A Cheery Raincoat for Gloomy Days

A Cheery Raincoat for Gloomy Days

Thank you for being you. That may sound trite, but I want to let you know how much I appreciate you all. I have the best readers! Your comments and emails after my last video were beyond kind. They meant the world to me. Sometimes blogging feels like opening a vein and bleeding on a page. Other times it’s lightweight and fun. I guess that’s what makes this a lifestyle blog 🙂 I’m not running marathons this week, but I am walking, and making it to physical therapy. Which is helping a lot.

It finally started raining here. That means winter has arrived in Northern California. Sorry to all of you dealing with snow. I’m actually jealous of you. I love the snow. I miss the snow. I grew up in Toronto, then New York, where the snow could be epic and have always loved it.


I have the obligatory black trench coat, but it was too dark and gray out, to wear yesterday. So I opted for color and fun.

Wearing a light or bright colored raincoat is cheery on a gray day.


This is one of my favorite raincoats. Made by Creenstone,  it’s just “off” enough to be edgy. I love the soft green and interesting sleeve details. I found it years ago in a tiny boutique on Vancouver Island.


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These snaps actually work. I have no idea why you’d want to un-snap them, but they’re a fun detail. I love the crinkle fabric too. It’s lightweight and perfect for traveling.


A Cheery Raincoat lifts your spirits on a gray day.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

xo Jennifer

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  1. January 6, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    When I was going through my divorce; I bought a beautiful pink raincoat..felt like such a necessary extravagence. That was 10 years ago and it’s still dear to me because it’s cheerful on a rainy day and reminds me that I’m worth it.

    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      We all need to be reminded we are worth it. I love the idea of pink!!

  2. January 6, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    This raincoat is mist definitely what I would call a refined style, it’s timeless and classic with a very unique twist. Those buttons are the best! Good to see you up!

  3. January 6, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Those snaps make the coat! Fun!

  4. January 7, 2016 / 2:09 am

    Love your raincoat, love the buttons – quite unique!
    Happy New Year with lots of sun and rain in moderation 🙂
    Greetings from a rainy Perigord,

  5. January 7, 2016 / 3:12 am

    The sleeves are so cool on this coat…I love how the snaps look though I agree with you that I do not know why you would use them. You look great as always!

    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks Pam! I did play around with the snaps, but they don’t do anything, but this.

  6. January 7, 2016 / 4:17 am

    What a unique piece!

    I’d send you some of our snow…you can take it all as far as I’m concerned. I much preferred the winter in Victoria when I lived there, snow every couple of years.

    So happy to hear you are making some progress!


    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! I’m hobbling around and PT is a god send.

  7. January 7, 2016 / 4:47 am

    Very chic Jennifer. I love the edginess and fun details!! While it is raining here right now that cold quickly turn to sleet or snow!!

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    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Sleet is not fun but I do love the snow! Be careful getting around!

  8. January 7, 2016 / 5:35 am

    Glad you are walking and making it to physical therapy!

    A fun raincoat is so important! I have a red one and love wearing it (especially since we didn’t need one much in the last couple of years…).

    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:35 pm

      I saw your raincoat on Instagram. Very nice!! Aren’t you just loving our rain?

  9. Marcia
    January 7, 2016 / 6:47 am

    You look as stylish as ever.
    I’ve missed visiting my favorite blogs on a regular basis, but now that two graduations and a December wedding are behind me, I’m looking forward to catching up.
    Happy New Year!

    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Dear Marcia,
      Welcome back!! You’ve been missed. Happy New Year my friend. XX

  10. Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine
    January 7, 2016 / 9:07 am

    So pretty, I can see why it’s a fav with that amazing detailing! I’ve been thinking about you and am so thrilled you’re feeling better!! Will keep praying for your comfort beautiful!!

    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      You’re so sweet Andrea. Thank you!

  11. January 7, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Isn’t the rain wonderful, Jen? Finally!! This is a very stylish raincoat you have here. I love the details (and the crinkles-so easy for travel). I miss the snow, too. We had the cottage at Tahoe for years. I don’t miss driving in it or shoveling it–but I do miss the pure peacefulness of a snowy day.
    Fun post!
    xx, Heather

    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Tahoe is getting lots of snow this year. You must miss the cottage. Your last post was the perfect “sunny escape”! I want to just live there.
      So fab to talk to you today!!

  12. January 7, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    I have a Creenstone coat as well, much loved although I haven’t taken it out of the closet for a winter or two. . . it’s a bit dramatic, honestly. I may well have bought it at the same boutique as you did yours — A to Zebra? Long lamented, sadly. . . .
    Enjoy the rain — sounds as if it’s tending to the torrential in places there, but you clearly need it.

    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Yes A to Zebra! Good guess. I find Creenstone styles highly creative and fun. I’d love to see yours!

  13. January 8, 2016 / 2:02 am

    A raincoat with attitude, worn with a smile, is just the thing for dull weather! Wishing you a happy year ahead with continued improvement in your health.

    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Thank you so much Miss Cellany! I appreciate your kindness.

  14. Linda S.
    January 8, 2016 / 6:20 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    I’ve meant to comment on your last post…sorry that you have been laid up recently but what a positive attitude you have maintained through your medical issues of late. Glad to see that you are out and about again. Cute raincoat, I’m so happy I can wear my trench coats again after sitting in the closet for the last 2 years! I’m just loving the weather this Winter…California really needs this rain and a lot more of it. Just not all at once!

    Linda in San Diego

    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      I’m just loving this rain too. Our winter is a welcome relief! I agree it could be spread out a bit.

  15. January 8, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    I think one of my favorite things is a rainy day. A day where you can just slow down and enjoy the coziness of your home. I’m impressed that you got out there and did a photo. Love the snaps on your raincoat too! So glad to be co-hosting My Refined Style with you!!


    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2016 / 6:48 pm

      I do love the coziness of a rainy day. I had to take my photographs outside because the lighting is do much better. I’m glad to be hosting with you too!

  16. January 8, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Love that we’ve come back to rain, and I’m hoping for more, its a relief after all that dryness.
    you look fab in that mac, I am stopping myself from buying another trench, just love them so much and the weight is perfect for the bay area.

  17. January 9, 2016 / 8:17 am

    What a cool raincoat. Never saw that color or the snaps. Of course you look beautiful in it. Happy Rain Dance!

  18. January 10, 2016 / 3:07 am

    Hi Jennifer, it’s the first time I’ve visited your blog, but thanks for the link up party. I love your raincoat and agree it’s just that little bit different. No snow here on the islands either, but lots of rain meaning a raincoat is essential. Will take a bit if time to read through your profile. Thanks again!
    Anna’s Island Style

  19. January 17, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Fantastic coat. Very sharp. I have a Burberry traveller that is light and looks chic. Makes me wish for rain.

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