StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:06:24 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Simple yet stunning spring and summer weddings trends of 2015http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/simple-yet-stunning-spring-and-summer-weddings-trends-of-2015/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/simple-yet-stunning-spring-and-summer-weddings-trends-of-2015/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:04:35 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=91470 We’ve all been to weddings and seen the big white dress, red rose bouquets and heard that ‘Here comes the bride’ song playing as she glides down the aisle with the proud father by her side. Of course, the traditional wedding we all envision will never lose its appeal, but we’re now at a time […]

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We’ve all been to weddings and seen the big white dress, red rose bouquets and heard that ‘Here comes the bride’ song playing as she glides down the aisle with the proud father by her side.

Of course, the traditional wedding we all envision will never lose its appeal, but we’re now at a time where doing things a bit differently is far more memorable for all involved. Wedding site online has a number of different tips and ideas for you, so why not spice up your big day this year with a few of the hottest spring and summer wedding trends of 2015!

Blushing bride

Ladies, it’s time for you to ditch the traditional white and ivory wedding dresses because we’ve got something exciting for you! In the past, it’s been the bridal party dressed in the more vibrant and exhilarating eggshell blue, buttercup yellow and power pink colours, but now’s the time for you to take the stage on your big day in a beautiful blush bridal gown. The elegance and sophistication of the colour will fit perfectly into your spring and summer wedding themes, leaving your groom beaming!

April showers bring May flowers

Sticking to the theme of colours, spring and summer weddings are the perfect time to get adventurous with your bridal bouquets. With so many beautiful flowers growing during spring (one good thing to come from the rain), it’s the time where you can get away with having imaginative colour combinations without it looking tacky and too over the top. Warm tones such as purples, pinks, yellows and oranges are a popular choice. If you’re feeling extra bold with your wedding bouquet, brides in the past have added diamantes for that extra sparkle. For a simpler look, white diamonds are recommended with fewer colours in your bouquet, but it all depends on how daring you’re feeling.

Pretty pastel bridesmaids

The current trend for weddings, according to the experts, is the bridesmaid dresses. Your bridesmaids can now pick their own gown, best suited to their own personality and shape. Let’s face it; the same dress is a bit boring! This season, the options are endless and your bridesmaids will appreciate the fact that you’re not a bridezilla and they can have a say in what they can wear. Pretty, soft colours such as pastel blues, greens and yellows will be a big hit with your bridal party. Though they may not be in the exact same attire, the warmth of the pastel themed dresses and the way they complement each other will leave your guests knowing exactly who your bridesmaids are (along with the fact they’ll be right by your side on the day that is).

Man of the hour

Grooms, don’t feel left out, we have something for you too! It’s time for you to get into the wedding spirit and embrace the season. I’m sure picking out a suit is a lot harder than it sounds to us women, and to you, they’re not all the same. If everyone else is sticking to the spring and summer trends, you should too. Instead of opting for a traditional lack lusting black suit, what about choosing a lighter colour such as a tan or light grey? It will compliment your blushing bride perfectly rather than you sticking out like a sore thumb in gloomy black attire – after all, this is your wedding day, not your funeral!

Arrive in style

The great thing about spring and summer weddings is that you are guaranteed better weather than in the winter (although you can never be too sure in the UK). If you know your big day is forecasted to be pleasant, why not do something a little different? Rather than your conventional horse and carriage or old-style car as a mean of transportation to your wedding, why not arrive on a bike? We don’t mean you pedal your way down the aisle and sweat up a storm while you’re at the entire ceremony, but once you and your husband are the new Mr and Mrs, ride to your reception on a motorbike bike together. It’s something fun and different, and you’ll score immediate brownie points with your groom if you let him drive it!

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London Fashion Week; key trends and accessorieshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/london-fashion-week-key-trends-and-accessories/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/london-fashion-week-key-trends-and-accessories/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:51:07 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=91437 The month of February saw London Fashion Week come to the capital. The show welcomed over 250 designers and models strutting their stuff down the catwalk of the famous Somerset House. Whether you like your fashion or you don’t, it was hard not to appreciate some of the glamour and outrageous wardrobe choices that was […]

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cb/Milan_Fashion_Week_1.jpgThe month of February saw London Fashion Week come to the capital. The show welcomed over 250 designers and models strutting their stuff down the catwalk of the famous Somerset House.

