Autumn outfit 2

Well, I didn’t quite wait a year to reappear, did I?  Actually, I’ve been thinking about this blog rather a lot and wishing that I could document all of my preppy Uni outfits that I wear on a daily basis.  Here is the first of what I hope will be many more.  Of course, I’ve promised this before… so, let’s just focus on this awesome, comfortable pencil skirt!

Kosher Casual contacted me a few months ago asking if I would like to review their product.  Of course, I said yes! (after several weeks… sorry!)  I chose this super comfortable, viscose spandex pencil skirt in the colour, charcoal.  This particular item is available in 13 different colours, from orange to navy.  The skirt is both casual and dressy and pretty much works with any item of clothing!  I chose a pencil skirt because of its versatility – I pair it with slouchy knits, fitted crop-tops, cardigans, coats, boots or sneakers.

Kosher Casual is a lovely online clothing store dedicated to providing versatile, modest clothing.  The items they stock can be easily mixed and matched with any pieces of clothing you already own and provide some awesome basics for any wardrobe.  I bought my skirt in size Medium because I’m a (NZ) size 10 in the hips.  The skirt is fitted but not tight; however I need to take in the waistband because my waist is a size 8.  In retrospect I would probably have chosen a size small; however, I am very happy with this pencil skirt and fully recommend Kosher Casual’s services.

I have paired the skirt with a lovely deep red crop top (my fav colour!) and a snuggly, knit cardigan.  And these sneakers!  I must say that the sneaker-with-skirt trend didn’t really float my boat… but I’ve been converted!  No turning back.

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I hope to talk to you all again soon!  Only 2 exams left to go for this semester… wish me luck!

Have a fabulous week peoples and don’t forget to smell the flowers.

~ Esther xx

P.S.  Huge thanks to my bro who snapped these pics after I dragged him up our driveway😉

What I wore:

  • Pencil Skirt – Kosher Casual (RRP $18US)
  • Knit Cardigan – Valley Girl (gifted)
  • Deep Red Crop-top – Valley Girl (gifted)
  • Oxblood sneakers – Number 1 Shoe Warehouse ($30)
  • Statement Necklace – Pagani ($7.50!!!!)

In the words of… nope, can’t find an authoritative quote that communicates what I want to say.  Well nevermind, here’s mine (feel free to quote this).

“Although I have been gone for so long, I have not forgotten you.”

Yeah, probably could have said that without the prologue and quotation marks.

University has kept me busy along with work at the florist, and I ended up prioritizing my relationships with friends and family over the blogging world.  My mental health has also benefited from this decision. ;-)  Never fear, life hasn’t run me to the ground, quite the opposite, I’m loving my study and the way life has panned out for me this year!

Instead of writing a long monologue on what I’ve been up to since summer, I’ve decided to write another “This & That” post.  While I have found some time to blog, time and weather have not permitted any recent photo-shoots, but neither the former nor latter will stop me conclusively.

Before my flighty fingers flee, let me assure you of two very important things:

  1. I am still very much connected to the online world.  Activities include: perusing other fashion blogs, subscribing to Youtubers, and my recent development – joining Pinterest!  Conclusively, I have not crawled into a hole and disconnected my internet, still very much alive and very much present.
  2. Even though I haven’t been documenting my daily outfits, University has provided me with the perfect opportunity to branch out in my style and be creative in what I wear.  I am constantly creating new and interesting outfits on my slim, student budget and I’m having a lot of fun – hope to share at least some of these with you in the near-ish future.

Alrighty, scroll and enjoy my (bad-quality) photos!  This is 1 of several “This & That” posts to come…  Glad to be back.🙂

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A pre-Uni selfie – getting ready for some serious study!

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Yep, very serious.  P.S.  Love this gurl!

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I covered the front of my 4-subject notebook for Uni.  Nothing like a bit of vintage inspiration sitting before you to prompt the writing of assignments!

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A day at the florist, featuring some beautiful bouquets.  Frequently heard comment, “Wow, it smells so nice in here!”  My reply, “Yeah, you kinda get immune to it.” :-/

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A night during first semester spent reading a textbook and drinking tea – survival.

