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 1/ Stefani Nurding

Skateboarder, blogger, concrete chameleon and all-round cool chick Stefani Nurding is one to follow. I forgot when and how I found her on Instagram but I’m so glad I have. She’s a girl close to my heart – championing an unabashed love for fashion on and off the ramp, a knack for creative DIY and a JFDI attitude.

She’s clashing fashion and skateboarding in an accessible way and that’s pretty cool in my book; a definite hit.

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2 / Sonic Highways

A history lesson, a tour around America’s greatest cities and a whole lot of awesome musical talent. No genre is left unturned or hasn’t inspired Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters to create their latest album of the same name – a product of their amazing 8-part documentary that’s now on Netflix.

The series puts the spotlight on various cities across America, each with its own unique musical breakthrough such as the grunge movement (Seattle) or hip-hop meets rock (New York City). As told by local musicians, producers and the Foo Fighter’s own account of these great infamous cities, it’s a visual and audible treat.

Season 2 has been signed off and in the works, so watch Season 1 now!

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3 / The original IT film

No one is more excited about the film remake of Stephen King’s IT than me. I love the movie. I love its place in the horror genre. I love Pennywise’s catchphrases. I love that the 1990 film is three hours long.

These days the blood-filled horror scenes and Pennywise (that’s the “clown” by the way) looks pretty cut-and-paste circa Evil Dead, but the psychology and edit of the original film, a story that plays out from a child’s point of view to adulthood some 30 years later on still feels new.

The film remake which features Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard (yay!) comes out on my birthday, 8th September so hell-yeaaa, double celebration!

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4 / The 1975

January’s issue of GQ magazine listed The 1975 frontman Matt Healy as one of 2017’s Worst Dressed Men. Wardrobe “malfunctions” aside, I haven’t been this excited and obsessed with a band’s music since I was 19 and nothing my favourite band ever released could possibly be bad.

I love this band right now – their lyrics are pure poetry, their album artwork is an Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr’s dream and frankly their songs are catchy AF!

Hard to choose a favourite, but…“Somebody Else”, “Settle Down” and “Heart Out” get a mention. A must listen.

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5 / This Blog

I once read an article about blogging in general and something that resonated with me was the author saying that when you start writing again in a dormant blog, you don’t need the all-too-often, “Hey sorry, I haven’t blogged in a while” post because no one cares – just start writing again.

I must admit though I’m no longer living in Shoreditch as my blog title suggests, but I decided not to change the name in its revival. Having lived in the epicentre of Shoreditch for 12 years (like, on or metres from Curtain Road), I’m still a girl from Shoreditch at heart and Bow just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

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Images source: 1/ theconcretechameleon.com, 2/ billboard.com, 3/ Shortlist magazine, 4/ the1975.com, 5/ blogger’s own.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Images source: Blogger’s own

A few weeks ago, I reflected on how the fashion industry had taken a shine to skate culture and the recent surge in designer slip-on style trainers, originally made popular by skate/surf/lifestyle brand, Vans and their die-hard fans. From trainers and slogan tees to backpacks and beanies, I was naive to think fashion’s crush on all things skate would stop there.

Cue the latest development to come out of this season’s love of skate culture, as Selfridges opened their doors this week to an 18,500 square foot pop-up indoor skatepark. Sponsored by HTC One, the old Selfridges hotel has been transformed into a replica skatepark complete with rails, banks, half pipes and benches for boarders to indulge in all its contrived glory. It’s a good amount of terrain with clever retail-themed props for skateboarders to grind, ollie and flip to their heart’s content as the skatepark is completely free.

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In addition, as part of the six-week long campaign, Board Games (27 March – 19 April) will see Selfridges stock a collection of world exclusive skate decks and skate art by designers which include Peter Pilotto, Stella McCartney, Erdem and Phillip Lim, along with skateboard accessories and Go-Pro cameras. Slam City Skate have also taken up residence and is on hand to get decks set up with trucks and wheels for those who want to take their new designer boards for a roll.

Designer Skateboards at Selfridges

Fashionistas and regular Selfridges customers will most likely see these designer boards as works of collectable art or a pop culture novelty, while skateboarders and skate enthusiasts might see this as a confusing commercial ploy. There’s no doubt that there are some covet-worthy prints on hand, but these decks don’t live up to the likes of tried and tested skateboard brands such as Toy Machine, Girl and Zero. I also personally fail to see the correlation between a brand like Diesel and skateboarding.

While I spend most of my time on a longboard, skateboarding’s answer for when you want to travel distances and simply prefer to cruise, I’m rather on the fence to this big budget attraction. I adore fashion and all its surprises, but not at the expense of losing the essence of what skateboarding is, something that is a lifestyle for many.

Having spoken to a few friends who are longtime skaters, and visiting the skatepark myself, I have to admit it’s a great space designed to support this culture, which I guess isn’t a too bad thing, I’m just going to look the other way on the designer decks…

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Images source (Skatepark photography): thedailystreet.co.uk, Instagram Photography: Blogger’s Own

& Other Stories

Last week, & Other Stories announced their trainers collection would now include the American lifestyle brand, Vans. Having the high street retailer stock their classic, waffle sole trainers, albeit a carefully curated edit, truly means my beloved choice of footwear for the past decade has well and truly crossed over to the fashion masses.

Anyone who’s picked up a fashion magazine in the last six months would already know trainers are hot for Spring, especially a design well known within sub genre circles, the slip on trainer, made famous by this skate/surf brand. I guess I saw it coming when Liberty released a capsule collection of their iconic prints in a number of Vans’ iconic shoes.

Vans X LibertyLeft to Right: Vans Sk8-Hi Ianthe Print High Tops £65, Vans Era Speckle Print Trainers £60, Vans Sk8-Hi Ditsy High Tops £62

My love of Vans dates back to when I was a teenager, and I’m proud to say I have purchased the same classic, checkered black & white slip ons three times in my life. I started skateboarding rather late, but now that I do, I can see why Vans are and have always been the choice for skaters. The thickness of the sole and rubber grip make for a solid ride, perfect for rolling over any bumpy patches you’d get in parts of Shoreditch. But of course, you don’t need to take up skateboarding to enjoy this style.

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I personally think if you’re into slip on trainers, you should really get a pair of Vans as they are the true originals, are made of enduring quality and come in endless designs of their own! However, this being a fashion blog, I should really mention the slip on trainers that are currently making waves in the glossies and changing how we style easy, weekend wear.

Maybe the designers are onto something – leather, embellishment and pony skin? Whether it’s a slap to skate culture or a flattering homage, these slip on trainers are designed to put a spectacular spring in your step.

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Clockwise from top left: Whistles Lena Slip On £135, Saint Laurent Studded Leather Slip Ons £480Saint Laurent Printed Slip Ons £268, Miu Miu Suede Slip On Trainers £325

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Clockwise from top left: Givenchy Floral Printed Skate Shoes £395, Givenchy Contrast Lace Skate Shoes £455, Kurt Geiger Lorenzo Trainers £95

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Images Source: Intro image – & Other Stories, Skateboard image – Blogger’s Own, Street Style images – Pinterest