I cannot put into words the satisfaction I felt when I arrived home after my first grocery trip with all twelve eggs in tact.
I rode my bike with a weeks worth of groceries tied on and didn’t break a single egg! A weeks worth of groceries for me only filled up two baggu bags – but I did it – I grocery shopped on a bike.
When I decided to give up my car for a month, this was one of the things I was most worried about. How was I ever going to get all the things I needed from the store to my house? Turns out, I don’t actually need that much stuff.
I bought two baggu bags specifically for grocery shopping because they’re sturdy, fit a lot of things inside, and – most importantly – they come in fun colors and patterns! The basket on my bike helped, as did the rack on the back. I headed to the neighborhood grocery, Local Harvest. Having a store close sure makes my weekly trip convenient.
My tips for grocery shopping on a bike are crazy simple and go something like this…
1. Invest in re-useable shopping bags – even better if you can tie them shut.
2. Get a basket. And a rack. And some sort of bungee cord/rope.
That’s about it. My trips have certainly been more frequent – once a week (sometimes twice) versus every two weeks. I’ve also noticed that I’m buying more fresh foods as opposed to packaged foods because I’m going so often, so YEAH to healthy eating!
This whole car-free thing has really thrown my lifestyle into a tizzy. I’m wayyyyyy out of my comfort zone, but if I hadn’t done it, I couldn’t sit here and tell you how gratifying it is to know you haven’t broken a single egg on your ride home.
Ditched the car at all this month? Or tried to grocery shop on your bike? I want to hear how you tackle regular errands like grocery shopping!
Spring ushers in some of my favorite blooms – ranunculuses! As part of my spring list, I resolved to keep more fresh flowers around. They bring life to an otherwise dreary room with their color and smell. Why wait for someone to buy them for you? Treat yo’self by stopping by the farmers market and picking up a bunch of your favorites.
And let’s talk about that song! I’ve been dancing around the office to it all day. It’s “I Found A New Baby” by Miss Jubilee – check it out.
Thanks to Ben Vogelsang for shooting & editing the video.
I’m a week into being car-free! Commuting to work can leave a gals back in all sorts of knots. A laptop, notebooks, and other miscellaneous items add a surprising amount of weight to a bag. In lieu of piling all the ‘essentials’ onto myself like a pack mule, I invested in a bike basket. These wonderfully practical bicycle additions come made for all sorts. Number one is strapped onto the front of my bicycle, but I love the other options. I am crazy about that waxed canvas pannier (number five)!
How do you tote everything around while you ride – are you a basket or a backpack person?
I’ve been thinking of stripes as a neutral for a while now. They go with everything and I adore wearing them. I gave into the trend of floral printed pants – and am really happy with that decision. These crop trousers from H&M are so spring-y and definitely a statement. I tossed on an old pair of nude sandals and layered my favorite Kate Spade necklace with a chunky gem strand from Forever 21. I almost ditched the bright pink lipstick – sometimes I get weird looks when I wear it – but I was feeling spunky.
[ shirt, pants, bag: H&M shoes: Nine West necklace: Kate Spade & Forever 21 ]
Wear it: to a meeting…or to ‘read’ the newspaper on a park bench.
Just to show y’all that these style shoots are not always glamorous, I snuck this one in. It was windy and freezing, but I just wasn’t going to let mother nature win this one.
[All photos by Christopher Willingham]
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You guys. I got this silly little idea in my head that I could go car free for an entire month. In St. Louis.
It went a little something like this…
January: I could totally give up my car for a month…
February: Huh, I should give up my car for a month.
March: Yeah, okay, I will give up my car for a month.
Today: What was I thinking giving up my car for a month?!
So, here we are – the first day of National Bike Month and i’m car-less! I’ll be sharing my adventures in two wheeled travel all month on ConnectingSTL and here on City in a Jar.
I strongly encourage you to try the #CarFreeSTL challenge by walking, biking, or using Metro instead of driving – even if it’s just to meet someone for coffee in the neighborhood! Then tell me about it using #CarFreeSTL on twitter.
See you on the roads!
Video by Ben Vogelsang
Music by Jump Starts
I do so love bow ties. Like i’ve said before – why should guys get to have all the fun? Casual dotted chambray takes away the formality of the bow tie, while green pants hit the outfit with a wild pop of color! And let’s talk about those shoes, huh? Oxford wedges. In. Love. As for the rad location – that’s Plush. And they make a mean bloody mary.
[ shirt: Forever 21 / pants: J. Crew / bow tie: Nordstrom Rack / shoes: Bakers / lipstick: Sephora]
Wear it: to brunch & have a bloody mary.
That face in the last one was just too absurd not to share. Clearly my, ‘am I doing this right?’ pose.
[All photos by Golden Photographic]
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I’m back! It’s been a rough few months looking for work while working, leaving no time for blogging. Finally settling into the idea of being freelance for a while, I’m jumping out on my own. Yikes, right? We’ll chat more about that adventure soon. For now, let’s talk spring! I’m a little late with my seasonal to-do list…
1. Ride my bike more.
2. Keep fresh flowers around.
3. Clean out my closets and donate all those clothes I never really wear…
4. Picnic in the park. Tis the season!
5. Find the perfect bike basket.
6. Take a day trip. Levee high apple pie, anyone?
7. More camping, please.
8. A fancy dress party. Costumes are the bees knees, y’all.
9. Visit the Thaxton Speakeasy night of bathtub gin & hot jazz.
10. Go to more movies. If only for the milk duds.
Now that the weather is finally perking up what are you planning to get out and do?