Posts Tagged ‘creative touch’

In the words of… nope, can’t find an authoritative quote that communicates what I want to say.  Well nevermind, here’s mine (feel free to quote this).

“Although I have been gone for so long, I have not forgotten you.”

Yeah, probably could have said that without the prologue and quotation marks.

University has kept me busy along with work at the florist, and I ended up prioritizing my relationships with friends and family over the blogging world.  My mental health has also benefited from this decision. 😉  Never fear, life hasn’t run me to the ground, quite the opposite, I’m loving my study and the way life has panned out for me this year!

Instead of writing a long monologue on what I’ve been up to since summer, I’ve decided to write another “This & That” post.  While I have found some time to blog, time and weather have not permitted any recent photo-shoots, but neither the former nor latter will stop me conclusively.

Before my flighty fingers flee, let me assure you of two very important things:

  1. I am still very much connected to the online world.  Activities include: perusing other fashion blogs, subscribing to Youtubers, and my recent development – joining Pinterest!  Conclusively, I have not crawled into a hole and disconnected my internet, still very much alive and very much present.
  2. Even though I haven’t been documenting my daily outfits, University has provided me with the perfect opportunity to branch out in my style and be creative in what I wear.  I am constantly creating new and interesting outfits on my slim, student budget and I’m having a lot of fun – hope to share at least some of these with you in the near-ish future.

Alrighty, scroll and enjoy my (bad-quality) photos!  This is 1 of several “This & That” posts to come…  Glad to be back. 🙂

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A pre-Uni selfie – getting ready for some serious study!

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Yep, very serious.  P.S.  Love this gurl!

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I covered the front of my 4-subject notebook for Uni.  Nothing like a bit of vintage inspiration sitting before you to prompt the writing of assignments!

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A day at the florist, featuring some beautiful bouquets.  Frequently heard comment, “Wow, it smells so nice in here!”  My reply, “Yeah, you kinda get immune to it.”  :-/

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A night during first semester spent reading a textbook and drinking tea – survival.

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Preparing for Lydia to move out of the room we have shared since we were young lasses.  Many a tear was shed… but you should see what I’ve done with the place since then!  (Alert – future room tour!)

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Last sibling date with the unmarried girl!  Since then, I have been subject to many a, “How’s married life?!”  …apparently we look similar…

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A pre-wedding selfie in all our bridesmaid glory.  The dictionary still tells me ‘selfie’ isn’t an actual world… get with the 21st century program, dictionary!

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…and a nice one, for good measure.

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Well, that’s all folks!  Tune in next time for another “This & That” post, where I attempt to cover yet another few months in the pixelated (also apparently not a word) life of Esther!

“Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.”

Truth, and most definitely a genuine quote – not mine, sadly.

~Esther

 

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Dressing up for a double Hens Party… yes, we did walk into the Thai restaurant like this.

 

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My piece of tech for Uni (which starts tomorrow!!!)

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Decorating my bed space with my new lanterns… oops, forgot to make my bed for this shot…

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The bridesmaids hair that I curled and styled for the wedding of one of the Hens from that party.

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Beautifully vintage/travel decorated coasters and dish… gifted from Rhesa for my 18th.  You shaw do know me gurl 😉

 

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Putting my feet up after organising my desk for Uni… this desk will be my constant companion for the next year.

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A pretty, navy 50’s dress from my fav shop – Forever New.

 

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And finally, a new blouse!  Navy with heart prints 😀  Love those love-hearts.

I plan to document my year by snapping some little pics here and there and then sharing them with you all!

Uni starts tomorrow and I feel nervous, excited, un-composed, and fully prepared yet unprepared for what lies ahead.  Here’s to the future!

~Esther

P.S.  A bit of tune talk… a couple of favourite songs:  “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, and I did like “Say Something”… until the radio totally overplayed it… 😐

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Garden Fairies with our $3 flower crowns.

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Sisters having fun by the Christmas tree.

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Leaving our week-long island home  – Great Barrier Island – at the beginning of January.  Such an awesome experience!

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A montage of the flight into Great Barrier Island on a small 14 seat plane, the breathtaking view literally 15 metres from our cabin, and the cool gals I met – one of which is studying with me this year!

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3 friends in (unexpectedly) matching blue and white dresses on my 18th birthday.

photo (8)A winter-wonderland themed concert I went and watched when I visited Parachute Music Festival for the day at the end of January.  There was fake snow falling from the ceiling guys!

