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Georgia Girls: Staci Cannon & Linda Howard

Name: Staci Cannon (daughter) Linda Howard (mother)

Family: Staci and Stephen Cannon, three boys Stephen (11), Jack (9) and Tait (5). Staci’s mother Linda Howard.

Hometown: Staci born and raised in Savannah, Ga. Linda  born in Stoughton, Wis.

Current Town: Savannah, Ga.

What Years at UGA: Staci 1995-99, Linda 1967-70

School/Degree: Staci graduated from the Terry College of Business. Majoring in Marketing. Linda graduated from the school  of education.

Profession: Staci is co-owner of XOXO, Sunshine and mother of three. Linda is co-owner of XOXO (1.), Sunshine and an Administrative Assistant in Athletics at Savannah Country Day School. XOXO, Sunshine:

Accolades: Linda, previously Linda Jo Maclin was the 100 years of football queen for UGA and the 1968 1st Peach Bowl Queen.


Describe Athens in three words: Best college town!

Fave bars and restaurant in Athens: 5&10, Last Resort

Fave shops in Athens: Heery’s, Staci worked there in college, Appointments at Five, and Agora Vintage

Fave Athens landmark: the Arch

UGA gameday

Describe your typical Bulldog game day:

Game day now includes our three boys. It always starts with dropping my mom, Linda, at her longtime friend Jeanne Argo’s home in Athens. We then head on to our favorite tailgate spot in the parking deck. We arrive just in time for the Dawg Walk and a trip to the bookstore before the game starts.  It ends with a trip to DePalma’s and a night at the  Hotel Indigo.

Share a tailgate recipe: My go-to is always a cheese tray with a Savannah Bee Co’s honeycomb, Thomasville Tomme cheese from the Sweet Grass Dairy and my fave cranberry crackers.


 Fave lipstick: NARS lip gloss in Orgasm 

Fave mascara: Chanel Le Volume De Chanel

Fave skin care line: Sapelo Skin Care 

Fave hair product: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

Product you can’t live without: Sapelo Skin Care Renewing Serum

Best budget buy product: Neutrogena Makeup remover cleansing towelettes

Biggest product splurge: Crème de la mer moisturizing creme


Fave fashion designer: Valentino, Gucci and Veronica Beard for everyday  

Fave interior designer: Bobby McAlpine

Fave jeans: Mother

Fave tee: NSF

Fashion idol: Elle Macpherson, Brigette Bardot, Grace Kelly and Lady Di

Fave flower: Gardenia 

Fave accessory: We both love our Heather Moore charm necklaces

Fave stationery: My Emily McCarthy stationery


Who inspires you? All of my creative and artistic female friends, especially my mom (9.), that

are making a living and raising a family while doing what they love.

Fave blog:

Fave instagrams:  @veronicabeard, @voguexiconic@tomsamet, @gettyarchive, @atlantishome

Fave magazine: Vogue, Veranda and Garden and Gun

Fave book: “I Married Adventure” by Osa Johnson

Fave song: “You are My Sunshine” by Morgane Stapleton

Fave artist: Gustav Klimt 


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