A Day In Brighton.

Hat: H&M | Kimono: Primark | Crop: H&M | Skirt: Miss Selfridge | Bag: H&M (Loves Coachella)

I was first lucky enough to visit Brighton as part of a college trip in 2011 with my Drama and Theatre studies group, but hadn’t had the chance to visit since. So, after raving on for ages about how brilliant it was to Kieran and how much I wanted to go again, we decided that we’d make the hour and a half journey there this week.

After finding somewhere to park (for a not so brilliant cost of £26 for 5 hours… ouch!) we walked through North Laine, which was full to the brim with amazingly eclectic independent shops, offering a mix of organic skincare, bohemian clothing, vintage jewellery and health conscious cafes. I was sold from the start! 

Whilst snapping away on the street, I was approached by photographer and artist Luke Moran-Morris, who was advertising his exhibition 'Riding For The Feeling' up at Gallery 40, which was literally around the corner. Never ones to turn down an opportunity to see what other creative minds have created, Kieran and I had a look around the engaging curated pieces . Such amazing work! 

By then, we were both starving! We struggled to choose between the array of cafes offering vegan, vegetarian and healthy dishes, but we eventually opted for Wai Kika Moo Kau - their homemade falafel salad and sweet potato burgers both sounded super appealing to us both!

I opted for the salad, which was salad leaves topped with cucumber, carrot, sun-dried tomato, olives, humus and falafels - which tasted amazing! Kieran went for the burger and, after stealing a bite, concluded that we’d made the right decision. Wai Kika Moo Kau was a winner!

The vegan cake made with cocoa, beetroot and avocado... so good!
We then took the short walk down to the city centre, where we spotted the Brighton eye and sea front which looked beautiful on such a sunny day! We walked along the pier, which freaked me out a little as the slats looked a little worse for wear, but enjoyed the view all the same. I agree with Kieran who said he didn’t think it looked like somewhere in England, you could have easily mistaken it for somewhere more exotic! 

We then hit The Lanes, a winding collection of alleys filled with more independent stores and cafes. I’d wanted to visit Workshop since knowing we were going to Brighton, and with its beautifully minimalist pieces and home accessories I wanted to take everything home with me! I settled on the new edition of Kinfolk magazine and a bar of lavender soap - a homey scent that always makes me feel calm. There were so many lovely smelling ones that it was hard to choose (I’ll be taking home the cocoa one next time!) 

After visiting more of the lovely shops, we decided it was time for a well earned tea break. Again, we were spoilt for choice at which cafe to choose, but went for The Blackbird Tea Rooms, as its vintage style and rustic wooden decor looked beautiful and welcoming.

We then headed back to the car park, stopping off in Infinity Foods to pick up some treats for the car ride home. I was in my element in such a massive store that stocked an array of organic and healthy goods! I went for a selection of sugar and dairy free chocolate bars and a Pulsin bar to try, as I’d heard rave reviews about them. 

I was sad to leave behind Brighton, as I felt right at home. We’ll be back soon for sure!



Ten Things To Tell Myself At 22.

Sometimes, life gets hard. We get stressed out, run down, upset and tired. I forget to tell myself that I'm a human being that actually needs some down time to recharge those batteries. So, I compiled a list of the ten things to tell myself on a daily basis that I hope will contribute to leading an all round healthier lifestyle - not just physically, but mentally too! I hope you find them just as useful as I do - whatever age you may be!

1) Remember to breathe. Literally.

Sounds like a given, right? But taking a moment to inhale, to really breathe, brings you back into the centre of yourself. Its a subconscious thing we do, but in moments of madness, thats all it takes to remind yourself that, hey, you’re human. Slow down. It works wonders.

2) Drink Water. Lots Of Water.

Water is the one thing that nourishes and replenishes our body like nothing else can. And yet, its the one thing we seem to consume the least of. Go figure. Water aids everything; digestion, dehydration, tiredness, sluggishness and, even ‘hunger’ - sometimes, our body confuses hunger with thirst. However much you’re drinking? Put simply - drink more of the stuff.

3) Switch Off When You Switch Off.

Going to sleep is the one time when the human body can literally switch off from the outside world, devoid of any interruptions. That is, of course, if your phone isn't glued to your side as you try to sleep. Your mind can’t relax if it’s confronted with a screen, be it from your TV, laptop or phone for the past hour or so. Find ways to unwind your body and mind in different and beneficial ways - yoga, reading or even a soothing bath can become routine ways to signify to your body its the end of the day. Twitter will still be there in the morning.

4) Move More.

Isn’t it funny how, every time you do exercise, you end up thinking how great it felt? Remember that the next time you try to put off a run, or workout, just because its raining / too cold / getting dark. Embrace them as obstacles to overcome and kick yourself out of that rut you’ve been feeling down in for so long. Put on your gym clothes, your favourite song and see your run as a way to shake off the days stresses, whatever they may be. You don’t get those endorphins for no reason!

5) Eat to nourish your body…

Lets put it this way, if you were looking after someone else you cared about and you wanted them to feel the best they possibly could, what would you give to sustain them? Think the same about yourself - your body is yours to keep and maintaining it with clean, nutritious food rather than processed and unrefined foods won’t make you feel any better. 

6) … And be aware of where it all comes from.

This goes for anything and everything. Don’t be in such a hurry to use the latest beauty product that claims to include five unpronounceable miracle ingredients, or if your food contains something you can’t even read, let alone say - don’t put it in your body! Keep it simple. That’s all you need.

7) Save your money.

Do you really need those shoes that look exactly like the last pair you bought? Or that jewellery you’ll forget you had come summer? You want to travel the world, right? Save it for that. Your future self will thank you for the experience a pair of TopShop heels will never bring.

8) Cherish those who you can call at 2am.

Not just the ones who only want you there at that to time to go out drinking. Instead of spending the early hours shouting across a room full of strangers to a bartender, spend it staying up all night to talk to your best friend you haven’t heard from in a while - but will still be the one person who would do anything for you.

9) Work hard to create something new everyday…

Whatever that may be. It may be a poem, a short story, a painting or garment. It’s all up to you. My Nan says “the world is your oyster” and it really is. But not if you don’t put in what you expect to get out. Experience failure and take heed of what it teaches you.

10) … But realise, no one has it figured out yet.

And give yourself that time to grow. It’s been a long road, but it isn’t over yet. It’s exciting though, right? Each day brings something different, something new to try, to travel to and new people to meet. Realise that everyones in the same boat together and taking things one step at time, right there with you.