Whether you like your fashion or you don’t, it was hard not to appreciate some of the glamour and outrageous wardrobe choices that was on offer throughout the week. From high street to catwalk looks, the trends were more dramatic and show-stopping than ever before – some even gave Lady Gaga a run for her money!

Amidst all the crazy hair and make-up, it was of course the different styles on display that stole the show.

You, like most, might think some of the styles on display were just too eccentric for you to ever be brave enough to try. Nevertheless, we’ve rounded up a few of the most popular and unusual items of clothing from the week and even dared to gives some ideas on how to jazz up your own wardrobes for your own personal catwalk look!

The high street look

We shouldn’t have to fork out a fortune to want to look good, right? Most of the times, the garments on offer at London Fashion Week are way out of our budget, but there were some simpler outfits on show through the week that don’t require a remortgage. Some of the more basic and ‘affordable’ clothing on offer included pastel colour midi skirts accompanied by fur jackets and knee-high boots, very seasonal clothing choices at the moment. Seems easy enough to incorporate these styles into our wardrobes, but dare we say it; they can start to get a bit boring. It’s time to jazz this high street look up and add exactly what this outfit’s missing – some diamonds! Catering for your glamourous jewellery needs, Addicted Diamonds can help you find the perfect bracelet to give this high street look the WOW factor. Just by adding a bit of dazzle on your wrist, you will have onlookers thinking “DAMN, where can I get one of those!

Addicted DiamondsThe red carpet look

Hair down, 6 inch Louboutins on, sheepskin jacket at the ready and red lipstick on hand. Sounds like an average Sunday afternoon if you’re Beyoncè. This is just an example of some of the dazzling outfits that were being modelled during the week. As amazing as it all sounds, the models barely wore any accessories which left them looking somewhat naked. You might argue that this is because the outfits were already so glamorous that the lack of jewellery went unnoticed, but we noticed! And anyway, what girl doesn’t want a bit of bling? Not to sounds too pernickety, but by simply adding a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings to the catwalk trend, this outfit is the perfect 10. It’ll have you feeling and looking like the celebrity you’ve always wanted to be!

The weird and whacky

What would London Fashion Week be without some unusual trends on show? This year didn’t let us down, that’s for sure. None came much stranger than seeing an Arsenal football scarf which accompanied a floral dress and a shiny black jacket, worn by model Susie Bubble – she could have been off to the game afterwards, who knows! The show also saw a model wearing a certain outfit being complimented with a hat made of Lego bricks. To be fair to the designers and their outlandish thinking, each model did pull off these outfits in their own right, but they’re hardly what you’d call ‘red carpet attire’. What this outfit needs is something to spice it up and we have the perfect accessory (yes, it will even look flattering with the football scarf). In this case, by adding a stunning necklace for some extra oomph will make even a Lego brick hat adequate attire to attend the Grammy’s!

With London Fashion Week now over until September, it’s only a matter of time until these current 2015 trends start becoming outdated in the ever changing world of fashion! Something that will never age though, are simple styles and the accessories you accompany with them to keep them fresh. As proven, by simply adding a bracelet or a pair of earrings to your outfit changes its whole demeanour and appeal, whether you’re going for the high street look or working it on the catwalk.

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Online ShoppersOnline shopping is something else. It doesn’t require a trip by car, bus or train; it doesn’t force you to take an umbrella if the sky is looking turbulent; it doesn’t even make you have to plan your day around it. It’s quicker, simpler, less stressful and often far cheaper than heading down to your local shopping centre or high street.

As online shopping becomes less of a fringe undertaking and is propelled into the mainstream however, hurdles related to price will inevitably arise; retailers want your cash, after all. So, how can you get those most bang for your buck when you’re shopping online? Here’s how.

Discount Codes

You know that little box at the online checkout that asks if you want to enter any discount or promotional codes? It’s not just for people with gift cards; there are thousands of discount codes out there at any given time that you can find, input and use to save those pennies. Head on over to sites such as dealnews, hotukdeals or slickdeals, type in the retailer you’re buying from, and chances are there will be some voucher codes for that specific store.

