Archive for December, 2012

Merry Christmas, 1

Well, I sit to write this amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas.  To be honest, only my Mum and Grandma are busy in the kitchen, but if I crane my neck to look past our computer desk, I can see a large table surrounded by chairs, set with Christmas crackers, vases of roses, and elegant wine classes.  This table will hold sixteen people this evening when our friends come over to dine with us.

It’s 2:45, and gosh has the time flown?  We awoke this morning at 8 and after an hour or so, commenced the Christmas morning.  In our house, this begins with Lydia and I dancing around the lounge to Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You soon joined by the rest of the fam.  Loads of fun!  Then, Lydia and I act as the official present givers and hand out the presents  one or two at a time from under the tree until they are all unwrapped – a long but satisfying process.  Christmas music and games are played, and then some down time before the rush to decorate and prepare food for the evening feast.

Well, I thought I’d quickly fit in a Christmas post during this ‘down time’, so here I am.  Rhesa and I had fun doing another photo shoot recently and we both thought that this outfit would fit perfectly into a New Zealand Christmas.

New Zealand’s national Christmas flower is the Pohutukawa, so we thought it fitting for me to pose in front of this tree.  The flowers are meant to be a bright red, but these are a more pinkish colour.  Never mind, pink’s all good!

So, the people at Creative Touch, namely me, would like to wish you all a very MERRY Christmas!!!  May it be one filled with great joy whether you have much or little.  I pray that 2013 will be filled with blessings from God, may you know his presence.  Bless you, I appreciate your support!  Enjoy this Christmas outfit!

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Although I have had my turn of listening to Christmas music this day, I have now switched to some funky upbeat tunes.  Puts a smile on my face.  50 Ways to Say Goodbye by Train, and Favourite Song by Toby Mac.  😀  Cool songs.

My very own special season’s greetings to you all!

Esther

P.S.  And let’s not forget what this season really is all about – the celebration of the birth of our Lord and my best friend, Jesus Christ!  Here’s to you Jesus 🙂

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trademe_logoTrademe is also another great place to shop.  This online store is equivalent to Ebay for America or Australia and sells new or second-hand items from socks to sandwiches!  I have bought a couple of neat pieces of clothes from there, as has my sister.  Over the years, a good family friend has bought some lovely branded clothes for me off Trademe, including skirts, blazers, coats, handbags, and a ball dress.  Good quality, branded clothing from Cue, Max etc. can be found on Trademe with barely any wear and tear, for an amazing price!

Again, there are the ever-present risks of buying online, and in this case, you cannot return the goods, however, sizes are given, pictures are shown and a few paragraphs on the details of the item are written.  Below are a few clothing items that I have received (bought or gifted from others) from Trademe, including this beautiful ballgown.  All I had to do was sew some tulle on the bottom to make it longer, grow into it 😉 and voilla!  It fit beautifully 🙂

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(My brother’s 21st ball a couple of years ago)

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(This blazer was bought off Tradme for about $16!)

Little Black Dress, photo 9

(This cream coat was given to my sister and I and finishes just above the knee.  It is very cute and I love the collar detailing.  Very smart, good evening wear.)

Teal Blouse - photo 2

(This simple black blazer has been very useful.  I’ve worn it as a part of a costume for a drama I was in as well as wearing it to church and etc.)

Outfit 2, block colours, photo 2

(This white blazer was also bought from Trademe and in my opinion looks lovely with a bright pop of colour.)

Ok, so those are a few items that have been bought off Trademe.  Because most of the blazers were given to me, I’m not really sure of their price, but want to say something like $20 – $30?  Which is a very good price for a good quality, branded blazer which will last you a long time.

Trademe is a great site to buy other products off too.  I have my eyes on some red nail polish for the season.  It’s OPI and get this – it’s only $14!!!  Ridiculously cheap!

Merry Christmas to you all!  I’ll be bringing you a Christmas outfit post tomorrow and then hopefully some bits and pieces following that.

