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    Jan 31, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Super Bowl Dip Recipes, Super Bowl Rundown

    With only two days until kick-off, we know you’re planning your game time spread and studying up on what you should know about The Big Game. We are helping you out.

    Here at Gridiron Belles, we don’t claim to be gourmet chefs so we’ve collected three of our easiest game day snacks (mostly from Pinterest) to inspire you. We kept them simple because, well, we like simple recipes that make us look good and taste even better.  These are all self-explanatory– just make them look like a football!










    You also need to know the background on The Big Game to stay relevant in game time and post game day conversations about commercials, quarterbacks (and so much more).  We were going to tell you everything we know about football (which is a lot), but our friends at theSkimm, aren’t busy writing a second book like we are and they went ahead and provided a run down as well as any Gridiron Belle could.  So we are sharing that with YOU. (see below and link above) They really did a great job.

    Remember, know enough about the game to chat about it with all other guests– just not during the game– or, wait, yes, you’re better off chatting during the game on Sunday than the highly anticipated commercials.

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    theSkimm’s Guide to the Super Bowl

    THE STORY: Are you ready for some football?! Yes or no, Super Bowl XLVIII is here.

    HANG ON, DOING MATH. It’s number 48. There is one Manning, two teams, and lots of parties. And someone will get a ring at the end of the night. It’s still not you.

    WHEN IS IT? Sunday after brunch. 6:30 ET. Watch it on Fox. Or if you prefer your computer to a bar, it’s live streaming on Fox’s sports app.

    WHO’S GOING? The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. And Richard Sherman’s ego (see below). Yup, the only two states who have legalized recreational use of marijuana are in the Super Bowl.

    DOES THE WINNER GET SOMETHING GOOD? Rings and a parade. The MVP usually takes a trip to Disney World. So basically your eight-year-old self would be the happiest person ever. If the Broncos win, Mike Adams will walk to his hometown of Paterson, NJ, wearing his helmet and pads, because growing up people told him he’d never get out.

    WHERE IS IT? New York City — just kidding. Although Times Square did become Super Bowl Boulevard, the game is actually in East Rutherford, NJ. Nope, the Northeast still doesn’t get warm in February. And yes, it’s vortexing. But apparently there is such a thing as Football Gods, because the low is only expected to be a balmy 28 degrees.

    SOMEONE TOLD ME IT’S IN OMAHA? No. But you will hear that a lot because Peyton Manning likes to call it during games to keep the defense guessing. And us. Don’t ask questions.

    DO I KNOW ANYONE GOING? We just told you– a Manning. The Peytonone. He is the Broncos QB1 and coming off one of the best seasons in NFL history. He’s 37 which means he’s an elder in football years. And has had four neck surgeries. Ouch.

    WHO’S THE GUY EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT? Richard Sherman. He made headlines two weeks ago for his post-game interview, during which he had a lot of things to say about opponent Michael Crabtree. Love him or hate him, he’s very impressive– he’s from Compton and made it to Stanford. Then was a 5th round NFL pick. Now, he’s the best cornerback in the league — just ask him… and Beats.

    IS IT HALF TIME YET? The Peyton Manning of opera– Renee Fleming– will perform the national anthem and bring some class to your nachos and beer. Bruno Mars, and not Bruce Springsteen, has the Pepsi Halftime Show honor. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will join him. We miss last year. #BringBackBey

    PROMISE NO MATH? Surprise. Four quarters. Touchdown: 6; Field goal: 3; Safety: 2; Extra point: come on…

    CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE ADS YET? Ad Bowl is backScarlett Johanssontook things too far for SodaStream by dissing Pepsi and Coke, so Fox reportedly banned her commercial. For that, and not the suggestive straw sucking. This year, Anna Kendrick is “beer girl hot.” Budweiser has one with a Clydesdale and a puppy because they know how to get to us. Chobani will debut its first ad run with the big boys. But Dannon may win Yogurt Bowl because they’re reuniting “Full House” — and Uncle Jesse already brought back his mullet.

    WHAT’S IN THIS FOR ME? Food. And potentially cash money. The simplest way is to bet on the “money line” — AKA who wins or loses. Or you can bet on what the spread will be (see below). If you want to get fancy, there are LOTS of other things you can bet on. These are called “prop bets.” Skimm HQ is betting taking out the trash on how many times the word ‘legacy’ will be said about Peyton.

    WHAT’S THE SPREAD? No, not talking about your crudite. It refers to the expected spread between the team’s final scores. Vegas favors the Broncos by 3.

  • The BIG Game

    Jan 30, 2014 CATEGORIES: Uncategorized

    Generally speaking, Gridiron Belles like to plan. Plan their outfits, their dates and their recipes.  While we can’t exactly help you with your date for watching the BIG game on Sunday, we can help you look good and bring an award-worthy gameday snack.   