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Preparing for Lydia to move out of the room we have shared since we were young lasses.  Many a tear was shed… but you should see what I’ve done with the place since then!  (Alert – future room tour!)

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Last sibling date with the unmarried girl!  Since then, I have been subject to many a, “How’s married life?!”  …apparently we look similar…

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A pre-wedding selfie in all our bridesmaid glory.  The dictionary still tells me ‘selfie’ isn’t an actual world… get with the 21st century program, dictionary!

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…and a nice one, for good measure.

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Well, that’s all folks!  Tune in next time for another “This & That” post, where I attempt to cover yet another few months in the pixelated (also apparently not a word) life of Esther!

“Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.”

Truth, and most definitely a genuine quote – not mine, sadly.

~Esther

 

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Dressing up for a double Hens Party… yes, we did walk into the Thai restaurant like this.

 

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My piece of tech for Uni (which starts tomorrow!!!)

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Decorating my bed space with my new lanterns… oops, forgot to make my bed for this shot…

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The bridesmaids hair that I curled and styled for the wedding of one of the Hens from that party.

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Beautifully vintage/travel decorated coasters and dish… gifted from Rhesa for my 18th.  You shaw do know me gurl😉

 

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Putting my feet up after organising my desk for Uni… this desk will be my constant companion for the next year.

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A pretty, navy 50’s dress from my fav shop – Forever New.

 

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And finally, a new blouse!  Navy with heart prints😀  Love those love-hearts.

I plan to document my year by snapping some little pics here and there and then sharing them with you all!

Uni starts tomorrow and I feel nervous, excited, un-composed, and fully prepared yet unprepared for what lies ahead.  Here’s to the future!

~Esther

P.S.  A bit of tune talk… a couple of favourite songs:  “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, and I did like “Say Something”… until the radio totally overplayed it…😐

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Garden Fairies with our $3 flower crowns.

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Sisters having fun by the Christmas tree.

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Leaving our week-long island home  – Great Barrier Island – at the beginning of January.  Such an awesome experience!

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A montage of the flight into Great Barrier Island on a small 14 seat plane, the breathtaking view literally 15 metres from our cabin, and the cool gals I met – one of which is studying with me this year!

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3 friends in (unexpectedly) matching blue and white dresses on my 18th birthday.

photo (8)A winter-wonderland themed concert I went and watched when I visited Parachute Music Festival for the day at the end of January.  There was fake snow falling from the ceiling guys!

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A little gift and card that I made for my dear friend and blog photographer – Rhesa!  Snapped a pic before packaging it up.  Vintage is the way people.

photo (10)A before and after shot of some cute little table posies I arranged for a friend’s kitchen tea.  Those peach roses are called Miss Piggy!  (Loving my florist job!)

~Let me know if you want to see a few more of these posts over the next months.  In them I aim to let you know about some little things that I’ve been up to.  Part 2 will follow shortly.

xxx

P.S.  This is Creative Touch’s 101st post!!!

Christmas in February

People!  (…I hope there are still people reading this blog…)

Ok, so obviously it isn’t Christmas now, but I suddenly realized that I never put up some pics of our Christmas party onto the blog!  I think I could get hold of some more, but here are a few special photos of me and my friends celebrating the gift of Christmas – joy, love and the fulfilling of God’s plan to send his Son to bring us into an unending relationship with him.  I could go on, wow, I am so excited about that amazing love the Jesus has given us all!  So, we had a lovely day filled with opening presents (put that first cos it’s the most important), eating food, doing craft and eating jelly beans!!!  It was great and here are 3 pics of the lovely groups of peeps that joined me for this party.

My summer break is coming to an end (though I have been working for half of it) and I start Uni in less than 2 weeks!  Life is crazy and I’ve done some awesome things over the summer.  I thought I might try and dig up some photos and do a summer fun post!  …be prepared for bad quality photos…😉

Ok, rest assured I haven’t disappeared forever – I thought it might be fun to do some Uni outfit posts soon!

P.S.  My hair has grown!  …and consequently, I look like a mountain lion in one of the pictures… you’ll know it when you see it.

