The US & AU Edit: Top 5 Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

The May 10th is drawing closer and closer by the day. Time to make the special lady in your life feel even more loved, Mother’s Day is nearly here! But, what do you buy for her if she’s got everything? We’ve got 5 awesome ideas that you can whip up in a few hours and really make her smile.

1. Personalised Coasters
These awesome coasters made out of Scrabble tiles can be adapted to say any of her favourite four letter words. You can create it with names of your family, your pets, her favourite drinks, anything!

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2. Anything from our Nom Central Pinterest Board
Parents love when you cook for them, so take the plunge and grab a recipe off our foodie Pinterest board. We love the look of these blackberry and lemon cupcakes – how pretty is that frosting?

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3. Homemade Beauty Products
From DIY Soap to flavoured Bath Bombs, you can create the nicest beauty and skincare goodies from most standard kitchen ingredients. Plus, these are much kinder to skin than usual, shop-bought varieties.

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4. Photo Albums & Scrapbooks
This could document your most recent family holiday, or even your favourite moments from your childhood, anything with memories will make this amazing! Bind them all together in a ring-binder or even take them to a professional shop to be bound for that extra special touch. The thought definitely counts with this one, don’t worry if it’s not as neat as you hope.

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5. DIY Macrame Bracelets
Kind of like grown-up friendship bracelets, these Macrame bracelets are perfect for stylish Moms. All you need is pastel coloured thread and something pretty to have in the middle of it all, plus a steady hand!

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Don’t forget to follow us over on Pinterest for more DIY, food and style ideas!

GUEST POST: Exam-Friendly Egg Fried Rice from Lottie’s Kitchen

Deadlines are looming and exams are here so we’ve enrolled the awesome Lottie from Lottie’s Kitchen to share some of her favourite recipes to keep you full, nourished and sane during this stressful time at university. Lottie’s got some damn tasty recipes coming up in a series for us and here’s her first one! We hope you enjoy it, let us know if you have a go at any of her recipes on Twitter.

“Everyone has been here. You’re hungry. You’ve got a deadline looming and you’ve scraped every last bit of Nutella out of the jar (a moment of silence for this is a sad, sad moment, please). You are starting to realise that 2-4-1 Doritos and tubs of hummus aren’t going to cut it as a healthy exam diet and reached the realisation that you should start feeding yourself properly as the exam season begins. 

This realisation can be a daunting one. Especially when you’ve never so much as browsed the hashtag #eatclean. Or had any inclination to pick up kale (it looks kind of prickly, right…?)

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There is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a brilliantly kept secret, but healthy eating isn’t so hard. With the right recipes, it’s actually a doddle. And it can be delicious – really! And this egg fried rice, packed with vegetables and any leftover meat you can get your hands on, is guaranteed to fill you up for an intense study session.

Egg fried rice is also a bargain of a meal. You can use pretty much any combination of vegetables you have kicking around (carrots, frozen peas, spinach, peppers, the list goes on…) and the rest of the ingredients are basic store cupboard essentials. Eggs are also packed with omega 3, famously great for keeping the brain in tip-top condition, whilst the rice is bursting with carbohydrates to keep your body going. Any combination of vegetables will also provide your body with fibre, minerals and vitamins. Finally, I’ve designed this dish to be shared. It serves two, so grab your study buddy, your best friend or your date and take a couple of hours off and relax. You deserve it!

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For Exam Egg Fried Rice you will need (serves 2):
3 handfuls rice (brown if possible)
3 medium eggs
6 spring onions
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp toasted sesame OR vegetable oil
200g mixed vegetables (I’ve used 1 whole pepper and 10 mushrooms)
OPTIONAL 100g leftover meat (roast chicken or pork)
Salt, pepper, chilli flakes
1 tbsp soy sauce 

Method:
1. Begin by cooking the rice to packet instructions
2. Then slice the spring onions and finely chop the garlic. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry together for 2 minutes.
3. Finely slice the vegetables you’re using and add to the pan. Add leftover meat if using and cook for 5-7 minutes until heated through.
4. Add in the cooked rice and stir together. Beat together the eggs in a mug, make a well in the middle of the rice mix and pour into the pan.
5. Beat the eggs quickly through the rice and stir thoroughly. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the eggs are scrambled.
6. Season with salt, pepper and chilli flakes if desired.
7. Serve with a splash of soy sauce.

Library Lifesavers: 3 Interview Looks to Bag that Job!

To celebrate New Look’s awesome 20% off boosted discount we thought we’d have a little look at something that should be at the forefront of your minds at the moment! Aside from sunshine, dissertations and barbecues you might be thinking about interviews. Whether they’re for grad schemes, first jobs out of university, placements or even just summer jobs to keep you going between terms – you’ll all have to have an interview at some point. But, what are you supposed to wear?

