19/03/2015

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!


Love,

2 comments:

  1. Hope you enjoyed my home town aside from the extortionate parking! Looks like you packed lots in to a day, and you made the right choice to visit Bluebird Tea Rooms! I've never even heard of Wai Kika Moo Kau though, will have to go find it. Ps just to scare you- last week a girl was walking down the pier and her leg fell through a rotted plank! She was ok apart from some cuts but how bad! Walk on the metal sections from now on!
    Rosie x
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    1. We did thank you, it was lovely! :) There was so much we wanted to explore. I'd really recommend Wai Kika Moo Kau, such great service too. And oh no! My boyfriend found it amusing to jump on the wooden slats (which I definitely didn't!) so I'll be keeping that in mind - and will remind him next time!

      Lottie x

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