Monday, 19 February 2018

Look your best this Fashion Week with Studio...

The fashion week runways are known for being at the cutting edge of style, with over the top outfits, dramatic makeup and high-end designer price tags. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use key elements and trends from the runway to inspire your outfits. Check our guide for using fashion week trends to revamp your wardrobe.

Animal Print
Animal Prints have been going strong for a number of years, and this year the runway shows at New York Fashion week took animal prints to another level entirely, mixing bold neon colours and contrasting prints in stunning high fashion looks. Many designers including Tom Ford, Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and Victoria Beckham showcased collections that featured animal prints.

Style tip:
Leopard print can add a glamorous edge to your outfit, but to avoid Eastenders vibes keep it smart and classic. Team a leopard print coat with a staple black dress and heels to add a great focal point to your outfit, or team it with denim jeans and smart pumps for an effortlessly cool smart-casual look. Gold accessories work well with leopard print, but keep them minimal, and team with tried and tested colour combinations such as monochrome and red.

Studio recommends:

 Shop this Be You Hooded Fur Jacket

Denim remains a style staple, both on and off the catwalk. Many designers including Ulla Johnson, Matthew Adams Dolan and Derek Lam all included denim looks at New York Fashion week. From statement jeans to full denim ensembles, it’s unsurprising that denim is still a presence in many runway shows.

Style tip: 
Don’t be afraid to go double denim. (No, I don’t mean like 2001 Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears – let’s leave that one behind!) Wearing denim in differerent shades and washes can actually look flattering and stylish as long as you don’t go too overboard. An easy double denim look is to pair a lighter denim shirt or jacket with slim fit darkwash jeans. Be sure to stay away from matching denim accessories and complement your look with a pop of contrasting colour or a staple white t-shirt.  

Studio recommends:

Bold Metallics

The metallic trend has been present on the runway for a number of seasons. This year’s New York Fashion week saw designers including Sally LaPointe, Cushnie Et Ochs and Jeremy Scott showcasing metallic looks.

Style tip:
Use metallic accessories to accent any outfit. A metallic bag or shoe is a great nod to the metallic trend, without going all out. If you’re wearing metallic pieces, stick to one key statement item, and break up blocks of silver and gold with contrasting clothing and accessories. Black is classic and flattering, especially against gold statement pieces. Silver is a great way to accent a neutral outfit, or use bright colours such as hot pink and orange to vamp up your look and make a real style statement.

Studio recommends:

Embroidery is a versatile trend that doesn’t seem to be dying down, and at New York Fashion week many designers featured embroidered patterns and accents within their collections.

Style tip:
Use pieces with embroidery to elevate your everyday outfits. A pair of jeans or boots with a cool embroidered detail will instantly raise your fashion game. Once again, with any statement details less is more, and given the right piece you have plenty of style options. Pair embroidered skinny jeans with an oversized jumper for a stylish but casual transitional look, or team with a staple white t-shirt and biker jacket for a classically cool ensemble.
Also, don’t feel restricted to one style of embroidery in your wardrobe. If you’re looking for a chic summery look that will transition effortlessly from day to night, a plain top or dress overlaid with embroidered floral details is both flattering and elegant.

Studio recommends:

Camo print
Camo was another popular print used by many designers such as R13 and was showcased in a range of different clothing items, from oversized parkas to jeans, shirts and accessories.

Style tip: 
Camo prints are great for adding a cool edge to your look, but keep it feminine by accessorising with classic silver or gold jewellery. Choose one standout camo piece for your outfit, and style with neutrals or a pop of bright colour, but avoid busy patterns or animal prints that would clash and make the outfit too busy.

Studio recommends:

Statement bags

Unsurprisingly statement bags were seen far and wide at New York Fashion week – although there was a huge range of styles and colours, bold statement bags were popular both on and off the runway.

Style tip:
Go wild! A statement bag is a great way to show off your personality. To really elevate your look, pick out one colour to tie your outfit together – i.e. if your bag has blue tones, pick out a scarf with similar hues for an effortlessly stylish look.