~Esther xxx

What I’m wearing:

  • Floral dress – Jeans West, GIFTED
  • Floral crown – $2 dollar shop, foooor $3… ironic right…

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Love this gal!!!  And all of these gals!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

…it’s shameful how late I am with that greeting…

Classic

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This is classic me.  Layers, vintage, oxfords, floral, and a tie-up blouse.  It’s awesome – but I wear it sparingly, for fear that it might become too ‘old’.  Most of these outfits that I’ve put together in this series are ones that I wear quite often now – just a bit of a look into what I actually wear in my day-to-day life.  When I say day-to-day life, I really only mean Sunday…  sadly.  It’s because of my busy work life – I’ve only got about 1 week left of study, and then my work hours will increase.  At the moment I work two jobs – an After School Care job every afternoon and a job at a florist all day Saturday.  So my only dress-up day is Sunday for church!  This limits my freedom to try out different things, but it also means I can re-wear a lot of outfits without them getting ‘old’ so to say.  Yep, I do realise that that completely nullifies my previous conundrum.  I’m constantly contradicting myself… you’ll get used to it.😉

There’s really not much to say about this outfit – it’s cute and vintage, and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that it’s totally me.  This skirt was about $10 from Valley Girl – a nice affordable shop here in NZ.  The prices and places of each of the other items of clothing will be located at the bottom of this post as usual.

A new shop has opened up in our local mall – it’s called Mirrou.  It’s quite vintage and fashionable and I scored a couple of really cheap items in their 50% off store-wide weekend sale.  One item was a nice, light knit jumper ($12.50!!!).  I’ve been wanting one for ages and I really like it!  Wearing it now actually.  Apparently it’s not everyone’s cup of tea though… at my After School Care job one of the kids came up to me and the following conversation ensued:

Kid: “What are you wearing?  It looks weird.”

Me: “Um, it’s a knit jumper.  What’s wrong with it?”

Kid: “It just looks weird.”  *pause*  “Did your Grandma knit it for you?”

Me: “Uh… nooo…”

Kid: “Good, cause if she had that would’ve been really weird…”

Me: “Well, she didn’t knit it.  These jumpers are really fashionable at the moment!”

Kid: “I don’t really like it.”

Me: “Well, we all have different tastes…”

Haha, children’s conversations crack me up!  I could start writing a book.😉  Anyway, enjoy these photos of my last outfit from the photo shoot!  Thinking of a hair tutorial next…

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Thanks for the awesome photos Rhesa!  Go check out her blog (lolly pics are involved!), she’s done some cool posts recently.

Signing out…

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist and Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Floral Skirt – Valley Girl, $10/15
  • White blouse – Pagani, SALE $20
  • Navy blazer – Ezibuy, $50
  • Patterned tights – Kmart
  • Oxfords – Hannahs, $30-40

Abstract Aztec Prints

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So yes, this is a rather abstract print isn’t it?  If you wanna tell me what you think it is, go for it.  It kind of reminds me of wrapped lollies, which isn’t really a bad thing now is it?

This dress was about $15 from Cotton On – a good shop btw, I bought my first fav blouse from there.  I will never forget it (still have it).  This is an outfit I’ve worn a couple of times.  I waver between liking it and not… only because sometimes I feel that the dress is a tad short for me.  Only sometimes though.  How’s that for the classic indecisive female, huh?  It’s not really too short generally (esp. when worn with thick leggings) but occasionally I’m conscious of the long gangly appendages that I possess.😉  Haha, anyway, gotta be happy with what you have, right?  And appendages are not what define you… thankfully.

I’m starting to realize even more that I have a thing for blue.  Generally it’s one of my best colours to wear.  Do you have one colour that works really well for you?  I think it’s important to know what that is, because it’s an easy fall-back when one isn’t feeling too inspired.  I like to mix textures – this outfit exhibits it well.  Although, I tend to be a bit less adventurous in regards to mixing prints, textures is a different story.  The smooth blue of the blazer mixed with the lace scarf and printed dress is a good combination.  And let me just say that these ankle boots are a new favourite of mine.🙂

I was trying to do something with my hair… ‘trying’ being the operative word.😉  Didn’t work, but hey… I um don’t have a comeback.

