My focus lately has not been on blogging, but I have some renewed energy now. In three weeks, I start a new job (an exciting step up in my career!) that will bring me a longer and more scenic bike commute. And to reward myself I bought a beautiful digital camera that has me eager to document my rides.
This morning I enjoyed my regular bike ride to work in the sunshine and crisp air.
Betty has been my constant companion for the last month, although I expect to swap her out for Oma as soon as the snow starts.
And here’s what I wore on my bike, although this was in the middle of the day and Betty, unfortunately, was not around to pose with me. A cashmere sweater and scarf with a leather jacket kept me plenty warm in the low-30 temps.
Time to break out the tweed and cashmere – fall is here!
I have a habit of writingeveryyear about how much I love fall, and this year will be more of the same. It’s such a perfect time for bike riding, especially for riding in full work clothes without arriving sweaty.
I enthusiastically pulled out from under my bed the two containers of cold-weather clothes and suddenly I have a whole new wardrobe. This week I will replenish my supply of black and brown tights, then I’ll be good to go through early spring. :-)
Good morning! To all Americans, I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving. :-) And now we have to go back to work. :-(
Traffic was light in the city during the holiday, making it the perfect time to ride a bike – as long as you manage to avoid the drunk drivers. But I have not been on my bike in 5 days because my mom was visiting from North Carolina. She enjoyed taking the L train.
The previous Sunday was my most recent joy ride. My friends Sara and Glenn and I biked down the Lakefront Trail to see a movie, then back up the Trail to meet Mr. Dottie at a cozy Scottish pub - a great way to warm up after a chilly ride.
Friday: red trench, cashmere sweater, Burberry skirt, tights, flats.
(Most everything I bought used, some on clearance.)
The photos reveal a consistency in my fall dressing: cashmere, wool, tights, and leather boots. I know I’ve said this many times before, but these materials are excellent for cold-weather cycling. There is no reason for me to wear technical clothing.
A fun and friendly group gathered for Chicago’s Tweed Ride on Saturday. After an unexpected thunderstorm, the weather was sunny and exceptionally warm for November.
After the second pub stop, I broke off the ride with a group of girlfriends for dinner at Bangers and Lace. I love that going on a Tweed Ride naturally means hanging out with so many of my friends. Good times.
I know Des Moines had a Tweed Ride on Saturday (looking forward to the pictures!). Anyone else?
The outfit above is chic – there is no doubt about it in my mind. But at some point stuff gets ridiculously expensive. This week, I saw a gorgeous Chanel boucle suit at a consignment store…in my size…for almost $2,000. Holy mother of god. That is a lot of money for one second-hand outfit. The shop lady kindly informed me that they have layaway – ha! Luckily, the timeless Chanel designs have filtered down to the level where ordinary people like you and me can enjoy clothes that look kinda sorta the same.
The day after I left the consignment store, a friend at work randomly gave me a Chanel-esque wool boucle suit that no longer fits her. So I ended up with a similar outfit for free! Sure, it’s no Chanel, but it is a quality suit made in Canada.
Once I got to work, I traded my winter boots for heels, removed my gloves and scarf, and viola: ready for the office. Except I realize now that my bow was askew. :-)
A co-worker said to me, “You biked in that?!” Really, wool boucle and tweed are excellent for bicycling because the fabric has some give, never wrinkles, and is super cozy for fall and winter. I’m going on the record now to say that a wool boucle skirt suit – in addition to being timelessly chic – is the best outfit for cold-weather cycling. Who’s with me? :-)
On my ride home from work yesterday evening, I ran into my friends Janet and Dan on the Lakefront Trail. I love unexpectedly seeing friendly faces in Chicago; it always brightens my day and makes the city seem more and more like home.
As you can see, Dan and Janet have WorkCycle Omas, which they bought after visiting Amsterdam a few years ago.
Janet had on a new helmet by Yakkay, called the Luzern Faux, that she bought locally from Heritage Bikes. The Yakkay helmet can be mixed and matched with different style covers and this is one option (it also comes in white). So stylish!