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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!





  • Gridiron Belles Weekend of Events

    Oct 3, 2012 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Lilly Pulitzer and Gridiron Belles, SEC Football, South Carolina, Southern Football, Swoozies

    Gridiron Belles has a busy weekend ahead, join us where you can!

    The 2012 Gridiron Belles Tailgate Tour is well on its way .  After a first time experience in College Station last weekend, we are now headed east to Carolina for some top-ranked football, and of course, tailgating!

    Gridiron Belles Weekend of Events:

    Thursday:  Swoozies event in Greenville, SC 6pm.  We’ll be serving Mint Juleps (our favorite!) and having some giveaways.

    Friday: Pink Sorbet Signing in Columbia, SC 12-5pm.  Pink Sorbet is a Lilly Pulitzer via store, so come on in for a game day dress, get a book signed and enjoy a Friday afternoon in Columbia!

    Saturday: Gridiron Belles is going to be with SoLeague and Olly Oxen as they tailgate from 12- kickoff before the UGA v USC game! Look for the SoLeague and Olly Oxen flags flying in the Fairgrounds lot!

    Don’t forget to tell us where you’ll be this weekend and send in your Belles of the game photos to!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

  • Tips Every Seasoned Tailgater Should Know

    Sep 25, 2012 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Lilly Pulitzer and Gridiron Belles, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Women

    The queen of hosting, Emily Post, once said, “If you know any one who is beguiling and amusing, you will, if you are wise, do everything you can to make him prefer your house and your table to any other; for where he/she is, the successful party is also.” This is not only true for being a hostess of the home, but can guarantee that wherever your tailgate location, you’ll be the most popular around!

    We are sharing some of the tailgating tips that have helped us learn the Do’s and Don’ts of having a fabulous time preparing to cheer on your collegiate team.

    1. Do invite all of your friends—tailgates are not the time to be exclusive. The more the merrier—especially on game day!
    2. Don’t block the road for other cars or pedestrians. Keep those clear for everyone else trying to tailgate and enjoy the game.
    3. Do have a great play list of songs. You want it to include some 90’s jams, a few slow dance songs, crowd pump-up songs, and a lot of songs people know all the words to (Visit SoLeagueMag for their game day playlist)!
    4. Don’t bother other tailgaters around you. Keeping your games of cornhole, football tossing, and chair set-ups within your allotted space will allow everyone to have a great time.
    5. Do plan food. The worst tailgates are the ones where the food has run out. Plan on feeding your crowd, plus any unexpected guests that they might have!
    6. Don’t intimidate other team fans. The occasional jest is OK, but stick to cheering FOR your team!
    7. Do remember that the goal is to make it to the game. Tailgates are a great pre-game tradition, especially in the South. But you also want to be able to cheer your team on once the game starts. Remember there would be no tailgate without a game!
    8. Don’t make your tailgate hard to find. If you’re inviting new tailgaters or people unfamiliar with the area, give them directions that are straightforward and easy to understand.
    9. Do get there early enough to park, get the grill going and catch up. Traffic is tough on game days!

    10. Don’t forget your tailgate essentials. Pop-up tents, tables, cutlery, sound systems, chairs and your spread are all things you’d

    hate to forget at home!

    Add these to your existing list for game days and you’ll be hosting a national championship tailgate in no time!

    Post was written by SouthernLeague and Gridiron Belles guest writer, Katie Rudder, of


  • 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


  • Lilly Pulitzer Teams Up With Gridiron Belles

    Aug 18, 2011 CATEGORIES: Lilly Pulitzer and Gridiron Belles, Ole Miss, SEC Football, Southern Belles

    Lilly and Gridiron Belles Austin

    Isn't that a perfect Ole Miss dress? Come buy your Lilly game day dress!

    There are few things better than looking and feeling prepared for SEC game day.  Be it your well thought out wardrobe choice of team colors or your understanding of Xs and Os for how to tailgate like a pro.

    This Saturday, from 12-6pm at the Lilly Pulitzer store at the Domain in Austin, TX, you can become fully prepared for game day!

    I”ll be there helping belles figure out the best outfit for their team’s stadium and signing a few books.  Did I mention, it’s tax free weekend here in Austin?

    Come on and get ready for kickoff!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh