Style of the city Magazine Summer 2022 Edition

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Summer Issue 2022

Cardiff & The Vale





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ummer is finally here, which means everything feels lighter and brighter. There is a distinct feeling of positivity in the air and, after the incredible Jubilee celebrations, along with the iconic Diana Ross belting her classic hits out at our very own Cardiff Castle, it’s safe to say this summer season is setting off to be a good one. This got me thinking about the power of positivity and gratitude. Our capital city is so diverse and rich with culture. The beautiful Victorian arcades, Cardiff Bay’s fantastic sea views, Bute Park with its lush green features, I could go on; it’s the summer season especially which makes me feel a real sense of gratitude about the beauty around us. We welcome you then to our summer issue with the incredible current Miss Wales title holder, Darcey Corria (P11), gracing our front cover. Darcey shares all on her journey so far, along with her passion to push diversity in pageantry. We have filled this issue with all the things you love, including our sought-after fashion section (P17) where we talk all things sustainable fashion, and fabulous fashion spreads to get you beach-ready. Fancy a staycation this summer? Our popular ‘City Stays’ section (P37) showcases some amazing hotels, from Bath to London. Our ‘Hair & Beauty’ section (P27) to get your tresses feeling amazing this summer, and if you’re looking for a new career in beauty, Alida Academy has the perfect course for you. We get familiar with female entrepreneur and founder of KEW Planning, Kathryn Williams (P50). Here she shares with Style of the city Magazine how her planning consultancy company is truly paving the way (quite literally). Plus lots more in this edition to give you the best summer read. We are also excited to unveil our Summer Brunch event happening on the 6th of August at Lo Lounge Cardiff Bay. We promise an afternoon of truly fabulous fun, with special entertainment guest MC DT, the best DJs and so much more. All the details (P45).


We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Wishing everyone the best summer yet. Thanks for picking us up x

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Health & Wellness

P11 INTERVIEWS Miss Wales, Darcey Corria shares her journey on tackling diversity in pageantry and winning the current Miss Wales title.

P70 ACORN PRIVATE CLINIC Private ultrasound clinic in Penarth.

P8 SHOP LOCAL INITIATIVE We highlight the best of what local businesses have to offer.

P54 POLLY’S BABY BLOG A new summer baby on the way. P25 SUSTAINABLE FASHION MADE EASY Angels Clothes Rentals shows us how.

P64 NUFFIELD HEALTH Ear, nose, and throat conditions affecting the family.

P65 BE YOUR REAL SELF Mindset coach Stephen Truelove shares on ‘getting real’ for overall wellbeing.


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42 City Stays

P42 HOLM HOUSE HOTEL & SPA Unveils stylish new look. P46 THE BIRD HOTEL Luxurious staycation in the heart of Bath.

Culture & Lifestyle Fashion & Beauty

P24 YOLANDA KINGDON Luxury Wedding Photography.

P30 ALIDA ACADEMY The one-stop shop for all your beauty needs.

P90 COOKING BY DEI Shelma Dei shares her stylish recipe.

P28 AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE The Spectrum sisters on all thing’s beauty and gratitude.

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P86 SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES All the pics from some of the hottest openings in the city.

Laings Family Collection an education in diamonds There is a certain twinkle in the eyes of Richard Laing as he describes the proposal stories he has been a part of over the years.

estled in the luxurious Laings showroom he laughs conspiratorially as he recounts the romantic and occasionally humorous tales. Richard’s role in all of them have been the same, he has found ‘the one’ – the diamond ring that marks forever. Growing up in a luxury family jeweller meant that an appreciation for diamonds was unavoidable. However, it was on Richard’s trips to the diamond capital, Antwerp, where he really fell for the world’s most famous gemstone. Historically the largest diamond district in the world, the streets of the Belgian city have an enchanting atmosphere. Since as far back as the 15th century the city has been the focus of diamond trade and at one point 84% of the world’s rough diamonds passed through. It is a place filled with promise, unimaginable riches and mystery, with the sought-after-stones reigning supreme. With 380 workshops lining the Diamond Quarter, hours and days can be spent choosing from thousands of gemstones. There is an air of excitement to the district dubbed as the ‘Diamond Square Mile’. Everyone here is in the business of romance, creating something to perfectly tell a love story that they are not even privy to yet.


“I loved the Antwerp trips. There’s so much to learn from each company, all with different strengths. Some are good for fancy cuts, others are better for uncertified diamonds, or certified, you get to know them and build relationships depending on what you’re looking for.” Honing his skills in Antwerp meant that Richard developed a keen eye for the very best diamonds available. In 2017 alone, roughly 234 million carats of diamonds were traded. This shows the substantial quantities that both the dealers and buyers work with, and Richard used

his expertise to select only diamonds with incomparable fire and brilliance. “I used to visit Antwerp with my dad and when I went to dealers on my own, they would often think this is going to be easy, almost taking me for a bit of a ride. Instead, I examined every detail and selected the very best. It got to the point where they wouldn’t let me see the rest of the diamonds as they knew I was only going to pick superior stones.” When Richard talks about diamonds it is easy to see that, for him, it is all in the details. With the knowledge he gained in Antwerp, he fully understands what makes them so renowned. As he examines the rings cushioned in Laings navy-blue boxes, he sees individual characteristics, invisible to most, that come together to create a unique personality for each stone that can then be admired by all. “Buying diamonds from Antwerp is always an amazing experience. After going for so many years, I gained such an appreciation of what was involved. When buying loose diamonds direct from dealers, you have to make sure you are selecting the best ones.” Richard uses this expertise to add his own personal seal of approval to Laings exclusive jewellery range – The Family Collection. From the very beginning and continuing now, every diamond within the collection is blessed with the diamond custodian’s seal of approval. Visit Laings showroom or shop online at St David’s 25-27 The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1GA Tel: 02920 660 890

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Fordthorne serving the motoring needs of our customers throughout South Wales.


he last two years have given us all the opportunity to reflect on our values and we at Fordthorne are no exception. As a local, family owned and family run business, serving the motoring needs of our customers throughout South Wales is at the heart of everything we do and we are continually looking at ways we can improve and grow what we offer. Therefore, with that in mind we are excited to introduce our newest venture. Building on over 50 years of experience as both a Ford Main Dealer and Used Vehicle Specialist, we are the destination for not just your first car but for every car on your life journey. Whether it’s the small runaround after you’ve just passed your test, the upgrade to accommodate your growing family or the dream car you’ve always wanted My Car Journey is the place to find it. Browse our extensive stock of available vehicles on our website, you can view funding options and reserve online if you find the one. Alternatively visit our relaxed and friendly showroom where our experienced sales team will be happy to help. Our support doesn’t stop after you’ve purchased your vehicle. With our team of experienced technicians, we offer vehicle servicing and MOTs on all makes and models, including electric vehicles. Visit our website or call us to make your booking.

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Nerys Jenkins – Director of After-Sales

Tell me about your first car? “My first car was a Talbot Horizon, 5 door in red. It was probably about 10 years old when I bought it. Looking back, it was probably not the greatest or trendiest of cars but I had bought it myself and I loved it, it gave me a lot of freedom when I was 17 and passed my driving test.” What is your dream car and why? “My first car was a Talbot Horizon, 5 door in red. It was probably about 10 years old when I bought it. Looking back, it was probably not the greatest or trendiest of cars but I had bought it myself and I loved it, it gave me a lot of freedom when I was 17 and passed my driving test.”

Molly-Ann Hopkin – Marketing Assistant

Tell me about your first car? “My first car was a hand-me-down 2003 Corsa which ran me around for a few years! She was 18 years old when I bought her for £150 with only one wheel trim left attached by a cable tie! Cindy the Corsa was completely falling apart but she had so much character!” What is your dream car and why? “My dream car is a Mercedes G Wagon! I have dreamt of having a Mercedes G Wagon for a while. I would love the ocean blue colour - it looks so classy! I'm not too sure why exactly this is my dream car; I simply love how they look.”

Paul Griffiths – Sales Manager Tell me about your first car? “I had my first car when I was 15. It was a 1969 VW beetle. My father bought it for me to keep me out of trouble! However, I had always wanted a convertible, so one day I decided to take the roof off with a chisel and a hammer. My father wasn’t best pleased, but it didn’t stop him from buying me a 1985 Vauxhall Nova when I was officially allowed to drive.”

What is your dream car and why? “My dream car, without question, is a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB. The exact same car from the film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The car is a complete work of art! The last one of these cars sold for in excess of 5 million pound, which is a little out of my price range, so I’ll stick with my Ford Ranger.”

Emily O’Neill – Marketing Manager

Tell me about your first car? “My first car was a Citroen C3. It was a hand me down and was old by the time I was driving it. I love it because it afforded me freedom… although I did get locked inside it once. I had the keys on me but the electrics were a bit dodgy, and it used to make an awful high-pitched noise when I drove over 40mph.” What is your dream car and why? “My dream car is ANY car that I do not have to drive. The dream is actually to be chauffeur driven everywhere!”

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The Shop Local INITIATIVE Now more than ever local businesses need our support. In every issue, Style of the city will highlight the best of what local brands have to offer in our Shop Local Initiative.

Budding Designs Budding Designs Flower Studio are a team of qualified and experienced florists who have been in the industry for over 30 years. We offer a wide selection of flowers including bouquets, weddings and funerals, dried flowers, house plants and a shop full of home ware, gifts and cards. You can browse our shop at 1, High Street, Barry, our opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9.30am -4pm. Or visit our online web shop for easy ordering. Available to order online or contact us to arrange 01446 404660 Instagram: @buddingdesignswales

Aspirations UK Aspirations UK, in Barry, is the official stockist of Frenchic Chalk paint and sells furniture, home accessories, gifts and industrial items. They also offer a Commission Service, which includes upcycling furniture, front doors and kitchens. The business encourages people to upcycle instead of buying new and the process helps reduce quality furniture ending up in landfills. Aspirations are now offering client commission services, POA. Aspirations has Moved! 25 Thompson Street Barry, CF63 4JL 8 Style of the city


Wings Stack The perfect ‘wing’ destination in Cardiff. Wingstack offers mouth-watering, tasty meat and vegan options, such as their signature wings. You’ll find an array of wings, burgers and ‘tings’ which are full of flavour. Every single dish has its own signature style, from popular classics to indulgent favourites, there’s something for everyone’s taste. Take a trip to this fantastic restaurant or make your order online. 86 Whitchurch Road Cardiff 02920 377609

Wildflower Kitchen Stepping into Wildflower from the busy hustle and bustle of Whitchurch Road, you’re welcomed by the delicious smell of homecooked goods and a friendly, relaxed vibe. Wildflower Kitchen celebrates all the good things in a simplistic lifestyle. Great ethically sourced food that focuses on nutrition as well as all the deliciousness in an arty setting. We serve a fab selection of brunch, lunch, salads and bakes, all made in house by us. Our hashbrowns are absolutely not to be missed if you’re visiting us for a cooked breaky and the salad bowls are a great weekday health boost, packed with fibre, plant proteins, wholegrain carbs and all the micro nutrients we need to feel nourished! Our Kitchen runs from 9am until 2pm, including breakfast and brunch for those late starters and Café is open until 4pm serving our yummy bakes until closing. We make all our cakes in house and have a great variety of our best-selling brownies and blondies, with 8 varieties to choose from, it’s difficult to not take a box home. We serve cakes with an interesting twist, lemon and rose drizzle is one of our personal favs and we always have plant-based and gf treats on the counter. You can order our brownies, blondies to collect from the Café, perfect treat for a celebration, birthday gift or just a Saturday evening! Visit our website to view our selection or our Catering Menus, perfect for a laid-back event. You can hire our Café for any occasion including our beautiful garden, just get in touch! We look forward to welcoming you to our gorgeous café. Tel: 07713 499131, 72-74 Whitchurch Rd, Cardiff CF14 3LX @wildflowercardiff Style of the city 9

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The Luxury Local Boutique in the Heart of Barry’s High Street Miss Holmes is a Shop Local Boutique style store situated on Barry’s Popular High St.

f you’re looking for high quality local shopping that doesn’t break the bank, Miss Holmes is the perfect spot. Opened in 2009, Miss Holmes has provided Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan customers, a consistent top spot and great place to buy quality gifts to suit all ages & budgets. Stocking Brands such as Joma Jewellery, Katie Loxton Fashion & Lifestyle Brand, Qudo Interchangeable Jewellery Brand, Annie Haak Jewellery, Les Georgette Paris Jewellery, Men’s gifts & Jewellery, Emile et Rose Baby wear, Woodwick Candles, as well as Ashleigh and Burwood Home Fragrance plus many More. Miss Holmes is best Known for Great Service, the brand enjoys assisting customers to select a gift best suited to the personality of the recipient, and most importantly within budget. All purchases are gift wrapped and


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sprayed with a gorgeous fragrance which enhances the experience when receiving your Gift. One of the most popular brands within the ‘Miss Holmes’ shop is without doubt luxury jewellery brand Qudo. The store are Proud to be one of the first stores to showcase the brand in Wales since its creation in 2009. Handcrafted and made in Germany Qudo combines ingenious design and expert German craftsmanship with the highly collectible range of interchangeable rings, along with gorgeous colour gem tops to add to a variety of ring bases. Elegant and unique with gold and rose gold IP plating, these beautiful jewellery items are polished to high grade stainless steel, with European crystals, ensuring you get the look and quality you want without

the high price tag. Customers can also add to their collection as often as they wish, known in store as the ‘affordable addiction!’ The range consists of rings, interchangeable necklaces, pendants earrings and bracelets. The basic ring band starts from £25 whilst gem tops start from £22 so very affordable. One of the best ways to Start your collection is to come in-store for a brand consultation. The ‘Miss Holmes’ team will size you up, chat about your wardrobe or favourite colours and use their expert advice that you cannot get online. Often posting on social media, the store encourages Qudo collectors to bring in their collection to revamp and rework gemstones. Whatever the colour trends, you can be sure to find your perfect colour match. Offering colour matching for wedding outfits, prom dresses, shoes, Fascinators, whatever the occasion Qudo Jewellery will complete your look, inspiring compliments and envious onlookers to investigate your show stopping pieces. Once you start you can’t stop.

