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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 🙂

lace singlet

floral dress

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

pink blouse

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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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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Ooh yeah, this has gotta be my fav outfit out of them all I reckon.  I am definitely a skirt and dresses kind of gal, whenever I have an excuse really, but this combo just hits the mark for casual cuteness.  I love t-shirts that have pictues on them, however I’m picky and obviously dislike weird pictures or random captions.  But this tee has a series of vintage phot0s of olden days.  It really is gorgeous, and with that beautiful pastel pink/apricot cardigan, it fits into spring nicely.  The scarf is textured and has a nice neutral, floral pattern on it – perfect!  I rediscovered these jeans just recently, which is awesome, as buying jeans really is just the most horrible shopping nightmare ever!  Am I the only one who finds that?  They used to be too loose, but fit nicely now… what does this say about me???  Well actually, the last time I wore them was probably 6 months to a year ago, so, yeah…  I never used to know how I felt about wearing high-heels with trouses, but I have now decided that I love the look!  It adds a bit of style and class to the outfit while still keeping it casual.  Just what you need when going out shopping or visiting friends.

These daisies really are so lovely!  They go with this outfit so well and I’m glad we photographed with them as they all got mown yesterday afternoon 😦  But not to worry, they’ll be springing up again in the next few days.  Love that about those cute flowers.

Ok, so, I reckon an update on me is now in order.  At the moment I’m having a break over the weekend and psyching myself up for intense accounting study next week for my approaching exam.  First exam I’ve ever done (apart from music theory and ballet) as I’ve been home schooled all my life!  So, so looking forward to the summer as I’m sure all you southern hemisphere peeps are also.
Yesterday I went to the mall with my friend Ambley, who has featured on this blog once – here.  I bought the prettiest blue and cream tie-up blouse.  Chiffon + blouse (tie-ups esp.) = one very, very happy Esther!  You’ll be seeing it here soon no doubt.  I wore it to church today actually 🙂  I’m looking forward to posting some daily summer outfits in the coming months.  That’ll be fun I reckon.

So, please do enjoy these spring photos!  The weather’s looking up here at the moment, I was wearing a t-shirt when I wrote this!  Surely heralding in some beautiful weather.


Yeah!  There’s my other bro.  🙂  Havin’ fun crashin’ my photo shoot!  Actually, he and my other brother, Matthew (the one who designed my header) own an online toy shop and sell pretty awesome toys!  You’d all love them I’m absolutely sure of it – puzzles, outside toys, a whole range of putty and RC helicopters.  Here’s the link – www.simplyclevertoys.com

I’m loving the beautiful combination of colours and textures in this outfit while still remaining relatively simple.  When stying your outfits, it’s a good idea to use different colours that complement each other, different textures and an obvious theme.  I love seeing people dress in a way that reflects who they are and displays their unique and personal style.  That’s another aim of ours here on Creative Touch – helping young woman create your own unique style of dressing.  Self-confidence and self-worth is important, and I believe that by wearing something that fills you with confidence you’ll feel more secure in who you are – something we all need from time to time.  Well, let’s hope that this blog is doing just that 🙂

God bless you all over this lovely weekend!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist & Model – Esther (ok, admittedly Lydia wears this outfit often, so I was inspired by her)

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Yes I am. Cause I know they’ll come, and soon. The day that we did this fashion photo shoot was beautifully sunny and I didn’t feel cold standing in this when being photographed, as opposed to most days in the winter when I stand freezing, trying to look relaxed and unconcerned.  However, the truth is that I soon rush back into the house or chuck my dressing gown over me, thus effectively ruining my previously stylish look 😉

Ok, about this outfit.  This beautiful, floral, halter-neck dress is from the Philippines, and when paired with a nice white or coloured shrug to hide the lack of sleeves, it looks fabulous! I love it, the epitomy of summer for me. Oh yes, and this cool floppy, beach hat!  Makes me think of those sunny days goin’ to the beach.  Yeah!  The sun, the waves, the seagulls souring overhead, picnic basket in hand, swimming, good friends with good conversation.  God’s creation never ceases to amaze me, and in all seasons I see something which makes me marvel afresh at God’s creativity.  It inspires me!