Delivery Options

It can be quite easy to click on the postage or delivery options offered by websites that will result in you receiving your goods in the quickest time, but this isn’t a particularly savvy move. Often you’ll be paying between £3 and £5 for the privilege, quite a lot for what is in essence a panacea for your impulses. Online websites, even distributors of large items such as Bedstar, will often have free or inexpensive delivery options. Pick the cheapest, wait a few more days and learn to hold your horses!

Sale Sections

Most online stores will have a section of their website where they place all of their outdated stock, often at a huge discount. These can be used for clothing retailers and the like, but they’re perhaps best when used for the purchase of electronics; buying new electronics is a silly move anyway (the price will have fallen drastically within a few months anyway as new products are inevitably released) and you’ll still be able to get a good product at a lovely price.

MoneySavingExpert

This site is the holy grail for all things money. Alongside providing excellent pages on banking, utilities, cards and loans, the website also regularly lists new deals, hidden brand sales and discount websites, all in all saving you a heap of cash.

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London Fashion Week AW15 Catwalk Report: Day Fivehttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/uncategorized/london-fashion-week-aw15-catwalk-report-day-five/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/uncategorized/london-fashion-week-aw15-catwalk-report-day-five/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:37:25 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=91429 StyleNest reports on the catwalk highlights of the fifth and final day of London Fashion Week… And in the blink of an eye, it was all over. Make sure you’re up to speed with the Autumn/Winter ’15 catwalk trends and highlights with the StyleNst report on the final day of London Fashion Week… ASHLEY WILLIAMS […]

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Ashley Williams London Fashion Week AW15

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StyleNest reports on the catwalk highlights of the fifth and final day of London Fashion Week…

And in the blink of an eye, it was all over. Make sure you’re up to speed with the Autumn/Winter ’15 catwalk trends and highlights with the StyleNst report on the final day of London Fashion Week…

ASHLEY WILLIAMS
The Need-to-Know: With Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and Scout Willis front row, Georgia May Jagger, Immy Waterhouse and Alice Dellal took to the catwalk in this uplifting celebration of girlhood. Think 90s girl pop and pink fluffy babes.
The Trends: It was all about fuzzy knits- something London has marked out as a top trend. That aside, pastel and bubble-gum hues and black PVC also reigned.
The Hero Piece: The button-up pink furry coat with matching hat was the star of the show – as were the dominatrix-style black heels created with Red or Dead.

ANYA HINDMARCH
The Need-to-Know: Anya knows how to make the last day of LFW fun. In this traffic-stopping show, the London Gay Men’s Choir – dressed in orange high-vis – cheered up the heavy-eyed editors as an array of kitsch signs from litter men motifs and ‘No U Turn’ clutches to chevrons and reflective handbags made their way down the catwalk. You could say it was all bricks, mortar and handbags. And Anya’s gold London Brick clutch will make a solid foundation for AW15.
The Trends: Graphic prints, humorous slogans, and high-tech fabrications.
The Hero Piece: The luxurious dove grey leather bucket bags with green scratch and sniff Magic Tree charms and Little Chef signage are sure to be a street style icon by next season.

Marques Almeida London Fashion Week AW15

Marques Almeida London Fashion Week AW15

MARQUES’ALMEIDA
The Need-to-Know: Proving that wacky is no bad thing, the Marques’Alemida show was a diverse leap forward for the brand. With their signature frayed denim and raw materials, there were new additions in the form of Benetton-toned rib-knit dresses, Swarovski glitter on evening-appropriate denim, brocades, and a rainbow procession of pieces in red and pink, egg yolk yellow and green. Wacky elegance and old English eccentricity, it was a pleasure for visual senses.
The Trends: Bold colour, eccentric teaming of fabrics, denim, raw edges, capes, surface texture
The Hero Piece: Look  summed up everything we love about the collection – an over-sized fur jacket that only this design duo can make so achingly cool- all layered over a frayed denim skirt. We love.

MICHAEL VAN DER HAM
The Need-to-Know: From true blue patchwork prints to fil coupe, jacquards and printed organza, this was textile design heaven. With  the introduction of knitwear and skirts, sheer moments of brilliance came in the form of divine dresses with angled patches, pleated corsets, botanical-strewn fabrics and silks, all rounded off with a raw, undone effect.
The Trends: Florals, surface texture, raw and couture fabrics
The Hero Piece: Look 22’s charming grey cocoon coat with lace appliqué, brought a new string to the beautiful Michael van der Ham bow.

