5 Times Nick Grimshaw Made Life Worth Living

In the light of the EPIC announcement that Grimmy will be taking over from X Factor veteran Louis Walsh on the judging panel later this year we figured why not just indulge our love for the Radio 1 DJ a little bit more. Here’s five reasons we’re super happy to be seeing even more of the Grimster on our screens. You go Nick Grimshaw!

1. He shares our hate/hate relationship with cardio…

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2. Unless it’s dancing….

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3. He shares the same opinion on yoga. That’s how you do it, right?

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4. He looks awesome in sunglasses.

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5. Has the ability to literally always be happy!

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Finde deinen Festival-Style

Der Sommer ist da und das heißt Festivals! Egal, ob du für diesen Sommer Festival-Pläne  hast oder nicht, wir haben ein Style Line-Up, das perfekt für dein Festivalsgefühl ist. Was ist dein Festival-Style?

Free Spirit ♀

Momentan lieben wir den Boho-Look und die Kollektion von Missguided ist perfekt für jeden Festival- oder Sommer-Look. Donnere dich mit dem weißen Kleid auf oder lebe naturnah mit dem geblümten Top. Runde deinen Look mit dieser Tasche mit Quasten perfekt ab.

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Camper ♂

Dieser Look ist für die Männer, die nur einen Tanktop und Shorts brauchen. Dieser heller Rücksack ist perfekt für deine Festival-Utensilien.

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Rocker ♀

Ready to rock? Du brauchst diese Truly Madly Deeply Crop Top von Urban Outfitters. Eine Jeansjacke ohne Ärmel ist perfekt für ein komplette Jeans-Outfit und dieser Fjallraven Rucksack ist ein Muss.

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Rocker ♂

Kein Fan von hellen Farben? Kein Problem! Bleib locker mit einer Jeans und T-Shirt Kombi. Dazu noch eine Jacke und einen Rücksack und du hast den perfekten Festival-Look.

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Vergiss nicht, alles kommt mit dem UNiDAYS Studentenrabatt . Erhalte deinen Rabattcode für Missguided und Urban Outfitters. Du brauchst noch mehr Style-Inspiration? Checke die Festival Kollektionen bei Missguided und Urban Outfitters ab. Viel Spaß!

Sun, Sea & Superclubs: Ibiza party holidays from £179!

If we told you that we could get you 10% off your big summer getaway to Ibiza, what would you say? We know we’d be all over this as students, so let’s take a little look into Together Travel and their amazing offers.

Jet off to Ibiza for 5 nights of sun, sea & super-clubs with thousands of likeminded people where you’ll stay at the island’s top party hotels. With the Together Week you get entry into loads of Ibiza’s top nightclubs, boat parties, beach clubs, daily pool parties and more. Prices start from £179 with your UNiDAYS discount and you only need a teeny-tiny £50 deposit to secure your space! How sweet is that? Check out the video below to really get the feel for it.

Check out Together Week Ibiza for more information about this amazing getaway. PLUS Together Travel also offer these awesome offers for Mallorca and Barcelona with prices starting from just £79, so if Ibiza isn’t your thing, check them out for the other destinations!

Frank & Oak: The Lowdown

Frank & Oak are the hottest new brand to land on the UNiDAYS college discount circuit and you should totally know about them. They’re officially a styling service with personal shoppers that can pick out the items you really want, without you having to stress yourself out with shopping. When you sign up you also get access to the online store, which has a ton of awesome items for you to choose from.

But don’t worry! If you’re not after the super-useful styling services, you can still use your UNiDAYS college discount to buy your new threads from the online shop. Whether you’re in need of investment pieces for your capsule wardrobe or a quick style injection to suit your budget, Frank & Oak are the ones for you. Plus you can save an awesome 20% off using UNiDAYS – what could be better than that? We’ve had a search for some of our favourite pieces to give you a taste for what Frank & Oak have to offer.

Best Investment Pieces
If you need some serious style staples – Frank & Oak have so much choice. Make it your first stop for jeans.

Frank_And_Oak_Investment_blogHeather Grey Hoodie    Nubuck Sneakers    Bomber Jacket    Dark Wash Jeans
Cotton Popover Shirt

Best Under $50
For casual basics, Frank & Oak have got you covered. Whether you love a plain tee or a polo shirt, they’ve got one in every colour and fit.

Frank_And_Oak_Under_50_blogNubuck Navy Belt  Striped Tee  Camo Shorts  Slim Polo Shirt

Grooming
As well as an awesome selection of fashion, Frank & Oak have a wide range of grooming products for you to feast your eyes (& nose) on. Seriously, you’ve gotta try the Baxter’s of California products, they literally all smell amazing!

