Wakehurst fun & my new favourite necklace


Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Neil and I visited the beautiful botanic gardens at Wakehurst place at Ardingly in West Sussex about a month ago when the blossom was in full bloom. The same day I received a surprise wee package in the post and ever since we've been inseparable.

Meet my new lucky charm. A shiny silver wishbone necklace from JewelStreet by designers Astrid & Miyu.

I've never been one for costume or statement jewellery, always opting for simple white gold or silver rings and necklaces. Astrid & Miyu have a unique yet simple collection on JewelStreet's website, polished to perfection sterling silver at very affordable prices. My next purchase will have to be a pair of their shiny wishbone earrings to match. They're a steal at just £29.

For any upcoming birthdays, graduation presents or if you fancy treating yourself I'd recommend having a look at the website and Astrid & Miyu's offering. There's something for everyone for every budget.



Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Outfit: Necklace c/o JewelStreet, Sunglasses c/o GlassesShop, Dress c/o George Asda, Cardigan Urban Outfitters (a long time ago), Scarf - a present from my lovely in-laws-to-be :)

Photography all copyright of Neil William Shaw (Brighton Wedding Photographer)

I ❤ Weekends

The perfect way to spend a Sunday ››


How are you spending your Sunday? 

Mine looks a little something like this. I've been wanting to update my loungewear from Spongebob Squarepants pyjama bottoms and fluffy Primark socks for something a bit more grown up without compromising pure comfort. 

This set of satin & lace pyjamas is close to perfect; more so once the weather starts warming up. They're from the BHS Wedding section, I found them on my internet travels whilst looking for inspiration for the big day. Throwing this Boohoo cardigan over the top (only £12, say whaaat) keeps the warmth in, and makes the look a little less 'woah there' when the postman knocks on the door. Poor chaps. 

Of course, no Sunday is complete without a big fine cup of JING's Yunnan Gold in their stunning glassware accompanied by Lindt chocolate. It's Easter after all. 

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JING tea (my fave is Yunnan Gold)



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Who else loves country walks in winter?


Country walks, hunters & tartan

The clocks went back last Sunday, the afternoons are getting darker and winter is well and truly creeping in. I love it. It's a lot of people's favourite time of year, mine especially.

Neil & I have been on ANOTHER country walk again. Sussex is full of forests, hills and great walks on our doorstep, it seems like we're somewhere new every week. 

Now that we've said goodbye to the warm weather, we initially thought it would be a close on our outdoorsy travels, but I since realised how beautiful it is going out into the country even in the coldest and wettest of weathers. 

We got the Hunters & tartan scarves out, wrapped up all cosy and set off on an hours walk through Devil's Dyke & Saddlescombe farm. Stunning views across Brighton & Hove once you clamber up high enough. We both agreed how doing this kind of thing is such a positive way to end the week and start another :-)

Anyway, thought I'd share the snaps Neil took of our wanders. What a talented chappy he is. He's a Brighton wedding photographer, and now that the summer wedding season is over for him, I'll keep him even busier taking photos for my blog! Stay tooooned. 

Country walks, hunters & tartan

Country walks, hunters & tartan

Country walks, hunters & tartan

Country walks, hunters & tartan

Forest Style, Fifi McGee's outfit of the day!

Winter walks near Brighton

Forest Style, Fifi McGee's outfit of the day!

Winter walks near Brighton

Winter walks near Brighton

Winter walks near Brighton

Winter walks near Brighton

Forest Style, Fifi McGee's outfit of the day!


Insanely good news! (one of those life lately posts)

Insanely good news! Finally bought a home! Read more:

It hasn't quite sunk in yet, that yesterday we finally exchanged contracts and purchased a home. We actually bought a property. How crazy is that. Something I thought would be at least another 5 or 6 years away, happened yesterday.

I'm officially about to become one of those 'umm, Hove, actually' ladies, and aside from having my own blank canvas to decorate, I think I'm most excited about trying a whole new array of takeaways. Life. Is. Good. Yippeeee!

I've set a few new-home resolutions I wanna share, in the hope that if I write them down here, I'll have to commit. 

