Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

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This is classic me.  Layers, vintage, oxfords, floral, and a tie-up blouse.  It’s awesome – but I wear it sparingly, for fear that it might become too ‘old’.  Most of these outfits that I’ve put together in this series are ones that I wear quite often now – just a bit of a look into what I actually wear in my day-to-day life.  When I say day-to-day life, I really only mean Sunday…  sadly.  It’s because of my busy work life – I’ve only got about 1 week left of study, and then my work hours will increase.  At the moment I work two jobs – an After School Care job every afternoon and a job at a florist all day Saturday.  So my only dress-up day is Sunday for church!  This limits my freedom to try out different things, but it also means I can re-wear a lot of outfits without them getting ‘old’ so to say.  Yep, I do realise that that completely nullifies my previous conundrum.  I’m constantly contradicting myself… you’ll get used to it. 😉

There’s really not much to say about this outfit – it’s cute and vintage, and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that it’s totally me.  This skirt was about $10 from Valley Girl – a nice affordable shop here in NZ.  The prices and places of each of the other items of clothing will be located at the bottom of this post as usual.

A new shop has opened up in our local mall – it’s called Mirrou.  It’s quite vintage and fashionable and I scored a couple of really cheap items in their 50% off store-wide weekend sale.  One item was a nice, light knit jumper ($12.50!!!).  I’ve been wanting one for ages and I really like it!  Wearing it now actually.  Apparently it’s not everyone’s cup of tea though… at my After School Care job one of the kids came up to me and the following conversation ensued:

Kid: “What are you wearing?  It looks weird.”

Me: “Um, it’s a knit jumper.  What’s wrong with it?”

Kid: “It just looks weird.”  *pause*  “Did your Grandma knit it for you?”

Me: “Uh… nooo…”

Kid: “Good, cause if she had that would’ve been really weird…”

Me: “Well, she didn’t knit it.  These jumpers are really fashionable at the moment!”

Kid: “I don’t really like it.”

Me: “Well, we all have different tastes…”

Haha, children’s conversations crack me up!  I could start writing a book. 😉  Anyway, enjoy these photos of my last outfit from the photo shoot!  Thinking of a hair tutorial next…

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Thanks for the awesome photos Rhesa!  Go check out her blog (lolly pics are involved!), she’s done some cool posts recently.

Signing out…

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist and Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Floral Skirt – Valley Girl, $10/15
  • White blouse – Pagani, SALE $20
  • Navy blazer – Ezibuy, $50
  • Patterned tights – Kmart
  • Oxfords – Hannahs, $30-40

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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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Heeey!

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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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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Finally, I’m back!  It’s been a busy few weeks – the ball that I was organising (next post!), finishing school for the term and a host of many other things!  My brother and I as well as two other friends have been working on a short film which we are doing for a competition.  We just finished it so I will have the link in my next post!

This outfit is extremely girly but very me.  Pastels and lace really are just the best and the pop of turquoise adds interest also.  I want you to take special notice of the necklace though.  I spotted this bunting statement piece a while back and finally bought it when it went on special.  I’m not really one for bold jewellery (though it is working it’s magic on me) but this one struck me as vintage and very cute.  So, here it is.

Just a simple outfit for the go, this combination was perfect for the autumn day that we shot this, however winter is now upon us and I’m wearing much warmer clothes than these pieces.  Oh, and the skirt!  I made it – a rectangle piece of cloth sewn together quickly with an elastic waistband.  Simple!  Give it a go 🙂

One last thing before you continue on to the pictures.  Have a look at this shop – http://www.forevernew.com.au/  Isn’t it gorgeous!  I went in with my friends the other day.  The walls are lined and racks filled with pastels, lace, beaded items, sparkles and everything vintage and stylish that you could imagine.  :-O  I like it, a lot.

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That last picture is of me and one of my best friends, Ambley.  I’ve featured her on here before actually, and I might also be the one responsible for her gradual tendency towards blouses. 😉

My next post will be about that ball I’ve been mentioning.  Look forward to some lovely photos of glitz and glam.

~Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Model and Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Lace top – Glassons, $19 SALE
  • Teal cardigan – Gifted
  • Pastel Skirt – Handmade
  • Bunting necklace – Diva, $7
  • Shoes – Ezibuy, $20

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Heart-to-heart blog posting is something I’ve struggled with.  I’ve wanted to keep this blog all about modest fashion – professional, and informative.  As I’ve gone along, I’ve shared a few pieces of my heart which have hopefully helped some of you readers out there.  So, although I’m not about to pour my emotional heart and foolish thoughts onto these pages uncensored, I have come to realise that honest blogging is what draws people in – aside from the fashion pics.  So here’s a little something that I’ve been thinking about and struggling with lately, here’s hoping it helps you too.