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A conversation with Miss Wales

DARCEY CORRIA Darcey Corria is the current Miss Wales and is on a mission to highlight diversity. Having entered the competition in 2019, finishing as runner-up, Darcey was undeterred by her loss and last year put all her effort into making her comeback and winning the title. Darcey, from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, struggled with the lack of representation of people of colour within pageantry and worked closely with charity ‘Race Equality Wales’, along with becoming actively involved in shaping anti-racism legislation in Wales. Darcey shares her journey so far with Style of the city Magazine

Photography: Yolanda Kingdon

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE PAGEANTRY WORLD? My mum first applied for me when I was 17 years old. At first I was really apprehensive. I wasn’t very keen and didn’t understand what it was. I didn’t think it was something I would ever be keen on doing. This was until I met Paula Abbandonato (Director of Miss Wales), who explained to everyone applying what was involved with Miss Wales. I instantly, at that point, fell in love with pageantry. Paula explained that Bethany Harris (past Miss Wales) was ‘an ordinary girl who did an extraordinary thing’. The journey began and I met the other finalists, absolutely loved the process, especially the final weekend. They say you get the ‘pageant bug’, which was true for me. Although I came runner-up in the 2019 competition, I was determined to come back and try again, which I did! Looking back, being 18 and pursuing A Levels, I couldn’t give it my full attention, but I learnt so much the first time around. Style of the city 13

INTERVIEW Cape Verde and Yemenis, then they had my father. We’re from a huge family, always big family parties happening, I always have the best time.

HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR MISS WALES? When I applied the second time around, I had just got out of a toxic relationship and wanted I to do something for myself, to find myself again. I knew I wanted to push equality and highlight diversity in Wales. I got involved with the charity ‘Race Equality First’ and organised a fitness class once a week in Barry for Black and ethnic minorities. For Muslim women in particular, the health statistics are very poor compared to Caucasian females. I wanted to start one in Barry and thought bringing women of colour together under one roof, women that they might not have known, a place to make friendships and share fitness goals. I wanted to give back to the community. My strategy was to say yes to everything, get involved in what I can, raise money and keep active on social media, to share my journey, going through the competition, with my followers.


WHO INSPIRED YOU GROWING UP? I would say my role model for many years is Princess Diana, all the charitable work she did, especially for people living with HIV. She broke barriers and stigmas; I’m really inspired to be somebody like her.

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED RACISM AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME ANY OBSTACLES? I’ve experienced racism, mostly in secondary school where there would be lots of jokes people would say about me, passing comments. I came to realise they weren’t really joking, just passive aggression. I remember on one occasion going to a friend’s funeral, somebody made the ‘joke’ ‘Jesus doesn’t like black 14 Style of the city

people, why are you here?’ It really stuck with me for a long time after. I would always try and laugh things off but inside I felt totally deflated. I would go home and speak with my mum. I didn’t want to tell anyone else what was going on; it was just really hard. With ex partners I have experienced racism also. They would say after that they didn’t mean it but, again, words stick. I’m good at brushing comments off. Looking back I feel I should have dealt with these issues more; there are comments I still think about now.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND My grandad was from Jamaica and settled in Cardiff ’s Tiger Bay during the Windrush generation. He then met my nan, who is of mixed heritage from

I had an email to say they wanted to interview me via Zoom. I had the interview with Paula, it went really well. I knew at that point I just wanted to dedicate everything into becoming Miss Wales. I thought if I give this everything, even if I don’t win, I would gain so much from it.

HOW DID YOU KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED THROUGHOUT THE COMPETITION? Friends and family helped tremendously and were my biggest cheerleaders. My mum’s side of the family are spread across England and Wales so, during our family group chats, they constantly kept checking in and kept me motivated. There were times where I thought I wasn’t sure if I could keep the momentum up, but I never lost my passion, and different opportunities kept coming my way. I planned out

DARCEY CORRIA meticulously how I would work month-to-month via fundraising and social media, along with working closely with Race Equality First.

vibration within yourself to try and bring somebody else down. I made a promise to myself that I would stop looking at the comments and just focus on the positives.

TELL US ABOUT THE WORK YOU ARE DOING WITH RACE EQUALITY FIRST I’m running a fitness class in Barry for Black, Asian and ethnic minorities in Cwm Talwg, Barry. This is free of charge and funded by Race Equality First. I’m also extremely active pushing diversity and have recently set up my campaign ‘Darcey for Diversity’. This is where I will be tackling racism issues throughout Wales. I’m very excited to be supporting the first Afro-Caribbean hair apprenticeship, it’s the first Afro hair apprenticeship scheme in Wales.

HOW WAS THE DAY OF THE FINAL? It’s funny reflecting on it now because I don’t think I have enough due to being so busy. I was really nervous, lacking in the sleep department. I had a lift to the venue with one of the other girls and was fine on the way in. Almost immediately, I felt that feeling of nerves overwhelm me as I prepared for the interview stage of the competition. I wanted to get it right and cried beforehand. I was so overwhelmed, it just meant so much to me. I wanted the judges to see who Darcey was, so I was overthinking everything. I ended the interview with a really powerful statement that hadn’t been rehearsed and has stuck with me ever since: ‘If I am to win Miss Wales, I want to tackle racism in Wales and the UK and I believe that myself and the Miss Wales brand will be a force to be reckoned with.’

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PEOPLE THAT ARE JUDGEMENTAL ABOUT THE PAGEANTRY SYSTEM IN TODAY’S SOCIETY? I would say pageantry is extremely relevant in today’s society. If you look at the Miss Wales ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ campaign, which has raised millions of pounds for good causes, this wouldn’t have been possible without the competition. I would say the world


I’M ALSO EXTREMELY ACTIVE PUSHING DIVERSITY AND HAVE RECENTLY SET UP MY CAMPAIGN ‘DARCEY FOR DIVERSITY.’ would be a less bright place without pageantry because of the work that goes on behind the scenes. I think women benefit from pageantry, especially in Wales, seeing the journey of women who enter and how it helps with confidence. I would not have had the confidence to do half of the things I have been able to do, without pageantry.

DO YOU FEEL WOMEN ARE UNDER TOO MUCH PRESSURE FOR PERFECTION? I think women put a lot of pressure on themselves. I think social media has a lot to answer for in terms of beauty standards. I personally vow to post my true and natural self, and I want girls to know I don’t edit my Instagram photos.

HOW HAVE YOU DEALT PERSONALLY WITH THE NEGATIVE SIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA? I never experienced trolling until winning Miss Wales. I felt sorry for those writing negative comments about me. I think you must be on such a low

I would like to take every opportunity that comes my way, although daunting, I do want to say yes to everything; the more I give, the more I shine a light on different causes which will ultimately benefit so many others. I’m also focusing on Miss World and getting into the top five. Ultimately, I want to be a role model to young women of mixed ethnicity in Wales. I’m supporting the Sun Poverty Campaign for young children. The Sun Poverty Campaign aims to educate children on the importance of preventing skin damage. 80% of sun damage happens before the age of 18. Growing up with my skin being darker to most of my friends, I always had the opinion that I didn’t need skincare. I want to help educate younger children on the importance of applying sun cream. I will be going into schools to push this message.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE FUTURE? I would like to be on the same level as Maya Jama: TV presenting, radio. I’ve always seen myself in TV. I’m really inspired by Maya Jama. I think her personality shines through and how true and genuine she is.

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS What are you currently listening to? Michael Jackson ‘rock with you’.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King.

BIGGEST SPLURGE? Zara I spend hundreds in that store lol.

BEST ADVICE YOU WERE GIVEN? Stay true to yourself.

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Could you be the next Miss Wales? If you like the idea of girl power, love the thought of helping good causes, and want to grow your friendship circle, you’ve come to the right place. Miss Wales is a confidence-building experience coupled with the fun and glamour of pageantry. Apply now for a life-enhancing – and potentially life-changing – year to remember and the chance to represent Wales on the Miss World stage! To enter visit 16 Style of the city


Hats of Dreams

The luxury bespoke designer milliner has come to Cardiff

mongst the unassuming buildings on North Road Cardiff, a luxury hat designer has opened its doors. Founder and designer Misa Harada is no newcomer to the fashion world, having started her saratorial journey at The Royal College of Art in the mid 1990s, followed by four years designing for Royal-appointed milliner Frederick Fox. In 1998, Misa Harada launched her own label at Paris Fashion Week with quirky yet elegant designs quickly becoming well known within both fashion and millinery circles. Her talent for unique craftsmanship has led to collaborations with world renowned fashion designers such as; Katherine Hammett, Theirry Mugler, Yoji Yamamoto and Bora Aksu. Upon entering 24 North Road, just moments from Cardiff University, Misa Harada’s designs can be seen not only via the showroom but on each incredible picture showcased. Cindy Crawford wears a Misa Harda design for the front cover of Tatler, Zoe Kravitz wearing Misa Harda for


British Vogue along with Cara Delevigne looking equally stunning in a bespoke head piece, all pictured for customers to feel a sense of excitement knowing they are in safe hands with their desired choices. Misa Harada is clearly shown to be part of fashion royalty with many celebrities including Princess Eugenie showcasing her unique designs. Misa’s work has been displayed at the V&A exhibition ‘Stephen Jones – An Anthology of Hats’, as well as the Pola Museum in Tokyo, where Misa's retrospective exhibition, 'Hats Off ', was displayed in November 2015. What sets Misa Harada’s hats apart from other milliners is that her hats are made for everyday

wear, regardless of occasion. Each collection uses sustainable and up cycled fabrics. Misa declares “a hat is an ultimate tool of self-expression and an item to finish the outfit. My mission is to introduce a taste of haute couture in hats at an affordable price and encourage more to wear hat.” With ‘hat for life’ concept, Misa aims to offer the service to repair and restore her hats to all her loyal clients with much focused sustainability and longevity in mind. Today Misa Harada’s collections are sold in over 100 retail outlets across fifteen counties. Whatever the occasion you will find something equally special at Misa Harada. Available by appointments only. Bespoke, occasion wear, bridal and ready-to-wear collections where customers can try on, hire and purchase the hats. 24 North Road, Cardiff, CF10 3DY Open from 9:30am – 5:30pm Style of the city 17


SelfExpression in fashion

Lil Titsy was born out of the desire to provide authentic and unapologetic self-expression for individuals.

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l, u yf o j , sy s a Lil Titsy is silly, s - ju st like Melin- the founder of Lil es, feminism was everywhere. It was hip, it was Tit trendy, but Lil Titsy didn’t just want to be another sy feminist T-shirt brand. Lil Titsy is here to change the patriarchal language, protest sexism, create an inclusive !


space for everything feminine, and have fun while doing it. Anyone can be daring, yet we keep using a word- ballsythat only applies to 50% of the population. So, let’s be titsy! And let’s ditch the B's and the D's, after all, we all have tits. It is more universal and more inclusive. Let's change our language, and carry on "Big Tits Energy" instead, as an expression of courage and boldness. Melin Edomwonyi is a multi-hyphenate: a graphic designer; a UX designer; a creative director; a mentor; a problem solver. Melin is currently working as a creative director for a Bcorp agency based in Cardiff- Yellow Sub Creative- cooking up some good things for the people and the planet. She has a passion for playing with words, typography, and calligraphy. Melin has been “different” all her life; being born in Turkey and growing up there as a black mixed girl, she always stood out, and never fit in. Even when she moved to the UK, her unique, and some may say bold, weird, and colourful, approach to life and work, made her stand out even more. She went through a lot to get to where she was and Lil Titsy became her way of “sticking it” to the world. She embraced being shamelessly different, choosing joy instead of chasing happiness, owning her imperfections, having bold weird energy, and empowering others along the way. Lil Titsy, like everything great that stands the test of time, was finally brought to life after a life-changing event. Melin had been making t-shirts for friends to make them feel better and empowered during hard times. Melin, herself, had to leave her home as a result of a terrible break-up and live out of a suitcase for months in friends' houses. This is when she recognised that what she had been giving to her friends was something she needed: an encouragement to keep on going, and a simple garment that can be worn in different ways for various occasions. Her then favourite t-shirt from CreativeMornings : “we believe in giving a

damn”, became her go-to t-shirt for the days she needed a bit of a push. The slogan was great but it wasn't how she felt every day. She needed a way of expressing her complex and varied emotions. During those endless nights, being awake in friends’ spare rooms, what kept her going was practicing brush lettering to stay creative, and writing fun and motivational quotes from her favourite shows, like Bob’s Burger; she realised she was writing things she needed to hear or wished she could put on a t-shirt… So the idea of Lil Titsy was born. She was going to create t-shirts to embrace different moods, for different days that we as humans go through. Questioning being a woman, femininity, and feminism was the key to the brand's purpose. Now Lil Titsy is here to embrace the weird, the different, and the feminine in any form. Lil Titsy is here to resist with joy, laughter, and self-love. The joy of being unapologetically different is protest enough in this world. Lil Titsy is here to learn and explore self-love in a world where we are not encouraged to do so. You can get titsy on or follow them on @liltitsy

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Roman Red Floral Print Frill Neck Jumpsuit £42


Dune London Loupe orange £90 John Lewis Gingham Top £28

SUMMER FASHION Joe Browns Santorini Summer Dress £60

F&F Tesco White Push Up Jean £18 Sonder Studio Abstract Palm Print Blouse £49

Kaleidoscope White Lace Top £29 TU Black Mock Croc oversized chain sliders £16

FatFace Tilly Espadrille Sandals £49.50

M&Co Tencel Denim Short £24.99


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Gl/amour by Sonder Studio Fuchsia Midi Dress £79

