Archive: 2019

Matfen Hall 

(visit website here)

When I got invited to Matfen Hall, I never actually had heard much about the hotel more just about the golf course as my dad loves golf! So when I visited their website I was so excited because their website it so good! The grounds look amazing and exactly what you want when you visit a hall.

We arrived on a rainy Friday afternoon much to our delight we checked into our Bridal suite which has recently been done out so I was dying to see inside because I've never stayed in a bridal suite before so didn't really know what to expect. BUT OH MY GOD. I was blown away, honestly it was a moment where it took me a while to speak. The decor, the views, the ceilings, the space - it was all perfect.

Taking in the lush views over the golf course, sipping on prosecco we decided to get ready for our evening meal in the restaurant in the hotel. The decor of the hotel is very oldy worldy and would be incredible if it was done in the same decor as the new bridal suite but it totally suits the hotel so doesn't look dated.

Our evening meal in the restaurant was perfect and the food is so delicious. For starters I had a cheese soufflĂ© which I have never actually had before but would totally have it here again because it was lush. For my main I had duck which was even better with homemade chips dipped into the duck sauce. They have a wide range of drinks including a good Gin and cocktail menu. 

Breakfast was perfect on our little table and chairs overlooking the golf course and stunning views. The big windows are one of the best features in the Bridal suite and I'm a sucker for a view. One of my favourite things is breakfast in the hotel room so whenever I can order breakfast to the room I will do. 

The spa at Matfen hall is cosy, it has a few sunbeds, a sauna and a steam room with a pool and a jacuzzi. It has enough there to keep you entertained and relaxed if you're there for the day. I had a little nap which was cosy and well needed. I also had an Elemis biotec facial which was amazing and I love that it uses the machines as I feel that they would do more and give me better results. Its meant to tighten and tone the facial muscles and I certainly felt tighter afterwards and my skin looked so clear. 

Overall my visit to Matfen Hall was amazing and I would 100% go back again to stay in the bridal suite - its not just for brides. Its a super cute cosy getaway near where I live and its certainly one I need to go back and take my mother as I think it would be a lovely mother daughter stay.

Have you been to Matfen Hall before?

Laura x

The grand entrance is beautiful and exactly what you want to pull up to if you’re heading for a well
deserved treat. 
When I was invited to Redworth Hall spa for a day I was surprised that I hadn’t been before but I think
it’s one of those ones that are hidden gems, one that isn’t spoken about enough - hence why I am
telling you about it because it deserves its time in the spotlight.

They’ve spent millions on the leisure and spa facilities and it’s been
completely transformed to create a new Decleor spa with six luxurious
treatment rooms (including a dual room), a relaxation room featuring Gharieni
thermal loungers, a new L’Oreal hair & nail salon and an expansive, new gym. 
There’s also a new restaurant & bar - The Lounge – offering a delicious all-day
*To be totally transparent - this was a gifted visit but this isn’t a paid blog post so as always - my views
are all truth and not sponsored in any way*

Myself and my mother visited The Retreat on a Saturday which is sometimes bitter sweet - the
atmosphere is there when you go on a weekend but if you want total tranquillity then I suggest you
go on a weekday as there isn’t much space around the pool to totally chill out. 
But saying that - we managed to. The pool area is not what I expected as the pictures that I have
seen online are taken at night and make it look totally different - in a good way though! It is so nice
and bright with windows around the whole pool making it feel bigger than it is - it also makes it
beautiful when the sun is shining and relaxing when the rain is pouring and you’re indoors.
The recent £2m investment has seen the creation of a new restaurant – The Lounge – with the
most beautiful foliage (which makes it so instagrammable) and also new treatment rooms with the
most perfect tranquillity room which you head to before your treatment – it’s honestly that relaxing
that I fell asleep whilst waiting for my massage. They also have a new L’Oreal hair salon and nail
salon - doesn’t this sound like the place to be?!

For our treatments we booked the Hot Lava Shell massage to which is always tailored specifically to
your needs - mine was to try to get the knots out of my shoulders so my lady worked her magic with

the shells and then went deeper with her hand movements to try to ease the knots - I can tell you this
was bloody amazing and worked a treat! My body felt brand new after and I fell asleep around the
pool straight after because I was so relaxed! 

After our massages we went back to the pool area to read our books and chill out even more
because let’s face it – that’s what a spa is all about. 
Once we had woken up - it was time to feed our stomachs and I was so excited for this because when
you first walk in, you can see the lounge area where you go for lunch and it looks so beautifully
decorated with a cherry tree wrapped in fairy lights. One of my favourite things to do at a spa is going
for lunch in our dressing gowns and this did not disappoint. 
We actually ordered the same juice we were given as a taster when we first arrived - a healthy green
juice that I wouldn’t normally order but because we were given a taster (along with a little chocolate
treat) at the start of our day we thought it was the perfect drink to stay hydrated and to wake
ourselves up.
You can actually have afternoon tea but we went for the lunch menu because I really fancied the
poached eggs with bacon! It was honestly so delicious that I could have eaten two!! 

