StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:00:01 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 The Peekaboo Baby Companyhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/the-peekaboo-baby-company/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/the-peekaboo-baby-company/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:00:01 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94334 The Peekaboo Baby Company is a bespoke brand, delivering luxurious and exquisite baby gift boxes. Containing hand-wrapped clothing, toys, swaddles, muslins and more, The Peekaboo Baby Company was born in 2014. As a mum of two, founder Victoria Elgott discovered it was difficult to find affordable, high quality gifts without the time to do an […]

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PeekabooThe Peekaboo Baby Company is a bespoke brand, delivering luxurious and exquisite baby gift boxes.

Containing hand-wrapped clothing, toys, swaddles, muslins and more, The Peekaboo Baby Company was born in 2014. As a mum of two, founder Victoria Elgott discovered it was difficult to find affordable, high quality gifts without the time to do an extensive search. The concept of The Peekaboo Baby Company came to Victoria as she was in a baby gift shop in Europe. By putting beautiful baby bits and bobs together, the business also aims to provide a service which understands the importance of quick and efficient delivery.

The exclusive boxes include; little, medium, big, classic and luxury. You can even add to your box should you want to bulk it up with extra goodies, or design your own. Petit Bateau and Sophie Giraffe are among some of the stunning brands featured within the gift sets.

Here at StyleNest we received a lovely box to take a look at this week. The items were beautifully wrapped in tissue, all neatly packaged within the gift box. It contained; 1 x Happy Horse Elephant Tobias Squeaker, 1 x Faye & Lou Pink Muslin, 1 pair of Trumpette socks with Ballerina Bow and a Petit Bateau Short Sleeve Bodysuit. Our box was almost too cute to cope with, so much so that I’d better not tell the Mr it’s made me ever so slightly broody.

Following on from the success of The Peekaboo Baby Company, the brand has now launched a sister site, The Modern Baby Company. Enabling customers to buy the individual products found within each box, you can now discover smaller gifts for friends and family. Victoria says, “We are so delighted to be launching The Modern Baby Company which was born out of its sister company, The Peekaboo Baby Company. This followed numerous requests from parents who had received our gorgeous gift boxes and wanted additional products for themselves. It was such a natural step in the company’s progression and we are excited for our future.”

Whether you buy a box or a single present from their sister business, we’d put The Peekaboo Baby Company at the top of our gift list for all new arrivals.

Visit www.babybox.biz or www.themodernbabyco.com

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Liz Earle Launches Limited Edition Jasmine and Osmanthus Cleanse and Polishhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-spot/liz-earle-launches-limited-edition-jasmine-and-osmanthus-cleanse-polish/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-spot/liz-earle-launches-limited-edition-jasmine-and-osmanthus-cleanse-polish/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:21:38 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94186 This July Liz Earle are launching their Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Jasmine and Osmanthus Limited Edition. Infused with an exotic summer scent, this seasonal take on a top skincare buy captures jasmine blooms and sweet yet soft osmanthus petals. Presented in a specially designed canister, the limited edition Cleanse & Polish also features […]

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Liz EarleThis July Liz Earle are launching their Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Jasmine and Osmanthus Limited Edition.

Infused with an exotic summer scent, this seasonal take on a top skincare buy captures jasmine blooms and sweet yet soft osmanthus petals. Presented in a specially designed canister, the limited edition Cleanse & Polish also features two limited edition silver thread trimmed muslin cloths. Packaging is summery and fresh, a reflection of the product inside. A white bottle with silver detail, flower petals are emblazoned across it, making this one-off product a covetable bathroom cabinet find. The 150ml size makes for a longer lasting Cleanse & Polish, compared to the standard 100ml bottle.

A multi-award winner, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has earned cult status and is loved by beauty experts worldwide. Here at StyleNest we are huge fans of this multi-tasking skincare wonder. For use at the beginning and end of each day, the rich cream gently removes daily dirt, makeup and even mascara. Applied alongside the muslin cloth, dead skin cells are lifted, leaving smooth and radiant skin. Comprising naturally active ingredients such as cocoa butter, chamomile and rosemary, it is suitable for all skin types. Working to soften, smooth and moisturise, skin is simultaneously toned and soothed. Free from mineral oil, the plant-based cleanser can be described as second to none when it comes to natural skincare.

