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papillionaire Sommer

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Wearing: Karen Walker Posie Pleats top | Lilya navy suede shorts | ASOS Exceptional elastic ankle boots | ASOS suede cross body bag | Phoebe Coleman Take Flight feather necklace | Mimco Short Circuit gold bangle | vintage butterfly ring | Pandora gold opal ring | Dior Vernis nail lacquer in ‘lili’Papillionaire Sommer bike 8 speed regular in cream | Nutcase cream helmet via Papillionaire

Presenting.. my new set of wheels, created by the lovely people at the Papillionaire workshop in Collingwood – thank you! You may have seen me traversing around the neighbourhood lately – it’s been so much fun to own that I’ve only just gotten around to posting about it here. I first came across Papillionaire a couple of years ago whilst doing some virtual window shopping and just loved range of vintage styled bikes and the huge variety of customisable accessories (bells vs flugel horns, cute nutcase helmets..) that they had. So I was so thrilled to be invited to create a custom built bike and to finally see it in person after the whole process!

I think it took me a good week or more to settle down on the exact specifications and design of my bike. Decisions on frame colour, basket weave, tyre colour and saddle style seem easy on the face of it, but when you’re contemplating something you know you’re going to ride for many years, you want to get it right! So after so many mock up designs online (#timewellspent, #iswear), I finally decided on an eight speed bike with a cream frame. I was super close to choosing a brightly coloured peach or mint green frame, but I ended up making the decision to keep it simple and classic with cream – since I already have so much colour in my life. However, I couldn’t resist adding a personal touch of colour via a mint green bike bell which coincidentally matched the papillionaire logo, as well as removable baskets for the front and back, for riding with your hands free, grocery shopping at the local shops and what not.

And of course, bike riding is always more fun when done in style. These easy breezy Lilya shorts and loose and flowy tops paired back with comfortable boots are my go-to riding combo for navigating the back streets and trails.

I’m more than happy to answer any bike-building qs you might have. Otherwise, I’ll see you on the bike trails :-)

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21 Comments

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    lavieenliz
    March 30, 2015 at 3:07 AM

    so cute!

    http://hashtagliz.com

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      kisforkani
      April 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      :3 thanks for dropping by

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    Miss J.
    March 30, 2015 at 3:28 AM

    Stunning floral top!

    ♥♥♥

    Jeanne

    http:/:fashionmusingsdiary.com

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      kisforkani
      April 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      :-)

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    Sasa Zoe
    March 30, 2015 at 4:11 AM

    Beautiful as always<3 Xo

    Shall We Sasa

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      kisforkani
      April 1, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      thanks for dropping by :)

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    Francesca
    March 30, 2015 at 4:42 AM

    I saw this on Instagram and was literally like ‘this is one of the most beautiful bikes I’ve ever seen’ I need one in my life! I think it’s also the fact you have two baskets and there I was thinking one was cute enough

    xo
    http://www.thisisfrancescarose.com

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      kisforkani
      April 1, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      two, always better than one! #somuchstorage :))

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    Jenna Opsahl
    March 30, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Oh my god, dream bike. You look adorable and so summery on it. Weirdly reminds me of the Notebook??? That’s a good thing, the art direction in that film is amazing haha.

    xx
    scarlettandgiselle.blogspot.com

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      kisforkani
      April 1, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      haha must be the intense sepia tones of the evening!

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    Helena Chen
    March 30, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Mint green would have been such a cute frame colour, I’ve always wanted a pastel coloured bike to ride around ! The baskets add such a cute touch, and i love that they match those awesome boots of yours too :)

    -Helena
    http://www.helenashideaway.com

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      kisforkani
      April 1, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      haha just noticed that!

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    ollyvia
    March 31, 2015 at 4:55 AM

    you are so cute

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      kisforkani
      April 1, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      :3 thanks for dropping by

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    Lizlizo
    March 31, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    I love that bike, especially with the two baskets!

    – Liz
    http://www.LizLizo.com

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      kisforkani
      April 1, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      two basket’s where it’s at!

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    Hoda Katebi
    April 2, 2015 at 1:50 AM

    Oooh my gosh that bike is perfect (and perfect for you)! I love the design of if–definitely #timewellspent! I am also in love with the second to last photo and the way the light peeks between the trees–definitely an A++ location! I’d love to bike there!

    <(') hoda | joojoo azad

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    Andrea Ryan
    April 4, 2015 at 5:19 AM

    Really cute bike!

    http://www.thefancyfashioncastle.blogspot.com

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    Midori
    April 4, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    lovely top!

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    Jo
    April 23, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    these photos are absolutely stunning! I love the personality that shines through! The top looks so cute and relaxed with the shorts~

    http://www.opalandopal.com

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