INTERVIEW: Model Silka Kurzak

Karla from SurfStitch: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us! You must be busy – what new projects have you taken on since winning the Face of QT Fashion Week and Awards?

Silka Kurzak: I’ve been very busy since being named Face of QT Fashion Week & Awards, shooting the campaign for QT Fashion Week and fulfilling media commitments – it’s been a whirlwind of activity and I haven’t had much downtime lately, but I like to stay busy so there’s no complaints here!

K: What are some of your favourite labels showing at QT Fashion Week?

S: I’m not 100% of all the designers that have been confirmed for QT Fashion Week 2014 yet but I’m hoping a lot of the designers from last year will be returning to show again. I really love Talulah, Marlies Dekkers, Ellery, Lisa Brown, Nicola Finetti and Dion Lee, so I’d love to see what they all have in store for the upcoming season! I’m also excited to see what last year’s up and coming designers, especially Peony Swimwear and Muchacho have done.

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K: Tell us about your personal style – what do you look for in a fashion brand?

S: My personal style changes depending on what I’m doing and where I’m going. I like to venture outside of the norm sometimes and would be the person who dares to wear it. I try not to buy based on brand name alone; I do have my favourites but I like to look for something different that not only complements my figure but shows a bit of my personality! My closet is a mix of beautiful vintage designer pieces, European designs and basics from chain stores! I have a lot of unique garments that I’ve picked up on travels with my mother.

K: Describe yourself in three words?

S: Unique, affectionate and bubbly.

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K: Which Summer pieces are you loving at the moment?

S: I can never go past a great silk kaftan in the Summer but at the moment I’m also really into long jumpsuits, accessorised with sunglasses and a big hat!

K: What are some of your favourite brands on SurfStitch?

S: I think this answer would be a lot shorter if I just listed the brands I don’t like – in fact that list would almost be non-existent. I really love almost all of the brands on SurfStitch, but it would be hard to pass up anything from Zimmermann or Camilla and Marc. I like to keep an open mind about designers and prefer to just buy styles or designs that I like, express who I am and suit my figure.

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K: Here at SurfStitch, we believe in shopping online but living offline. How do you like to switch off and live offline?

S: I really believe in taking some ‘me time’ every day to switch off to focus and centre myself. Whether it’s yoga, pilates, a walk on the beach or a session in the gym, I find that this time every day helps me to be the best possible ‘me’ I can be! I also like having that time out from technology to enjoy the simple life.

K: What are some of your favourite travel destinations?

S: I do love a tropical holiday! Anywhere with clear water, sand and a cocktail! Having said that though, some of my best holidays have been in Europe – I especially love Paris, Venice and Milan.

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K: You’re off on a tropical holiday and you can only pack five things, what are they?

S: Only five things ??!? Wow, that’s hard. Ok, most definitely sunscreen (gotta be sunsafe!), a good pair of cheeky cut bikinis, a sun lounger with towel, a big floppy hat and a never ending cocktail – for hydration purposes only of course ;-)

K: And finally, five quick questions:

  • Heels or flats? Heel for sure!
  • Beach or pool? Love what mother Earth has to offer – the beach!
  • Night in or night out? Night in – I’m such a homebody!
  • Handbag essentials? Definitely my phone, my favourite lipstick and a Herbalife protein bar!
  • First word that comes to mind when you think of SurfStitch? Satisfaction.

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Beachside Street Style

Karla and Taegen from the SurfStitch marketing team, along with our photographer, Chris headed out to James Street in Burleigh Heads on the sunny Gold Coast to catch a glimpse of what you guys were wearing while out and about!

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Eden keeps it casual in a cropped top and denim skirt. Check out a similar skirt here and top here.

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Kia and Hannah both rock aviator sunnies and black thongs on their day out. Check out our range of aviators and black thongs.

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Inez looks perfectly feminine in floral shorts and white sandals. See similar shorts here and sandals here.

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Tamieah rocks the trend of the season with a cropped top and printed shorts. Shop similar shorts here, top here and sandals here.

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Sharna and Sami wear a printed playsuit and drop-hemmed dress – shop a similar playsuit here, dress here and denim vest here.

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Emily dresses up her black denim shorts and Converse All Stars with a printed top and bag – shop similar top here and bag here.

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Tiffany adds a playful touch to her Tigerlily skirt with a plain tee and Converse All Stars. Shop similar skirt here and sunnies here.

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Danielle and Jade wear floral prints and lots of black – shop the featured Vans here and similar printed playsuit here.

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Emma wears an oversized floral shirt over her bikini and a floppy sunhat shop a similar shirt here and hat here.

