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For a while highlighters were not really on my radar, for me a bit of blush on the cheeks was enough and I felt intimidated by the application of them, however after reading several blogger reviews back in my uni days from the likes of Vivianna Does Makeup and Lily pebbles I thought I should delve in. 
These days highlighters come in so many forms (of which I've tried many) from sticks to powders but my all time favourite would be the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder in soft and gentle (£24.00). This highlighting powder give a subtle shimmer and I find it best to apply to the brow bone and down onto the cheek bone where the sun would naturally hit. Because of my pale skin I use this also as a bronzer and apply under the cheek bones for a bit of colour and very slight contour. 

The next highlighter and the perfect addition to the Mac Mineralize Powder is the recently discovered NYX Baked Blusher in Chiffon. I am really loving NYX as a brand, their product range is so strong and features a whole array of cult buys. I brought the colour Chiffon and think its rosey hue is a perfect complimentary colour for my skin tone and the shimmer gives an extra highlight on the cheeks. I will definitely be buying more of these, especially at £6.50. 




Last month myself and my boyfriend took a trip to Brighton for a little weekend break. From growing up by the seaside I love a chance to get back to the sea, there is something refreshing and calming about being by the sea and so I was very much looking forward to a break away from the city. 

Whilst in Brighton we stayed at the B&B Nineteen in the Japanese Room which was such a lovely novelty and I would definitely recommend. The room was very minimalist and decorated with Japanese art. Outside the room was a little Japanese Garden with a Japanese bath! Such a great idea! The weekend we went it was a little cold but the water is heated for the outdoor bath so you don't have to be quite so brave! If you are looking for a B&B in Brighton for a bit of Zen/Me time then check out Nineteen Brighton (the breakfast was fab too).


                                               

Whilst in Brighton we wanted to do a little bit of the usual touristy things, but as we have been to Brighton a few times before we also wanted to mix it up and do different things to what we had done before. 

So Below are a few of the things we got up to in Brighton including some recommendations of our favourite places: 

Going on the Brighton wheel - We went in the evening which was so lovely to watch the sun go down and the views over Brighton are a must see. 

Going to Brighton Pier - No matter how many times you have been to Brighton I would recommend a trip to Brighton pier it's such a nostalgic visit, however note; if you decide to get churros and eat them on the pier beware that the seagulls in Brighton have no fear and will swoop on in and nab any snack you may have. So avoid eating outside of sheltered areas - at all costs! 
                                    

                                     



Eating a burger at MEATLiquor - Oh my these burgers.. I cant even explain how great they are and the chilli cheese fries!  These also have a restaurant in London off Oxford St so if Brighton isn't close then get too The London Restaurant fast! 

Going off the main Laines to find what stall/market you may find - When we visited we must have gone up and down the Laines several times before finding some really cool antique stool running out of a garage selling absolute bargain interior accessories.


Eating at Indian Summer – This restaurant does the most incredible Indian food with a modern twist, I will definitely be returning here. The flavours of all the dishes were incredible and the whole dining experience was so well thought out, I would recommend the Indian Summer Thali as it’s a great opportunity to try a few different dishes. 





The shops you must go to:

Head to Edited - This shop is filled with the coolest illustrations, art, gifts and jewellery, they stock some seriously cool graphic designers and illustrators. Check it out. 

Posh Totty - This little shop is full of the most amazing soy wax candles, copper interiors and dainty jewellery. 

Visiting Snoopers Paradise - Being the kind of person who loves to rummage to find a treasure I do enjoy a visit to SP, every time I've been I've found a great purchase, from a beautiful red vintage handbag to some 1960s vogues, it's a rummaging queens heaven. 


Beyond Retro – I am aware that they have a few stores now, especially in London, but this store in Brighton is without a doubt my favourite. For a vintage store, it’s so organised and feels a lot more well laid out than the London stores so it’s easier to find really individual pieces. I also always seem to find great bargains in this BR store and it’s never too busy as its set back from the main laines. 






It was still quite cold in Brighton the weekend we went to visit and so I took this Boden Icons coat with me to wrap up in and it came in super handy, I love the deep blue colour featuring the plaid and the laid back cool of it, it's a great coat for In between seasons but also keeps you so cosy on those days when it's freezing. 











 Outfit: Boots - Other Stories //  Coat - Boden Icons // Bag - Lulu Guiness // Necklace - Alex Monroe

Let me know if you have any Brighton recommendations! 
When the Alexa Chung collaboration was announced, I was super excited, I mean her style is so on point and I love a bit of vintage thrown in with current trends so knew this would be a good'un.  

The collection itself takes inspiration from the archives of M&S. So this meant 80's ruffle necks blouses, houndstooth trousers and silk slip camis. 

On the day of the release I decided to go to the M&S in White City to snap up a piece, the Harry blouse was first choice but because of all the hype I didn't think they would have any left however to my surprise they did and so much more, which for my bank balance wasn't ideal. 

I tried on a few dresses and left with the high neck shift dress,  the print taken from an archived apron.  I love the bright colours featured within this print as it complements my fair skin tone rather than draining it. 

The next purchase was the Harry Blouse in pink (as below) I seriously can't can't enough of the 'pie-crust' high neck on this, it just adds a level of femininity and vintage chic.
Alexa styled this with ripped denim jeans and little ballet pumps in the ads but as I was wearing this for a meal out I wanted to style it with a touch more smartness, so I paired it with black Jamie Topshop jeans, my vintage black chain bag and my white Topshop brogues to complement the pastel hues. 

My final Alexa Chung X Marks and Spencer purchase was the Mac which I thought I wouldn't like but once I saw it in person I was sold. It's the perfect Mac, great shape, colour and quality (I'll have a post wearing this coming soon). 


Alexa Chung Blouse

Alexa Chung Blouse

Alexa Chung Blouse

The Alexa Chung Collaboration with M&S is still available here.