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Pack List: Ooh la la, French Girl Chic


1. New Trench from APC: Nothing says French New Wave (watch any Jean-Luc Godard film for frame of reference) quite like a classic, tan trench.  We love this one from French label APC.

2. Samsonite Upcycled Bike Crate: This vintage Samsonite travel case just screams chic.  It recalls saucy French stewardesses at mid-century, and makes the perfect retro addition to any bicycle.

3. Oopsmark Bicycle Wine Rack: If there’s one thing you know about the French, it’s that their wine is dee-licious, and now it’s mobile, too.

4. Kitty Bell by Claire La Secrétaire: Don’t parle françcais?  No worries, this little kitty does.  This robin’s egg blue bicycle bell boasts a handpainted kitty miao-ing away.  It’s a cute way to make yourself heard when you’re out for a ride.

5. Nantucket Bike Basket Co. Pannier: This woven pannier is perfect for carrying all the croissants and baguettes you’re sure to accrue when you’re spending a day à la francais.

6. Silk Peplum Shirt by Madewell: We love the fitted waist and elbow-length sleeve of this chic silk shirt.  It’s a classic look with a pair of jeans and goes a bit fancier when paired with a pencil skirt and chunky necklace.  

7. Croque Monsieur: This is the quintessential French sandwich.  The key players are simple: ham, two types of cheese, mustard, bread, and butter. It’s the details that make it mouthwatering: a little bit of nutmeg, flour, and milk give it the perfect texture and flavor.  That, and the melted cheese on top.  Mon dieu. 

Let’s Go To The Beach


1. Skim Board by Fredericks & Mae: Seaside recreation at its most beautiful. Skim boarding is sort of like surfing, but keeps you closer to the shore and relies upon the momentum that builds as you glide over breaking waves.

2. Rice Blotting Papers: Breaking a sweat is unavoidable when you’re sea-side, but if you want a quick touch-up, reach for some rice blotting papers.  They control shine quickly and naturally so you’ll always be picture perfect despite the heat.

3. Kerry Cassill Beach Umbrellas: Sometimes sunblock just won’t cut it.  If you’re setting out for a serious day at the beach, we recommend keeping cool in the shade of one of one of these gorgeous umbrellas from Kerry Cassill.

4. Blue Sky Helmet by Belle Helmets: Biking to the beach? Get into the spirit of things with this hand-painted skyscape helmet from New York-based Belle Helmets.

5. J. Crew Polka-dot Underwire Top: You’ll love hitting the beach up in this retro bikini. This super cute polka-dot set will surely get you spotted at the beach!

6. Natural Rope Lock by Dalman Supply Co.: Biking to the shore?  Keep your wheels secure with this natural rope lock which looks just as good by the sea as it does in the city.

7. Sex on the Beach: Hands down our favorite summer cocktail, this is a go-to for beach lounging.  Cabana boy not included.

Wanderlust Wednesday: Summer Travels in the Hamptons

p>Never before has the subject line of this week’s newsletter been more appropriate.  As we head into August, we can’t seem to stop feasting our eyes on our Wanderlust pinboard and daydreaming about all the places we’d love to visit.  In reality, though, we don’t have to look far to find the perfect spot for a bit of summer rest and relaxation next month.  imageImage courtesy of Sothebys[[MORE]]

Shelter Island, our favorite spot in the Hamptons, is a quick jaunt from New York City and is an ideal destination for either a quick weekend getaway or a longer vacay.  We first visited Shelter Island to launch our pop-up shop at Table of Content General Store and we confess – we fell hard for its seaside charm and beautiful New England architecture.  But what shall we do apart from gawk at our surroundings?  Take a look at our 3 favorite things to do on the Island.

1. Mashomack Preserve: A beautiful destination for a stroll or bike ride (no motor vehicles allowed, happily) and an even better one for birdwatching.  The preserve is a lush forest and marshland that’s home to a number of native birds, notably ospreys, as well as a host of local flora.  Release your inner naturalist. imageImage courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

2.) Paddleboarding: Head over to PdJ Boards and rent a sleek paddleboard for some fun in the sun.  It’s a little bit shaky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a great seaside pastime and a great workout, too.  Plus, if you discover a newfound passion for the sport, you can pick up one of these amazing boards from Anthropologie.imageImage courtesy of Sabine Said

3.) Ride a bike: But of course.  It’s so easy to get your bike to the Island and once you’re there, you have the run of the place.  Check out Velojoy’s Hamptons Riding Guide for information about rentals, routes, and Island regulations.  And don’t forget to stop by our pop-up to outfit your bike for the perfect seaside ride!

Wanderlust Wednesdays: 7 Bike-to-the-Beach Essentials

Surf, sun, and summer fun.  It can all be yours when you bike to the beach this summer. We’re sure you’re ready to hit the shores, but before you do, be sure to check out our favorite essentials for biking to the beach this season.


Photo Courtesy of Mermaid Child

1. Lifefactory Water Bottle: Be sure to hydrate plenty while you’re having fun in the sun. You can also try freezing your water bottle overnight that way it stays cool and fresh when you arrive to your destination.


2. Peterboro Original Quick Release Tote BasketThis quick-release basket is just the thing for toting beach essentials to your spot in the sand on your bike and by foot.  It’ll also add a healthy dose of sweet summer charm to any bicycle: you’ll be turning heads for sure.


3. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen: Keeping your skin safe from harsh UV rays is a must. Stay protected and dry with this fast absorbing and water proof hydrating and protecting sunscreen by Aveeno to nourish your skin under the sun.