Frank_And_Oak_Grooming_blogShave Lotion  Splash Aftershave Lotion  Shaving Brush Baxters of California Pomade  Pocket Comb  Beard Oil

Get Some Grub: Veggie-Week Special

It’s National Vegetarian Week and to get you guys in the veggie mood we’ve enlisted UNiDAYS’ resident vegetarians (and pescetarian) to share with you their favourite veggie and fishy recipes perfect for a food fest on a student budget. Happy cooking!

1. Poppy’s Butternut Squash Risotto
“Butternut squash risotto is my fave discovery from my student days”

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What You Need:
Butternut Squash (cubed)
Onion
Garlic
Ginger
Arborio Rice
Veggie Stock
Spinach
Feta
Pine Nuts
Salt, Pepper, and Sage to taste

How To Make:
1. Peel, deseed and cut butternut squash into cubes, season with salt, pepper and sage and roast
2. Fry onion, garlic and ginger in pan
3. Add Arborio rice and white wine and cook for 5 mins
4. Add veggie stock
5. Season and keep stirring and adding stock until it’s cooked
6. Add spinach and the cooked butternut squash
7. Top with feta and pine nuts

2. Abbii’s Vegetable and Mozzarella Tart
“I eat way too much pizza so I decided that if I swapped the bread for pastry and called it a tart no one could judge me!”

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What You Need:
1 Sheet Ready Rolled Puff Pastry
1 Onion, (chopped)
1 Bell Pepper, (chopped)
1 Leek (chopped)
1 Handful of Mushrooms (chopped)
1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
100g Sliced Mozzarella
Salt, Pepper, and Mixed Herbs to taste

How To Make:
1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C and grease baking tray with a little bit of butter
2. Fry off onion, pepper, leek and mushrooms
3. When cooked, add tinned tomatoes and leave to reduce, adding salt, pepper and herbs until it’s to your taste.
4. Roll out pastry to the size of your baking tray and put it on the tray
5. Add your veggies and sauce, leaving an inch of so from the edge to let pastry puff up
6. Top with sliced mozzarella
7. Bake in the over until pastry turns golden brown.

3. Katie’s Creamy Seafood Pasta
“I lived on this in my final year of uni and you can buy the whole lot for under a tenner!” 

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What You Need:
Spaghetti
1tbsp Cream Cheese
50ml Water
White Wine Vinegar
2 Sticks Celery(chopped)
Frozen Mixed Seafood (defrost day before!)
1 Clove Garlic (chopped)
Half an Onion (chopped)
Mushrooms (chopped)
Chilli (if you can handle it) (chopped)

How To Make:
1. Put cream cheese and water over a warm heat, with a splash of white wine vinegar. Mix together to make it water and turn the heat right the way up to reduce the sauce.
2.Add garlic, celery and onion to the sauce.
3. Boil your spaghetti in a separate pan.
4. Once sauce has thickened, turn down to a mid heat.
5. When sauce is the same consistency as single cream, add mixed seafood, mushrooms and chilli until warmed through.
6. Drain off your spaghetti, pour the sauce on top.
7. Add fresh parsley if you’re feeling fancy!

We don’t know about you, but we’re starting to get hungry! Fancy trying out some of these recipes? Tweet us @MyUNiDAYS with your creations and show off your cooking skills!

UNiDAYS Visits: House of Fraser AW15 Press Day

This week, one of our social girls, Allie, headed down to check out House of Fraser‘s AW15 home & fashion preview. Just when it’s getting to summer and we’re all wearing our shorts, brands like to think about the colder months, we know, it’s crazy. Let’s see what she had to say about the day!

“I thought I’d share some snaps as a little sneak-peak at what’s to come from House of Fraser towards the end of the summer. First up, let’s talk home ware! Now, I’m a self-confessed interiors addict, I’m always re-styling my shelves and moving things around in the house.

The Press Show Rooms were set up like little rooms, perfect for really showing you what the pieces can do to transform a room. This range was my favourite! ‘JUXTAPOSE’ was all about bright colours, natural woods, wire work and geometric shapes – it was right up my straza. The collection was, in my opinion, perfect for every room of the house, they even had mugs and tea towels in the cool prints. Prices start from just £12.

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Check out these super-cute Orla Kiely candles! I’m a sucker for anything Sixties-inspired. 

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There were at least 5 different ranges based on bedrooms, my second favourite was the ‘Living’ by Christiane Lemieux. This was a more luxurious range, it was similar to the colours of ‘JUXTAPOSE’ but with a more grown-up feel and loads of tropical elements thrown in. Incase you didn’t know, pineapples are massive and they’re going to be even bigger next season. Just check out the ‘Zeus’ pendant lamp below! 

