Put on your favourite playlist, ours is the 90s delight that is the Spice Girls, sit back and immerse yourself in A Love Affair with Beauty’s camping adventure.
It all started when a few friends and myself decided a little bank holiday trip would be the perfect getaway to fully relax and get away from the city. We eventually settled on a lovely little campsite located just outside Bala, which for those of you who don’t know is a small village in North Wales. In fact, it’s just a twenty minute drive from my childhood home, and we actually drove right past my street. This was a bit worrying at the time, as I genuinely thought my friends might be tricking me, and I was trying to rack my brain for any bad things I’d done in case this was actually an intervention set up by my mum!
So we packed the car with tonnes of clothes, yummy food and of course make up, and off we went, completely ready to Spice up our lives.
Now as you may have noticed from the plethora of flip flops suddenly making an appearance, Britain was having a serious heatwave. Of course, this meant we were in full summer mode, and expected the weekend to be no different. Kitted out in shorts and sandals, as we got closer and closer to our destination, it dawned on us that the weather like can totally change every day like, and it was not pleasant. Cue my A Love Affair with Beauty Babe becoming seriously distressed that she wouldn’t be able to wear her thong bikini bottoms, she’d brought for this trip. Did I mention this trip was to Bala. Bala, North Wales. Lmao!
So we eventually get to our destination, and although our outfits looked out of place, our enthusiasm certainly wasn’t. The owners of the campsite were so welcoming and friendly, and Lindsey showed us to our home for the weekend, with no judgment on our seriously ill thought out clothing!
The tent was just right for the four of us, with really comfortable beds, a gas stove and a stunning view. We moved our suitcases into the tent and sat down for the most amazing chowder and sour dough bread dinner, made by my A Love affair with Beauty Belle.
After dinner, quite a few whiskey sours and Liverpool Gin G&Ts, we got into bed and fell asleep to the soothing voice of the one and only David Attenborough – Africa.
Morning involved a delicious croissant with bacon, avocado and mayo, along with a little visit by one of the owner’s many lovely animals.
We then decided, big, bright makeup was the way forward. Orange lipstick and glitter galore, we set off for a trip into town. We were ready for Bala, but was Bala ready for us?
Disguises of the Day:
Sun and Moon top: Amazon
Leggings: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Vogue Kiss Subscription Box
Pina Colada anyone?!
Pineapple t-shirt: Shelfies
Gold glitter wellies: Schuh
After a day spent canoeing on Lake Bala, singing Disney songs at the top of our voices, we got back to the campsite, to indulge on burgers and chicken, that were cooked the only way food should be cooked when camping, on a campfire!
Flamingo shorts: George, Asda
After scoffing loads of marshmallows softened over the fire, we were shown around the campsite by Lindsey and Pat to see all their amazing animals. If you’re an animal lover, you just must visit this place. As well as some cheeky emu’s and many other birds, they have William the goat and Mr Hogley the boar, who naughtily got Betty the micro-pig preggers which means for the moment there are eight gorgeous little piglets!
They also have an amazing collection of bird’s of prey. Pat gave us a little information about each one, and then actually let us have a go at holding the owls! Move over Harry Potter!
Cat top: New Look
Denim Shorts: Models own
Seeing all the animals really was the cherry on top of a fabulous cake.
If you ever get a bit sick of work, people, noise, or life, I definitely recommend staying here. It was so nice to get away for a bit, there is not a smidgen of internet in this part of Wales by the way, and just fully immerse ourselves in the natural surroundings.
p.s Here is another link to the campsite. Go on! You know you want to.