So I’ve fallen in love with Cornwall. I went once before as one of my best friends is from there and we had a girly getaway exploring tea rooms and a little bit of the nightlife but this time I really felt like I got to experience what Cornwall is all about; vast countryside, epic dramatic beaches, cosy cottages, incredible seafood and I even took to the ocean for the first time with a surfboard! I’m basically a wannabe Cornish surfer gal now! So I thought I’d share a little bit about my most recent trip to this beautiful part of the world with you because if you haven’t been then pack your cosiest pjs, a wetsuit and get your butt there. Here’s what we got up to…
“Sleep, drink water and treat your skin”
The fabulous Balance Me natural skincare team whisked me and a small group of girlies to Rock for this dreamy escape. I’ve been in love with Balance Me skincare all year and hosted a Pilates and skin scanning event with them in the Summer, read more about my favourites in my previous blog post here. We were there to celebrate their new Hyaluronic Plumping Mist. I was so excited to add this to my current skincare routine and with the support of the sunshine, sea water, strong winds and fantastic night’s sleep my skin felt calm, plump and refreshed by the end of our trip.
I’ve been using the mist since last week and I love how it gives my skin a slightly taut feeling, not in a “I can’t move my face” way but in bright “surely I’ll never get wrinkles in my life now” way. The result is just like I have read at Ashley’s blog. It’s also been in my bag as I whizz around London between clients, meetings and workouts to keep my skin feeling hydrated and balanced.
What I LOVE more than anything about Balance Me though is their holistic approach to everything which starts with their girl boss founders and sisters Clare and Rebecca. Knowing the people and story behind a brand is becoming more and more important to me and my friends so it was so wonderful to spend time with these empowering women as well as the rest of the Balance Me team and the other girlies Naturally Sassy, Natalie Glaze, Kimberly Parsons and Bonnie Rakhit. 48 hours with these girlies talking about everything from the impact social media has to styles of yoga, our dreams for the future, our favourite travel destinations to raising children in today’s world, left me feeling feeling open and determined to continue being me.
“Behind every successful women is a tribe of successful women, who have her back.”
So you can fly to Cornwall and it’s easy peasy if you don’t mind the airport part, not even an hour in the air from London Gatwick to Newquay. I attempted to get into my never-ending novel, Shantaram. Yes I’m STILL reading it and I drafted a few emails but we were touching now in no time and as soon as we landed I melted into “escape” mode- my favourite mode to be in.
We stayed at Shalmar Hallow, one of the two CK Rock cottages which was honestly one of the most beautiful places I’ve stayed. The large open plan kitchen and dining area was my favourite part of the house and was perfect for a group of busy career focused girlies who love food! We spent a lot of time chilling out, eating delicious food and working on a laptops here in between getting facials from Balance Me’s magnificent facialist Mandy Oxley Swan, taking runs around the hilly coastal countryside and getting stretchy with yoga instructor and co-founder of Balance Me Clare Hopkins.
“Give me the sea and a little cottage just to be.”
We were so lucky to have such gorgeous sunshine during our trip but I can imagine Cornwall being just as magical on it’s rainy days. We even sat outside for lunch overlooking Watergate Bay. Watergate Bay Hotel is a must visit! We spent the afternoon here, most of which was spent eating the amazing food they have to offer. The hotel has 5 restaurants including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen but we were incredibly content in their Living Room space which is a vast casual dining area overlooking the never ending bay. It has one of those menus where you want to try EVERYTHING! We shared piri piri fried squid and portobello fried mushrooms to start and then I went for the Gado gado, an Indonesian salad of green beans, salad potatoes, leaves, white radish, cucumber, carrot, chilli, egg, prawn crackers and peanut sauce with crispy prawns. Oh how I didn’t want it to end.
We had one evening eating out in Padstow at Rick Stein’s St Petroc’s Bistro where we had a beautiful candle lit dining room, bubbles on the go and more insanely delicious fish dish. When I’m by the sea, I can’t not choose the fish option. What I love most about these trips is how much like a little family you become with who you’re travelling with. It’s one of the many reasons I always encourage people to come to my retreats alone because you end up with a bunch of amazing new besties!
I’m a big believer that if you have good skincare then you really don’t need much make up and I love these types of girls trips and retreats where you can be as fresh faced and natural as you like and I pretty much lived in my PJs, cosy knits and new Every Second Counts jumpsuit for the entire trip which is so comfortable and versatile.
“Surf life- sorry couldn’t make it I had a board meeting.”
So I can’t not talk about the fact I surfed! Well… I say surfed, I maybe mean body boarded and kneeled on a surf board riding a wave. It’s been on my list for ages so was super excited/apprehensive to see it on our itinerary. Oh my goodness it’s bliming hard but also exhilarating, fun and hilarious when you just go for it. There were so many times I face planted the ocean, missed a wave and nearly got taken out by the wind and my board but it’s all part of the fun and once you start actually getting up on the board and seeing the other girlies take them on, it becomes addictive.
The guys from George’s Surf School were incredible teachers and made me feel calm, well informed and like it was a peace of cake which is kind of the attitude you need. I can’t wait to get out there again but wouldn’t mind Bali next time. It was pretty cold! Nothing that a post surf hot chocolate couldn’t sort out though.
So returning home felt like coming out of a bubble but a bubble that I’ll remember forever.
Love, Lottie x
*This post is not sponsored, all opinions and words are always genuinely my own.