SUMMER IS COMING…

It’s not here yet, and early morning temperatures wouldn’t suggest that it’s on the way, but we here on the Gold Coast (who are lucky weather-wise to say the least) can see the tell-tale signs. Having passed the shortest day, the length of the sun being up in the sky is increasing, we’re piling on less snow gear for our morning walks (ha ha) and we’re seeing plenty of brand new Summery arrivals dropping on SurfStitch.

Get your Summer dresses, accessories and swimsuits ready, because it’s nearly here… Summer is coming! Enjoy some Summer inspo to get you in the mood, and shop some of our favourite ‘it’s nearly here‘ pieces!

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BIKINIS

Zulu and Zephyr The Zulu Tri Cup Bikini | Neontide Mercury Sun Underwire Bra Bikini – Sunset Red | Rusty Bubble Bikini – Strawberry

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SWIM SFS

Stone Fox Swim Bambi Separate Top – Tahiti | Stone Fox Swim Hudson Separate Pant – Tahiti | Stone Fox Swim Mia Separate Top – Birds | Stone Fox Swim Tucker Separate Pant – Birds

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TOPS

Stussy OG Swirls Tee | Lioness Hurricane Love Womens Lace Top – White | Rip Curl Pineapple Xpress Tank – White

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DRESSES

Rhythm Picnic Party Dress – Sky | Finders Keepers Simple Life Dress – Leopard Bright White | Finders Keepers Simple Life Tee Dress – Hibiscus Black

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Imagery from JLD Newsletter, Popsugar, Camille Styles, Shop Style and others unknown.

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Ich Bin Ein Berliner

As mentioned previously, Lauren and I and two friends from Sydney (meet Ellie and Fliss) ventured into the red light district of Amsterdam, and it was….an experience. We didn’t quite know where exactly it was but knew we were heading in the general direction, we turned down a side alley and then BAM, naked ladies in windows. Well not completely naked, but I did see a lot of side boob. It was quite surreal walking up and down the canals, just casually checking out the girls in windows standing under red lights, some looking seductively at the men (and women) passing by, others looking ridiculously bored…. I don’t know what was worse! Prostitution is legal in Amsterdam, and all the girls have to pay taxes and have access to health care etc, but it was still very strange seeing how casual it was (especially when we saw men walking in and out of the girls roons – gross). Unfortunately photos are strictly banned so I can’t share this with you!

As expected, the ten hour bus ride to Berlin was uneventful, although we did pass a car on fire (no one was in it!). Lauren and I arrived in Berlin at about 6.30pm, checked into our hostel and then went for a wander around the main stretch near us – we’re staying right near Alexanderplatz and the Fernsehturm building (aka TV tower) so had dinner there and headed towards Brandenburg Gate. We passed the beautiful Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island (lots of museums in one area) and then made it to the Gate – which is huge, and beautiful! Modelled after Athens Acropolis, what once represented the division of Berlin and Germany, now represents the reunification of both. It’s a stunning entrance/exit to the Tiergarten, which are equally beautiful. We then walked through the Holocaust Memorial to those Euroepan Jewish people who were murdered in WW2. This memorial consists of 2711 concrete columns varying in size from knee height to towering above your head, all in rows on an undulating surface. In an ironic twist to the memorial, it turns out that the anti-graffiti paint that the columns are painted in comes from a company that is a subsidiary of the company that provided the killing gas to the concentration death camps throughout WW2….interesting fact!

On a happier note, our first full day was beautiful and sunny and yet again we walked so much I was convinced my knees and ankles were about to explode! We started off by heading to Mauer Park where there were the weekly Sunday flea markets – there’s anything and everything here so if you’re in Berlin on a Sunday, you should definitely check these markets out! As we’re on a budget and it’s still early days of our trip, we decided to do Berlin on our own and not join any tours. Luckily, a guy we met in Amsterdam told us about Trip Advisor City Guides app – free to download and has maps for cities all over the world! You download the app and then download the cities you want and it has things like top attractions, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, and the best – suggested itineraries! So we had a look and followed one of the itineraries for Berlin – the walking tour of the Berlin Wall! I 100% recommend any traveller downloading this app – I think it’s by far one of the more useful ones! This itinerary took us to the Berlin Wall Memorial, a border crossing on the river and a memorial to those who were killed whilst trying to escape via the river Spree, walked us along the memorial line of where the wall once stood, back to the Brandenburg Gate, to the Soviet War Memorial (did you know 25 million soviets died throughout WW2??!!), to an original watchtower of the wall and finally to Checkpoint Charlie. We also added in the old HQ of the SS and Gestapo, both found at a place called the Topography of Terror. Here you’ll find a long stretch of the wall still standing and a huge amount of information about WW2, the Cold War, Nazi Germany, the Berlin Wall and more. It was an absolutely huge day, full of information, most of which is quite sad, but it was a fantastic way to enter into a city.

