StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:04:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Bunk Beds for Kids http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/best-of-home-and-garden/bunk-beds-kids/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/best-of-home-and-garden/bunk-beds-kids/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:04:00 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80655 StyleNest have rounded up the best bunk beds for kids to ensure your little ones have fun whilst also ensuring you get the most out of your space.  If your little one has reached the sleepover age, or you are trying to find a fun and innovative way for your little ones to share a […]

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StyleNest have rounded up the best bunk beds for kids to ensure your little ones have fun whilst also ensuring you get the most out of your space. 

If your little one has reached the sleepover age, or you are trying to find a fun and innovative way for your little ones to share a room, then it may well be time to invest in a brilliant bunk bed. From multifunctional bed and desk combos to a tree house bed, StyleNest roundup the best of the bunks.

Click here to read StyleNest’s kids pattern interiors ideas.

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Keep It Clean http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/keep-clean/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/keep-clean/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:33:58 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80805 I’m not proud. My standards, hygiene wise, have plummeted since I’ve had kids. But there are still times when I can’t help feeling a bit icky if I’ve not really washed my mitts properly. You know how it is: the public toilets at that farm park that smelled like goat. The time when you were […]

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I’m not proud. My standards, hygiene wise, have plummeted since I’ve had kids. But there are still times when I can’t help feeling a bit icky if I’ve not really washed my mitts properly.

You know how it is: the public toilets at that farm park that smelled like goat. The time when you were chopping chicken and then had to wipe the toddler’s nose as a matter of urgency. We’ve all been there. So here are my current top five germ busters that help you do the clean hand thing in style…

First up are Method handwashes. I love these. My favourites are the ‘Designed For Good’ in Mimosa Sun and Botanical Garden (£2.50 each), a brand new duo that are free from any animal products and also safe for cleaning up after your pets. Although the only small muddy creatures that pass through my kitchen are human, that sounds good to me.

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Out and about, I keep a hand sanitiser in every bag. My smart handbag (i.e. not stained with Petit Filous) contains Jurlique’s Moisturising Hand Sanitiser (£5 for the small one), which is great when you encounter a pub loo that doesn’t look like it’s been checked hourly, or indeed that day. It smells gorgeously herbal, doesn’t leave your hands tight and looks posh too.

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In my work/kids handbag (the one I use the most) I keep Dr Bronner’s new Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray (£2.99), which works a treat on both the little ones and me. No harsh chemicals – just a blend of organic ethanol, glycerin, water and organic lavender oil. It spritzes on with a lovely lavender waft and none of that horrible drying hand gel nonsense.

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For the hardcore baby changing bag (which I’ve been able to partially retire, but it still serves on day trips for changes of clothes and wipes), I have Aquaint Sanitising Water from Vital Baby (£2.49). This is great because you can use it on your hands, but also other surfaces like mucky high chairs in cafes or changing tables. Invaluable.

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And finally, one to watch out for when it launches on May 1stLanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream (£8.99). Containing lanolin and aloe vera, it forms an antibacterial ‘liquid glove’ that instantly kills 99.9% of germs, while moisturising rather than drying out. It smells fresh and doesn’t leave a greasy film either. A kitchen sink-side essential.

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F&F Clothing Pre-Summer Sale http://www.stylenest.co.uk/offers/ff-clothing-pre-summer-sale/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/offers/ff-clothing-pre-summer-sale/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:41:54 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80796 In desperate need of a spring / summer wardrobe update? Take advantage of F&F’s 30% off pre-summer sale. It’s that time of year when we can feel a little out of pocket, especially after the Easter holiday activities, spring weekends away and having booked the family summer holiday. However, thanks to F&F’s pre-summer sale you […]

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Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 11.29.59In desperate need of a spring / summer wardrobe update? Take advantage of F&F’s 30% off pre-summer sale.

It’s that time of year when we can feel a little out of pocket, especially after the Easter holiday activities, spring weekends away and having booked the family summer holiday. However, thanks to F&F’s pre-summer sale you can treat yourself to a new summer wardrobe for the forthcoming holidays and warmer months without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re looking for a pretty prom dress for all your summer occasions, a statement tropical piece for holidays or a classic summery maxi dress to see you through the summer months, F&F is offering the best of both world’s with a collection of beautiful, affordable dresses at 30% off.

We’re big fans of their dainty floral tea dresses, ideal for festivals and garden parties and have our eyes firmly on several pairs of their printed trousers.

F&F never compromise on style and always offer both trend lead and classic pieces at affordable prices. Daisy print is huge for SS14 so you can’t go wrong with F&F’s take on the feminine pattern in the form of a flattering drop waist summer dress for £22. Or why not opt for a classic white cotton dress for only £30?

The sale is also available on a variety of men’s formal wear, just in time for Royal Ascot in June and any upcoming summer weddings. A two pack of grey skinny ties for £5 will give any suit a stylish and contemporary touch, and slim fit suit jackets and trousers in a variety of colours are available for a staggeringly low £20.

