Bike Guide: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

30 August, 2013

Bike Guide: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Forgive me NYC'ers for saying this but exploring Brooklyn has to be my favorite all time adventure. There's a massive difference in culture, lifestyle, and taste in this area and usually, I'm always game for supporting the underdog that's trying to make it. A while back, Design Sponge did a bike adventures guide on biking with friends in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as their adventure destination. In my curiosity, I went ahead of myself and and had a great time exploring this little gem of a neighborhood (even got a haircut) and would like to share with you a future must do when in New York. Perhaps, if youre in town this long weekend, you can download the map here and have a little adventure of your own!

Does anyone else out there know this area well and recommend some more exploration spots?

Have a great holiday weekend!

Bike Style on Pinterest

Bike Style on Pinterest
Hey friends, just a quick note that I have happily fallen head over wheels on Pinterest and now opening the invitation to joining me in following my inspiration, finds, and bicycle style boards. 

Come follow me here!

Hot Wheels, Bicycles I'm loving

28 August, 2013

Hot Wheels, Bicycles I'm loving
I've been wonderlusting over these adorable bikes for so long that I just had to share with you what bicycles I dream of acquiring to venture through the streets of NYC. With more women in the bicycle scene, it's nice to see beautiful progress in bicycle design for women for those lifestyle cute commuters. Here's a list of my favorite bicycles out on the streets.


What are some of your favorite bicycles?

Link Love + Happy Weekend

23 August, 2013

Link Love + Happy Weekend
image: galadarling

Horray! It's the weekend and it sure did feel like it took forever to get here. Some of my favorite distractions while working between managing two blogs about style & bicycles is to find inspiration in fashion and lifestyle blogs. They are always bursting with beautiful pictures and content that keeps me inspired to get creative about my weekend and boy do I love when that happens! Here's what I'm loving the most:

1. A Beautiful Mess: DIY How to Paint Your Own Bike
2. Momentum Magazine: Urban Riding Trends (another infographic!)
3. Caterina Fake: How To Make More Time (video)
4. Design Lovefest: Desktop Wallpaper (free downloadable)
5. Beyonce Inspired Cinderonce (must watch, don't forget your dance shoes!)

Have a great weekend!

Bike Talk: 10 Myths About Women & Cycling

22 August, 2013

Bike Talk: 10 Myths About Women & Cycling
When it comes to women and cycling, there's so much work to be done. Unfortunately, women continue to be underrepresented in the world of cycling and planning which persists the misconceptions of women and cycling. The League of American Bicyclists recently shared information around the myths about women and cycling in hopes that it will demystify misconceptions of women and cycling. City planners, industry, and policy think tanks can really benefit from the information about women's cycling behavior which here is provided for them. Thanks League of American Cyclist!

Bicycle Inspired-Kate Spade

21 August, 2013

Bicycle Inspired-Kate Spade


I love nothing more than creations inspired by bicycles. Designer extraordinaire, Kate Spade, since their Adeline Adeline bicycle campaign launch has release a lovely set of bicycle inspired accessories and more to complement the bicycle fashionista's lifestyle ride. I'm absolutely loving those tandem greeting cards and that adorable iphone case. Just can't get enough of that green colored bicycle too! 

Growing in NYC

15 August, 2013

Growing in NYC

It's absolutely gorgeous out here in NYC today. When I moved here, I never imagined that I would have to plan my outdoor activities before the weather started to cool down. As these last days of summer fade out in NYC, I'm attempting to find quiet, and yet, explore all that the BIG APPLE has to offer. I've been making it a point to spend my free time out making this place fit to my own likings. That's what moving away from home is right? Exploring and challenging yourself enough to get uncomfortable and learn how to be resilient. People talk about the things that happen in a New York minute and it’s so true. Most days I feel like I have lived a week. It can be exciting to see what I’ve overcome in a day, but this past weekend was the first time that I felt like the floor was speeding up and starting to slip out from under me. I think my greatest moment of growth is now, more than ever. I do crave moments of stillness, and I am learning by experience that those don’t come in the city that never sleeps unless you earnestly seek them out.

Bike Guide: Fort Greene

14 August, 2013

Bike Guide: Fort Greene
Exploring a new city is always fun. Getting settled into my new surroundings in NYC is exciting as there is so much to see and do. To get acquainted, I took myself out on a little bicycle day trip following Lena Corwins book Maps, with illustrations of cities and some of her favorite spots. If you're ever in the neighborhood, Fort Green, or live in Brooklyn, check out some of these lovely little shops and allow yourself to be charmed by this delightful neighborhood. 

1. Bittersweet (cafe)
2. Feliz (shop)
3. Chez Oscar (restaurant)
4. Dino (restaurant)
5. Roman’s (restaurant)
6. Brooklyn Flea (seasonal location)
7. Choice (cafe & restaurant)
8. Saffron (shop)
9. Brooklyn Academy of Music (opera and movie theater)
10. Stuart & Wright (shop)
11. Bespoke Bikes (shop)
12. Habana Outpost (seasonal restaurant)
13. Greenlight Bookstore (shop)
14. Provisions (market)
15. Olea (restaurant)

Bicycle Portraits from South Africa

08 August, 2013

Bicycle Portraits from South Africa
 I love a good and creative cause. These illustrations and images are just that and part of book project by Stan Engelbrecht & Nic Grobler titled Bicycle Portraits. The book is a study of South African commuter culture: the people, their bikes and the ground they travel every day. Stan & Nic have 165 portraits part of a series of three books, which include stories, essays and hand-painted watercolor maps (shown above) to indicate the location of each portrait. I’ve already spent some time enjoying the photographs on the site, and from what I can tell, the books, designed by Gabrielle Guy, are beautiful objects in their own right. It’s an inspiring project! Read more about how they are using this project to support this vibrant cycling community here.

Bass River Adventures

01 August, 2013

Bass River Adventures
This past weekend the boy and I took a camping getaway from the city to Bass River State Forest in New Jersey. Being that New York has easy access to other states and parks, getting there was easy and enjoyable (granted the beginning of tolls while driving through NJ Garden State Parkway). Once we got to our site and set up camp, we took the liberty to explore much of Bass River and all the various hiking trails through the park and on our drive back up to NY. Having a serene environment with absolutely no man made interruptions was just what I needed to celebrate my birthday. I would recommend an small weekend getaway to Bass River if you love easy hiking and accessible amenities. There's nothing like roughing it out in nature and getting the natural fix you need away from the city.

Do any of you have a favorite getaway spot?