My Favourite Food Spots Across Brighton

One of my all time favourite things to do, like most people, is to eat out with my friends and family – food is such a social, enjoyable part of my life as well as viewing it as a vital tool for health.

I have eaten my way round a fair few places local to where I live now *serial foodie alert*, so I thought I’d give you a little low down of some of my favourite places to grab some food and/or a coffee stop across Brighton + Hove… I frequently get asked for recommendations through social media so here we are: If you ever visit the South-Coast, give them (or one) a try and let me know what you think!




Baked, Hove – A solid brunch destination. Something to suit everyone and positioned on a busy road in central Hove, it’s perfect for people watching and sitting out in the sunshine.

V&H Cafe, Palmeira Square – Such a delicious variation of brekkies. From granola + greek yoghurt with ‘superfood’ toppings, to a full English. You can’t go wrong?

Eat Naked, Brighton – An absolute favourite of mine for lunch. Mix and match your lunch box full of freshly made, flavourful dishes with amazing wholesome ingredients to keep you fueled up and do your body some good.

Lost In The Lanes, Brighton – A calming little cafe in the lanes, with delicious plant based lattes and a great variety of healthy food options.

Gails Bakery, Hove – We all love a Gail’s Bakery! They’re mainly across London so I was super happy when they opened one locally to me. Such friendly staff and super good food: they make a mean porridge and their mini honey cake is the dream.

Red Roaster, Kemp Town – ‘The Insta Blogger Hang Out’ Aussie style brunch + cool interiors.

Treacle n Co, Hove – I recently went here for breakfast and it was so great! Relaxed atmosphere and everything on their menu sounded YUM. The Turkish eggs are TOP. I have a feeling I may become a regular here.

Cafe Marmalade, Brighton – A stylish, friendly cafe set back from the bustle in Kemp Town. Rustic, cosy + comforting homemade food.

Cafe Coho, Brighton – Cosy cafe in the city centre with great coffee, tasty breakfast options and some awesome vegan cakes for a pm ‘pick me up’.

42 Juice/SIX Brighton – Juice bar and nutritious food options (predominantly plant based).

The Flour Pot Bakery (Brighton + Hove locations) – Fresh bakes and they’ve perfected the mighty oat milk cappuccino to a T. Oh, and Friday is donut day FYI.

Small Batch Coffee Roasters (Brighton + Hove locations) – those who follow my insta stories will know the coffee love is real for this place.




Food For Friends, Brighton – (vegetarian/vegan) Plant based at its very best! A firm fave and the menu changes frequently with the seasons.

Purezza, Brighton, Kemp Town – (Vegan Italian – an unusual but amazing combo!)

Gingerman, Brighton – A must for special occasions. Small, intimate and seriously delicious.

Archipelagos, Hove – Authentic Greek. The taztsiki + flat bread is life changing.

The Urchin, Hove – Highly recommend if you like seafood.

Silo, Brighton – One of my favorites. It’s a zero waste restaurant. Locally sourced produce + super creative dishes/flavour combos.

Casa Don Carlos, Brighton – A family run Spanish tapas in the heart of the Lanes.





Good morning/afternoon/evening (wherever you may be reading this from!)

Following on from my last post regarding nutrition for skin health, I thought I’d share a few of the products I’ve used and still use now, that I’ve found to help my skin alongside adjusting my diet. Funnily enough, I actually work for a private dermatology clinic alongside leading skin consultants which has in turn definitely helped give me knowledge to care for my skin and understand what may suit it more, as well as what I’ve learnt through my own studies and research.

The truth is, I don’t use a whole lot on my skin. Hell yeah I’ve tried a bunch of things over the past few years – desperate to find ‘THE product’ and hoping the promises the clever marketing teams threw upon us were true (the product never lived up to the expectation FYI). In my opinion, keep it simple. You don’t need layers of creams, lotions and potions on a daily basis; more often than not it’ll overload your skin with chemicals or clog up your pores and make it worse.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and being completely exposed to the world, it deals with enough toxins and pollutants from our environment. I aim to keep my skincare natural and simple to protect and give it some love! Oh and always try and wear SPF. Factor 50 on the face, always. I was kindly given samples by La Roche Posay through my workplace which I use – they have a great tinted sunscreen from the Anthelios range which is paraben free and non-greasy.

From an acneic point of view, medicine can of course be a solution depending on the severity and whether you’ve tried other options, too which have perhaps been ineffective. I used to really struggle with spots and experimented with various topical lotions over the years to reduce the appearance of them. I remember going to Space NK, one of my favourite beauty stores, and spending way too much dosh on one little product that unfortunately was so harsh, it burnt my skin and gave me peri-oral dermatitis. It took SO long to heal and looked like a persistent scab. It was also really sore. After reading about the healing properties of pure argan oil, I tried using it on the dry patch every night for about a month and it was incredibly effective. From then I decided to stop wasting my money on ‘quick fix’ products that had no positive benefit (and quite the opposite of a quick fix) and take a more natural approach.

