Holiday Eco Cycle Chic Style

Screenshot from Ore Designs website.

Wow what a fun busy whirlwind of a week's it's been. The Bikeable Communities and Women On Bikes SoCal group had such an amazing time in the Belmont Shore Christmas parade last Saturday. We all wore our "Go Big or Go Home" t-shirts in honor and memory of the amazing Mark Bixby. We were thrilled to have Mark's Mom Betsy and his Step Dad Denny join us for the ride. Kudos to Dede Rossi and her team for putting on a wonderful parade. Everyone agreed it's a keeper and ideas for next year were already brewing before we'd even finished the parade route!

I was especially excited to finally meet the Long Beach based eco-friendly home goods designer Lisa Lowe of Ore Designs. Lisa and I have a six degrees of separation connection via our mutual friend Inga DeBeyer, but we'd never actually officially met. When I read the profile on Lisa in Los Angeles Magazine this past February and found out she lived in Long Beach I knew sooner or later I'd find a way to track her down. And guess how it actually happened? She is the wife of Tim Chauren who rides regularly with our Bikeable Communities core team of Martin Howard, Luciano Gonzales and Allan Crawford. So Lisa and I finally met at our Bikeable Communities parade-before-and-after-party at the Crawford's house. I'm recruiting Lisa to be on our Sept. 2012 Cycle Chic "Dress for the Destination" urban bike fashion show committee and she seems very open to the idea. With Mikael Colville-Andersen coming to Long Beach for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike show we've got to get our game on to show Mr. Cycle Chic himself that here in the action sportswear fashion capitol of the world of sunny Southern California we can represent well.

Screenshot from Yellow 108 look book

On the eco-chic & bike-friendly subject what are you doing next Saturday December 17? Yellow 108 is having a sample sale here in the LBC at their lifestyle store at 1105 E. 3rd Street from 3:00 until 6:00 pm (and then rumor has it there is a party that will continue on...). I can't wait! If you're on Facebook click here for all of the details. I need a new hat. Earlier in the week bike-riding/bike-inspired proprietress Lauren Lilly and I will be getting together to discuss how the Yellow 108 team creates this beautifully crafted responsibly produced line of fashion products from earth friendly materials. Lilly is a part of the smart, style forward wave of young people that are crucial to urban renaissance happening in downtown Long Beach and its nearby neighborhoods. The Yellow 108 offices/lifestyle store are in the Alamitos Beach neighborhood of (my neighborhood!) where any day now we will also hear of the doors opening on The Bicycle Stand at 1824. E. Broadway selling refurbished city, touring and road bikes.

I'll close with saying that I hope we'll see you this Thursday December 15th for "An Evening with Mia Birk!" What a fun event this will be starting with a holiday light viewing bike ride from Bikestation downtown to Open books on 4th Streets Retro Row and then a talk by Mia on her adventures in bike-friendliness. All of the details are right here including the ability to purchase tickets!