Posts Tagged ‘modest fashion blog’

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So yes, this is a rather abstract print isn’t it?  If you wanna tell me what you think it is, go for it.  It kind of reminds me of wrapped lollies, which isn’t really a bad thing now is it?

This dress was about $15 from Cotton On – a good shop btw, I bought my first fav blouse from there.  I will never forget it (still have it).  This is an outfit I’ve worn a couple of times.  I waver between liking it and not… only because sometimes I feel that the dress is a tad short for me.  Only sometimes though.  How’s that for the classic indecisive female, huh?  It’s not really too short generally (esp. when worn with thick leggings) but occasionally I’m conscious of the long gangly appendages that I possess. 😉  Haha, anyway, gotta be happy with what you have, right?  And appendages are not what define you… thankfully.

I’m starting to realize even more that I have a thing for blue.  Generally it’s one of my best colours to wear.  Do you have one colour that works really well for you?  I think it’s important to know what that is, because it’s an easy fall-back when one isn’t feeling too inspired.  I like to mix textures – this outfit exhibits it well.  Although, I tend to be a bit less adventurous in regards to mixing prints, textures is a different story.  The smooth blue of the blazer mixed with the lace scarf and printed dress is a good combination.  And let me just say that these ankle boots are a new favourite of mine. 🙂

I was trying to do something with my hair… ‘trying’ being the operative word. 😉  Didn’t work, but hey… I um don’t have a comeback.

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Ooh ooh!  Exciting news!  I only have three weeks left of school – yr. 13 – and then I’m finished… FOREVER!!!  Who wouldn’t feel ecstatic?!  I’ve applied for Bible College next year… and then… who but God knows what the future may hold.  I look forward to it with absolute excitement and anticipation. 😀

Bless you all as you journey through life,

Esther

 

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist and Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Navy print dress – Cotton On, $15
  • Blazer – Ezibuy, $50
  • Lace scarf – Gifted
  • Ankle Boots – Number 1 Shoe Warehouse, $30
  • Black leggings – Farmers (a long long time ago… in a galaxy far far away…)
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Hello there folks,

So, I’m going to do something a little different today.  If you’d like to see the specifics and interest behind this outfit, please see below the pictures.  Right now however, I really must share a story with you… a rather embarrassing and stupid story about me.  I believe that there’s no point in doing anything silly if you can’t share it with someone else, so… here goes people.  My latest greatest.

It was just after lunchtime and I’m sitting at my desk busily studying away.  Each day I allot a certain amount of time for my school subjects, and usually, I manage to complete, in time, all the tasks that I assign to myself.  This is where I was, just finishing my study for a test that I have tomorrow.  I look at my watch, noting that the big hand was just on the half-past mark, and the small hand, assumedly on the 2.  I hurriedly get myself ready and jump into my car, thinking that I won’t need to bring my coat to work today as the weather seems quite mild.  I hop in and start to drive down the road.  As I drive, some rather weighty water drops begin to fall, causing me to flick on my window wipers, first on a slow speed and then faster.  Suddenly I realize that not only have I purposely and stupidly left my jacket at home, but there is also no umbrella to be seen in the confines of my small car.  Drat!  I arrive at my local village and note dismally that the raindrops haven’t ceased at all.  Deciding to brave it, I grab my bag, jump out of the car, lock the door and flee for the safetly of the covered pavement.  I run the short distance to the church hall where my job is located getting thoroughly soaked in the doing so.  Thinking all the while, “Man, will I be glad to get inside… I must look like a drowned rat!”  I reach the relative safety of the hall deck and peer inside the window to find…  that nobody’s there.  The lights are off.  No soul in sight.  My heart suddenly sinks.  Quickly glancing at my watch, I realise with a deep sense of dread that it’s NOT 2:30… but instead, 1:30!!!  I’d failed to meticulously check that stupid little watch hand!  NOOO!  With nothing left to do, I dash back into the rain, the deluge thoroughly wetting me in the process.  I hear thunder in the distance… and as I’m almost to my car, it begins to hail.  Hair dripping and denim soaked I make the last sprint.  Fumbling around, I finally snatch the keys out of my wet bag and try desperately to fit them into the key-hole.  It seems to take forever, all the while more hail and more rain continue to pour down upon me.  Finally I grab the door handle, yanking it open and dive into my car.  Slamming the door behind me I sit panting.  Eager to get rid of my drenched garments I peel off my cardigan and scarf, realizing that all this could have been avoided if only I had looked at that watch properly!  The windows are fogged up, the rain still pours down and another flash of lightening appears as I sit for another full 10 minutes trying to decide what to do…  In the end I came home, wasting at least half an hour of my time and a full change of clothes as well as dampening my dignity… quite literally.  The irony, well there’s a lot of irony in this story… and I’m reluctant to say that this is not the first time that I have made that mistake… may it be the last.

The End. 😉  Another wonderful day in the life of Esther.

Here are my outfit photos, taken on a much sunnier day than today and below, as promised, are a few interesting things to note about this outfit…

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The stripey shoes again!  And this top is actually a denim dress – another number I bought for $1 at that clothing sale.  It’s a bit short on me, so layering it up with a skirt was an awesome choice!  It’s just a little bit nautical and suggests summer – exciting times ahead.  The darker blue of the blazer with the light blue denim matches very  nicely with the white and black – classic colours.  Simple jewellery was all that this outfit needed.  And I quite like the variety that the detail on the neckline brings.  Hope you enjoyed my whacky jumping photo!  My photographer friend can do it oh-so-much better than I… but hey, I tried – as proof by my flying lanky arms and legs 😉 heh

Have a fab rest of your week peoples!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist and Model – Me!

What I wore:

  • Denim dress/top – Clothing sale, $1!!!
  • White skirt – given by sis
  • Black belt – Pagani, $15
  • Blue blazer – Ezibuy, $50???
  • Stripey shoes – Ezibuy, $8

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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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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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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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