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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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Chiffon, navy, polka dots… need I say more?  Pure gorgeous right there (don’t get confused peeps, I’m talking about the clothes).

In my mind, this outfit is slightly nautical.  Although it doesn’t feature stripes, it certainly does use the navy, black and white present in most nautically themed outfits.  The blue and polka dots in the scarf bring a pop of colour and variety to this otherwise rather plain outfit.  It’s classy, with a bit of casual thrown in.  This top is rather simple, but divine.  The flowy chiffon sleeves add the dreaminess to this outfit… I’d really better stop, otherwise you could get me talking about chiffon for hours…

Moving on to accessories.  The necklace: bought from David Tasker Designer Jewellery.  You’ve probably seen that store name many times on this blog, well, it’s pretty much where I get all of my jewellery from as I know two people who work there.  It will probably be included in my favourite stores post (which will be coming up very soon…).  The belt: well I just like adding belts, they bring an outfit together and accentuate the waist.  That’s what flatters my figure, but if it’s not what flatters yours, then find something else.  Flowy scarves, large sleeves to add breadth to your shoulders, long tops and necklaces to lengthen the body, or perhaps heels.  Know what suits you, colours and style, and then you will feel confident in what you wear and how you present yourself.

While looking good on the outside is certainly not the most important thing in life, it does do wonders for your self-worth and increase your confidence in YOU!

I hope that you have an awesome week!  Happy Tuesday from down under under (after all, NZ is below Aussie right?) and we’ll talk soon.

I love statement necklaces, and this bird necklace is certainly one.  I really am not one to wear a load of them as I own very dainty silver necklaces as you can imagine, but when given the chance, I take it!

My goodness Christmas is coming up fast!  My awesome Grandma has already finished her Christmas shopping, while I haven’t even started yet!  How bout you guys?  Ready for this wonderful holiday season?

Esther

Photography & Editor – Rhesa

Stylist & Model & Blogger – Esther

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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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I was so, so excited to shoot the photos for this outfit, and also to see how they turned out.  I am in LOVE with them!  And I know that could sound terribly vain, girly, conceited and all of that other stuff… however, I am particularly in love with the location.  I look forward to the blossoming of these cascading purple flowers each year with great anticipation and hope to catch some lovely pics of them.  This year, we managed to take many photos, and I even did a bit of nature photography myself, which I might include in a separate post if you are interested.

Ok, enough drooling over those amazing, lovely, beautiful, gorgeous… um, yes right, ok.  This outfit is based around a chiffon, floral dress that I bought from a thrift store a while ago – $7!  For a while I was rather uninspired about styling this outfit, but with the help of Lydia, we managed to yet agian use our layering technique along with my awesome navy blazer to create this stylish and rather formal outfit.  We styled it long ago here… yes, I think it looks much better like this 😉

We have talked about that base black dress many times.  It truly is an LBD, and we have used it often to add a bit of length to an otherwise short tunic or dress.  Perfect, and I highly recommend the purchase of one of these.  An LBD can be anything from a navy, black or brown colour with sleeves or no sleeves.  It basically equals a dress with great versatility and value that can work as a staple piece of clothing to be used over and over again.

I was about to point you to some other outfits which used either the black dress or navy blazer, but I think it’ll make good material for a remix post, so… nevermind 😉

I like the look of the small print with the solid navy colour in this outfit.  And of course the buttons on the blazer really make it 😉

Righty ho, now, GO!  …to have a look at the photos of course 😀

Beautiful location, beautiful clothes…. aaah, yes, summer do come soon please!

Bless you all over the weekend, may you all enjoy revelling in God’s awesome creation!

Esther

Photography & editing – Rhesa!

Stylist – Lydia… and slightly Esther…

Model & Blogger – Esther

What I wore:

  • Floral tunic – Savemart, $7 THRIFTING (I thought that deserved caps lock)
  • Navy blazer – Ezibuy, $53.99 SALE
  • Black base dress – Cotton On, $10 SALE
  • Black belt – Pagani, $15.99
  • Black pumps – Ezibuy (same trip) – $35

 

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Ooh yeah, this has gotta be my fav outfit out of them all I reckon.  I am definitely a skirt and dresses kind of gal, whenever I have an excuse really, but this combo just hits the mark for casual cuteness.  I love t-shirts that have pictues on them, however I’m picky and obviously dislike weird pictures or random captions.  But this tee has a series of vintage phot0s of olden days.  It really is gorgeous, and with that beautiful pastel pink/apricot cardigan, it fits into spring nicely.  The scarf is textured and has a nice neutral, floral pattern on it – perfect!  I rediscovered these jeans just recently, which is awesome, as buying jeans really is just the most horrible shopping nightmare ever!  Am I the only one who finds that?  They used to be too loose, but fit nicely now… what does this say about me???  Well actually, the last time I wore them was probably 6 months to a year ago, so, yeah…  I never used to know how I felt about wearing high-heels with trouses, but I have now decided that I love the look!  It adds a bit of style and class to the outfit while still keeping it casual.  Just what you need when going out shopping or visiting friends.