I’m also wearing some awesome silver sandals to go with this summery look!  Enjoy, and please do let me know what your favourite part of summer is.  I’m really looking forward to painting my nails with bright colours!  Let’s get into the mood early peeps. 🙂

I’m really excited to reveal these next outfits to you over the course of a few weeks.  They are so cute and summery.  Rhesa’s new camera is a dream, let me tell you!  And our outdoor settings are beautiful.  Pink and purple, what can go wrong?!

Blessings on you all today!

Esther

Photographer & Editor – Rhesa (Girl, you’ve done an awesome job here!)

Stylist – Oh my, I get to write my name here!!!  – Esther!

Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Blue floral dress – Philippines, GIFTED
  • White shrug – Valley Girl, $15
  • White hat – from long ago…
  • Necklace – from here and there… the pendant was from Spotlight
  • Silver sandals – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $19.99 SALE

Do you see this people??!  This whole outfit was practically only $15 if you substitute the shoes for a pair of jandals or just go barefoot on the beach.  Give or take a few dollars…   See what you can do with clothes cheaply?  I hope this inspires you 🙂

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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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I know right!  This is such a different outfit.   What with the bright tights and cow-boy boots, I’m sporting a rather ‘country gal’ look.  This would be perfect for Autumn, but also can be pulled off in the winter.  With the addition of a few wooden and bright bead bracelets, this outfit is certainly fun and hippy.   Is that the kind of look you want to wear?  I don’t know, but I do know that it looks super cute.

This lovely knit cardigan from Glassons has a heart pattern all throughout, which I think looks lovely, and the tights bring out the p0ps of colour in the skirt.  A couple of these items of clothing have been tucked away in our wardrobe for quite a while now, but we pulled them out and put together an outfit using them.  It’s possible girls, it just requires a bit of imagination and creativity, which we hope to provide on this blog.  I had a friend say recently, that this blog has helped her put together some outfits, which is awesome!  Just the feedback we want to hear.  Hope we’re helping you.  Go bold, go bright, and replace those winter drabs with a bit of colour!

Enjoy, (I’m learning how to play the guitar at the moment!  Good times… after you get over the pain in your fingertips)

I hope you all have a good week and a fun time watching the Olympics.  I sure am.  Go New Zealand!!!  Sorry, just had to throw a bit of Kiwi patriotism in there 😉

Blessings,

Esther

Photographer and Editor – Rhesa

Stylist – Lydia

Model and Writer – Esther

What I wore:

  • Skirt – Urban Angel, $50
  • Heart Cardigan – Glassons, $20 SALE
  • Red Tights – Farmers, $12.99
  • Black Boots – Hannahs, $100

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I  know what you’re thinking… but I can explain myself!  Before I do however, I would like to say sorry.  Sorry for being slack… but here is the fashion photo shoot you’ve all been waiting for!

Ok, the explanation.  I’ve been sick, yep, down with the flu.  Also I’ve been procrastinating.  I was prepared to write a fill in post until the photos were ready, but that’s when I got a fever.  Anyhoo, I’m on the way to recovery, and will make up for my lack of writing and presence on this blog.

Alrighty, I’m sorry peeps, here it is again, but I just love this skirt SO. MUCH. that I had to share it with you again.  If anything, that’s a good thing, because it will show you how to style a basic staple piece in many different ways.  If you’ve been following Creative Touch long enough, you will have noticed that the last time we styled this skirt, it was summer.  This time, it’s winter.  Very versatile don’t you think?  In summer, I wore a sleeve-less top, bare legs, and a light cardigan.  In winter, tights, a coat, and a slightly warmer top.  If you do this, it will mean that you get much more wear out of your clothes without having to repeat your looks.  This advice goes for any of your plain skirts, trousers or tops.  Be creative, it’ll pay off.  You won’t have to buy as many items either, which will in the end save money.  I’m not saying don’t buy a piece of clothing here and there, because let’s face it, I’m a normal female too, but I am saying that you now have another option.  Besides, rare splurges are much more fun than frequent impulsive buying which you you always regret later on anyway.

Ok, enough advice… bring on the photos!

Thank you very much everyone!  By the way don’t be afraid to comment.  We love comments!  If you have any ideas for another hair tutorial, just let me know, as I haven’t got any ideas put into place at the moment.

We are working on an accessories post as well.  We have a couple more photos to do, but it should provide some variety to our usual fashion shots 🙂  I find them interesting too, and you’ll be able to see what shoes we have and our massive, and I mean MASSIVE, collection of scarves.

Enjoy the coming weekend!

