Bike Guide: Cow Hollow & The Marina, San Francisco

26 September, 2013

Bike Guide: Cow Hollow & The Marina, San Francisco
Photo: Kate Spade
Biking in San Francisco... ahhh, all those hills to conquer, the lovely bay, and scenic routes. My legs are craving a good hill to climb now! This series round of bike guides is located in San Francisco, as many of you know, was my stomping grounds that got me to start this blog. For those living or traveling to San Francisco, the neighborhood I focus on today is Cow Hollow and the Marina. This route happens to be one of my favorite rides on my way to the Golden Gate Bridge (bike guide here), and not only do you get to have a fun ride but there is plenty to eat, drink, and shop while you hang in this neighborhood. Here's a guide to biking and hanging out in Cow Hollow/Marina District.

Eat:                                                          Drink:
1. Umami                                                2. Bin 38
                                                                3. The Tipsy Pig

Sleep:                                                      Shop:
4. Hotel Drisco                                        6. Conifer
5. Inn at the Presidio                                

While You're There:

Happy Weekend + Link Love

21 September, 2013

Happy Weekend + Link Love
photo: pinterest

Happy Weekend! And a BIG sorry on the little delay of link love. You know how much I love sharing interesting reads and information with you and that's why I made sure to share with you some of my favorite reads and things to do this weekend. Whether you're riding a bike, curling up to a good book or movie, or just feeling creative, I've got some great ideas and reads to keep you inspired this weekend.

1. Eleanor's NYC did a really cute DIY bicycle spokes card project that just threw me head over wheels, time to get crafty!
2. Are bike commuters the happiest of commuters? Of course, and Portland State University has the facts!
3. I'm getting ready to move and have the perfect wall for a gallery inspired by Rue.
4. I have a thing for funny women, and if they're brilliant writers like Delia Ephron and her book Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog, Etc., I'm a happy woman with a good book to curl up to.
5. Speaking of books, I'm a huge fan of J.D. Salinger and of course we all know Catcher In The Rye. I recently watched his documentary biography, Salinger, and I can't tell you enough that if you're a hug fan of his work, you need to watch this.
6. There is so much to do in NYC, the weekends a perfect time to explore, here's Daily Candy's weekend guide.
7. My household is a fan of smoothies, breakfast, lunch, or for a snack, we love these smoothie recipes at PopSugar
8. I really like Molly Millar, writer of 2 Broke Girls, and her great interview at the Huffington Post.
9. Blueberry pancake recipe? Yes, please!
10. The 17 Faces of Feminism, I like them all.

8 Fall Cycling Essentials

20 September, 2013

8 Fall Cycling Essentials
While you've been dutifully sifting through the last bits of awesome summer rides, I've spent the last month praying for fall and sussing out just the right 8 Fall Cycling Essentials you'll need to get your autumn arsenal in proper working order…and right on schedule for the saddle. As always, some of these standbys are already safely tucked away in your stash (dig 'em out!), but I've added some other essentials to the mix to ensure your closet and bike will still make that cool transitional move into the new season in style.

DIY | Bike Wheel Frame

19 September, 2013

DIY | Bike Wheel Frame

photo: whipperberry
I love finding new and cool things crafters are doing with bicycles. I'm no crafter by nature, it takes a whole lot for me to want to even decorate my home but I do like to take old things and make them into something new to use. When perusing around the webs I found this little gem of a project by crafter goddess at WhipperBerry and just knew that I had to try this. I'm a sucker for gold accents on unusual craft projects, it gives it just the perfect touch of class.

Do you reuse any of your old bike parts? If so, how?

Cute Bicycle Bells

16 September, 2013

Cute Bicycle Bells
*Ding ding*
 Do you like?! I just love them and could probably find an outfit to fit perfectly with every bell. I love bicycle accessories without a doubt. Although my bike is a simple ride, finding a couple of signature pieces makes me smile when I know how adorable my bike looks with that little accent piece. On my quest looking for a new bike bell I found some super cute bicycle bells that surely had me ringing for more. Whether you're a girl who likes stripes, polka dots, or a little bling (i love it all) you have great choices to find the perfect ring for you.

Link Love + Weekend Inspiration

13 September, 2013

Link Love + Weekend Inspiration
photo: taelinle
Yes, thank God it's Friday. I'm definitely in the need for some R&R this weekend while we are being covered in dark clouds and a little rain here in NYC. While I'm starting to cozy up here, I thought I'd share some inspiring links and reads around the webs that kept me interested and grounded this week.