Here's a few things I wanna do more of once we move in on Thursday:

  • Check out all Hove's tea & cake offerings and share more on this blog. Small batch, Ethels Kitchen, Maroccos, I gigi, V & H Café, the list goes on... I'm comin' your way.
  • Runs along la promenade. Let's be realistic, will probs turn into strolls with a stop off for ice cream, but still, spending more time at the beach is a must :)
  • Trial some home DIYs. I've bought my first can of spray paint for my first project - blates inspired by A Fab Life.
  • Learn some tips and tricks in photography. Now that Neil & I are living together, what's his is mine (lols) and therefore all his camera gear is mine for playing around with (he'll be shaking his head if he reads this). Early June, me and a few Brighton bloggers are heading to a photography masterclass to experiment more with our DSLRs and interior photography is on my radar. Can't wait to learn more.
  • Begin the Blog Life e-course by Elsie & Emma of A Beautiful Mess. It sounds like the perfect opportunity to learn more about brand identity, optimising traffic and building readership. Not just for this blog, but my marketing career too.

Wish me luck! 

Now go enter my giveaway. Win this stunning tripod floor lamp from Alison at Home worth £175!



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A few photos from the ETC Home & Garden Show, Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

This will be an exceptionally quick and photo heavy post from me, as I'm amidst a pile of cardboard boxes with clothes as far as the eye can see. I'm packing up for the big move next week; May has come around so quickly and I'm getting palpitations with excitement. This time next week I'll be blogging from Fifi McGee HQ (i.e my new flat) pinning home decoration ideas furiously.

On to the post. Neil & I received press tickets for the ETC Home & Garden Show the Sunday before last. We skipped away from the riots up by the station and got lost in all the interior stalls at the Brighton Centre. Seen a couple of things we want - a smeg fridge and a telly that probably costs more than the flat - but weren't that blown away with what was on offer.

However two very special stalls easily stole the show for me. I finally got to meet two crafty ladies who I regularly tweet/email but never met properly in person, Claire who runs Cat-a-Cake Creations and Claudia who runs Claudia Made This. The lovely twosome shared a stall at the event and it was easily the most photogenic corner of the exhibition.

Hence why it's the only part we photographed!

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

Before I go, have you entered my interior giveaway? Alison at Home are sending one of my readers this beautiful Colonial Tripod Floor lamp from their Heritage collection (worth £175!)


The giveaway is open to UK residents only. The very lucky winner will be announced on the 31st May 2014 12am and the prize will be delivered to your door a week after. Just in time for sprucing your home up after a spring clean :)

To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog on bloglovin and like my page on facebook, filling in the rafflecopter below.

A winner will be drawn and I will check for proof of entry. If that person has entered without following and/or tweeting I will choose another winner.

There's lots of bonus entries on there too, so fill your boots and good luck! I'll just go crawl into my envious cave.....


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Some photos from the Easter weekend... and a GIF of me bustin' some moves

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

THE SUN CAME OUT IN BRIGHTON! Boo-yaaa.

Neil and I trekked across t'hills of Stanmer Park this bank holiday weekend, to embrace the 2 degree rise in temperatures and try sweat off some of the Lindt Easter hamper choccie I won (and devoured as soon as it arrived.)

The weekend began with a run round the undercliff walk by the marina, where I almost collapsed in a puddle of chalk from pure unfitness. I don't think I wore my trainers in 3 years, now they're thrown straight to the back of the cupboard for the next 10... Doesn't look like I'm much of a runner anymore. The sunset on Easter Sunday was 100% worth the outing though. Look at this stunning photo of Brighton Neil took. We sprinted back to the house for his camera especially. It's one I'm going to frame when we move in.

Anyway, thought I'd share some of Neil's photos from our weekend shenanigans. Bluebells and cherry blossom GALORE.

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

We did the obligatory 4 mile walk all across the perimeter which was stunn-iing but passing by all the dog walkers made us want our own :( we'll have a border collie featured in these photos one day. It just isn't as special going on country walks without a cheeky pup to keep you company (and dirty the car).

Anyway, after a hell of a lot of squealing at bumble bees, dragonflies and tripping over the roots of trees, we paid Stanmer Park's tea rooms a welcome visit to rest our weary legs and dream of owning a home on the row of cottages lined up by the stables. Seriously it's the dreamiest place to live.

