30 October 2012

They're Jingling Baby... The Cycle Show Wrap Party!

After an fantastic Summer of Cycling in the UK this year and a certain ITV4 show dedicated to the subject, it was only fitting a wrap-party should be thrown to celebrate The Cycle Show! Just as the invitation stated, you needed to be jingling to get in... and there were plenty of bells at the event!

Held at the Red Bull Studios in London, it was a great chance to see The Cycle Show team and everyone involved in the production again after all the hard work put in over the series. There were drinks, laughter, lots of bell ringing and of course... bikes! We were all treated to an impressive BMX display by Keelan Phillips. A Pro-Freestyle rider, Keelan took to the floor with his bike showing us a trick or two...
The Boy has a BMX Bike at his place. This actually got me thinking about him getting it done up and learning a trick or two... Miss Glowinski - you wanna teach me?!

Red Bull studios are a bit of a playground to be honest - The Boy managed to home-in on a classic arcade game to play on - quite well suited considering his line of work...
... and the child in me could not leave this giant swing alone... I WANT ONE IN MY HOUSE, PLEASE...

It was a fantastic evening, and a great way to wrap-up what was a fantastic show! Here's to hoping that next year we'll be seeing The Cycle Show back on our screens... there is ALWAYS room for cycling in the schedules...
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20 October 2012

Vélo, Illustrated...

Last month I sent out a public tweet, searching for an illustrator to do a little something for Vélo-City-Girl. I'd been on the hunt for one for quite some time, and had an idea of the style I wanted, but hadn't found any illustrators who quite "got" what I was after. Coming pretty close to giving up on the idea of the piece, I got a tweet from Ste Johnson offering to have a go at a sketch for me. He's the gentleman behind the Cycling & Fashion blog, The Discerning Cyclist. A fellow bike-lover AND an illustrator? This sat very well with me indeed...

We exchanged a few emails about what I had in mind, and a few days later Ste came back to me with this sample sketch...
I hadn't told Ste which picture I wanted the illustration based on. 
Ste randomly picked this one from my blog. 
This is the one I had in mind. 

At this point, I was already way beyond impressed with him and what he had come up with. Immediately taken with his work, I gave him the VCG seal of approval and commissioned him to work on the illustration for the blog. Ste kept me in the loop with changes and any tweaks that needed to be made to the piece... and then came the draft before the adding of colours and VERY final changes were added:
Yep - I was pretty pleased with this!

And then came the finished version. I could not wait to see what Ste had finally created after the teasers of the sketches... 
Ta-da!!!

This is exactly what I was hoping for when it came to having an illustration done - Ste hit the nail on the head with his style and take on me with my beloved Pashley... and I'm over the moon. If you're reading this, you're an amazing talent Sir - and I thank you x

I highly recommend having a look at Ste's wonderful site, The Discerning Cyclist (a blog after my own heart), offering style advice and showcasing smart cycling attire. 
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15 October 2012

TFL / Bicycle Film Festival Conference: Cycling in London 2012...

Transport For London & The Bicycle Film Festival held their special conference on cycling in London at the Barbican Centre last Friday... and I was honoured to be one of the speakers invited to take part in the event. 

The entire panel for the day was made-up of a variety of cyclists, which made for an interesting session. Those taking part were; Ben Plowden (Director of Planning, Surface Transport for TFL), David Dansky (Cycle Training UK), David Kitchen (Founder of LFGSS), Bill Chidley (Editor of Moving Target), German Dector Vega (Director of Sustrains), Jill Putman (National Operations Manager for recreational cycling - British Cycling) and Jacqui Shannon (Tweed Run).

A mixture of lively debate and discussions, points we addressed over the afternoon included how to increase cycling in the city, the major role that safety and road infrastructure play and increasing participation through cultural channels.
This wasn't just "talking bikes" - this was a heartfelt and educational afternoon of discussion, which left everyone feeling inspired and I can say for myself, wanting to shout from the rooftops about how wonderful cycling is... and why it shouldn't be an "exclusive" hobby.
I sat on the panel session with Jacqui and Jill, discussing issues surrounding women's cycling. The three of us were talking about breaking down stereotypes of women on bikes and how were are all cyclists... there was also an interesting debate between us regarding the thought pattern of being a female cyclist carrying its own risks.

The entire afternoon was recorded, so for those that were unable to make the Conference, look out for it hopefully coming online soon. I hope that the BFF holds another of these events again when the festival comes back to London; this was a thought provoking, informative and educational discussion about cycling in this city!
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7 October 2012

A Week On Wheels...


October is shaping up to be a busy month for VCG, and the 1st week was packed with cycling-related events to keep me on my toes... or should that be on my saddle?

Starting off with an evening at the W Hotel for the Bicycle Film Festival (don't forget, there is still the special event on the 12th which I'll be at!) it was a chance to preview some of the ace films that were shown over the weekend, and to see Chinatown in its beautiful night-time glory. I adore how the huge lanterns suspended above the street looked like golden moons...

The following day started off with an early morning cycle to Old Street to do a bit of filming with the BBC! I met up with reporter Howard Johnson at one of my fave coffee haunts Shoreditch Grind, to talk about cycling and fashion, which formed part of his fantastic piece on the current cycling boom around the world. A few people have asked about the outfit I wore in that report... the cycle chic for the day...

HeadScarf: Tie Rack
Gold Drop Earrings: Topshop
Denim Jacket: Gap
Owl Necklace and Pandora Brooch: Tatty Devine
Dress: Orion London
Belt: Topshop
Sparkly Brogues: M&S Limited Edition
Pannier Bag: Kitsch Kitchen

Featuring The Bicycle Man and Laura Fletcher of the BFF, the full piece can be seen on the BBC Entertainment & Arts Page

Later that evening - the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards! After being shortlisted in the "Best Lifestyle" category, I got glammed up with a bit of vintage Dior and some Lagerfeld for the night and headed into the West End for the ceremony. Sadly VCG didn't take the prize on the night, but I owe a HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for the blog and got it on the shortlist. Every single one of you who reads, follows and enjoys the blog are the powerhouse behind what I do, and it means a lot. Pretty bloody fantastic to have a cycling blog recognised by a "Glossy" too... so thank you all again for getting VCG up there! 

I predict a lot more coffee and cake happening to keep me going, as the rest of this month has a lot more bike-business coming up... huzzah!
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5 October 2012

Bicycle Film Festival London: 4-7 October 2012...


The Bicycle Film Festival returns to The Barbican Centre this week for its ninth season, and on Wednesday night I attended the Press Launch for the festival. Held at the rather swish W Hotel on Wardour Street, guests for the evening were greeted with beautiful bicycles on display in the foyer and more cycle related visual treats...

There was a selected preview of some of the eclectic short films that will be shown over the course of the festival, including 'Joe Moody' and  'The First Unstoppable' which are brilliant. My particular favourite and one I suggest you try and catch is 'Candy Rides' which was charming, creepy and heartbreaking all in the space of 16 minutes!

Alongside the collection of films, a bonus special event will also form part of the festival on the 12th October; together with Transport for London, the BFF present a conference and debate on London Cycling. There will be Panel Discussions... and I'll be one of the Panelists taking part!

Full programme details are available on the BFF Website, and if you're interested in attending the conference on the 12th October (which is free) it runs from 1pm-4pm; please email conference@bicyclefilmfestival.com to reserve a seat.
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