Primark Green Shirt £13 and Blue Denim Shorts £13

Oliver Bonas Shoe the Bear Sylvi Padded Strap Sandal £99.95

Accessorize Soft Lounge Knot Headband £9

Accessorize Country Retreat layered bracelet £12

Monsoon Embroidered Shorts in Pure Cotton Black £55

SEOL + Gold CZ Bezel Lariat Necklace £49.95

George at Asda Mini Gold Hoop Earring £5

Pink & green floral swimsuit TK Maxx £24.99 Crystal flower hair slide set Accessorize £12.00 Primark Button Up Khaki Dress £15

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PrettyLittleThing Multi-Leopard Strappy one sleeve bikini top £18 and MultiLeopard High Leg Bikini Bottoms £12




Multi-Coloured Floppy Sun Bonmarché Leaf Print Sarong £10

Hat £29

River Island Printed Beach Sarong £28

SUMMER FASHION Accessorize Sheer Chiffon Colourful Beach Kaftan £35

TK Maxx Palm Tree Beach Bag £7.99

TK Maxx Nude Jelly Sandal £12.99 Next Brakeburn Cream Stripe Beach Bag £33

Daisy Park Hinza Bag on the Beach Hot Pink £20

Primark Side Detail Rectangle Sunglasses £3

PrettyLittleThing Shape Denim Print Lace-up Swimsuit £22

Matalan ‘Papaya’ Oval sunglasses £5

TU Natural Sunshine Slogan Floppy Hat £11

FatFace Breton Twist Front wrap bikini top £29.50 & Breton Twist Bikini Bottoms £22.50

Freemans Accessorize Beachcomber Floral Plunge Swimsuit £37

M&S Wrap Swimsuit £29.50

River Island x Charli Howard Bikini Top £25 & Bikini Bottoms £16

TU Summer Animal Print Sliders £7

Oliver Bonas Pink Confetti Sunglasses £49.50

Matalan Blue Gingham Puff Sleeve Crop Top £10 and Bikini Bottoms £7

Accessorize Soft Espadrilles £20 Khost Clothing at M&Co; Lobster Swimsuit £45

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The Bohemian Welsh Brand Inspired by Dallas

If you love a flowing bohemian vibe, feathers galore or some fun fringing then Boho Buffalo is most definitely the brand for you! oho Buffalo is a unique online boutique specialising in luxury ‘Boho-Chic’ clothing and accessories for authentic, high vibe women. This unique welsh brand blurs the lines between bohemian and western styles in an aesthetic that feels personal with a heightened sense of individuality.


THE STORY This small independent brand, was created by Cardiff based designer Emma-Jayne Lloyd. Her semi precious jewellery and stand out accessories are mainly designed and made in house or outsourced to ethical artisan projects around the globe. The collections are inspired by free spirited fashion from destinations such as Bali, Texas and Ibiza! EJ: I get asked a lot…'How does a Welsh valleys girl end up selling cowgirl boots and Ibiza style fashion?' After years growing up watching Dallas, I was always a little obsessed with cowgirl couture, Texas accents and turquoise jewellery (and the inevitable crush on Bobby Ewing!) I discovered a deeper love of 24 Style of the city

southwestern style and a passion for country music on subsequent travels in the US. Shopping boho boutiques Ibiza, Bali and Mallorca inspired me to bring more luxury bohemian fashion to Wales. After 15 years as a secondary school teacher, I became chronically ill with Fibromyalgia and ME. It was an extremely challenging time but it gave me time to get clear on my dreams and passions. I started to sketch jewellery every day in bed (it was all I could do at that time) and then researched how to set up a business. I also discovered reiki and crystal healing, which added another dimension to my jewellery designs which incorporate high quality crystals. Boho Buffalo is now an all singing all dancing boutique selling boots, bags and clothing as well as my jewellery. I wanted to create a brand of really wearable and affordable yet glamorous Boho-Western fashion that encourages women to get playful with their wardrobe! There's nothing more powerful than a fully expressed, confident woman. I want every person who wears my pieces to feel

that they are making a statement to the world about who they are and find joy in the process. BB is also all about comfort, fluidity and intricate detailing that adds that extra bit of wow factor!

COLLABS Boho Buffalo is the go to stylist for prominent UK country music artists, collaborating on jewellery collections and styling projects. The most recent project ‘Boho Buffalo Collective’ showcased how women of all shapes or sizes can rock the boho western look and encourage them to step out of your comfort zone. The clothing sizes go from XS right up to a 3XL so no one is excluded from feeling like a goddess!

You can find all the eye candy at Instagram: @Boho_Buffalo Facebook: Boho Buffalo Accessories


Sustainable Fashion Made Easy with Angels Clothes Rentals


ith fast fashion becoming less than a desirable option, Angels Clothes Rentals is the answer we’ve been waiting for, a concept that ensures you can wear fabulous outfits each piece either sold or loaned by other women. This unique fashion service can also act as a ‘side hustle’ to other fashion loving individuals, each receiving a commission from their products sold at the store. A streamlined process where Angel Clothes Rentals clean, deliver and deal with all the handling of the clothes, from the supplier to the consumer. Founder Angel Jones has always had a passion for shopping, but it was only after studying sustainability at university that Angel’s mindset changed, no longer shopping for items hardly worn, Angel realised she could utilise her knowledge via a business that would ensure girls were able to rotate their wardrobe regularly without the mountain fill of clothes. As Angel states: “The whole idea is rather than adding more clothes to the economy, it is the circulation of the same clothes. I wish I had this opportunity before my wardrobe got out of control, we need to start making conscious choices about

Angel Jones is on a mission to help fashionistas like herself save money and in turn help save the planet. where we get our clothes from.” Angel’s concept is being widely praised as more and more people adapt to living in a more greener, sustainable world. Building a community of likeminded consumers is what really sets the brand apart with Angels social media pages showcasing incredible pics of her ‘angel tribe,’ all wearing beautiful styles and dresses. Going on holiday? Angel Clothes Rentals is offering fantastic holiday packages: 3 items £25 5 items £40 7 items £50 Why not grab your friends for a girly shopping experience. The store now offer photo shoots for individuals or groups.

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Timeless Memories Yolanda Kingdon is a wedding & portrait photographer based in South Wales & also travels worldwide for destination weddings

olanda has been working in the industry for over seventeen years, along with being an ambassador for Sony. Yolanda likes to take a relaxed approach during the wedding, letting the day naturally unfold. She is also able to create wonderful timeless photographs for you to be able to cherish forever.

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Earn between £5k-£15k a month LEARN HOW TO CREATE NATURAL/ HYPER REALISTIC RESULTS WITH ALIDA ACADEMY'S SIGNATURE TECHNIQUE Our microblading course is accredited and designed to help beginners start a new career offering a highly profitable and popular treatment. This course covers all theoretical knowledge and practical skills with a 2 day course, 1 day of which will be spent practising on live models. Students receive a full premium starter kit enough to cover their first 20 clients. Students will also receive a lifetime of support and guidance even after they complete the course. • • • • • • • • • •

Fully Accredited & Insurable Qualification Premium Starter Kit included worth £500 40 Page Course Manual 2 Certificates Potential Earnings of £5k-£15k a month Theoretical & Practical Learning - Practice on live models FREE confidence builder classes for Alida students & artists Training in Small groups for Optimal learning Ongoing Support & Training - Lifetime support Opportunity for Academy Progression alexandra_alidatrainingacademy Tel: 01446393114 Email:


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An Attitude of Gratitude keeping with this month’s theme our favourite mantras “always have an attitude of gratitude”.

o in keeping with this month’s theme we wanted to start our column with one of our favourite mantras “always have an attitude of gratitude”. We’re glass half full kinda gals and always try to have a positive outlook on life, even in the toughest times (like when you’re entire warehouse burns to the ground and you lose everything overnight – yup that happened) and part of that attitude is being grateful for everything we’ve achieved. We’re huge believers in the power of positive thinking and whenever something good happens to us we always take a moment to “thank the Universe” – something our mum always encourages us to do. Giving thanks means being observant of all the good in your life and it also means being open to receiving more abundance. Some of our favourite books on the power of positive thinking are “The Secret” and “Good Vibes, Good Life” we promise they’ll give you a new perspective. Another great way of expressing gratitude is by goal setting and journaling to reflect on the present and plan for the future. Start by simply writing down three things each day that you’re grateful for and three things you’d like to achieve, then look back on them and have them in your sights until you hit that goal. It's important to remember that 'goals'


and 'achievements' don't always have to be big. Something as simple as going for a walk and making time to get a coffee with friends is something we aspire to a lot of the time particularly when we're really busy, it makes us remember it's the little things in life that bring us the most joy. We recently launched a new collection that is quite literally makeup brushes in sunshine form and just looking at them fills us with positivity and also gratitude that we’re fortunate enough to work with Disney. The Winnie the Pooh Collection went completely viral for us on social media and we have a feeling it’s down to the pure joy and feelings of nostalgia that come from the characters. As well as being super cute, Piglet is also a big advocate of gratitude so we’ll be taking more inspiration from him for our own daily routines - “he noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude”. So we’ll leave you with Piglet’s wise words and encourage you to take a moment for yourself each day to reflect and say a little “thank you”. @spectrumcollections Style of the city 29

Founder Alexandra Macey

Alida Academy Catering to all your aesthetic needs. s summer vastly approaches more of us are focusing on our beauty regimes to give us that extra added confidence. Alida Academy founded by Alexandra Macey is your one-stop shop to give you that beauty selfcare you truly deserve. Nestled in Romilly Road Barry, Alida Academy is a unique beauty haven specialising in Microblading, Lip blush, Semi-Permanent Makeup along with offering advanced skin treatment such as Laser Hair Removal, Pigmentation Removal, HIFU (Non Surgical Face Lift) & Radio Frequency Microneedling. What makes this brand uniquely different is


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the first-class education they offer to budding entrepreneurs who want to make beauty their vocation. Alida Academy offer microblading training with no experience necessary, a two-day course which when fulfilled will see students receive a fully accredited and insurable qualification. Extra earning potential of £5k-£15k a monthWhether it’s training you desire or beauty treatments, Alida Academy offers nothing but first-class treatments with the bonus of a discreet location ensuring you can truly relax. The academy prides itself on their on-trend fresh approach, echoed by the luxury interiors and surroundings.

ALIDA ACADEMY Feel confident this summer with Alida Academy’s array of treatments ALIDA ACADEMY Microblading Lip Blush

ALIDA SCULPT Fat Freezing (Cryolipolysis)

ALIDA SKIN Laser Hair Removal HIFU (Non Surgical Facelift) Radio Frequency Microneedling

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Get Summer Skin Ready with Hydrafacials at Dawn Clinic Penarth THE TREATMENT Only HydraFacial uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate. HydraFacial super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow: DETOX Begin with Lymphatic drainage that improves circulation of the lymph system and helps to eliminate toxins. CLEANSE + PEEL Uncover a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing. EXTRACT + HYDRATE Remove debris from pores with painless suction. Nourish with intense moisturisers that quench skin. FUSE + PROTECT Saturate the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides to maximise your glow. REJUVENATION Finish with red and infrared LED light to reduce redness and further stimulate collagen, supporting the natural production of vitamin D. WHAT SETS HYDRAFACIAL APART FROM OTHER HYDRADERMABRASION PROCEDURES? HydraFacial uses a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract and hydrate skin, and, the spiral design delivers painless extractions. WHAT IS VORTEX-FUSION TECHNOLOGY? The spiral design of HydroPeel® Tips, used in conjunction with the HydraFacial proprietary vacuum technology and serums, creates a vortex effect to easily dislodge and remove impurities while simultaneously delivering hydrating skin solutions.

Dawn Richardson, Clinic Proprietor Qualified as a nurse 26 years ago and has 12 years aesthetic experience as an independent Nurse Prescriber Dawn Clinic specialises in all the latest non-surgical anti-ageing skin treatments, such as anti-wrinkle injections, Dermal Fillers, Scar treatments with Genuine Dermaroller, Liquid Face lifts with Sculptra, Hydrafacials and Skin Resurfacing. All Skin Care Treatments are designed individually. We offer free consultations as sometimes we may suggest a treatment you had not previously considered. If you’re unsure just get in contact…

Tel: 07830520275 Email: 32 Style of the city Rd Penarth CF64 3HH 110 Westbourne

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Get Glowing Blush Hair has expanded its presence on Llandaff high street with the opening of its brand new venture, Blush Glow Bar. romising to give you the ultimate glow up, the blowdry and Prosecco bar offers beauty services such as bouncy blow dries, MUA appointments and hair up-do’s, partnered with plenty of bubbles to commemorate your visit. The venue launched on May 1st, with an exclusive “bank holiday blowout” event and a VIP guest list, who all received their very own glow up and were treated to live entertainment and plenty of Prosecco. Cassie Robson (@thisis.cassie), who attended the event had this to say about Cardiff ’s hottest new space; “This is THE ultimate glam spot. It’s just the most beautifully styled space, the ladies that run it are divine and I just know this is going to be a city fave to get ready for those big nights out.” Decorated with pampas grass and adorned with gold finishings, Glow Bar doesn’t just do glam, it is glam. It really is all about the experience; you will be greeted with a glass of fizz and friendly faces who are guaranteed to keep you entertained for the duration


of your visit. Whether you’re visiting to get prom ready, with your bridal party before your big day, or simply just want to treat yourself to a pamper before a night out, Glow Bar has a dedicated team of expert stylists and make-up artists who are guaranteed to give you the ‘glow up’ you desire. From hollywood waves to intricate hair up-do’s. Glow Bar offers it all. Working alongside @holliemariemua, a highly experienced bridal make-up artist whose skills stretch from soft glam to festival fun, is none other than Reuben De Maid, who found fame as an MUA at a young age. Since his viral fame, he has been invited to attend make-up events with huge names such as Jeffree Star and Make Up by Ariel. After gaining recognition in the world of make-up, he was invited to appear on This Morning to discuss how his passion resulted in bullying, and subsequently appeared on Ellen and was surprised by Kim Kardashian. After the struggles he faced, Reuben

has always dreamt of creating a safe space that was fun for people to have their make-up done and let their hair down without any prejudice. Reuben says “It’s the perfect place for someone who wants to have a fun time, with fun people, and get pampered before your big occasion: it’s the perfect glam haven for you!” Due to its initial success, Glow Bar is currently hiring for new stylists to join them in their exciting new space and expand the team to offer even more services to the people of Cardiff. If working at one of the boujiest spots in Cardiff wasn’t enough, Glow Bar offers appealing working hours, lots of in-house training, free treatments and a competitive salary. If you’re looking for somewhere to get your glam on for your next special occasion, be sure to head to their socials and book in for a glass of bubbles and plenty of fun at Glow Bar! @blushhaircardiff @blushglowbar Style of the city 33


