Radio silence

Hi friends, I apologize for my internet silence lately. The semester/orchestra year is in full swing and days are busy! My handsome photographer has been out of town with work, so we haven’t been able to shoot blog photos the last couple weeks. Hopefully next week we’ll have some posts ready to go! I love dressing for fall…the sweaters, the layering, the boots. Sigh.

Hope all is well and you’re enjoying the beautiful late summer/early fall!

xo,

Elizabeth

Bag loving

This post was originally going to be about this cute dress which I’ve loved this summer (so comfy!), but instead I have to talk about this bag I picked up yesterday. Target is having a 25% clothing, accessories, everything sale this weekend, so I waited to finally pick up this lovely I had my eye on.

Buying faux leather bags at a low price point can be hit or miss, but I have found some beuatiful ones over the years by looking carefully. Not all inexpensive “leather” bags are created equal, so hunt around! Look for a realistic texture and good detailing. The hardware should be elegant and well-made and mimic more expensive versions. Avoid fake logos and metal plates that might make the bag look cheap, and check for a zipper that works well!

P.S. How lovely is this little park just down the street? Greensboro has so many beautiful green spaces.

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Old Navy dress (no longer available), Limited tassel necklace (only $15 right now!), Target handbag , Target caged heels (from spring)

Bright idea

Since summer decided to make one final grand appearance here this week, it seemed only fitting to pull out a summery outfit one more time! As much as I’m craving fall clothes, boots, layers, and pumpkin spice lattes, there are a few summer pieces I’m always sad to goodbye to. Especially summer dresses…

This gorgeous blouse was one of my best finds this year–a 100% silk J. Crew blouse for next to nothing at a local consignment store. I’m loving silky oversized blouses this year, and I’ll be looking for ways to wear this one in the winter.

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Brick red

Sorry for the blog silence the last few days! Last week was the first week of the new school year…woohoo! So fun to see all of my returning students and meet my new ones. Last weekend, we had family in town from DC and had such a wonderful visit.

I picked up these pants on sale a few weeks ago mainly because I need more pants for the days when I’m on the floor teaching little ones. It’s a bit difficult to maneuver in a dress and I get tired of black pants. I was surprised how much I’ve already enjoyed wearing these, though. They fit like a dream and they’re a fun and different addition to my closet.

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Blouse: WHBM

Pants: Loft

Mules: Target (no longer online)

Neckace: WHBM

Flowers for the teacher

Happy Monday, everyone!

It’s here! The start of a new school year for many of us (including me!). Hope this year is off to a wonderful start!

This was a fun weekend outfit..I love this beautiful little sundress and have gotten lots of wear out of it this summer. A denim vest is such a great layering piece for all kinds of casual looks, and I love how it turns this dress into a fun outfit.

I also love me a good fedora! 😉 I’ve had three over the last few years. The first was left in a London hotel room in a 4 a.m. dash to the airport. The second was unfortunately taken last summer when our car was broken into. This lovely little hat survived an ocean dunking at Myrtle Beach this summer, but it’s still going strong. I feel like wearing a hat automatically gives any outfit a little more flare, and gives me a cool edge I don’t normally feel!

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Cream of the crop

I’m loving cream on cream–or winter white, as it’s sometimes called–for this fall. I’ve always loved this color for myself more than stark white, and it feels luxurious wearing it head-to-toe. This was a work look for me that I think would be beautiful for many work environments or special occasions such as lunches, presentations or even thinking ahead to the holidays. These pants are some of the most comfortable pants I’ve ever owned–stretchy and soft while holding their shape. I’m seeing them in more colors in my future…

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Blouse: WHBM

Pants: WHBM

Necklace: The Limited (50% off right now!)

Bracelet: WHBM (wear this one all the time)

Heels: Target

Chambray shirtdress

The chambray shirtdress is everywhere this year. This isn’t the denim dress of the 90s though. This version is soft, relaxed and oh-so-comfortable! It’s great with flat sandals and slides, or wedges like I wore today.  It’s the perfect summer dress for work or a weekend day running errands or heading to the farmer’s market.

In other news, it has FINALLY cooled off here in North Carolina, and I couldn’t be happier! One of my favorite things about living in NC is that there are four distinct seasons, and summer is warm and fun without feeling like you’re about to have a heat stroke when you walk out the door. This summer was an exception though…it almost felt like Texas some weeks. Until my mother told me it was 105 degrees in my hometown yesterday. Maybe 98 isn’t so bad after all…

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Hat- Target

Dress- Loft (no longer online, another option here)

Wedges- Target  (I love these wedges. They’re high but surprisingly comfortable and a perfect summer shoe. I have them in white and black and have worn them all summer.)

Watercolor style

I fell in love with this print when I saw it in a maxidress on Kendi Everyday. When I went into the store, the maxidress didn’t fit me that well, but then I discovered the romper. Rompers are another trend I didn’t expect to get into, but am loving this summer! They’re just so fun and easy. This beauty can be dressed down with wedges and a denim jacket or dressed up with heels for a night out. Gorgeous…one of my favorite pieces in my closet.

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Romper- Loft (look for their 40-60% off sale coupons),  Earrings- Target, Bracelet- WHBM , Shoes- Target

Printed shorts

I never used to be a shorts person. I’m still a little self-conscious about my legs, but I have found some shorts I am mildy obsessed with…printed shorts! They are so comfy! They feel like pajamas and they are just so cute and versatile. I’ve already worn these several ways, including when we were at the beach a few weeks ago…ooh that makes me want to dig my toes in the sand.

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Welcome!

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Welcome to My Style Note!  For quite a while, I’ve wanted to start a blog to share my daily style and inspirations and motivate myself to be more creative.  I’ve been reading my favorite fashion and lifestyle blogs for years now and have thought how fun it would be, but it never seemed like the right time. Finally, after finishing my masters degree in Piano Performance last year and getting established in life post grad-school, I’m ready to get started!

A little about me…

I’m engaged to my handsome and wonderful fiancé Jorge, and we live in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina! We are both full-time musicians–he’s an orchestral violinist and I teach a private piano studio and work as a collaborative pianist, as well as teaching early childhood music classes. I’m originally from Texas and a proud Baylor University alum (sic ’em Bears!)

Welcome to My Style Note. I’m so glad you’re here : )