Why not grab some interview ready pieces that you can mix and match with your everyday wardrobe, it’s a win-win situation!

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Depending on the position you’re going for – this may or may not be suitable! But, if you’re going for a creative, fashion or marketing related job this’ll be perfect. You can be smart and show some personality. This Camel Suedette A-Line Skirt is so versatile – it can be smartened up with a Cream Jumper & White Round-Collar Shirt combination or worn with a cute 70s graphic tee for dressed down cool. For the smart look, pop on some tights and these amazing Burgundy Loafers and accessorise with New Look’s Black Smart Backpack and a cute Khaki Watch.

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Something Corporate
If you’re going for a more ‘traditional’ business-dress position them you can’t go wrong with a pair of smart trousers and a blouse. But, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Add a touch of personality with this Black & White Striped Shirt and Black Wrap-Over Court Shoes paired with some classic Wrap-Front Trousers. Grab a handbag that means business like New Look’s White Tote Bag and a mannish Sleek Gold Watch to pull things together.New-Look2_Blog

For guys, you can still be experimental and show your personality but stick to accessories for this. Nail the smart interview look with a white or Pale Blue Oxford Shirt paired with black or navy Blue Skinny Trousers. Smart loafers or New Look’s Brown Embossed Brogues are a safe bet for footwear and make sure they’re polished! If you need to carry something like a portfolio or documents to an interview, your old backpack won’t cut it! Get yourself a smart Messenger Bag and you’ll feel smart and confident.

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We’ve got some top tips on CVs and interviews if you’re in need of a little guidance with those too. Good luck, nail your interview and then treat yourself to some goodies once you’ve bagged the job!

#MHStudentShop – The Round Up!

We all had an amazing time at the Meadowhall #MHStudentShop yesterday and we hope you did too. Here’s a few of our favourite snaps from the day but head to Facebook to see all your beautiful faces! You can also check out some behind the scenes pics on our social team’s new Instagrams – follow @unidays_katie @unidays_allie & @unidays_dan for MORE!

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There were some awesome goodie bags that we arranged so we hope you lucky 100 enjoyed them – let us know on Twitter if you won one of the vouchers that we’d hidden in a select few. Here are Lydia & Katie giving them out in the sunshine!

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We loved this interactive graffiti board – here’s Katie & Allie’s creation!

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There were some seriously big discounts going on. Levi’s had 30% off whilst River Island, New Look, Warehouse, Office and H&M had 20%. Mac had a killer 10% off in Debenhams and we know the gals we spoke to around the centre were loving this discount! Boux Avenue and Victoria Secret also had 20% off.

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There were some happy faces – from both students and the social team!

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It was one hell of a party with Capital FM DJs, their awesome gameshow and music all night. Loads of stores had in-house DJs and Levi’s were giving out Jack Daniels & Coke for all those who fancied a tipple. Overall there was a massive party atmosphere and we know you guys had an awesome time like we did.

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Mix & Match French Connection Festival Style!

Our favourite season is the talk of the town right now – it’s festival time! To celebrate our awesome new US perk, French Connection, we’ve decided to find the hottest festi-cool outfits with a little mix and match twist. We’ve picked three dresses, three pairs of the hottest sandals and three killer accessories that can all work together to create Insta-worthy outfits. Plus, you can grab 20% off with your UNiDAYS college discount, what’s better than that?

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First up – the main event! For easy festival outfits, dresses are the best thing to rock. All you need is this one thing and you’ve got an instant look. We’ve picked three stunning French Connection dresses to mix and match with statement accessories. Fringing is a key texture for this season, it’s both 70s boho and festival cool so we love it. French Connection’s Fringe V-neck Dress hits the mark and with it being black, you won’t be able to see field-related dirt as easily! Secondly, their Dreams are Free Dress is perfect for Lollapalooza fest – the neon sign print and t-shirt style make it feel really fresh. Finally, if tassels weren’t enough, we’re bringing you some suede! Grab 20% off this amazing Green Suede Dress with your college discount, what a steal.

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Pair any of our favourite French Connection dresses with some sweet sandals. The White Slip-On Sandals are super cool and minimalist. We think they’d go best with the ‘Dreams are Free’ tee dress, what do you think? Next up are the most versatile summer shoes ever, gladiator-style Leather Sandals are a closet must for any gal this season. They’d look awesome with the suede dress, in our opinion. Lastly, there’s no messing about with these awesome Studded Sling-Back Sandals, they’re just plain dreamy and you can save $23 on them using college discount.

