Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Happy List

Today has been a bit of a sad day. Not for any particular reason, but it's just been one of those days where the world felt a little less rosy than normal. So I thought it'd be good to drag myself out of the funk with a list of my favourite things that make me happy right now. So here we go:

The Happy 100:

♥ 1. Finding new cafes and restaurants in Auckland (today I went to Federal Deli for the first time!)
♥ 2. Cozy nights in bed watching TV
♥ 3. Waking up to find my cat sharing my pillow
♥ 4. Planning mine and Jeremy's 2014 Japan trip
♥ 5. Counting down to our Melbourne holiday in 3 weeks
♥ 6. Day trips to the beach
♥ 7. A cider in the sun after a long day
♥ 8. Making the perfect playlist and discovering new music
♥ 9. Unashamedly having Drake, Haim, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde & Katy Perry all on the same playlist
♥ 10. Fan girling over Katy Perry
♥ 11. Playing Candy Crush (I'm stuck on level 245 if anyone has any tips)
♥ 12.  Going for a run with Jeremy
♥ 13. Listening to podcasts in the car
♥ 14. iMessage group convo's that are solely for Harry Potter discussions
♥ 15. Finding the perfect and most relevant lists on Buzzfeed
♥ 16. Planning a future where I own a German Shepherd and a British Blue cat
♥ 17. Never getting sick of Japanese food
♥ 18. Never getting sick of dumplings
♥ 19. Saturday morning bagel club (we go to Best Ugly bagels)
♥ 20. White nail polish
♥ 21. Discovering new TV shows (latest love is The Americans)
♥ 22. Bottomless coffee
♥ 23. Wearing Nikes, Chucks or Vans instead of heels
♥ 24. Wearing sportswear instead of dresses
♥ 25. Avocado on toast
♥ 26. Being so content with being at home doing nothing
♥ 27. Getting home from work and getting straight into pajamas
♥ 28. When someone you admire/ respect follows you back on Twitter
♥ 29. Friends you can do nothing with but still have the best time
♥ 30. Talking about Harry Potter like it's real life
♥ 31. Debriefing with friends after every New Girl episode
♥ 32. Counting down to seeing Catching Fire at the movies
♥ 33. Cheese platters
♥ 34. Friday nights at home with wine and an early retreat to bed
♥ 35. Fairtrade, free range, organic cafes
♥ 36. FaceTiming with friends who moved away
♥ 37. The cold side of the pillow
♥ 38. Candles that smell like something edible
♥ 39. Collapsing on my front lawn after a long run
♥ 40. Roast vege salads with an overload of feta
♥ 41. Vulnerable conversations
♥ 42. Old movies
♥ 43. Finding an album you can listen to on repeat (this year it's been Bastille, Bad Blood for me)
♥ 44. Really salty peanut butter
♥ 45. Being a regular at a cafe
♥ 46. Running downhill
♥ 47. Cherry blossom season
♥ 48. Planning everything we want to do at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea
♥ 49. Long email chains about all things Japan
♥ 50. Book club
♥ 51. YouTubing videos of cute cats and dogs (it never gets old)
♥ 52. Giving my cat tummy rubs (he never bites/scratches)
♥ 53. Carrot sticks and hummus
♥ 54. Almond milk
♥ 55. Going for walks on my lunch break
♥ 56. Getting a fringe trim
♥ 57. Harvey Spector
♥ 58. Being on top of the washing
♥ 59. Green tea with strawberry
♥ 60. Flossing
♥ 61. Managing to get a screen shot on Snapchat
♥ 62. How amazing water tastes after a long run
♥ 63. Secretly competing with friends on Nike+
♥ 64. Tempura veges
♥ 65. Having a husband that's super skilled at shaping my eyebrows
♥ 66. Finding new instagram feeds to follow
♥ 67. Bonding with people who love The Wire
♥ 68. Bonding with people who don't love Two and a Half Men
♥ 69. Guilty pleasure TV shows and movies
♥ 70. Listening to your favourite song on repeat
♥ 71. Leisurely mornings
♥ 72. Checking your favourite websites and Twitter first thing every morning
♥ 73. Sneaking your own treats into the movie theatre
♥ 74. Waking up and realising you have a few more hours left before your alarm will go off
♥ 75. Strawberry season
♥ 76. Checking the Timehop app every day to reminisce
♥ 77. Hello Kitty everything
♥ 78. White on white on white clothing ensembles
♥ 79. Stripey tops
♥ 80. Super friendly dogs
♥ 81. Introducing friends to new TV shows or music
♥ 82. Gin and tonic
♥ 83. Eggs benedict
♥ 84. Still not so secretly loving Mary Kate and Ashley
♥ 85. Steve Carrell
♥ 86. Getting overly emotionally involved in the lives of fictional characters
♥ 87. BBQ season
♥ 88. Supporting handmade
♥ 89. Watching any interview by Ellen Degeneres or Graham Norton
♥ 90. Short fingernails
♥ 91. Winged liquid liner
♥ 92. Wrapping your bedding around you like a cocoon
♥ 93. Crispy green apples
♥ 94. Home made burgers with avocado, jalapenos and hot sauce
♥ 95. Recreating restaurant meals at home
♥ 96. Getting mail
♥ 97. YouTube compilations of the best Vines
♥ 98. Funny animal GIFs
♥ 99. Haloumi
♥ 100. A deep sleep

