Friday, 28 November 2014

Brighton: A beginners guide

I've been living in Brighton for the last three months now and I feel like I have got to know so many of the amazing things that go on in this city so I thought I would share some of my favourite things to do/buy/eat/see in Brighton to aid you if you ever find yourself in Brighton and what to know where to go.


Of course we have to start with shopping as being me where else would I think to begin. Shopping is incredible in Brighton and there are more interesting independent shops than I have ever encountered in my life.
Snooper's paradise - This is a junk/secondhand shop in North Laine that is absolutely huge. It is a treasure trove for everything from clothes to records to books to random trinkets that no one could ever really have a use for. You can even buy a full suit of armour! One of my favourite things about the shop is that they have an old Photomatic machine and I take all my friends there when they visit to get photobooth pictures.
Edited - This is a beautiful homeware shop also in North Laine where everything is colour blocked and I want to buy the entire shop. Believe me if I had the funds I would buy everything.
Pen to paper - I have a slight obsession over stationary and if you do too then this shop is the place to go . They stock an amazing array of notebooks and pens and even super cute wrapping paper. It's kind of a heaven for me.


Bluebird Tea Co. - I think this is the place I go most in town and if you have been there you will understand why. I'm a massive green tea drinker and this shop/tea takeaway (if that makes any sense) caters perfectly to that. Although you can buy loose tea, kettles and other tea paraphernalia there I'm mostly interested in the tea which is made to order. I suggest the macha chocolate smoothie or the mojitea iced green tea.
The Lanes Pizzeria - I only went into this restaurant as they were advertising for jobs but I stayed because I discovered you can buy 12 inch takeaway pizzas for £3! That is just crazy cheap but the best thing is that the pizza quality is incredible. Some of the best pizza I have tasted. You can also sit in and have a pizza buffet but I am far too busy for that haha.
Foodillic - This is a health junkie's heaven (I pretend to be one of them sometimes) as there is loads of raw, organic, vegetarian and vegan food on offer in a sort of buffet system so you can pick exactly what healthy food you want to enjoy.

See/Do - 

Go for a long walk on the South Downs - This may be more accessible to me that some people who live in Brighton as my uni is in the north part of the city and my accommodation backs straight onto the Downs. It is all I can see from my bedroom window. However, I think it is something everyone should try and do as the views from some of the hills are absolutely incredible, especially at dawn or dusk.
Go to the pier/seafront - This applies more if you are visiting Brighton as the pier tends to be kind of a novelty for tourists but believe there are fun things to do and the seafront is beautiful all times of the year. I favour the churro stand over fish and chips though. I'm not a big fan of the traditional seaside food.
Dance in Casablancas - If you are over the age of 18 and happen to be in Brighton on a Wednesday night then Casablanca jazz club is the place to be. They have a resident band who are absolutely incredible and they make it my favourite place to go on a night out in the city. Expect loads of pop tunes but jazzed up with a live sax and brilliant vocal riffing. A night not to be missed.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Boohoo winter wants

Boohoo winter wants

I wouldn't say I'm the biggest fan of online shopping partly because I think half the fun is going into a shop, feeling the fabric, trying on more clothes than you can carry and picking out your favourites to buy (or all of it in my case) but there are a few online stores that I definitely find myself browsing fairly frequently, Boohoo being one of my firm favourites (ASOS being another). I can't deny the excitement of going to the post box to find a box of clothes has been delivered.
I was recently scouring boohoo knowing I am a poor student and so wasn't planning on buying anything (I didn't I was good) but I still racked up a long list of items I wish I could add to my uni wardrobe.

Liza embellished strap pleated layer dress in berry
Katie lace trim shorts in black (probably a good thing my size is sold out)
Catherine faux fur pom pom chunky knit beanie
Esmay check relaxed turn up boyfriend pants in black
Suzanne cut out woven playsuit in black
Lorna tiered statement floral earrings
Andie dogtooth cape
Bianca fluffy knit jumper in blue
Jenny clip buckle block heel ankle boot in black

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

October Instagrams

So while I am a bit late to posting the October photos I have decided to post my instagram photos on my blog each month (a la Sprinkleofglitter and lots of other bloggers) as I realise many of you may not follow me on instagram, @katyferenczy if you were wondering, and some of you might be interested in what I get up to each month.

