Posts Tagged ‘fashion tips’

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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 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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Here is another classic summer’s outfit.  I say classic because I have yet again used one of my favourite outfit mixes.  A skirt and top belted together with a shrug thrown over the top and a lace scarf wrapped around my neck (more to add style than to protect against the cold).  Classic but still chic.  I’ve used some very interesting colour combinations in this outfit.  All I did was look at the skirt, then pick out some pieces of clothing that matched the colours.  It turned into a beige and mulberry mix.  Good tip there.  If you’re uninspired in regards to your outfit colours, then pick some out of the skirt or top etc.

I went to see Les Miserables today.  It was fantastic!  I love singing and watching movies that focus around songs, so consequently I loved this movie!  I’m listening to the soundtrack right now actually 😉  I loved how they filmed and recorded all on the songs on set.  It made it that much better and I loved the voices of all the actors and actresses.  Go watch it!  I highly reccomend it 🙂

Do enjoy these photos and I hope that it inspires you to branch out a bit in your style.  I hope that this next week is a lovely one for you.  I’m making the most of the summer holidays by going ice skating and visiting the beach.  Good times. 🙂

 

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I’ve really been enjoying singing Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan.  It’s a beautiful love song and I just thought I would share that with you 🙂

God bless you all.  What a lovely week it has been 🙂

Esther

 

Photographer & Photo Editor – Rhesa

Model & Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Patterned skirt – Given
  • Beige ruffle top – Valley Girl, $10
  • Mulberry shrug – Given
  • Cream scarf – David Tasker Designer Jewellery

 

 

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Yes, this is the long awaited accessories post. 🙂  I’m going to be talking about a few different accessories which play a very important part in the completion of each of my outfits – namely, scarves, shoes, and jewellery.

Scarves:  Yes, so now you know…. how gigantically HUGE our scarf collection is!  Ha, that isn’t even the whole lot!  Lace scarves, animal print scarves, warm scarves, silk scarves, printed scarves, chiffon scarves… gosh, the list goes on!  (Too many exclamation marks…)  They are worn for many different occasions.  Scarves can be worn in all seasons because there is such a great variety.  Wool scarves are awesome for winter, but when wearing a lace or light chiffon scarf, you’ll barely be adding any warmth to your outfit – perfect for summer or early autumn.  In my opinion, scarves add an extra dimension to your outfit.  It’s all about the layers, and scarves certainly add one.  By the addition of just one colourful scarf, a previously dull outfit will come alive.  Plus, that pop of colour by your face can lift the look.  They add new texture, colour and variety and I definitely reccomend collecting a few to add to your wardrobe if you haven’t already.  As you can see… we may just have a few too many in ours…

Shoes:  Some people have a small obsession for collecting these rather addicting accessories.  Ahem… Lydia…  Proven by the fact that I only own three pairs out of this lovely collection of heels, flats and wedges.  But I borrow them from time to time. 😉  Alrighty, before we move on with the topic of shoes, I have a teeny tiny confession to make… or a memory is perhaps a better way to put it.  Here goes:

When I was young, I used to watch the ever evolving fashion trends.  I watched as skinny jeans came into fashion and I must say I looked on with horror as my sister, my sister, bought a pair.  How could she???  Well, my taste has since changed, and I now wear and love my own skinny jeans, which incidentally aren’t that tight on my already skinny binny legs.  But back to shoes.  I also watched as first one of my sister’s friends and then another started to wear heels.  For some reason, I believed at that young age, that heels were evil!  They indicated a change in modesty standards towards the dark side.  However, again, since then, I have now come to love the addition of heels to any outfit.  With jeans, with skirts, gosh, who couldn’t love them?!  Practicality does take over in some instances, but my point is that… well, I don’t really have a point, I just thought you might be amused by that little story.  Actually, not surpisingly, my fashion sense as a youngster wasn’t the most trendy.  But hey, if my taste has changed that dramatically over the years who knows what I’ll be wearing next… turbans?!  Hey wait, haven’t I already done that?…  here.

Shoes add a bit of character to any outfit.  Find a type that you like, it’s the next step in developing your very own, unique style.

Jewellery:  Where would we be without jewellery?  It just adds a little something to every outfit, and while you don’t need to wear a bracelet, necklace, earrings, and severals rings at once, they are all useful and suited to different types of outfits.   My favourite jewellery accessory are necklaces.  From statement pieces to dainty silver and even long casual necklaces.  I always like to wear a pair of earrings with any outfit too.  I mostly have my hair down, so they might not even be seen, but it makes me feel just a tad more classy.  Studs or small silver or pearl earrings are what I wear most, however I have seen dangly earrings worn very well too.

I recently discovered the trend of wearing many bracelets on one arm.  It’s called arm candy.  For me, I belive it adds a bit more interest to a possibly plain summer outfit.  I only wear silver, however different colours can be worn and will again spice up any outfit.  I keep my jewellery on a stand for easy access.  That picture was taken a while ago, so, a few more earrings have been added and a couple of necklaces too.  From David Tasker Designer Jewellery of course.  Yes, I do believe that shop will be included in my favourit shops to shop post.  Last but certainly not least – the topic of vintage jewellery.  Although we live in a new age with bright colours and trendy wear, I still do believe that there is a place for a bit of vintage in there.  This is possibly due to my love of everything vintage, but you decide for yourself.  Below is a picture of my Mum’s collection of jewellery that she used to wear many moons ago.  I have permanently borrowed a few pieces, some of which you have seen on this blog before.  So, in conclusion, owning a variety of jewellery pieces will be truly beneficial as different occaisons will call for different accessories.  Don’t over do it, but tastefully add some bling to each of your outfits. 

