Brighton; London by the sea, bohemia, a place brimming with beauty, style and individuality. It’s no surprise then that the independent shopping and dining scene is one of the most famous in the country and is thriving with must-go boutiques.
It’s hard to pick out just ten but here are some of my favourites. See below stories…
- Powder Beauty Boutique not least for the top notch beauty treatments but for the stunning interiors also
- Gunns Florist – you can’t fail to stop and ogle the displays here
- Boho Gelato for THE best gelati, incredibly delicious and inventive flavours and treats like waffles topped with ice cream and espresso
Also check out 10 of the Best Independent Boutiques in Brighton
If you’re looking for coffee and cake with a seaside view, The Perch in Lancing is the place to be! With the beach on it’s door step, you don’t have to miss out on the weather while treating yourself to a much needed cuppa!
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the menu. If you’re on a health kick they have amazing salads, if you’re feeling like a treat, the sandwiches come with a generous portion of chips- everything in moderation right? ;). They have lots of options to the kids too, so they won’t miss out!
Food choices: 8/10
Kids food choices: 7/10
Furry friends are also welcome! I spent most of my time sipping tea and swooning at cute puppies. What’s not to love?
I recently enjoyed a creative morning of coffee and crafts – two of my favourite things to indulge in – with print designer Anna Hayman. Joined by a number of other bloggers in the whimsically original surroundings of her friends Lewes based home, we learned Anna’s unique craft. Check out the bottom of this post for some dreamy interior shots too.
Made in England, Anna’s product range currently includes mugs, teapots and tea towels and she has also recently branched into fabrics with a selection of soft furnishings such as pom pom trimmed cushions (my personal fave). Later this year, Anna will be introducing lampshades and wallpaper so we can all kit out our homes with lavish style. We can also expect a luxe range with creations such as premium ceramic teapots with real gold spouts and handles, late 2017.
This is the pattern Anna first began using (above – the circular pattern with her name inside), which quickly and organically shaped the brand style.
‘My prints present a mix of genres and eras so I’m not confined to one’, Anna says. ‘Instead, I offer a blend of them. I also only ever use five colours; turquoise, orange, blue, red and yellow since, after listening to what the public want and using Instagram as feedback, I find these hues bring people the most joy’.
I love that Anna has modelled an entire brand and product range around making people happy.
The craft itself uses lino prints which she cuts by hand, this is what I found myself doing and chose to cut a starry botanical leaf pattern.
Okay, it’s embarrassingly amateur but not bad for a first stab. Anna then handcuffs the pattern and then prints a block onto card. Using her design software, she plays with colour and perdition to create her original patterns. You can read more about the process here and watch this five second video of how my design came to life:
Having tried it for myself, I’ll definitely leave the designing to Anna and stick to buying it instead; stocking up on her gorgeous products for maximilaist design.
While you’re browsing, do check out her Instagram – the very tool that helped shape Anna Hayman Designs. Her page offers up further design inspiration and happy, glamorous, loud prints brimming with inspiration – from the product to her surroundings and the kooky designer herself.
Browse and buy at www.annahaymandesigns.com
A browse around the beautiful home the event was held in:
‘SOME PEOPLE LOOK FOR A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, OTHERS MAKE A PLACE BEAUTIFUL’
I don’t know about you but I love making a house a home. I don’t yet have my own home, however recently I have landed my own little studio! To begin with it was a blank canvas and I have enjoyed injecting some of my personality into the space. As this is my new work area my main priority was that it was an inspiring.
I went on a hunt for some little bits and pieces to add to the room and thought id share with you a few affordable and effective ways to update your space this summer.
USING YOUR SHELF SPACE WISELY
Despite their practilitlity, shelves can also be a focal point in a room. I’ve layered mine with a few vogue magazines and books that I gravitate towards a lot. Don’t feel like you have to display your books the uniformed way, I like to have a play around and stack my books with other ornaments. The little artificial plant pot is from Next. If you’re like me and are awful at remembering to water plants , guilty! Then something like this is perfect at adding a little green into the room without the upkeep.
Of course i had to pop a polaroid in of me and one of my best friends, i always surround myself with photographs, they’re a great way to decorate your home.
When I travel I collect a dream catcher from each country I go to as a little token. I like to keep these things nearby to remind of the memories I have shared with my loved ones. It just helps that dream catchers also kind of the eye and make for a great wall accessory.
FRAMES AND ARTWORK
Prints: Left | Not on the highstreet | Right | Homesense
A cheaper way of getting artwork is to buy prints separately as its usually the frames that cost. I purchased these prints for around £10 and got the frames separately at the range for cheap as chips.
As well as artwork, cards are a great thing if you want cheap prints. I picked up this skull from the V&A gift shop. I had visited the Alexander Mcqueen exhibition and loved the motif. For a couple of quid you can’t really go wrong.
PLAYING WITH PRINTS
Print is a great way of updating a space, whether its re-covering some cushions, adding a throw, or in my case, buying a rug. Clashing prints with the same colour palette is also a great way to add some dynamic to the room.
Stall: The Range | Rug: Next
COFFEE TABLE BOOKS
I love a good coffee table book. I tend to look for ones with interesting covers to add interest. Not only do they look great, they can inspire while your having your morning coffee, whats not to love?!
I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peak around my studio, do you have any top tips to make a house a home? Share them in the comments.
I know what you’re thinking, minimalism and motherhood aren’t a natural combination. Life can be hectic at the best of times and your personal space no matter how big or small can be clutter free. It may seem like a mammoth task, but trust me a clean space is a clean mind and with a few small steps you can achieve a cohesive and clutter free life.
Now, i’m not saying lets go for the full minimalist lifestyle because lets face it, with a world full of nappies, tantrums and night feeds, de cluttering your entire home is bottom of the list.
Today i’m starting small and i’m talking wardrobes. Ever opened up your wardrobe to grab a pair of jeans and instead are welcomed with an avalanche of clothes?… Yeah me too.
I had a realisation recently that I am a bit of a hoarder, especially when it comes to clothes. The truth is, I have fallen victim to shopping and hoarding cycle.
Here are some small steps I have been implementing into my life to try and keep that forever growing pile of clothes at bay. Sometimes less really is more.
Start by trying on a piece here and there, if you dont love it, donate to charity or to a friend who will get more wear. You’ll eventually get through the pile thats sitting in your wardrobe.
2. But i wore this a year ago and it looked cute?
If you’re not sure whether you want to keep something, pack it away in draw or storage. Out of sight, out of mind. If you don’t miss it, you don’t need it. Get rid!
3. Don’t love it? Don’t buy it
When you do shop ask yourself if you really love it. If i’m not dreaming about it, it’s not coming with me.
4. 1 in 1 out
If you buy something new, donate something else. This way you’ll really ask yourself if that top you’re thinking of purchasing is worth sacrificing another for.
If you can keep your wardrobe seasonal. Pack away your winter clothes if you can freeing up your wardrobe for the pieces you’ll be wearing.
So there you have it, with these tips you’ll be on the route to a cohesive and clutter free wardrobe.
Pass me the bin bags!