Thursday, 17 August 2017

Moving to University Checklist...

Summer is finally here, which to all of you college students means results day is just around the corner! If you’re amongst the thousands heading to university this September (depending on your results of course!), it’s massively important to get yourself set for flying the nest. From decorative bedroom essentials to all the kitchen equipment you’ll need to rustle up some grub. At Studio, we’ve come up with an essential checklist of everything you need to prepare yourself for moving away from home for the first time - taking away a few of the nerves that come with moving to a whole new city!

Like living at home, your bedroom is your own personal space, giving you a place to relax, unwind and concentrate when exam periods roll around. When it comes to the essentials you need to make your room a home away from home, it’s all about packing comfortable additions to make your blank canvas of a student room feel like a comfy haven of relaxation - the perfect place to recover from inevitable hangovers and binge watch your favourite box sets while the work begins to mount…

Bedding: Duvet, Pillows & Mattress Protector
Many student accommodations don’t come with bedding included, so it’s important to bring it all with you when you move. Whether you want to go budget or bring along the plushest quilt on offer to be the envy of your flatmates, we have loads available to meet your sleeping needs.

Duvet Set
A duvet set is the perfect way to add a little personality to your room; whether you want to go for your favourite colour or a jazzy print to brighten up your space, Studio has loads of bed sheets available to suit you.

Bedroom Accessories
On top of your essentials, why not bring along some extra homeware to add extra personal touches to your space? Cushions and throws will instantly uplift any room while adding extra warmth and comfort for cold days, while picture frames will showcase memories and add to the overall feel of your room. Remember to take a lamp with you to save getting up to turn the light off, and invest in some storage boxes to avoid clutter taking over your limited space!

Whether you’re a good cook or going solo for the first time after relying on your parents for the past 18 years, we’ve come up with a list of kitchen essentials to help you avoid the typical student diet of Pot Noodles and beans on toast!

Cutlery is a kitchen essential, but it’s best not to splash the cash, as they are inevitably going to get lost, broken or stolen. 

Pots and Pans
Unless you’re planning on becoming the microwave master, you’re going to need some pots and pans to get yourself cooking. Even if it’s just boiling a bit of pasta occasionally, it’s best to get a good set of pans to add a little variety to your diet!

Dinner Sets
Whether you want to share with your new flat mates or have enough crockery to avoid doing the washing up for a while, a dinner set is the ultimate essential for anyone heading to university. The 16-Piece Stoneware Matt Dinner Set includes plates, side plates, dishes and cups, giving you everything you’ll need for less than £30!

Obviously, you’ll be provided with a cooker and microwave, but to make cooking a little easier, why not take a few extra appliances to cut out the fuss of cooking? The Giani 4 Portion Grill can cook everything from chicken and steak to cheese and ham toasties quickly and easily, perfect for rustling up a quick meal between lectures or for when you just can’t be bothered. Other essential university appliances include toasters, toastie makers and kettles, so you can invite your friends around for a brew while you gossip about the antics of the night before.

Cooking Utensils
Don’t forget about your cooking utensils! Spatulas, peelers, tin openers, bottle openers, colanders, mashers and whatever else you may need are ideal to have in the cupboard, you never know when you might need them!

If you’re lucky enough to have an en-suite or you’re stuck in a shared bathroom, it’s best to bring along the essentials...

There’s nothing nicer than getting out the shower and wrapping yourself in a nice fluffy towel. Even though your towels won’t be as soft as when Mum washes them, they are definitely a university essential.

Bath Mat
To avoid flooding out your bathroom on a daily basis, take a bath mat to university with you to add a splash of functional style, while saving yourself from the peril of puddles!

Bathroom Accessories
To keep your bathroom tidy and organised, make sure you take along some bathroom accessories. At Studio, we have a range of different sized bathroom sets for sale, which include a variety of items like; pedal bins, toilet brush and holders, toilet roll holders, soap dishes, hand lotion dispensers, vanity mirrors, soap dishes and toothbrush holders.

