Posts Tagged ‘modest fashion’

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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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DSC_9904I always think it’s a little bit neat when people use one piece of clothing in several different ways.  I’ve worn this as a skirt a couple of times before transforming it into a dress, but I’m starting to think…. I kinda prefer it like this.  This isn’t really something that I do often, but when faced with brick walls and desperation, it’s nice to have a couple of pieces like this in your wardrobe.  It’s only elasticated along the top, so I chucked over a simple white tie-up blouse.  Surprised?  …hmmm, me neither.  I promise I’ll try and introduce some other styles in our next photo shoot 😉  This post is hopefully another bit of inspiration to those of you who are interested in utilising your wardrobe in the best way possible.

Before I skip away, I would like to address a point that I hope I’ve made clear on this blog before, but if not… here goes.  Watching a movie recenting – My Big Fat Greek Wedding – I was reminded of this.  Any girl can make herself look nice.  Any girl!  Not just the slim, or those with long, flowing hair, but every girl.  With a change in style, perhaps some skin care, a touch of mascara, new hair style, any girl can look good.  I’m not saying that we should be obsessed with the way we look, ’cause, let’s face it, nobody finds that attractive, but we should care.  By caring for your self-image and perhaps making a few necessary changes in your style, you can feel good about how you look and present.  The main girl in the movie above transformed from this, to this.  Perhaps this is slightly unrealstic, but what I’m trying to do, is encourage you.  We’re all on a journey in our style, but keep on going, take care of yourself and you’ll receive the confidence that you need.  This only addresses the outward confidence, inward confidence comes from something far deeper than outward beauty.  Lasting inward confidence and beauty comes from God.

Enjoy these photos, and note the last one especially.  Nissi has shot photos for us a couple of times and I was very pleased to be able to feature her on the blog.  She’s Rhesa’s sister and I’m just so grateful for their help from the beginning. 🙂

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Coming up on Creative Touch:  On Monday, Lydia (my older sister) asked Rhesa (my photographer) to do a photo shoot of her wearing several different outfits to send some to her boyfriend.  Kinda cute, aye?  Well, they turned out beautifully, so I’ll be putting them on the blog and talk a little bit about each outfit.  After all, I did put one of them together 😉  Hmm… my orginial fashion sense is really coming out!  Probably because Lydia’s too busy to help me these days…

Have a lovely rest of the week!  I’m quite liking this mid-way change of seasons where I can still wear shorts and t-shirts and throw a cardigan or scarf on top without getting too hot.

Esther

What I wore:

  • White blouse – K-mart, $15-10
  • Skirt/dress – Originally gifted from Karen – another amazing source of inspiration in my crafting ❤  (I’ll photograph some cards that she’s made for me and put them up here)
  • Black sandals – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $15
  • Black necklace – Diva, SALE $2

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We all need inspiration, right?  Whether it be in craft, cooking, sewing, painting, or blogging.  My outfits would be dull without having something or someone that inspires me.  In my case, it’s many things.  So, where do I get my inspiration?

The usual places never cease to inspire me, whether it be creation, my sister, my friends, or some pretty pictures I see around the web.  However, I’m here to talk about fellow bloggers who inspire me.  I’ve been following a few blogs for a while now.  Ever since entering the blogosphere, I’ve been trying to find other girls out there, who, like me, have a passion for fashion. 😉

Here are three blogs which have inspired me over the last little while.  I’ll give a brief little bit about each one as well as a picture of them in a cute outfit.

Totally Tessa

Totally Tessa is a blog that I have followed for a while now.  Like most things, I don’t dig all of her outfits, but I think that she’s brave in her style and I admire that.  It has in turn inspired me to be a bit more daring in my outfit choices.  Why, only today I wore a blouse over a dress!  Not tucked in peeps, just hanging, with a belt.  Gosh, weren’t expecting that were you?  Noooo.  So, I like how daring she is.  It doesn’t always work in my opinion, but she’s got a bit of respect out there in the e-fashion world, as I like to call it (well, just made that up right now actually).  Below is an outfit of her’s that I like.  It’s a bit daring in the colour choice, different, some may not like it, but I do. 🙂  Thanks Tessa, for inspiring me.

Bleubird

I love James’ blog, it’s real and she just shares the everyday happenings of a Blogger and mother of four.  She blogs about life, fashion, family, food and a whole lot more.  Her photography is really cool, and what’s more, she obsessed with vintage as much as I am!  It shows in her style and home decor.  Go check her out if you’re feeling in need of inspiration.  Here’s a quick pic of her beautiful wedding.

