Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

DSC_9904I always think it’s a little bit neat when people use one piece of clothing in several different ways.  I’ve worn this as a skirt a couple of times before transforming it into a dress, but I’m starting to think…. I kinda prefer it like this.  This isn’t really something that I do often, but when faced with brick walls and desperation, it’s nice to have a couple of pieces like this in your wardrobe.  It’s only elasticated along the top, so I chucked over a simple white tie-up blouse.  Surprised?  …hmmm, me neither.  I promise I’ll try and introduce some other styles in our next photo shoot 😉  This post is hopefully another bit of inspiration to those of you who are interested in utilising your wardrobe in the best way possible.

Before I skip away, I would like to address a point that I hope I’ve made clear on this blog before, but if not… here goes.  Watching a movie recenting – My Big Fat Greek Wedding – I was reminded of this.  Any girl can make herself look nice.  Any girl!  Not just the slim, or those with long, flowing hair, but every girl.  With a change in style, perhaps some skin care, a touch of mascara, new hair style, any girl can look good.  I’m not saying that we should be obsessed with the way we look, ’cause, let’s face it, nobody finds that attractive, but we should care.  By caring for your self-image and perhaps making a few necessary changes in your style, you can feel good about how you look and present.  The main girl in the movie above transformed from this, to this.  Perhaps this is slightly unrealstic, but what I’m trying to do, is encourage you.  We’re all on a journey in our style, but keep on going, take care of yourself and you’ll receive the confidence that you need.  This only addresses the outward confidence, inward confidence comes from something far deeper than outward beauty.  Lasting inward confidence and beauty comes from God.

Enjoy these photos, and note the last one especially.  Nissi has shot photos for us a couple of times and I was very pleased to be able to feature her on the blog.  She’s Rhesa’s sister and I’m just so grateful for their help from the beginning. 🙂




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Coming up on Creative Touch:  On Monday, Lydia (my older sister) asked Rhesa (my photographer) to do a photo shoot of her wearing several different outfits to send some to her boyfriend.  Kinda cute, aye?  Well, they turned out beautifully, so I’ll be putting them on the blog and talk a little bit about each outfit.  After all, I did put one of them together 😉  Hmm… my orginial fashion sense is really coming out!  Probably because Lydia’s too busy to help me these days…

Have a lovely rest of the week!  I’m quite liking this mid-way change of seasons where I can still wear shorts and t-shirts and throw a cardigan or scarf on top without getting too hot.


What I wore:

  • White blouse – K-mart, $15-10
  • Skirt/dress – Originally gifted from Karen – another amazing source of inspiration in my crafting ❤  (I’ll photograph some cards that she’s made for me and put them up here)
  • Black sandals – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $15
  • Black necklace – Diva, SALE $2


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This is a fun little shoot that Rhesa, my photographer and I did one lazy Saturday afternoon.  We both dressed in an LBD and a tie-up blouse – a combination that I rather like at the moment 🙂  I bought this blouse very recently for a cheap price.  I really should curb my tendency towards blouses… some day.  It works tie-up, open or closed.  The versatility is what keeps me coming back to this staple piece of clothing.  A new piece here and there and a bit of mixing and matching with the old and new, does wonders for your wardrobe.

I’d like to thank Rhesa for doing pretty much all of my photography since that first photo shoot so long ago!  Your photography just keeps getting better and better, Rhesa – I’m loving it.  If you guys could go and check out her blog –, I would be very grateful.  You can continue to follow her photography journey as well as her hobbies and everyday doings.  Thanks Rhesa!

Enjoy these photos and the beautiful NZ scenery that accompanies them.  We had a good old time doing this together, as you’ll soon see.

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I’m thinking of doing a bloopers post from the various shoots that we’ve done over the last year or so – just so that you guys realize I’m just as human as you… gosh, the stupid things I’ve done 😉  Ok, I’ll just tell you one recent embarrassing story.  I was at my friends party last night and I was having a lovely time playing guitar with a friend, when one of the other guests came over with some cheesecake.  It looked good, very good.  She was offering it, and I suddenly decided that I really, really wanted it.  Jumping up from my seat, I ran over to claim my small piece of dessert.  Then, as I was on my way, I tripped, flew past her, snatching up the cheesecake in the process and proceeded to land upon the ground on my backside with a large, “thump!”  Classy, hey?  But I got it!  Honestly guys, I really wanted that piece of cheesecake and it was fully worth it!  Yep, one of the many things that keeps my life funny and interesting. 😉

God bless you all this coming week.  Isn’t life beautiful?


