6 Reasons to Move to Brighton

6 Reasons to Move to Brighton

For those of you who don’t know, I moved to Brighton this summer. It’s an amazing place to be, and here as just some of the reasons why I love living here.

1. The beach

This is an obvious one, but the beach really is a great perk of living in Brighton. Yes, it’s a pebble beach, but it’s still lovely. In the summer, it’s lovely to go for a dip in the sea and swim about without a care in the world, visit the pier, and bask in the sun on the smooth stones. Living just a few minutes from the seafront is one of my favourite things about being in Brighton.

2. Independent shops

I love small and independent businesses, and Brighton is full of them. There is so much to fall in love with, with an array of shops to suit everybody peppered throughout the city. You can find big stores like Topshop and H&M anywhere, but finding one-off pieces for your home or wardrobe in a little independent shop is truly unbeatable.

3. The food

There are so many amazing restaurants and cafes here, and they cater to everybody. The amount of vegan found in particular is just overwhelming. I never thought I would be so spoilt for choice with cakes, donuts, and ice cream as a vegan, but I really am. The vegan choices here extend far beyond falafel and hummus, and there are so many delicious and unique dishes to try everywhere you look.

4. Lack of social pressure

Since I moved to Brighton, I’ve binned off bras, makeup (except for special occasions), and regular shaving. Because the thing is, nobody here cares. They don’t judge you for those things – everyone is just doing their own thing, and all social pressure just falls away. I no longer feel the need to cover up my unshaven legs, cake on the makeup, or wear an uncomfortable push-up bra every day. It’s liberating, and I’ve never felt so comfortable in my own skin.

5. The people

As a northerner, I typically found southern cities pretty hard to adjust to purely because southerners aren’t really ones for talking to strangers. But Brighton is different. Everyone is genuinely nice here. They talk to each other and help each other out. It’s like the north, but on the south coast.

6. It’s close to London

I’m not London’s biggest fan, but I can’t deny that it’s convenient to live nearby. An hour on the train gets me right to the centre of London, which is lovely for a day out, a gig in the evening, museum trips, or even shopping.

I can’t deny that Brighton isn’t the cheapest city to live in, but its pros far outweigh the cons, and I don’t think I’ll ever be bored of living here.

Any questions? Drop a comment below or send me a tweet if you want to know anything about moving to Brighton!

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Best Finds: Wilko Home

Best Finds: Wilko Home

Yes, Wilko is the land of cheap toiletries and cleaning products, but it is so, so much more than that. The home section will have you swooning, and with everything being so darn cheap, it’s hard to say no to all their lovely items. I’ve pulled together a list of fab finds that I’m just yearning to get my hands on, all for prices that won’t break the bank (or your heart).

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This bedding is right up my street. Grey, geometric, cheap. The bedding of dreams! A double set is only £14 (did you gasp just then? I gasped) so grab yourself some fresh sheets without feeling guilty.

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I knew my youth was over when I started to get excited about lamps. But this one is just so sleek. The marble trend shows no sign of dying, and I’m here for it. Pick one up for just £25 and jazz up your living room, bedroom, hallway, everywhere.

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These wire grids are so handy to keep on your desk to add notes to, or hang up pictures and drawings. They’re so simple, and you can personalise them to add whatever you want – it’s an easy way to perk up any room. For only £4, you may as well give it a go.

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Storage. None of us ever have enough of it. This unit is only £22, and though it may not come with the boxes, that means you can customise what kind of boxes you want to pop in there, or you could even use them as shelves to stack up books, plants, whatever you fancy.

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I just cant resist a potted plant. These fake ones are a dream at only £4, and you don’t even need to remember to water them. Pop them on top of the unit above with a picture frame, and that’s decoration made simple.

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Blankets look great draped over the side of the sofa, at the end of the bed, or wrapped around you like a tortilla. I would pay way more than £8 for this – it really is a bargain. The grey is so on-trend, and the tassels are calling my name.  This one is high on my wish list.

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A whole 12 piece dining set for just £20 seems to good to be true. But it isn’t. Yes, I’ve added more grey items to this list. No, I absolutely don’t regret it. This set comes with everything you need, and it’s so sleek.

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Everybody loves a mug, right? The colours on this one are gorgeous, and I love the kind of messy look. Make this mug your new favourite, and get excited about cups of tea again.

If I haven’t convinced you that Wilko is your new favourite place, then I have failed. Next time you go in to your local Wilko for shampoo or laundry detergent, remember to check out the home section, too. You won’t regret it.

Homeware Heaven: 5 Things That Will Make You Want to Unleash Your Inner Interior Designer

Homeware Heaven: 5 Things That Will Make You Want to Unleash Your Inner Interior Designer

I’ve been getting really into homewares recently. Maybe it’s because I’m super excited to be moving into a house of my own soon as opposed to student halls, but I feel the need to decorate everything in sight. Recently, my boyfriend’s house has been subject to my endless interior design desires, and I’ve been slowly introducing new pieces into his bedroom (including two little guinea pigs called Max and Minnie, but of course they’re not decorative) that he seems to be liking too. So let’s address a couple of bits and bobs that I’m loving (and yearning after) lately.

