If, on the other hand, you’re really feeling like a powerhouse of imagination, it’s wise to have multiple surfaces (like a real, working, mini Etch-a-Sketch necklace — you know, for when the sketchbook isn’t handy) on which to scribble your best creative secrets. And they wouldn’t be creative secrets if you didn’t have the option of eliminating any trace of your notes and sketches. No, seriously, I mustache you to erase that.
According to Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, the book To Marry an English Lord by Carol McD. Wallace and Gail MacColl was one of his inspirations for the popular series. Considered the definitive book about American heiresses who married English aristocrats in the late 19th century, the book certainly served as our inspiration for today’s “Live By the Book” style guide. Teacup rings, phonograph iPad docks, Downton Abbey paper dolls, an engagement calendar to celebrate the new season, piles of lilac ruffles, and more: our offerings for a modern take on Edwardian society.
Welcome to the inaugural Workman “Live by the Book” style guide, wherein we regularly gather images/activities/products inspired by our favorite new titles. Last month was National Bike Month, and because we haven’t quite shaken the urge to ride (hey, spring time = bike time! — why limit our enthusiasm to a single month?), we’re starting with Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Petersen. For this new release, a book that celebrates the pure joy of riding (forget the spandex and clip-in pedals), we’re inspired by pretty bike dresses, loose-fitting seersucker button-downs (Grant’s favorite when it comes to “official bike gear”)…
And, if you need further incentive to burn your spandex in favor of seersucker:
New York City seems to be extending its bike celebration into summer with the launch of its first ever bike share program in July. And since “I-dont-own-a-bike” is about to get crossed off your list of excuses, here are some inspiring “why I ride” reasons that Grant Petersen recently shared over at bikeleague.org (including one good reason that most New Yorkers with a car can certainly get behind: “I can park my bike on the sidewalk, or a lawn, or anywhere. I don’t need a parking lot”).
Grant also notes that “a bike fits in places a car doesn’t” — like here, a curious sight I stumbled upon last weekend (an analog bike rally?) — where a couple dozen bikes (and one ride-on tractor) rested where only a few cars would otherwise fit.