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  • 2012 Fall Intern Opportunity

    Aug 2, 2012 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Arkansas, Athens, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles Internship, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Football, LSU Football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, SEC football writers, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Tennessee Football, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football

    It’s that time again!  Gridiron Belles—the lifestyle guide to football in Dixie—is looking for fall 2012 interns to join our team.

    We are taking Gridiron Belles (and her sister magazine, SouthernLeague), to the bestseller list this year so we need the best team of brilliant Southerners that the SEC can provide!

    Qualifications: Gridiron Belles and SouthernLeague Magazine are seeking upperclassmen and graduate students at SEC universities, both male and female. Preference will be given to those majoring in: journalism, PR, sports marketing, fashion, photography, creative writing or English.  Interns must be self-starters. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about life in the south, adept at writing short nonfiction pieces, and socially engaging.  Experience in publishing is preferred, but not required.

    Job Description: Each intern must commit 5-10 hours per week, beginning August 27, 2012 and ending in January 2013. This is an unpaid internship with an opportunity for employment based on growth of the company. Duties will include:

    • Creating and executing social media strategies
    • Writing and managing weekly updates for online publications, including interviews and photographs
    • Creating organized Excel sheets of research
    • Vendor relations- following up with inventory of stores and potential ad sales
    • Planning, organizing and promoting PR events, book signings and tailgates on your campus

    How to Apply: Complete the attached application and submit to by 9 A.M. CT on Monday, August 20 2012.

    Looking forward to hearing from y’all soon!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

  • I Heart Athens, GA

    May 31, 2012 CATEGORIES: Athens, Atlanta, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Lilly Pulitzer and Gridiron Belles, LSU Football, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, Southern Gentlemen, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football, Uncategorized

    Gridiron Belles has a new project up its sleeve and we are itching to share it with you… but the timing isn’t right quite yet. So sit tight for just a little bit longer!

    Getting geared up for a full day of shooting

    To pique your interest, I’m sharing some photos from the new project.  Last week I was in Athens, GA with a handful of my interns, Southern-not-quite-yet-professional-models-but-close, owners of Southern companies, and drool-worthy clothes for our models (Volunteer Tradition, SouthernProper, HighCottonTies, Brier&Moss, Pennington&Bailes, Atlantic Drift, Leona, YoursTruly, Lilly Pulitzer, Old Try, Bonobos, Cordial Churchman,cheeky Peach, Mast McBride). Some of which they got to keep!

    Capturing a FL look for the first game of the season

    We were doing our fair share of glistening under the Georgia sun.  We worked hard and played hard.  Our phenomenal photographer from Back Down South captured looks and moments that epitomize the perfect Dixie experience.   Thank goodness for Photographer Caroline.

    Photographer Caroline was AMAZING. Hence why I brought her to the shoot!

    Just making sure we "nailed" the shot...

    Day one consisted of hours on North Campus in front of Magnolia trees, fountains, and the famous arch with a rushed session on the immaculately kept greens of the Georgia golf course.  Day two was a chicken biscuit breakfast and a trip down Greek lane with shots in front of the ADPi, Beta, and ATO houses that included short shorts and state flags.

    We like the SEC trend of wearing shorter shorts. Nice legs, Jordan!

    Interns Caroline and Michelle show off their Lilly sunglasses

    What I valued most was the time spent together with people I had never met.  Who were these people that showed up under The Arch at 4pm on Wednesday to help me take the next step toward a new dream?  How generous.  How admirable.  How appreciative I am.

    Chelsea from Southern Gent Gifts!

    Why not put on bow ties and loafers and practice handstands?

    I don’t know why people were so willing to help, but I’m going to give some credit to the uniting factor, Athens, GA.  There is something about that city that says “welcome, we’re here to help.”  People who have a connection to Athens tend to have a “we’re all in this together” mentality.  Georgia isn’t my team, per se, but you can guarantee that after last week, Athens has my heart.

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


  • Another Title for the SEC

    Apr 12, 2012 CATEGORIES: Athens, Auburn, Auburn v Georgia, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, The Masters

    You made us Southerners proud, Bubba!

    Masters week is a special time in the South. It is a week where the rest of the nation can marvel at the beauty of Augusta National. It is also a time where the “frat boy” in all of us can come out. We watch the world’s best because it is the closest thing to a college game day that we have at this time of year. Some of us (me and my buddies) convince ourselves that we could be the world’s best and go hit the links with unreachable expectations.


    So, in the spirit of the Masters I decided to go play a round of golf yesterday. Unsurprisingly, I’m not nearly as good as I convince myself that I am. It’s easy to pump yourself up when you watch 25 pro golfers make it look easy every day, but that’s beside the point. I was an abysmal 15 shots over through seven holes, though I cleaned it up on the back 9. Oh well, I’ll get ‘em next time.

