The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.-Steel Magnolias

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I found a pic on pinterest and I just loved the concept of a navy polka-dot dress with an olive cardi. Since I have both I thought I'd give it a try.

Now the dress was one of those late 80's early 90's creatures. Long, puffy sleeves, mid-calf length, collar, button down to the elastic waist with a matching polka-dot belt AND shoulder pads... how can I forget those?. I tried to alter it by removing the elastic and shoulder pads. Shortening the sleeves and the hemline. Seems easy enough right? Well... it didn't quite go like I had planned. It still looked frumpy and was i'll-fitting.

So I scrapped it and substituted my navy polky shirt for the dress. Same idea... different look. So... here's my take on olive with navy or Ol'Navy.
inspiration via pinterest.

Have you ever tried to alter something and have just not work out?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I Make My Own Sun

As I have said before, it has been super mild temperature-wise but so so so SO rainy. I think I could handle all of zero more days without the sun. So I decided to make my own sunshine. With this sweater from peace place.

(*CONFESSION* It is from the children's section.)
These earrings were a gift from Lise. I said they were cute and she took them straight out of her ears and handed them to me. She is so nice.
dress, plaid shirt, and necklaces all from Peace Place as well.
I also found this yellow v-neck sweater at Peace Place.
These earrings were a gift from my mother-in-law when she went to Ireland.

What do y'all do to bring back the sun. (Besides singing "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" by Annie?)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Get your Bubbleez On

Got this cute little cardi at Peace Place recently. I grabbed it for the color but then noticed a tiny bubble pattern. The glass buttins even look like little bubbles. I couldn't wait to style it. So I grabbed my sleeveless button down that has a suble, textured white on white dot pattern. It reminded my of the bubbles on the cardi. I felt like maybe I needed a rubber duck to go with this.
inspiration found on pinterest.

Watch this. Seriously so funny AND catchy!

*UPDATE* I just realized that I spelled buttons "buttins" At first I was mortified and almost changed it. Then I thought "Nah... it's kinda funny." So I left it. Yoou're welcome!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Is it Spring yet?

Although I can't really complain. Here in Georgia we have had a very and I mean VERY mild winter. There are sweaters and scarves and jackets I haven't even had a chance to wear yet. We have had 60+ degree weather consistenly for a month now. But with all of that warm weather has come lots of rain.... SURiously. LOTS! I'm ready for the sun. I'm ready for bright colors and pastels and Cadbury Creme eggs. So... are these outfits out of season? Or does it really matter what colors and patterns you wear as long as the length/warmth/layering is appropriate for the weather?

It's So Pinteresting!!

I know a lot of you Pinterest because I see you there! It's seriously internet crack.  You say you're going to spend 10 minutes there and you end up wasting 2 hours!! It's so addicting and awesome!

So, today's outfit comes straight from an outfit I pinned on Pinterest.

This was the perfect outfit for thrifting with Leah, Krystle and Wendi at Peace Place.  (Yes, all three of us were together and didn't take ONE picture together! What the heck is wrong with us?!!) Here's my version of the outfit:
White tee: Target
Red vest: Van Heusen
Jeans: LL Bean
White Converse
Red bag via Goodwill
Scarf: Made from an old turtleneck!

I got a couple of cute scarves at Peace Place today and a little black bag to take to some formal function, should I have one, in the future. I went onto to Goodwill after I left them, and I got this sweater:

Kinda cute, kinda blah though, right?  I turned it into this:
I think it's better this way!  What do you think? Any ideas on what to do with the rest of the sweater? The sleeves?

EDITED!  THIS is what I need to do with the sleeves from the sweater!! LEAH!!! You'll have to help me....or you know, just do it...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Turn back Time

*CAUTION* Harry Potter references in this post. If you don't get them (or my excitement about them) read the books or at least watch the movies.

I liked the black slip under the brown dress especially with my black and brown argyle tights AND the scarf has brown and black in the details. I pulled the red out of the scarf with the belt.
sweater dress- thrifted, scarf, thrifted, tights- wal mart, boots... you know. belt- target, and finally the NECKLACE- thrifted! It isn't anything too terribly impressive except that silver ball in the middle spins and I instantly thought of Hermoine's time turner! I feel like the "brightest witch of my era" when I wear it. ;) I think I said "SHUT UP!" at lest 20 times when I found it!

