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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Brighton Lights - A whirlwind trip back to my hometown

Modern Brighton Postcard

Brightonians (as we call ourselves) are notoriously filled to the brim with pride in our fantastic city. Yes, Brighton IS a city! I count myself so very lucky to have grown up in this wonderful place, and I'd love to bring my kids up here too. It's big enough that I could become street-wise, but small enough that I'd ALWAYS run into someone I knew when wandering around town, and it's sandwiched so beautifully between the seaside and the countryside. I've always loved Brighton but I've never appreciated it as much as I do now that I live in London. Much as I love the bustle of London, and the fact that you can pretty much get EVERYTHING here, there's nothing quite like the inclusive, friendly atmosphere of Brighton. Case in point: I received four compliments on my skirt in Brighton, and whilst I know my skirt is fabulous, I've never received an innocent compliment about my fashion choices in London!

Colourful houses Brighton
Chicwish Neon Lights Skirt Blog
Alleyway fashion shoot
Bokeh skirt blogger style

We decided to travel down to Brighton for the day on an absolute whim. I missed my hometown and if you've got a rail card and you go on the slow train, a day return from London only costs £6. We wandered around the shops, ate hearty donburis at Pompoko, a super cheap and cheerful Japanese place, wandered some more, and had an incredible vegetarian dinner at my favourite restaurant Terre à Terre. We had a tapas plate to share, and a sharing dessert too. Both were absolutely beautiful, complex and perfect. I've wanted to take Dan to Terre à Terre for years now, and I'm so glad we went.

terre a terre tapas review
terre a terre dessert menu

Bellies full, we waddled along the rapidly darkening seafront to the glowing lights of the pier, because Dan has never been to the pier at night. I had a great time playing with the light to make it match my skirt, and telling Dan all about all of the different memories I had of times I spent on this pier in my childhood and adolescence. We walked right to the end, looked out to sea and tasted the salt on our lips, before paying to ride the ghost train (which is actually quite scary since they've renovated it. It includes a really horrific zombie bathroom scene, and a severed head burning in an oven... Dark...)

Typical Brighton Sunset UK
The Palace Pier at Night
Bokeh Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier night fashion
Pier rides Brighton
Blurry lights effect
Merry go round fashion
sunset fashion brighton uk

Brighton is often portrayed as this pastel, saccharine seaside destination, all stripes and sticks of rock, and Mr Whippy ice creams with a flake stuck in at a jaunty angle. Yeah, we've got all of those things, and to the casual visitor it is probably easy to restrict your visit to these aspects of Brighton if you want to. But to me, Brighton is so much more than that. Brighton has a dark, grimy underbelly. It has a thriving arts scene and more youth music than you'd think possible. It's got restaurants and cafés for every taste, it's got countless creepy kebab places, it's got winding alleys, lanes and laines, boulevards, landmarks, local history, and so much character. This has been a love song to my favourite place. I miss you, Brighton, and I'll be back soon, I promise!

Skirt: Chicwish
Top: H&M Basics (it's actually a bodycon dress)
Shoes: Dr Martens


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73 comments:

  1. Looks lovely. I want to visit Brighton, but it's so far from us. Maybe next year we'll find the time for a short holiday in the area.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

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    1. There are lots of National Trust buildings in and around Brighton, if that tempts you further!! ;)

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  2. Your pictures are fantastic you know :) That skirt is amazing too, super pretty.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. Photography is my absolute favourite and it means a lot to me that you like it! <3

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  3. All your photos are so lovely!! The skirt - it's so unique…I LOVE it!! :)

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  4. I love Brighton because it's so full of energy. Love the skirt, and also that food looks so amazing!

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The food was SO good. I am salivating just thinking about it!

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  5. You take such beautiful pictures, I LOVE that outfit you're wearing, especially in the photo of you standing in front of the little car rides! :) Your page is amazing!

    -Jessica
    http://sweetnessandsolitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow, such kind words! Thank you my dear! I kind of wanted to go on those little cars but it's basically the only ride that won't let me on because I'm too tall.

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  6. your skirt is amazing!!, and I, hoping to visit Brighton for the first time in couple of weeks, living up North makes so hard to go down there! xx

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    1. I hope you make it down South and that you have a fantastic time!! <3

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  7. That is such a cute skirt! We love the bright colours. That's also a very smart idea, wearing a body con underneath! BY the way these pictures are gorgeous

    M + K

    M + K

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    1. Wearing a dress as a top in winter is great for warmth, but really I wore it because I wanted to wear a long sleeved t-shirt and none of mine were clean! Haha! I'm glad you like the pictures!

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  8. The pictures are so cute. I love the dr. Martens shoes! :)

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    1. Yay, I'm glad you like the pictures! And the shoes are lovely aren't they? My husband's parents bought them for me for my birthday last year!

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  9. Love these photos! You really get a glimpse of Brighton through your eyes

    xo
    www.style-wire.com

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    1. That's a really nice compliment and I'm beaming at my computer screen! You're lovely! <3

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  10. I am in love with your skirt! It's so gorgeous!!! It's like bokeh :D xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Bokeh is one of my favourite photographic effects, which is the main reason I chose the skirt in the first place! :)

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  11. I have never had the chance to visit Brighton myself, but I will be sure to check you for some recommendations if I do go. That food! I looks so so good!