Weighing Scales
To make sure you don’t pile on the pounds as your takeaway and alcohol levels begin to rise, take a pair of weighing scales to university with you so you can battle the bulge!

Laundry basket
Instead of letting your dirty washing build up on the floor, make sure you add a laundry basket to your university checklist! To add a little style to your bathroom, our Geometric Laundry Basket is the perfect choice.

The list of university items may seem daunting, but the more you organise in advance, the less time you’ll have to spend in Wilko when you arrive! So, get yourself onto Studio to make the most of our university bargains, so you have more time to get out and have fun.

Studio Confidential - Gemma Clements

Each week, Studio Confidential gets up close and personal with our fashion savvy staff, giving you top tips direct from the industry. From fashion to homeware, we’ll bring you fresh, fun and fashionable gossip direct from Studio HQ, sharing tips and stories not to be missed!

Every girl dreams of working in fashion, and Gemma Clements is living it!

Gemma is our Ladies Own Brand Buyer, she’s been with team Studio for over a year now and is loving every minute. As one of our leading ladies of fashion, we’ve asked her for her top style tips, a bit about her everyday life at Studio and all about her style inspirations…

Tell us a little about yourself, Gemma
I’ve always worked in fashion, I’ve gone from being a shop floor assistant at the age of 16 to where I am today as a ladies’ fashion buyer. I love my job at the moment, working as a part of a team is always fun and I love watching people develop their skills. No two days are the same, that’s definitely the best part of the job, it’s always exciting!

How would you describe your style?
Clean, simple and timeless… but always on trend!

Who is your style inspiration?
Olivia Palmero – She was on an American reality show called The City but she’s now more famous for her style, she’s always on trend.

What item in your wardrobe could you not live without?
My black t-shirt! It matches with everything, so it’s great for when I can’t decide what to wear.

What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever recieved?
If in doubt, wear black.

Tell us your biggest fashion fail…
My Lacoste tracksuit when I was 13, cringe!

What is your go-to outfit?
My cold shoulder black jumpsuit, it hides all my sins and looks great with everything – especially barely there black heels and bright earrings.

You can shop our range of jumpsuits here...

What’s your favourite trend of 2017?
Ruffles and embroidery, I love over the top details.

Which fashion trend will you be glad to see end?
Bright yellow clothing – it’s just too wacky for most people, there’s nothing timeless about it!

If someone’s struggling with their personal style, what advice would you give them?
Wear what makes you feel happy and confident, don’t care what other people think!

Who is your favourite designer?
I’ve always loved Chloe, it’s such a timeless and classic brand, their pieces are just amazing season after season.

Finally, give us a few top picks from the Studio range!
The two-pack playsuits are great for summer holidays and our patterned pac-a-macs are perfect for anyone heading to a festival this summer because you can just keep them in your bag when it’s sunny.

You can shop our two pack playsuits here...

You can shop our pac-a-macs here... 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Summer holiday season is just around the corner, but are you summer body ready?

After hibernating through the winter, over-indulging in delicious treats while hiding the evidence under an over-sized jumper, summer is now just around the corner – and we are NOT summer body ready!

If you’re one of many who have left the battle of the bulge to the final moments before boarding the plane, Studio is here to help you get fit in time for your flight. From getting set for the gym to bringing the work out home, we’ve come up with a list of tips to make you feel like a beach babe… not a beached whale. 

So here it is, five simple steps to the summer body you’ve been dreaming of, all you need now is a little time, motivation and will power – easy, right?


Just like a day at the office, a gym also has their very own dress code. If you want to avoid sticking out like a sore thumb, get set with the latest attire to grace the exercise scene. From Adidas to Nike and Puma, there’s loads of big named brand sportswear available to suit all budgets.

If you feel body confident, go for a pair of sleek leggings and a vest to keep cool while you burn off your winter sins. However, if you’re looking to stay in your comfort zone during your workouts, cover up in joggers and a hoody. Even if you get too warm, the more you sweat the better you’ll feel!