Christopher Raeburn London Fashion Week AW15

Christopher Raeburn London Fashion Week AW15

CHRISTOPHER RAEBURN
The Need-to-Know: AW15 sees Christopher Raeburn crossing over into major new territory – where outerwear isn’t his only ‘thing’. This season he’s introduced side-split pencil skirts and patterned knits, as well as hooking up with UGG Australia to debut the new SOCAL collection – the first time showing for the brand at LFW. The boots feature utilitarian snaps alongside a slight wedge, which perfectly complemented the military blanket coats, quilted bomber jackets and dramatic surfaces and silhouettes. Bravo Christopher.
The Trends: Statement outerwear, textured fabrics, bold orange hues, utilitarianism, shearling
The Hero Piece: The closing parka, made from a decommissioned life raft, nonetheless.

Ashish London Fashion Week AW15

Ashish London Fashion Week AW15

ASHISH
The Need-to-Know: When fashion meets high-class hookers, or otherwise known as the Ashish AW15 collection. Think red glossy knee-high boots, sassy denim trousers laced together, sequin-embroidered sweaters emblazoned with ‘SEX’ and a lots and lots of mix-matched fur seemingly stapled together. High-octane sassiness with an East London attitude. No doubt his fans will snap this up in an instant.
The Trends: Camo, sequin embellishment, red, rebellion, raw fabrics, texture
The Hero Piece: Love it or loathe it the sequin camo bomber jacket is rather breath-taking.

RYAN LO
The Need-to-Know: Lo’s first solo show since graduation from Fashion East was one of the most memorable shows of the week. Clashing references and paying homage to leading ladies through up bejewelled lace fascinators, fringed transparent skirts, Victoriana pussy-bow blouses, romantic floral skirts and rich brocades and jacquards.
The Trends: Winter whites, textures, Victoriana-references
The Hero Piece: The tiered lace off-the-shoulder dress which closed the show was both beautiful and achingly edgy, perfect for the coolest bride in town…

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The Yoga, Snow & Spa Retreat at Le Grand Bellevuehttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/travel/travel-notes/the-yoga-snow-spa-retreat-at-le-grand-bellevue/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/travel/travel-notes/the-yoga-snow-spa-retreat-at-le-grand-bellevue/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:29:41 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=91346 Hurtling down the slopes is exhilarating and amazing, but after a few days of hitting the pistes, you find yourself physically zonked. If you’re keen to visit the Alps but looking for a trip a little less full on, Le Grand Bellevue, a luxury boutique hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland has designed your perfect package: a […]

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Le Grand BellevueHurtling down the slopes is exhilarating and amazing, but after a few days of hitting the pistes, you find yourself physically zonked. If you’re keen to visit the Alps but looking for a trip a little less full on, Le Grand Bellevue, a luxury boutique hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland has designed your perfect package: a 4-day yoga, ski and spa break – the dream deal for those wanting to ski, but also come back feeling relaxed and pampered.

The Yoga, Snow and Spa Retreat runs from the 14-18 March (in association with Formentera Yoga) and is led by Nike Yoga Brand Ambassador and fulltime yogi, Jax May Lysycia. Each morning you’ll start your day with a morning mediation session to stimulate the body and mind, which will be followed by a dynamic yoga class to help with posture and muscle strength. Afterwards, a wholesome and alkalizing ‘yoga-brunch’ will be served to get those energy levels back up, ready for a day on the slopes if you fancy it. But, if you’re seeking something less full on there are plenty of other things to do from exploring the local shops, to kicking back with a book on one of the hotel’s heated waterbeds, to seeing the snowy region on a husky ride!

Back at the hotel, there are plenty of opportunities to kick back and relax. Le Grand Spa is a hub of complete pampering and offers personalised spa programs along with a range of holistic treatments that will leave you cleansed, purified and never wanting to go home! There’s also a Turkish steam bath and a Brine Grotto (with dissolved natural sea salt) that are both perfect for soothing muscles that are tired from the slopes, along with a Finnish outdoor sauna, an rejuvenating ice grotto and a Kneipp indoor pool – great for circulation and for banishing cellulite!

