I just couldn't stay away from the seafront for too long, even though I tend to equate Brighton visits with the Summer months. Seeing as the weather in the U.K could hardly be classed as tropical and it can be very rare that any sunbathing happens, I think that it's an ideal place to visit when you need to give London a bit of a breather. The journey for me involves no tubes or crazy crowds and the shops and amenities are a short walk from the station once you arrive. Perfect! I find that I always stick to the same areas when I visit, as time always seems to get the better of me and before I know it, I'm back on the train again hurtling towards the capital. The main reason for our trip was to see the Biba exhibition I'd heard about a few months ago, but as always food and shopping had to be involved, seamlessly filling up a Saturday afternoon.
I may be technically a fully-fledged adult, but that didn't stop me from partaking in general silliness on the pier and wanting to take some candyfloss home. My buddies for this trip were Carrie, Lucy, Olivia and Dunya and as expected, we were snapping away constantly and must have looked like some sort of over-enthusiastic photography club to others. I missed out on one of those trademark kitschy pictures last time, so luckily Olivia accepted my 'proposal' to pull a few faces!
I asked for recommendations of places to eat on Twitter but in the end we settled on this American style diner that Dunya has been to before. Somewhat unassuming on the outside and chock-full of memorabilia on the inside, it certainly makes me want to take a road trip through America to experience the real thing.
Tights - Tabio
Bag - Mulberry
I've been living in jumpers and skirts recently (surprise, surprise), as a bit of a lazy option for my figure but perfectly suited for meals such as the one above. Apologies for the full on Topshop outfit though if it's any consolation, each piece is from a different year (2007, 2011 and 2012 respectively) proving that the store does wardrobe basics as well as more current items. The zebra-print skirt was another one of my J.W Anderson for Topshop purchases and a refreshing take on the humble animal print, where you only realise what you can see at the last possible moment. I first spotted these lace-up shoes at Bread and Butter back in January, and only realised when looking back through the archives that I now own both pairs in this photo. I think they went on some sort of subconscious shopping list. These Vagabond shoes from Zalando are an edgier take on the lace-up brogue with the addition of a metal plate and were bearable enough for a day's exploring, though I did feel a bit unstable on the pier. Admittedly I think this was probably due to my own coordination rather than the construction of the shoes themselves...
I can't wait to show you my photos from the exhibition once I've reflected on everything a bit more (see a few quick Instagram snaps here). It's always interesting to see what people pick up on when they visit Brighton, and I hope to venture further afield (perfect examples are Mat & Yours Truly) whenever I next manage to pop down.
How did you spend your weekend? I need to get into the routine of having a productive, adventurous sort of day, sandwiched in between sorting out various aspects of my life and tackling the corners of my room that refuse to tidy themselves. Until the next time!
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