With the kids back in school for the final stretch of the school year, now’s a perfect time for some well-deserved retail therapy before the summer madness begins.

Click here to see the full 30% women’s collection

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The Adventures of Mr T http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/the-parent-corner/mummy-mode/adventures-mr-t/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/the-parent-corner/mummy-mode/adventures-mr-t/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:02:44 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80793 By now I’ve definitely reached the conclusion that little ones rarely do anything other than keep us on our toes. This was proven recently by Lyla questioning why I was wearing Daddy’s trousers when I put on a pair of boyfriend jeans. And, Theo looking at me with disgust during the Easter bunny hunt as […]

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By now I’ve definitely reached the conclusion that little ones rarely do anything other than keep us on our toes. This was proven recently by Lyla questioning why I was wearing Daddy’s trousers when I put on a pair of boyfriend jeans. And, Theo looking at me with disgust during the Easter bunny hunt as I called him my gorgeous little boy, before crossly exclaiming that he is in fact, ‘a dinosaur’.

The day to day happy chaos reached new, terrifying heights on Monday night when Mr T became quite unwell. Hearing him screaming in pain two hours after he fell asleep, it quickly became clear something seemed wrong. Trying to get Theo to properly wake up, he started to stiffen and the shouts of agony continued, alongside him clutching his head. Soon it became apparent that an ambulance was the safest option. The first response team were there within five minutes, and with their concern joining ours, they called for the paramedics to get to us as soon as possible. By this point, Chris and I were concealing all parental fears in a bid to calm Theo. Bundled into the ambulance, I was strapped down with Theo while we held an oxygen tube near his nose. It may have been the combination of blankets and over-heated child piled on top of me, plus the backwards facing journey after three Creme Eggs, but I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so sick.

He finally fell fast asleep, right before we reached the hospital. Pulling into A+E, I could feel the anxiety rising. That, and the guilt about his mis-matched pyjamas with fetching Weetabix pattern. It also probably wasn’t the best night for T to be wearing Disney Princess pull-ups which I’d found stuffed at the back of Lyla’s wardrobe.

Just as we were about to get out, Theo sat up, looked around bright as a button and said ‘Ooh Mummy, we’re here.’ Challenge complete – parents firmly shocked out of our Bank Holiday wits. And minus the heart-stopping fear, to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Maybe this T-Rex just had a few too many chocolate eggs.

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Very’s Summer Collection http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/best-of-fashion/verys-summer-collection/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/best-of-fashion/verys-summer-collection/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:25:32 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80789 We’ve picked a few essentials from Very’s summer collections to see you through the warmer months in style. Whether you’re jetting off to warmer climes or are having a good old British summer at home – we’ve picked a few must have pieces to see you through the summer. From classic tea dresses to leopard […]

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We’ve picked a few essentials from Very’s summer collections to see you through the warmer months in style.

Whether you’re jetting off to warmer climes or are having a good old British summer at home – we’ve picked a few must have pieces to see you through the summer.

From classic tea dresses to leopard print sandals, statement sunnies to classic totes – shop our edit of new season collections.

Click here to browse the SS14 pastel trend   

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Blueberry & Lavender Cake Recipe http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/blueberry-lavender-cake-recipe/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/blueberry-lavender-cake-recipe/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:30:42 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=79685 Bring the SS14 pastel trend to the kitchen this Spring with this fruity and delightful Blueberry & Lavender Cake recipe.  Serves: 12 Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes What you’ll need:  Cake: 175g unsalted butter, room temperature 175g caster sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 225g self raising flour, sieved 150g […]

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Lavander Cake PostBring the SS14 pastel trend to the kitchen this Spring with this fruity and delightful Blueberry & Lavender Cake recipe. 

Serves: 12

Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

What you’ll need: 

Cake:

  • 175g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self raising flour, sieved
  • 150g Rachel’s Greek Style low fat natural yogurt 150g fresh blueberries

Lavender Syrup:

  • 60g caster sugar
  • 40ml water
  • 3 sprigs of fresh lavender including flowers

Lavender & Blueberry Icing:

  • 250g unsalted butter, room temperature 750g icing sugar, sieved
  • 75g Rachel’s fat free blueberry yogurt Drop of milk
  • 10g food colouring (violet food gel, we used Dr Oetker)

To Decorate:

  • Fresh Lavender or lavender sugar

What to do: 