Hair Excellence New Owner Leaon Williams is Continuing 25 Years of Hair Excellence at One of Cardiff’s Favourite Hair Salons his year Toni & Guy have celebrated 25 years in Cardiff. Launched in 1997 under John and Sue Sullivan the salon has had a few changes over the years. It started off in its original location of Saint Mary Street alongside sister salon Essentials on Saint John Square to its recent location on Churchill Way. Churchill Way itself is undergoing a major revamp as is Toni & Guy Cardiff. Under new ownership by long running Salon Colourist Leaon. Leaon from Trealaw in Rhondda started hairdressing in Tonypandy in 2000. “I remember flicking through the hairdressing magazines at the time and always been drawn to these bold graphic haircuts and colours. I would look at the glossary to see who created them and it was always Toni & Guy. I thought to myself I have to work for this company!” One of my friends had started to work for the company and she got me an interview and in 2003 I started my journey in Toni & Guy. In my almost 20 years with the company, I have


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had the opportunity to develop my skills as a hairdresser and manager. The support and on-going training are limitless. I have also had the opportunity to work in some of the international branches, I have spent a year in Bahrain in the middle east and Lausanne in Switzerland where I took part in photoshoots and onstage presentation work alongside helping to establish a strong clientele. Since returning to Cardiff I have regained all my loyal clientele, some of which I have been colouring since I first started in 2003. In 2019 John and Sue had approached me with an idea, explaining that they would like to retire soon. I was thrilled and honoured to be given the opportunity to take my next steps in my hairdressing career and become the salon owner. I have been enrolled in management and leadership courses through Toni & Guy and Business Wales who have been fantastic with guiding me through the buyout, assisting me with my business plan and advising me on finance options. I cannot thank them enough. Then the pandemic hit, all plans were put on hold and contracts suspended. After the numerous lockdowns and thanks to the

patience and support of John and Sue, I completed the Salon buyout in October 2021. The hard work now begins, but with the support of the fantastic team (some of whom have been with the salon 25 years) it has been a dream come true. Toni & Guy is constantly evolving, recently we have introduced our booking office where clients can phone at times even outside of our usual opening hours from 7am – 8pm 7 days a week. This runs alongside our new website and our booking app; clients can book in just 2 clicks 24 hours a day. This year we are also revamping our product line Label-M to include more sustainable ingredients and packaging with improved user experience, by scanning our packaging you’ll have access to digital content and how-to videos to use and create our signature looks using these products. We are also updating our service menu and our service offerings. In our new signature service menu, we will be moving towards a more inclusive approach by removing the labels “ladies” and “gents” from our services. We currently offer a wide range of services in addition to the signature cut and blow dry. These include the


very popular keratin smoothing treatment where clients can achieve silky smooth hair for up to 5 months and the Wellaplex bonding treatment which is fantastic for repairing broken damaged hair from the overuse of bleach or heat styling. Our product house Label-M also offers four fantastic snapshot treatments which you can add onto your cut or colour appointment. These include volume boost, colour revive, damage control and scalp soothing lotion. This year we are also looking to introduce a hair extension service and potentially a nail bar. There is a lot of work going on Churchill way at the moment with the development of the Canal Quarter, new bars, sandwich places, hotels planned nearby and the redevelopment Capital Centre. All of this along with the new re-vamps in our Salon and our Label-M line make for a very exciting few months ahead and we look forward to taking you all along the journey with us.

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Now open in the heart of LONDON’S COVENT GARDEN A harmonious blend of beautiful design and timeless luxury

iddle Eight is a new lifestyle luxury hotel in Covent Garden designed for those who want to live the city, not just stay in it. This gorgeous property takes its name from the term “middle eight,” a type of musical interlude or bridge that differs in character from a song’s melody and is used to inject variety. Middle Eight works in a similar way, its luxurious offering enhancing the area while still holding strong to local heritage and character. The building itself dates back to 1912. Originally a Methodist church called Kingsway Hall, its legendary acoustics saw it become one of the world’s leading studios for the recording of classical and film music. Although completely rebuilt, Middle Eight continues that rich history of live music and performances through its dining and entertainment venues. The latter are spearheaded by QT, a decadent underground speakeasy that hosts a thrice weekly residency, QT Presents Leo Green, starring the legendary musician and broadcaster. First impressions at Middle Eight set a tone that continues throughout, with the double-height entrance, contemporary design and natural hues of the lobby, complete with its stunning hand-crafted, reclaimed oak reception desk, creating a lively and warm ambiance.


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AND SO TO BED The interiors of Middle Eight’s 168 rooms and 12 suites are similarly inspired by nature. This is brought to life through a soft, tonal colour palette and the use of materials such as stone and wood. Even the room keys are fashioned from walnut. All five room categories - Standard - Deluxe and Superior - Executive - Junior Suites, Suites and Luxury Suites - feature bespoke furniture which ensures that Middle Eight’s signature style runs throughout, that space is maximised and that comfort is paramount. Nothing has been overlooked in a quest to create the ultimate in luxury that is still in keeping with the hotel’s core ethos, whether it’s the sumptuous bedding, the high thread count Egyptian cotton, the sustainable toiletries or the bathrobes made using recycled plastic. Every room also features

Nespresso coffee machines, 42” flatscreen TVs, soundbars with Chromecast and high-speed complimentary Wi-Fi. Named after pieces of music with a middle eight bridge, Middle Eight’s suites meanwhile set new standards for hotel living. Enormous beds and even more-spacious seating areas make these spaces the perfect place to unwind and relax, while the signature feature in several of the suites is an enclosed indoor garden flooded with natural light. Two other suites enjoy secluded outdoor terraces, perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Central to the hotel’s ability to draw in local life is its food & beverage offering. With an atmosphere that reflects the lively Covent Garden neighbourhood, Sycamore Vino Cucina is a contemporary bar and

restaurant inspired by the desire to deliver an authentic Italian experience. For those seeking a little more seclusion, The Balcony, situated on the Mezzanine floor and overlooking Sycamore Vino Cucina, serves a globally inspired menu throughout the day in a more tranquil setting. Beyond these more social options, Middle Eight’s lower floor houses a state-of-the-art gym that is exclusive to guests; personal training is also available. The emphasis at Middle Eight is rightly on giving guests a bespoke, unique experience. At the same time, the hotel is one that has a conscience; both people and the environment are integral to the decisions it makes. Rates are from £310 and £800 per suite per night. Middle Eight, 66 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5BX

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Sharing Never Felt Better at THE PARKGATE HOTEL Summer just got better with sharing platters, on the terrace at the Parkgate Hotel. hatever the occasion these delicious delicacies are truly something special. Here at Style of the city we decided to try them out for size and find out what all the fuss was about. It’s a Friday evening and after a long week what better way to catch up with your friends than with a glass of bubbly and some nibbles right? The sharing platters offer that laid back feel of evening food against the luxurious backdrop of the Parkgate. On summer days and warm evenings the Cwrt Terrace is the perfect spot to lounge, relax and indulge in delicious sharing platters, best enjoyed with chilled drinks. The service was fantastic as was the presentation. Two-tier platters felt kind of fitting for the season, given there’s a Jubilee, we felt like ‘queens.’ The presentation of wooden platters with carefully placed food items laid out, gave it a real warmth feel.


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The best part of course was the tasting and each platter offered something different.The Garden Platter, for those wanting a plant based or vegetarian option. Curried cauliflower and mouth-watering haloumi tasted divine. The Field Platter, crispy porked belly and lamb crumpets along with lots more. The Sea Platter, with its hot smoked salmon and grilled tiger prawns. Our favourite being the Welsh platter, Welsh coastal fishcakes, Glamorgan sausages and Monmouthshire air dried ham, truly delicious. These gorgeous creations coupled with a bottle of fresh white wine was the perfect start to the weekend. It was wonderful to catch up with friends breaking bread together (quite literally) and in these post covid times, sharing and getting together still seems such a luxury to be cherished. To book your sharing platter head to



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Popular boutique hotel, Holm House, unveils stylish new look Holm House, the luxury boutique hotel based at the heart of Penarth has unveiled a stylish new look, just in time for summer.

s part of the extensive refurbishment project all of the hotels 12 x ensuite bedrooms have been uplifted. What’s more the garden has been completely re-landscaped to guarantee Holm Houses’ spot as one of the most popular al-fresco destinations in Cardiff and The Vale. Renowned for boasting one of the largest outdoor terrace and garden spaces in the city, Holm House has input a significant financial investment to create 2 x sixteen seater sunken firepit areas, re-landscaped the gardens, installed an outdoor bar and added state of the light outdoor heating and lighting. General Manager, Daniel Jones said: “We fully realised the potential of our huge outdoor space when Covid restrictions permitted outdoor


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hospitality only. The garden was our saving grace in terms of being able to trade. Now that we’re emerging from the pandemic and everyone is looking forward to the first ‘normal summer’ in two years we felt the time was right to upgrade the hotel and garden. We’ve launched a programme of summer events and can’t wait to see Holm House return to its former glory.” The firepit booths can be exclusively booked out for parties of 8-16, whilst the hotel plans to utilise the alfresco dining space t serve a delicious new summer menu accompanied by upmarket ‘slush puppies’ such as Provence Frosé, Aperol Spritz Slushies and Frozen Cocktails. Built in 1926, Holm House is situated on the iconic Penarth Esplanade. The 12 bedroom property

was acquired by its current owners in 2014. The hotel’s spa and restaurant is considered one of the most popular in Cardiff and Vale and has received national acclaim as one of the best locations for a Welsh break. Celebrity fans include Kylie Minogue, David Hasselhoff and Anthony Joshua. Part two of the transformation plans are set for completion this year and include the reopening of their fully renovated swimming pool in June, as well as an upgrade to the restaurant and lounge spaces this Autumn. For the details or the new summer menu and events calendar visit: Visit the website www.hotel house to book a table and follow their Instagram for latest news and gossip.


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Now Open Escape the city for a family staycation Tŷ Milford Waterfront is the ideal base for exploring all the incredible sights, sounds and sensations Pembrokeshire has to offer.

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A Luxurious Staycation in the Heart of Bath The Bird is a dazzling boutique hotel with a totally fabulous atmosphere in the centre of Bath. ith stunning views of Bath Abbey and round the corner from Bath Rugby. Colourful, with bold designs and statement artwork, creating a uniquely creative and lively atmosphere. It's a 10-minute walk along Great Pulteney Street (Bath's grandest Georgian street) to the main shopping areas and key sights such as the Roman Baths. The Holburne Museum is a couple of minutes' stroll away, and the hotel is well placed for joining the National Trust's Bath Skyline walk. Added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1987, Bath is certainly a city brimming with culture. Scattered with areas of significance from Roman remains to 18th Century architecture, the city has sights and attractions aplenty.


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They have injected visual fun into the imposing, four-storey Victorian mansion. For example, the reception desk is decorated with crockery depicting birds, and the lounge area has a wall of stuffed birds set around a large tapestry of a cat. The bird theme continues throughout the hotel (on lampshades and cushions among other things). Nose around and you'll also find a collection of kaleidoscopes, a display of oyster shells, Winston Churchill memorabilia and Victorian silhouette portraits. There are 29 bedrooms at The Bird, from compact, comfy doubles all the way up to the rather fabulous deluxe king. Each one tells its own story, through hand-crafted wallpaper, unique artwork, dramatic designs and knock out views over Bath and beyond. Plate restaurant and bar is on the lower ground floor, with warm lighting and playful décor! The restaurant extends out onto a terrace area with three exclusive dining domes with stunning views over the Bath Recreation Ground towards the Abbey, Bath Rugby and Bath Recreation Ground. The ever-changing menus feature the finest ingredients from farmers and fishermen, hand-picked to create spectacular, playful dishes ideal for sharing and socialising over. Indulge yourself outside Plate terrace overlooking the Bath Abbey or curl up in a cosy corner indoors. Afternoon Tea at The Bird is an unmissable treat. With a range of Afternoon Tea delights and there is always the option to add a touch of

sparkle with a glass or two of fizz. For the warmer months, you can also enjoy Afternoon Tea on the Plate Terrace in one of the Dining Domes. The Bird is proud to boast family sized bedrooms with sofa beds, travel cots and large baths for splash time. They even provide a goodie bag which includes colouring pens and pencils for the younger guests as well as a pack of playing cards. They also have a stack of board games to borrow. The children’s breakfast and restaurant menu will keep even the pickiest eaters happy, while the concierge team can make some great suggestions about child-friendly activities and point you in the right direction of Bath’s plentiful parks, playgrounds, and fun activities, guaranteed to keep all ages entertained. They also love dogs, even keeping a jar of treats at reception for a welcome snack. Most of the rooms are dog friendly and charge £25 per pet per night which includes a bed, water bowl and even a selection of doggy treats. First Great Western trains run a direct service to Bath Spa station from London Paddington every half an hour; there is also a direct service from Cardiff to Bath Spa station every 30 minutes. Prices start from £146 per night including breakfast. For more information visit 18-19 Pulteney Road, Bath, BA2 4EZ Email: reservations@ Phone: 01225 580438 @thebirdbath_

Succulent Summer Cuisine at Keyif Penarth

Indulge at the best award-winning Turkish restaurant, in the heart of Penarth


ith summer finally here, what better way to indulge your tastebuds than visiting Keyif restaurant on Glebe Street Penarth. This traditional, family friendly eatery is a firm favourite here at Style of the city and there are plenty of reasons to book your table. Founded by Mehmet Yildiz, who embodies the true heart of the restaurant with his warm friendly welcome, one which echoes Mediterranean culture at its best. With mouth-watering Turkish food favourites such as yoghurt lamb shish, Keyif’s very own mixed grill, vegan and vegetarian options along with their everpopular chicken kofte infused with all the incredible flavours that will have you wanting and waiting for more. Feel transported into your own Turkish heaven, against a backdrop of beautiful traditional décor. Celebrating a birthday or special occasion? Keyif is the perfect place to come together with family and friends this summer. To book your table and find out more, head to: Style of the city 47

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Handmade candles, but not as you know them

Bonvilston based candle company The Wicked Elk is situated in the historic & lively Royal Arcade in Cardiff city centre. he Wicked Elk hand-make luxury scented candles with a difference. Liquid resin, hand poured into every lid, turns each one into a unique piece of art. These beautiful lids transform into jewellery trays or coasters, making them special keepsakes long after the candles burn. It all began back in 2018 when owner Steve Elks found himself needing an avenue to focus his mind while suffering with his mental health. It started with resin art initially and Steve found that creativity was a tonic for the mind. He began to combine the two medias, resin art and candle making, and so the business idea was born. Business partner Nicky Thomas soon joined Steve in the new venture as they had always shared a passion for candles during their time working together for one of the world‘s largest home furnishing retailers. Nicky and Steve set up their online platform initially, before launching an incredibly successful first stall at the Cardiff Christmas market last December.


