Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

You may have seen from my Instagram stories last week, that we visited Brighton for a mini seaside getaway. Marc and I love to take mini breaks in the UK, apparently there is even a term for it ‘Holiday Snacking’ as in taking lots of mini breaks instead of one annual vacation. I used to live in Brighton, I bought my own flat there in the 90’s, so it is a city I know and love. This time the teen came too, and we spent a wonderful time as a trio of tourists!

 

Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

 

Brighton A City by the Sea

 

Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

 

 

I love to take mini breaks in the UK, apparently there is even a term for it ‘Holiday Snacking’ as in taking lots of mini breaks instead of one annual vacation.

 

 

Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

 

 

The weather was predicted to be bright but muggy with showers and sunshine, a typical UK weather pattern. So, what to pack for a couple of days away at the beginning of the ‘Great British Summer’? Sounds like a good title for a new TV program doesn’t it?

 

Summer City dressing

 

Summer dressing for the city can be tricky. The question is always what to wear during the day that’s chic but comfy and suitable for the British weather, aka rain and/or shine? The answer is a lightweight smart but casual jacket that goes with everything and anything. Then as usual for me jeans and a couple of tops or t-shirts and a casual dress. Trainers and a slightly smarter shoe or sandal. I Actually ended up wearing my smart trainers all the time. It goes without saying that I didn’t buy new, everything I packed and wore was from my wardrobe, old, loved and worn many times before…

 

 

Cos dress Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

 

 

 

It goes without saying that I didn’t buy new, everything I packed and wore was from my wardrobe, old, loved and worn many times before…

 

Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

 

 

 

My Boy took these images and I love them!

When my 17 year old son takes my pictures, he manages to get an urban edge to them, which makes me feel cool. plus we always have a laugh at how ridiculous the whole blogger situation can be…

 

 

Cos dress Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

 

 

I wore:

An A-line dress and black over-sized Blazer from last year, both from Cos and my usual black and white trainers also from last year. My vintage basket came too. After all, there no better place to take a mini picnic basket, than to the English seaside, right?

More gorgeous and similar style dresses from Cos here, well worth the investment, the quality and finish is to a very high standard.

 

 

Cos dress Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

 

 

I also packed my favourite Marks and Spencer’s wide legged cropped jeans, I have worn them sooo many times. I have these in denim and in Ivory too.

 

m & s wide cropped jeans

 

 

Artist Residence Brighton Hotel.

We stayed in the fabulous Artist Residence Hotel and I would recommend it to everyone, especially if you prefer your hotels with an eccentric spirit and lashings of style! I am planning a visit to the new Bristol one when it opens soon, but the old man doesn’t know about it yet! (shhhhhhh)

 

 

Summer City Dressing When The Sun Refuses to Shine in Brighton

Our room even had its own little courtyard.

 

 

…”If you could condense the spirit of a town into one building, Artist Residence Brighton would be it. Creative, bohemian and downright eccentric, a unique boutique hotel in a townhouse”…

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. 30/05/2019 / 20:06

    Those trainers are the coolest!!! Love them with the easy peasy denim dress and blazer… your boy sure knows how to take a great photo too. Made you a cool mum, LOL (you know you are anyway)!! 😉

    Looks like you had a fab time in Brighton. Must get back there some day, I can’t even remember the last time I went…!

    • Ashley
      Author
      31/05/2019 / 15:32

      Hi Catherine!
      Luckily the trainers are not only cool but they are also comfy to wear all day whilst walking around Brighton!
      xxxx

  2. 28/05/2019 / 16:52

    Oh I sat on that lovely beach just a few days ago! I love Brighton too. All those lovely little delicious restaurants in the small alleys! The city vibe is fantastic.

    • Ashley
      Author
      29/05/2019 / 11:10

      Isn’t it wonderful? I wouldn’t want to live there anymore but love visiting!
      Ashley

  3. 26/05/2019 / 23:22

    That hotel looks very tempting and I love your photos! xx

  4. 25/05/2019 / 17:52

    That looks like my kind of hotel, we love something a bit more boutique and quirky. I’ve just been on the site and the rooms look amazing just my style. All I need now is to persuade my husband to take me away for the weekend. I love Brighton but I’m interested to check out the Bristol hotel when it opens.

    • Ashley
      Author
      28/05/2019 / 11:57

      Hi Claire, I love these hotels in the winter too, no tourists and log fires everywhere!
      I cant wait for Bristol either!
      Ashley x

  5. 24/05/2019 / 11:11

    Such a stylish dress Ashleigh. Love it. We have never been to Brighton can you believe, but we have some friends who live there, and ask us to go and visit. That hotel sounds fabulous!
    Alison
    xx

    • Ashley
      Author
      28/05/2019 / 11:59

      Hi Alison
      This small group of hotels are amazing and I cannot wait for the Bristol one to open next!
      best wishes
      Ashley x

  6. Nicole of High Latitude Style
    24/05/2019 / 04:56

    You look stunning in this outfit. Great casual look! Thanks for sharing your post at the Top of the World Style linkup party

    • Ashley
      Author
      28/05/2019 / 11:58

      Hi Nicole you are welcome thank you for hosting!
      Ashley

  7. 23/05/2019 / 16:16

    I love these photos. This style is flawless.
    I need those trainers.
    I love Brighton too, great place to visit.
    Off to check out the jeans as I have been looking for similar.

    • Ashley
      Author
      23/05/2019 / 22:23

      Kara
      Thank you!
      …the jeans are fab I wish I had bought them in other sold out colours?
      I’m finding I really like high waist jeans right now!
      Lots of love Ash x

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