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Ok, so I am pretty excited about this tutorial, mainly cause I love working with hair, and I was so surprised and excited with how this style turned out.

This hair style will involve two people, unless you are amazingly talented and can do this on yourself; however the best way, is to go grab a friend and then do this on each other.

My model today is Isabelle.  I absolutely loved doing this style on her hair, as she is a blonde gone brown, meaning, she has lovely, natural, blonde highlights.  The same goes for my previous model for the hair tutorial, Ambley.  She had some lovely copper highlights (natural) and another friend of mine, whose hair I styled in this way, has beautiful blonde streaks also.  You are incredibly blessed ladies I assure you!

My inspiration came from that place where all good ideas come from, the internet, and more specifically, Youtube!  I’m joking about the good ideas peeps.  Really, the best way is to come up with your own ideas, but this hair tutorial is better than any I’ve come up with so far, therefore it is here, and hopefully none of you have seen it before. 🙂

Perfect for going out and about, church, dates with your husband, or even just pottering around the house, this hair-style will make you feel beautiful and feminine, which incidentally is the aim of this blog.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy this hair tutorial on how to do a French flower braid.

1.  Side-part the hair and then spritz all the hair with water until damp.

2.  Take a portion of hair from the front, divide into three sections and start French braiding along the front of the head, picking up more hair from both sides as you go along.  If you want a more defined braid, just pick up hair from the back.

3.  Continue to French braid downwards towards the ear.

4.  Then French braid straight across the head until you reach just before the left ear.  Note: as you braid straight across the head, only pick up little bits of hair from the bottom, so that when you turn your braid down and around, you’ll still have some hair falling down to add into that braid.

5.  Start turing your braid downwards for a short time.  When you do this, take hair from left side (looking towards the back of the head) and bring into the French braid as you normally would.

6.  Continue to braid straight across the bottom, picking up all the hair you left hanging.  The trickiest part is now over.

7.  Once there is no more hair to add, just finish off with a normal braid.  As you do this braid, tug the edges of the left side a little.  These will create the petals for your flower.  Tie off the end.

8.  Twist upwards and anti-clockwise on the right and bottom side of the head.

9.  Tuck the tied off end of the hair somewhere beneath the braid where it won’t be seen.

10.  Stick bobby pins into the hair to secure, and then place your choice of a centre-piece in the middle of the flower.  This will hide any of the ends, and create a nice look.

You are now complete!  Here are a few shots from different angles to show the finished look.

Isn’t it an elegant hairstyle?  I know that it looks complicated, but I assure you that it’s not.  Have a go yourself, but always remember that success comes through trial and error.  I have to continually remind myself that I can learn from mistakes instead of beating myself up about them.

Have an awesome weekend people, and leave a comment to request another hair tutorial!


Stylist – Esther

Photographer – Matthew

Model – Isabelle

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I’m really excited to announce that the next post on this blog will be one from Lindsey over at Ruby Girl!

I enjoy looking at her blog often and seeing what unique and cute outfits she comes up with.  As a Christian, she believes in modest fashion too, and that’s what I’ve asked her to talk about in her post.  I’m really looking forward to it and I hope you are too.  I thought a guest post would be interesting for you readers to look at.  You might possibly learn something new from her style and I think it’s a good opportunity to have a look at someone else’s view on fashion.

You may have noticed my Fashion & Faith button on the side.  If you ever clicked on it, it would have taken you to a page on Ruby Girl’s blog which has a whole list of ladies’ blogs who are also Christians and post about fashion.  She has a whole network of people joined up to this.  So, if you ever feel the need to go have a look at a few different blogs, then click on my Fashion & Faith button, and you’ll have a whole lot to choose from.

These photos are just a few that Matt (my twin brother) took of me in Autumn before the weather turned cold.  Yes sir, it’s cold here.  We don’t get snow, but frost and it got to 1 degree last night!

I love seeing the beautiful scenery reflected in the window!

Aaaand, I know that the foreground is in focus for two of these, but just keep in mind that this shoot was more technique than fashion.  You know the, “Wow, I bet having the less interesting foreground in focus would look much cooler than having the subject in focus…” kind of thing. 🙂  Just joking people, it was purposeful!



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