Southern Fried Humor

The Frizzy Hair Manifesto

We like big hair here in the South. Much to my chagrin, however, I have not yet seen big, frizzy hair become fashionable. So where does that leave frizzy-haired ladies like me? The lengths we will go to at times to obtain that illusive shiny sleekness is pure. T. cuh-razy. And you know what? I’m done with it. Tired of wasting precious time and money chasing after something that it appears I will never have. So, as the humidity creeps on up into the 90th percentile range this summer (all my frizzy haired friends can feel me on this one; we know EXACTLY where to look on to find the hourly humidity), I propose a shift in attitude. Let’s stop all the fuss and worry and not give a hoot about our hair, even for one day this summer. Here’s our manifesto:

The Frizzy Hair Manifesto: Embrace Your Frizz This Summer! | Très Belle

  1. I will stop buying so many useless products. I just counted, and I have 45 bottles of various hair products under my bathroom sink. 45. Most of them I bought in the hopes that they would solve all of my hair woes, only to use them a few times and discover that they are just the same as any other product. They may help a bit, but they don’t magically get rid of the frizz. We have got to end this madness. It can be a huge money drain if you allow yourself to continue to buy and try, only to discard the product a week later. Instead of selling out to the marketers who make beautiful labels and say things we can’t resist (90% less frizz! Blocks humidity! Silk-ify your hair!), let’s pause a moment before tossing the latest-and-greatest into our shopping carts. I’m not saying don’t ever buy another product, but do your research before handing over your credit card. Read online reviews. Borrow from friends. Ask to try the product at the salon. Buy a smaller version before snapping up three bulk packages at Sam’s Club. You’re not doing yourself any favors by throwing your money down the drain on products that are mostly all the same.
  2. I will not let fear of frizz stop me from enjoying myself. Fear of frizz can be truly unhealthy and paralyzing. Instead of spending dinner at a beachfront restaurant worrying that the salty air is ruining the sleek look that took us one hour, four separate smoothing products, two heat tools, and a can of hairspray to create, let’s actually enjoy the view, the food, and the company. The time that you spend agonizing over your hair is time that could be spent actually enjoying yourself. And anyway, folks who are confident look far more beautiful than someone who is self-conscious and constantly adjusting her appearance.
  3. I will not drive to work/school/PTA meetings with a towel draped over my head. All you frizz-free people are scratching your heads. A towel over our heads? Oh yes. Raise your hand if you’ve done it. That towel is a humidity barrier, keeping your hairdo frizz-free until you arrive at your destination and whisk it off, stuffing it under your seat. If you are going to these kinds of lengths (whether it’s a towel or some other crayzay stunt), you are wayyyy overthinking things. There are more important things in life than frizz-free hair!  Stop the dramatics and just drive.
  4. I will discourage hair hating. We’re all in this together, folks.Don’t make nasty comments about others people’s hair. When others complain about their own hair “problems,” whether it’s frizz or something else, try to resist the urge to join in. Tell your friend they are beautiful with their hair just as it is. When we make negative hair comments, we are putting down ourselves and others and may be unknowingly creating hurt feelings and self-doubts. Frizzy-haired ladies would likely feel a lot more confident if we didn’t hear frizz being talked about negatively all the time!
  5. I will embrace my frizz! Do it. Wear your frizzy hair out on the town and don’t care. Love your hair just the way it is. Biscuits will not burn and friends will not hate you. Whether you do it every day or just once, it’s incredibly freeing to know that you CAN!