Although the main healer for me *see my previous blog post here*, was through changing my diet (work from the inside out to address the imbalance initially), I found a few products which helped improve my skins texture and maintenance of happy skin, therefore becoming staples in my skincare routine. I feel like I’ve finally found my groove!


  • Remove & Cleanse:

    When I wake up I normally just splash cold water on my face, pat it dry and that’s it (glamorous eh). To remove makeup at the end of the day, I use Micellar Water. It’s gentle and effective, leaving no sting or itch and does the job. I don’t really wear much makeup, I like a fresh look during the day and will jazz it up more in the evening or for a special occasion. If I have worn more makeup than usual (or just fancy a more luxurious double cleanse), I use Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser; I really love this brand, it has added probiotics and is totally natural and organic with ethically sourced ingredients made in Britain. I’ve been using their products for over a year now and I’m hooked.

  • Toning:

    I don’t always do this, but when I feel my skin is a little lacklustre, I use the Pixi Glow Tonic. It contains aloe vera, ginseng and botanical extracts, plus 5% glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and give a fresh glow.

  • Moisturiser:

    I use Aurelia’s day and night creams. Again, it contains only the good stuff and is thick and super hydrating. It also smells HEAVENLY due to the plant and flower essences it contains.

  • Girly extras:

    I like to call these my girly extras; not essential, but a treat to use now and then. A good face mask is always fun for a pamper when I have time. I love to use Liz Earles’ green clay mask which is amazing at drawing out impurities from the skin if it’s a little congested. Lastly, one of my favourite products I use is Aurelia’s cell repair night oil, not everyday, but maybe once or twice a week (it’s also vegan, for those interested). My skin can get quite dry as it’s pretty sensitive to our random weather changes here in the UK, and after suffering with acne when I was younger, I find this oil really helps balance out sebum production and leaves my skin baby soft when I wake up! A little goes a long way and I find I really notice a difference when I use it. *I thought I may add that this post is not sponsored in any way – I’ve bought all these products myself because I genuinely love them. An alternative to this night oil is pure Argan oil or even avocado oil – I just use it from my kitchen cupboard! 1 tsp + 1/2 is all you need – really massage this in to the skin to work it’s magic, just make sure to wash it off instead of sleeping in this one as you may want to save your sheets from turning a yellowish-green colour…(previous experience, oops).


That’s pretty much it guys. Now I’m in my early twenties, dare I say it I’m thinking I should probably consider using an eye cream soon (I normally just use the same moisturiser for my face around my eyes too), you know, for preventative measures n all – so if anyone has any recommendations, I’d love to hear it.

What are your favourite skincare products?

L x




What some people may not know is that I used to really battle with my skin when I was younger; this is one of the main reasons I actually became interested in nutrition; I wanted to help myself naturally and take care of my own body properly from the inside out. Topical lotions didn’t work for me (or at least have any lasting effects) and taking pills wasn’t something I was prepared to do for the sake of my appearance (as self-conscious as I was about it). After making some changes to my diet I dramatically changed my skin. I was amazed at how something so simple as what we put in our mouths could make such a difference, which continually leads me to be fascinated at the power of nutrition across many aspects of the human body. Below you can see the condition of my skin before (left) to now; not perfect but a massive improvement (both no makeup).


When I was 16/17 my hormones went whacky, I believe it may have been triggered by the OCP but my diet, although not bad, was lacking consistency and I didn’t really have any knowledge about food groups or the benefits certain nutrients can have.

After finally getting fed up with acne, uneven texture/tone and seemingly a hormonal imbalance, I did my own research with a lot of trial and error, finding certain things which helped a little, a lot, and some none at all. From my experience, here’s a few tips for getting your skin back to a happy balance again. I know what it’s like to want to cover up and hide, I thought my skin was ‘just that way’ but you CAN seriously help it through your diet, it just takes a little time and effort which I’ve been working on, (which is why I want to share!) *Please note, everyone is of course individual – this is what worked a great deal for ME after struggling for a long time… so if this helps you even a little bit, I’d be thrilled.


  • Increase your plant intake (a lot). This is a huge factor. Veggies and fruits contain SO many benefits as we know, but in particular the antioxidant property which helps combat oxidative cell damage and inflammation which can present visibly in our skin. Start giving your body tons of colours and it’ll thank you for it in more ways than one. Sweet potatoes and butternut quash (beta-carotene containing foods) are great options as our body converts this red/orange colour pigment into Vitman A (active retinol); an important vitamin for skin health. Whole foods really will help nourish your body with the goodness it needs to heal. Zinc is a mineral beneficial for the skin as it aids in wound healing and control of sebum production which can help ward off the congestion of pores. Zinc rich foods include whole grains such as oats and also pumpkin seeds, chickpeas and oysters!


