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Here I am!

Ok ok, a hoodie, huh?  Yep that’s right!  Never thought you’d see the day, did ya?  Though, I don’t really understand what the big deal is…

I’m constantly being told how lady-like I am and the word ‘posh’ has been used on occasion… I’m still trying to work out what this means and whether it’s a compliment or not.  Anyway, I guess it really doesn’t matter.  But I’ll admit it, wearing a hoodie certainly is a change from my usual vintage, feminine style.  And look, I talked about this outfit a little in my last post so I’ll spare you the description.  Let’s just say, when I wear this, I feel so comfortable and stylish at the same time.  Who said hoodies can’t be styled well??

Oh, and a quick word about those shoes… my Grandma bought them for me for the grand price of $8!!!  Talk about a deal!  Anyway, sometimes it’s nice to add a bit of interest to an outfit like this.  That bit of interest for this outfit is in the form of those striped ballet flats.

Recently I went to a second-hand clothes sale.  I snatched up some good deals, but the best find came just 2 mins after I walked through the door.  There, sitting on the shoe table I saw a beautiful pair of tan, oxford heels!!  *sigh*  I’m wearing them now… lucky I’m used to being tall though, these pretties make me over 6 ft. 😉

Watched Twilight last night… 😐  I don’t understand…  And the Notebook the other day… (I know I’ll get a lot of hate for this) but I’m sorry, I really don’t understand the hype about Ryan Gosling?!  Ok, done.

Anyway, enjoy the extended version of my fav casual outfit!  Props to Rhesa for these lovely photos 😀

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I realise I may have said a lot of the above stuff before in my last post… please accept my humble apologies 😉

Oh, and a bit of link love – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3wSbLa2uGg  This accapella song is AMAZING!!!  It makes me stop whatever else I’m doing and just listen.  I even paused writing this post to listen to it again.

Until next time…!

I am forever Esther

Model & Stylist – Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

What I wore:

  • Hoodie – Cotton On, $20-25
  • White long-sleeve – Cotton On, $10
  • Striped Shoes – Ezibuy, $8
  • Light blue Jeans – Just Jeans, $50 (part of the 2 for $100 deal)

This was a cheap outfit peeps!

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Now You See Me!

Heeey!

I’m here!  I’ve just been gone for a while…

For the last couple of months I’ve been super busy with a thing.  And I’ll do my best to explain that thing.  It’s called Convention.  Now that we’re introduced, let me explain what “Convention” is.  As you all may know, I’m homeschooled, and as part of the curriculum I use, every year I’m involved in a week long camp.  This camp is full of competition.  We spend a few months preparing about 20 events to enter.  This could be things like art and craft, to sports, acting, singing or sewing.  All the events are judged and ribbons and trophies awarded.  I focused a lot on singing and platform work – acting and public speaking.  I did really well actually and had a heap of fun!  The people are awesome and the teaching was so inspiring.  As a Christian curriculum, it aims to empower young people with the desire to serve God and others and to be enthusiastic about our Saviour – Jesus.  I had a blast!  Anyway, in the down time, I lay on the grass playing my guitar with a cute mini mouse bow attached to my head… um just see below.

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And since I’ve been gone I’ve also…. bought a CAR!  My first, and I am in love ❤  Well, I think it’s nice anyway.  It’s a little Mazda Familia, 1994.  It’s in good condition and drives very nicely.  I will say no further… behold the beauty!

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And because this post would be nothing at all without some sort of fashion comment.  I just want to mention that hoodie.  It’s a dream, honestly!  It’s comfortable but actually quite trendy I think – correct me if I’m wrong.  I’ve never really been one for hoodies, but… you know, I kinda do like this look.  It’s casual and nice paired with those cute, striped statement flats that I got for $8 the other day!

I feel like most bloggers go through this ‘transition’ with their fashion.  Recently I’ve read a couple of bloggers talking about their fashion evolving from vintage, girly pieces to more casual looks.  God-forbid that that ever happens to me!  …but I think there’s a time and a place for everything under the sun (to quote my favourite author) and that includes cute, casual wear.

Farewell readers!  Not for too long – I’ve scheduled a fashion photo shoot next week with my photographer friend.   And I’ve got a lot of new outfits to show you!

Esther

We had a Ball!

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Here are the pictures of our ball.  Finally I’ve found the time to write about it and put some pictures up.  It’s been several weeks since the ball, but we had such a lovely time and I fully intend to do it again!

We spent most of the afternoon setting up.  We put up tables, hung fairy lights from some white spray-painted branches and strung tissue paper pom poms from the ceiling.  Then the boys set up some nice lighting.  We all went home to pretty ourselves up and then came back to the hall ready for some awesome dancing!  We had a blast!  For about 6 months now, we’ve been having ballroom dancing lessons, so we danced the waltz, foxtrot, rock ‘n roll, cha cha, rumba and some group dances.  Everybody had a lovely time and it truly was a success.

