ITEMS OF THE WEEK: PIECES THAT POP

As the sun shines ever brighter and festival season comes ever closer, our wardrobes at SurfStitch are calling out for brighter, lighter and louder pieces. We’ve gone on about colour pops and loud patterns – and the trend isn’t budging as more brands bring out crazy brights for both ladies and gents new arrivals.

Ladies, can we get a round of applause for…

The MINKPINK Pipe Down Skirt – Yellow Pink - $59.99.

Appropriately named, this little number yells and screams loud enough to be a statement piece in your summer wardrobe. Paired with a white singlet or tee, it’s a gorgeous daytime outfit, and paired with a cropped top and a pair of wedge heels, it’s the perfect piece for summer evening cocktails.

Gentlemen, can we get a round of applause for…

The Von Zipper Couch Surfer Singlet – Magenta – $45.99.

Singlets are slowly becoming a guys best friend on sticky hot summer days, and what better way to rock one than to go with colours that pop! Step out of your comfort zone a little, and don a statement singlet that’ll get heads turning.

Check out the womens new arrivals and mens new arrivals this week at SurfStitch.

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Lately On Instagram.

Always love a bit of hammock time.

Check out what we’ve been up to for the month of August on SurfStitch’s Instagram. And if you don’t already, follow us @surfstitch.

Made a few cheeky purchases.

Headed to Byron Bay for Splendour In The Grass.

Sadly lost one of our favorite staff members at SurfStitch but gained another wonderful girl. And celebrated with lunch time cocktails, of course.

Received TUNS of new arrivals.

Took in the first of the Spring time sunshine with backyard lunches.

Celebrated a bunch of birthdays!

Got excited about the impending arrival of Sperry footwear.

And showed some appreciation for our home town, the Gold Coast.

 

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Count Down To Splendour.

Only one more sleep till I hit the road for Byron Bay and gear up for Splendour In The Grass!

To ensure I’m in the right head space for three days of festival madness, I’ve got my driving playlist prepped with all of my favourite tunes from Jack White, Lanie Lane, San Cisco, Friends, Bloc Party, Jinja Safari, Metric, Lana Del Rey, The Kooks and of course, The Smashing Pumpkins.

And…in order to look my festival best, I have the following items ready to pack…

A WIDE BRIMMED HAT:

LACE UP BOOTS:A GREAT PAIR OF SHADES:

A VERSATILE JACKET:

A STATEMENT ITEM: (because the best thing about festivals is getting away with things you usually wouldn’t!)

AND A BAG THAT’S JUST THE RIGHT SIZE:For those of you heading along this weekend, here’s a little something to get you excited!

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Festival Fever at SurfStitch.

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With Splendour in the Grass fast approaching and the Summer festivals only a season away, it’s time to start thinking about the most important thing (aside from the music)…the fashion!

This year’s festival season in America brought the ultimate inspiration with the best of the celebrity crowd showcasing their take on festive dressing.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Image.

Kate Bosworth. Image.

Go simple and chic like Rosie and Kate with a shirt and short combo or printed dress.

Dita Von Teese. Image.

Whitney Port. Image.

Dita and Whitney keep it fun and fresh with quirky colour combo’s and simple whites always accessorised with a great pair of shades. You can’t go wrong if you mimic these looks.

Angus Stone. Image.

Austin Butler and girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens. Image.

For all you guys out there, festival fashion isn’t just restricted to the ladies. Get involved and remember that accessories like hats, sunglasses and jewellery are key for festival dressing.

Check out our latest festival friendly arrivals here.

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Music Roundup. Primavera Sound, Barcelona.

You know we at SurfStitch love a music festival and the SurfStitch Europe crew are no different. Just a quick, cheap flight away from the our base in the south-west France, it would have been rude not to have made the trip for one of Europe’s best festivals – Primavera Sound in Barcelona!

Primavera is held over five days at the impressive Parc del Forum, an urban park designed by famous Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. Situated right on the harbour and facing the Mediterranean sea, different stages sometimes appear to float like islands as sailing boats pass by in the distance. A special festival atmosphere.

