Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Husband Style

5each t-shirt | Just Another Fisherman Beanie | RPM jeans

One of the down sides to always being the one being photographed is that it doesn't give me much time to brush up on my photography skills. Because Jeremy is always taking pictures of me he's learnt so much over the last year but sometimes I need a good excuse to get behind the camera too. So on the weekend while we were at Cornwall Park shooting this outfit we did a bit of a swap and I got a chance to brush up on my skills as well. Not to mention I happen to love what Jeremy is wearing in these pictures! 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Gardenia

Fourty Two Shirt c/o Amber Whitecliffe | Country Road Waxed Jeans | Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

Here's something you don't see on my blog very often - me wearing pants!! I've always been more of a skirt/dress girl but I thought it was time for me to splash out and try something new. I got these jeans from Country Road last week and I've been thrashing them ever since! Also this Amber Whitecliffe shirt is an exciting new addition to my wardrobe. I love supporting New Zealand designers and this floral shirt is so soft and comfortable, I know I'll be getting a lot of wear out of it next Spring! 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Little Things



The best thing about forgetting to check the mail on a Saturday is opening the letterbox on a Sunday expecting to just clear out junk mail and finding two unexpected packages waiting for you. This happened to me this morning and I discovered these cute little animal rings sent to me by Grand Bazaar and a Leah Goren iPhone case I treated myself to from Society6. Such a nice way to brighten a quiet Sunday morning at home! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Contributor | Top Places to Visit in the UK

Hola, it's Mandy Faith from ManD again! To give you a little insight on my life, I'm a full time student currently studying in the UK. For the past few months, I have been happily travelling around the region and would now like to share with you some beautiful places the Great Britain offers!

#1. Bath

Bath is famous for its wonderful Roman building. I particularly love the structure of The Royal Crescent (picture above)! In Spring, people enjoy picnics and beautiful weather on the front lawn.

#2. Bilbury

Bibury is a charming Cotswold village with typical English cottages. It is one of my favorite places as it offers great tranquility and the locals are just as friendly!

#3. Bristol

I am currently residing in Bristol and every time a friend comes by, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is never missed. Simply hop on to the city sightseeing bus and the driver will tell you what's best!

#4. Edinburgh

Edinburgh is fun, historic and peaceful all at the same time: fun with its cool shops and good food, historic with its beautiful Edinburgh castle and peaceful with its much slower pace of living than London. Consider renting an apartment for a group of 4-5, it is very affordable!

#5. London

Need no saying, London is where everyone heads. Funny enough, I find it much more attractive than Paris. The street performances, the diversity, the sweet trail from the Westminster Abbey to the Tower Bridge... all sights are so worth capturing. Though, beware of pickpockets!

#6. Weymouth

Lastly, Weymouth is a quiet seaside town perfect for retirees. It hosted the sailing events for the London 2012 Olympic Games! Be sure to visit the chesil beach and have a cuppa for teatime, you'll definitely enjoy it.

That's it for this time! You can check my site for more travel pictures. Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead!

Mandy Faith
ManD
Here Comes the Sun Contributor

Thursday, April 25, 2013

We Are Golden

Sweater & skirt c/o Chicwish

Just dropping in to say a hello! It's been a bit of a cold and rainy week here in Auckland but in one (short) pocket of sunshine we managed to snap a few quick pictures. Today is a public holiday in New Zealand and Australia (Anzac day - commemorating our soldiers who have served and died in war) so I'm enjoying a little down time, catching up with friends and thinking about my Granddad who drove an ambulance in Egypt during WWII. Hope you're having a good week :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

30 Days of Wellness | Update


I thought it was time I should check in regarding the April 30 Days of Wellness Challenge and let you know how I'm going with it. You can read my first post about this challenge and see my goals for it here. Like with any challenge of this kind I've had some successes and some not-so-great moments as well.


Where I've done well:
• As part of this challenge I set myself a goal to do a plank every day. I began the month only being able to last 17 seconds and I'm now up to 1.10 so I'm loving seeing the improvement!

• I aimed to cut down on my coffee intake and up my green tea consumption and I've done pretty well with this. I've been drinking around 3 coffees per week and 2 green teas per day, so I'm happy with that. 

• I've run over 50kms this month and I'm tracking to end the month around 65 in total. I was aiming for 80kms in total but considering how bad the weather has been here I'm still counting this as a positive! 

Where I've struggled:
• I somehow completely forgot about my goal not to have fizzy at all this month (I think you call it 'pop' in the states?) and I've probably had it at least 5 times which I'm feeling bad about.

• I've also had a little trouble learning to say no when I'm offered treats I don't really need. So i've probably eaten more cake and chocolate this month that I'd be willing to tell you. 

