*Press Trip to Artist Residence*

Last Thursday I was invited for a little overnight staycation in the amazing Artist Residence hotel in Brighton and to try out their new restaurant, the Club House. Our flat in Hove is basically the size of a shoebox, so let me tell you I jumped at the chance for a change of scenery after staring at the same four walls for the past few months. During lockdown our flat was full to the brim of vintage clothes with the shop being shut. I feel like I had been VERY lenient on letting Oliver take over the living room to do music all day or play COD (he’s now sold it) until the early hours of the morning, and I basically lived in the bedroom all day everyday. So I was definitely looking forward to a change of scenery and I was ever so grateful I was able to stay over for the night. It was an absolute treat to get dressed up and go for dinner too-I’ve not done that in such a long time !

I’ve only ever been to the Brighton Artist Residence hotel either for press days or for shoots so I was so excited to be able to stay overnight, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for ages as the whole hotel aesthetic is just so cool. I have eaten at the previous restaurant several times, both for breakfast and for tea so I was looking forward to seeing and trying the new menu. After the stay it’s definitely cemented my view of it being the coolest hotel in Brighton, that’s for sure. It’s situated in the heart of Brighton on Norfolk square and is basically practically on the beach(ish), ok it’s like a two minute walk to the sea. See it is close!

So I arrived on Thursday afternoon (by myself first) as I wanted to just chill out by myself in the room for the afternoon, do some work and make the most of that incredible bath ! The room was absolutely lovely, absolutely massive and just look at that bed, and we had the perfect sea view. To be honest it’s now inspired us to invest in a new mattress after sleeping on said bed, it was the best nights sleep I’ve had in ages. I brought a couple of outfit options with me, my Doen sale dress from Net a Porter (sadly sold out now but I’ll keep a lookout in case it restocks) and my new Omnes pink leopard print wrap dress. You may remember I have the lilac colourway of this and I loved it so much I had to get it in this pretty pink colour too. Anyway I’m going off topic here-back to the hotel, and let’s talk FOOD.

The Clubhouse menu was my kind of menu-basically one of those that you can either choose lots of small plates or a large and sides, or if you are feeling particularly hungry, go small and large. I love that kind of Mediterranean style menu that has amazing small plate options as I can never decide on a ‘main’, and I always, always get food envy. Not this time. I went for the burrata, padron peppers, and the smoked almonds and lemon and ricotta flatbread (to share) and Oliver went for the Plaice and tender stem broccoli. It was absolutely delicious- in particular the flatbread (I could have eaten that twice) and if it was acceptable to lick the plate, I probably would have. Finished with a cheeky amoretto sour for dessert, the whole meal was a taste sensation from start to finish. The restaurant looked absolutely lovely and was perfectly intimate, great for a date night, as you can book just for a meal and not to stay, so we will definitely be back for sure.

PS: I wore the Omnes dress for dinner with my Chloe sale clog bargains.

After a beautiful nights sleep it was time to check out, but not before we had chance to sample their Club House breakfast. I’m usually a very basic avocado on toast kind of girl for breakfast (don’t hate me I just love avocados ok) so I thought I would try something completely different and go for the pancake option (complete with berry and vanilla compote) and it did not disappoint. Honestly I have such a sweet tooth I don’t know why I’ve not had them for breakfast before.

This won’t be the last time either, I definitely need to go back soon to get my pancake fix. We went home after we checked out, as we needed to go see our fluffy baby who had his own sleepover at our neighbours, but if you wanted to explore Brighton from the hotel it’s a two minute walk to the beach, and about a 5-10 minute walk to town and the shops. It’s in such a great location in the heart of Brighton and everything is walkable from there including the train station. If you’re looking for a great hotel in Brighton with a cool vibe, interiors that could have come straight from a Pinterest board, sea views and great food, then this is the one for you.

Thank you so much Artist Residence and Club House for a wonderful staycation!