1) The last day of my bleach blonde hair with the blue dip dye. It was time for it to go as autumn rolled around.
2) A beautiful candy floss sunset on the South Downs from my uni bedroom.
3) A couple of the 19th birthday presents from my parents- pink champagne and the Lord of the Rings trilogy in hardback.
4) An attempt at an artsy shot while showing my friend Laura the wonders of Brighton.

1) My bedside table in my room (as seen in my Uni details post) ft Marc Jacobs daisy perfume.
2) A Pull and Bear dressing room selfie showing off my new hair colour and some clothes which I later bought.
3) A throwback to a outfit photoshoot I did with my sister on Poole Quay in the summer.
4) My new running trainers which I bought to use in the gym. I bought the pretty ones to motivate me to exercise more which has actually worked so far.
5) One of my favourite graffiti pieces in central Brighton (before you ask I have no idea what whalefest is).
6) A beautiful lunch with some school friends at Kitsch in Canterbury. The pumpkin spice hot smoothie was the best thing I had ever tasted. It was like hot cookie.
7) Another candy floss sunset but this time on the train home from Canterbury.
8) Some stunning calligraphy by one of my favourite artists Kimi Juan (google her).
9) Brighton Pavilion all lit up while I was queuing for the Brighton Dome to go to Amity Fest. I was significantly older than most of the crowd but I had fun anyway.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

Now I'm going to admit I'm generally very behind on skincare, especially as when I was in my younger teenage years I never got spots no matter what I did so I used to think I didn't need to worry about my skin too much. However since coming to uni in September I have amassed a rather sizeable collection of them due to late/sleepless nights, drinking, wearing more makeup than I used to and just generally being a lazy student so I finally decided it was time to invest in my skin.
My first port of call was to buy a new cleanser. I had been using the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil and it did a wonderful job of taking my makeup off (I've never been one to submit my skin to the terrors of makeup wipes) I realised recently it contained mineral oil which is supposedly not very good for your skin. After hearing many bloggers rave about this product for several years I thought it would be a safe bet and so bought a starter kit with the two cloths.
I am so impressed with this product as after only about a month of using it my skin has clearer up a lot and it just leaves my skin feeling smoother and much more hydrated (the oil used to dry it out quite considerably). It goes on feeling rather like a clay mask which confused me at first but when removed with a hot, wet cloth it takes off all your makeup and any oil on your skin so it is perfect for morning and evening use.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Bonfire Night

On Thursday the UK celebrated bonfire night (a night to commemorate our government not having been blown up hundreds of years ago) and I had been told that the Lewes bonfire night celebrations were a must see for anyone who lives in the Brighton/Hove area so I grabbed a few of my flatmates and hopped on a train (or rather queued for half an hour to get on a jam packed train) to the nearby town of Lewes. I was not disappointed by the evening.
Lewes is a small, historical town and apparently it is best known for it's crazy bonfire night celebrations. There were parades of fire, firecrackers and canons all evening and thousands of people lined the streets to see them. Once a parade group walked past with 500 firecrackers on a string and set them all off at once which was a slightly blinding/deafening experience but fun nonetheless.
After the parades there was a massive bonfire lit in a field and firework displays all across town. We actually got hot chocolate and gingerbread men from a stall in the street and climbed up the hill to the golf course as there you could watch all the displays at once without having to pay for them. We did sacrifice the warmth of the fire though and so by the time we left I couldn't feel my feet.

Monday, 3 November 2014

November Motivation

The last six weeks have been extremely hectic and life changing for me as I moved away from home for the first time to go to uni in a completely different city. My whole world kind of flipped upside down as I left all of my friends (many who scattered all across the country (and even world)), my comfy house I lived in since I was born and basically everything I have ever known. I was nervous as I don't really think I adapt well to new situations and I find making friends really hard so having to live in a 3 storey house with 11 other strangers was a struggle at first.
However six weeks on I feel like I'm finally comfortable and at home in my university life and Brighton is one of the most wonderful places. As I feel back to normal and this is the start of a new month I really think this is a new clean slate for me. One of the things I have been focusing on since I moved is really becoming more of the person I want to be - healthier, more awake, more productive, calmer, more independent etc.
I really think I have succeeded in changing a lot for the better but obviously I still have days where I slob around on my bed with pizza for 10 hours which is why I chose this quote as I'm striving for progress in each area, not perfection as I'm still human.