Monday, 5 April 2010

Brighton.

I wound down the window and the car's, now thick, atmosphere was interrupted with a sharp burst of seaside air and a beat of a drum, which was playing to the traffic from a small festival occupying the grassy side to the promenade. We seemed to have been trapped inside this synthetic cocoon for hours in the trundling traffic constantly being mocked by the glistening sea, cloudless sky and glimpses of cobbled lanes, so it was a great relief when we finally squeezed into a parking space after all members of the famliy being on car-park-space-spotting duty from the moment we arrived in Hove.

Ever since we were first recommended to visit Bill's, we had gone back every single time we visit Brighton because it is just the coolest place ever. The "produce store" with lined shelves, hanging garlic, black boards and rustic tables and chairs is accompanied by great hearty food which equals a lively atmosphere and a great lunch out; it is no wonder we are always coming back!






I tried to choose the pictures which most capture the atmosphere of the place, but it difficult to achieve the smells and sounds in the relatively simple medium of photography.

Stepping out of Bill's, feeling positively fit to burst, even without devouring one of their increible desserts, and, perchance, glancing to the right, we saw Beyond Retro, in all it's yellow glory. Crossing the threshold was a moment to remember; the hightened ceilings, rails upon rails bulging with vintage delights and mannequins lining the tops of the shelves... It was even better than the London store.
After purchasing a mint slip and black bow, we wandered back down the lanes to home...


A beautiful end to a beautiful day...

Olivia x x x x

17 comments:

Phoebe.Madeleine said...

I love the fact you described the car as cocoon. We go in like caterpillrs nd come out like butterflies! aha. i'll shut up now.

Carly said...

I have to visit Bills, you made it sound perfect. I love your outfit, very quirky yet cute.

Carly x x

www.dressedupdown.blogspot.com

I'm following you, also 'if you so desire please follow me' to. x

MariamLovesJLS. said...

HAHAHAHHAHAH PHOEBE.

jessica danielle. said...

Looks like you had tons of fun! That Bill's place looks delightful. I've always wanted to go to Brighton! So beautiful...

I love what you're wearing too, those boots are incredible!

-Jess

Aya Smith said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! That smoothie has me drooling, and you both look so adorable in the last photos! :D

You look amazing!!! What a beauty! I love your dress, what an amazing color against your skin :)

Love,
Aya ♥ StrawberryKoi.blogspot.com

Mary Lee said...

that first paragraph is actually amazing. you should be an author or something. haha. it's so cute how you and phoebe are always wrapping your arms around each other :) and i love your new hair :)

MEL IS said...

i spent my childhood in brighton
love your blog sweetie :)

http://poorlittlerichchick.blogspot.com/

vickileestyle said...

I love what Phoebe's wearing. I love Brighton, our year went there for ABV day last year and it was amazing but we didn't get to go to any vintage shops. :(

Mary Lee said...

i awarded you with a sunshine award :)

Katie Mills said...

Love the pictures from Bill's... so retro yet cozy!
Cute blog!

- Katie
http://littleprgirl.blogspot.com/

Harry McKinley said...

I'm ashamed to admit I have never been to Brighton but these are gorgeous, certainly much more tempted.

bekster said...

i love coffee shops, stores, streets like those
cant wait for europe this summer.
I could totallyt see myself hanging in places like these :)

http://squishingmushrooms.blogspot.com/

Phoebe.Madeleine said...

Thank you Vicki :)
the beyond retro is amazing.

RedRose said...

Bills!
You look gorgeous in your pictures and I am really wanting to go to bills now!

beeble said...

looks like an amazing place, love your lipstick. which shade and brand is it?
cant beleive theres a beyond retro in brighton, i gotta go next time! x

olivia parker said...

Bills looks great.
Love your lipstick and bag.
Beyond Vintage looks lovely - wish I lived over by you ):

kiss, s.

www.olivia-parker.blogspot.com

lady stardust said...

looks absolutely divine!
i love your outfit :)

cute blog btw!

lady stardust x