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Jan
2012

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By Lane

Southern Skills

On 22, Jan 2012 | No Comments | In Design | By Lane

Southern Skills

As a non-native Dallasite, I sometimes find myself straddling the line between what “Texan things” I can and cannot participate in, based on the two short years of Texan experience I have under my buckle-less belt. If you’re from around these parts, you know what I mean. I think you earn certain Southern Skills (and the right to use them) the longer you live in the area.

Just a few that come to mind (in progressing order):

1. Drink sweet tea.
2. Say “y’all.”
3. Wear cowboy boots.
4. Say “fixin’ to.”
5. Attend a Texas-themed event (without mocking).
6. Host a Texas-themed event (with grace).
7. Wear a cowboy hat.

Number six is where my latest inspiration photo comes in — a Western-themed wedding, done gracefully. This stationery sets the tone for a casual-vintage Western party — without being over-the-top theme-y or gimmicky — thanks to the savvy designers at Anti­quaria. This could have easily fallen into the kitschy category with the addition of, say, a boot-shaped cutout or a big “HOWDY” greeting at the top. But the designers were smart. Editing is an acquired skill. As is wearing a cowboy hat.

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