Friday, June 29, 2012

The End

Six months ago Jeremy and I made the decision to move to Auckland and six weeks ago we handed in our notice at our jobs. After months of planning, of doing up our CV's, saving and packing up our home, this is finally happening.

Jeremy is enrolled in a Bachelor of Business, I got a dream job and tomorrow we make the move. This week has been full of goodbyes and see-you-soons, empty cupboards and our lives wrapped in newspaper and taped away in boxes.

I might be absent for the next week or so as we make the move and go house hunting, so I just wanted to drop in one more time to say I'm excited! One chapter of my life is closing and a new one is about to begin.

I'm looking forward to exploring a new city, finding a home to settle down in, getting stuck into my job and sharing all the ups and downs of this journey with you guys. Thanks for all your amazing comments, tweets and emails, and I'll be back here as soon as I have an internet connection again!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thing To Look Forward To

Just a few of the things I'm looking forward to in Auckland:

one. Cosset cafe (along with other new-to-us cafes). We went here for the first time a couple of weeks ago and not only was the coffee great, menu wonderful and decor interesting, but they have a resident cat 'Gypsy' who is the cutest thing ever and super friendly.

two. The Yellow Brick Road (and other different stores full of vintage, handmade and high end products). I can't wait to explore the variety of different stores and I might just document a few different store features along the way so keep an eye out for that too!

three. Mount Eden, one of our favourite spots to overlook the city. I picture us going for lots of runs/ walks there and it might become a new regular spot for outfit photos as well.

four. La Cigale French Markets. A French-style farmers market operating on Saturday mornings and selling fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly baked goods, coffee and other non-edible treats.

five. Silo Park. Night markets and an outdoor cinema every Friday night in Auckland's industrial heritage space. We watched Amelie there with some friends a few months ago and can't wait to make this our regular Friday night event.

What are your favourite things to do in Auckland? I'd love to hear your suggestions of things I must see and do :)

Monday, June 25, 2012


(Mink Pink white shirt & Mink Pink skater skirt c/o Market HQ, American Apparel 3D mesh top, Rubi shoes)

Well it's hard to believe but this is my final outfit post in Hamilton! I've really enjoyed all the pretty little nooks and crannies around this city that we've used for photo shoots over the last few years but I'm also excited to explore new locations in Auckland. It was fun to return to the tracks one last time this weekend to snap a few quick pictures in between showers of rain and it's definitely an odd feeling that this time next week we'll be in a new city!

I have 4 days left of work then a lot of cleaning and packing to get through before we take off. I'm also happy to say I got a job in Auckland and will have one week of holiday before starting my new position! It's a Communications/ Social Media role which I'm super excited about. It also means we can now begin to house hunt since we know which suburb we'll be based in. Things are all coming together and we're just itching to get this new adventure underway!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Top 10 Instagramers

As I mentioned the other day I thought I would share my favourite instagram users. I'm going to skip all the obvious choices because most likely you're already following them anyway and we've all seen them featured on multiple lists of this kind by now. This is a chance to give credit to some different accounts and hopefully help you discover a few new favourites. So in no particular order here we go:

Hope you have enjoyed my selection! I'd love to hear your favourites so let me know in the comments what accounts I you'd recommend for me to follow :) And if we aren't connect my username is herecomesthesunblog

Have a great weekend! It's my last one in Hamilton for awhile so I'll be making the most of it xx

Friday, June 22, 2012

GIVEAWAY - Ladybird Likes - CLOSED

What better way to kick off the weekend than with a giveaway?! These handmade items are from the Ladybird Likes etsy store and one lucky winner will receive this cute little bundle (with one or two more surprise items thrown in!).

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post (and remember to leave your email address if you don't have a blogger account)

For extra entries:
1. Follow Ladybird Likes on twitter
2. Follow the Ladybird Likes blog
(remember to leave extra comments for each additional way you enter)

Entries are open until Wednesday 27 June 2012. Max 3 entries per person. Giveaway is open to all readers, international included. Good luck! Edit: Giveaway is now closed, congrats to comment #40!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

End of an Era

The last few years in this city have been absolutely amazing. It's where Jeremy and I got married and built a life for ourselves and even though we're ready to move on, we can't help but feel nostalgic for all the good times here. Aside from the incredible friends we're obviously sad to leave behind, I also wanted to look back on what have been our favourite nooks and crannies around the city over the last few years. Here are some of the places we will miss the most:

We have definitely had some good times here! It was fun to look back through all my old photo albums and relive different memories from the last few years. We have one week left in Hamilton and even though there will be things that will be hard about moving on, mostly I'm just really excited for this new chapter to begin. Here's to change!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Instagram Recap: Tea & Cake

(all pictures from my instagram: @herecomesthesunblog)

1. Red velvet birthday cake
2. Pretty decorations at a friends birthday party
3. Out for tea with friends
4. New books to add to the collection (Moby Dick & Gulliver's Travels)
5. Painting a rainbow on my nails
6. My cat has his own iPad game... so hip :P
7. Fresh flowers at home
8. In love with my new iPad
9. Sweet treats from the husband

Just a selection of a few recent snaps of mine on instagram for those of you who don't have the app. It still has to be one of the most used applications on my phone and I just ticked over the 5000 follower mark, so thank you to everyone who has joined me on there :) What are your favourite accounts to follow? Maybe I should do a post with a round up of my faves... In fact, keep an eye out for that soon!

