Winter jackets

Peacoats and knee-high boots are being dusted off and pulled from the closet and your umbrella begins to live in your backpack. That’s right, folks. Berkeley’s bipolar weather is turning the thermostat down, whether we like it or not (excuse the pun).

There seem to be two main reactions to the shift. NorCal people may be rejoicing, smiling and exclaiming “I love Berkeley weather!” SoCal out-of-towners are probably stifling their teas and yelling “I MISS THE SUN!” Sun dresses must hang lonely on their hangers, and shorts stow away in their drawers. For people who like fall fashion this isn’t a problem. But if you live by the beach it’s a real heartache to say goodbye to your lovely, airy summer wardrobe.

For the past few days the city’s been kind enough to share some sunlight, but it’s still deceptive as ever. You look out the window at that yellow glow and think, “Great! It must be warm!” Then you step outside and feel like stealing someone’s scarf to survive the wind. Maybe there should be a WarnMe system for sudden bursts of cold and rain. And heat too, for that matter. You can never count anything out here.

bipolar weather dog

He's ready for winter, are you?

If you’re especially prone to ‘extreme’ temperatures (it’s not Alaska, after all), then you’re probably one of the many checking their weekly weather forecasts constantly. You may even be checking the hourly forecast, which may prove more useful in your day-to-day dressing.

Apparently layering is the only way to do things in this bizarre setting. Tricky place you are, Berkeley.  Always keeping us poor students on our toes, as if we didn’t have enough to think about.

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thrift store sidewalk
Cleaning out your closets to make room for some new autumn styles? ReUse has got you covered, in every sense of the term. Stop by their Second Chance Clothing Sale, which is going down in Lower Sproul from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Tuesday to Thursday (10/9-10/11). Everything is $1-3. We repeat: EVERYTHING. They’ll also be giving away binders, folder organizers, and other office supplies FOR FREE. And as if that isn’t enough, they’re raffling off five Klean Kanteen stainless steel mugs to those who sign up for their mailing list at the sale or like their new Facebook page. So make ReUse happy, the planet happy, your wallet happy AND your wardrobe happy, and come on by!

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6046180567_a24af92530_bFeeling artsy? The beautiful weather that has broken through the lightening storm is making us feel closer to the world of aesthetics. If you have had your fill of hangovers this weekend, and are at the point where the smell of alcohol is making you sick, it may be time to head over to the Legion of Honor for a different kind of sensory experience. The Legion of Honor is showing two very special exhibitions that will leave you feeling like quite the classy college student. Both exhibits are good for the brain and good for the soul. read more »