Monday, 15 January 2018

Beat the Blues...

Blue Monday
So, Christmas is over, you’ve made and probably broken at least one new year’s resolution, the nights are long and cold, and you’re feeling a little blue…

Well, you aren’t the only one! It was calculated that Blue Monday (this year, January 15th) is officially the most glum and depressing day of the year. If you’re feeling a little gloomy today, here are a few suggestions on how to make your Monday a little less blue!

Spend time with your favourite people
After a busy festive period, it can be easy to get bogged down with the day to day. It’s important to stop and spend time with the people in your life who really matter and make you happy. Arrange a catch-up with friends, date night with your partner or a bit of extra time doing fun stuff with the kids.

Studies have also found that doing good things for other people makes us feel happier. Paying it forwards, and making other people happy also makes us happier, so why not treat someone special in your life? If you’re looking for that extra-special gift with a personal touch, Studio offers free personalisation on thousands of items, check out our range of personalised gifts here...

Take care of yourself too!
If you’re feeling a bit burned out this month, be sure to schedule some ‘me time’ – have a long soak in the bath, watch your favourite film or TV series, and if you’re after some serious rest and relaxation you’ve got the perfect excuse to book a spa day! We've got a huge range of health and beauty products for you to choose from here at Studio, so all you need to do is prepare to pamper! 

Eating well and exercising is also proven to boost serotonin levels and make you feel happier and more energetic. Even if you didn’t get off to the best start this January, it isn’t too late to make some changes. Check out our top tips for making healthy changes you can really stick to this year... 

Don't forget a great nights sleep will also do you the world of good and we have everything you need to create the perfect boudoir! From bedding to mattresses, we have it all at Studio. Shop our bedroom range here...

Get back to nature
It’s always tempting to stay indoors for most of winter, but being outside can really improve your mood. It might still be cold outside, but a brisk walk could be just what you need to blow away the cobwebs – just make sure to wrap up warm! Check out our range of practical and stylish winter coats here. 

Grab a bargain!
We all like a good bargain, don’t we? Retail therapy is a great mood booster, but if you’re feeling the pinch a little after Christmas don’t worry, our Blue Monday Madness has an extra up to 25% off a range of feel good products, so you can treat yourself without breaking the bank. Head over to between 6pm and 8pm tonight and grab yourself a bargain!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Health and Fitness - made easy!

Christmas is over for another year. The season of eating, drinking and overindulgence has fizzled out with the last of the prosecco, and your jeans are feeling a little bit tighter… right? Maybe you’ve already made a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and get fit. Or maybe you’re a bit sceptical of everything New Year, New You, since nobody ever sticks at that stuff anyway… do they?

This year, you can buck the trend of broken New Year’s Resolutions and failed January diets. It could be simpler than you think to make some easy and practical changes that you can really stick at!

Check out our top tips for a healthier you all year…

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring!
If you have plans for a New Year’s diet filled with plain lettuce and carrot sticks, you’ll probably fall off the wagon before January is over. There are loads of healthy recipes that taste amazing too. There are some great websites for easy tasty recipes, check out some here  Make sure you have all the right equipment for to make homemade and healthy food and snacks to keep you satisfied.

A blender is great for making smoothies packed with fruit and vegetables, and can also be used to blend homemade soups and sauces. 

A multi-cooker is a great alternative to the traditional slow cooker – you can still make tasty stews and one-pot recipes, but you also have the option to steam, boil, grill, fry and more!  

Fitness doesn’t have to be hard work!
Save yourself a twelve-month gym membership that you’ll feel guilty about not using, and invest in some home gym equipment. When it’s cold and miserable outside, you can get fit without leaving the house. Put on your best motivational playlist, or even catch up on Corrie while you work off those mince pies and turkey sandwiches.

Don’t forget, the little things add up. Even going for a quick walk at lunch, or taking the stairs can add up over the week. Getting a good night’s sleep also makes you less likely to overeat the next day. An Activity Tracker is a great way to measure how active you are throughout the day and keep track of your progress, plus loads of other great features like sleep tracking, alarms and notifications from your phone and social media apps.

