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Pyjama Party

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One of the traditions of Christmas that I’ve kept since I was a kid is getting new pyjamas at Christmas. Since getting older, this has extended to getting a set for Alex, and that we wear them all day on Christmas Day. Hey, we don’t have to go anywhere or see anyone or do anything except eat and watch TV, why bother dressing?

I’ve already bought our PJ’s for this year – last year I saw these full family sets at Target, but couldn’t find our sizes. This year, I was prepared – I waited for each of our sizes to appear, set notifications and finally got the set. Prepare for some super cheesy photos.

When choosing PJ’s, I’m pretty fixed in my ways. I like PJ’s with shirts, not tops you pull over your head, I like pretty patterns but hate slogans, and I just don’t get why you would wear pyjamas like these:

A jumpsuit to sleep in? Are you crazy? Going to the loo when you’re wearing a jumpsuit is difficult enough when you’re fully awake! And that stripy two set…I’d actually wear both of those items separately in the day, they’re just a bit too fancy to wear to bed! 

I thought I’d share some of my favourite sets of pj’s from shops that ship to both the UK and US (except for Target, but realistically, that’s where I’m going to get most of my pj’s…and I already own two sets from the image…) 

Long grey set ~ Satin Stars ~ Long floral ~ Short Red

You can never have too many pyjamas. 

As Seen on TV: Pajama Jeans

While your Google Reader is filling up fast with photos of London Fashion Week*, I thought I’d share with you something that – well, its just Not Good. With capitals. NOT. GOOD. Its strange how overseas, it seems that “As Seen On TV!” is a good way to promote something. In the UK (at least), As Seen On TV is another way of saying “This product is a bit crap, but you think it will fill a desperate need that you never knew you had until now”. For those of you who remember the original version of ASOS, you’ll probably remember it fondly as a site that sold things tenuously linked to celebrities, and later on, branded crap from those shows. (Even now, they still list things as being “in the style of”, although don’t seem to have a list of celebs you can emulate)

You’re heard me say (read me?) previously about my dislike about things like the Slanket and OnePieces which I dislike because they seem to have become cool and acceptable to wear out in public.

I’m not sure which came first, this ad from 30 Rock, or the actual product. I’m secretly hoping the 30 Rock ad came first to be honest.

So. Pajama Jeans. Firstly, I can’t quite get my head around “pajama”. Its “pyjama“, America. Glad we got that out the way. These jeans are marketed as “stylish, sexy jeans” whilst being “soft, comfy pyjama bottoms”. “Perfect for travel, exercise, shopping and more!” , they’re basically lounge pants that are made out of something that looks like denim, and has all the extra embellishments that you expect on a pair of jeans.

But – why? Aren’t these basically jeggings, but more styled towards your mum? Why would you want to go out in something you’ve slept in (I’ve never quite understood those girls at the University who wander around the Triangle in their Jack Wills pyjama bottoms and their Uggs)

Whats next, infomercial makers? Commode beds? (Why bother getting out of bed to go to the bathroom?) A house thats decorated and furnished with duvets everywhere? (Your whole house is a bed)

If I see any of these ideas on an infomercial now, I may hurt someone.

* I wish I had been able to go to London Fashion Week, but didn’t really think about it until people on Twitter started discussing press pass problems the night before! Perhaps next time I’ll get myself organised?

HtCC – Pyjama Party

So if you follow a few of us blogger types on Twitter, a few weeks ago, you’ll have seen that there were discussions about sleepovers going on – mainly the sort of sleepovers that we used to have as teenagers. (Hair mascara anyone?) A few nights ago, the Sarahs (@sarahs_scribbles and @essbeevee) and I were showing off our pj’s to each other and I realised they were the sort that you wear to mooch about in, the ones that you don’t let the boyfriend catch you in for at least the first 6 months.

But damn, they’re comfy.

With that in mind (and the fact that the boyfriend has been away for two weeks, so my comfy PJ’s have been making a return), here’s a few sets that I would like for Christmas please (It was a bit of a tradition (sort of) in our house that you wore new PJ’s on Christmas Eve so you’d wake up in lovely new things)

I’m quite fussy with my pyjamas. I don’t like stringy vest tops, and dislike slogans and cutesy bears. Long trousers have to be LONG. Oh, and shorts have to be of a certain length. These are clothes for comfort, and I can’t be bothered with picking shorts out of my bum while I’m wasting time on the internet. Now theres an image for you.

These stripey long legged pyjamas* (£25, Topshop) almost tick all the boxes for me. I’m not overly keen on the sleeveless vesty thing, but at least when I wake up, I wont have it twisted half way around my top (the reason why I don’t like strappy tops) for bed

I like this Fairisle short set* (£20, Topshop) and since I’ve already got a shorts set in this style from Topshop, I know that the shorts will be a reasonable length on me. (Thats the good thing about Topshop, they have a design and they just do different patterns on them. Some people might call this lazy. I don’t care.)

These Cookie Monster PJ’s* (£25, Topshop) are more something that Helen would wear, but they’re still cute. I think the trousers would be long even for her (she’s only 5’10”, not that tall really)

Back in the day, I was a MASSIVE Sweet Valley Twins fan. I wanted to be Jessica. My favourite colour was purple long before I started reading the series, so I thought this was a sign I should be in the Unicorns. Duh. Anyway. These unicorn pyjamas* (£18, Dorothy Perkins) made me think of SVT. The top is apparently blue, but looks purple to me, and those trousers look like hideous 3/4 length ones (why? Just why?) but I am still tempted to buy them. And girls are crazy about unicorns!

Theres one sort of PJ that will never look good though. The all in one. Sure, feety PJ’s* sound like a good idea, and yeah, you may have seen that episode of Family Guy with Peter and his rather fetching red ensemble. But this?

Just say no, kids.

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