Posts Tagged ‘clothing’

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So yes, this is a rather abstract print isn’t it?  If you wanna tell me what you think it is, go for it.  It kind of reminds me of wrapped lollies, which isn’t really a bad thing now is it?

This dress was about $15 from Cotton On – a good shop btw, I bought my first fav blouse from there.  I will never forget it (still have it).  This is an outfit I’ve worn a couple of times.  I waver between liking it and not… only because sometimes I feel that the dress is a tad short for me.  Only sometimes though.  How’s that for the classic indecisive female, huh?  It’s not really too short generally (esp. when worn with thick leggings) but occasionally I’m conscious of the long gangly appendages that I possess. 😉  Haha, anyway, gotta be happy with what you have, right?  And appendages are not what define you… thankfully.

I’m starting to realize even more that I have a thing for blue.  Generally it’s one of my best colours to wear.  Do you have one colour that works really well for you?  I think it’s important to know what that is, because it’s an easy fall-back when one isn’t feeling too inspired.  I like to mix textures – this outfit exhibits it well.  Although, I tend to be a bit less adventurous in regards to mixing prints, textures is a different story.  The smooth blue of the blazer mixed with the lace scarf and printed dress is a good combination.  And let me just say that these ankle boots are a new favourite of mine. 🙂

I was trying to do something with my hair… ‘trying’ being the operative word. 😉  Didn’t work, but hey… I um don’t have a comeback.

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Ooh ooh!  Exciting news!  I only have three weeks left of school – yr. 13 – and then I’m finished… FOREVER!!!  Who wouldn’t feel ecstatic?!  I’ve applied for Bible College next year… and then… who but God knows what the future may hold.  I look forward to it with absolute excitement and anticipation. 😀

Bless you all as you journey through life,

Esther

 

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist and Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Navy print dress – Cotton On, $15
  • Blazer – Ezibuy, $50
  • Lace scarf – Gifted
  • Ankle Boots – Number 1 Shoe Warehouse, $30
  • Black leggings – Farmers (a long long time ago… in a galaxy far far away…)
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Puffy, Fur, Vintage – those three words pretty much sum it up.

This is a weird outfit for me.  When I was planning my outfits before the photoshoot, I randomly chucked this on.  My motive?  I’ve been trying to style this puffer vest for a while now… unsuccessfully.  And, of course, these shoes – need I say more?  Love ’em.  So, this number was born!  It’s a great casual oufit and works well in these transitioning months.  It’s a rather autumnal outfit, even though, here in NZ, we’re well into spring.  So, what think you of this outfit?  Works well for an outside bbq, or coffee date.  Secretly, I haven’t worn this outfit out yet (ok, now it’s not so secret)… still not sure if I’m sold on it.  Love the shoes though. 😀

Look at the long hair people!  It’s coming along quite nicely… still trying to work out some good hairstyles.  Perhaps I’ll share my attempts up here on the blog… :-/

I was trying to listen to Katy Perry’s new album just now.  Gosh, I can’t even listen to it and write at the same time!!!  I started playing about six of her songs – *drum* *bang* boom*… too much repetitous beat… too much.  I’m sorry, I just can’t.  I feel like I left my last post on a similar note, sorry bout that.  Anyway, have a look at this slightly grunge outfit!  Tell me what you think???  Different for me, but I know that some of you will be pleased that I’m styling denim a bit more, yeah?

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Motorbikes rule!!  Can’t you just see me riding one of these things, part of a gang, hair flying, leather jacket on, hurtling down the highway….????  Yeah… me neither.

Wednesday = the glass is half full, peeps!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Model & Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Black jeans – GIFT from sis
  • Puffer jacket – GIFT from sis – Glassons, $50
  • Red long-sleeve – Dotti, $12.50 (SALE)
  • Cameo necklace – Trademe, $14
  • Tan heals – Thrifted, $7
  • Beige scarf – Sister (I used to borrow this scarf a lot… until I lost the privilege by wearing it too much ;-))

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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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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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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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This outfit gives an example of what I like to call – feminine vintage style.  It’s pink, yes, but the dusky tones coupled with the use of lace, tulle and pleats lend themselves to the vintage feel of the look that I’m talking about.  This skirt – amazing!  My sister, Lydia, went to Australia with my Mum at the beginning of this year for a short holiday.  They had limited spending money, but Lydia, being one to shop, found some great deals.  This skirt, only $13 AUD, was an amazing find.  Lydia chose not to wear a necklace but some statement earings instead.  The long maxi skirt really suits the tucked-in/belted look shown and is something I also do often .