What features on your happy list?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Contributor | Bold Makeup

Hi everyone, it's Gabrielle back with another contributor post, this time about bold makeup looks! 

Bright lip colours that pop are appearing in full swing now, and it’s time to think about how to make the rest of your makeup complement this look. A simple clean eye with just a neutral shadow in the crease flatters a bright lip. The key is to pair it with lots of lashes. I know so many of us out there have fear of infamous ‘spider’ lashes; but news is, they’re coming in.

The idea is to apply a couple more coats of mascara than your regular one or two: waiting between each coat until the previous has dried. The lashes don’t need to be clumpy - but, don’t freak out if they are. It is the ultimate way to balance out your bright lips. Holiday season is tiptoeing nearer, and this is a perfect party look, it takes a lot less time than a smoky eye!

Until next time!

Gabrielle Houghton
Here Comes the Sun Contributor

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Giveaway | $500 Mimco Shopping Spree! *CLOSED*

This week I'm excited to partner with Mimco to bring you a giveaway exclusive to New Zealand!

Mimco are offering a $500NZD shopping spree to one lucky winner!

How to enter:
♥ Leave a comment on this post!
♥ The winner will be drawn and contacted on Monday 28 October 2013.

A few T&C's:
♥ The winner must be able to get to one of the boutiques in New Zealand (you can view the locations here) to make their purchase before November 30 2013.
♥ RRPNZ$500.00 must be consumed in one transaction, product cannot include ‘Mimco Loves’, Limited Edition or gift vouchers.
♥ Product cannot be placed on lay-buy. Product cannot be returned for refund, but exchange is permitted.
♥ Open to New Zealand residents only!

Good luck ♥

Congrats to the lucky winner, Nicola Henwood! I will email you the details!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Day at the Races

Outfit sponsored by Boohoo

Spring is in full swing in New Zealand which also means racing season is upon us!  To celebrate Boohoo asked me to put together an outfit of what I'd wear to the races. The dress code is usually colourful summer dresses for the ladies and tailored suit and tie options for the men. I opted out of the fancy head gear because it's not really me and decided to go for a simple floaty dress accentuated with white heels and white nail polish. 

If you're looking for more inspiration of what to wear to the races this season there are also a few tips from blogger Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper) here

Monday, October 21, 2013

Contributor | Halloween Inspired Nail Art

Hey everyone! Katie Jessica here again. Feels like a long time since my last post! Don't you just LOVE this season? Its starting to get colder here in England and we're wrapping up, sipping hot drinks and layering up for the winter. Weird to think Amanda's getting ready for the spring/summer! 

I'm here today to show you a few tutorials for easy Halloween inspired nail art. I don't like anything too spooky so hopefully I've glammed them up a bit. First up, 'bloody' nails. Sounds gross huh? Well I've added a little sparkle so maybe we can say they are inspired by the glistening sparkling vampires from 'twilight'.... Start off by painting your base colour. I used a varnish with a translucent sparkle.
Once dry use a bright red varnish to create the blood effect. I started off by painting the tips and allowing the red to drip down on it's own accord. It may need a little encouragement.

Continue on all nails & seal with a clear top coat! They don't look to terrifying now don't they!?

Next up: Frankenstein stitches! Start by choosing a few colours. I did a different colour per nail but you can go for what you want, you may want to choose more halloween-y colours or go for green just like Frankenstein. I painted diagonally across each nail. You should find this easy to do without the use of tape.

Use a nail art brush, a thin paintbrush to paint stitches across the diagonal line. Another trick I sometimes use to paint patterns onto nails is to use liquid eyeliner. You can get them in so many colours now and they work just as well. If you do use that then make sure you seal the design with a clear top coat.
Contine on all nails & seal.

