When life gives you lemons, by all means you could make lemonade. Or you could just sod the lemons and change your life altogether! About three weeks ago I found myself in an office meeting being made redundant, which came very much out of the blue (for me anyway). It is obviously ghastly and terrifying to find yourself suddenly without a job, especially as I have personally not been unemployed in the ten years since I got my first job! Now I like to regard myself as a ‘sunny-side-up/glass-half-full’ kind of person, so once I got over the shock of this decision, I started to think about my life in an objective kind of way. And only one choice seemed obvious to me… Move to Brighton! Hooray! As some of my long-time readers may know, although I have frequently visited Brighton over the last 18 months or so (where my boyfriend, Joshua lives) I didn’t (until very recently!) live here. The change to my life is dramatic, and almost overnight – it makes me so happy to be here for so many reasons! So to celebrate we took some very cheesy outfit photos near the Brighton Pier! I’m wearing a beautiful Topshop playsuit I found on eBay as a top, with a vintage cream skirt and that cream vanity case which just seems to follow me everywhere! The dark red sandals were an absolute bargain from Primark – which was unusual for me as I don’t normally shop there.
Since arriving in Brighton I have been pretty much wearing my hair in this style (or something similar) every day! So fuss free and easy!
An over-exposed close up on the beautiful embroidery detailing on the playsuit. The iris necklace was my Nannas, and the sunglasses are H&M.
Now I know what you may have been wondering, sure – move to Brighton, but what about a job?
Well very fortunately I found that I landed on my feet quite quickly there! I am currently working in the beautiful ‘Blackbird Tea Rooms‘ near Brightons South Lanes.
I thought I would take a couple of snaps to show you all just how lovely this charming establishment is…
Owned by two Antique and Vintage enthusiasts with years of experience in running sales and fairs of the ‘old-fashioned’ variety, the walls of the tea room make for very interesting viewing. I love this shelving unit of old food and tea tins…
And the mish-mash china that the tea is served on is adorable too! The main counter, the top of which is made up of old school tables from a science department!
The heavenly (dribble) cakes which are made fresh on the premises by our very talented Alberto!
I’m slowly working my way through the lot (so far the Bakewell Tart and Banana Passion Cake have been favourites!)
The upstairs has beautiful birds of paradise wallpaper, and so many adornments on the wall for you to admire whilst you sip on your cup of Darjeeling!
The more I explore whilst working, the more amazed I am to find that practically everything is antique! Right down to the light switches or tea spoons!
The table dressings are all wonderful, delicate hand-made lace affairs, with fresh flowers held in jam jars or drinking glasses….
Joshua and I getting stuck in to the Banana Passion Cake….Blimey that’s good cake!
And it’s decorated with edible flowers! How sweet?!
Debating another slice perhaps?
And because it’s my favourite, I had to share this framed photo with you! I just love the look on the woman in the foregrounds face, and the girl with the batwing sleeves in the background. Also the couple in the middle about to have a passionate kiss…So much goodness in one photo!
So there we have it! A huge change in my life, but I can honestly say that so far I have loved being down here. Now all I have to do is find my own place (currently staying at Josh’s) and get all my stuff down here! Perhaps then it will really feel ‘real’ and not like I’m just on holiday again!
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