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

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Grape & Olive at the Meridian Tower

On Wednesday evening we went for dinner at the Grape & Olive, a restaurant/bar situated on the 28th floor of the Meridian Tower; the tallest building in Wales. We'd been to the restaurant once before at night time, and thought it would be nice to go again during the day to fully appreciate the amazing views over Swansea Bay, the City Centre and the Marina.
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28th floor, please!
The view!
The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows and fantastic views of Swansea and the surrounding area. It was lovely to have a wander around the restaurant to fully appreciate the views and look for familiar city landmarks.
Swansea Bay
Swansea Marina
A staircase leads to a further level, where there is additional seating, comfy sofas, and more spectacular views to enjoy...
Swansea Marina
We ordered some drinks and took a look at the menu, which is predominantly steak and fresh fish dishes.
I ordered the roast chicken supreme with smoked bacon, crushed potatoes and buttered green beans with fresh salsa verde. Delicious!
D ordered steak with Café de Paris butter, served with a slow roast tomato, a grilled flat cap mushroom, thick cut chips, peppery rocket, and cracked peppercorn sauce. The restaurant is proud to serve Welsh Celtic Pride Beef, which means that all cattle are born, reared and finished on Welsh farms, ensuring a consistent high quality. D gave it the thumbs up!

The dessert menu was impressive, and the sharing slate of puddings (sticky toffee and date pudding, blueberry Eton mess, warm chocolate brownie and raspberry, white chocolate and pistachio cheesecake with clotted cream and Pimm's ice cream) sounded fantastic.

We decided that this option was a little bit extravagant, so we shared a dessert instead. We were torn between the salted caramel fondant with salted caramel sauce and clotted cream, and the raspberry, white chocolate and pistachio cheesecake with clotted cream ice cream. We went for the cheesecake in the end, which was lovely.

Grape & Olive at the Meridian Tower is a great venue for informal dining with stunning views. It's the perfect place for a catch up with the girls, a romantic dinner, or a special occasion. I would recommend adding this to your "must see" list of places to visit in Swansea.

Meridian Quay,
Maritime Quarter,
Swansea,
SA1 1JW
https://www.sabrain.com/pubs-and-hotels/south-wales/swansea/grape-olive-swansea/

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone! It's that time of the week again :) I hope you've all had a great weekend.

On Saturday evening, my boyfriend and I took a stroll to catch the sun going down over Three Cliffs Bay on the south coast of the Gower Peninsula.

It was a beautiful, clear evening, and we were so pleased that we were just in time to catch the last bit of the sun setting over the headland.
There was hardly anyone there, which made it all the more special.
 I hope you all have a fantastic week! Angharad x

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Spring Favourites


Spring is such a lovely season, especially as I don't enjoy the cold weather at all! There are lots of things that I love about springtime in Wales, so here are a few of my favourites...

Spring Flowers
Cherry blossom, daffodils and snowdrops are so beautiful to see after the long winter. I really want to visit a bluebell wood at some point; I love the idea of walking through a woodland with a carpet of bluebells.

Beach Walks
It's a lovely time of year to take a walk along the beach, and enjoy the sea air and the sun on your face. A beach walk makes me feel so relaxed and happy.

Coffee in the garden
It's so nice to sit in the garden with a cup of coffee!

Spring Lambs
As I was driving through the Gower countryside, I just had to stop my car to take some photos of these lambs. How sweet are they?! I love seeing the lambs in springtime; they look so cute and playful. It's nice to take a moment and watch them enjoying themselves. These little lovelies were modelling the latest fashion accessory for spring... a rain mac!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. What are your favourite things about spring?
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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Wardrobe Declutter

Spring is a great time of year to have a declutter, get organised, and add some new pieces to your collection. Here are some tips to help you with this task!

Music
Music makes decluttering so much more fun. Put on your favourite playlist, tie your hair up, and take a deep breath! You may find it helpful to set aside a specific amount of time to complete this task, e.g. 1 hour, so you can stay focused and not get distracted.

Empty your wardrobe
Pull everything out. Everything! Pile it on the bed. So. Many. Clothes. Don't worry, this is the untidy part; it will be tidy in the end.

Keep or get rid
This is the hard bit. Go through each item one by one, and ask yourself the following questions:

Do I like this?
Does this suit me?
Is it comfortable? 
Does it fit me?
Have I worn it in the last 12 months?

If the answer is "no" to any of these questions, you know what to do.

If the answer is "yes", then you should keep it.

We all keep things we don't need "just in case." But these items are adding to the clutter and taking up space, so be brave. If you're not sure, put it in a box of "not sure" items, and put it away in storage. If you haven't missed these items in a month, then they should go. What you do with these items is up to you, but I like to donate any unwanted items to a charity shop.

Organisation
Now you've decided what you're going to keep, it's time to clean and organise your wardrobe. Use a vacuum cleaner to give it a good clean, and wipe down shelving with a damp cloth.

An organised wardrobe will make it easy for you to see what you have (or haven't) got. I got some white wooden hangers from Ikea, and have shelves for my shoes and handbags. I've organised my clothes into various sections: workwear, casual, gym, holiday, and formal/evening dresses. I group these sections according to the item and the colours. This helps me get ready so much more quickly.

What do I need/like?
Now that you have some space, consider what you need and what you'd like to add to your wardrobe. I love getting inspiration from fashion blogs and magazines.

I hope you've found this helpful :-) I'd love to hear your tips for decluttering your wardrobe!
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Mumbles


The great thing about moving somewhere new is that it can feel like you're on an extended holiday. It's so nice exploring new places and being pleasantly surprised by what an area has to offer; a 5 minute stroll can easily turn into a 5 mile adventure, filled with lovely new discoveries!

It's a wonderful opportunity to really get to know your area, ask the locals for places that they recommend (I've discovered that taxi drivers are great for recommending places to eat!), and make your home really feel like home.

One of my favourite places is Mumbles, a headland situated on the western edge of Swansea. There are lots of lovely things in Mumbles; Joe's Ice Cream, the boutique shops in Newton Road, Oystermouth Castle, seafront restaurants, and Mumbles Pier are just a few of the attractions.

However, in this blog entry, I thought I would share the beautiful springtime views with you:

Maritime pine trees overlooking Swansea Bay
The perfect spot for a quiet moment and a flask of coffee!
I love it when the tide is out

I'm not actually sure who loves the Mumbles the most..this little chap was certainly enjoying himself!


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Monday, 11 April 2016

Happy Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! How's your weekend been?

On Saturday morning I went for a walk down Mumbles (for those of you outside the UK who are reading this, we really do have a place in Wales called "Mumbles")!

Mumbles is a headland situated down the western edge of Swansea Bay, and it's a great place to go for a stroll and enjoy the sea view. I'm planning on sharing a more detailed post on Mumbles later this week, so you can see what all the fuss is about :-)

While I was there, I took these shots of the cherry blossom near the seafront. Isn't it lovely?

I was fortunate enough to visit Japan in recent years during cherry blossom season, and took part in "hanami" (flower viewing), which involves a big picnic in the park, underneath the beautiful "sakura" (cherry blossom). This brought back lovely memories :-) Enjoy, and have a great week! Angharad x
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