Wednesday, 23 June 2010

a basket and a bike ride

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When fellow Melbourne blogger – and all round lovely lady – Joyce, of Mel: Hot or Not, told me she had started up cyclestyle.com.au, and asked if I would like to try out a product or two, I said yes please! I've been riding my bike for years now, and like to do so wearing what I'd be wearing anyway – no lycra science clothing for me :) A place with lots of stylish bike riding goodies is right up my alley.

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I found my olde bike years ago now (in a really cute, I-love-inner-Melbourne story) and it already had a basket on the back. A basket is great: I put my handbag, my shopping, my bottles of wine (erm, for parties, that is, and no I don't ride home after too many!) and my library books in it, and I can't imagine riding without one. As awesome as it is, it is at the back – and so I can't keep an eye on my stuff. And so a detachable basket at the front is great.

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And yep, I wear my helmet every time – it's horrible, it's ugly, but it has to be done! I look forward to the day when the stylish helmets are okayed... and they do exist! I've seen them! Helmet hair – and helmet friendly hair dos – are a conundrum for another time. I'm often asked if I really do ride in heels, and the answer is yes, of course! It is completely comfortable, and safe; they kind of hook over the peddles. And I love riding in skirts and dresses, as long as they are not too long (the chain eats them; terrible) or too tight (too much unplanned leg flashing), and, ideally, Melbourne isn't blowing a gale; then it has to be shorts.

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Wicker Oval Basket cyclestyle.com.au

pink trench coat, navy tights opp shopped (tights new in packet – I really need an acronym for this!)
blue mushroom-brolly dress Puff n Stuff
pink and cream heels urbanog.com (shoe post is a comin'! shoe post is a comin'!)
pink hair flower (that does not fit under helmet) sportsgirl

This basket is just one of the awesome things at cyclestyle.com.au. They have some super cute bags, big and small, and some very warm gloves, too...

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59 comments:

Emily Kennedy said...

Your shoes are SO awesome!

Laurel said...

Cute! I LOVE baskets on bikes - a detachable one is perfect! (My boyfriend is trying to put me off my dream of bicycle with basket - two years as a bike courier have made him way too no nonense about bicycles and their simple functionality).

And of course, your dress is gorgeous xx

And YES to wearing a helmet - saftey first!

L

Cecylia said...

You are the epitome of vintage chic! I love your blog!

Fabiola "Fab" said...

I'm glad we're now following each other on twitter! So I can keep up with your lovely posts!

You're gorgeous from head to toe.

esme and the lane way said...

Laurel: Oh no, don't let him put you off! :D Yep, safety first indeed, you should see our bike lights!!!

Emily Kennedy: thanks!

Cecylia haha thank you!

Fabiola "Fab": thanks! Me too. I love your blog!

Ellie Grace said...

You are SO precious! I love these pictures, your bike is absolutely adorable and your outfits are fabulous.
Good work wearing your helmet; it is much better to wear an ugly accessory than to be a pancake on the street. :)
Also, I googled cute helmets and found these. http://www.yakkay.com/ It's a pretty boring helmet, but you can put cute covers on it. :)

-Ellie

Q's Daydream said...

These pictures are adorable!

Gracie said...

Ahhh, you look amazing and great photos. I love that there's a place to get stylish bike stuff! I love riding and I always have to wear strange backpacks and weird clothes! Haha!

fizzleout said...

Oh you are stunning! I recently bought a bike and since I haven't ridden since childhood I'm sticking to ballet flats for the time being... your outfit is just perfect!


I have bookmarked this post for some bike-style inspiration as I tend to just throw on some jeans or trousers if I am riding somewhere but you just look so amazing!

So nice to see fashionable people promoting bike riding! I hate ugly helmets too, but not as much as I would hate a head injury, so I got a plain bmx style one. I would love to customise it like this: http://ohjoy.blogs.com/my_weblog/2009/12/my-dream-bicycle-helmet.html

Justice Pirate said...

