Must Read Links

How’s the long weekend treating you? Make the most of your bonus day with these must read links. I’ve been saving them up for months. It’s a good batch.

Fashion is heavily influenced by functional apparel. Famously, blue jeans morphed from sturdy, miners’ gear to the epitome of LA chic. And this sort of style evolution is happening all the time. Check out how a simple length of tube bandage evolved into a ubiquitous NBA accessory. Via the New Yorker.

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“I often use mesh and chain mail in my costume designs,” he said, “and I was fascinated by the opportunity to make something light and fluid out of rigid materials.” A Crystal-Crusted Gown for Dita Von Teese Made with a 3-D Printer

 

 

blueOf the Famous Artworks That Inspired 15 Films, I think The Blue Boy + Django Unchained is my favorite, because fashion history and Quentin Tarantino. But the rest of the list is pretty darn fascinating.

 

“In a survey of graduating professional students, Linda Babcock, of Carnegie Mellon University, found that only seven per cent of women attempted to negotiate their initial offers, while fifty-seven per cent of the men did so. We see those dire statistics and think that women are, in a sense, self-sabotaging…. But is it really the case that the disadvantage stems from not asking?” Via The New Yorker.

marilyn-monroe-in-bed-pic-613x478We all know that the genius of Marilyn Monroe was way underestimated during her lifetime. Fortunately, internet scholars are posting her pearls of wisdom for our own edification: “By nature, I suppose I have a languorous disposition. I hate to do things in a hurried, tense atmosphere, and it is virtually impossible for me to spring out of bed in the morning. On Sunday, which is my one day of total leisure, I sometimes take two hours to wake up, luxuriating in every last moment of drowsiness.” 9222672655_b6925c1138_z

 

The radness that is Mary Kay Chin, one of the founders of SF Yellow Bike and San Francisco Bike Party. Via the Manic Fixie Dream Girls of Chicago’s Tiny Crush Blog.

 

 

 

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A hearty congratulations to Bikie Girl Bloomers on the completion of a successful crowd-funding campaign. That means we can expect more lace-trimmed spandex bloomers in classic colors and fun prints. (I’m a fan of the polka dot pair.)

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A round-up of gorgeous turn-of-the-last-century vintage cycling ads, via Iladora. I want to live inside every single one.

 

 

 

 

“Do I have some magical skill set that allows me to ferret out…deals? Nope. Are my methods top secret and difficult to employ? No way. Do I troll eBay on a daily basis looking for deals … well, sort of, but we’ll get to that.” Sally of Already Pretty breaks it down in the ultimate guide to buying clothes on eBay.

 

fashion history head wraps and hoodies“The ladies in the photo exude a sense of dignity, which I believe is a protest in and of itself. Their head wraps simply added to that power. Then I remembered how other articles of clothing have been an important symbol for various protests and revolutions—particularly involving Africans and African Americans—throughout the years.” Scripts and Sightings explores where fashion history and social justice meet and mingle.

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Bike Pretty’s very own Kelly and her hunky French boyfriend Seb are leading a tour of the Tour de France:
We will leave South London on Friday 25 July, cycle 70k to New Haven, take the overnight ferry to Dieppe. Then cycle 130k on Saturday 26 July where we will end the day camping. On day 3, we will cycle 80k to Paris, where we hope to catch both the women’s and men’s Tour de France.
And you’re invited! Sign up via the London Bike Kitchen newsletter.

 

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Argh, scarves! How can something so simple (just a freaking length of fabric, yeah right) never fail to frustrate the daylights out of me. I usually just ball them up and throw them in the back of my closet. But there is a better way to make them work: How to Tie a Scarf Like a Parisienne, via Vogue.

 

 

“I am sick of hearing that only stupid, shallow people buy into the unrealistic expectations society has of women. Because as much as I try to fight it, I often buy into them. Does that make me shallow and stupid? Is it therefore MY FAULT that I feel inadequate sometimes – because if I was more intelligent and not so vain, these expectations wouldn’t affect me, would they?” I’m Fed Up of Being Told I’m ‘Too Smart’ To Fall for Body Fascism

And finally, watch Renee’s mini-teaser for her upcoming eBike documentary!

How Cycling Can Save You Money

Of course here at Bike Pretty Headquarters, we are committed to showing you how biking can make your life more beautiful. But from time to time we acknowledge the other benefits of the bike-lifestyle. Like how cycling can save you money. Money you can spend on buying a bike satchel.

Fortunately, this wonderful infographic from the Mint.com blog is as stylish as it is persuasive. Oh, and lets make every month National Bike Month, okay?

How Cycling Can Save You Money

How to Bike Pretty

In honor of National Bike Month, and in collaboration with ModCloth, I made a how to bike pretty video.

Modcloth is totally killing National Bike Month. As part of their month-long focus on all things bicycles and pretty, they invited me to make this short video about my morning routine. I included a few tips and tricks for on-the-bike style. In case you were wondering, I am definitely not a morning person. Fortunately I usually have a bike ride to look forward to dress up for. Check out more cycle chic videos here.

Acknowledgments: I was extremely inspired by the short films The Man Who Lived on His Bike and Up & Out. Thanks to Justin Ramsay of ModCloth for music help. I shot, styled, and edited this movie myself.

Must Read Links

A generous handful of must read links for your long Easter weekend.
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☛ I picked up 2 vintage berets last month, but I’ve totally stalled out on how to wear them. Retro Chick comes to the rescue with 3 Ways to Wear a Beret.

☛ Salvatore Ferragamo threw a beautiful fête at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor. Dita Von Teese, Devon Aoki, and Marissa Mayer were in attendance. Sadly, my invitation was lost in the mail? Via Women’s Wear Daily.

☛ A 1908 vision of women’s liberation. Scary back then. Awesome to our eyes. Bonus: free fudge. Via The Appendix.

☛ I have this ongoing project: cleaning out my closet. It’s kinda become my second hobby. Turns out I’m really good at buying clothes and not wearing them. If you’re anything like me, look for these 9 signs you shouldn’t buy that item of clothing you’re trying to talk yourself into buying. Via XO Jane

☛ Helmets are cute and all, but they are one of the least important cycling safety measures, according to British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman. Via Road.cc

☛ Vanity Fair at its best: a juicy long read all about Hollywood’s Top Stylists. “Are the top Hollywood stylists cold-eyed deal-makers, or vulnerable freelancers, dependent on the whims of designers and stars? ” Via Vanity Fair.com

☛ Now that the weather is warming up, you’re probably thinking about how to transition out of your winter-cycling wardrobe. Shaye has illustrated thoughts she would like to share with you. Via Simple Recipes for Disaster

☛ Best friends Katy and Katie tackle this dubious Anthropologie hack. “I hate word hack. I hate it.” Definitely a must watch, but be prepared to cackle like a crazy lady. Via Just the Tips

How to Bike to Work (and still look dressy)?

Send me your bike fashion questions

Are you wondering how to bike to work (or school, or to meet friends, or on a date) and still look dressed up?

I’ll be tackling your cycle chic dilemmas in a guest post for the ModCloth blog. So let me know what your fashion pain points are.

Shoes too slick for the pedals? Helmet hair leaving you flat? Or maybe you’re tired of hitting you elbow on the toilet paper dispenser while trying to change in the tiny bathroom stall at the office?

I want to hear from you. Send me your questions and let’s get our bike pretty rolling.

UPDATE: You can find my 9 Trusted Fashion Tips to Help You Ride Your Bike in Style on the Modcloth blog. Thanks for all your help!