Posts Tagged ‘personal style’

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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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Yes, this is the long awaited accessories post. 🙂  I’m going to be talking about a few different accessories which play a very important part in the completion of each of my outfits – namely, scarves, shoes, and jewellery.

Scarves:  Yes, so now you know…. how gigantically HUGE our scarf collection is!  Ha, that isn’t even the whole lot!  Lace scarves, animal print scarves, warm scarves, silk scarves, printed scarves, chiffon scarves… gosh, the list goes on!  (Too many exclamation marks…)  They are worn for many different occasions.  Scarves can be worn in all seasons because there is such a great variety.  Wool scarves are awesome for winter, but when wearing a lace or light chiffon scarf, you’ll barely be adding any warmth to your outfit – perfect for summer or early autumn.  In my opinion, scarves add an extra dimension to your outfit.  It’s all about the layers, and scarves certainly add one.  By the addition of just one colourful scarf, a previously dull outfit will come alive.  Plus, that pop of colour by your face can lift the look.  They add new texture, colour and variety and I definitely reccomend collecting a few to add to your wardrobe if you haven’t already.  As you can see… we may just have a few too many in ours…

Shoes:  Some people have a small obsession for collecting these rather addicting accessories.  Ahem… Lydia…  Proven by the fact that I only own three pairs out of this lovely collection of heels, flats and wedges.  But I borrow them from time to time. 😉  Alrighty, before we move on with the topic of shoes, I have a teeny tiny confession to make… or a memory is perhaps a better way to put it.  Here goes:

When I was young, I used to watch the ever evolving fashion trends.  I watched as skinny jeans came into fashion and I must say I looked on with horror as my sister, my sister, bought a pair.  How could she???  Well, my taste has since changed, and I now wear and love my own skinny jeans, which incidentally aren’t that tight on my already skinny binny legs.  But back to shoes.  I also watched as first one of my sister’s friends and then another started to wear heels.  For some reason, I believed at that young age, that heels were evil!  They indicated a change in modesty standards towards the dark side.  However, again, since then, I have now come to love the addition of heels to any outfit.  With jeans, with skirts, gosh, who couldn’t love them?!  Practicality does take over in some instances, but my point is that… well, I don’t really have a point, I just thought you might be amused by that little story.  Actually, not surpisingly, my fashion sense as a youngster wasn’t the most trendy.  But hey, if my taste has changed that dramatically over the years who knows what I’ll be wearing next… turbans?!  Hey wait, haven’t I already done that?…  here.

Shoes add a bit of character to any outfit.  Find a type that you like, it’s the next step in developing your very own, unique style.

Jewellery:  Where would we be without jewellery?  It just adds a little something to every outfit, and while you don’t need to wear a bracelet, necklace, earrings, and severals rings at once, they are all useful and suited to different types of outfits.   My favourite jewellery accessory are necklaces.  From statement pieces to dainty silver and even long casual necklaces.  I always like to wear a pair of earrings with any outfit too.  I mostly have my hair down, so they might not even be seen, but it makes me feel just a tad more classy.  Studs or small silver or pearl earrings are what I wear most, however I have seen dangly earrings worn very well too.

I recently discovered the trend of wearing many bracelets on one arm.  It’s called arm candy.  For me, I belive it adds a bit more interest to a possibly plain summer outfit.  I only wear silver, however different colours can be worn and will again spice up any outfit.  I keep my jewellery on a stand for easy access.  That picture was taken a while ago, so, a few more earrings have been added and a couple of necklaces too.  From David Tasker Designer Jewellery of course.  Yes, I do believe that shop will be included in my favourit shops to shop post.  Last but certainly not least – the topic of vintage jewellery.  Although we live in a new age with bright colours and trendy wear, I still do believe that there is a place for a bit of vintage in there.  This is possibly due to my love of everything vintage, but you decide for yourself.  Below is a picture of my Mum’s collection of jewellery that she used to wear many moons ago.  I have permanently borrowed a few pieces, some of which you have seen on this blog before.  So, in conclusion, owning a variety of jewellery pieces will be truly beneficial as different occaisons will call for different accessories.  Don’t over do it, but tastefully add some bling to each of your outfits. 

I hope that you enjoyed this accessories post and gleaned some useful tips and ideas from this it.  I really enjoying writing obout the accessories that I own, and would really appreciate any other ideas for posts that you would like to see.  Another hair tutorial anyone?