The age-old desire which, through it’s absence has plagued the generations since long ago and through it’s presence has provided a love for life that nothing can extinguish, is happiness.  We all want it, but time and time again it evades us.  We ask ourselves, am I doing something wrong?  Do I not deserve happiness just as much as the next person?  Can I ever be truly happy?  Being a Christian, I know that I have every reason to be happy and to have hope – a lot more than most people do out there.  But sometimes, ever frequently of late, I just want happiness – no strings attached!

I’ve thought I could find it in other people, things, experiences, from what people think and say about me… but all is pointless.  People fail you, things wither away and eventually, experiences die…  I read an article which was titled – Happiness is an Inside Job.  It’s true.  If we look for happiness in someone else or let our emotions depend upon what another says or does, we’ll be disappointed.  It’s a choice, from within.  You know those people you meet or hear about, that always seem so happy?  Nothing can fase them, nobody can get them down and they seem to have this inner strength of character that draws everyone to them.  I’ve always wanted to be like them.  But let’s face it, I’m not.  So, what’s their secret?

They live ordinary lives just like you and I and face the same kind of experiences, good and bad.  What makes them different?  I believe that it’s an inward choice, a choice to not let the trivial things in life make an impression on them, to not bother with those people who don’t care at all about them and to choose happiness above all other emotions that come their way, because life is beautiful and no matter what’s happening, something is still good – the sun is still shining and there is Someone Who still loves you above all.  We can’t make that inward decision by ourself, only when Jesus is in us can we truly be free to shake off the shackles that hold us down and look above and beyond the difficulties that come at us.

It’s not easy.  I write all of this as a hope, no, as a knowledge that I will someday be that person who is unfased by life and wears a smile, not a cheesy, fake smile, but a smile that is true and real and comes from deep within.  My happiness won’t depend upon other people, I won’t find my fulfillment in another but in Christ alone.  As always guys, it’s a journey and a hard one at that.  But we have the answer to the question of happiness and we know that we can have that true happiness.  It’s available to us, grab at it with all you’re worth and always remember that life is beautiful.

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Oh, and this dress – I came home from work one day and found this dress lying on my bed!  My Grandma had bought it for me!  It was such a surprise and a blessing and I’ve worn it several times already.  Simple is elegant.  Thanks Grandma! x

Bless you all,

Esther x

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist & Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Teal dress – Shanton, $10 SALE
  • Black bead necklace – Diva, $2 SALE
  • Black shoes – Hush Puppies, $80?

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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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Finally I’ve found the time put up my next post, the first of a few cute outfits that I’ve been wearing recently.  Well, recently when we shot these pics, but since then the weather has turned bitterly cold.  Well, bitterly for the North Island of NZ anyway.

The weather really started to kick in on Tuesday when we had lightening and massive claps of thunder followed by a sudden and huge! downpouring of hail.  The driveway had drifts of it and the the ground was covered in it!  Closest to snow we get here I’m afraid, but needless to say, my bros and I took the opportunity to stop our work and school and run out to have a hail fight!  Perks of homeschooling, huh?  A ton of fun.

Right, so onto this outfit… loving this lace top that I bought on sale from Glassons – $18!  Just needed a few repare stitches and was good as new!  I really like wearing bright colours – and this turquoise cardigan, gifted from Mum, was the pefect thing to wear with the clean, white lace.  The matching pop of colour underneath the lace looks cool too!  I added some nice high wedges (you’ve seen them before), my favourite jeans from Just Jeans and a cool retro necklace that belonged to Mum.  I stoles it.  😀

These pictures where taken when the maple tree was just changing colour and the cosmos pink was still showing.  Things have changed since then… but the darkness all comes before the light.  Summer’s coming guys!  …in quite a few months…

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Thinking of starting a Facebook page?  What do you all think?

I recently joined together with a group of guys to participate in the 48 hour film festival that is held annually in NZ.  We created an epic film with the genre we were given – horror.  That’s not my kinda thing, but I had such fun putting my acting hobby to use in this short film.  The guys I worked with were super talented – hats off to them!  Here’s the link if you’re interested – https://vimeo.com/67035550  Had a lot of fun creating this, and I’ll definitely share anymore films that we may make in the future.

Bless you all!  Lydia’s 21st party tomorrow… lots to do.

Esther

Photography – Rhesa

Model – Esther

Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Lace top – Glassons, $18
  • Torquoise cardigan – Gifted
  • Blue denims – Just Jeans, $50
  • White wedges – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $38
  • Retro necklace – Gifted/Taken…

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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 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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