Saturday, September 5, 2015



______A few weeks ago, I ended up joining a gang of local dads who bike on the weekends. But how did this come about? Ah, but it is time for the final tale of the mysterious Northern Lights... gather 'round now.


______It was a Sunday morning. The asphalt below my tires was slowly warming from the rays of sun that creeped through the foliage above. My bike whizzed along at a comfortable pace that even an infant could manage. My headphones were in and a user-created playlist on Spotify appropriately named "Middle School Punk Rock Boner Jams" was draining nostalgic angst into my ears. It didn't give me any boners, but man, it was good stuff.

______And in the distance, like clockwork, there he was.

______I clicked the tab on the cord to my headphones to pause "Paralyzer." There that cyclist was, making some gesture that resembled a cartoon cactus with one arm up and the other down. Another man rode alongside him--wearing a jersey the color of a blaring orange traffic cone--making for a curious couple. Northern Lights and Traffic Cone, two cycling bros on a mission.

______I'll have something to blog about next week, then, I thought selfishly


______"We just finished the mountain!" Northern Lights shouted. Disappointment drenched his shrill voice; he was clearly distraught that I didn't wake up earlier that morning to somehow know how to join him and his friend on their mountaineering escapade. The man in the orange jersey ignored Northern Lights' shouts, clearly immune to his domineering nature. Rather, he looked at me in confusion.

______"Are you Tracy?" Traffic Cone asked. I employed the swiftest U-turn I could manage on a bike and rode wobbly alongside the two, circling them like a shark. A really dorky shark that was probably just a fish trying to act cool. Okay, okay, a weak little minnow. 
______"What mountain?" I asked. "I'm not Tracy."
______"You look a lot like Tracy."
______"The big mountain!" Northern Lights said. "I'm gramps' cheerleader here when we go up it." He gestured to Traffic Cone, who admitted it was quite the climb. There were a lot of words being whipped around.
______"Tracy must have slept in this morning," Traffic Cone murmured.


______When we collectively scooted our bikes to the shoulder of the road, I expected Northern Lights' handlebars to erupt with flames, shoot him toward the stratosphere like a rocket man, and explode into an array of glittering stars that spelled, "I AM NORTHERN LIGHTS HERE ME ROAR" until they fizzed and faded. Alas, he remained grounded and not did self-combust: he was as human as I with not an ounce of extraterrestrial blood in him.

______But then again, I tend to romanticize things, embellishing them with googly eyes, glitter, and rhinestones when necessary to pretty 'em up.

______After some discussion, I learned that they (along with a few other guys) biked up an enormous mountain occasionally, as well as throwing some easier 30-mile rides in. Which peaked my interest because I had been looking to bike longer distances and take on new roads. It's surprisingly difficult for me to bike more than 30 miles on my own, even with good music, solely because, well, it gets boring. It's more fun when puns and insults are being thrown around.

______And so with that, I became an unofficial member of the local dads' cycling club: all that's left to complete my initiation is to wrap a red bandana around my head to match the others. Done and done. Stay tuned for more chapters on these shady characters...


Dress: TJ Maxx, eons ago (similar)
Kimono: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Heels: ASOS
Ring: local jewelers, from dad
Necklace: only God knows


B Ramida said...

nice look! amazing shoes!

Ivana Split said...

This story with Nothern Lighs get more and more interesting even if he is only human because you know humans can be interesting even without embelishments.
Blue suits you so well btw! This outfit feels very femiminine and it!

Rachel said...

Wait, "final" Northern Lights story? Are you sure it's 'final'? :) Love those sparkling heels!

Lily Fang said...

YES. As soon as I read "Northern Lights," I got real pumped to hear an update. This is almost like a TV series now, haha. Now that I've gotten more into biking, I resonate with your feelings on biking alone. I have yet to go further than 25 miles, but since recently biking with a friend, I've realized that the time passes so much faster. Cheers to this new opportunity! I can't wait to hear about your adventures with the gang.

Your ensemble here is stunning as well! You pull off that bold mix of patterns like a pro, and I love those gorgeous shoes. Glitter and shine is always a yes in my book! Also, your hair is lovely as usual!

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The Dragonfruit said...

FIRST: I died when I saw the shoes. THOSE SHOES. Holy sparkles. I'm obsessed <3 <3 <3 Plus, the stunning mix of blue prints are so fun - AND YOUR HAIR IS IN PRINCESS MODE AGAIN! #girlcrush
SECOND: Hehehe, as soon as I saw "Northern Lights" I was hooked. Just like Lily put it, it's turning into a TV series I need to get updated on! Hehe, can't wait to hear more about you and your new gang! xD

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Nami said...

Me thinks that Northern Lights did self-combust. And the reason that you did not notice is because you too, have a tinge of extraterrestrial blood surging through your veins!
JMAO!!! I especially love your hair in this blog post.

Frannie Pantz said...

OMGosh I hope that is not the final Northern Lights story, but congrats on the new club! LOL I love the polka dot dress with that fabulous kimono!

Jacqueline Stewart said...

Hahhaa, I am so proud you've joined the local dad's biking chapter. It makes me chuckle to imagine you up that mountain chilling with them. This outfit, wow! Love the patterning clashing and those shoes are fan-tab-u-lous!

Kristian said...

Haha- good for you, finding a group to join, even if you were not its "target audience" so to speak :)

Love the shoes btw.


That sounds exciting, joining a local group. Good for you. I must say, those shoes caught my eye and I couldn't stop staring at how cool they are. You look lovely, and I find that kimono print such a fun mix with the stripes. Funny, following your Northern Lights tales. x/Madison
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Sampada said...

I seriously love your posts -- they are so wonderfully written and so entertaining! I can't wait to read more about the dad bike gang adventures!
As for your outfit -- how pretty are those shoes? Too gorgeous <3

Alexandra Marie said...

That kimono is SO gorgeous!! Alex

Boheme.Fille said...

Ohh, those shoes, baby, they are THE SHOES! Gorgeous look!

Can't wait to hear more about your new adventures with the local dads' cycling club. I think it will be very entertaining! :D

LyddieGal said...

That is so fun! I love hearing your stories about Northern Lights. Does he know you call him that? Does he like it? Probably at lot more than Traffic Cone, I suspect.
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Winscribbles said...

wow your heels are amazing, the bling and sparkle to it is fabulous. :O

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Mouna said...

xD your writing is so witty - can't wait to hear the rest of the story! And my goodness - your shoes are AMAZING !!!

Kat said...

such a beautiful look! i absolutely love your kimono :D

Eva Redson said...

super nice post! I love every single photo :)

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