Who’s with me, ladies? Let’s let that frizz fly! #frizzyhairdontcare

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Sassy Bride Edition

Well, y’all may have noticed my absence on the blog the last couple of weeks…sorry and oops! Wes and I bought a house (!!!!) and have been moving and trying to sort our way through the mess of boxes (it seems like the boxes might be winning). Time for a nice Wedding Belles Internet Roundup to get me back in the swing of things. Today’s theme? Sassy Bride Edition. Here’s all the bridal sass I’m loving on the Internet lately:

1. 8 Brides on the Most Annoying Parts of Wedding Planning. Because we all love a good gripe sesh. 8 Brides on the Most Annoying Parts of Wedding Planning, via Brides | Trés Belle

2. Wedding Blackout Dates for 2015. Crabby Bride is officially one of my favorite people right now. I love so many of her posts, but this one might be my favorite. Wedding Blackout Dates for 2015, via Crabby Bride | Trés Belle

3. Crazy Things Mothers-In-Law Have Said. Okay, so maybe a more appropriate title for this post would have been “Sassy Bride/MOG Edition?” Number 5…so cold…Crazy Things Mothers-In-Law Have Said, Via Brides | Trés Belle

As always, send me links for what you’re loving lately, belles!

xoxo Laura

On Being the Fall Grinch (If I Hear the Words “Pumpkin Spice” One More Time, I Will Scream)

On Being the Fall Grinch (If I Hear the Words "Pumpkin Spice" One More Time, I Will Scream)  |  Trés Belle Blog

Well, it’s not an easy job, but someone’s gotta do it.

My name is Laura, and I am the Fall Grinch.

Oh, what’s that I hear? You don’t understand how anyone can not love cool temperatures, falling leaves, sweaters, and boots? Well, I’ll tell you why. My nose is dripping and my toes are cold when I walk my dog in the mornings. My vitamin D level is probably getting dangerously low due to my lack of sun exposure. The pool is closed. This sweater is itchy. Summer vacations are over. Fresh blueberries, cantaloupes, tomatoes, zucchini, cherries, and strawberries are no longer in season. My skin is taking on a ghastly, ghost-y, pale-ish hue.

And what’s more, you fall lovers totally stole my season from me. Fall officially started on September 23rd. And yet, crazy folks everywhere were shoving fall-colored clothing and pumpkin spice lattes in my face practically by August 1st. My last blissful weeks of summer were co-opted by the fall fanatics’ antics.

And while we’re on the topic of pumpkin spice lattes…can we chat for a sec about how out of control pumpkin spice has gotten? Actually, I’m not even going to say anything, because this Buzzfeed article already said it for me.

Fall colors? Don’t even get me started. We all know burnt orange walks a fine line between artsy and vomit. Give me turquoise and coral any day over this depressing lineup of scarves and jackets walking down the street.

Just be gentle with me if I seem a little edgy when you start gushing for the 50 millionth time about how wonderful this so-called “crisp” air feels.

Ways to Make Calories Not Count

So, a long time ago, I had a blog. My love for writing short snippets and posting them for the entire world to critique goes way back, y’all. This was during my college days, when I was a public relations student at the UNC School of Journalism. I eventually deleted the blog when I discovered that I was not able to keep up with posting daily (or even weekly). At the time, I had been told by a professor that if I did not update my blog and/or social media accounts regularly, I would NEVER BE HIRED ANYWHERE. So clearly, the blog had to go.

I don’t even remember the name of said blog, but I’m sure it was a doozy. At any rate, I decided today to post one of my old blog posts so that people can enjoy (and hurl rocks) at it once more. This one was titled “Ways to Make Calories Not Count.” I assure you that it is very scientific.

Ways to make calories not count:

They don’t count if you eat the uncooked batter/mixture out of the bowl…it’s not even fully made yet!

They don’t count if you’re on vacation.

Dessert calories don’t count if you eat the dessert for some other kind of meal…for example, eating the dessert for breakfast or snack.

They don’t count if you’re finishing someone else’s food for them…if it’s not your food, it’s not your calories!

Dessert calories don’t count if it’s a “healthy” dessert…anything involving raisins, nuts, carrots, fruit, etc. This would include carrot cake, apple pie, oatmeal raisin cookies, etc.

