Amanda Thomas is just as sweet as she looks – and so is her blog, Here Comes the Sun. She has a girly sense of style infused with a love of vintage, and her beautiful photography (by her husband!) is inspiring us to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. We sat down with Amanda to learn more about what makes her tick...
StyledOn: Tell us a little about yourself – how did you get into blogging?
Amanda Thomas: I started blogging at a time in my life where it felt like I had a hundred and one commitments. I was 6 months away from getting married so deep in planning and preparation, finishing the last semester of my degree and taking over managing a retail store I’d been working for. Everyday felt so full of things I had to do and I wanted something of my own that would be fun and creative and that I could escape to from all my craziness. Over time it evolved to become one of my main hobbies and grown into something so much more than I could have predicted.
SO: What is it like working with your husband as your photographer?
AT: I feel most comfortable when he’s the one taking my picture as I can just relax and really be myself and I think that naturalness shows through in the shots he takes. He’s also not afraid to tell me if a pose isn’t working or if I need to adjust my hair or do something differently.
SO: If you could collaborate with anyone on a project, who and what would it be?
AT: Being a kiwi my biggest wish would be to collaborate with other New Zealand brands and designers. We have a lot of great talent down under and I love to showcase it on my blog.
SO: What do you do when you’re not blogging?
AT: I work full time, run a lot, read a lot and watch TV on DVD with the husband. My life is pretty much a happy bubble of those few things and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
SO: What is the most treasured item in your closet?
AT: I have a beautiful sequined dress that is so elaborate I’ve never found the right event to wear it to but I try it on from time to time just because I love it.
SO: What inspires you?
AT: As you can probably tell from my blog name I’m a big fan of the Beatles and they have always been a great source of inspiration for me as well as other magical things that came from the 60’s. Otherwise my inspirations are a wide range of things from the Olsen twins and Audrey Hepburn to getting out in nature, old movies, film photography and of course other bloggers.
SO: Is there something you think every woman should have in her wardrobe?
AT: Building up a good foundation of basics will help your wardrobe transcend from season to season. A white t-shirt, a black high waisted skirt, jeans that are your perfect fit, a LBD and a few blazers are all great staples you can build a wardrobe around.
SO: We love your blog and read it on a regular basis.Which blogs do you read the most?
AT: I read so many! But some of my favorites are Calivintage, Selective Potential, Gary Pepper Vintage, Daydream Lily and Rockstar Diaries.
SO: Tell us something about yourself that we might not expect.
AT: I’m from a small coastal town of about 4000 people and spent the first 18 years of my life running around in bikinis and flip flops without a thought for fashion or personal style.
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