So... what are you waiting for?!?!? Go read some books!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Olives deez Pimentos

I really DON'T love to eat olives with pimentos... but I do love the colors together.
Skirt- thrifted, wrap top- thrifted and gifted, cardi- thrifted, scarf- gifted from Lise, oxfords- rack room, green bracelet- thrifted, earrings- thrifted

Can I possibly say "thrifted" any more times in an outfit? Can I get a "woot woot"?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Textural Harrasment

I'm either getting a.) really good at this title naming thing or b.) going really overboard.

I am a fiend for texture! I just love anything that is soft. This ATL cardi was given to me by Lise. I am so glad she did. Normally I wouldn't pick anything out with fur. (why am I afraid of fur?!?!) But it made me feel like a glamorous millionaire! Add my velvet pants, oxford heels and some necklaces... voila!
Lise also gave me the small necklace. I love the cloudy look to these gems, don't you?
So how do you dress like a millionaire?

And I took Patti's advice and linked up to her Visible Monday!

Friday, January 20, 2012

A New "Lise" on Life

hahahha... I know. Funny right? So Lise gave me a gigantic bag filled with some seriously cool duds. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out why she gave them to me in the first place... I mean BESIDE that fact that 's she's cool AND she loves me... Guys! Seriously some of this stuff has not ever been worn!

But the event in which I feel like my life has taken change for the better happened about 3 weeks ago. As you know, I homeschool my oldest 2 children. Elizabeth is in first grade and Susan is in Pre-K. And we have struggled... for real STRUG-GULD! this year trying to figure out how to balance the priority of her academics with the priority of changing the baby's diaper. Or the priority of feeding the 4 year old and 3 year old lunch. Or the priority of washing dishes and folding laundry and vacuuming... you get the picture. I was stretched waaay too thin and she was NOT motivated to do her school work independently. I couldn't walk away from her and expect to come back to her still sitting at the table doing her assignment. I was stuck for 3 hours hoovering over her trying to get her to do just one math or language arts or whatever assignment. It was exhausting and frustrating and it was turning me into the most horrible, yelling, cranky pants mom in the WHOLE world. I was ready to give up. I cried my tears and felt the pain of guilt and failure wash over me. I was going to have to put her back in public school.

Then, my friend told me about an online program that she uses to homeschool her first grader. It is only $20 per month for access to the 1st grade curiculum as well as access to Kindergarten and 2nd grade. We gave it a try... and guess what?!?! She LOVES it! She will sit for hours on end doing lesson after lesson without a single complaint! She has already finished all of the 1st grade math, most of the 1st grade language arts, all of the 1st and 2nd grade science and social studies! So here we are. Just a month after all of the sadness and drama. ALMOST done with 1st grade! But since it is a comuter based program I haven't been able to pry her off of it long enough to get some blogging done. So here I am! Back in the saddle so to speak! And to top it all off... I have some new clothing items and jewelry from one of the most beautiful, stylish, fashionable and generous friends I know! Thanks Lise! You always give the best hand-me-downs!
Robert wanted to "fashion bwoggew" with me.
Loving all these ruffles.
I started to worry about too many ruffles in the same outfit when I remembered this little jem from pinterest. Yay for ruffles! Turns out she is one of my favorite bloggers. Found here.

So... what's got you feeling all happy lately?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Quick Hit and Run Post

I got this purse at Goodwill this week for $4 and I thought it was so cute, I just had to share it with y'all!! It says it's all leather and it feels like it is.  But I can't find a brand name on it anywhere. 

I love this pink gingham shirt.  I just wish I could find a blue one just like it!!  These suede loafers are several years old.  I paid way too much for them at Macy's and I barely ever wear them!

Maybe, I'll start a weekly what I got at Goodwill post.....

Off to work! BYE!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy Belated New Year

 This is what I wore to work on Christmas Eve. Please ignore the dead mums on the left!
Yeah, I thought I'd wish you all a Happy New Year before Valentine's Day.  I'm still around, even if I'm not posting.  And I'm reading your blogs, even if I'm not commenting.  I just haven't felt the posting bug, you know?