Become a part of the wearable tech trend by investing in a fitness watch to track your weight loss journey. From FitBit to Garmin and Tom Tom, there’s a selection of fitness trackers for sale to suit all budgets. Not only do they look stylish, these innovative watches track everything from your workouts to your daily steps, heart rate and sleeping pattern, ideal for anyone who needs to get to know their body.

As well as high tech gadgets, old favourites like weighing scales are essential for tracking your journey – even when they don’t say what you’d like them to!


Once you’re set with your swanky new sportswear and tech, it’s time to hit the gym! If you’re lucky enough to have a local gym and the time to work out, there are plenty of memberships available to motivate. Aim for between 2.5 and 3 hours of consistent exercise a week to see results!

However, if like many women you’re tied down by family life, it’s harder to find hours free to work out. But do not fear, this is where home gym equipment comes into play. There’s a huge range of cost effective gym equipment available for you to bring the work out to you. From treadmills to exercise bikes, rowers and cross trainers, you can work up a sweat without leaving the house, meaning you won’t have to find a baby sitter. Also, try cost effective options like skipping ropes and shapers, perfect for little workouts when you have a few minutes free.


When it comes to losing weight, the age-old mantra of Eat Less, Move More is not to be ignored. Forget the fad diets like Slim-Fast and Atkins, it’s all about eating healthy meals to compliment your workouts. Although planning healthy meals can be tough, especially when you have a family, there are a variety of innovative kitchen gadgets to help make healthy cooking a doddle.

From blenders for sweet smoothies on the move to vegetable steamers and air fryers for taking the guilt out of chips, there’s a massive range of options available to overhaul your meal plans.


The last step is all about the final push – if you don’t lose the weight, you won’t fit in your gorgeous new holiday clothes, simple!

Whether you want to do this step at the start or nearing the end of your weight loss journey is up to you, but fitting into new clothes is the ultimate target for anyone hitting the beach. Splash out on a range of clothes to fit your target weight, and keep it on show throughout your health kick to remind yourself daily of your target… before long you’ll be slipping into your new threads with ease!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Holidays well spent with Studio...

The countdown to the summer holidays have officially begun, meaning the sound of the kids screaming ‘I’m bored!’ is already ringing through your ears before the school bell has even rang for the final time. If you’re dreading six weeks of restless kids, we’ve come up with a list of boredom busting activities to keep your youngsters entertained and happy, no matter what the weather throws your way.

Sunny Days Outdoors

As much as we give British weather a hard time, there are a few weeks a year when the sunshine is glorious. To make the most of these rare, sunny days, get your kids out and about with one of our exciting outdoor activities, guaranteed to let your children’s adventurous side out!

Paddling Pools
When temperatures get hotter, there’s no better way to cool down than with a paddling pool! Every generation has enjoyed filling up the paddling pool on a sunny day and kids now are no different. Buy a pool big enough for everyone to use, as they are ideal for relaxing as well as splashing around! 

A bike is one of the best investments you can buy, allowing your kids to enjoy a true sense of adventure when they’re out and about on two wheels. Whether they’re zipping up and down the street, or you take them on a trip to the local park, a bike offers endless hours of fun. 

Play Houses
Playhouses are great for getting their imaginations going, allowing them to have their own space to play and have fun while you sit back and relax in the garden. 

To keep more than one child happy, why not invest in some sports equipment to bring a little team spirit to your summer holidays. Football is the ultimate team sport if you have a garden big enough for a match, if not, why not rally the troops and head to the local park? All you need is a ball and some goal posts!

Indoors on Rainy Days

Although we hope for non-stop sunshine over the summer months, Britain has a habit of throwing lashes of rain and murky cloud our way, keeping the kids indoors as opposed to playing outside all day long. To stop them getting bored and restless, here’s a list of best buys to keep them stimulated and happy, even when they’re housebound.

Crayons, Colouring and Drawing
Colouring has been one of the best loved hobbies for generations, allowing your kids to unleash their creative sides without making an almighty mess. All you need is some crayons and plain paper, or a colouring book for kids who aren’t a big fan of drawing! 

It may be six weeks away from school, but that doesn’t mean educational activities can’t be fun. Reading is a great way to pass time and get your kids learning, all while enjoying stories about their favourite characters. 

