green stems on a rainy day

March 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm 5 comments

While it was a wondrous 60 & sunny yesterday, that proved to be merely a tease, as today we’re back to dreary & rainy. But I’ll still shine!

Sorry my lighting is so funky. This is a bit of a spin on my Obama-inspired look that many people seemed to like and compliment. I definitely dig the belted look, can’t lie. Purple dress with braided neckline detail: Four Stars (size L) from TJ Maxx, sequined oatmeal cardigan: Express, green tights: Simply Vera.

Same belt as before, a black (that’s right, people, you CAN mix black and brown – they’re both neutrals!) leather one from Ralph Lauren that was thrifted from Crossroads Trading Co. I accidentally put it on backwards, though – you may notice the logo is upside-down there to the left of the hoop. Whoops! I fixed it when I noticed at my office. :)

And the wedges are my beloved Steve Maddens. Yes, they are fuzzzy. :)

You may notice my hair looks a bit different today. Since there was a 90% chance of precipitation, I just made it kind of scrunchy-curly. No point in drying it if it’s just gonna get all messed up anyway, right?

A 90% chance of rain also meant it was a day for wellies!

I got these at Kohl’s at the end of ’05/beginning of ’06 specifically because I was taking a trip to England – in drizzly January. And by gosh, was I going to have genuine rain boots! They were pretty cheap, I recall, and this was before wellies emerged as rather trendy and easy to find in many stores, such as Target. But let me tell you something, I got some at Target later on (because obviously a girl needs TWO pairs of rain boots… I know I am ridic), and those were pieces of crap compared to these from Kohl’s. The liners at the bottom of the Target boots don’t stay put and are uncomfortable, and overall they’re just generally cheaply made. I was super disappointed. (I think these were the xhilaration kind, btw, not the Meronas that are on their website, fyi. No experience with those.)

I keep lusting after Hunters – they’re so shiny and bright! – but I also keep noticing that 9 times out of 10, the ladies trudging through the city are also sporting a thick coat of waxy nastiness on those boots, and if I’m going to plunk down $100+ for rain boots, that is SO not happening. Does anyone have any experience with them? Have yours done it? Have you gotten it off or prevented it entirely? What’s the story?

Anywho! I did get a “Nice wellies!” from a genuine Englishman while I was there, so even if I never graduate to Hunters, I’ll always hold my whimsical wellies in high esteem. :)


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jackie  |  March 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I have Hunters (navy blue!) and I love them. Mine have a bit of a build up right now, but that’s largely because I’ve put off really scrubbing them until winter seems to be done here. No use cleaning if they’re just going to get another dose of snow, salt, and slush. However, I have heard that using Armor All (like the stuff for keeping tires shiny) and a damp towel help clean up the waxiness and make the rubber shiny. I’ve heard people recommend olive oil, too, but I don’t know if that would degrade the rubber over time or not.

    • 2. Cara  |  March 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      I’m glad to hear it! I really want some. I love the shiny-glossy green ones (kinda lime green) and the fuschia-magenta colored ones. One day, I shall invest!

      • 3. Jackie  |  March 14, 2010 at 7:26 am

        So far, I feel like they were totally worth the investment. In three years, I had gone through two pairs of rubber rain boots. Both were turquoise, but the first pair was from Urban Outfitters and the second was from TJ Maxx. Because the boots weren’t a solid piece of rubber, they kept cracking where the toes bend and then the sole would separate from the main part of the boot.

        Craftsmanship alone has made my Hunter boots worth it, because now I don’t have to buy a new $30 pair of boots every winter! I bought mine from Piperlime with free shipping and a 20% off promo code, so I got them for $95.

        Also, don’t know if you knew about this site, but I sometimes get good promo codes for online shopping from . The codes don’t always work, but they’re worth a shot if you’re going to be shopping anyways.

    • 4. Cara  |  March 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      Yes, I have heard of retailmenot! I tend to forget about it sometimes, though, so thanks for the reminder. I definitely want some Hunters. My Kohl’s boots have held up well, but the inside is definitely starting to wear. It might be time!

      How is the sizing in them? I meant to ask. I tried on a pair before but can’t remember what size they were. Are they true to size? Or do you need to size up or down? Btw, thanks for all your feedback! :)

      • 5. Jackie  |  March 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

        Hey, no problem! I went through a good amount of trial and error until I settled on my Hunters, so I’m happy to help.

        I normally take a size 9.5 in most shoes, but I bought my Hunters in a size 9 after reading through the comments sections on Piperlime and Zappos. They fit my feet perfectly, and I have just enough room to tuck a pair of slim fit jeans into the boots when I wear them. A common complaint of Hunters is that they’re not for people with large calves, and I can see how that would be an issue with these. They fit me perfectly, but there’s little room for error. I know some people buy the official Hunter socks to wear with them, but I’ve never bothered.

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