Welsh and Wonderful

A lifestyle blog written by a Welsh lady living in Wales.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Bobbi Brown Wedding Makeup Tutorial

I have an announcement to make...David and I will be getting married next year (exciting!). It's been a bit of a roller coaster organising and planning the wedding, but for the most part it's been lots of fun. I'd decided that I wanted to do my own makeup on my wedding day; I'd arranged a wedding makeup trial with a professional makeup artist, but I wasn't happy with the result (even though she did spend quite a long time trying to "tone it down" for me.) If you're a bride-to-be and you're undecided about your wedding makeup then I would suggest doing the same thing; it made me realise that I felt more comfortable doing it myself.

I'd heard so much about Bobbi Brown and how it's a great brand for achieving a naturally beautiful look, so I made an appointment for a wedding makeup tutorial at my nearest Bobbi Brown counter. The appointment took about 2.5 hours in total, and I was certainly impressed with the products and the look that I was able to achieve. The tutorial cost £30, which was redeemable against any Bobbi Brown products. I won't show you the final look because it will be a surprise for The Big Day, but here are some photos from my fun morning! Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post.

 1. So many gorgeous colours
2. Primed to perfection
3. This stuff smells gorgeous!
4. All the goodies
 1. Hello!
2. Choosing a lip colour :)
3. All the lotions and potions
4. Tools of the trade

What did I buy?

💗   Vitamin Enriched Face Base; this is oil free and smells divine. You need to try this!
💗   Blush in Pretty Coral
💗   Eye shadow in Ivory
💗   Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Espresso
💗   Makeup brushes


I'm really enjoying trying out the makeup and I'm sure I'll be back to Bobbi Brown soon to pick up some more goodies!

Have you tried Bobbi Brown? Which products would you recommend?
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

California Road Trip

David and I had wanted to go on a California road trip for a while, so we were both very excited about this adventure! There were so many places in California that we wanted to visit during our trip, but we didn't want to be rushed, so we decided to do a round trip from San Francisco, down the Pacific Coast Highway to Monterey and San Simeon, then across to Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Lake Tahoe. Our final stop was intended to be Calistoga, in the Napa County, however, we had to rapidly change our plans while we were out there due to the devastating wildfires. As an alternative, we decided to extend our stay at beautiful Lake Tahoe, which worked out really well because it gave us extra time to relax and explore the area. We were very fortunate that we were relatively unaffected by the wildfires. I would love to visit the Napa Valley one day and really hope that the area recovers soon following this terrible tragedy.

We stayed at various places during our trip, and I checked out numerous Tripadvisor reviews beforehand. We set out each day to explore a new city, National Park, nature trail, or a fun attraction to visit. California truly is an awesome place, and our road trip really made us feel like we were living the American Dream! I'm excited to finally share the travel diary with all of you, including my suggestions on what to see, where to go, and some general tips for traveling in the US. We loved it so much we are planning a trip back (hopefully in the near future!).

SAN FRANCISCO
We kicked off the trip by staying in Oakland, just outside San Francisco. This worked out much cheaper than staying in San Francisco, and we enjoyed taking the ferry into the city each day. The ferry took 45 min, and David and I agreed that this was one of our favourite parts of the trip. It was so exciting as we approached the famous sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and took in the San Francisco Bay skyline. Day 1 involved a visit to Pier 39 to check out the various attractions, including the sea lions! We also took a stroll around Fisherman's Wharf and went on an open-top bus tour. Day 2 started off with a trip to Alcatraz, which was quite an experience. Make sure you book your tickets well in advance online because they sell out quickly, particularly on weekends. The audio tour around Alcatraz provided a fascinating insight into life behind bars, and it was really interesting to learn more about the history of the island. In the afternoon we took a ride on one of the infamous cable cars. We went "woooo!" as we went downhill on the cable car (well I did, anyway!). It was an action packed couple of days, and we were glad for a more relaxed pace away from the crowds after this.

MONTEREY
Monterey was soooo pretty, relaxing and quaint, and was the perfect place to stop off at after the hustle and bustle of San Fran. We enjoyed lots of coffee in a local coffee shop (we always seem to drink lots more whenever we visit the US!) and visited Monterey Bay Aquarium. We took a stroll along the pier, and to our amazement we saw some super cute sea otters and more sea lions! Monterey is a small, picturesque coastal town with lots of lovely shops and restaurants. We would have liked to have stayed a bit longer in Monterey because it was so enjoyable. Highly recommended!

SAN SIMEON
Our next stop was San Simeon, situated on the Pacific coast. It was slightly more wild and rugged, and  to our amazement we were able see humpback whales and dolphins in the ocean as the sun went down. We'd both never seen humpback whales before, so this was really special (I tried to take a photo but it came out blurry!). David was a bit disappointed as he didn't have his surfboard with him, but he was comforted by the fact that the surf back home in Swansea is just as good. After dinner we sat around a fire pit with a glass of Baileys and chatted to some local Californians. I also had the best pecan pie with ice cream! I love it when a certain food treat makes a holiday all the more memorable 😍


KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
 The scenic drive into Kings Canyon National Park was really beautiful, and we enjoyed seeing the towering sequoia trees. Our favourite spot here was Zumwalt Meadow along the Kings River, and it was also lovely watching the sun go down over the valley as we drove back. The mountains were covered in a misty haze, making it totally dreamy and gorgeous.

