StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:41:59 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Friday 18 April http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-18-april/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-18-april/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:41:59 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80725 Check out the top 10 new in this week pieces sure to temp you over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Treat yourself this Easter Weekend with our top 10 roundup of the best womenswear pieces new in store. From fruity prints to sweet pastel hues, they’re the perfect addition to your new season wardrobe. For recipes […]

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Check out the top 10 new in this week pieces sure to temp you over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Treat yourself this Easter Weekend with our top 10 roundup of the best womenswear pieces new in store. From fruity prints to sweet pastel hues, they’re the perfect addition to your new season wardrobe.

For recipes ideas of what to make this Easter Weekend, visit StyleNest’s Food channel. 

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Beef Carpaccio Tartlets http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/party-food-recipes/beef-carpaccio-tartlets/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/party-food-recipes/beef-carpaccio-tartlets/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:05:15 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=78665 These Beef carpaccio tartlets are perfect for an evening dinner party with friends or an after work nibble to keep you going until dinner. Serve with a glass of wine and you will feel transported to a summer holiday destination. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 30minutes Cooking time: 20minutes What you’ll need: 450g piece of Scotch […]

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beef tartletsThese Beef carpaccio tartlets are perfect for an evening dinner party with friends or an after work nibble to keep you going until dinner.

Serve with a glass of wine and you will feel transported to a summer holiday destination.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 30minutes

Cooking time: 20minutes

What you’ll need:

  • 450g piece of Scotch Beef fillet, trimmed of any fat and sinew
  • 2tsp mixed peppercorns, pounded in a mortar and pestle
  • 1tbsp rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1 small raw beetroot, peeled
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled
  • 100g celeriac, peeled
  • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Hot horseradish sauce
  • 8 small basil leaves

For the tartlets:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 25g finely grated parmesan
  • 2tbsp cold water
  • 10cm mini tart tins, buttered

 

What to do:

  1. To make the pastry, put the flour, butter and cheese into a food processor and pulse until breadcrumbs, add the water and pulse again to combine. Remove from the processor and pinch together with your fingers, chill while you sear the meat.
  2. Mix the pepper, rosemary and salt together on a flat surface and roll the beef firmly in it to evenly coat the surface. Heat a griddle to very hot and brown the meat on all sides, 5 – 6 minutes. (The best way to do this is to use long handled tongs to steady the meat when browning). Remove to a board to cool.
  3. Heat the oven to 200°C and place a baking sheet on the middle shelf.
  4. Thinly roll out the pastry and use to line the mini tins. Prick the pastry cases with a fork and press some buttered foil into the cases to prevent the pastry sliding whilst cooking.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, carefully remove foil and finish cooking a further 10 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden brown. Cool a little in the tins then remove to a cooling rack.
  6. If you have a mandolin grater, cut the vegetables into very fine julienne strips, do the beetroot last! If not, cut each into very thin slices and then cut those into very thin matchsticks, leaving them in three separate piles. In a small bowl mix together the oil, vinegar and salt and set aside.
  7. Slice the beef as thinly as possible with a very sharp knife. It doesn’t matter if the slices break up a bit, it will melt in the mouth. Carefully arrange a couple of slices into each of the pastry cases with a pile of the little vegetable sticks next to them.
  8. Dress the vegetables with some oil and balsamic and the beef with a trail of the horseradish. Top each with a basil leaf.

 

Recipe by Quality Meat Scotland

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Win A Limited Edition Lulu Guinness Bag http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-limited-edition-lulu-guinness-bag/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-limited-edition-lulu-guinness-bag/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:20:21 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80687 We’ve teamed up with iconic, British accessories designer Lulu Guinness this spring, to bring StyleNest readers an exciting and exclusive competition. Enter here for free and be in with a chance of winning 1 of only 4 ever made, limited edition handbags. Best-loved British designer Lulu Guinness has been charming the fashion industry and many […]

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We’ve teamed up with iconic, British accessories designer Lulu Guinness this spring, to bring StyleNest readers an exciting and exclusive competition. Enter here for free and be in with a chance of winning 1 of only 4 ever made, limited edition handbags.

model wears Lulu Guinness Bag

Best-loved British designer Lulu Guinness has been charming the fashion industry and many an A-lister with her quirky designs for decades. From humble beginnings designing the first ever briefcase for us ladies, Lulu Guinness has grown into a globally successful brand, regularly spotted on the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Katy Perry and Alexa Chung.