These daisies really are so lovely!  They go with this outfit so well and I’m glad we photographed with them as they all got mown yesterday afternoon 😦  But not to worry, they’ll be springing up again in the next few days.  Love that about those cute flowers.

Ok, so, I reckon an update on me is now in order.  At the moment I’m having a break over the weekend and psyching myself up for intense accounting study next week for my approaching exam.  First exam I’ve ever done (apart from music theory and ballet) as I’ve been home schooled all my life!  So, so looking forward to the summer as I’m sure all you southern hemisphere peeps are also.
Yesterday I went to the mall with my friend Ambley, who has featured on this blog once – here.  I bought the prettiest blue and cream tie-up blouse.  Chiffon + blouse (tie-ups esp.) = one very, very happy Esther!  You’ll be seeing it here soon no doubt.  I wore it to church today actually 🙂  I’m looking forward to posting some daily summer outfits in the coming months.  That’ll be fun I reckon.

So, please do enjoy these spring photos!  The weather’s looking up here at the moment, I was wearing a t-shirt when I wrote this!  Surely heralding in some beautiful weather.


Yeah!  There’s my other bro.  🙂  Havin’ fun crashin’ my photo shoot!  Actually, he and my other brother, Matthew (the one who designed my header) own an online toy shop and sell pretty awesome toys!  You’d all love them I’m absolutely sure of it – puzzles, outside toys, a whole range of putty and RC helicopters.  Here’s the link – www.simplyclevertoys.com

I’m loving the beautiful combination of colours and textures in this outfit while still remaining relatively simple.  When stying your outfits, it’s a good idea to use different colours that complement each other, different textures and an obvious theme.  I love seeing people dress in a way that reflects who they are and displays their unique and personal style.  That’s another aim of ours here on Creative Touch – helping young woman create your own unique style of dressing.  Self-confidence and self-worth is important, and I believe that by wearing something that fills you with confidence you’ll feel more secure in who you are – something we all need from time to time.  Well, let’s hope that this blog is doing just that 🙂

God bless you all over this lovely weekend!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Stylist & Model – Esther (ok, admittedly Lydia wears this outfit often, so I was inspired by her)

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This was the scrapbook that I entered into a competition recently.  It got first!  I was very happy with how it turned out 🙂  There really is not much to talk about here, as you can see it all when you look at the pics.  I could go into a lot of detail in regards to techniques etc. but really all I wanted was to show you my recent project.  If you would like to know how I acheived a certain look, then please don’t hesitate to comment and I will happily get back to you.

The theme, as I’m sure you picked up, is Godly, modest fashion.  I’ve written a few tips and thoughts on this which I hope will help you all too.  It’s hard to pick out the most important points to write as I have much to say about this topic and in this scrapbook, little space to write it.  But I really do mean what I’ve said, and I hope that you all will perhaps learn something new today.

Click the photos to enlarge them if you want a larger and more detailed image.

Please comment and tell me which page you liked the best!  I think my favourites are #5 and #7.

Esther

P.S.  My photographer friend, Rhesa, who does most of the photography on this blog, has started up a blog of her own.  I would love it if you could go on over and check out her blog on photography, life, craft, fashion, and more… http://mybuttonodyssey.wordpress.com/

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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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Hey there folks!

Alrighty ho, so this is the last outfit, OH NO!  But not to worry people, on Sunday, Rhesa is going to photograph another six outfits, and personally, I reckon that these outfits are some of my favourite so far.  I’m just terribly disappointed, because two of my favourite outfits consist of Lydia’s clothes.  She has awesome clothes.

Ok, so you folks may be very happy that this time, Lydia (the mysterious stylist behind these posts) is back to styling for us.  She once did make an appearance here in summer.

Alrighty, back to this outfit.  That vintage camera sure does make me feel like a business gal going off to do some photography for the afternoon.  When I picture a business outfit, sometimes the rather boring combination of black and white comes to mind.  But it doesn’t have to be like that!  It would be awesome if the image of a trendy chick wearing a plain blouse tucked into a simple smart skirt covered with a very business-like yet fashionable blazer came to mind instead.  You don’t have to wear black and white to give off the proffessional business look, in fact colour, even if neutral, looks a whole lot better!  Unfortunately, where I live, everyone wears black in winter, no wonder winter can be so depressing.  Wear a bit of colour and brighten up your cold winters afternoon!

The use of some vintage accessories adds a more old-fashioned feel to this otherwise modern outfit.

Enjoy these photos, and the use of that awesome vintage camera.

Oh, and did you notice my retro striped nail polish!  Just havin’ a bit o’ fun. 😉

Enjoy your weekend!