    Today, we are focusing on your wardrobe.  It’s the game of all games for the season, look your best!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Good thing neon is a popular trend right now… When you’re the 12 man (or woman) you better be dressed for it!


    Bundle up! The polar vortex isn’t stopping for anyone… not even Big Brother Peyton.


    If you can’t bring yourself to cheer for an NFL team, throw on some Tennessee orange and support Mr. Manning for being quite the SEC star! Good, ol’ Rocky Top…

  • Gridiron Belles Gift Guide

    Dec 17, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles Gift Guide, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie

  • SEC Championship Wardrobes

    Dec 7, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Championship, SEC Football

    We tried to cover every team this year in the wardrobe department.  Today, it comes down what you are wearing to support Auburn and Mizzou in the Georgia Dome to decide the new SEC Championships.

    We apologize for the repeats, but we’re pretty proud of both 11-1 schedules so we’ll make the exceptions!

    MIZ-ZOU and War Eagle!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh



  • THE Big Rival of the Week

    Nov 27, 2013 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Auburn, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Nick Saban, SEC Football

    Never have the stakes been this big in the Iron Bowl. No.1 Alabama at No.4 Auburn….

    If Auburn knocks off Alabama, the tigers will be heading to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game which is not one anyone predicted in August.  Yes, we realize that there are countless other rivalry games this weekend, but none carry the weight of the Iron Bowl.  Either way, if you are going to your team’s game or watching at home while eating leftovers, we have some Rivalry Week wardrobe suggestions for home or away! 

    Good luck!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


  • Geaux Aggies!

    Nov 22, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, LSU Football, SEC Football, Tailgating

    The “Chance of rain, never!” saying in Baton Rouge may prove inaccurate this weekend for the TX A&M v LSU match-up.  No fear, we have outfit ideas to keep you warm and dry while visiting Tiger Stadium.  In addition to a rain coat and cute wellie rain boots, be sure to stash a poncho and extra garbage bag in your touchdown purse!  Don’t forget a good attitude; if they guys are playing in the rain, the least you can do is cheer for them in the rain!

    Happy tailgating,

    Christie Leigh

  • Pig Sooie Casual Meets Ole Miss Dress

    Nov 7, 2013 CATEGORIES: Arkansas, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Ole Miss Football, Oxford, SEC, SEC Football

    The book, Gridiron Belles, states that Arkansas may have a little bit of a comfortable casual side to their flare. And, Ole Miss, we know, is the reigning royalty of game day runway-ready outfits.  Which is why Saturday’s (pre-game)match-up in the Grove is going to be the true battle of the day.  I have a feeling both fan bases will be envious of the other– Razorback fans wishing for access to Rebel closets and Rebel belles wishing they were privy to even a smidge of the comfort Arkansas fans brought from Fayetteville. 

    Whichever your game day style, just enjoy the tailgate!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

  • Cocktails (and Football) At The Beach

    Oct 30, 2013 CATEGORIES: Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Tailgating, Tailgating, UGA

    While the rest of us may be battling dropping temperatures, inclement weather and an over all struggle to stay warm and presentable for all of game day, the lucky Georgia and Florida fans are heading to the beach for a cocktail party.  

    If we can’t go with them, we’ll just put together some gridiron-beach-chic outfits for them to use while soaking up the sun and beverages at St. Simon’s before kick-off. After all, you can’t wear just anything to the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party.

    Don’t forget the sunscreen!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh



  • The (Wardrobe) Battle of the Columbias

    Oct 24, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Tailgating

    If you’re heading to COMO (“Columbia, MO” the nickname for the newest Columbia of the SEC) for the game this weekend, you’re going to need to bundle up.  But, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to dress up.

    Spurrier and his Gamecocks are making the cross-country trip to visit Coach Pinkle and his undefeated Tigers. Trust us,  you don’t want to miss a play. And you certainly don’t want to be inappropriately dressed so use these outfits as some spirited guidelines.

    Don’t forget to Tweet us your game day wardrobes wherever you’re watching the game.

    Happy Game Day!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


  • What Shall a Belle Wear?

    Oct 11, 2013 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Football, SEC Football, Southern Tailgating

    It’s still that in between weather when it’s not quite cold enough for big jackets, but it’s no longer warm enough for fancy shorts or dresses without layers. It’s hot while you tailgate, but near frigid as you watch the fourth quarter.  Still not sure what you’re going to wear to tomorrow’s game?  Here is what our new intern, Deanna, is suggesting you wear if you’re heading to the Alabama v Kentucky match-up.  The weather is calling for 79 during the day and 57 when the sun goes down.  Take some of these ideas and apply it to wherever you’ll be enjoying game day.

    Happy Tailgating!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

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