Vans US Open 2017  |  DIY Buttons with Lizzie Armanto

We took a trip to the Vans US Open pop-up shop with Lizzie Armanto in search of the perfect piece to add some DIY flare. The winner? None other than the already adorable Funville Mini Backpack. Lizzie showed off her creativity (damn this girl can draw!) and her other hidden talent (Japanese!) while making custom buttons to add the perfect bit of flare to her backpack. Want to decorate your own backpack like Lizzie’s? Get the Funville Mini Backpack in stores or online

Photos 1, 9, and 10: Life Without Andy


Enjoying our time on the sand at the Vans US Open. From Van Doren Village to the Huntington Beach Pier, we’re digging the eclectic styles and smiling faces. The heat is on as we head into the finals for surf, skate and BMX.

Photos: lifewithoutandy


ART SCHOOL | LAUREN ASTA  (Chicago, IL) | Vans US Open of Surfing 2017

We’re excited to spotlight the artists for this year’s 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing that is set to begin July 29th To August 6th in Huntington Beach, CA.   Our first artist spotlight starts with talented, hard working, and art touring muralist and public artist Lauren Asta!  Starting with a massive 3,000 sq ft mural at Faction Brewery in 2015, Asta has been non-stop mural and art touring, bringing her signature black and white, free flowing and spontaneous doodles to walls and buildings all over.  She’s not only extremely talented but also straight up fearless, as we find out in this Q&A with Lauren, where we talk about how she got started painting murals, her art background, and what event she’s looking forward to see at this year’s 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing. 

Photographs courtesy of the artist.

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We’re taking a look back at some of the awesome House of Vans workshops that took place at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. Artist designer and all around cool cat Tuesday Bassen held an awesome fanny pack workshop–where folks could draw, pin, and accessorize their own House of Vans fanny pack.  Check out pics from previous House of Vans workshops at the Vans US Open of Surfing! 

Photographs by Life Without Andy


Sneakers & Snacks: Golden Smoothie

The weather is heating up in Southern California, and this Golden Smoothie is the perfect way to cool down. We’re getting in the Vans US Open of Surfing spirit and hitting the beach with our Mineral Yellow US Open Sk8-Hi’s and smoothie in hand. Not only is the turmeric in our smoothie a nearly perfect Pantone match to our Sk8-Hi’s, but it’s loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits!

If you’re heading to the event in Huntington Beach, stop by our pop-up shop and check out the Vans US Open collection!

Golden Smoothie

½ cup coconut milk
1 banana
½ cup frozen mango
½ cup frozen pineapple
¼ tsp turmeric

Directions: Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.

Tip: Cut and freeze the fruit before making your smoothie for an extra cold thick result!