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Jessica’s felt fedora and printed maxi stand out – shop a similar hat here and skirt here.

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Alex stands out in bright shorts and a slogan tank. Shop similar shorts here and top here.

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Gabi matches her pastel blue shorts to her strappy sandals. Shop similar shorts here and sandals here.

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Rachel’s denim shorts paired with a white singlet and boho accessories are the perfect look for a sunny day. Shop similar shorts here, singlet here, sandals here and jewellery here.

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Recipe: Recovery Juices & Smoothies

There may be a few weary eyes and sore heads hanging around today as the New Years celebrations come to a wind down and the office seems to be nearing closer. There is nothing better than to scare off a hangover and bounce back into it than with a cleansing juice or soothing smoothie. Luckily for me I received a new blender for Christmas so I’ve already been taking mine for a spin (literally) and been blending up those delicious summer fruits. Take a look at a few of my favourites below and fill your body with nutrients to get you feeling your best in 2014!e68f6a0a78ca6d1bcbeb59f8b19e2e9b

THE GREEN JUICE- First recipe is the essential green smoothie and a favourite of health advocate Lorna Jane.-2031387220Blend together 1 apple, 1 lemon, 1/4 cup parsley, 1 cup spinach or kale and add 2 cups of water for blending or leave the water if juicing.

“Nothing beats nourishing first thing in the morning with a zing of lemon and some fresh green apple – now this is my way of waking up.”

 

THE BERRY SMOOTHIE- This next smoothie is a little bit more fun, it’s a delicious non-dairy breakfast smoothie from Body + Soul.25323-1_nBlitz together in a blender 1 banana, handful of almonds, handful of blueberries, handful or organic oats, sprinkle of chia seeds, 1 cup of skim milk and a few ice cubes.

 

THE BANANA SMOOTHIE- This is no ordinary banana smoothie with added nutrients with pineapples and orange it incorporates your favourite summer fruits. From the Edible Perspective._MG_8153Blend up, orange juice (add in depending on how thick you like it), plain yoghurt, 1 banana, 1 pineapple, sprinkle chai seeks, sprinkle maca powder and handful of ice.

 

BOOSTER JUICE: This recipe I got from our lovely friends at Free People. With immune boosters like carrot and ginger this will have you fighting fit in no time.

CARROTJUICE1Simple juice together 1 ginger, 2 oranges and couple of carrots. Add ice and you’re done!

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Enjoy!

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Merry Christmas from SurfStitch!

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On behalf of everyone here at SurfStitch I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Christmas is the one time of year to over indulge in delicious food, yummy cocktails and really enjoy being in the company of our friends and family. Hope you all take time out today to reflect on how lucky we are to enjoy Christmas in such a beautiful place whether you plan to take a dip in the ocean, a snag on the BBQ or some fresh prawns get into the jolly spirit. After a busy couple of weeks packing some lucky customers orders we all here truly deserve time to put our feet up and enjoy. Can’t wait to spend another year with you all! MERRY CHRISTMAS and take a look at our silly office really getting into the spirit last week! xmas55827 xmas55830 xmas55832 xmas55837 xmas55841 xmas55865

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Christmas Cracker Recipes

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Try these tasty, refreshing and healthy recipes this Christmas Day. From a berry and prawn salad to watermelon cocktail we’ve got your menu sorted. These recipes can easily be made for a large gathering so eat up, share and enjoy (the afternoon nap that follows)!927855bb61920b0364416db5d46abed8

Try this summer cocktail on a sizzling Christmas lunch. With fresh watermelon and mint it will cool you down on even the hottest days. This drink recipe was tried and tested by SurfStitch staffer, Dajana and she guarantees it’s not only refreshing but healthy.

Ingredients: Coconut water, fresh watermelon, fresh mint, bacardi/ vodka, ice, extra mint or strawberries to top.

Method: Mix together coconut water, fresh watermelon, fresh mint, bacardi or vodka. Combine into a food processor with a handful of ice and blend on low until ice is just crushed. Fill a glass and top with fresh mint or strawberries.

For a mocktail option leave out the optional alcohol.

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Triple Berry Summer Salad

This salad screams summer! Filled with fresh berries, avocado and an Australian Christmas essential of prawns it’s full and fabulous!

Ingredients: Baby spinach, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sliced almonds, basic, avocado, feta and additional prawns

Method: On a big sharing plate place baby spinach and top with berries, almonds, basic, chopped avocado and fresh prawns. Crumble feta on top then dress with salad dressing (an olive-oil based vinaigrette would be best).