Blessings,

Esther

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The second of my favourite shops to shop is Glassons.  As one of the more popular clothing stores, Glassons is always up with the fashion trends and has frequent discounts.  The quality of their clothes is not as high as Ezibuy, but definitely satisfying.  They should last you for several years, depending on how well you keep your clothes.   I particularly like their selection of cardigans and blouses.  One of my favourite tie-up blouses has come from there.  In love!  They sport bright colours and their prices aren’t that unreasonable for the clothes that they sell.  The only two problems that I have with Glassons are these.  Firstly, every girl and her mother wears their clothes, so I wouldn’t advise buying a whole outfit from that shop.  Instead, just a few pieces that you can mix and match with other items of clothing from places like JeansWest or Jay Jays (two other shops that I quite like).  The second problem that I have with them is in regards to their dresses.  They always seem to be at an awkward in between length where you kinda have to wear leggings to keep them modest but know that they really weren’t made to wear with leggings (also applies to some of their skirts).  Just a tad too short for me I’m afraid, which is a real pity as I do like some of the dresses that they sell.  Apart from that, I do really like the clothes that they offer and would reccomend them to anybody.

I have never bought online from Glassons, as we have a store just fifteen minutes away from us.  They have shops in just about, if not all, the malls across the country and are generally very well stocked in sizes and colours.

Below are just a few of their clothes that I wouldn’t mind acquiring 🙂

lace singlet

floral dress

(Still not quite sure of the short at the front long at the back thing… what do you think?)

pink blouse

I’m still keeping my eyes out for a soft denim blouse and a nice white one.  Anyway, go check out Glasson’s website.  I reccomend their clothes and love how they add a pop of bright colour to any outfit. 🙂

I hope you’ve been enjoying these reviews on my favourite clothing stores and as always I’d love to hear your comments 🙂

Bless you over these Christmas and summer holidays!

Esther

P.S.  Another fashion photo shoot coming your way very soon!

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Ok, so I’ve been talking about this post for a while now.  I’m very excited because while I do really enjoy taking fashion photo shoots and sharing different and lovely outfits with you, I also am enjoying these posts which are less to do with outfits but are still definitely included in the topic of fashion.

These next three posts are about my top three places that I love to shop.  They’ve made this list because of the nice clothes they sell, their good quality and pleasing customer service.  All three are online, so you can go check out what they have to offer in the way of clothes and accessories.

Before we begin, let me just reassure you that this is NOT a sponsored post.  Great, ok, let’s get on with it shall we?

First up – Ezibuy

Ezibuy Oct 11 blueThe thing that I like about Ezibuy is the variety of clothes that they sell.  They keep up with the trends while still selling very different clothing than a lot of the popular shops these days.  When you wear their clothes it makes you feel uniquely dressed among the masses of teen-age girls wearing the same sort of outfit.  It is more of a grown up store and a bit pricier as a consequence, but the clothing is good quality and worth it over buying something from a shop like Valley Girl where the clothes really don’t last that long.  Also, the pieces are very feminine and trendy.  Ezibuy sells a variety of different styles and make sure that they stay up to date with the fashion trends of the seasons.  If you sign up to Ezibuy, you will frequently receive a magazine for free in the mail.  Ezibuy has an online store as well as a few brick-and-mortar shops.  I have bought from both and both have pros and cons.  I generally prefer to order online as they have the whole range available while the shop generally only has the new range in.  However there are risks buying online.  Wrong size, different colour than shown etc.  However, when I have had to return or exchange items, it’s really quick and easy and you don’t have to pay any extra for the postage.  The colours are generally the same as shown and there is a size guide on the website.  They sell clothes from several different brands, I like the Emerge and Capture brands the best as they are most suited to youth.  I have had a good experience with this shop and love the clothes and shoes that they sell.  Here are three items that I have on my wish list:

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rosehip capris

white lace dress pic

Love those clothes.  All very feminine.  Lace, floral, pink!  😀  Anyway… before you start to think that I’m a girly girl I will just say that I have gone on many an adventure in my life, coasteering, orienteering, hiking, etc. and have the scars to prove it!

Now that I have finished school and work for the year, I will have a bit more time to share some Christmas decor pics and holiday outfits.  With a couple of bits and pieces posts thrown in there.

Merry Christmas!

Talk to you soon,

Esther

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Yes, this is the long awaited accessories post. 🙂  I’m going to be talking about a few different accessories which play a very important part in the completion of each of my outfits – namely, scarves, shoes, and jewellery.