Oh yes, and the singing competition.  We didn’t get a placing unfortunately, as there was some rather high competition, but we were very honoured to even get into the finals, because the judge that we were talking to said that there were about 100 song entries.  Considering that it was the very first song we have ever written, I think we did quite well 🙂

Guess what?!  I went to see the Hobbit last night!  SO cool!  Great cinematography, and if you go and see it, it has to be in 3D.  🙂

On that note, I shall leave you.  Have a lovely week my readers!

Esther

P.S.  Just another pic of our gigantic scarf collection 😉

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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 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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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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This outfit, in my mind, is amazing!!! Just cause it combines three of my favourite things – lace, floral patterns, and pastel colours!  Very feminine, and lovely.  Bad news though… everything, and I mean, abosolutely every item of clothing in this outfit, is Lydia’s… 😦  So, she now has an aboslutely awesome outfit, while I have to be content to look at it.  No, I’m not jealous at all… jokes, I was happy to at least wear it for this photo shoot.

In this outfit, we’ve layered two dresses on top of one another.  Both are sleeve-less, so that’s why I’m wearing a long-sleeve underneath, which happens to be a very similar colour to the bottom dress.  By layering two dresses, we’ve added a bit of length so that I don’t have to wear leggings with this oufit.  I also love the look it creates.  And that scarf… well, my goodness, it’s so beautiful!  Lydia has been wearing this over a cream top with a lovely light pink/apricot coloured cardigan with jeans.  It looks very nice.  I also think that long necklaces go very nicely with dresses, especially ones with minimal detail on the front.

These nude pumps are also very useful.  I reccomend getting a pair, because they go with almost everything, and it’s very useful to have a pair of these kinds of versatile shoes.

Alright, enjoy looking at the following photos of this dreamy outfit!

I apologize for being away for a long while, we’ve been super busy with so much, but now that the hols are coming up, I should have some more time to blog and take some more photos.  Our purple flowers are out again, so I anticipate some lovely photos – look here to see what I’m talking about.

Have a lovely rest oof your week!  I’ll be back soon 🙂

Esther

Photographer & Editor – Rhesa

Stylist – Lydia

Model & Blogger – Esther

What I wore:

  • Light pink dress – Glasson, $30 (see this dress here)
  • Lace dress – Glassons, $20 SALE
  • Peach/pink long-sleeve – Dotti, $20?
  • Floral Scarf – David Tasker Designer Jewellery, $19
  • Heart necklace – David Tasker Designer Jewellery
  • Nude pumps – Rubi Shoes, $30 (which in my mind is a pretty good price!)

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Part 2!

It’s been a while, but don’t worry, I’m on a role again.  This dress is definitely a summer dress as you can see from the bright colours and print, however, by layering over a bright long sleeve and long leggings, I’ve again transformed this summer dress into a winter dress.  One awesome plus about transforming your summer dress into winter wear, is the bright colour that you’ll be sporting all day long.  Instead of black, grey, or beige, you’ll be a pop of colour on a dismal day.  And believe me, that’s a pretty sight!  It’ll brighten and lighten your mood too.

Oh yes, in this outfit, I used a scarf to add a bit of warmth and style.  I’ve been living in scarves all throughout winter – not quite literally, but just about every outfit I wear sports a scarf.  A guy I know was trying to sum up my style and said, “Oh yeah, you always wear scarves.”  Which is true of the winter but not of summer.  But that revelation is rather sad, as I don’t own a great variety of scarves… Lydia does, but not me.

Of course, where would I be without my old faithful – my awesome navy blazer from Ezibuy!  Seriously girls, I’ve been wearing this a lot, and it’s been perfect for many of outfits.  Navy was a great colour to choose, as it’s not the usual black that I often wear… yet it’s still a rather neutral/universal colour and matches with many of my clothes.  If you can find a great staple piece of clothing like this, you’ll be right. 🙂

Enjoy and I hope that these last two post have been helpful and given you some new ideas for economic and stylish dressing.

Thanks Rhesa for taking and editing these photos!  The day that we took these was dismal and grey, so our previous ideas of outside photography went out the window.  Rhesa proved to be the creative one in finding inside locations.  There was a short dry spot in which we took these photos (above)… but it started spitting, so I ended that outside shoot by throwing the petals of my poor rose into the air.  (Just cause I thought you’d all want to know that) 😉

Blessings, have an awesome week!