The days were long and hot and beers plentiful as you kept a constant look out for the ‘San Miguel man’ – an ingenious concept whereby mobile bar staff with kegs strapped to their backs wander around the festival stages ready to render top-ups at any time.

And of course, the lineup this year was out-of-control with something for everyone and every phase of your musical life. Here we walk you through the looks to match the bands…

Grunge Revisted.

Cut-offs denim shorts, raw edges, chunky boots, a touch of army and lots of jingle jangle accessories equals rocker perfection for the likes of The Cure, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab for Cutie, Wild Beasts and The Walkmen.

Colour Me Bad.

Keep it colourful with fluro accessories, coloured denim, mad prints and an irrepressible smile while dancing like a mad (wo)man to M83, SBTRKT, Justice (Live), The Rapture and The Grimes.

Keep it Clean.

Why over-complicate things? Nothing could be purer than double-denim and your trusted Vans to take in the sounds of Beach House, Kings of Convenience, Rufus Wainwright, Washed Out, Beirut, Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo and The XX.

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Tunesday. Youth Lagoon.

It feels like I’ve been waiting forever to see this guy perform live…although it really hasn’t been that long. Trevor Powers is an unassuming character, a 22 year old American musician with a boyish-like face accompanied by a mass of dark curly hair and a mesmerizingly innocent voice. The debut album “Year Of Hibernation” was released late last year with its delicate tracks and an undeniable vibe of hushed intimacy.

Performing with only a keyboard and a guitarist on stage, Powers is surrounded by an untouchable aura as his usually hushed vocals are put on show. With so little standing between him and the audience, Youth Lagoon’s performances are intimate and personal. I’m so stoked to be seeing Youth Lagoon perform live at Byron Bay’s Splendour In The Grass. Who are you most looking forward to at this year’s Splendour?

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Music Roundup. Splendour Edition.

SPLENOUR in the grass tickets went on sale last week and sold out in a record time of just 43 minutes. The three-day music festival has finally returned to Byron Bay’s Belongil Fields this year with one hell of an impressive line-up. Bloc Party, The Kooks, Lana Del Rey, Hilltop Hoods, Kimbra and local Angus Stone to name just a few.

BLOC PARTY

After three years, Bloc Party will be returning to Australia for Splendour 2012. Debuting material from their forthcoming new album (as well as our favourite old stuff) I can’t wait to see these guys perform live!

KIMBRA

Ever since Kimbra’s duet with Gotye in the worldwide smash hit ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ I’ve been waiting to see this quirky, soulful songstress perform live… Can’t wait!

LANA DEL REY

Welcome Lana Del Rey. Introduced to many of her fans through her DIY video for, “Video Games”, her contemporary, darkly enchanting album ‘Born to Die’ is currently on high rotation around the world.

Splendour 2012 here we come!

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Coachella Recap. Best & Worst Moments.

Three days traipsing through the Californian desert at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, we were exhausted and sunburned, but mostly astounded with all the incredible music. It would be easy to say that Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and hologram Tupac were the highlight for the whole weekend but with so many other amazing artists performing live it would be selling them short. Check out the highlights and low-points of our trip here!

A-FOR-EFFORT AWARD

Although Azealia Banks only performed for 20 minutes, that 20 minutes was raw and hypnotic. We all wanted more, but am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Azealia over the next few years.

BEST COSTUME

Janet Jackson…need I say more?

LADY GAGA…IN 10 YEARS?

SEXIEST PERFORMANCE

The Weeknd hands down. His sexy, soul voice had girls throwing their panties in the air.

BEST CELEBRITY APPEARANCE

Alicia Silverstone was spotted sporting a plaid button-up shirt, destroyed boyfriend jeans and bubba Bear Blu. So cute!

BEST $5 SPENT EVER

40-degree heat. Dehydrated. Endless drink lines. And the most perfect, juiciest, watermelon wedge ever.


HOTTEST COUPLE

MOST HEARTFELT QUOTE

When Florence from Florence And The Machine declared her love for her fans and then asked the audience to proclaim their love for each other. Every person in the crowd turned to who they were with and gave them a hug. Such a special moment.

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE NIGHT

Most notable surprise appearance of the weekend was John Fogerty during the Black Keys’ set!

 

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