SHOP SMALL

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American Express shop small Cardiff - Amex shop small - Cardiff - blogger - uk- where to shop- where to shop in Cardiff

American Express shop small Cardiff - Amex shop small - Cardiff - blogger - uk- where to shop- where to shop in Cardiff

Belle Toujours

American Express shop small Cardiff - Amex shop small - Cardiff - blogger - uk- where to shop- where to shop in Cardiff

American Express shop small Cardiff - Amex shop small - Cardiff - blogger - uk- where to shop- where to shop in Cardiff

Servini’s

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Steak of the Art

Sponsored post in partnership with American Express®

 I love finding new places to eat and shop – places I feel comfortable in, or that offer great, individual, unique products or services. There are so many great options, near every village, town and city that we sometimes overlook them, either because we don’t know they exist, or they’re located slightly off the beaten track.

They often offer unique signature products or services, providing that special something, which keeps me going back. It’s nice to walk into a salon where they know your name and make you feel at home, or a restaurant where they know the meal you love, or even where you like to sit. All these things can really give you a sense of belonging to your city/town/village. I think it’s so important to support small businesses. It’s great that we are given choices because of these people and the services they want to provide for us.

We’re coming up to Small Business Saturday this week, a day when people across the country are encouraged to get out support their local small business. That’s why I’m working with American Express – founder and ongoing supporter of the initiative – to bring you a few of my favourite independent businesses in Cardiff.

Best friend’s dog grooming

Established for nearly eight years, and run by two highly trained groomers, you and your dog will always get a warm welcome here. They offer animal holistic therapy, which great choice if you have a particularly nervous dog. It’s such a great way of keeping your dog looking its best and it’s a lovely experience for them too.

Moksh

Chef Stephen Gomes is renowned for his pioneering take on traditional Indian recipes, experimenting with food science in his dishes. A love of liquid nitrogen alone ensures that diners can expect vapours and clouds of spices. The Chicken Bang Bang is a Goan Xacutti recipe of 21 ingredients together with peri-peri devilled sauce and Trinidad scorpion or Naga chillies. Indian food is one of my favourite cuisines, full of spice and flavour.

Belle Toujours

Belle Toujours is a unique hair and beauty concept that boasts an exclusive hair studio, barber shop, beauty salon and spa. Arranged over three floors, the elegant surroundings will transport you away from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering the very best in all-round sensory indulgence. Their Top-to-Toe treatment is a great way to get ready for an evening out and includes a four step hair treatment, blow dry, gel manicure and a pedi shape and polish. I’ve already booked my next session.

Steak of the Art

The restaurant has an ever changing gallery of art combined with a menu that stands out from the herd, delivering a unique dining experience in an electric and artistic atmosphere. The locally sourced Welsh black fillet steak is one of my favourites. I love that the chef works closely with local butchers and breeders to offer me good food that supports local farmers.

Bunch of Grapes

The creative chefs at this restaurant make the most of local produce. Their meats are sourced from farms within a 30-mile radius, vegetables are either grown in their own kitchen garden or for them on a farm in nearby Abercynon, fish is line caught from sustainable sources off the coasts of Wales and Cornwall and bread is baked fresh every day. Don’t miss the signature Fish & Chips.

Servini’s

Wyndham Arcade has been home to small businesses since it opened in 1887 and Servini’s is proud to have been part of that legacy for over fifty years. They serve freshly cooked food, amazing coffee and offer a cosy, comfortable environment to enjoy it all in. Their Welsh cakes are the stuff of legends! Grab one, sit outside in the vintage arcade, and watch the world go by.

deAO toys

deAO toys is an established local company with a vast array of their own-brand toys. Their most popular items are their range of remote control cars; they even have a digger – a great idea for a gift. This shop is packed full of great products that provide hours of fun.

Bear Strength

Bear Strength is a Cardiff based sportswear company that makes all of its clothing here in the UK. They go to great lengths to provide a personal shopping experience that stays with you. I love their hoodies – great for exercise or just wearing about town!

