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Birthday Month of May

And so another 2 months have whizzed passed my eyes since I last sat down to write a blog. How did that happen? I don’t even think I’ve been that busy. It was my birthday last week though so I always refer to the month of […]

Summer Feet!

I hate feet! I can’t stand my own so I certainly don’t like the look of other peoples. But this time of year, I do love sandals so I am always faced with making my toes look as pretty as possible.  This year I have […]

Ty Newydd Hotel

I enjoy walking to keep fit and planned a little overnight expedition a couple of weeks ago around Aberdare. Not being a natural camper (unless heavily under the influence of alcohol!) I hunted out a local place to stay and stumbled upon Ty Newydd Country Hotel, near Aberdare.

And what a little treasure it turned out to be. For the price of not much more than a Travel Lodge we had a lovely evening at this Georgian country house, sampling the menu at the hotels Caradog’s Restaurant and enjoying a well needed comfortable, peaceful nights sleep.



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The restaurant works closely with local farmers and suppliers to source excellent quality,  local produce, and the menu itself focuses on good welsh cuisine, with the option of a set menu or a-la-carte. My favourite part, however, had to be the wide range of cocktails – again including a lot with a welsh bias.


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Following on from the food and drink it has to be said that one of the hotels strongest feature are the staff working there – they were willing to assist with anything they could, offering time to chat about the local area, even though they were busy.


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The hotel itself is set at the edge of the Brecon Beacons within three acres of grounds which have the most amazing views of both the Brecon and the Neath valleys. If you happen to fancy a little time out, a nice meal or even a wedding venue, Ty Newydd offers you the perfect venue.


What a weekend!

You will have to forgive me for this post being a little later than expected but I am still shattered from my hectic weekend. I had an amazing time – no sitting on the sofa for me!! 🙂 Thursday night and my first time trying […]

Next Stop – Summer Shoes – Wishlist

Well if you’ve been keeping up to date, you will now I may have mentioned, once or twice, that I am counting down to my summer hols! Bikinis are all sorted so now I need to match them up with some nice flips flops and […]

Bikini Hunt

Those of you that have been keeping up to date will know I am a teeny weeny bit excited about my summer holidays! And I am on a mission to find some nice bikinis that will flatter my curves. As a size 20 many people would kindly offer the opinion that this fat ass should be kept well covered and that I avoid the ‘fatkini’ altogether. Ha! I am proud and confident with my curves and there is no way I would come home from two weeks in the sun without the maximum coverage of tanning! 🙂

So, I’ve hunted my usual places, Simply Be, Evans, Figleaves and Forever21 and have found a variety of bikinis to suit my shape (and adapt to my ever so growing frame throughout a two week all inclusive break!).

Here are some of my finds:

In addition to my ‘big holiday’ I have a little girly trip to Ibiza booked so I also needed to find a couple of funky bikinis suitable for pool parties (yes, I know I am over 30!!). The plus sizes at Forever21 looked promising and they didn’t disappoint. They look great and offer excellent support and are extremely reasonable in price.

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Ibiza pool parties here I come!

My favourite bikinis by far, however, are the two I bought from Evans by Curvy Kate. The bikinis are true to size with just the right amount of support and coverage – enough to feel comfy ( and not have the bottoms roll under your belly 🙂 ) but achieve a good tan.

If you’ve read my previous blogs you will have already hear me harp on about the Curvy Kate Pink Starry Eyed Bikini Set well I also ordered the Curvy Kate Navy & Pink Moonflower Bikini Set and it feels and looks just as good.

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By far the best brand of bikini for curves – Curvy Kate

If you are looking for a sexy supportive bikini this year, and have more than your fair share of curves to cover, get online now! Curvy Kate will not disappoint!

Bikini Bod!

It’s an  exciting day in the Roberts household today – our summer holiday is all booked! Sinking feeling! I am far from owning a bikini bod – and alas, truth be known I know I never will be! Not to panic, I have a solution […]