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In the words of… nope, can’t find an authoritative quote that communicates what I want to say.  Well nevermind, here’s mine (feel free to quote this).

“Although I have been gone for so long, I have not forgotten you.”

Yeah, probably could have said that without the prologue and quotation marks.

University has kept me busy along with work at the florist, and I ended up prioritizing my relationships with friends and family over the blogging world.  My mental health has also benefited from this decision. 😉  Never fear, life hasn’t run me to the ground, quite the opposite, I’m loving my study and the way life has panned out for me this year!

Instead of writing a long monologue on what I’ve been up to since summer, I’ve decided to write another “This & That” post.  While I have found some time to blog, time and weather have not permitted any recent photo-shoots, but neither the former nor latter will stop me conclusively.

Before my flighty fingers flee, let me assure you of two very important things:

  1. I am still very much connected to the online world.  Activities include: perusing other fashion blogs, subscribing to Youtubers, and my recent development – joining Pinterest!  Conclusively, I have not crawled into a hole and disconnected my internet, still very much alive and very much present.
  2. Even though I haven’t been documenting my daily outfits, University has provided me with the perfect opportunity to branch out in my style and be creative in what I wear.  I am constantly creating new and interesting outfits on my slim, student budget and I’m having a lot of fun – hope to share at least some of these with you in the near-ish future.

Alrighty, scroll and enjoy my (bad-quality) photos!  This is 1 of several “This & That” posts to come…  Glad to be back. 🙂

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A pre-Uni selfie – getting ready for some serious study!

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Yep, very serious.  P.S.  Love this gurl!

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I covered the front of my 4-subject notebook for Uni.  Nothing like a bit of vintage inspiration sitting before you to prompt the writing of assignments!

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A day at the florist, featuring some beautiful bouquets.  Frequently heard comment, “Wow, it smells so nice in here!”  My reply, “Yeah, you kinda get immune to it.”  :-/

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A night during first semester spent reading a textbook and drinking tea – survival.

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Preparing for Lydia to move out of the room we have shared since we were young lasses.  Many a tear was shed… but you should see what I’ve done with the place since then!  (Alert – future room tour!)

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Last sibling date with the unmarried girl!  Since then, I have been subject to many a, “How’s married life?!”  …apparently we look similar…

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A pre-wedding selfie in all our bridesmaid glory.  The dictionary still tells me ‘selfie’ isn’t an actual world… get with the 21st century program, dictionary!

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…and a nice one, for good measure.

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Well, that’s all folks!  Tune in next time for another “This & That” post, where I attempt to cover yet another few months in the pixelated (also apparently not a word) life of Esther!

“Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.”

Truth, and most definitely a genuine quote – not mine, sadly.

~Esther

 

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Dressing up for a double Hens Party… yes, we did walk into the Thai restaurant like this.

 

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My piece of tech for Uni (which starts tomorrow!!!)

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Decorating my bed space with my new lanterns… oops, forgot to make my bed for this shot…

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The bridesmaids hair that I curled and styled for the wedding of one of the Hens from that party.

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Beautifully vintage/travel decorated coasters and dish… gifted from Rhesa for my 18th.  You shaw do know me gurl 😉

 

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Putting my feet up after organising my desk for Uni… this desk will be my constant companion for the next year.

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A pretty, navy 50’s dress from my fav shop – Forever New.

 

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And finally, a new blouse!  Navy with heart prints 😀  Love those love-hearts.

I plan to document my year by snapping some little pics here and there and then sharing them with you all!

Uni starts tomorrow and I feel nervous, excited, un-composed, and fully prepared yet unprepared for what lies ahead.  Here’s to the future!

~Esther

P.S.  A bit of tune talk… a couple of favourite songs:  “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, and I did like “Say Something”… until the radio totally overplayed it… 😐

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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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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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Puffy, Fur, Vintage – those three words pretty much sum it up.

