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Our visit to the Lake District, beauty treats and my new play

Hi Everyone,
I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week! At the end of my last post I mentioned that James and I were going to the Lake District for the weekend, we went and we had the most amazing time! We stayed at the fabulous Brimstone hotel at the heart of the Langdale Estate in Great Langdale. We’ve visited the hotel a couple of times before as its not too far away from our home in Yorkshire and so not too far from Freddie should we need to get home.
Designed in the style of an Alpine lodge, the hotel features stunningly beautiful rooms with sunken baths and wood burning fires and benefits from a cosy library come reading room where guests can help themselves to sumptuous afternoon teas, locally sourced cheeses and a fabulous selection of wines, coffees and other alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages all within a couple of steps of your room. You don’t even have to put your shoes on! Although extremely luxurious there’s a certain relaxed vibe about the hotel, enabling you to really feel at home. I often made my way to the reading room to grab a magazine and glass of wine wearing my comfiest loungewear and no make up! As I mentioned before I have always loved Brimstone and its been our special place to run away to for a couple of years now however this year the hotel recently added a brand new spa and restaurant which made it even more divine! Featuring an outdoor heated spa pool and patio area with open fire its a wonderfully intimate oasis in the middle of the woods. There’s something extremely satisfying about enjoying the outdoors on a freezing cold night whilst still being warm!
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Alongside the al fresco facilities guests are encouraged to experience the spa’s thermal journey which takes place through its varying steam rooms and saunas including the himalayan salt steam and lava sauna with the options of cooling down presented in the form of tropical rain showers and an ice basin which captures crushed ice that falls from above. I absolutely loved this experience! Particularly the Himalayan Lavender room which uses the fragrance of lavender combined with heated beds to relax the mind and body whilst you gaze at a projected forest lit by sunlight. After the thermal journey I then was treated to one of the best massages I’ve ever had in my life! The spa has developed a range of massages entitled pure alchemy which uses specific techniques and fragrances to ease muscle soreness and tension. I suffer really badly with tension in my neck and shoulders and have sought help to try and relieve some of the pain I experience as I find that very little actually helps, however my personal massage was wonderful! I spoke with the therapist afterwards to ask what it was that had made the treatment so different to others I’d had and she said that she had used techniques to lengthen and stretch my back and neck muscles alongside the traditional methods of massaging the muscles. I honestly felt lighter and my chest and shoulder blades were so much more open, I was truly thankful for the experience!
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Whilst we were in the lakes we went on several walks in the surrounding area. I absolutely love the landscape of the Lake District as its so dramatic and mystical, it even looks majestic on a dull, grey day. However we were very lucky and had great weather on our first two days enabling us to get some gorgeous pictures and cover some good distances. James and I do a lot of walking together, our furthest being the 31 mile trek of the Brecon Beacons we did as part of last years trek fest, however that was far less enjoyable than this weekends outings. After being out in the cold all day we made our back to our super cosy room and then to dinner at the newly added Stove restaurant. When you hear the word Stove you immediately think of warmth and heat and with a wood burning fire around every corner and a central pizza oven commanding centre stage of the restaurant that’s exactly what you get. A beautifully warm and luxurious setting to eat and enjoy dinner. We had the most fabulous time, particularly as Christmas had been so busy for us and I was in Australia before that, it was nice to spend some quality time together!
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As it was forecast snow for our weekend away I made sure that I was well wrapped up with some new outerwear from Berghaus. I absolutely love this blue slim fit downs Parker! It’s so warm but equally stylish, I often think that when you imagine walking gear it conjures up images of ugly boots and polythene 1980’s cagoules but actually Berghaus have some lovely pieces that are tried and tested against the elements but equally on trend. As we do a lot of walking it’s really important to get the footwear right and so again I was really pleased with my new trek boots too! You can actually shop all of my weekend wardrobe at The Capsule at https://www.thecapsule.co.uk/wardrobe/2017/1/13/winter-weekend-break-the-wardrobe if you’d like to see more.
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Whilst we were away I decided to take along some of my favourite skin care and beauty treats so I could continue my chill out time in our room. I am currently in love with my new Liz Earle cleanser and toner. My mum introduced me to these products just before Christmas and I have to say they have definitely become my new faves. I am very much governed by smell and texture with products and so the hot cloth cleanser suits me down to the ground, not only is it full of active ingredients such as cocoa butter and camomile its also not tested on animals and has the most relaxing/fresh aroma which enhances your feeling of being clean and refreshed. The toner then works to wipe away any residue left over from the cleanser leading to super radiant healthy skin. http://m.lizearle.com/h5/hub?dl=true&id=/cleanse-tone-moisturise/cleanse-and-polish-hot-cloth-cleanser.html
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I love it so much I’ve been spending most of my time make up free as I’ve had the confidence to for go it. I recently saw that Susanna Reid posted a selfie of herself with no make up on next to one of her made up on Instagram. I love that she had the confidence to do that as I think its so important for young people to see that you don’t have to rely on make up to feel good about yourself and that what you see in photos isn’t always the reality of what people actually look like.
Finally this week I started my new job which is really exciting!! I’m playing the role of Lady Capulet in a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at West Yorkshire Playhouse. I’m so thrilled about this as it’s been some time since I last did a Shakespeare play and also my character is so different to anything else I’ve played it’s going to be a real challenge! The show will run from March 3rd-25th and tickets can be purchased at https://www.wyp.org.uk/events/romeo-juliet/#tickets
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It would be lovely to see you there.
Anyway hope you all have a fab week!
Love Natalie Xx

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