Sundays in Sussex: Antiques, Boutiques and Local Coffee in Lewes | Lifestyle

Last weekend, I spent my lazy Sunday wandering around the sleepy Sussex town of Lewes, a beautiful parish known for its castle, famous bonfire night celebrations and proximity to Brighton. If you’ve never been to Lewes, you might not know that it’s also a treasure trove of antique shops, independent boutiques and cafes. You’ll find Mint Velvet, Crew Clothing, New Look and Boots in Lewes, but you’re otherwise shopping local, and that’s one of my favourite things about spending time here. Local business is thriving in Lewes, and you can shop for handmade jewellery and clothing, browse galleries with the work of local artists, and also sample local ale from Harveys Brewery. Here’s some of my favourite stops along the high street.

Doorway in Lewes

The Good Times Homestore in Lewes

The Good Times Homestore, Lewes

After admiring all of the beautiful doorways along the narrow streets of Lewes, I headed in to my favourite store in town: The Good Times Homestore. A furniture, homeware and gift shop, this independent boutique houses some beautiful items that you’d struggle to track down on the high street. It’s an interior design dream and, I have to admit, I’ll be buying many of my gifts here in the future.

Closet & Botts homeware store Lewes

Colourful soaps from Closet & Botts in Lewes

Closet & Botts, Lewes

For some serious interior design inspiration, head to Closet & Botts on the main high street in Lewes. Housing an impressive array of contemporary and vintage pieces, this homeware store will have you redesigning your interiors in an instant. I really liked how these soaps were laid out at the back of the store and, at £3.95 each, they make a lovely gift.

Interior design store entrance

No1 interior store Lewes

No. 1 Lewes, Lewes

You’ll struggle to wander past one of Lewes’s most famous antique stores, No. 1 Lewes. This store is so beautifully decorated, and the antique furniture and homeware has been tastefully sourcred. Wander around the home-style store and you’ll find iron baths, wirework window boxes and large French mirrors.

Coffee and cakes at the Flint Owl Bakery in Lewes

Homemade bread at the Flint Owl Bakery in Lewes

The Flint Owl Bakery, Lewes

In need of that all-important coffee break, my mum and I headed to The Flint Owl Bakery on the High Street (close to The Good Times Homestore). Serving healthy food options, delicious cakes and fresh coffee, it’s the perfect lunchtime pit-stop. I also love the idea of buying fresh bread here – how wonderful does that selection look?

Garden in Lewes

Harveys Brewery in Lewes

Harveys Brewery, Lewes

Although I didn’t visit Harveys Brewery on this occasion, I had to share a photo of the beautiful Brewery shop. Harveys is the oldest independent brewery in Sussex, and the entire complex is much bigger than you might imagine. It’s currently undergoing redevelopment, but it still looks as beautiful as ever. Stop here to sample Sussex’s finest cask ales, or pick up some gifts for those hard-to-buy-for uncles at Christmas.

From Victoria boutique Lewes

From Victoria, Lewes

Opposite the famous Flea Market in Lewes, you’ll find the Needlemakers – an iconic historic craft centre and coffee shop in the heart of the town. No visit to Lewes is complete without visiting this beautiful building at the top of the high street, and one of my favourite, newly-discovered pop-up stores is From Victoria. A local ceramicist, Victoria Turner, sells her beautiful ceramics here, along with potted plants, candles, hand creams and other local gifts. Her ceramics are very reasonably priced, too, and they make for perfect gifts. I picked up two small potted plants for my bedroom and I love them.

If you’re local to Sussex and you’re looking for something to do on your next ‘lazy Sunday’, head to Lewes for all of the style inspiration you need. Let me know of any other hidden gems around the Sussex, Hampshire and Greater London area too – I’d love to check them out.

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Meet the AW17 Trend Your Wardrobe Can’t Ignore | Fashion & Style

Forget fuchsia, there’s a new ‘it’ colour on the block this season and it’s promising to add a whole new dimension to your autumn/winter wardrobe. Unlike the romantic pastels and pretty pinks of 2017’s spring/summer palette, the cooler months of the year have called for a statement shade that’s sure to turn up the heat: beautiful, bold fiery red.

Every designer from Alexander McQueen to Givenchy and Fendi sent their models down the runway in head-to-toe red ensembles at Fashion Week, and the high street has taken note. While patent leather coats à la Christopher Kane might not be the ready-to-wear piece you’re after, there’s certainly an entry point for everybody this season.