  • Grease three 6” (15.2cm) round loose bottom cake tins and line with parchment paper. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to whisk after each addition. Add the vanilla extract followed by the flour
  • Fold in the yogurt and blueberries ensuring good distribution
  • Pour the mixture into the cake tins evenly and bake until risen, golden brown and springy to touch. Insert a cake tester into the centre of each cake and if it comes out clean the cakes are cooked
  • Transfer the cakes to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before removing from the tins
  • To make the lavender syrup, take a small pan and add all the ingredients, simmer on high heat for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool
  • To make the lavender and blueberry icing, beat the butter with the icing sugar until a paste is formed.
  • Add the yogurt and mix in. If the icing paste seems stiff, add a drop of milk. Add the food colouring and continue to beat on high speed ensuring all the colour is incorporated and the mixture is not streaky
  • To assemble take each cake, remove the parchment paper and place onto the serving plate, drizzle with 1
  • tablespoon of lavender syrup, allow to soak into the cake then spread a quarter of the icing onto the cake, spreading it to the edges, using a palette knife. Repeat this process with the second and third cake, layering with syrup and then icing. With the remaining icing – ice the top and sides of the cake and spread smoothly
  • Decorate with fresh lavender sprigs (if available) or with lavender sugar (widely available in stores such as Lakeland or major supermarkets)

Recipe by Rachel’s

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Holiday Beauty Products http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/best-of-beauty/holiday-beauty-products/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/best-of-beauty/holiday-beauty-products/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:38:02 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80571 Ensure your suitcase is filled with our top rated holiday beauty products to keep you safe in the sun and ensure you beach body ready.  From essential sunscreen to body sculpting lotions, StyleNest roundup the best holiday beauty products to see you through the summer and guarantee you a sun-kissed golden tan. Click here to […]

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Ensure your suitcase is filled with our top rated holiday beauty products to keep you safe in the sun and ensure you beach body ready. 

From essential sunscreen to body sculpting lotions, StyleNest roundup the best holiday beauty products to see you through the summer and guarantee you a sun-kissed golden tan.

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Exclusive Clarks Competition http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/exclusive-clarks-competition/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/exclusive-clarks-competition/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:23:34 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80696 StyleNest have teamed up with Clarks for a SS14 giveaway. One lucky reader could win £200 to spend online and in store.  Gone are the days when Clarks put comfort and functionality over style. The iconic British shoe store is putting a fashionable foot forward this SS14, with a collection that includes a collaboration with […]

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StyleNest have teamed up with Clarks for a SS14 giveaway. One lucky reader could win £200 to spend online and in store. 

Clarks SS14

Gone are the days when Clarks put comfort and functionality over style. The iconic British shoe store is putting a fashionable foot forward this SS14, with a collection that includes a collaboration with Orla Kiely, neon sandals, leopard print and trend-led totes.

With new pieces dropping all the time, a mid-season sale and free delivery, there’s never been a better time to shop at Clarks and update your wardrobe for the new season ahead.

The SS14 collection is stronger than ever and there are a few key pieces that the StyleNest team have their eyes on, including the white Smart Deva mid-heel sandal (the heel of the season) and the Alicia Ava leopard print slippers.

 

To celebrate the new season and all these great offers, Clarks are offering one lucky StyleNest reader the chance to win a £200 voucher to spend on shoes and accessories of their choosing.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter your details below. 

Terms & Conditions:

  • Please click here for full StyleNest Terms & Conditions.
  • Automated entries are not allowed and will be disqualified.
  • The winner will be the first correct entry drawn after the closing date 22.05.14
  • The StyleNest and Clarks competition opens on 22.04.14 and closes on 22.05.14
  • 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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Modern Contemporary Furniture http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/best-of-home-and-garden/modern-contemporary-furniture/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/best-of-home-and-garden/modern-contemporary-furniture/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:49:32 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=80747 Update your living space this spring with StyleNest’s roundup of the best contemporary furniture. From high-end classics you’ll treasure forever, to modern, purse-friendly updates; we’ve handpicked the best furniture pieces to add a little contemporary cool to your home. Look to cubic design details, geometric shapes and a stark, modernist colour palette of greys, white […]

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Update your living space this spring with StyleNest’s roundup of the best contemporary furniture.

From high-end classics you’ll treasure forever, to modern, purse-friendly updates; we’ve handpicked the best furniture pieces to add a little contemporary cool to your home.

Look to cubic design details, geometric shapes and a stark, modernist colour palette of greys, white and black.

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Frozen Yogurt Drops http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/healthy-recipes/frozen-yogurt-drops/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/healthy-recipes/frozen-yogurt-drops/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:30:39 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=79690 The kids will love these tasty and colourful frozen yogurt drops and they’re  great as a healthy alternative to sweets.  What you’ll need:  Any flavour of low-fat natural/greek yogurt What to do:  Line a baking tray with clingfilm and place it in the freezer Once the tray is ice-cold, fill a piping bag with your […]

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Drops PostThe kids will love these tasty and colourful frozen yogurt drops and they’re  great as a healthy alternative to sweets. 

What you’ll need: 

Any flavour of low-fat natural/greek yogurt

What to do: 

  • Line a baking tray with clingfilm and place it in the freezer
  • Once the tray is ice-cold, fill a piping bag with your chosen yogurt flavour and pipe small rounds of yogurt on to the tray
  • Freeze for at least 2 hours until completely hard
  • Remove from the baking tray and serve immediately, or repeat the process with another yogurt flavour for a variety of colourful drops

Recipe by Rachel’s

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