Posts Tagged ‘dress’

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It’s now time for some feminine wear.  Enter my sweet $16 number from Shanton.  What can I say, sales love me… or rather, I love sales. 😉  Anyway, this is the second awesome sale dress that I have acquired from Shanton.  You can find the first here.

I’ve used simple colours in this outfit.  The shoes are rather a feature, so in order for them to tie in a little better, I wrapped a silver belt around my waist.  Because of the simplicity of this outfit, I opted for a nice statement necklace – also silver.  A purple beret topped it all off (quite literally) and completed the matchy matchy-ness of this outfit.  Look, I’m not into matchy matchy a heck-of-a-lot, however there is a time and a place.  Make it subtle and make it work.  The simple elegance of a dark and light colour (e.g. black and white, brown and cream, or purple and silver) aid you in your clothing matchmaking experience.  This would also have been the perfect outfit to add in some arm candy, or an elegant hair-style.  You know, I’ve never been much of a hat person, but berets kinda work for me… maybe, still figuring that one out.

I’ve started working at a florist recently and just today checked out three thick books on the art of floristy, how-tos and step by step instructions.  The pictures and ideas are gorgeous!  I ordered these books, not so much to aid me in my job, but actually because I’ve decided to write an essay (for school) on the history, benefits and types of flowers and floral art.  Interesting stuff…  Anyway, I will bore you no longer but instead bid you adieu.  Please now, turn your gaze upon the following photographs:

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Forgot to mention the cardigan.  This nice light grey cardie is perfect because it’s length is close to the length of the dress.  The look works well… I’m still waiting to (one day) buy a dress coat – those ones that flare out and are the same length as a cocktail dress.  Elegant!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Esther

 

Photographer – Rhesa

Model and stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Purple dress – Shanton, $16
  • Grey cardigan – GIFTED
  • Silver belt – Sister…
  • Silver shoes – Sister…
  • Heart necklace – David Tasker Designer Jewellery, sister…

 

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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.

Esther

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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I was so, so excited to shoot the photos for this outfit, and also to see how they turned out.  I am in LOVE with them!  And I know that could sound terribly vain, girly, conceited and all of that other stuff… however, I am particularly in love with the location.  I look forward to the blossoming of these cascading purple flowers each year with great anticipation and hope to catch some lovely pics of them.  This year, we managed to take many photos, and I even did a bit of nature photography myself, which I might include in a separate post if you are interested.

Ok, enough drooling over those amazing, lovely, beautiful, gorgeous… um, yes right, ok.  This outfit is based around a chiffon, floral dress that I bought from a thrift store a while ago – $7!  For a while I was rather uninspired about styling this outfit, but with the help of Lydia, we managed to yet agian use our layering technique along with my awesome navy blazer to create this stylish and rather formal outfit.  We styled it long ago here… yes, I think it looks much better like this 😉

We have talked about that base black dress many times.  It truly is an LBD, and we have used it often to add a bit of length to an otherwise short tunic or dress.  Perfect, and I highly recommend the purchase of one of these.  An LBD can be anything from a navy, black or brown colour with sleeves or no sleeves.  It basically equals a dress with great versatility and value that can work as a staple piece of clothing to be used over and over again.

I was about to point you to some other outfits which used either the black dress or navy blazer, but I think it’ll make good material for a remix post, so… nevermind 😉

I like the look of the small print with the solid navy colour in this outfit.  And of course the buttons on the blazer really make it 😉

Righty ho, now, GO!  …to have a look at the photos of course 😀

Beautiful location, beautiful clothes…. aaah, yes, summer do come soon please!

Bless you all over the weekend, may you all enjoy revelling in God’s awesome creation!

Esther

Photography & editing – Rhesa!

