Who loves a rainy day? Well, it can become very bothersome for most of us when our hair frizzes up and our clothes and feet are wet from downpour after downpour for a whole week straight.
But every single one of us would take those weekly downpours for a three-day weekend filled with sunshine!
So in honor of those rainy days…here are my top 5 loves on a rainy day.
1. RAIN SHOES. Rain shoes were probably the toughest thing to find for those of us with large calves. It was like getting penalized by the fashion world for having such huge calves. We couldn’t wear those tall rain boots like everyone else was wearing. Instead, we sloshed through the rain in shoes that ended up getting tossed the second we went indoors because who wants stinky wet shoes?
Well, someone out there finally realized there was no need to just go with tall rain boots. There was a whole market out there for rain shoes of a different sort. For those with big calves…there is an answer!
Sperry Top-Sider, $55.99 (ON SALE) at Zappos.com.
These boots are perfect during the colder rainy days. The only downside to these boots, you’ll need very thick and tall socks to avoid blisters on your lower calf. For me, I just wear fuzzy chenille socks and there’s no blistering problem. Keeps my feet super dry and warm!
Sperry Top-Sider Kendall, $90 at Zappos.com.
Rain ballet flats! Not only are they super adorable, but they are also perfect to wear during those warmer rainy days.
Hunter-Aston Wedge Ankle Boot, $125 at SaksFifthAvenue.com.
Not to be outdone by Sperry Top-Sider, for those fashionistas that prefer the name brand…Hunter sells ankle boots and ballet flats for the rainy days, too!
2. You Can Stand Under My Umbrella. Finding a good, qualitative umbrella can be a feat in itself. I bought a $70 umbrella and it was destroyed in the first gust of wind that hit it. There was no amount of trying to bend it back into position…it was done for. My $5 black umbrella I picked up from a street vendor has had more life in it than that $70 umbrella…and it’s still going.
Here are some of the best umbrellas on the market that can withstand those high winds.
Galleria Van Gogh Irises Auto Openclose Super-mini Umbrella – Irises, $25.00 at Amazon.com
Galleria Paris Folding Umbrella, $25.00 at Amazon.com.
London Fog Umbrellas Auto Stick Umbrella (Black), $25.30.
These umbrellas are ranked as being some of the best umbrellas in the biz. Galleria and London Fog can both stand up against those blustery days.
3. The Trench. Nothing is worse than walking out in your work clothes only to find that your clothes are so drenched, no amount of umbrella or rain boots will keep you dry. Well, honey, that’s what a trench coat is for!
Burberry and London Fog have been well known for their classic trenches.
Burberry London Colorblock Trench, On Sale NOW at SaksFifthAvenue.com for $837.00 (was $1395).
As for me, I have the classic Burberry trench…but I also have the FUN trenches to wear. Take a look at this one…
Desigual Trench, $89.99 at Macys.com.
This trench is perfect for the spring/summer months. Can’t wait to get my hands on one!
For those that are budget conscious, JCPenney has the classic trench for $20. If you take a look around JCPenney.com, you’ll find trenches for as low as $7! Now, that’s a deal!
4. A good book. Nothing says a perfect rainy day like curling up with a book and a cup of coffee (tea or hot cocoa, whatever your preference).
Lately, I’ve been curling up with some scary tales just because the lightning and thunder outside gives the book an extra eerieness to the story. Try picking up The Woman in Black: A Ghost STory (Vintage) or one of The Last Apprentice Series.
But if scary tales isn’t your thing…there are plenty of amazing books out there like The Oracle of Stamboul or One Hundred Years of Solitude. Whatever your flavor, there’s a whole world of stories awaiting to be read.
5. A good movie. My tastes vary on rainy days, but nothing says loving like a chick flick day. Jane Austen is probably the way to go on rainy days.
OR you could watch a great ghost story like The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe. I read both the book and watched the movie. They were two very different (but similar) tales, and both were equally as good. Both stories scared the bejesus out of me. It’s the way ghost stories should be told…in the old fashioned kind of way.
I was so scared at the end of the movie that the cat crawled up onto the sofa and sat there staring at me with this confused look on her face. I realized that the end…that really scared the crap out of me. I think I was as scared as she gets when there’s a thunderstorm brewing outside.