How to Survive a Rainy Day in LA

I know I shouldn’t complain, but it has been rainy for the last few days. This is a rarity in LA and a mark of Fall and Winter. I especially shouldn’t complain especially to my family and friends who live in Chicago and Boston and put up with crappy weather for most of the year, but when you are used to perpetual sunshine rain can take you by surprise. Here are the essential steps to take.

1) Get your cute rain gear out! Its harder to be upset about rain when you have a cute outfit on. I suggest an olive colored trench coat and adorable rain boots. Mine are hot pink.

2) Get ready for a long commute. Good news: rain in LA is almost apocalyptic so everyone else will be late too.

3) Watch “Rainy Day Women”, from Season 2 of the O.C. Yep, its that episode where it rains. Seth and Summer kiss upside down while he wears a Spider Man mask because he has no rain gear (in So Cal, no one carries an umbrella on rainy days because its ‘so crazy’). Other highlights include Lindsey moving to Chicago, Sandy vowing to help Rebbecca and her fleeing after a car accident, Julie and Kristen drink at the office and try to one up each others drama (husband helping convect ex girlfriend vs. lesbian daughter), and everyone talks about how no one can drive in Southern California when it rains. Overall, it is a rainy day in So Cal classic and MUST be watched.


4) Pour yourself a cup of tea. That is what I did when I came home from school. It was chilly outside and wet. All I wanted was a cup of tea. I used Winter Tea that my brother bought me from the coffee shop he worked at in Wilmette (our hometown), Links Sweet Bean.



“What’s that Mom?”

“MMM! Tea!”

“Can I have some? Please?”

Because the Tea is loose I used a lovely tea pot I got for last Christmas.

The tea was exactly what I wanted on a cool, wet day like today. Nothing is better than wrapping up in a blanket, drinking tea, and watching the OC. And never fear. The number 1 rule of rain in LA? It won’t last long. The sun will come out tomorrow (or the next day at the very latest) so enjoy the rain while you can.


6 thoughts on “How to Survive a Rainy Day in LA

  1. Can you believe I don’t even have any rain gear? I don’t think it rains enough here for that. When it rains, I just roll up my jeans a bit so they don’t drag in the water. I didn’t even have an umbrella until last winter when I was in London and was forced to get one. Great tips though, I had a ton of tea today 🙂

  2. Youhave rain gear? I don’t have any….when it rains in L.A., you just stay in and don’t go to work, j/k Everyone is excused to be 1 hour late.

    I actually had a shoe fail on Monday and was caught in an open toed cork sandals that I wore in the rain 😦 Didn’t think it was going to rain and clearly on my drive to work, it was clear that I was not wearing rainy day clothes. Ijust used my purse as my make-shift umbrella.

    Rain won’t last long…3 days is an eternity.

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