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Weekend in Brighton – the outfits

October 7, 2013

As I mentioned and posted about last week, I spent a weekend in Brighton with the hubby. As we don’t live in the same country, our honeymoon continues! Brighton was the perfect place to spend a nice and full weekend, doing what we enjoy the most – sharing travelling experiences together. This is what I wore, on the 2 days we spent together.

Pleather Jacket – H&M, Sequin Dress – Topshop, via Ebay, Long Sleeve tee and Tights – Primark, Glittery TrainersSpringfield, Cat Bag – Ahcahcum Muchacha

As you can see it was very windy and my hair was made into a mess. That didn’t stop me from having my photo taken in front of this beautiful gypsy wagon.

On Sunday the sun smiled at us and we could enjoy a little snooze on the beach. Headscarf – Zara, Pleather Jacket and Bruce Springsteen tee– H&M, Necklace – Tatty Devine (on sale), Skater Skirt – Ebay, Red Boots – Dr Scholl (via Tk Maxx).

I’m joining the party over at Patti’s Visible Monday, and Judith’s Hat Attack won’t you join us too?


Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

October 4, 2013

On our recent weekend in Brighton, Mr D and I visited the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. We sort of bumped into it, as it is located in one of the buildings in the gardens of the Royal Pavilion. It was a lovely surprise and what we found inside was an even better one. From beautiful paintings to exquisite outfits and lovely homewares from the last couple of centuries, combined with historical exhibits about the city of Brighton, makes this small museum a real gem. I took a few photos of the items that caught my eye and imagination.

I wouldn’t mind having these panels, bed and light fixture in my bedroom.

Chinoiserie, which in French means something like ‘Chinese-esque’, was very popular in Europe, particularly in the 19th Century (like the examples above) and consists of art and decorative objects inspired by Chinese art.

These smiling cats look so happy, they made me smile too!

A very colourful 1970’s tea set. I really wouldn’t mind bringing it home with me.

A child’s Jubilee celebration dress, made of flags. How pretty is that?

On the Brighton themed rooms, Mods and Rockers could not be forgotten, of course. If you don’t know what I am talking about, check out the film Quadrophenia and you will see.

The dedicated ceramics room had some very interesting specimens indeed. I found it most intriguing why that Virgin Mary on the left has the name written in Portuguese. Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho – Our Lady of the Good Dispatch, which would be the Virgin Mary making sure prayers were heard by God – she would help “dispatch” them to the Lord quicker, if you asked for her interference. Interesting.

Also interesting and located in another area of the exhibition, was the chamber pot, decorated with the effigy of Napoleon with the latin word ‘Pereat’ which means ‘May he Perish’ painted next to it. Talk about a smear campaign!

The room dedicated to performance art was great and of course, all the sequins and glitters made me go all wide eyed.

What a beautiful 1940’s red dress. I’d wear it in a heartbeat. Wouldn’t you?

How fantastical is this lacy number by Alexander McQueen? Seeing clothes like this, especially in person, convince me that garments can be a lot more than just protection against the elements, they are Art.

Anything ballerina inspired is a winner in my book. I don’t remember who made this one but it’s really beautiful.

1960’s Ossie Clark mellow yellow.

The simple elegance of an Azzedine Alaia black dress. Only when you strip down a dress to the basics can you really appreciate the beauty of structure and construction.

I also enjoy a little bit of excess, particularly Asian inspired rich fabrics like these.

A part of the exhibition featured some clothes worn by locals who are members of several different scenes. I refuse to call them urban tribes as the term makes me cringe. There, I had to say it. I particularly liked the goth items on display.

Beautiful inspiration in the shape of paintings. Who needs fashion magazines when you can go to the museum?

And last but not least, the sexiest piece I’ve seen in a museum lately – capes, masks, mules decorated with bows, ooh lala!

There is plenty more to see as well as a nice cafeteria serving light meals and a good selection of cakes and teas. I definitely recommend spending a couple of hours at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.


Things to do in Brighton

October 2, 2013

Last weekend was spent by the sea in Brighton, with my hubby and it was lovely. I really didn’t want to leave! Brighton has so many things to see and do, if you choose to travel there for a “dirty weekend” or just to enjoy the sights. If you are lucky it will be sunny and you can also enjoy a bit of relaxation on the beach, listening to the sound of the waves. I arrived on Friday night and left on Sunday and although we didn’t get to stay for too long, it was enough to see and do a few things. Here’s a few illustrated suggestions of what you too can do:

You can walk along the beach and take in the views of the sea.