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Next up was a visit to the Reichstag. Warning! Anyone wishing to visit the Reichstag must express their interest via online application! Luckily Ellie and Fliss, who we’ve kept crossing paths with, mentioned this to us so we just hopped online and within 24 hours and two emails later we had been approved to visit. Apparently our friends approval took a bit longer so if you know you want to visit maybe just get organised and apply earlier. If you don’t apply online, you can still do it in person at the visitors office, however, you will have to wait in long lines, and you can’t book in for the same day – most likely one or two days later. The Reichstag building (now used by the Bundestag) was well worth a visit – it’s free of charge (as are many things in Berlin – thank you Germany!)  and you also get an audio guide for your walk up and around the dome, which explains all the things you can see in the 360 degree view from the glass dome. We also visited the Deutsches Historisches Museum (€8, or €4 if you’re a student), which is a museum dedicated to (predictably) the history of Germany! The first floor is dedicated from 1918-now, and focused primarily on the struggles Germany faced post WW1, Hitler and his rise to power, WW2, the division of Germany into East and West, the Cold War and the subsequent reunification. Again, very interesting but very sad. The other exhibitions focus on Germany dating all the way back to the Middle Ages and beyond. We were in the lower levels for a very long time, so by the time we got ton the upper levels we were a bit museumed-out but if you’re interested in that history then definitely worth a visit.

For our evening event we headed out further into the Mitte district and had drinks at a place called Die Weinerie Forum (address is Veteranestraße 14) with Sydney friend Fliss. Not only is the wine cheap and yummy, but after 8pm, you pay 2€ to ‘enter’ the wine tasting, and after that you can try all the wines, drink as much as you want, and then pay what you think it’s worth at the end of your night! Bargain! We had some delicious wines for very little money! A good recommendation from Lauren’s cousin.

Plans for the next few days include a visit to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen, and some biking around the city!

Until then! :)

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This Monday: Enjoy the Little Things

This Monday, enjoy some lovely quotes and shots we’ve come across that help you to appreciate the little things in life that can brighten your day or someone elses! Everyone has their creature comforts, so make sure you fill your day with them.

Whether it’s a hot cup of your favourite tea, sneaking in a morning surf or even just getting a walk in at sunset, everyone has their ‘little things’ and we here at SurfStitch believe it’s important to make time for them!

Enjoy some Monday inspiration and remember this week to…

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Imagery from 100 Layer Cake, Design House of Moira, Tee Spring, Glitter Guide, Free People and others unknown.

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Mens Trend || Round Hats

Everyone needs at least one hat. There are heaps of hats that are trending around, though the wider ones are the ones that are keeping these perfect winter days sun rays, from reaching our face. Bucket hats and wide brimmed hats are all the rage and its not hard to see why. So many colours and styles are getting released all over the shop, we love it!

Here at SurfStitch, we can give you all the hat loving that’s needed for your cold winter head!

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WOMENS TREND: PRINTS THAT POP

We here at SurfStitch all love our statement pieces that make our outfits pop, and there’s no better way to do it than with a stand-out print! From florals to geometric shapes to indistinguishable shapes, make sure your wardrobe is equipped with printed pieces you love as we head towards the Spring season.

From monochrome to mixed-up brights, the louder your print, the better. Check out some of our perfectly printed inspiration and shop some of our favourite womens printed new arrivals – with everything from dresses to shorts and even footwear to get you started.

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Lee Reflector Dress – Reflector | Cameo Alone Tonight Dress – Monochrome Rose | Keepsake Chained Mini Dress – Black Rose Cluster

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TOPS

Billabong Floral Heat Top – Bikini Red | Tigerlily Jurneaux Top – Leopard | Minkpink Gingham Games Games Womens Womens Top

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SHORTS

Minkpink Pursuit Denim Short | Zulu and Zephyr Oceanfront Sweat Short | Finders Keepers Atlantic City Short – Hibiscus

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Pants

PANTS

Volcom Alexa Pant – Navy | Finders Keepers Begin Again Pant – Leopard | Tigerlily Soraya Pant – Marble

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Lipstik Toffee Sandal – Floral | Havaianas Slim Prints Animal Thong – Sand Grey Pink | Vans Womens Old Skool Shoe – Floral

Imagery from Julia Kostreva Blog, Ivana Revic, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Who What Wear, Sincerely Jules, Vogue, Atlantic-Pacific and Everything You Love to Hate.

