Birthday Brunch

This year, my birthday fell on a Saturday which meant I would be working all day. That was fine with me, my main event this summer is my holiday and I am working my socks off to get there. So today , I spent the day with Hollie. We both slept in nicely then headed out to brunch at 1.30 (can I still call it "brunch" at 1.30pm?!). We visited Red Roaster for the first time, after walking past it so often we finally had a reason to treat ourselves. We both opted for variations of bacon and eggs. Hol had fried eggs, bacon and sourdough and I had chilli scrambled eggs, bacon and flatbread. We caught up and sipped our "passionfruit fizz" and admired the airy botanical decor. The food and setting were perfect, I will definitely be visiting again but perhaps for a drink or pastry!

We then headed on to Gelato Gusto for dessert, they do an ever-changing selection of ice creams and sorbets with lots of vegan options. Hollie had Cherry Cola sorbet, which caused be to develop severe food envy. I still enjoy my "99 Flake" and strawberry ice cream. We were then on the same street as my favourite shop- "Photomatic". I couldn't be happier now they have introduced a loyalty card scheme! Every time I visit I use 3 tokens. We had a bunch of fun in the black and white photo booth and an old pegboard. I have some really adorable printouts to add to my collection!

A spontaneous "pick me up"...

Sunday 19th February, I am scrolling through Facebook like most Sunday mornings. I noticed that Nicola is out on the town for Mandy's birthday celebrations. Could it be!? Nicola, is in Brighton!?

I immediately "pinged" an iMessage in Nicola's direction. Next thing I knew, I was heading (bare-faced) into the lanes. Nicola is a perfect ray of sunshine in my life and has been for the last 5 years. She is the best person to pick me up on overcast weekend. To keep with tradition we visited graffiti walls. I love them, in Brighton the walls are like little outdoor galleries. The pieces are ALWAYS changing, I love heading into to town to see what is on show at that moment.
We mooched around for a while and I picked up this cute new tumbler to match a plate I already have. Then we popped into Cloud9 for a warm drink, we sat in the window and watched the world go by. Before long, it was time to walk Nicola back up to the station to jump on her train back home. I walked back home grinning! I just love little spontaneous outings. 
P.S. Photo credit goes to Nicola, mostly. She is a perfect Instagram angel. I wish she would follow me around forever taking gorgeous candid pictures. What do you think, Nicola?

Sketch, London

Sketch... After 2 years we meet again. Back in 2014 I met my Mum up in London for a catch up and dinner. We decided to visit sketch and I feel in love. Everything is so crazy. There is hopscotch in the hallway and moving art installations on the walls. There are themed rooms and bizarre egg shaped toilets. The waiting staff wear PVC and a cup of tea and cake becomes a bit of a party. Nicola, Dillon and I went to London to meet Tom for some tea. Dillon couldn't visit London and NOT see the disco ceiling bathroom in Sketch- so we chose this as our afternoon pitstop. 

We ate in "the Parlour" which is a small room at the front of the building. There is also a restaurant and bar as well as an area for afternoon tea. I decided to treat myself to a passion fruit mocktail and a raspberry tart, both of which were refreshing and delicious. It was the perfect snack to keep our energy levels up for the rest of the afternoon. We all opted for different desserts and Dillon's arrived with an impressive gold foil bean on top (how fancy...). Nicola and I snuck off to the ladies for a cliché instagram session... much like everybody else in there!

It was a lovely conclusion of our time together and I have found some great friends in Dillon and Tom.

What I got for my Birthday!

Friday July 1st marked my 21st birthday! I was very lucky and spoilt by my friends and family, as always. My parents took the day off and we all went out for afternoon tea- I plan to do a post on that too. Unfortunately, I was working the weekend of my birthday so we celebrated the weekend before. I got some amazing gifts! My Auntie, Uncle and Grandad got me a B E A U T I F U L Tiffany&Co bracelet. The heart charm on the bracelet is engraved with my initials on the underside. It is nice to have something special and wearable, I can't take it off!

My main gift from my parents was a pair of RayBans! I LOVE them, I definitely won't be able to wear them as often as I would have been able to back in Los Angeles. BUT still, I always wear sunglasses to drive and I LOVE THEM (did I say that already?). RayBan have a new "design your own" feature on their website and I was playing around with it with my Mum and we created these! Mum even got my name printed on the arms and my birthday date on the case- how sweet!

From my Nan I got some lovely beauty treats. We went shopping together in Fenwick and I picked up a scent I have had my eye on for a while- Chanel Chance Eau Fraïche. I used to spray it on a sample paper every time I passed through Nordstrom. We also grabbed a Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in No. 9 (Nude in Private) which I have been wearing non-stop. Its very high gloss and works well on its own OR over other lipsticks. It is a very subtle pink colour. I will definitely be repurchasing this- it feels so great on the lips.

I had a lovely 21st birthday with my family and I am so grateful for all of my gifts. I am excited to see what this year has in store for me... (apart from a dissertation!).