A colour that’s sure to elevate any look, try incorporating a bold red trouser in to your workwear wardrobe, or opt for an oversized knit when you’re rocking a more casual style. If bright red is too bold for the office, update your eveningwear with a red skirt, dress or jumpsuit; it’s the perfect antidote to your usual evening go-to, the LBD.

(from l-r, top-bottom): Coast Ruffle Skirt, £79; Topshop Box Pleat Bardot Top, £32; Topshop Frill Hem Blazer Dress, £59; Mango Ring Detail Dress, £49.99; Zara Chino Trousers, £29.99; Zara Crossover Coat, £119; River Island Ring Tie Culottes, £40; Warehouse Crepe Frill Jumpsuit, £49; SilkFred Collarless Jacket, £35.

For more reserved ladies in red, statement accessories make for an easy entry point into this colourful new-season trend. Signature bags, shoes and winter accessories will update your look, while the classic colour won’t overwhelm a pared-back look. Here’s my favourites…

(from l-r, top-bottom): River Island Slingback Kitten Heel Shoes, £36; Mango Chain Leather Bag, £49.99; Topshop Hot Toddy Pointed Boots, £59; Topshop Ring Tie Obi Belt, £20; Mango Zip Leather Gloves, £19.99; Michael Kors Mercer Large Leather Tote, £315.

Statement Trousers: 9 of the Best Spring/Summer Staples | Fashion & Style

Statement trousers make my high street hit-list every season; versatile, wearable and sophisticated, they can work their way through a sartorial checklist in seconds. This spring/summer season, we’ve seen fresh takes on traditional trouser shapes deployed into our favourite stores: frilled hem cigarette pants, oversized striped culottes and lace-up black trousers are just a few of this season’s signature styles.

An office-friendly wardrobe addition, a pair of striped black culottes offer an alternative to dated pinstripe suits, whilst trousers sporting sulty frill and lace details promise to reinvigorate your eveningwear selection. As a self-professed statement trouser addict, I’ve curated my personal collection of favourite new in trousers from the high street: 9 of the best spring/summer staples.


(from l-r, top-bottom): Zara Pearl Studded Trousers, £29.99; Boohoo Wide Leg Side Panel Trousers, £15; River Island Frill Hem Cropped Trousers, £38; River Island Cream Tropical Print Trousers, £40; Warehouse Leaf Jacquard Culottes, £45; Topshop Lace Insert Culottes, £49; Topshop Mixed Blossom Cropped Trousers, £39; Mango Striped Cotton Trousers, £35.99; Mango Striped Culottes, £19.99.


My favourite new-season trouser style is, without question, frilled hem cigarette pants; I’ve seen options in River Island, New Look, Asos, Topshop and Zara, and they’re proving to be wildly popular. I’ve opted for a business-friendly pair in black, but I’m also considering investing in River Island’s gorgeous red pair. Which of these styles is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

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Embroidered Bags: Get the Gucci ‘Sylvie’ Look for Less | Fashion & Style

Embroidery catapulted back on to the catwalk a few seasons ago and it’s not looking to leave anytime soon; spotted again at the recent autumn/winter ’17 shows, embroidery has made a serious sartorial statement of late. One of the designer brands pioneering this trend is Gucci, and they’ve adorned versions of their Sylvie and Dionysus bags with beautiful embroidered embellishments. Oversized florals are juxtaposed against the boxy construction of the leather and the militant Parisian detail, whilst the beautiful blooms sport shades of succulent orange, lemon and fuchsia.

Whilst I love to lust over these beautiful Gucci creations, I can’t realistically afford to spend £2,350 for the medium-sized top-handle bag. Also, if I was going to consider investing in a designer bag, I’d likely consider choosing a more classic bag; investing in a piece which is more likely to transcend the seasons will help you to ensure a resell price at a later date. With my smaller budget in mind, I’ve been scouring the high street looking for dupes for the Sylvie bag – unsurprisingly, high street brands have snapped up this trend and you’ll find embroidered bags, shoes (I’m looking at you, M&S) and clothes in every store you visit. Here’s some of the best Gucci-inspired bags on the high street.


