Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Renee Marchol of the blog Smarty Girl Leadership Training. Renee is in the middle of a 45 day bike to work challenge. She called me up to discuss the challenges (and solutions) for riders as they start commuting to work by bike. Here’s an excerpt:
What tips do you have for grooming hair for the office or after work events when you commute by bike?
Consider your hair type and adjust accordingly. For fine hair, using a powder shampoo can boost volume. It works proactively by absorbing sweat and oil. It takes only a tussle with the fingertips to reactivate the dry shampoo mid-day. A friend who lives in Europe introduced this solution to Melissa since hairstyling as a rider is a daily habit for Bike Pretty…
Get the rest of tips – and read the entire interview – at Renee’s blog: 3 Ways to Bike Pretty to Work Starting in September: An Interview with Melissa
This bike gang was the best thing to come out of my June trip to the Anjou Vélo Vintage. (Besides the hundreds of cycle chic pictures.) I’m so lucky to have spent a long weekend in France in the company of people who love bikes as much as I do.
Meet Gang Mélange Japonais, named in honor of Jenni Gwiazdowski and our favorite French snack food:
My BFF Kelly Miller
Kelly’s Boyfriend, Sebastien Klein
How do you find a new style blog to follow?
I came across Pretty Boys & Pretty Girls Ride The Subway via Instagram and I fell head-over-heels in love. Of course I appreciate the concept of showing the stylish side of public transportation. But what blows me away are the stunning portraits of New York’s subway riders.
Each image tells a little story about the subject. At the same time, I’m inspired to try new outfit combinations. These are a few of my favorite images. But really, the entire blog is 100% win. Continue reading
Back in August, I found Desigual’s Fall Winter 2013 look book. The kooky Spanish company is best known for easy-wearing jersey dressesthat stand out for their unusual way of mixing prints. It makes perfect sense that they sneaked a few bikes into their latest presentation. Nothing else conveys the happiness of carefree movement like a bicycle.
photos by Kelly
This past June I found myself on a vintage bike ride through the Loire Valley region of France: the Anjou Vélo Vintage.
Along with my good friend Kelly, her French boyfriend Sebastien, Jenny and Peter from the London Bike Kitchen, and about 2,500 other well-dressed cyclists.
Despite quaffing obscene amounts of the delicious local
champagne sparkling wine the night before, Continue reading
While searching NYFW street style photos for yesterday’s post, I came across these shots from the Menswear 2014 shows back in June. I always look forward to the images that come from Milan’s Fashion Week and Pitti Uomo in Florence.
Everyone seems to be having so much fun. And the way the men wear their fabulous suits so casually. Brings back memories of how boy-crazy we were as students at FIT in Florence. Wandering the exhibition halls of the Fortezza Da Basso once a year was an out of body experience.
Naturally Kelly and I would ride our granny bikes to Pitti Uomo. Not sure if we mastered the effortless chic you see here, but we did our best to represent.
The Spring 2014 edition of New York Fashion Week wrapped on September 12. The fashion flock did not disappoint.
A lot of fuss has been made over the street style circus outside the shows. But I don’t care what the haters say. Street style is the best.
Magazine editorials, advertisements – definitely gorgeous and inspiring. (Runway shows however are deathly boring.) But that level of artifice blocks the intimacy necessary for a really heart-stopping fashion moment.
Like, I don’t have the hipbones of teenager from Kazakhstan. And my foundation isn’t enhanced with light-diffusing Photoshop particles. Street style is about real bodies in real clothes, doing real things. Like riding a bike.