Esther

Photography & editing – Rhesa

Stylist – Esther (Lydia helped choose the outfits)

Model – Esther

What I wore:

  • Patterned dress – Farmers, GIFT
  • Teal long-sleeve – Valley Girl, $10
  • Black tights – Postie Plus, $20?
  • Navy blazer – Ezibuy, $53.99
  • White lace scarf – David Tasker Designer Jewellery, $15.99 GIFT
  • Black shoes – Hannah’s, $24.99 SALE

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Hi Everyone,

Alrighty, we are now beginning the next fashion photo shoot, which is ‘A Little Different’.  Lydia has put together some outfits which are a tad different from what we’ve previously put together.  There are some outfits in here involving trousers!  Yes, you heard correctly, and no, we don’t always wear skirts either, though we do enjoy it!

I have been rather busy this last week which explains my lack of activity on the web here lately.  However, I hope to rectify the matter by posting these new looks from out latest fashion shoot.  We are at a different location for the outfits this time, and it’s awesome!

This skirt is amazing.  I do a fair bit of my shopping at places like Valley Girl because they are pretty cheap.  Their clothes are not always made to last, however often I find items that are exactly my style in that shop.  Ok, so, I have been really wanting one of these ironed pleated skirts for quite a while now, and when I saw this at Valley Girl for the amazing price of $10 I bought it, along with this really nice white and navy knitted cardigan.  I was really looking forward to putting an outfit together with these pieces, and here it is!  The tucked in and belted look is very trendy if you ask me, and a perfect transional outfit from summer to autumn.

The cute black shoes really finish this outfit off and make it the perfect going out look.  If it makes any difference, I believe this outfit has the male seal of approval, as my brothers and Dad all reckon it’s pretty cool, and they think that I ought to dress like this all the time.

Just a quick note, I think there are several reasons why people dress as they do.  I belive it’s primarily to establish a good opinion of themselves in other’s eyes, and it is true, that people will sometimes base their opinion of you on your appearance.  Secondly, we do it to make ourselves feel good.  So, yes, I do believe that we should dress nicely, reflecting our own personal style, but that is not the most important factor in someone’s life.  What’s inside of them is the most important.  Who they are the is the most important.  And I wanted to say that, because although I post a lot about fashion and clothes and style, I don’t want you to believe that that is what defines someone.  I know I have stressed individual style, but being your own person is not about your style, it is about who you are as a person.

Thank you, and enjoy.

Happy belated Easter!

Esther

What I wore:

  • Blue pleated skirt – Valley Girl $10
  • White frill top – Kookai $29.99
  • Navy and white cardigan – Valley Girl $10
  • Black belt – Kmart $10
  • Cameo necklace – Trademe $12
  • Black bow shoes – Number 1 Shoe Warehouse $29.99

Photographer and Editor – Rhesa

Styler and Makeup Artist – Lydia

Model – Esther

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Hi Everyone,

This is our last outfit in the Welcome Summer fashion photo shoot, which is just as well, cause I was starting to get a little embarrassed everytime I posted with the title Welcome Summer. It’s far from it here. I still defy winter and have not worn a long sleeve yet, however, saying that, I have worn more than a cardigan over my t-shirts.

This outfit is very summery indeed. The light colours, combined with the light lace fabric and cute, knee-length skirt, spell summer like nothing else does… except summer of course.

The lime yellow colour is rather interesting, not quite the bold yellow or stunning lime green, lime yellow gives you the best of both worlds with lemmons and limes. I mean, we couldn’t be happy without either of them right?

The skirt plus blouse with cardy look, is the classic going out and about outfit. I wear it all the time, and many similar looks have been featured here on this blog as I’m sure you’re aware. Saying all that however, this is an easy type of outfit to put together, with different results every time. It looks very feminine and by tucking and belting you’ll feel stylish as well. I think we all have our, “I can’t be bothered to work out something complicated, yet I do want to dress nicely,” days.  So remember this equition for feminine, stylish dressing.

Skirt + blouse + cardigan = perfect out and about wear

Follow this if you’re having a lazy day and you’ll be right.  However, it’s your choice what to wear, and you’ll capture your own unique style as you pair together your favourite skirts and blouses.  Have a look here, here, here, and even here for examples!  You get the idea, with variety nothing will look the same!

Enjoy the photos and as always, we love to hear your feedback.  Oh, and my skirt is almost finished, I dare say you’ll see it soon enough. 🙂

See you soon with a craft post!

Esther

What I wore:

  • Lime yellow floral skirt – Temt $39.99
  • White Lace top – Pagani $19
  • Lime yellow cardigan – Glassons $29.99
  • Cream and gold jandels – Number 1 Shoe Warehouse, gifted.

Photographer – Rhesa

Makeup and Stylist – Lydia

Model – Esther

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