Priced at £20.75 for a 150ml canister, the limited edition skincare launch will see you through summer and beyond. Here at StyleNest, we’ll be sure to snap up this summer floral jasmine and osmanthus Liz Earle favourite.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Jasmine & Osmanthus Limited Edition RRP £20.75 (150ml). Available from July at www.lizearle.com.

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Friday 3 Julyhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-3-july/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-3-july/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:02:53 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94674 The sun has been shining and our spirits have been high this week.  From new in this week florals to AW15 pieces that won’t look amiss now, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites.

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The sun has been shining and our spirits have been high this week. 

From new in this week florals to AW15 pieces that won’t look amiss now, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites.

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Pea Puree with Fried Egghttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/family-friendly-recipes/pea-puree-with-fried-egg/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/family-friendly-recipes/pea-puree-with-fried-egg/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:30:31 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94737 Create a delicious and healthy brunch with Kallø. This simple take on the classic egg on toast is not heavy and is packed full of protein. Perfect to keep you going throughout a busy morning. Serves: 2 Kallø Rice Cakes Preparation Time: 5 minute Cooking Time: 5 minutes What You’ll Need: 1 tbsp olive oil […]

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Pea Puree with Fried EggCreate a delicious and healthy brunch with Kallø. This simple take on the classic egg on toast is not heavy and is packed full of protein. Perfect to keep you going throughout a busy morning.

Serves: 2 Kallø Rice Cakes

Preparation Time: 5 minute

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Pea puree
  • 2 Kallø Lightly Salted Rice Cakes
  • Ground black pepper

For the pea puree

  • 100g frozen peas
  • 75g soft goats cheese
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

What To Do:

  • Place all the ingredients for the pea puree into a blender and pulse for 4 seconds, to bring the mixture together.
  • Place a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the olive oil, turning the pan to coat the bottom.
  • Crack the eggs gently into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes, or until set. If you like your eggs over easy, turn them for the final 10 seconds of cooking.
  • Serve by coating each of the Kallø Lightly Salted Rice Cakes with the pea puree and topping with the fried eggs.
  • Finish with a generous grinding of black pepper.

For more information please visit www.kallo.com

 

 

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The top 5 best Summer Perfumeshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/best-of-beauty/the-top-5-best-summer-perfumes/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/best-of-beauty/the-top-5-best-summer-perfumes/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:59:52 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94065 Summer is the time of the year you have to say goodbye to heavy, musky perfumes and embrace the citrusy, floral scents.

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Summer is the time of the year you have to say goodbye to heavy, musky perfumes and embrace the citrusy, floral scents.

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Travel Sickness and Driverless Cars: Will Autonomous Cars Help Or Hinder?http://www.stylenest.co.uk/travel/travel-notes/travel-sickness-and-driverless-cars-will-autonomous-cars-help-or-hinder/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/travel/travel-notes/travel-sickness-and-driverless-cars-will-autonomous-cars-help-or-hinder/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:24:43 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94791 There’s been a lot of talk surrounding driverless cars over the past year. In early 2015, driverless cars were introduced onto the streets on a trial period in some of the UK’s top cities. As they look likely to hit the mainstream market in the not too distant future, it’s got drivers wondering how it […]

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Driverless Car

Photo Credit: Maria Ly

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding driverless cars over the past year. In early 2015, driverless cars were introduced onto the streets on a trial period in some of the UK’s top cities. As they look likely to hit the mainstream market in the not too distant future, it’s got drivers wondering how it will affect the motoring world. One thing you may be concerned about it travel sickness. Will autonomous cars help or hinder when it comes to motion sickness?

Travel sickness set to be a major problem

While the major concern regarding driverless vehicles has so far been a fear of lack of control, there’s another pressing problem that’s gaining momentum. As featured by the Telegraph, travel sickness is likely to cause huge problems within the industry. A recent study carried out by the University of Michigan has shown that travel sickness is expected to rise by around 27.8pc. This includes symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and dizziness.

As you aren’t in control of the direction you are travelling with driverless cars, it increases the chances of motion sickness symptoms developing. In order to prevent these symptoms, you would need to keep an eye on the road at all times. So activities such as reading, watching TV programs on a tablet or laptop and texting won’t be as pleasant as you think. The only activity that wouldn’t lead to travel sickness is sleeping and it’s unclear how much you might be relied upon as a ‘plan B’ in light of a fault, so you may not be able to simply drift off and leave the car to it, especially if you’re on your own.

