Exploring Cornwall Week 16

Mousehole Harbour Cornwall

We have lived in Cornwall for over 3 years now and there are still so many places we are yet to visit. I think we are all guilty of becoming complacent with where you live, getting used to the beauty that first drew you to live there in the first place. I know that I haven’t explored as much of Cornwall as I should have over the past few months. So we have decided every month from now to do a little staycation within Cornwall and visit a town or village that we have never been to before. Cornwall is not short of destinations to wow you!

Mousehole High Street

So for our first trip, I picked Penzance, we have been to St Ives many times but for some reason, we have never popped over to Penzance. I had been scoping out the lovely Artist Residence and had wanted to stay here for so long. It is such a lovely boutique hotel chain. They have properties in London, Brighton, Oxford and Penzance. The decor and aesthetic are right up my street and I managed to get a cracking deal & get a nights stay for only £80.

This small boutique hotel has only 22 room and a cosy 3-bed cottage all set in a stunning Georgian house. I wanted to move in and never EVER leave. Downstairs is a bar and smokehouse restaurant, every day they have a happy hour in the bar – half-price cocktails which we took full advantage of.

The hotel is on a beautiful street which leads down to the sea and the famous Penzanze Lido (if you’re brave enough to take a dip). It is very central and a great base to explore Penzance and the nearby towns too.

Exploring Mousehole Cornwall

On our first day, we ate at possibly the friendliest and most delicious pizzeria in the town centre, called Totti. They had a few Vegan options and we couldn’t resist a sourdough garlic bread & a pizza (give me all the carbs).  They’re a plastic-free restaurant and all of their soft drinks are sweetener free. I’m so pleased we fueled up on pizza before we attempted the coastal walk from Penzance to Mousehole!

We landed beyond lucky with the weather, cloudless skies and pavement splitting sunshine. So we took that as a good omen to walk part of the Cornish coastal path, this is such a popular thing to do and if you can time it out of season as we did you don’t come across too many people. It is so peaceful and the views, out over the sea are just stunning. We walked down the front of Penzance and through Newlyn to Mousehole. Where we explored all the tiny, winding streets and imagined a life living in such a pretty harbour village. We petted many cute dogs and found a great cafe right on the harbour to have a well-earned cuppa and slice of cake.

Mousehole is full of pretty galleries, gift shops and restaurants. It might be small but it is utterly charming and it is a place that forces you to slow down and take your time. Just take in the views and sit on the harbour watching the world go by.

We walked back to Penzance after a couple of hours just as the sun was setting over the Jubilee Pool and the light was beautiful. If it hadn’t of been February I would have bought an Ice-Cream!

Penzance is home to St Michale’s Mount, and it’s a great place to use as a base to explore West Cornwall It is only 10 miles from Lands End, the famous Minnac Theatre and of course it is close to St Ives which is one of my favourite places in Cornwall.

Jubilee Lido Penzance

Penzance Cornwall

Penzance Architecture

 

The Chocolate House Penzance

Artist Residence Penzance

Our room at the Artist Residence was so cosy and beautifully decorated. Lots of reclaimed wood, a cast iron roll top bath in the bedroom and the comfiest queen size bed. It is one of those hotels where you would buy all the fixtures and fittings in a heartbeat. The toiletries were Bramley and very luxurious. They provided everything you needed, shampoo, conditioner, body wash & lotion, bath soak, hand wash and lotion. I felt utterly pampered.

the artist residence Cornwall

Bedroom artist residence Penzance

artist residence hotel penzance

It was so nice to get away, even if only 30miles from home & for one night. We relaxed, explored and ate so much good food. Looking forward to next months staycation, it is a good one!

There was no shortage of places to eat in Penzance with Vegan options, we ate at Archie Browns, Totti Pizza and a cheeky Corish Pasty (you have to have at least 1 pasty!).

