ITEM OF THE WEEK // Rain jacket

Rains blue jacket is this weeks item of the week, for the simple fact that it is a rain jacket. Rain jackets have always be considered cheap and most of the time a one off thing. But now Rains have introduced a rain jacket that is stylish comfortable and attractive, which means that it isn’t limited to just going out the in the rain.

This jacket offers high quality rain protection at an affordable price that will keep everyone warm and dry as well as their wallet.

Either long or waist length, you will be able to find a colour and a length for you. These jackets can be worn wherever and whenever. SurfStitch have these jackets in various colours and for various showers!

4JAC-BLU-RAINS-1_400X500Rains Jacket – Blue 

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London Baby!

After a gruelling 24 hours of no sleep and constant travelling, I finally arrived in London! And much to my pleasure, it’s been sunny and hot every day so far (hopefully I haven’t jinxed it for the next 24 hours). Like the true party animal I am, after arriving at my hostel in Victoria (it swaps about 9.30pm London time), I promptly fell asleep. Raging first night in Europe!!

As a European first timer, I’ve found starting with London very nice – everyone speaks English, everyone drives on the same side of the road (but they walk on the righthand side – confusing!) and, after being initially intimidated by the tube system, I’ve discovered that it is incredibly easy to get around! I would definitely suggest investing in an Oyster card, or if not, a weekly tube pass – saves you money in the long run, and makes it far easier and faster getting on and off the tube.

As I’m limited on time in this beautiful city, I’ve jam packed my days with all the touristy things I can possibly fit in! Yesterday involved the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, Oxford street, Parliament House and. Big Ben.  Unfortunately I was not aware that most of the big tourist places that you might want to see charge through the teeth to let you in.

The London Eye is a definite tourist trap – one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It costs £21 and takes over an hour between buying tickets and completing the full rotation, but it really was a spectacular view. Probably not something I’d do twice, but I definitely don’t regret doing it.

Getting an Eye-ful

The Buckingham Palace was quite cool to see, but then again I’m a bit of a fan of the royal family (yes, I watched the wedding, and the mocumentary on Kate and William the night before). I would suggest timing it for the changing of the guard, just adds a bit more excitement to the whole experience.  As it’s such a beautiful city, my days have been filled with walking – we walked all around the city, all the way down Oxford st ( did you know there are 6 Zara’s and 4 H’n'Ms on the one road? Ridiculous.) across Hyde Park, which included a spot of paddle boating, and then a slow walk back to our hostel.

Day two was spent primarily by myself and again, involved more exercise than I have down for a very long time! I started my adventure by getting the tube to the Tower of London. I initially was hesitating as to whether or not I should go in, as it costs £22 ($40 Aussie), but eventually I bit the bullet and went – again I would definitely recommend it. You can join a tour for free with one of the beefeaters, but it just chose to wander around by myself, and I’m glad I made that decision. I was able to walk around at my own pace, stop where I wanted to, skip what I didn’t want to see. All along the walls are bits and pieces of English history mainly surrounding past kings and queens. The Crown Jewels were my favourite part- one of the diamonds weighs over 530 carats! My suggestion for how to spend a day in London (if it’s not raining!) would be to start at the Tower of London, walk over the Tower Bridge (I was thinking of the Spice Girls movie the entire time), and stick to the Queens Walk which takes you along the Thames River side. I walked through the Borough Markets – really good street food, cheap and easy (I had a strange looking Indian dish which was delicious!), Sticking to this walkway takes you past the Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, and if you duck across the Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral. I chose not to go into St Paul’s, purely because it costs £16 and I had preferences over this, but from what I hear it is spectacular. From there you can either catch the tube back into Westminster, but as it was such a beautiful day, I chose to walk along Southbank. It’s a bit of a trek, but it was well worth it. Apparently London is having a heat wave (it’s about 27 degrees), and everyone has come out to enjoy the sun – I even saw someone sun baking on the banks of the Thames!

After making you way back into the heart of London, I would definitely recommend entering Westminster Abbey. It costs £18, but it is truly amazing. The sheer size of it alone is spectacular, but when combined with the incredible stain glass windows, intricate sculpture on the roof and the amazing names of people who are buried in the abbey, the experience is one that is not to be missed. Some of the names of people who have been buried that I saw include; Shakespeare, Chaucer, Isaac Newton, the Brontë sisters and many many many more. Again, it depends what sort of history you are interested by, but it truly is a spectacular place.