Studio recommends: 

If you’re still on the lookout for more style inspiration, check out our great range of fashion for all occasions, with loads of great budget friendly, on-trend and completely wearable outfit ideas.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Boredom Breaking Half-Term Activities

It wouldn’t be half-term without the kids screaming ‘MUUUMMMMMM I’M BORED’ midway through the week would it! So, we here at Studio have come up with some boredom breaking activities that are sure to delight both kids and adults alike!

Homemade Valentine’s paper plate heart suncatchers…
These suncatchers are so easy to make and will look gorgeous hanging in their bedroom window.

Have you heard of this latest craze? This step-by-step guide will allow your little darlings to create their very own, so let them get creative and have some fun!

Ever spent a fortune on expensive presents but found that they would rather play with the box? If the answer is yes, then these incredible cardboard box toys will be right up their street!

This is a really easy, cost-effective and fun craft that the kids will love!

With the Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dog fast approaching (16th February) let’s celebrate by making these beautiful yet simple paper crafts.

There are loads of fun activities to do online. We recommend CBeebies for loads of cool games, puzzles and quizzes!

After all that crafting they are bound to be starving, so these fun and delicious recipes that you can make together are sure to be a hit!

Happy Half term and don't forget to post pictures of your creations in the comments section below. You can also follow us on our Facebook page for more handy tips, tricks and guides!!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

If you’re stuck on a Valentine’s gift, or on the lookout for something unique this year, check out our top picks for Valentine’s day gifts that are a little bit different…

Reassure your Valentine that your feelings for them are still true, with this delicious chocolate card!

Flowers are a great classic Valentine’s gift, but if you're looking for something a bit different, why not grow your own?

If your special someone loves a good breakfast, this microwave egg poacher is a fun way to bring a bit of romance into every morning.

Find a fun activity to do together! A spa day (or overnight getaway) are popular choices and great for a relaxing time away, but if those don’t float your boat there are loads of options to choose from…

Indoor skydiving? Murder mystery escape room? Chocolate making workshop? Sign me up! 

How about a twist on the classic 'His & Hers' gift? These personalised nautical mugs are guaranteed to please!

If your other half loves their home, why not try some kooky wall art? This super cute print can be personalised for free with your postcode and sweet message underneath. After all, home is where the heart is!

If your loved one isn’t a fan of chocolate, try this fun set of boxed sweets with a romantic message of love!

And finally, why not show your single friend some love this Valentine’s day? This crazy cat lady mug is the perfect accessory for all the singles out there.

If you're looking for even more inspiration why not check out our Valentine's Day shop which is packed with beautiful gifts that are sure to delight! 

Happy Valentine's everyone...

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Storage Ideas for A Clutter-Free Home!

Stressed out and struggling for storage? Dreaming of a tidy home where everything has its place? Check out our top tips for clearing the clutter and organising your home.

Start with a clear out

It might sound obvious, but we often hold on to a surprising number of things we no longer need. Unless an item has a great amount of emotional value, the twelve-month rule is the way to go. If it hasn’t been used or worn in the last 12 months, the chances are you don’t need it. Once you’ve dropped off a few bags at the charity shop, it will be much easier to organise the stuff you do use on a regular basis.

Pack away seasonal clothing

Most of us aren’t wearing thick woolly jumpers in August or sandals in December, but that doesn’t stop them cluttering up the house for half the year. Vacuum storage bags are a great space-saving solution for seasonal clothes and other home textiles.

Invest in clever storage solutions

If you’re short on space, finding clever storage solutions can be key to de-cluttering and organising your space. A storage bed is an efficient way of freeing up some extra space for spare bedding, textiles and clothes within unused floor space.

Make your storage part of your aesthetic

Storage doesn’t have to be boring - there are plenty of great storage options that are stylish and practical. If you’re storing items in view, pick some on trend storage that adds to the look of your home.

Banish those bathroom blues

Your bathroom is usually one of the worst offenders for clutter and general untidiness. From half-used shampoo bottles, toothbrushes, and beauty products, it can feel like a battle to maintain a tidy space. Choose a storage solution that works for you; from wall cabinets, stand-alone units and gorgeous woven baskets, we have a great range of bathroom storage solutions to suit every taste and budget. 

 Shop Bathroom Storage

Get the kids involved too

Getting kids to tidy away after themselves can be a challenge, but you can make it more fun with some cool character storage. From pop-up baskets, to drawers and toy boxes, we have a great range of kid’s storage.