This spring, we’ve joined forces with Lulu Guinness to give one lucky reader the chance to own a Limited Edition Izzy Satchel. Only four of these statement bags have been put into production, so whoever wins will be the proud owner of some genuine Lulu Guinness history.

In colour-popping neon yellow, it’s the perfect arm candy to add a punch of summer to downtime denim or enhance pretty florals. And finished in patent leather it exudes Lulu’s ladylike aesthetic, with a modern, playful twist. Wear over the arm or cross-body like a satchel, for a versatile, everyday essential.

To be in with a chance of winning this Limited Edition Bag, simply fill in your details below.

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The Corinthia Hotel London Launches The Sleep Menu http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/food-news/80504/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/food-news/80504/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:17:03 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80504 The Corinthia Hotel London launches the Sleep Menu for the ‘Power of Sleep’ project. We all know how important a decent night’s sleep is, however, achieving that perfect eight hours is often a different story. With both work and family pressures, often catching a few Z’s turns into a nightmare instead of a dream. The […]

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The Northall Restaurant Corinthia Hotel LondonThe Corinthia Hotel London launches the Sleep Menu for the ‘Power of Sleep’ project.

We all know how important a decent night’s sleep is, however, achieving that perfect eight hours is often a different story. With both work and family pressures, often catching a few Z’s turns into a nightmare instead of a dream.

The Corinthia Hotel London aims to welcome all guests with a night of quality sleep. Executive chef Garry Hollihead has teamed up with nutritional therapist Jeannette Hyde to help design the Sleep Menu, available at the Northall restaurant.

With an offering of high quality, British sourced ingredients, the Sleep Menu is based upon four principles. Including a portion of protein helps balance blood sugar levels and avoid cravings for stimulants as well as food rich in proteins containing amino acid tryptophan which is used to make the sleep hormone melatonin. Foods such as salmon, haddock, eggs, pumpkin seeds and walnut oil are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids and important for brain health and lastly, foods rich in magnesium help to relax the muscles and mind.

And it doesn’t stop there, wake up to a healthy start and tuck into the most important meal of the day with a breakfast menu offering dishes such as blueberry protein shake with flaxseed, almonds, Brazil nits and walnuts and Bircher muesli, designed to promote a healthy sleep from waking.

“There are many factors which can disrupt sleep, but eating food of excellent provenance containing quality proteins, vitamins, and minerals can only be a good thing if you want to feel better and sleep better.  The food on this menu has been sourced by executive chef Garry Hollihead from the best, small, artisanal, food producers in the UK, keeping air miles down and nutrient-density high” - Jeannette Hyde, nutritional therapist.

For those who sometimes crave a bedtime treat or midnight snack, guests can order sunflower seed butter, banana and pumpkinseed cookie with Horlicks milk or Valerian tea, perfect to help generate, served in their bedrooms or in The Northhall.

For a stylish night’s sleep, visit the Corinthia Hotel London.

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Prada SS14 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/get-the-look/prada-ss14/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/get-the-look/prada-ss14/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:21:55 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80681 Take inspiration straight from the Prada SS14 show, from poster paint hues to artist inspired prints. StyleNest show you how to get the look. One of the standout shows of SS14 was without a doubt Prada. The Italian fashion house, headed up by Miuccia Prada has a knack of taking something deemed completely unworthy of […]

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Take inspiration straight from the Prada SS14 show, from poster paint hues to artist inspired prints. StyleNest show you how to get the look.

One of the standout shows of SS14 was without a doubt Prada. The Italian fashion house, headed up by Miuccia Prada has a knack of taking something deemed completely unworthy of sartorial translation, and creating it into something chic, trend setting and ready to be imitated by all.

This season, Miuccia chose art. As the show venue was transformed into an art gallery, murals lining the walls by artists, El Mac, Mesa, Gabriel Specter, Stinkfish, Jeanne Detallante and Pierre Mornet; models took to the catwalk in Peter Blake-esque Pop Art prints and hues.

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Béarnaise Sauce http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/family-friendly-recipes/bearnaise-sauce/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/family-friendly-recipes/bearnaise-sauce/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:00:07 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=78646 Always wanted to make a delicious sauce for your steak from the comfort of your own home? Look no further than this easy Béarnaise Sauce recipe. This delicious and rich French sauce is perfect to drizzle over your steak. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 5minutes What you’ll need: 100ml white wine vinegar 1 shallot, chopped 3 […]

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bernaise Always wanted to make a delicious sauce for your steak from the comfort of your own home? Look no further than this easy Béarnaise Sauce recipe.