This year, ditch the old track pants and baggy t-shirt stuffed away at the back of your wardrobe, because right now you have the perfect excuse to get a brand-new outfit.  Finding the perfect outfit can be a great confidence boost and there are loads of styles available, designed to look great and stand up to a range of activities – so get shopping

Healthy doesn’t have to mean restrictive!
Even if you’re on a health kick, you can still treat yourself. January can be a grey, depressing month and it’s easy to fall back into bad habits. Make healthier versions of your favourite treat meals by substituting some ingredients for healthier alternatives, or cooking your meals with less fat. An Air Fryer is a great way to prepare your favourite fried foods with little or no oil.

Instead of a Friday night takeaway, why not treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the bath or a home spa treatment? Reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in by kicking back and having some ‘me time’ –  without the calories!

If at first you don’t succeed… don’t be so hard on yourself!
It’s important to remember your quest to get healthier is a journey, and every little step forward is progress. Falling off the bandwagon with a packet of biscuits, or a few days off your new exercise regime isn’t the end of the world. As long as you keep going with a positive attitude, you can make 2018 your healthiest, happiest year yet! 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Will you be celebrating this year's Festival of Sleep?

So, what is the Festival of Sleep?

An unofficial holiday dedicated to catching up on sleep after the holiday season! Sleep is important for your health and well-being, and yet so many of us don’t get enough of it. If you struggle to switch off and get enough shut-eye, check out our top tips for getting a great night’s sleep...

Stick to a schedule
This is often easier said than done, but if you can keep the same bedtime and wake up around the same time (even at weekends) it will help regulate your body clock and make it easier to wind down and fall asleep.

Stay active during the day
Go for a walk, swim or take an exercise class you enjoy, and by bedtime you should feel a lot more rested. If you’re looking for exercise tips, stay tuned for our guide to making practical health and fitness resolutions you can stick to this year. Using an activity tracker is a great way to keep track of your heart rate, sleep, and activity levels and there are great options to suit all budgets.

Relax and unwind at least an hour before bedtime
Run a hot bath, put on your favourite music or light-hearted TV show, and use this as the perfect excuse to have some ‘me time'. There are loads of great bath products around to help aid relaxation and sleep. This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak with lavender and vetivert salts is formulated to relieve stress and tension, to help you get a better night’s sleep, and if you’re more of a shower person, they also do a deep sleep shower gel

Make sure your bedroom is the perfect environment for sleep
Block out unwanted light with a pair of blackout curtains and switch to soft light before bedtime to help you adjust. Lumpy mattresses and uncomfortable pillows are some of the worst offenders for keeping you tossing and turning through the night. It’s recommended that you should change your mattress every seven to ten years, but in the meantime buying a mattress topper is an easy and wallet friendly alternative to replacing the entire mattress.

Don’t watch the clock
There may be some nights where you just can’t drift off to sleep, but lying awake watching the hours tick by can actually increase your stress levels and make it harder to fall asleep. Instead, try reading, drawing, or listening to music for a short time until you start to feel tired again.

Shop our full range of bedding here...

Hopefully you found some of these tips useful – check out Studio to see our full range of activity trackers, bath and body care, blackout curtains, mattress toppers, bedding sets and loads more!  

Monday, 11 December 2017

Create the perfect Christmas Eve with Studio...

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house, nothing was peeping… Except the kids who won't go to bed!

Whether you're a parent or a big kid who gets excited when Santa is due, Christmas Eve is the most exciting night of the year. But what can we do to make this magical night even more special?

Well, how about a Christmas Eve box? It's a little box of treats that are perfect for getting into the festive spirit. No matter what you fill the box with, your family will love cracking open these early Christmas goodies.

So after you've put down the cookies and milk for Santa, it's time to treat each other to whatever you like. Pyjamas, choccies, arts, crafts and more can be packed into these cute boxes - ideal for taking your little ones' minds off Santa's sleigh touching down.
So, put on a Christmas film, get cosy, and take a look at the Christmas Eve box inspiration Studio has on offer…

Where did the Christmas Eve box originate? Well, they've been a tradition across the pond in America for years, but only recently have they made it over to the UK - However, it's the Germans who started this festive feature.

What do I put in it? Well, let's start with the box… With a choice of different colours, designs and FREE personalisation, this beautiful box will add some extra magic and sparkle and can be reused for years to come!

