6 Indie Brighton Discoveries

2 September 2015

DOWSEDesign cool shops Brighton Hove

I promise to stop harping on about the #EtsyBloggerSleepover soon, but not until I've shared some of the amazing places they took us to in good old Brighton.  Us Internetty sort are easy to please if you know how.  Give us well-presented food, quirky hotel rooms and gift shops that sell things you didn't know you needed and we're happy.  It just so happened that a lot of the most Instagram-able places (I promise to cut down on saying this) fit in with the Etsy values, recycling, supporting independents and just general Brooklyn vibes.  You seriously need to pop to some of these places next time you're in town, you won't want to leave!

DOWSEDesign cool shops Brighton Hove
DOWSEDesign cool shops Brighton Hove
DOWSEDesign cool shops Brighton Hove
DOWSEDesign cool shops Brighton Hove

DOWSEDesign


I can't really pinpoint when I started to get obsessed with those little bits that make a room look extra special, but now I've got a pile of prints to put up, candles aplenty and a crazy cushion mountain on the bed.  Brighton seems to have so many of these places per square mile and DOWSEDesign suits my aesthetic perfectly.  Even though most concept/gift shops can get a little repetitive, I managed to find a few bits I'd never seen before like the perfectly designed city guides by Herb Lester.  I guess I rely on these sorts of places to scout out the things I manage to miss on blogs and the fact that everything is from an independent British or European designer just shows the breadth of work out there.  Definitely a good starting point if you're bored with the usual High Street stuff.


Silo zero waste restaurant Brighton
Silo zero waste restaurant Brighton
Silo zero waste restaurant Brighton
Silo zero waste restaurant Brighton
Silo zero waste restaurant Brighton

Silo

I seem to have a list of restaurants in Brighton that's as long as my arm and I still haven't made much of a dent in it, due to all of the new places popping up.  I'm not too sure how long Silo's been around but their 'zero waste' principles are interesting, I drank lemonade made from 'rescued lemons' through a metal straw for goodness sake.  They try to keep everything in its purest form, so expect plenty of locally sourced ingredients (the salmon was heavenly).  Any scraps get composted and thus the cycle starts again.  If only more places did this!


Brighton Pier Seafront
Artist Residence quirky hotel Brighton
Artist Residence quirky hotel Brighton
Artist Residence quirky hotel Brighton
Artist Residence quirky hotel Brighton

Artist Residence


I do love me a hotel with some individual rooms.  I lucked out at Artist Residence with a bijou, book-themed suite with all of those Midcentury touches I love.  Lucy had Picasso-esque graffiti adorning the walls and Carrie had a bit of a nautical affair (complete with sea views).  Even if you aren't able to stay here, it's worth brunching at the restaurant or trying some of the seriously tasty tipples at The Cocktail Shack, just to get a sense of the place.  They also have branches in London and Cornwall too.


The New Club Restaurant Brighton

The New Club


Handily situated around the corner from the hotel, we all piled into The New Club a little merrily thanks to the aforementioned cocktails.  There were so many interesting concoctions on the menu and even though my BBQ lamb rump was decent, I still had a little bit of FOMO at the classic fried chicken that Hannah had.  Fried chicken every time.  Luckily I could console myself in the side of mac n' cheese I (sort of) shared with Liv.  


Snoopers Attic Vintage Clothing Brighton
Snoopers Attic Vintage Clothing Brighton
Snoopers Attic Vintage Clothing Brighton
Snoopers Attic Vintage Clothing Brighton
Snoopers Attic Vintage Clothing Brighton

Snoopers Attic


I've been into this treasure trove of a shop many a time, but still hadn't ventured upstairs to Snoopers Attic, where all of the vintage garms sit.  Even though it's pretty rare that I have that love-at-first-sight feeling with anything pre-owned, it's still nice to browse nonetheless and even do a bit of personal shopping for others.  Liv managed to find an amazing Florence Welch style dress and I was quite happy to live vicariously through her.  


Brighton Pier Seafront
Eat Naked Vegan food Brighton
Eat Naked Vegan food Brighton

Eat Naked


Wow.  I thought Eat Naked was just a good option for healthy food but after browsing the founder Stacie Stewart's site, I'm in awe.  Undoubtedly an entrepreneur, she's also a cook, baker, published author, DJ (how's that for versatility) and opened her clean-eating deli a few months ago.  Even though I eat pretty much everything, it's great to see what's out there in terms of vegan and gluten free fare.  I didn't miss the meat at all with my tasty salad box (hummus is always a good idea) and it's a great break for your belly if you've over-indulged a little.


Make sure you check out my vlog which includes some of these places, plus I'd love to know if you've discovered anywhere nice in Brighton recently!

The Bloggers' Market - Part Two!