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Nicky Thomas and Steve Elks

The pair design everything themselves, from the packaging to the website, and recently also the layout and look of their newly opened shop in the Royal Arcade. The company offers 15 luxurious candle fragrances, which are also available as reed diffusers, room scents and wax melts. The candles are all vegan and cruelty free, and are created using a blend of soy, vegetable, and paraffin wax to give the strongest, richest scent throw. Steve and Nicky would like to expand the business further in the future, and plan to offer home hosting candle parties as well as candle-making workshops. They also have their sights set on the wedding market, from offering personalised wedding scents to favours, wedding party gifts and table centrepieces.

For a truly sensory experience, or for a unique gift for that hard to buy for person, head to the Royal Arcade to discover their shop, or visit

INTERIOR DESIGN Interior design columnist Yvonne Jones has over 30 years of experience in interior design, having trained at the Royal College of Art and is founder of ‘Chameleon Interiors’ based in Cardiff. Yvonne regularly works for clients in London, Monaco, Italy and Spain. Her intricate eye for detail and design has seen her stay a consistent and trusted figure.

Enjoy outside entertaining When planning your space ensure you include the right elements.

Eating and drinking arrangements are top of the list, followed by practicalities such as heating, lighting, shade and shelter. Then all you have to think about is styling up the different spaces you’ve created to add comfort. ZONING Zoning and dividing garden spaces is a useful technique. The best entertaining gardens are enticing because they zone the available space to include a seating area with sofas for comfort, a covered dining space for alfresco eating and a focal point such as an outdoor fireplace or firepit to gather around for relaxing evenings. Even the smallest gardens can be zoned and divided into meaningful spaces. This can make your garden feel bigger and create space, allowing areas for your garden to explore.

OUTDOOR ROOM The divisions between inside and outside have been blurring for years; amplified by the shift towards a more flexible approach to where we work, rest and play. These outside spaces are now seen as an integral part of our home. I frequently link in a look that works both inside and out when I design homes for clients. My advice – look for products that are comfortable and chic in equal measure. Use a large mirror; it will throw light around and make a small space look bigger as well as creating a party ambience with shimmering reflections at dusk. LIGHTING To get as much use as possible of your outdoor area ensure you have adequate and sufficient lighting to be functional. So that you have flexibility consider using candles in lanterns and mix with hurricane

lamps; grouped together they create a wonderful ambient glow and instant atmosphere. Battery operated lighting can avoid the fuss of lighting with matches and can be operated with timers to turn on as soon as your guests arrive. TABLE DRESSING Table dressing has become the latest trend. Instagram ‘table scaping’ to find an abundance of ideas. When you entertain outside it doesn’t mean plastic plates anymore; the key thing is to live again. Enjoy the outdoors and your outside home space. You only get out of life what you put in. Style of the city 51

Our vision is to deliver success KEW Planning is an independent town planning practice, providing commercially valuable advice, in relation to acquisition of sites; advising on strategies; planning applications, appeals; and strategic land promotion. KEW stands for: Knowledgeable, Experienced and Wins!


anaging Director, Kathryn Williams, launched KEW Planning in July 2018, after working in multidisciplinary practices for 15 years, in both London and South Wales. KEW Planning has successfully delivered across a range of sectors, including residential; education; healthcare; commercial; hotels; sport & leisure; and heritage. This Cardiff based practice has delivered major projects including the flagship Cardiff Council Fitzalan High School (£65 million); the brand-new Newport Leisure Centre (£18-20 million), Ysgol Bro Morgannwg (£21 million) new build and extensions; and the conversion of grade II listed offices in Cardiff to 12 luxury apartments. The practice has also acted for notable Welsh charities Cerebral Palsy Cymru, Orbis Education & Care and music entertainment business DEPOT! During the pandemic, the property industry boomed, and KEW Planning grew with this. Employing two Graduates from Cardiff University and a part time Associate, and leasing offices at 11 Cathedral Road. More 52 Style of the city

impressively, the practice was shortlisted for Consultancy of the Year 2021 by the Wales Property Insider. This year has yielded more growth with the practice employing a part time Personal Assistant & Administrator, staff promotions and seeking to recruit again. The practice also ran the Cardiff Half Marathon for charities. The practice is about to celebrate its fourth year in business, marking the occasion with a Summer Party! KEW Planning is moving from strength to strength, appointed to deliver more flagship schemes working with several housing associations, contractors (for education) and housebuilders focusing on providing for our future generations throughout South Wales. KEW Planning isn’t only focused on South Wales and has developed fantastic relationships with the London Borough of Redbridge and Brentwood Borough Council, working on the Council’s affordable housing schemes and allocated strategic housing sites. The practice is also about to commence work for a new listed boutique hotel and spa in Gloucestershire.


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''There is a real lack of female entrepreneurs in the property & construction industry, and I felt compelled to address this imbalance.'' So, what makes this practice so unique?

KEW Planning provides quality advice, is extremely professional, technically knowledgeable, and will go that extra mile to deliver successful results. “There is a real lack of female entrepreneurs in the property & construction industry, and I felt compelled to address this imbalance. Launching my own consultancy was scary but reflecting on the practice achievements, I feel incredibly proud. As a person and a practice, there is continual growth, developing new strategies and learning. I’m grateful to have a brilliant team behind me and for all the clients that took that leap of faith in me and the practice I’m growing. The projects we delivered and are working on have been challenging, yet very rewarding and I’m just so excited about our future. All I can say is watch this space for amazing things to come!”

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What our clients say

“KEW Planning worked very hard pulling all the application documents together in a very short time, under pressure and in a collaborative ethos with the Architects (LA Architects) and Newport Norse. Norse were impressed with the drive and professionalism of KEW Planning and the result speaks for itself, having the application approved at this prime regeneration site.” Mark McSweeney, Newport Norse “KEW Planning provided accurate planning advice at all stages and met all of the tight deadlines. The project encountered unexpected challenges and these were all successfully dealt with.” Simon Cook, Pre-Construction Manager, Kier

For more information contact: 029 21 690034 Suite 4 11 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HA

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Celebrate Birthdays in Style at Nevaeh's Pamper Parties

CHILDREN’S PARTIES - CELEBRATIONS - PAMPER DAYS CATERED PARTIES - MAKEUP TUTORIALS - HEN PARTIES BABY SHOWERS - GENDER REVEALS Whatever the occasion Nevaeh’s Pamper & Parties based in Barry is the place to be. From the award- winning team that brought you Nevaeh’s Hair & Beauty, a brand-new spot has arrived to make adult and children’s celebrations that much more fabulous and easy. Get in touch today to book your celebration- Contact Jamie Lee for a FREE party consultation 07494590662 Style of the city 55


Summer baby number 2! 'm having another baby! and the first response from most people is... 'WOW, you don't hang about, do ya?'.. well, we waited a couple of years... Indy will be 2 and half when the new baby comes along, but that's lockdown and covid life for you. Time stood still for a lot of people. Indy was born two weeks before we locked down the very time in March 2020. Life with a new-born then had its challenges but overall, when I look back, I feel we just cracked on with it because that's all we knew. We just had each other for months and it was a really lovely time for us personally, that bonding time was so precious. I think now that's my biggest worry having baby number. 2 in relatively normal times. I'm expecting it to be the same in my head. My world stopped back then and so did everyone else's. After the initial anxious and uncertain times there was calm in my body and peace in my mind. That won't be the case this time. I'll have visitors, I'll have play dates, I'll have work to go back to a lot sooner. I'll have a TODDLER


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to look after as well! SOS! I'm excited but I'm trying to remind myself daily there will be a stark difference in the first 4 months when Indy came along. We are having a boy and he arrives in the Summer time! Despite today’s culture about gender neutrality, I mean there are obviously some physical differences in having a baby boy vs a baby girl. A lot of boy mums have pointed out to me that nappy changing is a whole world different to girls. That little fire hoses can go off whenever... and talking of which... 'remember to point the willy down in the nappy when you change them' that's another piece of advice boy mums love to tell me, oh and that they LOVE to grab IT! Great! Apart from the penis talk,​I've heard that having a boy is amazing. A boys first love is their Mama. And even though little boys tend to be very physical with very high energy I've also heard they can be very cuddly and cwtchy. I've been told boys are more sensitive and girls are sassy!

It must be the Oedipus complex, but no one can deny that baby boys have an extra-special love for their Mums. I can't wait to enjoy that unconditional adoration while it lasts. It didn't last a long time with Indy. Indy by name and nature. 2 going on 13. She is in the dress-up and make-up stage at the moment, that's the only time I get her attention when I'm doing my make-up and I give her a bit of glitter eye shadow. She loves it! I think what I'm most looking forward to is her having a little brother and a best friend. She loves kids and playing. She is a right little character. I can't wait for her face when she finally meets her new brother. Also, my partner who is the best girl dad ever is stoked for a little boy, but Indy is Leighton's spit and they love hanging out together. They are the real besties here. I think we'll have a little Mummy's boy on our hands for sure. And I can't wait to meet my boy!


Top Image 'I love the Tommee Tippee range. It's trusted and works. From newborn naptime to toddling off to bed, we’re they are here to help you create a safe, snoozy and sleepy environment where your little one can drift off soundly. Indy has been a dream sleeper since she was a nipper.. I can't lie, so this complete new-born sleep bundle should do the trick when it comes to settling the new baby. Fingers crossed!' Above Image Leave it to two genius dads who have come up with brand new product to put the fun back into parenting and nappy changing! It's the ultimate baby hack and parenting toolkit that makes a unique and incredible gift for a new parent.

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Craft in the Bay This year, The Makers Guild is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Landmark Heritage Gallery, Craft in the Bay.


ay back in 2002 The Makers Guild opened the doors to Craft in the Bay, after having successfully fundraised the £1.4 million to refurbish and re-open the 'D Shed', a Grade II Listed, cast iron framed Victorian Transit warehouse, part of Cardiff Bay's rich Industrial Heritage. Set up in 1984 as a maker co-operative, with a unique membership of over ninety craft makers from every corner of Wales. The Charity educates the public through Craft with a programme of craft workshops and community work, making the organisation a unique part of the Arts, Creative and Heritage sectors in Wales. Welcoming over a million visitors since moving into the building, why not come along this summer and see for yourselves. Here’s what makes the brand unique Craft in the Bay, is in the creative heart of Cardiff Bay, here you can see and buy craft by Wales’s finest Craft makers. all, unique, contemporary, one off and Welsh! Each item is handcrafted in Wales, and uniquely, in the gallery you can learn more about the maker behind each piece, plus get the chance to meet one of the makers when you visit, The co-operative roots and not for profit ethos means that when you buy from Craft in the Bay, you are directly supporting a Welsh business, supporting Welsh makers. Excellent value for money, with craft available covering every price point from a few pounds upwards, there really is no excuse not to 'buy local' and direct from the maker, which makes for a perfect gift. Craft in the Bay have created and curated a brand-new online shop, so you can now buy from the comfort of your own home, at whatever time suits you. Come and give us a visit The Flourish Lloyd George Avenue Cardiff, CF10 4QH 02920 484611 LEARN MORE ABOUT CRAFT BUY CRAFT ONLINE TAKE PART IN OUR CRAFT WORKSHOPS uk/collections/workshops

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Could you be a Foster Carer?

