Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pretty Is As Pretty Does



I have a confession to make. Ever since I started reading Gone With The Wind...I have become OBSESSED with 1800's southern plantation life. I read through GWTW, Scarlett, and Rhett Butler's People in record time and have been searching online for more books like them!! I just can't get enough. My husband even found me a plantation house built in 1852 FOR SALE in SC!! Hahaha. Oh how I wish I could buy it and spend my days fixing it up to look just like it would have in the 1800's. I told y'all I was obsessed. Click here to see the MLS listing on the house!!! It's amazing!!!!!!!!







So anyway, back to my obsession. I know Scarlett is selfish and bratty and a bit promiscuous but other than that we actually have a LOT in common!!! I feel like I can relate to her in a lot of ways. I recently read a book called Scarlett Rules by Lisa Bertagnoli. It's great!!! It gives you 24 life lessons inspired by Scarlett O'hara. I love them all but I thought I'd share my favorite one with y'all.








Scarlett Rule 1

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

Although Scarlett was portrayed as drop dead gorgeous Vivien Leigh in the movie, it was made clear in the book that Scarlett wasn't beautiful.

"Scarlett O'hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm." - GWTW

What made Scarlett different from every other average looking girl in the world is that Scarlett was unaware of her lack of beauty. Scarlett knew how to dress to play up her figure, and she know how to act make men (and women) forget she was anything but ravishing.

Truly charming people make anyone feel that he or she is the only person in the world. They know how to deliver a compliment and how to accept one. They know how to make people feel good about themselves and about life, no matter what the circumstances.

Charm is a skill that takes cultivating. What does it take to be like her, the woman whose entrance makes a party, whose smile is like the sun breaking through the clouds, who's invited everywhere and then some?

She listens. She doesn't interrupt. She doesn't reply to an anecdote with a quick "Oh, that happened to me once!" She lets the story, however trite, long or boring belong to the teller. She remembers people's names and details about their lives: new job, new baby, new home. She asks to see baby pictures, sparing proud new parents the awkwardness of an unwanted show and tell.

She gives well considered, straightforward compliments with no hidden meaning. She knows how to accept a compliment. She knows the proper response is Thank you. How kind of you. No embellishment or argument needed.

A charming woman says thank you and please. She handwrites thank you notes even if she's already thanked the giver in person.





There's so much more to that section but I managed to squeeze my favorite parts in there. I think we all need a reminder of how to be charming every now and then. I think my main issue is with compliments. I ALWAYS say Oh stop!! That's ridiculous... Or you're crazy!! or something like that. Of course I need to work on all of it!! I need to go to charm school for sure. Hahaha.



So enough about my obsession with all things GWTW and Scarlett O'hara...what's YOUR favorite book of all time??

18 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS home....I love GWTW too:0


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  2. I loved Gone with the Wind too!! One year I will be Scarlet for Halloween! I love the Southern Hospitality! It is great lessons!! =)

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  3. Love this post! My momma always told me this quote...and it is so true! Some of the most beautiful women are that way because their inner beauty and personality shine through! Happy Tuesday, friend!

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  4. I love this post! I am OBSESSED with plantations, too! My dream is to fix up an old Southern plantation. Ahhhh, a girl can dream.

    Happy Tuesday!

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  5. So glad that someone else is equally obsessed! I haven't read the book yet, but loved loved loved the movie!

    It's my dream to own an antebellum home!

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  6. Love this! I would love to buy that house and fix it up too! It has always been a dream of mine to buy a house and restore it! Hope all is well! I have been bad at commenting lately. :(

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  7. Love it! One of my new goals is to live my Scarlett Rule Number One. :) And that home?!? Le sigh. I will be dreaming about it now too...

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  8. oh how i love scarlett....definitely my favorite movie! so glad you're back to blogging as i shorely hayve missed yuh! that was my southern accent there at the end! xoxo

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  9. I've always thought that if I could go back in time and live in another era it would definitely be the South in the 1800s so I could be an original Southern Belle! I am also obsessed with owning an old plantation house and fixing it up...the one you found is gorgeous!! I'm thinking I need to read that book about Scarlett asap =)

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  10. How charming! I loved those excerpts. We could all use a little advice from Scarlett. She's awesome.

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  11. girl, you need to come to atl & see all the gwtw stuff here!

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  12. Cute post! Love the blog! I went through the same thing! haha, I still have this fetish for GWTW-ish stuff.. and as much as I love Ga you wouldnt believe the antebellum homes/plantations in La; absolutely worth the rd trip to see all of them! Follower! :)

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  13. We could all use a little advice from Scarlett! I LOVE it!

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  14. great post! I totally agree with the compliment thing. I use to be the same way until the family I worked for told me that thr proper response is "thank you." ha. So simple. ;) So now it is habit, instead of "oh my gosh no way" haha

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  15. I am completely obsessed with GWTW too! I would love to live on a plantations someday...sigh. Another book that is like GWTW is Roses by Leila Meacham; I loved it!

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  16. Hey girl...how's it going? Hope you are well...just wanted to let you know that I am giving away a MAC lipstick from Venomous Villains collection if you want to enter:))))

    Dee

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    Your blog is so cute! SO glad I found you:)
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