1. This weekend guide around NYC from Daily Candy NYC.
2. For many of us girls in our 20 somethings, we are constantly building our careers and The Everygirl is a great resource.
3. I love documentaries, I can waste a whole weekend watching them except sometimes inspirational documentaries are in need and I found this documentary Makers: Women Who Make America just that.
4. I think for many of us handling life in a hectic city, it's important we balance our relationships, especially the one closest to home. A Blog About Love is just that dose of reminding us to be thankful for the love that comes our way.
5. Recently, I started a new series called Bike Talk on the topic of Bicycles and Embracing my Inner Quirky Girl and covered an issue many of us fashionable cyclists are dealing with, as Sweet Georgia Brown likes to call it, Cycle Chic Shaming. She has a very similar perspective and gives her insight into this issue too.
6. If you're in NYC this weekend, go see this amazing installation by James Turrel at The Guggenheim. It's the coolest experience.
7. I recently started taking up yoga again. While it's too expensive in NYC, I found a free online yoga site that helps me to unwind without burning a hole in my pocket.
8. This band Blouse, so good, if you like synth, airy voices, female front-women with bangs and bad 80's graphics.
9. My favorite Lean In commentary, You Can't Have It All, But You Can Have Cake.
10. Just finished reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and laughed my heart out. A must read.

Have a great weekend!

BIKE GUIDE: WILLIAMSBURG

12 September, 2013

BIKE GUIDE: WILLIAMSBURG
Biking around Brooklyn is one of my favorite pass times in NYC. While it comes off to me as a different world from the city, experiencing new restaurants and bars is just one of the best ways to get to know your surroundings and I'm always on the scout for new adventures. This time, I took a recommendation from a collaboration with Fathom & Kate Spade and explored Brooklyn's hippest neighborhood, Williamsburg. For most of us ladies, these places are spot on for our taste, there's just so much to do, see, and cute things to buy! If you're ever in the neighborhood and would like to see it by bike, download their guide here. To learn more about the shops and their address, just click on the names and they'll link you to their site. Happy biking!

EAT:                                       Drink:                                      
1. Marlow & Sons                     3. Mason Premiere
2. EGG 

SLEEP:                                     SHOP:
4. Wythe Hotel                        6. Cat Bird
5. King and Grove  
                                                 
EXPLORE:                             WHILE YOURE THERE
7. Brooklyn Flea                      9. P.S. 1
8. Greenpoint Stroll                10. Vinegar Hill House  
                                                 11. Weather Up
                                                 12. Prospect Park

Bike Talk: Bicycles and Embracing My Inner Quirky Girl

11 September, 2013

Bike Talk: Bicycles and Embracing My Inner Quirky Girl
photo: nycpretty
Truth time ladies, do you ever feel like the world just doesn't get that we actually like riding bikes? Like for fun, shopping, commuting, and just for the feeling of feeling good about ourselves? When I started blogging about my bike adventures, I wanted to inspire other girls to talk and create a dialogue of the everyday journey on their bike. Whether it be about cool new bike accessories, adorable oufits they biked in, things they made, or places they traveled to, I wanted to hear it all. When I was getting my early experience of biking in San Francisco, I got a lot of lectures about safety, wearing the right gear, and what to watch out for when riding with "the boys." Being the rebellious girl I had always grown up to be, I did the opposite of what I was told but still wanted to fit into the bike scene. I wanted to be that tough tatooed fixie chick who got the respect of her peers but realized, I'M NOT THAT GIRL. I'm just not and don't intend to be. When it comes to navigating the spaces between personal style, fitting in with the bike crowd, and self confidence, I definitely felt like I was caught in the middle of what made me a true cyclist. This is a lot like dealing with adolescent self identity, only now, I can handle it differently as an adult. Totally different.

Cute Bicycle Helmets

09 September, 2013

Cute Bicycle Helmets
As you know, protecting your head when cycling is like the number one safety rule of all cycling, trust me, we've had "the conversation" before. But why I personally don't like to wear one is a personal matter, and when coming to NYC I realize how important wearing one is, like with all the insufficient bicycle infrastructure, bad driving policies, and billions of crazy cab drivers. 

