On the 24th of March 2007 a girl married a boy and for the following five years they lived happily in love. Just in case you were wondering I was the girl and the boy was Steve. To celebrate 9 years together and 5 years of marriage we went over budget and splurged on a fancy pants hotel in the Blue Mountains for the night.
We stayed at Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa which is full of old world charm and detailed upholstery. The bed was huge, soft and the sheets were worth every penny. Everything about the room felt luxurious.
The room was small but well lit with big windows and was intimate and cosy.
I went gaga for the matching curtains and fabric wallpaper.
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The view from our room.
The man just can’t help himself, whenever we go and stay in a hotel Steve will pull open every door, draw, cabinet, closet… you name it and the nosy parker gets into it, sussing out anything that isn’t completely nailed down. He was delighted to find decent coffee, robes, slippers, padded coat hangers, personalised stationary, nice toiletries… he was in heaven.
After we checked into the room we decided to go for a walk around the grounds and take some pictures, I knew from the drive in that there were plenty of gorgeous flowers.
Why oh why can’t this hedge be in my back yard? Obviously it would need to come with it’s own gardener but still, I fell in love so hard that I demanded Steve take some photos of me flouncing about in front of it. I have bad hair, sunglasses on my head and absolutely no make up on but who cares, I felt like a princess in my own secret garden.
I’m wearing: ASOS Jersey Maxi Dress, Target Cardigan, Crossroads Belt, City Chic Bangles, Williams Sandals and Witchery Sunglasses… and yes, I’m being a total tool and standing on my dress!
After I’d finished prancing about we stumbled our way through more of the cottage gardens and I wished I was better at maintaining plants.
After the walk we headed back to the room to change so we could go down and check out the heated indoor pool. It looked beautiful but wasn’t quite as warm as we had hoped. I wore my Navy Polka Dot Two Piece Swimsuit from SARA but forgot to take a photo.
After about 20 minutes of splashing, dunking and racing each other we got out shivering and raced back to our room wearing our robes. I was determined to have a nice bath when I got back to the room.
Steve had other ideas so I barely had time for a shower before our reservation for dinner. The bathroom was covered in marble, if the bath was a little deeper I would of moved in. All the linen was so soft and thick, I’m a total sucker for white towels. The robes were nice and I was quite surprised that they actually fit me, that was a nice.
I was sent a bottle of Molten Brown Sensual Halaleni Bath & Shower Cleanser ($39.95) to try the week before we left and I saved it to try on our little 5 star getaway, it seemed like a more fitting location than my domestic suburban bathroom. I was surprised how quickly I fell in love, the lather, the fragrance, even Steve said he’d buy me more for my birthday if I liked as he loved how good I smelt after using it. I quickly found myself breaking down the cost into “per use” as a way to justify the expense. It’s also made it to the top of my “gifts to give” list.
Afterwards we just hung out in our robes for awhile.
Steve doing his best “Catalogue Pose”
Me being a saucy minx.
I wrapped myself into my slinky magenta Kiyonna Sweetheart Dress which is totally and utterly boobilicious and teamed it with my brand new black SARA Longline Drape Cardigan which I’ve been living in ever since. Black We Love Colors Tights and my knee high black heeled boots from City Chic complete the look. Sorry about the Instagram pic, we were in a bit of a rush.
Steve asked me to leave my DSLR upstairs in the room so I just snapped a few pics on instagram. He bought a new shirt for the occasion. We couldn’t remember the last time we went out and had a nice posh meal together.
Roasted baby beetroot and goat’s curd tart with watercress and hazelnut vinaigrette
Grilled Angus tenderloin, creamy mash potato, roast mushrooms, pumpkin, red wine jus.
Black Forrest Cake in a white chocolate box with cream, chocolate swirl and cherry served with raspberry sorbet in a brandysnap basket with raspberry sauce. Our wedding cake was Black Forrest and for dessert we’d served citrus sorbet in brandy baskets with fresh fruit… Lilianfels dessert choice was perfection in our opinion.
After a 2 hour dinner filled surprisingly with constant conversation (none of which was about Aidan, go us!) and full bellies we headed back to the room to lay star-fished out on the big wide bed and watch TV. Within 2 minutes Steve was snoring. Aidan’s been a Dadda’s boy the last few months, only wanting him at night time and I guess the lack of sleep just caught up with him and peace lured him into slumber so I let him sleep. There was no laptop or phone reception so it wasn’t too long after that I passed out as well.
We’d planned to wake up early, go for a walk and hit the buffet breakfast on the way back. Plans were dashed as I woke at 9:50am, pushed Steve out of bed and clambered into so clothes so we’d look decent for breakfast… which finished at 10:00am! Thankfully it was very relaxed and they looked after us without a worry or concern.
I sat back, relaxed and happy in my chair looking out the window into the grounds whilst Steve took the paper back up the room for some alone time. I felt like a posh lady of the country in that moment, sunning myself in the morning light, stirring my tea with a dainty silver spoon and slathering butter and honey on freshly baked bread. I joined Steve back in the room for coffee, hot chocolate and a bit of packing before we checked out.
We really needed that one night away more than we realised and like most married couples we vowed to do it more often, to invest in “us”.
Now I don’t see us doing anything like this again for awhile but until then at least I can relive the moment in the shower… no, not like that! My Molton Brown shower gel is so aromatic that I can’t help but think about our trip every time I open the bottle. Since then I’ve also received Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath & Shower and Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Body Cream to try, the cream has this really beautiful shimmer through it. Thanks to a little persuasion from little old me, I have one wonderful sumptuous gift pack of Molton Brown products to give away which would be perfect for Mothers Day or just to simply keep for yourself!
The ‘Beloved’ Gift Set includes:
- Warming Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Therapy – (300ml)
- Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer Body Lotion – (100ml)
- Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath & Shower – (300ml)
- Heavenly Gingerlily Body Cream – (100ml)
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