Kinetic Sand
Kinetic Sand brings all the fun of the seaside indoors… without the mess! This magical sand sticks to itself, not your hands, all without needing to add a drop of water. Each Kinetic Sand Set comes with 1lb of sand, three moulds and a sand tray to play in, keeping the kids entertained for hours! 

Play Doh
Play Doh has been keeping kids happy for years, offering non stop creative fun without the mess. At Studio, we have loads of Play Doh sets for boys and girls to choose from, perfect for keeping them entertained for hours.

Board Games
Board games are the original rainy day activity; from Hungry Hippos to Jenga, Connect Four and Twister, there’s tonnes of different board games available to suit all kinds of kids. Buy a variety of different board games to guarantee a few hours of peace and quiet! 

No matter what the weather, you can trust Studio to keep your little ones entertained with non-stop summer fun until the school gates open again in September! Shop our range now!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Studio's Essential Festival Checklist

 Festival Essentials

Glastonbury is the pinnacle of festival season, kicking off the summer on June 21st with one of the biggest events on the music calendar. From Creamfields to Leeds/Reading, Bloodstock to V Festival, there are tonnes of events coming up for you to experience the unique festival atmosphere. Whether you’re lucky enough to bag yourself some legendary Glastonbury tickets or you’re heading to one of the many other famous festivals around the UK, it’s important to pack in advance to prepare for the inevitable mounds of mud brought on by the bleak British weather! From camping equipment to wardrobe choices, us at Studio have come up with the ultimate itinerary to help you survive British festival season - rain or shine!



Wellies are at the top of your festival checklist, responsible for keeping your feet warm and dry no matter how deep the puddles of mud get. Whether your budget is big or small, we have a pair of wellington boots to suit you.

Waterproof Rain Coat

In standard British fashion, expect the heavens to open at one point or another on your festival trip. If you want to make sure you’re prepared for a spell of summer showers, bring a raincoat along to protect yourself from getting soggy in the rain.

Other festival clothing essentials include:

  • Thick jumpers to stay warm at night
  • Light t-shirts in case it’s sunnier than expected
  • Loads of outfit changes for when the rain ruins what you’re wearing
  • Plenty of spare socks and underwear to keep yourself feeling clean
  • Sun protection such as sunglasses and hats
  • A comfy and secure backpack to keep your valuables safe

Camping Equipment


A tent is going to be your home away from home for a few days, giving you an element of personal space to crash and sleep off your cider fuelled hangover. At Studio, we have a huge range of tents available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your group to a tee.

Camping Chair

Bringing a camping chair is a social essential, allowing you to create a space in your campsite to sit around, chat and chill and if you don’t fancy carting it all the way back home when you’re feeling worse for wear, you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your money.

Sleeping Equipment 

All that drinking and dancing is tiring, so when you need to retire to catch up on a few z’s, make sure you have a comfy nest to crawl into to recharge your batteries. Sleeping Bags are designed for cold temperatures, keeping you toasty and insulated when the temperatures drop at night. If you need a few creature comforts to get to sleep, make sure you bring along an air mattress to add warmth and comfort to your slumber, and also think about bringing a fluffy throw for added home away from home vibes.


You maybe thinking by now, ‘how am I going to get all this to the campsite?’ Well, all is not lost, you won’t have to lug it all around in a rucksack like a welly wearing packmule. Instead, simply buy a festival trolley!


  • Spare tent pegs
  • Camping mallet
  • Extra tarpaulin
  • Lantern, torch or any other outdoor lighting

Soap and Hygiene

Soaps, lotions and potions

All of us have our own daily beauty routines; if you don’t want to give it up while you live in a field for a few days, remember to bring along a travel set of soap which includes all your beauty goodies.

Flip Flops

If you’re planning on getting a shower while you’re camping, don’t expect anything luxurious. Thousands of people will be using the showers over the weekend, so make sure you avoid the dirt by packing a pair of sandals or flip flops into your luggage.


