DIXIE LAITE has been loving and learning from dames her whole life. She’s been obsessed with “old movies” for over 40 years and possesses an encyclopedic and somewhat annoying knowledge of 20th century pop culture. In The Lost Art of Being a Dame, Dixie’s twin passions, old-timey glamour and personal development, converge to explore what we can learn today from yesterday’s vintage vixenry.
Dixie (nee Sarah Feldman) has worked as a mechanical bull operator in Ft. Lauderdale, a bodybuilding trainer in Soho, a second-grade teacher in Harlem, a third-grade teacher in the Bronx, and a “Web evangelist” all across the United States. Today Dixie works as Senior Editorial Director at Nickelodeon, and as a freelance writer, speaker and consultant on digital content strategy and branding. Over the years she’s worked for a host of media brands including PBS, Oprah, AMC, WE, MTV, TeenNick, Martha Stewart, Oxygen, the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, BUST, Atomic Magazine, and the preschooler channel Noggin (where she delighted in being the mind behind – and songwriter for — network hosts Moose A. Moose and Zee).
Dixie has been profiled in New York Magazine, the New York Post, the New York Times, the book, House Tours, and several women’s magazines and websites. She lives in midtown Manhattan with 2 dogs, 4 birds, her sainted husband, and way too many 40s dresses and oil portraits of 30s society ladies –or so says aforementioned husband. (You can help her cull her collection by visiting her online store at www.etsy.com/shop/dixielarue.)
Dixie cares way too much about some things and not nearly enough about others, and is a big believer in kindness and the restorative powers of pancakes, puppies, red lipstick, and His Girl Friday.
She’s also pretty sure that you are pretty swell. Thanks for visiting — come back soon!