Building up a selection of places I enjoy visiting makes life easier and so much more fun. Supporting small businesses is important to me and means they get to keep giving us unique options and lovely life experiences.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of my favourite small shops. If this has inspired you, visit amexshopsmall.co.uk to find out more about ‘shopping small’ and get some more ideas for your Christmas shopping.

What’s more, if you’re an American Express Cardmember you could be rewarded for supporting your local high street. When you spend £10 or more in a single transaction using your American Express Card, at participating small business during the campaign period (3 to 18 December 2016) you will receive a £5 statement credit There is no limit to the number of participating businesses you can receive your £5 statement credit – however, you can only claim it once at each small business., terms apply.

Promoter: American Express Services Europe Limited has its registered office at Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom. It is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 1833139 and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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All over lace

Pinko lace top- cardigan- off the shoulder look- Ysl handbag- gold chain handbag- celine sunglasses- Christian louboutin heels- lace detail top- catwalk- aw16- dressing- style- fashion-ootd- current Elliot jeans- Saint Laurent handbag

Pinko lace top- cardigan- off the shoulder look- Ysl handbag- gold chain handbag- celine sunglasses- Christian louboutin heels- lace detail top- catwalk- aw16- dressing- style- fashion-ootd- current Elliot jeans- Saint Laurent handbag

Pinko lace top- cardigan- off the shoulder look- Ysl handbag- gold chain handbag- celine sunglasses- Christian louboutin heels- lace detail top- catwalk- aw16- dressing- style- fashion-ootd- current Elliot jeans- Saint Laurent handbag

Pinko lace top- cardigan- off the shoulder look- Ysl handbag- gold chain handbag- celine sunglasses- Christian louboutin heels- lace detail top- catwalk- aw16- dressing- style- fashion-ootd- current Elliot jeans- Saint Laurent handbag

Pinko lace top- cardigan- off the shoulder look- Ysl handbag- gold chain handbag- celine sunglasses- Christian louboutin heels- lace detail top- catwalk- aw16- dressing- style- fashion-ootd- current Elliot jeans- Saint Laurent handbag

Lace top - pinko lace top- long cardigan - current Elliot jeans- louboutin heels - Saint Laurent bag- celine sunglasses - ootd - womens style - Bligger uk- Dressmeperfect - Dawn - Cardiff blogger - Welsh blogger - uk blogs

Lace top - pinko lace top- long cardigan - current Elliot jeans- louboutin heels - Saint Laurent bag- celine sunglasses - ootd - womens style - Bligger uk- Dressmeperfect - Dawn - Cardiff blogger - Welsh blogger - uk blogs

Pinko lace top- cardigan- off the shoulder look- Ysl handbag- gold chain handbag- celine sunglasses- Christian louboutin heels- lace detail top- catwalk- aw16- dressing- style- fashion-ootd- current Elliot jeans- Saint Laurent handbag

I was wearing
Jeans, Current Elliot
Top, Pinko
Belt, here

Cardigan, here & here
Shoes, Christian Louboutin
Handbag, Saint Laurent & here

I#ve always been crazy about lace. When it comes pretty and delicate I’m even happier. And when I can pair it with denims ten I’m in heaven. Dressed it down here with a long line cardigan but it’s fabulous with skirts and trousers too. Check out my instagram for more pics of how I styled it on my night out last week.
I’m slowly getting ready for the festive season. I can’t believe it’s almost upon us. It only feels lie summer ended. Are you getting ready… planning outfits for parties and celebrations is so exciting. I’m loving all the gorgeous velvets, lace and sequins
. I’ve listed a few of my favourite things on my wish list below.

