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. 

Cosy Up!

january essentuals

I know that you’d expect this sort of post before Christmas, but to me, its in the first few months of the year when that it gets really cold and snowy that I want these sort of home comforts a lot more. Most important on my list would be a soft cotton robe* and cashmere bed socks* with a suitably cute pair of pyjamas underneath. I’d grab my mini hot water bottle* (by the way, these are amazing if you have a lot of back pain – they’re small enough to be able to keep them at work or in your bag. When I’m having one of my back back times, its the best thing I own) and jump into the polka dot* bed with a cute throw* on top to keep extra warm.

I like to watch rubbish TV while I make plans, so I’d write everything down in my diary – I haven’t yet bought one, but I love the monthly Moleskine set* and you can never have too many candles – since money is no object in this little collection, I’d go for this Yankee Candle* set from QVC, and an eye mask* is always necessary.

What essentials do you need for a chilled out night in?

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?

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