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From home ware, I moved upstairs to the fashion section. First up, menswear. I checked out the suits first, there were some pretty snazzy numbers. I’m sure some of you guys would be up for rocking the floral or the bright blue get-up! These start at £200, an awesome price for a quality suit. 

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There were so many textures and patterns going on in the Heritage section with some cool brands like Ted Baker and an awesome Land Rover & Barbour collaboration.

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Moving on to womenswear, I was loving all the leopard print from Biba! There was so many statement accessories, I didn’t know where to look. If you think that faux fur is popular at the moment, just wait until AW15, fluff is really going to go OFF. Check out my favourite selection that I snapped on Instagram!

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Just look at that multi-coloured Helen Moore scarf in the background – it’s pure amazingness. Paired with those metallic shoes, this was accessory heaven. 

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A classic camel overcoat will never go out of style, this Linea piece was fab.  Overall in this collection there was a lot of navy, royal blue, cream, grey and camel. This colour palette is so easy to wear, I was loving it.

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I fell a bit in love with this ‘Gray + Willow’ checked overcoat too! It looks amazing with the fringed leather satchel bag. Creams for Autumn/Winter always look so pretty against grey city backdrops. 

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Hopefully you liked this little insight into my trip out! Let us know what your favourite pieces are in the comments.

GUEST POST: No-Knead Pizza for less than a fiver from Lottie’s Kitchen!

Our resident chef is back in the building! Lottie has created another amazing student-friendly recipe for us and it’s seriously making our mouths water. Check out her last post for an amazing smoothie recipe. 

“I don’t know what’s sadder; the unfortunate truth that ONE takeaway pizza can cost up to £20 or the fact I can manage to eat the whole thing in one sitting. Both, I think, are equally depressing pieces of knowledge.

This No-Knead Pizza recipe is a defiant response to such dreary information. It costs tuppence to make (seriously, no more than a couple of quid) and it’s light and delicious and can be easily topped with all sorts of healthy goodness, which practically demands you to sit down and eat the whole thing to yourself. Right? Right. I’m down for any recipe that excuses me to eat a whole pizza. Because: cheese.

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This particular recipe is also about time saving. Because I don’t think anyone has ever been patient for pizza. Once you’re decided on pizza you NEED it and you need it now. So this recipe cuts out the faff of excess kneading (you only have to knead this dough for 2 minutes!) and rising by simply cutting out the yeast. And guess what? It still tastes utterly delicious. We’ve stumbled upon the key to happiness, folks. And it lies in quickly-made pizza.

For the base: 
240g plain flour
120ml water
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

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For the topping:
2 tbsp tomato puree

3 tbsp water
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp olive oil
1 ball mozzarella
75g sliced chorizo
½ green pepper, sliced
handful of mushrooms, sliced

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How?
1. Preheat oven to 200c. Then combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and mix together.

2. Add all of the water and then using your hand like a dough hook bring the flour and water together until a ball of dough forms.

3. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. This should take 2-3 minutes. If you find the dough to be a little dry, lightly wet your hands and continue to knead.

4. Using a rolling pin or empty wine bottle, roll out your dough into a pizza base and place on a oven tray.

5. Brush olive oil over the pizza base. Now in a small bowl, combine the tomato puree, oregano and water to make a tomato paste. Brush the paste over the base, too.

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6. Tear the mozzarella and scatter all over the pizza base.

7. Prepare your toppings and add these. Turn up the corners of the pizza to make a crust and then cook in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.

8. Serve with potato wedges and salad!”

Top Picks: Hot Sneakers for Him & Her

Sneakers are major right now – the ultimate nod to sports luxe, they’re perfect all year round. With fashion front-runners wearing them 7 days a week we can’t help but want to add more to our footwear collection. Anything comfy and on trend is SO fine with us… We’ve collated some of our fave new styles for guys and girls to share with you.

For guys, we’ve picked out some absolute classics. Vans are a go-to brand for summer footwear and these yellow Vans Old Skool from ASOS scream heat-wave. We also think these Supra Hammer trainers from The Hut are a cool alternative to Nike Roshe Runs. These Nike SB skate shoes are also ideal additions to your wardrobe. Grab them from Route One with your 10% UNiDAYS discount.

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We’re loving the summer-feel girl’s sneakers around at the moment. These tropical print Adidas Originals are our absolute favourites. They’d look incredible paired with light denim! We’re also loving Reebok Fury trainers right now, the cut out detail makes them perfect for the warmer months. The leopard print on this pair make them a real statement shoe, ideal worn with an all-black outfit. For a more low-key option, we’ve selected these grey sneakers from Missguided. The pop of pink inside the trainer adds a little something extra.

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Get that footwear collection sorted now with your UNiDAYS discount!