Fostering Hope with Calon Cymru Fostering.


areth had worked in managerial roles after being in the military for nine years. After years of hard work, working away from home and averaging 7-8 hours on the road each week, Gareth thought it was time for a change “I wanted to make a positive difference to someone’s life, I had spent too long working for other people, working in companies with cultural issues and no positive change”. He and his wife, Zena thought long and hard about fostering, weighing up the balance of whether it could work for them as a family, looking at the financials and creating a better work-home life balance. In 2019, after a lot of research into fostering services, Gareth finally made a call to Calon Cymru and has never looked back. “The agency you decide to foster with has got to be right for you and with Calon Cymru you just feel like part of the family straight away. The recruitment team were really engaging, they support you all the way and are very open and honest, I can’t give the agency enough praise”. There are no qualifications or childcare experience needed to become a foster carer. Initial

assessments of new foster carers will be based on how well we believe you could care for a child and that you are able to provide a young person with a safe and loving home. There are lots of transferrable skills that you will have gained through life experiences, and this will all be considered. “Resilience, conflict management, commitment, communication, and enthusiasm are all transferrable skills that I have needed whilst being a foster carer”. Once approved you have access to lots of training to equip you for the role. Gareth and Zena are now on their second therapeutically led placement (TLP) and this young person will remain with the couple until he reaches adulthood. Children in TLP placements have been through trauma and abuse and can display challenging behaviours, Calon Cymru offers a programme tailored to meet the needs of the child, young person, and the fostering family so you are fully supported throughout the journey. You have access to your own supervising social worker and direct support from a Therapist to support you in managing behaviour and your child will have their own individual worker. On top of this, Calon Cymru

offer an enhanced fostering allowance and increased respite. Gareth, along with many of our other experienced carers conduct a buddying scheme and are always open to speaking to potential foster carers to tell them the ins and outs of fostering. “You go through a lot of experiences in life, if you are in a position to help someone and be able to provide someone with security and stability you could foster, role modelling is so important to give that young person a better future.” Our Therapeutically Led Placements can achieve incredible results for children, and a long lasting, positive impact on you. Could you help a child improve their future? Call Calon Cymru today on 02920 811173 or visit our website to learn more about the different types of fostering we offer.

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FREE Baby Sensory Classes in Penarth The Angel Collective is a new concept founded by Miriam Rees based around healing women. Having experienced a traumatic birth with her first child she now wants to help women make better decisions for themselves during pregnancy. There will be a series of classes held in Penarth such as Baby and Mama Sensory, Sound Healing and Cacao and Angel Yoga and Dance. “The aim is to build a sisterhood where we connect and support each other, motherhood is such an amazing, life changing experience but we need help to transition through the changes that come with it”. Contact Miriam Rees on 07977 597480 · ·

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Why a Lasting Powers of Attorney has become an essential part of later life planning. We talk to Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney specialist Rhian Rees from Robertsons Solicitors about these most important but often overlooked documents. What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? noun: capacity: a person's legal competence. When you lose capacity, that is to say, the ability to make decisions for yourself, it is important that someone you trust and who knows you, is appointed to make decisions on your behalf. This is done by a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). What does a Lasting Power of Attorney cover? There are broadly two kinds of LPA. The first is a property and financial LPA which allows a nominated individual to make decisions relating to your finances and physical assets including your home. This means that your money and your home are both protected and maintained. The person appointed will be able to pay your bills, make deposits into your bank accounts and manage any income and expenditure. Could that still leave me potentially open to financial abuse? Not really. When you appoint an Attorney over your financial affairs, you choose which kinds of financial transactions they may enact. They are not allowed to make transfers to themselves or spend your money without specific authorisation.

including ‘life sustaining’ medical treatment. If you don’t have a health and wellness LPA in place, then the Local Authority may be appointed to make decisions on your behalf, or an individual not of your choice may be given attorney powers for you. As our population ages and the health and care sector is increasingly stressed, it’s crucial that you nominate someone with your own interests at heart, rather than choices being made for economical or geographical purposes.

Creating LPAs sounds complicated and expensive. Are they? That’s a common perception – but not at all! A straightforward LPA starts at £375 or £500 for two. A couple may create all four for around £750. So it’s not as expensive as you may think. For more information or advice, contact the Probate, Wills and Trusts team at Robertsons via, 029 2023 7777

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Women’s health at Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals Our experienced gynaecology consultants pride themselves on helping women of all ages overcome a range of health problems. Whether you are suffering from an issue now or are concerned about your future health, we are here to re-assure and help you, offering rapid access to treatment. Packages




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Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions Affecting the Family

Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals treats both children and adults for a range of ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems.


asily treatable, if the conditions described below happen over a long period of time, or recur, your child may be referred for specialist treatment. To help to prevent against infections in the home, wash your hands frequently, don’t smoke around your child, and make sure they get the correct vaccinations. Recurrent tonsillitis is very common in children and it can often feel like a bad cold or flu for the sufferer. Tonsillitis is usually caused by a viral infection but can be bacterial, and it can display various symptoms including headache, cough, earache, problems swallowing, hoarseness, a high temperature and feeling nauseous. A daycase tonsillectomy procedure can improve quality of life and allow a return to normal school attendance. Glue ear is another very common condition found in otherwise healthy children, particularly in ages 2-5, where the middle ear gets filled with fluid, rather than air. This can lead to hearing loss, either in one or both ears, which can sound rather like what you hear when you cover your ears with your hands. If your child has symptoms of glue ear which have lasted over three months, treatment may be necessary, usually in the form of a minor surgical procedure. In children, sleep disordered breathing is usually caused by a relaxation in the throat while sleeping, allowing the tonsils or adenoids to obstruct it. Children who have sleep apnoea may snore, breathe through their 64 Style of the city

mouth and experience pauses in breath while sleeping, feel tired or sleepy during the day, have problems concentrating at school, and some display behavioural issues. In children, the commonest cause of sleep apnoea is enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Many cases are treated through surgical removal of the tonsil/adenoid tissue. Finally ear pinning, or pinnaplasty, for prominent ears is a procedure to improve the appearance of your child’s ears. It involves surgically changing the shape of the cartilage so the ear lies closer to your head. Nuffield Health Consultant ENT Surgeon Mr Ali Al Hussaini comments, ‘Pinnaplasty surgery usually achieves excellent results and has a profound effect in improving self-confidence’. In adults, three of the main treatable ENT conditions are septal deviation, chronic sinusitis/ nasal polyps, snoring and we are sometimes required to perform nasal reshaping, called rhinoplasty. Treatment for a deviated septum is surgery called a septoplasty. If you have breathing problems, frequent sinus infections or other bothersome symptoms, a septoplasty may be an option for you. If over the counter or GP treatments do not work for sinusitis, surgery to treat chronic sinusitis called functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) may be required. The ENT surgeon can widen your sinus openings by either removing some of the blocked tissue or inflating


Mr Ali Al-Hussaini, ENT specialist

a tiny balloon in the blocked sinuses and then removing it. Enquire about a referral to an ENT surgeon if snoring is affecting aspects of your life, such as causing excessive tiredness and poor concentration, or relationship problems with your partner. Excessive daytime sleepiness should be taken seriously, because it increases the risk of a road traffic accident - one in five road traffic accidents are caused by excessive sleepiness. ENT specialist Mr Ali Al-Hussaini explains, “Sleep apnoea is a condition that interrupts your breathing when you are asleep and the cessation of breathing automatically forces you to wake up in order to start breathing again. This interferes with your sleep and quality of life. To treat this there are a number of surgical options to improve the nasal airway or to improve the upper airway.” Nasal reconstruction or rhinoplasty, is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. This can be to improve appearance, breathing or both. Mr Al-Hussaini says ‘In contrast to filler injections that allow temporary contouring, rhinoplasty surgery achieves a permanent improvement in appearance including the removal of hump, reduction of size and tip enhanced rotation’. Nuffield Health Cardfiff and Vale Hospitals, please call 02920 836714 or see Style of the city 65

HEALTH & WELLBEING My name is Lauren, I am the founder of EMPOWERED WOMEN FITNESS. I am a mother, a qualified personal trainer, and fitness instructor. My passion is fitness and my mission is to help as many women as I possibly can to gain strength and confidence through the power of fitness.

How fitness taught me gratitude Our Health & Fitness columnist, Lauren Green, is here to guide you through!

ratitude has always been a big part of my life, growing up I was always taught to appreciate what I did have instead of worrying about what I didn’t. But it was only until I started my fitness journey that I began to understand the true meaning of gratitude and how important being grateful truly is. When I started my fitness journey I didn’t appreciate my own body, I had no self confidence and no sense of self worth so I decided to take action. I starting exercising, the more I exercised the better I felt, the better I felt the more confident I became, the more confident I became the more I learnt my own self worth. When you start to look after your body through fitness, you begin to learn how amazing your body truly is. The more you look after your body through the form of fitness, the more your body can look after you. You set yourself goals, you work hard to reach those goals and when you do, you learn to appreciate your body and be grateful for everything your body can do.




HOW GRATITUDE MAGNIFIES FITNESS When women start their fitness journey with me, I encourage them to make a note of their “why”. 1. PLAN & PREPARE Have your week planned out, commit to your online classes, plan where and when you will get your steps in, get your weekly food shop done so your meals are ready. Consistency is key, and consistency is a lot more achievable with a plan prepared and in place.

HOW GRATITUDE MAGNIFIES FITNESS When women start their fitness journey with me, I encourage them to make a note of their “why”. Check your intensions The motive for your movement should come from a place of self love and gratitude to your body, exercise will enhance your health and your fitness physically and mentally. What is your motive for movement? I MOVE/ workout/ exercise because I love and appreciate my body. I am grateful for my good health and I express that gratitude through the form of movement. Before your next workout, check your intentions. If your intensions are to burn more calories because of something you eat or because you hate the way you look, the chances are you will begin to resent exercise. Exercise should be a celebration of what our bodys are capable of not a punishment for what we have eaten.

2. SET GOALS Set yourself daily mini goals to achieve. This could be upping your weights, your step count, improving your run time, trying a new workout. By setting yourself new mini goals and working to achieving them, every day will become and exciting challenge. 3. COMMUNITY/ TEAM By joining an online fitness community you are more likely to stay on track, your weekly schedule is planned out for you, you have your team to help motivate you and to discuss plans, goals, and tips, and of course it’s so much fun. By signing up and joining our online fitness community you will be held accountable for your actions, your fitness journey will become a lot more enjoyable, therefore your goals will become a lot more achievable. When you achieve your goals you will begin to feel amazing


MEN ZEN at St. David's Spa The Spa at voco St. David’s, Cardiff has launched a new and bespoke range of organic male spa treatments – the perfect treat for men who enjoy some self-care, and who are looking to relax and unwind.

ents can choose from a choice of three treatments which are sure to detoxify, nourish, firm and hydrate skin – an ‘ishga’ Hot Stone Massage, ishga Deep Tissue Massage, or ishga Facial, with prices starting from just £85. All therapies, as their names suggest, use ishga organic skincare which has been developed in the Outer Hebrides using the purest Scottish seaweed combined with natural spring water from the Isle of Lewis. For centuries seaweed has been used for its natural healing and therapeutic properties. With plenty of vitamins, minerals and powerful natural antioxidants which are considered essential for maintaining glowing skin, the mineral-rich seaweed extract (known to preserve the skin’s collagen) is blended with cucumber extract, macadamia, jojoba, aloe vera and lemon peel. For chaps who take a particular interest in their grooming routine and who enjoy a little pampering at home, Ishga products are now also available to purchase at The Spa. Men's Marine Cream (£60) daily moisturiser, Men's Exfoliating Face Wash (£28) refreshing cleanser and Men’s Beard & Shave Oil (£49) help skin recover from the rigours of everyday life. Products are cruelty free, suitable for all skin types and make an ideal gift! Speaking of the dedicated male therapies, Phil Bailey, Spa Manager, The Spa at Voco St. David’s, Cardiff says: “There is no doubt, relaxing is good for the soul – and the skin. All too often spa treatments are considered more feminine, so our new therapies and products specifically


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for our male guests offer the perfect pamper for chaps who enjoy a little self-care, as well as those who want some peace away from the pressures of their everyday lives. The invigorating massage using heated basalt stones allows the treatment to work deeper, easing tension and ensuring total relaxation. Stones are placed on chakra energy points to uplift and create a sense of wellbeing. For men with tension, aches, pains and sports injury, the deep tissue massage therapy focuses on realigning the inner, deeper layers of muscles by applying long, slow and firmer strokes on specific areas. Finally, men often suffer as a result of shaving, so a facial to help hydrate and revitalise a complexion offers some much needed TLC.” Those indulging in some spa self-care may wish to extend their ‘me time’ and treat themselves to something off the restaurant menu too, such as the mouth-watering Celtic Pride beef burger, with tomato jam, Welsh cured bacon, Welsh rarebit, served in a brioche bun with fries; with a Peroni beer for just £23! The Spa’s new male grooming offering is perfect for Father’s Day (Sunday 19th June 2022 – you can thank us for the reminder!), so why not think of spa for Pa when deciding what to get the special man in your life. Whether it’s the father figure you’ve always looked up to, a Daddyto-be, first-time Dad or even Grandad! To find out more about Voco St. David’s, Cardiff please visit or call +44(0)292 045 4045.


Unwind your body and mind When you’re looking for relaxed break and a moment to yourself, retreat to the Spa at St. David’s for some well deserved me-time. Start at the gym or have an invigorating swim. Then walk through the water corridor to stand beneath swan-neck fountains. Relax on a bubbling water bed or sit in the hot tub, opt for a treatment, or a sauna, or the deep relaxation lounge. Or just drift off and dream. Experience The Spa at St. David’s like never before, with ishga and La Rue Verte Skincare treatments. Being the first spa in Cardiff to offer pioneering CBD-based treatments we invite you to relax and rejuvenate.

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Your Health Is Our Priority

Private Ultrasound Clinic in the Heart of Penarth.

ABOUT US We provide tertiary-level hospital expertise in the Community. Using the latest technology, our consultants diagnose and treat a vast array of conditions. We have no waiting lists and referrals are not required. We are significantly more costeffective than all private hospitals in Wales, making private care more accessible.

HOW DO I BOOK? Ultrasound Scans: No referral required. Book instantly online or call our friendly staff who can advise and help. Ultrasound-Guided Injections: A quick online referral will be required from your GP or healthcare practitioner, e.g., physio, podiatrist, chiropractor, or osteopath for therapeutic treatment.

DIAGNOSTIC SCANS Our panel of experts specialises in all aspects of adult and children’s ultrasound. This includes problems with the abdomen, male and female areas, injuries, joints and muscle, sports, lumps, and neck to name a few. We are one of only two private specialist paediatric scanning services in Wales.