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Dress up any outfit with killer accessories! This huge Faux Pearl Statement Necklace would look awesome with the t-shirt dress, it’s a real ‘wow’ piece. We also think the Fringed Ear Cuff would compliment the tasselled dress really nicely and the Rectangle Bar Cuff would look awesome with the green suede number. All in all, French Connection have some pretty amazing pieces that will last you beyond the festival season and well into the summer time. Don’t forget to grab your code for 20% off!

Get the Celebrity Festival Look for Less!

Coachella has obviously been the talk of the fashion and music scenes for the past few weeks and the celebs certainly did not disappoint with their outfit choices. Here in the UK, our festival season is just about to begin so what better than to get some inspiration from the people that do festi-cool the best?

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How awesome does Katy Perry look with her gal-pals?

Whether you’re heading to a festival with your squad or your better half you’ve still got to rock the look. We love these festival couples though – how awesome does Kate Bosworth look with husband Michael Polish? Get their look by going for easy fabrics like denim and leather. We’re loving Warehouse’s Leather Applique Jacket paired with a simple white lace mini dress and suede ankle boots. Grab your Warehouse goodies NOW as they currently have an amazing 20% off! Lads, get Michael’s look with this Boohoo denim shirt.

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Just chilling with your mates for the weekend? Forget about slick & stylish – it’s time to get festival grubby like Aaron Paul & Hozier backstage at Coachella! Try Boohoo’s Retro-Print T-Shirt and New Look’s Black Slim Cut Jeans (both 20% off!) and add some beaten up leather or suede boots. We love these Khaki Suede Desert Boots for both on and off the field.

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Now, if there’s anyone who’s nailed festival dressing – it’s these girls! Get the look with this Boohoo Geo Crepe Shift Dress paired with your favourite sandals. Kendall Jenner was seen rocking an Off-Shoulder Gypsy Top – this one is at the top of our Warehouse wish list, more dark and mysterious than ethereal and gypsy? Try this Boohoo Lace Detail Bralet with this Missguided Burnt Orange Suede Midi Skirt. Perfect for the summer time.

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#MHStudentShop: UNiDAYS Picks Star Buys!

Hey Sheffield Students! Who’s heading down to the #MHStudentShop on Thursday 23rd April? If you are and you’re a keen style-hunter, see if you can seek out our UNiDAYS Star Buys that we’ve got dotted around our favourite stores!

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Suede is a huge texture for this season and this New Look mini dress is perfect. Pair with lace-up sandals and flowers in your hair. Eat your heart out Millie Mackintosh!

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Heels, heels, heels! These New Look strappy barely-there sandals are the perfect accompaniment to any outfit this summer. All you need to do is choose your colour!

Head down to H&M for tropical feels! We love the Miami print top and this pineapple-crazy blouse.

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Urban Outfitters are all about Sports Luxe right now. Think, Calvins, Nike, Adidas and lots and lots of monochrome.

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UNiDAYS Goes Summer Shopping! What’s in our River Island bags?

For three days only River Island have an amazing 20% off online and in store. The UNiDAYS girls can never resist a bargain, so here’s what they’ve been picking up today. Allie’s been down to store and took a few snaps of her favourite pieces too!

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Allie: “These were the pieces that really caught my eye when I popped to River Island today. Anything embroidered is a winner for me this summer and I really love the blue & cream top in the bottom right hand corner. I also loved the look of the yellow floral dress – I spied a skirt in the same print too!”

Grace: “I needed something cool and comfy to wear around the office now it’s getting warmer, and this Chambray sleeveless top is perfect. It was available in 3 colours (grey & white too!), but I couldn’t resist this blue!”

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Lydia: “The different colours on these little shorts really caught my eye and I think the floral pattern and underlining makes them so pretty! I saw these a few times before but after booking my summer hol at the weekend and with 20% off I just couldn’t resist starting my holiday shopping early! These were a steal at £16 and I can’t wait to wear these on the beach!” 

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Superdry: Investiert in euren Sommer-Look mit 20% Rabatt!

Bei UNiDAYS wissen wir, dass euch als Studenten euer Geld wichtig ist. Deswegen gehen wir bis ans Ende der Welt, um euch zu helfen, überall zu sparen! Wir wissen aber auch, dass ihr gern shoppt, also haben wir ein neues Angebot für euch aufgezogen. Superdry bietet 20% Studentenrabatt auf ihre geile Kleidung und es wird Zeit den Vorteil zu nutzen!

Wir haben uns ein paar Artikel rausgesucht, um euch zu zeigen, was man mit dem Angebot alles machen kann. Es ist also die perfekte Zeit um ein paar Geschenke von Eltern und Großeltern zu bitten.

