The nonstop precipitation has me in a bit of a funk, but natural born styler brightened up my day. Her rainproof ensemble makes me want to start singin' in the rain. She refrained from featuring the per-usual rain jacket and galoshes, and, instead, chose a pair of patent boots, skinny trousers, Lichtenstein sweater, and fringe poncho complete with a clear, kitschy umbrella! Now that's what I call slick, wet-weather dressing.
We've been hit with crazy rainstorms over the past 24 hours in the Bay Area, prompting flooding, school closures, and one tough commute. Instead of focusing on the perils of our first major storm, I thought I'd focus on the pretty instead. See some of my favorite rainy day-inspired finds.
As we inch further into Summer weather, I'm tempted to spend every moment possible out of doors. But all of that sun isn't good for your skin. If you're tired of tanning, take shelter beneath an umbrella. Whether you need a shady place to read or a sheltered spot for dining at midday, I've got you covered.
A Bright Spot on a Rainy Day A cool umbrella is such a fun and functional accessory. Take for instance, this exotic umbrella from the Hayden-Harnett for Target collection, ($22). At that price, there's no excuse not to sing in the rain. Check out Lucky magazine to see why they love this umbrella so much!0 Comments
I know it's hard to look good in the rain, but with a couple of key pieces, I guarantee you success. Take for example, Ginnifer Goodwin, seen left, at the He's Just Not That Into You premiere in Australia. The actress isn't going to let a couple of drops rain on her parade. Her swanky umbrella not only protects her citron Brian Reyes frock, it also makes a chic, functional accessory. I know you'd rather spend your money on clothes and shoes, but it's a necessary investment. After all, you don't want wet Manolos.
I am always on the lookout for a chic umbrella, and this Missoni Minimatic Fiamatto Umbrella ($105, originally $174) fits the bill. There's so much more, so go forward.
Lugging around an umbrella can get pretty annoying. I've lost my share on buses, trains, restos, you name it. What do you think about this Zambos & Siega Umbrella Purse ($825)? This hands-free contraption will surely take the worry out of forgetting your umbrella but I'm not too sure about the design . . .
I'm definitely not a fan of tying pets up for long periods alone, but there are times when I'm outside and I don't have an extra hand for my pup's leash. We like laying out at the park, or in friends' backyards for BBQs, and it's important to help my smooshy stay cool with water , pet sunscreen, and possibly even this PetBrella ($56) while we relax.
It's not that much different than a normal beach umbrella except it comes with a special tie-out stake; when tethering a pet near a shade tree, they can easily tangle themselves around it, but this umbrella's just an extension of the stake so pets will have room to roam without getting all twisted up. The 'brella comes with a carrying bag, and can be tilted for a proper angle or removed altogether if the sun goes down. I think the concept is great but I'm not sure we've get enough use out of it . . . especially with no lawn of our own. What do you think?