For the last few days I’ve been going to an event related to my home schooling.  I tried to wear a new and interesting outfit every day – a bit of a challenge (esp. when you’re leaving early each morning and arriving home late).  However, I was rather happy with the results.  I used a tunic/blouse with a skirt by tucking it in and adding a belt.  I wore my LBD in a more casual style by throwing over a white tie-up blouse.  And I sported lace and aqua with jeans.  Sometimes I need to remind myself that instead of buying new pieces of clothing, I should look in my wardrobe and use my creative bent to put together some new and interesting outfits.  After trial and error, it usually works out.  I’d encourage you to do the same!

Enjoy the lovely photography.

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There will be more outfits coming your way in the next week or so, so stay tuned.

Oh and go and watch Iron Man 3, I’ve heard it’s good…

Esther

Photograher – Rhesa

Model & Stylist – Lydia

Blogger – Esther (kinda sad when I have to state the obvious to even get on this list…)

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These are the first lot of photos from Lydia’s fashion photo shoot!  I’m very excited about these outfits because they are just a little bit different and classy.  I also have to say that the photography really is just too cool.  We took advantage of the backlit effect and used a reflector.  Yep, that was my job this time… holding the shiny thing.

Anyway, believe it or not, I (for once) had a stroke of genius in the creation of this outfit.  You heard right.  I put this outfit together!  At the moment, a group of us are having ballroom dancing lessons, and my goal has been to wear something different every week.  It’s been ten weeks…. and let’s just say that it’s starting to get a little difficult.  Recently, I’ve been given two new dresses (one of which will feature on here soon), so it’s been nice to wear a couple of new pieces.  I think I wore this dress on week 5 or 6?  We were given this strapless, fitted dress from a friend.  I’ve worn it a couple of times with a bolero, but I really wanted to try something different.  Thus the lace crop top.  I love it!  Lace, mint and vintage small print – who couldn’t like it, right?

This outfit is quite matchy matchy, but Lydia spiced it up with the addition of some arm candy and a cute necklace.  And doesn’t she look pretty stunning?  Enjoy the photos and I hope that this has again inspired you to mix and match your clothing.  You might be nicely surprised at the result, as I was.

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Like my 4 inch wedges?!  They’re my only pair of really high shoes, but I’ve been wearing them a lot.  Ok, it does make me about 6 foot, but hey, life’s too short to be ashamed of your height.  And when you live in a family of tall people it’s really not that bad.  😉

I’m just a little bit happy ’cause it’s the end of term!!!  Evenings will finally mean something other than school work, so I can get back to posting on my blog.  Here’s to the next couple of weeks!  Enjoy 🙂

Esther

Photography – Rhesa

Model – Lydia

Stylist – Esther & Lydia

Hair curling – Me!

What she wore:

  • Mint/aqua dress – Gifted!
  • Lace crop top – Glassons, $20-30
  • White wedges – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $35 SALE

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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 – http://mybuttonodyssey.wordpress.com/, 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?

Esther

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Every now and again I like to choose random titles for my posts.  Weeeell actually, don’t tell anybody, but that’s just my excuse.  I’ve told you many, many times that I always find it ridiculously hard to come up with a title, but I thought that the colours in this dress were just too amazing to miss out on an obvious recognition.  Well it’s good enough for me anyway.

Sadly, this dress doesn’t belong to me, but to my sis Lydia.  I know what you’re thinking peeps – “Gosh, does this girl have any clothes to her name?!!!”  But it’s not what you think, really.  I just adore Lydia’s new clothes so much that I have to feature them here on this blog and make sure you know about them. 😉  Just tell me if you’re sick of it, ok?

This beautiful item is from Ezibuy and takes Maxis to a new level.  Seriously, how can you not feel ladylike as you swish across the floor in this gorgeous number?  The colourful, floral chiffon of the dress moves with such ease.  Rhesa and I just couldn’t resist taking advantage of the stain-glassed window to persuade you of the beauty of the dress.  In order for this dress to be modest, I did have to wear a camisole underneath, but I really didn’t think it took away from the look at all.  The simplicity of the design of the dress is complemented by the vibrancy of the fabric’s colours.  I finished off the look by adding a lovely, glass-design necklace from…. David Tasker Designer Jewellery.  He actually designs these himself and each of them look very unique.  A nice touch I thought.  Oh, and I love the pleated design on the bodice 🙂

Enjoy folks!  Suggestions for more posts are welcome as I have nothing particular planned for the next couple of weeks.  Maybe another hair tutorial will come your way… who knows…

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These photos were taken around-ish Christmas, so it’s about time to bring you another photo shoot.  I’ve been incredibly busy over the holidays, but as order is restored to my life with the beginning of school, I hope to find some more time to post on this blog.  My birthday was over the holidays and I had a lovely time dancing with my friends.  I’ve also managed to go the movies a ridiculous amount of times… let’s just not go there, ok?  So, what where you all up to in your summer or Christmas break?

God bless you all folks, as we head into the New Year!

Esther

Photographer & Editor – Rhesa

Model & Blogger – Esther

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