Miller Harris Lost In The City Fragrance

Miller Harris LOST in the City Fragrance

Lost In The City Miller Harris Fragrance

Miller Harris Lost in the City EDP – 100ml/£140

Although I currently live in the beautiful Cornish countryside I’m 100% a city girl at heart so this beautiful fragrance from Miller Harris really appealed to me. Miller Harris has created a fragrance that gives a nod to the beauty of rural Britain but with an urban twist. They wanted to use ingredients that can be found growing wild in London which makes this fragrance a wonderful mix of the fresh outdoors combined with hints of a Summer in a city.  Lost in the city really is everything you can imagine and more. I am loving its crisp, fresh notes especially as Spring is fast approaching.

Miller Harris EDP Lost

The fresh, lush notes really contrast with crisp, sharp notes and that’s what makes this fragrance really interesting and just the right amount of unusual to make it different. It has everything I look for in a fragrance and more.

Head Notes: Bergamot Zest, Angelica Seed, Blackcurrant

Heart Notes: Rhubarb, Rose petals, Geranium

Base Notes: Earl Grey Tea, Crisp Amber, Musk

I love the initial zesty, fruity notes, they’re so refreshing and work so well layered with the pretty light floral notes of rose and geranium mixed with that bold sharp rhubarb which is so unusual. Finally, the rich musk, amber and Earl grey tea leave you with such an intense, warm and sophisticated scent. This perfume is such a treat and the notes contrast yet compliment each other and that for me makes it a stand out perfume. I have been loving wearing it and it is a fragrance that lasts ALL day long, it does not fade away but stays full and rich for hours. It is such a luxurious scent and it makes me feel amazing when I wear it.

Miller Harris LOST Perfume

In keeping with Miller Harris’ environmental principles, the packaging uses sustainable or recycled materials in surprising new ways, teaming up with Smile Plastics, whose unique composites are made from waste materials, from bottle tops to yoghurt pots, to create distinctive and beautiful fragrance holders which can be reused as keepsake boxes. It looks almost like marble and the bottle looks really pretty sat in the holder on your vanity. It is so nice to see a brand using recycled materials in their packaging.

I think this is the ideal scent for the fresh, warmer months, so if you’re looking to add a new fragrance to your collection I highly recommend checking out Miller Harris Lost in the City.

Miller Harris LOST in the City Fragrance

Miller Harris is available online at www.millerharris.co.uk or you can search for your nearest stockest here

All Miller Harris products are vegan, suitable for vegetarians and Cruelty-free. You can be confident that their products are formulated entirely without animal-derived products.

*This post contains PR samples that were gifted for review purpose.

Baylis and Harding Pink Fizz & Elderflower

Baylis and Harding Pink Prosecco and Elderflower Collection

I’ve reviewed quite a few Baylis & Harding collections since I started blogging and they always seem to bring a great mix of affordable quality! I have loved their past few Valentine’s Collections but I have to say this latest Pink Fizz and Elderflower Collection is right up my street. The packaging is super feminine and romantic and it has a nice luxurious look.

This scent is quite fun, sweet and feminine. The great thing about this collection is the sheer range of products and gift sets available. Whether you’re looking for a small token gift or a larger more special gift set they have you covered. All budgets will be able to find a fab gift for that special someone this Valentine’s Day. Baylis and Harding really are excellent at affordable luxury and they always do fantastic gift sets!

NEW Baylis and Harding Valentines Gift Ideas

The Pink Fizz & Elderflower is the brand new scent for Spring from Baylis & Harding and this collection comes in the most pretty delicate pink packaging with stunning gold and light blue highlights. It is a collection that will be perfect for all ages. There are so many incredible gift ideas in this scent.

A blend of Pink Fizz top notes and hint of Elderflower creating a fresh, contemporary fragrance. It is a really fun scent and one that smells fresh and sweet!

Pink Fizz & Elderflower Bath Bubbles – £7.00 from Tesco

Pink Fizz & Elderflower Pamper Gift Set – £20 from Amazon

Pink Fizz & Elderflower Hand Wash – £2.00 from Tesco or on offer until 19/2 for £1.61 on Ocado

Baylis and Harding Valentines Collection

Baylis & Harding Pink Fizz & Elderflower Bath Bubbles Gift Bag

How adorable is this, I love the way they’ve made it look like a bottle of prosecco in a bottle bag. It makes the perfect gift for anyone that enjoys a relaxing bath! You get a whopping 500ml of product in this bottle and the soft pink bottle will look fab in your bathroom. It will make a lovely indulgent treat for someone you love.

