After four straight days of clouds, and three straight of rain here, the gloom has started to also descend upon everyone's mood. A good rainy day doesn't have to be like that though. As Jamie Cullum sings in his version of Singin' in the Rain, "let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place, come on with the rain I've a smile on my face." A lot can be celebrated for a little precipitation. Most of it can be found in the wonderful world of accessories. Of course the epitomical way to make a splash as big as the one the car driving down Hampton hit me with while walking out of the gym, are rain boots. Nobody makes this staple more classy than Hunter Boots, especially when you can custom make and accessorize them to your heart's desire. No pair of galoshes is complete though without a matching umbrella. Unfortunately I have learned I am not responsible enough for anything over the $8 solid colored ones at Target. You can imagine my excitement then, when after managing to misplace yet another umbrella, I found this stellar vinyl weather shield for a great price. (At least I think it is. Still working on figuring out the currency change. If only the foreign markets would remain stable for a day.) Of course what would be easier to manage, and have less loss liability than an umbrella? Why, a rain bonnet of course! An item I would absolutely love to see make a comeback in some capacity. Another reason to embrace a rainy day is that contrary to popular theories, the rain can make your mornings a lot easier. That bed you don't want to get out of? Stay in it a little longer. The second you step out of your door your hair will transform into its rain 'do. So skip the curling and flat irons and just give it a nice tossle in the morning.
But the ultimate reason to wander outside in the rain? Breakfast at Tiffany's (which very ironically, and unbeknownst to me, is showing on TCM tonight at 11:00 P.M.). Ever since Audrey Hepburn stylishly jumped out of the cab in her trench coat and low pigtails to chase after Cat and Paul, the rain never looked so chic. Any girl who has seen that movie, somewhere within them, yearns to find herself in a dark alley with someone as strapping as George Peppard still waiting for her. More than that, any girl wishes to look that glamorous with smudged mascara and damp hair. So thank you Truman Capote and Blake Edwards for instilling all of female kind with false hopes. She didn't even have to wear a rain bonnet!
"Moon River, wider than a mile, I'm crossing you in style some day."--Moon River by Henry Mancini from Breakfast at Tiffany's
*Pictured above, moi, taken by Alex Aberman at the culinary phenomenon that is El Rancho