Monday, 30 May 2016

Holidaying in Brighton

Well, I'm back in Brighton, it's  great  to be back feeling Brighton's bohemian vibes. Sunday was a lovely sunny evening with a nip of a light breeze that was a surprise  as the weather from London looked ominous and  ready to rain.

We stayed at the Travel Lodge, a basic, no frills but it's clean with a comfy bed. The hotel's superb location is a stone throw away from the beach and our room had a sea view, for £40 per night not bad, I guess. My only grumble is breakfast isn't included  but Weatherspoon, a cheap chain pub do bargain breakfasts. Sunday, not a huge amount had happened  we went for drinks in Kemp Town and met with boyfriend's comrades  for drinks. I exchanged photos with one of his union collogues discussing and exchanging our photos.

Unfortunately, during my trip, I didn't feel amazing as I should I experienced some bouts of gastric problems, which meant at the time I felt like crap and needed to find a bathroom where possible. I tried to make the best of a bad situation.


I had a lie in and  had breakfast with the boyfriend before he left for his committee meeting. We departed ways while I met up with Susan, from sewing class.  Susan had also come down to attend the national conference while her other half spent time in meetings with his department. We both exchanged numbers and agreed to meet up.

We had such a fun time look through different shops. We both carried on laughing and suggested things we should purchase. Susan certainly a very bubbly and gregarious person who was former  goth during the late eighties and early nineties. She said she left it by adding more color and adopting a vintage style of polka dots and animal print reminiscing of the 50's and 60's. When we met Susan looked glamorous like she came out of the fifties French Rivera donning a blue and white polka do dress with her round rim sunglasses.

 It was really fun as we have quite a number things in common and it was nice socialising outside of sewing. We started by heading to Kemp Town eyeing up the different charity shops and this area tends to be the cheapest place for them. We didn't find much, I came across a gorgeous black gypsy skirt, sadly it was too small. By the time we looked through the all the shop I saw the Boyfriend with his  mate and end up at a local bar for drinks, The bar had all sorts of oddities with retro games used as tables and ties all over it. So they chatting about life and union subjects. 

Afterward, we had a look in Kemp town, we headed for the independent and bohemian shops of the lanes, we had a look through the fabric shops and in the vintage shops. In one of the shops, was almost of a vintage supermarket with an array of things. however, I was surprised at how reasonably priced the items were in compared to other shops. I end up purchasing some vintage hand made lace and machine made. We found one of the fabric shops where I purchased some remnants to make a summer top. We continued to the last fabric shop on the agenda where I purchased a variety of lace and fabric to make a skirt. 

After long arduous afternoon we treated ourselves to a sit-down and some amazing ice cream . 

My finds 


In afternoon once feeling better, I ventured to Preston Manor, a Georgian manor home to the    family. After researching events to do, I came  across an exhibition about Modern Day Witchcraft. On the first impression, I thought it would explore the folklore and original of witchcraft but it was more about how modern day witchcraft had evolved. The exhibition also focuses on the influence and impact Doreen Valiente had on modern paganism. 

There was a small section dedicated to the original  ancient paganism and the influences the Romans had on it. How the spread of Christianity eventually led to the demise of the of paganism and led to the persecution of innocent people and execution of thousands.How  the occult and paganism practices had gained a resurgence of interest in the eighth century and nineteen century. I think for practitioners of the paganism it would be of interest to explore how paganism regained interest.   

The boyfriend met up after the conference spending time relaxing in the hotel room. So we went to a local Italian we visited previously it's cheap but serves amazing food. We wonder around the Pavilion so I could take a few photos of the Pavilion I got some amazing of the Pavilion lit up it looked quite magical. We headed to another pub where we coincidentally met up with Susan and her group, We had a fun night discussing about the conference.


I had lain in and  felt unmotivated by the overcast clouds. I went to explore the area ofBrighton for charity shopping. I cut through the Pavillion while looking through by chance I came by someone  painting watercolors of the pavilion which look stunning. We stood chatting for a bit and I headed to explore the part off of  Brighton.

I even came the open market I came across Steampunk Bazaar  ran by the delightfully chatty  and fantastic  Trixie. Who specializes mainly in steampunk, however,there was  an array of romantic goth clothing. For me, it was a gem of a find as most of the other alternative shops were either incredibly hippish, pastel goth or vintage, so not to my somber tastes.  I got talking to Trixie. about the Brighton's alternative scene. I was surprised to find out that the scene was declining and there was limited number amount of music venues.  I started chatting about a lack of Goth shops and trends  around how sewing and charity shops had become the main way of funding my wardrobe. It was nice to find a more traditional goth clothing.  I spend loads of time chatting. to her. 

For a while, I've wanted to purchase a new underbust and saw a red brocade one, that reduced at a bargain price of £40 it felt great heavy and rather robust. I tried it on and knew I had to purchase it.

Also, I promised to mention about the shop if your ever Brighton I highly recommend visiting the Steampunk Bizzar.


After my journey, I had relaxed and went to sit and  photographed the beach and the pier. I went to dip my toes in the sea it was freezing and the pebbles were hurting my feet. Like typical me I ended finding someone to chat with on the beach. We had a long lengthy discussion about life putting the world to rights. We discussed the local politics of Brighton and the influences of the Green Party. Parts of the conversation ended up about us chatting the seagulls on the beach.


Thursday was the first day, that I felt better to the last week. I decided to take a slow walk to the Brighton Marina. Also, Thursday appeared to best day to walk as the weather looked fantastic. I had a slow walk along the beach side taking in the sea air and photographing the beach. After my long walk, I opted to have breakfast at the Marina after the long walk I felt my stomach grumbling  for food and ate a full English  breakfast. 

Surprisingly,  I  managed to encourage the boyfriend to a spot of crazy golf. Since the boyfriend is potentially a vampire he has to shun sunlight in case he explodes into flames.  Instinctually, I knew the boyfriend would win as he applies his mathematical genius to get the ball into the hole.  During the game, I managed to avoid the hitting the ball into the hole by hitting the ball to the opposite side of the course. Fortunately,  no one hurt. The boyfriend has refused to play golf with me as he feels I'm  too dangerous and will only play on the condition if wears body armorer. 


  1. You met so many interesting people! And of course you are interesting too! What fun!

    Gastro problems suck especially on holiday! Glad you still had fun! I love finding nice secondhand stuff although it's harder now, probably because of eBay.

  2. Arhh, you incredibly sweet to say so, thank you.

    The trip was fun and relaxing. Brighton is full of diverse and interesting people. The stomach problems were rubbish, I tried to do make the most of a bad situation.

    When I was in Brighton, I must look in over 20 charity shops before I found anything. I do think it's harder finding things good items, for me it makes it fun.

  3. Sorry you've been poorly, but looks like a good trip. I love the dress you are wearing in one of the photos, the black one with a white pattern. So pretty.

  4. I wasn't fun but I tried to make the best of the bad situation. It's one of my favourite summer dresses, I've had it over six year, I purchase when I went to Goa in India.

  5. Gotta love thrifting! Though I can't view several of your photos for some reason.

  6. I love it, I get excited about thrifting but I hate normal shopping.

    I'm sorry you couldn't view the pic I'll have look.


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