Personalised Christmas Eve Boxes

Some snuggly pyjamas/slippers because we all know it’s not really Christmas until you slide on your new jammies. nightwear?source=TX2P&utm_source=blog&utm_medium=unpaidsocial&utm_campaign=content_plan&utm_content=19000100--kids_nightwear&cm_mmc=Studio_NP-_-Social_Media-_-Blog

Let their imaginations run wild whilst you read them a magical Christmas story.

 Christmas Books

Some lovely sweets or chocolate as a special treat.

Reindeer food - Guide Santa’s sleigh to your house by sprinkling magical reindeer food on your garden and what’s great is that it is so cheap and easy to make! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clear plastic bag
  • Oats
  • Edible glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Gift tag

Just mix it all together and tie up with the ribbon and gift tag and hey presto! Instant yummy reindeer food!

A cuddly toy because no Christmas is complete without a special teddy to snuggle up to.

 Cuddly Toys

Letting them put their very own personalised Christmas decoration on the tree is sure to be a special moment and will be treasured forever.

Take their mind off Santa’s imminent arrival by embarking on some fun Christmas crafts. Here are some great, simple cost-effective ideas to get you started!

Tissue Paper Christmas Trees

Clothes Peg Snowmen

 How to make your very own clothes peg snowmen

Paper Plate Christmas Elf

 How to make a paper plate Christmas elf

You can stock up on all your creative supplies here…

 Creative Supplies

However, it doesn’t have to be all about the kids because grown-ups like Christmas Eve boxes too! This pre-packaged box includes an array of mouth-watering treats to kick start the festive celebrations!

Merry Christmas everyone…

Monday, 20 November 2017

Go All Out!

Tis the season… to sparkle!

The Christmas adverts have officially hit the TV, so that can only mean one thing - the holidays are coming!

Although we're all looking forward to the grub and the gifts, we all know it's the parties that make Christmas so fabulous.

From sizzling sequins to jumpsuits, miniskirts and floor sweeping maxis, Christmas is the perfect excuse to go all out and get dolled up.

Whether it's your work's Christmas bash or you're out catching up with friends, here's our top picks for getting set for the glitteriest time of the year!

Dress to Impress!
Tis the season to feel glamorous, and what better way to turn heads than with a fabulous frock!

Whether you're seeking a trusty LBD or a glittery gown, we have a huge choice of seasonal dresses for all kinds of occasions.

Top Picks:
Club L High Neck Sequin Fishtail Dress
Get set for your red carpet moment this festive season with this sparkly floor sweeping fishtail dress!

Be You Kimono Sleeve Wrap Front Crushed Velvet Dress
Make the most of the crushed velvet trend with this stunning kimono dress, perfect for family events or hitting the town.

Be You Kimono Sleeve Wrap Front Crushed Velvet Dress

TFNC Remy Sequin Dress

Sparkle this season in the Remy Sequin Dress from TFNC, the ultimate dress for anyone who loves sophisticated sequins.

Step into Christmas… 
From the highest of heels to subtle boots and flats, we have loads of festive footwear available for you to strut your stuff this season.

Top Picks:

Be You Glitter Lurex Sock Boots

Add a little sparkle to any outfit with these gorgeous heeled lurex boots!

Be You Stud Heel Ballerina
Choose comfort without scrimping on style with these chic studded ballerinas.

Baby, it's cold outside!
Beat chilly December weather without covering up this party season! We have a huge collection of gorgeous layers to add extra style to any outfit…

Top Picks: 

Barney's Leather Jacket
Add a rock and roll edge to any outfit with this genuine leather jacket from Barney's. 

Be You Hooded Fur Jacket
Wrap up in this luxurious faux fur jacket, complete with a hood for keeping your fabulous locks dry!

 Fur Jacket

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Studio Confidential - Julie Goucher

When it comes to houses, it's the finishing touches that make it a home…
From cushions to duvet covers, curtains, bath mats and more, there's loads of creature comforts available for you to add your personal touch.

At Studio, we have a talented bunch working in our buying department to bring you the best homeware bits on offer - including Julie Goucher, one of our buyers.

