Yes. I bought a bike. Fed up with the TTC, I had to take matters into my own hands. I was hesitant at first but after a quick city session, I was a pro in no time. In my opinion, biking is the best method of transportation. It’s green, it’s fast (seriously it takes less time than the subway/streetcar), it’s never crowded, and it forces me to exercise. Honestly, if I can bike in the city with my coordination, anyone can.
The first thing I learned about joining the bike life is to wear the proper equipment (this includes your outfit).
#1. I promise you no one looks cool wearing it (hence the lack of photographic evidence above), but you need to splurge on a helmet, this could save your life one day.
#2. High waisted pants. I know Calvin Klein’s are super trendy but no one actually wants to see them, so invest in high waisted pants and avoid the public embarrassment. Also these embroidered Fidelity Denim Woodstock Gwen Crops will be the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe.
#3. Reasonable shoes. No wedges, no heels. Opt for flats or runners to help you get from A to B. Try these stylish & Other Stories loafers or similar Adrianne flats from Aldo.
Stay safe & happy biking.
Day 8 of my Paris trip was spent in Giverny exploring Claude Monet’s house and garden. From 1983 on, Monet, best-known for his large-scale water lily paintings, lived in Giverny with his wife and eight children until his death in 1929. It was a perfect day to visit the area that inspired the celebrated impressionist’s paintings. The garden’s were indeed picturesque. At the end of his career, Monet had hired up to seven gardeners to tend to the estate. It is the second most visited tourist site in Normandy after the Mont-Saint-Michel, with 530,000 visitors in 2010. It is easy to see why Monet chose to settle down here.
What I’m wearing: shirt from American Eagle, skirt from H&M
Day 4 of my trip to Paris was spent exploring the Louvre Museum, a historic monument and one of the world’s most visited museums featuring the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo among many others. The museum houses over 35,000 masterpieces, so due to the fact that I didn’t want to spend my entire trip navigating the 600,000 square foot exhibition space, it was necessary to pick and choose a few highlight pieces to see in person. I was extremely excited to see all of the work in real life after taking several art history courses at Ryerson, which made it extremely hard to narrow down the list. Regardless, I made my selections, and after experiencing the Louvre first-hand, here are my top must-see picks:
- Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
- Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory)
- Raft of Medusa by Theodore Gericault
- Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix
- Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch
- La Grande Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
What I’m wearing: hat from & other stories (a.k.a. my new favourite store!), shirt from Anthropologie, jacket from Zara Paris, backpack from Taaluma Totes, leggings from Lululemon, Running shoes from Nike (you will spend many hours on your feet at the Louvre so runners are a must)