You may have noticed that all my outfit post included at least one pink this month. It wasn’t accident.
Yeah, so I’m totally in love with the colour pink. I have been for awhile. I never wore it much before but now half my wardrobe looks like it belongs in a barbie dream house. And I’m ok with that.
I could never resist buying the unusual pink item – a blushed coloured hammer, frying pan painted rose, an old school telephone in coral. And that has pretty much translated directly to the pink clothes I buy; the boyish hoody, an inappropriate graphic tee or the oversized men’s t-shirt. The perfect combination of my favourite colour with my favourites types of attire.
So let’s get onto to the favourites: Pink accents. These accessories give the perfect hint of pink without making you look like the stereotypical girly-girl character like Chrissy from Now and Then.
- The pink cap. I chose a baseball because summer, but I own a beanie which works even better. I’d personally stay away from any hat that’s hyper feminine (pink or not) but that’s just me. This hat I purchased at Urban Outfitters and I currently share it with my boyfriend. It adds a casual feel to any outfit and the colour is super flattering on both us (which is amazing considering I’m tanned with yellow undertones and he’s almost see-through with blue/pink hues).
- Socks. Again I’d stay away from ruffles or lace socks but it’s a personal choice every (wo)man has to make for themselves. I almost died over these athletic socks with the pink stripes, hence why they made the favourites list. Purchased from Asos.
- Underwear. An easy way to add pink to your outfit when you don’t normally feel comfortable wearing pink. No one sees it (or hardly anyone) plus these ones with the feminist label on the butt make badass. Thank you Me and You for making these perfectly pink and empowering panties. (say that 5 times fast).
I had a goal when I restarted this blog to post more about my travels. I fully intend to, once I travel somewhere worth while to post about. In the mean time I thought I’d share some insider knowledge of my current location. So here’s the W’s (who, what, where, when) of Brighton.
Brighton is a seaside town located almost directly south of London. Very popular day trip spot so weekends in the summers can be jammed. It’s got a rock beach, a pier, some crazy little streets and a pretty interesting night scene.
What to do:
- Definitely check out the pier. It’s touristy and cheesy but that’s part of it’s charm. Eat some candy floss and enjoy a ride or too or just go for the beautiful view of the town.
- Take a walk down the seafront. again it can be cheesy AF but grab a drink, sit on the beach and buy yourself a silly Brighton souvenir. End at hove gardens where you can take some pretty Instagram photos of the colour beach huts.
- While you’re on the sea front make sure you stop to look at the west pier; it burnt down many years ago so nothing is left but the frame and it’s very beautiful especially at sunset and while you are there you should definitely go for a swim or rent a kayak.
- Head up town towards the North Laines and have a browse through some very unique shops (be sure to hit up Family Store, Mysteries LTD , Infinity Foods, Wolf + Gyspy)
- Walk around the parks at Old Steine and upwards to the Level (if you are into skating check out the Level skate park). Have a picnic or pims in the grass.
- Go get wasted in the Lanes. With a great mixture of pubs, dives, hipster and cocktail bars there is something for everyone or you could do a pub crawl and hit them all and finish your night with some chips from one of the many late night fish and chips spots on the sea front.
- Take a the 77 bus to Devil’s dyke and enjoy some of the english country side.
- Keep your eyes open for colourful graphics of Brighton’s own street artist Minty,
What to skip:
- The i360 is a relatively new resurrection and one that I think is overrated, if you want a great view of Brighton go on the pier.
- Stay away from West street and Western Road, both are super tacky nightlife places that attract hen and stag parties. Stay away.
- There is some pretty cool shopping in both north and south lanes but there isn’t a need to visit the shopping centre
- The Royal Pavilion is definitely worth a look from the outside (especially at night when it’s all lit up) but unless you are a huge history buff going inside is overpriced a little dull.
Where to eat: Brighton happens to be UK’s vegan capital, here are some of my favourites:
- Purezza: located in Kemptown, you got vegan pizzas and italian food, including a raw menu. I recommend the Cheesus.
- Loving Hut: there are two located in Brighton and their menu’s couldn’t be more different. Check out the LH in the North Laines for wicked vegan Chinese food (defo get the wonton soup) or head up the LH in the Level for some pretty spot on vegan junk food (try the fake chickn’ burger).
- Hope and Ruin: another awesome spot if you feel like some vegan junk food. Their fries-a-go-go are to-die-for.
- Vbites: another vegan junk food spot that I wouldn’t necessarily recommend BUT on Sundays they serve vegan roast that comes with a YORKSHIRE PUDDING. Probably the only place in the city that has a vegan yorkie.
- Happy Maki: vegan sushi burrito rolls, ’nuff said.
- Glazed: ALL. VEGAN. DONUTS.
- Honourable mentions: Earth + Stars (not vegan but has some pretty awesome options), Pho (Vietnamese chain with veggie options, make sure you specify no fish sauce), Grubbs (cheap Brighton burger chain, 4 locations with vegan options, it’s fucking amazing)
Where to drink:
- For cocktails: Twisted Lemon, Mesmerist, Dandelion
- Pubs: Fiddler’s Elbow, The Bee’s mouth, Black Dove
- Bars: Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, East Street Tap
- For craft beer: Bier Haus, Brewdog
- For patio sun beers: Mash Tun, Fortune of war (heed this warning: get out before the sun goes down)
May: Brighton Fringe Festival happens all month long and the legendary Speigltent Tent is there for you loose hours in.
June – August: Obviously summer is the best time to come. It happens all at once and it’s hard to pinpoint when it will be but all of a sudden the city comes alive. The beach is packed, the streets are bustling and every patio is full.
July: Pride week is always a good time.