 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite National Park is the most beautiful place I have ever visited. There...I've said it! It was breathtakingly beautiful and the views were absolutely stunning. We visited Glacier Point (my favourite bit!), Tunnel View Point, Bridal Veil Falls, and looked up in awe of the mighty granite face of El Capitan. The following day we went to Hetch Hetchy dam, followed by an awesome 4 hour drive along Tiogan Pass to Lake Tahoe. We stopped the car a couple of times to take in the fabulous views of lakes, mountains, and meadows. Just amazing!


LAKE TAHOE
I've got a thing about holiday destinations with lakes, and Lake Tahoe was no exception. I think it's the tranquility of being so close to the crystal clear waters, and the beautiful backdrop of the mountains in the distance that makes Lake Tahoe so special. We went on a champagne cruise at sunset and it was really lovely to see the sky change to various gorgeous shades of pink and violet as the sun went down. We also enjoyed going on a couple of nature trails to Eagle Falls and Fallen Leaf Lake. While we were there we even saw a coyote, which was actually quite scary because no one else was around and it looked like a cross between a wolf and a husky. We were glad that it seemed happy to mind its own business!

What to pack
We both packed waaaaay too much...but at least we were well prepared! The weather in California during early October is gorgeous, and we enjoyed blue skies and sunshine every day. If I could give one recommendation it would be to pack warm layers, as it got cooler in the evenings (particularly at Lake Tahoe, which dropped down to -4 at night!). This is everything that I packed in my suitcase (and wore) on the trip:

Boots
Trainers
Flip Flops
Heels
Woolen hat
Long sleeve tees
A couple of warm sweaters 
Boot socks
Skinny jeans
Swimwear

Travel Tips
Driving in the US was for the most part very easy. Everyone is friendly and ready to help, and navigating with our TomTom GPS is pretty reliable. We tried to avoid driving at night because we generally found the road lighting to be poor. If you're not used to driving on the other side of the road, or driving an automatic, then it adds another element of difficulty. Needless to say, I didn't drive the entire time (thank you David, for your excellent driving skills!). We both decided that we didn't want to pack in too much driving as this can be exhausting, so our journeys between various places generally took no more than 2.5 hours. Our longest journey was between Lake Tahoe and Oakland, which took just over 4 hours with stops included.

We had such a great time and we're already looking forward to our next American adventure!

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Snapshots from Sagres


We recently spent a lovely return visit to Sagres in the Algarve, and I thought I'd share some holiday snaps with you. Sagres is the most South-Western tip of Europe and it's a great place to get away from it all. It has beautiful beaches, plenty of surf and laid-back restaurants and bars. We spent our days relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of the area, and enjoyed the lovely food and drink.

 1. Lounging by the pool with a nice drink and a good book
2. Breakfast with a view. I miss this!
3. Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts) are so nice with a cup of coffee. I miss these too!
4. Time for some dessert

 1. Delicious pizza
2. A pretty pink orchid
3. Cheers! Mojito time
4. Cheers again! This time it's a glass of sauvignon :)

 1. Sand, sea, and sky
2. Cooling off by the pool
3. Enjoying the view
4.  The most beautiful dessert at Terra, an Italian restaurant

 I hope you've enjoyed the photos. As always, thank you for reading! Angharad x

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

What a View! My Favourite Restaurant in Rome


If you're planning a trip to Rome and you're looking for lunch with a stunning view, then Aroma Restaurant at the Manfredi Hotel is the place to go. This was the first Michelin starred restaurant we'd ever been to, and it certainly didn't disappoint. We arranged to go on a guided audio tour of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum in the morning, followed by lunch at Aroma Restaurant; this itinerary worked out really well, and I'd recommend it if you want to combine seeing some of the historical sites with a bit of fine dining thrown in for good measure!
Seared scallop
Pasta with porcini mushroom
Beef & mixed vegetables

Complimentary mini desserts with coffee (the ones on the end tasted like Lindt chocolate!)

This is one of the best restaurants we've ever been to (for the view alone!), and is definitely one to add to your list. Let me know if you've got any restaurant recommendations for Rome...I'd love to hear about them! 
Thank you for reading, Angharad x

Ristorante Aroma

Via Labicana, 125 - 00184 Roma
Tel. +39 06 97615109
Fax +39 06 7005638
info@aromarestaurant.it
www.aromarestaurant.it
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Monday, 13 March 2017

Daffodils


The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, and is worn on St. David's Day on 1st March. It is a symbol of our patron saint, David, and of rebirth and faithfulness because they bloom every year. Daffodils remind me that winter will soon be gone and the days will be longer and warmer...they're such a bright and cheerful flower! I love having a vase of daffs in the house to brighten up a room and cheer myself up 😊

On our way back from Cornwall on Sunday we drove past some beautiful fields of daffodils, and we decided to stop so we could enjoy them all the more and take some photos. Daffodils are one of my favourite spring flowers, and it was so special to see so many of them!





