Sunday, 4 August 2013

What's Occurring? A Day Trip To Wales



Yesterday, Kinky Melon was closed for business. Instead I set the alarm for 6am, caught the cross-country train to Cardiff and met up with three of the most fabulous babes in Blogland - Dee, Em and Tania. As Em's originally from Wales she was tour guide for the day.

Classy Cutter, retro sweets, Barry M and face mask from Dee, & vintage fabric, a 1970s coin pendant, big sparkly leopard print bangle (which I'm wearing) and lime nail polish from Em

After squealing with joy, hugging each other to death and exchanging gifts in the train station bar we set off to explore the charity shops of the Welsh capital. Em scored a vintage coffee pot while I was left taunted by a groovy 1970s tote in the window of a shop frustratingly closed for the day. 


We were serenaded beautifully by a Welsh choir singing their support for Bradley Manning.



Who can resist a market? 


The Cardiff indoor market was a fabulously bustling and eclectic.


We passed on the chips and headed to a fabulous little vintage stall where Tania snapped up a gorgeous maxi.


The outdoor market in St Mary Street was packed with vintage and handmade delights.


The stall with £5 & £10 bargain rail got a serious old battering. 
Check out Em's new yellow Hasbeens, aren't they lush? (See, speaking Welsh like a native now) 


Here's a sneak peek of my finds - I'll reveal them in full later this week!


Dee pounced on this amazing emerald green bag before the rest of us could blink.


The arcades leading off the main street are equally fabulous, packed with independent cafes and vintage emporiums. Tell Tania she was mental not to buy this dress, will you?


The very imposing Cardiff Castle.


The coolest tattoo joint ever.


Phew! After all that shopping we headed to the very grand Cardiff Wetherspoons where we cackled like witches and toasted our absent blogger friends over dirt cheap Mojitos.


Thanks to the lovely (and well behaved) pensioner who kindly offered to take a group photo. After another hour of exploring we waved goodbye at the station. 



What a fab day we had, blogging meet-ups are the best. I can't wait till the next one.

Don't be shy, come and join us next time, you know you want to!

Linking to Patti's Visible Monday

61 comments:

  1. aahhh what a fabulous time we had you took some fab photo's to. I did chuckle at the photo and your commentary with me and the lush green bag I love it and it will be a reminder of a wonderful day with fabulous friends. We must do it again soon maybe you could come to Exeter and I could show you the sights there, great charity shops and vintage ones to :-) Love and hugs dee xxxxx

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  2. Defo a fab day out, and as an island dweller I am very impressed with the idea of driving to another country! I'd love to come and join in such shenanigans, but would have to swim a very, very long way to get there.

    Your friend does look great in the green dress, why on earth didn't she buy it - foolish girl!

    Now I'm going to be talking like Ness all day tomorrow...

    xx

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  3. As alwyas im so so envious of your fun blog metups! Seriously thinking of a trip to England sometime in the future !
    and yes - that green dress was a keeper ! She looks amazing in it !
    xxx

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  4. Ya, I want to. There's that damn Atlantic ocean to deal with LOL!

    She's mental for not buying that dress.

    I really enjoy seeing other cities and places. When I travel I love just wandering around. You never know what you'll come across

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  5. Lush indeed! Look at you gorgeous women, I just get so excited seeing you all in the same frame! It's blogger magic! Smiles for miles! The shops look they have so much variety and I can't wait to what you got,could there be another killer yellow dress? The stuffed coyote in the tattoo shop was crazy.

    Tania looked like a mermaid in that emerald dress and I think she has the sweetest face! Dee has the most beautiful curly hair and I love the dress she wore! We need more pictures of you because you are wearing one of my most favorite things that you made with your own hands.

    The UK is not big enough to keep me from going to every one of these, oh wait I'm in the US:(. Thanks for sharing your fun with us.

    I wuvs you!
    Xxxxxooooo

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  6. I swear there's a future for you as a tour guide!

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  7. Oh look at the four of you, all SO beautiful! I do wish I could have joined you, because I know you are all a) gorgeous; b) hilarious chatterboxes; c) lovers of a cheap drink; and d) demon shoppers!
    Cardiff looks fabulous in the sunshine, I do love a market, and the vintage wares are obviously plentiful and great value.
    Yes, Tania is mental, albeit in a delicious way - she looks va-va-voom-alicious in that green frock!
    All four of you are rocking your summer dresses, and looking mighty fine.
    Right - next meet up? Just tell me where and when, I won't be missing another one! xxxxx

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  8. Looks like you had an amazing day out. And your friend looked great in the green dress, why didn't she buy it.??