You tell that bike who is loveliest!! you! hehe. Although it is gorgeous too!! I love the basket. Your print on the dress is so sweet.

daniRED said...

So very cute! I don't see people using bikes where I live for transportation. But there are TONS of people who do bike races here. So lots of practicing goes on!

PrettyDamnCute said...

LOVE THAT DRESS! {{{gush}}}

Joyce aka Miss CycleStyle said...

Thanks for the mention and for showing your readers that cycling doesn't have to involve sweaty lycra. I always try to look elegant and ladylike, and I pedal at a sedate pace. You have styled your bike outfit and the basket perfectly - and I can't believe that lovely dusty trenchcoat is op shopped.

Joyce aka Miss CycleStyle

Jenni said...

I love your dress!

Esz said...

Fantastic outfit! Love the shades of pink - they really work well together.

The bike is way cool too. I have a retro Schwinn one but don't ride it nearly enough - was never that comfortable on a bike!

Harlow Darling said...

Very stylish darling, I really enjoyed this post! I go bike riding a lot and when I do I always note how hideously unstylish other cyclists are (spandex ew ew ew!) or just really really daggy clothes and makes me wonder why people think that riding bikes means you can't wear nice things...
When I go for bike rides I wear things like my sailor dress (the same one you own) or nice floral dresses with cardigans inspired by The Edge of Love. Helmets are much loathed by me and usually it takes much persistence by my boyfriend to make me wear mine, it really does upset me how daggy and unfashionable they look :P

Sleekit said...

I love that you go riding in your heels, great frock too!

sleekit x

Mel said...

Such a cute dress, I love the print! Haha I wish I knew how to ride a bike. I already have a helmet in mind: one of those ones people wear while riding motor scooters!

MarieBayArea said...

my goodness, what a lovely little wicker bicycle basket. that mushroom print dress is awesome. i love that shade of blue. i always love it when you wear that pink trench. can i have those shoes??

Amanda said...

That dress is adorable! The umbrella's are too cute. And how amazing is that straw basket? Perfect for carrying stuff on your cute bike.

Anonymous said...

I love this post and those shoes. Oh my, they are gorgeous. Can you seriously ride in them? You look stunning as always. Danielle :)

Anniina said...

You look lovely! The basket is really cute, I think I need one for my bike.
It's good to see you wearing a helmet. I start working in July, and I'm gonna use my bike all the time, so I'm definitely gonna by myself a helmet. Who cares if it looks "stupid"? It's much more stupid not to wear one.

Zohar said...

ooooo you got to shoot outside :) Yay. I remember back during your summer you wrote your'e just longing for winter time so you can take pictures outside. And for a great outfit as well.

ina said...

Love the dress and the basket and the fact that you're wearing a helmet and you're letting us know! I don't have a bike for the moment, or I could have, since my Mr T owns like 10 bikes, but he isn't letting me use one, since I don't own a helmet. I'm thinking of getting a skateboard helmet, if it would look at least a little more stylish...

Emma said...

Try this site for cute helmets - http://www.50cycles.com/yakkay-helmets.php
I especially like the pink one!

SuzieM said...

this is your best outfit ever!! it´s so perfect!

The Collar of the Dove said...

Looks great, did you get the inspiration from my 'Sylvia' post?

Valentina said...

Love the pattern of the dress, and the shoes are simply amazing!
I like girl+bike photos, pretty feminine and vintage...

Valentina from Fashion Trotter – 100% italian street style

http://fashiontrotter.blogspot.com

artesania said...

You're soooo pretty :) I LOVE your dress. it's cute :) one question - where do you buy those magical clothes? maybe from second hand shops? :) thanks for answer ;)

Carys said...

These pictures are absolutely amazing!! I love your dress, and that bike is so beautiful!!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Casey said...

