Weathering the Storm: 5 Rainy Day Essentials Every Angeleno Needs

Rainy Day Essentials Main - P 2014
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Rainy Day Essentials Main - P 2014

The "Pineapple Express" is on its way. Are you prepared?

Two weeks ago, rain descended upon the hills of Hollywood, causing a frenzy of floods, mudslides and yes, terrible driving. Although the showers lasted only two short days, they were enough to cause a panic as Angelenos rushed to buy foreign objects known to the rest of the country as, uh, umbrellas.

This week, however, forecasters are predicting an even bigger "storm of the century" which, although providing much-needed relief from California's drought, will bring even greater downpours, with as much as nine inches of rain expected in northern parts of the state. The storm — lovingly dubbed the "Pineapple Express," thanks to its tropical origins (no relation to the James Franco/Seth Rogen stoner comedy) — is set to drench L.A. on Friday. But fear not, Angelenos, as we've rounded up the top 5 rainy day essentials needed as the second "Pineapple Express" pulls into town. 

Stay dry, my friends. 


1. A bubble umbrella

There’s nothing worse than an umbrella that only shields only two-thirds of your body. A big bubble umbrella won’t make you the most popular pedestrian on the sidewalk, but at least you’ll stay dry. 

Original Moustache Bubble Umbrella by Hunter; $45. (Pictured above.)


2. The go-with-anything raincoat

A coat that won’t get a lot of use throughout the year should be versatile enough to transition through several seasons. We like a neutral, lightweight coat with a hood. 

Hooded trench coat by Zara; $99.90.


3. Chic rain boots

Remember, fashion and function are not mutually exclusive. While rain boots get a bad rap for being notoriously hideous, fret not: There are stylish options available!

Chelsea Rain Boots by J. Crew; $68.


4. A lightweight sweater

Make sure it’s not too thick, because even when it rains in L.A., the temperature rarely dips below 60. A friendly reminder to fellow Angelenos that rain is not the apocalypse never hurts, either. 

Intarsia Merino Wool Sweater by Marc by Marc Jacobs; $370.


5. Waterproof Mascara

Because in real life, no one looks as good as Lauren Conrad with mascara running down their face. 

"Full Exposure" Waterproof Mascara by Smashbox; $20.