This is a weird outfit for me.  When I was planning my outfits before the photoshoot, I randomly chucked this on.  My motive?  I’ve been trying to style this puffer vest for a while now… unsuccessfully.  And, of course, these shoes – need I say more?  Love ’em.  So, this number was born!  It’s a great casual oufit and works well in these transitioning months.  It’s a rather autumnal outfit, even though, here in NZ, we’re well into spring.  So, what think you of this outfit?  Works well for an outside bbq, or coffee date.  Secretly, I haven’t worn this outfit out yet (ok, now it’s not so secret)… still not sure if I’m sold on it.  Love the shoes though. 😀

Look at the long hair people!  It’s coming along quite nicely… still trying to work out some good hairstyles.  Perhaps I’ll share my attempts up here on the blog… :-/

I was trying to listen to Katy Perry’s new album just now.  Gosh, I can’t even listen to it and write at the same time!!!  I started playing about six of her songs – *drum* *bang* boom*… too much repetitous beat… too much.  I’m sorry, I just can’t.  I feel like I left my last post on a similar note, sorry bout that.  Anyway, have a look at this slightly grunge outfit!  Tell me what you think???  Different for me, but I know that some of you will be pleased that I’m styling denim a bit more, yeah?

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Motorbikes rule!!  Can’t you just see me riding one of these things, part of a gang, hair flying, leather jacket on, hurtling down the highway….????  Yeah… me neither.

Wednesday = the glass is half full, peeps!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Model & Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Black jeans – GIFT from sis
  • Puffer jacket – GIFT from sis – Glassons, $50
  • Red long-sleeve – Dotti, $12.50 (SALE)
  • Cameo necklace – Trademe, $14
  • Tan heals – Thrifted, $7
  • Beige scarf – Sister (I used to borrow this scarf a lot… until I lost the privilege by wearing it too much ;-))

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Here I am!

Ok ok, a hoodie, huh?  Yep that’s right!  Never thought you’d see the day, did ya?  Though, I don’t really understand what the big deal is…

I’m constantly being told how lady-like I am and the word ‘posh’ has been used on occasion… I’m still trying to work out what this means and whether it’s a compliment or not.  Anyway, I guess it really doesn’t matter.  But I’ll admit it, wearing a hoodie certainly is a change from my usual vintage, feminine style.  And look, I talked about this outfit a little in my last post so I’ll spare you the description.  Let’s just say, when I wear this, I feel so comfortable and stylish at the same time.  Who said hoodies can’t be styled well??

Oh, and a quick word about those shoes… my Grandma bought them for me for the grand price of $8!!!  Talk about a deal!  Anyway, sometimes it’s nice to add a bit of interest to an outfit like this.  That bit of interest for this outfit is in the form of those striped ballet flats.

Recently I went to a second-hand clothes sale.  I snatched up some good deals, but the best find came just 2 mins after I walked through the door.  There, sitting on the shoe table I saw a beautiful pair of tan, oxford heels!!  *sigh*  I’m wearing them now… lucky I’m used to being tall though, these pretties make me over 6 ft. 😉

Watched Twilight last night… 😐  I don’t understand…  And the Notebook the other day… (I know I’ll get a lot of hate for this) but I’m sorry, I really don’t understand the hype about Ryan Gosling?!  Ok, done.

Anyway, enjoy the extended version of my fav casual outfit!  Props to Rhesa for these lovely photos 😀

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I realise I may have said a lot of the above stuff before in my last post… please accept my humble apologies 😉

Oh, and a bit of link love – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3wSbLa2uGg  This accapella song is AMAZING!!!  It makes me stop whatever else I’m doing and just listen.  I even paused writing this post to listen to it again.

Until next time…!

I am forever Esther

Model & Stylist – Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

What I wore:

  • Hoodie – Cotton On, $20-25
  • White long-sleeve – Cotton On, $10
  • Striped Shoes – Ezibuy, $8
  • Light blue Jeans – Just Jeans, $50 (part of the 2 for $100 deal)

This was a cheap outfit peeps!

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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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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!

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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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