Future developments needed to reduce the risks

If driverless car manufacturers want to reduce the risk of travel sickness, future developments need to work on eliminating the problem. Bigger windows and forward facing seats are just two things that can make a positive difference. It is also likely laptop manufacturers will need to make changes too. Developing a screen that moves adequately with the different motions of the car will also help to reduce the problem.

Test still important

While some are excited about driverless cars entering the mainstream market, there are a lot of drivers who would currently refuse to get in them. There are stigmas that need to be reduced before they can become hugely successful. One worry is what will become of driving tests, both theory and practical. As you won’t be in control of the vehicle, will there be a need to pass a driving test and would tests become redundant? Actually, though, if you need to be alert and step in wherever and whenever a problem occurs then it’s more likely that the sort of practical and theory considerations drivers learn in the test will be vital. With new signs and markings possible, it’s possible that we’ll all need to log on and update our knowledge of the rules of the road.

It’s a scary thought giving control over to a computer. Security issues would need to be addressed too. The last thing you want to worry about is whether somebody could hack into the system and take control of your car. However, it isn’t all negative. In recent news, the BBC has highlighted how driverless vehicles could actually boost rural transportation.

Overall there are a lot of concerns that need to be addressed before the public comes around to the idea of driverless cars. Travel sickness is one of the latest worries that does pose a serious risk to passengers and, as things stand, looks like something that will be made worse by autonomous technology. Future developments may help to reduce the problem, but it is one of a number of hurdles that needs to be overcome.

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Tobias & the Bear – A stylish world for little oneshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/tobias-the-bear-a-stylish-world-for-little-ones/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/tobias-the-bear-a-stylish-world-for-little-ones/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:03:58 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94102 A new children’s brand selling unique prints on cool kid’s essentials and homeware has caught our eye. Tobias & the Bear, founded by Leanne Mckeever and Ruth Cozens, is made here in Britain. Both ladies work in the fashion world and after having their own boys (Tobias and Arlo), they wanted an alternative to jeans […]

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TobiasA new children’s brand selling unique prints on cool kid’s essentials and homeware has caught our eye. Tobias & the Bear, founded by Leanne Mckeever and Ruth Cozens, is made here in Britain.

Both ladies work in the fashion world and after having their own boys (Tobias and Arlo), they wanted an alternative to jeans and chinos. Leggings were the answer and they set out to design pairs that both their boys would love wearing.

The brand isn’t about seasons, instead it believes in building a large collection of incredible styles and prints which is added to regularly- all in 100% cotton. Offering fun and quirky designs on leggings- these are now offered on some cool bedding and interiors with t-shirts and sweatshirts on the way soon.

We love the Mr Bear and Storm Boy prints plus there is a great collaboration with New Zealand illustrator Emma Bone who has created a quirky new print called The Monster Squad.

Visit tobias-and-the-bear.myshopify.com

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How Secure Is Your Home?http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/interiors-notebook/how-secure-is-your-home/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/interiors-notebook/how-secure-is-your-home/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:30:25 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94781 They say a man’s home is his castle, but in today’s world, how secure is your stronghold? With an increasing number of home invasions and burglaries, you can never be too safe. In fact, traditional locks with keys are perhaps not the safest way to secure your home against intrusion whether you are on the […]

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Lock

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They say a man’s home is his castle, but in today’s world, how secure is your stronghold? With an increasing number of home invasions and burglaries, you can never be too safe.

In fact, traditional locks with keys are perhaps not the safest way to secure your home against intrusion whether you are on the premises or away. With all the recent advances in technology, have you considered perhaps upgrading your locks to one of the four most common types of access controls? They are terribly difficult to bypass, rendering even the savviest of burglars inept. Here are four types of hi-tech access controls to think about.

Swipe Card Systems

Whilst these are predominantly used in corporate environments, many high end homes are beginning to see the advantages of swipe card systems. You’ve probably stayed in at least one hotel that uses a swipe card for entry and although the cost may be a bit high for the average household, if you have valuables that need to be guarded, this could be a solution for you. Also, those who have home-based offices or tenants on the premises may want to consider a swipe card system.

Fob Reader Systems

More and more homes and businesses are utilising fob readers for the extra security they offer. These are becoming quite common in cities like London where crime rates are higher than in smaller towns and villages. Locksmiths such as metrolocks.co.uk can arrange for the installation of a fob reader system and these, while state-of-the-art, are probably not going to be as costly as a swipe card reader.

