Happy Friday the Thirteenth! Forget about trying to work today. It will probably go terribly awry. Save yourself the trouble and check out these links instead.
✍ Sweet Georgia Brown takes on Cycle Chic shame and ponders if fashion can be feminist.
♕ "I love being wealthy. I do. I can buy things for my parents, I can give to homeless people in the street. I can take a cab. I can have a bike in Paris, London and New York." An interview with Artist-Designer Andre Walker on how luxury brands are selling a scam (but it doesn't have to be that way).
✪ This profile of Baltimore Bike Party perfectly sums up bike party culture.
✂ Is biking the next surfing? I mean, can Rapha turn bike culture into a lifestyle brand (like Quiksilver) and sell a whole bunch of jeans in the process?
✺ On principle, I detest art made out of re-purposed bike parts. But the Ballroom Luminoso project is so gorgeous, I have to make an exception.
❀ Sally of Already Pretty swears by washing her face with Grapeseed oil instead of soap. Turns out that a whole bunch of people are treating their acne by swapping commercial cleansers for organic oils.
☞ The adorable Rachel P. takes on Helmet Hair and wins. Check out her how-to on xovain.com.
⚉ The New York Times' video series On the Street with Bill Cunningham never fails to charm. Here he covers the power of pajama pants, then takes us on a (bike) ride through New York history. If he can't get you to crack a smile, then you probably don't have human feelings. I'm sorry.