Sometimes I think clothing items can be over-blogged and over-worn. I feel that way about the Zara skort that was so popular this summer, black Celine bags (however gorgeous they may be), Valentino rockstud heels, and Hunter rain boots in every single color. Once something (or it's knock-off) has graced all of the style blogs, it's no longer fresh or surprising, no longer new. I appreciate bloggers that wear the new, the adventurous, and the odd. Sometimes I may not agree with the print combinations or the cut of a certain dress, skirt, top, but I appreciate the unexpected. If you follow The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman, is always capturing the most bizarre combinations of pajama pants and Birkenstocks with socks, giant jumpsuits in 80s prints, baggy all-denim suits and more absolutely kooky clothing combos (menswear in crop top form? a jean jacket overall?) that make you scratch your head. But I'd rather scratch my head than yawn.
When I was looking for rainboots this Fall, the Hunter boots were the obvious pick. They're a status symbol (I have $140 to spend on rainboots!) and they are worn by darling bloggers in every season. They also come in every color under the sun. But I couldn't bring myself to buy them because they've been done too much. So I picked up these amazing Sperry's (pst, they're cheaper too) that I am totally in love with. I don't see much of this style around (perhaps its more common in the Northeast) and they make me excited for gloomy, puddle-jumping weather. The insides are fleece lined, the entire boot even down to the laces and rivets feels high quality, and they go perfectly over ankle length jeans without bunching up the fabric around your calf or knee.
Inspired by the downpours lately, I've also been thinking about Beatrice Potter's Jemima Puddle-Duck, the not-so-smart duck always getting into trouble, and that has the absolute best name I've ever heard. It was a childhood favorite and reminds me of my Mom reading to me before bed. Here's to puddle-ducks that make you nostalgic, deep Oregon puddles, and awesome rain boots.