Exploring Brighton with Realm & Empire

June 23, 2016

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Let’s pack up the car and head to the seaside. Brighton has always been a town that for one reason or another, has alluded me. I wanted to squeeze in one last road trip with Emily before I go travelling this summer, so Brighton was the destination of choice.

Receiving plenty of recommendations, I was armed with a list of the usual suspects – coffee shops, menswear stores and homeware. Needless to say we didn’t get to go to everything as I can only drink so much coffee and eat so much good food. If anyone wants to visit Brighton, stay in this Airbnb. It is hands down one of the nicest houses I’ve stepped foot in and has given me house goals/envy. Whenever I go for a trip away I’ll make sure I earmark some places to visit over the course of a few days, but more often than not I’ll stumble across others nearby the ones I’ve highlighted. As for the shops in the area, they couldn’t have been much better. I purposely didn’t photograph everything as I wanted to not always have to think about getting a good photo everywhere I went. I don’t think I could’ve visited half of the shops I did otherwise. Instead, here’s a list of the best places we went…

My Brighton recommendation list:

I got my menswear fix from Peggs & Son and Our Daily Edit.
My print addiction was fed by Magazine Brighton – Thank you Poppy for the tip!
I found myself drinking coffee and eating all the good foods at Bread & Milk, Bagelman, The Flour Pot Bakery and The Plant Room.
Inspiration for my future flat was found inside Edited and Workshop.


Being someone who hadn’t visited the area before this visit, Brighton seems to be full of people who express themselves in how they dress. Other than London, I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere else until Brighton. It’s no ‘tee and jeans’, everyone is wearing something different. For me, my outfit was mostly made up of some pieces from Realm & Empire.

Whenever I’m exploring a new city, I’ll always make sure I have my camera close-by and a pair of trainers on – I’ll sacrifice style everytime when I know I’ll be walking around loads – and then importantly, an outfit I feel comfortable in. This time around I turned to Realm & Empire for my Brighton get-up. Inspired by British heritage, the outfit couldn’t have been more suitable for walking around the town. More recently I’ve been wearing a looser fitting trouser like these herringbone trousers. The fit is much more breathable, comfier and this pair sit really well just about the ankle, perfect with trainers or some Converse hi-tops and then wearing a simple zip-up jacket to throw on during the British summer.

Coffee shops on every corner and plenty of independent stores in the Laines, there was just so many cool places to visit in Brighton. I managed to pick up interesting reads in Magazine Brighton, some nice pieces from Peggs & Son and had a great flat white from The Plant Room. While living in Bournemouth I had my one coffee shop and one menswear store I’d go to, but Brighton is spoilt for choice. And what’s a trip to Brighton without a trip to the pier?

It’s a town that I can see myself visiting many more times to come and next time I’ll make a city guide now I know my way around this very cool place. I’ll be back Brighton!


Beach Days Are Over

June 11, 2016

It’s pretty scary how quickly the three years have gone, but it’s now time to say goodbye to university and daily beach trips. I’ve been used to packing and unpacking during the holidays and now it’s time to pack up one the last time. So long Bournemouth!

I’ve taken for granted living in Bournemouth. Being able to be at the beach soon after sending a “fancy going to the beach?” text is truly one of the best things ever. My final year has seen me frequent to the beach more times than the previous two put together as I think something clicked that made me realise where I was living. It’s the perfect place to go chill out and switch off. I’ll read a magazine, listen to music and resist the temptation to nap.

Living down south and being by the beach has found wearing sunglasses become the norm. Even if it isn’t sunny, the general consensus is that you’re okay to wear shades when you’re in close proximity to the beach. I’ve got a few pairs to my name, but my latest ones are from Hook LDN. You may have found myself late last year posting about Hook LDN quite a bit and I guess that goes to prove how much I wear sunglasses these days. This particular pair is perfect for my kind of face shape and I’ll just put them in my bag before I head out the door. For some reason I don’t think walking around my little town in Leicestershire in shades on an overcast day will have the same acceptance.

I don’t know what I’ll miss more when I head back home, the beach (aka wearing sunglasses every day), my flat or the university lifestyle. I’m sure many people my age are feeling the same right now, but it’s time to grow up and realise that I can’t stay young and unemployed forever.


Snapshots #3

May 13, 2016

1. Why can’t coffee at home look this good? Shout out to Coffee Lab for serving up this piece of art to me.

2. The weather has been so nice and warm recently, meaning numerous trips to the beach to soak it up and forget about dissertation woes. Only a month left in this amazing town.

3. I think it’s the done thing now. Find a nice house. Stand in front of it. Upload it to the Instagram feed.

4. If you’re ever in Dorset and want to visit a town that makes yours feel like it needs to buck its ideas up, it’s Poundbury.

5. I’ve managed to pick up some really nice pieces in recent weeks. These Converse and Realm & Empire trousers being two of them.

6. Oh Winchester. There are so many nice houses and flats in the city centre that makes me want to pack up and live there. I have a Winchester City Guide out so go and have a nose.

7. Emily aka dancing girl emoji has spruced up her blog and it is looking pretty damn good. Make sure you go and check it out now (but not before you’ve finished reading this!)

8. I don’t think there are many shops that look as good as Cherryade Store. They are opening an online website soon so I can’t wait to deck out my future flat with all their homeware pieces!

9. Oh London, my dissertation has consumed me and I have missed you. Hopefully when my university work is over I’ll be able to visit you more frequently!