Posts Tagged ‘hair tutorial’

Floral skirt - 1

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…

floral skirt - 2

Floral skirt - 3

floral skirt - 5

floral skirt - 4

floral skirt - 6

floral skirt 6

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

Signing out…


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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Ok, so I am pretty excited about this tutorial, mainly cause I love working with hair, and I was so surprised and excited with how this style turned out.

This hair style will involve two people, unless you are amazingly talented and can do this on yourself; however the best way, is to go grab a friend and then do this on each other.

My model today is Isabelle.  I absolutely loved doing this style on her hair, as she is a blonde gone brown, meaning, she has lovely, natural, blonde highlights.  The same goes for my previous model for the hair tutorial, Ambley.  She had some lovely copper highlights (natural) and another friend of mine, whose hair I styled in this way, has beautiful blonde streaks also.  You are incredibly blessed ladies I assure you!

My inspiration came from that place where all good ideas come from, the internet, and more specifically, Youtube!  I’m joking about the good ideas peeps.  Really, the best way is to come up with your own ideas, but this hair tutorial is better than any I’ve come up with so far, therefore it is here, and hopefully none of you have seen it before. 🙂

Perfect for going out and about, church, dates with your husband, or even just pottering around the house, this hair-style will make you feel beautiful and feminine, which incidentally is the aim of this blog.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy this hair tutorial on how to do a French flower braid.

1.  Side-part the hair and then spritz all the hair with water until damp.

2.  Take a portion of hair from the front, divide into three sections and start French braiding along the front of the head, picking up more hair from both sides as you go along.  If you want a more defined braid, just pick up hair from the back.

3.  Continue to French braid downwards towards the ear.

4.  Then French braid straight across the head until you reach just before the left ear.  Note: as you braid straight across the head, only pick up little bits of hair from the bottom, so that when you turn your braid down and around, you’ll still have some hair falling down to add into that braid.

5.  Start turing your braid downwards for a short time.  When you do this, take hair from left side (looking towards the back of the head) and bring into the French braid as you normally would.

6.  Continue to braid straight across the bottom, picking up all the hair you left hanging.  The trickiest part is now over.

7.  Once there is no more hair to add, just finish off with a normal braid.  As you do this braid, tug the edges of the left side a little.  These will create the petals for your flower.  Tie off the end.

8.  Twist upwards and anti-clockwise on the right and bottom side of the head.

9.  Tuck the tied off end of the hair somewhere beneath the braid where it won’t be seen.

10.  Stick bobby pins into the hair to secure, and then place your choice of a centre-piece in the middle of the flower.  This will hide any of the ends, and create a nice look.

You are now complete!  Here are a few shots from different angles to show the finished look.

Isn’t it an elegant hairstyle?  I know that it looks complicated, but I assure you that it’s not.  Have a go yourself, but always remember that success comes through trial and error.  I have to continually remind myself that I can learn from mistakes instead of beating myself up about them.

Have an awesome weekend people, and leave a comment to request another hair tutorial!


Stylist – Esther

Photographer – Matthew

Model – Isabelle

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

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

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

Enjoy the lovely photos that Rhesa took and edited!

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

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

Enjoy your week!


Photographer & Editor – Rhesa

Model – Esther

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Ok dokey!  Here is our very first hair tutorial.  We’re branching out people!

Is it a single?  No!  Is it a double??  NO!  Is it a triple French braid??!!  YES!!!  It is!  This hair tutorial involves three French braids to create a rather different, yet lovely hair style.

I know what you’re thinking, “HELP!  I don’t even know how to French braid… it sounds so… complicated.”  Well yes, that’s what I also used to think, but you know what, one day, I finally decided to learn how, after experimenting for a while.  Seriously girls, just look up a video, it’s not that hard, all you do, is plait and just add in a bit more to each section as you move down the head.  At least, that’s how I do it, correct me if I’m wrong. 🙂

In this tutorial, I will not be showing you how to French braid, but rather, how to combine those skills into making a very pretty, yet unusual hair style.  I did actually ‘invent’ this one, however, as a rather kind friend pointed out, I may have ‘invented’ it along with  a load of other people in the world who had the same ‘original’ idea…  Anyway, it consists of three French braids brought together at the back, tucked under, and pinned.  I’ll skip the description and show you step-by-step.

Enjoy!  Feedback is welcome (even embraced) and suggestions for other hair styles you’d like to see on here will also be considered, as I rather enjoyed doing this and would be happy to do it again!  (The steps correspond with the photo above them).

1.  Take a section of hair from the top of your head with a comb.

2.  Start French braiding it down the centre, taking a little bit more each time and adding it to your three sections.  (This part is just like a normal French braid).

3.  Continue right down to the base of your head, and once there is no more hair left to add, just finish off with a normal braid.  Tie it off with a hair tie.

4.  On the left side, do exactly the same and take a section of hiar.

5.  Just like the top braid, divide it into three sections.

6.  And start French braiding down the side until you have finally used all of the hair on that side in a French braid.  Tie with a hair tie.

7.  Now, on the right side, do exactly the same thing.  French braid the whole way down.

8.  Take both the side braids, and cross them underneath the top braid.

9.  Bring all the ends together, remove hair ties, and replace with one tie holding all three ends.

10.  Tuck under.  It’s as easy as that, you may have to try it a few times, but just tuck under, and stick several pins in to secure.

11.  You are finished!  Even though this is relatively simple, it looks rather complex.  I am not at all experienced with hair styles, but if you can just master the art of more or less French braiding, then the world of hair styling just opens right up!

Try tying a scarf around your head to add a little fashion to your look.

Tying a knot in the scarf and placing it on top isn’t such a bad idea either.

And there we have it, the final look!

A very big  thank you to Ambley, my good friend, who patiently sat, while I snapped pics, stuck pins into her hair, and constantly said, “No, a little to the right… hmm, actually maybe to the left.”  You endured a lot, but made a beautiful model!


Hair stylist – Esther

Photographer(s) – Matthew (that talented brother of mine) & Esther

Model – Ambley

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