Biking as a Couple

Biking with your partner

Summer biking can be a wonderful way to connect with our partners and lovers – sunshine, dewy skin and chilled wine pit stops. Biking has always been my own thing and while my husband and I have taken a few short city rides together, I could never plan on biking as a couple. Much like any extra curricular, you end up doing less if your partner isn’t on board. This is why I was so happy that my husband decided to bring his bike back to life. I took it in to Recycled Cycles over the weekend and we’re looking forward to plenty of sunny rides together.

From afternoon city rides to camping overnights in the San Juan islands, this Seattle summer is going to be one explored on four wheels! So, do you and your partner ride together? Do you have matching or coordinating bikes? Did you start biking together? Who bikes more?

 

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag

We’ve known for a while that Loeffler Randall loves to bike, so when Sea of Shoes posted about her Loeffler Randall Rider Bag in May we weren’t surprised, but we did fall hard in love. Jane writes:

My Rider bag has drawn a lot of compliments when I am out biking, I’ve even had some guys ask me where they can get one…haha!

The bag is made of black saffiano leather, with a gold signature push lock and discreet straps that fasten to a bicycle. The interior of the bag is perfect for a tablet and all of your commuting needs. It measures 11.5″ long x 8.75″ tall x 4.5″ deep and features a 14.5″-20.5″ strap.

Also, I’m late to the game, but Sea of Shoes is a new favorite on my blogroll and her mother-daughter Q&A on Loeffler Randall is so sweet.

 

 

Bike Shelf by BBD

Bike Shelf by BBD

You might have noticed that I love a simple, well designed apartment bike shelf. As much as I want one, my lovely mixte never works with them – this is why BBD’s Bike All has me super excited.

Different from the rest, The Bike All relies on the single component that all bikes share…a saddle (bike seat)!

The Bike All also stores your helmet, bag and the top shelf holds all of your keys, cell phones, etc. It is lovingly handmade in Colorado and sells for $270 with free shipping. Let’s just go ahead and add it to our wish list.

 

Style Up Your Pencil Skirt

Marie Claire Style Up Your Pencil Skirt

Marie Claire’s May 2013 UK Issue had an amazing spread on how to style up your pencil skirt. We couldn’t help but take notes for styling our Reveal Skirt and now we’re sharing it with you!

Marie Claire Style Up Your Pencil Skirt

Add some street style. How about pairing our skirt with this mixed media camo-stripe t-shirt from Need Supply Co. and Tom Ford sunglasses, perhaps a edgy heel or these Loeffler Randal booties too.

Keep it simple and chic. A great cashmere sweater from J. Crew and nude pumps, yes please.

Go wild with zebra stripes. How about a peplum jacket and this stunning Highlow necklace.

Look sharp with a blazer. We love a soft, slouchy blazer with a lightweight tuxedo blouse.

Power dress in a classic mac (rain coat, trench). Try any of these trench coats, all under $100 or this classic trench from London Fog.

What are you wearing with your skirt for spring and summer?

 

Bike New York

Downtown from Behind | Bike New York

I just got back from New York City and am so full of inspiration and energy (though I’m a little pooped from all of the activity). I was very excited to be invited to the Bike Home from Work Party thrown by Transportation Alternatives and was quick to reply YES. In addition to Bike to Work Day, it was also Design Week in New York – making it the perfect time for me to head east.

Adeline Adeline was kind enough to set me up with a beautiful little Linus Dutchie for an afternoon ride on the West Side Highway Bike Path. This path is a must for anyone visiting the city – you’ll pass blocks and blocks of beautiful parks, views and architecture. The path is easy to bike and navigate, there really isn’t any getting lost or turned around, just a straight shot along the water. The Linus is a great bike for New York, but the Dutchie would be a bit heavy for our hills here in Seattle.

I was finally able to meet Alison, owner of Eleanor’s NYC. I got the headquarters tour and then we headed out for wine and oysters before the Bike Home from Work Party. We chatted about running our own businesses, the future of bike culture and why we love our cities. After that, we headed over to Dumbo for a fun night of music, bikes and socializing. I ran into so many great people, GiveLoveCycle, Vespertine NYC, Po Campo and We Flashy. I wish I would have had more time to check out the Shinola bicycles, but saw plenty of people sipping their sodas. Oh wait, and the reflective fashion show was the perfect way to transition in to night, Transportation Alternatives did an amazing job putting the whole event together.

So, next time you are in New York, try seeing it by bike. If you do, here are a few links: VeloJoy has a great collection of tips and resources in their NYC Toolbox and stop by one or more of their top bike-friendly cafes and bars. Biking Rules gives a new street code to NYC bikers. If you don’t want to rent a bike, sign up for the new Citibikes and get around town super easy. Check out Gothamist’s six best rides in and around New York City. Last, don’t forget to pack your Reveal Skirt and Daily Blouse for easy style in the city.

Image via Downtown from Behind.