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  9. Ah, looks like a fun day. Did any of you indulge in any vintage welsh tapestry? I see some in the pics. It's adorable.

    Nice to see Dee! xxx

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  10. Tidy :-)
    Looks like a fabulous day out... what stunning ladies you are!

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  11. looks like the best day! I love, love Dee's long curls, wish mine would grow that way. You all look amazing at the cafe, reveling in your friendships. xoxoxo

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  12. Oh so jealous, I love Cardiff so! Soon... Yep your friend was completely insane to not buy that amazing green maxi! So beautiful & perfect on her! I'm glad you had a fun time! XXX

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  13. That street market is where I bought that wicker bag I've been brandishing all summer. Great isn't it? I really like Cardiff and it looks like you had a great day out there. Xx

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  14. a classy cutter - it has to be one of the best things I have ever seen - top day out, I love the blogger meetup posts, they are exciting - Tania's green dress is so beautiful, she is divine in it, all of you are fabulous x

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  15. Looks like a great day, and perfect weather. All the shopping looks good, but I'm really stuck on the cheap mojitos. Must get one (cheap or otherwise) next time I go out.

    You didn't mention if you got tattoos at the very cool tattoo parlour...

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  16. I would love to join you fabulous ladies!
    Loving Tania's green dress and all of your yellow finds.

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  17. What a fab day out. Every-one looks so gorgeous. Tania is a sweetheart, and I don't know why she didn't buy that dress, it looked amazing on her!

    Cardiff is a lovely city, these photos are making me want to go again soon. Yes, even the one of the very scary fox!

    Will catch up with you on a blogger meet-up soon.

    Annie xxx

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  18. Looks like you had great fun. She didn't buy that green dress?!?!? - it is a beauty.
    What a lovely group photo too.

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  19. I love when you all get together. I almost feel like I'm there. Another round on me! The reason you want that little pixie Tania to get that dress is because it is totally Vix. Yes, she should have gotten it. I want to see more of your dress and the wonderful fabric on Em's dress and curly locks Dee. Awesome tattoo parlour. Awesome day!

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  20. I clearly went to all the wrong places when I was in Cardiff! What a fab day out.

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  21. What a dazzling group of well dressed women you are! Looks like a brilliant time, oh Tania really should have bought that dress it looked amazing!

    I would love to join you all one day, in the distant future, when work and life commitments are less full on...

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  22. A well deserved day of fun with friends in a beautiful city. DEEElightful!
    I'll take the chips and curry, please, and a side of vintage! ;)

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  23. Tanja, you are totally mental!! (See, I'm a good friend) - and I'd love to join you... that would be so much fun. xo

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  24. Great photos and it makes me want to visit Cardiff for the first time in at least a decade! Reckon I should catch up with you and the other bloggers at some point soon xxx

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  25. Fun fun fun ladies!!! I think this should happen more often a bloggers meet??? Showing each other our towns, Hey Vix who would love a day in Auntie June's.

    Glad you had a lovely time ;) xxxx

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  26. Such a fabulous day with your gorgeous friends!

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  27. ugh, I'm so sick with jealousy! You all look gorgeous. First thing I spotted was Em's shoes, I love them! Tania definitely should've bought that dress!! Cardiff looks like such a laugh, I really wish I could've come along. More yelllow! Looking forward to seeing what you bought. The market looks great and I'd love to go to that tattoo parlour. Hopefully you'll have the next blogger meet up somewhere I can get to xxxxx

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  28. What a fun and happy day this seems to have been. Good for you. Your friends look very nice and yes, Em's Hasbeens are very lush.

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  29. Vintage stalls, markets and mojito's - what's not to enjoy? Looks like you all had a wonderful time and yes Tania looks bloody gorgeous in green, was it the price tag that put her off? Laughed at your comment earlier about my family's gene pool.
    xxxx

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  30. Fecking ARRRRRRRRRRGHHHHH!!!
    Jaysus, how I would have loved to be bopping about with you minxes!!! What a glorious day and gloriARSE company!!!!!! Yes, I'm jealous as all hell.
    Ha, we say lush here too! Those Hasbeens are lovely.
    Cant wait to see your scores in depth!
    You all looked gorgeous!!! YAy for Welsh sunshine!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  31. Arrggh! So wish you all weren't an ocean away! You're so lucky to have so many lovely bloggers only a train ride away (Curtise included). Looks like you had a splendid day, and I would have been tempted to get a tattoo at that funky parlour.