    Awesome skirt too!

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    1. You absolutely have to come to Brighton and you HAVE to eat ALL the food! I have decreed it! :)

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  12. Amazing photos! Brighton is one of my dream destinations. It seems so lovely! And your skirt really is absolutely fabulous.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. I think you'd really like Brighton - you should definitely visit! I'm glad you like my skirt! <3

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  13. how did a skirt like that not get any compliments in london?! it's so eye catching! and i know just what you mean. i'm a city kid through and through but sometimes you just crave that smaller town feel. and how amazing is that pier?! i'd be all over that haha

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. The thing about Brighton is that even though it IS technically a city, and it has a big population, it retains the friendliness and openness of a small town. And it is such a cosmopolitan place too...!
      My friend Eleanor mentioned to me that she thinks she gets more clothes compliments in London than in Brighton, so who knows, who knows...!

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  14. That skirt is well and truly fabulous - looks stunning! x

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  15. I've nominated you for the Liebster award! Head over to my page if you're interested! :)

    -Jessica
    http://sweetnessandsolitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you my dear! That's so kind of you! I'll pop over and check it out now! :)

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  16. You have so made me want to visit Brighton! Too bad it's not just a day trip for me, haha. Your skirt is absolutely incredible, btw. It goes perfectly with your colorful light photo shoot!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

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    1. Thank you so much! And I'm glad you think the skirt looks good with the lights, as that was the aim! :)

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  17. What a fabulous feast you had in Brighton! Lovely photos :)

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    1. It WAS a fabulous feast, yes! And thanks for stopping by! :)

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  18. That skirt.... omg I'm in love with it!

    -- Michelle | MXP STYLE

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    1. So am I!! Chicwish does amazing skirts!

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  19. That skirt! Words simply can not describe how great that skirt is! It suits where you went as well, with all the fairground rides etc. So lovely! The love the desing of our blog by the way, it's so cool.

    Kayleigh. x
    http://www.scampinchips.co.uk/

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you like my blog - that makes me very happy indeed!!

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  20. Wow, that is a fabulous skirt, and even though I've never been to Brighton I've seen all the posts about the pastels and it's lovely to see the brighter side to is through your post. x

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    1. I'm so glad you liked my post, I think you really get it! :)

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  21. I love Brighton. I told myself years ago that at some point I would live there and I very nearly did after finishing uni. Unfortunately that plan fell through :( maybe in a few years time! It's just such a friendly place :) xx

    PS FAB skirt!! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

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    1. You'll move there eventually! And so will I! Mass bloggers' pilgrimage to Brighton!

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  22. Great Post! Follow each other on GFC, Google+ and Bloglovin? If yes, follow me and i follow back as soon as i see it. Let me know with a comment on my Blog

    Keep in Touch xx Rabea from germany
    http://rabeasbeautytipps.blogspot.de/

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  23. Such a great post! :)

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    1. This comment gives me deja vu... You left exactly the same one on my last post!!

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  24. Loving your photos! And this meal looks solo delicious !

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    1. Merci! It was very delicious indeed! :)

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  25. wow! all the photos are stunning!

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

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    1. Gosh, thank you! I love taking photos!

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  26. I live in Germany but I want to visit Brighton so badly! It seems so lovely there... but it's to far away unfortunately:(
    xx

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    1. You'll make it one day if you believe in yourself! ;P

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  27. Your skirt is AMAZING! I visit London quite a lot- I definitely need to branch put and pay Brighton a visit one day! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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    1. Definitely give Brighton a go - it's such a lovely and quirky place!

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  28. love your outfit! i have only been to Brighton once and I adored it! fabulous.

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you like my outfit and even more glad that you like Brighton! :)

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  29. Beautiful photos, love your outfit and the food looks delicious!

    Salt and Chic // UK Fashion Blog

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    1. It was! I'm especially happy that you like my photos though! <3

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  30. I absolutely adored Brighton the first time I came- my friend took me to the pavillion and it was magical, so beautiful. We wandered serenely along the beach, paddled and ate fish and chips. I only wish I'd had a chance to explore the shops and see more. The next time I came, I only made it to the University of Sussex campus as we came for the Brighton Lindy hop festival last summer- really wished we'd stayed till the Sunday to do a flashmob 'Shimsham' on the pier but the accommodation was too expensive (we're disorganised) that was still available and we had to get home! I want to go again, definitely!x

    That skirt is gorgeous!!! I just looked over at that site and now wished I hadn't- aaaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing!x

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    1. It's definitely worth visiting Brighton multiple times in my opinion. On the first visit, you do all of the touristy stuff, and once that's out of the way you can really get down to exploring the heart of the city and soaking up the "vibes" (haha!). What I'm saying is that you should definitely come again!

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    1. :) It was pretty darn picturesque!

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  32. Really loved this post - I'd love to go to Brighton, dying to visit!
    Lydia x
    www.LydiaRosexo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think you'd absolutely love it there! The fashion world there is great!

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  33. Great photos ! This skirt is amazing !

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  34. I am COMPLETELY in love with your skirt! Makes me want to skip around a late-night carnival or walk around a neon city like Tokyo. I know what you mean about receiving compliments in places that aren't London, though - they feel so genuine! I'm always suspicious when someone says they like something I'm wearing, but in places like Cam people were mainly just being nice. xx

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