Why I haven’t got round to doing this post yet, I really couldn’t say. We went to Brighton for the weekend as it was my birthday, so we’re talking about 6 weeks ago now! As before, this is a bit of a mash-up post, a combination of diary entry and my recommendations for what to do and where to go if you’re ever in Brighton. Read on if you’re a fan of the staycation, the weekend break, or if you’re just a bit nosy!
As well as other bits and pieces, Matt gifted me a £50 MAC voucher for my birthday, which I was super excited about! MAC is kind of expensive so I don’t really get to do any MAC hauls, but this gave me my chance. Matt and I set off for Brighton on the morning of my birthday, after I had opened my cards and presents. His mum had also got me a SpaceNK gift card, so I was all set to shop when we arrived. We grabbed some lunch at Pizza Express – we shared a few starters tapas-style and they were amazing! – and then checked into our hotel. We stayed at The Waterfront, which has a fantastic lobby and really nice rooms, although to be honest the bathrooms were what really stood out. We then dropped off our bags and went straight back out. The hotel backs on to the Lanes directly, so there was no need to walk far at all.
I initially went to Tiger and Oliver Bonas for homeware-type buys. I do love Tiger but I find it quite samey – they never seem to have much new stuff in there. I picked up some tealight jars and a notebook anyway. I was also surprised at how small Oliver Bonas was, but still managed to pick out a make-up bag, a jewellery stand and a cute little decorated bowl to put chunky jewellery in. I love so much stuff in Oliver Bonas, but I do find it a tad too expensive on the whole. I was really pleased to finally get to a store though and would definitely buy more on their website.
I find it amazing that Brighton basically has all of the shops which we don’t have anywhere near us! Tiger and Oliver Bonas are great for homeware, and Cos and All Saints are a bit different for clothing shops. In terms of little boutique shops, Brighton has them all. There are so many jewellery shops throughout the Lanes, and really unique stores like Pecksniffs and Choccywoccydoodah. Almost all of these can be find in and around the Lanes, which is where I end up spending most of my time!
We had a great evening for the one night we stayed. We started with drinks, then headed to Pho for Vietnamese. It was amazing, so much so that, if you’ve read my previous post, you’ll see that we ended up going to a London branch of the same restaurant when we visited the capital. I can’t get enough of pho – if you don’t know what it is, it’s a flavourful broth with rice noodles and some kind of meat, and then you get a plate of greens and seasonings to customise it your own way. Such a simple idea, yet always without fail an excellent meal. We then went on the All Bar One for cocktails before calling it a night.
First thing the next morning, we headed out to find breakfast. We found the Breakfast Club, which was actually about a minute’s walk from our hotel. We got a seat straight away, and ordered from a menu full of awesome-sounding breakfast dishes. I chose the bircher, and Matt of course had the full English. It was a good choice, and perfect for a relaxed Sunday morning.
My final purchase of the weekend was a bit of a splurge, spur of the moment buy. We’d stopped by the Jo Malone boutique the previous day, where the assistant’s had tried to sell me about 3 more perfumes than I’d ever need! However, having set my heart on the Peony and Blush Suede scent, I knew I had to go back and pick one up. I ended up with the 100ml bottle (obviously), plus a sample of body cream in the same scent which I had refused to buy the full size of! I was so happy with my purchase, and glad I didn’t let myself be talked out of it.
All in all, a fantastic weekend, and the perfect way to celebrate my birthday! Having been to Brighton before, we didn’t go to the pier (also, far too windy!), nor on the ferris wheel, or to the pavilion. These are all must-see attractions for first-time visitors to Brighton, although I will say that all of them are better seen in good weather! And of course when it’s sunny the beach and the bars and restaurants along the beachfront are a lot of what gives Brighton it’s charm. Whatever the time of year, Brighton is definitely worth a visit, be it for the shopping, the scenery, or the food!