Posts Tagged ‘2012 fashion trends’

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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:

floral blouse pic

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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Hi there everyone!
This is the last outfit that we have stored up to write about.  But never fear, ’cause I am here, as is my awesome photographer Rhesa.  We will be getting together next week for a fashion photo shoot!  Oh yes, and she has a new camera, so you’re in for a real treat, as I have no doubt that our pics are going to get even better.

When I first put this outfit on and saw the photo, I LOVED it!  Absolutely!  As you all know, I love those gathered skirts tucked in and brought together with a belt.  And long strands of pearls and pretty pumps? Yep, just my style.

I often wish that we dressed like this these days.  Mmmm, I would love to go back to the 50’s for the single purpose of being able to buy all these beautiful clothes and wear them any and everyday.

Ok, so that’s not gonna happen, but I will never turn down an opportunity to wear it in this era, even if it’s not particularly “in” at the moment.  Join me!  You never know, we might just start to change fashion.  After all, it all comes back eventually doesn’t it?  I’ll just keep hoping.

Haha, ah well, let’s just enjoy the photos shall we?

Please forgive me for the lack of photos.  Somehow, the rest were deleted…  Thus the fancy drop shadow and polaroid effect.  For most of the last few outfits, it was raining outside, and so Rhesa and I had to become creative with our inside locations.

Anyway, have a lovely week!  It’s holidays over here in NZ, so I’ll be having a bit of free time… might do a few more posts in that time.  Stay tuned…

Esther

Stylist – Lydia

Model – Esther
What I wore:

  • Gathered skirt – JacquiE, Thrifted
  • Cream long-sleeve – Principals, $49
  • Black belt – Pagani, $19.99
  • Nude pumps – Rubi Shoes, $30
  • String of pearls – Gifted

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This outfit, in my mind, is amazing!!! Just cause it combines three of my favourite things – lace, floral patterns, and pastel colours!  Very feminine, and lovely.  Bad news though… everything, and I mean, abosolutely every item of clothing in this outfit, is Lydia’s… 😦  So, she now has an aboslutely awesome outfit, while I have to be content to look at it.  No, I’m not jealous at all… jokes, I was happy to at least wear it for this photo shoot.

In this outfit, we’ve layered two dresses on top of one another.  Both are sleeve-less, so that’s why I’m wearing a long-sleeve underneath, which happens to be a very similar colour to the bottom dress.  By layering two dresses, we’ve added a bit of length so that I don’t have to wear leggings with this oufit.  I also love the look it creates.  And that scarf… well, my goodness, it’s so beautiful!  Lydia has been wearing this over a cream top with a lovely light pink/apricot coloured cardigan with jeans.  It looks very nice.  I also think that long necklaces go very nicely with dresses, especially ones with minimal detail on the front.

These nude pumps are also very useful.  I reccomend getting a pair, because they go with almost everything, and it’s very useful to have a pair of these kinds of versatile shoes.

Alright, enjoy looking at the following photos of this dreamy outfit!

I apologize for being away for a long while, we’ve been super busy with so much, but now that the hols are coming up, I should have some more time to blog and take some more photos.  Our purple flowers are out again, so I anticipate some lovely photos – look here to see what I’m talking about.

Have a lovely rest oof your week!  I’ll be back soon 🙂

Esther

Photographer & Editor – Rhesa

Stylist – Lydia

Model & Blogger – Esther

What I wore:

  • Light pink dress – Glasson, $30 (see this dress here)
  • Lace dress – Glassons, $20 SALE
  • Peach/pink long-sleeve – Dotti, $20?
  • Floral Scarf – David Tasker Designer Jewellery, $19
  • Heart necklace – David Tasker Designer Jewellery
  • Nude pumps – Rubi Shoes, $30 (which in my mind is a pretty good price!)

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Part 2!

It’s been a while, but don’t worry, I’m on a role again.  This dress is definitely a summer dress as you can see from the bright colours and print, however, by layering over a bright long sleeve and long leggings, I’ve again transformed this summer dress into a winter dress.  One awesome plus about transforming your summer dress into winter wear, is the bright colour that you’ll be sporting all day long.  Instead of black, grey, or beige, you’ll be a pop of colour on a dismal day.  And believe me, that’s a pretty sight!  It’ll brighten and lighten your mood too.

Oh yes, in this outfit, I used a scarf to add a bit of warmth and style.  I’ve been living in scarves all throughout winter – not quite literally, but just about every outfit I wear sports a scarf.  A guy I know was trying to sum up my style and said, “Oh yeah, you always wear scarves.”  Which is true of the winter but not of summer.  But that revelation is rather sad, as I don’t own a great variety of scarves… Lydia does, but not me.

Of course, where would I be without my old faithful – my awesome navy blazer from Ezibuy!  Seriously girls, I’ve been wearing this a lot, and it’s been perfect for many of outfits.  Navy was a great colour to choose, as it’s not the usual black that I often wear… yet it’s still a rather neutral/universal colour and matches with many of my clothes.  If you can find a great staple piece of clothing like this, you’ll be right. 🙂

Enjoy and I hope that these last two post have been helpful and given you some new ideas for economic and stylish dressing.

