I clearly have a clear obsession. I don’t know why but I’ve recently liked just about every plastic fantastic item I see (except the shoulders at Maison Martin Margiela, now those were weird). My clear obsession du jour? PVC umbrellas. I wanted one when I saw Scarlett Johansson carrying hers around Tokyo in Lost in Translation—transparent umbrellas are huge in Japan. I forgot about it until recently when Lauren Conrad shielded her long blonde locks from the New York rain with a clear umbrella and Emma Watson used one to keep dry at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in London. I did some digging around and there are a ton of options on the web: Rainkist Clear Bubble Umbrella ($16.99) has a cool dome shape, Totes Elements has Clear Bubble Umbrellas with colored trim ($16.99) and Kids Clear Bubble Umbrella for the little ones ($8.95) and ClippyKit Customizable Stick Umbrella ($32.95) features pockets for you to add your own pictures or artwork. After spending a year in London, I’m not exactly one who likes walking around in the rain. But these clear umbrellas might make the dreary weather at least a little bit more enjoyable.
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