Summer Character Inspiration

When we first started this blog, we took as our namesakes two awesome Southern women who inspired us, in myriad ways, with their beauty and wit and strength. And so sometimes we like to wonder, what the original Zelda and Scout do when faced with 21st century New York City? We like to think they’d embrace it as we have, especially as we drift into the pleasant (or not so pleasant, damn you climate change) summer.  And it gets us thinking about other iconic Southern women. What museums would The Help’s Skeeter visit? What would the melodramatic Scarlett O’Hara listen to as she lounges on her roof (or more likely on a beach in the Hamptons)? What would Jean Louise Finch wear to combat the heat and humidity and hot garbage smell of these city streets? From this week’s daydreams, here are what we think some of our favorite Southern ladies would do with this New York City summer.


Zelda Fitzgerald 

Listen: Coming Home, Leon Bridges

Do: Midsummer Night Swing, Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Festival of Wonder, Governor’s Island Jazz Age Lawn Party

Wear: Flowy skirts and t-shirts, and these sunglasses

Watch: “You’re The Worst

Live: West Village, Manhattan


Jean Louise “Scout” Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)

Listen: Side Pony, Lake Street Dive

Do: New York City Bourbon Bash, Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare in the Park, NYCFC at Yankee Stadium

Wear: Overalls (she’s totally stoked they’re back in again) and Chacos, all day every day. 

Watch: “Preacher

Live: Kensington, Brooklyn


Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind)

Listen: True Sadness, The Avett Brothers

Do: “Manus x Machina” at the Met Costume Institute (through August 14th), Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Wear: Maxi dresses and big hats, so, you know, not much has changed. 

Watch: “Orange is the New Black

Live: The Hamptons, but really we can’t imagine Scarlett dragging herself above the Mason-Dixon line.

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, 1991

Idgie Threadgoode & Ruth Jamison (Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe)

Listen: Love You To Death, Tegan and Sara

Do: Brooklyn Pride Festival, Smorgasburg, Waitress on Broadway

Wear: Sundresses and Frye boots for Ruth, girlfriend shorts and linen shirts for Idgie. 

Watch: UnREAL

Live: A loft in Gowanus, Brooklyn

NORMA RAE, Sally Field, 1979. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Norma Rae

Listen: Hamilton, Original Broadway Cast

Do: “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: The Ramones and the Birth of Punk” at the Queens Museum (through July 31), probably has season Mets tickets

Wear: Honestly, her wide leg pants and printed t-shirts are back in style, so she’ll keep on doing her thing. 

Watch: “Mr. Robot

Live: Sunnyside, Queens


Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (The Help)

Listen: Johannesburg, Mumford & Sons

Do: NYC Poetry Festival, “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty” at MoMA (through July 24th), Afropunk Fest

Wear: Printed shorts and Converse high tops

Watch: BrainDead

Live: Harlem, Manhattan



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