bikes i like

So, I'm kinda digging this style of bike lately. I have absolutely no need for one. My job requires the cargo space of my mini SUV -- a silver Suzuki that suits me just fine. But wouldn't one of these be so chic and so much fun? You know who also thinks they're chic? The Sartorialist. Have you ever noticed how many of his portraits are cool city cyclists? Here are my faves:

That woman with the yellow bike -- her hair, her outfit, her shoes, her shades -- so pretty! 
And, um, hello sir, don't you look perfectly stunning on your sweet ride:

But of course here is the most chic cyclist of all time:

And remember last year when these pics first hit Martha Stewart Weddings and sent every blogger into paroxysms of glee? It's the talented Laura Normandin on her wedding day -- it's so sweet I kind of weep a little seeing how happy they are (oh, I'm definitely a crier -- weddings, puppies, Tim Horton's commercials...bring on the Kleenex!).

And I could even take my little Lulu with me if I had a custom tricycle like Lela Rose has for her pup:

I do love the very first bike, a beach cruiser, but this is the one I'd REALLY love to have. It's the Biomega from Denmark and I saw one right here in Toronto at Mjölk. sigh. Just love it.



linen love

Libeco Clément collectionI hereby declare my full and complete 24/7/365 love of linen. The affair deepens afresh every year around this time. Summer is made for linen. Soft and cool to wear. Sophisticated but relaxed. Luxurious. Durable. Earthy and earth-friendly. Pressed or rumbled -- I just adore it. My fave sources for linen products are Libeco Home Stores and The Linen Way. Libeco is a a Belgian company and they have the MOST beautiful linens for the table, the kitchen, the bed -- and to wear (and the duffle bags are so Great Gatsby chic!). The Linen Way is a wholesale source, but you can find their products at many retailers across North America. The lady who runs the company with her son -- well, they are just lovely lovely people. I like to give lovely people my business and I try to promote them as much as possible!

Also on my linen source list are Fog, Matteo and Rawganique. John and Juli at Mjölk sell Fog in Toronto. I don't need to tell you how great their store is -- I'm sure you already know. But here's a fun link to the story of their recent trip to Japan when the met the founder of Fog, Yumiko Sekine. Charming! Now, back to Rawganique. I have a major beef with them -- their site is HIDEOUS! Check it out here. Someone needs to save them from their preachy selves. Couldn't they store all their text-heavy eco-messaging behind a hot link? And is it against the tree-hugger code to celebrate beauty? I assure you, the products they sell -- the linen and hemp bedding specifically -- are devastatingly gorgeous but you'd be hard-pressed to know that looking at the site. So sad and such a missed opportunity.

I love to collect new and antique table and kitchen linens. On my current want list is linen bedding. I'd like to mix linen and hemp bedding for my place in Tweed -- if I can find some that I can afford! Last time I was at Muji in NYC they had some and I didn't buy it - drat! Hope they still have it when I'm back in Sept. Or maybe I'll call...Meanwhile, enjoy my little love letter to linen.

And one final heartbreak -- so sad that IKEA has discontinued the Aina drapery panels in pure linen. Truly one of my most favourite IKEA products of all time. A pox on them for doing so -- I mean, just look at the lovely way they flow and puddle hanging from my DIY four-poster!

sources: 1-5: Libeco. 6, 7, 13: Linen Way. 8: Matteo. 9. Bemz. 10, 11: Fog. 12: Pi'lo. 14: styling: me. photo: donna griffith.