Brighton

I hadn’t been to Brighton in years.

The last time I went I was a lanky teenager, roaming the lanes with my equally lanky boyfriend. I’m pretty sure we went on all the rides on the pier, ate our body weight in fudge and then snoozed on the beach for the rest of the afternoon. I can’t say that it left much of an impression, so I thought it was high time a give it another shot.

After a few glorious days of London sunshine, Bella and I planned our escape to the seaside.

We had visions of lounging on the hot pebbles, running in and out of the sea, eating chips out of paper and trying to lick Mr Whippy ice creams before they melted down our hands.

But, being Autumn, the weather had other ideas.

We woke up to heavy, thunder filled skies. I watched a smattering of rain run down my window as I texted, wondering if she still wanted to go… We played the “well I’m happy either way!” “oh, I really don’t mind!” game for a little while before finally settling it.

Rain or shine, we were going to the beach.

And I’m glad we did!

Like true British tourists, we braved the rain, bundled up and made the most of it.

Jumper // Jeans // Boots

Scarf (UK / US) // Hat // Bag

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We marched through the slick, wet streets to Riddle & Finns.

A beautiful, subway tiled, marble clad haven, packed to the rafters with happy customers.

We fitted in nicely!

I plumped for the fruits de mer, a truly gargantuan feast of seafood!

Lobster, langostines, cockles, mussels, clams, oysters, crayfish, razor clams & prawns.

I can’t remember ever being more excited to tuck in to a dish!

Bella had the much more sensible catch of the day.

And I insisted on introducing her to the marvellous world of steamed samphire, dunked into hollandaise.

Oh go on then! It’d be shellfish not to share just one more shot of the seafood.

Stuffed to the gills, we set off back to the beach. The rain finally stopped and we were treated to the most beautiful of painted skies over the bay.

We dipped in and out of the shops along the front, and stopped further along for coffee.

Oh come on! This just has to be done…

We marched our way out onto the sodden pier

and watched the surfers bobbing around on the waves.

Brighton Pier, for those of you who’ve never been, is excellent!

It’s a time warp of British seaside amusement.

All blinking lights, arcade games, helter skelters and rather rickety looking rides.

It is the ultimate place to play tourist!

I convinced Bella to get married there and then. Talk about pier pressure!

Now, I know many talented people. Bella is one of them in fact, she is the most wonderful artist.

But me? Well, my talent lies elsewhere.

My one true talent is in beating one particular fairground game. You know the one where creatures race to the finish line, and you have to spur yours on by sinking balls into coloured holes?

Yep, that is my game, baby.

And there just happened to be one on the pier! Naturally, I took my seat for the race.

The klaxon blew and we were off!

I sank ball after ball into the red hoop, and my dolphin (number 5) streaked ahead of the others!

I won, and claimed my prize!

A Nemo for Mr Custard.

Having conquered the fairground, we set off to snoop through the shops.

Paying a quick visit to Choccywoccydoodah on the way.

If you haven’t heard of them, they make incredible creations out of chocolate. The window displays look like something you’d see in Diagon Alley.

The Lanes are filled with markets stalls and vintage shops.

It’s a bargain-hunting-hoarder’s dream!

Arielle v Jaws.

I need this Wonder Woman number in my life!

We went back to the beach, along with the rest of Brighton’s population, to watch the sun set over the water.

We soaked up the golden light and marvelled at the vibrant blue it turned the sky.

Even the moon came out to watch.

We stayed until there was nothing left of the day but a glow.

Before strolling along the front, and back to London town.

The dreamiest of day trips!

I have to say I’m fairly jealous of anyone who gets to call Brighton home.

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  • Can’t beat a british seaside day out. Reminds me of days out at the less glamarous Aberdeen beach as a kid.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • love your snaps rosie they are too cute! will have to visit there someday!

    Michaela x

    http://www.lifeofaladybear.com

  • GORGEOUS photos Rosie! I love the sunset ones.

    Also seafood. YUM! *pulls Emma Stone face*

    I heart Brighton xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

    • That Emma Stone face/quote is so applicable hahahah thank you for making me laugh out loud.

  • That sunset is utterly sensational! I’ve actually never been to Brighton but always heard fab things about it. I am embarrassed to say I had thought it was one of those ‘tacky’ british tourist spots.

    Looks like I need to go and eat my words in Riddle and Finns though!

