Jelly shoes

What is it about jelly shoes that fills us with nostalgia? Ever since Melissa teamed up with Vivien Westwood for a range of deluxe designer jellies, there has been a craze for jelly shoes varying from retro sandals to dainty heeled creations boasting elaborate bows and juicy colours.

shoeOn Tuesday I spotted a pair of sandals on someone’s feet that resulted in a frantic scouring of the internet until I finally identified them as ‘Marula’ by Mel, the sister company of Melissa. Needless to say I immediately purchased them and thanks to next day delivery they were promptly thrown on and put to work pedalling my bicycle. So what’s to love about Marula? Jelly is pliable so there are no clasps to fiddle with, while equally, the design prevents them from slipping off. What’s more, as they don’t depend on an ankle strap, if like me you avoid anything that shortens already short legs, then these are a must-have.

The orange shade is on sale on the Mel website for just £12 [here], but my neon lime coloured sandals (and the blue and red that I ordered this morning) were from ebay.

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Pannier

If you’re on the lookout for a chic and unique pannier bag, then you need look no further than Loeffler Randall. You’d be fooled into thinking that this is an ordinary satchel, but their beautiful leather panniers transcend the usual stereotypes of functional cycle gear, and give savvy cyclists a bike bag that translates seamlessly from bike to high street.

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The designs vary from the elaborate black and white pictured above, to plain coloured or even studded. At £315 ($495) they don’t come cheap, but if you have the cash to spare, you’re definitely going to get your money’s worth. Browse the Loeffler Randall Rider Bag range [here].

Spring tandem

The sun finally emerged yesterday, and it was a perfect opportunity to take my new Les Nereides tandem necklace for a les nereidesstroll in the sun. Having previously bought [this] blue bicycle necklace, I eventually fell for the syren song of this funky green tandem and added it to the collection. You can pick one up for half price from Les Nereides directly or as I [previously wrote], in the ASOS sale. The baby pink retro cruiser is a steal at £35.

So as this was the first day of proper sunshine and warmth in London this year, here are a few shots of what I did with my day.

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Savvy visor

Any bespectacled cyclist will be familiar with the dilemma presented by rain: a downpour doesn’t only mean that you will arrive at your destination looking bedraggled, but the likelihood is that a large portion of your journey will be completed with limited vision as the rain gathers on your specs. Well now I say to you: fear no more! It is time to revisit decades long-gone and invest in an accessory that should otherwise have remained gathering dust in attics or at the bottom of the charity shop bargain bin. No, I don’t mean bum bags, I’m talking about visors!

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I picked this polka dot visor up in the ASOS sale last summer as part of a wacky thought process… I can’t imagine how this trendy(!) gem ended up in the sale. Regardless, with the addition of a beanie hat I have made it home from work with a dry face and full vision. Plus it’s compact enough to keep in my handbag in case of unexpected showers, whereas a waterproof coat would be far more cumbersome.

For those voting Yes in the great helmet debate, I have in the past been able to force my helmet on over the top, but the thick fabric band on this visor model doesn’t sit as well as a lighter, smaller model might. If you’re shopping for a visor you should take this detail into account.

So what do you say? It may not be the most fashion forward accessory but it certainly does the job!

What tricks do you have to keep dry in the torrents?