I love your cycling outfit! :) I just got a bicycle this past May for my birthday, and still haven't really taken it out for a proper spin (darn my busy schedule). But I love that you still dress up when you ride--that just makes it all the more fun! :)

♥ Casey
blog | elegantmusings.com

Sal said...

Oh, those gorgeous heels!

I'm in scrubs when I bike to work, but I admire anyone who dolls up for a ride.

Bree said...

beautiful! your dress is so cute. Please enter my blog giveaway. It's for a pair of vintage cameo earrings.

vintagebirdy said...

lovelovelovelovelove! this is amazing! love the dress and shoes :D

Love,
vintage-birdy.blogspot.com
{no, it's not about birds}

Caitlyn, Bees with Feathers said...

You look so beautiful! I am absolutely in love with your bike and your entire outfit. The mushroom print dress is absolutely amazing!

Harriet said...

I'm so pleased you wear a helmet, I do too and I may not look very cool but if it saves my life I'm ok with that!

Lexie said...

I love the whole outfit, especially the shoes! I would really like to be able to bike more, but where I live right now its either mountain biking or nothing unfortunately

MOUSEVOX VINTAGE said...

Your bike is lovely. Check these out:

http://bicycletouringpro.com/blog/yakkay-stylish-bicycle-helmets-for-smart-people/

I like the one that looks like a black pill box hat. :)

Helen said...

gosh how can you cycle in heels?! haha. i can't remember the last time i rode a bike but i love vinategs tyled ones, especially with cute baskets.

St├ęphanie said...

You're fabulous !

Stefanie Valentine said...

Oh you are fantastic! I never look that good riding a bike (although I rarely ride one tbh), very stylish!

Sher said...

This may be my most favourite outfit of yours! I just love the colours of pink and blue together:)

rubyslippers_86 said...

congratulations, you've made bike riding glam!
Absolutely beautiful pictures!
:-)

Cara said...

I love the pattern on your dress and your heels

starcakeastrology.blogspot.com said...

you look like a pinup girl from another time!

muchlove said...

gosh, that is the cutest cycling outfit EVER! I love the print of your dress.

I need to check out cyclestyle. I've met Joyce once too, and she is so lovely, isn't she?

sueper said...

so stylish on your bike - just adore your shoes!

Fiona Timantti said...

Loving that look! And the shoes!
About the helmet.. any helmet looks much nicer then a crushed skull! Good thing you are wearing it!

sayYESmore said...

What a fab dress! And Im glad to see I'm not the only one riding my bike with a helmet - despite the helmet hair!

Pawi Macarena said...

your pictures are so cu-te! amazing style love how you wear vintage <3

m.fay said...

Love, love, LOVE. Great post!
m.fay
http://www.amateurcouture.com

happy to find you on bloglovin, stop by and say hello. xo

marianna elizabeth said...

Those shoes are the most adorable shoes I have ever seen. Must visit the website now! And can't wait for the shoe post to see more lovely goodies!

SuperHandsomeGirl said...

Damn those heels are high :''D Anyways, you look lovely.

superhandsomegirl.blogspot.com

*evhcreative said...

very cute! i have the same basket for my bike... love it! x

Gabaz said...

I got a very similar coat at a vintage store recently :)

Christy said...

Wonderful basket! So useful as well as being beautiful.

Dress Rehearsal

Violet LeBeaux said...

Oh my god that is AWESOME! Absolutely love it, love the shoes too! Yay for cute bike clothes! Now that James and I are settled we'll have to have a tea party soon!

Dottie - Let's Go Ride a Bike said...

These photos are great. You make a wonderful spokesmodel for bicycling in style. The new shop is brilliant. Hopefully more women will be encouraged to ride a bike after seeing this. Biking really is so easy and fun, even (especially!) in dresses and heels.

Erik Sandblom said...

Lovely photos.

As you might know, helmets are a controversial issue. The Netherlands is the world's safest country for cycling, but hardly anyone wears a helmet there. If you want to know more, the European Cyclists Federation has some helmet info.

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