18 April 2016

Harbour Moon, Mousehole

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After leaving St Ives, my boyfriend and I parted with our friends and made our way over to Mousehole to what would be the most memorable trip ever. Mousehole is an adorable quaint little village right on the harbour on the other side of Cornwall to St Ives, next to Penzance. During our visit we stayed in a cottage called Harbour Moon, from a company called Beachspoke which was the most incredible two story cottage and decorated perfectly for it's setting. What I loved the most about the cottage was that it keep in with the theme of being right on the harbour with details of the sea and ships all over the place. Along with the decor I love that way that the space in the cottage has been utilised to not only make the place feel bigger but also bringing in as much light as possible with huge mirrors and a large see through section on the bedroom upstairs. My favourite room in the cottage was by far the bedroom as it had a huge beautiful bed overlooking the stunning cornish harbour and leads onto the bathroom in a sort of open plan design whilst also feeling like two separate rooms. 

We stayed in Harbour Moon for 2 nights which was a lovely amount of time, I'd definitely say that a 1 night stay wouldn't be enough time as it's so homely you feel like you really want to settle in for a good few nights.

As a place to visit, Mousehole is very different to St Ives in that there are only a few pubs near by so I'd recommend having a car if you plan to say in the area. There are however some very pretty coastal walks near by and of course the harbour to explore. Instead of eating out we actually made the most of our cottage and made a huge roast on one of our evenings which was made super cosy with the log fire in the centre of the lounge. It was actually on this evening with champagne in hand and a roaring fire in the background that my boyfriend made me the happiest girl in the world and proposed! It was just the most perfect setting and I couldn't have wished for anything more. 

As you can imagine I'm now somewhat biased toward our beautiful Harbour Moon cottage and Cornwall as it now holds such a life changing memory but even before the proposal I absolutely adored the place. Beachspoke also have a few more cottages dotted around St Ives and the Cotswolds and each one is uniquely decorated and different. If you're interested in staying in a boutique cottage I couldn't recommend them enough. They get booked up pretty quickly so I'd try and book in advance but it's definitely worth the wait.


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15 April 2016

Falling In Love With St Ives


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Primrose Valley St Ives

Primrose Valley St Ives

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St Ives Cornwall

St Ives Cornwall


As much as I love London nothing quite beats heading out to the coast for a few days to breath in some fresh sea air and blow away the cob webs. Last weekend my boyfriend and our friends headed down to Cornwall for a good few days to eat too much seafood and drink far too many gin cocktails. We started our trip in St Ives and stayed at the cute boutique hotel Primrose Valley, which I'd highly recommend if you're staying in St Ives. It's walking distance to the beach and all the restaurants, bars and shops you could ask for. They also do an amazing breakfast which is included in the price of the room. 

A few of our favourite spots during our few days there were Rum and Crab Shack, which does excellent cocktails and of course seafood, The Firehouse for the most impressive gin collection ever, and the Sloop Inn for a cosy afternoon drink. It goes without saying that whilst by the coast you must stop for fish and chips, but watch out for the seagulls as they're literally everywhere and enormous!

After a few days of eating as much food as we possibly could we went on a good few mile walk along the coast line, which gave for the most incredible views. If it's been raining I'd suggest just sticking to the coast line and not venturing into the fields as it gets seriously muddy, which you would have seen if you follow me on snapchat (username gemmalondonlife). I've never ventured as far down to Cornwall before but during our stay I fell completely in love with the whole area. Aside from the amazing views this could also have something to do with the fact that there are dogs everywhere! I'd absolutely love to go back to in the summer as it was so stunning in the freezing weather that I can't even imagine how amazing it would be in the blistering heat. After our few days in St Ives my boyfriend and I then headed solo onto the quaint little village of Mousehole, but I'll save all of that for the next post as it's quite exciting!
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3 April 2016

Beach Walks in Wales

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Although we're well into Spring and at the start of April it's still pretty chilly, especially by the sea. I recently went for a bit of R&R in Wales with my family and it did the world of good. A few long walks on the beach with my beautiful dog were all I needed to recharge my batteries before heading back to London. As you can see in this photo I'm covered from head to toe which was all fun and games for a few months but now I'm definitely ready for summer dresses and light jackets. Life and my blog has kind of gotten away with me recently so I'm sorry it's been a bit quite around here. I've been using Snapchat more than ever (username gemmalondonlife) and posting regularly on Instagram so I'm still present in one way or another. I've also taken a huge batch of blog photos ready to share with you lots of new beauty releases so stay tuned for that. 

In other news I've just arrived at St Ive's for another weekend by the sea and as I'm really into lifestyle blogs at the moment I'll definitely try and get some reviews and outfit posts up from my trip. 

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