Day Tripper || Two Beautiful Brighton Shops

22/05/2015

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On a recent trip to Brighton I fancied seeking out something a little different. I've spent most of my life wandering in and out of the vintage shops in the North Laine area, and so I was keen to discover a few new places. You know, shake things up a bit.

i gigi

My first find was i gigi and although this post is called Brighton shops, it's actually in Hove (I hope you'll forgive me). i gigi is an emporium of style comprising of homewares, interiors, womenswear and a cafe. The general store with its earthy palette and scented candles was so calming I could have whiled away a couple of hours in there. And I'm pretty sure people do.

I left with a Nordic style ceramic pot, a tiny wood bowl and a pomegranate scented candle. Quite a shopping haul for a self-confessed minimalist!

i gigi can be found at 31a Western Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AF.

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Workshop

My second discovery was Workshop; a gorgeous store of simple products and beautifully curated displays. Once again I loved the muted tones, and everything appeared to be well designed, functional and created with care. Products to stand the test of time.

I met the owner and cheekily asked him if his home is as nice as his shop, to which he modestly replied yes. We talked about Cereal magazine, and all the other simple and slow living publications of the moment. I left with a copy of Kinfolk, a little porcelain spoon and a ton of inspiration.

Workshop can be found at 13a Prince Albert Street, Brighton, BN1 1HE.

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A little more Brighton: A Royal Birthday / Summer's Almost Gone / Brighton, Hens and Vintage Shopping

Snapshots of April

15/05/2015

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Pretty cakes in Vienna :: Five sunny days in Brighton :: Quaint fishing ports, cream teas and adorable cottages, that's what good holidays are made of :: Dreaming of Vegas :: There's no place like home :: Watering the plants :: Pink front door perfection :: Lots of Easter treats :: Spending the weekend in Plymouth (my father's birthplace) to celebrate his 70th birthday

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Painted houses and blossom :: I'm forever changing this display :: My niece and I dug up Kynance Cove :: My favourite corner :: Playing on Cornish beaches with my niece and nephew :: Anyone for a cuppa? :: Flying through candy floss :: Hey beautiful :: 'Freedom is a state of mind'

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A magnolia tree on the Oxford high street :: Five blissful days in beautiful Vienna :: A fun day in Oxford with bloggers KatLottieHeather and Karen :: A lack of holiday research means you discover the best stuff when you're not really looking for it :: Finding a giant pink rabbit :: Walking along the sunny and graffiti covered Donaukanal, Vienna :: 'Be your own kind of beautiful' :: The view from the Belvedere Palace where I saw Gustav Klimt's The Kiss :: Peony bushes in the Burggarten, Vienna, I almost dived in!

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A lazy Wednesday on the beach at St Ives :: Happy 70th birthday to my dad, bang on trend since 1945! :: Floral fantastic :: I wouldn't mind living in a mint house :: Sunshine on a rainy day :: Because it's raining outside :: A magical day with Shevie of Fine and Dandy :: Kitsch Wednesday with a gorgeous gift from Shevie :: Leaving Cornwall with lots of sweet memories

As far as months go April was pretty amazing. My family and I spent a weekend in Plymouth to celebrate my father's 70th, followed by a week on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. After a few days back in Oxford my man and I travelled to Vienna and then Brighton. I have to say I fared pretty well spending most of the month living out of a suitcase!

For May I intend to slow things down by indulging in a few pursuits closer to home, including catching up with friends. I hope you had a wonderful month and that May is packed full of happiness and cheer. If you'd like to follow my slightly slower paced May you'll find me over on Instagram.

At Home with Shevie of Fine & Dandy

08/05/2015

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'For a minute there, I lost myself.'  Radiohead

I hope this post will make up for those missing a bit of vintage cheer here on Candy Pop. The photographs were taken when my family and I spent a precious day with Shevie of Fine and Dandy.

I met Shevie on Flickr in 2010 and so while in Cornwall celebrating my father's 70th we decided to pay her a visit. Our first stop was Shevie's Marazion shop called Fine and Dandy, followed by lunch at The Godolphin Arms (good food, great view) and then a walk to St Michael's Mount, including a tour of Shevie's amazing home.

I'll confess I was absolutely speechless and I struggled to take these photographs because there was so much to take in. I've never seen anything like it and the attention to detail in her beautifully curated displays was remarkable. Many of the things reminded me of my childhood, and my mum - a fellow antique doll collector - thought she'd found a little piece of heaven in Cornwall. We both said 'wow' a lot!

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It was an honour to be given a private tour of Shevie's breathtaking home and to hear about what daily life is like on St Michael's Mount. She said at the end of the day, when all the day trippers have departed, it's lovely to enjoy the tranquility and peace of the island. What a magical place to call home.

Shevie can be found on Instagram, she also has shops on Etsy and eBay. More Cornwall to follow soon.

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