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I have been super into scents of late – candles, diffusers, and incense have stolen my heart. I picked up a miniature version of this candle and the matching diffuser from Next, and the scent is to die for. It’s so fresh and pretty subtle, but it really lifts up the room. Plus, candles are so cute and cosy, it’s hard to resist picking up one or two – the mini candle was only £3, and it burned for a good few hours, so I think I’ll end up picking up a few more in the future.

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Plants are another big one for me, and they score any room some homely bonus points. I’ve flooded my boyfriend’s room with a bonsai and succulents (which may or may not be fake, but that’s okay), and I don’t intend to stop any time soon. I’m lusting after this gorgeous trailing succulent (also from Next) which I think would make the perfect addition to the end of any book shelf or a bright kitchen windowsill.

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I can’t help falling in love with every yellow cushion I see lately, but I can’t bring myself to splash the cash. This one from Zazzle would add the perfect pop of colour to a charcoal grey sofa or navy bed, and the price isn’t too steep either. I’ll have ten please.

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I know that my teenage years are well and truly behind me when I start to get excited about dinnerware. But can you really blame me with all of the gorgeous plates and mugs that are calling my name? The Anthropologie home section is the source of all my happiness, and these bowls are the stuff of dreams. Plain tableware is dead, and patterns are dominating the dinner table.

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I feel like every blogger and their mum has this chair from Ikea, but honestly, I don’t blame any of them. The perfect addition to any living room, bedroom, office… just imagine propping one of those fun yellow cushions on it, or maybe draping a lovely knitted blanket over the back of it, and making it a cosy little reading corner! This chair is going to the top of my wish list when I have the money (and space) for one of these bad boys.

What homewares are you lusting after lately? Are there any websites I should be browsing? Let me know!

8 Things to Decorate Your Uni Room With

8 Things to Decorate Your Uni Room With

Ah, student accommodation. Always cramped, usually damp, and the place where we spend some of the best days of our lives. Although these digs are temporary, it’s nice to make them feel like home. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite things to get your inner interior designer on and help you to settle in.

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Good bedding is worth investing in. Avoid scratchy fabrics that are uncomfortable to sleep in, and go for something soft that will last the weekly wash. When you’re living in a small, dreary student room, it’s a good idea to go for colours to really liven things up. The set I’ve picked out is from Debenhams, but Primark actually do some really great sets that won’t be such a sharp stab at your purse.

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Get a plant. They really help to brighten up a small space. If you can’t be trusted with regular watering, opt for a cactus (or three) like this little set from IKEA. Super cute, affordable, and the pots come in loads of colours so you can match them to your room!

 

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Bunting is a great way to liven up any room, and looks super cute draped over a bed (especially paired with some fairy lights!). These pom pom ones are lovely and colourful, and I’d definitely pair them with that Debenhams bedding. Depop is a great place to look for a few homely bits, so don’t miss out on catching a great deal on art prints and decor while you’re browsing for clothes.

 

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Posters are a classic. You don’t have to revisit your days of cutting posters of Paramore or One Direction out of magazines and plastering them over every free space on your wall, but you can find some pretty cool ones to whack on your pin board. I try to make myself a little corner of things I love to make my room feel like home, and I tend to gravitate towards vivid colours to really brighten up a bare room, so this Grand Budapest Hotel poster is a winner for me.

 

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A lamp might not be your first port of call when you’re scanning the home section for decorations, but sometimes you don’t actually get one in the room, and it’s nice to have a little bedside lamp or something on your desk so that you don’t have to have the mains lights on all the time. This one from Dunelm is a complete steal, and I’m in love with the colour.

 

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Sometimes in a small room, you can be short on space and storage. Getting together a couple of storage boxes to keep in the bottom of your wardrobe or under your bed or desk can be really handy. Chuck in your toiletries or even your socks to free up drawer space. This understated box from IKEA is the perfect size for tucking into inconspicuous places.

 

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We can’t forget a laundry hamper! Sometimes these things can be difficult to hide in such small spaces, so it’s nice to pick one with a cool pattern or with a bit of colour. Pop-up ones are the best for transporting rather than hauling a big basket in the car, so I’m really feeling the Plumsa laundry bag (from IKEA once again – they really do have everything).

 

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Pictures of your friends and family are the final touch to any home setting. Finding cute frames is pretty easy, or go ahead and stick them straight onto your walls (landlord permitting). I really like these kinds of frames where you can just peg the pictures straight on and make your own collage of pictures. This one is a gorgeous copper colour, so I was desperate to snatch it up as soon as I saw it.

Have I missed something off? Let me know what you’ll be taking to uni with you, and how you like to decorate!