    I would like to point out that Auburn native Jason Dufner was 11th through Saturday at -2. Unfortunately, the back greens got the best of him, as he finished +1 for the tournament. War Eagle anyway.

    My favorite golfer, Phil Mickelson, has a scorching round Saturday, but finished tied for third at -8. Before any of you Phil haters start, I’d like to go ahead and counter you by saying that Tiger Woods finished at +5 and he probably has shown the least amount of class I’ve seen out of a professional golfer in a long time. It’s one thing to know you’ve hit a bad shot, but it’s completely different to kick your own golf club at Agusta! Not exactly a Southern gentleman’s way of handling the situation.  

    The Masters never fails to live up to my expectations, and this year was no exception. The playoff between Georgia graduate Bubba Watson and South African national Louis Oosthuizen was magnificent. Bubba ended up winning due to a marvelous recovery shot from the pine straw. I was very glad that the SEC could bring home another trophy, but the most important thing is that the USA is back on top of golf.

    And the green jacket fits!

    “Go DAWGS” or “S-E-C”— either way, it was a heck of a final.


    This blog post was written by Gridiron Belles Intern, John Burns, from Auburn University


  • A Thousand Thank-Yous

    Jan 17, 2012 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Athens, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles Tour, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, LSU Football, LSU v ALABAMA football, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, South Carolina, Tennessee Football, Uncategorized, Vanderbilt

    "Real Belles Watch Football"--and have chandeliers at their South Carolina tailgate!

    "Real Belles Watch Football"--and have chandeliers at their South Carolina tailgate!

    These Bengel Belles had quite the story to share- Thanks for all being Gridiron Belles!

    All season I’ve preached about the importance of thank you notes.  Thank you notes for your tailgate hosts, thank you notes for the people who get you tickets, thank you notes for the people who have you over to watch a game. (We really all should be writing thank you notes to our team’s players…)  All season, I’ve received some ever so kind thank you notes myself from fans I’ve met along the way. So, it’s only fitting that I thank YOU for all that you have inadvertently done for me this season.

    Aimee introduced me to Chimes and hosted me at her competition ready tailgate

    For the past 5 years I have expressed my obsession with SEC football with anyone who would listen.  For research purposes, I have talked unceasingly about traditions, clothing styles, tailgate menus as well as players and coaches on the field.  Then, I started asking for help.   I started asking the Belles and Gents that I had met along the way to reach out to their friends to help me. I needed pictures, quotes and stories and boy did I get them!

    Lesson learned: never go to a game in the Swamp before November!

    If you’ve ever written your own book, you know that the chronic nerves that surface once the book is at the printer requires more support than anyone anticipates. For those of you, strangers and friends alike, that offered your calming words via calls e-mails, posts, and tweets of encouragement, a thousand thank-yous.

    The Grove is the perfect place to display your Pink and Proper Lilly purchases! Thanks, P&P!

    Ready or not September 3, 2011 came around and it was time for the rubber to meet the road.  From the first game of the season to the last, strangers–now friends– took me under their wings.  Generous fans invited me to lavish tailgates, allowed me to stay in their homes and graciously promoted my book to their friends.  People I didn’t even know were inviting me to special events and treating me like kin.   Southern hospitality at it’s finest.

    My new friend, Kelly, took me on the field in Neyland Stadium... wow!

    Thanks, Vandy Belles, for all of your support and enthusiasm!

    Even those fervent SEC fans, that maybe didn’t love everything I wrote about their team, taught me something.  They thickened my skin. Taught me to be more open-minded. Encouraged me to look at all sides.  They reminded me that Belles are courageous and tough.

    The most supportive parents in the world. Also the most excited to be at the historical BAMA v LSU game.

    Without tearing up the way I do while watching Steel Magnolias, I’ll keep it short and sweet. It was because of YOU that my 2011 Gridiron Belles tour was a success.  It is because of YOU that I was able to fulfill my dreams of being an author. My career for the past 4 months has been tailgating.  And because of YOU, Gridiron Belles worked.

    These UGA Belles told me that the sky was the limit-- thank you!

    Thank you, from the bottom of my Southern Belle heart, for being such hospitable, generous and devoted fans of your team.  It is the spirit and excitement that y’all displayed that kept me going on the road for 93 days straight without a break from the South’s greatest pastime. It is people like YOU that make Southern football the living legend that it is.

    The savvy mama, Doran, thanks for having me on your wonderful show!

    Thank you all. For everything.

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh