Upon moving to Brighton a couple of months ago, I felt excited and nervous, elated and lonely all in the same breath. I'm aware the time I moved was around the time a lot of young people move to strange towns and cities to pursue their education.
And having done that before myself a number of years ago (seriously where is time going?!) I knew this time would be easier. For a start a lot of friendships had been forged in Brighton already, thanks to my constant commuting down here for weekends and mini breaks. I knew my way around town quite well and even knew some of the bus routes should I ever need to hop on one.
All that aside, it was still a change, and dear friends were still being moved away from, the familiar and the comforting becoming a two and a half hour journey away.
So now that I have settled into my new job, and my new flat (which I am beginning to love dearly!) I collaborated with a group of like minded ladies to set up a community of sorts, the details of which follow after my outfit!
As I probably mention every year - Autumn is my favourite season! I love how the sunlight looks at this time of year, the colours of the dying leaves and the requirement of layering up clothes!
My autumnally-suitable look was based around one of my favourite necklaces!
The hat is from Absolute Vintage - I think it's a 70's design though it can be tweaked quite easily to appear much older.
The rest of my outfit consists of high street finds! The H&M mustard cardigan that I love wearing with everything right now! An old Topshop skirt, and Pri- (cough-cough!)-mark t-shirt and thick wool tights.
And here's a better view of one of my favourite necklaces! An eBay find, I couldn't resist it's child-like charm! I mean who wouldn't want to carry around tributes to their favourite animals?
Right! Now back to the community of sorts! At the Blackbird Tea Rooms (my place of work) we have started The Blackbird Craft Collective!
Held every Wednesday in the beautiful tea rooms we get crafty with knitting, crocheting, sewing and many other types of creative goodness, all whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake!
We've had a couple of sessions so far, and I have to say, with my fledgling crochet skills it's a lot of fun! The fact you can drop in and out of the conversation (depending on how your work is developing!) and nibble on cake too is perfect!
Emily showing off her first crochet sample! Might have a bit of a way to go on that scarf!
Kate was working on a sock monster!
Deep in concentration!
As I mentioned before, the sessions are held in the tea rooms on Ship Street, every Wednesday from 7pm to normally about 9pm.
This is my calling to all Brighton girls (and boys!) who fancy coming along! We would love to meet you!
And fear not if you haven't got a crafty skill just yet - Kate, a member of staff at the Blackbird is an incredible knitter and would be more than happy to help guide you in the right direction (as she is with Chloe here!)
You can also use the time to repair any clothes which might need a bit of TLC - let's face it, we all have some bits like this we never get round to doing!
The girls get stuck in....
So if you are fairly local to Brighton and you would like to join us, then please do!
For a mere £5 you can enjoy tea and cake of your choice, and while away some winter hours making new friends!
I've started a facebook group (literally just started!) so if you are interested then please join that, or if you have any questions you can leave them in the comment box below.
I hope to see some of you! The next session (because of Halloween) will be on Wednesday the 7th of November - though I will remind you all nearer to the time!
Hope you're all very well,
Love Yours Truly, x