As a little girl, Sikky Rogers made wedding pies out of mud in her Kirkwood Avenue backyard, and decorated them with flowers from her neighbor’s gardens.
Years later, she planned her daughter’s wedding, and was so busy behind the scenes, “I didn’t get to see her cut the cake,” she says. That’s when she realized there was a market for her design skills.
Rogers, 73, was one of the founders of The Buttercup on Providence Road and was a partner in Rogers & Gala Creative Partners. Today she is the wedding designer at Clarke Allen.
Rogers was born in Presbyterian Hospital, graduated from Myers Park High School and was married to her high school sweetheart, Tommy, for 49 years until his death in 2012. Lynn Trenning
Q. Do you think Charlotte has a particular style?
A. I feel like we’ve lost so much of the style we used to have in the South. It’s so casual that people think they can wear anything anywhere. I’m certain it’s my age.
Q. How did you parents influence your style?
A.We were young during the depression. Our parents came from farming families, and they told us it didn’t matter what belongings we had, we needed to shine on the inside.
Q. What does style mean to you?
A. It’s not just about what you wear, but how you treat other people. It’s how you hold yourself, how you eat, how you speak, how you make people feel comfortable. Coming up in the South we were told to project your style through your being.
Q. Have you had any procedures performed?
Yes. Never anything too drastic to make me look too different. I had my eyes done when I was 40. I had laser surgery on my face about 30 years ago. Sometimes I get Botox, but I like some of the wrinkles on my face. Dr. Charles Brown of Dermatologic Laser Center told me the two most important things are Retin-A and sunblock. I wouldn’t look this good if it weren’t for him.
Q. What piece of clothing can’t you live without?
A. My Ugg slippers.
Q. Where do you shop?
A. Cottage Chic, which is owned by Mary Council. I go there and get quirky little things to add to my classics. They are service oriented; it’s like when I used to go to Montaldo’s. I love Neiman Marcus because of Sandra Lewis. She can whip out a hundred outfits and we go through them in 15 minutes. And I like Cathy Buckner at Coplon’s.
Q. Who does your hair?
A. Cathy Hudson at Vaughn’s. My hair is mousy brown, very thick, and straighter than a stick. So I have my hair colored, cut, and I have permanents.
Q. What do you keep in your garage that you should throw away?
A. I have a painting that I did of an angel, and I can’t find anybody that wants it or any place to put it. I keep saying I’m going to give it to The Mint.
Q. Tell me something good about getting older.
A. I can eat what I want to eat. I can say what I want to say. I can think what I want to think. And I can get into my bed any time I want.
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