28th March 2016
Images and words by me
I've always said that my blog was meant to be a personal diary of sorts for me and I aim to keep it that way and make it flourish more in that area as well. I don't know if you've all noticed, but with each post I write, there is a little personal update as well. I don't want to delve into the deep depths of my life as such, but I like the idea of my readers being able to connect with me on a personal level. If we wanted to just look at pictures and be told what to buy, we would all be reading magazines, wouldn't we? I've always felt that the main appeal of a blog is that you get to find relatable writers and you enjoy their writing and always have that small itch to go back for more. I obviously hope that you are enjoying my updates and I will continue to keep that personal edge to my posts for you all and with that in mind I thought I would update you with a lifestyle post, it's been awhile.
I've always been interested in what's around me and I really enjoy taking pictures. I mostly photograph people, I'm a bit of a people watcher and also a sucker for a captured moment, but I also like to document places I've been and the sights that I've seen. I'm almost always taking pictures of things, whether it be through a camera lens or just an image on my phone, so when I went to Brighton to visit my friend Abi (All Things That Glitter) a few weekends ago, I got a little picture happy!
If you've never been to Brighton, it's one of those quintessentially British seaside towns with small alleyways of shops and boutiques, a buzzing and popular pier and a vibrant night life. There's little corners of the city that you don't even know exist until each new visit and little spots and shops that Brighton has become well known for. On my first day there Abi and I decided to go into the city for lunch and to do a bit of exploring. We ate at JB's Diner next to the promenade (review to come), walked along the beach taking in the fresh seaside air and we even tried our hand at the claw machines in the arcade. The whole beach has a relaxed and casual atmosphere to it, even on it's busier days when tourists, students and dog walkers fight for space on the strip and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to slip into and have a quick refreshment or a meal beside the sea.
Hidden in the back streets and nestled amongst quirky little boutiques is Choccywoccydoodah, a well know, TV famous chocolate shop that hosts an impressive array of detailed sculpted chocolate cakes and treats. I mentioned it to Abi, having caught an episode or two of its programme on Good Food Channel, but she had never been and so we sought it out and thank god we did. As you can see below the shop's Easter display was in the window featuring beautifully crafted Unicorn themed chocolate eggs, probably sitting at about a meter high each. The eggs were so delicately and meticulously designed and executed that it was of no surprise that their price tag sat at a whopping £10,000 each. Yep, you read that right! The prices overall for Choccywoccydoodah's products will set you back a bit and whilst I imagine they are worth it, the shop gets so overloaded with tourists that it's difficult to get to anything let alone buy it. I would probably recommend visiting the shop at a quieter time of day (we went around lunchtime) to avoid the masses and have a good browse.
Whislt we did explore the city center a little more and did a quick bit of shopping, I was drawn back to the beach and with the sun setting it was the perfect time to take some pictures. The day had been quite warm and there was plenty of sunshine, but a fog had been hanging over the sea all day and towards the evening it started to roll in. This created quite an eery atmosphere to the promenade, which was practically deserted in comparison to the hustle and bustle of the day time. I got some really creepy pictures of the old pier covered in fog and looking almost ghostly in the slight glow of the setting sun behind the clouds. Behind us the city started livening up as a new crowd of people came out to celebrate the weekend and make the most of the city's nightlife offerings, but we decided it was time to go back to Abi's, have some food and watch some films. On Sunday we went back to the beach and had a coffee at a lovely little vegetarian restaurant near the pier but soon enough it was time to go home and I'll admit that I was pretty hesitant to leave.
Hopefully I'll be going back again soon and I'll be able to advise you all on more places to eat and drink as well as sights to see and places to shop, but for now I just wanted to share my photography with you and update you on what's going on. And on that note, I thought I would let you know that Abi and I also booked a holiday to Rome in May, so I will have even more to share with you and I'm hoping to get some good outfit shots for you whilst I'm there and build up a bit of a city guide as well. For now though I hope you enjoy the photos and there's lots of reviews and posts coming up!