This delicious and rich French sauce is perfect to drizzle over your steak.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 5minutes

What you’ll need:

  • 100ml white wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 3 tbsp of tarragon, chopped
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 120g warm melted butter
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

What to do:

  1. Put the vinegar, shallot, 2 tablespoons of tarragon (keep one for later) and a little salt in a saucepan and boil until reduced by half.
  2. Strain into a large bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. Add a teaspoon of water to the beaten egg yolks and add the eggs to the cooled vinegar with the lemon juice.
  4. Set the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water (the water shouldn’t touch the bottom of the bowl) and whisk until the egg yolks have thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  5. Carefully remove the bowl from the heat and slowly pour in the warm melted butter, whisking vigorously as you go. You can use an electric whisk to do this.
  6. Once all the butter is added and you have a thick and smooth consistency, stir in the remaining tarragon, season to taste and serve.

 

Recipe by Quality Meat Scotland

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Curious Collection: Industrial Style Furniture Meets Country Living http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/interiors-ideas/curious-collection-industrial-style-furniture-meets-country-living/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/interiors-ideas/curious-collection-industrial-style-furniture-meets-country-living/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:47:55 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80616 Be inspired by Very.co.uk’s Curious Collection this spring, and merge industrial style furniture with country home classics. Transform your home into a curious cavern this springtime, with Very.co.uk’s eclectic Curious Collection. Bringing together the tradition of a countryside home with heavy wood furniture and heritage checks, and mixing it with industrial details, from tripod floor […]

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Be inspired by Very.co.uk’s Curious Collection this spring, and merge industrial style furniture with country home classics.

Transform your home into a curious cavern this springtime, with Very.co.uk’s eclectic Curious Collection. Bringing together the tradition of a countryside home with heavy wood furniture and heritage checks, and mixing it with industrial details, from tripod floor lamps to steel stools; this look will add a stylish, eclectic mix to your living space.

From the bedroom to the bathroom, the living room to a family kitchen, the beauty of this collection is that it works throughout the entire home. Revamp multiple rooms or simple spruce up one this spring.

For more industrial home ideas for the kitchen, click here. 

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Win A Ted Baker Bag Worth Over £250 With Very.co.uk http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-ted-baker-bag-worth-250-co-uk/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-ted-baker-bag-worth-250-co-uk/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:42:40 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80314 StyleNest have teamed up with the style savvy online retailer Very.co.uk to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Ted Baker tote bag worth over £250.  Launched in 2009 Very.co.uk is a fun and friendly destination, which aims to make the world of style more accessible for shoppers. Sophisticated and stylish, the Ted Baker […]

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StyleNest have teamed up with the style savvy online retailer Very.co.uk to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Ted Baker tote bag worth over £250. 

Very.co.ukLaunched in 2009 Very.co.uk is a fun and friendly destination, which aims to make the world of style more accessible for shoppers.

Sophisticated and stylish, the Ted Baker Metal Bar Tote Bag offers the perfect transeasonal accessory. From boardroom to bar, carry your iPad in style with this on trend tote, perfect for making a statement both day and night.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or know exactly what you want, Very.co.uk offers the latest in style with high street collaborations with Fearne Cotton as well as boardroom to bar brands such as Love label.

And with Very.co.uk, the world of shopping is your oyster. From womenswear to menswear, childrenswear and toys, you can also shop beauty, gifts, games, electricals, sports, jewellery as well as home and garden.

The one stop shop for all your summer essentials. Whether you’re looking for a Spring Summer 2014 wardrobe makeover or a spot of garden grooming, Very.co.uk offers a range of summer must-haves that will see you through from this season to the next.

So whether you’re having a garden party or preparing for vacation, summer in style this Spring Summer 2014 with Very.co.uk.

For your chance to win a Ted Baker Metal bar Tote Bag worth over £250 with Very.co.uk simply enter your details below.

Please note: By entering this competition you agree to the full terms and conditions and your details will be shared with Very.co.uk to keep you updated on all their latest news and offers.

Terms & Conditions

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  • Automated entries are not allowed and will be disqualified.
  • The winner will be the first correct entry drawn after the closing date 14.05.14
  • The StyleNest and Very.co.uk competition opens on 16.04.14 and closes on 14.05.14
  • The winner will have seven (7) days to respond in full to the email or another winner will be drawn
  • The prize is non-transferable, non-negotiable and no cash alternative will be offered
  • Spammers will be disqualified

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You Big Softie http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/big-softie/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/big-softie/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:12:27 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80536 StyleNest’s weekly beauty columnist, Eleanor Tucker talks us through the best body creams to get your pins into tip top condition for spring.  Who got their legs out for the first time this week? Mine, along with a most unsavoury amount of hair, had an area of light scaliness on each shin, suggesting that I […]

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StyleNest’s weekly beauty columnist, Eleanor Tucker talks us through the best body creams to get your pins into tip top condition for spring. 

