May 15, 2017

Riding into Summer

One of my favorite things to do is just explore new neighborhoods. Whether it's take a drive around a new area or running down a new street, I love looking at people's homes and gardens and seeing how each community has its own unique feel. Every time I go to Tampa it's on a whirlwind trip and there isn't much downtime. However, this last trip Ashley made sure we had a little time to relax and one morning she made arrangements with the Epicurean Hotel to take these adorable bikes on a ride around Hyde Park Village. Seriously, those baskets!

I am also going to admit it has probably been at least 5 years since I've been on a bike and I really impressed myself. I mean, sure, you never forget how to ride a bike, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you're any good at it. Particularly since we were both wearing heels. Little known secret, it turns out it is really easy to ride a bike in heels, especially if they're wedges. I'm actually going to go on record and say that if anything, they may have helped us a little, given that neither Ashley nor I are known for our height. Regardless, I had such a great time I found myself looking for bike at home. There are so many to choose from, but I'm leaning towards this power blue cruiser with a basket! Any other bike riders our there? Maybe I can find a cute carriage to tote James around.

I was not as adventurous as Ashley and opted to ride in shorts instead of a dress or skirt. These scalloped Buttercup Shorts from Lilly Pulitzer are so cute and comfortable, they match just about everything. My bow sweater is also perfect for spring days in the north or mornings in the south. Best of all, it's on sale at J.Crew. I couldn't pass up the bow detail, which to me seems feminine without crossing over into cutsey. I've considered tacking the bow up so it's not floppy but haven't committed yet. My bracelet is form Kiel James Patrick and my wedges are from Ralph Lauren and I can now say with certainty that not only are they comfortable for walking all day, but they're also excellent footwear for bike riding! I suspect they'll also be great for stomping divots this summer. As always, Warby Parker saves the day with affordable sunglasses for those of us who wear glasses full time.

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