Sunday, June 30, 2013

Auckland Art & Craft Fair

Yesterday was the Auckland Art & Craft Fair which I went along to with some friends. It's a bi-annual event I always look forward to and a great opportunity to support the handmade community in New Zealand. I managed to squeeze in amongst the crowds to snap a few quick pics and got to see a lot of familiar faces so that was really nice. Not to mention I finished the day off with a trip to the milk & cookie bar around the corner and indulged in these treats. Such a good day!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Contributor l How to Take Vintage and Pastel Pictures

Hello, it's Mandy Faith from ManD again! I get asked often on how I create vintage and pastel tones on my pictures, so today I would love to provide some personal tips and experiences on that.

 #1. Get The Right Objects

VINTAGE: It is not difficult to get vintage objects. Film cameras, your grandpa's watches, floral teacups, old books with brown pages, oxford shoes... just to name a few!

PASTEL: Girls will know what sorts of things to go well with the theme. I can think of the creamy cupcakes, the fluffy clouds, the light-colored helium balloons and the white laces on a dress.

#2. Search for Beautiful Backgrounds

VINTAGE: There're just so many places to take vintage pictures. My personal preferences would be wheat fields. Abandoned blocks and old tea rooms can be great venues too!

PASTEL: Pastel pictures are generally more simple and clean. I always love taking objects against trees as the little spaces between the leaves and branches will help create beautiful bokeh as backdrop. Alternatively, you can set your objects on a wooden table indoor, near to the windows.

#3. Good Lighting

VINTAGE & PASTEL: I personally think natural light works best for both effects, especially for pastel pictures that are dreamy, soft and light. Shooting indoor for pastel pictures is more appropriate to avoid harsh sunlight but also remember to find places near the windows to get sufficient and softer natural light. Vintage pictures can be taken outdoors, best during the magic hours (evening).

#4. Editing

VINTAGE & PASTEL: Editing is an integral part in creating both effects. There are many online Photoshop presets available for such editing. If you are interested, you can also download them free from my site

#5. Combination

Vintage and pastel can go hand in hand. For example, you can get vintage objects going with pastel editing. Simply mix tips above and have fun!

Mandy Faith
Here Comes the Sun Contributor

Thursday, June 27, 2013

SIX Cookie Recipes For You

(Picture by Danelle Bourgeois)

You might remember a few weeks ago I went to a Cookie Swap! It was such a fun event and I definitely overindulged  in as many different cookies as I possibly could. I'm happy to say I'm back today with all the recipes from the cookies we ate! So click through to the respective blogs and ENJOY the sugary goodness :)

And that's all of them! Do let me know if you give any of them a go :) I wish I could recommend a favourite but honestly it's too hard to choose!

Enjoy xx

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rocky Says Hello

It's been awhile since Rocky's made an appearance on the blog so I thought I'd stop by and share a few recent snaps of him. Most of the time I have to refrain from posting the hundreds of iPhone photos I have of him on my instagram/ twitter/ facebook but I figure a few here or there are ok!

Sometimes I miss having him in my old blog banner (you can view the last design here) but I managed to squeeze him into my design update in the form of the tiny little cat you see beside the comments link! Gotta keep Rocky in the mix somehow :)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Winter Grey

It's amazing how much can change in a year! In June 2012 I was fringeless with short hair and going through a big pastel faze (take a look here.) Fast forward one year and I'm growing my hair again, I'm back to the fringe and seem to be wearing black and grey almost every day. That's one of the fun (and sometimes cringeworthy) parts of having a blog - having your journey so documented!

Anyway, hope your week is off to a nice start :) It's been pretty cold here but I'm making it a little less miserable with lots of cups of tea and cozy nights tucked up watching the American version of The Office (I've only just started and I'm completely in love). xx

Monday, June 24, 2013

Food Feature | Citizen Park

One of my favourite things about living in Auckland is how spoilt we are for good food options. We've been living here almost a year and we're still trying to make our way through our list of places we want to go! (Just ticked off The Food Truck Garage & next on the list is Best Ugly BagelsThe Depot).