Beispiel 1: The Statement Skirt

Dieser Ikat Bead Rock fällt sofort auf. Er ist perfekt für den Urlaub und mit verschiedenen Schuhen lässt er sich problemlos entweder am Strand oder in der Kneipe tragen. Er würde auch toll mit einer Biker Lederjacke und einem weißen T-Shirt, wie diesem von Superdry aussehen. Hübscht es mit metallischen Sandalen und diesem Folk Tassel Top für den perfekten Ibiza-Style auf!

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Beispiel 2: The Solid Boots

Stiefel wie diese werden Jahre überdauern. Superdrys Stiefel Premium Tamar sind Schwerlaststiefel aber mit Budapester-Details und die orange Farbe geben ihnen einen modisch und interessant touch. Für einen klassischen Look, paart die Stiefel mit einem weißen Hemd und einer dunklen Officer Jeans. Überwerft diese allwettertaugliche Windhiker-Kapuzenweste, um das Werk zu vollenden.


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Beispiel 3: The Coloured Leather

Eine rote Lederjacke? In diesem Jahrhundert? Klar, wir wissen, was ihr denkt. Aber passt auf, diese Saint Motor Lederjacke wird euch umstimmen. Es ist nicht Michael Jackson rot, es ist das perfekte Rot für jedes Outfit. Mach deinen Look harter mit dieser Second Skin Jeans und Military Hemdbluse oder hübscht es mit diesem Kleid auf. Nicht mehr ganz  so altmodisch, oder (was)?

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Beispiel 4: The Leather Jacket

Zu guter Letz haben wir noch eine Lederjacke. Die Hero Benjamin Jacke kommt in Braun oder Schwarz und schmeichelt fast alle Körperformen. Es ist cool genug für Sommer und ist perfekt für jemanden, der Leder ohne die Biker Jacke will. Wir mögen es mit den Bolt Turnschuhen, einem lässigen blauen Hemd Superdrys Standard Skinny Jeans. Was denkt ihr?

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Superdry: 20% off Investment Pieces!

Here at UNiDAYS we know better than anyone how much a student’s dollar means to them so we go to every end of the earth to help you save it! This being said, we know you guys love to shop as much as we do so here’s another awesome new season offer that’s available in all regions over the course of the next few weeks. Superdry is offering a killer 20% off their awesome products and its time to take advantage!

We’ve gone for investment pieces in this blog post, just to see how much it’s possible to save with this epic offer. This is the perfect time to beg for graduation, birthday and “I went a week without going into my overdraft” presents from parents and grandparents!

Investment Piece 1: The Statement Skirt
As soon as we hopped onto site this Ikat Beaded Skirt jumped out. It’s the perfect holiday skirt – it’ll take you from beach to bar with just a change of footwear! Plus it would look awesome paired with a tough Leather Biker Jacket and a plain tee such as Superdry’s Super Sewn T-Shirt. Pretty it up with metallic sandals and their Folk Tassel Vest Top for Ibiza-style at it’s best!

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Investment Piece 2: The Solid Boots
A pair of boots like this will see you through years. Superdry’s Premium Tamar Boots are Chelsea boots come brogues with a pop of orange to keep things interesting! These are some seriously heavy-duty boots that will last for many cold-weather seasons to come. Paired with a simple White Shirt and dark Loose-fit Jeans, you’ve got an outfit that won’t go out of style. Pop on Superdry’s favourite outerwear piece – the Windhiker Gilet and you’re set to tackle every weather change!

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Investment Piece 3: The Coloured Leather
Ok, so if we said imagine a red leather jacket, some crazy ’80s/’90s ideas might pop into your head in the shape of part Michael Jackson, part Pretty Woman before she has her makeover. Think again, this Superdry Saint Motor Biker Jacket is about to totally change your mind about coloured leather. It’s not quite a rust colour, and it’s definitely not scarlet. It’s just the perfect shade of red to pair with every piece of denim you own. We love the skinny Second Skin Jeans, FYI! Try layering over a trend-led Military Shirt or this pretty White Summer Dress for even more outfit options. Can you tell we love this jacket?

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Investment Piece 4: Leather Jacket
Last but not least we have another piece of leathery goodness to share with you. The Hero Benjamin Leather Jacket, that you can save a whole tonne of cash on, is available in brown or black and is a really flattering cut for a lot of body shapes. It’s cool enough to wear everyday and great if you want some leather in your wardrobe but feel like a biker jacket is too much! We like it paired with the statement Bolt Trainers, a casual Blue Short-Sleeved Shirt and some of Superdry’s Standard Skinny Jeans. What do you think?

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