(from l-r, top-bottom): Zara Embroidered Oval City Bag, £29.99; Accessorize Rose Bee Across Body Bag, £27; Zara Chain Detail Crossbody Bag, £79.99; V by Very Embroidered Stud Detail Winged Tote, £32; Mango Embroidered Studded Backpack, £39.99; New Look Pale Blue Floral Bag, £15.99.


As well as these beautiful embroidered floral bags, I’ve seen so many Gucci-inspired bags on the high street. Whether they’re championing the Dionysus-style buckle or the Parisian stripe straps, it definitely appears that this is the brand captivating the high street stores at the moment. I think I’ll definitely be investing in one of these bags soon – have you seen one on the high street which you think deserves to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Get SS17-ready with these 3 new-season trends | Fashion & Style

As the high street sets its sights on spring, you’ll begin to notice the influx of catwalk-inspired pieces hitting your favourite retail destinations: blouson sleeves, laced-up knits, pyjama-style silky separates and oversized shirts. Dramatic cuts and over-the-top shapes are mixed in with light layers; tulle and silk skirts and dresses are offset with see-through tees and structured shirts.

With feminine florals in light fabrics, power-play co-ords or dynamic pieces in ruffles, feathers and tulle to choose from, there’s something for everyone this seaon. But with so much choice, I’ve narrowed down the spring/summer offering to my favourite three trends. Here’s how I’m updating my wardrobe for the new season. Images courtesy of Marie Claire.


Marie Claire Bralettes SS17

BRAZEN BRALETTES

I was so excited last September when designers took the underwear as outerwear trend to a new level, and I absolutely love the dramatic layering that our favourite fashion houses channelled. Bralettes are the perfect feminine antidote to an otherwise brash outfit: layered over structured shirts with skirts or trousers makes for a fresh take on your traditional 9-5 staples. My favourite bralette is this sequin crop top from Zara, which I’d layer over a white shirt with suit pants and sliders.

Marie Claire Statement Sleeves

STATEMENT SLEEVES

I’m a huge fan of officewear, and I’ll definitely be updating my working wardrobe with shirts, sweaters, blazers and jackets which sport some seriously statement sleeves. From oversized, blouson sleeves to embellished styles with embroidery and dramatic cuts, there’s a new-season style you’ll sure to love. I’m going to opt for this poplin frill shirt from Topshop, and I’ll pair it with jeans, boots and a chunky knit.

Marie Claire Think Pink SS17

THINK PINK

If Givenchy and Chanel are doing it, you can be sure your favourite high street retailer will be too: pink is everywhere this season, and it’s not going anywhere fast. Opt for a slick showcase of the statement shade on a shirt or jacket, or clash the colour by mixing and matches various shades in one ensemble. I love these velvet court shoes from River Island.


I’m really impressed with Topshop’s new-season collection this time around, as I haven’t been particularly besotted with their range for a while now. Zara continues to champion fashion-forward style on the high street and other Inditex brands (Mango, Massimo Dutti) also lead the way. If you’re on a budget, definitely head to New Look – their buying team has put a lot into their new spring/summer offering and I think the store has seriously upped its game on recent years.

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Going for Gold: Jewellery and Accessories from Ted Baker | Style

I’ve always been enamoured with the opulent metallic shade of gold, and it seems as though Ted Baker – one of my favourite British premium high street brands – is having a similar love-affair with the colour, adding intricate embellishment to their autumn/winter collection and amping up their range of accessories sporting the shade.

Recently, I was gifted a beautiful piece of jewellery from the Ted Baker collection, and I’ve also equipped my iPhone with a colour co-ordinating case. I’m totally in love with both accessories, so I thought I absolutely had to share both with you – hopefully you’ll love them too.


Ted Baker Accessories

I’ve just turned 25, and one of my presents was a collection of nail polishes and lipsticks from Ted Baker. I’ve never actually used the brand’s make-up before (it’s produced by KMI, if you’re wondering), but I was really impressed with the quality of the products.

Ted Baker Nail Polish and Lipstick

The collection features six nail polishes and six lipsticks, all in corresponding shades. The duo I’m loving when wearing an outfit with gold accessories is this nude polish with nude lipstick.

Ted Baker Make-Up

If I’m going out for the evening, though, I’ll almost definitely update the look with a bright red lipstick. I adore this orange-toned red, and the matte finish lasts all night. On an aside: don’t you just love the rose gold accents on this pretty packaging?

