On this day, I was planning on spending a few hours splashing around the tide pools with my son, but the weather did not cooperate. I am a definite fair-weather tide pool explorer. But since it was raining so hard (sigh), I chose to stick with the rain boots anyway. We made alternate arrangements to hit our last resort inside play area that will not be named, lest I get drawn and quartered for exposing my kid to the food of the "evil empire." (You get one hint: It starts with Mc and ends with a small toy and a trip to the cardiologist).
Now the back-story behind the rain boots is that I went to New York for a spring wedding and basically ended up tromping around the city in a monsoon on a 47-degree day (sigh). Despite the umbrella, I was soaked through (including my shoes) and just couldn't take the cold, wet feet anymore. After lunch I ran into DSW and found these short rain boots, and despite the obnoxious color, I was really drawn to them. I realize now that they invoke the nostalgia I have for my yellow galoshes and bubble umbrella with the Morton Salt Girl emblem circling the rim. I wore those with pride when I was six years old.
For the record, the gray tank is covered in a layer of clear sequins, which gives it some subtle sparkle, so this outfit isn't as boring as it appears in the photo. Again, layered for warmth with a long-sleeve T-shirt and a sweater (sigh).
- Black "newsboy" cap (two to three years old, Claire's, $10 - originally bought for a 60s theme party)
- Antique wash Levis 515 jeans (two months old, Kohl's, $29.99 sale)
- Boring (I mean basic) long-sleeved white T-shirt (four years old, hand-me-down, free)
- Sparkly gray tank top (one year old, Limited Express, $30)
- Oh so sensible, Charter Club black cardigan (two years old, Macy's, $29.98)
- "Did I have too much Claritin, or are your earrings rotating?" silver hoop earrings (bought two years ago at Nordstrom, $30)
- Yellow "duck feet" rain boots (one month old, DSW, $55 - pricey, but bought under duress)