StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:19:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Power me uphttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/power-me-up/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/power-me-up/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:19:00 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87660 It’s time to power up your skin – and call in some serums to boost your complexion ready for winter. I love serums – an extra layer of active ingredients in a formulation that’s designed to penetrate really effectively. So if you’re not already using a serum, now is a good time to start. Here […]

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It’s time to power up your skin – and call in some serums to boost your complexion ready for winter. I love serums – an extra layer of active ingredients in a formulation that’s designed to penetrate really effectively. So if you’re not already using a serum, now is a good time to start. Here are my current top five.

Éminence Organic Skincare products are handmade in Hungary. For winter, I’ve picked their Bright Skin Licorice Root-Booster Serum (£38), which is apparently a favourite of the gorgeous Thandie Newton. It’s great for sorting out patchy skin that’s had a bit of sun over for the summer – a real fresh start for the new season.

Eminence

Origins have recently launched Plantscription Anti-aging Power Serum (£48). Apparently, it ‘teaches’ skin how to utilise powerful ingredients from nature. My skin doesn’t usually pay attention in class but this serum is a cracker – a real no-effort, easy to use power-house to go under your moisturiser and just do its job. “You look well” is guaranteed.

Origins

New brand alert: 001 Skincare. Founded by Ada Ooi, who grew up in Hong Kong, the range focuses on restoring equilibrium that is upset by city living. I’ve been using her Active Marine Power Concentrate (£47), which is a jelly-like serum packed with brown algae, green tea and omegas. Perfect for strengthening your skin’s natural defences ready for a winter in the city.

001

Another name that’s new to this column is Bryt. I’ve a feeling this range is for slightly younger women than me (think gifts for nieces and daughters) but I had to try the Boost Serum (£20), which I’m actually a little bit in love with. It’s an oil serum but it penetrates quickly with no greasiness, and I’ve been using it on my normal/combination skin as a kind of central heating beater, to get a bit more out of my day cream. Lovely stuff.

BRYT

And finally, something posh: Gazelli White Oil Ultimate Firming Serum (£75). This is my new favourite thing and I’m wondering how I can make it last all winter. It’s full of all kinds of wonderful skin-boosting ingredients like pomegranate and something called Gazelli White Oil, which is completely unique to the range. I thought it sounded kind of oily and maybe a bit too much for my skin but it’s actually super-light and visibly lifts your whole complexion.

Gazelli

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Nike x Karlie Klosshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/health-and-fitness/nike-x-karlie-kloss/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/health-and-fitness/nike-x-karlie-kloss/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:34:27 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87350 Nike have unveiled Karlie Kloss as the face and body of their new Fall 2014 collection. The campaign imagery features Kloss in a variety of exercise poses, modelling the stylish new collection, which has been designed around Nike´s belief that versatility is the key to achieving results and improving physical strength and performance.  With her enviable figure […]

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NIKE Karlie KlossNike have unveiled Karlie Kloss as the face and body of their new Fall 2014 collection. The campaign imagery features Kloss in a variety of exercise poses, modelling the stylish new collection, which has been designed around Nike´s belief that versatility is the key to achieving results and improving physical strength and performance. 

With her enviable figure and dedication to exercise, Kloss is the perfect embodiment of the belief that a combination of workouts is best, and mixes things up with ballet, yoga, jogging, and of course, Nike Training Club workouts. “I love different strengthening exercises and intense workouts such as the ones I’ve done with Nike Training Club Master Trainers,” Kloss says. “I like to switch it up. I think that’s the best way to really challenge your body and become stronger in every way.” The range of fitness wear has been developed with this variety of activities in mind, and to offer both style and performance. There are new footwear innovations with the Nike Lunar Cross Element, specifically designed for increasingly popular HiiT workouts, and a new running shoe, the Nike LunarGlide6. There are also three new clothing silhouettes, the Nike Pro Hypercool, the Nike Tech Fleece, and the Nike Dri-FIT Knit. But it´s Nike´s revolutionary new Nike Pro Bra Collection that is at the centre of the collection. Two years in the making and bringing together intense research and testing, these five bras have been developed to give you an excellent fit and the right level of support, as well as of course the style and design you would expect from Nike, to help women achieve the best from their workout.