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Recipe from: http://iowagirleats.com/2013/05/29/triple-berry-summer-salad/ & other images: pinterest

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Staff Style this Christmas

Over the holiday season specifically, staff orders (just like customer ones) are rampant. Gifts for others, gifts for oneself or gifts for no good reason – it’s all ok and we love to showcase it!

Check out what some of the SurfStitch team have been buying around the office and shop the styles you like along the way.

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 Kia from marketing wears the Unif Celize Bag Muscle in Faded Black and Anna from uploads wears the Stylestalker No 8 Tee in Black.

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 Marketing director Martin wears the Pass Port Sas Diamond Snapback Cap in burgundy.

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Taegen from marketing wears the Tigerlily Sarasa Mu Mu in Indigo, Em from uploads wears the Tigerlily Laharia Skirt in Indigo and Yolanda from HR wears the Tigerlily Kutch Maxi Dress in Basmati

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Brittany from reception wears a Camilla and Marc tee (now sold out), Lee High Licks Jeans in Absolute Black and Birkenstock Womens Madrid Sandals in Black.

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 Tam from marketing wears the Tallow Verve Maxi Dress in Tiki Paisley and Luke from marketing wears the Raen x Alex Knost Flowers Sunglasses in Brindle Tortoise and the Polar Skate Co. Stefan Narancic Tee in Charcoal.

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 Amy from customer service wears the Keepsake Chilled Heat Top in Black.

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 Kersha from photography wears the Mitchell & Ness Chicago Bulls Reversible Mesh Tank in Red and White and Connie from photography wears the Sass 60s Playsuit in Tarot Print.

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 Chris from photography wears the Vanishing Elephant Abbey SS Shirt in Chambray Polka Dot and Take from photography wears the Quiksilver Patriots Tee in Vintage Black.

Footwear

 

We love our SurfStitch footwear too! Take a look at our womens footwear and our mens footwear on site.

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Roxy Outdoor Fitness Day!

Over 30 key fashionista’s including the teams from Harpers Bazaar, COSMO, Shop Til Drop, Women’s Fitness and even SurfStitch joined ROXY pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons and Quiksilver legend Tom Carrol for a SUP session at Watson’s Bay! Sydney turned on the weather and the glassy water for a fun standup session in the latest range of wetsuits and fitness gear from ROXY.

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Check out some of the Roxy wetsuits and Roxy activewear worn by the girls, available on SurfStitch!

Summer Wetsuits and Rashie

Roxy K Meador 2MM Cross Back Short John | Roxy K Meador 2MM Cross Back Short John – Red | Roxy Wild Hearts CS Rash Vest – Wild Orchid

Spring Suits

Roxy 2MM Booty Cut LS Springsuit Wetsuit – BGT Silver | Roxy K Meador 2MM FZ LS Springsuit - Red | Roxy K Meador 2MM FZ LS Springsuit

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Roxy Ready Steady Top – Multi Palm Pattern | Roxy Land to Sea Bottom – Multi Palm Pattern | Roxy Move it Short – Smoke Signals

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How to Bake: Chewy Chocolate Chunk Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

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Ok, so the moment I read this heading I was sold, no pictures required! It’s pretty much all my favourite ingredients mixed in one: chocolate, oats and coconut, that makes for a sure hit in my books. And what better way to spend a lazy Sunday than with a little bit of afternoon baking where the smell wafts through the house and you enjoy a freshly baked cookie with your afternoon cup of tea.

Theambitiouskitchen is one food blog I look at almost weekly to find the latest healthy dinner and lunch options and maybe a sneaky treat too! These chewy chocolute chunk coconut oatmeal cookies have a rich chocolate oozing out of a delicious oatmeal and coconut goodness. By using coconut oil instead of butter it makes them that little bit more health conscious. Feel free to add in some walnuts or other nut alternatives to make them a little more nutty. My advice would be to make an extra batch because these will be gone before they’ve had time to cool!

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Shopping List

  • 1 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened is fine)
  • 3.5 oz semi-sweet 60% cooking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. In large bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In bowl of an electric mixer beat together melted coconut oil and brown sugar until smooth. Add in egg, milk and vanilla; beat again for 2 minutes or until smooth.
  4. Add in flour & oat mixture to the wet ingredients; mixing until well combined. Slowly add in coconut and chocolate chunks.
  5. Drop dough with cookie scoop or by large rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges just being to turn a golden brown. Do not over bake; unless you want crunchy cookies! Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes on baking sheet. Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Makes 2 dozen.

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Images & Instructions The Ambitious Kitchen

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