However you’ve chosen to spend your day, you’ll be encouraged to join the breathing workshop in the evening, which will help you release tension, wind down and remove toxins from your body. Afterwards, you’ll sit down to enjoy a much-deserved dinner at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Leonard’s — talk about a trip with special treatment!

If this sounds like your kind of trip (it definitely sounds like ours!), the four-night retreat costs CHF 2854 per person and includes accommodation, brunch and dinner, 2 yoga classes a day, a 2-day ski pass and two 3-hour ski lessons, plus unlimited access for Le Grand Spa. Enquire online at: www.bellevue-gstaad.com

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London Fashion Week AW15 Catwalk Report: Day Fourhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/london-fashion-week-aw15-catwalk-report-day-four/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/london-fashion-week-aw15-catwalk-report-day-four/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:40:07 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=91418 StyleNest reports on the catwalk highlights of day four at London Fashion Week… With Burberry Prorsum on the schedule, Kanye West, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss on the front row, and the international editors in town, day four of LFW is always a key date on the schedule. No pressure, then. Here’s who, and what, […]

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Erdem London Fashion Week AW15

Erdem London Fashion Week AW15

StyleNest reports on the catwalk highlights of day four at London Fashion Week…

With Burberry Prorsum on the schedule, Kanye West, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss on the front row, and the international editors in town, day four of LFW is always a key date on the schedule. No pressure, then. Here’s who, and what, you need to know about the catwalks highlights of the Autumn/Winter ’15 shows…

BUBRERRY
The Need-to-Know: As was expected, Burberry’s front row was by far the starriest of LFW with Sam Smith, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Naomi Campbell taking their place. But the biggest news of all is that Burberry goes boho for AW15 with quilting, paisleys, patchwork, tonnes of fringing and a silver rain shower finale. Certainly one of the best Burberry shows to date- this is must-see collection.
The Trends: Boho, fringing, patchwork fabrics, and paisley ruled the runway at Burberry Prorsum.
The Hero Piece: The navy shearling cape – the very definition of durable allure.

ERDEM
The Need-to-Know: Designers are constantly on a quest to make their show the most memorable- and so set design is becoming ever increasingly inventive. Erdem won the week’s award with his Mademe-esque set on which the models lounged briefly during the finale in a made-for-Instagram moment. Stage set aside, modern femininity ruled the catwalk, presented with Erdem’s exquisite fabrics expertly crafted into modern silhouettes
The Trends: Embroidery and texture play, couture-worthy craftsmanship, modern femininity. Erdem’s woman looked resplendent in breath-taking clothes pinched from her living room sofas
The Hero Piece: Look 8’s tailored camel coat with degrade sequins and silks teamed with Nicholas Kirkwood’s specially commissioned riding boots. Simply spectacular.

Christopher Kane London Fashion Week AW15

Christopher Kane London Fashion Week AW15

CHRISTOPHER KANE
The Need-to-Know: The Christopher Kane woman is now all grown up in pristine tailoring, sculpted velvets and nude illustrations entwined on eveningwear. In addition, emerald elegance punctuated by hot pink accessories – a new after-dark duo by Kane.
The Trends: Exotic snake prints, mannish tailoring, and lace, tulle glitter – texture yet again rules the catwalks.
The Hero Piece: StyleNest has so much for this collection but if we had to choose just one piece it’s the dreamy black velvet suit.

THOMAS TAIT
The Need-to-Know: Kanye West sat front row to watch Thomas Tait’s leather-fuelled sci-fi spaghetti western. It was in fact Kanye’s only appearance at LFW – quite a scoop for the continuing rising star. On the catwalk however it was all about a wonderful mix of restraint and release- from exaggerated silhouettes to micro-pleated satin. There was fur, utilitarian ring pulls, and an overwhelming eerie vibe. Particular highlights came in the form of brown leather and black PVC panelled coats. Certainly one of London’s most unique shows.
The Trends: Texture, utility, tailoring, boy-meets-girl
The Hero Piece: A mink coat over a cashmere sweater and satin wrap skirt, need we say more?

