A Day by The Seaside04:11
In the sweltering summer heat that England has been experiencing over the last few weeks, sometimes there is nothing more tempting than to hop on a train with good friends and visit the seaside. This is exactly what me and my companions of choice, Sonia and Aimee, decided to do yesterday with our destination of choice being Brighton. Famous for it's thriving and all-embracing social scene, array of eccentric boutiques and postcard perfect backdrop, Brighton proved just the ticket to provide summer fashion inspiration and an amazing day out with my favourite people. Me and Sonia made it our mission to introduce Aimee to one of our favourite joints, Yo! Sushi, a nationwide chain of Japanese restaurants that is high on kooky charm (dishes served on a revolving conveyor belt and chefs preparing food in front of you, anyone?) and low on prices. If you're ever in Brighton, I recommend popping into Yog which is a small yet sweet shop just off the seafront on East Street serving zero fat probiotic frozen yogurt which you can customize to your own personal tastes with it's superb range of toppings from fresh fruit to indulgent chocolates. Shopping wise, all of us had our first ever Kensington Gardens experience which we stumbled upon on our way to get lunch. The area is overflowing with independent businesses from inviting looking cafes to retro record stores, but my personal favourites were the vast array of vintage stores. To Be Worn Again is noticeable by it's rack of cheap printed shirts outside but upon stepping inside there is a huge variety of everything from sparkly evening dresses to basketball jerseys and faded Disneyland sweatshirts in a rainbow of colours. Big props to the sales associate who was working behind the till and pulled off rockabilly in true style. I made my first purchase of the day at Beyond Retro, a shop easy to miss due to it's backstreet location but definitely worth visiting. Stepping inside from the rather desolate exterior, you encounter an Aladdin's cave of vintage delights in a unique warehouse setting. I picked up a just-long-enough tartan skirt for £16 that I know I will get my money's worth from in the coming season. We spent the rest of the day relaxing on the beach (shoutout to Sonia for getting fully in the sea while we loitered at the water's edge) and taking a leisurely stroll around the rest of the town until it was time to travel back home. I also purchased a pair of floral boat shoes from the Urban Outfitters sale which I decided to bite the bullet and buy after pondering for ages. Good job I bought them as they're absolutely wonderful, you can see a photo on my instagram.
Aimee is wearing a dress from River Island, shorts customized from old jeans, shoes from George and sunglasses from a market.
Sonia wears a skirt and camisole from Topshop, sunglasses from River Island and sandals from BHS.
I wear a crop top from Vera Moda, shorts, sunglasses and necklace from Topshop, high top Converse from Office and an H&M swimsuit.