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FIFTEEN CORNWALL | BEACH DAY

THIS WEATHER!!!! Its what dreams are made of.  I feel like this summer just keeps getting better and better and I couldn't be more grateful to live right by the sea with over 300 beaches to choose from here in Cornwall.

We spent Sunday at Watergate Bay...... a whole day beside the sea. It was forecast thunderstorms but we were lucky enough to escape this completely and it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day.

We had lunch at Jamie Oliver's -Fifteen, somewhere i'd never been before. I've got to be honest I always thought it was the sort of place you only went for a very special occasion dressed in your finery. Turns out anyone is welcome, theres no dress code, its child friendly and you can just pop in for a coffee or a glass of wine at the bar if you want. They are very accommodating and the staff are extremly friendly.
On arrival we were taken to our table which just so happened to be right at the front window with the best view of Watergate Bay beach......heavenly. We ordered our drinks both going for the Raspberry Refresher Mocktail, it was delicious.

Our waiter Ben was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable and went through the Italian inspired menu with us explaining what each dish was and what it included. This is really helpful if like me you struggle to understand what Gnudi Verdi is (its spinach and ricotta dumplings btw and they are fabulous!) Dylan and I decided to go for "Adams Lunch" which is a sharing lunch comprising of a selection of 4 courses picked by head chef Adam Banks. One of the selected dishes was lamb, which I don't eat, but they were so accommodating and offered an alternative of rump steak. Fletcher opted for the children's 3 course meal - salami, lamb and chocolate ice-cream.

We had a selection of 3 starters along with a basket of bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar -
Apricot, basil and pine nuts  // Yellow wax beans, pesto, rocket // Pesci 'in carpione'

Our second course was the Gnudi Verdi which quite frankly I never would have gone for if I hadn't been informed that it was spinach and ricotta dumplings. They were soooooo good! (oh and thats Fletcher's lamb main on the right)

Gnudi Verdi

When our main was brought out the waiter very kindly brought out an extra plate and cutlery in case Fletcher wanted to try some too.... honestly these guys think of everything.
Rump Steak, pea, zucchini, pecorino 

Everything tasted so deliciously fresh and all of the dishes complemented each other beautifully (I suppose you could say the Head Chef knows what he's doing!)
Raspberry & Almond Tart // Amedei mousse, crystalised chocolate, cherries 

Now onto dessert, OH MY........ the Amedei mousse was the most amazing thing I have ever tasted in my entire life. Fletch was absolutely thrilled when it was suggested that he have a selection of ice cream flavours rather than just one. He went with chocolate and strawberry and I think his face says it all really, pleased as punch.
We all had such a lovely afternoon people watching everyone on the beach from our table and watching the surf in between courses and spending quality family time together. Fifteen is a stunning restaurant at the dreamiest location but not only do they serve up excellent food, all profits go to the Cornwall Food Foundation  which helps fund the apprentice programme and offers training and developing opportunities. Im already planning my next visit. Im thinking breakfast next time as the breakfast menu looks amazing.
To finish the afternoon off we took a stroll on Watergate Bay Beach, dipped our toes in the warm sea (yes it was actually warm!), built sandcastles caught a fish in a bucket and spotted about 30 jelly fish! The perfect family Sunday.

Keep Smiling
xxx 

*This post is in collaboration with Fifteen Cornwall and is one that i'm very excited to be working on. All images, words and views are my own.

The Beach at Sundown - The White Company

Stripe Jumper - Link // Shorts - Link // Straw Bag - Link
How lucky are we to live in this beautiful county. On Wednesday we decided to take a break from the routine and took full advantage of the amazing weather. Its so easy to get stuck in a rut isn't it...... wake up, go to work, drive home, make dinner, bath, book, bed. You know the drill and although I am a firm believer in routine especially when you have children, they need that structure and stability in their lives, I do think its just as important to take a break from the mundanity of life and just live a little.

So when I got home from work on Wednesday we packed up our disposable BBQ, some sausages, finger rolls and marshmallows and chocolate biscuits (for S'mores obviously) and headed to Godrevy beach for a little family BBQ at sundown.
The beach is definitely my happy place. No matter how often I visit the beach (and trust me, its a lot) it always takes my breath away.  The tide was out when we arrived so we took a little stroll to the shore and had a paddle in the sea we then played some beach games, drew pictures in the sand and made sand castles then it was time to fire up the barbie.
It gets chilly in the evenings in Cornwall so although its all well and good wearing a bikini in the daytime its always worth taking a jumper or cardigan to keep you warm in the evening. I absolutely love this striped jumper from The White Company because it has two of my favourite things
1. Stripes
2. 100% cotton
Lets face it, you can't go to the beach in this day and age without some sort of straw bag and this one is the perfect size for everything and I mean EVERYTHING. Trust me I had butter, ketchup, bread rolls, a t-shirt, a spade, a towel and my keys all in this bag. I'm pretty sure it belonged to Mary Poppins first.
I finished off the beachy look with these cotton towelling shorts (I've got a thing for cotton) they are so soft and comfortable and are perfect for running after a beachball or for putting on after having a dip in the sea.

All clothing items are available at The White Company and if you use the code SUNSHINE15 you can get 15% off full priced items (valid until 19th June). What are you waiting for.......
It was quite literally the perfect evening. The smell of sausages sizzling on the BBQ, the golden glow from the sun as it started to set, sand between my toes, the salty sea air, marshmallow bursting out of the S'mores. Pure perfection.  It's safe to say we all slept really well that evening.
I encourage you all to the a break from the norm.....it really is so refreshing.

Keep Smiling
xxx

*This post is in collaboration with The White Company - a company that I have loved for many years and am delighted to be working with. All images, words and views are my own.


SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE

This is kinda ridiculous, I mean i'm already over a month into my Spring Capsule and i'm only now sharing the items in my wardrobe. To be fair though we had quite a bit of ice, snow, rain and plummeting temperatures in March that it took me a while to part from my cosy knits, scarves and hats.

I'm still learning with this whole Capsule Wardrobe malarky. Its difficult to know what pieces to add for each season. When I think of Spring I think of floaty light materials and bright and pastel shades, definitely not fluffy socks, thick coats and pompom hats!! I'm pretty sure come next Spring I will have nailed it as I'll have this blogpost as a reference.

Anyway onto the good stuff.  Here is what I have added in my Spring Capsule.  Ive linked any items that are still available or similar but please bare in mind that the majority of my items are past season.

1-Whistles//2-Maison La Biche//3-Second Female//4-Topshop//5-Topshop
6-Marks&Spencer//7-NewLook//8-Topshop//9.Topshop//10.Maison La Biche
11-F&F Tesco//12-F&F Tesco//13-F&F Tesco//14-F&F Tesco//15-Boden 
16-Topshop//17-Topshop//18-Topshop//19-Topshop
20-F&F Tesco//21-Newlook//22-ASOS//23-Zara
24-Topshop//25-Topshop//26-Topshop//27-Newlook
28-Seasalt//29-All Saints//30-NewLook//31-Topshop(Similar)//32-Topshop(Similar)
37-H&M(pink)//38-ASOS(Similar)//39-Dune

So there you have it the entire contents of my spring capsule (i think). Im looking forward to it warming up soon. May is usually a good month weather wise and boy am I looking forward to cracking out my Saltwater sandals next season!

Keep Smiling
xxx

awin