Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Fifteen Cornwall Review


Fifteen Cornwall is a restaurant I have only ever dined at once and it was over a lunchtime around Christmas couple of years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it then so I was pretty certain I would enjoy a sunset dinner in spring. This time I got to indulge in this decadent experience with my husband, not just with friends and he was just as excited I was about the prospect of enjoying wonderful food and cocktails together. 

Here's how we found our Friday night at Fifteen. 

Upon arrival, we were welcomed with a smile and immediately seated on a table overlooking the stunning Watergate Bay. The sea mist had started to clear, allowing the sun to make an appearance. Our night began with a cocktail and due to my pregnancy, I opted for an alcohol-free beverage, with us both leaving it to the team to choose our tipple of choice. 

It actually took us a while to decide what to eat, everything on the menu looked so delicious it seemed impossible to choose. Luckily the staff are well equipt to answer any questions about the menu, which felt extremely comforting. Their passion and enthusiasm for the food and drink at Fifteen are infectious!

Finally, we made our choices, which for those interested were: 


INSALATA 

Mozzarella, broccoli, almonds
Speck, apple, rocket, capers

SECONDI 

Dry aged Cornish T-Bone, rocket, parmesan (to share)

CONTORNI

Carrots, lentils, salsa, rafana
Cornish Potatoes



Every course did not disappoint. 

The simplicity yet attention to detail worked perfectly together. I often feel when meals have very little ingredients it's hard for to hide their quality or lack thereof and luckily for Fifteen their produce quality is so high that every mouthful tasted divine. Locally sourced, well prepared and perfectly seasoned.


Now, let's talk about the decor!

Major interior envy ... their minimal, Nordic, boho, beach vibe made the whole experience that little more enjoyable. The restaurant had a very contemporary feel which I very much enjoy and with the open kitchen at the heart made the dining experience all the more wonderful. 

Our cocktail and wine pairing could not be faulted, Ben and I very much enjoyed every beverage we indulged in. 

All in all our experience couldn't have gone any better and to anyone who is considering booking a special evening at Fifteen, I urge you to do it! If you enjoy dining by sunset you will love an evening here. 
















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All profits from Fifteen Cornwall go to its registered charity, Cornwall Food Foundation and together they manage the award-winning Apprentice Programme. 
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Monday, 30 April 2018

Aluna & Ginger Cocktail

Sometimes the best flavour combinations are the simplest and this doesn't just apply to food, I also believe you cannot beat a simple cocktail. This 3 ingredient cocktail is up there as one of my favourites. It's fresh, spicy with a hint of paradise tones from the Aluna Coconut Rum. It's a great one to make at home if you fancy an after work treat of something to toast with friends.










I N G R E D I E N T S

Organic Ginger Beer
Fresh Lime
Ice 

M E T H O D

Simply add the shot of Aluna into a short glass, which has been filled with ice. 
Squeeze in the juice of half a lime and add the other half sliced to the glass.
Pour Giner Beer over the rum, ice and link. 
Stir once and serve.


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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Pregnancy Skincare

Well, if you haven't already seen ... I am pregnant! 23 weeks to be exact and as a little introduction to my journey into motherhood, I am going, to begin with, a Pregnancy Skincare blog post.

If you're a regular follower of mine then you will know I am a BIG fan of homemade face oils and also the Living Sea Therapy products. Now more than ever skincare seems to be extremely important to me and as soon as I knew I was pregnant, which was in fact very early - 2 weeks to be exact, I began covering my stomach, legs and boobs in homemade oils and body butter. I guess becoming aware that my body was about to take on a dramatic transformation made me more conscious that I had to help it out a little along this crazy journey and keep it as hydrated as possible.

I did a little research on the essential oils to avoid (which I will share in another post) and began mixing up a variety of blends. Naturally, there is no way of me guaranteeing I will avoid ending up with stretch marks but to be honest I am not too worried about this. If I do have stretch marks at the end of my pregnancy then so be it. It's completely natural and something that I will learn to love and embrace, as I have done with my current scars and stretch marks.