 

 

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Italy is one of my favourite places to visit in the world. I love everything about it: the beauty, the people, the food, the architecture, the scenery, the cities, the beach. I could go on but we’d be here all day. I just love the Italian way of life.

Oliver and I usually go to Italy around 6 times a year for vintage buying (As he is both my boyfriend and business partner…yes it works-most of the time we make a great team haha! ) However, due to this years series of unfortunate events, we’ve only been once back in February.

However this time around when we were allowed to travel again, we booked it in, and managed to book in a few days in Sardinia too before we headed vintage buying and I’m so glad we did, as it’s been on my list of places to visit in Italy for so long. About three years ago we booked a holiday to Sardinia, however due to another series of unfortunate events (this time it was a lost passport, hint: not mine) we ended up never going, that time it wasn’t meant to be I guess. But this time it was.

We stayed in Olbia in Hotel Stefania, a lovely boutique hotel around 15 minutes away from the airport. Practically we actually chose it because we were only there for four days and weren’t hiring a car, and taxis in Italy can be so expensive so we didn’t want to be too far away from the airport as we had to fly back to mainland Italy to go vintage buying. We also only took hand luggage so I had to pack light (eg no big flowy maxi dresses for me) and it was around 36-38 degrees when we were there. This meant lots of mini dresses, and versatile pieces I could layer and mix and match with different outfits etc. The hotel was absolutely beautiful, quiet and charming, and only a five minute stroll to a beautiful sandy beach.

Right now I bet you’re thinking, hmm wasn’t this an outfit post? I am getting to them I promise ! I just couldn’t write this blog post without talking about Sardinia first. We did mainly spend the four days just on the beach or around the pool just relaxing as it was just so nice to have a break from work, and visiting Olbia old town in the evening twice for food and drinks (which wasn’t cheap in taxis – £28 each way to go about ten minutes – told you they were expensive !) My holiday wardrobe mainly consisted of mini dress and floral dresses, BIG sunglasses, some white outfits, head scarves and bucket hats so I didn’t burn my head-which I usually ALWAYS do. A linen shirt for layering and skirt and shorts to cover up when walking to and from the beach, and I always bring my comfy trekky style sandals for the beach, and my Chloe or Jonak white sandals for the evenings.

These two were a couple of my favourite dresses I brought with me. The yellow one is a gift from Faithfull and I threw it on the first night as soon as we got there, it was the perfect ‘first night dress’. I just love that feeling of being able to wear something like this at night with no jacket or worrying about being colder later. I ran and dipped my feet into the sea that night and it was so warm. The second is one of my my favourite dresses I’ve bought this summer, the Realisation Par Devon mini dress. I did do a panic order on this, mainly because I don’t own any mini dresses and I knew how hot in was going to be, but this has become one of my firm favourites as it fits so well! It is short, but the way it fits just makes me feel so good when I wear it.

I do love an all white outfit on holiday, especially when I’ve got a bit of a tan! Which tbh I didn’t tan as much as I’d like to since we only had four days and it usually takes me at least a week as I’m dead careful not to burn. Anyway, the top dress was a gift from Neon Rose (and is now on sale FYI) and the linen two piece is also by Faithfull and was one of my favourite outfits to wear on holiday! Accessory wise I’ve got my Kokotala earrings and Roop white satin bag, I brought both my Roop bags with my and they were perfect for holiday as they fit in my hand luggage and were great for both the beach and at night. These Chloe woody sandals have definitely now got their cost per wear, I practically live in them!

Now, let’s talk swimwear. I brought three options with me-two bikinis and a swimsuit (as a swimsuit is great if you get a little burnt and need to cover up more. This an amazing vintage pink floral 80s one I found on Lucid Voyage. I was so scared it wouldn’t fit me but I just love how it looks. I love a vintage print or vintage swimwear. I just purchased my first Hunza G – which is the Jean lilac bikini in the second photo- and let’s just say it won’t be the last ! They fit like an absolute dream, and I’m so in love with the colour, ALSO…the bikini bottom is high which I’ve not tried before, but is actually so flattering. Plus they’re all handmade in London too. I layered it with my Sezane gingham shorts, which are the perfect fit if you have wide hips and a small waist, and my Massimo Dutti lilac linen shirt.