Esther

What I wore:

  • Pleated Skirt – Valley Girl, $10
  • Floral Top – Op-shop, $7 I believe (it’s worth it to op-shop or thrift!)
  • Navy Blazer – Ezibuy, $50 – 53 SALE
  • Tights – Kmart, $can’t remember…
  • Black Shoes – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $30

Stylist – Lydia

Photographer and Editor – Rhesa

Model and Blogger – Esther

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Hi Everyone,

Yes, I’m very sorry I haven’t been around for a while.  What with school, work, and a multitude of other things going on, I haven’t checked in here for a while.  Finally I am here however, and I hope you enjoy this next outfit.

Before you comment on the title, let me form my defense.  Yet again this happened – read to find out the complete evolution of my blog title conundrum…  This time, the predicament was the same, however I ended up writing the title.  I won’t bore you with an explanation, however give me some grace, as… well, nevermind.

The look sports a very interesting t-shirt with a print of a face.  Most of the time, I would really dislike wearing a shirt that has someone else’s face on it, however, I reckon that this has an arty feel about it, as it’s not actually a picture but more of a painting.  It goes very nicely with the corderoy pants which, unsurprisingly, are my sister’s – though she doesn’t wear them that often sooooo…  Also, the cardigan ties in quite nicely and by combining all that with the new (actually it’s been around for a bit) trend of tucking in the front to show off your fancy belt buckle, you’ll feel, well, trendy!

Wearing high-heeled shoes with pants is also a very smart look I think.  It’s not a new trend, as often the business women of the world sport this look, however you can do this just as well with casual looks.

Again in this post, we are showing you how to style pants as well as skirts and dresses.  Although they are very feminine and pretty, there is a place in this pracitcal world for pants, and hopefully, over these last two post, we have helped you just a little bit in regards to sucessfully styling pants.

Enjoy the photos and we look forward to showing you the next and last post in this fashion photo shoot.

I hope you appreciated all of the new locations, especially the fourth in the burnt kitchen.  I’ve often been told that there are lessons to be learned all around, and it just stood out to me that something can even be learnt from something as horrible as a devastating fire.  Something good can come of something terrible, even if it’s something small, it’s a spark of hope and I do hope that we’ll all remember that.

Esther

Photographer & Editor – Rhesa

Makeup & Stylist – Lydia

Model – Esther

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to our latest fashion photo shoot, taken on Monday.  It is entitled Welcome Summer and in it there will be six different outfits and each post will include photos, tips, trends, and practical advice from Creative Touch to you!  We hope you’ll enjoy these next posts and that you’ll learn a lot from them, so without further ado, I give you, Welcome Summer!

This post is titled Tribal Inspired, because of the style of this outfit.  The skirt is handmade by Lydia and features bright and bold, large prints.  We have added a simple pink cami and brown cardigan to go with it.  We’ve brought it all together with a large brown belt that has gold detailing as you’ll see in the close up shot.  By adding a large bead necklace and a few wooden bead bracelets, we’ve finished off the tribal look.

If you’ve been looking in your latest fashion magazines, which to be honest, most of us don’t right? Well, even if you haven’t, I do occasionally and I’ve noticed that prints, large and small, have featured a lot. The tribal look and animal prints are also ‘in’ this summer. I know that we are more than half way through the summer but, these trends will certainly be ‘in’ for a few months yet. And goodness! Who cares if they aren’t. Wear them anyway and you’ll feel great and stylish!

We believe at Creative Touch that you should dress differently to the mass multitudes of girls wearing crop tops and cut-off denim shorty shorts. We all need our own personal style and that’s our aim, to help you find yours! Individuality is what people will notice, they’ll respect you for it. Also, it’s fun to develop your style and feel unique and different. 🙂 This outfit is definitely unique, and although not to everyone’s taste, it’s individual and for your interest, this is Lydia’s style of clothing.

Enjoy this outfit and we look forward to sharing the next one with you!

Yes, I was in a rather odd mood for part of our fashion photo shoot, you know, doing those poses all day long just gets to ya…

Enjoy your weekend!
Esther

What I Wore:

Tribal skirt – made by Lydia!
Pink Camisole – Farmers $11.99
Brown cardigan – thrifter or gifted…
Brown shoes – Ruby Shoes $15
Brown belt – $15.99
Bead necklace – gifted
Wooden bead bracelets – Diva $? (it was that long ago…)

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