One place near us we've been enjoying recently is Citizen Park in Kingsland. Their menu is a mix of Mexican and American food at crazy cheap prices and it's got a good vibe with a huge outdoor setting kept toasty warm through winter.

I realise most of you reading this can't actually visit since you don't live in New Zealand but I love featuring the places I visit just to show you what my world looks like :) I also hope it's a good point of reference for you if you ever do want to come here as well! If you are looking to visit NZ you can read my blog posts on my favourite places to go in these locations: Auckland / Hamilton / Nelson / Queenstown.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Black on Black

Somehow we managed to find a little pocket of sunshine today to venture outside and take a few pictures. It's been a pretty crazy week in New Zealand with heavy cold fronts, crazy thunder, lightening and torrential rain so the sight of blue sky today was a little surreal! 

Anyway, I just put this outfit combo together for the first time today but I can tell already it's going to be on high rotation. I love that the gold details on my shoes match the gold details on my shirt and that it doesn't really need any accessories to feel complete! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Contributor | Winter Beauty Tips

Hi everyone, it's Gabrielle back with another guest post! Today I'm sharing some winter beauty tips for those of you living down under. I've tried most beauty remedies under the sun (or currently, the grey clouds) for coping with the dryness of skin and frizziness of hair that winter brings, but most of the time I turn back to basic items nearly all of us keep in our cupboards.

Repair your hair:
Natural oils can be used for a simple hair mask. Mix together 3 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, with 1 tbsp melted honey (the stickiness of the honey will help bind the mask). Massage into your hair and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Olive Oil not only helps to smooth out frizzy and dry hair but can also prevent a flaky scalp. Other natural ways to up your hair health in the winter include a diet rich in natural fats like avocado, and eggs - which are packed with vitamins for shiny hair.

Scrub away:
Homemade scrubs are one of the easiest ways to avoid dry skin in winter! Make a homemade body scrub by mixing together these sweet ingredients. Take 1 cup Sugar, 1/2 cup of oil of choice, and 2 tbsp honey. This is a perfect and easy shower body scrub! If after exfoliating with this you wish to exfoliate more delicately, try buffing baking soda into the skin, mixing with water as you go. Do this up to three times weekly to clean away dead skin cells.

Get lippy:
Harsh wind can have a rough effect on our lips come cooler weather. Brush your lips with a toothbrush when you're brushing your teeth, to soften them. Following with a simple sugar and olive oil scrub will exfoliate away dry skin, and the oil will replenish lost moisture.

I hope my tips help a few of you out in these colder months!

Gabrielle Houghton
Here Comes the Sun Contributor

Monday, June 17, 2013

Celine Rita | AW13 Comme Ci Comme Ca

Last week I went along to a showing of the latest Celine Rita collection, Comme Ci, Comme Ca. The collection is inspired by Celine's trip to Europe over summer and features a mix of thick knits, bell sleeves, timeless coats and structured dresses and separates. Needless to say I was swooning a little! Not to mention the viewing was accompanied by Rekorderlig Ciders, a cheese platter and macarons - pretty much a perfect afternoon :)

P.S if you'd like to shop the collection you can do so online here.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Shop Feature | The Bread & Butter Letter

This week I paid a visit to my lovely friends Sarah and Rose at The Bread and Butter Letter. If you've been reading my blog for awhile you might have seen me feature them before (here) but since then they've moved to a new location and I thought it was time I showed you the new (+improved!) store.

If you're in Auckland you can shop at The Bread and Butter Letter at 225 Karanghape Road. They sell a mix of vintage and upcycled clothing, tea, jewellery and crafty goodies for around the home. If you're not in New Zealand you can still shop with them just by visiting their online store here.

Enjoy! And happy weekend :)
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