I was thrilled to pieces to spend the day with one of my favourite bloggers, Sara Delaney, Notes from a Stylist, mooching around Brighton sharing my love of all things vintage. Oh, and did I mention she's also one of the best photographers I know so was an absolute delight to pose for. And you know how I love to pose!
All the photography in this blog is by Sara, apart from this one, & the one of the restaurant we went to for lunch. (Both taken with my iPhone.)
I shared my top tips for successful vintage shopping with Sara, so if you want advice on how to shop old and see more awesome photography of Brighton, head over to 7 Top Vintage Shopping Tips here.
Meanwhile, here are my highlights of our lovely day out wandering around Brighton's North Laines.
Why am I sniffing the coat above? It's one of my top tips, that's why! People often complain about the smell of clothes in charity, retro & vintage shops. So I always have a good inhale and if in doubt wash it or get it dry cleaned.
I'm wearing a modern headscarf, tied vintage style, from somewhere like Tie Rack. ( There's a How-To Headscarf Tying video on my Instagram feed, click here. ) The coat is 60's vintage and from my favourite shop in Chichester, St. Wilfred's Retro & Vintage. The sunglasses and specs are pure vintage, from Trash in Byron Bay. The bag is from Elif Kose of Rottingdean and the shoes are Doc Martens, several years old but certainly rockin' the 60s flower power vibe.
I mix a lot of modern with vintage and it seems to work if I buy things that look retro, like the bag above that is so 70s! However, I did manage to find a great vintage handbag at Beyond Retro, who also have stores in London, so that came home with me!
I love looking for vintage accessories and Brighton is full of little shops that sell pretty things.
Of course, I tried on a few dresses and only found one, at Beyond Retro, the green one below, that was just perfect........for the Spring! I might get away with it, before spring, with thick tights and a vest and a cropped cashmere cardi to cover those not so positive ageing arms!
And that was my lovely day out with Sara. We both shopped, ate fabulous home-made pasta at a little Italian I've just discovered, Cin Cin, clinked glasses and didn't stop talking! A perfect shoot day for two women into style.
Meanwhile, here are the best of the best when it comes to vintage shopping in Brighton. Let me know if you come and we can meet for coffee! And if you haven't already, make sure to sign up for my Newsletter so you can get stuff that isn't always shared here. (There's a little Christmas pressie coming to one subscriber soon!)
MY FAVOURITE VINTAGE SHOPS IN BRIGHTON
Happy Vintage Shopping!