22 November 2015

My Cornwall: The Scarlet Restaurant (3 course lunch)

I turned 28 last week in a very acting my age way of heading down to Cornwall to see some of my oldest and bestest friends and spent the day enjoying good company, good food and a dog walk on the beach thrown in for good measure.

After an eight hour Megabus journey overnight (we wanted to maximise our few days and the trains were extortionately priced) we arrived at our friends home to a warm welcome and a prosecco breakfast - it's not often a girl turns 28 after all.

A friend works at Newquay's The Scarlet Hotel, perched high on the cliff tops and famous for their sea view bedrooms, outdoor hot tubs and luxurious spa. She highly recommend the food to me (her boyfriend is also one of the chefs). I was sold. We booked a table for six and went for the set three courses with a glass of champagne for a fantastic £25pp.

Photo taken from www.coolplaces.co.uk
I'll let these pictures do the talking on how delicious the meal was - even then I don't think my HTC camera did them justice. It was exquisite. I felt well and truly spoilt. There was a veggie, fish and meat option across both starters and mains, I went for: Salmon and cornish crab salad for starter, lamb with dauphinoise potatoes for main and rose water parfait for dessert - with side bread and table water complimentary.

We then moved from the opulent dining room to the upstairs bar for coffee, nestled around a circular table of cushioned seats and intimate lighting, we chatted away until they started setting the tables for dinner and we realised we had been there far too long. Leaving full and happy, the car valet returned our keys and off we went down the rolling hills and make onto the motorway to Helston.

Next trip, us girls have promised ourselves a spa day. For more luxury, visit The Scarlet Hotel website here.

29 September 2015

Getting to know you: San Sebastian, Spain

I didn't know what to expect from my first hen-do abroad. Especially one that had a ban on anything penis related - too tacky. Our hen Abi is getting married in November and we would be fifteen women living in a three levelled Air B&B apartment a stone's throw from the beach . All arrangements were made by Abi's sister and sister-in-law to be - while we were keep in the dark to enjoy the surprises.

Boy was the entire trip full of one beautiful surprise after another. San Sebastian itself is a coastal gem on the Bay of Biscay in Spain's mountainous Basque Country. It's known for it's beaches Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, framed by a picturesque bayfront promenade and world-renowned restaurants with local wines and bite-size regional specialities.


20 September 2015

Cosmopolitan's #Fashfest Catwalk Show

I've been a busy bee at BrandAlley of late working on our partnership with Cosmopolitan Magazine and their #Fashfest catwalk event. Meeting out blogger guests Andreea from Dreaming of Chanel and Elena from Eat, Wear, Travel - we dined on lemon chicken skewers and mini fish pie before heading down to the main event area for apple vodka cocktails and photobooth fun finally joining our team at our table for the live catwalk show.

BrandAlley owned the catwalk with their City Slicker trend, styled by Senior Fashion Editor at Cosmo, Sairey Stemp. Sairey wanted to highlight the designer bag and sunglasses offering at BrandAlley in a sophisticated and smart way and we were thrilled with the results.

See more pics from the event below, what was your favourite look from the show?

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