Monsoon Ready

Monsoon season has hit Arizona which means – (1) the state is getting half of its annual rainfall during this time and (2) summer is halfway over.

I remember when I was in college in Tucson going to class and the streets would be flowing like rivers. I would have to take off my flip flops and carry them to walk barefoot across the street. Since that much rain isn’t common, Tucson didn’t have much of a drainage system, however washes exist as drainage.

While you might not be experiencing monsoon season where you live, here are some cool things that can get you fall ready, or for that next rainy day.

Flower Umbrella

All the fashion bloggers were promoting this umbrella, for $200.

Teller_Deluge_1024x1024The Deluge, $199 by Brellini

Since that’s not in most of our budgets, unless say I lived in Seattle then I would absolutely get one, here’s an alternative:


See additional floral umbrella options here.

Roma Boots + Sadie Robertson

Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty is a great role model for teens. She’s collaborating with Roma Boots – a ‘buy one, give one’ company that donates a pair of boots to a child in need for each pair sold. The Sadie Robertson “Live Original” Collection will launch in October but you can pre-order now, like these beauties:


Emma Floral, $99 / Opinca Floral, $119

BugsAway – Mosquito Repellent Clothing

After monsoon the mosquitoes come out and they are swarming, I want to cry when there’s a lot of them – depending on irrigation or where in the Valley one lives. I was at Orvis back in Nor Cal and discovered the BugsAway apparel with Insect Shield technology, made by ExOfficio which is pretreated with a repellent that will last up to 70 washes, the normal lifespan of clothes. It repels more than just mosquitoes – ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges for those of you who like to adventure into the great outdoors.

2111-2112_life_4Hoodie comes in a lot of colors, $60

2101-2431_life_1A casual tunic, $65 in various colors

Have you ever experienced a monsoon storm? Or haboob dust storm – that’s coming up next!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


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