Slippery pedals? This product will fix your shoe woes

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Once I totally ate s*** on my bike because my shoe slipped off the pedal. Ironically, I was wearing a pair of flat athletic shoes (and not my fancy heels). But the sole was worn down to such a slickness that when I stood up to power myself over one of Florence’s bridges, I ended up face down on the flagstones instead.

No one needs to suffer that ever again! But only if we can make this crowd-funding campaign a success.

Italian design studio, Sovrappensiero, tackled the problem of slippery city bike pedals by developing silicon pedal covers, called Grippine.

Grippine sleeves slide onto just about any pedal, providing a soft yet grippy surface for any style of footwear. Whether breathing life into an older set of pedals or for adding some colorful flair to your bike, Grippine covers promise to be a simple add-on for most bikes. No need avoid your smooth soled shoes or worry about wear from plastic or metal pedal spikes.

Using the crowdfunding platform, Eppela, Sovrappensiero aims to raise €10,000 by July 24, 2014, in order to fund the first production run. Early supporters can be part of the voting panel for new colors.

-via Momentum Mag

You can leave your hat on…

FB_17-800x508 Since Yves Saint Laurent introduced them back, the last season, the hats are the new must have. Right now, on a beach, a Nashville advertising photographer is taking pictures of some Boheme girl, wearing a hat and drinking Jesus juice (wine). The hats are always adding some coolness to your style. It makes you feel different, just like a New Yorker somewhere in Paris. The hats are fashionable and they can transform your look from a boring to a romantic one.

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Anjou Chic: Style Tips for your Next Vintage Ride

Everyone’s favorite French ACE* is just around the corner: come Saturday, some 3,000 cyclists will disembark in Saumur for the 4th annual Anjou Vélo Vintage.

Here’s some helpful tips to bear in mind before you hop on that Eurostar/TGV out to western France.  And if you’re not going this year, pay attention – you never know where you’ll be come 2015.  France is always a good idea.

1. Plan for inclement weather.
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Forecasts promise some scary clouds & lightning bolts, so it’s best to make like Melissa last year:  bring a light cardigan to cover up that cute ’50s-y match set.  And don’t think you can get away without hosiery.

Match your socks to your look, but not too matchy: mimic the motif, not the colorway.  And don’t forget your raincoat!
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2. Don’t be afraid to (subtly) match your friends.  

Note the white: gloves / hosiery / panniers / kitten heel pumps here. Well done ladies.
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3. Do match your lipstick to your beret

What’s that pithy Bill Blass quote – “When in doubt, wear red” ?  He’s right.
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4. Make your bike carry the load.   

Jenni here has a sturdy Carradice bag on her rear rack, an excellent choice for touring.  But remember – this was shot in 2013, before the ultimate bike bag arrived on the market.
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Whatever you opt for, it’s a good idea to put the weight of your wine stuff on your bike frame.

If you want something more Jane Birkin-esque, go for a basket + bungee cord combo.  Never fails to charm.
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But remember the more practical choice for your non-ACE riding. (#shamelesspromotion) (Ed. note: How cute is this lady?!?)

5. Bring an umbrella.

If it’s not raining, you can block the sun with it.  If it is raining, you’ll be glad you have it. Remember, #inclementweather.
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6. What did we say about red berets? 

For a more mature look, go beyond the lipstick and match it to your ’60s-esque kitten-heel pumps.  Sophisticated, indeed.
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7. Wear your repro-vintage vs. your actual vintage. 

It may not be immediately obvious, but then again that’s the point.  The weather may just be crazy.  You may just get sweaty.  And rained on.
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So your nice organza fit ‘n’ flare is probably not the best choice for an ACE event.

My above look is vaguely ’50s, but the dress is actually Ralph Lauren rayon, circa 1990s.  The waxed-linen jacket is Peter Jensen (#samplesalescore).

The brogues are actually vintage Salvatore Ferragamo, and they got soaked in the end.

8. Bring your camera.  

Because life really is like a Wes Anderson film from time to time.
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And HAVE FUN!  Don’t drink too much crémant.  Or do.

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*Anachronistic Cycling Event. Apologies if you’re a regular BP reader and tired of this corny acronym. But we’re here to educate people.

Beret Baguette Street Style, Paris

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Winning.

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Winning.

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Winnnnn-ning: presenting another prime example of the Gallic grace with scarves, and proof that hats really do add a unique dash of panache.

There is no helmet cleverly lurking beneath this one, but then again Paris on a Sunday is a relatively calm time for a stroll on two wheels.

I especially like her adorable choice of footwear.  The modest heel height, brogue-y details, and low-vamp strap channel that sensible-chic look of 1920s styles that is so elusive to find today.  Why contemporary designers and manufacturers are so focused on getting us women into 4″+ heel heights is a conundrum I have yet to crack.

Note how her monochrome hosiery-shoe scheme subtly elongates the leg.

The on-brand frame name is a nice touch, too.  As they say, très élégante.  And delightfully effortless.

London Tweed Run Winner: Most Dashing Dame, 2014

As we’ve pointed out before, the London Tweed Run is just chock-full of style champs.

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…but there can only be one winner.

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Cue Adriana here, packing a powerful monochromatic punch in primary yellows and reds.

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Just what is it that won her that coveted Most Dashing Dame award?  Is it her timely donning of refreshingly summer-y tweed?

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…her graceful modeling of hosiery, gifted* to all participants by Tweed Run sponsor London Sock Company?

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Maybe it’s the fact that she matched her pair, in the delightfully-named hue of East India Saffron, to her millinery trim.

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…and lest we forget, to her translucent frames.

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Whatever the catalyst, Adriana’s look made for a striking ensemble on the streets of London.

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Amidst a sea of browns and olive greens, her cheery yellows, deft combination of textures, and tertiary-hued accessories really brought a lively dose of style to the 2014 edition.

Before you plan your 2015 outfit, remember Adriana, as well as last year’s winner: unexpected colors always take first prize.

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*(Ed. note: yeah, the schwag can be that good.  The fruits of my goody bag skewed pink.)