The Fall 2014 collection is available now at Nike.com

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Halloween Rice Krispie Treatshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/halloween-rice-krispie-treats/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/halloween-rice-krispie-treats/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:30:20 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86957 Rice krispie treats don’t get much better than this. Give your food a frightful face with these fun decorated rice krispie treats – ideal for your little one’s packed lunch box. Makes 6-8 large squares What You’ll Need: 40 g (1½oz) Flora Buttery 85 g (3oz) dark chocolate 2 tbsp golden syrup 85 g (3oz) […]

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Rice Krispie CakesRice krispie treats don’t get much better than this. Give your food a frightful face with these fun decorated rice krispie treats – ideal for your little one’s packed lunch box.

Makes 6-8 large squares

What You’ll Need:

  • 40 g (1½oz) Flora Buttery
  • 85 g (3oz) dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 85 g (3oz) rice krispies
  • 30 g (1oz) small marshmallows

To decorate

  • 55g icing sugar
  • Green food colouring
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • White chocolate buttons
  • Black fondant icing or liquorice

What To Do:

  • In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water, melt together Flora Buttery, chocolate and golden syrup. Add in rice krispies and marshmallows a bit at a time until completely mixed through.
  • Spoon mixture into a shallow square cake tin or baking tray. Push down the mixture using the base of another cake tin or baking tray to make sure the surface is flat. Leave to set in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from fridge and cut into squares or rectangles.

To Make the monster

  • Make a green glace icing by mixing the icing sugar with a few drops of green food colouring, add more food colouring or a small amount of water until you get the colour and consistency you want.
  • Spoon the green icing onto rice krispies and smooth over. Before the icing sets, add the chocolate sprinkles to make your monster’s hair. Add two small white chocolate buttons for your eyes. Use the black icing to make pupils and a squiggly mouth.

 

 

TIPS: Have fun decorating with coloured fondants, melted chocolate and sweets to create some great creepy shapes such as pumpkins, spider’s webs and tombstones.

www.flora.com

 

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Autumn launches at Ten Pilateshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/health-and-fitness/autumn-launches-at-ten-pilates/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/health-and-fitness/autumn-launches-at-ten-pilates/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:16:35 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87282 As the nights get darker and the days get colder, it’s tempting to stay indoors and reach for the comfort food. So here at StyleNest we were thrilled to hear that TenPilates have some new launches for Autumn, to give us a little bit of extra motivation this season. TenPilates has a total of 6 […]

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TenPilatesAs the nights get darker and the days get colder, it’s tempting to stay indoors and reach for the comfort food. So here at StyleNest we were thrilled to hear that TenPilates have some new launches for Autumn, to give us a little bit of extra motivation this season.

TenPilates has a total of 6 studios across London, all offering their incredibly effective dynamic pilates workouts, which give fast and impressive results. The re-opening of the St. James’ Studio after an almost unrecognisable refurbishment will be exciting news for both new and existing fans. With a new Pilates studio, new treatment rooms, and a upgraded Personal Training area, clients will now find it even easier to achieve their fitness goals.

Not only will you find improved facilities, but additional classes have also been added onto the timetable. Why not try one of Ten’s popular Barre classes, previously only available at the Notting Hill studio, or for a cardio blast, Cardiolates and HiiT. And whatsmore, you can now also reserve your place in the class quickly and easily using the new TenPilates app. Download it now for free from the App Store and Google Play.

There is also the opportunity to indulge yourself in some post workout retail therapy, with TenPilates collection of products now also available at the St. James´s studio. Browse Ten’s collection of hair and skincare ranges, healthy and delicious snacks to refuel after a workout, or treat yourself to some well earned stylish activewear.

You can find more information about TenPilates and their studios on their website, www.tenpilates.com.