Peter Pilotto London Fashion Week AW15

Peter Pilotto London Fashion Week AW15

PETER PILOTTO
The Need-to-Know: Killer colour combinations point to AW15 being one of the brightest yet with Peter Pilotto’s brilliant colour clashes combining ochre, black and green. For this ever so pleasing design duo, the key lies in all in the detailing with intricate beading, embroidery and texture clashes blowing our minds. Silhouettes were fairly simple with pencil shapes ruling the runway while textures and ideas were kooky yet brilliant.
The Trends: Winter white, Patchwork fabrics, snake print, velvet and fur nodded to the texture play, colour-clashes, and a nod to the 70s.
The Hero Piece: The white coat with fur trim was a brilliant way to open the show, and our love-in with whites continued with lace blouses and polo necks.

Joesph London Fashion Week AW15

Joesph London Fashion Week AW15

JOSEPH
The Need-to-Know: Shown in a dark and cold car park in London’s Soho and with the front row draped in tin foil for warmth, this was a collection all about (rather aptly) cocooning the body – from cosy knitwear draped to mimic giant blankets, extra-long coats and slouchy trousers.
The Trends: Fur, over-sized knits, winter whites, patchwork sweaters, neutral hues
The Hero Piece: A boucle knit jumpsuit in black with an elongated leg and shawl-like top which shrugged off the shoulders. Dreamy.

OSMAN
The Need-to-Know: With a paired-back silhouette of just cream, black and red and amped up texture, this was one of Osman’s finest shows to date. Full of rich surfaces, dreamy embellishment and quiet yet sexy cut-out detailing, as well as an intricate marble brocade and over-sized buttons, it was a treat for the eyes.
The Trends: Winter white, Red – one of AW15’s key colours – and lots of luxurious fabrications.
The Hero Piece: The fine knit polo neck with cut-out back layered over a bias-cut red silk skirt – long, lean and sexy. That’s our AW15 party look sorted.

Barbara Casasola London Fashion Week AW15

Barbara Casasola London Fashion Week AW15

BARBARA CASASOLA
The Need-to-Know: The key silhouette for next season is long and lean- Barbara Casasola perfected the look with a tunic and midi skirt power pairing.
The Trends: Incredible texture and fabrications, winter white, the new lean silhouette
The Hero Piece: Quite frankly we want it all, from the swishy dress overlay to the colour block suede heels to the ribbed knits.

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Simple Yet Elegant Design Ideas For Your Living Spacehttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/interiors-notebook/simple-yet-elegant-design-ideas-for-your-living-space/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/interiors-notebook/simple-yet-elegant-design-ideas-for-your-living-space/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:26:09 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=91414 Your living area should be serene and calm, and so you need to work to create the right environment. It is vital that you have beautiful things in your household so that you create an elegant place where you can rest. When it comes to home decor, it is important that you plan ahead and […]

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Your living area should be serene and calm, and so you need to work to create the right environment. It is vital that you have beautiful things in your household so that you create an elegant place where you can rest.

When it comes to home decor, it is important that you plan ahead and choose features that suit your room. Whether you have a small or large budget, there are some super simple things you can do that make you home look incredible. Some people think that interior design has to be complex if it will work. That is just not true. Sometimes, the simplest of things can make a whole load of difference.

Use a soft palette

When you choose your colours for the living area, you should stick to soft palettes so that the room does not look harsh. There was a recent trend of people using vibrant colours in their living rooms, but doing so is overpowering. It makes the space look over-the-top. Instead, you ought to ensure that you use pale colours, such as blue and yellow tones, in the room itself.

Use wallpaper features

Once you have your base colour, it is time to highlight particular characteristics in the room. If you happen to have alcoves, you might want to hang patterned wallpaper on them so that they look intriguing. Don’t shy away from using some feature pieces in your room as doing so will make the design look professional. You should invest a bit of cash in some excellent quality wallpaper so that it looks rich and beautiful. As you are not wallpapering the entire room, you can afford to splash out on a roll of expensive paper.

Create separate areas

If you don’t have a separate living room and dining room, you should make separate areas for these two things in just one space. You don’t need to use room dividers or anything like that to create different areas. Instead, you should use the edges of your furniture to act as dividers. For example, if you have a sofa facing away from the dining area, it signifies that there is a divide in the room itself.