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Time to Skate ||

It has come that time in winter that staying out of the water would be advised, unless the surf is pumping and you have your wetty prepared. If you haven’t already tried skateboarding, now would be a good time to pick up a board and give it your best shot.

We can’t help you with your skills to skate but we can certainly help you look your best at the skate park. From completes to accessories, SurfStitch have it all. Simple or busy designs, the fastest bearings to the loosest trucks.

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In Bruges

Our last day in London was spectacular weather and involved a lot more walking – Lauren (travel buddy for the duration) and I had a £10 lunch in a park on South Bank under London eye before heading off to meet some friends of mine from my Vietnam Contiki. We met them in Hyde Park before strolling around the more fancy parts of town – Mayfair (all I could think of was Monopoly!), Regent street, around the SoHo area and towards Convent Garden. I would definitely suggest Covent Garden to any London visitor. The two friends we were with are from England – not specifically London, but closer than we are to it – so they were able to show us the areas we probably wouldn’t have gone to on our own, including Covent Garden (which isn’t actually a garden). There were lots of cool markets, both food and clothing, with street performers and lots of people just milling about. After having a good look around there we went to meet oh with another friend from Contiki for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant called Cay Tre – very yummy and reasonable prices! Whilst we knew the address of the place, it did take us a few trips up and down Shaftesbury avenue to find the right side street – not that I minded as Shaftesbury avenue is mentioned in Harry Potter…. :)

But now we have officially started our Busabout section of our tour! We arrived to Paris at about 7pm after a roughly 8 hour bus ride from London (in which the older man sitting across the aisle from us did not stop staring at us – creepy! (But also solid effort for maintaining this for 8 hours)). The bus is a good option if you’re on a tight budget (which we are!). Whilst it’s longer than the train or plane, it is a couple of hundred dollars cheaper! Apparently there is a bit of a heat wave happening in Western Europe at the moment because it was 35 degrees that evening in Paris, and yet again, no air con! Next morning was a 5 hr bus ride to Bruges, in which we watched the move ‘In Bruges’ (it was weird,..). We arrived in the afternoon and immediately fell in love! Lauren described it as quaint, and she was spot on in my opinion! The cobblestone streets, the winding canals and the gothic architecture all combines to make a beautiful town. Not to mention that Belgium is famous for its chocolate, beer, waffles and apparently French fries dipped in mayonnaise – you can be sure we will sample all of these local delicacies. Call it cultural eating. In fact within half an hour of arriving we had already picked up a waffle from the street vendors – apparently these are the best (and cheapest!) places to get them – for only 3€! Bargain! And yes, it was delicious. This particular waffle came from a man in a van opposite the City Hall (Burg).

Belgian Waffles!

Our first full day involved a bike tour around the outer borders of Bruges. The company we went with was called QuasiMundo, and they run multiple bike tours and normal tours around Bruges – I would highly recommend it! Our tour guides were Jana and Joss (pronounced yana and yoss) and they were hilarious. It was a beautiful day with beautiful scenery – but it is also the best way to get around. I’m not the most competent bike rider, but the wide streets make it easier to avoid running into things, as I am very likely to do. Although Bruges is beautiful, we booked one too many nights here – I think an ideal amount is two or three nights! However, I would definitely suggest our hostel – it’s called The Bauhaus, and it’s got good rooms and a great atmosphere!

My final quick tip for today that I would suggest for the frequent traveller is to invest in a good set of earphones before you jet off. I would doubly suggest noise cancelling ones , because when you’re on that noisy bus or noisy hostel room, it’s nice to have the option to not hear some things! The ones I’m using at the moment are Marley - they’re super comfortable, cancel out any noise around me and as an added bonus (and my good deed for the day) are Eco-friendly!

Next stop is Amsterdam so – until then! :)

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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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SurfStitch Swim Preview 14 Has Landed

As we wait for the weather to heat up, brand new drops from the biggest and best brands in swimwear keep turning up. We’ve done you all a favour and put them together on display on incredible models Kate and Zoe, styled to perfection and shot on the sunny Gold Coast.

Follow us from dawn to dusk with your first look at Summer swimwear that’s new to SurfStitch, with the SurfStitch Swim Preview 2014. Get a taste for what’s to come with some of our favourite shots from the campaign, plus the full video. Check it out!

Love what you see? Shop the entire campaign here.

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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.

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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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