A lot of things have changed in the last several months and I just haven't felt like taking pictures and posting.  Not to mention that you really don't want to see me in AT&T shirts everyday. I am officially stating that I'm stepping back from Southern Comfort.  I may post every now and again, if the mood strikes.  

We started this blog because A. We were bored at work. B. We thought it'd be a blast to do together. and C. I wanted to get out of the blahness of style that I'd fallen into.  And we accomplished all those things.  We are no longer at that boring job. And it has seriously been a blast. I've met some amazing people thru this blog and been inspired! I do feel like I've stepped up my style.  There is nothing like having your picture taken every day to make you step it up a notch!

I do want Leah and Krystle to keep on posting. I think they both have wonderful styles.  Leah always amazes me with her finds.  I swear we could go to the same place and she could find the gold where I couldn't! So please keep reading Southern Comfort every day! The original peeps may have changed but the heart of Southern Comfort hasn't.  We are still small town Southern girls looking for great bargains!

This isn't goodbye, just goodbye for now.  And you can always find me on Pinterest!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Feeling a Little Koi

Mustard shell- target 2010,
Grey cropped sweater- shrunken and gifted from friend, Tammie,
Silk scarf- Japan via thrifting,
Skinnies and boots- you already know by now,
Koi ring- ebay. The ring was $4.95 with $5.00 shipping...
I didn't see the shipping price and INSTANTLY regretted bidding on it. I ultimately won this ring and dreaded it's arrival. Even when the ring came I regretted the purchase and hadn't planned on wearing it. When I put the outfit together i was looking through my expanding ring collection and "The Little Koi That Could" jumped out at me. It was PERFECT! And I was so happy that I had it. How's that for an underdog fairytale ending?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

It's a Jungle... HERE! It finally got cold here for more than 2 days at a time. (we have been so spoiled with this super mild southern winter this year) AND then it was rainy... so yeah... my kids are driving me bonkers! You'd think that they are wild animals swinging around the jungle. And you know what they say... "If you can't beat 'em (which would probably just end up with a call to DFACS) join 'em!" So here's my jubgle look.
green leopard shirt- thirfted $1, black sweater vest- gifted from my big sister, Bonnie, skinnies- levis outlet, boots-rack room, necklace- BR outlet, belt- gifted from my wonderful friend, Emily, tiger ring- ebay $0.99 FREE SHIPPING! Woots! (little back story on the ring... my friend, Emily gave me one just like this and I accidently gave it to one of my little sisters. I pinned for the ring so I bought a replacement.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Checks This Out

So I found this super cute Style&Co navy gingham button down. It's a tad too large but I was excited to see what I could do with it.
Ever have one of those outfits that feels fantastic on, makes you super confident, but then photographs poorly? Yeah... it's like this. I loved the idea of pattern mixing with a monochromatic theme. I popped it witht his magenta cardi and added silver jewels. Opinions? Hit or miss?
You've seen this skirt and these tights and boots. I wanted to try it again pattern mixing the navy print skirt with the navy gingham button down. Brown argyle tights just for fun. Again I ask... Hit or miss? Also my hair was FREAKING out not to mention the acne problem I have been having lately. And this blog is about the clothes so... head cropped.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Not for Sale

I got this really gorgeous scarf from my sister-in-law, Elyse, for Christmas. It has all my favorite oranges, greens and purples in it and is super lightweight but so soft and warm on my neck. It is from a company called "Not for Sale" They work with women in 3rd world countries to keep them out of the slave trade. It's a really wonderful idea and it makes me love the scarf even more!
I also got these really beautiful diamond earrings from the hubs. So... What did y'all get for Christmas?

Hot Chocolate

I'm talking about the color! Not me for heavens sakes!
Sweater- NY&Co- thrifted, White and brown patterned button down- style&co- thrifted, necklace- BR outlet on sale, boots- rack room on sale, New skinnie Jeans- Levis outlet $35 (ps i love them to pieces and try not to wear them EVERYDAY!!!)
polky blouse- no tag- thrifted, chartruese cardi- target, chunky short sleeved sweater- no tag, thrifted.

Anyone else obsessed this week with chocolate brown? FOr me it must have been all of these that I ate ALL by myself... oops.