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THE LONGSTORE CHARLESTOWN

A couple of weeks ago Dylan and I were kindly invited to go along to The Longstore in Charlestown for a date night. We don't get the opportunity to go out much just the two of us in the evenings as it can often be difficult with Dylan's work shifts and also there are only a select few people that know how to look after Fletcher as he has additional needs with his diabetes but with a bit of planning we managed to get a date booked and it really was just what we needed.

We decided to make a real night of it and took the train into St Austell followed by a taxi to Charlestown. I absolutely love Charlestown, its such a cute little village a couple of miles out from St Austell. It has a harbour, a cute little beach, pastel coloured cottages and is home to some really lovely cafes, bars and restaurants. Quite a few scenes from Poldark were filmed there too.
We got there nice and early so that we could take a little walk around the harbour and enjoy the evening. The sky looked beautiful with candy floss clouds and there were other couples walking hand in hand around the harbour taking photos so we did the same :-)
Before heading to the restaurant for our meal we popped into The Winestore which is downstairs from The Longstore for a pre dinner drink. There are SO MANY different wines to choose from but we decided to stick with what we know and ordered our favourite, a glass of Malbec. The atmosphere at The Winestore was so chilled and laid back. I felt so relaxed, warm and cosy whilst we sat at the bar by candlelight sipping on our wine. The perfect start to the evening.
We then headed upstairs to The Longstore for our meal. Again the atmosphere was very chilled, warm and friendly with a bustle from the other tables, low lighting and the most amazing staff. I have to say our waitress Abbi was absolutely brilliant. She was so friendly, attentive, helpful and just all round lovely.
The menu had recently changed that week and staff get to try the new menu before it goes out to the public so Dylan ordered the wild mushroom arancini to start on Abbi's recommendation and I had the slow braised shredded beef brisket on toasted sourdough with parmesan and crispy shallots from the specials board. It was AMAZING! and let me tell you something else...... I don't like mushrooms but I tried Dylan's arancini and it was honestly divine.
Moving onto mains. I went for the chargrilled chicken supreme and Dylan had the steak. My main was so tasty, I really am a sucker for anything with chorizo in it an there was chorizo aplenty in this dish and Dylan said that his steak was delicious.

We then finished off with dessert. I chose the apple upside down cake which was absolutely delightful and Dylan opted for the cranberry and blood orange mess.
I really can't fault anything about The Longstore. It was the perfect evening in a beautiful location, great atmosphere, friendly staff, incredible food and we left with full bellies and happy hearts.

Keep Smiling
xx

*Our meal and drinks were very kindly gifted for review purposes but as always my words and thoughts are all my own and I would only ever recommend somewhere that I genuinely loved

UNA ST IVES- A FINAL HURRAH TO SUMMER

*GIFTED STAY

I was born and bred in Cornwall and have visited many local attractions, fishing villages, beaches, hotels and restaurants in my 35 years of living here and I'm always on the lookout for somewhere new to try. You can imagine my excitement when I was very kindly invited to stay at Una St Ives recently.

Una is a luxury holiday resort based in Carbis Bay, St Ives. Those of you that have followed my instagram or read this blog for a while will already know that St Ives is my favourite place in Cornwall. Its a magical little seaside town with the most beautiful cobbled streets and pretty pastel doors.  Its no surprise that St Ives is one of the top destinations to visit in Cornwall, in my opinion it has the best beaches in the South West (Carbis Bay being one of them). Una is in a great location with it being only a 5 minute train ride to St Ives town from Carbis Bay train station. If you've never travelled to St Ives on the train before its a sight to behold. Its the most beautiful train journey EVER!

On arrival at Una we were greeted by the very friendly reception staff and we were even lucky enough to have a tour of the site. There is a lot of exciting work happening at the site currently as there are plans to expand Una with a hotel to compliment the already beautiful lodges along with extensive leisure facilities, apartments and villas and an extension to the gorgeous restaurant Una Kitchen. I can't wait to visit again next year to see the changes and try out all the new facilities.

RECEPTION
The first thing I noticed upon entering the main reception area was that it was so welcoming with a water station and glasses available for guests and a friendly smile from the reception staff. I also couldn't help but notice they had the same light shades that I have in my bedroom (but in copper - mine is white).





UNA KITCHEN
The restaurant decor is divine. I fell in love with the white/rattan chairs (I want some for my own house!) and not only does Una Kitchen look pretty the food is pretty spectacular too. The waiting staff were amazing and so friendly. We enjoyed dinner and breakfast along with our stay. I couldn't wait to try out the pizza from the wood fired pizza oven. YUM!  Obviously I opted for the waffles for breakfast. You've gotta treat yourself sometimes. Fletch and Dylan both opted for a full english breakfast.




