Hello and Happy Socialite Sunday! I hate mean girls. So I was both honored and slightly scared when reading False Victim Click here to read more, by Kathie Truitt--it takes means girls to a new level. It is an excellent book based on a true story (which would give anyone the creeps). Kathie is also the author of the blog Hillbilly Debutante Click here!!! She is one of my all time favorite blends. I love her wit and humor. I hope you enjoy our interview.
How did you choose the name "Hillbilly Debutante?" I have a very interesting accent - or at least it used to be. (Living in the Washington, D.C. area has toned it down some) I was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks and also lived much of my early life in Mississippi. So, I had that Ozarks 'hick' southern accent, mixed with the Mississippi drawl southern accent. Anyway, I was attending my first White House Christmas party talking to a small group of men. After a few minutes one of them turned to me and said, "I cannot figure you out....you talk like a hillbilly but look like a debutante." It sounds rude, but he really wasn't trying to be - we'd been joking about it so he felt comfortable saying it. Besides, it's not the first time I'd heard it. Wasn't the last, either.
Were you a deb? Nope, but my daughter was. (I was a rodeo cowgirl).
What is your go-to/must-have style and fashion items? I have to wear makeup and lots of it! When I get ready to go out and my husband is in a hurry he'll say 'you don't have to do the whole dolly.' But I always do. Last week when I went on tour my plane left at 6:00 am, which meant I had to be at the airport at 5:00, which meant I was out of bed at 3:00 to put my make up on. However, my friends will tell you that I am famous for my rubber boots. I have 12 pair and have been known to wear them with dressy outfits and under long formal gowns.
Do you consider yourself preppy? No. There were no private/preppy schools where I grew up and I only attended college for about 2 minutes before I ran off and married the love of my life. Yes, being married to a lobbyist and living in Washington, D.C. I've done my stint in the Junior League and been a member of some of the sought-after invitation-only clubs. I went through many years of Brooks Brothers, Lilly and Talbots only clothing but I suppose being stalked by a mad woman and being a prisoner in your own home tends to do something to a girl. It changed my whole perspective on life. I knew that if I ever pulled through the ordeal alive and with my sanity intact that I would, as the song goes, 'live like I was dying.' It completely changed me. 100%. I withdrew from all of my clubs (except D.A.R.), society in general and got a tattoo (relax ladies - it's a tiny 'Jay' I got a few years ago to commemorate my 25th anniversary). I got rid of the Mercedes - even though it was paid for - and drove a beat-up Chevy suburban. I redecorated the house from English Hunt Country to Shabby Chic and started a blog called "Hillbilly Debutante". It's like I've become a rebellious teenager. Someone asked me if my poor family missed the 'old me.' I'm sure they do...
What comes to mind when you think of the word 'preppy'? For some reason I think of New England. As a child I was in love with all things either British or New England. Well, I lived in Britain for 4 years, now I want to visit the New England states.