For the frill of it

Bunting & blue skies in Brighton

On the first weekend of July, I headed down south for a work friend’s wedding. They got married in Lewes which is a stone’s throw from Brighton, so it made sense for us all to spend the day there. I’d never been to Brighton before, and it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. I’m pleased to report I fell head over heels with its quirky seaside vibes and pretty little streets. The sun came out for us so we were treated to blue sky and blue sea. Isn’t the UK so beautiful when we get a summer? It’s a stark contrast to our current weather situation…

We arrived in Brighton around midday after a fairly painless journey down the M25. We stopped at a seafront restaurant called The Tempest and tucked into lunch and a glass of prosecco each – why the heck not? I had calamari and chips which I just can’t resist if it’s on the menu, wherever I go, but seafood always tastes ten times better when you’re actually by the sea.

We then went for a little stroll along the beach… When I say ‘we’, I mean Gemma and I went off to take a few cheeky blog photos whilst the others wandered off. The sun was absolutely glorious and I most definitely overdressed for the weather…

Seaside days also call for ice cream, so we stopped at Sprinkles Gelato on West Street which was a fantastic idea. They had a plethora of flavours, with everything from mint and brownie, to strawberry, and Oreo. I opted for a scoop of Jammy Dodger and a scoop of strawberry in a cone, which was absolutely amazing. Highly recommend a trip there!

We wondered round the Lanes and did a bit of shopping and browsing, making a stop a Choccywoccydoodah which is a given. The Lanes were so pretty and really reminded me of the Shambles in York, with their sweet little streets. As the sun was out, the streets were fairly packed, but it had such a lovely atmosphere! Gemma and I stumbled upon this very pretty little pink street adorned in bunting which of course warranted a quick stop, drop, outfit shots. When we finally made our way back to the rest of the group, we then headed for a quick drink before heading back to Lewes to get dolled up for the wedding.

We ended up in Bohemia, a quirky little bar on Meeting House Lane. If you like The Alchemist, then you will love Bohemia! It’s like walking into a little grotto, with various paraphernalia mounted on the walls – everything from typewriters to portraits of musicians, even the chairs were adorned with famous literary quotes! The cocktails were too tempting not to try. The pornstar martinis came served over dry ice which gave it a dramatic smokey effect. I had a Sloe Bramble which was a classic gin bramble made with sloe gin and garnished with dried oranges. So pretty. And very tasty.

After our drinks, we headed back to Lewes to the hotel to get spruced up for the wedding. You can see what I wore in this post. 

What I’m wearing

Blouse – boohoo | Jeans – Zara | Sandals – New Look | Belt – ASOS | Sunglasses – boohoo

Cheap frills

I picked up this gorgeous blouse from boohoo after seeing Martha wearing it in one of her posts. I’ve never really been a fan of frills, but there’s something about the sleeves on this that I absolutely love! I love the crisp, clean cut of the blouse, and despite my clumsy nature, I managed to not spill anything down me for the whole day or dip the sleeves into anything! Although it’s going to be a bit of a pain to iron… Hair straighteners were made for difficult to reach frilly sleeves right? Now I’m on board with the frills, I’ll be pairing this up with jeans, high waisted skirts, culottes… the lot. And it was an absolute steal at £15.

Sunglasses are also having a bit of a moment in my wardrobe. Until this year, I owned one pair of Rayban Clubmasters that I wore pretty much all the time. Now I somehow own four pairs… Oops! I love this very reflective rose gold pair I picked up for a mere £6 from boohoo. They bring any outfit up to date and add a bit of sass. Plus, it means I could have had my eyes shut in all of these blog photos and you wouldn’t even know it…

Outfit photos by Gemma Spinks

Have you ever been to Brighton? Have you got any recommendations for my next trip?