WIW for our first rain and no more smoke

I don’t know if the scale of the NorCal fires has made it into national media. 70+ confirmed dead and another 600 people unaccounted for - by far the deadliest fire in state history. It’s 150 miles from San Francisco, so no risk of the fire itself reaching us, but for the past 10 days the smoke in the air was worse than you could imagine. My campus has been closed since Friday - the first time I know of them canceling class for a weather-related situation. I was wearing a mask even inside and still felt sick all the time. Happily, I had pre-existing vacation plans (Portland, Oregon) and I changed my flight to leave a bit early and escape the smoke all weekend. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the fires.

Anyway, on a much happier note, a much needed rainstorm finally came. It’s been raining steadily all day and the air is finally clear. It feels so good to walk outside and breathe easily. (The rain does cause some problems - risk of mudslides in the burned areas - but overall it is very welcome.)

To venture out in the first rain of the season, I wore my new plaid blazer! After all my waffling, I managed to find the larger size (2) at the store. Cut the tags today. I wore it with my Everlane “cheeky straight” cropped jeans and Doc Martens to keep my feet and jeans dry. My one mistake was not adding a real rain jacket over it. I though my umbrella would be enough. Funny how 9 months is long enough for us to forget everything we know about dressing for rain!

Other photos are my respirator selfies from last week - it was sort of cool how everyone started posting these selfies on Facebook. Some of my friends had impressive style! One day I covered my disposable mask with a light bandana because I was tired of the white look. (A bandana itself isn’t any protection.)

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30 Comments

  • Cee replied 3 weeks ago

    Only the SAS can make a respirator facemask look as fashionable, Greyscale :D

    ...On a serious note, my condolences to those who lost everything and I hope more survivors are found. 

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    I have also been thinking of those caught in the fires or nearby. What an awful situation and how desperate people must have felt. You have great respirator style but how much better if you didn't need it! 

    Love the jacket on you. Very 80s with the Docs. 

  • rachylou replied 3 weeks ago

    I’m so glad you found a 2! Looks great!

    We’re enjoying the rain. Of course we decided to go out just before it started really coming down. So now we’re back home huddled under the covers :)

  • MsMaven replied 3 weeks ago

    Our neighborhood air quality monitor dropped from 165 Monday to 13 just before the rain started. I understand it was much worse where you are. While it is nice to have clear air, it will be a miserable Thanksgiving for thousands of people up north.

    Great plaid jacket--I love it on you.

  • Angie replied 3 weeks ago

    SUCH a devastating situation. My heart goes to all the people and animals. TRAGIC.

    Greycale, you're looking smoke-ready and fabulous. Nice that you can get away to OR. Safe travels. 

  • La Pedestrienne replied 3 weeks ago

    Can't speak for others, but the fires are very much on my radar, both in the news and from friends in the area. So glad you're getting some rain.

    Have fun in Portland! Blazer looks great.

  • Sal replied 3 weeks ago

    The fires in California have made it into our media and it is devastating for the areas.  It is hard to imagine the scale.  

  • jussie replied 3 weeks ago

    Horrible situation, we had something similar here a few years ago. On positive note that blazer looks fabulous on you. I am loving your smile doses of lighter colour/pattern. Pops so well against your black wardrobe base. 

  • Jenni NZ replied 3 weeks ago

    I'm with Sal, the fires definitely got reported here. I'm very aware of the Bay Area now also as my daughter's Vietnamese fiancé lives there and she travels up there several times a year.
    Did you really have no rain for 9 months, wow?
    Like your new blazer, it looks great.

  • Greyscale replied 3 weeks ago

    Jenni - I suppose it's a bit of an exaggeration - it's usually 6 months without any rain at all. Rainy season is October through April or so. We got 0.5 cm of rain on October 2, and before that nothing since mid-April.

  • shevia replied 3 weeks ago

    The fires are getting a lot of coverage, including internationally, and the situation is just horrible. Glad you have an escape planned.
    I know just what you mean about forgetting how to deal with rain - we usually have 7 or so dry months and everyone goes into shock every single year when it rains again.
    And finally, you look great in your Everlane outfit and well done with spicing up those masks.

  • shiny replied 3 weeks ago

    I'm loving your stylish face mask, OMG. Apocalyptic fashion!

    My relatives live within 30 minutes of the fires. Was just visiting a month ago for a family reunion. They were telling us how bad the fires were last year... and now this. So horrible. 

  • Bijou replied 3 weeks ago

    Yes the fires are world wide news and are horrific. Your face masks are a great idea and even look good on you. The Everlane blazer is a winner, so glad that you knew which size to get!

    Bushfires are a huge threat in Australia, I have had the experience of packing up my car ready to evacuate our house as embers were flying onto our property from a nearby fire. It really was terrifying.

    I am so glad to hear that it is raining which would be a huge help for the exhausted fire fighters and that the air has cleared.