Now I know I said I was doing Europe on a budget, and I am, but sadly London has already blown that initial $100 a day (maximum) goal that I had. Accommodation isn’t the cheapest, and all of these tourist attractions eat my money up like nothing else.  Whilst I was debating about what site to see and what to miss, I decided just to bite the bullet – how many times will I be in London? Maybe I won’t get another chance like this to see the sights! So I just sucked it up and paid the entrance fee. So sadly I can’t give you money saving tips right now, except that the street food I’ve seen so far has been delicious and cheap.

My final quick tip before leaving you is this; load up a map of the city you’re in on a wifi network, and then use it out and about in the city. Both my sister and friend   Michelle here in London suggested this to me, and it was an excellent idea. I was unaware that GPS didn’t use data (make sure you’re data roaming is turned off of course). I was able to navigate my way around London without looking like a complete geek by getting my foldable map out every two minutes!

So that’s all from me at the moment! Still trying to get into the swing of things over this side of the world, but hopefully should be in tune very soon!

Next stop is Paris, but only over night, and then onto Bruges, so will probably post from there!

Until next time :)

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Audio // Mayhem

Whether your a baseline junkie, a Sunday vibes person or just someone that enjoys listening to music on the go, SurfStitch have the range of audio accessories for you!

If you’re after records or record players, there is something for you. Crosley’s products have been around for nearly a century, innovating and diverging into new ventures. Their latest product recaptures those old vinyl’s that hold the crisp sound of your favourite 90′s hits. These now preserved memories can be re-incarnated and you can flash back to your finest hours as a teen.

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Records

Universal The Beatles – Abbey Road – Vinyl | Inertia Music Iron & Wine – Ghost on Ghost – Vinyl | Inertia Music Beirut – The Riptide – Vinyl 

On the run portable speakers are a must for desks or even just for the lazy afternoons sipping on your favourite cider and even for the baseline junkies. Kakkoii have innovated a cool and durable design that belts out a massive 85 dB sound from just a Bluetooth connection.  Also, Nixon’s exciting range of portable speakers, can last a whole day from just one charge.

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Kakkoii WOW Speaker – Black | Nixon Blaster Portable Wireless Speaker – Surplus Black | Kakkoii WOW Mini Speaker – Blue 

Now, Headphones or Ear buds. The choice is yours, but here is a range of products that we here at SurfStitch have for your eargasms to begin.

For the Headphone lovers, SkullCandy are pushing the limits when it comes to their range of headphones. They have your favourite basketball teams to even headphones that have a removable earphone to use as a speaker. Marshall provide for the quality lovers of music, with their love for music production and sound, they are leader in the sound department.

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For the Earbud lovers, Marshall have a great quality sound perfect for your recording sessions in the garage as well as your jam outs! Nixon have a crisp clean design and sound also Marley have entered the audio race with their cool, Jamaican designed ear buds.

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Images sourced from: Tumblr and others unknown. 

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Brixton | Spring Collection | Preview

Brixton have a huge collection for your spring wardrobe right around the corner. Known for their iconic style of hats and shirts, they have not let us down in the up and coming collection. The three friends have taken on the skate industry and have been pushing the boundaries,with this springs style.

Their hats and snap backs offer a different look and can be perfect for your head at any time of the year. Additionally they have introduced some intriguing styles of tees and shorts into their product range.

 Here is a taste of some of their collection that will be all available at SurfStitch.

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Brand Feature: Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz being the oldest continuous skateboarding company in the world, has a massive reputation for creating awesome apparel and even better skateboards. The brand is still making leaps everywhere in the world, it is continuing to bring out more skateboard designs and more apparel designs.

Expanding from skateboards to socks and jumpers to cut offs, Santa Cruz are producing more and more for everyone. Represented by the beach side city, Santa Cruz’s brand depicts an iconic skateboarding style. Yet they have broaden the horizons in which novice, amateur and professional skateboarders, skate. Their cruisers incorporate the old school wide boards, with the retro print and retro styles. Their new school decks are injected with colours and crazy designs that give them an iconic skateboarding name.

See what SurfStitch stock in the Santa Cruz range and get set for the bowl and rails, yew!

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Saturday Snoozing

It’s finally Saturday, which means we can hit the snooze button for good and stay in bed as long as we like! Today will be spent trawling the internet for some beautiful places to put on the travel list, here are some inspirational pics just incase you’d like to join me in compiling those never ending lists…

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Imagery from Google, Pinterest and wishbonesandwanderlust.

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BRAND FEATURE: CROSLEY

Vintage never sounded so good.

Crosley first started out manufacturing radios in the 1920s and now in 2014 Crosley Radio continues to expand its product line creating vintage-inspired electronics incorporating the latest technologies such as iPod docks, Bluetooth and MP3 capabilities.

Transport and listen to the soundtrack of your life with rich warm sounding vinyl and Crosley’s epic fully transportable turntables.

