Style: July 2011

I was putting this outfit together and thinking “hmm, this is a little dressier than I’ve been doing lately. Where would I wear this? It would be perfect for a speaking engagement, but when would I… oh, right! I’m speaking on a panel at Tech Week! This would be perfect for that.” And it would be, except for a little thing called shipping. I’m speaking this Saturday at 11am, and I don’t need anything badly enough to overnight it. And yes, I can go out and actually pick up these things, but not with a toddler and a baby in the middle of Chicago’s biggest heat wave in five years. Oh well, ’tis not meant to be.

The feminine top (with a cami underneath) would be cute with a colorful pencil skirt and heels. The black bangle and pink earrings are a nice contrast to the frilly top, and I like the unexpected green of the nail polish. And then the book clutch is just perfect.

So there you go. That’s what I would be wearing this Saturday had I planned ahead. (I have a perfectly fine dress that I’ll probably wear instead.)

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  • Meredith
    July 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I love that outfit, especially the earrings and the blouse. And I have never seen a book clutch, but adore it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alicia
    July 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! This is how I always wish I had presented myself.

  • Making it Lovely
    July 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I feel like I should add too that I have shoes that would work (no need to buy a new pair, though those above are cute). And the book clutch… yeah, I can’t justify it just for a single event. Pretty darn adorable though. #addittothewishlist

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    July 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    love those little earrings.

  • Sara
    July 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I’ve been in love with those Kate Spade book clutches forever. Have you seen the ones made by Olympia Le Tan?

  • Beth
    July 20, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Love this, Nicole! That green nail polish definitely makes the outfit! I’ll archive this one! :-)

  • Erin
    July 20, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I need more pencil skirts in my life.

  • Rebecca
    July 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

    LUV IT! :)

  • The Glamorous Housewife
    July 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Another home run!

  • Christina W.
    July 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

    oooo is the nailpolish actually that color once you get it on? it’s lovely

  • Celeste
    July 20, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Cute, Cute, Cute. I’m another one who loves the earings. I especially like the balance of the formality of the pencil skirt with the more casual blouse.

  • Stephanie
    July 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Such a great outfit! Good luck at the speaking engagement!

  • whorange
    July 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Can I just say how happy I am that colored nail polish is coming back? My nails enjoy being teal. Your light green is next on my list.

  • Kim O'Brien
    July 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks so much for including my pink dots. Best of luck with your talk. I’m sure your dress will be lovely!

  • A.
    July 21, 2011 at 9:30 am

    The thing I love the most in this outfit is surely the color of the skirt! <3
    You have a lovely taste!

  • Leslie
    July 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Adore that pencil skirt!!! :)


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  • carpet cleaning charlotte
    July 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    This would be a great summer work outfit. Thanks for sharing!! I especially love the nail polish.. perf color for summer!!