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This weekend in Brighton get walking

Now the full heat of the summer has past, a weekend in Brighton is a time when you can be a little more active. So, instead of just lolling on the beach or shopping, use the city as a base for day trips in Brighton and get exploring.

Devil's Dyke: Popular for walking in Brighton

Devil's Dyke: Popular for walking in Brighton

The South Downs Society has organised a week of walks and strolls across the South Downs – the UK’s newest national park.

There’s fifteen different routes marked out, with plenty on offer for tourists after family weekends in Brighton as well as for more enthusiastic wanderers.

There’s no cost involved and you’ll be getting access to some of the finest countryside and attractions.

The shortest walk is just 4.5 miles, the longest 14 miles. This weekend, there are two longer routes to explore, both easily accessible from Brighton.

On Saturday, walkers will start from Billingshurst Station and enjoy 11.5 miles of Sussex tracks and trails – with a pub stop in Wisborough Green. Those fancying a little more strenuous endeavours should opt for the final route of the week, from Bosham Station via Devil’s Humps for a picnic stop, before walking on to West Ashling.

Visiting Brighton you’ll find walks all week, and for more information check the South Downs Society website.

Budget weekends in Brighton don’t come much cheaper than this, all walks are free – just remember to bring the must-have fashion accessory of any late British summer: the waterproof!

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Gladrags and handbags: it’s Brighton Fashion Week

Brighton has always been a fashionable place. Hotels in Brighton have long hosted designers, stylists and photographers keen to shoot here. And we know the shopping in Brighton out of this world!
So, when it comes to Brighton Fashion Week, it’s no surprise that we’ve got a fabulous fashion designer and pattern cutter, Masato, staying with us in our Brighton bed and breakfast.
What’s in your mix for Brighton Fashion Week?
Brighton is like my home town as my first place to live in UK. It’s a feeling that Brighton gets people’s heart to visit or live. Its my pleasure to come home and show my collection in Brighton.
How do you describe your style?
I want them to be real and comfortable. It would be nice if a girl in my clothes is in the jazz bar somewhere for a night out.
This summer, what’s hot and what’s not for looking cool on Brighton beach?
Doing whatever you want to do on the beach with your friends. Smiling is much better than looking hot.
Seen anything special in the madcap mix of styles of Brighton?
Your one summer styling tip for guys and one for girls:
For guys including me, we must get cool t-shirts. For girls, let’s wear skirts more.
Why should people come from London to go shopping in Brighton?

Brighton has always been a fashionable place. Hotels in Brighton have long hosted designers, stylists and photographers keen to shoot here. And we know the shopping in Brighton out of this world!

Masato soon to be showing in Brighton

Masato soon to be showing in Brighton

So, when it comes to Brighton Fashion Week, it’s no surprise that we’ve got a fabulous fashion designer and pattern cutter, Masato, staying with us in our Brighton bed and breakfast.

Busy preparing for the show, we caught up with him:

What’s in your mix for Brighton Fashion Week?

Brighton is like my home town as its my first place to live in UK. It’s a feeling that Brighton gets in people’s heart to visit or live. It’s my pleasure to come home and show my collection in Brighton.

How do you describe your style?

I want them to be real and comfortable. It would be nice if a girl in my clothes is in the jazz bar, somewhere for a night out.

This summer, what’s hot and what’s not for looking cool on Brighton beach?

Doing whatever you want to do on the beach with your friends – Smiling is much better than looking hot!

Your one summer styling tip for guys and one for girls:

For guys including me, we must get cool t-shirts. For girls, let’s wear skirts more.

Seen anything special in the madcap mix of styles of Brighton?

Definitely the mapcap Jess Eaton! (she’s showing again this year)

Why should people come from London to go shopping in Brighton?

Shopping is not only  about buying something. Take your friends to Brighton for shopping and have a fun. I promise that it will be one of your favourite days-out!

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Shopping in Brighton? Bag a bargain

It’s often thought people visiting Brighton are only here for the sun and fun. Well, there’s another reasons hotel rooms in Brighton are full week-on-week: Shopping!

In the first of a new series we are looking at the boutiques that make Brighton the south coast’s shopping destination of choice!

Porta Bags

As a new business, Porta exemplifies the bespoke Brighton shopping experience. Shockingly, before April 1st 2010, there were no stores dedicated to selling fashionable handbags in Brighton. What! So, its little wonder you find tourists and locals taking a good long look in the window!

Shopping in Brighton: Unique and Boutique

Shopping in Brighton: Unique and Boutique

Where is it?

Situated in Bond Street, North Laines, Porta is limited only by its size. Inside you’ll find an intelligently created layout where bags are featured, not piled high.

Few shoppers enjoy a pushy ’sales experience’. Well, assistant manager David has the perfect antidote to the fake world of snivelling sales mantras: be natural.

Here’s a man who knows he’s onto a good thing: the bags are exceptional quality, in a great location, priced really well and when he offers a word to help, it is to help – he clearly loves his products, so if you want to find out more you’ll be happy to ask – he won’t be pestering you.

What’s it got?