Julie's got an eye for the latest styles and trends. She loves to experiment with gorgeous patterns and textures so you can find interiors to suit.

Here's a little bit about Julie, her inspirations and top picks for the Christmas season!

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into your current role…
I started in retail at the age of 15, initially working for a department store group in their flag ship store. I was then asked to join the buying team and worked there for over 30 years, buying across most home and gift areas.  

I joined Studio six years ago and I’ve loved working in this growing business.  My hobbies are travelling and shopping and I’m lucky enough to be able to do both of these as part of my current role.

Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself/embarrassing incident/memorable moment…
I have too many embarrassing moments to discuss, many of them making my colleagues laugh. I have a great sense of humour and I am known for my loud laugh.

My first trip to the Far East was in 1990, nearly 30 years ago, and I have seen the East develop so much in this period.  Although I have travelled there many times, I still get a real buzz when I step off the plane. The innovation in that part of the world is endless.

Which designers do you admire and why?
A huge proportion of the bedding and bathroom ranges for Studio is unique to us and we work with many designers both in the UK and overseas. Each season before we travel we put together our trend pack to take inspiration from. 

The inspiration for the trend packs originates from the catwalk, following designers such as Chanel, Gucci, DG and Ted Baker. Home trends now run hand in hand with fashion!

How would you describe your own style?

What are your golden rules for choosing interiors?
Don’t be afraid to experiment. You need to put your own stamp on your home! 
Look for inspiration from our catalogues and website, as we’ve a huge range to choose from!

What upcoming trends do you see emerging in the near future?
Florals are still very strong with some geo influences being applied.

What are your favourite products from your range?

I love our beautiful percale bedding which is available in 12 on trend colours. It has an easy-care finish and perfect for a good night’s sleep!

Our Christmas range of bedding is currently flying out with some styles already sold out. Take a look at our Selfie Elfie bedding, this will give all the family a real laugh!

Anything with Pugs is also a big seller and we have several available but be quick as they are selling fast!

Our range of Christmas light up cushions are really popular and sold extremely well last year, so this year we have increased the selection.

What’s your favourite emoji and why?
Definitely the smiley one!  

For more home inspiration you can shop our vast range of homewares here...

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Sleigh at Secret Santa This Year...

It’s that time of year again when workplaces around the UK are gearing up to partake in the national institution which is Secret Santa. Deciding on a gift that will be awesomely amusing, yet invariably cheap can sometimes be no mean feat, but we here at Studio are here to help.

We have some amazing gifts that will delight your colleagues, friends and family members alike with something to suit every personality and every budget. Here’s a taster of some of our favourites…

Chocolate Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts at Christmas are the vegetable that everyone loves to hate but these brussel sprouts have a bit of a twist. They are made entirely of chocolate!

 Chocolate Brussel Sprouts

Tinder Tactics
Is the recipient of your Secret Santa gift a disaster when it comes to dating? If so, this handy guide to online dating is the perfect choice!

Tinder Tactics

Beard Baubles
What do you buy a bearded hipster? Beard baubles of course! Nothing says Christmas like festive facial hair…

 Beard Baubles

Might Be Water, Might Be Gin Water Bottle
This quirky yet practical water bottle will be adored by any gin lover and will be the talk of the water cooler.

 Water Bottle

3D Motion Face Mats
These are fabulous for adding a little fun to the office Christmas party!

 Face Mats

Glow Toilet Bowl Light
This is a great gift for the guy at work who needs to improve his aim.

 Glow Bowl

Personalised Wine Set
This will delight any wine lover and it’s available in red, white or rose… Perfect for pleasing every palate!

 Personalised Wine Set

Hot Chilli Challenge
Dare your mate to spin the wheel and take on the hot chilli challenge. Can they take the heat?

 Hot Chilli Challenge

Mermaid Blanket
There is always someone who is perpetually cold so this mermaid blanket will be the gift that keeps on giving!

 Mermaid Blanket

Bluetooth Selfie Button
This is the ideal gadget in order to take the perfect selfie. Strike a pose!

 Bluetooth Selfie Button

For more inspiration simply sit back, relax and peruse our Secret Santa Shop at your leisure, you’re bound to find something that will make the Christmas workplace a fun one!

Happy shopping!