And lastly (and a very cute beach look if i do say so myself) consists of a bucket hat from Camilla Ashley, bikini from Faithful (sadly sold out now), skirt from Taar Wiloughby, and sandals from last year c/o Nanou Beach,which are the comfiest sandals I own, apart from the Chloe’s. I wore them everyday to the beach. The sunglasses in all three are from Gucci but I can’t find them online so I’ll link similar below.

Right, last but not least, as I feel like this post has gone on forever now, are these two pretty floral looks. Both the lilac headscarf and floral maxi in the first photo are vintage, but the second dress is from great sustainable brand Nobody’s child, and also comes in a short version too. They have some really really pretty dresses on there at the moment !

 

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I’ve also resurrected my youtube channel too with my travels to Italy which you can watch here !

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Photography: Sophie Anneliese

I cannot believe how long I’ve left it on here, and for that I’m truly sorry. So what’s been happening since June you ask? I mean not that much tbh, Covid has put a stop to most of our summer plans but we did manage to head to Italy to go vintage buying, which meant we could take an extra few days away too, which we were really grateful for, as we’ve not stopped working since lockdown. As the amount of vintage we needed to buy for both the shop and online couldn’t be done over Skype (we’re talking A LOT here-we just had 15 massive boxes turn up) we had to be there ourselves to hand pick it all, which meant two days in 34 degree heat in the warehouses. Thank goodness we had a few days to relax in Sardinia before. Ooh that gives me an idea, I can do an outfits in Italy post actually if you’d like.

Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent now as the whole point of this post was about gingham, and preferably in pink, although I do LOVE lilac too, I’ve not found many people making anything out of lilac gingham ! Anyway…these are my top four gingham outfits of the summer.

1. DAILY SLEEPER

Dress: Sleeper (was via Studio B but sold out) Bag: Rooper, Hair Slides: Maison Archives

Ok my absolute number one pink gingham piece in my wardrobe has to be my gingham Sleeper dress. These handmade linen dresses are definitely an investment, but I’ve 100% got my cost per wear now, I mean at one point in lockdown I was practically living in this ! My sleeper dresses are also my most complimented dresses from girls on the street which makes my heart smile. Please also note my pink gingham Roop bag, never too much matching gingham in my opinion.

2. MOLBY THE LABEL

Pink and Red Gingham Dress: Molby

Next up, we have this amazing handmade dress from Molby, a new discovery of mine but an incredible one, I’m in love with everything Karina makes ! Working on a made to order basis so there is no wastage, Molby in cute print and gingham heaven. Set your alarm for the next shop opening via their instagram (which is what I did to nab this dream dress!) I’ve not got my eye on the top version too.

3. SEZANE

Photography: Beatrice Rigby

Pink gingham shorts c/o: Sezane, Blouse: Zara

Now, I’m not usually a short person, but I thought I’d give these linen Sezane shorts a try, and I’m so glad I did. I love them! They fit perfectly, I’m small on the waist and big on the hips and these don’t hug unflattering on my thighs like denim shorts do. Plus they make my legs look so much longer than they actually are. I love them. They also have a matching top which I’ve linked below !

 

4. DELPHI EVA THE LABEL

Pink Gingham Two Piece : Delphi Eva

And last but not least is this incredible pink gingham two piece from Delphi Eva Design, a brand I found when I went on a gingham instagram black hole. This is actually a bespoke design created especially for me by the lovely Delphi from an existing dress design she had already, as she can custom any of her designs to suit you. Again made to order which I think is absolutely great. I thought I would opt for a cute co-ord because I know I have a pretty extensive dress collection already, a co-ord gives me way more outfit options!