Delightfully Tacky

Delightfully Tacky.  Cool name, huh?  Now here’s a blog all about fashion, photography and food that I’m sure you’ll love.  I adore her pictures, that’s pretty much all I go to look at.  She takes most of her pictures on a tripod with a self-timer, and honestly, they’re far better than if anybody else took them.  Her locations are beautiful and what’s more, she gives tips about photography and poses.  As well as beauty and hair care routines, she takes the most mouth-watering pictures of the most delicious food on earth, which I might add, she bakes herself!  Definitely go check her out.  I haven’t turned back.  Fashion-wise she’s a little bit daring, which again inspires me likewise.  Here are two pictures of a multitude of outfits that I love.  P.S.  Another fan-girl moment – her hair is. amazing.

Love the Peter Pan colars!

I love that last skirt!  I’m kinda a sucker for 50’s styles 😉

So…. you know what to do, right?  You got it!  Go check ’em out!  I hope that you’ll be as inspired as I was and still continue to be.  I’d love it if you could go and comment on their blog saying how you heard of them.

Thanks guys!  ❤

Esther

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Here is another classic summer’s outfit.  I say classic because I have yet again used one of my favourite outfit mixes.  A skirt and top belted together with a shrug thrown over the top and a lace scarf wrapped around my neck (more to add style than to protect against the cold).  Classic but still chic.  I’ve used some very interesting colour combinations in this outfit.  All I did was look at the skirt, then pick out some pieces of clothing that matched the colours.  It turned into a beige and mulberry mix.  Good tip there.  If you’re uninspired in regards to your outfit colours, then pick some out of the skirt or top etc.

I went to see Les Miserables today.  It was fantastic!  I love singing and watching movies that focus around songs, so consequently I loved this movie!  I’m listening to the soundtrack right now actually 😉  I loved how they filmed and recorded all on the songs on set.  It made it that much better and I loved the voices of all the actors and actresses.  Go watch it!  I highly reccomend it 🙂

Do enjoy these photos and I hope that it inspires you to branch out a bit in your style.  I hope that this next week is a lovely one for you.  I’m making the most of the summer holidays by going ice skating and visiting the beach.  Good times. 🙂

 

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I’ve really been enjoying singing Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan.  It’s a beautiful love song and I just thought I would share that with you 🙂

God bless you all.  What a lovely week it has been 🙂

Esther

 

Photographer & Photo Editor – Rhesa

Model & Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Patterned skirt – Given
  • Beige ruffle top – Valley Girl, $10
  • Mulberry shrug – Given
  • Cream scarf – David Tasker Designer Jewellery

 

 

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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 🙂

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

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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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Righty ho, some exciting news!  My friend and I wrote a song recently for a songwriting competition.  It was rather last minute and super super hard, but we did it and had a load of fun recording in a friend’s home studio.  Ok, so, long story short, we got into the finals!  We’ll be performing live on Saturday, so, if you ever think of us at that time, we’d appreciate it.  And, of course I’ll let you know how we go 🙂

Right, so if you don’t already know that I love tie-up blouses, you know now!  I own a couple and I just love them!  There really is not much more to say except that they are perfect.  Not everyone likes blouses, but if I had one mission on earth, it would be to convert every girl to wearing blouses.  No, not really… that would be silly.  But hey, one person at a time, right?!  I converted my friend just the other day actually 😉  Yeah, no pressure…
Ok, so this outfit is rather simple.  But I didn’t feel that it needed much else.  Sometimes I love piling on the knits and scarves, jewellery and accessories, but this time the outfit didn’t need it.  It’s shouts business, however I’ve worn this outfit to church and even as an outfit for a drama play.  It’s multipurpose, huh?  This top can be worn more casually with jeans and the skirt can be paired with many different blouses due to the versatility of black.  I completed my look with a couple of vintage pieces of jewellery.  An old brooch and bracelet that belongs to my Mum.  Nothing like mixing the old with the new. 🙂

Ok, question: would anyone be interested in a post on my favourite clothing stores (online as well) and good places to buy clothes?  At the bottom of each post I write where I got each piece of clothing from, and you may have noticed the name of a few stores more than others… there’s a reason… would you like to know?

Enjoy our pink toon tree and these pretty location pics!


Love the lighting for these photos Rhesa!  Thanks girl 🙂

I’d love to know what kind of style or piece of clothing you are in love with or would wear all the time if you could.  Who cares if it’s just a simple jumper or a pair of jandals that have sentimental value!  Gosh, I don’t care, whatever!  But I’d love to know 🙂

Blessings as always,

Esther

Photographer & editor – Rhesa

Stylist, Model & Blogger – Esther

What I wore:

  • Teal blouse – Dotti, $30 SALE
  • Black skirt – Ezibuy (LOVE that store), $25
  • Black blazer – Tradme, Gifted
  • Black pumps – also Ezibuy, $25

 

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Just a note to let ya’ll know that we are now on Bloglovin!

