Location: Los Angeles, CA

Solé Bicycle Single Speed Review


I purchased my Solé a few months ago. One look at the mate black finish paired with silver trim alongside deep turquoise wheels, and I knew I had to have the Foamside. You can see the full specs here I had been looking for a commuter and decided to take a chance that this might be the perfect solution for me. When it comes to affordability and bike aesthetics Solé definitely knows what they're doing. I ride about 5 - 10 miles every day, sometimes more when my friends and I go out, so I was willing to take the risk. 

Solé Bicycles was formed in 2009 by some friends and is one of the few companies out there that makes durable yet stylish single speeds and fixes. They're based out of California and have a reputation for producing quality bikes at pretty low prices. 

When my box arrived I was pleasantly surprised that the packaging seemed to do a decent job of protecting the bike. I think one piece was broken in transit but it appeared to be a supporting plastic piece, not something vital to the construction of the bike. There was also a mark on the frame, but it was cosmetic so I wasn't going to ship it all the way back. I quickly started unwrapping so I could put this bad boy together. 

Assembly was pretty painless, the frame feels and looks well made and the wheels were downright breathtaking. I think the only issue I had was needing to tighten the brakes because they were extremely lose. After that everything was good to go. The bike comes mostly assembled, requiring only the attachment of the front wheel, handlebar, seat, and pedals. I'd say it took me 35 - 45 minutes total to completely assemble and thats partly because I was taking my time tightening each piece.



Out on the road, this bike draws attention. The other day I had a kid ride up next to me and eagerly ask if I wanted to trade him bikes, tempting but I declined. The Foamside feels sure-footed. Even on gravel or uneven pavement I don't feel as though I'll slip. Performance is amazing, even on a single speed I can keep up with my friends who are all boosting 12 speeds or higher. It's not super quick and it's not a road bike, it's somewhere in the middle without the claim of being a hybrid. But I don't think it's trying to be either. It's the perfect bike for me since I live in the city and it doesn't hurt that heads turn everywhere you go. The only issues I've had to date have been one of the nuts falling off, but Solé sent me a new one that same week. The reflectors on my pedals also fell off, I mentioned that to customer support as well but they only sent over the nut. Meh. Also, the back tire  valve is a little messed up, sometimes the air will start to come out if I don't have the little silver piece in the right spot. I still haven't figured out what all is going on there, but usually if I wiggle it the right way the valve will close and I'll be able to ride without any problems. Where I live we have a bunch of different air pumps, so it's possible that one of those pumps may have messed up the valve. 



All in all, I love my Solé despite the minor issues. If budget is a concern I suggest doing what I did and waiting to get your Solé on sale. You can get 30% off for President's Day, and I believe they have 2 for 1 specials for Valentines Day. If you're willing to wait, I highly suggest signing up for their newsletter so you can snag a deal. The Foamside is a super smooth ride for my everyday commute and I mean for this price you really can't beat the Solé.
images via jessica alvarenga
Location: Miami, FL

Vegan Fruit Pizza


Summer's here and the talented Diana Rodelo has crafted a mouth watering recipe to satisfy cravings you never knew you had. Not only is watermelon an great source of potassium, but raspberries and blackberries also contain much needed minerals like manganese and copper. Read on to nourish your body with this simple recipe.



Ingredients
Pizza

1/8 of a round medium organic watermelon
1 Medium organic peach (de-cored & sliced)
2/3 Cups of organic raspberries (wash, dry & slice in half)
3/4 Cups of organic blackberries (wash & dry)
1/8 Cups of raw pecans (whole)
1 Tablespoon of coconut flakes (dried)

Cocoa Drizzle
1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder
2 Teaspoons of organic coconut oil
¼ Teaspoon of agave

Directions

Cocoa Drizzle
In a small bowl, pour in the coconut oil, cocoa powder and agave and whisk with a fork until it looks like a shiny chocolate glaze. Once done set aside for later use.

Pizza
Slice your medium watermelon in half, not lengthwise. Cut out a one ‘’1-inch thick wheel’’ from the watermelon. Lay the watermelon circle down on a large cutting board and top it with the peaches, berries, pecans and coconut flakes. Once the toppings have been placed drizzle the cocoa glaze on top and slice the round into pizza slices. 

Enjoy!

For more recipes check out Diana's site!

recipe & images via diana rodelo
Location: Houston, TX

Darkness + Light


"There was a flower in her heart, it just needed more room to bloom. And when she let it free, she showed the world that sometimes the most beautiful things can grow in the darkest places without need of light."                        
 R.M. Drake


I did a shoot with my friend Jessica sometime last week on an uneventful day. The crazy thing was we literally put this shot together in maybe 15 minutes? After a quick brainstorming session we had a concept and the direction that we wanted to go in. Next step was execution. All in all the shoot took maybe an hour, but we got some really really great images. I've been scrolling through her camera and I honestly can't wait to share them all with you. Stay tuned!
Location: Indio, CA

Best Street Style From Coachella


Being out in the desert is no joke. Coachella was hot as hell but as I dressed to kill. And it got me noticed! I was featured by ELLE in their Best Street Style from Coachella article. Click through to see this look and their feature!     



I wore this the last day of Coachella. I wanted to keep things simple but interesting. Not sure if that makes sense but that's what I was going for. Super short shorts, a vintage vest with deep pockets, and my favorite purse in the world. I'm beyond excited and honored that Tyler Joe admired my style enough to snap this pic. You can see the original post here.


shorts / nasty gal
vest /tunnel vision
necklace / natalie b
shoes / jeffrey campbell
photo credit / tyler joe
Location: Indio, CA

Vibes in the Valley


There are less than 7 days until one of the most magical festivals on earth comes alive! Over 100,000 people will frolic to the Indio to experience the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. This playlist is everything you need to get you in the zone. Non-stop live music will be performed Friday through Sunday for two weekends and awe-inspiring art installations will transform the festival grounds. When you’re surrounded by picturesque mountains in the distance, lush palm trees and the clear blue sky you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported to a desert oasis.
In honor of the festival I've created a killer playlist to transport you to the desert and get you in the mood for the three day festival, just in case you weren't excited enough already. 

Headliners for this year are AC/DC, Jack White and Drake. The festival will also be graced by Azealia Banks, Lykke Li, Alt-J, Ryan Adams, Action Bronson, Hoizer and Cloud Nothings just to name a few.


What are you listening to as you get ready for Coachella?


Bummed you can’t make the festival? You can now livestream it from YouTube!
Get more detailed information about the lifestream here.


image via wallorg