Although I was mainly at Vandem for the gnarly skating shots and to support Ash and our skating friends, the fashion loving side of myself also kept my eye on the clothing which was coming down the hill. There were a lot of bright, fun shorts, vest tops, and colour matching; from the normal skater to the quirky and distinctive.
There were a lot of full leathers, obviously you want to keep yourself as safe as possible when travelling 40+mph on board, and quite often these were not only colour co-ordinated with their helmets but also their boards!
Some went for bright colours
Some a bit more toned down
There were a lot of brightly coloured shorts.
Muppet shorts and official T-shirt
Colour co-ordinated with his board – which, by the way, is the board I really want.
Ash even sported a few Penguin Theory tops along with his own bright shorts!
And of course no event is complete without a bit of fancy dress!
There to keep order, protect the innocent and shred hard.
There was even this beauty spotted partying the night away:
The jacket to rule all jackets?
But my favourite fashion find from the weekend was around the neck of a skater named Ryan Swanton. Not only did he look pretty cool in his sporty shorts and vest top, but he was wearing a nice black beaded necklace to which he had attached an old rusty bearing.
Ryan has been skating for around 2-3 years but this was his first time at Vandem. I asked how he found his Vandem experience and he told me that ‘it took a while to ease in, but all today i’ve been getting faster’. He agreed with me that it was extremely well run and he would definitely be coming again next year!
I actually have some old ruined bearings in my drawer and so think I might make some jewellery out of them for myself.
Thanks for the inspiration Ryan!
‘Till next time!
Being English I’m obviously not going to be able to get away from the jubilee and will more then likely attend some kind of party to celebrate the event, even if i am going to be out of the country for the start of the celebrations.
So here are a few items I found around Etsy to help us get into the jubilee party spirit!
You can find the treasury here :
Vintage Jubilee Bunting
What british party isn’t complete without bunting?
I love the vintage feel of this particular bunting and it would definitely suit this event perfectly!
Union Jack Party Dress
No one can deny that Geri Halliwell wasn’t patriotic, so why not make yourself a more *ahem* classy version of her Spice Girl days.
This dress looks beautifully made and definitely makes our flag seem very stylish!
Silver Corgi Pendant
The queen is known for loving Corgi’s, so why not spread the love with this adorable necklace pendant? I just love the intricate detailing which makes this cute pendant just a little bit special and regal looking.
Union Jack Tote Bag
This denim tote bag would be perfect for carrying all your jubilee party items, not to mention a very stylish bag all year round.
Gold Crown Ring
There is no queen without a crown, as this listings name tells us. And this dainty little ring is perfect for making you feel maybe just a little bit like royalty.
British Tea Party Garland
If you’re hosting a tea party for the big day then why not decorate your room to match the theme with this adorably vintage looking garland!
It’s bound to become the talking point for any gathering.
Union Jack Cufflinks
One for the men, we can’t leave them out of the celebrations after all. These cufflinks would be a very patriotic addition to any suit. All that’s missing is a union jack tie.
Union Jack Ring
If the men, however, cannot find a tie, then this ring would also be a good choice. It’s available in a range of colours and customisations.
Mens Leather Union Jack Jacket
However, if your man wants to make more of a statement (and doesn’t mind forking out a lot of money for it) then what about this jacket? I can almost imagine an old fashioned british army officer wearing this.
Heart Pill box Hat
Obviously you’re going to need a hat for the special day as it seems all big posh events require some kind of head garment. How about this cute little number, it matches the colour scheme and is bound to make any outfit a little extra special with those cute bows.
Herkimer Diamond Earrings
Its the Diamond jubilee so we obviously need some diamonds, these Herkimer Diamond earrings may not be real Diamonds, despite the name, but we can’t all afford the real thing can we? These will still give an amazing sparkle to your earlobes. The gold casing even makes these seem just a little crown like!
Diamond Jubilee Mug
As there seems to be a lot of talk about ‘Tea Parties’ obviously you’ll need a place to store your tea. This mug seems to do the job, complete with a choice of two commemorative designs!
Diamond Jubilee Tea Towel
Of course after the gallons of tea us Brits will obviously be drinking, you’ll need to wash up the mugs. What better than a matching jubilee tea towel? Especially one as snazzy as this!
You can never have enough bunting, so why not decorate your neck as well as your house! This cute bunting necklace comes in 3 different patterns.
Corgi Dog Brooch
You can never have too many corgi’s! At least not if you’re the royal family…And this brooch would be the perfect way to decorate your union jack dress or bag.
Corgi Cushion Cover
I’m sure you’ve all wanted to use your fluffy corgi as a cushion before, right? This cushion is not only cute and comfy, but it also doesn’t wriggle as much.
I hope you like these items as much as I do.
Till next time!