Saturday, 14 May 2016

A Day in Brighton!

Hey Guys,




So last week I had such a fun trip to Brighton with my friends Naomi and Alice. It was a pretty spontaneous trip. I had the idea to get out of London somehow and after binge watching Zoella’s vlogs, I decided Brighton could be a really lovely day trip! I haven’t been to Brighton since around 2010, when my first boyfriend lived there for Uni. I used to visit almost every other week! It felt nostalgic but also great to be back in the little town by the sea, creating new and longer lasting memories with my gal pals.
Here is a round-up diary style blog post about what we got up to. If you are thinking of a day out of London or even a trip from farther away, I hope this post will provide you with some inspo or even some nostalgia if you may have visited before!
I’ve labelled each section so you can see what it’s about and skip along if you wish (this is a long ‘un)
OK, let’s go!


Tuesday 3rd May 2016

10am –The journey begins
Was up fairly early to try and make the most of this beaauutt weather! *Emoji heart-eyes face!* The sun was shining brightly as I made my way to London Bridge station to meet the girls. I was last to arrive (as usual) sigh, but it was lovely to see everyone and how excited we all were!
The train took about an hour, and after watching the cityscape view evolve into the beautiful countryside, we arrived safely at Brighton Station.

11am- Priorites!
The fresh sea air literally hits you as soon as you exit the station. Perhaps a local may be accustomed to the salty whiff; however our foreign noses revelled in this new and refreshing smell that brought back so many memories of near and distant memories.
We made our way down the main hill leading to the station in search of a snack for Naomi and a bathroom for Alice! We found our way into Holland and Barrett’s to pick up a snack and then Waterstone’s bookshop to cheekily use the 4th floor cafe loo!

11.30am- Homesense
Snack                    √
Bathroom stop   √
Onto the main event; Shopping, Sea and Sun!
First thing I noticed was a large Homesense on a corner. Now, I only know about this store because of Zoella (there is only one in London and I live on the other side of the city) so I was very intrigued to check it out! I hadn’t realised how closely related Homesense and TKMaxx were. They are owned by the same company and extremely similar. Homsense is basically a homeware-only version of TKMaxx (the best bit of TKMaxx if you ask me!)
We had a loonnngg rummage through every single department and toyed with buying so many things! Only thing stopping me from buying everything I saw was the thought of having to carry it around for the rest of the day L
I managed to grab myself a wooden chopping board. I know, I know “why would she get that?” but hear me out. So I thought it would be a nice idea as a serving board/platter for cheese and bread and nibbles etc when I have guests over. Kinda rustic and homely. Haha, I’ll post a picture of it when I get to use it to show you what I mean.
Anyywayy, after an hour of browsing, we all made our purchases and decided to head out to the infamous “Lanes” for some shopping and a meal.

12:30pm- Sweets!!
The Lanes were easy to find. They were very European-style, narrow, winding streets of cute little shops, boutiques and restaurants. We found ourselves in a sweet shop (oh I wonder how that happened? Not my fault!) It happened to be the same one that featured in a recent Zoella vlog with her pal Mark Ferris. I remember it because they were making this joke about ‘Diablo’.... (Btw, you will realise throughout this diary that our Brighton journey seems to echo a lot of Zoella’s videos! Not even on purpose because I have no idea where we were at every given moment! It was fun getting lost though)
The sweetie shop was really old school and traditional. It smelt amazing but because we were quite hungry, it was super hard to restrict ourselves! So we decided to get a proper meal and do sweets later.
 
Sweetie Shop!
1pm- Mexican Lunch and Cocktails
A few more shops along, past the alluring Blackbird Tea rooms, we spotted a “2-4-1 Mexican” sign and were immediately sold! Basically, among our group there is 1 vegetairan, 1 pescatarian, 1 gluten free and 2 dairy free (none of which apply to me haha) so it can be hard to find a place we can all eat, but the ‘Dos Sombreros’ menu seemed to cater for us all nicely!
The menu
Naomi and I ordered cocktails at two for £11.95. We decided on a “Mexican Woo Woo” which was SO tasty and pretty strong! We were nice a tipsy for the arrival of the main. 
The "Mexican Woo Woo"
The portions were nice and big. I went for an Beef Enchilada, while Naomi went for a packed Burrito and Alice some stuffed peppers. We all had the sweet potato fries on the side which were fantastic. I feel like sweet potato fries are always hit and miss depending on where you are eating; but these were yum!


My Chilli Con Carne Enchilada
After stuffing ourselves, we head off to continue our journey around the Lanes.

