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Fab Places to Stay – Brighton

One of my all time favourite places is Brighton.  Of course this is a lot more obvious than some of the visits we’ve had but take a look at this view from our B&B window – who couldn’t love that!

The things we love about Brighton are just as much on the beaten track as off it, the cheesiness of the Pier, the little art shops under the Prom and of course the shops of The Lanes home to the brilliant Dolly Dagger Boutique who do a fab line in reproduction dresses in particular and great jewellery, I bought a pretty green plastic necklace and hair slide last time but check out this fab robot brooch in the sale at the moment Dollydagger Robot Brooch

I am seriously coveting this great dress as well! Dollydagger Waikiki Bustle Dress

Occupying the area behind Brighton Pavilion and far more exciting in our opinion is the North Laine area which has a much more eclectic range of shops from eco clothing and shoes to frankly fabulous cake shops and even a theatre.  Here’s a map and a street view of the area from the North Laine website.

Map of North LaineNorth Laine Brighton - Photographer : Peter Williams

Almost all of the shops and cafes are run by the owners and in some cases designers sell their own creations, one exception is Beyond Retro who retro fans will know from the Brick Lane store in London.  This one is absolutely amazing though, it’s literally enormous and packed to the rafters with every age and type of vintage wear imaginable.

My favourite shopping finds on this visit though were on the crafty side!  I got this pack of amazingly gorgeous buttons at the Brighton Sewing Center in North Laine which was absolutely full of pretty fabrics and trimmings. 

Slightly more off the beaten track is an absolute gem of a knitting shop  called Purl which is out in a pretty residential area on the Hove side of the City.

We stayed at a pretty funky B&B on this visit called Seaspray.  This has themed rooms and a spa and very nice if rather sparse breakfast.  We stayed in the Little Venice room which had the most comfortable bed ever as well as two little balconies overlooking the Pier.

and ate at the rather shabby Worlds End Pub in London Road.  This needs to be searched out not for the area it’s in or for the less than salubrious setting but for the absolutely fabulous food in the BBQ Shack (as reviewed here by Jay Rayner http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/24/jay-rayner-restaurants-bbq-shack) the pulled pork is just a taste sensation!

There are some fantastic boozers in Brighton too, some of which brew their own too.  We particularly liked the Earth and Stars which had a really chilled out vibe but the Drink Brighton website is a wealth of info away from the usual tourist traps. 

Go and enjoy Brighton, love the Pier and the Pavilion but take a bit of time to find some of the hidden finds.  It’s well worth it!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

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Fab places to stay – The Roseland just don’t tell anyone!

We’ve just come back from an amazing camping trip to Cornwall.  Remarkably, and in contrast to what usually happens, we had good weather, while the rest of the country was thinking of building an ark!  We were staying at our favourite family campsite in our favourite secret corner of Cornwall, the arty and picturesque Roseland Peninsula.

 No one can claim that staying on a cliff top is going to be less than bracing but the views more than make up for it, as does the joy of the children who rush out to feed the animals and collect the eggs at 10am every morning.

We met up with friends there this year and took the ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth or just hunted for sea glass on the beautiful empty beaches. Bliss!

Our one wet day took us to new Cornish Tin Mining museum and arts centre Heartlands.  This place is a real gem.  Funded by lottery and European Development money in the main, it is a lesson in how to preserve an industrial history and landscape.  The exhibits were also brilliantly well thought out and really engaged the kids who got to dress up as miners and play a fantastic board game that really brought home the hardships of mining life.  It was a joy to see my four year old hook up with a passing four year old girl to play this.

Tommy being a Tin Miner

On top of all of this there are also events, a great cafe (best. hogs. pudding. ever!) and some fledgling art shops and workshops.  We bought some fab Seb West prints of St Ives (where we got married) and fell in love with everything in the Four Seven Collective – one of the artists studios on site.  This is the brainchild of Louise Gale and we bought one of her lovely Cornish cottage pictures.  Needless to say the yarn bombed bike outside was a big attraction too!

Yarn Bombed Bike

Most of the studios on site have workshops and courses on offer as well.  There are various art installations on site too as well as fantastic grounds and an adventure playground but given the rain we didn’t make the best of these.  Hit St Ives after that (as we did) and enjoy a walk on the harbour and a burger at Blas (best. burgers. ever!)

Meg enjoying the best ever burgers at Blas in St Ives

Can’t wait to get back to Cornwall, you should go, just don’t tell everyone how beautiful it is!

Keep the vintage love xx

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