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Fashion Weekend Edition: Black & White for Tea

Who needs the Kentucky Derby to break out the big-brimmed dressy summer hats? Afternoon tea with the ladies is the perfect time to pull out a flower trimmed hat, double-bow peep toe pumps and suitcase-style bag, all done up in crisp black and white. A whole new look for my favorite little black dress.

White Hat

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 14, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Holiday Edition: Rose, White and Blue

When a good old-fashioned 4th of July parade marches through San Jose’s Rose Garden neighborhood it emerges as the Roses, White & Blue Parade. Susie Q turned heads with her garlands of red floribuna and white tea silk roses with sprays of lilac as she rolled slowly down the shaded avenues on a hot summer day.

Bedecked with Roses

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 4, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: The Green Lane to Success

Red may be the power tie color for businessmen, but when you’re the head of the San Jose Department of Transportation, green is the power color to wear as you pave the way to better bicycling in California’s 3rd largest city. A suit doesn’t keep a pro like Hans from getting in on the action. With a roll of the cuff on the bike and a hard hat and high-viz vest for laying paint, Hans stays photo-op ready for his department’s day in the sun.

Hans Larsen

The first of San Jose’s green lane projects, the Hedding Street bike lane will be a major east-west bikeway.

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 June 28, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: A Winning Combination on Winona

Warm in the sun and little cool in the shade. Here in sunny California, you need an outfit than lets you roll along in comfort all day. Winona pairs a black and white sleeveless sheath with a hot pink bolero that can take her from shopping errands to a happy hour with fellow SVBC bike advocates to home after dark.

Winona on Castro St

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 June 21, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Little Brown Dress

Chocolate, mocha, cinnamon, caramel, chestnut. The little black dress may be the diva that gets all the attention, but understated browns are fresh, easygoing and just as versatile. A tie-front cropped bolero sweater adds a little cream to my coffee brown dress, for a richer look that warms me up on my morning ride.

Little Brown Dress

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 June 14, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Tropical Heat Classics

When the weather forecast proclaims the hottest weather of the season and you’ve got errands to run, it’s time to pull out the tropical classics. Dick’s loose fitting cotton shirt, cargo shorts and sandals work as well rolling around town in California as they have for over a century in Nairobi, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Casual Cool

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 June 9, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Something Old, Something New

When it comes to our wardrobes, most of us play favorites. We pull the same things out of our closets day after day, and rue the day they wear out. I’ve loved everything about this knit dress for over five years: the slit neckline and cap sleeves, the empire waist and A-line skirt in a flattering print. How much longer will it last?

Black & White Dress

It was sad to retire my go-to shoes for this dress: closed toe Mary Jane heels. But I love my new wedge heels.

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 May 31, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Play Clothes

When my oldest sister Susan was a little girl, she suddenly decided she wouldn’t wear shorts or pants anymore, only dresses. So my mother went straight to her sewing machine and whipped up a set of play dresses. I think little Susan was on to something. This loose-fitting cotton dress has become my go-to outfit for kicking around town on the weekend: easy to throw on, comfortable and girlishly feminine with a sporty twist.

Weekend Fun

We took these photos for Bike Fun with Dick and Janet, a new blog I’m writing for the Mountain View Voice.

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 May 26, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Wrapped in Confidence

In an interview during a product launch enhanced by flash mobs of young women chanting “Be the woman you want to be!” and dancing by the Eiffel Tower, Diane von Furstenberg said, “My mission is to empower women to feel beautiful and secure and confident. Because when you are confident you are beautiful.”

No wonder her iconic wrap dress has been embraced by women of all ages, shapes and sizes for over 40 years, including me. I’m always confident in my wrap knit dresses, on or off the bike. Mission accomplished, Diane!

Wrap Dress

P.S. Diane, sign me up to dance in your flash mob at your next launch. I’ll even fly to Paris for it.

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 May 17, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Silicon Valley Bike Style

Copenhagen has Cycle Chic, New York has #BikeNYC and San Francisco has Bike Pretty, but did you know that Silicon Valley has Bike Style? Yes, indeed, in the last couple of years, I’ve been spying more and more stylish people riding beautiful bikes all over the Valley. The word is out that you don’t have to get kitted out in lycra or other performance bike wear every time you hop on a bike.

I had never seen as many stylish people on bikes strutting their stuff as I did at the Bike Away From Work Bash hosted by the SVBC at San José City Hall last Thursday night. I grabbed people out of the bike valet line and quickly snapped almost 50 bike portraits. The full set of portraits shows an amazingly diverse community of riders. Whether in lycra or jeans or work clothes, everyone looks great when they’re on their bike.

What’s your bike style? Urban edgy? Frills and lace? Preppy classic? Euro sophisticated? Slouchy chic? Whatever it is, you can show it off by uploading your photo on the newly launched Silicon Valley Bike Style.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 
 
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