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A little gift and card that I made for my dear friend and blog photographer – Rhesa!  Snapped a pic before packaging it up.  Vintage is the way people.

photo (10)A before and after shot of some cute little table posies I arranged for a friend’s kitchen tea.  Those peach roses are called Miss Piggy!  (Loving my florist job!)

~Let me know if you want to see a few more of these posts over the next months.  In them I aim to let you know about some little things that I’ve been up to.  Part 2 will follow shortly.

xxx

P.S.  This is Creative Touch’s 101st post!!!

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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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Hello there folks,

So, I’m going to do something a little different today.  If you’d like to see the specifics and interest behind this outfit, please see below the pictures.  Right now however, I really must share a story with you… a rather embarrassing and stupid story about me.  I believe that there’s no point in doing anything silly if you can’t share it with someone else, so… here goes people.  My latest greatest.

It was just after lunchtime and I’m sitting at my desk busily studying away.  Each day I allot a certain amount of time for my school subjects, and usually, I manage to complete, in time, all the tasks that I assign to myself.  This is where I was, just finishing my study for a test that I have tomorrow.  I look at my watch, noting that the big hand was just on the half-past mark, and the small hand, assumedly on the 2.  I hurriedly get myself ready and jump into my car, thinking that I won’t need to bring my coat to work today as the weather seems quite mild.  I hop in and start to drive down the road.  As I drive, some rather weighty water drops begin to fall, causing me to flick on my window wipers, first on a slow speed and then faster.  Suddenly I realize that not only have I purposely and stupidly left my jacket at home, but there is also no umbrella to be seen in the confines of my small car.  Drat!  I arrive at my local village and note dismally that the raindrops haven’t ceased at all.  Deciding to brave it, I grab my bag, jump out of the car, lock the door and flee for the safetly of the covered pavement.  I run the short distance to the church hall where my job is located getting thoroughly soaked in the doing so.  Thinking all the while, “Man, will I be glad to get inside… I must look like a drowned rat!”  I reach the relative safety of the hall deck and peer inside the window to find…  that nobody’s there.  The lights are off.  No soul in sight.  My heart suddenly sinks.  Quickly glancing at my watch, I realise with a deep sense of dread that it’s NOT 2:30… but instead, 1:30!!!  I’d failed to meticulously check that stupid little watch hand!  NOOO!  With nothing left to do, I dash back into the rain, the deluge thoroughly wetting me in the process.  I hear thunder in the distance… and as I’m almost to my car, it begins to hail.  Hair dripping and denim soaked I make the last sprint.  Fumbling around, I finally snatch the keys out of my wet bag and try desperately to fit them into the key-hole.  It seems to take forever, all the while more hail and more rain continue to pour down upon me.  Finally I grab the door handle, yanking it open and dive into my car.  Slamming the door behind me I sit panting.  Eager to get rid of my drenched garments I peel off my cardigan and scarf, realizing that all this could have been avoided if only I had looked at that watch properly!  The windows are fogged up, the rain still pours down and another flash of lightening appears as I sit for another full 10 minutes trying to decide what to do…  In the end I came home, wasting at least half an hour of my time and a full change of clothes as well as dampening my dignity… quite literally.  The irony, well there’s a lot of irony in this story… and I’m reluctant to say that this is not the first time that I have made that mistake… may it be the last.

The End. 😉  Another wonderful day in the life of Esther.

Here are my outfit photos, taken on a much sunnier day than today and below, as promised, are a few interesting things to note about this outfit…

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The stripey shoes again!  And this top is actually a denim dress – another number I bought for $1 at that clothing sale.  It’s a bit short on me, so layering it up with a skirt was an awesome choice!  It’s just a little bit nautical and suggests summer – exciting times ahead.  The darker blue of the blazer with the light blue denim matches very  nicely with the white and black – classic colours.  Simple jewellery was all that this outfit needed.  And I quite like the variety that the detail on the neckline brings.  Hope you enjoyed my whacky jumping photo!  My photographer friend can do it oh-so-much better than I… but hey, I tried – as proof by my flying lanky arms and legs 😉 heh

Have a fab rest of your week peoples!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist and Model – Me!

What I wore:

  • Denim dress/top – Clothing sale, $1!!!
  • White skirt – given by sis
  • Black belt – Pagani, $15
  • Blue blazer – Ezibuy, $50???
  • Stripey shoes – Ezibuy, $8

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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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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

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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!

Esther

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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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Pastels - 4Stage 4:  Awkward stage…

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

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