about the southern thingWelcome!  I’m Dara, the owner of The Southern Thing!

For those of you that may be wondering, my name is pronounced like Sara, but with a D.  I’m a south Louisiana native, home of where the days are spent tailgating and the nights are spent watching LSU football!

I’m married to my best friend, Chris, and we just had our New Orleans French Quarter dream wedding!  You can read our St. Croix proposal story here and all about the wedding planning process here.  Chris loves food and football just as much as I do, so we’ve made a great pair for eight years and counting!When I’m not blogging, you can find me in and around New Orleans shopping, trying a new restaurant, attending a festival, or at home working on my other passion, Bijoux Avenue, where I design and sell handmade jewelry.about the southern thingThe Southern Thing is a lifestyle blog that serves as a community of inspiration for everyday life, fashion, beauty, shopping, travel, DIY, food, fitness, and more.

I originally launched The Southern Thing in 2013 to have an online space to document my two year journey living in New England while I attended grad school for my Master’s degree.  That two year journey was fun and filled with many trips to New York City and Boston, but what I quickly learned during that time was the true meaning of “you can take the girl out the south, but you can’t take the south out of the girl!”  Needless to say, after I finished grad school, Chris and I made our way back down south and spent two years in Dallas!  We’ve since moved back to our home state of Louisiana where we are enjoying life as newlyweds and getting settled into our first home.

Since 2013, The Southern Thing has grown as a place of community. From sharing personal stories about life in Louisiana and living across the country, to the latest lifestyle, fashion, beauty, food, and travel tips, the goal is always to connect, share, and inspire.

Now that you’ve learned a little about me, it’s my turn to learn about you! Feel free to send me a tweet or leave a comment on Instagram or Facebook, I’d love to get to know you too!

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19 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Emily Nichole

    Hey Dara!

    I love that you are a beginning blogger yourself! I just started mine this last week, and am still getting used to it. I love the design you have for yours, very cute.


  2. tiffany khyla.

    I love your 'about me.' I'm from Louisiana too. Well, kinda, not really. I moved around my whole life (dad was in the Air Force) and I've lived in Louisiana the past nine years (longer than I've lived anywhere else). When I had crawfish for the first time, I nearly fainted, it was so good. And I'm also a lover of moscato!

  3. Life of Whimsy

    So glad I found you! I'm from Texas (The Dirty D…er..Dallas) and just starting out as well–trying to find a good layout I like. Glad I found another Southern Gal! Can't wait to read your stuff!


  4. Courtney W.

    Hi Dara! So excited to have found your blog tonight! I'm a soon-to-be poodle mom, plus my parents have a four year old standard. They really are crazy smart, aren't they?! Looking forward to reading more!

  5. Mistle Petrey

    I'm new to your blog and I'm excited to find another Louisiana girl blogging! I was born and raised in Louisiana and I am currently living in Houston now. So happy I found your blog!

  6. Sandra

    Hi Dara, I follow you on Bloglovin’ and decided to visit your full site blog. Love yout ‘southern thing’ focus. I live in the Beaufort, South Carolina Lowcountry. I am a transcontinental coastal transplant – from California to Texas to Michigan to New Jersey to home on Callawassie Island. My blog Lowcountry.Felicity.Life (www.lowcountryfelicitylife.com) is a lifestyle blog like yours. I hope you will visit! Sandra


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