THE LODGE
Una has a range of different lodges to choose from (including pet friendly) depending on the size of your party. They have 2,3 and 4 bedroom lodges sleeping up to 8 and some have hot tubs outside too. We stayed in a 4 bed which was beautifully decorated and had everything you could possibly need for a self catering stay. From pots and pans to a dishwasher, washing machine a hoover and more. It was like a home from home. There was even a pint of milk and a carton of orange in the fridge which was a nice touch and also very handy as the first thing I want when I walk through the door of any building is a cup of tea! The beds were super comfy and our bedroom had a balcony which I very much enjoyed looking out at in the mornings.








LEISURE FACILITIES
We made full use of the leisure facilities and spa during our stay. Una has a fully equipped gym, a fitness studio with daily fitness classes, a pool, children's pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The pool is clean, bright and airy and perfect for everyone including families with small children.

I thought I'd treat myself during our stay and booked myself in for a back, shoulder and neck massage on one of the mornings. I was booked in with a lovely lady called Rachel who had such a warm and kind manner. It didn't take long for all my troubles to melt away and it made me realise that I really need to make more time for me.




I hope you have enjoyed my little tour of Una. We honestly had the nicest time whilst we were there and Im really excited to see how all the new developments unfold. If you are planning on staying in Cornwall I would highly recommend checking out Una. It is in such a great location being so close to St Ives and the gorgeous beach of Carbis Bay and the resort really is stunning.

Keep Smiling
xxx


SELF CARE (THE BEAUTY EDITION)

What do you do to make you feel good? I love me a bit of self care, anything from a face mask or a massage or just a bubble bath. Its good to feel good and I thought I'd just share the things that I like to do to make me feel like the best version of myself.

MORNING SHOWER
I can't start the day without a quick shower in the mornings to help wake me up and feel and smell fresh as a daisy. I love using my favourite shower gels (Bath & Bodyworks Snowflakes + Cashmere is my absolute fave) and having a good scrub. The best way to start the day.
NAILS
I get my nails done every 2 weeks by my fantastic nail tech Jamie. I've been going to him for the last 2 years and love coming up with colour combos and changing things up through the seasons. I genuinely look forward to nail day (mainly for the banter as well as the fresh nails).
HAIR
I get my hair coloured and cut every 4 months by the hair genius that is Holly Kendall. This girl is a wizard with scissors and a colouring brush and some foils. I pretty much always have balayage as I find this to be low maintenance and then I tend to switch it up with more browns in autumn/winter and more blonde highlights in spring/summer. I like to look after my hair in between salon visits with purple shampoo and treatments.  I have a full blogpost on my hair routine here if you fancy reading what I use on my hair.
SKINCARE
Its no secret that I love skincare. I can't remember the last time I went to bed with my make up on. Ive got a solid daytime and nighttime skin care routine that involves cleanser, toner, eye cream, serum, SPF and moisturiser. I love trying out different skincare brands but some of my favourites are Dermalogica (*gifted items in pic), Elemis, Dr Jart, Bare Minerals and Kiehls.  Every so often I really like to treat myself to a spa day where I usually opt for a facial or a massage.  If I could afford to have a facial at a spa or salon every month I would but I can't so I shan't and instead just stick to at home facials. All you need is a good face exfoliator, cleanser, face mask, toner and serum/moisturiser (in that order).  
BROWS/LASHES
I cannot rave enough about Revitilash. I bought the advanced lash conditioner last year and have used it every night since. It makes your lashes GROW! I've always been very fortunate to have quite long lashes anyway but this just took them to another level and also made them thicker too. 

I've since started using the Revitabrow advanced conditioner* which I've also had some pretty awesome results with. Along with these products I also like to tint and wax my brows which I actually do myself as I am actually a qualified beauty therapist. Getting your brows tamed and tinted makes such difference and really frames your face.
BUBBLE BATH
Is there anything better than slipping into a bath with bubbles to the brim, slapping a face mask on {I'm a big fan of sheet masks} and popping on a play list or propping your iPad on your bath caddy and watching your favourite show. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh 
FAKE TAN
It will come as no surprise when I say that Tanya Whitebits is my favourite fake tan. Its one of those fake tans that you can kinda slap on and it will never go wrong. I also love that it doesn't have that overpowering smell of biscuits that so many other fake tans have. This one smells like baby powder to me. I always feel so much better when I have a bit of colour to my skin and this is the safest way to do it. (*gifted)
I hope you enjoyed reading about the little things that make a big difference to how I feel. I hope you all remember to take some time out for yourself.

Keep Smiling 
xxx

awin