And finally spiderwebs! I started with a base colour of gold and used a nail art brush to paint on lines. It's really simple to create a spiderweb. Start with straight lines and fill in the gaps with smaller curved lines.
I like it when nails have something different on each. Why not try painting on a little spider or do half a nail with spiderwebs instead of a full nail. I added a little polka dot to another to make it a little friendlier!
Enjoy dressing up your nails this season!

Katie Jessica
Here Comes the Sun Contributor

Friday, October 18, 2013


Recently I took the plunge and got my first playsuit! I was a little bit nervous how it would fit/look (always the risk with online shopping!) but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I love the cute scalloped hem and the crochet detailing. I can tell already I'll be getting a lot of wear out of it this summer! 

In other happy news, tonight I'm going to see Beyonce live in concert. This is her first time playing in New Zealand (as a solo artist - she did come here with Destiny's Child) and I'm so excited. She's played two shows this week already with amazing reviews so I can't wait to experience it for myself! xx

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Japan, Here We Come!

Well it's been an interesting 24 hours for Jeremy and I! It started with us seeing a deal for crazy cheap flights to Paris (which we sadly missed out on) and ended up with us booking a holiday to Japan for next year!

When we heart brokenly missed out on the Paris flights we decided we'd see what other deals were online and we were thrilled to discover that flights to Japan were an amazing price so we took a leap and booked them. We were not at all expecting to book a holiday yesterday but sometimes you just have to jump on opportunities!

So now what I need to know is - have you been to Tokyo? And if so, can you give me suggestions?

I've already got some ideas of things I'd like to see and do but I'd love to hear from people who have already been there! I'm looking for travel tips, accommodation recommendations and all the best things to see/ eat/ do. Fire away!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Just a Minute in October

Just a little bit about what life has looked like lately:

Listening to.... Haim, Chrvches, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Iggy Azalea, Foxes and lots of Beyonce in excitement for her concert this Friday night! (SO excited to be seeing her live).

Watching.... The Americans (favourite new show), New Girl (how amazing is Winston this season?!), Homeland, Modern Family and I still haven't started the new season of Downton Abbey - am I missing out? I'm still scarred from the way last season ended :(

Eating.... Less dairy than normal (it makes me sad cause I'm addicted to cheese but I feel better without it), unsalted almonds, fresh strawberries and Japanese at every chance I get.

Working on.... Training for my first half marathon, saving for our upcoming holiday in Melbourne, actually finishing a book club book on time and drinking more green tea and less coffee (it's hard).

Saturday, October 12, 2013

His & Hers | Marathon Training

Well it's only 3 weeks until mine and Jeremy's first half marathon! I keep getting excited for our upcoming holiday in Melbourne at the end of November and then I remember that I have to run this race before I get to enjoy our trip. I'll admit it - I'm pretty nervous! But I'm putting in the time and effort and slowly but surely getting there.

Jeremy is much fitter than me and already running around 17kms and I'm not quite there yet. But the good thing about training together is that he can keep my energy up when I'm starting to fade off and the other day during a crazy steep hill he even dragged me along for a little bit haha. So grateful to have someone to train with!

As I mentioned in my last post, Jeremy and I are running this race on behalf of a charity - the NZ Mental Health Foundation! If you'd like to make a donation you can visit our sponsor page here. A huge thank you to those who have already contributed :) 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Contributor | Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Hello everyone, it’s Lydia here from Lydia Bakes again, bringing you another sweet recipe to get your spring off to a great start. Whenever people talk about having too many lemons on their lemon trees I’m green with envy. It pays to have a friend with a lemon tree! When my friend told me to take as many lemons as I wanted I immediately thought about making lemon curd. Then I thought, why not cupcakes? So lemon meringue cupcakes it was! If you’re short on time (or lemons) you can use a store bought variety of lemon curd like Barkers. Nothing beats the real deal though! You’ll need to make it in advance so it has time to cool and thicken, I made mine the day before.


Lemon Curd:
2/3 C Lemon Juice
2/3 C Sugar
Zest from 4 Lemons
5 Egg Yolks
90g Butter, cubed

125g Butter, softened
1/2 C Caster Sugar
2 t Lemon Rind
2 Eggs
1/2 C Desiccated Coconut
1 C Flour
1 t Baking Powder
1/3 C Milk

4 Egg Whites
1 C Caster Sugar

Lemon Curd:
♥ Put all ingredients in a small pot over a medium heat and whisk until butter is completely melted and ingredients and combined.
♥ Use a wooden spoon to stir consistently while mixture thickens, take care not to let it boil.
♥ When mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon easily it is ready.
♥ Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
♥ Cover with plastic wrap so that it touches the curd (to stop a layer of skin forming on top).
♥ Refrigerate until cold, at least one hour, or overnight if possible.