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a OG outfit post on here hasn’t it. It’s been such a strange and crazy few months, it’s really been such a whole rollercoaster of emotions and to be honest I’ve mostly been feeling quite lost and lonely. My motivation has gone out the window and I just feel a bit flat and empty about everything. I’ve felt like I’ve just withdrawn and not wanted to share how I feel or what I’m doing. The flat has constantly been a mess and looking like a vintage shop exploded in it (which technically it had as we had to shut the shop) there’s been so much stress with that side of things behind the scenes that it’s really taken a toll on me mentally.

The weather has also wildly affected my mood, if it’s sunny everything looks a little brighter and I feel an instant mood lift, but if it’s rainy or cold my mood instantly drops and I just want to crawl back to bed and not do anything. I’ve really been struggling. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. The one thing that has really helped me was the fact I could finally shoot outside again-I’ve really been missing that feeling of being excited to create creative content outside of the walls of my flat.

So onto this dress. Actually first, aren’t daisies just an instant mood lifter? This day was so warm and sunny and it was so good to be outside shooting. I just love the lilac with the daisies, they just go so well together. This lilac wrap dress is by a new sustainable brand called Omnes. They’re a new and affordable clothing line that creates beautiful clothing that is considerate to the planet too. And this dress is just so lovely in real life too. They only use quality fabrics that are grown, sourced and manufactured responsibly, and they use digital textile printing (which saved over 40 billion litres of water in 2019) Their whole collection is just lovely, timeless classic staple wardrobe pieces and there’s something for everyone. you can view the whole collection here, I just love the lilac skirt in the same print as the dress. I’m so excited to see more from this brand ! And I’ve become a complete lilac convert too. You can read more about their sustainability here.

Dress gifted from Omnes

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On the theme of both lilac and sustainability I’ve rounded up some of my favourite lilac pieces below.

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Over the past week I’ve discovered some incredible Black owned businesses that I wanted to share in a blog post in more detail, to amplify and support these incredible businesses, and I wanted to expand on these in more detail, plus giving you all the links so you can shop. If you’ve followed me for a while you know I own a vintage shop, so it gives me so much joy when I find other incredible vintage stores to share with you, plus sustainable brands too of course! Which is why I think you’ll love the below brands as much as I do. I’ve already made a few purchases and I can’t wait to buy more.

Maison Archives

Maison Archives instagram 

This is literally my new favourite shop-I want everything on there! It’s hair clip heaven, I immediately ordered all the shell clips, but there’s so many to choose from, plus some seriously cute headbands, scrunches, hair bows bags, and jewellery too. So in love with all my new shell clips (you know how much I love shells), I got this, this and this, can’t wait to shoot them soon. Shop everything here

Brother Veilles

Brother Veilles instagram 

Ok… not officially a new discovery, but I’ve been following Brother Veillies for years, I am obsessed. I’ve wanted their yin yang boots for as long as I can remember, every single pair of shoes that make I fall in love with. Oh plus all their bags too. Everything is sustainable and handmade across the world. One day I’d love to visit their New York store, but in the meantime I’m saving for these mules.

Circantiques

Circantiques instagram

What an absolute treasure trove. Circantiques is an Etsy shop full of treasure run by Megan, who has such a good eye. There’s such beautiful antiques in her shop along with some hand picked vintage clothing too. I mean just LOOK at that 1930s velvet dress, it’s incredible. Plus on her instagram her home looks like an absolute dream too.

Page of Air

Page of Air instagram

Page of Air is an absolutely beautifully curated Etsy shop based in the USA with vintage ranging from the 20s-90s, everything is shot in such a dreamy aesthetic style, I basically want everything. This is the kind of vintage I wish I could find when buying in the UK. At the moment I’ve got my eye on this incredible 1940s peach gown.