30 August 2015

Carrie Kristabel Lucy Dunya Olivia

So after months of planning (we're talking wedding style), The Bloggers' Market 2 seemed to go by in a bit of a flash!  Carrie, Lucy, Dunya, Olivia and I had to become makeshift event organisers, communicating on a very rambly Facebook thread and hopefully making everything as enjoyable as the first one.  Even though the idea came from a need to downsize our bursting wardrobes, back in January we inadvertently managed to create a bit of a community atmosphere and met some of our readers face to face, an all too rare treat!  This time, we managed to secure the quirky Hoxton Hotel in Holborn as our venue, Benefit for make-up touch-ups, plus Yo! Sushi, Krispy Kreme and Appletiser for sustenance.  Even though we were inside during the hottest day in August (thanks British weather), it was totally worth it to see everyone nomming doughnuts, catching up and hopefully grabbing a bargain.  Luckily we popped outside for a quick group snap! 

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The Bloggers' Market 2 August 2015
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The Bloggers' Market 2 August 2015
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The Bloggers' Market 2 August 2015
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Shannon Wardrop up and coming singer
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Like the Oscars, I have a lot of thanks to give!  Firstly our amazing helpers Paige, Ron, Gemma and Anne-Sophie who helped everything to run even more smoothly (we actually ordered rails this time, instead of panicking the hour before and hunting some down).  Also Joel, who stepped in again to offer hair-braiding to add to the pampering package as well as Emma Block who stayed even longer than planned and illustrated her heart out!  Shannon Wardrop added a bit of a musical interlude with her amazing voice and Amber-Rose was on hand to snap all of those random moments that we were too frazzled to notice.  There's also Blacklane who helped us to get all our stuff to the venue in one piece, plus Talking Tables who provided the seriously Instagram-able decorations and tableware.  We'd definitely like to do it again in the future, there's really something in bloggers organising their own events instead of the usual fare.  Who knows, maybe we can make it even more interactive and creative?  Until then, there's always the hashtag!

Attempts At Being French

28 August 2015

how to style a Little Black Dress

Even though I'm a fan of crazy prints and unusual shapes, you can't beat those basics.  Whenever I find the perfect LBD or pair of jeans I end up doing a happy dance inside, purely because they're so versatile and a good foundation to build a wardrobe upon.  I'm always up for a challenge, so when La Redoute got in touch and asked me to style five of their investment pieces over three days, I thought it would be a great way to channel my inner Francophile.  Of course it's problematic to say that the inhabitants of an entire country dress in a similar way, but I can't help noticing covetable outfits whenever I go to certain areas in Paris (I could people-watch in Merci all day long).  I'm probably never going to be as pared down as Caroline De Maigret, but I thought I'd offer my take on this kind of chic with the inevitable Kristabel twist.  

flowers in Whitehall Gardens
how to style a Little Black Dress
Chie Mihara eyelash shoes
how to style a Little Black Dress


The LBD


Who doesn't love a Little Black Dress?  It's best to have a few trusted styles on standby for any parties or days when you can't figure out what to wear and this one has the perfect skater shape (quelle surprise) that flatters my bod.  To add a bit of personality, I decided to pair it with my quirkiest pair of heels.  It may have been a little bit dressed up for a lunch date with my sister but sometimes you have to make things into more of an occasion.  Luckily I managed to take these snaps before the rain came pouring down.  England, why you so glum?!


How to wear a fitted shirt with jeans
visiting Brighton for a day
How to wear a fitted shirt with jeans
spotty jeans with Nike trainers

The Fitted Shirt & Skinny Jeans


Next up, the fitted skirt and skinny jeans.  I guess this is a version of what I wear when I'm working from home, except the crumpled tee has been replaced with a swanky silk shirt for a day of exploring the Laines in Brighton.  As much as I wish I could be the kind of girl who masters the effortless shirt-tuck, I've just had to accept that I'm not, so this is the kind of piece I'd layer or wear with a few buttons undone.  Even though skinny jeans are a bit of a staple, I'm always on the hunt for an interesting detail that makes them stand out a little such as the micro-dots on these.  These are my go-to indigo pair at the moment!

Shirt & Jeans - c/o La Redoute

Styling a capsule French wardrobe
Wilkes Street Spitalfields
La Redoute ballet pumps with a glittery heel
Styling a capsule French wardrobe
styling a leather jacket
Styling a capsule French wardrobe

The Black Jacket & Ballet Pumps

You've probably never seen me in a pair of ballet pumps before but that's probably because I hadn't found the right pair until now.  I always need a heel in my life!  These are a great style with a little bit of sparkle and three cute straps (they even got the Olivia seal of approval when I wore them).  Since I was catching up with #TheBloggersMarket crew in East London, I added a leather biker jacket to make everything a bit more casual.  This is definitely my kind of investment piece, you can get so much wear out of it and it'll get even softer with age.

Jacket & Pumps - c/o La Redoute

A massive thanks to La Redoute for collaborating with me on this post, I'd love to know which look is your favourite.  I'm not sure if it's very French but it's certainly very me!

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