  • kkards replied 3 weeks ago

    My heart goes out to all who lost loved ones, homes and their community due to these terrible fires. Hoping you get enough rain to help the firefighters but not enough for it to bring more devastation.
    On a fashion note—YLF. Blazer is great. As is your respirator fashion

  • lyn67 replied 3 weeks ago

    My sympathy for the losses caused by the  horrible fires you have there near by you, it is very sad to see in the news the devastating situation, at least you have a great outfit,  is the mask really helpful? What else to do?

  • gryffin replied 3 weeks ago

    Greyscale - the east coast had been scope locked on the CA fires. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I had not thought of the air quality implications. Glad things are finally improving. Jacket looks awesome!!!! I bought the same jacket in the size 4 and have worn it twice. Really enjoying it. Have a great holiday and awesome vacation!!

  • JAileen replied 3 weeks ago

    Greyscale, my family lives in the Bay Area so I’ve definitely been thinking about the fire and the choking smoke. My mother is 94 and stayed inside all week. It was a good idea, I think. When I was in college I knew someone from Paradise, CA. I don’t know what’s become of her.

    Because of the smoke, my alma mater’s “big game” was moved out of state...to our local university! We went to the game and enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the crazy good band. Everyone from out of state enjoyed our perfect weather, too. Meanwhile, our local team played in San Jose. Crazy, huh?! We’re in Marin, now, and woke to crystal clear blue skies. But I’m not tempting fate by leaving my raincoat behind. BTW, your jacket looks really great! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.

  • Runcarla replied 3 weeks ago

    Up here in the frozen north (-13deg. C - aargh!) the fires of NorCal are still in the news and in our thoughts. Wow! Talk about post apocalyptic fashion. Someone is going to make a fortune on 'designer' breathing masks, I am sure...

  • Adriana replied 3 weeks ago

    Absolutely. Your fires are in the news every day in the Netherlands. Also have friends in SF who tell me about the bad air, even inside. I cannot get my head around the many deads. Horrible.
    On a lighter note you look very good in that jacket.

  • Jane replied 3 weeks ago

    It has been simply dreadful hearing and reading of the fires. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be close by and have loved ones deeply affected. It has been front page news for many days.

    You do look very good. The blazer looks super and you look stylish. I’m so pleased about the rain.

  • Barbara Diane replied 3 weeks ago

    It feels wondrous to walk outside and breathe in the clear air. Day 2 and I’m still very appreciative. Got in a walk outside before the skies opened up again. Also so happy to have the rain. It’s overdue.

    I heard on the news that there is a company that makes fashionable anti-pollution masks.

  • Cee replied 3 weeks ago

    We sometimes forget to appreciate the vital things like clean, breathable air.

  • Greyscale replied 3 weeks ago

    Barbara Diane, I wonder if they were talking about Vogmask? My second mask photo is one of theirs. The masks come in more interesting patterns than mine, too. They're quite comfortable and effective - but the layers of filter do clog up eventually so they're not truly reusable. Still, they last quite a bit longer than the disposable kind.

  • torontogirl replied 3 weeks ago

    Definitely on our radar here in Canada, we love our American fam and so glad that the air is clearing a little around you ... Amazing how we take fresh air for granted, and then ...

    You look fabulous; so glad you kept this blazer.

  • Diana replied 3 weeks ago

    I’m so glad it’s finally rained there! The scale of the devastation is just shocking. I’ve been talking with friends out there (and my husband was in Palo Alto for a couple days last week) and everybody says that they’ve never seen it so bad.

    Glad you finally found the size 2 blazer! It looks great and like one of those instant pull-it-on-and-look-put-together things.

  • Barbara Diane replied 3 weeks ago

    Greyscale, that was the company. Somehow I missed that photo. Here’s hoping we won’t need that info again. You need something stronger at Burning Man, right?

  • Barbara Diane replied 3 weeks ago

    Grayscale, I just enjoyed looking through the options on Vogmask. Very cool, and so much variety. Something for everyone.

  • Cardiff girl replied 3 weeks ago

    We ve heard all about the fires in the U.K,terrible.lt really brings it home when you see you in your gas mask.l m so glad that the rains have finally come and given some relief at last.

  • annagybe replied 3 weeks ago

    Good on you for using the correct masks. This summer in Seattle when we had smoke, but nowhere near your levels I saw a guy on the street wearing a pretty much useless mask (the kind for for minimal fluid/spray coverage) he was smoking with the mask partially off.

    I hope the rain continues through the winter. But yes it does make it difficult for recovery.

  • Katerina replied 3 weeks ago

    What a catastrophe, unspeakable.
    As others say, we take so much for granted.
    I am so glad you got some rain to ease the situation.

    On the fashion note - the blazer is great and I really like the combo with the boots. Fascinating with fashionable breathing masks...

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