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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.
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 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.
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 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 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.ukto 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.
I love adding textures and details to an outfit in the simplicity of either leather, suede or fringing. Jackets and boots with a little detail are always great to have in the wardrobe. I’ve doubled up on fringing with my jacket and my bag today. I like the two colours together with the same fringe detail. An everyday jeans and vest outfit made a little more exciting with a few cool pieces. Suedeis such a great feature to bring into an outfit. It can be done in a subtle way or full out. Creating outfits can be lots of fun with some many lovely pieces to play around with. Anything from beach holidays to city breaks these kind ofjackets, bags and boots can be used in lots of different ways. Enjoy the weekend xx Dawn
Doubled up on cream today in this cute cropped jumper and high waist shorts. Added a little glamour with my studded heels. I’ve been pretty laid back recently so I’ve not worn them that much. I need to get some use from them whilst the weather is good. I love soft creams. I seem to be drawn more and more to these dreamy colours. Find them a lot more flattering. I’m trying to stay away from harsh black..thou I do love it for a classic evening look.
Doublé sur la crème aujourd’hui dans ce cavalier et taille haute short mignon cultivées. Ajout d’un peu de glamour avec mes talons cloutés. J’ai été assez décontracté récemment, donc je ne les ai pas usé beaucoup. J’ai besoin d’obtenir une certaine utilisation d’eux tout le temps est si bon. J’aime crèmes douces. Il me semble être attiré de plus en plus à ces couleurs douces. Trouvez-les beaucoup plus flatteur.J’essaie de rester loin de dur noir .. tu que je ne l’aime pour un look classique du soir.
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Perfect weather for cut off denim’s. Dressed them up with tailored blazer and silky vest. I’m most comfortable in flats lately. So easy for running around. Metallic shoes are a favourite of mine. Great with a tan too. I had a day in the garden which was novel. I rarely sit in the sun. I’m a safe tanner, using fake tan mostly. Though I do love a little sun kissed glow. It’s also good to soak up some vit D. Brought my oversized Miu Miu handbag out of the closet recently. I love throwing everything inside and still having room for plenty more. I’m a bit of a Mary poppins with it…well having three kids you gotta be.
Une météo parfaite pour le denim coupé. Habillez-les avec un blazer et veste adaptée soyeux. Je suis plus à l’aise dans des appartements récents. Si facile pour courir. Chaussures métalliques sont un de mes préférés. Grand, avec un bronzage trop. J’ai eu une journée dans le jardin qui était nouveau. Je m’assois rarement au soleil. Je suis un tanneur sûr, en utilisant la plupart du temps faux bronzage. Bien que je ne l’aime un peu de soleil embrassa lueur. Il est également bon pour s’imprégner de vitamine D. apporté mon sac à main Miu Miu surdimensionné sortir du placard récemment. J’aime tout jeter à l’intérieur et ayant encore de la place pour beaucoup plus. Je suis un peu une Mary Poppins avec elle … et ayant trois enfants You Gotta Be.
Just a quick post today. Been indulging in a little floral print for my mid-week attire.Falling in love again with my old Gucci jacket. It’s funny how you love things more the second time around. Maybe you just learn to appreciate what you like and realise when you have something lovely that works for you. You can go hunting for something new when in reality there’s something gorgeous hanging in your wardrobe. It’s good to keep hold of those little treasures. They can last a lifetime.I love the structure of this jacket and the delicate print. I think it’s such a pretty mix with the lace vest top.
The weather was beautiful today..I’m hoping for a good weekend to do a few nice blog posts. Have a great week.
Lots of love Dawn xx
Juste un petit post aujourd’hui. Été se livrer à un petit imprimé floral pour mon milieu de semaine attire.Falling amoureux à nouveau avec ma vieille veste Gucci. C’est drôle comment vous aimez les choses plus la deuxième fois. Peut-être que vous venez d’apprendre à apprécier ce que vous aimez et de réaliser quand vous avez quelque chose de beau qui fonctionne pour vous. Vous pouvez aller à la chasse pour quelque chose de nouveau quand, en réalité, il ya quelque chose magnifique accrocher dans votre garde-robe. Il est bon de garder la main sur ces petits trésors. Ils peuvent durer une lifetime.I aiment la structure de cette veste et l’impression délicate. Je pense que c’est un joli mélange avec le haut en dentelle gilet.
Le temps était magnifique aujourd’hui .. j’espère pour un bon week-end pour faire quelques billets de blog agréable. Passez une bonne semaine.