Free-Range Friday: Spring Raincoats And More

Coral peplum hooded raincoat from kate spade. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Spring Showers…

Between our wet weather this week and thinking about travel wardrobe planning, I have raincoats on the brain. This one would work nicely with yesterday’s colorful travel wardrobe capsule.

Lands' End high shine raincoat in Persian Blue. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s another option that would work with the colorful travel wardrobe. High shine fabrics are very much on-trend right now.

Coral pink waterproof anorak. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And one more in the Coral/Pink range…(PetitesPlus)

Burberry hooded raincoat. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If your tastes run toward something more classic, but a trench is a no-go for you, here’s one from Burberry that might do the trick.

Everlane cropped city anorak in Stone. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This lightweight hooded anorak is water-resistant, highly-rated, and available in four colors. And it’s well under $100. Another travel wardrobe contender.

We’re Watching…

Carey Mulligan in Collateral.

We just finished watching “Collateral” on Netflix and it’s quite good! It’s a modern day detective/murder mystery (of sorts) that takes place in London. I loved that most of the main characters were strong, intelligent women. Interesting story, and it wraps up in just four episodes, so not a huge commitment.

Cleaning Up

Chargeable handheld vacuum with accessories. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

It seems no matter how much I brush our dogs, we’re constantly finding dog-hair dust bunnies everywhere. Our old, heavy upright vacuum (purchased when we still had carpets) is overkill, but brooms and Swiffers aren’t cutting it either. I just got this handheld number with floor accessories and am hoping it will be the solution. It’s not the most powerful vacuum on the planet, but it’s quiet and does seem adequate to pick up dog hair on hardwood floors. I like that there are no bags to deal with.

What do you use to deal with pet hair?

Bon weekend!

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28 Comments

  1. Meg
    March 23, 2018 / 4:51 am

    Pet hair trick I use? Rubber dishwashing gloves , lightly damp, wipe the upholstery. Even the finest tiny hairs seem to cling and then I just clean them off over the trash. It’s the only thing I have found to remove the hairs that seem to land on chairs and sofas. My big dog can just walk past a sofa and I can see hairs magically jump from his back to the sofa fabric..

    Love the rain coat options! Here in the midwest we have a great deal of wet weather in the spring and a good waterproof raincoat is a must. I like one that comes to at least mid thigh since a wet seat is no fun!

  2. Lee
    March 23, 2018 / 5:31 am

    I’m on vacation in Los Angeles this week & can’t get over all this rain! I know y’all need it; it just wasn’t what I wanted out of my first LA visit. With that said, I ordered the J Crew rain jacket you posted about several weeks ago & love it! I started out with the pink but had to exchange at my local store for a smaller size (it runs very big) & ended up with navy. It really keeps me dry & also dries quickly once I’m out of the rain. The hood cinches up well so my head stays dry & the jacket is easy to zip up and/or snap. It’s been a great buy—thank you!

  3. Julie F
    March 23, 2018 / 5:35 am

    I use my mom’s ancient Rainbow vacuum. I’d never be able to afford a new one. Instead of a bag, there’s a tank that holds water & the hair, dust, sand (Florida), dirt blows into it. Drowns any fleas & there’s no dog smell when you turn it on because you empty the tank after each use.

    • Susan B
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 6:31 am

      I remember Rainbow vacuums! A college roommate’s boyfriend sold them and they were wonderful.

  4. Susan T
    March 23, 2018 / 5:56 am

    I’m a great believer in the Roomba. Wore out my old one after many years and just bought a new 900-series model for myself at Christmas. She gets under most of my furniture, especially the bed — which is where all the pet hair seems to end up at my house. And with the new one, I can push a button on my phone to start her up after I’ve left the house.

  5. Laura
    March 23, 2018 / 7:29 am

    Thank you for the Netflix (and other streaming) recommendations. My gym just added Netflix as an option and I’m enjoying trying some of these shows while on the treadmill.

  6. Linda
    March 23, 2018 / 8:41 am

    I have been searching for a raincoat for an upcoming trip and just got the Uniqlo blocktech coat. The material is nicer in person than online – it doesn’t make noise when walking, blocks wind and rain. It has an adjustable internal belt for the back that allows you to style to your liking.
    Thanks for all your wardrobe ideas – they have really helped me pack.

    • March 23, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Wow! That really is nice, Linda. Just checked it out. I need it in navy. Thanks again.

      • Linda
        March 23, 2018 / 6:05 pm

        I am thinking I need another one since the price is right. I got the grey and it’s really a nice brushed grey color.

  7. Joanna
    March 23, 2018 / 8:42 am

    I have a stick vacuum with the detachable handheld. It’s quick around the main rooms and done! Much easier on your back.
    I love the first coral rain coat but it might be too darling with the flounce for a 65 year old. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we get a lot of rain, so a proper rain coat is a necessity.