Enjoy the lovely architecture on the sea front. Mr D and I are Art Deco aficionados so we end up playing ‘Spot the Art Deco Building’ game.

Watch the seagulls. There’s so many of them everywhere and they are very lively!

Go on the ferris wheel to enjoy a whole new different perspective of Brighton, narrated by Steve Coogan. It cost us £18 for the both of us but as it wasn’t too busy we got to go around a few times and you get to see stunning views like the one below:

Go walking on the Pier (seen above) and get some candy from the old little shops. I love the fact that the quaint shops and the whole structure are still original.

Have your fortune read in the tarot cards while sitting inside a gypsy cart.

Take time to wander the streets and lanes. There’s plenty of interesting details everywhere as well as all types of shops and foods.

Visit the Royal Pavilion, built in the Indo-Saracenic style that was popular in India throughout the 19th century.

Walk around the Pavilion, enjoy the lovely gardens and see the little animals.

Enjoy the beautiful and colourful flowers in the gardens, before visiting the Brighton Museum & Art Galleries. More on that on my next post.

Say hello to nice and beautiful kitty cats. As a future crazy cat lady this is obviously a point of attraction.

 Look for the interesting graffiti scattered around town. There’s lots of beautiful street art everywhere!

If it’s sunny, lie on the beach and take a nap. It’s the best way of recharging your batteries ever.

Look for the pretty pebbles at the beach.

Buy a colourful plastic toy to take home with you as a souvenir!

We didn’t want to leave but the time came eventually. Before you do, take some time to appreciate the beautiful 19th century iron work on the train station’s structure.

There is plenty more to see and do, if you have more time. There are lots of restaurants and bars, with affordable choices that won’t leave you wanting for more. Have you been to Brighton yet? What is your favourite thing to do there?


My 5 top places I’d love to go back to.

June 5, 2013

If you’ve been reading this page for long enough you know I am a huge fan of travelling. I enjoy going to new places but there are a few that have left a mark or the curiosity to know more about them. Here are my top 5 places I would love to go back to. Which are yours?

New York

So many memories, so many interesting places, so many things happening. It’s the city that never sleeps and where anything can happen. I like to go there to see my friends as much as possible, I wish I could go more often. It is also the city where Mr D and I got married and that also makes it extra special. It’s a very stylish city although very different from London, it has a more grown up style, the way I see it. I hope that the next time I go I don’t get caught up in a hurricane.


It’s my hometown. Although I am not very interested in living there at the moment, I always like going back to see my family and friends. Like I usually say, it sucks to live there but it’s really nice for a holiday. It’s a city with beautiful light, that is one of the things I miss the most here in grey and overcast England. You can go out and stay out until the wee hours of the night dancing. Dining out is also great- there’s always really good food and not too expensive. And did I mention my friends? It’s the best part! If you are visiting in the Summer don’t forget your sandals and light dresses, it gets really hot and not all places are blessed with AC.


As some of you might remember, I went there last year to visit my friend Sofia. I didn’t stay for too long (it was just a couple of days) but I fell in love with the city. The streets and canals are beautiful and quaint, with so much history and details to look at (as well as a lot of extremely good looking men).  I also thought it was fascinating that everyone goes everywhere on bicycle. It was the perfect city to shop vintage, with a large variety of shops on offer and affordable prices. I might just go on Venere and start planning another visit sometime in the near future, I don’t think I’ve seen enough of it!

The Alps

I’ve been to the Alps twice, on skiing trips organized by the company I work for. I was lucky enough to work with friends and enjoyed spending time with them there, learning how to ski, taking in the breathtaking views and just frolicking in the snow. I don’t miss the fashions – the snow and the negative temperatures mean you have to wear bulky trousers and jackets but a lady knows when to adapt her style to the environment. I think the Alps made an impression on me not only because of the amazing landscapes but also because it’s where I learned how to ski – which was a real challenge for such an unfit person as me. But well worth it, I enjoyed every second of it and would love to go back.


Apart from Lisbon, it is a place I might be going back to very soon. I loved the feel of the city, lots of beautiful architecture and people. Smaller than London, still has a lot of life and style to it, one of the places I could see myself living in. The pier area is quite picturesque and colourful and one can’t help feeling like a kid walking around the carousels and all the seaside attractions. I remember I had a great time walking around with  Victoria , one of my favourite bloggers. As it is further south, it gets a little more sun than where I live and that’s a winner in my book. There are a lot of stylish people around and it’s really refreshing to see what they wear. There are also a lot of quirky and vintage shops, you’ll have a hard time picking just one place to spend your £££.