Monday, January 27, 2014

Roll Model: Amber Raley

Amber Raley likens bicycles to tattoos. "The ideal number is one more than you now have, with a limit of the number at which your partner will leave you, minus one," she hastens to add. As someone about to donate her car to NPR, she retains many transportation options.
"Aubrey was my first bike in Atlanta, a blue 1980's Ross with orange wheels." Invited to ride in North Georgia with Sorella, she looked to Kirkwood ReCycle for something sportier: a red Schwinn ten-speed from the 1960's, its drop bars wrapped in the original tape now faded to her favored color. She proudly remembers hanging tough with the B+ riders, all the while mastering Cinnamon's derailleur gears. When friends sent her the same link to a CraigsList for sale ad, the orange and white fixed gear mixte (aka chixie) became her Tango. Christmas brought a yet to be named vintage mountain bike. "I haven't ridden it yet and gotten a sense of its spirit."
Lari is the suborder of sea birds that includes terns and the name given to the Tern folding bicycle she won from the silent auction at last year's ABC Blinkie Awards. This versatile bike goes with her on MARTA and into conference rooms, where it plays a role in advocacy on behalf of BeltLine Speakers Bureau. Her winning ways and wits have disarmed guards in the Atlanta Financial Center and less than bike friendly Hurt Building, who watched as the dreaded, two wheeled machine became...luggage!
This "crucial part of my BeltLine narrative also shapped my choice of neighborhood, Adair Park." She first explored those streets of SW Atlanta in a 'wheel estate' tour with EcoBroker Burke Sisco. Subsequent rides, including one to her house inspection, "proved to me I could do that." Commuting by bicycle finds her "energized and ready to start the day. Riding straight up Peachtree Street every day makes me a tourist in my own city."

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cozy In Grant Park

Her gorgeous cape is the work of RenzRags.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

In Sandy Springs: A Tropical Treat

Keren Charles of Two Stylish Kays invites you to defy the Arctic chill this afternoon. Warm up by rocking some mixed prints for a 2:00 lunch at Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe. Then, at 3:30, join her in the lounge for a trunk show of nine vintage vendors. This little bit of Jamaica lies adjacent to Lefont Theaters at 5920 Roswell Road.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

MLK Day On The Eastside Trail


From The West Side

Her look reminds me of the the song French Navy by Scottish band Camera Obscura. For these visitors from San Francisco I had but one bit of local advice: don't leave without seeing the BeltLine.

Monday, January 20, 2014

At The Gateway Dedication, Act II

scarf: Shalimar Weaves and souvenir of Kodaikanal, India
jacket: Fab'rik
dress: H&M
The Gateway

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Keeping Warm In Decatur, Act II

sweater: Charter Club
coat: Via Spiga
shorts: Creme Fraiche from Boogalos
boots: Mossimo
scarf: Jacques d'Albry

Saturday, January 18, 2014

At The Gateway Dedication, Act I

hat: Macy's
coat: Oakley
In the 1990's, Angier Springs Road was but a gravel track behind the Post Office. Today it makes an important point of access to the Eastside Trail and, later this year, the Gateway. A pedestrian link between the BeltLine and Historic Fourth Ward Park, it will feature both stairs and a switchback ramp for the thirty feet of elevation change between the sites on a tract donated by the Trust For Public Land. As Mayor Reed noted at the dedication, more than one million visitors have used the BeltLine. HFWP lies within view, but just beyond reach. Soon the two will form a powerful bond in what many are calling the best thing that's happened to Atlanta.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Keeping Warm In Decatur, Act I

Last week's deep freeze stilled the streets, giving me an opportunity to repost 2013 favorites. Thursday looked more
like our usual winter: dry, cold air and lots of uv rays. Remember that sunscreen is a layer, too. Her amazing coat is the work of Modcloth. Michael Kors made the bag. Shoes were found at
Squash Blossom. From Ireland came her scarf and Claddagh ring.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On The West Side: A Photography Summit

sweater: gift from sister
trousers: PacSun
boots: Nordstrom
scarf: souvenir of Thermopylae
camera bag: ONA
Being a photographer/blogger is one of those occupations that follow you everywhere. There is no time 'off the clock' as it were. Sometimes we pause, say for coffee with a friend, but end up making someone's portrait anyway. So it was for wedding photographer Angelina, whose perspective of our encounter may be seen on her blog, Asterisk*Photography.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Roll Model: Ann Shen


I was a late bloomer when it comes to learning to ride the bike. At the age of thirteen, my father taught me how to ride my first bike, a brand new fuchsia mountain bike that I had proudly selected at the store with dad's help. Biking has always been something dad and I shared, starting with fond memories of riding shotgun on dad's top tube when I was little.

I have also been pretty lucky to grow up in bike and public transportation friendly cities such as Ottawa and Toronto, so moving to Atlanta has been an interesting challenge. The sheer sprawl of the city as well as the disappointment of MARTA has resulted in me owning my first car. This feeling of dependence on my car coupled with a generally negative attitude towards cyclists and public transportation was something I struggled with after relocating here.

Everything changed after I met Bianca, my Specialized step-through bike. Riding Bianca around town makes me feel so liberated! I've been able to not only discover and explore so much more of Atlanta car-free, it has also made me realize that Bianca is all I need to get to places I love. Although I still drive my car to and from work, I love that the moment I come home, when I can park my car, hop on Bianca, and go to the grocery store, meet up with friends, or go thrifting in L5P. A rear bike rack, my Po Campo bag, a pannier, and some solid wind resistant/water proof layers pretty much mean I can go anywhere. Weekends will find Eliot and I riding around town on our bikes to the ASO, the High, riding the Mobile Social, enjoying Streets Alive; really, any excuse to ride my bike. Some of my fondest memories entail Eliot and I biking around on gorgeous sunny afternoons, just trying to get lost and explore our favourite neighbourhoods such as Grant Park and Decatur.

As a member of ABC, it has also been very exciting to see all the advocacy and infrastructure changes that ABC has helped to bring about, such as the cycletrack on 10th and the new buffered bike lane on Ponce. I'm also excited about the upcoming cycletracks ABC is working on creating in Midtown and O4W. I hope that the creation of more bike lanes as well as greater visibility of female bikers will lead to more women feeling safe and empowered to bike around Atlanta.

Ann Shen

Monday, January 13, 2014

Of Atlanta And Decatur

blouse: Cato
hat: Stacy Adams
boots: birthday gift
bag: Forever 21
Art In Bloom at the High Museum was a weekend flower show that juxtaposed floral arrangements to works from the permanent collection. Stunning it was and offered this complement to her monochromatic ensemble, shown here on the Decatur Square.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

On Howell Mill Road: Her Way

The scarf is a souvenir of Spain and H&M provided the coat.
She thrifted the dress, shoes and belt, proving once again that
It ain't what you do it's the way that you do it.

Friday, January 10, 2014

A New Best Friend

Alon: breeder in North Carolina
coat: thrifted in Alabama
hat: souvenir of Puerto Rico
shoes: Steve Madden
watch: Michael Kors
shades: Polo

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Grandmother's Beret

Both striking and storied, her patterns converged from a variety of sources: family, a friend and Goodwill. Forever 21 provided the boots, but she alone, the inspiration to pull all this together.
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