So, let's get onto the regime! This is something I do every morning and before I go to bed.




Step One

H O M E M A D E   B O D Y   O I L

3 Drops Lavender
3 Drops Neroli
3 Drops Frankincense
2 Table Spoons Sweet Almond Oil

Want to know why I've chosen these oils? Well here is why.

Lavender: Calming, relaxing and has a great ability to tone and heal skin.
Neroli: Revitalising, evens skin tone and can prevent sagging.
Frankincense: Helps tighten skin tissue, prevents skin sagging and wrinkles
Sweet Almond Oil: An amazing oil to use as a carrier for all of the above.

Method

Apply a small amount into the palm of your hands and massage into the areas you see changes. For me, that's my boobs, hips, waist and stomach. Next up apply the Living Sea Therapy Body Butter.



Step Two


Some Key Ingredients


LIVING SEA COMPLEX®

Living Sea Complex® combines the unique geology of the Lizard peninsula with powerful, distilled Cornish Sea Salt Minerals and a trio of wild Cornish Atlantic seaweeds from the Cornish Seaweed company. Read on below to find out a little more about the key components.

PURE ESSENTIAL OILS

The bouquet from this essential oils triplet of frankincense, palmarosa and neroli is a wonderful combination for your mind and skin. Spicy, lemony and floral, these oils help rejuvenate and regenerate your skin by regulating moisture and oil production while aiding concentration for a stressed mind.


Method

Scoop the body butter into your palms and begin massaging into the same areas as you did with the oil. 



As you can see it's nothing too fancy, it's just simply nourishing the skin with natural oils and vitamin and mineral rich body butter. Like I said, I cannot say where this will prevent any stretch marks but I guess time will tell and if it doesn't that's ok! 

Stay tuned for my pregnancy posts coming soon. 


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Monday, 9 April 2018

Azura Bay Swimwear

S U M M E R   V I B E S   A R E   C O M I N G

It finally feels like Spring which means here in the UK we are getting ever closer to my favourite season … swimwear season! Now, yes I know this isn’t really a season but let’s just pretend it is for now. So with all this sunshine filled excitement I thought I would share some of my favourite Azura Bay Summer vibes. These images were all captured by Megan Hemsworth on our January trip to Fuerteventura. 

For those of you that have been following my blog for a while now, firstly thank you, it means a lot that you care about what I write and secondly you will know this isn’t my first collaboration with Azura Bay, I have lost track at how many collaborations we have worked on but it’s clear to say I love what the brand stands for. Azura Bay stock ethically sourced, eco-luxe lingerie, nightwear and swimwear, it’s chosen by women, for women. I love the values behind the brand and that Ashely the owner of Azura Bay knows exactly where and how each garment has been made. 

Well, that’s enough from me, I will let the images and the swimwear do the talking. I have included my sizes below so you can get an idea of what I am wearing and if there are any questions just send me a DM on Instagram or drop me an email to corinnevans@gmail.com


































Shop the looks: www.azurabay.com

Wearing M in all looks

Photo Credit: Megan Hemsworth 
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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Wellness Wednesday

Recently I have taken some much needed time out from work. I have had time to catch up on a life (well most of it) and enjoy the simple pleasures that bring me so much joy, but in all honesty, I am quite easily pleased. I don't need fancy champagne filled lunches and spa days - even though they are pretty lovely! Sometimes I just need to be able to wake up without an alarm, enjoy my home in the daylight, drink a fresh put of camomile tea and give myself an at-home manicure. All simple pleasures but put together they make for a pretty lovely day for me. 

Having the time to enjoy the sunlight through my lounge windows as I sip on the calming elixir has left me feeling completely recharged. I didn't need to leave the house or pay a small fortune. 

I picked up this beautiful little teapot from Flying Tiger, the mug is from TK Max and of course, the skincare products were gifted from my sponsors Living Sea Therapy. I think you'll agree that the colours all compliment each other, especially on my handmade The Resin Workshop Co coffee table, handmade by my husband.