Monday, June 18, 2012


(pictures by From Me To You)

Wellington boutique Swonderful recently sent me this gorgeous red silk blouse and are also offering you guys 20% off purchases from their online store. How generous! If you'd like to claim the offer (they ship internationally too) just enter HERECOMESTHESUN at the checkout to receive your discount. They have so many pretty items in stock at the moment but a few favourites of mine include:

Happy shopping!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Zeal Markets

Hi guys, Amanda's husband here. It has been a long time since I have guest posted, but here I am bringing a more male perspective to Here Comes The Sun.  Yesterday I went to the Zeal markets in Hamilton to take some photos of my good friend Dane from Tornadoes and Tigers stall. He is flexing his creative muscles and designing his own bow ties (I already have two) and selling prints. I hear he has been sewing so much he has already broken a sewing machine!

If you'd like to buy some of his items for yourself make sure you check out his online store The Lost Boys Club (cool name huh?). Thanks for having me here!

(Here Comes the Sun Husband)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Weekend

Happy weekend everyone! I hope it's nice and relaxing for you, whatever your plans are. This is my second to last weekend in Hamilton which is a surreal feeling so I'll be making the most of my time left here with friends and favourite parts of the city. It's crazy to think life is soon to change so much! 

My husband will be dropping in with a guest post of some pictures he took at a craft fair featuring handmade goods from our friend Dane of Tornadoes and Tigers, so keep an eye out for that too.

Happy weekend x

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Just A Minute

Reading: Game of Thrones - I'm trying to get through it before I watch the TV show and I just got The Perks of Being a Wallflower on my Kindle so I can read it before the movie comes out

Watching: The O.C season two with Jeremy and Sophia Grace and Rosie clips on youtube - can't help myself, I love them!

Working On: Improving my photoshop skills, Pugly Pixel youtube tutorials are a big help

Looking forward to: The big move to Auckland and a change of pace in the bigger city, new opportunities and challenges, getting out of my comfort zone and living closer to family

Eating: Lots of birthday cake (this year it was red velvet, so good) and trying to make up for it in other ways by eating healthier things like Blue Diamond flavoured almonds, yoghurt & fruit

Missing: Some of my closest friends who all live in different cities now (Emma, Ilana, Sone this means you!)

What are you up to in June so far?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Happy 1000

(pictures of Jeremy and I by Hook & Danelle of A Couple Of Night Owls)

Well it's hard to believe but when I hit 'publish' on this it will become my 1000th entry on this blog. Which is crazy. Not only can I not comprehend that I've had 1000 different things to share on here (I cringe at the thought of my archives sometimes) but it's also amazing to think that something that began as a fun hobby could grow to be such a big part of my life, and that anyone other than my real-life friends would actually be interested in reading it.

It's been amazing few years with incredible opportunities along the way- attending Fashion Week, getting flown to Sydney to film a TV commercial, seeing myself on billboards, taking part in fun photoshoots, meeting inspiring and talented people and seeing myself in magazines. What a journey!

Mostly thank you to you guys for visiting my site, engaging with me on here and my other social networks, and sticking with me as I figure out just what I want this blog to be. I read every comment, email and tweet and they all mean so much to me, so thank you and much love ♥

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's my birthday ♥

So far today has been a good day. Breakfast in bed from the hubby, a new iPad and new Nike running shoes, a few vouchers and treats and lots and lots of sugar! The celebrations this year are pretty low key but I am meeting up with a few close friends later on tonight for dessert and drinks. I'm glad that I get to have one last birthday in this city before we make the move. And I'm SO excited to take my new shoes for their first run as soon as I can. Happy birthday to me :) I'm off to eat some cake! (calories don't count on your birthday) xx

Monday, June 11, 2012


There's nothing I love more than when we have winter days like this - icy cold, but full of sunshine. This weekend brought out my favourite kind of chilly weather and the husband and I rugged up warm for a day out and about in the city. It's so nice when you can enjoy the colder weather and dressing up cozily without having to worry about the rain as well.

Also what do you think of my new winter coat? It's so nice and warm and fortunately grey goes with everything in my wardrobe. I got it from a cheapie store so I'm not expecting it to last for very long but it will definitely get me through the rest of this winter at least! Also special mention to The Horse for sending me my beautiful new shoes (which I'm in LOVE with) and Romwe for the striped top. ♥

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