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Fashion Friday: Deep Purple Evening Delights

The invitation specified “business casual, no jeans” but that doesn’t mean I can’t step in up a notch with a pretty cotton dress in deep purple, vintage jewelry, and snakeskin heels. It is a fundraising dinner for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition at a hotel after all, not a crab feed at the church hall or chili cook-off in the park.

Purple Dress Portrait

I’m sure I won’t be the only one dressed up for the occasion. With luck, I’ll snap a few red-carpet shots of partygoers so you can see that yes, even hardcore cyclists can shed their lycra and clean up good.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Sunday in the Park

Back in the good old days, people worked hard six days a week while Sunday was a sacred day of rest: worship in the morning, and socializing and relaxation in the afternoon. City parks were a favorite destination to see and be seen while on a stroll, a picnic or at a concert. That meant Sunday-best dresses, pearls and gloves for the ladies, ties and coats for the gents, and straw hats all around to protect delicate faces from the sun.

Sunday in the Park Portrait

On Sunday, September 21, we will be hosting a Sunday Soirée in San José with a city cruise and tea in St James Park, laid out in 1868 by Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s pioneer landscape architect. Come join us!

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Holiday Edition: Hard-Working Labor Day

During World War II in the Bay Area, they built Liberty ships. In Southern California, they built bomber aircraft. And where I’m from in Louisiana, they built the nimble landing craft that brought troops ashore on D-Day. Life isn’t always about pretty things. More often than not, it’s grit and grime that gets the job done.

Rosie the Riveter Portrait

In the United States, we honor the people who do the heavy lifting for hourly wages on Labor Day, the first Monday in September. The prosperity and well-being of our country relies on the strength of our workers.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Old School Roadie Style

With a classic road bike in lugged steel, lycra simply won’t do. A color-blocked jersey and basic black shorts evoke memories of aspiring young racers breaking away on the backroads in the heyday of the 10-speed.

Vintage Jersey Portrait

The jersey hails from my husband’s bike club in Puerto Rico circa 1979, dug out of his closet along with Death Ride schwag from 1993. He rode all five passes on a Bridgestone RB-1 with 53/39 x 12-24 gearing. Ouch!

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Hanging Loose in a T-Shirt Dress

Summer casual gets even cooler when you skip the shorts and let your t-shirt go long. Nothing snug, nothing belted on this unassuming V-neck in marine blue that has just enough contour for a feminine silhouette. Toss on a pair of woven leather sandals, grab a poplin jacket and this easy ensemble can take you from after-work errands downtown to happy hour with friends outdoors on the patio on a long summer evening.

T-Shirt Dress

Called the Tomboy Dress because of its no-fuss styling and wearability, it comes in new colors every year.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Romance in Red

Roses are red, vintage bikes are too. Lace dresses are sweet, how about you? Like flowers in a bouquet, Lorri layers shades of red for a boldly feminine effect: cherry shoes, a coral lace dress, a deep ruby Schwinn. With an ample-sized bag in her front basket, she’s ready for anything on the San Jose Bike Party Ladies Ride.

Lorri Portrait

“Though we met later in life, that only makes our love stronger. I will love you forever,” reads a dedication message from Bob to his Honey in the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden. Very fitting for Lorri and bicycling too.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Long-Lost Cargo Shorts

Dig deep in your closet and you’ll probably find a hidden gem or two, shoved to the back when the seasons changed or when you gained or lost a pound or ten. A long-overdue closet cleaning unearthed a favorite pair of cargo shorts and collared t-shirt. Both fit again due to some long-overdue weight loss.

Portrait 1

These shorts, shoes and shirt are all at least five years old, but they made the cut because they’re classics that still work for me. Other items were not so lucky. Four big bags of clothing and two small bags of shoes took a ride in my trailer to a donation station across town. And I have still more closet culling yet to do.

P.S. Can you tell we’re having a severe drought in California? Brown is the new green when it comes to lawns.

Cargo Trailer

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 
 
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