Happy Friday the Thirteenth! Forget about trying to work today. It will probably go terribly awry. Save yourself the trouble and check out these links instead.
Sweet Georgia Brown takes on Cycle Chic shame and ponders if fashion can be feminist.
♕ "I love being wealthy. I do. I can buy things for my parents, I can give to homeless people in the street. I can take a cab. I can have a bike in Paris, London and New York." An interview with Artist-Designer Andre Walker on how luxury brands are selling a scam (but it doesn't have to be that way).
This profile of Baltimore Bike Party perfectly sums up bike party culture.
Is biking the next surfing? I mean, can Rapha turn bike culture into a lifestyle brand (like Quiksilver) and sell a whole bunch of jeans in the process?
On principle, I detest art made out of re-purposed bike parts. But the Ballroom Luminoso project is so gorgeous, I have to make an exception.
Sally of Already Pretty swears by washing her face with Grapeseed oil instead of soap. Turns out that a whole bunch of people are treating their acne by swapping commercial cleansers for organic oils.
☞ The adorable Rachel P. takes on Helmet Hair and wins. Check out her how-to on xovain.com.
⚉ The New York Times' video series On the Street with Bill Cunningham never fails to charm. Here he covers the power of pajama pants, then takes us on a (bike) ride through New York history. If he can't get you to crack a smile, then you probably don't have human feelings. I'm sorry.