Well, with so many bicycle helmet options out there, I bring to you some of my favorites from around the web. Whether they're are loved by brands, functionality, and style, I love seeing the evolution of cute bicycle helmets for ladies. I also have that really cute red and white polka dot helmet and it's my favorite. You can find great resources around the web from Eleanors NYC, Cycle Chic UKYakkay, Nutcase, Sawako, and Bern in scoping out some really cute options for your cute cycle safety wear.

(right to left)

Link Love + Weekend Inspiration

06 September, 2013

Link Love + Weekend Inspiration
This week has been a real eye opener for my growth here on the blog and in NYC. There must be something in the air with the changing season's that is inspiring a new approach to life with a new lens.  Do you ever get that way? I think most of us can say "yes, of course," and I definitely have read a lot of inspiring stories and ideas around the web. Here's some great reads, informative, funny, and serious to inspire you this weekend.


1. Interview with San Francisco graphic designer and avid cyclist Gretchel.
3. More on Your Cycle: Got Cramps?, You Better Read This.
5. As an introvert myself, I appreciate this perspective on The Introvert's Guide To Leaning In.
6. I always think getting on a bike is a good idea, it's healthy, builds self esteem, and green! Bikeyface shows us in illustration how to take Small Steps to build a bicycle lifestyle habit.
7. Why We Need More Women Leaders, need I say more?
8. I'm a writer by nature and can always use these 33 Tips to Being A Better Writer
9. I love to travel and although time is not on my hands, NYC is pretty great to learn How To Be A Tourist In Your Own Town.
10. Ellie is one of my favorite SF style bloggers (and an epic librarian) who started a series of A Literary Take on Fashion. Brilliant!

Brooklyn Bike Jumble

Brooklyn Bike Jumble

Since moving to NYC, searching for the perfect set of wheels has been a little rough. With minor set backs, a busy schedule, and traveling, the next bike of my life has been on hold. From searching online through Craigslist, word of mouth, and checking out bike shops around the neighborhood, I gave up and took on Citi Bike. Although I absolutely adore bike sharing, I'm not afraid to admit that I just love having my own set of wheels to ride to fix up and call my own and I'm hoping that this weekend I'll have the chance to do that! This Saturday is NYC's Brooklyn Bike Jumble, Brooklyn's bike flea market, and boy am I ever ready to find my perfect set of wheels.

If you're in the NYC are and also looking for a new set of wheels, here is some more info about the event.

September 7th, 2013
10AM to 4PM, FREE
JJ Byrne/Washington Park - 5th Avenue and 4th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Cute Bicycle D.I.Y'.s

05 September, 2013

Cute Bicycle D.I.Y'.s

Making your bike your own requires a little craft and love. There are so many great ideas and ways to give your bike a little TLC, however, I like to keep things on the simply cute side and easy craft making schedule. For inspiration about how to dress your bike up, here are some of my favorite bicycle d.i.y's  around the web.

The Period Store: For Your Cycle

04 September, 2013

The Period Store: For Your Cycle

Have you heard of the The Period Store? An online delivery service of all your monthly feminine needs. From brands like Kotex and Always to sea sponges, menstrual cups and international feminine products from around the world, they also include goodies like hand-crafted sweets, packets of tea, and a 5×7 art print. Recently, I tried their services and found it to be the happiest package upon receiving and opening. Being a woman that openly speaks about her period with the important women and men in my life, I love that they are encouraging women to talk about their periods openly, and without embarrassment. Although cultural differences might keep women from openly discussing this topic, I find it critical that periods become a part of this discussion around women's needs in the bicycle industry, as much as it is in the fashion, accessory, hair, skincare, and cosmetic industry.
It's obvious that their commitment to the dialogue is in how they make videos about women talking about their periods, a blog called The Periodical that covers a wide range of period topics — some funny, some more serious, and they even host events, like Menstruation Celebration, throughout the year (wish we had one monthly, amIright?!). 
Many bicycling women around the web are speaking about this topic, from time to time, and I do too. There's even a women's Clitoral Mass the Ovarian Psycho Cycles ladies put on in L.A. What’s your take on this? Are you already comfortable talking about your period freely? Or do you feel this is a subject you’d rather keep behind the scenes? If yes, would a site that combined the ideas of The Period Store + Cycling help you think about and experience your period differently?