Esther

P.S.  Awesome upcoming alert people!  We’ll be bringing you a couple of male fashion posts.  That’s right, my brother Matthew (who I have mentioned a few times) will be modeling some trendy and up-to-date fashion for guys.  The aim, to give you some ideas in order to encourage your brothers and/0r boyfriends or even husbands to dress up a bit more and look classy.  You’ll thank me, trust me 🙂

Photography – Rhesa

Stylist(s) – Rhesa & Esther

Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Beige striped skirt – Glassons, $40-50
  • White blouse – Shanton, $25
  • Smart blazer – Trademe, $15

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Hi there, I hope you all enjoyed those style tips from Ruby Girl in the last post. I’d encourage you to go and check out her blog to see more of her outfits and style.

Recently, my photographer, Rhesa, and I got together and thought it was about time for another fashion photo shoot.  So, we both put together a few outfits which I’ll be showing and writing about over the next week or so.  Lydia, our makeup artist and stylist wasn’t available, so Rhesa and I put these together.  See what you think, they’ll both sport inspirations from both Rhesa’s and my taste in style.  We are also using a few pieces of Lydia’s clothing as well.

Lydia has had this dress for a little while and as of yet, hasn’t worn it.  I thought it would be great to have a go in styling it.  Since the dress is strapless, Rhesa came up with the idea of wearing a blouse over the top and employing the very popular tie-up style that so many girls are wearing these days.  You’ll see what I mean in a minute.  This is the first time I have ever done it, but I was happy with the result.

By using basically only two pieces of clothing, we created a very cute outfit.  Although I am generally not an advocate of mixing prints, I think that this works well, as both the prints are small, one being light coloured, the other darker.  It is a rather simple outfit, but by mixing these prints I don’t believe it needs much more, just add some cute shoes and some jewellery and you’re set to go.

These next three posts will all employ the use of vintage props, so you’ll see something a little different.  Hope you enjoy!

It was such fun posing with that old telephone!  Oh, and just a note, the watercolour picture that you see in the background of two of the photos was painted by my amazingly talented brother… it seems as though I have a few of those 😉  He is a great artist, and that is just one of several hanging up in our house.

Have a nice weekend everybody, and stay tuned for more outfits and a hair tutorial.  I’m very inspired with styling hair atm, probably because of some tutorials I saw on Youtube.  I even tried to do a small french braid in my hair today!  It turned out…. um…  ok :-/

Esther

P.S.  Those shoes feature in all the outfits, just cause they’re awesome and go with just about everything!  I love ’em.

What I wore:

  • Aqua print dress – given to my sister
  • Floral blouse – Cotton On, $10 on SALE
  • Black shoes – Hannahs, $20 – 25 on SALE
  • Earrings – gifted
  • Necklace – David Tasker Designer Jewellery

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My personal view of 50’s fashion consists of girls with curly hair wearing mid-calf length skirts that come out from the waist in a full circle.  She would also wear a fitted blouse tucked into the skirt with some pretty heels to match.  I once watched a film called Walk the Line in which the girl wore these amazingly full skirts, just like I’ve described above.  That set my picture of 50’s fashion firmly in my mind.  What I was most impressed with however, was that she wore them everyday.  If she went to the local store, or even fishing, I almost wish we all dressed like that everyday of our lives.  Maybe there’s something inside of every girl that just loves the feeling of dressing up!

Do you like the new look of Creative Touch?  My amazingly adept brother designed the header on Photoshop and also helped me choose the background image.  By now, I guess all of you know of my lean towards the 50’s fashion, so I just had to incorporate that in the look on this blog.  Oh, and those dresses are also a part of my 50’s fashion image.  I absolutely LOVE them!

Now, getting to this outfit.  I have tried to, in my own way, create a 50’s outfit out of the clothes that I have available.  I have yet to make one of those full circle skirts, but it is on the list.  In the meantime, I took a pattern off a lovely pleated skirt that is featured here, and with my mum’s help, I sewed this pretty floral pleated skirt and added some lovely lace from my stash as an edging to the hem.  I was not sure what to pair with this, but decided on a nice white blouse tucked into the top of the skirt.  Because the skirt has a rather busy pattern, I thought the plain colour looked nice.  I have also worn this skirt with a nice lace singlet (featured here) which passed rather nicely as well.  There are many options to choose with a skirt like this, so, I encourage you amateur sewers, like me, to have a go.  It is such a satisfying feeling once you’ve finished your project.

Enjoy this last outfit of the fashion photo shoot!

We hope to bring you another one soon, but in the meantime, Lydia and I have been discussing doing a makeup tutorial and a hair tutorial, would you be interested?  That may occur this weekend, so stay tuned…

Esther

P.S.  Aren’t the locations great?

Photographer and editor – Rhesa

Makeup – Lydia

Stylist and Model – Esther

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