We’ve had awful wet weather last week. It certainly felt like Winter has crept in bringing rains and cold days with it. In days like these, going out and having fun in the rain doesn’t seem possible. Why would you want to leave the cosiness of your house, especially if you have the fire going? Not even our pets like to go out in bad weather.
We try to kick Doc out in the rain and he would always look at us as if we we’re out of our minds. I don’t blame him really and so with a sigh, my husband would put his wellies on and rain coat and actually walk outside with him in the cold, wet dreary weather.
It can actually be a lovely experience walking in the rain, provided that you are dressed for it and perhaps, go to a special place where in spite the weather it would actually seem worth going. That’s exactly what we did last Saturday.
After little T’s ballet, armed with new rain-coats from the lovely folks at Lighthouse we drove over to the beach at Rock here in Cornwall. The weather was bad. We sat in our cars watching the pouring rain, wondering if it would ever stop, and just when we almost called it a day. It actually did.
I quickly grabbed my new Reva Waterproof Parka coat and T’s Ella Waterproof Rain Coat and with wellies on, marched off into the light drizzle.
I wanted to walk on the beach, but T wanted to play with her dolls on the sand. After some coaxing though, she relented.
It was actually beautiful, in spite the greyness and wetness of the day. It was lovely in a dramatic sense. There were people out walking their dogs, fishing or just having a day out on the beach, blowing cobwebs I guess.
We only ended up walking towards the water, because T wanted her dolls to have a little dip in the freezing sea. Poor dollies.
I’m glad that we wore our new Lighthouse rain coats out that day, because it definitely kept us warm and dry.
What we liked about T’s Ella Waterproof Rain Coat:
- This was actually T’s own choice, I wanted the one with the cloud print in blue, but she chose the bird print. Obviously liking the colour and design. T gives the design and colour a big thumbs up.
- I like that it has a nice fleecy lining, some coats I noticed have thin linings of a different material, that’s a thumbs up from me.
- I like that the coat pockets has buttons. If your child is like mine who likes to take small toys when out and about and dropping them, the buttons are a good idea, another thumbs up from me on this one.
- I like that the hood is garterized, which means it stays snug on her head when it’s on and most importantly, stays on her head even when she’s running around like loony. I don’t have to worry about her hair getting wet in the rain, another thumbs-up from me on this one.
- At £29.95 I thought it was just right for the price, especially if it meant my daughter was snug, warm and dry.
What we didn’t like about the coat:
- I only have one gripe: The sizing is too small. I decided to order a bigger size for her (ages 7-8). I was really nervous about this since my daughter is the smallest one in her class, but in spite this, decided to order a size bigger. Imagine my surprise when the coats came and hers was just the right size! I was hoping that it would be a little bit bigger so it would last her longer, but at least, it fits her well now.
What I liked about the Reva Waterproof Parka Coat:
- I liked the colour and design of the coat. Just because it’s a rain-coat doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish.
- I liked that it has drawstrings which you can pull just to give the coat a bit of shape (though I didn’t do this for the shoot).
- I also liked the drawstrings for the hood, although I didn’t use it, I imagine it would really keep my hair dry, handy for longer walks in the rain.
- I like that it has a lovely-cosy-fleecy lining in the hood and inside of the coat.
- It kept me really dry. At one point, it started really pouring again and the coat made me feel really warm, snug and dry.
- I like the details, like the buttons in front, it just makes it look a bit different from other rain-coats.
- I was hesitant to choose this coat at first because of the length (even though I really liked it when I first saw it online). As you can see, I am obviously short. I was worried it was going to make me look even smaller and bigger than I actually am. But I actually found the length alright when I tried it on, especially if it will mean keeping my trousers dry, so all good there in that aspect.
What I didn’t like about the coat:
- At £109 I found it a bit pricey. That’s just me. Then again, if a rain coat keeps you nice and warm, I guess it’s worth it in the end.
What about you?
What’s important to you when buying/choosing a raincoat?
Here’s what really happened that day, another shortie by Little Steps. Do tell me what you think.
*We were sent the coats by Lighthouse for the purpose of this review, however all photos and views are by yours truly.