Monday, 16 October 2017

Brighton Rock

Last weekend, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting a place that I've been wanting to visit for so so long now, and that place is Brighton! I have always wanted to go (well ever since I watched Quadrophenia when I was about fifteen) but have always put off going because of the long car journey. To my surprise though, my mum and her partner surprised me by booking a weekend away there for us all! It couldn't have come at a lovelier time either as after the joys of being back at university had worn off after three weeks when talk of assignments and reading began to rear their head, it was such a lovely time to get away and have a lil break.

When we arrived in Brighton we headed straight to The Breakfast Club to grab some well deserved brunch after the incredibly long car journey *Yawn*. Now this was somewhere my mum had already told me about and I was informed on how incredible it was and as a huge fan of the eighties classic film of which the restaurant is named after, I was super excited to go. And  I was definitely not let down! The place itself was absolutely adorable it had this whole kitsch tiki kinda vibe with pink flamingos, giant plants and even the most bizarre framed photo of pat butcher, it was just so cool! And dont even get me started about the food, basically the place serves only brunch all day errryday which is perf because I loveee breakfast so of course I ordered a huge stack of bacon and pancakes!!

Anyway after filling our stomachs, we then went and explored the lanes of Brighton and I'm not exaggerating when I say I was literally in heaven! There was oh so many vintage, record and indie shops it was amazing. There were also just so many quirky little places and it was just all so cool, its definitely somewhere I can see myself living when I'm older. We generally spent the day wandering around all the lanes, exploring The Royal Pavilion and sipping on coffee in the many coffee shops that Brighton has to offer. I even stumbled across the most incredible indie shop that sold clothes, pins, records, patches and the coolest art prints but all from various different illustrators. It was just so unusual and everything was just so unique so of course I had to pick up a few things from there, including the most amazing David Attenborough t-shirt, I know, I know sounds incredible right.

Another thing that I absolutely loved about Brighton, was the insane street art. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that one of the things I love about Manchester, is the amount of street art that riddles the streets of the northern quarter.  So obviously when I saw some of the coolest street art in Brighton, I was super impressed. One of Brighton's famous street artists 'Minty' had soo many incredible pieces pasted on street walls everywhere and they were just so colourful and creative, it just brightened up even the dingiest of streets, it was all just so so cool!








Anyway, the weekend was just overly lovely and I can't express to you enough how much I fell in love with the city, from its little pebble beach to the most perfect plant shop to the record shops and the most insane street art, Brighton from head to toe was just incredible. I'm 100% going to be returning very soon and hopefully maybe it'll even be somewhere I call home some day in the future.

The Clueless Blogger

Thursday, 28 September 2017

University Room Tour

Ok, so first of all apologies for the lack of blog posts of late.. I really am so shit at posting on a frequent basis! This last month has just been so hectic with moving into my new flat in Manchester ready to go back to the joys that are second year whilst also trying to cram in seeing all of my friends and family before I left and the chaos that is freshers week, it's just been so impossible for me to take a minute out and focus on blogging.

So to get back into it I thought Id kick off with a lil tour of my uni room as all I've been doing the past week is sorting and decorating it all on some very hungover mornings during freshers. Hopefully I can give you guys some inspo for decorating your own uni rooms and making your own cosy little getaways to disguise the ugliness that is student accommodation.

To start with I thought I'd share a little bit about my uni experience just as a lil run down so you can get to know what I do and where I spend my time. I'm currently going into my second year at the University of Manchester where I study BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response. In first year like most students I lived in halls which was an absolutely insanely incredible experience but I have now moved into a house with five other friends and I absolutely love it, theres just something a lot cosier about having your own house with a cute little garden and your own space free to hang things on walls as you please without having to take them down for monthly checks in halls *urgh the struggles of first year*.

In my opinion, making your room into a cosy lil haven is essential for settling in! I think you have to make yourself feel like your at home because at the end of the day you're going to be spending the majority of your year here so you want to make it as homely and cosy as possible. I mean hang fairy lights up; get some posters of your favourite bands; stick photos of all your family, friends and things that just remind you of good memories and even get some lil plants to add a touch of nature for that super calming feel. It really is super important to create a space where you can getaway and forget about them awful uni days you have to endure sometimes or where you can hide and never leave your bed on them hungover freshers mornings.

I mean I definitely always go overboard with bringing all my favourite things from back home to uni with me, I'm such a pain for my family who have to help me transport it all the way to manchester and then make countless trips up stairs to cram it all into a very small bedroom but ah well this is why I love them. For me, bringing my favourite items like my record player and typewriter definitely make the difference; these are just a few of my favourite things in the world and having them with me just makes everything better.

Below/above you'll see all of the ways that I've decorated my room to make it feel that extra bit cosy. Obviously, my room is decorated personal to me so for yourselves you might not be in to going to gigs and may not feel the need to plaster your walls with old gig tickets but this is where you can get creative and decorate your own walls with whatever is meaningful to you.


I hope this has given you all a lil bit of inspo on how to create your own little home away from home because we all know how tough uni can be and having a little haven to escape to makes it all the better! I'd love to hear how you guys have all decorated your rooms to make them personal to you!

The Clueless Blogger

Monday, 4 September 2017

London Calling

So this weekend me and my family went on a much anticipated trip to one of my favourite places.. London babyyy! We decided to head on a little family roadtrip to Cockfosters so we could hop on the underground and take a trip to my all time favourite place, Camden Town.

We headed to Camden straight away and of course spent the entire morning roaming around all the little quirky shops which I absolutely loved. After spending far too much on jewellery, records and artsy prints we then decided to head to Camden locks and find some amazing street food to dig into and omg were we spoilt for choice! There was just oh so many incredible food stalls but in the end we settled for some chinese street food and oh, was I so pleased that we did, it was incredible! We also grabbed some fresh orange juice from the most adorable little stall ever and after taking many a photograph around Camden, we decided to get on the underground and catch the next tube to Notting Hill so we could head to Portobello Market.

Now, I have never been to the flea market at Portobello but I have heard so many great things about it and It definitely lived up to my expectations, I was certainly impressed. The market stalls went on for absolutely miles and there were so many quirky, antique and vintage stalls to look around, it was one of the coolest places ever! The streets were also full of the most amazing pastel painted houses,it was just all soo bloody lovely. We ended up indulging in more street food before we headed to the Hummingbird Bakery to grab some of the most adorable lil cupcakes to take home with us.

Originally Notting Hill was going to be our last stop before we headed back on the tube to Cockfosters but we decided to take a little venture to Carnaby Street, somewhere else I have never been to before! And I'm oh, so happy that we did as this turned out to be one of my newest favourite parts of London, there were so many amazing shops that I ended up spending way more than I should have but oh well I was in London babyy!! I mean come on how could I pass on shopping when Cheap Monday and Monki were standing right in front of me ey?

After Carnaby Street, we then headed back home much to my dismay. I absolutely love London and I just want to spend all of my days roaming around the streets of Camden and Carnaby Street; spending copious amounts on lovely things that I dont need. It was such a lovely little day and the weather was absolutely insane, we truly were so lucky to have spent what seems to be the last of the summer weather in one truly amazing city. I hope you've enjoyed the photos from my little London adventure and I'd love to hear all about your favourite parts of London, I'd love to check out some new places next time I visit!!

 Until next time London..

The Clueless Blogger