Stylist – Lydia… and slightly Esther…

Model & Blogger – Esther

What I wore:

  • Floral tunic – Savemart, $7 THRIFTING (I thought that deserved caps lock)
  • Navy blazer – Ezibuy, $53.99 SALE
  • Black base dress – Cotton On, $10 SALE
  • Black belt – Pagani, $15.99
  • Black pumps – Ezibuy (same trip) – $35

 

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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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Hi readers! Here is the next outfit from our mini photoshoot. If you’re anything like me, and you love vintage and feminine style, then I think you’ll like this outfit. I LOVE wearing dresses, as it makes me feel so feminine, and my brothers love it when I wear them too 🙂 However, it’s so difficult to find a warm dress in winter! Tunics work to a certain degree, but what I’m talking about, is a dress that you can wear with tights, where the hem isn’t closer to your waistline than to your knees, something that I can feel comfortable wearing without dying of cold. It was a long and hard search (when I actually did search for one) but my Mum and I finally did find one which looked lovely on! Here it is, here is my Little Black Dress.

The reason for wanting one of these? Here is a list:

  • They are so versatile, you can style them with shoes in autumn, boots and tights in winter, and sandals in the spring.
  • You can do so much with it! Put a blouse underneath, or a long-sleeve with a coat, chuck a scarf around your neck, or a statement piece of jewellery, wear a cardigan when it’s warm, or a coat when it’s not. The range of ideas is endless!
  • If you suit black, then an LBD is the way to go, because black practically goes with any colour.
  • Buy a warm dress, and you won’t have to suffer for fashion.

Ok, so those are a few reasons to buy one, my decision was based on those actually and also inspired by this blogger, who wore an LBD and styled it differently for 100 days to raise money for orphans in India I believe. By the end of last year, she reached her goal of raising $50,000. I really enjoyed watching how she styled the dress differently and perhaps that is when I realised how useful an LBD would be. (The link I have provided is a video that compiled all the 100 outfits together).

In this outfit, I wanted to bring across a rather vintage feel. I did this by employing the use of a long cream coat. I aboslutely love coats, especially the ones that reach to your knees! The image that I wanted to give was of a girl living way back, waiting for the train to arrive, holding her suitcase, all dressed up warmly to protect against the warm cold winters day. (Ha, here’s me wishin’ it was warm :-P)

Enjoy the photos and the use of another vintage prop. Rhesa and I also used a beautiful rose in these photos.

It was raining!  This helped… sorta.

Also, I have to give credit to Rhesa for helping me style this outfit, and yet again being our amazing photographer!

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend and for all you Kiwis out there, enjoy the hols!

Esther

P.S. If any of you are on Lookbook, go and check me out by clicking on the button on the side of my blog. I would love to have a look at your outfits too!

What I wore:

  • LBD – Ezibuy, $50 SALE
  • Cream long – sleeve – Principals, gifted
  • Cream coat – Trademe, gifted
  • Black shoes – Hannahs, $20 SALE

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist – Esther & Rhesa

Model – Esther

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Happy Queen’s Birthday Weekend!  I hope you’re all enjoying the extra day off.  I sure am, which is why I’m here posting on this blog.  Actually, I’m posting more because it’s a holiday not cause I’m enjoying my day off… not that I’m not enjoying it, but… well, nevermind.

The inspiration for my alliteration came from a writing course that I’m doing at the moment.  At least, I’ll blame it on that.  If I don’t blame it on my writing course, I’d be blaming it on my ‘title conundrum’ but you really don’t want to get me started on that again, do you?

A few weekends back, a good childhood friend of our familys’ got married to another friend of ours’.  It was a really lovely wedding, and while we were there, Rhesa, my good friend, snapped some pictures of me in the outfit I was wearing.  The outfit consists of a lovely simple teal dress with a nice short, black cardigan.  I really like the embroidery sewn onto it.  It was a really simple outfit, but I thought that best for a wedding – simple but elegant.

Enjoy the lovely photos that Rhesa took and edited!

That last photo is the perfect example of how to smile too much!  🙂 I must’ve found something funny!

Oh, and what did you all think of our hair tutorial last week?  Anything else you’d like to see?

Enjoy your week!

Esther

Photographer & Editor – Rhesa

Model – Esther

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