Thursday, 19 January 2017

Oh Brighton...

So I'm sat here, heating on, slippers on and it's dark outside. Now, don't get me wrong, I do love crisp cold weather when it's acceptable to wear a bobble hat everyday and be in your pyjamas by 7 but, having just flicked through my Instagram I am definitely starting to wish I was back on holiday in the summer! 

Last August my family and I decided to do a mini tour of the south coast of England. We started in Dorset, visiting my favourite town ever - Lyme Regis. After a few days we drove to the New Forest and then to finish we stayed in Brighton. Here's a few snapshots from our final destination of Brighton and some recommendations for you!

  On our first evening we had a walk down to the marina. Honestly it felt like we were abroad! As you can tell (unlike our previous British holidays) we were blessed with BEAUTIFUL weather and it really did make it even more enjoyable and memorable. As you can imagine, the marina is full of boats and you can have a walk around the perimeter but there are also tonnes of different restaurants, each with their own little terrace (perfect if you have a dog like us!).

We couldn’t wait to get into the centre of Brighton and explore the next day. We wandered around the lanes for hours, popping into almost every little shop that caught our eye. Safe to say I was exhausted once we had finished! Luckily we stumbled across Boho Gelato on our way back to the seafront and thankfully there wasn’t a huge que! They have every flavour you could think of but I highly recommend anything containing Malteser! 

After tiring ourselves out wandering for most of the day, we thought it would be best to come back to the pier later in the evening when we had recuperated and boy am I glad we did! As you can see the sky was stunning and I really had to stop myself from taking a picture all the time and allow myself to just take in the moment. We didn’t realise but dogs aren’t allowed on the pier (gutting I know), so just a warning if you are thinking of taking your pooch! 

On our final day we decided to steer away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Seven Sisters Country Park. After it being so busy in Brighton it really was a welcome sight to see the country side and the spectacular views. I would highly recommend a wander along the cliffs followed by a picnic on the pebbled beach. It was perfect. (Apart from the fact that all I wanted to do was paddle in the sea but the pebbles hurt my feet so damn much I gave up! Make sure to pack some jelly or surf shoes!)

Hope this brightened up your January for you (comedy genius). I’m sure Brighton is stunning all year round but I am so pleased I got to see it in the glorious sunshine. I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to get away but can’t be bothered with the hassle of leaving the country. 

What’s your favourite thing to do in Brighton?
Would anyone like to see the rest of our trip?
Hannah x 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

2017 - Time to be positive!

Happy New Year! 

I'm aiming to post on here a bit more this year (see if that happens!). So thought I'd kick of the new year with a suggestion. I don't know about you but I find it quite easy to dwell on negative things and don't always look at the positives. Well actually, I feel I'm good at finding the positives when talking to friends and family about their life but sometimes struggle when it comes to my own!! 

So, after seeing a post on Pinterest about finding the good in everyday I thought I may aswell give it a try. As a third year student I already know this year will probably be a challenge so I want to be feeling more positive! Basically, all you have to do is write down something positive that happened everyday and find a way of documenting it. Seen as though sooooooooo much I do is online, I figured it would be nice for me to do this in a more physical sense so I'm using a lovely tin that my sister got me for Christmas and a little notepad from Ohh Deer. Basically I write the date, one or two lines (depending on how good the day was!) cut it off the notepad, fold it up and pop it in the tin. 

You could also do this in a more public way and share something on Instagram or Facebook, or just write in your diary or journal. I suppose you don't have to do it everyday either, you could just write down memories as they happen. For me though, I think it would be nice to open the tin at the end of the year and go through all the good things that happened. It's easy to remember when things don't quite go to plan so this helps you remember all the little moments that you should be grateful for!

I am going to really try at this, we're on day 5 and I'm still remembering so fingers crossed! 
Have you got anything you've started in the new year? 
Any resolutions? 

Hannah x