Click here to read about Bodyism at the D-Hotel Maris 

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Halloween Treats ’14http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/best-of-food/halloween-treats-14/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/best-of-food/halloween-treats-14/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:13:25 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87533 Tuck into spider biscuits, ghostly cupcakes and sweets galore as StyleNest round up the best selection of tasty spooky treats. Halloween is nearly here and shop shelves are brimming with edible bats, skulls and ghouls.

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Tuck into spider biscuits, ghostly cupcakes and sweets galore as StyleNest round up the best selection of tasty spooky treats.

Halloween is nearly here and shop shelves are brimming with edible bats, skulls and ghouls.

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Pumpkin and Orange Spider Muffinshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/pumpkin-and-orange-spider-muffins/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/pumpkin-and-orange-spider-muffins/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:30:55 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86961 The perfect party treat, this pumpkin and orange spider muffin recipe is easy to whip up and will go down a trick or treat at your Halloween party.  What You’ll Need:   For the cakes: 175 g (6oz) Flora Buttery 175 g (6oz) golden caster sugar 300 g (11oz) self-raising flour, sieved 3 medium eggs 5 tablespoons […]

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Spider MuffinsThe perfect party treat, this pumpkin and orange spider muffin recipe is easy to whip up and will go down a trick or treat at your Halloween party. 

What You’ll Need:  

For the cakes:

  • 175 g (6oz) Flora Buttery
  • 175 g (6oz) golden caster sugar
  • 300 g (11oz) self-raising flour, sieved
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 5 tablespoons semi skimmed milk
  • 100 g cooked pumpkin or butternut squash, mashed
  • 40 g chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • zest of 1 orange

For the icing and decoration:

  • 115 g icing sugar
  • A little orange juice
  • 55 g (2oz) plain chocolate, melted
  • liquorice allsorts, to decorate

What To Do:

  • Place 12 muffin cases into a muffin tray.
  • Place the first six ingredients into a bowl, and beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth.
  • Stir in pumpkin mash and orange zest and divide half the mixture evenly between the paper cases, add a half teaspoon chocolate spread and then top with remaining mix.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes oven 200°C, 180°C (fan assisted), Gas mark 6 for 20-25 minutes.
  • Add a little orange juice to the icing sugar until thick and spread over the muffins. Pipe the melted chocolate in 4 circles over the top and then drag a skewer through to give the cobweb effect. Place the sweets and laces on top to look like a spider.

www.flora.com

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Halloween Outfits For Boys ’14http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/entertainment/halloween-outfits-for-boys-14/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/entertainment/halloween-outfits-for-boys-14/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:44:04 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87470 Get him ready for Hallows Eve with our pick of some great costumes and outfit ideas for the boys. From classic Frankenstein to cool skeleton t-shirts and cosy PJ’s. Your little man will be the scariest kid in town. Click here to see StyleNest’s roundup of Halloween outfits for girls

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Get him ready for Hallows Eve with our pick of some great costumes and outfit ideas for the boys.

From classic Frankenstein to cool skeleton t-shirts and cosy PJ’s. Your little man will be the scariest kid in town.

Click here to see StyleNest’s roundup of Halloween outfits for girls

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month ’14http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/gift-ideas/breast-cancer-awareness-month-14/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/gift-ideas/breast-cancer-awareness-month-14/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:15:11 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87497 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, created to raise awareness of the most common cancer in the UK. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also a chance to support the cause by shopping your favourite brands. StyleNest round up the best pink picks, from Birchbox to UGG, all donating a profit to breast cancer charities.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, created to raise awareness of the most common cancer in the UK.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also a chance to support the cause by shopping your favourite brands. StyleNest round up the best pink picks, from Birchbox to UGG, all donating a profit to breast cancer charities.