  • Water. This may be an obvious one, but so many people overlook the importance of hydration and make do with just a couple of glasses daily. 2L is a good bench mark and if you’re particularly active/exercising regularly, more! It keeps our cells doing all their complex jobs properly and will help assist detoxification pathways for a glowy, plump complexion. You may need to take regular visits to the bathroom initially… but your body will soon get used to it, ha.


  • Limit processed foods and added sugars. This is another biggie. Added sugars and highly processed foods are really not your skins best pal. High GI/GL foods can lead to a steep insulin spike in certain individuals, increasing inflammation in the body and the production of certain enzymes that can bind to collagen (a type of protein found in skin) and start to break it down – a process call ‘Glycation’. This can be a tough one to conquer as sugar can be addictive and is often hidden in foods, but try and make the swap to more natural sugars or have a little now and then with a combination of fat, protein or fibre to help slow the glucose absorption into the blood. Just be mindful that certain sugars contain slightly different properties to others, so some can be slightly more favourable than others. Small changes that build and progress are much better than going all out and giving up after a week; that way you can see how your skin reacts and work with it to find a good balance. *Remember our skin re-generates every 27-30 days so give it some time! Example; Swap your cadbury sweety bar or ‘low fat’ yoghurt (normally pumped with added sugars to boost flavour), for a juicy piece of vitamin-filled fruit (mango? Hello beta-carotene!), a handful of nuts or a protein rich snack like a boiled egg. Guaranteed you’ll have lasting energy aside from seeing the benefit in your skin too.


  • Incorporate healthy fats into your diet. Your omega 3 intake is crucial in the maintenance of healthy skin. Oily fish like mackerel and salmon, chia seeds and walnuts are great options. Extra virgin olive oil and avocados are also excellent fat sources to include in your diet. Fats are the building blocks for healthy cell membranes, formed in two layers (phospholipid bi-layer) and help absorb certain fat soluble vitamins. We need fats for every function in our body!


  • What about dairy? It’s common for people to find dairy a trigger with skin conditions (generally from the GH the cow produces or processing techniques), so it could be worth cutting back on to see if it helps you. I personally can’t have milk, but can tolerate certain natural yoghurts and cheeses, I believe this is due to the lower concentration of lactose and protein ratios – plus the addition of pro-biotics/live cultures in yoghurt assists the digestion process with some additional nutrition benefits. I think an important aspect to note, is to source your diary produce carefully to enable maximum nutrient bioavailability and also welfare of the animal. Cutting out entire food groups can often do more damage than good, potentially leading to nutritional deficiencies so test with caution or seek advice from a specialist to help you. Plant-based milks like cashew/oat/almond milk are a great alternative if you’re vegan or would like a dairy-free option but I’d opt for the unsweetened versions to keep sugar down and strongly consider vitamin-enriched varieties.


In terms of skin products… I will happily write another blog post leading on from this regarding the types of products I use and my general skin-care routine for anyone who is interested from a beauty perspective, too. Stay tuned!

L x


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Sweaty Betty Ski Seamless Leggings – Review

Hello all! So, for the last week I’ve been on holiday in Les Arcs (French Alps), skiing with my family and some friends of ours. It was amazing to be away in the snow and to have a break from my normal routine, indulging in delicious French food and getting in some great endurance exercise which I don’t normally do so much of in the gym.

I packed fairly lightly as I wore mostly the same ski-essentials whilst I was there (salopettes, ski jacket etc). One thing that came in so useful though, were these Sweaty Betty thermal leggings. Perfect for Apres ski and wandering about the town in the cold. It’s a rarity that you (well, me anyway) would want to get too ‘dolled up’ when on a ski holiday as you’re tired, achey and just want to be cosy; however these were a nice mix of being practical but stylish at the same time (if it’s the kind of thing you like… the crazy pattern may not be to everyone’s taste hehe). Not only do I love the quirky design, they really did the trick of keeping me super warm and were so comfortable.












They are a seamless fabric and high waisted which I tend to go for with most of the leggings I own as the material hugs you and in my opinion is more flattering on the body. I went for a size XS (will fit 8-10) which fitted well and were nice & grippy. When I bought them, it was recommended to go down a size as they generally come up slightly big as they’re stretchy. I wouldn’t recommend to wear the leggings to actually ski in; they aren’t really thick or protective enough and being fairly delicate, any tumbles could leave you bottomless on the slopes which wouldn’t be ideal…

Sweaty Betty also sell the matching tops which are so cute but for me, I preferred just the leggings to wear with a more plain sweater as they are already pretty ‘out there’.

Also, check out the other patterns! The pattern I’m wearing is I think sold out as I couldn’t find them to link anywhere below 🙁 They do have some really cool other designs though, like these . So if you’re going skiing or venturing anywhere cold this year, I would recommend checking them out for a comfortable, cosy and colourful winter outfit!

L x