COMING SOON • Private GP • Blood Tests • Orthopedics • Minor operations

PAIN RELIEF INJECTIONS We carry out an array of injection therapies under ultrasound guidance by our expert consultants. These include steroid/cortisone, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and hyaluronic acid (Ostenil) injections into tendons, ligaments, nerves, and joints. 70 Style of the city

Tel : 02921999300 13 Washington Buildings, Stanwell Road, Penarth, CF64 2AD.


Time to get Turn’d Up!

Shekira Johnson introduces us to the dance fitness phenomenon taking the world by storm - online or at a gym near you. y name is Shekira Johnson and I am the Founder and Director of Turn'd Up Fitness. We run classes all over South Wales, and an On Demand platform so people can get their Turn'd Up fix at home. Why Turn'd Up? Firstly, it’s fun. Imagine a night out minus the hangover. It’s about energy, empowerment and community. And what’s more, it's an amazing all-over workout - you can burn up to 900 calories in a class! And we do it to the best tunes - R&B, dancehall and chart music. If you’ve heard it in a club, or on the radio, you’ll be dancing to it in Turn’d Up. A bit of background for you: I’m a Cardiff born-andbred drama graduate with a huge interest in health and fitness - I’m qualified in 22 different fitness programmes. Back in 2017 I was teaching my class in Penarth Leisure Centre and the queue for it was out of the door! I had a 'lightbulb moment' when I realised there was a gap in the market for a workout combining dance, fitness and drama. And so Turn'd Up was born! I now have over XXX instructors teaching it in the South Wales area and the Turn'd Up movement (my ‘Girl Gang’) is growing - classes are popping up all over the UK, and even as far as Australia! When I talk about Turn’d Up (and I do. A lot!), people say to me 'But I can't dance. I've got two left feet!' Believe me, it doesn't matter. You don’t have to have dance experience. The routines are broken down so everyone, no matter what their ability, can learn them and feel like they’re in their own music video. There's no judgement or competition in our classes. I train my instructors to make everyone feel


welcome and at ease. Add to this the lights are off and the disco lights are on and you can set your inner J.Lo or Beyoncé free. You "know" she’s in there somewhere! What’s more, if you want to try out Turn’d Up in your living room first, brush up on your skills, or simply prefer to exercise in the privacy of your own home, you can subscribe to our Turn'd Up On Demand platform. On Demand has our amazing dance routines and tutorials, but it's so much more than that. My vision was to make it a holistic experience – so you can access yoga, meditations, nutrition plans and selfimprovement reading lists, all on one platform. I launched On Demand during Covid-19 - like all entrepreneurs, I had to pivot to meet members' changing needs, and my gang were missing their classes! Even as we started venturing out and about again, there was clearly still a need for an online community. Since Covid, everyone is more aware of the power of technology, not to mention the importance of physical and mental wellbeing and of taking time for yourself. Turn'd Up On Demand meets all those needs. Feeling pressured for time? (Who isn’t!) On Demand can fit in around you. I'm so proud of my community, on and offline, and I can't wait to see my Girl Gang grow even more. What are you waiting for – we can’t wait to dance with you!

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Indulge in Selfcare at voco St David’s Hotel & Spa Join Style of the city as we try out voco St. David's amazing CBD led treatments. t is said that selfcare is the defining source of revitalisation and for busy working mums especially, it can be our saving grace. voco St David’s Hotel & Spa are offering amazing CBD led treatments to ensure all our chakras are aligned, we at Style of the city decided to try them out for size. The spa at voco St David’s Hotel is truly like a mini getaway, Cardiff Bay with its incredible water views of the Bay and Penarth Marina, adds to a sense of seclusion. Upon entering you are greeted by attentive staff and given your robe. An array of Ishga beauty products surround the spa. Made from sustainably harvested seaweed from the Hebridean Islands in Scotland, the natural antioxidant, healing and anti-ageing properties of its raw ingredients make for the perfect spa products. So what of the CBD treatments? Think deep healing massages to completely put you in a state of deep relaxation. Using ‘La Rue Verte’, a luxury skincare range derived from cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The expert therapists, all of whom will have received


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the world’s first CBD cosmetology qualification, will harness the therapeutic benefits of the cannabidiol derived products in conjunction with healing techniques, including reflexology mapping, so that every client can feel targeted relief on their journey to spa induced serenity. Several clinical studies have demonstrated CBD oil can stimulate the endocannabinoid system, a biological system in the body responsible for creating optimum functionality. This system has been directly linked to alleviating inflammation and pain as well as non-physical pains such as anxiety and mood. To optimise your experience, the relaxation room adds to a sense of serenity where you can wind down with some water or herbal tea. And what of the amazing salt water, basking in the hydrotherapy spa pools gave this spa a truly refreshing feel. To book your spa day head to


Uplift your Wellbeing Taking a deeper look at skin. Dr Rhian Bartholomew

RELAX A focus on meditation and breathwork to reconnect the mind and body and relax the nervous system. ere are the Uplifting Clinic our team believe beauty is not simply skin deep. We feel that the way we look and feel are inexplicably linked. This is why we are enjoying building our portfolio of offerings continually to meet the inner and outer needs of our community and clients. We offer aesthetic treatments to optimise our outer beauty such as antiwrinkle injections , dermal filler, skin treatments and collagen lift. Clinic manager Caroline Ferrandez provides massages, facials and relaxing manicures and pedicures to help you feel uplifted. Additionally, medical director, Dr Bartholomew has a passion for lifestyle medicine. This approach to wellness helps her to enjoy empowering her clients and patients to improve their overall wellbeing. This novel approach to medicine is increasing in popularity and has shown great benefits in managing many medical conditions such as Diabetes and Hypertension, alongside conventional medicine. She uses her 5 pillar approach to enable clients to take control of their own wellbeing. And since the COVID 19 pandemic and recent global events, we all could benefit from this approach.


RESTORE Learn how to optimise rest and healing by boosting sleep through avoidance of blue light devices, supplementation and lifestyle change. REBUILD A focus on optimising gut health, nutrition and gentle exercise. RECONNECT With friends and nature to boost hormone production and feelgood factor. RECREATE A focus on finding your passion, creating a life you love with intention. Finally, our aim in the forthcoming year is to expand by providing private medical services of assessment, diagnostics including blood work, referral and management plans. Additionally we are pleased to announce that our team is growing to include an audiology specialist from Clearly Hearing, as well as a fully body piercing service We look forward to seeing you at the clinic very soon! Uplifting wishes, Dr Bartholomew and Caroline Delaney. Email: Tel: 01446 679891 Style of the city 73


How much is too much? ''He had a brain the size of a planet when we met. Now he has alcoholic dementia and has forgotten he is dying. So long as he can get the drink he doesn’t seem to mind.'' – Anonymous. HISTORY OF ALCOHOL An addictive poison that would certainly be banned if it were discovered now, alcohol has been fermented from fruits and plants for 6,000 years – four thousand years before Julius Caesar invaded Britain. Like other mind-altering drugs, it was originally used in magic rituals and religious festivals, rites of passage or moments of cultural crisis, with strict codes of behaviour and penalties for abuse. In some societies, alcohol is indeed banned. In others, community values help keep its use within safe limits. But in many societies, those values 74 Style of the city

have lost their grip as many people turn to the airbrushed world of the internet rather than to family and friends and drink alone without even the rules of the street or the pub to guide them. Unless you have religious or personal restrictions, a beer with friends or a glass of wine with dinner is generally not an issue. The problem starts when you become dependent on alcohol to cope with your life. To deal with the harm this brings, the individual needs to be treated within their own community so they can find a new niche for the new them, hopefully with support from existing family and social networks.

Vincent van Gogh The Drinkers

Stephen Truelove is a Mindset Coach and Emotional Support Therapist with over 20 years experience, co-author of The Therapy of Cooking with Cardiff restaurateur Giovanni Malacrino and author of A Journey of Discovery and Self-Learning. Having experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows of life, Stephen developed the Love Life Love You process, Breaking Limitations, and now helps people tackle anxiety, depression and other obstacles to become the best possible version of themselves.

CLOSING THE PUBS IS NOT THE ANSWER In 2020, money was short, everything was closed and people were forced by Covid to stay at home. Yet in England and Wales alcohol caused more deaths than in any of the previous 20 years - and 20% more than in 2019. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 200 diseases and disorders, and a massive 25% of deaths in the 20 to 39 age group in Europe, are caused by alcohol. In the UK, 33,000 people die every year from alcohol-related incidents or health conditions, and 10% have


LOW RISK LIMIT: 14 units of alcohol = 6 large glasses of wine or 6 pints of beer per week spread over at least 3 days There is No Safe Limit

an alcohol use disorder (AUD). In Wales, 45% of men and 34% of women admit to exceeding the guidelines for low risk drinking and 14% of adults have been exposed to alcohol misuse during childhood. In Wales and worldwide, the resulting damage is greatest in the most deprived areas, with men at least twice as likely to die as women.

ALCOHOL MISUSE, ESPECIALLY BINGE DRINKING From falls, fights and road accidents to liver disease, stroke, dementia and death, the damage to health and life is huge. The idea that a little bit of alcohol is good for you has been debunked: there is no safe limit and even low level drinking increases the risk of breast cancer and other conditions. Unborn children miscarried or damaged for life, domestic violence and neglect, divorce, homelessness, unemployment, suicide – the cost to the individual and those around them is unending. SO WHY DO PEOPLE DO IT? Alcohol is actually a depressant and a poison, but a small amount can help you relax, feel more sociable and less shy with other people, especially potential partners. But if you can’t stop there, relationships may be damaged rather than improved and damage starts to build up.

IT’S HOW PEOPLE GET THROUGH LIFE, WHAT THEY DO TO COPE. Many first begin drinking in their mid-teens, often under pressure from other youngsters with the idea that it is somehow grown-up and fun. From drinking to feel less shy and more like

you belong, it gradually becomes a crutch for personal inadequacies and the go-to solution for emotional crisis and rejection. As drink becomes the knee-jerk reaction to life’s challenges, frequency and quantity increases. Children of alcoholic parents are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent as adults. Whether or not there is any genetic component, it’s likely the only coping mechanism they know – and many will have experienced serious trauma in early life. Many people are in denial about their alcohol problem. It’s like a secret friend who helps them cope. They may drink alone and try to hide the evidence by stashing bottles in unlikely places. To successfully beat dependency on alcohol or any other drug, we need to understand why we drink, what we’re trying to avoid and why we turned to alcohol to help. Only then can we get off the hook and find new coping mechanisms to deal with life’s challenges.

HOW CAN YOU RECOGNISE AN ALCOHOLIC? You can’t. The stereotyped shabby, shambling figure with a bottle of cheap wine in their pocket is the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of “functioning alcoholics” with good jobs, big houses, posh cars, who will survive much longer than their less affluent counterparts, but without help it will get them in the end. HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED HELP? Try the assessment tool at

Do you regularly drink more than 14 units in a week? Do you ever feel you actually need a drink? Is it hard to stop once you start? Have you ever got into trouble because of drinking? Are other people concerned about your drinking? Do you drink more than you can afford? Do you feel

guilty about how much you drink? Do you need a drink first thing after a heavy night’s drinking? Do you ever not remember what happened the night before? Yes to more than a couple of those questions and you probably do need help. Realising you have a problem is the first step to getting help. The next is to get it. Try your GP or a qualified counsellor. Be open and honest - we are here to help, not to judge.

TIPS FOR CUTTING DOWN If you are not yet dependent on alcohol, simple steps may be enough

• Set a limit on how much you will drink • Take a fixed amount of money and don’t borrow • Drink more slowly • Avoid kitty systems or buying rounds • Alternate with water or non alcoholic drinks •Go for smaller, lower strength drinks • Ask family and friends to help you • Cut back a bit each day • Cut out every other day, so you never drink on two consecutive days • Always keep to the low risk limit of 14 units a week spread over 3 days.

A NEW LIFE FOR THE NEW YOU Getting off the drink, fitting back into society with all its challenges is another. Find some healthy and interesting activities that keep you busy and away from old haunts and temptations. Ask friends and family who don’t drink for help. You will soon be on your way to a new, fulfilling life. © Stephen Truelove 2022 Love Life Love You. Steve is available to work online and at various locations. Please visit Tel: 07790003075 Email: Registered with the GHR, CNHC and DBS.

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GIOVANNI’S in the Bay Enjoy a Pizza, Pasta, Prosecco, Peroni or a Cheeky Cocktail at Cardiff's longest established Italian Eatery.

mongst the buzzing backdrop of Cardiff Bay and opposite Wales Millennium Centre, ‘Giovanni’s in the Bay’ has become a firm fixture for those wanting the finest Italian delicacies with friends and loved ones. Tapas, panini's along with homemade finest delicacies, celebrating a staggering 40 years of business in 2023. Inspired by his children; Actor Luca Malacrino and daughter Iliana Malacrino Founder Giovanni Malacrino, known for establishing Cardiff ’s Café Quarter, has continued his entrepreneurial success with his third restaurant. This laid-back chilled vibe, giving customers an almost panoramic view of the Bay. The restaurant stands solo, offering a fully exclusive feel, as you soak in the incredible water views and immerse yourself into Italian culture. Looking out onto the water fountains of Cardiff Bay, with the electrifying lights of the Millennium Centre, ‘Giovanni’s in the Bay’ stands tall and inviting. Whether it’s a meal before one of Wales Millennium Centre’s incredible heart stopping shows, a birthday celebration


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or just a catch up with friends, you can be assured that ‘Giovanni’s in the Bay’ has something for everyone’s taste. Not just an evening meal venue, Enjoy a gorgeous Italian healthy breakfast, Italian style coffee (of course), an ice cream after work or a casual pizza made fresh, Cardiff ’s ‘Little Italy’ is your one-stop shop for all things meet ups and gatherings. Weekends just got better thanks to their array of cocktails via cocktail bar ‘Amici’ meaning friends in Italian. Live music and Ibiza chilled anthems, gets everyone well into the summer season. A selection of mouth-watering sharing platters all made fresh adds to the casual style of the restaurant. Looking for a wedding reception venue? The restaurant now offers a full wedding package to make your day that extra bit special. Book your table now 02920 495480


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Diverse Talents

Located on the historic area of Cardiff Bay. Blackwater Gallery is the palce for emerging Welsh artits. verlooking Cardiff Barrage and the Marina, Blackwater Gallery boasts a stunning view of Cardiff Bays ever-changing landscape. An historically industrial area, Blackwater Gallery’s architecture pays homage to the mining and shipping history of Cardiff Bay and the Welsh Valleys. With exposed beams and concrete pillars left raw, the gallery stands as a visual nod to the coal blackened landscape of Cardiff ‘Tiger’ Bay docks at the turn of the century. Their underlying aim to draw influence from the enterprising and industrious sprit of the welsh people at the time. The end result is a unique and powerful backdrop to the bold contemporary artwork that Blackwater Gallery offers. It’s this enterprising spirit that Blackwater harnesses that sits at the centre of its vision. Their aim is to bring bold and emerging talent to the forefront in Cardiff and Wales by showcasing expressive original artwork in a spectrum of mediums.


