I was going to vlog my little trip to Brighton this Monday, but found that I was enjoying myself too much to film everything. I find that happens quite often, maybe I need to work on that… It was a JAM PACKED couple of days, and my feet are definitely feeling it right now. It was so worth it though, just wish we could have stayed a little longer!
These are just a few places I’d recommend going to if you ever visit:
Workshop living – They stock very minimal, Scandinavian and Japanese designed homeware. I’m a sucker for Japanese design, so I love it in there. It does smell very strongly of incense though, so if you aren’t a lover of it (like myself), be prepared!
Redroaster – Very good coffee, which you can actually buy (queue Harry the fancy coffee fiend getting very excited), and an interesting menu. Feels cool, but not intimidating. Plus, marble and brass everywhere – Instagrams best friends, hah!
Lucky Beach Cafe – Right on the seafront – if it’s a warm day, go sit outside! Eating breakfast by the beach is the best. Really yummy breakfast menu, and I want all of their serveware. (I need to cool it with the stripes…)
Other great places that I didn’t photograph:
‘Tidy Street General Store‘ – full of Soeur and Rachel Comey, I walked in and it was all honestly my ultimate dream wardrobe. One day it will be mine, ONE DAYYY. Plus some cute ceramics and homeware accessories.
‘Magazine‘ – full to the brim with magazines on everything and anything
‘Family Store‘ – Stocks Stay Home Club; Forever supporting my fellow Canadian illustrators/designers!
Our main reason for visiting Brighton was to see Kishi Bashi at the Hope & Ruin. I have a real soft spot for Kishi Bashi, he is one of my favourite musicians of all time. I can honestly say that it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. It was his last day of tour, so I think he was suffering from a bit of hysteria, but it just seemed to make it all the more personal. There were only 150-ish people there, so it felt more like a party than a gig. His voice was impeccable, and Harry and I can safely say that whenever he is in the UK (or Europe; I’d travel pretty far to see him again!), we’re going to see him again. And again. Aaaaaand again. Listen to him – nowww!
Harry and I visited London yesterday to eats lots of food and watch Dr. Strange at the IMAX in 3d! (it was SO GOOD! Tilda Swinton just makes everything better💕)This month marks 5 years together and 2 years engaged, so thought we’d treat ourselves a lil’.
I had planned on speaking in this vlog, but I chickened out! Not sure if I’m ever going to get over that shyness, no matter how much I’d like to…
Over the weekend we visited Brighton for our friend Robbie’s birthday. There was lots of eating, shopping, walking and giggling – just what we all needed!
We also went up the i360, I was the most nervous I’d been in a loooong time about it and almost talked myself out of it, but I’m so glad I didn’t. We timed it with the sunset (obviously the most busy time of day, whoops), so the view was incredible, and I pretty much instantly forgot whatever it was that I was nervous about.
Look at these two! BEAUDIFAL!
Aaaaand then there’s us… oh dear!
Holy cats I need to figure out how to recreate this eggy bread. If you want a piece o’ this, head over to Lucky Beach cafe on the sea front. YUM.
As the title promises, I also did a teeny bit of shopping. Mostly for Inktober as I’m lacking in sketchbook space right now, but I did find a print that I needed (needed!) to take home with me, too.
The Dracula’s Daughter print is from the Vintage Magazine Shop in the lanes, and art supplies are from Cass Art.
I know Moleskine is getting a bit of a bad rap in the art world after changing their paper a few years ago, but this sketchbook was on offer and lets face it – It’s a sketchbook! Ie: you aren’t going to do really important final pieces in it. Or I’d hope not anyway! It feels okay to me, we’ll see.
The other goodies are a Pentel brush pen with four refills and a white gel pen. I have this brush pen already, but it was cheaper to get the refills with the pen than without…weird!
I’m probably not going to post for the rest of this month, but will be posting really regularly next month for the duration on Inktober! Yippee!
Our final day and a half in Amsterdam! I honestly wasn’t ready to leave, there is so much to do and see you could easily go for a week and not get bored. We spent the day wandering the streets, looking at the architecture, eating lots of yummy food and generally soaking up our last day on holiday.
