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Brighton Artists Open Houses


A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that May is festival time in Brighton. I love this time of year here, it always re-invigorates my passion for our colourful City. Another thing I love about May in Brighton, is the Artists Open Houses, a chance to look at art whilst catching a glimpse in to someone else’s life and home, my idea of heaven!

There are 200 houses that are open this year, and unfortunately I only managed to see a few of them this time, but some were lovely and I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you today.

Art Line – Seven Dials Trail

Shyama Ruffell whose house this is, is one of my favourite Brighton based artists, I did actually buy a piece of hers but I’ll share that with you another day. Also exhibiting are Shyama’s parents, Colin Ruffell and Frances Slade who are both artists too. Her gorgeous garden is open showing sculptures by Frances Doherty, and we enjoyed a lovely piece of cake whilst sitting in the sun.




Peggy Poppleton’s Shop – Seven Dials Trail

An old favourite of mine, an eclectic mix including jewellery, homewares, screen prints and ceramics.




51 Wilbury Road – Hove Trail

51 Wilbury Road house has an additional few rooms this year, containing some great pieces, I particularly liked the repurposed lighting by Lawrence Latham, and the knitted lampshades by Eats, Knits and Weaves.




The Artists Open Houses are on for one more weekend in May, and then return again in December, if you are in Brighton I would highly recommend doing at least one of the trails, you never know what delights you might find.

Emma x

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Kids Style


The weather has been pretty hot here this weekend, finally warm enough to get the legs out, Dottie’s that is, not mine, mine never see the light of day above the calf!  Here she is, modelling her circus pants (as they are delightfully called), as anticipated, she wasn’t quite as easy to photograph this week, now she is getting used to seeing a proper camera, it doesn’t warrant standing still to investigate, unless of course she can grab it, another challenge to overcome!

Dottie’s top is from Marks and Spencer’s, a present from her Nana, who she totally adores. M&S do some great kids clothes these days! The circus pants are from une belle époque, an online children’s boutique, their designs are simple and timeless, and I imagine that the circus pants won’t be the last thing we buy from them.  Une belle époque was set up by two sisters, one of whom has a beautiful instagram feed, @purdylondon, if you fancy a look.





Elvia was away this weekend having fun with her Aunt and Uncle, so it was just the littlest munchkin at home keeping us busy. I hope you had a great weekend too.

Emma x

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Friday Fashion


Hello, I’m back with another outfit post. It feels a bit strange posting this today, as it has actually been hot, but when I took these photos a couple of days ago, it was cold and wet, a typical Spring week!  I thought it might be nice to show an outfit which doesn’t include a pair of jeans, and, because I have to blog around Dottie, I have to take whatever opportunity I get for photography.

I have always been interested in fashion, as a child I used to sketch my own collections, but I guess you would say, I am typically a classic dresser, and this look defines that.  So, what am I wearing, a pair of cropped (ish) trousers, I don’t want to scare the general public by showing much of my body these days, but I think a bit of ankle is probably bearable!  A great shaped top from American Vintage, a favourite of mine, I love their brilliant basics.  The jacket is quite old, but I like it with this outfit and I think if you buy reasonably classic clothes, they never date that much anyway.  The espadrilles are a fairly recent purchase, I love the ethos behind Toms, for every pair of shoes purchased, they give a pair of new shoes to a child in need, you can read more on their website.





Have a great weekend, I hope its sunny where you are too.

Emma x