You can follow us on Bloglovin and also connect yourself up with all of your other favourite blogs.  It’s an awesome way to keep all your blogs together.  You will be notified each time a new post is published and if you choose, you can select an option which sends you just one email with all of the new post of the blogs you are following compiled together.

Anyway, check us out!

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Talk to you soon, new posts on the way!  You’ll be seeing our gigantic collection of scarves and shoes very soon!  Exciting stuff 😉

Esther

P.S.  I’ve left you with the option to either follow us via email or Bloglovin – your choice!

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This outfit is again absolute eye candy for me!  The light mint and white colours are just divine, simply divine!  I love the look of lace and pastels mixed, and have therefore done that for this outfit.   The lovely ruffled top, shell necklace and beaded bracelets are all that lovely mint colour.  The lace scarf, knitted cardigan (which also have shell buttons by the by) and the skirt are all white.  I love the look of ivory and cream with vintage colours as you well know, however due to my skin tone and eye and hair colour, I look far better in clear colours such as white, or even mint.  I do try to make other colours work, but mostly I have to face the brutal truth. 😉  Warm colours do not altogether suit me.

I absolutely love the look of these periwinkle flowers with the outfit.  In fact, wearing that colour with mint would look lovely too!  You can’t really see the shoes that I’m wearing, but they are the same as in the last post – silver sandals.

Yellow would also look lovely with these colours, makes me think of the sky – yellow sun, blue sky, white clouds!  Aaah, bring on the summer!

Rhesa had a brilliant idea in regards to a photo setting.  The two photos of me sitting and lying in the buttercup filled strip of foliage reminded both of us of  the cover of a fashion mag. 😉  The lighting was perfect.  Anyway, take a look and see what you think 🙂  If you have any questions about colouring or dressing, comment and I’ll reply (after talking to my fashion pro sis of mine of course).

I wore a simpler version of this outfit a couple of years ago actually – minus the scarf and bracelets.  Lydia helped me style that one long ago…

Bless you all today and over this next week!

The next outfit will be coming soon… if you have any requests in regards to some posts, I’d be happy to seriously consider some ideas.  We’ll have an accessory post coming up soon.  We finally took some photos of our shoes and scarves which I’m sure that you’ll love looking at soon!  Another idea, having a remix post.  I’ve seen quite a few bloggers do this.  You dig up a few past photos that have been on the blog of you wearing the same item of clothing.  Also a bits and pieces post could be fun.  Rather like instagram.  I rather enjoy photography also, so you might see a bit of it up here.  Could be interesting 🙂

Let me know what you think!

Esther
Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist – Me & Lydia, to be accurate

Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Mint top – Valley Girl or Tempt, $15
  • White knit cardigan – Jeans West or Just Jeans (gosh, I never remember…), $30
  • White skirt – from long ago…. gifted I think
  • White lace scarf – David Tasker Designer Jewellery, $16
  • Silver sandals – Number One Shoe Warehouse, $19.99 SALE

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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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Hi there everyone!
This is the last outfit that we have stored up to write about.  But never fear, ’cause I am here, as is my awesome photographer Rhesa.  We will be getting together next week for a fashion photo shoot!  Oh yes, and she has a new camera, so you’re in for a real treat, as I have no doubt that our pics are going to get even better.

When I first put this outfit on and saw the photo, I LOVED it!  Absolutely!  As you all know, I love those gathered skirts tucked in and brought together with a belt.  And long strands of pearls and pretty pumps? Yep, just my style.

I often wish that we dressed like this these days.  Mmmm, I would love to go back to the 50’s for the single purpose of being able to buy all these beautiful clothes and wear them any and everyday.

Ok, so that’s not gonna happen, but I will never turn down an opportunity to wear it in this era, even if it’s not particularly “in” at the moment.  Join me!  You never know, we might just start to change fashion.  After all, it all comes back eventually doesn’t it?  I’ll just keep hoping.

Haha, ah well, let’s just enjoy the photos shall we?

Please forgive me for the lack of photos.  Somehow, the rest were deleted…  Thus the fancy drop shadow and polaroid effect.  For most of the last few outfits, it was raining outside, and so Rhesa and I had to become creative with our inside locations.

Anyway, have a lovely week!  It’s holidays over here in NZ, so I’ll be having a bit of free time… might do a few more posts in that time.  Stay tuned…

Esther

Stylist – Lydia

Model – Esther
What I wore:

  • Gathered skirt – JacquiE, Thrifted
  • Cream long-sleeve – Principals, $49
  • Black belt – Pagani, $19.99
  • Nude pumps – Rubi Shoes, $30
  • String of pearls – Gifted

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