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How to Bike Pretty

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

Turns out that 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.

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Must Read Links

Happy Friday! Today we are celebrating Bike Handsome's birthday. So party down with these must read links.

♦ Pulp Fiction is one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. 19 years later, it's still genius. This interview with the actor who played Marvin (as in "Aw, man, I shot Marvin in the face.") sheds some light on the tricks Quentine Tarantino pulled to get it made. Via Vanity Fair

♦ The awesome anachronism that is the Malmö (Sweden) Tweed Ride, in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Via Malmö Street Style

♦ What happens when LA kicks out the cars and invites all the bikes to the party? Check out a slide show from the eighth edition of CicLAvia. Via the Los Angeles Times

♦ A gentle reminder that your face is supposed to have pores. And hairs. And blemishes. And marks of all types. A peek at how the unattainable standards of external beauty create internal damage. Via Already Pretty

♦ Congratulations to Iladora for reaching their funding goal for The Perfect Bike Pant! Via Iladora Blog

♦ Getting back to basics: how's your cliteracy? Via Huffington Post

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New Makeup - Lena Chavez for Laura Mercier

New Makeup - Lena Chavez for Laura Mercier

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New Makeup - Lena Chavez for Laura Mercier

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Today I went shopping for new makeup: more tinted moisturizer and a new foundation. I was pretty sure I wanted to stick with my trusty Laura Mercier for everyday. As it turned out, I got a new foundation, a new face, and a new friend. All because Lena Chavez happened to be working the Laura Mercier counter at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Lena is part of Laura Mercier's Artistry Team. Meaning she goes all over the San Francisco Bay Area helping to train other Laura Mercier associates. I was definitely in good hands. In fact, after she helped me choose my foundation (Warm Ivory) she generously offered to give me a full look.

I loved the pretty face she drew on top of my regular face! I had to rush home to snap these selfies.

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Lena was an endless source of great advice while she was doing my makeup. Like, use a special eyeliner brush to deposit color between your lashes. Or use your lash groomer to soften the effect of an eyebrow pencil for a natural look. Her blog has great behind-the-scenes stories of the makeup industry and seriously useful tips.

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Nail Art

Nail Art

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Nail Art by Revolights

Jenn from Revolights is sporting totally badass nail art inspired by the company's logo. It's a cool take on a DIY french manicure. Like if a french manicure went over to the dark side. Without the lettering, I could see cool girls everywhere rocking a similar mani.

We met at the San Francisco Bike Expo and she told me all about her company's awesome bike lights.

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Thanks to various #revosightings, I was already a fan of these so-called Tron bike lights, but it was the first time that I had ever seen them up close. The construction definitely exceeded my expectations.

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I really want a set. But I can't decide if I want them for myself or if I should get them for BikeHandsome so that I can enjoy the view.

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How To Cut Bangs

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How To Cut Bangs - Skip the Scissors!

Learning how to cut your own bangs is essential once you get this flattering cut. Trust me. I’ve been sporting this style for decades.

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When my fringe grows long enough to cover my eyes, I get impatient! And I can’t be bothered to make an appointment with a hair stylist. So I developed my own technique that is quick and easy.

GET THIS! I don't use scissors. Instead I use clippers, specifically a bikini trimmer like this one. Scissors tend to lift the fringe, whereas clippers just snip the hair on contact. Lots more control and precision. The narrow width of a bikini trimmer is a big advantage.

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Step 1: Assemble your tools: fine tooth comb, bobby pins, and the bikini trimmer

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Step 2: Wash and dry your hair how you normally wear it. Sporting bangs usually means you blow-dry them, no? In any case, you're cutting dry hair. No one needs to go through the heartbreak of trimming wet bangs!

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Step 3: Separate your to-be-trimmed bang hairs from the rest of your hair and secure with bobby pins. Now comb your bang hairs down, so they are all laying in the direction you normally wear them. In my case, that's straight down.

Step 4: Notice how the business end of your trimmer has all those little slicers. When you place the slicers perpendicular to your hair, they act like tiny scissors.

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Step 5: Decide how short you want your bangs. Here I'm trimming my bangs to a longish, below-eyebrow length. Line the trimmer up with your nose. Make the first cut right in the middle.

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Step 6: Not bad! Now comb the adjacent 3/4 inch section over between your brows. Line up the trimmer with your nose again. Also line up the little slicers with the ends of the hairs you just trimmed. And cut the new section only as short as the previous section.

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Step 7: Work on one side at a time. Repeat Step 6 as you work from the center towards the outer edge of your bangs. This creates a nice bowed shape. Even though you make straight cuts only, your bangs end up nicely curved. Shorter in the middle and longer on the sides.

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Step 8: You're halfway there! Now repeat the process on the other side. Always work from the center to the outside edge.

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Step 9: Comb your bangs and check your work. If you have any strays you can carefully trim them with the trimmer. Only trim hair that you have placed between your brows. You don't want to accidentally cut your eyebrows or eyelashes!

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Step 10: All done!

  • This technique creates a nice bowed shape: shorter in the middle and longer on the sides.
  • You can use the trimmer above the brows and make the straightest blunt bangs ever! Or follow the shapes of your brow arches for V-shaped bangs.
  • For a piecey look: Once you've finished Step 10 use traditional hair shears to cut tiny little V's into the edge.
  • This technique is only recommended for trimming your bangs. If you don't currently have bangs but you'd like some, go to a salon to get a professional cut. I went to Suite 5 Salon and Bradley was awesome!
  • Hot tip: a reputable stylist will trim your bangs for free once you've had the initial cut. Just don't forget to tip.

Notes on this post: 

My bangs were driving me crazy, but I really wanted to share this technique with you. Like now. So I shot all the pictures for this post and did all the retouching, cropping, layout and photo-editing on my iPhone 5. I used Afterglow, Pic Stitch, and PhotoGrid

I'm wearing a thrifted Perry Ellis sweater, similar to this, this, this, or maybe this. I guess Etsy is calling them Hipster Sweaters now?

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