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February 16th, 2014


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09:18 am - protection from the elements
Here in the subtropics it's sunshiny-cool, although warming up rapidly. Yesterday, well...

On Friday night, the last forecast I'd seen had projected a cool front approaching, but (said Dave the weatherman) "no rain would be associated with it." At 5:50 am Saturday morning, Master Danger's waking trip outside, it was still warm-ish. At 7:15 am, Master Danger and I ventured out on our daily walk. Bit of a north breeze, true, a line of grey clouds to the north, true, but all seemed in order per the forecast.

So I left my new umbrella at home. This was my tragic error.

Of course halfway through our 2-mile walk the heavens OPENED UP. Master Danger and I squinted -- I half-blind, due to rain on glasses -- our way through the second mile. My workout shoes were soaked through; my Land's End not-quite-a-proper-raincoat was soaked; my yoga trousers below the raincoat were soaked; the hood of my sweatshirt, which had been draped over the neck of my raincoat, was soaked. These all took hours to dry.

(The rainshower only lasted fifteen minutes longer than our walk, by the way.)

So you can imagine my interest in the cool London Fashion Week show for Hunter, the people who make wellies. (I've never had a pair of wellies. This is baffling, considering where I live and how much walking I do.) The show itself sounds amazing -- the magician Dynamo was part of it! Stage-magic!! -- but this photograph from the show has completely captured me. I love the mis-en-scene, the tree trunks and the shimmering water; I crave the boots and the outerwear. Thusly attired I would like to stride through my small town in the rain, my evil Corgi familiar at my side.

We all have our dreams. :)

(I also like this street-style LFW photo, with fuchsia umbrella canopy, pink dress, and coat draped nonchalantly in manner of cape. This will surprise no one.)

May you have the protection from the elements you need today -- or may you need none! Happy Sunday.

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From:chase820
Date:February 16th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
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I love those red rain boots! They would be quite practical for Florida.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
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The red boots are fabulous! I find myself drawn more to the violet high boots, but the shorter boots are more practical. :)
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:February 16th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Great boots, great photos! What a refreshing change from our NYFW, where everyone was wearing strappy sandals in single digit weather, oy.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Bare legs when it's snowing seem rather silly, don't they. ;)

Cheers! Happy day!
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From:kathyh
Date:February 16th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
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my yoga trousers below the raincoat were soaked

Yes, that happened to me the other day. I share your discomfort!

My sister-in-law has a pair of Hunter wellies, which are often borrowed by her daughters :)

Today the elements were kind and I've just been to this. A certain someone was in tweeds and looking the epitome of the English gent so I thought of you :)
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Clearly we both need wellies! :)

And my gosh, what a great event that must have been. And Alex in tweeds![tries not to be jealous]

Cheers and hugs. :)
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From:anne_d
Date:February 16th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
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I am always drawn to red shoes, for, um, reasons. I love the red boots, but, alas, there's no need for wellies here in the Land of Drought.

You, on the other hand...
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
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I have begun investigating the possibility of acquiring wellies before the proper beginning of the rainy season. :)

Cheers and a red-shoe kind of day to you!
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From:paratti
Date:February 16th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Go wellies. Choose wellies.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Clearly, the Time Has Come. :)

Hugs and joy today, mate!
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From:gwynnega
Date:February 16th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Maybe you should invest in some Boden rain boots? :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
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There aren't any on the website. Tragic. ;)

Cheers and hugs!
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From:roguedemon
Date:February 17th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
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Oh, I love that green. That color would be perfect on me -- it's my best color. Sigh. My personal favorite is Burberry. I aspire to own a Burberry trench someday. In fact, I recently tried one on, only to find that it didn't fit right across the shoulders -- I have always had that problem with some coats and blazers. And if I'm going to buy something like that, it had better fit perfectly because I would keep it until my death. ;)

I love the second photo. That woman can really wear a scarf.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 17th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
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I've looked at Burberry trenches too, and then all but fainted from the sticker shock. I didn't even try one on -- but I'd likely have the same problem you did with the shoulders. Oh dear.

Green is a GOOD color!

Hugs and a good Monday. :)
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From:roguedemon
Date:February 18th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
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Since I wear trench coats approximately 3/4 of the year here, I have been considering making a real investment/splurge purchase. Especially considering that I can't buy boots very easily anymore. I feel that a good trench is all you need to smarten up your appearance. I needed to replace this other black trench that is starting the fray at the edges. And I actually ended up buying one for maybe a third or quarter of the price that fit much better and was much more flattering. So there it is. :) I'm not sure that I could have gone through with it if the Burberry did fit, but it's a nice fantasy. I noticed that they are really designed for people with narrow shoulders and boyish figures, and that's not me.
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From:heron_pose
Date:February 17th, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
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I am such a party-pooper, but all I could see were those above-the-knee hemlines, and socks sticking up out of the wellies, and knowing just how much water can stream down one's knees and thusly right into the boots.

Maybe?

The photos are, nev'theless, gorgeous. And so are you.

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 17th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
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Hunter boots have buckles at the top to tighten against the incursion of water. Which is a good reason to go for them rather than a knockoff. :)

YOU are gorgeous, H_P! Cheers and the best Monday possible to you!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:February 17th, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
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Hooray for Wellies...me, I crave that plum colored leather-look tailored trench. Which I have no place to wear of course.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 17th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
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Love that color, yes, and the coat is fabulous! For me it is perhaps a bit too fancy for dawn dog-walking, which is the primary time I need coats and/or raincoats... But it is beautiful nonetheless!

Cheers and hugs for your day, ALH.
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From:stateless82
Date:February 18th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
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I had never considered the need for rain boots to be a real thing until this job- it gets so wet on campus. I had no idea.

I love fashion weeks. Some stuff is gorgeous and some is pure WTF.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 18th, 2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Puddles are increasingly a thing here, too. Rain boots are the answer! :)

I tend to prefer London Fashion Weeks to NY, and I prefer Paris to Milan, but yes, Fashion Weeks are a ton of fun.

Hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:February 18th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
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I got my first pair of rain boots (not willies, sadly) two years ago. And have forgotten to wear them every time it rains :)

I do like the fuchsia umbrella canopy, it's like a little surprise!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 18th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
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The fuchsia is a delightful little surprise! :)

Cheers and a great Tuesday, T.

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