Posts Tagged ‘tie-up blouse’

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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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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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This is a fun little shoot that Rhesa, my photographer and I did one lazy Saturday afternoon.  We both dressed in an LBD and a tie-up blouse – a combination that I rather like at the moment 🙂  I bought this blouse very recently for a cheap price.  I really should curb my tendency towards blouses… some day.  It works tie-up, open or closed.  The versatility is what keeps me coming back to this staple piece of clothing.  A new piece here and there and a bit of mixing and matching with the old and new, does wonders for your wardrobe.

I’d like to thank Rhesa for doing pretty much all of my photography since that first photo shoot so long ago!  Your photography just keeps getting better and better, Rhesa – I’m loving it.  If you guys could go and check out her blog – http://mybuttonodyssey.wordpress.com/, I would be very grateful.  You can continue to follow her photography journey as well as her hobbies and everyday doings.  Thanks Rhesa!

Enjoy these photos and the beautiful NZ scenery that accompanies them.  We had a good old time doing this together, as you’ll soon see.

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I’m thinking of doing a bloopers post from the various shoots that we’ve done over the last year or so – just so that you guys realize I’m just as human as you… gosh, the stupid things I’ve done 😉  Ok, I’ll just tell you one recent embarrassing story.  I was at my friends party last night and I was having a lovely time playing guitar with a friend, when one of the other guests came over with some cheesecake.  It looked good, very good.  She was offering it, and I suddenly decided that I really, really wanted it.  Jumping up from my seat, I ran over to claim my small piece of dessert.  Then, as I was on my way, I tripped, flew past her, snatching up the cheesecake in the process and proceeded to land upon the ground on my backside with a large, “thump!”  Classy, hey?  But I got it!  Honestly guys, I really wanted that piece of cheesecake and it was fully worth it!  Yep, one of the many things that keeps my life funny and interesting. 😉

God bless you all this coming week.  Isn’t life beautiful?

Esther

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A summer outfit, 1

If you remember last year in the summer, I did a whole series on these white shorts.  They have come in handy many times, and here is yet another outfit I have put together using them.  This is the tie-up blouse that I have been talking about recently.  Very cute.  I love it, you don’t have to, but I do.

This is a very simple outfit, but I’ve played upon the bold colour with white trend that’s been ever present in 2012.  Oh, and before it flies right on by, a Happy New Year to you all!  May it be an awesome one filled with great surprises and joy.  I’m very excited to see where God takes me, and all of you!

I have started to quite like the idea of wearing high-heeled shoes with trousers and shorts.  It adds a bit of class to a casual outfit and gives me an excuse to wear heels just those extra times.  I’m not very aware of what’s in store for this year fashion-wise, but I’ll do a bit of research and get back to you on that one.

I’m not really one to follow the trends that closely, but I like to add them in with my own style.  A bit here and there if you know what I mean.  Keeps you trendy while still standing out of the crowd.  I always am and will be an advocate of personal and unique style as I believe that it shows a bit on the outside of who you are on the inside.

Enjoy the photos and lovely weather 🙂  The Queen Anne’s Lace is out and looks gorgeous!  Closest thing to snow that we get here…

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I’ve really been into wearing ‘arm candy’ recently.  This trend refers to wearing several bracelets on the same wrist.  I have a couple of bangles that look lovely with a butterfly bracelet and a charm bracelet that I own.  It looks particularly nice with a simple outfit such as this one.

Enjoy your summer holidays Kiwis and your winter wonderland, those of you who enjoyed a white Christmas!

Esther

Photographer – Rhesa

Model and Stylist – Esther

What I wore:

  • Blue tie-up blouse – Glassons, $30
  • White shorts – Ezibuy, $20 SALE
  • Blue shoes – The Warehouse, $15

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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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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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