    Katie <3

  • katie

    Ahhh Brighton is my home town I just moved away a couple of months ago and this has had me feeling very homesick! Looks like you had fun, the pier is my guilty pleasure! Your pictures captured it all beautifully! Xx

  • Silvia H. Maresca

    Your pictures are amazing!
    Do you use a particular app or programme to fix the light/modify them?

    Looking forward to read other beautiful posts like this one!
    Xx

    Silvia

  • This brought back so many memories of Brighton! Here’s my take on it πŸ™‚

    http://theanti-tourist.blogspot.com/2014/05/bloomin-brighton.html

  • Beautiful photos! I live in Brighton and I’m so glad you finally came down to see it! It’s so funny I went to Riddle and Finns a couple of days before you for the first time and it was so scrummy. Choccywoccydoodah have some beautiful creations but their chocolate and cakes are awful it’s such a shame! The Westie cake is incredible!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Octavia

    It looks beautiful, I’m hopefully going there on Wednesday, I have never been before but your photos make it look incredible xx

  • Looks wonderful! Chockywockydoodah even SOUNDS like a Diagon Alley shop! Thanks for sharing XS

    SundayswithStephanie.blogspot.com

  • arielle q.

    I am really really loving that scarf you’re donning. looks like brighton was a better experience for you two the second time around.

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • You captured my hometown so beautifully!

    I’ve lived here all my life and, it really is a lucky thing to call Brighton home.

    Come back soon. There’s so much more to do….and eat! I can recommend some great places xx

    http://www.whatlauradidnext.co.uk

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    gorgeous! love these beachy photos

    ladies in navy

  • Molly Hutchinson

    What camera do you use, I love your photos! Also, do you edit them – I can’t believe they are naturally that beautiful! x

  • The pictures look just lovely. Brighton is the number one ting on my list for cities to visit while I’m living in London. But every time I try and plan going there, something else pops up. So I hope I’ll manage soon.
    Love,
    Svenja

  • I’ve always wanted to go to Brighton and I’m so upset with myself for never going when I lived in London. It just always look so beautiful! x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • I am dying over your scarf and hat! Love your style!

  • Abby

    Guess its time to take a trip to the beach! These pics made me hungry for a sunset over the ocean!

    http://www.bunewmedia.net/madtripping/

  • I’ve recently moved to England and have been positively itching to make a trip to Brighton! Thanks for fueling my fire even more πŸ˜‰ It looks so lovely!

  • I love your scarf! And I also LOVE the shots with the magnifying glass πŸ™‚ I really want to go to the pier! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Gorgeous!! These pictures are so cute. Love your blog xx

    http://not-so-new-york.blogspot.com

  • The vintage look on your pictures are awesome. Love it.

    Geezy // http://www.TheFollowFashion.com

  • The sunset photos are stunning! Looks like a wonderful day πŸ™‚

  • Looks like an absolutely lovely day! It so interesting to me that the beach is made up of tons of pebbles instead of sand. I can’t imagine what that would feel like to dig your toes into! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing the fun!

    xx – Alice
    http://www.trendyintexasblog.com

    • This made me laugh…the pebbles do get very uncomfortable if you have to sit on them all day but you can hire deck chairs. I thought it was strange as well when I first moved here from the Caribbean but now I’m just used to a pebble beach. Jade x

  • beautiful beautiful beautiful photos!!
    love the grain and effect you use too – makes the photos look magical and dreamy πŸ™‚

    Mollie xxx

  • Really beautiful photos, Rosie!

  • Peebreeks

    I live in Brighton and you’ve captured the beauty of it perfectly. Can’t believe I missed you being in Brighton! Love your tartan scarf as well. xx

  • I LOVE Daniel Laurence, such a great shop full of all kinds of cool decor for the home πŸ™‚

  • I literally love your puns Rosie, they are 100% your talent!! x

  • Brighton is a fab day trip – there’s also a wee vintage tea shop there replete with mismatched crockery, an owner with a Royalty/pottery addiction and mouthwatering cakes. If only I could remember the name…

  • Great post! Really enjoyed getting to know Brighton. You’re right – this did look like it came out of a Harry Potter scene πŸ™‚ And the shellfish pun seems to be your favorite – I don’t blame you, it’s such an easy one to use!
    http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com

