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Wine Country Cycling in Versace! Don’t Forget Your Bike Pretty Helmet

Bicycle riding is in my DNA. My dad is an avid cyclist and my parents just celebrated their 30-something wedding anniversary last week and I overheard them planning a road trip to Eugene, Oregon to buy a new tandem. Yep, a bicycle built for two – so romantic. Bike-sharing is also a BIG trend in major cities nationwide including Dallas. And now it’s not just bikes, it’s Birds! – As in the scooter company which includes other brands like Lime Bikes.

According to an LA Times article earlier this summer, ‘Backed with more than $100 million in venture capital, Bird launched in its hometown of Santa Monica last September and has since flooded the streets of cities such as San Francisco, San Diego and Nashville with rechargeable scooters capable of traveling up to 15 miles an hour.’ I’m all about more pedestrians on the streets and less cars, especially in Dallas, but reports of accidents and injuries due to speeding or unsafe scooter drivers are on the rise.

I adopted the ‘Safety First’ motto after a bicycle accident I had when I was five and flipped over my handlebars. Thankfully, it was my 90’s Bell helmet that took a toll that day instead of my head. While it may seem like helmets are impractical for a spontaneous scooter or bike ride, San Francisco based Bike Pretty just launched the CUTEST helmets! I couldn’t wait to sport the Straw Bike Helmet on a recent vacay to Northern California in my favorite crab print Versace summer dress…


The Scene – Redwood Valley, CA

Summer Style – My father-in-law (aka Savvy Senior featured here in Dallas) gave me this fun, Versace Collection cotton dress and I’ve been wearing it all summer! It’s light-weight, comfortable and women always ask me about it, so why not wear it all the time? If you have a dress you’re loving, take a page out of Tiffany Haddish’s stylebook and re-wear it over and over, like she did with her $4,000 Alexander McQueen gown during awards season.


The Bike Pretty Helmet – Yes, this ‘straw hat’ is actually a bike helmet cover and Danish designed helmet combo by Bike Pretty founded by Melissa Davies who I met through the blogging world over 5 years ago in San Francisco. Bike Pretty’s best seller is the Straw Hat Bike Helmet. This helmet is a modern interpretation of a turn-of-the-century ‘picture hat’, which has been updated for a ‘sensation seeking modern woman,’ says Davies.


Vineyards & a Vintage Peugeot – My dad let me borrow his Peugeot for a quick ride and speaking of cycling, are you keeping up with Le Tour de France? Here’s the official website if you’re ready to tune in for Stage 13 tomorrow.

Safety First – While bike-sharing companies have had a tough time pushing safety and helmet laws, Bike Pretty is such a cute solution -and great gift idea! There are more helmet designs in the collection including the Yakkay Paris Oilskin Bike Helmet the Tokyo Bike Rain Helmet (the Denim Bike Helmet is sold out for now.) starting at $135.00.


Au Revoir – Thanks for coming along for the ride post and I hope to see you on the open road…with your helmet on of course.

<DETAILS by Dale> Dress – Versace Collection Crab Print Fit & Flare Dress / Sneakers – COACH (last seen here on a coffee date in Kelseyville) / Straw Hat Bike Helmet c/o Bike Pretty / shades – Prada

Cheers from California. Have a great weekend!



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  1. Thanks so much for showing off the Straw Hat Bike Helmet in your gorgeous post. That crab print dress is *killing* me! It is the greatest thing ever. I would pull a Haddish and wear it all the time, too! You look gorgeous!


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