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

and the part you've all been waiting for... 

Fifi McGee: Our country walk at Stanmer Park Brighton

Don't laugh. I wow all the girls at Zumba with these moves - go ask Rosie ;)

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Tea and Cake at... Metrodeco, Brighton

My adoration for tea shops, coffee houses, or cafes (whatever you wanna call 'em) is all the more encouraged living here in Brighton. Every street you wander down has 3 or 4 quaint little stop-offs, all with something different to offer. It's a right ol' pain on the purse strings but it means we're never short of things to do or quirky places to visit. I've decided to share some reviews of as many cafes as I can so if you're ever in Brighton, or stuck for ideas on things to do, hopefully these might give you some inspiration :) Bookmark the tag if you like

Tea and cake at Metrodeco Brighton

Topic of the week for conversation here in Brighton is the wind. A part of me dies when I find myself talking about the weather with people. You know conversation is at an all time LOW when you're awkwardly looking at the clouds saying 'yeah but we've been so lucky we had a lovely summer, wasn't it warm' in that annoying 'rising intonation' tone. But in all honesty, I've never seen Brighton take such a bashing as it did last weekend. Look at this video if you don't believe me. And the sheer mess of my hair in the pic below. I'm channelling the cross-bred look effortlessly.

Brighton beach

As the wind picked up, the windows howled so Neil and I braced the streets of Kemptown for 'a bit of fresh air' and got a bit more than we bargained for! We took a wander by the beach for some storm-watching activity, to bare witness to the powerful waves and only bumped into a small Amish family on our travels. Brighton is so bloody weird.

Walks along Brighton beach & kemptown

Walks along Brighton beach & kemptown

Walks along Brighton beach & kemptown

It was bitter cold and storm watching can be a right tiresome hobby, so we shortly after sacked off the bad weather for a nice pot of tea and a slice of carrot cake in Kemptown's finest tea shop, Metrodeco.

This 1930's little tea palace made a charming stop off after the vicious weather. It was like stepping back into the 1930s for an hour (or two. Maybe 3. We just didn't want to leave).

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco: Carrot Cake

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

I've popped into MDtea a few times, once in the summer and once on a very rainy day with a friend last spring and all three times the shop has had this heir of escapism that various Brighton cafés strive for and most can't quite achieve in all the hustle and bustle. Metrodeco being on the outskirts of town means that usually there's an odd quiet day so you can experience the café and what it has to offer in all it's glory. And my, what a menu! As many different types of (their very own) loose tea as you can dream up.

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

I went for a classic spearmint and peppermint concoction, namely the Rockerfella which I'm tempted to buy a batch of on their online shop. Slightly cleaner on the ol' palette and was a perfect match with a hefty slice of carrot cake. I've never once been to MDtea and not bought their carrot cake. It would be a cardinal fifi sin if I ever did - it's the best I've tried.

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

The whole tea shop is decked out in the most fabulous art deco, 1930s furniture - available to purchase if I remember rightly? And as Neil said in his witty review, it's charming how a little furniture shop has decided to sell tea and cakes. Epic business model ;) I'll certainly be taking inspiration from their interior when we come to buy our own place. Starting first and foremost with my very own delicate porcelain tea set.

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

So if you find yourself on a wander along the beach any time soon, turn left up Charlotte Street and pop into this rare gem for some tea and a snack to warm your cockles!

I believe Metrodeco also host and organise events from baby showers, engagement parties to wedding planning, too. Definitely one to remember when I'm helping my sister arrange a bridesmaid gathering before the big day.

Who's up for a Brighton bloggers tea cocktail night here soon? Yes please :)

Thanks for the beautiful photos Neil

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Tea & Cake at... The Mock Turtle, Brighton

My adoration for tea shops, coffee houses, or cafes (whatever you wanna call 'em) is all the more encouraged living here in Brighton. Every street you wander down has 3 or 4 quaint little stop-offs, all with something different to offer. It's a right ol' pain on the purse strings but it means we're never short of things to do or quirky places to visit. I've decided to share some reviews of as many cafes as I can so if you're ever in Brighton, or stuck for ideas on things to do, hopefully these might give you some inspiration :) Bookmark the tag if you like.


Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Tucked away in the back alleys of Pool Valley, The Mock Turtle café is another eccentric escape from the hustle and bustle (and hoards) of Christmas shoppers in Brighton. 

It was my first trip to this little tea shop. The original 1940s décor makes it a hit with clued up Brighton locals, but on this particular day, after a hectic gander around town for gifts, it wasn't as busy as I thought it would be, so headed in for a quick cuppa.

The place is lavished in some of the finest willow patterned plates and tea sets, with home made jam jars lining the walls and the smell of fresh donuts as you wander through the door - even the till was original 1940s, it was like stepping back in time for a tea and scone. 

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

I hate to admit it, but being a Brighton local, I'm often reluctant to bother visiting the more quirky cafés and tea shops, as in some cases the places can become too commercialised, charging through the roof, with their main aims getting as many punters in (and out) the door as fast as possible. But The Mock Turtle seems to stay true to their small and perfectly formed charms :) 

For one, the customer service was just right. We weren't waiting, we weren't overly waited on (that's always a bit awks) and the staff were very happy to grab an extra run of soya milk and a few glasses of water. Shopping is thirsty work.

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Of course secondly, what makes The Mock Turtle less 'commercialised' as other tea shops, are their prices. They charge fairly - £6.00 for a tea for one and 2 scones, that are presented with excessive amounts of jam & cream to satisfy every sweet tooth. I polished all the jam in sight. 

This little stop off made a welcomed break away from the angry shoppers in Churchill Square. It makes me wish there were more genuine, and original places like this in Central Brighton. 

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

As a town we're spoilt for choice of weird and wonderful joints that make for a truly different experience to regular tea drinking affairs. Take for example Metro Deco - a vintage 1930s tea parlour about a 20 minute walk from the centre of Brighton. Such a unique place (and next on my hit list to show on the blog) It seems as if the further you walk from the main centre, the more atmospheric experience you have - The Mock Turtle being the exception, they've somehow held onto their charm. 

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

Fifi McGee: Brighton tea cafe review, The Mock Turtle

So if you're paying a visit to the centre of Brighton any time soon, and you're looking for a place to rest your weary legs, skip the touristy haunts and drop into this vintage tea parlour for a really unique (and well priced) experience. Either that, or get your walking boots out, because anywhere similar will be a good mile's walk.

Thanks for the beautiful photos Neil

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Christmas shopping in london this winter?

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London trips

Living just an hours train ride away from the big smoke, the temptation to hop on up to Oxford Street to brace the hoards of Christmas shoppers for us Brightoners is all too easy. 

Myself & Rosie from Everything's Rosie took a trip up to Central London last weekend whilst paying a visit to my home girl The Café Cat (read our love story ›› When Fifi met Sally). 

How do you go about doing your Christmas shopping? Are you a 'get it all done in a few hours online' kinda shopper? Or do you prefer hitting up the high street to grab a few bargains and save on delivery costs?

I'm usually the latter. I make a day (or several days) of it, taking regular pit stops at local cafés and dragging along some friends for the banter. Clicking around online can be a lonely process, nobody around for opinions, and somehow buying things at the click of a button doesn't quite feel like BUYING. It's all too easy to spend a fortune. 

O' course me and Rosie made a proper day of it, but surprise surprise, we didn't buy a thing for anyone else but ourselves. Oops. 

Here's what we got up to. We crammed so much into one day. I can't recommend planning a trip up London for some festive fun with your bestie enough.

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London - Daylight Music

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London - Daylight Music

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London - Daylight Music

To kick off our day, we spent the morning listening to the echoey acoustics of string quartets and tango orchestras with a cuppa tea in one hand, and a bacon sarnie in the other. 

Union Chapel in Islington hosts a Daylight Music session every Saturday in the run up to Christmas. It's a charity run event and made such a warming, magical start to the festivity of the day with such a community buzz as locals rallied around selling banoffee pies, cookies, hot drinks and breakfast sandwiches whilst we were mesmerised by the tunes. It made me really want to arrange something similar in Brighton.

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie

After a quick wander around nearby markets and stalls, stopping off for a mulled wine then rolling around in some nearby leaves, we joined the crowds in Oxford Circus. The Selfridges displays really were a picture, it was just a shame that we couldn't stop for 5 seconds to admire the lights, the busy shoppers kept pushing us along.