Keypads

Perhaps the most common as well as the most affordable high tech access control for homes is known as a keypad. This looks much like a telephone keypad and you simply need to enter a programmed code into the keypad to gain entry to your home. It is always suggested that you use some obscure numeric code as your passcode so that it can’t be easily guessed at by someone who may know such things as birthdays, anniversaries and even telephone numbers.

Biometric Readers

Gaining access to your home via a biometric reader may feel a bit like you’ve stepped into a sci-fi flick, but these are really awesome pieces of technology. At one point these were the access control ‘of the future,’ but the future is here. These read a fingerprint which sends an electric impulse into the system. At this point, the door is unlocked.

For the average home, the two most affordable options would be the keypad and the fob reader, however, homes of greater value or those that house multiple tenants may wish to consider the other two options as well. It is a sad state of affairs to say that crime is on the rise, but the reality is, crime is growing exponentially. If you have valuables such as works of art or perhaps sensitive client information in a home office, it is imperative that you consider stepping up security. You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your home and belongings. High tech access control is the way to go.

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Chicken Liver Pâté with Apple Jellyhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/party-food-recipes/chicken-liver-pate-with-apple-jelly/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/party-food-recipes/chicken-liver-pate-with-apple-jelly/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:30:11 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94731 Serves: 2 Kallø Corn Cakes Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes What You’ll Need: 2 tsp butter 4 springs thyme leaves 2 tbsp chicken liver pate 2 Kallø Corn Cakes 2 tsp apple jelly, or onion marmalade For the Chicken Liver Pate 100g unsalted butter, diced 1 small onion, finely chopped 3-4 sprigs of […]

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Serves: 2 Kallø Corn Cakes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

What Chicken Liver JellyYou’ll Need:

  • 2 tsp butter
  • 4 springs thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp chicken liver pate
  • 2 Kallø Corn Cakes
  • 2 tsp apple jelly, or onion marmalade

For the Chicken Liver Pate

  • 100g unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 350g organic chicken livers, cleaned and trimmed
  • 60ml brandy
  • 75ml crème fraîche
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small handful of sage leaves (approx 14-16)

What To Do

  • Heat a knob of butter in a frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add the chopped onion and thyme leaves and cook over a low flame until the onion turns soft and translucent, then add the ingredients to a food processor.
  • Return the pan back to the stove, increasing the heat to medium-high. Add a knob of butter and the livers. Fry the livers for 1-2 minutes on each side until browned on the outside, but still pink inside. Once cooked, add the livers to the food processor with the onion.
  • Return the frying pan back to the heat and deglaze the pan with the brandy. Allow the mixture to reduce slightly, for the alcohol to cook off, then add it to the food processor.
  • Finally add the crème fraîche, salt and spices and blend until smooth.
  • Add all the butter, and blend again. Taste for seasoning and adjust if need be.
  • Pass the liver mixture through a sieve into a large bowl, for a smooth and silky texture. Place mixture into a sealable jar, or ramekin and chill until set.
  • Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large frying pan, then add the sage leaves in batches, frying on each side for 30 seconds or until crispy. Drain on kitchen towel and set aside for use.

To assemble

  • Heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the thyme leaves and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until crispy. Set aside on kitchen paper.
  • Spread a heaped tablespoon of chicken liver pate on each Kallø Corn Cake, drizzle over the apple jelly and top with the crispy fried thyme leaves.

 

For more information please visit www.kallo.com

 

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Haircare tips for long bobshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/haircare-tips-for-long-bobs/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/haircare-tips-for-long-bobs/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:46:08 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=94773 Green People Quinoa & Artichoke Duo – £16.95 Aveda Be Curly Co Wash – coming soon B&b Blow Dry Straight – £23 Ojon Rare Blend Protecting Treatment – £24 Nicky Clarke Frizz Control Blow Dry Styler – £22.99 Joico Curl Defining Foam Wax – £13.45

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Green People Quinoa & Artichoke Duo – £16.95

Aveda Be Curly Co Wash – coming soon

B&b Blow Dry Straight – £23

Ojon Rare Blend Protecting Treatment – £24

Nicky Clarke Frizz Control Blow Dry Styler – £22.99

Joico Curl Defining Foam Wax – £13.45

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