Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Round of Applause for the Weather

A Round of Applause for the Weather

A Round of Applause for the Weather

A Round of Applause for the Weather
works cited: thrifted jacket; lands end canvas dress; thrifted belt; steve madden boots; thrifted bag (are you getting sick of it yet?); socks c/o american apparel; breda watch

I know some people find discussions of the weather boring, however, I am not in their camp. I grew up in the Bay Area, where for several months in the 7th grade, I thought the thermometer on my REI backpack was broken (turns out it is always 65 degrees, whether it is June or January). In short, weather was boring growing up because there was no weather. Subsequently, my mother (East coast native) and I developed an obsession with extreme weather and would spend hours watching the Weather Channel and going to see every bad natural disaster movie Hollywood released in the 1990's (Twister, Dante's Peak, The Day After Tomorrow). In the past few years, I've been living in parts of the country where the weather actually varies, which is a source of great joy to my mother, who frequently has me describe the current weather patterns to her over the phone. Ergo, she is always the first person to get my text message photo of the recent snowfall or to stay on the phone with me while I hunker down in the basement during a tornado and she checks the radar on the weather channel, safe behind her desk in overcast 65-degree Berkeley weather. East coast weather is endlessly fascinating to me because it is so variable, and I've come to love the changing leaves in the fall and the surprise winter snowstorms and the super-hot summer days. But on days like yesterday--65 degrees and cozily rainy--I think maybe Berkeley wouldn't be a bad place to end up after all.

41 comments:

.kt said...

What a great outfit! I love the boots and socks!

woo hoo for fall!

katiediditt.bogspot.com

dot said...

The weather here in DC is transitional enough to make me happy. Growing up in Georgia, there were two seasons: summer (May-November) and not-summer (December-April). Though I think I'd be happiest with year-round cardigan weather, DC is a marked improvement!

Elegantly Academic said...

Having different seasons is great! Oh, the endless outfit possibilities ...
Kelly xox
PS love this look! I might have to copy this soon.

carrie murphy said...

oh my. you have a better attitude than me, tania. after living in a place where it's sunny 350 days a year, this incessant RAIN we're getting in the DC area has me so depressed! cute boots, though.

carrie

BiblioMOMia said...

It was definitely West Coast weather yesterday! I wasn't quite prepped enough to wear boots, but I DID buy a quilted jacket.

I love the slim silhouette of the dress with the slouchier jacket. And the boots with socks, of course!

pulchritude said...

I love talking about the weather, too. It's fascinating and wonderful.

Desiree said...

I am SO glad someone else shares this excitement. After living in Texas for half my life where it is either REALLY hot or kind chilly and rarely rains, I have developed this child like anticipation of snow, rain, leaves falling and the such. When I moved back home to Pennsylvania this summer, everyone told me I'd learn to hate the snow ... I doubt that I will but we'll see.

On the other hand, I am loving this bag and how it picks up the color of your boots and belt.

Manding. said...

65 degrees is PERFECT WEATHER. and it's absolutely army coat over dress weather which is a+. cannot wait for everything pumpkin !

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Rachel W. said...

I'm with Dot-- while it wouldn't be thrilling weather-wise, year-round cardigan temperatures would be fun for a while! I am so over this humid Florida summer.

Darling outfit for a chilly day. Seeing the socks with the boots makes the whole thing seem cozier!

wildchild said...

hmm i never thought of the variability as a good thing i guess. weather where i live in upstate new york changes every day, two or three times a day and that can be a pain when trying to figure out what to wear for the week. i do like the changing leaves and one or two suprise snow storms, but besides that, i'd be okay with like 80 and sunny every day. that's perfect weather to me.

Della said...

That is so cool! My Mom has always said she's going to stay in Virginia because there really aren't any huge weather changes. And it's so true. We get rainy falls and springs, some snow in winter, and humid summers.

I see you've already pulled out the boots! I really should have. I wore open toed shoes yesterday and I was freezing. You look lovely!

stuph said...

oh man, i have dress envy. i love how you look so comfortable, but so pretty!

hooray for fall...can't wait till it arrives in san diego. it was 100 degrees yesterday!

eliza said...

i'm really jealous of your thrifted jacket... i had to leave a very similar one at the store the other day because i am not flush at the moment. wish there were more thrift stores around here...

smalltownbigwardrobe said...

I heart the weather. Usually. Midwest weather can be so damn frustrating. Case in point: this weekend it was 100. The next day it was 75. Today it's 65. Not that I'm complaining - I am so over the heat!! Bring on the sweaters and blazers. Today I even got to break out a scarf and wear it in!! :) I love your whole outfit. The dress especially makes me want to wear more stripes, and anything army green is instantly a favorite.

Eclectic Flair said...

Love, love, love this! Wish I had a striped dress too so I could recreate!

I know what you mean about the weather, I live in CA and I've never even been in snow! I have to make that happen this winter, just by driving down to Big Bear or something. :-)

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

amanda said...

i used to love the fact that here in the middle of the country, we get to experience all four seasons. as i've gotten older i totally understand why the blue hairs move to florida. sunny and warm all the time!!! but, there are fun parts of cooler temps, like layering. i love how you wore the little jacket over that adorable striped dress!!!!

Raena said...

I live in DC too and yesterday's weather was marvelous. I too am obsessed with weather and The Weather Channel especially in the winter. I have watched When Weather Changed History and Storm Stories too many times to count. What is also somewhat pathetic (and simultaneously hilarious) is that I know the names of all the forecasters/meteorologists on the channel as well.

