Firstly, I was extremely impressed with how quickly my poncho arrived as I had thought it was coming from America but November Rain are now stocked on Amazon UK meaning that if you have Prime you can get it the very next day, which I infact did. So, there were three designs I could choose from; a Peacock blue colour, a Tribal pattern or the gorgeous Oriental Bird design that I did in fact choose.
Popping it out of it’s Amazon wrapping (okay ripping apart the box because it’s exciting getting parcels – i’m THAT saddo yes) it appeared in it’s lovely little carry pouch which to be honest I was really impressed with how small it was because instantly I knew I would have room in my overflowing baby bag for it. It did make me dubious however, that anything that would fit into a bag that small was unlikely to fit me… following the instructions, I removed it from it’s pouch and hung it up to let the creases drop (you can also iron them too!!) this is only necessary for the first use as obviously it won’t be stuffed away for nearly as long in the future – all I had to do then was wait for a rainy day moment.
An hour later, I kid you not, it began raining because of course this is England! So, with some trepidation I picked it up to try on. So, as you can imagine it is a poncho, so a big round circle of material. A couple of stitches have been added either side to make arm slits and there is a zip up the middle so you don’t have to pull it on and mess with the mum bun (thank god!!) There is also a hood which is detachable which was handy too. I slipped it on and low and behold, cue the fanfare, light the fires, it only went and bloody fit me! I am officially a ‘one size fits all” girl without any home stitching! It had plenty of room and there were poppers at the top and bottom of the zip too so that it then becomes a hidden zip. I have to say I am really pleased with it and you can feel the quality – definitely think it is worth the money and should become the new mum essential for our changing bags because let’s face it, the kids are usually in the pram, snuggly dry under the rain cover whilst we are pushing, getting wet because we are unable to hold a sodding umbrella and push at the same time. Genius product! Not only that November Rain cares so much about water in general that some of their profits go to providing water in developing countries.
“November Rain rain ponchos, the brainchild of Belinda Coker, founder of Envirosax the original designer reusable bag, is making huge headway into their inaugural giving back project. November Rain pledges a full 10% of all revenue towards water projects in developing countries. Launched in the USA in November 2016, the stylish rain poncho has proven so popular with Millennials the company has funded a hydroponic vegetable growing system at a children’s rescue mission in Northern Thailand valued at $3,000USD.
“I wanted to create stylish rainwear that fits any shape or figure and folds up really small” states the founder Belinda Coker. “After the success of Envirosax, I realized the importance of sharing the wealth created with those not so fortunate. It’s not all about the money, it’s about creating something that people love with benefits that keep flowing to those in need”
A mom of three, now in their teens and a frequent traveler, Belinda understands the issues associated with being stuck in the rain. Holding little one’s hands, trying to open a car door, while holding an umbrella is truly awkward. So is getting caught in the rain after emerging from a salon wearing an expensive jacket or carrying a beautiful leather handbag. November Rain rain ponchos fold down into a small 1lb, 7” packet. Small enough to carry in your bag or keep in your car. And with her signature style of making something as simple as a plain reusable bag in 2004 into something beautiful, it seems she has done it again with November Rain rain ponchos.”