Obviously a festival isn’t a holiday, and sadly there’s no relaxing swimming pool or jacuzzi, but it’s best to pack a swimsuit if you’re planning on getting a shower, just incase! Try a tankini to keep yourself covered with no restrictions for washing, or just simply swim shorts for men.

Other soapy essentials:

  • Baby wipes
  • Makeup wipes
  • Deodorant, perfume/aftershave
  • Dry shampoo
  • Air freshener
  • Sun cream
  • Condoms
  • Toilet roll
  • Hair brush and bobbles
  • Bug spray



To avoid the costs of food on site, take along loads of tinned food such a beans or soup so you can cook it on your very own portable gas stove - remember to pack extras as well, a pan and a tin opener are crucial!


Packing a few snacks is important for keeping your energy up, so make sure to take along a few treats like biscuits, bread, cakes or breakfast bars - pack them in a food protector container to make sure they stay fresh and away from bugs!


Last but not least, pack as much alcohol as you can carry! Booze is undoubtedly one of the most important ingredients of a successful festival, so make sure you don’t get stung by the sky high prices of beer on site. However, keep in mind that you’re not allowed glass bottles on site, so empty your spirits into plastic bottles before you leave and opt for cans of beer and cider instead.

You can find our full range of Festival Essentials here...

Happy camping!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Art Of Spiralizing

You know that moment, the moment when you’re sitting with your friends and the new ‘got-to-have’ gadget is brought up in conversation and you have no idea what on earth they’re going on about?! Well that was exactly how I felt when spiralizers were brought up… I smiled and nodded in all the right places but the minute I got home I was on the internet Googling it.

So what is a spiralizer…?

The definition of a spiralizer is… “A kitchen device used to cut vegetables into long ribbons or strips resembling noodles or spaghetti”.

But what does that mean to me? A normal person trying to cost-effectively feed my family with healthy nutritious meals on a budget.

Well… Here are Studio’s top five reasons why a spiralizer is a must have in every household:

1. Kids have a tendency to be dismissive of vegetables and everything green so why not sneak up on them and surprise them in ways they aren't anticipating. Providing them with one of their five-a-day couldn’t be easier!

2. Children love to spiralize! They love watching a vegetable turn magically into spaghetti (as long as a responsible adult is supervising them of course). Spiralizing with your children will ensure that they’ll learn healthy eating habits whilst also having fun.

3. Spiralizing is most definitely family-friendly. Instead of wasting precious time waiting for water to boil, just spiralize a few vegetables and you have instant, ready-to-cook pasta! This way you can spend more time with your family and loved ones and less time in the kitchen. It’s a win-win situation!

4. It helps promote weight loss and overall body maintenance. Spiralized vegetables are naturally low in calories, carbohydrates, fat and sugar. By spiralizing you’re naturally eating more vegetables – without even noticing!

5. You can eat your favourite pasta dishes guilt free! Spiralized vegetables have a similar texture and consistency to regular pasta and noodles. Your taste buds however will think you’re eating the carb-laden standard, while your waistline knows you’re eating healthy vegetables!

 Yummy Meal

Improve your families eating habits whilst saving time by purchasing the Salter Electric Spiralizer from Studio, which is now only £24.99 (a health-busting saving of £65.00 if you buy now).

Salter Electric Spiralizer

I can most definitely say that I was once a sceptic but now I’m a spiralizer convert and just to prove it here is a quick and easy recipe that the Studio team love…

Courgetti Spaghetti Bolognese

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2 people (ingredient quantities can be increased accordingly)


• 2 large courgettes
• 1/2 lb turkey mince
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1/2 medium red onion
• 1 celery stick
• 1 carrot
• 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (or more if you like it spicy!)
• 1 clove of garlic
• 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
• 3 tsp tomato puree
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cube of chicken stock
• A pinch of basil and/or oregano fresh or dried to taste
• Grated cheese