  8. Vicki
    March 23, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Oh dear, I’m fearful I’ve lost you to the other side- the side with all those matronly colors!
    I loved all your minimalist posts with neutrals, so much more sophisticated, and, well French.
    Please come back!

    • Susan B
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned my neutrals . I’ve been trying to show some options (by request) for those who prefer to wear more colors.

      • Connie Miller
        March 24, 2018 / 12:43 pm

        Hoping that I don’t sound too bossy, people follow you because of your style. If you change up your content too much to accommodate others, your style could get lost in the shuffle. There are other blogs with plenty of color (“chic at any age” for instance). Just sayin’.

        • Susan B
          Author
          March 24, 2018 / 12:44 pm

          Hi Connie, no you don’t sound bossy and I appreciate the feedback.

    • RoseAG
      March 24, 2018 / 3:35 pm

      Matronly colors? I live in the Mid-Atlantic area and we have significant raincoat weight seaons. I save the drab neutral colors for Fall. In the Spring, and we had 6 inches of snow this week so we’re not exactly there, it’s nice to put something a bit brighter on.

      I might look younger in polka-dots, Boden-style, or I might just look silly.

  9. Ginger
    March 23, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Love the coral raincoats! I just purchased a Columbia “Pardon my trench” raincoat for an upcoming trip to Scotland – under $40 at Macy’s. com (no affiliation). Light, stylish and impermeable!

  10. Kim
    March 23, 2018 / 11:26 am

    We’re going to Seattle in a couple of weeks and I need to replace my raincoat, which was similar in color to the first one in your post–I will seriously consider getting that color again. And, I had to chuckle at a previous comment that referred to the colors as matronly. I wear a lot of color and have never been referred to as matronly-ha! (My neutrals tend to olive, burgundy, rust, teal, mustard.) I completely respect and enjoy the wardrobes of those of you who love the “basics”, but I would whither on the vine in black, gray, and navy ;).

    • Susan B
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Yes, color is such a personal thing. We all respond differently, and that’s part of what makes style so interesting!

    • Jill Ann
      March 23, 2018 / 4:06 pm

      Am with you, Kim! Maybe some people think my love of colors is matronly, but maybe I think their insistence on nothing but neutrals is just dull…..

  11. Brit
    March 23, 2018 / 11:32 am

    I have been stalking that Burberry coat from Bloomingdales for an upcoming trip to London!

  12. Elizabeth
    March 23, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Love the pink Kate Spade coat and the peplum bottom is so youthful ! We still have below freezing temperatures here in Canada, but lots of sunshine. This pink colour sings of spring. I get a bit tired of wearing dark winter coats and turtlenecks, etc. So, I bought a bright pink (like this coat) cashmere turtleneck a few weeks ago and it never fails to cheer me up and keep me warm. And, I love your travel wardrobe from yesterday!

  13. Nancy
    March 23, 2018 / 11:44 am

    Get a Dyson cordless stick. The best!

  14. Daniella Karo
    March 23, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Dyson, cordless, hand held. Nothing beats that!! Can find it at COSTCO easily.

    Spring always invites some color, it represents hopefulness and cheerfulness!! Great selections.

  15. TBN
    March 23, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    Another vote for the Uniqlo dry-tech raincoat…bought it intangible; looks a lot like the Burberry you featured. Hoping the frabrication will prevent me from getting ‘clammy’ during brisk walks…will keep you posted.
    Thank you for a wonderful blog- one of my favorites! I also SO appreciate that you avoid political discussion

  16. Susan B
    Author
    March 23, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    Hi all, I’m going to ask for everyone’s agreement not to disparage others’ style choices. We don’t all need to like the same things (and how boring would it be if we did??) but I think it’s possible to declare our own preferences without slighting someone else’s. Thank you!!

    • March 24, 2018 / 4:15 am

      Thank you, Susan. Personal style is personal — not a school uniform. Unless a school uniform is YOUR style. 😉

  17. Kellee
    March 24, 2018 / 9:48 am

    Just bought a Shark vacumn with the removable wand. We have two dogs that produce another dog worth of fur daily and the Shark has been the BEST! My husband about choked at the cost, but it is amazing and fun to use I love the wand for baseboards and ceilings. Easy disposal of stuff and no bags to buy. Love it!

  18. RoseAG
    March 24, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    I just finished Collateral as well. The Vicar was in the MI-5 show.
    I was looking at trending hashtags on Twitter this morning and saw #RoxanneRoxanne. It’s a movie about a hip-hop star, who, of course I’d never heard of. I saw a clip of an interview with her, where you said she was amazed to be in a movie that wasn’t a porno 30 some years into her career. It’s next up on my list.

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