2.30pm- Shops and Shocks
Ok, so I love all of those small, gifty type boutiques that you get everywhere. I think they are full of great little gifts and fun presents for family, friends and yourself! From funky fairy lights to quirky colouring books, these shops have you covered! Rant: My only problem with these places are how overpriced everything is. Even though I saw those flamingo sunglasses in Primark for a pound, I have to purchase them for £8 from you? Or those fun mugs that are all over Pinterest are priced at £15 here? Maybe I am just really stingy but I always feel like these places are only really for people who can afford a larger budget for novelty birthday pressies that may only be used once...
This is why I love Tiger! Tiger is one of my favourite shops ever for everything! From kids a toy to kitchenware, this shop has it all covered and the Brighton branch certainly didn’t disappoint! I managed to pick up a really cool table dish for throwing jewellery and bobby pins etc.

2.45pm- I can See the Sea!
We finally made it down the the beach for a well earned sit down and chat whilst the waves created a wonderful soundtrack to our rock hunting...
I decided to create my own rock “collection” to take home, so Alice and Naomi would present rocks to me and I had to accept or reject them like some kind of beachy next top model!
 
My new friend "Rocky"

3.15pm- Afternoon Tea
It was a little chilly by the sea, so after a while of sniffing and dodging seagull poop, we decided to head off to find our next tourist landmark-the Pavilion. Of course, the shops en-route weren’t left untouched as we found Lush! I even bagged myself a free hand massage from one of the nice staff members as we talked all things rose scented and unicorn horns!
Lush; If only you could smell the screen!
We found the Pavilion and had a walk through the little park opposite. 

Alice is another avid herbal tea drinker so we decided to find a cafe for something to help digest the settling Mexican.


We stumbled across the Brighton Theatre and the built in cafe. The alfresco seating was super cute so we ordered and sipped whilst watching the shoppers and students. There was also a street performer who created huge bubbles with some long sticks and ropes which turned out to be fairly entertaining to watch!

4.30pm-Photobooths and Vintage Shops
We decided to try and locate the North Laines, as it is full of cool vintage shops and also a photobooth place that I had read about online and seen in another of Zoella’s vlogs. I thought it would be cute as a little memory of the day. As we wandered around the North Laines, the retro stores and vintage boutiques were all slowly closing. We found our way to Snoopers Paradise and had a really nice rummage around. Snoopers Paradise is a large market-style store with lots of different sections. There were a few clothing areas but it was mainly full of bric-a-brac, tins, pins and vintage things! I managed to find a sale section (bargain queen as always) and picked up a copper coloured tray. It was super shiny on the bottom, but the top was faded and matte with a little rust spot. But at only £1, I thought I could take it home and spruce it up! I had seen these on blogs/Instagram before and really liked the look of them as a tray to toss little bits on. (Since this trip, I have spruced it up so will take a nice photo and leave it here:

We also had a go in the photobooth at £3 for four poses. We darnt use the straggly, lice-ridden props and wigs so we just played around with our own sunglasses.
(Rant: Why do these photobooths always catch you off guard?! Like you’re ready and posing, but as soon as you turn to say “I wonder when the pictures will start tak-“ SNAP! Greaatt, got one of me mid talking, and it certainly doesn’t look like a cute ‘model in the middle of a sentence’ pose.... Rant over.)

5.30pm- Shopping Spree (well, attempted shopping spree!)
We decided to make the shopping centre our final stop before heading back to London. But as we wandered through the cemtre, past the half-closed shutters and tidy stores, we slowly began to realise that the shops were all closing for the day! At SIX PM!!?? Whaattt?? This would never happen in London we all gasped! Haha! We soon realised that there would be no point actually going into any shops as we wouldn’t be able to look without feeling rushed so we headed to the outdoor shops hoping they may open later.
We were correct, by half an hour! I trawled the rails of the New Look sale and managed to find a lot of bargains which I modelled for the girls who were ‘resting their legs’ on the comfy changing room sofas. I decided to buy a white, long sleeve bardot top (I only have cropped short ones at the moment but love the idea of wearing it in summer!) and a Christmas jumper. I know, I am waayyy off, but it was so cute I couldn’t resist! It is a super soft black jumper with two Christmas puddings on the boobie sections! Alice wasn’t sure if I knew that the pudding placement looked like boobies, so she tried to tactfully tell me. Little did she know, I LOVED the boobie placement! Haha.

6.30pm- Home Time
After a little look through M&S as a time filler, we slowly made our way back up to Brighton station. We were well and truly pooped out! Lots of walking and lot’s of laughing led to three tired girls.
The hour and twenty minutes passed by as we watched the sunset from the train window whilst reminiscing about our day and began planning our next adventure! I think the word IKEA was tossed about which sounds like so much fun! Stay tuned for that!


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Eb x