She definitely deserves a prize for cycling in such a long skirt. And for making it look so beautiful.
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.
Despite quaffing obscene amounts of the delicious local
champagne sparkling wine the night before, Continue reading
The Anjou Vélo Vintage bicycle ride had more amazing vintage outfit ideas than I could capture. But I was lucky enough to snap a photo or two as this lovely French teenager rode by.
She manages to look both vintage and modern. The secret is that her hair isn’t over-styled. Instead she lets her lovely curls act naturally.
It’s refreshing because American girls are always straightening their hair. In France and Italy, women and girls – even men and boys – wear their curls untamed.
Otherwise her outfit is quite pulled together. Her lipstick matches her beret (yes! French people really do wear berets all the time). And her belt, handbag, and shoes match her bike and digital camera.
Bonus points for making socks and sandals look cool.
Here’s how to get the look yourself:
Happy Friday! Even if your office doesn’t observe Summer Fridays, you can still blow off work for the rest of the afternoon with these must read links.
❀ A clever and eco-friendly solution for protecting your clothes from heat and humidity gets a test run at Zoe’s Fashion Feed.
✂ According to Refinery 29, these are the best thrift stores of San Francisco and environs. I must say that I actually agree. Well played Refinery 29, but you still can convince me that baggy, printed trousers are must-haves.
✪ A stolen bike is a major bummer, but if it happens to you, there is hope. Why your social media addiction is just as important as your bike lock.
✯ Why Are We Ruining Our Best Young Fashion Companies? For once
cheap knockoffs fast fashion isn’t to blame.
➽ Everything you wanted to know about start-up funding, but were afraid to ask. How Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors
❍ While I should take credit for single-handedly making bamboo bicycles fashionable, Fashion forecasting company WGSN also reports on the bamboo bicycle trend (unfortunately they profiled the dodgiest manufacturer ever).
☂ But wait, what the heck is fashion forecasting? Listen to the Planet Money Podcast: Why Pink? and find out about the secret conspiracy behind your favorite t-shirt.
✏ The New York Times Design column explores the fascinating history of “color engineers”.
♛ This is basically everything that Bike Pretty stands for, in a subversive, third-wave-feminism kind of way. Also, I love the vintage outfit photos. And just imagine, all those ladies were riding fixies!
☞ Because you want to hear what Bill Cunningham has to say about NYC’s bike share program. SPOILER ALERT: He loves it!
My dear friend Kelly – who lived in Paris for nearly five years – recently told me that every year about a dozen Japanese citizens have to be repatriated from France for a psychological condition called “Paris Syndrome”. It’s thought to be caused by the extreme disappointment some tourists feel when Paris fails to live up to their expectations.
I practically have the opposite reaction. I was anxious about making my eighth trip to Paris. In fact, I would have skipped it, if it hadn’t been for Kelly. Continue reading