4. Rice Paper Blotting Paper: The sun is great for getting a good tan or bringing out the blonde in any beach-goer, but it can also be too hot to handle.  But if you break a sweat on the beach have no fear!  These rice paper blotting sheets will get rid of any shine so you can avoid that haggard, sun-drenched look that can sometimes befall sunbathing beauties.image

5. Swimwear by giejo: There are so many options for swimwear out there… perhaps too many.  If you’re looking for a new suit but don’t know where to start, may we suggest giejo?  This young brand was created in NYC in 2011, and we love just about every piece of swimwear in their collection.  Cool prints, mixed-and-matched textures, and classic but modern silhouettes are sure to please even the pickiest swimsuit aficionados.




6. Wear sensible(ish) footwear. No one wants to don cross-trainers for a ride to the beach, so consider something cute and and if you really want to show off your pedicure, try Havaianas’s Freedom Sandals—a version of its ultra-popular flip-flops that has a strap around the back for added security. Just remember that wearing flip-flops without strapped support is a sure way to lose your footwear on bicycle.



7. Choose a chic cover-up to help protect your skin during rides to and from the beach—styles with short sleeves are especially good at preventing burned shoulders. While Bird Industries’ Bicycle Skirt Garters make it possible to wear virtually any dress or tunic while biking, Read It and Steep It inspired romper is also an adorably awesome cover-up option.



5 Amazing Outdoor Works of Art to See by Bike

We love to see and appreciate great art; however we also love biking around in this gorgeous weather. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite art to see by bike. You don’t have to spend the day inside of a museum to see great art anymore! This season there is some incredible outdoor art on exhibit that is easily accessible by bike.

Image courtesy of Fine Art America


New Vendor: Goodordering

Middle school backpack, this ain’t. This roomy, retro-chic bag is made out of water-resistant nylon and can be worn over your shoulders or attached to your rear rack and used as a pannier. With plenty of pockets (and room for a laptop!), you’ll never leave home without it.


Why we love at Eleanor’s? A stylish backpack is hard to come by, so we’re excited to have this version!


If you’re looking for something more petite, why not take a look at GoodOrdering’s Bicycle Handlebar Bag?  The combination of a resilient construction and a cute retro look makes this bag stand out. Made out of water-resilient nylon and lined with pinstriped fabric, it can easily be attached to the handlebars or rear rack of your bike. Plus, it has a padded pocket for your iPad.


Why we love at Eleanor’s? Anything that’s as stylish as it is useful is a must-have!


Say what? Underground bike parking in Japan

Last month, Culture Japan director Danny Choo ran a piece on his website about underground bicycle parking in Japan.  We were so overwhelmed by the ingenuity, design, and forward thinking that led to such a system that we just had to spread the good word.

The video explains how the whole system works, but basically underground bike parking clears up valuable space on the streets and effectively eliminates concerns about bike vandals or thieves, therefore encouraging citizens to bike more.  This means Japanese cyclists are saving money and practicing eco-friendly alternatives to motorized transportation.  Beautiful.

Our Favorite Saltwater Picks For Biking to the Beach


1.) SüLi Bike Seat Cap: It’s always good to have a bike seat cap, whether you’re caught in a freak storm or just facing some major waves.

2.) Dalman Supply Co. Rope Bike Lock: This rope-wrapped cable lock will keep your bike safe when you get back to the dock.

3.) Iva Jean Rain Cape in Yellow: This limited edition color will keep you visible, mobile, and most importantly, dry when you’re biking at the shore.  It also gives you the air of a seasoned old fisherman… can’t go wrong.

4.) Lobster: You can’t pass up on a good lobster boil if you’re near the shore.  The most excellent choice when you’re looking for some seaside nosh.

5.) Saltwater Sandals: The ultimate sandal is perfect for sand and sea – they’re waterproof and very sturdy, and have a classic look that’s sure to work with anything you throw on this season.

6.) A ship in a bottleWe love anything in miniature, and that includes seafaring vessels.  A ship in a bottle is a cute way to add some old time-y, nautical charm to any space.

7.) A Nantucket Bike BasketC’mon, they have Nantucket in their name.  This basket is perfect for toting beach essentials at the shore (or anywhere, really) and gives your bike a charming, classic look.

Happy Independence Day!

Fourth of July bike parades are a longstanding tradition, so to celebrate this great nation and all of its cyclists, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite patriotic rides from holidays past.  Plus, in case you missed it, check out our 4th of July Bike Essentials pack list!imageImage courtesy of the American Folk Art Museum


Image courtesy of Martha Stewart (leave it to Martha to have created a guide for decking out your wheels for the Fourth.  Check out her suggestions here.)


4th of July Essentials By Bike


1.) Rise and Pine Romper from ModCloth: We love this fun, playful look for whatever Fourth festivities you have in store.

2.) Classic Bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways: We’re going to set the mood with some good ol’ American bluegrass music.  Smithsonian Folkways reissues early American recordings, both on vinyl and digital formats, for a whole new generation of listeners.

3.) A good American beer: Harken back to early America with a great American beer.  Thomas Jefferson would be proud – in fact, brewing was a huge part of daily life at his estate, Monticello.

4.) An upcycled porter bike crate: What better way to transport your 4th of July picnic than with a true piece of Americana?  Our upcycled bike crates are actually vintage porter crates lovingly retrofitted to give your bike a classic look.

5.) Sparklers: Gotta have some sparklers for Independence Day.  Fun for young and old, they’re a classic holiday staple.

6.) A classic bike basketLike this one, handmade in Peterboro, New Hampshire.  A timeless accessory that’ll come in handy when it comes time to pack up and head off to your perfect fireworks-viewing spot.

7.) BOOKMAN bicycle lightsSafety first.  You’ll need a pair of these bad boys to ensure that both pedestrians and motorists can see you when you’re biking home from fireworks in the dark.  What’s more, they come in a variety of patriotic colors.

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