Thanks Rhesa for taking and editing these photos!  The day that we took these was dismal and grey, so our previous ideas of outside photography went out the window.  Rhesa proved to be the creative one in finding inside locations.  There was a short dry spot in which we took these photos (above)… but it started spitting, so I ended that outside shoot by throwing the petals of my poor rose into the air.  (Just cause I thought you’d all want to know that) 😉

Blessings, have an awesome week!

Esther

Photography & editing – Rhesa

Stylist – Esther (Lydia helped choose the outfits)

Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Patterned dress – Farmers, GIFT
  • Teal long-sleeve – Valley Girl, $10
  • Black tights – Postie Plus, $20?
  • Navy blazer – Ezibuy, $53.99
  • White lace scarf – David Tasker Designer Jewellery, $15.99 GIFT
  • Black shoes – Hannah’s, $24.99 SALE

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I know right!  This is such a different outfit.   What with the bright tights and cow-boy boots, I’m sporting a rather ‘country gal’ look.  This would be perfect for Autumn, but also can be pulled off in the winter.  With the addition of a few wooden and bright bead bracelets, this outfit is certainly fun and hippy.   Is that the kind of look you want to wear?  I don’t know, but I do know that it looks super cute.

This lovely knit cardigan from Glassons has a heart pattern all throughout, which I think looks lovely, and the tights bring out the p0ps of colour in the skirt.  A couple of these items of clothing have been tucked away in our wardrobe for quite a while now, but we pulled them out and put together an outfit using them.  It’s possible girls, it just requires a bit of imagination and creativity, which we hope to provide on this blog.  I had a friend say recently, that this blog has helped her put together some outfits, which is awesome!  Just the feedback we want to hear.  Hope we’re helping you.  Go bold, go bright, and replace those winter drabs with a bit of colour!

Enjoy, (I’m learning how to play the guitar at the moment!  Good times… after you get over the pain in your fingertips)

I hope you all have a good week and a fun time watching the Olympics.  I sure am.  Go New Zealand!!!  Sorry, just had to throw a bit of Kiwi patriotism in there 😉

Blessings,

Esther

Photographer and Editor – Rhesa

Stylist – Lydia

Model and Writer – Esther

What I wore:

  • Skirt – Urban Angel, $50
  • Heart Cardigan – Glassons, $20 SALE
  • Red Tights – Farmers, $12.99
  • Black Boots – Hannahs, $100

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I  know what you’re thinking… but I can explain myself!  Before I do however, I would like to say sorry.  Sorry for being slack… but here is the fashion photo shoot you’ve all been waiting for!

Ok, the explanation.  I’ve been sick, yep, down with the flu.  Also I’ve been procrastinating.  I was prepared to write a fill in post until the photos were ready, but that’s when I got a fever.  Anyhoo, I’m on the way to recovery, and will make up for my lack of writing and presence on this blog.

Alrighty, I’m sorry peeps, here it is again, but I just love this skirt SO. MUCH. that I had to share it with you again.  If anything, that’s a good thing, because it will show you how to style a basic staple piece in many different ways.  If you’ve been following Creative Touch long enough, you will have noticed that the last time we styled this skirt, it was summer.  This time, it’s winter.  Very versatile don’t you think?  In summer, I wore a sleeve-less top, bare legs, and a light cardigan.  In winter, tights, a coat, and a slightly warmer top.  If you do this, it will mean that you get much more wear out of your clothes without having to repeat your looks.  This advice goes for any of your plain skirts, trousers or tops.  Be creative, it’ll pay off.  You won’t have to buy as many items either, which will in the end save money.  I’m not saying don’t buy a piece of clothing here and there, because let’s face it, I’m a normal female too, but I am saying that you now have another option.  Besides, rare splurges are much more fun than frequent impulsive buying which you you always regret later on anyway.

Ok, enough advice… bring on the photos!

Thank you very much everyone!  By the way don’t be afraid to comment.  We love comments!  If you have any ideas for another hair tutorial, just let me know, as I haven’t got any ideas put into place at the moment.

We are working on an accessories post as well.  We have a couple more photos to do, but it should provide some variety to our usual fashion shots 🙂  I find them interesting too, and you’ll be able to see what shoes we have and our massive, and I mean MASSIVE, collection of scarves.

Enjoy the coming weekend!

Esther

What I wore:

  • Pleated Skirt – Valley Girl, $10
  • Floral Top – Op-shop, $7 I believe (it’s worth it to op-shop or thrift!)
  • Navy Blazer – Ezibuy, $50 – 53 SALE
  • Tights – Kmart, $can’t remember…
  • Black Shoes – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $30

Stylist – Lydia

Photographer and Editor – Rhesa

Model and Blogger – Esther

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Hey there folks!

Alrighty ho, so this is the last outfit, OH NO!  But not to worry people, on Sunday, Rhesa is going to photograph another six outfits, and personally, I reckon that these outfits are some of my favourite so far.  I’m just terribly disappointed, because two of my favourite outfits consist of Lydia’s clothes.  She has awesome clothes.

Ok, so you folks may be very happy that this time, Lydia (the mysterious stylist behind these posts) is back to styling for us.  She once did make an appearance here in summer.

