At lunchtime today I decided to take a break from my desk and explore some of the hidden treasures of Cardiff by taking a little wander down the captivating Royal arcade.
Just off The Hayes in the city centre, the Royal Arcades is overflowing with character and charm, and is filled with an abundance of quaint little eateries and cafes, as well as delightful independent and unique clothing boutiques.
I purposely meandered down the Royal Arcade today in search of a new clothing store I had heard opened at the end of 2014 called Renate. The store is owned and run by Cardiff born and bred fashion graduate, Stephanie Roderick, who wanted to open a unique boutique that could offer young, creative women who have a love for fashion with a collection of modern and eye-catching designs.
The store is overflowing with chic and simple daytime pieces that are easy to wear and effortlessly stylish, all at affordable price tags. All items are sourced from a selection of Danish, Australian and British designers.
There were a number of simple t-shirt dresses made from high-quality silks and cottons that particularly caught my eye and if it wasn't for the fact that I am seven and half months pregnant, I would have snapped them up.
All items in the collection are made from the finest premium fabrics, meaning not only are you getting an exceptionally unique item that not everyone else on the high-street will be wearing, you are also purchasing a garment that will last.
Stephanie informed me that she is anticipating the arrival of the new Spring collection in the next few weeks which will be overflowing with eye-catching, brightly coloured garments. She will also be holding a special invite-only fashion show next month to showcase the new pieces. I for one, can't wait to check them out, and to get my hands on them (once I have had the baby in April).
To check out the store for yourself simply take a detour off The Hayes and step into one of Cardiff's many enchanting arcades, The Royal Arcade. You will also find an exquisite little cafe called The Plan which is the perfect place to rest your weary feet and enjoy a relaxing coffee, sandwich or piece of homemade cake.
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Here is a taste of what you can expect in store right now.
Happy shopping :)