I bought some proper cosy winter pyjama attire as well as a few bits from Forever 21 (I used to love that place, but this time we had a bit of a falling out. The prices are creeping up every time I visit.) 

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review


The best part of my entire day was popping into Ponti's a hungry, angry shopper and within 5 minutes and a sip of wine, becoming the most mellow, festive person ready to devour a whole 8 course meal. 

Ponti's Italian Kitchen is tucked away about a 2 minute walk off Oxford Circus, providing the much desired warm, relaxing, whilst atmospheric pit stop for a big sit down meal after spending a whole 4 hours in a Primark queue on Oxford Street. The food, service, atmosphere, venue and location were all every bit as brilliant as each other. And don't be fooled by the 'Italian Kitchen' title, this restaurant have a mouth watering traditional Christmas menu not just stunning Italian courses. The only way to end a jam packed festive trip to London was to devour a Christmas meal, with extra Italian-inspired trimmings. 

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

We had ice cold olives, juicy scallops, tender chicken, spicy salami and a whole evening of red wine and great company. But to top it all off, just take a look at this video we made. Mouth. Watering. I want to go back.



If you're arranging a shopping trip to Oxford Circus any time soon, I can't recommend dropping by Ponti's highly enough. I got a glimpse of their lunch menu too, which whilst isn't quite as tantalising as the Christmas menu, still promises good things.

Just another note, as the restaurant is located so close to the main shops, it would probably be wise to make a booking early on to secure a table with no waiting time - just make sure you leave enough time to hit up all the shops, and arrive hungry!


5 cheap things to do in Brighton this Christmas

Snowy Brighton // things to do in December

Yep, that's me on a trek around Brighton for hills to sledge down when it snowed last year. Not doing very well, am I?

This Christmas, I'm vowing to be more active in all the festive winter shenanigans going on around Brighton. I've had tonnes of ideas for festive things to see and do either by yourself, with friends, or with the little ones, and in the run up to Christmas, the cheaper the better. 

My festive social streak began last weekend, when Neil and I popped along to The Patch Winter Warmer in Hanover (some stunning photos on their way) where we welcomed the start of advent with mulled wine and home made mince pies over a bonfire. Hello December!


So here are some things on the cheap, that I'll be pencilling in my diary for the next few weeks. 

1) Beach Hut Advent Calendar Everyday 5.30pm-6.30pm until Christmas Day. 

I was both shocked and gutted when I heard this event has happened every year since 2006 and I've never even been. For every day of advent, one beach hut along the Hove promenade opens up to reveal a festive display as part of a gigantic seafront advent calendar. I plan to pack a few flasks of mulled wine and a lunchbox of mince pies one weekend for a nosey. Totally free, and totally festive :)

2) Belle's Christmas Vintage & Maker's Bazaar Saturday 14th December 11am-4pm, Brighton Centre.

Having been along to plenty of vintage fairs last summer, and failing to find anything I could truly cherish I'm ecstatic that Belle's are organising a Christmas special vintage fair. Ok so it's meant to be a haven for the weird & wonderful gifts we should all be on the search for, but where's the harm in treating yourself to a bit of arm candy, or another thick jumper? At only £1 entry, it promises to be a more festive alternative to the manic Churchill Sq. and a lil dickie bird tells me there's a pop up tea shop. See ya there. 

3) Festive night in

Yes you can get all Christmassy and sociable without even leaving the house or spending a fortune. Recent studies have shown that more and more women are choosing a night in over shivering en route to a gathering. The answer to all your prayers? Downloading Elf, bottle of mulled wine, a selection box each and a room full of your favourite people. Christmas is about to being with your nearest and dearest after all.

4) Burning the clocks Saturday 21st December 6.30pm, Madeira Drive end of the sea front

In case you weren't aware, 21st December marks the shortest day of the year (and what should have been the first anniversary since the end of the world... we all forgot about the Mayan prophecies, didn't we?) Hooray for us still being alive a year on. Every year, there's a parade of lanterns through the city to celebrate the solstice, ending in the biggest bonfire you'll ever see at the beach, alongside one of the most impressive (and totally free) fireworks displays. It's busy, but it really is unmissable. 

