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Southern Lady March/April 2021

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Southern Lady celebrates, delights, and inspires women who live in the South - and those who are simply Southern at heart. Every issue features home design inspiration, recipes, and elegant entertaining ideas, Southern travel destinations, fashion, and much more and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet.

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United States
Hoffman Media
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
sincerely: letter from phyllis hoffman

If there is one treat I can’t resist, it is a luscious layer cake—preferably vanilla with fluffy white icing, my perennial first choice since girlhood. But I’ll happily devour a slice of red velvet, chocolate, coconut, you name it. For this issue, it was so much fun to learn about Caroline’s Cakes, featured on page 21. Hardworking mom Caroline Ragsdale Reutter started her South Carolina baking business with caramel cakes made on request for friends and neighbors, and it wasn’t long before the enterprise boomed. Our staff had the pleasure of sampling an assortment of the company’s confections, and let me tell you, they are extraordinary. You won’t want to miss out. Nothing goes better with cake than a cup of hot tea or coffee. On page 97, we shine a…

1 min.
from the editor

SUNNY OUTLOOK Azaleas and dogwoods are the stars of a Southern springtime, their spectacular displays of pink and white dazzling at every turn. But what I really look forward to are daffodils. They grow all around my backyard, and the day I notice the first bright blossoms poking their heads out from the greenery feels like a little celebration. They’re so striking when massed together that they don’t need much embellishment for a beautiful bouquet. Our sweet teacup posy (page 37) brings the perfect touch of cheer to a kitchen windowsill or a guest-room nightstand, and it couldn’t be easier to create. Spring flowers bloom throughout the pages of this issue: spectacular tulips that grace a porch-side table setting (page 43); a lavish pastel Easter arrangement (page 59); edible pansies pressed onto…

1 min.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? WE’D LOVE TO SEE—TAG US IN YOUR PHOTOS! Get a glimpse of the beautiful images our social media friends have shared with us, capturing their own inspiration from the pages of Southern Lady. Top row: Vivid blooms mingle with fresh mint for an aromatic accent on @lydiamenziescelebrates’s table. Vintage blue-and-white egg cups showcase early blossoms and sunshine-inspired dyed eggs in @ourtudorrevival’s display. @simplysoutherncottage pairs a classic china pattern with eyelet lace napkins. Middle row: Pulling from her inspiration plate, @decoratordiva1 uses rosy tones and rabbit figurines for a festive flourish. The pastel finish of @thepinkfiggy’s vintage car echoes the blush buds of the trees, stirring anticipation of spring. Bottom row: Luscious cinnamon rolls arranged on an antique French dish by @jaime.roberts offer a sweet start to the day.…

3 min.
chasing rainbows

Ready for a change after a decade of practicing law in the Washington, D.C., area, Stephanie Summerson Hall found herself dreaming in color. She recalled Sunday dinners throughout her childhood in Holly Hill, South Carolina, and the splendor of her grandmother Estelle’s spreads adorned with kaleidoscopic glassware. Upon realizing she rarely saw such vibrant tablescapes these days, she set out to bring them back, establishing Estelle Colored Glass—a collection of drinkware and cake stands characterized by elegant silhouettes and versatile hues. “I remember my grandmother had two china cabinets full of all kinds of unique finds,” Stephanie says of Estelle’s array of radiant glass accents. “It was like her own treasure chest, almost like a wardrobe. Whatever the occasion, she could make it special.” With this heritage in mind, Stephanie moved…

3 min.
success from scratch

With a childhood spent frequenting church picnics, family barbecues, and dinner parties, Caroline Ragsdale Reutter understood the unifying power of food from an early age. Accustomed to preparing dishes for every occasion, it was her son Richard’s christening where she served the very first of the seven-layer caramel cakes that would become the foundation of a robust baking enterprise. “She would have friends ask if she could make one for them here and there, and she would put them out on the front porch of the house,” says Richard, now president of the company started by his late mother. “People would come by and pick up the cakes, [leaving] a check or cash in a big red tin. Everything was run on the honor system, and we were never off by…

1 min.
gracious gifting