Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Quick quide to West Wales - lifestyle post

Hey guys,

For the first time in years we didn't go on holiday to Devon as my parents now have a caravan in W.Wales (Pendine sands)

The first place I'd recommend is NARBERTH - we headed here on the Monday afternoon to browse around the cute shops. I'd recommend going to Jagos for beautiful home wear and ladies clothes, Six on the high street is another gem then go in the clock tower for amazing art galleries. For food Lillie's coffee shop is great for a light lunch of Ultracomida is an amazing deli and restaurant.
This high street is full of cute gift shops, delis and galleries to spend hours browsing around.

TENBY - Is a place I've been coming to most of my life and it is an amazing town. One of the great things about Tenby is how there is so much to see but it probably takes less then half an hour to walk from one end to the other. 

The amazing view of the harbour, I love walking along the pretty coloured houses and each one is so different.

The turning around from where I shot the above photo walk down a path to Castle beach which is such a cute beach, this leads to the castle and museum. All of this is just from the end of the main high street.

Shops - There is a bigger Jago's in Tenby with way more clothes and choice if you needed another excuse (when we were there they had a warehouse sale in the evening so naturally I got a few bargains)

Nook and cranny sells amazing pieces locally crafted from art to candles, furniture and children's clothes. 

This time we stopped here for lunch (amazing food, frozen yogurt, open again in the evening for meals and pizza) there are loads of places on the main street we've been too previously such as bluebell and the mooring.

Everyone loves a cute independent bookshop right?

You can even take a horse and cart tour of the town.

This trip to Tenby we had dinner at the Coach and horses, which was recommend to me by some guys on twitter (@afashionoddity). It is Tenby's oldest pub that now has a Thai chef, so the menu has both traditional pub food and Thai food which is great if some of your family hate spicy food and others don't.

For starters we had the fish and shrimp sweet chill cakes.

I had a prawn Thai curry and dad had duck with oyster sauce. Both of which were amazing so filling, a great amount of meat and veg (so many curries out are just rice, sauce and a few prawns).

My brother had this insane surf and turf with steak, mussels, loads of chips, peas and a lush  mushroom sauce. It was all so well cooked and just so much food. 
This restaurant is 10/10 for classic British cosy dinning with a modern twist and high quality food. All of the staff were so friendly too.

Just thought I'd end this post with these beautiful pictures of the sky one evening when we took a walk along the beach right by our caravan in Pendine.
I could go into way more detail with more towns and places to recommend but this is just based on my most recent trip but I must mention Saundersfoot which is really near Tenby.

Have you been on holiday in west wales, where do you love in this area guys?

Love Charlotte

Friday, 12 August 2016

Shinning bright - Style post

Hey guys,

Tenby is one of my favourite places in W.Wales it's a beautiful town with multiple beaches, loads of cute shops to explore and a castle.

With views like this around every corner whats not to love.

Jacket: Miss. Selfridge
Top: primark
Trousers: Topshop 
Shoes: Next

This trousers I now one of my favourite pieces, they are just so flattering and comfy, also they go with nearly everything. 
I always struggle shopping for shoes because nothing ever fits me right but I grabbed these metallic slip ons, I know I know gold and silver together are a big no but I'm not too bothered. I also think they work so well with the gold sequin on the top on my denim jacket which I wear 90% of the time. 

Have you bought into the metallic trend this season?

Love Charlotte

Friday, 5 August 2016

Prints by the sea - Style post

Hey Guys,

Last week was that annual weeks holiday with my family this year we went to my parents new caravan in Pendine, West.Wales.

This beach in less than a minute away from our caravan and we went for walks every evening and most mornings before we went out for the day. Living this close to a beach really was amazing.

*Rocky road ice cream*

Top - Zara 
Jacket - Miss.Selfridge 
Jeans - Urban outfitters 
Sandals - Primark
Sunglasses - Asos
Necklace - Asos

I picked up this beautiful top for only £9,99 in the Zara sale and I am in love. It has a velvet texture too it and is just such a beautiful print. I also really like the fit with the lose fit sleeves. As most of my favourite pieces it is super comfy yet looks like I've put some effort it. For me it is one of those tops you just feel pretty in so why settle for anything less?

Also can we just talk about how pretty the back drop of these photos are.

Love Charlotte

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Get FED this summer - restaurant review*

Hey Guys,

Summer is finally here and to celebrate my best friend Jess and I headed to FED in Cardiff.
I have been once before with my family so knew roughly what to expect but there have been some new additions to their menu for summer.

They have an amazing new menu of cocktails and mocktails which of course I was excited about. I didn't know which to choose first but I went with one of my favourites the sangria which was just amazing, Jess was sticking with mocktails and loved them. We especially love the little umbrellas they were decorated with.

 Once one of the members of staff bring your drinks you can go on up and grab a plate and begin. Now where to begin is the question the buffet is organised into categories first is the British/ carvery area, sushi, tex mex, Indian, Chinese and Italian. I try to keep each plate quite organised without mixing foods too much.

One thing that makes FED stand out from other eat all you want buffets is the chefs around the buffet who can go something to order which gets brought over to you. This is available in Chinese, Italian and as part of the new super summer range Indian (find out more about this special menu here.). By this point I'd already had enough curry and noodles to burst so I went for Italian I choose seafood risotto which was just amazing and included so much seafood squid, muscles and more although it was missing the main event for me which is prawns. 