They don’t count if you’ve just broken up with your significant other.

They don’t count if you eat them right after you’ve worked out.

They don’t count if they’re on top of a salad.

They don’t count if you’re sick.

They don’t count if it’s your birthday. Or Christmas. Or New Year’s. Or Valentine’s Day. Or Halloween. Or Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day.

If the package/wrapper doesn’t say how many calories it contains, it’s safe to assume it contains zero.

They don’t count if you haven’t eaten in the past 12 hours.

They don’t count if you don’t actually look at what you’re eating. See no evil, digest no evil.

And my final golden rule on calories: If it makes you feel good, it’s not bad for you! We all know the healthiest heart is a happy one.

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: All of the Best Wedding Photos, from Heartfelt to Hilarious

Hello hello belles, and welcome to my latest roundup of favorite Internet articles! I’ve been wanting to share some of these for awhile now. All of today’s links feature real photos…some will make you laugh, and others just might make you a bit teary-eyed (yes, I cry over the wedding photos of folks I don’t even know from Adam). Here you go, belles, enjoy!

1. 13 First Look Photos That Will Make You Feel All the Feels. Yep. Crying already.

13 First Look Photos That Will Make You Feel All the Feelings, via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

2. 19 Super Awkward Wedding Photos. Some of these…I just can’t even.

19 Awkward Wedding Photos That Remind Us What NOT to Do on the Big Day, via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

3. 11 of the Sweetest Parent First Looks. Get ready to cry again.

These 11 Parent First Look Photos Will Make You Want to Call Up Mom & Dad, via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Barbie’s Wedding, the Most Awkward Engagement Photos Ever, and More!

Oh, y’all. This batch of links I’m loving lately is absolutely top notch. Without further ado:

1. Barbie and Ken’s wedding, complete with getting ready photos, a first look, and more.

Barbie and Ken's Wedding via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog


2. 10 things you should NEVER say to a bride on her wedding day.

Things NOT to Say to a Bride, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog


3. 25 incredibly awkward engagement photos. Butt nekkid fiances? Say no more…

Awkward Engagement Photos via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog


Are y’all loving any links lately? Share with me!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: “I’m So Married” Video, the Post-Wedding Blues, and More!

Belles and beaus, here is the latest installment of Wedding-Related Things I Adore on the Internet Lately. Enjoy!

1. “I’m So Married” – the “Fancy” Wedding Parody. Dying, y’all. Dying.

2. 5 Ways to Handle the Post-Wedding Blues: I hope this doesn’t happen to me, but if it does, I’m prepared! Too bad I’ve already done one of them pre-wedding…is there such a thing as Pre-Wedding Anticipatory Grief?

Post-Wedding Blues


3. How to Write a Thank You Note for Every Wedding Gift Scenario: Be on the lookout for my own tips for thank you note writing, but in the meantime, I like this guide! The notes are shorter than I would write, but I like how they give examples for a bunch of different scenarios.

Thank You Note Tips

via Brides

Belles and beaus, what are you loving lately on the Interwebs? Send me links!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Signs You are OVER Wedding Planning, Alcohol, Funny Memes, and More!

Y’all had so much fun with my first Internet Roundup post that I decided to do another! Here’s what I’m loving on the interwebs lately:

1. A Guide to Serving Alcohol at Your Wedding: Great tips, whether you’re looking to cut your bar bill or are on the fence about serving alcohol given that you’re a non-drinker yourself.

Wedding Alcohol Etiquette

via Brides

2. 13 Things You Will Eventually Realize While Planning Your Wedding: Hilarious. Even the one that is a blatant advertisement for WedPics (I mean what did we expect, this is their blog…)

3. 10 Signs You’re Ready to Be Done with Wedding Planning: Another funny one. Perhaps so humorous to me because it’s hitting home just a bit?

So belles and beaus…any fun wedding-related links to share with me? Comment comment comment!

xoxo Laura