5) Santa Dash Saturday 7th December 10.30am-12.30pm, Hove Lawns

Now this promises some epic photographs. The Santa Dash is an annual 5km run raising money for charity, where EVERYONE partaking dresses up as Santa himself. Not sure how children will feel seeing 40 dozen Santas running towards them (no doubt with beers in hand) but it's definitely a hilarious way to kick off a weekend, even if you are just spectating. 

Can't wait to get all involved and Christmassy :)

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Fifi goes to Friston Forest

Hunter wellies: Fifi McGee Brighton blogger

What better way to bid farewell to the autumnal colours than to go wandering around a crispy forest on a chilly Sunday. Friston Forest is just outside Seaford, about an hours bus ride away from Central Brighton. After a pretty stressful couple of months it was so good to just roam around the wilderness like stig of the dump. I'm glad we found this place.

I gave my precious hunters a spin for the first time since Glasto and wrapped myself up like a baby to brace the Sussex winds. Of course, Neil was in his photographic-element with all the amazing colours and intricate details of the leaves. He got some stunning shots. Some of my favourite so far actually (you probs heard me ranting about our walk on instagram!)

Here's what we got up to :)

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Friston Forest Walks in Brighton by Fifi McGee

Isn't he a talented one with his lens? Lots more where those came from on his blog. I can't wait to go back there again soon. Imagine how beautiful it would be in the snow?

We made this gif together to remember our autumnal banter. Shame we didn't bring his tripod and do a double act... next time ;)

Fifi McGee loves autumn

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My modelling career has lifted off



The new face of Brighton Bier is in the building people, autographs later. I'm both shocked and delighted my mug shot has made it onto the homepage of Brighton Bier's new site. Is this the beginning of my beer modelling career I hear you cry?

Likely not. Although if anyone is crazy enough to  need a beer-lovin, questionable alcoholic to model their stuff, I'm your girl. In all seriousness though, I'm not a massive beer drinker, but I gotta say, Brighton Bier's south coast IPA is a pretty good choice for the ladies. 

If you're pubbing in Brighton any time soon and fancy upon a Brighton Bier, you'll have made a wise choice choosing them. I'm pretty sure they're selling in Hand in Hand up in Kemptown, and are expanding as I type but ask the guys on twitter for more info, they're a lovely bunch.

Just a side note, me & Neil were crazy hungover one Sunday back in summer. We took a trip to the Brighton food festival on New Road to eat our way out of the hangover and ended up ditching the food idea for a few pints of Brighton Bier (hair o' the dog an all). I became a fan of their branded cups and forced Neil to take the best of 32 photos of me with the cup which ended up in the hands of the brewers :)

One step closer to my dream of becoming a Brighton celebrity :D


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Happy (almost) halloween! Who needs to dress up?!


Caitlin Moran wannabe (everything's from Topshop, boots from Aldo)


Barry M Tangerine polish £2.99 Superdrug
Black Models Own Wah Nails pen £6 Boots

Wooooo. It's halloween really soon. Me being the lazy girl I am, I can never be bothered to go the whole sha-bang and do full on fancy dress. I tell myself every year that I'll make an effort well in advance, to grab a few bargains on eBay and hit up the nearest fancy dress party - but some things just never change. (Does any one else procrastinate about having fun? Ha)

In a bid to not be a complete party pooper, I usually do lame 'accent' touches to celebrate special times of the year (like...  choosing to wear a green hair band for St. Paddy's Day or something OUTRAGEOUS like that). This year for halloween, I drew pumpkins on my nails. 

I have way too much time on my hands. 


Month in Pictures: September 2013



Where did September go?! It only seems like yesterday I was doing a round up of what I got done in August (not a lot!) I promised myself last month I'd do 3 things: head to more craft fairs, organise the Brighton Bitch & Stitch , and 'cook up a rainbow storm in the kitchen' (and when I say 'storm', take that literally - see my last post.... #facepalm) Glad to say I did all this and more. Keep an eye out for a post on our Bitch & Stitch meetup last night - it was so much fun!