Who got their legs out for the first time this week? Mine, along with a most unsavoury amount of hair, had an area of light scaliness on each shin, suggesting that I should maybe stay in opaque tights all year round.

But I won’t. And as it’s the long weekend coming up, I thought I’d tell you about my new armoury of pampering body creams and butters currently taking over my bathroom, in anticipation of having a bit more time. By next week, I’ll be bare-leg-ready, just you wait.

First up is a brand you might be more familiar with for hair products: Moroccanoil. Launched this month, their Body Soufflé (£43) from the new body range is just beautiful. It’s light as a feather and smells like the delicious hair products – and indeed contains the same argan oil with all its nourishing properties. Scaliness-busting in the extreme.

Moroccanoil body cream potFrom my new brand crush Ayo comes the Body Crème (£48). Why would you spend a pony (or is it half a ton?) on a cream from a brand you don’t know? I’ll tell you. This is very special – it has one of the best smells ever. Called ‘Salute the sun’, it was created by Azzi Glasser, the name behind loads of well-known fragrances (for clients including Nicole Farhi, Kylie and Agent Provocateur). And the cream itself, well it goes on like a dream. Worth a gamble.

Ayo body cream potTalking of delicious smells, are you familiar with the yummy, citrusy ‘Gravida’ fragrance from Mama Mio, used in their famous stretch mark products? Well it’s also in their new brand Mio’s Future Proof (£35). Your limbs will just drink up this omega-packed body butter, which delivers exactly the 24-hour hydration that it boasts. A real performer.

mama mio beauty product Another butter is from Soapsmith – Lavender Hill Body Butter Melt (£10). I’m struggling to find anything not to like about this new range. Purse-friendly, quirky London names, a little goes a long way… This one is my favourite, as I love a bit of old fashioned lavender, offset with jasmine so you don’t smell like your granny’s knickers drawer.

Soapsmith lavender body cream pot

Finally, my new obsession: Steamcream (£12.95). Beautiful little eco-friendly limited edition tins of a powerful but lightweight (thanks to the steam process used to make it) cream. You can use it on face, body, hair, children… I plan never to be without a tin from this moment on.

Steamcream tinCatch up on the Beauty Bird’s column from last week, taking us through her spring makeup bag essentials. 

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Personalised Beatrix Potter Prints at Selfridges http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/gift-ideas/personalised-beatrix-potter-prints-selfridges/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/gift-ideas/personalised-beatrix-potter-prints-selfridges/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:47:41 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80513 This spring, personalised Beatrix Potter prints will be available at Selfridges stores nationwide, as the much-loved children’s series launches a children’s art collection. From April 10th head to one of Selfridges’ department stores for a children’s gift little ones will treasure forever. For the first time in the Beatrix Potter series’ 100year history, the children’s […]

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Beatrix Potter prints This spring, personalised Beatrix Potter prints will be available at Selfridges stores nationwide, as the much-loved children’s series launches a children’s art collection.

From April 10th head to one of Selfridges’ department stores for a children’s gift little ones will treasure forever. For the first time in the Beatrix Potter series’ 100year history, the children’s book collection, which brought us the likes of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, has released a series of beautiful and personalised prints.

The Beatrix Potter publishers have teamed up with personalised print specialists, ART YOU GREW UP WITH, and together will be popping up in the iconic department store to take some of Potter’s most treasured characters and have them customised uniquely for little ones.

A range of print styles are on offer, starting with the ‘Love His Mummy’ frame available with Peter Rabbit and Mrs. Rabbit, ‘Loves Her Mummy’, available with Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. Or, why not invest in the family print, which can be personalised with your surname. Not only will the prints delight little ones, but they’re sure to trigger a few of your own story time tales from childhood.

Also available in the range is the ‘His/Her Friend’ collection, which comes with a wealth of classic Potter characters, from Benjamin Bunny to Tittlemouse, Jeremy Fisher to Squirrel Nutkin, and of course, who could forget, little Peter Rabbit.

The perfect addition to a children’s bedroom or the family nursery.

The Beatrix Potter Personalised Print collection will be available in Selfridges stores from 10 April 2014. Prices range from £14.99 – £149.99. 

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