StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:30:36 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Petit Bateau AW14 Classicshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/best-of-fashion/petit-bateau-aw14-classics/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/best-of-fashion/petit-bateau-aw14-classics/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:30:36 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86785 StyleNest roundup the best A/W 14 classics from Petit Bateau to ensure your winter wardrobe is both practical and stylishly on point. From the all essential raincoat to a sailor-stripe breton, StyleNest roundup the best winter wardrobe saviours that will help you get through the season in style. Click here for your chance to win […]

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StyleNest roundup the best A/W 14 classics from Petit Bateau to ensure your winter wardrobe is both practical and stylishly on point.

From the all essential raincoat to a sailor-stripe breton, StyleNest roundup the best winter wardrobe saviours that will help you get through the season in style.

Click here for your chance to win £250 to spend at Petit Bateau

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Q Grill Camdenhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/restaurants/q-grill-camden/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/restaurants/q-grill-camden/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:20:58 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86732 Q Grill in Camden, the stylish BBQ restaurant and bar, recently launched their tempting Weekend Brunch. With a slight twist to Q Grill’s usual mid morning offerings, the new brunch menu even gives diners a chance to mix up their own Bloody Mary at the designated Bloody Mary station. Seasonal favourites are on the menu, […]

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Q Grill, CamdenQ Grill in Camden, the stylish BBQ restaurant and bar, recently launched their tempting Weekend Brunch. With a slight twist to Q Grill’s usual mid morning offerings, the new brunch menu even gives diners a chance to mix up their own Bloody Mary at the designated Bloody Mary station.

Seasonal favourites are on the menu, such as Grilled Broccoli with St George Mushrooms and a Fried Duck Egg, Waffles with Sweet Cured Bacon and Maple Syrup and the delicious Josper Fry Up. Or, for the classic brunch fan, more traditional brunch options are available; including bacon or sausage butties, Eggs Benedict, fresh fruit, yoghurt, pastries, granola and homemade bread. If you’re in need of liquid refreshment, Q’s brilliant bar staff will whip up their Bourbon and Malteser Milkshake or pour out a pitcher of Micheladas. For brunch with a bigger kick, Gin and Vodka Cobblers can be arranged.

StyleNest headed to Q Grill Camden recently, tucking into some late afternoon food. Showcasing a tempting menu of fish and meat dishes, each are cooked in the charcoal pit grill, oven or house smoker. Stepping off the street into Q Grill, you immediately notice the chic urban décor, complete with perfectly chilled out vibe. Ideal for relaxing over brunch, lunch or dinner, the bar is also the perfect destination for cocktails. Elderflower, Gin and Cointreau concoction The Cure does exactly what it says on the tin; an absolute winner and impossible to have just one.

Sampling the Charred Hot Wings and Q Burger with Smoked Cheddar Avocado and Fries, both the food and atmosphere were unbeatable. Devouring the Bulleit Bourbon and Pecan Tart for dessert, and already dreaming up which dishes to try next time, we will be sure to return.

Be it brunch, drinks or dinner, Q Grill Camden is a must-visit restaurant and bar city hotspot.

q-grill.co.uk 

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Pomegranate, elderflower and strawberry mascarpone layer cakehttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/pomegranate-elderflower-and-strawberry-mascarpone-layer-cake/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/pomegranate-elderflower-and-strawberry-mascarpone-layer-cake/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:30:30 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86670 With Breast Cancer Awareness month approaching, what better way to raise awareness than with a slice of cake. Makes: 10 slices Preparation time: 1 hour Cooking time: 30 minutes What You’ll Need: 225g softened butter 225g golden caster sugar 4 large free range eggs, lightly beaten 225g self-raising flour 2 tsps baking powder 150g strawberries, […]

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bottlepink cake no bottleWith Breast Cancer Awareness month approaching, what better way to raise awareness than with a slice of cake.