I guess I wanted to share this blog post with you to give you all a little insight into how I spend my days off when the waves aren't great and I have no plans. I really am quite the home bird at times and I wouldn't have it any other way. 




Photos by Checkered Photography 
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPIE

Right guys its Spring...yes it's here and although the temperature may not have warmed up enough not to wear slippers in the house I am going to brighten up your day with my tropical smoothie bowl.


As a perfect follow up to my Quick and Easy Breakfast blog post, I thought I would share my not so quick but oh so easy Smoothie Bowl recipe which is perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast. The ingredients are all extremely delicious and completely dairy free. Be as creative with your toppings, and smoothie flavour combinations, but here is a particular favourite of mine.



Mango Smoothie Bowl Recipe 

I N G R E D I E N T S

Smoothie Bowl

Frozen Mango
Banana
Diary Free Yoghurt 
Coconut Milk 

Toppings 

Grapes
Kiwi 
















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Photos by Megan Hemsworth





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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

I absolutely love the morning time, I like to rise early and take my time to get ready for the day. I always find the time to have breakfast, a mug of coffee and collect my thoughts before work. I also make sure I have enough time to carry out my daily skincare regime.

Over winter I find my skin needs just as my time and care as in the summer, it needs hydrating, scrubbing and nourishing. Sometimes it can feel like a chore but making time to take care of yourself is something I personally don't think you will ever regret and it's been one area of my life that I have really tried to focus more energy on. It's so easy to neglect your self-care routine but I am a strong believer in starting your day right and for me that includes breakfast and my morning skincare routine.



Here is my fuss-free morning skincare routine

Step One 

Once I week I like to give my face a good old scrub! I only do this once a week because it's not good to scrub too much and I personally find once a week works for me and my skin. I don't bother using a specific face scrub because I have found that my Living Sea Therapy Body Polish works not only on my body but also my face. 
I start by dampening my face and then apply the scrub all over. I also like to make sure if give my lips a little scrub too. Over the cold winter months, I find my lips can become quite dry and chapped and this really helps remove any dead skin and dry areas.  

Step Two 

Now I am scrubbed I like to apply my homemade toner. Yes, I said homemade because I am super cool like that and like to make my own skincare products. I love using homemade products just as much as do pre-made ones and I always try to find the balance between the two. My homemade skin toner consists of: 

2tbsp Witch Hazel
3tbsp Fresh Water
2tbsp Rose Water
1tbsp Citrus Oil 

This is just a rough guide, I like to add different oils and waters into the mix depending on my mood at the time but I find that the combination of the Witch Hazel and Rose Water balance my skin out perfectly. I love adding this to a spritzer bottle so I can have it with me when I am on the go. I find it acts as a great hydration booster, which is needed with all the central heating I seem to be sounded by at the moment. I simply spritz it on or apply it topically to my face and let it dry. 

Step Three

The last two steps in this routing are my favourite because it's all about hydrating my skin! Just like the skin toner, I make my own face oil, and again I don't really follow a recipe I simply add a mix of oils that I know work well together and that suit my skin type. Essential oils are pretty powerful tools so be sure to do your research and if unsure about the products you should be using consult an aromatherapist. My favourite oil combination to use is:

Jojoba Oil
Rose Oil
Neroli Oil 
Avocado Oil 

I add all of these ingredients into a bottle ensuring the Jojoba Oil is the carrier (meaning there is more of this than any other) I shake it well to ensure they are all mixed together. I find this great to use morning, night and even in the day, especially after a surf. 

Last Step

My final step to hydration is applying Living Sea Therapy Body Butter to my face and neck. Now, this may seem a little strange to some to apply body butter to my face but honestly, it's been a complete game changer in my skincare regime. I have been using the Living Sea Therapy products since teaming up with them in November last year and have loved every single product I have used. Their products all contain Cornish Sea Salt and Cornish Seaweed which not only awakens my senses every time I use them but they also contain a wide variety of healing properties - read more HERE. 



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