Archive for May, 2013

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Finally I’ve found the time put up my next post, the first of a few cute outfits that I’ve been wearing recently.  Well, recently when we shot these pics, but since then the weather has turned bitterly cold.  Well, bitterly for the North Island of NZ anyway.

The weather really started to kick in on Tuesday when we had lightening and massive claps of thunder followed by a sudden and huge! downpouring of hail.  The driveway had drifts of it and the the ground was covered in it!  Closest to snow we get here I’m afraid, but needless to say, my bros and I took the opportunity to stop our work and school and run out to have a hail fight!  Perks of homeschooling, huh?  A ton of fun.

Right, so onto this outfit… loving this lace top that I bought on sale from Glassons – $18!  Just needed a few repare stitches and was good as new!  I really like wearing bright colours – and this turquoise cardigan, gifted from Mum, was the pefect thing to wear with the clean, white lace.  The matching pop of colour underneath the lace looks cool too!  I added some nice high wedges (you’ve seen them before), my favourite jeans from Just Jeans and a cool retro necklace that belonged to Mum.  I stoles it.  😀

These pictures where taken when the maple tree was just changing colour and the cosmos pink was still showing.  Things have changed since then… but the darkness all comes before the light.  Summer’s coming guys!  …in quite a few months…

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Thinking of starting a Facebook page?  What do you all think?

I recently joined together with a group of guys to participate in the 48 hour film festival that is held annually in NZ.  We created an epic film with the genre we were given – horror.  That’s not my kinda thing, but I had such fun putting my acting hobby to use in this short film.  The guys I worked with were super talented – hats off to them!  Here’s the link if you’re interested – https://vimeo.com/67035550  Had a lot of fun creating this, and I’ll definitely share anymore films that we may make in the future.

Bless you all!  Lydia’s 21st party tomorrow… lots to do.

Esther

Photography – Rhesa

Model – Esther

Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Lace top – Glassons, $18
  • Torquoise cardigan – Gifted
  • Blue denims – Just Jeans, $50
  • White wedges – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $38
  • Retro necklace – Gifted/Taken…
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I must admit, I wasn’t too enamoured with the short-at-the-front, long-at-the-back styled skirts and dresses that were in fashion for a decent part of last year.  These mullet-style pieces just didn’t seem to make much sense to me.  Don’t we try to avoid uneven hem-lines?  But you know… I’m kinda warming up to them.  Especially when they’re made from snake-skin patterned chiffon with frills.  So, my conclusion?  If tastefully done, I think it works.

Lydia wore this dress to a wedding last year in the summer.  A perfect choice.  It can sometimes be hard to decide what to wear to formal occasions such as weddings.  I usually opt for something fancy-ish, but still avoid full-length gowns and gems.  Let’s face it, none of us are rich enough for that.  Oh, and talking about full-length gowns and sparkles… I am now the proud owner of a lovely, pink/orange coloured, chiffon, gem-stone featuring, full-length ball gown!  Ok, a few too many adjectives, but I’m excited guys!  This dress is so pretty, and look, I just have to say (cause I’m always talking about economical shopping), that I bought this baby for $80 off Trademe!  A good deal I reckon.  This ball that I am attending, and consequently helping to organise, is set for a couple of months away… so you may have to wait a while for some pics, but I promise, they’ll be here.  Throwing all of the ‘wise shopping tips’ out the window for a moment, I want to buy some shoes… kinda like the elegant ones that Lydia is wearing in this photo shoot.

On that note, enjoy the next photos and my bit of soul-baring at the end.

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Something I’ve been thinking about recently – If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

After asking that of myself, I realized, that it would be, my motives.  Why I do the things that I do.

We can do all these good things for other people, but with the wrong motives, they’re worthless.  I know that I help people, but sometimes it’s not to help them, but to impress others.  I give nice gifts, not always to please them, but to show others how talented I am.  It’s hard to admit, but sometimes I blog to feel good about myself.  I do these things for all the right reasons externally, but not internally.  Let’s face it, I’m not the sweet person I may appear to be.  Underneath it all, I’m just as selfish and prideful as the rest of the world.  But the worst news is, I can’t do anything to fix it.  Nothing. At. All.

So, if I could change one thing about myself, what would it be?  Nothing.  Because I can’t do it.

This would be a really depressing realization, if it weren’t for one thing.  Jesus.  He can do it.  I can’t, but he can.  He can change my motives, he can mold my heart and transform my mind, if only I’m willing.  And I’m willing.  So please Lord, change me.

~ Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Model & Stylist – Lydia

What she wore:

  • Mullet-style dress – Pagani, $50
  • Nude-coloured shoes – Ezibuy, SALE, $39
  • Heart necklace – David Tasker Designer Jewellery, $39

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This pretty number was also bought by my sis on her Aussie trip.  Costing $35 AUD, this floral, garden dress was found being sold at a market in Brisbane city.  They have some good deals, aye?!  I think I need to go there…

There really isn’t much to say about this outfit – it’s simple, but pretty.  Lydia topped it off with the addition of some delicate pieces of jewellery.  By adding some cute heels and a light cardigan, your look would be ready to wear on an outing.  If you look closely at the fabric, there is a light criss-cross pattern woven in it.  I think that coupled with the lovely red and green floral design creates the ‘garden’ look I described.

In case you’re interested, this cool backlit photography effect was acheived quite simply.  Rhesa took these photos late afternoon as the sun was approaching the golden hour.  The light shone behind Lydia, lighting up her hair.  Usually you are told to shoot with the light behind you, otherwise shadows will obscure the model’s face.  Because the lighting was soft (due to the golden hour) and not harsh, this look was achieved brilliantly.  We also employed the use of a handy reflecter in the first outfit.  Thanks so much Rhesa!  I hope that was a helpful photography tip.  If you have any other questions, go and head on over to my photographer’s blog and present your questions to her.  http://mybuttonodyssey.wordpress.com/

Enjoy the photos of this cute model sporting this cute summer dress.

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Isn’t the make-up done well too?  I’d like to quickly address an issue which I have become increasingly aware of over the last little while.  It could easily be the start of a long and in depth conversation, but I’ll just touch on the topic briefly.  I’ve seen a lot of controversy about the topic of make-up.  Should we, as Christians, wear it?  Does it mask/hide our natural, God-given beauty?  Does it stem from deeply insecure thoughts?  Is it an idol?  Are we using it to answer our needs rather than looking to God as the fulfillment of our insecurities?  All good questions.  While we do need to ask ourselves about the motives behind why we, individually, put on make-up, I don’t think the answer is as complicated as you may think.  Make-up put on well can actually enhance someone’s natural beauty in a good way.  I’m quite a believer in make-up to be honest.  However, I do think that we shouldn’t wear make-up to hide ourselves because we are unhappy with the way we look and who we are.  We need to be confident in ourselves as children of God because we are loved so deeply by Him.  Make-up is a tool, not a mask, and if used well, it can enhance the beautiful features that you already possess while taking the attention off a spot or crease that you (and all) of us may have.  I’m deciding to ask myself these questions and judge only my own motives.  And I hope that by writing this, I will encourage you to do the same.

God bless you as you start off another week.  I’m starting up my school again also… the busyness returns.

Until next time…

Esther

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