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Ooh ooh!  Exciting news!  I only have three weeks left of school – yr. 13 – and then I’m finished… FOREVER!!!  Who wouldn’t feel ecstatic?!  I’ve applied for Bible College next year… and then… who but God knows what the future may hold.  I look forward to it with absolute excitement and anticipation.😀

Bless you all as you journey through life,

Esther

 

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist and Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Navy print dress – Cotton On, $15
  • Blazer – Ezibuy, $50
  • Lace scarf – Gifted
  • Ankle Boots – Number 1 Shoe Warehouse, $30
  • Black leggings – Farmers (a long long time ago… in a galaxy far far away…)

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Hello there folks,

So, I’m going to do something a little different today.  If you’d like to see the specifics and interest behind this outfit, please see below the pictures.  Right now however, I really must share a story with you… a rather embarrassing and stupid story about me.  I believe that there’s no point in doing anything silly if you can’t share it with someone else, so… here goes people.  My latest greatest.

It was just after lunchtime and I’m sitting at my desk busily studying away.  Each day I allot a certain amount of time for my school subjects, and usually, I manage to complete, in time, all the tasks that I assign to myself.  This is where I was, just finishing my study for a test that I have tomorrow.  I look at my watch, noting that the big hand was just on the half-past mark, and the small hand, assumedly on the 2.  I hurriedly get myself ready and jump into my car, thinking that I won’t need to bring my coat to work today as the weather seems quite mild.  I hop in and start to drive down the road.  As I drive, some rather weighty water drops begin to fall, causing me to flick on my window wipers, first on a slow speed and then faster.  Suddenly I realize that not only have I purposely and stupidly left my jacket at home, but there is also no umbrella to be seen in the confines of my small car.  Drat!  I arrive at my local village and note dismally that the raindrops haven’t ceased at all.  Deciding to brave it, I grab my bag, jump out of the car, lock the door and flee for the safetly of the covered pavement.  I run the short distance to the church hall where my job is located getting thoroughly soaked in the doing so.  Thinking all the while, “Man, will I be glad to get inside… I must look like a drowned rat!”  I reach the relative safety of the hall deck and peer inside the window to find…  that nobody’s there.  The lights are off.  No soul in sight.  My heart suddenly sinks.  Quickly glancing at my watch, I realise with a deep sense of dread that it’s NOT 2:30… but instead, 1:30!!!  I’d failed to meticulously check that stupid little watch hand!  NOOO!  With nothing left to do, I dash back into the rain, the deluge thoroughly wetting me in the process.  I hear thunder in the distance… and as I’m almost to my car, it begins to hail.  Hair dripping and denim soaked I make the last sprint.  Fumbling around, I finally snatch the keys out of my wet bag and try desperately to fit them into the key-hole.  It seems to take forever, all the while more hail and more rain continue to pour down upon me.  Finally I grab the door handle, yanking it open and dive into my car.  Slamming the door behind me I sit panting.  Eager to get rid of my drenched garments I peel off my cardigan and scarf, realizing that all this could have been avoided if only I had looked at that watch properly!  The windows are fogged up, the rain still pours down and another flash of lightening appears as I sit for another full 10 minutes trying to decide what to do…  In the end I came home, wasting at least half an hour of my time and a full change of clothes as well as dampening my dignity… quite literally.  The irony, well there’s a lot of irony in this story… and I’m reluctant to say that this is not the first time that I have made that mistake… may it be the last.

The End. ;-)  Another wonderful day in the life of Esther.

Here are my outfit photos, taken on a much sunnier day than today and below, as promised, are a few interesting things to note about this outfit…

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The stripey shoes again!  And this top is actually a denim dress – another number I bought for $1 at that clothing sale.  It’s a bit short on me, so layering it up with a skirt was an awesome choice!  It’s just a little bit nautical and suggests summer – exciting times ahead.  The darker blue of the blazer with the light blue denim matches very  nicely with the white and black – classic colours.  Simple jewellery was all that this outfit needed.  And I quite like the variety that the detail on the neckline brings.  Hope you enjoyed my whacky jumping photo!  My photographer friend can do it oh-so-much better than I… but hey, I tried – as proof by my flying lanky arms and legs😉 heh

Have a fab rest of your week peoples!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist and Model – Me!

