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  • Order the 2nd Edition of Gridiron Belles

    Sep 4, 2013 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Atlanta, Auburn v Georgia, BCS Championship Game, Football weddings, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles Tour, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Heisman Trophy, Lilly Pulitzer and Gridiron Belles, LSU Football, LSU v ALABAMA football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, SEC Stadium Tour, Southern Football, Southern Tailgating, Southern Women, Tailgating, Tennessee Football, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football

    My dearest Gridiron Belle:

    Football season has arrived and with impeccable timing, we just launched our highly-anticipated campaign for the 2nd edition of Gridiron Belles! ( You can go ahead and back the project here.)

    With an overdue welcome to Mizzou and TX A&M to the SEC, I needed to add their chapters and some photos of their tailgates and traditions.  While I was at it––to keep it a second edition and  not an entirely new book–– I went ahead and added new belle photos, quotes, outfit suggestions and updated some unique tailgate ideas among other things. (It’s easy to pre-order, here, now)

    So here is how this works:  This kickstarter campaign is the only way for you to get a copy of the new book. If this isn’t a success, no one gets a copy, so be sure to spread the word.   We recommend telling all of your sorority sisters, bridesmaids, boyfriends, friends you tailgate with and gridiron-loving family members. Heck, go ahead and order a few for yourself so you have hostess gifts on stand-by.  Either way, y’all asked for more books, so here they are! You’ll be the first to have a copy of the fall’s must-reads and I guarantee you’ll understand the game of football when you’re finished reading! 

    Thanks in advance for your support; can’t wait to see you at the next tailgate!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Go ahead, order!





  • 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


  • SEC Wedding Belles

    Jul 8, 2011 CATEGORIES: Atlanta, Florida, Georgia, New Orleans, SEC, SEC Football

    Florida and Georgia football fans in love

    Tracy and Nate Happily Every Season After

    I’ve begrudgingly attended more than my fair share of fall weddings that coincide with rival weekends on the gridiron. You likely have too.

    In my upcoming book, available on August 10, I dedicate two chapters to the rules of having a fall wedding (if you absolutely must) and to hosting a wedding shower during the beloved football season.

    But it was during a recent summer wedding held in New Orleans when I was the date of an Auburn fan, for a bride of Florida Gator allegiance and a groom of Georgia Dawg allegiance and their respective fans– I mean guests– that I realized football season is still alive and well in the month of June.

    If the ability of all invitees to dress to the nines in bright colors, support an open bar, have attractive dates and party until the sun comes up doesn’t give away a gathering of SEC alumni and fans, the frequent “Go Gators” being said in place of “Amen” at the rehearsal dinner or “ Sic’em” in defense of an embarrassing story told, certainly would!

    But that wasn’t all.  Nearly every person I met at that wedding had a strong belief in their team, their upcoming season and the same light-hearted trepidation about the couple becoming a house divided. He barks, she chomps.

    It was possibly the best weekend of the summer. A weekend full of chatting endlessly about SEC  football and of course, weddings!  Is there anything better for a Belle?

    What topped off this evening of wedded bliss between the delightful bride and groom and a taste of football season was the send off.  One large basket full of orange and blue shakers and one large basket full of red and black shakers patiently waited by the door to become alive.  Who needs rice or sparklers when you have shakers?!

    The pictures that the photographer got were great, fans of Florida and Georgia (and the couple) got to warm up their shaking before kick-off, and everyone was able to see how this house divided, was truly a house united.

    At least until October  in Jacksonville.

    Xs and Os,

    G Belle


  • Heaven on Steroids

    Dec 8, 2010 CATEGORIES: Atlanta, Auburn, Cam Newton, SEC, South Carolina

    If you told me that I had died and gone to heaven last weekend in Atlanta, I would have believed you; every person I saw was an SEC fan, my dad was my date, and Auburn won the SEC Championship.

    If you were not blessed with the good fortune of walking through the golden gates of the GA Dome last weekend for the SEC Championship game, here is what you missed:

    1) Visors. Everywhere. Spurrier’s team made it to Atlanta and his fans followed suit in excitement and wardrobe.

    2) Creative but misleading t-shirts with “$CAM Newton” printed on them.

    3) Grandparents. Age doesn’t matter when it’s once in a lifetime. For fans of both teams, there may not be another chance to watch their team in the SEC Championship game for a long time. Especially if they are 80. “We don’t have to win tonight. I’m just glad we’re here” said a lifelong gamecock fan.

    4) BAMA fans wearing Houndtooth, Florida fans wearing jorts. Old habits die hard. I suppose they are just used to making the trip.

    5) God Bless America. Times two. Done in SEC marching band fashion. The South Carolina and Auburn bands both took the field and played National Anthem together with more vigor and pride than I’ve ever heard. Is there anything more American?

    6) Belles in pearls yelling “Go Cocks!” Lots of them. It still makes me wince.

    7) Four Auburn sorority sisters calling the entire game on the field before the refs had a chance to blow their whistle. I don’t think these belles will need to read the Xs and Os chapter of the book.

    8 ) No trace of cacophony by 70,000 plus fans. Four quarters of Southern drawls inside the GA Dome was a blissful melody.

    9) Gamecock fans leaving in the 3rd quarter. How can you be a fair weather fan when it’s 72 with a chance of a championship inside the GA Dome?

    10) Toilet paper being thrown throughout the stands as Coach Chizik wins his first SEC Championship during his second year as head coach, and the Tiger players parade around the field in front of the elated fans. Who needs confetti when the Plainsmen use two-ply to celebrate everything?

  • What are the pre-GA Dome festivities?

    Dec 1, 2010 CATEGORIES: Atlanta, SEC Championship

    Just like South Carolina, this will be my first trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game.

    Needless to say, similarly to South Carolina, I’m a little nervous and not exactly sure what to expect.

    Where will fans gather before kickoff of the most important game of the season? Where will we all go to celebrate our team’s win or commiserate our team’s loss?

    For any other team in the conference I can tell you exactly where to go, what to order, who you’ll see and how to navigate the town and stadium. But Atlanta? I don’t have a clue.

    So I ask you, fellow Gridiron Belles and Gents, what does one do in Atlanta before, during and after the game?

    Please send me an e-mail at with ideas, suggestions and previous experiences of the SEC Championship weekend.
    Perhaps there are a few Auburn and South Carolina fans that would also benefit from LSU, Florida or Alabama fans who have gone to Atlanta a time or two… After all, we are all going to be singing S-E-C in the end, aren’t we?