♥ Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
♥ Beat the butter until smooth and creamy.
♥ Gradually beat in sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy.
♥ Add lemon zest and mix until combined.
♥ Add eggs one at a time, making sure to beat well after each addition. The mixture will look separated, don’t worry it’ll go back to normal soon!
♥ Sift flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl.
♥ Add dry ingredients and milk in three additions, starting and finishing with the dry ingredients.
♥ Stir in coconut and mix until combined.
♥ Spoon mixture into cupcakes cases.
♥ Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
♥ Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
♥ Using a small sharp knife, cut a hole in the centre of each cupcake and discard the tops (that means eat them).

♥ Make sure all equipment is completely oil free by washing it hot soapy water and drying completely before starting.
♥ Using the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on a medium speed until soft peaks form.
♥ Gradually add the sugar, one spoon at a time.
Continue to mix for about 10 minutes, or until stiff peaks form and mixture is thick and glossy.
♥ Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
♥ Spoon lemon curd into cupcake holes, about 1 - 2 teaspoons should fill it up.
♥ Spoon meringue into a piping bag fitted with large round tip.
♥ Pipe meringue on cupcakes over top of the curd and place on oven tray.
♥ Bake about 5 -8 minutes or until lightly browned, alternatively brown the edges of the meringue with a brulee torch.


Lydia Norton
Lydia Bakes
Here Comes the Sun Contributor

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

A Lack of Colour

Mink Pink Tank c/o Market HQ | Mink Pink Wet Look Tights | Converse Sneakers

Gosh, I'm still catching up on the backlog of outfits we shot when I didn't have a functioning card reader to get the photos off my camera. It's not often I blog photos weeks after I've taken them and now I've had the time to reflect on this outfit I'm not sure I really like it as much as I did at the time! Don't get me wrong, I love all the pieces individually and all will be getting a lot of wear this summer, but I just wonder if I could have mixed and matched this a little better. Oh well, I guess that's life - not every outfit is going to be a hit!

On another note, Spring is shining here in New Zealand and I'm loving it. We've already started eating our dinners outside on the deck, enjoying afternoon beers in the sun and the first strawberries of the season are in stores! Ahh this time of year is my fave :) x

Monday, October 07, 2013

Contributor | Photography Projects

Hi everyone! It's Laura from BOOKM▲▲RKS and I'm glad to be back here! I've taken you through some tips and tricks and inspirations, so I think it is now time for you all to take your camera out to snap photos and join some different fun projects! On this post I would like share with you a few fun photography projects that you could join.

This is a project created by Bobby Caputo, a photographer based in NYC. It is a bit similar to the Disposable Memory Project which has been shut down *sad face* but with a slightly different angle. I am excited that a project like this still exists!

The general concept is, as Bobby goes travelling he leaves disposable cameras or hands them out to people along the way, for them then to take a photo and pass it along to others with the hope that one day those cameras will return back to him to share the photos and stories behind them. A few have made it overseas - who knows you might pick up one of them one day? I'm actually planning to email this guy and ask if he can send me one for me to join in the project!

The creative mind behind this brilliant project is Adollin from Lady Croissant. I love this project, it's so much fun. Have you seen Amelie where she asked her friend to take this garden gnome travelling all over the world and get his pictures taken? This project is pretty much it in real life. Ada is a red plastic doll and she gets passed around to participants all over the world who will then take photos of her. Perfect fun photo project!

This is not specifically focussing on film photography but there is no reason why you can't use film camera! This website gives you a daily challenge to shoot, but not only that, this site also gives you some inspirational posts, tips and interviews too.

Ok, a bit of a shameless promotion here but this is another side project that I am running with my friend Jo. It's a collective photography project dedicated to the weekend. So anything you do over the weekend, take your camera with you, snap photos and do sent them to us!

Of course the famous Lomography would have a photo project! Unfortunately they have finished the challenge for 2013 earlier this year, but hopefully they will run it again next year so stay tuned. Regardless it's always inspirational to go through their site.

Anyway, there goes several photo projects that I think you should at least check out if not participate. Do let me know if you hear or know any other photo challenge projects! Have fun!

Laura TJ
Here Comes the Sun Contributor
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