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Pumpkin Breadhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/pumpkin-bread/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/pumpkin-bread/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:30:50 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86965 For a more grown-up Halloween dish, embrace seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin and swap a banana loaf for this festive pumpkin bread recipe. Serves 12 Preparation time 20 mins Cooking time 50 mins What You’ll Need: 325 g (11oz) self-raising flour, sieved 115 g (4oz) light brown sugar 200 g (7oz) grated pumpkin flesh 160 […]

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Pumpkin BreadFor a more grown-up Halloween dish, embrace seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin and swap a banana loaf for this festive pumpkin bread recipe.

Serves 12

Preparation time 20 mins

Cooking time 50 mins

What You’ll Need:

  • 325 g (11oz) self-raising flour, sieved
  • 115 g (4oz) light brown sugar
  • 200 g (7oz) grated pumpkin flesh
  • 160 g (5oz) Flora Buttery, melted
  • 150 g (5oz) honey
  • 1 Large egg
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar

What To Do:

  • Preheat oven to 160°C, 140°C fan, Gas mark 3.
  • Line a 23cm loaf tin with baking paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, light brown sugar and grated pumpkin. Add the Flora buttery, honey and egg. Mix well until batter is smooth, without lumps.
  • Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with demerara sugar.
  • Bake for 50 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

www.flora.com

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Halloween Cake Popshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/party-food-recipes/halloween-cake-pops/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/party-food-recipes/halloween-cake-pops/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:27:07 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86941 Give your Halloween a pop of fun with these Skeleton cake pops. Ideal for kids of all ages…and adults too. Makes 30 cake pops Preparation time 20 mins Baking time 60 mins What You’ll Need: 225 g (8oz) plain flour 350 g (12oz) caster sugar 85 g (3oz) cocoa powder 1½ tsp baking powder 1½ tsp […]

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Cake Pop SkeletonsGive your Halloween a pop of fun with these Skeleton cake pops. Ideal for kids of all ages…and adults too.

Makes 30 cake pops

Preparation time 20 mins

Baking time 60 mins

What You’ll Need:

  • 225 g (8oz) plain flour
  • 350 g (12oz) caster sugar
  • 85 g (3oz) cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 250 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 100 g (3½oz) Flora Buttery, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 ml boiling water

Chocolate Icing

  • 100 g (3½oz) Flora Buttery
  • 200 g royal icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 50 g (2oz) dark chocolate, melted

Decoration

  • 300 g (10oz) white confectioner’s chocolate
  • Black writing icing
  • You will also need 30 cake pop or lolly sticks and a pumpkin to act as a cake pop stand

What To Do:

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C, 180°C fan, Gas mark 6.
  • Line a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl sieve together all the dry ingredients. Mix in eggs, milk, Flora Buttery and vanilla. Finally add boiling water and mix until well combined.
  • Pour mixture into the lined tin and bake for 60 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Remove from oven and leave to cool.
  • While the cake is baking you can make the icing by beating the Flora Buttery, icing sugar, vanilla and milk together. Slowly add in the melted chocolate and beat to combine.
  • When cake has cooled completely, break it up into a bowl with your hands until it resembles bread crumbs. Add the icing to the cake crumbs, 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture forms a nice dough.
  • Using your hands, roll the cake mixture into the size of golf balls, place on a tray and into the freezer for around 30-45 minutes so they are frozen, but not frozen solid.

Decoration

  • Take the cake pops out of the freezer.
  • Melt a small amount of chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water.
  • Dip 2cm of the tip of the cake pop stick into this melted chocolate and then slide the cake pop stick into the cake ball. Place the cake pops back in the freezer for another 30 minutes. This small amount of chocolate will act as a glue, holding the stick in the cake so when you’re dipping the cakes into the chocolate later the sticks don’t fall off.
  • Melt the remaining chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water.
  • Dip the cake pops into the melted white chocolate, tap the sticks gently to shake of any excess melted chocolate then stick each one into your pumpkin and leave to set. Make sure that the chocolate coating is deep enough that you can dip the cake pops in one motion without stirring.
  • Once the chocolate is set you can draw on a scary face with the black writing icing.

www.flora.com

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