Ted Baker Rose Gold iPhone Case

If you’re a sucker for a pretty phone case, why haven’t you checked out the Ted Baker range yet? Available at proporta.co.uk (the home of Ted Baker’s official tech accessories partner), there’s a whole host of pretty book-style folios and soft-feel back shells to choose from, all in Ted’s signature prints. The AW16 collection has just landed, but I’m loving this transcendental rose gold folio for my iPhone 6.

Ted Baker Rose Gold iPhone Case Open

As if this case wasn’t cute enough already, it opens to reveal a hidden interior mirror which is perfect for on-the-go pampering. I’m obsessed.

Ted Baker Ballerina Necklace

As the newest addition to my Ted Baker accessories collection (I must admit, there’s more), this beautiful ballerina pendant has to be my favourite. I was gifted this piece of jewellery last week and I absolutely adore it. I honestly can’t explain how beautiful it is; I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a piece of modern costume jewellery which is so elaborate and intricate.

Ted Baker Tutu Ballerina Pendant

The beautiful pendant features a crystal-embellished bodice, gold-plated finish with gold chain, pearl head feature and a ribbon-tied tutu. You’ll notice Ted’s meticulous attention-to-detail when you spot the tiny crystals in the ballerina’s ballet shoes and Ted Baker branding to the back. Retailing for £79, you can opt for the nude/rose gold or black/gold version at John Lewis.


You can shop all of Ted Baker‘s pretty accessories on their website, as well as at several concession stores including House of Fraser and John Lewis, and I urge you to check out their tech accessories at Proporta.Signature

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Greenwich MMXV Luxury Leather Accessories for iPhone | Style

As a huge advocate of real leather accessories with an undeniable penchant for luxury purses and pretty phone cases, I was quite excited when I heard about new designer, Greenwich. Based in Brighton but drawing their heritage from the South London borough, the self-professed ‘non-brand’ is quintessentially British, using our maritime history as their inspiration for product names.

I’ve come to learn that each piece in the Greenwich collection is meticulously hand-crafted from the leather which is used to upholster Bentley vehicles, which might divulge that products in this range are a little on the expensive side. At £90, the real leather wallet (‘Shamrock’), is actually quite reasonably priced (I’ve had Michael Kors and Kate Spade wallets which are more expensive, but where the leather used isn’t nearly as good quality, or it’s not even real leather in the first place). The folio case will set you back £80, though, so it really does depend on how much you value your iPhone looking luxe.

As pictured below, I have the Greenwich CHRONO Folio Case for iPhone 6* and the Greenwich SHAMROCK Purse*, both in the shade Linen. Items are available in a selection of premium shades, including Beluga (black), Fireglow (autumnal red) and Portofine (blue), among others. The colour names are definitely unusual, but not just thought up at random; instead, they’re based on the leather shades available for your Bentley. (Which I guess is great, if you plan to match your new purse with your car – I mean, who doesn’t have a Bentley, right?)


Greenwich Folio Case for iPhone 6

Greenwich Folio Case in Linen

Greenwich CHRONO Folio Case Front Cover

Greenwich SHAMROCK Phone Purse

Greenwich SHAMROCK Phone Purse


Each of the pieces feel unbelievably tactile in the hand, and you can instantly tell that the leather is out-of-this-world quality. Right down to the hand-stitching around the exterior to the finer details which make up each item, Greenwich clearly pay very close attention to their design and product quality.

I absolutely love both of the items from Greenwich, however it’s the leather purse which has me sold. The wallet opens to reveal the usual coin pockets and card slots, but there’s an interior device slot which can hold a variety of smartphones, including my iPhone 6. It’s the perfect size for holding all of your important cards, cash but also your phone, and I often use this as an alternative to carrying around my backpack. (I’m currently using a leather/suede mix slouchy backback from Warehouse, which has now sold out I believe.)

Like Kate Spade and Aspinal of London – who are similarly priced – Greenwich accessories might be something you choose when you’re looking for a real treat. What’s great though, is that the fine leather construction of these items will definitely outlive its cost. I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful the packaging is too (think carefully-designed, luxury black box with a map print around the product, wax stamp seal of approval and lots of extra goodies included – yes, really). If not for you, I urge you to check their website out around gifting times. I bought my boyfriend one of their iPhone 6S cases and he absolutely adores it.

What do you think of the Greenwich collection? If there’s any other small British brands you think I should know about, please let me know in the comments below! I love championing infant British designers, so definitely share the love.

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