Arm candy

Arm candy

For bag fans – I’m not one, but still found some lovely laptop cases downstairs – there are designs from “Coccinelle” and “Ameko”; the vintage Italian butter leather, handmade “Lie down I think I love you” Sweetheart collection; as well as the ever-so on trend “Nica” and “Mischa Barton” bags.

If that’s not enough, you’ll soon spot funky stuff from “Red or Dead”; quirky styles from the “Zandra Rhodes handbag collection”; Eel skin bags, clutches and purses from London brands “Bobelle” and “Makki” and the timeless shapes of “Ri2k”.

Guys are also catered for with great men’s bags from “Skyve and Tool”, “Simon Carter”, “Ashwood” and the Italian “Giada pelle“.

There’s an equal spread of glam bags (upstairs) and stylish utility satchels (downstairs). The only criticism is of the display on the stairs, with the bags hanging off of the lights.

“I want to make Porta the ultimate bag destination in Brighton,” David told me. Well, he may have already done it!

New stuff?

Looking to come winter shopping in Brighton? Porta’s expecting deliveries from “Nadia Lala”, “Hobo”, “the Cambridge Satchel Company”, “Aftershock”, “Miss Budd”, “David Jones” and the best selling and hugely popular brand “Fiorelli”.

Every weekend there’s a bed in a hotel room in Brighton piled high with designer bags, and why not? Try shopping in Brighton after the nightmare of chasing labels in London; you won’t be disappointed!

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Pride 2010 The Party in Pictures II

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Why Brighton celebrates with Pride…

It's Pride 2010!

It's Pride 2010!

If you’re arriving in Brighton for the first time this weekend you are in for a pleasant surprise: it’s Pride 2010! Brighton celebrates all sexualities, and from today you will really see them all, because it’s ’showtime’!

This is Brighton: it is different, it is special and this weekend it’s the Pride festival. So, who better to explain the delights and dramas of Pride than trustee Geoffrey Bowden, interviewed here:

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Brighton’s Gay Men’s Chorus: Interviewed

Bursting onto our TV screens back in 2008 during the BBC’s Last Choir Standing, Brighton’s Gay Men’s Chorus has gone on to represent Brighton and the gay choral tradition in a number of ways.

Rod Edmunds

Rod Edmunds

Here, on the eve of its Pride performance, Rod Edmunds, the chorus’ chairman, reveals all…

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What’s On this week

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Another glorious weekend ahead; the summer holidays are going on and on! Visiting Brighton, here’s our selection of what’s on this week, enjoy.

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After Gok, Brighton rocks! It’s Brighton Fashion Week!

It's style time

It's style time

This week saw the visit of stylist to the masses Gok Wan, when he awarded prizes at the University of Brighton’s fashion show.

It’s really no surprise that the TV celeb was drawn to the coast; there is so much good fashion in this town and people always travel from London to shop. It’s true.

Well if you are visiting Brighton this week, or are a local who can shop till you drop, you are in for a treat.

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The Pavilion: It’s time for a visit

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion

You’d be surprised just how many people live in Brighton with their families and kids, and never visit the Pavilion. It took us five years to make the trip, and it was well worth it.

The Pavilion is one of the most iconic of Brighton landmarks; along with both piers, it is one of Brighton’s defining pieces of architecture.

If you’re worried it’s going to be a boring history lecture in a dusty old room, don’t be. I was enchanted on my first visit; it’s a fascinating place.

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Brighton Beauty

I’m a high maintenance woman and I am serious about hair. Very deadly serious.

Ladies, if you are dead serious about hair do not get your hair coloured at Rush. I have never had such a bad dye job. The salon refunded my money but I was devastated.

I had a wonderfully inexpensive cut at Topper’s in the North Laines. This 7 pound cut framed my face and attracted many compliments after an insane midnight chopping session left me worried and seeking a neat looking shoulder length cut. 0809 031

I think one “beautiful” Brighton place which deserves a mention is the fantastic Lush. Lush products have all natural ingredients and are so wholesomely made you could eat a bit of your face mask and actually not mind. Try a bit of the slimy jelly soap or a bath bomb for an amazing bathing experience. Everything here is very affordable usually under 10 pounds.

One place any beauty queen should stop is MAC on the lanes. Although the Dame Edna line has dissapeared ages ago, MAC is timelessly good quality make-up.

If you venture further into Hove and need a really good shampoo and conditioner, you can obtain the wonderful REDKEN products at LookFantastic on Western Road. If you’ve just swum in the sea, get something and save your hair from turning to straw. 0809 020

The first Body Shop ever was in the North Laines. It has since closed (there is still one on Western Road). The biggest beauty attraction is Neil’s Yard Cosmetics which has some natural cremes that smell divine.

In terms of fragrances, I buy my Viktor and Rolf cologne from Debenhams. Debenhams is in Churchill Square. I believe this is the best place for fragrances around. You might think the prices might be a little bit high but I looked at my fragrance on Amazon.co.uk and Debenhams had it at a good price.

If you are having a party or hen night, consider having your nails done by Fabulous Fingernails. My friend had a party recently and Joanna did a wonderful job painting the guests. She’s also a lovely person so she’ll be good company!

As long as you steer clear of Rush hair, you’ll have a beautiful time in Brighton.

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