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Sandbanks Aesthetic Clinic

Spring has sprung and the grey, cold, miserable winter weather seems to be behind us (about time too), but raise your hand if you have been left with neglected, sore and irritated skin. My skin for sure is suffering and in desperate need of TLC. The truth is, when it comes to skin, I am clueless! Enter the most professional, welcoming and knowledgeable clinic in Dorset - Sandbanks Aesthetics Clinic.
Run by Jessica Hutcheson and supported by her incredible team, this clinic is not only injections and botox. They offer state of the art facials, hair loss consultations, vaccinations and pharmaceutical services, counselling, peels and many more disciplines that are cementing Sandbanks Aesthetics Clinic as the destination for health, well being and self care.

The clinic is light, clean and with beautiful touches of comforting luxury. From the fluffy heated beds, to the Hollywood worthy makeup room. When you arrive, you instantly feel a warm welcome, that makes visiting a pleasure. Jess and h…
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HarSpa at Christchurch Harbour Hotel

What could possibly be better than a spa day to brighten your cold, dreary and never-ending January? But are you feeling jaded by endless discount deals for run-down and indentikit spa days, offering the same over-crowded jacuzzi, tiny pool and changing room with zero facilities? I know that I am! A great spa day is a combination of excellent service, well-maintained facilities and surprising attention to detail. Enter HarSpa at Christchurch Harbour Hotel - a spa with excellent reputation.

Our spa day had been planned to perfection, with time to explore the facilities, followed by a choice of either a back massage or a facial, relaxation time and then concluded with luxurious afternoon tea. Starting in the relaxation lounge, we were given fluffy robes, slippers and a bundle of warm towels. Key cards allow access to spacious and well-designed lockers (space for shoes, tick, shelves to prevent heaps of clothing when you are wet and cold, tick), which means no searching for a £1 coin, hu…

Christmas at Beaulieu

Beaulieu is famous for a world-renowned collection of motorised vehicles, including vintage, sports, prototypes and even Top Gear collections. Beaulieu often holds special events with a motor-vehicle appropriate theme, such as auto jumbles, brand days and hot rod events. The site is not however often associated with Christmas or as a festive must-see destination.
For 2018 Beaulieu has introduced a festive evening event that turns the site into a treasure trove of light shows, nostalgic fairground rides and innovative stalls. Our first stop was to grab a hot drink to take around with us and we were very nearly tempted by one of the adorable homemade cupcakes, sporting snowmen, holly or Christmas trees. My dad did find the star shaped shortbread irresistible however.
From here you walk straight into the arena, which contains a charming vintage Christmas market and fair ground. The carousel in particular was very popular with families. The music is classic, think Bing Crosby rather than …

Nativitea at the Bell Inn, Brook

I am a big fan of afternoon tea, even opting for the classic combination of finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and delicate cakes over a more traditional buffet at our wedding. Many a birthday, my baby shower and bridal shower has featured the three-tiered cake stand. It even manages to find a place in our holidays, parties and as of last year, as a treat during the Christmas holidays.
The Bell Inn have also created a festive slant on the traditional afternoon tea, albeit a lot more sophisticated than my attempt (yes I am looking at you frosted fancies). With an enviable team in their kitchen, including Head Chef Mark and their extremely talented pastry chef Ellie, this is a far cry from the often stodgy offerings found on discount sites.
What is Nativitea?
Nativitea is a Christmas-inspired afternoon tea, that is full of surprises! With a choice of three sandwiches, homemade sausage rolls and three desserts, this is a filling, satisfying, but not overdone treat to celebrate the season. …

Brewhouse and Kitchen - a Review

As the cold nights draw in, our minds naturally turn to comfort food served in cosy locations. The Brewhouse and Kitchen on Poole Hill have the perfect seasonal menu to warm and satisfy, served in a warm and casual venue.
Here are my favourites from their menu:
Sticky BBQ wings with a blue cheese dip - surprisingly juicy, with a sharp blue cheese dip. This will be an absolute hit with my wing-obsessed husband. I found myself hogging the dip and going back for more wings!
Mini goat’s cheese, with roasted shallot coulis, red basil, heritage tomato and crostini - I am not traditionally a lover of goats cheese, but these totally won me over! Creamy and strong in flavour, I will definitely order this again.
Mac n cheese melts with chili jam - mac n cheese is my favourite food pleasure and there were delicious. Not too rich, but comforting all the same. They were a hit with the whole table during tasting.
Freshly baked bread sticks with balsamic & olive oil, classic hummus and beetroot hu…