I hope that you enjoyed this accessories post and gleaned some useful tips and ideas from this it.  I really enjoying writing obout the accessories that I own, and would really appreciate any other ideas for posts that you would like to see.  Another hair tutorial anyone?

Oh yes, and the singing competition.  We didn’t get a placing unfortunately, as there was some rather high competition, but we were very honoured to even get into the finals, because the judge that we were talking to said that there were about 100 song entries.  Considering that it was the very first song we have ever written, I think we did quite well 🙂

Guess what?!  I went to see the Hobbit last night!  SO cool!  Great cinematography, and if you go and see it, it has to be in 3D.  🙂

On that note, I shall leave you.  Have a lovely week my readers!

Esther

P.S.  Just another pic of our gigantic scarf collection 😉

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Chiffon, navy, polka dots… need I say more?  Pure gorgeous right there (don’t get confused peeps, I’m talking about the clothes).

In my mind, this outfit is slightly nautical.  Although it doesn’t feature stripes, it certainly does use the navy, black and white present in most nautically themed outfits.  The blue and polka dots in the scarf bring a pop of colour and variety to this otherwise rather plain outfit.  It’s classy, with a bit of casual thrown in.  This top is rather simple, but divine.  The flowy chiffon sleeves add the dreaminess to this outfit… I’d really better stop, otherwise you could get me talking about chiffon for hours…

Moving on to accessories.  The necklace: bought from David Tasker Designer Jewellery.  You’ve probably seen that store name many times on this blog, well, it’s pretty much where I get all of my jewellery from as I know two people who work there.  It will probably be included in my favourite stores post (which will be coming up very soon…).  The belt: well I just like adding belts, they bring an outfit together and accentuate the waist.  That’s what flatters my figure, but if it’s not what flatters yours, then find something else.  Flowy scarves, large sleeves to add breadth to your shoulders, long tops and necklaces to lengthen the body, or perhaps heels.  Know what suits you, colours and style, and then you will feel confident in what you wear and how you present yourself.

While looking good on the outside is certainly not the most important thing in life, it does do wonders for your self-worth and increase your confidence in YOU!

I hope that you have an awesome week!  Happy Tuesday from down under under (after all, NZ is below Aussie right?) and we’ll talk soon.

I love statement necklaces, and this bird necklace is certainly one.  I really am not one to wear a load of them as I own very dainty silver necklaces as you can imagine, but when given the chance, I take it!

My goodness Christmas is coming up fast!  My awesome Grandma has already finished her Christmas shopping, while I haven’t even started yet!  How bout you guys?  Ready for this wonderful holiday season?

Esther

Photography & Editor – Rhesa

Stylist & Model & Blogger – Esther

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This was the scrapbook that I entered into a competition recently.  It got first!  I was very happy with how it turned out 🙂  There really is not much to talk about here, as you can see it all when you look at the pics.  I could go into a lot of detail in regards to techniques etc. but really all I wanted was to show you my recent project.  If you would like to know how I acheived a certain look, then please don’t hesitate to comment and I will happily get back to you.

The theme, as I’m sure you picked up, is Godly, modest fashion.  I’ve written a few tips and thoughts on this which I hope will help you all too.  It’s hard to pick out the most important points to write as I have much to say about this topic and in this scrapbook, little space to write it.  But I really do mean what I’ve said, and I hope that you all will perhaps learn something new today.

Click the photos to enlarge them if you want a larger and more detailed image.

Please comment and tell me which page you liked the best!  I think my favourites are #5 and #7.

Esther

P.S.  My photographer friend, Rhesa, who does most of the photography on this blog, has started up a blog of her own.  I would love it if you could go on over and check out her blog on photography, life, craft, fashion, and more… http://mybuttonodyssey.wordpress.com/

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Hi there everyone!
This is the last outfit that we have stored up to write about.  But never fear, ’cause I am here, as is my awesome photographer Rhesa.  We will be getting together next week for a fashion photo shoot!  Oh yes, and she has a new camera, so you’re in for a real treat, as I have no doubt that our pics are going to get even better.

When I first put this outfit on and saw the photo, I LOVED it!  Absolutely!  As you all know, I love those gathered skirts tucked in and brought together with a belt.  And long strands of pearls and pretty pumps? Yep, just my style.

I often wish that we dressed like this these days.  Mmmm, I would love to go back to the 50’s for the single purpose of being able to buy all these beautiful clothes and wear them any and everyday.

Ok, so that’s not gonna happen, but I will never turn down an opportunity to wear it in this era, even if it’s not particularly “in” at the moment.  Join me!  You never know, we might just start to change fashion.  After all, it all comes back eventually doesn’t it?  I’ll just keep hoping.

Haha, ah well, let’s just enjoy the photos shall we?

Please forgive me for the lack of photos.  Somehow, the rest were deleted…  Thus the fancy drop shadow and polaroid effect.  For most of the last few outfits, it was raining outside, and so Rhesa and I had to become creative with our inside locations.

Anyway, have a lovely week!  It’s holidays over here in NZ, so I’ll be having a bit of free time… might do a few more posts in that time.  Stay tuned…

Esther

Stylist – Lydia

Model – Esther
What I wore:

  • Gathered skirt – JacquiE, Thrifted
  • Cream long-sleeve – Principals, $49
  • Black belt – Pagani, $19.99
  • Nude pumps – Rubi Shoes, $30
  • String of pearls – Gifted

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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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