Makes: 10 slices

Preparation time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 30 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 225g softened butter
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large free range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 150g strawberries, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp bottlegreen pomegranate & elderflower cordial

Icing

  • 100g softened butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 250g Mascarpone cheese
  • 100g strawberries, plus a few extra for decoration
  • 1 pomegranate or 50g prepared seeds, reserve a few for decoration
  • 2 tbsp bottlegreen pomegranate and elderflower cordial
  • Few drops pink colouring
  • 14g freeze dried strawberries

Topping

  • 150g white chocolate

What To Do:

  • Place the chopped strawberries into a saucepan; add the cordial and gently heat for a few minutes, cool
  • Pre heat oven to 180c, gas mark 4, grease and line 3 x 18 cm cake tins
  • Place the butter and sugar in a food mixer and beat until light and fluffy, gradually add the eggs a little at a time, beating between each addition
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder together and stir into the cake mixture followed by the cooled strawberries and a little pink food colouring. Divide between the tins, level and bake for approx 25-30 mins until the cakes are golden, risen and spring back when lightly pressed. Leave to cool a little in the tins then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rackTo make the buttercream beat the butter and icing sugar together with the cordial, add the mascarpone and a little food colouring to get the desired pink colour, divide the mixture in half and add the remaining finely chopped strawberries and pomegranate to one half
  • Break the chocolate into even pieces and place in a heatproof bowl, put it over a pan of simmering water and allow to gently melt
  • To assemble the cake, divide the icing with the fruit in between the layers and pile on top of each other making sure the top is completely flat by turning the cake over to use the underside
  • Spread the remaining icing around the sides of the cake. Place in the fridge to firm up for approx 30 mins -1 hr, carefully press or roll the sides of the cake in the freeze dried strawberries, place on a serving plate. Pour the white chocolate (it shouldn’t be too hot or runny) over the top allowing it to just drip over the edges, allow to set
  • Decorate with the white chocolate bark if using and the reserved strawberries and pomegranate

Cook’s tip: To make white chocolate, pistachio and strawberry bark to decorate, simply melt 100g white chocolate, pour onto a greased and lined baking sheet and spread evenly, sprinkle over freeze dried strawberries and chopped pistachios with skins removed, allow to set, then break into shards and arrange on top of the cake.

www.bottlegreendrinks.com

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Piccoli & Co Stylish Bedding For The Kidshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/piccoli-co-stylish-bedding-for-the-kids/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/piccoli-co-stylish-bedding-for-the-kids/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:55:50 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86650 If you are looking for inspirational nursery ideas and stylish bed linen then a new nursery store in Clapham should be on your ‘go to’ list. Piccoli & Co offers the most exquisite monogrammed bed linen as well as furniture and accessories. Launched in 2012 by Leo Haynes & Aine D’Souza the brand’s aim is […]

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Piccoli & CoIf you are looking for inspirational nursery ideas and stylish bed linen then a new nursery store in Clapham should be on your ‘go to’ list.

Piccoli & Co offers the most exquisite monogrammed bed linen as well as furniture and accessories. Launched in 2012 by Leo Haynes & Aine D’Souza the brand’s aim is to combine the beauty of Europe and The Hamptons to give a fresh and sophisticated approach to children’s nurseries.

“Piccoli & Co will create pieces that are generational and become family heirlooms handed down through the generations, giving each family the tools to make timeless and comfortable nurseries through sophistication and simplicity,” says Aine.

“Monogramming is a key part of our business, where we went back to my Italian heritage,” explains Leo. “In Italy every family has a set of monogrammed linen in their home. Our vision is bringing and mixing this tradition with a fresh approach and offering this service in welcoming new additions to families.”

It was after Aine’s first daughter was born that the idea for the company began with both women feeling that the children’s market was missing high quality nursery furniture and bedding.

If you want your little one to have the five star hotel experience- then this is the place to go! Embroidered monogrammed pillows and decorative cushions sit alongside classic French inspired furniture and fun prints for the walls. Truly gorgeous upscale bedding, furniture and accessories.

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Petit Bateau Offerhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/offers/petit-bateau-offer/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/offers/petit-bateau-offer/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:26:27 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86742 Valid on all purchases over £75, Petit Bateau are offering shoppers the chance to win a stylish 100% cotton shopper bag while stocks last. The limited edition bag is available to shoppers when you purchase an item from the new A/W collection over £75 or more. And with a range of stylish wardrobe must-haves to […]

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Petit BateauValid on all purchases over £75, Petit Bateau are offering shoppers the chance to win a stylish 100% cotton shopper bag while stocks last.