I hope you've had a great weekend and you're enjoying the springtime blooms as much as I am! Angharad x
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Friday, 27 January 2017

Oxwich Bay

Hello jet lag, my old friend! 😴 One of my least favourite things about travelling is the jet lag when you get back home...it's not much fun to be honest. On Monday we thought we'd chase away the cobwebs with a trip to Oxwich Bay, a large sandy stretch in Gower. The weather was glorious! It was cold yet clear, and we had a beautiful sunset to enjoy 😊 It's good to be back in Wales!
We walked the entire length of the golden sands as the sun went down, and after our rather long walk we rewarded ourselves with a bite to eat at the Oxwich Bay Hotel, which has an open fire and is especially cosy at this time of year. I think these photos capture the natural beauty of Oxwich Bay and show how Wales is such a fantastic country!
Have a great weekend! Thank you for reading, Angharad x
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

10 Photos to Inspire you to Visit Barbados

I've just got back from such a lovely break in Barbados, and I'm so excited to show you some of the best parts of this amazing island. Barbados is a wonderful place to celebrate the new year, and it's the perfect place to beat the January blues. From the glamour of the 5 star hotels and swish restaurants on the island's West Coast, to the beautiful and relaxed area of St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados can be whatever you want it to be. Welcome to the tropical paradise of Barbados!

Alleynes Bay is situated on the West Coast of Barbados, and it's so pretty! Imagine dreamy expanses of the softest sand, swaying palm trees and warm turquoise waters which are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Alleynes Bay is the ideal place to spend a lazy day relaxing in the sun.

The Lone Star is one of my favourite restaurants on the West Coast...it really has one of the best outlooks, and the white interior is uber stylish and glamorous. It doesn't look particularly special from the roadside, but as soon as you you walk through the main entrance and stand at the top of the steps overlooking the restaurant, you are literally blown away by the stunning view. On this occasion we made a reservation for breakfast and we enjoyed the lovely eggs benedict and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. I think that The Lone Star is best enjoyed in the day time, so you can fully appreciate the gorgeous view of the beach and the ocean.

St. Lawrence Gap is one of my favourite areas of the island. I actually prefer it to the West Coast because there are more bars and restaurants which you can walk to within close proximity. It's less pretentious than the West Coast, but it's certainly not tacky, which can be difficult to find in some holiday locations. On our last night we saw the most beautiful sunset which coincided with happy hour (yay!). If you fancy a rum punch or an exotic cocktail at sundown then head to one of the lovely bars and restaurants in The Gap!

Dover Beach is my favourite beach on the whole island. It's much bigger than the beaches on the West Coast, and there is plenty of space for sun beds, so it never feels crowded. The sand is powder white, and the sea is such a fabulous colour; I love how it has different shades of turquoise, according to how deep the waters are. It was lots of fun swimming here, and we even saw turtles bob their heads up in the waves! My boyfriend enjoyed water sports such as surfing, paddle boarding, and windsurfing, whilst I read my book on a sun lounger under a palm tree :-)

Our visit to Bottom Bay made us feel like we'd been shipwrecked on a desert island; it's so sheltered and hidden away. We hired a car and drove to the beach on a cloudy day, so this photo doesn't capture it at it's best, but it's semi enclosed by high coral cliffs and a small cluster of tall, leaning palm trees, making it very picturesque. A local guy sat at the top of the steps leading down to the beach, and offered to make us homemade cocktails served in fresh coconuts (he told us that one of them was called the Rihanna, which I thought was pretty cool!).
Foul Bay is so beautiful, quiet, and unspoilt. We literally had the entire beach to ourselves, and all we could hear was the sound of the waves as the tide came in, which was really special. Again, we visited on a cloudy day, so I'd imagine it to look absolutely stunning when the sun is out. The natural beauty of the beach actually reminded us of Broad Haven South Beach in West Wales, with the addition of a few palm trees!
Castaways Bar & Grill was one of our favourite casual lunch spots in St. Lawrence Gap. Just look at the view! The beautiful shallow waters actually looked like a blue lagoon, and it was great fun watching a small fishing boat bringing in the daily catch which was prepared and barbecued at the waters edge.
Bathsheba is on the East Coast and it's more rugged and wild. It's very popular with surfers and offers a great change of scenery to the calmer and more serene areas of the island. We enjoyed watching the surfers take on the impressive waves in the famous Soup Bowl.
The surf! Here's my boyfriend enjoying the surf :-D There are some good surf spots which offer consistent swells, and the water is so warm and clean; it's the perfect temperature to take a dip and cool down on a hot day.
The Crane Beach is best viewed from The Crane Hotel, which is high up on the cliff edge. It's a large and impressive beach, and the sea has powerful waves. We enjoyed lunch at L'Azure, which has a beautiful cliff-side view of the beach.

I really hope that you've enjoyed these photos!
 As always, thank you for reading, and Happy New Year :) Angharad x


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