Brighton / Blogger Buzz-worthy?


So last month Lex and I hopped on a train to Brighton.. I had wanted to go for the longest time and came away disappointed.. this is going to seem like a strange post but I think a little balance is needed for those who like me could be fooled by the instagram allure..

I was SO excited to visit Brighton, instagram and blogs make it look so picturesque, so pretty and a must-do for any blogger worth their site.. but for me? It was just like any other seaside. I don’t personally see the appeal at all and was mighty disappointed when I walked along the pier to discover it’s EXACTLY LIKE BLACKPOOL.. what?? I realise now that it’s just the closest beach to the city.. so if you’re in to the tacky seaside attraction (and I use that word as huge fan of tack elsewhere) then you will probably be in to this. There are some fringe benefits to it being so close to London, kitschy shops and cafes that feel a little more hipster than say Scarborough’s selection but it just did not push my buttons because I do not like to be beside the seaside.

img_1141img_1132img_1175img_1144img_1129I know that sounds mad.. so why did I go? Call it peer pressure, call it ‘YouTube made me do it’ I just expected a whole world of buzzworthiness when in actual fact, pretty as the beach is it’s still just somewhere to hang out with fish and chips after going on the dodgems. My Mum would LOVE it but I do not like long walks on the beach.. I’ll take a view of that beach from a hotel bar, thanks! In short, Brighton can be picturesque but if you’re anything like me you’d probably prefer Bournemouth.



  1. 14 November, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Amazing pictures! Sophie x

  2. 14 November, 2016 / 11:59 am

    I totally get where you’re coming from in this post. Being a Londoner, Brighton was a summer must every year, and I visited this past year with my son for nostalgic reasons, but it is very much glamorised by things you see online these days. I mean, most British seaside towns are the same anyway! Love the third picture in you shared, with the pier view.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 November, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      yes, completely! No glamour here lol

  3. 14 November, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I love love love your bag! 🙂 So beautiful! 🙂


    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 November, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      thank you x

  4. Rachael
    14 November, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I have wanted to go to Brighton for so long so I am glad you have posted this. I love a seaside town and although I will still visit at some point, I will push it down in favour for something else. Also, you should maybe try Whitby? Whitby is full to the brim of little boutiques, novelty tearooms, dracula stuff, ruins of the old abbey and is a fab weekend spot. Perfect for just you and hubby or with the kids. We go all the time and I don’t think I’ve ever had time to go to the beach!!

    Rachael xox

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 November, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      totally! and whitby is near me haha

  5. 14 November, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    You know what I kind of share your view, I went few times to Brighton to get away from London a bit over the years but I do find the Pier tacky and apart all the lovely shops / restaurants/ coffee shops I don’t think I would love living there. I think its fine for the day but it is not the prettiest sea side city I visited .

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 November, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      yeah and all the lovely shops could be ANYWHERE lol.. if you’re in to that aspect there are other places to go.. York for example.. LOVELY!

  6. 14 November, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    This is a refreshing Brighton perspective! I totally see where you’re coming from, I was born and raised in a seaside town, so when I’ve visited Brighton I’ve thought ‘what’s the big deal?’. I like the independent shops & boutiques, and some of the cafes. But honestly, it’s not worth the journey and the increased prices! Fab post & photos too 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 November, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      exactly! I just expected it to be something special and it’s just a seaside town.. great but not something I’d travel passed another seaside town to see specially

  7. 14 November, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Thank goodness someone has said it! I never really got the hype around Brighton- I guess because I’ve been going there for years to visit family I’ve always been surprised/bemused by the blogger hype. A lot of the stuff there you really only need to see once and as you say it’s a seaside town that’s pretty similar to Blackpool. Personally there are just so many other cities I’d rather go to in the UK that have more going on and better shops and food/drink like Manchester (though I’m biased!), Liverpool, Glasgow, Bristol etc.

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 November, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      for the indie shops there are definitely places I’d rather go.. now I’m not a ‘seaside person; so I’m biased but it just didn’t wow me like I expected it to

  8. 14 November, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Totally get where you’re coming from. What’s the point of a beach with pebbles and no sand? And where was the boho-chic trendy area?

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 November, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      haha!!! I’m okay with Pebbles until I want to sunbathe.. can’t imagine sunbathing much in England though, haha

  9. 14 November, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Great pictures! I really like Brighton although I wouldn’t move there, it feels a bit too touristy. London is certainly touristy too but it still feels like touristy somehow, probably because it is a big city and you can always find places that are more quiet/local. You’re right by saying that the pier isn’t anything special – I still like it though because the sea really calms me down and I grew up living very far from the sea. My favourite thing about Brighton is the little cafés and the lanes. xx

  10. 16 November, 2016 / 10:46 am

    I’d never really thought about it like that, but it is just a seaside town I guess. So many bloggers have absolutely gorgeous pictures from there and seem to have the best time. it’s actually refreshing to get a real view of it rather than the Instagram version

    Steph –

  11. 16 November, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    It’s so true what you’ve said. I visit Brighton a lot as it’s only an hour by train outside London and i have friends who live nearby. It’s a great place to go ‘to the seaside’ and has some nice quirky shops etc but it’s nothing ‘special’ and it’s just the Blogger/YouTube takeover and how it’s portrayed I think that has made it look something more than it is! Believe me ‘after dark’ Brighton is no different than any boozy town and overrun with hens and stags!

    Victoria x

  12. 17 November, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    Fab pictures! I have always wanted to go to Brighton and I am going next year I live in Leeds and can’t just go at the drop of a hat 🙁 Thank you for such an honest post 🙂 xo

  13. Lia
    17 November, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    So glad it’s not just me! People go on about Brighton but visiting once was more than enough for me (and I’m a MIdlands girl who loves the opportunity to see the sea)!

  14. 19 November, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Ah Brighton is sooooo beautiful

  15. 11 December, 2016 / 4:11 am

    Totally get it,I’m from Southampton and I know you’ve been here too lol so been to Brighton a few times.I love the quirky hippy retro style shops.. but as for the sea front its a boulder stone beach with a tacky pier just like any other pier tbh.Nice big hotels like The Grand if you can afford that (not) but meh it’s ok,better than Bournemouth as that is tacky to me,nicer beach but cos its Sandy gets way too packed in summer.I like Weymouth down here and Isle of Wight is nice if you ever want to pop over on the boat xXxX:)

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