummy chutney!
Send Holiday Cards.Sending holiday cards is a tradition that dates back to 1875 in the United States. A�Taking the time to send holiday cards is a great way to kick off the holiday season! A�Make it a ritual and get your little ones involved (they can stamp and stuff envelopes) while you write a brief note inside each card. Sometimes a holiday card may be the only communication you have each year with your extended family and friends a�� take this opportunity to network and let folks know whata��s going on in your world or to re-connect with a former colleague. Buy your cards early and address them in November (you know youa��re dying to start listening to your holiday playlist anyway!) and drop them in the mail just after Thanksgiving. No time before the end of the year to get organized? A�Then consider sending a New Year card at the beginning of January once the holiday madness dies down.
Send Thank You Notes. A�Receive a gift? Write a thank you note. If someone was kind enough to buy you a gift, the least you can do is take the time to sit down and hand-write a thank you note on nice stationery. A�A text message, or email saying thanks, does not carry the same weight as a handwritten thank you note. A� A thank you note is a tangible reminder of your gratefulness. A�The week between Christmas and New Yeara��s Eve is the perfect time to sit down to pen thank you notes a�� make it a holiday tradition. A good rule of thumb is to send holiday thank you notes before the New Year. But, if youa��re busy juggling kids and guests and perhaps travel during this time period, remember that a late thank you note is better than not sending one at all. Ita��s never too late to say thank you!
Today we are featuring a beautiful Southern Inspired Louisiana Engagement Session. This session is full of Black Southern Belle love. From the Greek life love to the matching outfits, we can’t get enough of this beautiful engagement. Check out this Louisiana Engagement Session with Southern Style today for all the inspiration you need. Be sure to […]
Are you looking to add decor to your home and are also an HBCU alum or supporter? These pieces we have curated are the perfect addition to your art collection. Check out some of our favorite HBCU Colleges In Fine Art: Pieces of HBCU Art To Adore. We promise you won’t be able to stop admiring […]
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Living in the South, great food and family are the of the utmost importance. Today we are highlighting Andra Hall, the owner, and creative force behind CamiCakes, LLC. CamiCakes is a chain of gourmet cupcake boutiques which originated in Jacksonville, FL. In 2013, Andra extended the brand to incorporate ice cream and formed CamiCakes Creamery. CamiCakes […]
Summer is in full swing and is time for hosting and entertaining in the South. Are you looking to add some fun style to your summer wardrobe? We have you covered today with Tips to Styling for Summer from Fashion Expert, Adrienne Nixon. This stylish Black Southern Belle is a Fashion Designer and a mother of […]
We love weddings here at Black Southern Belle and today we are honored to showcase one of the South’s newest and Black Owned Wedding Venues, Muse at the Mill. This historic mill in Winston-Salem is a must-see for any bride planning a Southern wedding. Founded by husband and wife duo, Maliquea and D’Andre’ Starnes, Muse at the […]
Today we are featuring a design tour New Orlean’s newest boutique hotel, The Moor, owned by two Howard University, Marcus Carey and Damon Lawrence. This beautifully designed hotel, is one of a series of ventures started by the parent company, Homage. This beautifully designed space was created by founder, Damon Lawrence along with his mother […]
The family is so important in the South. From Sunday dinners to weddings, we can’t wait to host family for a celebration and to make cherished memories. Today we are featuring a beautiful Coastal Florida Family Roots Photoshoot. This gorgeous family has strong HBCU and Florida ties and we are excited to share their beautiful photos. If […]
World Chocolate Day is tomorrow and there is no reason you can’t indulge even if you are on a diet. Today we have some World Chocolate Day – Healthy Chocolate Options courtesy of the nutritionists at the leading training and nutrition app, Freeletics. These recipes are exactly what you need to indulge your sweet tooth without the guilt. […]