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Popping Red

Ysl red suede heart handbag- Ysl handbag- camel coat- Levi jeans- suede shoes-celine sunglasses - camel coat hm- red lipstick- blogger- style- Welsh blogger- Dressmeperfect

Ysl red suede heart handbag- Ysl handbag- camel coat- Levi jeans- suede shoes-celine sunglasses - camel coat hm- red lipstick- blogger- style- Welsh blogger- Dressmeperfect

Ysl red suede heart handbag- Ysl handbag- camel coat- Levi jeans- suede shoes-celine sunglasses - camel coat hm- red lipstick- blogger- style- Welsh blogger- Dressmeperfect

Ysl red suede heart handbag- Ysl handbag- camel coat- Levi jeans- suede shoes-celine sunglasses - camel coat hm- red lipstick- blogger- style- Welsh blogger- Dressmeperfect

Ysl red suede heart handbag- Ysl handbag- camel coat- Levi jeans- suede shoes-celine sunglasses - camel coat hm- red lipstick- blogger- style- Welsh blogger- Dressmeperfect

Ysl red suede heart handbag- Ysl handbag- camel coat- Levi jeans- suede shoes-celine sunglasses - camel coat hm- red lipstick- blogger- style- Welsh blogger- Dressmeperfect

Ysl red suede heart handbag- Ysl handbag- camel coat- Levi jeans- suede shoes-celine sunglasses - camel coat hm- red lipstick- blogger- style- Welsh blogger- Dressmeperfect

Ysl red suede heart handbag- Ysl handbag- camel coat- Levi jeans- suede shoes-celine sunglasses - camel coat hm- red lipstick- blogger- style- Welsh blogger- Dressmeperfect

Ysl red suede heart handbag- Ysl handbag- camel coat- Levi jeans- suede shoes-celine sunglasses - camel coat hm- red lipstick- blogger- style- Welsh blogger- Dressmeperfect

I was wearing
Coat, H&M Similar here and here
Shoes, Here
Handbag, YSL & here
Jeans, Levi’s
Top, Balmain
and here

I love adding a pop of colour and this years colours and textures are so much fun.It’s a great way to brighten up an outfit. Suede is without doubt my favourite season texture. Oh and velvet. The weather has been so good that it’s made dressing for fall so much more enjoyable. I’ve so many looks to post up. You can see them all over on my instagram where you can also shop pretty much every outfit I post.
The camel coat is such a versatile winter staple piece. I can wear it with anything and it covers you up so well when they are over sized like this that you don’t need to worry to much about what to wear under them.

Have a great week and be sure to catch up with my daily outfits over on instagram.


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Velvet

Velvet bodysuit- Zara ballet top- blonde woman - marylin Monroe - earrings- ballet flats Miu miu- aw16 Miu miu shoes- river island jeans- YSL handbag- ootd- style for Sunday- green eyes- make up- ripped jeans- silver ballet flats- what to wear out- you magazine - celine sunglasses

Velvet bodysuit- Zara ballet top- blonde woman - marylin Monroe - earrings- ballet flats Miu miu- aw16 Miu miu shoes- river island jeans- YSL handbag- ootd- style for Sunday- green eyes- make up- ripped jeans- silver ballet flats- what to wear out- you magazine - celine sunglasses

Velvet bodysuit- Zara ballet top- blonde woman - marylin Monroe - earrings- ballet flats Miu miu- aw16 Miu miu shoes- river island jeans- YSL handbag- ootd- style for Sunday- green eyes- make up- ripped jeans- silver ballet flats- what to wear out- you magazine - celine sunglasses

Velvet bodysuit- Zara ballet top- blonde woman - marylin Monroe - earrings- ballet flats Miu miu- aw16 Miu miu shoes- river island jeans- YSL handbag- ootd- style for Sunday- green eyes- make up- ripped jeans- silver ballet flats- what to wear out- you magazine - celine sunglasses

Velvet bodysuit- Zara ballet top- blonde woman - marylin Monroe - earrings- ballet flats Miu miu- aw16 Miu miu shoes- river island jeans- YSL handbag- ootd- style for Sunday- green eyes- make up- ripped jeans- silver ballet flats- what to wear out- you magazine - celine sunglasses

