In Guide LIFESTYLE

A Guide: Brighton

Sooo, I finally visited Brighton!!
After wanting to visit the quirky little seaside town for about a year now I finally did it and, can I say, the 2 hour train journey was worth it! I took loads of photos because Brighton is just that picturesque and wanted to share a few tips that might be useful should you decide to pay Brighton a little visit (which you should by the way).
Also! I never (EVER)  show my face in my blog posts but here it is :)
#1 GET THERE EARLY

We got there in the late morning and even then it was already quite busy. Get there early to take uninterrupted photos by the pier and at the "beach" (there's no sand btw, just stones) before it gets busy. Getting there early also allows for you to have time to go around and take creative photos and then plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sights through your own eyes rather than a camera later on.
Royal Pavilion- check it out: Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1EE

#2 HOLD YOUR VALUABLES WITH A 'DEATH GRIP' ON THE PIER

So when you actually get on the pier, some of the planks have gaps in between them with the pier being over the water so it's important to make sure that you're holding unto everything tight or keep it all in your bag. I kept my phone in my back trouser pocket the whole time unless I wanted to take a quick photo.

#3 WATCH OUT FOR THE SEAGULLS

When I tell you that the seagulls will try to take your food away from you I mean that the seagulls 100% WILL attempt to snatch your food. They will literally hover over you if you've got food so beware!


#4 CHECK OUT SOME OF THE ART

 When it comes to Brighton, art is literally everywhere from a wall to a postbox. From creative and abstarct art to graffiti art, there's something out there for everyone. We treated finding the art works as a scavenger hunt which made it really fun!
Graffiti wall- check it out: Trafalgar Lane, Brighton, BN1 4EH

#5 TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS

There's much to see and so many places to explore

THE LANES

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1 CORINTHIANS 13:13


-JVA

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In Inspiration LIFESTYLE

TWENTY

So today is my birthday and I've turned 20. Yesterday I wrote a blog post about my feelings concerning leaving my teenage years and, not gonna lie, it was a pretty angry post. But today I woke up feeling so immensly grateful and blessed. So I thought I'd have another go at writing this blog post. Yesterday's one was pretty poetic because I was REALLY emotional but I'm afraid this one won't be quite as good haha.

As I leave my teenage years behind I also leave behind all the pain I've felt and the mistakes I've made. But into this new decade I bring all the happy and joyful memories such as passing my driving test and getting into uni. I'm extremely grateful for my family and friends who have stood by me and are still standing by me. Family and friends are soo soo important in our lives, they shape who we are and who we will become. I'm also thankful to God (I'm a Christian for those who don't know) for carrying me all my life and though I've struggled A LOT I've always come out joyful at the end. I want to encourage you guys that no matter what you're going through there is ALWAYS a light at the end of the tunnel. You may not see it now but think about what you've gone through in the past and how it always seemed terrible in the moment. Those times you struggled are BEHIND you. You got through them, you're still here today.

In my 20s, I'll probably still be incredibly sarcastic and will still laugh at things I shouldn't laugh at or laugh at all the wrong times. I'll probably still continue to chase my passions like a headless chicken because the truth is that I still don't know exactly what I want to do or exactly where I'm going to be. I will live with an open mind and heart learning and learning and learning as I go on. I'll mess up and I'll make mistakes but when I fall, I'll get up. Each and every time.


Thanks to each and every one of you who read my blog posts!


ROMANS 8:31

-JVA x


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In Fashion Inspiration

Primary Colours

As a black woman, I constantly get told to "wear more colour". Being a lover of black, white, and grey, this idea did not come easy to me. A few weeks ago, the phrase "you should wear more colour" became more and more frequent to the point where I bought an item of clothing in the colour yellow  (a colour I had not worn since I was 13), just to get everyone to stop telling me to wear colour. So I bought it and...I loved it. I instantly saw that everyone was right. I saw that colour not only complimented my skin tone, but made me feel good about myself too. It empowered me and quite literally brightened my day. Of course I know that not all colours suit me but I thought I'd start with primary colours.
For this blog post I wanted to inspire you to wear more colours because it really does brighten your day. I'm taking it back to the basics.

B L U E
The colour of the sea and sky. Often associated with depth and stability.

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R E D
The colour of fire. Often associated with strength, determination, power, and love.

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Y E L L O W
The colour of sunshine. Often associated with happiness, joy, and energy.

#1


#5

G R E E N
The colour of nature & life. Often associated with growth, harmony, freshness, and saftey.

#1
Bardot off-the-shoulder batwing top // Urban Outfitters 

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MATTHEW 19:26

-JVA

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