Month: December 2014

5 Bikeable NYE Outfits to Sparkle Your Way Into 2015

Ready to ring in 2015? From a swanky dinner with a champagne toast to staying in for the night and watching the ball drop on TV—we’ve got your bikeable outfit covered from head to toe. You’ll be making your list of resolutions, eyeing up someone to smooch, and singing your heart out to Auld Lang Syne in no time.

So, where are you off to?

An uptown house party hosted by your cool best friend

Image via Dynamite
Image via Dynamite

Headed to a party at your uptown friend’s home? She probably has a cowhide rug, a fair number of artistic screenprints on the wall, and an elusive cat lurking about. The occasion calls for a cool tank with a hint of sparkle. We like this option pictured above from Dynamite, or this slightly riskier number from Theory. You’re in the spirit, but effortlessly cool. Someone will probably mistake you for a Parisian. You’ll neither confirm nor deny.

Pair the tank with your most flattering skinny jeans, cuffed ever so haphazardly at the ankle, and your trusty simple pumps, like these from Madewell. (If you’ve got a long ride ahead of you, throw the pumps in your bag and leave your practical shoes at the door when you arrive.)

An upscale restaurant in the heart of downtown

Image via Nordstrom
Images via Nordstrom

Spending the evening with a special someone at the city’s chicest eatery? Arrive in a stylish jumpsuit and be ready for whatever adventures the night may bring. Major plus: many jumpsuits feature a tapered or straight leg, which means your silky fabric stays far away from that greasy bike chain. We like this piece above from Rachel Zoe. We guarantee, that sheer back will have heads turning. Similar (and cheaper) versions here or here.

Images via Kate Spade and J.Crew
Images via Kate Spade and J.Crew

Add some tasteful sparkle with accessories like this Kate Spade bracelet or these statement earrings above.

The hotspot nightclub with your best girls

Image via Garnet Hill
Image via Garnet Hill

You’ve made plans with your gals to hit up the city’s quintessential New Year’s Eve nightclubs. This is your opportunity to rival the disco ball in shine and sparkle—don’t let it pass you by. We suggest Garnet Hill’s (on mega-sale!) sequined skirt and tank combo. Pick your favorite color and shine on. We also give the Bird Industries stamp-of-approval to this lovely frock from ModCloth and this high-necked dress from French Connection, via ASOS.

But remember to pop on your trusty skirt garter to ride into 2015 with class, not exhibitionism. Available here and here.

Your neighborhood dive bar

Image via Forever 21
Image via Forever 21

Anything goes at your neighborhood dive bar. You’re a regular, and you feel completely at ease. New Year’s Eve is your opportunity to inject a little glamour and sparkle into the regularly plaid, denim, and cheap beer scene. Throw ’em for a loop in a glitter tee or tank (like this above or this) or some sparkly sneakers (like these Kate Spade gems). With distressed jeans, this look is completely bikeable.

Riding to the liquor store and back home, staying in for the night

Image via American Apparel
Image via American Apparel

Staying in for the night means you have complete creative license to get as outlandish as you want. For your ride to the liquor store, we suggest some sparkly leggings that border on obnoxious (this pair pictured from American Apparel should do the trick), your snuggliest sweatshirt, and a pair of 2015 glasses that you pick up from someone on the street. Home alone? Pick up extra booze and make people think you’re throwing a raging party.

As you cuddle up on the couch to watch New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, smile to yourself because you actually made the best plans of all. Want to go to bed early? We won’t judge.

As always, ride safely and smartly this New Year’s Eve, and here’s to a very happy 2015!

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Chic Cyclist Gift Guide

It’s time to deck the halls, be jolly, and fa-la-la. Holiday shopping season is upon us. If you’re lucky enough to have a stylish lady cyclist in your life and on your list, check out our 2014 Chic Cyclist Gift Guide. With these goodies under the tree, you’ll be sure to make her spirits bright. Away we go:

Sawako Furuno helmet

Image via Sawako Furuno
Image via Sawako Furuno

If she’s going to have helmet hair, she should have a chic culprit. Keep her safe and stylish in one of Sawako Furuno’s many helmets. With designs ranging from animal patterns to graphics of NYC, this Japanese designer knows what’s up. Available for an average of $150 here. Simply can’t decide on a pattern? Pick up a gift card from one of the brand’s many stockists.

Ingebretsen’s Biking Viking Chocolates

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Contrary to popular belief, chocolate is actually a girl’s best friend. Hey, a lady needs her nourishment! Ingebretson’s, a nearly 100-year-old Scandinavian marketplace in Minneapolis, MN, has partnered with master chocolatiers B.T. McElrath to produce two fine chocolates: milk chocolate with cardamom and dark chocolate infused with coffee. Stuff her stocking with Biking Viking. She won’t be disappointed. $6.95. Pick some up here.

The Cambridge Satchel Company

Image left via bikepretty.com. Image right via The Cambridge Satchel Company.
Image left via bikepretty.com. Image right via The Cambridge Satchel Company.

Got an Anglophile on your hands? You can’t go wrong with a classic satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company. They’re timeless, chic, and available in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors—from traditional browns to neon pinks. And each bag is handcrafted with love in Great Britain. Feeling fancy? Get the bag embossed with her initials and the company’s famous bike logo. Her inner Kate Middleton and her inner Beryl Burton will rejoice. $155. Available here.

Reclaimed Bike Gear & Wood Bottle Opener Coaster

Image via uncommongoods.com
Image via uncommongoods.com

A two-in-one coaster and bottle opener? Genius! Handmade in Texas by Rachel Spire, an artist, furniture designer, and avid cyclist, this nifty gadget will have your gal cracking open her beverage of choice and keeping her table protected in one fell swoop. Made with reclaimed wood and recycled bike gears. $15. Available here.

Bird Industries CycleChic Gift Set

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In the nick of time for the holiday season: presenting our CycleChic Gift Set! Perfect for the cycling lady who seemingly has everything. Our sturdy, lined, handmade, 5″ x 9″ pouch includes:

  • A Bird Industries Skirt Garter in your choice of size and color. Keeps her dresses and skirts in check while she’s cycling down the road.
  • Biketastic Pocket Mirror for quick check-ups of hair and make-up.
  • Blotting papers to instantly whisk away oil and shine from her face after a long ride.
  • A pinwheeled Upcycled Bike Tube Ornament made from discarded bike tubes. ‘Tis the season!

With our pouch popped inside her bike bag, she’ll be ready for any adventure that comes her way. $25. Available here or here.

Psst: Have your eye on a gift courtesy of Bird Industries? Want it to arrive safe and sound by Christmas Eve? Remember: our cut-off for domestic orders with standard shipping is 12/19.

Merry, merry!

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