What I wore:

  • Denim dress/top – Clothing sale, $1!!!
  • White skirt – given by sis
  • Black belt – Pagani, $15
  • Blue blazer – Ezibuy, $50???
  • Stripey shoes – Ezibuy, $8

Puffy Fur Vintage

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Puffy, Fur, Vintage – those three words pretty much sum it up.

This is a weird outfit for me.  When I was planning my outfits before the photoshoot, I randomly chucked this on.  My motive?  I’ve been trying to style this puffer vest for a while now… unsuccessfully.  And, of course, these shoes – need I say more?  Love ’em.  So, this number was born!  It’s a great casual oufit and works well in these transitioning months.  It’s a rather autumnal outfit, even though, here in NZ, we’re well into spring.  So, what think you of this outfit?  Works well for an outside bbq, or coffee date.  Secretly, I haven’t worn this outfit out yet (ok, now it’s not so secret)… still not sure if I’m sold on it.  Love the shoes though.😀

Look at the long hair people!  It’s coming along quite nicely… still trying to work out some good hairstyles.  Perhaps I’ll share my attempts up here on the blog…:-/

I was trying to listen to Katy Perry’s new album just now.  Gosh, I can’t even listen to it and write at the same time!!!  I started playing about six of her songs – *drum* *bang* boom*… too much repetitous beat… too much.  I’m sorry, I just can’t.  I feel like I left my last post on a similar note, sorry bout that.  Anyway, have a look at this slightly grunge outfit!  Tell me what you think???  Different for me, but I know that some of you will be pleased that I’m styling denim a bit more, yeah?

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Motorbikes rule!!  Can’t you just see me riding one of these things, part of a gang, hair flying, leather jacket on, hurtling down the highway….????  Yeah… me neither.

Wednesday = the glass is half full, peeps!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Model & Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Black jeans – GIFT from sis
  • Puffer jacket – GIFT from sis – Glassons, $50
  • Red long-sleeve – Dotti, $12.50 (SALE)
  • Cameo necklace – Trademe, $14
  • Tan heals – Thrifted, $7
  • Beige scarf – Sister (I used to borrow this scarf a lot… until I lost the privilege by wearing it too much ;-))

Back to feminine…

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It’s now time for some feminine wear.  Enter my sweet $16 number from Shanton.  What can I say, sales love me… or rather, I love sales. ;-)  Anyway, this is the second awesome sale dress that I have acquired from Shanton.  You can find the first here.

I’ve used simple colours in this outfit.  The shoes are rather a feature, so in order for them to tie in a little better, I wrapped a silver belt around my waist.  Because of the simplicity of this outfit, I opted for a nice statement necklace – also silver.  A purple beret topped it all off (quite literally) and completed the matchy matchy-ness of this outfit.  Look, I’m not into matchy matchy a heck-of-a-lot, however there is a time and a place.  Make it subtle and make it work.  The simple elegance of a dark and light colour (e.g. black and white, brown and cream, or purple and silver) aid you in your clothing matchmaking experience.  This would also have been the perfect outfit to add in some arm candy, or an elegant hair-style.  You know, I’ve never been much of a hat person, but berets kinda work for me… maybe, still figuring that one out.

I’ve started working at a florist recently and just today checked out three thick books on the art of floristy, how-tos and step by step instructions.  The pictures and ideas are gorgeous!  I ordered these books, not so much to aid me in my job, but actually because I’ve decided to write an essay (for school) on the history, benefits and types of flowers and floral art.  Interesting stuff…  Anyway, I will bore you no longer but instead bid you adieu.  Please now, turn your gaze upon the following photographs:

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Forgot to mention the cardigan.  This nice light grey cardie is perfect because it’s length is close to the length of the dress.  The look works well… I’m still waiting to (one day) buy a dress coat – those ones that flare out and are the same length as a cocktail dress.  Elegant!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Esther

 

Photographer – Rhesa

Model and stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Purple dress – Shanton, $16
  • Grey cardigan – GIFTED
  • Silver belt – Sister…
  • Silver shoes – Sister…
  • Heart necklace – David Tasker Designer Jewellery, sister…