Time for more cocktails? This is another one of the summer specials called 'Gummy bear' which as you can guess is very sweet to me it tasted like those old sweets palmer violets...amazing!

The interior is very modern and bright, the restaurant is very spacious and split into different areas. Above (blurry yes) is the quieter area where we were seated. 

After about half an hour talking and drinking we were still pretty full but went to look at the deserts just in case. I was defintely too full for the chocolate fountain or ice cream parlour but took a few mini desserts and cakes some favourites were the brownie cream cake, pistachio cake and creme brulee. There was so much too choose from which is great.

We had an amazing evening of way too much food, amazing summer drinks and it was the best way for me to relax after a long day at work (oh yeah I got a part time job now) and I would recommend a trip to FED next time you are in Cardiff. Find out more here.

Love Charlotte

* Disclaimer - meal was complimentary in return of my honest opinions in a blog post.

Friday, 24 June 2016

EU Referendum

Hey guys,

Two posts in two days? What is going on but this post isn't planned at all. As I am sure most of you know by now yesterday the UK had a referendum to decide if we should leave the EU or not.

For me it was an easy decision. I had decided straight away to vote remain. (why I decided this will be explained later)
The run up to this referendum has been horrible to be honest, TV debates full of childish comments, racist propaganda, lies and even a tragic death (some say the death of Jo Cox has nothing to do with this referendum)

As this is a yes/ no referendum rather than a traditional election it is much harder to predict and it has been splitting politically parties with members of every party (left wing right) fighting for both leave EU and remain in the EU. You know it's trouble when parties are in divide themselves. 

Anyway as the results came in it just got worse and worse until I woke up this morning to find out that leave had one the referendum. 
The results 52% to leave and 48% to remain. 
It's so close yet those 48% barely matter, leave won so we are out of the EU.

This news has made me disappointed, scared for our future, angry to say the least but I am also just shocked at how people sill think this was a good idea.

 Wales my home, shocked me the most. Only 5/22 Welsh constituencies voted to remain. I can't understand how anyone in Wales thought it was a good idea. The majority of Wales (RCT, Caerphilly etc) are some of the UK's poorest areas than get the most funding from the EU. Wales compared to England actually receive more money from the EU than we put in, the Welsh government receives 1078 euros per person from the EU which is amazing. There are endless examples of areas that have benefited from EU funding such as science research and town developments in the 'deprived' old mining towns. 
 Immigration has been the main topic of discussion surrounding this referendum (notably from UKIP) and I had hoped people wouldn't let racism and xenophobia cloud their judgement (personally I encourage migration, the easier travel and learning from other cultures etc) however Wales has a TINY TINY tiny amount of immigrants. Although the 5 welsh constituencies that did vote remain have roughly 3 times as many immigrants than the rest of Wales. 
Now my second home Cornwall would be also be nothing without the EU, as the poorest part of the UK purely funded by the EU even my own university only exists because of the EU and they voted to leave. I have since read an article on ITV News saying how Cornwall voted out but want to keep their funding...that is not how EU funding works, this was another reason I was passionate about remaining because we cannot come back from leaving, we had no real idea what the outcome would be from this decision (only predictions from trust economists and experts obviously). 

A lot has happened since the results came out this morning, for a start our currency has already dropped massively this has changed a lot throughout the day but I know we are no longer the 5th largest economy the bank of England are doing all they can but we don't really know what it means for our economy in the long run yet.
David Cameron has resigned which means it can only get worse looking at the new alternatives for our Prime minister possibly Boris Johnson or Michael Gove (much much worse than dodgy Dave) 
Farage has already said he cannot see how that £350 million will actually go to the NHS (like their campaign promised). I am sure a lot of people voted leave purely in the hope more money will go back into our NHS and they are already being proved wrong.
A lot of Labour MPs (Only yesterday I became a member of the labour party) are suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn (our current leader) should resign and are blaming him for remain losing, whatever your opinion on Corbyn I think we just need to focus on the future and how can make the best of leaving the EU instead of pointing the blame and trying to elect a new leader.
By the polls this is purely down to voters aged 50+, I am so scared and struggle to see how this will benefit us and am so disappointed in this country - Scotland want to become independent more than ever, there is a petition for a London independence party and talks of NI leaving "we've made Britain great again" my arse the fallout will be worse than imagined.

So this post was something different for A Fashion Oddity to say the least but I hope it was okay.

Love Charlotte

P.S Make sure you are following my instagram, I am only 5 away from 800 followers too x

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Paisley prints for days - Style post

Hey guys,

Since being back home from uni (quick update, its great I already have a part time job, possible work experience and back with my friends) the weather hasn't been quiet so great but the sun is still out.

The pink hair is still going strong!

Jacket: Miss. Selfridge 
Top: Primark
Trousers: Primark 
Shoes: Topshop 

It takes a good pair of trousers for me to replace my jeans but I love really comfy yet pretty trousers just like these, I am wearing them all the time. 
Denim jacket, patterned trousers and a crop top is pretty much a fail safe look for British summer weather.
Did I mention the trousers were only £8?!

Love Charlotte

P.S I dont talk about politics at all on my blog (I want to start, but I do on my twitter @afashionoddity) but today is the EU referendum in the UK and its a big deal so please please make sure you go out and use your vote!!
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