Archive for June, 2013

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Heart-to-heart blog posting is something I’ve struggled with.  I’ve wanted to keep this blog all about modest fashion – professional, and informative.  As I’ve gone along, I’ve shared a few pieces of my heart which have hopefully helped some of you readers out there.  So, although I’m not about to pour my emotional heart and foolish thoughts onto these pages uncensored, I have come to realise that honest blogging is what draws people in – aside from the fashion pics.  So here’s a little something that I’ve been thinking about and struggling with lately, here’s hoping it helps you too.

The age-old desire which, through it’s absence has plagued the generations since long ago and through it’s presence has provided a love for life that nothing can extinguish, is happiness.  We all want it, but time and time again it evades us.  We ask ourselves, am I doing something wrong?  Do I not deserve happiness just as much as the next person?  Can I ever be truly happy?  Being a Christian, I know that I have every reason to be happy and to have hope – a lot more than most people do out there.  But sometimes, ever frequently of late, I just want happiness – no strings attached!

I’ve thought I could find it in other people, things, experiences, from what people think and say about me… but all is pointless.  People fail you, things wither away and eventually, experiences die…  I read an article which was titled – Happiness is an Inside Job.  It’s true.  If we look for happiness in someone else or let our emotions depend upon what another says or does, we’ll be disappointed.  It’s a choice, from within.  You know those people you meet or hear about, that always seem so happy?  Nothing can fase them, nobody can get them down and they seem to have this inner strength of character that draws everyone to them.  I’ve always wanted to be like them.  But let’s face it, I’m not.  So, what’s their secret?

They live ordinary lives just like you and I and face the same kind of experiences, good and bad.  What makes them different?  I believe that it’s an inward choice, a choice to not let the trivial things in life make an impression on them, to not bother with those people who don’t care at all about them and to choose happiness above all other emotions that come their way, because life is beautiful and no matter what’s happening, something is still good – the sun is still shining and there is Someone Who still loves you above all.  We can’t make that inward decision by ourself, only when Jesus is in us can we truly be free to shake off the shackles that hold us down and look above and beyond the difficulties that come at us.

It’s not easy.  I write all of this as a hope, no, as a knowledge that I will someday be that person who is unfased by life and wears a smile, not a cheesy, fake smile, but a smile that is true and real and comes from deep within.  My happiness won’t depend upon other people, I won’t find my fulfillment in another but in Christ alone.  As always guys, it’s a journey and a hard one at that.  But we have the answer to the question of happiness and we know that we can have that true happiness.  It’s available to us, grab at it with all you’re worth and always remember that life is beautiful.

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Oh, and this dress – I came home from work one day and found this dress lying on my bed!  My Grandma had bought it for me!  It was such a surprise and a blessing and I’ve worn it several times already.  Simple is elegant.  Thanks Grandma! x

Bless you all,

Esther x

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist & Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Teal dress – Shanton, $10 SALE
  • Black bead necklace – Diva, $2 SALE
  • Black shoes – Hush Puppies, $80?
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Lace and chiffon - 1

First off, Rhesa, I love these photos!  That bed of orange on the ground is the perfect picture of autumn and the detail shots are so full of interest and colour.  Although the outfit itself is quite simple overall, the little patches of detail are more than enough to complete the outfit.  Matching a plain white t-shirt with this full on skirt created the perfect look and thus this outfit really didn’t take much brain power to put together.  The addition of some cool arm candy and a chunky-ish beaded necklace also added extra interest.

This feature skirt was made by my older sister, Lydia, after she saw some similar patchwork skirts selling at a market.  They were extremely pricey, so she decided to make one of her own.  (Please note that she did not steal this idea to sell, just to try out herself).  It was a lengthy process, but after gathering chiffon and lace and sewing them together she achieved this awesome, feminine, patchwork skirt!

Enjoy the photos.  See how you can nicely feature one statement piece by keeping the rest of the outfit relatively simple?

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It’s now turned from autumn to winter over here, but we still have a couple more outfits from this shoot to share.  Hope you enjoy the up and coming ones.  It’s been so long, I can’t even remember what they are!  Surprises all around… even for me!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist – Lydia & Esther

Model – Esther

What I Wore:

  • Patchwork skirt – Handmade! by Lydia.
  • White shirt – Kookai, $25 (good quality)
  • Shoes – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $30
  • Arm Candy – David Tasker Designer Jewellery, Warehouse and gifted.
  • Necklace – Mum’s!

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