We went to what is now I think officially my favourite cafe by the advice of Betty magazine; Coffee & Coconuts. I wish I could just completely copy it and have it closer to me because I would honestly be in there almost every day working on my iPad, drinking coffee and eating the most amazing coconut pancakes ever (and becoming penniless & fat). It was in an old Art Deco cinema (AHHH), plants everywhere, bean bags to lounge on, everyone was really nice. It was perfect!
Also, if you are a lover of GOOD QUALITY clean, well cared for and well curated vintage, with actual nice/not intimidating people in store, something I feel is very lacking in the UK right now, Amsterdam is a must for you. Especially Laura Dols. I had been here once before when I was around 19 on an art foundation trip and remember buying a grey knitted tank top. This time I could have come out with an entirely new wardrobe, but I was on a budget (not that this place was expensive,AT ALL), so I just bought a cute little embroidered “peasant top” – I don’t really know what else to call it? But it’s cute. And it was only €25. I bet the exact same top would have been £35+ in the UK.
And thus concludes our time in Amsterdam. If we go again I’d like to be a little more ‘cultural’ and visit more museums and things, but we were just so happy wandering that before we knew it, it was time to go home!
On our second day in Amsterdam we spent most of the day at the Hortus Botanicus. I think I will always be drawn to botanical gardens, no matter where in the world I go. This one was beautiful, it’s one of the oldest in the world, but it’s so well kept, as is everything in Amsterdam it seems, that it didn’t look it! It’s not as big as Kew Gardens, but it was definitely worth visiting, and I loooooved the butterfly house. We also stuffed our faces with loads of amazing food, including a green veggie burger (and by green I mean the entire thing was green, including the bun!) but I was enjoying it too much to take photos, whoops!
I’m going to split my trip to Amsterdam in to 3 posts for the 2 half days and 2 full days we spent there, so I’m not bombarding you all with one massive photo heavy post! There’s also a little video on my YouTube channel that I’ll add on the end of this post. Let’s get to it!
The first two photos are from The Hoxton hotel in Holborn, we stayed there the night before so that we didn’t have to get up before sunrise to get our Eurostar train, the room was neat, clean and well designed. Definitely not the smallest hotel room I’ve stayed in for the centre of London, too!
Below is part of our room in The Hoxton in Amsterdam. It was beautiful; dark stained parquet floor, two different shades of sagey green on the walls, the “feature wall” carrying on to cover part of the ceiling (stealing that idea!) and simplistic molding on the ceiling made for a very modern, very minimalist Louis XIV sort of style. That softness paired with the leather and patinated industrial style metal accents brought it up to almost hyper on trend status. I didn’t want to leave! The entire hotel was lovely, as were all of the staff. I would highly recommend staying there if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam. We also booked quite far in advance and found that helped with our budget quite a lot. I honestly can’t wait to see what they do with the Paris hotel opening next year, as that is in a real Louis XIV era building!! Eep!
We bought some fancy Kaweco pencils in a shop called Concrete Matter. It was branded as a “men’s gift shop” which I thought was kind of unnecessary, but they had so many things I wanted to bring home! Little taxidermy finches and sparrows, old biology style posters and prints, pens pencils and stationary galore! I managed to only leave with a pencil, some refills and a trio of field notes notebooks *pats self on back*
We were so tired from travelling and exploring a little that we called it a night pretty early on, we are such old people!
As mentioned I also made a little video of our time there. It was really fun filming little bits and putting it all together, I’m already searching for something else to make a video out of!
A couple of weekends ago we stayed with some friends and went for a wander around Ickworth House. I, shockingly, have never been to a National Trust house before, but after taking in all of the Georgian goodness I will definitely be trying to visit more! The rooms just seemed to get more and more over the top and indulgent as we went and I loooooved it.
T-shirt – H&M
Skirt – vintage, from Fairweather Vintage in Ipswich
Shoes – Saltwater Sandals
Bag – Urban Outfitters, old