With cute retro styling and at an affordable price Crosley turntables are perfect for the beginner audiophile.

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Red

Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable

Black

Crosley Ranchero MP3 Player + Radio

Blue

Crosley Collegiate Portbale USB Turntable

Some of our favorite vinyl records on SurfStitch. We also asked around the office for staff opinions on what records just sound better on vinyl.

  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • The Wall – Pink Floyd
  • Naturally – JJ Cale
  • Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin
  • Blue – Joni Mitchell
  • Mezzanine – Massive Attack

LPs

 The Beatles – Abbey Road | The Natinal – High Violet | Rodriguez – Searching for Sugarman | Tame Impala – Innerspeaker | Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made The Radio | Bon Iver – Bon Iver | Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros | Haim – Days Are Gone | Cat Power – Moon Pix

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WOMENS TREND: BRALETTE + TOPS

7b55f5257ad017b3228d06ffb520b5d7Once upon a time a visible bra would have been looked at as taboo, tacky and completely unnecessary. However these days the more lace shown the better. Feminine, sexy and versatile lace bralettes are made to be shown under a loose singlet or sheer shirt. Pretty lingerie is the perfect option when the weather is so hot outside you want to wear as little as possible or when you are feeling a little bit confident and want to show a touch of sexiness. Seen in numerous street style blogs this is a trend that will continue into the cooler months peeking through a loose knitted jumper or shirt.464872b825d9f812ba742f1f8dc77ea3 img7017aBright-Bralette-Cosabella-N d2e13f0612d65001bab2e531f06b422f Love a lace bra:Lace

Cheap Monday Shape Lace Bra: Pink | Purple | Black White-On-White-Oracle-Fox144c5a2526d51b228d4114fd6d163ba8

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What to wear:Tops

Cheap Monday Morgan XL Tank | Billabong Sea Through Me Top | First Base Sheer Teejak

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Add a sexy sheer: Sheer

 

First Base Sports Bra | Cheap Monday Mesh Mini Triangle Bra | First Base Peek A Boo

Images: thetrendwhisper, oraclefox, harperandharley, fashiontoast, pinterest

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ITEMS OF THE WEEK: SLOUCHY

76efc67fd63aaafc5bee228e76cb8106There’s no better feeling than slouching around on the weekend or after work in your comfiest outfit. After a long day, have a hot shower and slip into a pair of soft pants and an oversized jumper. The best thing about this look is that if you need to run out last minute it’s acceptable to wear in public as it’s not your trackies and uggs.b82475762ce397c23114a11ce3bba0d273a35dd0db7440936fafd46370730d4d55ec5fd232bb5325eee815469493b1e6

These L’America pants are as comfy as your track pants but are on trend with a drop crotch pant and side pockets. Lounge around the house in a basic tee or throw on a stripe top and your birkenstocks for an early coffee date on a Saturday morning. LA4FP100LIGH-L`AMERICA-4

 L’America Lounge Pants | L’America On Safari Tee

5f1df6fd46ce1b0e6af54ec4ced2f712fce95d7fae2c09b6fd906f71ac93f1bdWhether you’re throwing these on after the gym or to get up for an early surf check these Stussy track pants are what you need all winter long. Wear with a tee when the sun is warm or throw on a hoodie and sunnies for casual cool. ST045604BLK-STUSSY-4

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Images: Pinterest

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CAPTAIN FIN CO // VANS

With the likes of Dane Reynolds, Noa Deane, Tanner Gudauskas and many more, Captain Fin Co. is a steezy, eclectic, new age take on the classic fin. Jazzy prints, bold colours and contemporary art designs make this brand a mind blowing colour force to be reckoned with. If you’re looking to stand out in the line up, you’re on the right track.

Wave: Mitch King- Photography: Pat Vaughan

If you’re into carving concrete lines and mongo footing down Santa Monica boulevard (or probably just your local neighbourhood) , hitting the slopes or getting real in the surf, Vans has you sorted. Vans have been creating sticky soles and effortless sports attire since March 16th, 1966. Like a wine, getting better with age, they continue to be the forefront of the skate, surf and snow industry with their classic style and simplistic vibes.

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Sometimes it takes two to tango, so Vans and Captain fin co, have done just that and teamed up to create one of the freshest surf/skate collaborations we have seen yet. Check out the Captain Fin Co twist on a classic Vans tee, here. And not to mention, the ultra lightweight, durable Vans/Captain fin co. Costa Mesa Sneaker.. perfect for those arvo sessions in the bowl.

vanscollabVans/Captain Fin Co. – Anchor Tee                        Vans Captain Fin Co. Costa Mesa Shoe     

 

 

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