Touch of vintage home

Touch of vintage instagram

A vintage homeware shop on Etsy to add some vintage to your home ! They specialises in mid-century homeware with some antiques too. An amazing selection of pieces, they are London based and currently have free delivery too. Absolutely gutted I missed out on those champagne glasses, how BEAUTIFUL are they !

Earth Toned Collective

Earth Toned Collective Instagram

ETC is a sustainable brand recycles and uses dead stock materials to make their beautiful collections. They are all made by hand, they work with local manufactures, supporting women artisans. I have fallen in love with their puff sleeve tops. Everything is sold out at the moment but I’m hoping they make more soon as I am desperate to own one!

Lait De Coco Studio

Lait De Coco instagram

Aside from having one of the most dreamy instagram feeds I’ve seen, Lait De Coco sell both vintage and handmade items, they do weekly vintage drops on their instagram stories, I would recommend putting your story notifications ON to grab their incredible vintage pieces as they sell out fast.

Elena Corolina

Elena Corolina instagram 

Elena Corolina is pearl heaven. A hand made jewellery brand based in the Netherlands using fresh water pearls to create absolutely beautiful jewellery. I’ve just ordered these hoops, and I’m saving for this initial necklace, because I absolutely need that in my life.

Roop

Roop instagram

Again not a new discovery but one I’ve been lusting after for a while. Manchester based sustainable  brand Roop hand makes furoshiki bags using remnant vintage fabrics and everything down to the packaging is green friendly. I’ve FINALLY got my hands on their pink gingham bag to match my sleeper dress! Everything is currently sold out but there will be more soon, the white satin one is next on my list ! There’s also an amazing raffle on at the moment organised by Roop to raise money for Black Lives Matter which you can checkout here.

Neutral Ground

Neutral Ground Instagram

Neutral Ground is US based vintage brand with an absolutely beautifully curated vintage shop selling timeless, neutral and classic pieces. They source vintage from all different decades and have an amazing designer collection too. The founder Alysha used to work for the iconic House of Halston (what an incredible job!)

Lucid Voyage 

Lucid Voyage instagram

Lucid Voyage is Texas based vintage brand with a mix of hand curated vintage and contemporary pieces and is an absolute online treasure trove. I immediately bought that pink floral scalloped swimsuit! Their online shop is full of pretty pastel pieces at the moment and next on my list is this incredible pink 70s nightie and duster 

Selenas Shop

Selenas shop instagram

Sheffield based hand picked vintage depop shop Selenas has everything from the 70s to the 90s and is basically maxi dress heaven. I only wish I discovered this sooner as everything I want is sold out-you’ve got to be quick with vintage !

House of Aama

House of Aama instagram

LA based brand mother and daughter duo House of Aama is just absolutely stunning. From the products (all handmade in LA) to the styling, to the photography. The items are handmade to order and I’m definitely saving up to invest in this dress, I can’t get over how beautiful it is.

Our Lovely Goods

Our Lovely Goods Instagram

Scottish based handmade brand Our Lovely Goods sells handcrafted wax candles and botanical skincare, all good for the environment as well as your home. And they work with Nigerian artisans for their beautiful collection of homewares. All their skincare is also cruelty free and vegan. All the candles sound like they smell heavenly, I can’t wait for a restock.

Small Needs

Small needs instagram

Smalls needs is a vintage shop on Etsy selling beautifully curated vintage pieces, everything again sells out so fast so make sure your post notifications are on as you don’t want to miss out on these incredible pieces. Again this is the vintage I absolutely wish I could find when buying ! Everything is just incredible.

I hope you like this selection, I wanted to highlight some in more detail over on this blog. If you love the brand but aren’t financially able to at this time I’ve left the instagram of each brand underneath so you can discover more on there and to support and follow them. I’d love to continue to do these posts and I’m already on the hunt and have lots more for my next post (as this round up only touches on some of the incredible Black owned brands out there) so if you have any suggestions too let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

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