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I pride myself on being a city girl with the know-how and quick witted savviness of navigating the urban jungle that is London’s tangled tube lines, endless queuing systems and the ever confusing exit numbers at Old Street station. However, along with my nimble skill of cruising crowded city pavement, I also pride myself with admitting I buy way too many lattes from Pret, work way too many unpaid hours and don’t quite make it to the gym often enough – but I know I’m not alone.

With the trials and tribulations of living in a city like London, one thing that remains at the forefront of my mind is what I’m wearing while at the helm. Pieces that I can turn to when I’m running late for a girls night out, when a classic boardroom to bar evening becomes a midnight-bus-home kind of night or if I need to do a complete outfit switcheroo in the office bathroom within 5 minutes.

Warehouse Tales of the City

Cue Warehouse’s new fashion blog Tales of the City, their new style bible for urban girls like me. With new issues launching every Friday that deliver a dash of instant inspo, they cover every aspect of the working city girl’s lifestyle – WORK, PLAY, RELATIONSHIPS and STYLE. There are tongue-in-cheek articles around Tinder dating, instant fashion favourites from the brand, the latest cultural news tidbits plus glimpses into their new season heroes, um hello, red and black scratch-check duster coat!

With Autumn/Winter ’14 already under way, no urban girl is complete without this – read the latest issues from Tales of the City here.

Warehouse Tales of the City

Images source: warehouse.co.uk

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Covering 30,000 sq feet under Waterloo’s tunnels, House of Vans is a skate – BMX – art – music – visual – event space which has at long last opened its doors today to a much anticipated London crowd. The House is divided into five tunnels each with a different event space. From the screening room in Tunnel 2 to the gig space of Tunnel 3, the House of Vans vibrates with energy, but it’s Tunnel 4 that has the very impressive pool-style skate park, complete with viewing hub and tv screens to catch all the skate/BMX talent.

As it’s the opening weekend, there’s a series of screenings, workshops and gigs over the next couple of days, and I rushed over this afternoon on Day 1 to find it happily lived up to every bit of its hype.

Skateboarding legends Tony Alva and Christian Hosoi were spotted, casually chatting in the adjacent cafe and later, Vans founder, Steve Van Doren himself – in a Hawaiian shirt and Vans slip ons of course. I gifted myself to a few freebies that were on hand, and then queued up for a visit to the pop up workshops in the Vans Labs – all while beats echoed through the tunnels from the resident DJ.

DJ Barely Legal

I got to try my hand at screen printing in Vans Lab #1, courtesy of Lovenskate. I printed my own very cool London edition House of Vans tshirt!

House of Vans tshirt printing

Afterwards, I queued up again for a bespoke House of Vans manicure from Wah Nails in Vans Lab #4. I chose the classic logo and 20 minutes later walked out with the cutest nail art design! I’m seriously impressed with the precision on the lettering – can’t stop looking at my nails.

House of Vans Wah Nails

Of course I can’t finish a blog article about Vans without sharing my wishlist for Autumn/Winter. As one can’t have too many Vans trainers – some I skate in, some I wear on dress down days – I have had to limit one pair per payslip though, however the wait is worth it.

Vans Trainers

Clockwise from top left: Vans Leopard Hello Kitty Authentic Trainers £50, Vans Sk8 Hi Hot Pink Leather Trainers £45, Vans Della Slip Ons £50, Vans Zig Zag Slip Ons £50, Vans Cosmic Galaxy Slip Ons £50

If you haven’t already, get yourself down to the House of Vans! For more information, visit houseofvanslondon.com.

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