Make your sofa a focal point

Many people make the mistake of using their TV as the focal point of the room. Instead, you should make your sofa the central feature of the room. You should invest in a quality sofa. Choose a style that works with the natural features of your living area. Slipcovered furniture is popular right now because it looks elegant and sophisticated. You ought to ensure that you choose a sofa in a neutral colour so that it suits the environment.

Include white features

When it comes to minor features, such as curtains, pillows and lamps, you should stick to crisp white pieces. The reason many rooms look busy is because there are too many clashing colours in them. If you choose just a few plain pieces, you will find that the entire design looks fluid. That means that, the place looks serene and peaceful, rather than messy and crowded.

Use flowers as ornaments

If you want to make the space look fresh and clean, there is a simple way to do so. You should ensure that you include fresh flowers and plants in your living space so that it feels light. You can buy bouquets on a regular basis or invest in a quality houseplant for your living room. Now that you know these super simple tricks, you can create a gorgeous living area! You deserve to have the best possible space for you and your family, and so you should make it right now.

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Darkroom At Selfridgeshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/interiors-notebook/darkroom-at-selfridges/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/interiors-notebook/darkroom-at-selfridges/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:58:43 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=90923 2015 is already panning out to be an exciting year for store owners Rhonda Drakeford and Lulu Roper-Caldbeck from homewares and interiors metropolis ‘Darkroom’ on Lambs Conduit Street. Not only is it the go-to mecca for emerging, contemporary designers and is celebrating its fifth anniversary at the Holborn site, but the duo have recently launched a […]

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Selfridges - Darkroom2015 is already panning out to be an exciting year for store owners Rhonda Drakeford and Lulu Roper-Caldbeck from homewares and interiors metropolis ‘Darkroom’ on Lambs Conduit Street.

Not only is it the go-to mecca for emerging, contemporary designers and is celebrating its fifth anniversary at the Holborn site, but the duo have recently launched a second shop on the lower level interiors section at Selfridges. Replicating the distinct black walls, signature site-specific furniture, and designer fixtures and fittings, this will be, more of a lifestyle choice than a concession!

Needless to say both parties are delighted with the collaboration, which is a natural progression for the owners who come from Art Direction and Fashion backgrounds. With an eye for discovering talented designers, Rhonda and Lula are looking forward to bringing their passion for edgy and eclectic modern and postmodern designs to the Darkroom within Selfridges store.

“I am thrilled that Lulu and Rhonda are joining us here with a new concession. The synergy of the two brands is a great fit and believe that the Selfridges customer will be very excited to find them on the lower ground floor.” – Geraldine James- Buying Manager, Selfridges.

With the department set to stock the same range of carefully curated, handmade accessories for men, women and the home, which includes bold jewellery, objets d’art, graphic prints, textiles, stationery, homewares, soft furnishings and leather goods; it will also provide Selfridges exclusives, making it a one stop shop for home-decorating or gift ideas.

Bringing unique, interesting and quirky trinkets to the Oxford Street store, means that the underground following is set to het huge, and you might pop in for a pair of jeans or shoes, but are likely to come home now with a new lampshade, set of crockery or tribal wall hanging!

Check it out for yourself at Lower Ground Floor, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London.

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Harissa Chickenhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/healthy-recipes/harissa-chicken/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/healthy-recipes/harissa-chicken/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:30:48 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=91261 This recipe has been developed using mood-boosting foods to help you eat your way to happiness. Incorporating protein and healthy complex carbohydrates found in quinoa, into your diet can help to nourish your body and balance your hormones, to keep you in a better mood. Furthermore the chicken in this dish is a great source of tryptophan, […]

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harissa chicken with greenThis recipe has been developed using mood-boosting foods to help you eat your way to happiness. Incorporating protein and healthy complex carbohydrates found in quinoa, into your diet can help to nourish your body and balance your hormones, to keep you in a better mood. Furthermore the chicken in this dish is a great source of tryptophan, important for digestion, skin, nerves and serotonin production, great for helping make you feel happy.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

Note: This recipe is gluten free

What You’ll Need:

  • 250g Tilda® Wholegrain and Quinoa Steamed Basmati rice pouch
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2-3 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • ¼ cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 200g kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • A handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • A handful mint, chopped