After lunch we went back around the pool area to visit the sauna and had a swim until we were ready
for another nap! Sounds like the perfect day right?! The only thing that I would change if I was to go
again would to book an overnight stay too so you feel like you don’t have to leave but also to explore
more of the hotel as we only really saw the spa! 
You’ll find a great range of indulgent spa experiences as gift vouchers, from individual
treatments to luxurious spa days and overnight breaks on their website.
My mother really enjoyed herself too and she is becoming quite the spa connoisseur! The only thing
she said she would change would be the chairs and loungers around the pool to make them comfier
(which I agree with as they’re wooden chairs which make it harder to get comfy if you don’t have a
dressing gown and towels to cushion yourself against).  

But we will 100% be going back and I can’t believe I haven’t been before!
Have you visited The Retreat at Redworth since it has been transformed?

BOOK YOUR SPA DAY NOW - https://www.retreatatredworth.com

Laura xox

* gifted* 

Multi masking is the new beauty craze ATM and it's one of those what makes you think - WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS SOONER?! Long gone are the times where you put one mask all over your face. It makes total sense because I know different parts of my face need different masks because my chin is dry but my t-zone is oily so when I used to apply a clay mask all over my face then my chin used to go extra dry which isn't great.

Why multi mask with Elemis?

These new additions to the pre-biotic range are jam packed with superfoods. 

' Rich in anti-oxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, Superfoods feed the skin with nourishment for pure skin vitality, while Pre-biotic protect and maintain the skin's delicate microbiome.'

This is one of the reasons I love Elemis because they feel so clean and natural but they're scientific and I'm not sure about you but when I feel that a product has had a scientific background then I feel they're 100% going to work.


'A purifying mask with Brazilian Purple Clay and an omega-rich Superberry Complex balances the T-zone and helps magnify skin.'

I have combination skin as I've mentioned above - so I always need a clay mask to help draw out the impurities that lead to blemish's. When I used this mask it felt like it didn't dry out my skin too much like some clay masks can which is good because I have this phobia of drying my skin out - when I was younger I thought I needed to dry out my skin so bad as I thought any moisture lead to spots (which isn't the case).  


'This super gentle facial scrub is jam-packed with anti-oxidant rich fruit extracts, Black tea extract and Glycerin, leaving the complexion smoother, softer and hydrated.'

A gentle exfoliator is so much better for the skin than a harsh skin scrubbing one as it can irritate the skin even more which leads to inflammation and redness.
This scrub smells unreal and perfect for that once a week scrub to get rid of those dead skin cells.


'Get a shot of green goodness with this treatment mask that nourishes, smoothes and brightens.'

As I get older - the more I appreciate a good nourishing face mask, whereas when I was younger I always seen them as pointless. But now I need all the moisture I can get especially as the seasons change as I tend to get dry skin when it goes from cold to warm or warm to cold. 

As with all of Elemis products - they smell amazing and just like spa's which is relaxing in itself.

Shop their new products here : https://www.elemis.com/skincare/superfood

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Do you multi-mask?

Laura x


Whether you've got no requirements with what you wear for work - or you're told to wear smart clothing, workwear shopping seems like such a drag. You can never find that something that looks fashionable enough to wear after work but also fits the bill for the office.

You want clothing that differs from your weekend clothing but why should we have to lose out on a bit of the fashion element.

There are just so many elements that go into making the purchase for workwear such as: does it work for all seasons, is it the right length, will it go with most jackets, can I wear suitable footwear with it - the list goes on.

So I have teamed up with Matalan to bring you two outfits suitable for work (and play) that covers all aspects - I think.

This first outfit is perfect for those who want to steer away from black and want to add a bright colour into their wardrobe. It has long sleeves so perfect for the current weather ( you could also add a long sleeved top under to keep you extra toasty). It has a tie waist which makes it flattering but also adds that fashion element as well as the stripe pattern. The length is just before the knees which also makes it a good length with or without tights/leggings.


The second outfit is one of my favourite. It's comfortable and stylish but also can be changed to more of a smart look with just one simple change - swap the trainers for heels and you will look like the girl boss you are.

Thats only two outfits but theres actually a lot of choice on Matalan's website that I could choose.

Another tip for dressing more fashionable and stylish for work is making sure you actually style it - don't just dress yourself. It may take an extra 5 mins but it will be worth it when you become the fashionista of the office.

By styling yourself I mean: tucking in your top or jumper on one side, rolling up your sleeves, roll up the hems of your trousers, add a shirt under a jumper, adding a belt to a dress around the waist - theres loads of ways.

Which outfit do you prefer?

Laura x