Scarves:  Yes, so now you know…. how gigantically HUGE our scarf collection is!  Ha, that isn’t even the whole lot!  Lace scarves, animal print scarves, warm scarves, silk scarves, printed scarves, chiffon scarves… gosh, the list goes on!  (Too many exclamation marks…)  They are worn for many different occasions.  Scarves can be worn in all seasons because there is such a great variety.  Wool scarves are awesome for winter, but when wearing a lace or light chiffon scarf, you’ll barely be adding any warmth to your outfit – perfect for summer or early autumn.  In my opinion, scarves add an extra dimension to your outfit.  It’s all about the layers, and scarves certainly add one.  By the addition of just one colourful scarf, a previously dull outfit will come alive.  Plus, that pop of colour by your face can lift the look.  They add new texture, colour and variety and I definitely reccomend collecting a few to add to your wardrobe if you haven’t already.  As you can see… we may just have a few too many in ours…

Shoes:  Some people have a small obsession for collecting these rather addicting accessories.  Ahem… Lydia…  Proven by the fact that I only own three pairs out of this lovely collection of heels, flats and wedges.  But I borrow them from time to time. 😉  Alrighty, before we move on with the topic of shoes, I have a teeny tiny confession to make… or a memory is perhaps a better way to put it.  Here goes:

When I was young, I used to watch the ever evolving fashion trends.  I watched as skinny jeans came into fashion and I must say I looked on with horror as my sister, my sister, bought a pair.  How could she???  Well, my taste has since changed, and I now wear and love my own skinny jeans, which incidentally aren’t that tight on my already skinny binny legs.  But back to shoes.  I also watched as first one of my sister’s friends and then another started to wear heels.  For some reason, I believed at that young age, that heels were evil!  They indicated a change in modesty standards towards the dark side.  However, again, since then, I have now come to love the addition of heels to any outfit.  With jeans, with skirts, gosh, who couldn’t love them?!  Practicality does take over in some instances, but my point is that… well, I don’t really have a point, I just thought you might be amused by that little story.  Actually, not surpisingly, my fashion sense as a youngster wasn’t the most trendy.  But hey, if my taste has changed that dramatically over the years who knows what I’ll be wearing next… turbans?!  Hey wait, haven’t I already done that?…  here.

Shoes add a bit of character to any outfit.  Find a type that you like, it’s the next step in developing your very own, unique style.

Jewellery:  Where would we be without jewellery?  It just adds a little something to every outfit, and while you don’t need to wear a bracelet, necklace, earrings, and severals rings at once, they are all useful and suited to different types of outfits.   My favourite jewellery accessory are necklaces.  From statement pieces to dainty silver and even long casual necklaces.  I always like to wear a pair of earrings with any outfit too.  I mostly have my hair down, so they might not even be seen, but it makes me feel just a tad more classy.  Studs or small silver or pearl earrings are what I wear most, however I have seen dangly earrings worn very well too.

I recently discovered the trend of wearing many bracelets on one arm.  It’s called arm candy.  For me, I belive it adds a bit more interest to a possibly plain summer outfit.  I only wear silver, however different colours can be worn and will again spice up any outfit.  I keep my jewellery on a stand for easy access.  That picture was taken a while ago, so, a few more earrings have been added and a couple of necklaces too.  From David Tasker Designer Jewellery of course.  Yes, I do believe that shop will be included in my favourit shops to shop post.  Last but certainly not least – the topic of vintage jewellery.  Although we live in a new age with bright colours and trendy wear, I still do believe that there is a place for a bit of vintage in there.  This is possibly due to my love of everything vintage, but you decide for yourself.  Below is a picture of my Mum’s collection of jewellery that she used to wear many moons ago.  I have permanently borrowed a few pieces, some of which you have seen on this blog before.  So, in conclusion, owning a variety of jewellery pieces will be truly beneficial as different occaisons will call for different accessories.  Don’t over do it, but tastefully add some bling to each of your outfits. 

I hope that you enjoyed this accessories post and gleaned some useful tips and ideas from this it.  I really enjoying writing obout the accessories that I own, and would really appreciate any other ideas for posts that you would like to see.  Another hair tutorial anyone?

Oh yes, and the singing competition.  We didn’t get a placing unfortunately, as there was some rather high competition, but we were very honoured to even get into the finals, because the judge that we were talking to said that there were about 100 song entries.  Considering that it was the very first song we have ever written, I think we did quite well 🙂

Guess what?!  I went to see the Hobbit last night!  SO cool!  Great cinematography, and if you go and see it, it has to be in 3D.  🙂

On that note, I shall leave you.  Have a lovely week my readers!

Esther

P.S.  Just another pic of our gigantic scarf collection 😉

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