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  32. Bonitas fotografías!!
    Saludos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  33. Bonitas fotografías!!
    Saludos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  34. What fun! You all look wonderful in your vintage frocks. I was in Cardiff earlier this year with my parents - great city and great shopping too.

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  35. Ahh if only I could - I would! With bloody great bells on! If I win the lottery I'll be doing a blogger meet-up tour of the world!!! x

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  36. What a fab day! I wish I could be a part of a meet-up with you Vix xxx

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  37. Wow, I don't think I've been to Wales since I was a little girl. The outside market with a chock full of vintage looks incredibly inviting. Fabulous you! xx/Madison :)

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  38. What a fabularse day!!! I do love blogger meetups & reading all about them. You all look gorgeous. I'm a bit smitten with those yellow shoes too. And the green maxidress & Dee's bag are beautiful! Xx

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  39. Yay it's so nice to see all you beautiful ladies altogether.......and looking so gorgeous in your summer dresses. Oh I wish I could be part of the fun..........
    Now Tania looks just amazing in the green maxi........she left it behind????? Oh No.
    I just love the green handbag Dee found and I am super excited to see the treasures you found to.
    Happiness is blog friends, vintage treasures and summer days in Wales.
    Love V

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  40. Smart gorgeous friends, drink, food, shopping, laughs, it's a mini holiday! I would sleep on the train all the way home with a smile on my face, if I didn't live across the ocean. Thanks for this vicarious outing.

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  41. Day trips, blogging pals, frocks and shopping - sounds pretty much like a perfect day to me! I wish I could join you for a blog meet up - perhaps one day!

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  42. I don't know when you managed to get all these wonderful photos, but I am so glad that you did. It brings it all back. I was far too busy yacking to get many. We got some great bargains, I think I do regret the green dress now, but never mind. My brain was a bit addled with all the excitement. :)

    I didn't realise Em's shoes were hasbeens, but they were glorious. Thank you for the lovely pressies and the cheek busting laughs! xxxx

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  43. Hi there!! wow, what an awesome day out you all had, you all look so stylish and your photos are so lovely. Cardiff looks great-we went there for the day once, but the market wasn't open. Have a fab week!!

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  44. I always dream about having a bloggers meet up with you! All you ladies are amazing and it sounds great to rummage through the stalls of that wonderful market and visit such a beautiful place like Cardiff!!
    can't wait to see your finds!
    A message to Tania: Why? You look fabulous in that green dress!
    All my love
    xxxxxx

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  45. Looks like a really fun day - I love Cardiff!!

    Lx

    http://the-sportista.blogspot.co.uk/

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  46. Ahhh! isn't nice!
    Bloggers meet up are the best
    I hope your friend bought that superb green dress!
    I love the chips selection
    We have our chips, with curd cheese and gravy here, it's called poutine -
    Cardiff is so cool!

    Hugs

    Arianexxx

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  47. Four fabulous ladies on an adventure!! Cardiff will never be the same!! Can't wait to see what goodies you snatched up.

    and yes Tania was mental not to snag that luscious emerald maxi!!

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  48. Looks like such fun! Those are very pretty summer frocks on all of you. I hope to join you for a future meetup in the fall.

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  49. What fun! Gorgeous bloggers all and some fabulous finds.

    I visited Cardiff 10 years ago, and had such a great time. Your day of frivolity brought back memories.

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  50. wheeeeee please tell me the next time you come to Cardiff, I'll be there with bells on! xxxxxxxxxx

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  51. Tania is absolutely crackers not to buy that emerald dress as she looks incredible.

    What a lovely day out and Cardiff is a really nice day trip. Fun had by all xx

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  52. Your meet up looks like fun :)
    I've never met another blogger but I think it would be nice to do so xxx

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  53. Love this post and have always wanted to go to Cardiff since watching Torchwood!;) All you Blogging Goddesses look so lovely together, and quite set apart from the other tourists' attire, bet you were turning all the heads!!:) The shot of the fox and Dee the window is great, she is the modern Red Ridinghood in that one! Would have loved to join you gals, so glad you all had a wonderful time!:) But, you tease, I was hoping you'd have a shot of those chips, you know we all love that food porn.;) I'd have wanted some for sure, never seen such a variety of choices for them-wow!

    Nice choir-love them too!:)

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  54. I love Cardiff, that last photo is lovely you all look lovely x

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  55. Looks like such a fun day! Thanks for sharing all the details. It's so great to see how the other side of the world lives. XXX

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  56. I haven't been to Cardiff but it looks like lots of fun. Its lovely to read about blogger meet ups and all the fun and shopping you all get up to.

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