Friday, December 17, 2010

Bikes and the slow life: Anthology

Anthology magazine is a new quarterly beautiful independent publication, ran by two fantastic local women, locally based in the Bay Area.
I was honored and humbly flattered when I was contacted to interview for an article. At the time, I had no idea what array and variety of subjects visual design would be involved, which turned out to be fantastic. So I had the interview, more like bike chat conversations, with each of the ladies. This took place back in May (old saddle still lived and spoke card is from fresh from Bike to Work Day), the magazine was launched this past October.
So, to close this long week and almost this year, here I am. The article is titled "Nice Ride" with Frenchie in the spotlight♥!!
"Nice Ride" in Anthology magazine
This is what a cyclist looks like. Says me!

The photograph was taken on an early morning at Coffee bar on Mariposa, one of my many favorite spots around San Francisco. The photo session was lots of fun and I even got to meet a few handsome local firemen. 
It was quite a thrill to flip through tha pages and see the photos. The design and photography, as well as the typography is well thoughtout. They also feature a local business spots, yummy eats and in the mix a coffee man and some pizza recipes along with it. So Bay Area!!...
pizzaaaaaaaaaaaaaH!
pizzaaaaaaaaaaaaaH -- gimmee!!
Anatomy of your smile maker =)
There is also a informational nicely written by Velouria of Lovely Bike! which goes into detail why it is important and crucial that you find a bicycle that fits you well and learn to identify what works for you and your needs. Basic!

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Launch party reception event | West Elm, Emeryville 
Here are some photos of la Calitexican and I at the reception party more than a few weeks ago, causing crafty troubles in the East Bay. The event took place at the West Elm in Emeryville (Next to Berkeley, for those of you outside the area). The photobooth was super fun!
bootielicious
le DJ
a lady DJ spinning the night away
oh hai

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issue #1 The excitement to be featured in a non-biking magazine (as I have also previously expressed in BUST's article post from last year) is to be able to be part of the exposure and once again show that you don't need to be in great shape, wear specific clothing or items and in particularly, show that San Francisco is completely bikeable and no hills, nor myths, nor train tracks should stop someone from at least trying it out. If that could reach and potentially inspire or motivate anyone of you out there, or if it already has by looking around you and grab a bike to use it as a tool to get around town -- then that is just pure joy.
I love fashion and I like to dress up even if I'm picking up a pizza around the corner. I've always said that one should ride in whatever one is comfortable with and what feels natural to you. If you are happy and comfortable whether it is a dress, boots, sportswear, lycra or jeans, or whatever it is, then do it. 
You will conquer any bike route and see your confidence blossom to a different level while at it.

After almost a decade of bicycling in this foggy-steep-hills-fine and fantastic city, there is tremendous room for structure improvement, but the large increase of bike ridership in the recent years has shown that it is possible to ride the hell out of this city. Women, more women, more women!! let's be represented.

Anthology editorial ladies, many gracias
+thanks for reading my blog and adventures
xxo.meli

Now get off you computer and go ride, and get a paper cut from an actual paper magazine!! =)

16 comments:

  1. Go chica!! Super as always :D tanti baci L xoxo

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  2. You are my fashion superhero in those aqua tights!!!! I don't know where you found those but I need a pair! I love aqua so much at the moment I'm tempted to add in a million new pieces to my line! And yes, a new bike (one with brakes instead of my cruiser) is on the list for christmas! Hope you are well my friend!

    xo Mary Jo

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  3. Oh my gosh - what a beautiful photo of you & Frenchie!! :D I love it, and your message. So wonderful.

    Hope you're enjoying the holidays!! :)
    XO

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  4. I'm so happy for you and PROUD at the same time. I love your style!

    Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas if I don't comment til' then.

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  5. This is wonderful, Meli. I'm glad you were such a beautiful part of this first issue. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. ooh hooray for you! I saw the cover a few months ago by the illustrator on her website, you look fantastic!

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  7. I'm my business plan right now to open a women's boutique/gallery in SF in May. You are totally a poster child for my shop. LOVE your style & aesthetics! I totally want to tell you more and see what you think!

    Faithy

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  8. Congratulations! You look gorgeous as always!

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  9. Your blog is an inspiration.

    Many people ride past my bike shop in the French Quarter with their own, eclectic sense of style and their bikes functioning as an extension of their personas. Yet, the scale of the Quarter is ideal for cycling and would attract far more riders - if only people knew how much fun it was to get around this way.

    I love your posts, keep up the good work and tell Richard @ Cyclicious hello for me!

    Larry
    RideTHISbike.com

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  10. Love their designy design! And ya look fabu, chica! Féliciations...

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  11. You and Frenchie look fabo! Hope the magazine has an online edition so I can check it out.

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  12. Lovely! I ordered the magazine last month, hope to get it soon.

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  13. Lovely! I ordered the magazine last month, hope to get it soon.

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  14. Awesome! Looks like a great mag to read (and look at!) You reckon they deliver to Oz? :-)

    Please explain the spoke card thing to me.

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