Hello lovelies! I hope you’re faring well so far. The year is running as quickly as ever. I say this every year but it never gets old!
It’s been a while I posted on here right? Well, I’ve been hanging a bit more on Youtube that’s why. So please go subscribe to my YouTube channel so you’re up to date with everything going on with me!
Anyway, let’s get straight to today’s post. As you can already tell, it’s about my recent trip to Brighton. If you’ve been following me for a long while or have read my About me page, then you’d know that I studied at University of Sussex which is in Brighton. So I’m always excited to go back to the vibrant city. I have so much fond memories in Brighton, it will always hold a dear spot in my heart.
I bounded off to Brighton last week to do research for the second book I’ll be writing. I had a contact who was helping me get access to the industry I wanted to research, and being me, I decided to use the opportunity to knock several birds with one stone. I ended up having a jolly good time, getting successful leads for the book and creating content for my Youtube channel, this blog and social media. What a multi-tacker huh? I know 🙂
I had booked my night’s stay at an Airbnb, so as soon as I got to Brighton, my first stop was to buy a few things from the supermarket that I’d have for breakfast the next day.
I had invited my friend Dami who’s a filmmaker to accompany me and quite smoothly, we embarked on a mini photoshoot session in the supermarket.
Afterwards, I lead the way to the Royal Pavilion which is a magnificent masterpiece just at the end of North Street which is the high street in Brighton. I won’t say anymore, I’ll leave the pictures to do the talking.
An hour or so later, we decided to take a break and get a light lunch before heading to the Airbnb accommodation to check in. I also went into the toilet at the restaurant to change into an outfit I had carried along for creating style posts on this blog. After hot chocolate and a dessert, we walked back out into the cold air and did another mini photoshoot. Loves, I went prepared. I had a list for looks and scenes I wanted captured. I kid you not!
Anyway, finally at our Airbnb accommodation we chilled out, had a good chat and later ordered dinner from my favourite Indian takeaway in Brighton- Bhindis! I always get their butter chicken curry with rice and a starter of chicken chat puri. Trust me, it never disappoints. I’ve tried the butter chicken curry at several other places and I’m always left disappointed. So whenever I’m in Brighton, I always order from Bhindis. It’s really good. After filling our bellies, we relaxed a bit before getting ready for the main reason for why I was in town- research at the clubs!
I washed my face and re-applied my makeup, wore my finest vintage shirt, a wet look leggings and a heeled boots. That’s one of the things I love most about Brighton. You don’t have to be pretentious there. Come as you are. No faux glamorous persona needed.
The night was successful and being the old woman that I now am, I headed back to our accommodation around 2am. I was feeling sleepy and had no other reason to stick around.
The next day, we checked out, but not before sneaking in another good photoshoot session! I was reading the Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi at the time and I wanted some images of me with the book, so the stage was set. You like?
Just 2 minutes away from our Airbnb was the beach, so we dragged ourselves and luggages towards the sea. As per usual English weather, it began pouring, but we headed on nonetheless. When we got to the beautiful beach huts, I took off my coat like it wasn’t cold and started another round of poses. It was worth it I’ll say. I mean look at the beautiful pictures of me trying to look happy like it was summer or something.
Having had enough of the weather, I had to cut short the poses I wanted on the beach and headed back into town. We took shelter at a cafe while I scheduled my interview with my first interviewee for my second book! The start to a great adventure I must say. I’m really excited to meet the people I would on the way to creating this passion project of mine and I hope you’ll stick around to see the end result.
When the rain stopped, we headed into the Laines, a cluster of bendy roads and alleyways filled with unique shops, boutiques, antique and jewellry stores. The Laines is definitely one of the most exciting streets in Brighton. One not to be missed if you ever go. We got to experience an impromptu tour of Choccywoccydoddah.
Hours later, I had finished with my interviewee and was making my final stop to the one and only Brighton Pier! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to spend as much time there as I’d have liked because time wasn’t on our side. We had a coach to catch back to London. So we did a quick look around, took pictures and headed towards the coach station.
Another 2 hours or so later, we were back in London and I was wishing the trip wasn’t yet over 🙁
It really felt like a holiday being away for a night and I’m hoping to do more small getaway trips as it was so much fun and relaxing not having to be on my laptop working on one thing or the other. For the first time in years, I didn’t travel with my laptop. I was working, yes, but living life just as much!
Here’s to more stress free days in the future.
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Until next time, love & adventure,