  • Rosie. Oh. My. I started reading and after your first portrait picture I wanted to comment that its one of the most beautiful pictures of you cause you look so happy, then I continued down the post and picture after picture kept taking my breath, that place is so beautiful and this is just my favourite post at the moment. So happy, funny, beautiful food, beautiful nature and such great pictures of random things that I just need to stop myself from typing before I write a whole ode to this post πŸ˜‰ Sweetest dreams, Yara

  • Anna

    After reading about Brighton in Jane Austen novels, I’ve sort of added it to my bucket list! Finally made it there on a sunny Saturday in late August 5 years ago. It was marvellous. I loved the Pavillion. It’s unlike any other palace or royal residence I’ve ever seen! And I was so happy to accidentally discover Choccywoccydoodah! I got a chocolate/popcorn lollipop that took me 3 days to eat!!

  • Everything looks just wonderful! I love that you pack so many photos into each post, I often feel like bombarding my blog with photos looks poor but I love when others do it. Perhaps it’s just my bad photography.

    Anyways! I’ve never wanted to travel to England so much until I discovered your blog! Thanks for sharing your outing, looking forward to more.

  • Sunsets are brilliant, this is even more true at the beach. I love your travel posts like this.

  • I’m so glad that it turned out to be a beautiful day. It looks like you had a lot of fun. Whenever I finally get to venture to the UK, I definitely want to visit Brighton. I’m a sucker for good seafood and those little shops look too cute! Great post!

    – Amanda | The Chic Counsel

  • Those sunset pictures were gorgeous and the food looked so delicious. I would have loved to have tried that bucket of seafood that you ordered.

  • So beautiful some amazing pictures, we don’t really have many lanes in Australia so this post makes me long for the days when I can move to the UK! http://www.therose.co

  • Lovely post again! I have always wanted to go to Brighton. Most of this desire is because I read Persuasion and most of the best scenes are in Brighton. I feel like your blog make me feel like I’m there!
    Gorgeous as always Rosie!
    Anna

  • Brighton looks amazing! What a picturesque place. I wish we had a place like that close to Calgary. It looks absolutely beautiful – I will definitely check it out when I cross the Atlantic. What a lovely place. Thanks for sharing Rosie!

    xx
    Hannah

    chronicleofagirl.wordpress.com

  • So gorgeous! Th shellfish looks amazing!!

  • You got some magnificent photos of the sunset! πŸ™‚ Checking out the chocolate shop link! It looks deeeelicious. πŸ™‚

  • Queenie Lee

    I absolutely adore Brighton! Gorgeous photos! The seafood looks delicious and I’m so tempted to get that Ariel and Jaws swimsuit now…

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • What a fab day out, the pier looks great fun. It’s been years since I’v been to Brighton & these photos make me want to return.

    I’ve got the same scarf as you & wear it as a blanket cape, check it out here http://www.intotheblonde.com/2014/10/the-blanket-cape.html
    Hugs xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • That sunset is unreal! And that tower of fresh seafood….holy crap. Glad y’all had a good time! xo

    http://www.pendeltonplace.com

  • I love brighton, such gorgeous little shops there! and that seafood looks divine! x

    http://www.shanghaiphile.com/

  • gina
  • Joelle

    THAT SEAFOOD PLATTER! That looks like absolute heaven! Love a good day at Britghton!

    Joelle
    xx
    FebruaryGirl.

  • Brighton is such a wonderful place, I feel so lucky every time I have a chance to visit. And the pier is a lot of fun πŸ™‚

    Henar x

    http://www.wanderwings.com

  • Christy

    Brighton looks amazing British seafront doesn’t get much press but it is so worth heading out there this reminds me of the fab time I had in Eastbourne right on the doorsteps of Brighton I rave about that weekend getaway here http://www.cleancutgoutchic.com/weekend-getaway-escapade-a-eastbourne/

    Christy of:
    http://www.cleancutgoutchic.com

  • These photos are amazing! The sunset looks gorgeous!

    Love Amylou x
    http://www.amylous.co.uk

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Brighton does look lovely through all of your photos!

    xx, Ada

  • Jenna

    So many wonderful photos!

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

  • saradujour

    Oh, everything looks so beautifully retro! I’d love to visit one day.

    -Sara
    http://www.saradujour.me | A Toronto-based lifestyle blog

  • Lauren Paige

    where is your white shirt from Rosie????

  • I love Brighton, it’s gorgeous! x

    http://my–socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

  • Julie Taylor

    What a lovley blog! I honestly love it! Very inspiring! Have a nice day!