Baylis & Harding Pink Fizz & Elderflower Luxury Bathing Set

This gift set come beautifully presented in a stunning pink & light blue box, with a cutout heart detail on the top. It is so romantic and contains everything needed for an at-home pamper session.

  • 300ml shower Crème
  • 300ml Hand & body lotion
  • 150g Soap
  • 130ml Body Wash
  • Body Polisher

Baylis and Harding Pink Prosecco Fizz

Pink Fizz & Elderflower Hand Wash

I have used so many of the Baylis & Harding handwashes over the years and they are incredible value for money, again like the bubble bath you get 500ml of product which is going to last you months. I have them in my bathrooms and everyone comments on the scent (I have the Pink Gin Fizz in atm). The scent really lingers and makes the whole room (and your hands) smell wonderful.

So if you’re looking for a few Valentine’s Gift ideas that are affordable but fantastic quality then I am sure you will find something in this collection that fits the bill! I have my eye on the Candle which looks and sounds beautiful.

The great think about Baylis & Harding is you can find their products in most major supermarkets, Boots and also online at Amazon, which means you can pick up gifts last minute whilst you do your food shop or from the comfort of your sofa.

*this post contains PR samples

Emporio Armani In Love With You

In Love With You Armani

When it comes to Armani fragrances I have remained loyal to Si for years, it is one of my all-time favourite perfumes, so when Armani asked if I’d like to try their latest release, In Love With You I wondered how it would compare to Si. Let me tell you right out of the gate that they are so different and there is room in your fragrance collection for both! Si is a little more grown up and undeniably feminine. Whereas ‘In Love With You’ EDP is sweet and sexy but with a modern intense twist.

Armani, In Love With You Perfume.

Emporio Armani In Love With You EDP

In Love With You is a brand new women’s fragrance launched nationwide on January 30th 2019 and is a rich, fruity bold scent. It is quite intense and a little more playful than Armani Si and I like it!

It comes in a lovely simple, weighty bottle with a silver cap and the Armani Logo embossed into the spray cap. Those subtle details make the product feel so much more luxurious.

New Armani Perfume for 2019. In Love with You EDP

Top Notes – of black currant, cherry and raspberry.

Heart Notes of jasmine absolute and rose

Base Notes of wormwood, vanilla, patchouli and vetiver.

This fragrance has a great mix of floral, fruity and warm notes that work to make this scent intense, juicy and modern. It is the perfect scent for strong, sophisticated women. A wonderful day to night fragrance, the berry notes make it juicy and fresh, perfect for daytime. But if you apply it more liberally the sexy, adventurous heady base notes make it the perfect evening scent too.

Patchouli and vetiver are two of my favourite notes in a fragrance, I am always drawn to these notes and think they make a scent really edgy and interesting. I think the mix of notes works so well together. I love the sweetness of the fruity notes that give you that initial youthful feel. Then the floral notes make it a little more feminine and sophisticated and the base notes give it that sexy, modern scent. The layers compliment each other so well.

Emporio Armani In Love With You Perfume. New for 2019

If you’re looking for a new scent for 2019, I have to say this perfume from Emporio Armani has to be top of your shopping list. I think it is a scent that will have such a wide appeal. If you get the change to get to an Armani counter you have to try it for yourself. Make sure you spritz it and let it settle so you can really appreciate all the notes, you will not be disappointed.

Or if you need ideas for a Valentine’s Gift then look no further. This perfume would make such a thoughtful, luxurious gift for someone special.

Available nationwide and at www.armanibeauty.co.uk from 30th January 2019

RRP: £90 (100ml / £68 (50ml)

*This product was gifted to me as a PR sample. All the words and views are 100% my own.