• Using your Salter Electric Spiralizer, spiralize your courgettes according to the manufacturers instructions.
• Add the carrots and celery to a food processor until chopped finely.
• Heat the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Once the oil heats add in the crushed garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the chilli flakes and cook for a further 30 seconds then add in the onions.
• Cook the onions for 1-2 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add in the carrot/celery mixture and cook for 1 minute.
• In a separate pan cook the turkey mince until the meat is no longer pink.
• Combine the vegetables with the turkey mince and add a pinch of oregano.
• Then add the chicken stock and simmer until reduced (water evaporates).
• Add in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and season generously with salt and pepper.
• Bring to the boil and then lower the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
• 5 minutes before the sauce is reduced, add in the basil.
• After 15 minutes add in the pre-prepared courgetti spaghetti and mix thoroughly to combine.
• Plate onto dishes and garnish with grated cheese.

Bon App├ętit and remember that ‘Healthy families are happy families!’

Shop our full Kitchen range here...

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Sugar Free Easter Fun

With the Easter holidays just around the corner don't be stuck for ideas to keep the kids out of mischief and off the sugar! Check out our top ten list of fun sugar-free activities:

10. DIY Backyard Ker-Plunk

DIY Backyard Ker-Plunk

9. The Cutest Handprint Chick Puppets

The Cutest Handprint Chick Puppets

8. Paper Plate Bunny Rabbit Craft

Paper Plate Bunny Rabbit Craft

7. Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

5. Erupting Eggs

Erupting Eggs

5. Making A Mini Wildlife Stack

Making A Mini Wildlife Stack

4. Textured Yarn Easter Suncatcher

Textured Yarn Easter Suncatcher

3. Easter Bunny Bean Bag Toss

Easter Bunny Bean Bag Toss

2. Fun Energy Burning Easter Egg Hunt

Fun Energy Burning Easter Egg Hunt

Then of course at number one we have the favorite Easter pass time of all...

1. The Easter Bonnet!!!

The Easter Bonnet

Have a fabulous Easter everyone!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mother's Day 2017

With Mother's Day just around the corner you are probably thinking about what you could do to make Mum feel extra special this year?? Well look no further as we have it covered :)

Mother's Day

Whether you are thinking Fragrance, Flowers, Jewellery or really pushing the boat out and going for one of our fabulous Experience Days; Studio is your one stop shop for everything you need!

FlowersSentimental Gifts9ct Gold Mum Chain

Or why not add that personal touch to your gift and chose something from our Personalised Gifts range.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Spring into Summer Living 2017

Summer is finally here!! Well maybe not outside but it is here at Studio... Today we have launched our Living 2017 catalogue which is packed with all you need for your home, garden and wardrobe this summer!! Why wait until the sun is out to get summer ready??

Living 2017

Plus, with up to 70% off and hundreds of items reduced you can make your money go further...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Last Order Dates For Christmas

Imagine... You've found the perfect gift, you are so excited... You place your order... They are just going to LOVE what you have chosen for them, you go to track your item... It says "Your item will be delivered in January" Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!

That time of year is fast approaching again dear shoppers when things need to be ordered so you receive them in time for Christmas!

Avoid this Christmas nightmare by ordering by 8pm on the 17th December for all Personalised items and 8pm on 20th December for all Non-Personalised items.

We would hate for you to be disappointed so Puddles the penguin is here with a festive reminder of the dates :)

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Sneak Peek into Spring 2017

Are you all Christmassed out?! Well to give you a little bit of a break from all the Christmas activities we thought that you might like to transport yourself to Spring and have a sneaky browse through our Spring 2017 Catalogue...

Spring 2017 Catalogue

We know that you are just going to love it and we couldn't wait to share it with you... It's full of huge savings on Fashion, Homewares, Garden, Technology, Health & Fitness - basically EVERYTHING for your home & family - with savings of up to 70% off! All of which will be delivered in the New Year :)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

12 Days Of Christmas

Happy 1st December Studio shoppers!

Meet Puddles our cute festive penguin...

Over the next 12 days Puddles & friends will be bringing you a new deal every single day in our 12 Day of Christmas extravaganza!! Be sure to check back every day to see the deals of the day. Puddles would hate for you to miss out...

12 Days Of Christmas