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In an art world that is often difficult to navigate by newcomers, they believe that art should be celebrated, enjoyed, and most importantly accessible to everyone. Their latest exhibition, UNDOD saw the gallery present a body of work from five UK based emerging artists. The exhibition saw the gallery showcase work covered by a diverse range of visual disciplines. Each artist being selected for their unique aesthetic style and individuality. Although the exhibition has now ended, all artists represented now hold a body of available work in Blackwater’s online gallery space. A key element of Blackwater’s vision is to provide a spotlight for emerging Welsh talent, launching and developing the careers of Welsh artists to a global audience. Exhibited at UNDOD, artist Ian Mackenzie is the latest Welsh painter to join the Gallery. Based in South Wales, Mackenzie works predominately in oils on canvas, his focus is detail and producing a

photorealistic style. For UNDOD his subject matter focussed on themes and historical elements associated with the Welsh community, history, and heritage. With his original collection receiving critical acclaim, several of the exhibited pieces have now been sold to collectors in the UK and Internationally. Following on from his success at UNDOD, the gallery will soon be bringing the ‘Heritage’ collection to the forefront for Mackenzie at Blackwater. This signed limited edition collection will see a selection of Makenzie’s work

made available as giclee canvas prints. This release arrives shortly after Blackwater has recently been awarded membership to the Arts Council of Wales ‘Collectorplan’ programme, an initiative sponsored by the Welsh Government, Collectorplan offers support in the form of interest free credit to those looking to purchase contemporary arts in Wales. Another recent addition to Blackwater is Welsh artist Makenzy Beard. Beard is a young Welsh portrait artist who received both national and international recognition since her now instantly recognisable portrait ‘John Tucker’ was exhibited as part of the Royal Academy Young Artist’s Summer Show in London. Beginning her career at just 14, Blackwater Gallery has been committed to guiding and supporting the young painter while providing a platform for her to share her work with collectors on a global scale. With a passion to connect and encourage conversation at their events, it’s not just stereotypical exhibitions that take place at


Blackwater. The gallery is actively invested in building a community by engaging and collaborating with locally led creative projects. As part of their latest event, the gallery worked with Well Wagon. A community based mobile art space, Well Wagon work to provide on site workshops and creative opportunities for participants to explore their internal responses to the external events around them. Throughout the rest of the year the Blackwater has a wealth of events expanding their vision to create a community driven gallery. With open call exhibitions for UK artists, and an exciting collaboration with ‘Her Mark’ a programme that looks to support and empower women and those who identify as women, forming part of the events schedule in the forthcoming months. In addition to their values around community and emerging art, Blackwater has sought to expand on the availability of original contemporary expressionist artwork in the UK. The gallery has housed expressionist works from artists both recognised and collected globally. In 2021 the Gallery undertook sole UK representation of Trinidadborn artist Miles Regis based

in Los Angeles, a prolific multidisciplined creative. This summer the Gallery will host an exhibition of neo-expressionist painter Frank Schroeder. A powerful creative, Schroeders work is likened to that of Basquiat and Schnabel. The exhibition will cover a large body of Schroeders work, as well as a capsule collection of his clothing line, the exhibition will incorporate musical, interactive, and community driven elements, making the exhibition an experience not to be missed.

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The Photographer who found his Passion from Lockdown

Photographer Sameer Gangoli is becoming a popular feature on Instagram. Here he shares with Style of the city Magazine his photography passion and some of his favourite images.


y name is Sameer Gangoli and I have been taking pictures on my phone of random things here and there, for as far as I can remember. During lockdown I decided to take on the hobby seriously, like many others I needed to focus on something I enjoyed which has always been photography. Buying myself a professional camera, I created a separate photography Instagram account called ‘Grandsnap’. Since then, I have specialised in Landscapes, streets photography and currently I have been doing some portrait shoots as well. My most noticeable achievement to date is one of my photos being published on the front cover of a 82 Style of the city

local Cardiff Magazine. I am a hotelier by profession and photography, even though my secondary job and, hobby has helped me express my emotions through visuals, and has served as a stress buster to cope with some unwanted emotions. My goal as any aspiring photographer is to create images that make people happy, and more importantly create a visual story telling experience for my audience.

All my prints are on sale via my website Get in touch via Instagram @grandsnap to book a photo session or order anything specific.


IT’S SHOWTIME! Royal Welsh Show 2022 The pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar, the Royal Welsh Show, returns this year. he Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd returns this year from the 18th-21st July. The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is delighted to welcome visitors back this summer after a two-year break due to the Coronavirus pandemic for its central event of the year. Each year the Royal Welsh Show attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the heart of Mid-Wales to come together and celebrate the very best of Welsh and British agriculture. The Show is an action-packed four-day event of exciting competitions, livestock, forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink, a 12hour programme of non-stop entertainment, attractions, displays and much more. As always, there is a jam-packed schedule of livestock classes and special awards for a wide range of agricultural and rural competitions, attracting entries from far and wide. This year we have yet again received thousands of entries coming from across Wales, the UK and beyond. Along with the fantastic livestock, the Royal Welsh Show provides something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities and attractions. Highlights in the Main Ring will include the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery performing their Musical Drive, one of the most spectacular displays of horsemanship in the world and The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh, one of the very few all-brass bands within British Army Music. The Black


Mountains Falconry return with their impressive falconry display of birds of prey and Meirion Owen and the Quack Pack will once again entertain the audience with the comical Sheepdog and Duck display. Performing for the first time at the Royal Welsh Show are the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, the UK’s premier military parachute display team, with their exciting free fall display at speeds up to 120mph, and Paul Hannam, a quad bike stuntman from North Devon with his thrilling and popular Quad Bike Stunt Show. The Food Hall will once again be a hive of culinary activity, showcasing the best food and drink produce that Wales and the border counties have to offer. A wide range of companies will once again be taking part in the annual food showcase creating a real microcosm of the Welsh food and drink industry from savoury delights to sweet treats. Tickets for the Show are now available online, and we strongly recommend ordering in advance to avoid disappointment! Please note that all tickets will need to be purchased before the event through our website and will not be available on the gate. For more information about this year’s Royal Welsh Show, or to purchase tickets visit; / Style of the city 83


Cardiff Bay’s Ultimate Summer Spot that keeps on Shinning

If you’re looking for an outdoor venue that surpasses expectation, Lo Lounge is the place to be. Think cocktails overlooking incredible sunset and sunrise views, with the best music to match.


ith events lined up every weekend from now till the winter period, which will then see Lo Lounge turn into a ‘Winter Lounge’ ready for the festive season ahead. What’s equally impressive at Lo Lounge is their desire to give back. After a successful 1st doggo charity event, Lo Lounge will be holding another charitable event this September. Lo Lounge continue to support independent charity Boomerang, who help countless homeless and struggling families make ends meet. A family and dog friendly setting, everyone is welcome at Lo Lounge. With incredible Terrace Soul events every month, it’s the perfect spot for an older crowd to soak up well-loved tunes and In keeping with the Lo Lounge mantra, enjoy a good dance. Fancy a taste of the Middle East? Lo Lounge have teamed up with the infamous

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Kaya Lounge, offering all their guest’s authentic and specially made flavours for their Shisha’s, Cardiff’s only waterfront venue to offer this service with beautiful sunset views to add to the experience. Serving freshly made breakfast every weekend and food throughout the day 5 days a week including mouth-watering authentic Caribbean food by Big K’s Kitchen during all our event days. Lo Lounge is available for private hire all year round, whatever the occasion we can cater for all your needs. Corporate events, receptions, weddings, birthdays, engagements, showers, hens and so much more. TickTock @loloungecardiffbay


Wedding Season Kimberley Blake founder of K B Event Styling, shares with Style of the city Magazine her custom-tailored Wedding services, perfect for that big day.


ounder Kimberley Blake shares all on her bespoke wedding services. After supplying event decor and balloon styling for four years, Kimberly is now able to offer a full array of styling services for weddings. Here she shares with Style of the city Magazine her custom-tailored Wedding services, perfect for that big day. The demand for wedding planning, hiring items and dressing venues was becoming a main request from clients. It's a huge passion of mine to help a bride & groom plan their perfect day and I put so much of my time and effort into ensuring every last detail is covered. I have been building up my stock to ensure I can supply large numbers of items such as glass charger plates, cutlery, candles, glassware, napkins, table runners and centrepieces in many different colours and styles. I have to say that my tablescapes

are the most requested job to come in. I absolutely love designing and planning how the tables will be displayed for the wedding breakfast. I ask clients to contact me via my Instagram @kbeventstyling or email me on to arrange a complimentary consultation, where I can get as much information as possible before putting a quote together. Once all is finalised, I will then do a mock set up and take photographs for you to see how everything will look on the big day. Most venues will supply packages but it's my job to really bring the room to life by adding in a colour theme and add the personal touches. Styling with only the best, beautiful, classic pieces. Items which are minimal but make a huge impact. Weddings for me should be elegant and timeless. I want my clients to look back

on their photos and see items which haven't aged or gone out of fashion. Rooms to look understated and enduring. Tables to be at their finest to compliment the surroundings and feel of the venue. Lastly, the most important part, the styling must reflect the bride & groom and have a sense of their personalities in everything. I want their guests to feel them in the room before they have even arrived. Event styling is something I thrive on and have enjoyed doing for many years. I have had the pleasure to be part of dressing many weddings in venues all over South Wales & West. For further information on how I can help you at your wedding, @kbeventstyling

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BANK ON US! The former Natwest bank at the heart of Dinas Powys has been transformed into a stylish spot to eat, drink and socialise from morning - night. Cardiff sport personalities, business folk and locals were invited to an exclusive launch evening where guests including Welsh rugby international Liam Williams and Cardiff City player Will Vaulks, were treated to a first glimpse of the stunning interiors, canapes and fabulous cocktails. Book your table online now. Style of the city 87


GET YOUR GLOW Glow Bar launched on May 1st with a VIP ‘bank holiday blowdry’ event, attended by the biggest and brightest in the names in Cardiff. They were treated to bespoke beauty services, entertainment from @savmountainvocals, catering from @themediterraneangrazingcompany and plenty of photo opportunities thanks to @kbevenstyling (and obviously the bubbles kept flowing!) If you’re looking for THE ultimate spot to be glammed up before a big night out, a wedding or simply just to have a pamper, then Glow Bar is the place to be! 88 Style of the city



Hey Guys, My name is Shelma Dei, my love for food stems from my childhood and also being rather fussy when it comes to food. I am very passionate about food and love to create dishes that spring into mind. I love to experiment with different ingredients, often things you wouldn’t expect to put together. Follow @cookingbydei

COOKING ByDei Shelma Dei shares her ‘butter pecans’ recipe I am not the typical baker so I thought I would be a little adventurous and try my luck with baking some homemade cookies. I thought of my childhood and what favourite biscuits I loved and devoured during my youth. The top three that came to mind were: Maryland cookies, Jammy Dodgers and Boasters. Boasters were my absolute favourite rather generous cookie made up of chunks of hazelnuts. I decided to try and make a similar cookie. I thought of what I could add to a cookie, first choice was walnuts but then I decided on pecan nuts due to their pretty autumn brown colouring. I must say the process of making cookies is fascinating to me; might I add, the large amounts of butter used to make cookies, I had no idea! Happy cooking ! INGREDIENTS

• 1 1/2 cups (185g) chopped pecans • 1 1/2 tablespoons (21g) butter FOR THE BUTTER PECAN COOKIES:

• 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (287g all-purpose flour (dip and sweep method) • 2 tablespoons (14g) cornstarch • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 cup (99g) granulated sugar • 1 cup (198g) packed dark or light brown sugar • 2 large eggs at room temperature • 2 teaspoons vanilla T O D E C O R AT E (optional):

• Pecan halves • Granulated sugar • Sea salt

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METHOD Sauté the chopped pecans and butter in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant and toasted, about 3-4 minutes. Stir frequently and keep an eye on the small crumbs, they will brown quicker than the bigger pieces. Set aside to cool. FOR THE BUTTER PECAN COOKIES:

Brown the butter: Heat the butter in a light colored skillet over medium-high heat. It will come to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the solid particles at the bottom turn golden brown. Keep an eye on it carefully towards the end, it can burn quickly. Immediately pour into a large mixing bowl to stop the browning. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk sugars into cooled browned butter. Whisk in vanilla and eggs until thoroughly combined. Pour dry ingredients into bowl and stir until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in buttered pecans. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic down on the surface of the dough. Chill for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. If you chill longer than 3 hours, let dough sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes so the dough is easier to scoop. TO BAKE THE COOKIES:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into balls, about 3 tablespoons each (60g). Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. For optional decoration see notes. Bake on the middle rack until the edges are set and just beginning to turn golden brown, about 9-12 minutes. The tops of the cookies should still be quite soft when you remove them from the oven, and may even appear slightly underbaked in center. They will firm up while cooling.

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