Alrighty, back to this outfit.  That vintage camera sure does make me feel like a business gal going off to do some photography for the afternoon.  When I picture a business outfit, sometimes the rather boring combination of black and white comes to mind.  But it doesn’t have to be like that!  It would be awesome if the image of a trendy chick wearing a plain blouse tucked into a simple smart skirt covered with a very business-like yet fashionable blazer came to mind instead.  You don’t have to wear black and white to give off the proffessional business look, in fact colour, even if neutral, looks a whole lot better!  Unfortunately, where I live, everyone wears black in winter, no wonder winter can be so depressing.  Wear a bit of colour and brighten up your cold winters afternoon!

The use of some vintage accessories adds a more old-fashioned feel to this otherwise modern outfit.

Enjoy these photos, and the use of that awesome vintage camera.

Oh, and did you notice my retro striped nail polish!  Just havin’ a bit o’ fun. 😉

Enjoy your weekend!

Esther

P.S.  Awesome upcoming alert people!  We’ll be bringing you a couple of male fashion posts.  That’s right, my brother Matthew (who I have mentioned a few times) will be modeling some trendy and up-to-date fashion for guys.  The aim, to give you some ideas in order to encourage your brothers and/0r boyfriends or even husbands to dress up a bit more and look classy.  You’ll thank me, trust me 🙂

Photography – Rhesa

Stylist(s) – Rhesa & Esther

Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Beige striped skirt – Glassons, $40-50
  • White blouse – Shanton, $25
  • Smart blazer – Trademe, $15

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Hi All,

I think that this fashion photo shoot has been kicked off with a great start.  However, that last outfit wasn’t really what I would call a little different, however, the outfit I am showing today is.

We have combined a few fashion trends in this outfit which we hope you’ll like.

First off, the bright bold colours.  Colour blocking has been really ‘in’ this year and especially using the bright and bold plain colours.  White has also been used a lot, but I’ll come to that later.  Even though I haven’t been particularly following any fashion magazines at the moment, just by receiving our Ezibuy catalogue and walking through the local clothing shops, I have seen a definite trend.  Unfortunately the tail end of summer is finally petering out, however who says that you can’t carry the trends over to the beginning of autumn?!

Next, plain white blazers and blocks of white.  We even did a post on this a while back, go here to see it.  This trend has perhaps been one of the most dominant.  Plain blocks of white and particularly the use of white blazers over bright pops of colour have been the leading trend of this past summer.  So, by combining that with the bright bold colours, you’ll definitely be looking stylish.

Finally, by combining those two trends with the black business pants, you can pull off the autumn look quite well.  Of course, this outfit would be quite simple if it hadn’t been for our typical layering effect that we love so much.  You may have picked up that we are layering advocates.  By this I mean, that we believe by layering with frills, lace, or simply a cami and scarf, you can transform a formerly simple outfit into one of noticeable style.

Ok, well enough of the descriptions, have a look at it yourself!  This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to revolutionize your business look and tone it down a little, then this is the way to go.

Thanks so much for spending your time here on Creative Touch.  We really value your support.

Esther

P.S.  Has anyone noticed the Lulu’s button on the side yet?  Well, there’ll be an explanation and post about that soon.  So, keep an eye out for it.

What I wore:

  • White Blazer – Thrifted
  • Black pants – Farmers $40
  • Blue cardigan – Glassons $25
  • White ruffle top – Kookai $25 (on sale)
  • Striped bow shoes – Ezibuy $30

Photographer and Editor – Rhesa

Make-up artist and stylist – Lydia

Model – Esther

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Hey Everyone,

I’m here on the request (or more like continual pleas) of Esther to post about this outfit, particularly the rather out-there, “would anyone really wear this,” headscarf/turban. My inspiration for this look came from the Fashion Quartely Spring photoshoot, where one of the models rocked half-a-dozen elaborate, multicoloured turbans with equally amazing colourful flowing dresses. As you can see from the photo, the turban is composed of two scarves twisted and knotted around each other. It’s really easy to do and remarkably effective (hopefully in a good way!)

To be honest, it’s actually hard to imagine anyone actually being brave enough in New Zealand to wear this kind of turban/head scarf look out in public. Just imagine how many people would stare at you if you walked down Queen St with your hair pulled up and covered by a knotted bright purple scarf? More than a few I’d imagine! However, saying all this turbans and headscarves are set to be a major trend in 2012. If you search it on google you’ll see what I mean – Marc Jacobs in particular has included them in his spring 2012 collection, and many style bloggists are commenting on the upcoming trend of this sophisticated headwear. So be warned – in a year or two you just might be proudly wandering the streets in a fashionable turban.

Signing out,
Lydia

What Esther wore:

Blue/purple dress – Glassons $29.99
Purple scarf – A scarf from Mum.
Feather scarf – Just Jeans $7.99
Assortment of bangles – From Mums’ collection 🙂
Necklace – Diva, gifted
Ring – David Tasker Designer Jewellery

Model – Esther
Photographer – Rhesa
Makeup and stylist – Lydia
Photo editing – Lydia & Esther

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