The limited edition bag is available to shoppers when you purchase an item from the new A/W collection over £75 or more.

And with a range of stylish wardrobe must-haves to choose from, shopping has never been so easy.

From basic tees to cosy knitwear, the new origami boat motif bag worth £20 could be yours for free.

Take to work or use on the weekend for shopping, this limited bag makes for both a stylish and practical A/W wardrobe staple.

For your chance to get your hands on a limited edition origami boat motif shopper bag worth £20, simply enter the code H14SAC at the checkout.

Terms & Conditions

  • Not valid in conjunction with any other offer
  • Valid in Petit Bateau UK stores, in the Selfridges concession and on pegtit-bateau.co.uk by entering code H14SAC at the checkout

Click here to start shopping

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School of Wildhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/days-out/school-of-wild/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/days-out/school-of-wild/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:11:15 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86695 If your kids love being out in the open air, embracing little adventures, then this brand new project will definitely be of interest. Ben Fogle, the renowned broadcaster, traveller and adventurer, has launched a “School of Wild” project at The Lakes by yoo in the Cotswolds, with the aim of teaching children key wilderness skills. Providing […]

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Schoold of WildIf your kids love being out in the open air, embracing little adventures, then this brand new project will definitely be of interest. Ben Fogle, the renowned broadcaster, traveller and adventurer, has launched a “School of Wild” project at The Lakes by yoo in the Cotswolds, with the aim of teaching children key wilderness skills.

Providing hands on experience, the course has been specially designed to educate children and adults about how to embrace the wild world in a fun and traditional environment. Survival techniques and how to live off the land are taught as well as raising an awareness of nature.

Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Lakes by yoo is set in 650-acres of countryside. With six lakes, 200 acres of wild woodland and treks/nature trails the private estate is the ideal retreat- and just a 90 minute drive from London.

As well as creating environmental appreciation through sustainable use of natural resources- Bushcraft skills are also taught at the outdoor school by ‘Wild Woman’ Zoe Atterbury. Her day long course involves fire lighting, shelter building, skinning rabbits and traditional rural skills such as wood carving, bow and arrow making, basket weaving and charcoal creation.

Overall it’s a fantastic way for children to learn about nature and wildlife, create some team building skills and above all have fun!

Ben Fogle’s School of Wild takes place on the following Saturdays-

20th September. 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October.

Halloween special Saturday 1st November

Price: £110 per child

www.schoolofwild.com

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Genesis Crafty Pancake Towerhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/pudding-and-dessert-recipes/genesis-crafty-pancake-tower/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/pudding-and-dessert-recipes/genesis-crafty-pancake-tower/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:30:40 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86621 Celebrate with this beautiful pancake tower stack, ideal for birthday treats and brunch celebrations. What You’ll Need: 400ml whipping cream 4 tablespoons of lemon curd Handful, fresh raspberries and fresh blueberries, or any seasonal fruits you desire! Redcurrants also make a beautiful display Handful, edible petals (optional), you can find stunning varieties online from Sous […]

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Pancake TowerCelebrate with this beautiful pancake tower stack, ideal for birthday treats and brunch celebrations.

What You’ll Need:

  • 400ml whipping cream
    4 tablespoons of lemon curd
  • Handful, fresh raspberries and fresh blueberries, or any seasonal fruits you desire! Redcurrants also make a beautiful display
  • Handful, edible petals (optional), you can find stunning varieties online from Sous Chef (souschef.co.uk)
  • 2 packets Genesis Crafty Big Original Pancakes

What To Do:

  • Whip up your whipping cream until smooth and creamy
  • Marble 4 spoonfuls of lemon curd through your cream
  • The pancakes, fresh fruit and flowers do the rest, simply layer your Genesis Crafty pancakes (12 gives a nice height) with a dollop of lemony goodness and your seasonal fruits and top with edible flowers for a showstopper dessert or afternoon tea treat! It’s a wonderful “cheat” recipe when you want to wow friends but have no time to bake!

