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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Saddle green

Appropriately timed after yesterday’s post about saddle covers, this lovely bicycle was spotted on a day trip to the sea side in Brighton. Its apple green saddle cover may not have been fending off a downpour in the midst of this heatwave, but it is ever at the ready and gleaming brightly like a granny smith.

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Brighton Blues

Did you know that an open return train ticket from London to Brighton is only £10? It can often cost just as much to get across London, which is why so many of us are bidding farewell to stuffy public transport and taking to the roads on our bicycles. Today it seemed that the train was packed full of sun-seeking Londoners lusting for the sea air; the sunshine meant picnics, strolling and general shenanigans.

I spent a good half an hour listening to the magic music of The Iron Boot Scrapers, a three piece group who brought well known tunes up to date by giving them a retro twist. If you’re ever in Brighton, these guys were on The Lanes by Choccywoccydoodah and are well worth seeking out.

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The sun meant that there were plenty of bicycles out and about, and these lovely steeds caught my eye and begged to be shared with the world. It wasn’t until I started to look over my photos that I realised that they were all blue!

I have always been a sucker for a flower garland, so the addition of a wicker basket with roses to what would otherwise be a very functional (and child bearing!) bike made my day.

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I will leave you with The Iron Boot Scrapers’ performance at Brighton Naked Cycle Ride 2010 – probably best to avoid watching at work as the title might imply. NSFW