And that's kinda where I'm at! I definitely have some strengths that I'm grateful for (e.g I genuinely love fresh fruit and veges) but I just need that little burst of extra motivation at the moment as well. Because it's getting colder in NZ at the moment it's easy to feel a little lazy and to crave comfort food. 

Are you taking part in this challenge? How are you doing with it?

Monday, April 22, 2013

His & Hers | Sunday Morning Coffee

Him: RVCA snapback |  Rhythm jumper | Billabong chino's
& a chai latte
Her: Denim shirt c/o Boohoo | Skirt c/o Chicwish | Just Another Fisherman beanie
& a skinny latte

This weekend has been a good one. On Friday night we had wine and cheese with friends, on Saturday night we went to a Mexican themed house warming and by Sunday morning we were ready for a quiet break with hot coffee and some precious down time. The weather is kiiinda getting a little more Autumn-like here now (although our trees still haven't turned the red and golden colours that I love just yet) so we're enjoying the re-introduction of thicker layers to our wardrobes once again and warming up with our favourite hot drinks. Such a perfect way to end the weekend :) 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Behind the Scenes of Blogging


If you've ever wanted to know what my blogging regime looks like, this is it! You'll usually find me wrapped up in one of my favourite cardies (this one is by Staple the Label & I got it from Market HQ), cup of tea in hand and happily tucked up in bed. I love blogging from the comfort of my bedroom and especially in our new house as it's so light and bright. Today I'm editing photos for the week ahead and planning out my schedule for the next couple of weeks as well. I love feeling this organised! The only thing that would make this better would be if my cat came in from outside and joined me for a cuddle x

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Contributor | The Multiple Talents of Concealer

Hello everyone! It's Gabrielle Houghton and in this weeks contributor guest post I’m showing you the many talents of our faithful friend, concealer. Here are my top three alternative ways to use this multi-use product!

1. As an eyeshadow primer:

Simply swipe concealer over your lid, before applying your eyeshadow. Depending on how oily your lids are you may want to set this with a translucent powder. This will give your eyeshadows more vivid colour payoff.

2. As a base for lipstick:

This is handy to do especially if you are applying a lipstick in a shade that is lighter than your natural lip colour, or if you are applying a sheer colour. With a light hand, cover lips in concealer using your finger or a foundation/concealer bursh. Dont feel the need to be precise with the application, as it the concealer shade should match your skin. Follow up with your favourite lip colour.

3. To define your eyebrows:

Use concealer as a ‘reverse liner,’ drawing around the edges of your eyebrows to tidy up the shape. Angled brushes are good for this. Remember to blend out the concealer into your foundation.

Have fun playing around with your concealer in new ways... hopefully some of these ideas and tips were new to you! Have a good weekend, all x

Gabrielle Houghton
Here Comes the Sun Contributor

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Society 6 Wishlist

I can't believe it's taken me this long to become obsessed with Society6. I have to admit I've spent far too many hours trawling through the site and falling in love with almost every item. These are just a few of the items on my wishlist and I have to confess, I’ve already purchased the Leah Goren iPhone case pictured in the middle + these four throw cushion designs as well. I can’t help myself!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Welcome to our Home


Welcome to our home! I have a proper house tour planned soon (just waiting on some furniture we ordered to arrive) but in the meantime I thought I would show you a few of my favourite corners. We're having fun setting everything up and making it feel like home. We have plans to start a vege garden soon (so excited for home grown beets and chillies!) and we're enjoying all the clean white spaces, wooden floors and bright natural lighting. This is probably my favourite house we've ever lived in!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Giveaway | The Family Company | Closed


Today's giveaway is sponsored by The Family Company. And the name actually couldn't be more relevant/ perfect as The Family Company is actually run by my cousins in Gisborne. So in true family spirit I am more than happy to support my cousins in this business venture and I love their amazing online store full of homewares, clothing, stationery and art.

The prize pack pictured above includes:

• Fog Linen- stripe kitchen cloth
• Fog Linen Egg Basket
• Redecker Dish Brush
• Flat Wooden Spoon
• Wooden Spoon
• 50 ml Measuring Jug

How to enter:
It's pretty simple - leave a comment on this post. Limit one entry per person. Entries are open to all readers, international included and a winner will be drawn on Monday 22 April 2013.

Good luck!

Edit: Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to A Beautiful Heart. I will be in touch to arrange shipping!

Remembering Ziggy


Today is a bit of a sad day for Jeremy and I. Today marks one year since the day our cat Ziggy was run over. He was an amazing part of our family and even a year on we both find losing him still so saddening. So I just wanted to share a few pictures of him and a link back to some ones from when he was alive (here). It's amazing how much you can love your pets and how much value they add to your life! Fortunately we still have Rocky and he's healthy, happy and enjoying exploring his new territory around our new home. Miss you Ziggy, your memory lives on x
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