Recipe created for Genesis Crafty by lifestyle blogger Coralie Grassin of Teatime in Wonderland

www.genesiscrafty.com

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FitFlop Launch FF2 Collectionhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/fitflop-launch-ff2-collection/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/fitflop-launch-ff2-collection/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:36:29 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86556 Combining precision ergonomics with stylish aesthetics, the first FitFlop sandal was founded seven years ago and the brand hasn’t stopped developing since. We’ve had flip Flops, pumps, designer collaboration and plimsolls and now they’ve launched their most trend lead and stylish collection to date, FF2. Over twenty million pairs have been sold, and it’s no […]

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FitflopCombining precision ergonomics with stylish aesthetics, the first FitFlop sandal was founded seven years ago and the brand hasn’t stopped developing since. We’ve had flip Flops, pumps, designer collaboration and plimsolls and now they’ve launched their most trend lead and stylish collection to date, FF2.

Over twenty million pairs have been sold, and it’s no surprise as the brand have successfully combined style, comfort the best in biomechanics. FitFlop offers a range of comfy-fashion ranges including biomechanically correct flats, properly ergonomic platforms, brilliant boots and flex-around- your-feet sneaker-like silhouettes – all built on the new SupercomFF™ midsole.

If you’re yet to convert, then FF2 could be the collection for you and will leave you waving goodbye to bunions and blisters and saying hello to a stylish shoe that cares.

Made from a deceptively cushioned, double-density material that has been specially ergonomically engineered and shaped to fit under your feet so your shoes really “move” you, the new SypercomFF technology offers a revolution in footwear fashion.

With a range of styles to suit every occasion and every outfit, the new FF2 collection offers footcare fashion at your fingertips.

Channel this season sports-luxe trend with a range of metallic styles or for a take on this season’s coolest print, StyleNest love the FLYTOP high-tops in camouflage, we’ll be wearing ours teamed with a sweatshirt and parka for the ultimate 90s look.

If you blame your shopping stamina on tired feet, then the new FF2 collection offers the perfect solution to all tootsie troubles.

 Click here to shop now www.fitflop.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday 26 Septemberhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-26-september/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-26-september/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:29:33 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86714 For the latest new in this week pieces, look no further than our roundup here…

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For the latest new in this week pieces, look no further than our roundup here…

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Vietnamese inspired rare steak sandwichhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/family-friendly-recipes/vietnamese-inspired-rare-steak-sandwich/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/family-friendly-recipes/vietnamese-inspired-rare-steak-sandwich/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:30:12 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86620 Who can refuse a steak sandwich? And this steak sandwich isn’t any ordinary sandwich either…its Vietnamese inspired and bursting with aromatic flavours. Serves: 4 What You’ll Need: 4 Donald Russell Sirloin Steaks Salt and pepper 2 tbsp sunflower oil, plus enough to coat the steaks 2 tsp white wine vinegar 1 tsp brown sugar ¼ […]

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Donald RussellWho can refuse a steak sandwich? And this steak sandwich isn’t any ordinary sandwich either…its Vietnamese inspired and bursting with aromatic flavours.

Serves: 4

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 Donald Russell Sirloin Steaks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil, plus enough to coat the steaks
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 40-60g fresh salad leaves, e.g. rocket, pea shoots and watercress
  • 2 large ciabatta loaves, toasted, cut in half and opened lengthways
  • ¼ cucumber, cut into ribbons
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and cut into ribbons
  • 4 sprigs fresh coriander leaves

Chili Lime Mayo

  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Zest of ¼ a lime
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 3 sprigs coriander, roughly chopped
  • 3 sprigs parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 sprig mint, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp finely chopped seedless chili
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash soy sauce
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch sugar
  • Mix everything together, and dunk!

What To Do:

  • Allow the steaks to come to room temperature, pat them dry with kitchen paper and brush them all over with sunflower oil.
  • Heat a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan or griddle over a high heat. Cook the steaks on one side for 1-2 minutes, turn and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, until nicely coloured on the outside but still rare inside.
  • Season with salt and pepper and remove to rest in a warm place on a rack, covered with foil, for at least 5 minutes.
  • Combine the oil, vinegar and sugar in a bowl. Add the chili, shallots, parsley, coriander, carrot and cucumber ribbons and salad leaves, toss to coat and season to taste. Slice the steaks diagonally against the grain into thin strips and mix with the dressed salad.
  • To serve, arrange the steak and salad equally into the ciabatta loaves.
  • Serve with chunky chips and some Chili Lime Mayo to dunk them in.

www.donaldrussell.com

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