My dress was bought off Trademe for $80.  Such a good place to buys ball dresses – my last ball dress was bought off Trademe as well.  My shoes are located here and honestly are THE BOMB (are lot more sparkly than the picture)!  Enjoy the photos 🙂  Oh and here’s the link to that short film I acted in a while back – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ckn-W1UNU.  Please comment, we love feedback! 🙂

 

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My twin brother Matthew (photoshop wiz) on the left, Rhesa (my photographer) next to him, Jacob (my co-ball-organiser) next to me, and then ME!

 

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Having a bit of fun at the end…. sisterly love ❤

 

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Because I was doing a large part of the running of the ball, with my brother, Jacob, I wasn’t able to have many photos taken and those that were taken exhibited a rather ‘unphotogenic’ Esther.  But anyway, we had fun.

New plans for Creative Touch on the horizon…Bless you all!

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I’ll admit, I can’t take credit for that title, cause let’s face it, we all know my constant title predicament, and I’m certainly not clever enough to come up with that!  The girl from Delightfully Tacky used it for one of her posts I believe – ya’ll should check it out.

Ok, so you all might be confused as to where I’m going with this post and as to what significance it really has at all.  Well, I’ll tell you.  Hair.  That’s right, my topic is hair.  My hair, to be specific.

When I began this blog I had a cute little bob which was age appropriate at the time.  I soon grew older (as we all inevitably do) and I also got sick of having to shape the one side of my hair that always stuck out, so I got layers and started to let my hair flow the way it wanted to go.  I liked this look, but I soon wanted something different.  As a result, I decided to let my hair grow.  I’d tried it several times before but could never bear to wait out the ‘awkward length’.  Yes, you know what I mean short-haired people.  The awkward length is that portion of time when your hair reaches your shoulders and starts to splay outwards in a very… uncomfortable style.  It proceeds to stay like this for what seems like forever!  I’m pleased to annouce that I have finally gotten further than I have ever gotten before, this has been helped in part by my retained layers.  I’m still far from my goal, but I look forward to the endless array of hair styles and updos that will be at my disposal once I reach it.  …and I will forever fail to understand those people who complain of their long locks that cascade down their shoulders with ease.  I will never have that… so be GRATEFUL!!!  *pant* *pant* Ok, rant over.  Proceed with the pictures that show my four stages of hair development.  And don’t laugh, a few inches is a lot to me, ok?! 😉

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And now, the un-photographed picture of me has begun to escape the awkward stage!  Yay!

Here’s to the next few months of hard growing…

Until next time!  And I promise, the next post will be of the ball.  I was just suddenly inspired… and ya gotta make the most of that, dontcha? 😉

~Esther

Facebook Page

Yes, that’s right!  Creative Touch now has a Facebook Page!

I’ll be posting my regular outfits from this blog and lookbook as well as sharing some interesting blogs, photos or inspiration that I’ve come across.  The Facebook Page will be a place to find out a little bit more about what inspires me and my style.  I invite all of you to come over and have a look.  See that huge blue button to the right?  Click and you’ll be taken to FB – a like would be greatly appreciated!

Have a lovely week and I’ll be back soon…

~Esther

P.S.  This post would be nothing without a photo, so here is a sneak peak of my next post.

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Pretty Things

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Finally, I’m back!  It’s been a busy few weeks – the ball that I was organising (next post!), finishing school for the term and a host of many other things!  My brother and I as well as two other friends have been working on a short film which we are doing for a competition.  We just finished it so I will have the link in my next post!

This outfit is extremely girly but very me.  Pastels and lace really are just the best and the pop of turquoise adds interest also.  I want you to take special notice of the necklace though.  I spotted this bunting statement piece a while back and finally bought it when it went on special.  I’m not really one for bold jewellery (though it is working it’s magic on me) but this one struck me as vintage and very cute.  So, here it is.

Just a simple outfit for the go, this combination was perfect for the autumn day that we shot this, however winter is now upon us and I’m wearing much warmer clothes than these pieces.  Oh, and the skirt!  I made it – a rectangle piece of cloth sewn together quickly with an elastic waistband.  Simple!  Give it a go 🙂

One last thing before you continue on to the pictures.  Have a look at this shop – http://www.forevernew.com.au/  Isn’t it gorgeous!  I went in with my friends the other day.  The walls are lined and racks filled with pastels, lace, beaded items, sparkles and everything vintage and stylish that you could imagine.  :-O  I like it, a lot.

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That last picture is of me and one of my best friends, Ambley.  I’ve featured her on here before actually, and I might also be the one responsible for her gradual tendency towards blouses. 😉

My next post will be about that ball I’ve been mentioning.  Look forward to some lovely photos of glitz and glam.

~Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Model and Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Lace top – Glassons, $19 SALE
  • Teal cardigan – Gifted
  • Pastel Skirt – Handmade
  • Bunting necklace – Diva, $7
  • Shoes – Ezibuy, $20

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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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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!

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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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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