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Yes, that’s right!  Creative Touch now has a Facebook Page!

I’ll be posting my regular outfits from this blog and lookbook as well as sharing some interesting blogs, photos or inspiration that I’ve come across.  The Facebook Page will be a place to find out a little bit more about what inspires me and my style.  I invite all of you to come over and have a look.  See that huge blue button to the right?  Click and you’ll be taken to FB – a like would be greatly appreciated!

Have a lovely week and I’ll be back soon…

~Esther

P.S.  This post would be nothing without a photo, so here is a sneak peak of my next post.

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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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trademe_logoTrademe is also another great place to shop.  This online store is equivalent to Ebay for America or Australia and sells new or second-hand items from socks to sandwiches!  I have bought a couple of neat pieces of clothes from there, as has my sister.  Over the years, a good family friend has bought some lovely branded clothes for me off Trademe, including skirts, blazers, coats, handbags, and a ball dress.  Good quality, branded clothing from Cue, Max etc. can be found on Trademe with barely any wear and tear, for an amazing price!

Again, there are the ever-present risks of buying online, and in this case, you cannot return the goods, however, sizes are given, pictures are shown and a few paragraphs on the details of the item are written.  Below are a few clothing items that I have received (bought or gifted from others) from Trademe, including this beautiful ballgown.  All I had to do was sew some tulle on the bottom to make it longer, grow into it 😉 and voilla!  It fit beautifully 🙂

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(My brother’s 21st ball a couple of years ago)

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(This blazer was bought off Tradme for about $16!)

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(This cream coat was given to my sister and I and finishes just above the knee.  It is very cute and I love the collar detailing.  Very smart, good evening wear.)

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(This simple black blazer has been very useful.  I’ve worn it as a part of a costume for a drama I was in as well as wearing it to church and etc.)

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(This white blazer was also bought from Trademe and in my opinion looks lovely with a bright pop of colour.)

Ok, so those are a few items that have been bought off Trademe.  Because most of the blazers were given to me, I’m not really sure of their price, but want to say something like $20 – $30?  Which is a very good price for a good quality, branded blazer which will last you a long time.

Trademe is a great site to buy other products off too.  I have my eyes on some red nail polish for the season.  It’s OPI and get this – it’s only $14!!!  Ridiculously cheap!

Merry Christmas to you all!  I’ll be bringing you a Christmas outfit post tomorrow and then hopefully some bits and pieces following that.

Blessings,

Esther

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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 🙂

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(Still not quite sure of the short at the front long at the back thing… what do you think?)

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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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Righty ho, some exciting news!  My friend and I wrote a song recently for a songwriting competition.  It was rather last minute and super super hard, but we did it and had a load of fun recording in a friend’s home studio.  Ok, so, long story short, we got into the finals!  We’ll be performing live on Saturday, so, if you ever think of us at that time, we’d appreciate it.  And, of course I’ll let you know how we go 🙂

Right, so if you don’t already know that I love tie-up blouses, you know now!  I own a couple and I just love them!  There really is not much more to say except that they are perfect.  Not everyone likes blouses, but if I had one mission on earth, it would be to convert every girl to wearing blouses.  No, not really… that would be silly.  But hey, one person at a time, right?!  I converted my friend just the other day actually 😉  Yeah, no pressure…
Ok, so this outfit is rather simple.  But I didn’t feel that it needed much else.  Sometimes I love piling on the knits and scarves, jewellery and accessories, but this time the outfit didn’t need it.  It’s shouts business, however I’ve worn this outfit to church and even as an outfit for a drama play.  It’s multipurpose, huh?  This top can be worn more casually with jeans and the skirt can be paired with many different blouses due to the versatility of black.  I completed my look with a couple of vintage pieces of jewellery.  An old brooch and bracelet that belongs to my Mum.  Nothing like mixing the old with the new. 🙂

Ok, question: would anyone be interested in a post on my favourite clothing stores (online as well) and good places to buy clothes?  At the bottom of each post I write where I got each piece of clothing from, and you may have noticed the name of a few stores more than others… there’s a reason… would you like to know?

Enjoy our pink toon tree and these pretty location pics!


Love the lighting for these photos Rhesa!  Thanks girl 🙂

I’d love to know what kind of style or piece of clothing you are in love with or would wear all the time if you could.  Who cares if it’s just a simple jumper or a pair of jandals that have sentimental value!  Gosh, I don’t care, whatever!  But I’d love to know 🙂

Blessings as always,

Esther

Photographer & editor – Rhesa

Stylist, Model & Blogger – Esther

What I wore:

  • Teal blouse – Dotti, $30 SALE
  • Black skirt – Ezibuy (LOVE that store), $25
  • Black blazer – Tradme, Gifted
  • Black pumps – also Ezibuy, $25

 

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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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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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This and another post will be on the topic of transforming your summer dresses so that they are appropriate to wear for the winter.  I know that we’re coming into spring, but to be honest, in New Zealand at least, our springs aren’t much better than winter.  Americans out there, you’ll be coming up to fall soon, so you’ll want to note these tips as well.

The basics: You can layer long-sleeve shirts underneath the dress.  This works very well with sleeveless dresses, like the one in this outfit.  Use a colour that complements, but doesn’t stand out too much.  The feature of the gathered sleeves on mine adds a little variety to the outfit.  Thick tights or leggings also adds the extra warmth that you legs need in the winter.  Blazers or coats are a must in the transformation of your outfit.  They add warmth, and a formal feel also.

The accessories: Scarves are an accessory that are essential for me.  I love them, they add colour, variety and warmth for the winter months.  Add a pretty pair of pumps and you’ll be away.  Oh yes, and funky cardigans can be fun too, but may not be everyone’s cup of tea. 😉

If you’re trying to save a bit of cash like me, you’ll find that these tips are very useful.  You won’t need as many dresses for all the different seasons.  Just put a bit of this into action and your dresses will be set up for the whole year long.

Enjoy!

I haven’t actually worn this dress very much, but when Lydia and I put this outfit together, it held a new interest for me, and to be honest, I liked the look of this summer dress far better after it was transformed into winter wear.

Hope this inspires and helps you!  Of course, this may not work for all dresses, but have a go, you’ll be surprised 🙂

Esther

P.S.  I have a new hair cut… stay tuned… for the next photo shoot!

What I wore:

  • Retro dress – Shanton, $30
  • Black long-sleeve – Glassons, $20 SALE
  • Tights – Kmart, part of a pack (cheapo)
  • Dotty cardigan – Pagani, $20 SALE

Photographer & Editor – Rhesa

Stylist – Lydia

Model & Writer – Esther

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