September – October: Summer lingers in Brighton, you can thank the sea for that. Fall isn’t as busy but still a good time.
Ok bitches! It’s fucking summer and you best believe I’m spending as much of it in the sea as I possibly can. The main reason I moved to Brighton was so I could swim everyday if I wanted to. I don’t because in the winter it’s really too cold (I did go for short swims in Decemeber, January and March but like I said it was cold, real cold).
Anyway, swimming in summer is the bomb and I’m still so surprised at how few people actually do it. So here is my guide to getting in the sea:
First off: can you swim? If ‘Yes’, great. If ‘No’, your parents failed you and you should probably learn asap. The good news is that it’s pretty easy but stick to low tide until you are comfortable.
Learn to embrace the cold. It’s the sea, it’s always going to be a bit cold but there are some great benefits to swimming in cold water. So suck it up and dive in. The cold feeling only last for a minute anyways.
The possibility of being dragged out to sea by riptides and undercurrents can be quite scary even for the strongest of swimmers. Just remember these three things and you should be fine:
- Pick a fixed point on shore and keep your eye on it. This will be an easy indication of how far you have drifted.
- Never swim directly towards shore, try swimming on a angle. It’ll lessen the effects of the current and won’t tire you out as much.
- Don’t panic. If you do find yourself being dragged out to sea the easiest thing to do is panic. Well don’t. Keep calm and swim parallel to the shore.
Once you are in, swimming is easy. It’s salt water: you float. And it’s awesome. Seriously, just try it. Lay on your back and let the ocean sway you back and forth. Or you could giv’er and have a full body workout. The decisions up to you. There are also so pretty cool benefits of swimming in salt water. Natural beach waves is only the beginning.
Lastly here are some tips I’ve learned the hard way: Never go swimming alone and always listen to lifeguard warnings.
*Bathing suit is from Topshop.
**I realise not everyone is fortunate enough to live near the sea (I didn’t for most of my life) but luckily man has made pools. So sorted, sorta.
Watermelons are back in season. This is awesome for two reasons.
- It means it’s summer.
- Watermelon juice in the morning.
Seriously nothing better than waking up and crushing a cold glass of sweet, blended watermelon. It’s super refreshing, hydrating and detoxifying. A great way to start your day. Here is one of my favourite ways to serve it: as a virgin watermelon mojito.
A normal mojito has white rum, cane sugar, mint and soda. To keep this healthy AF, I leave the sugar and rum.
What you need:
- a cup of cut up watermelon (best if you freeze it for 30 minutes first)
- the juice and zest of one lime
- a handful of mint leafs
- sparkling water (optional)
What to do:
- blend watermelon, lime juice and zest
- pour into a cup
- smack your mint leafs (to release the oils) and add them to your juice
- top with sparkling water (if you are so inclined)
- drink and enjoy
This is healthy and awesome just the way it is. BUT it would also make an awesome cocktail with a couple of extra steps:
- strain watermelon, lime, zest mixture after it’s been blended
- add the juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and 50 ml of rum
- shake and strain into a glass with crushed ice and mint leafs (don’t forget to smack) then top with sparkling water
And that’s it. You’re welcome.
I’ve decided to add monthly favourites as a recurring post because I have stuff that I like. Like a lot. I never thought I could really do a monthly favourites list because unlike most bloggers who seem to love trying new products, I generally stay true-blue to things I love. Which is why I can’t come up with a new list every month consisting of 10-15 new things I think you must try. Instead I’m doing a short cohesive themed monthly favourites. Hope you enjoy, let’s get to it.
For this first month we’s talkin’ about make up. 🙂 It’s an easy one for me because, like I said, I don’t switch up my products very often PLUS I don’t wear that much make up. However, I know that finding vegan beauty products – while getting easier – is still a pain in the ass. So, I appreciate other people’s CF + V list because it saves me the time googling a new brand I may want to try. So, maybe someone will appreciate mine too. For me it’s very important that my make up is cruelty free, vegan and easily replaced when I run out. Here is current make up staples that tick all the boxes
- HOURGLASS eyebrow pencil. In a world where brow tattooing is like going to the dentist for some people, the eyebrow pencil is now a staple in everyone’s make up bag. I like this one because it’s easy to use, you don’t have to sharpen it, has built in brow brushes at the end and it’s build-able. Hourglass is CF but isn’t 100% vegan but they do have a lovely list of their vegan products.
- NUDESTIX mascara. I like a mascara that can length, thicken and not clump. And while almost all claim they can, many can’t. This one is pretty close to perfect. Again, Nudestix is CF but not all vegan friendly but you can do a quick ‘vegan’ word search on the website to find out which products are.
- ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH highlighter stick. This might only be available at M&S so if you don’t live in the UK, sorry. However, if you I recommend trying this one. It’s subtle, blend-able and easy to use. I’m not sure if the whole line is vegan or not but according to the M&S website this one is.
- JOSIE MARAN coconut oil blush. First off, I much prefer gel blushes because they give a nice dewy-ness to your skin that you just can’t get with a powder blush. Plus no brush needed, just your finger. I’ve used this one for a while and I really like it. Again this line isn’t totally vegan but it’s clearly stated which products are and aren’t.
Those are my make up staples at the moment and this months monthly favourites. Just going to leave you with a little advice on shopping cruelty free. Always check the website’s about us/faq page for information on their animal testing. If you can’t find anything, assume they test on animals. And, if they sell in China, don’t even bother looking them up. I always do a quick vegan word search on their website and see what products come up and then double check the ingredients (lanolin, beeswax and E dyes are the usually the big ones). You can try messaging the company directly, I usually use Instagram because someone is generally on it. AND when in doubt, don’t buy.