  • Alyssa Valbuena

    Loved reading this post! Your posts are always the best breakfast company Rosie! πŸ˜€ <3

  • Paige

    These photos have made me hungry!! Feels so Wintery!

    http://www.herandthehighstreet.com

  • Bronte Duncalf

    Absolutely beautiful photos!

  • CHG

    Beautiful pictures! Are these with the Lumix? I’ve also gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised to see how affordable the scarf is πŸ™‚ Going to have to snag one for myself.

    http://www.farmbrews.blogspot.com

  • Sunset looks lovely! What a busy day you had!
    http://www.liquidgrain.co.uk

  • Ooft such a beautiful place, great photos! It looks like you had a hoot of a time! xxx

    moseye.wordpress.com

  • Rosie, I’m a long time reader, but this is my first comment. I want to tell you that the way you combine your words and images is an absolute pleasure. Reading your blog has brought me to this conclusion again and again, but this post is just so beautiful that I have to speak up now πŸ™‚ Your posts just have this organic flow that makes me want to keep scrolling down, and hoping they will never end. Love what you do. You are an incredibly talented storyteller. I skim over many blogs on my feed but I always, always look forward to savouring each of your stories. xo from Toronto.

  • Cynthia

    Will be sharing this post with my Dad. He grew up in England and visited Brighton and Felixstowe as a kid.

  • Ah, Brighton! I’ve never been there but everytime I read a blog post about it, I desperately want to go. I’ve spent four months in the UK last year and I always had that idea of going to Brighton, even alone, to sit by the seaside and just… be inspired. Since the budget was low and I visited many other cities closer to Leeds (which is where I lived) it never happened, but I’m still thinking of a recreational Brighton trip next summer or so…

  • The slow pace

    I visited Brighton just once and it was a work related thing, so I didn’t have much time to wonder around the streets. I did visit the pier, though! I made my boss play a thousand arcade games with me. We had a great time!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • disqus_3M0bF8xtAD

    i too love playing sink the balls in the holes!usually with horses or camels.so addictive!once you start you can’t stop.

  • Ahh. I love Brighton weekenders. I haven’t been there in such a long time. This post makes me miss it! Beautiful pictures! x

    http://www.bitchinpam.com

  • Jessica Ip

    Can I ask what camera you used for these photos?

  • I love a great British seaside trip. I can smell the air and taste the fish. Thanks for taking me back to my childhood. Ahhhh nostalgia. Rosie x
    http://www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

  • Pressed Words

    are you still using your lumix for these? I think these are some of my favorite photos you have posted in a while! x

  • It is great living in Brighton. Were very lukcy people.
    Check out my food reviews.
    brightonborn.blogspot.com

  • Love seeing your adventures Rosie – looks like you had a wonderful time!!

    xo
    Kim
    almosttheredc.wordpress.com

  • Emma and Emily

    That plate of seafood though!

    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • holly

    i love seeing blog posts about my home πŸ™‚ x

  • Emily

    Hey Rosie! I really admire your pictures. Please please can you tell me what camera you use? I am researching into which one I want to buy, and am a tad overwhelmed! Thanks xx

  • Great post. Love your pics, makes me miss Brighton! I lived there briefly, but still have friends down that way : )
    Heather x x
    http://www.suncreamandsparkles.com

  • I’ve never been to brighton, I must visit it πŸ™‚

    I’m running a “Naked pallet” giveaway, if you’re interested, check this link:

    little taste of heaven

  • Lovely post – Brighton is my home and I love living here. I always feel like I need to stop taking it for granted when I see any bloggers come to visit! Come back again soon x

    Jade http://www.whatwouldjadedo.com/

  • Such beautiful photos! Definitely putting on my list to visit!

    Look at the World Around you

  • Natasha Lancaster

    Beautiful shots of the sea – stunning

    http://highheelsbrownhair.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Love being a tourist at home!
    Also love the scarf…I was straight onto ASOS – plus they’re doing an extra 10% off at the moment – happy Sunday!

    Rachel (http://eat-explore-enjoy.blogspot.co.uk)

  • Georgia Bridgeman

    Thoroughly enjoyed the multitude of puns you put in this!

  • Really enjoyed reading this, such beautiful pictures! I first learned of Brighton through Zoella’s Vlogs, seems like a fun place to live

  • I’ve yet to visit Brighton but it looks beyond beautiful from your photos!

    http://www.eatwearwander.com