As always I love your ensemble! :)

Frannie Pantz said...

We have this really lame saying in Colorado that if you don't like the weather here, wait five minutes. It really changes that often.

This is an adorable story about you and your mom. Thank you for sharing it with us.

I love your boots and socks today. Your cargo jacket is too cute as well. Enjoy your Wednesday!

Lindsey said...

LOVE that the weather is allowing for boots! You look adorable!

Martina Lynne :: the life academic said...

Yeah, I was born and raised in Berkeley myself and I know exactly what you're talking about. I still don't understand how July is a hot month or why our biggest heat wave isn't in September. But now you get to wear boots and socks while some of us in Oregon are still watching the mercury climb to the 90s, so I say it's a wash.

Anonymous said...

I love the casual yet trendy vibe of this outfit. The brown in the Kiondo is echoed by the boots and the belt. The colors in the jacket and dress also go really well. Lovely! I have also come to like the change in seasons, my favorite is Fall and I hate that it's so short! But there are many days esp. in winter when I miss having the sun all year round.

Sue

Elizabeth Lessing said...

Love your outfit. You look so comfortable and chic. Yes, couldn't agree more about how great it is to have weather. It's so frustrating to listen to the democrats and republicans duke it out, hearing about corrupt rulers killing their own people--and then there is the weather, putting life into perspective, reminding us that we don't control everything--except maybe our outfits. Great blog entry.

Amy said...

I love your dress, it's a lovely pop of colour and the jacket adds just a hint of a military feel. :)

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Justine said...

Does this mean you're coming back to the Bay Area?! I have to agree with you, there is no weather here. Maybe once every so often, we'd get a nice warm day. So far we haven't had any summer weather and summer is coming to a close. :(

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Fall is my most fave season, so I look forward to the changing seasons. We have a slight cooling in the air, but no boots in my closet yet. I am jealous.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I'm wearing a short dress and boots today, too. Hooray for a chill in the air!

I've lived in the Midwest my entire life, and let me tell you, we get ALL weather here. It was over 100 degrees this summer, and we'll have wind chills below zero this winter. And you can't forget the rain, snow, wind storms, humidity...

Jesse @ Happy Go Lucky Vegan said...

I love the look - very french! When I was there a few months ago, many of the girls wore stripes, parkas and boots. Also - I'm feating Fashion Friday's on my blog if your'e interested in checking it out! The goal was to feature cute vegan fashion. :)

Jesse @ Happy Go Lucky Vegan said...

*featuring. :)

Rebecca said...

I like the weather in the Bay Area, but since I have lived in the Midwest for most of my life, I kind of get tired of extreme weather.

MONKEYFACE said...

I'm sorry but I just have to say that the movie Twister is...AWESOME. I love it and I don't care who knows it. ;) Jealous of your cute cool-weather look here - I'm in a bit of a heat wave at the moment!

woreout said...

What a great post! You've made me rethink the whole socks and boots trend (I'll be trying it now because of you) and you're making me so jealous with your thrifted jacket. I've been hunting for one like it and just haven't had any luck. If you like unpredicatble, ever changing weather then you should move to Vermont, it's wild up here!

Hannah said...

The weather so far this week has been amazing!! Maybe I should think about moving to the Pacific Northwest, because I love rain and don't care much for summer heat and humidity.

I'm happy to see you found that jacket thrifting. I need a new one and have been trying to convince myself that I can find one at a thrift store. Thanks for contributing to my theory!

Sherri said...

I'm so glad that there are other people who were totally into the weather as kids! The Weather Channel was hands down my favorite channel. I must've seen Twister six times in the theater.

Also, I love that dress. Hooray for cooler weather!

chillairandperfume said...

love this outfit! the temperature is finally cooling here in boston,too,but unfortunately it is also extremely rainy :(

www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

Vantage Point Vintage said...

Cute dress and boots, love it!

Hearts,
Nicole http://www.vantagepointvintage.com/blog/

sartoriography said...

Okay, NOW we're talking! It's that fall-y look that I love and on the person I most love it...you! I first started reading your blog around this time last year, so this is the girl I know and love. Glad to have you back, Miss Stripes-and-Boots-with-Socks-and-Big-Smile. I heart you. :)

Rin said...

Mmm we definitely have weather on the East Coast. I've lived here my whole life, and I love that we have varying weather. Three feet of snow, 100 degree weather, five days in a row of dumping rain (which is what we're having now). I love it.

I love your striped dress.

Annika said...

Here in Florida people often joke that we only have 2 temperatures. Hot and of course: So hot that the news anchors are showing you that you can actually fry an egg on the sidewalk (not sure if they try that trick where youre from). I'm currently looking at grad schools up north and I CAN'T WAIT for seasons! It's pretty sad that I was excited that this morning it was 85 degrees rather than 95. Welcome to "fall" in Florida!

Annika
A Sweet Release

amanda said...

I love those boots, and I've almost bought them about 100 times now. How do the soles hold up? I tend to wear right through the bottom of shoes, and I was wondering how yours had held out.

I have had a lifelong weather obsession myself. When I was 9 I was the local "weatherspotter" for my town. It was so exciting to call the TV station and tell them the temperature and barometric pressure. Right now, though, my flooded apartment will take 65 and gray if it would just stop pouring!

I Dream Of Fashion said...

I just joined in. I like your outfit and love your boots. ;-)

Between Laundry Days said...

Yay weather! Yay fall! Yay this outfit (LOVE it)!

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