Today's Everyday Fashion: The Safety Zone

Last week I was asked to speak at a women's networking event. The catch: the event was happening in only a couple hours! I said yes and then (*gulp*) I realized I needed to prepare something to say and find a cute outfit. I started to try on every item in my closet and then it hit me - this kind of occasion calls for the safety zone. What is the safety zone? Well, for me that's when you put on all of your favorite pieces and then you feel nice and safe. :-) It did the trick. I felt free to concentrate on my speech and wasn't worried about my outfit because these are some of my most-loved pieces! What is your safety zone outfit?

Why this works: A navy blazer and collared shirt are pretty formal. I paired them with ripped jeans to add a fun vibe to my outfit and keep it from looking too buttoned-up!

Occasion: Speaking engagement
Blazer: Gap, $70
Shirt: H&M, $13
Brooch: Banana Republic, $15
Belt: H&M, $20
Jeans: American Eagle, $33
Shoes: Restricted/, $39
Watch: Michael Kors, Christmas present
Bracelets: Banana Republic, $10-15

A huge thanks to Tiffany for snapping this photo and sending it to me! :-)

About the event: Orlando Women's Network (OWN) is a monthly meet-up for professionals in Orlando. I spoke about how to market your small business, including lots of tips for Facebook, Twitter and marketing online. About 15 women were in attendance, it was great to meet everyone! Check out this link if you're interested in attending the next meeting.