Velvet bodysuit- Zara ballet top- blonde woman - marylin Monroe - earrings- ballet flats Miu miu- aw16 Miu miu shoes- river island jeans- YSL handbag- ootd- style for Sunday- green eyes- make up- ripped jeans- silver ballet flats- what to wear out- you magazine - celine sunglasses

Velvet bodysuit- Zara ballet top- blonde woman - marylin Monroe - earrings- ballet flats Miu miu- aw16 Miu miu shoes- river island jeans- YSL handbag- ootd- style for Sunday- green eyes- make up- ripped jeans- silver ballet flats- what to wear out- you magazine - celine sunglasses

Ballet Pumps, Miu Miu
Jeans, River Island
Top, similar here & here
Glasses, Celine

I’m so happy that velvet is in abundance this year. From jackets to bags and  shoes..the crush on velvet is in full flow. I love the richness it brings to an outfit. It has always been a fave of mine. It can look extravagant and expensive.It’s beautiful in pretty much every colour too. Striking and luxurious comes to mind when I see velvet. I love the tops, the ballet pumps, heels and pants in this lushus texture. I can’t say I’m overly pleased at the fact it’s Autumn but if I get to indulge in these gorgeous things then I can’t complain too much…. well no just yet!! But wait till it’s freezing cold and raining everyday then you might here me moan pretty much constantly … ha ha

xx Dawn

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Paul Costelloe SS17 Catwalk Show

Paul Costelloe catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

Paul Costelloe ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

Paul Costelloe ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

Military trend London fashion week aw16 - London fashion week ss17- street style- front row- London- lfw-stylish- women-blonde- lace skirt - belted waist - ootd- ankle boots- YSL handbag- Miu miu catwalk belt- velvet belt Miu miu- celine sunglasses-Chloe neck silk scarf

Military trend London fashion week aw16 - London fashion week ss17- street style- front row- London- lfw-stylish- women-blonde- lace skirt - belted waist - ootd- ankle boots- YSL handbag- Miu miu catwalk belt- velvet belt Miu miu- celine sunglasses-Chloe neck silk scarf

Paul Costelloe ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

Paul Costelloe ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

 

Paul Costelloe ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

 

Paul Costelloe SS17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

Paul Costelloe ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

Military trend London fashion week aw16 - London fashion week ss17- street style- front row- London- lfw-stylish- women-blonde- lace skirt - belted waist - ootd- ankle boots- YSL handbag- Miu miu catwalk belt- velvet belt Miu miu- celine sunglasses-Chloe neck silk scarf

Paul Costelloe ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

Paul Costelleo ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

Paul Costelleo ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

Military trend London fashion week aw16 - London fashion week ss17- street style- front row- London- lfw-stylish- women-blonde- lace skirt - belted waist - ootd- ankle boots- YSL handbag- Miu miu catwalk belt- velvet belt Miu miu- celine sunglasses-Chloe neck silk scarf

Paul Costelleo ss17 catwalk show London fashion week September 2016 le meridian hotel Piccadilly London- women's dresses- beautiful dresses- dreamy dress- outfits- front row- fadhion- style- ootd- what to wear to a catshow- lfw - lfw ss17- London -

A dreamy show that was out of this world. The most beautiful silhouettes. All so pretty and perfect. There wasn’t a look I didn’t love. From start to finish everything was wow. Rich creamy creams, clean pretty plaits and dewy soft make up. The show oozed class and sophistication. Playful ruffles and tailoring gave the perfect balance to grown up dressing. A 80′s vibe ran through the show with a stunning version of the Ra Ra skirt. Over sized bows on dresses and jackets with shoulder pads. Those combined with plaits, peep toe trainers and duffle bags. I absolutely loved this collection.

Dawn xx

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