Brighton Color run. Didn't take part, but had to head down to snap the streets


Pumpkin spice latte hit the stores! Only a few weeks til crimbo flavours, wooooot


Yoda has got so big and strong. He now has 5 mini succulents all around him and is about to upsize to a new home!


Myself and Neil finally paid a visit to Marmalade right by his house, go checks the photos and get ready to salivate.


I nabbed me a super cute prezzie from the lovely folks at Selfridges :) best. day. ever.


I got to meet some really lovely Brighton bloggers, made a bit of a tit out of myself and was wined & dined by the team at Chobani


....and I waved goodbye to the summer months in style. By eating my weight in food.

October is already lining up to be a good one. There are a few PR events on the cards with the fab Brighton bloggers and I've taken the biggest plunge of my life by grabbing my very first few driving lessons. Yep. If you're within a 10 mile radius of Brighton centre and come across a crazy, frizzy haired learner driver with a terrified look on her face motoring through some back streets, steer clear. You've been warned! I hope I don't cause accidents :| 

Wish me luck!


Tea & Cake at... Marmalade, Kemptown

My adoration for tea shops, coffee houses, or cafes (whatever you wanna call 'em) is all the more encouraged living here in Brighton. Every street you wander down has 3 or 4 quaint little stop-offs, all with something different to offer. It's a right ol' pain on the purse strings but it means we're never short of things to do or quirky places to visit. I've decided to share some reviews and ideas of as many cafes as I can so if you're ever in Brighton, or stuck for ideas on things to do, hopefully these might give you some inspiration :)



Marmalade is a new and traditional little cafe/restaurant that's only just popped up on the far reaches of Kemptown, Eastern Road. On myself and Neil's weekly walks to Lidl, I always pop my head in, admiring the flower displays they have in the windows and the period interior. It's been on my list of places to check out for months now, and finally this weekend we paid a sweeping visit.


The range of home cooked, delectable snacks ahead of me as I was whisked through the door made me giddy. I went for one of their tasty home made sausage rolls; the multi-seed toppings had me convinced it was a healthy option and it tided me over nicely til din dins (along with the obligatory home baked fairy cake with a brew!) 



For me, the interior of a cafe can make or break the experience. I'm usually pretty selective with where to meet people or spend an afternoon being spoiled for choice in Brighton. And I don't mind spending a bit more wonga for a nice atmosphere! The decor and layout of this cafe makes you feel like you're chilling at home (although I WISH my house was decorated this nice). There are various little rooms and lots of natural light letting the outdoors in, and myself and Neil were in awe at the bare wired lighting. I love rustic, shabby chic interior - it gives me so many ideas for what I want my own home to look like one day (and don't get me started on those Marigolds, wow).







All in all, an ace place to spend a Sunday afternoon! If you're ever in the Kemptown/Marina area of Brighton, check it out.

I also wrote a review of Marwoods, a quirky little tea shop that make life changing cakes, go see :)

Big high five's to Neil for photographing :D

Makers Boutique Market // Brighton shenanigans


Myself and Neil took a trip to the Brighton Unitarian Church a few drizzly weekends ago to get a look at some local handmade gems at the Makers Boutique. Alright, alright. I dragged Neil along, but still. We both really enjoyed it.

We like our weekend trips to craft fairs. I've been to pretty much all of the Brighton regulars (check out the Brighton Craft Alliance review I did) and can't get enough. If you're a wannabe craft queen like me, it's great to wander around for ideas on your next project (or first project - in my case) or to pick up some truly unique gifts for friends.

Here are a few snaps from the day, including a guest appearance from a famous face in Brighton - the muppet pianist :)

What a guy!



These amazing hand illustrated coasters and phone covers are by the wonderful Caleigh Illerbrun






Betty Shek's handmade broaches and jewellery stole the show for me. Simply, wow. Check out her Etsy store





Look at these beautiful (and yes, all hand stitched) berets by Cathy Dodd. It was her first time selling at a crafts fair and I just know I'll be seeing her work again online and at fairs to come.