What To Do:

  • Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas mark 4
  • Smear each chicken breast with two teaspoons of the harissa paste and place in an ovenproof dish
  • Drizzle over the oil, season with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked through
  • Put the pine nuts in a dry frying pan and place over a medium heat for a few minutes to toast – remove from the heat as soon as they turn golden as they can burn quickly
  • Add 300ml of slightly salted water to a pan and boil. Rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve and add to the pan, then cover and cook for 20 minutes
  • Add the kidney beans for the last five minutes
  • Drain and then combine with all the remaining ingredients
  • Serve each chicken breast on a bed of Tilda® Wholegrain and Quinoa Steamed Basmati Rice

 Created for Tilda® by Dr Sarah Schenker

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Megan’shttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/restaurants/megans/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/restaurants/megans/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:57:02 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=90951 One of London’s hidden little treasures, Megan’s is a loveable café and deli in Fulham well known for their delicious salads, and a popular spot for weekend brunch. Having enjoyed many lazy Summer brunches in their lush green courtyard garden, StyleNest recently went to check out what Megan’s is like at night and fell immediately […]

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Megan's gardennightOne of London’s hidden little treasures, Megan’s is a loveable café and deli in Fulham well known for their delicious salads, and a popular spot for weekend brunch. Having enjoyed many lazy Summer brunches in their lush green courtyard garden, StyleNest recently went to check out what Megan’s is like at night and fell immediately under its spell.

From the outside, Megan’s looks more like a café but don’t be misleaded. Make sure to book a table in the courtyard (yes, even in winter) and you’ll find yourself transported to a romantic garden filled with lush foliage, flowers and candles, and lit up by hundreds of twinkling fairy lights, creating a magical atmosphere.

Megan’s has recently appointed a new chef and has introduced a few menu changes and additions, injecting a new lease of life into the restaurant, and we couldn’t wait to try out their new menu.

We were welcomed by the manager, who was very warm and friendly and showed us to our table downstairs in the lit-up and romantic courtyard. Despite it being the middle of winter the courtyard felt warm and cosy, and we took off our jackets, taking in the quirky and charming atmosphere. The room was filled with the relaxed chatter and laughter of groups of friends, couples and first dates, all enjoying the Mediterranean style grill menu at their gingham covered tables and sat on comfortable benches covered with pillows.

Our prosecco arrived and our waitress talked us through their new menu and her recommendations.

There was a wide range of starters, sharing plates and nibbles to choose from and we decided to share a selection including a charcuterie board, giant green olives (the good kind you only find on holiday), quails eggs, little croquettes, and taramasalata with flatbreads and pickled pepperoncini. My favourite was definitely the taramasalata with flatbreads, although be warned – the pepperoncini really pack a punch!

We perused the main courses and I went for the grilled tiger prawns whilst my partner opted for their Bavette steak. Thankfully all mains come with a generous portion of hand cut fries and a winter salad – so there’s no risk of your chips getting pinched!

My grilled tiger prawns came on a wooden board with a sort of homemade tartar sauce, hand cut fries and a salad. The prawns were huge and meaty and covered in lemony garlicy yumminess with that distinct barbequed charcoal-like smoky flavour.

The bavette steak came thickly sliced and perfectly dark pink and juicy, with a béarnaise dipping sauce, hand cut fries and a salad, all presented on a wooden board.

Hands down one of the most romantic restaurants I’ve been to in London and very reasonably priced too, this has become a firm favourite – not just for weekend brunch, but for a romantic dinner any night of the week.

Megan’s ‘Secret Garden’ dining room is open for Valentine’s Day with a four-course special menu from the grill for £35 a head, created by Head Chef Sercan Ugurlua. Celebrating Valentine’s not just for one day, but for the whole month, The Bakery at Megan’s has introduced ‘Cake Collections’, the first of which is their Crystal Heart Collection which includes the Kiss Cake at £3.50, a Swiss roll filled with vanilla, Swiss meringue buttercream and raspberry jam, encased in white chocolate. Megan’s homage to the much anticipated film ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ released this February, is its house Vanilla Cupcake at £3.95, re-invented with a topping of Earl Grey infused buttercream, and finished off with a single crystal heart. 

megans.co.uk

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