How lucky am I to live in a city so full of talented sellers! If you're a crafty girl from Brighton, myself and the super talented Lyndsay from Fizzy Peaches are organising a cosy little get together at the Northern Lights really soon. Stay posted for more info on it all this weekend, or drop me an email for a chat if you fancy making new blog friends :)

Month in pictures: August 2013


A bit late to the party here, but August absolutely flew past us, didn't it? It's slowly but surely getting darker earlier in the evenings, and on my walk to work there's a winter nip in the air. I think it's time to pull out my unnecessary mound of jumpers and start layering up - autumn is upon us, huurrrah!

August was such a great month! The beautiful weather, bank holiday weekend and a couple of birthday's here and there meant I was non-stop pappin'......


I took not one, but two trips to Pizza Express with the girls. I stupidly ordered a 'lite' pizza by mistake and wasn't too impressed with a garden of salad in place of half my pizza. Screw the diets.


A bunch of us went wine tasting at Ten Green Bottles for Neil's birthday - possibly the most middle class thing I've ever done, and bloody loved it.


I played photographer for Everything's Rosie for a filofax competition she entered and we had such a laugh dodging all the runners in the park opposite her house. How do you fashion bloggers do this on a daily basis? *commitments* 


Me & Neil took a trip around the laines one weekend and papped a pic of me with the whales. yay.


My first tea shop review from my trip to Marwoods went up on the blog, cake + blogging = happy fifi


Me and my ma had a few coffee trips - she's a gem (if I had my way I would make her a permanent feature on this site but she's 100% computer illiterate.)


Yup. Here's a snap of us wearing the same outfits. I promise it wasn't a stitch up. we're crazy cats.


I'm so proud that I finally got round to making my first loaf o' bread - and it was SO easy. Checks it.


I played around with some cool chocolatey recipe ideas and got a few innuendo comments in return ha ha ha 

Bring on September! (oh God are we really 11 days in?) My aims for this month are to cook up a rainbow storm in the kitchen (watch this space), make some arrangements for mine and the super dooper fizzy peaches' brighton bitch and stitch (can't wait to tell you more) and attend a few amazing craft fairs coming up in Brighton (like the We Made This market on Saturday).

Hopefully next month's post will have even more jam-packed instagrammin' to show you.

Don't forget to follow me! We have a very special announcement to make soon on the Brighton bloggers meet front! 

Tea & Cake at....

My adoration for tea shops, coffee houses, or cafes (whatever you wanna call 'em) is all the more encouraged living here in Brighton. Every street you wander down has 3 or 4 quaint little stop-offs, all with something different to offer. It's a right ol' pain on the purse strings but it means we're never short of things to do or quirky places to visit. I've decided to share some reviews and ideas of as many cafes as I can so if you're ever in Brighton, or stuck for ideas on things to do, hopefully these might give you some inspiration :)

And here's the first of many....


Marwoods is an eccentric little cafe based in the heart of the lanes and it's made quite a reputation for itself for their 'kick arse coffee and life changing cake'. 

Well, I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but if their victoria sponge is anything to go by, you'll be no doubt left smitten! Every bite made me as content as a lamb.



 I've been to Marwoods often, sometimes with friends, sometimes on work meetings and it really is a place for everyone, packed with charm and character.

The first thing that strikes you, if you ever visit, is how rustic and random the furnishings and decor are. It's like stepping onto a film set, decked out in vintage, mismatched and country bumpkin paraphernalia. Me and Neil joked whether somebody was given £5k to just go to every thrift store in Brighton, and buy the coolest stuff they can find to furnish the cafe. We sat there in awe at how amazing that job would be.



The day we went for a cuppa, the staff were unbelievably friendly. Which is quite a rare find if you head to town on a hungover bank holiday morning, and although this place wasn't as busy as it usually gets, there was a really nice chilled atmosphere. 

The food on offer made me salivate as I read the menu. They make a mean hangover burrito, let me tell you. And I must have spent a solid 20 minutes discussing with the staff, which cake I should have. They had a whole variety of triple tiered goodies on offer some chilli, some chocolate. I remember struggling with deciding between a pot of tea, or their iced tea because last time I had it I was a changed woman.




I've set the bar pretty high kicking off all my Brighton cafe reviews with one of the best, most popular haunts in Brighton. But I assure you, there's a whole lot more to come. I'm excited!



I'd love it if you followed me to stay posted on more tea places I'll be visiting :)

Happy Sunday!