When I’m in pajamas, everything just seems right. Work is better, ideas flow, smiles are all around. At ThePajamaCompany.com pajamas are everywhere! In all shapes and sizes. I love pajamas and hope you do too. All is just better… in pajamas. -- Ellie Badanes
I heard it was officially Spring last week but with snow on the ground and temperatures in the 30's here in CT, I'm choosing to hibernate. Comfy flannel pajamas plus snuggle socks and a warm blanket are working well. I know animals hibernate to save energy. They hibernate to survive the conditions. Hibernating is a happy place for me this week. Hibernating is giving me permission to catch up on sleep, to read the magazines stacking up on my ipad, to feed my Pinterest addiction, to just relax. My favorite pajamas are making my hibernation just that much better. Yes, I dream of flowers on my patio. I dream of wearing my capri pj's with flip flops, warm sunshine on my face. I dream of thunderstorms on a warm night, the smell of newly cut grass. But tonight, it seems a long way away so like I said, I'm very happy hibernating. Someone wake me when it's really Spring.
Ahh...the forcast is looking very strong for that "Snow Day" hope to become a reality. Of course you're wearing your pajamas inside out tonight and putting the wooden spoon under your pillow. Just seems like a good idea to help that dream along. Ice cube in the toilet is new to me but I'm all in favor for anything with possibilities. Pity those in warm climates who don't have the dreams we in the north have...a snow day! The happy thought of a day to ourselves, a day to just not be part of because of snow. Whether you are 6 or 66 it makes no difference, we all love, love, love a "Snow Day." It's a gift, a gift. If you're lucky to have a snowy day of relaxation, peace and family...celebrate and enjoy and hopefully do so in comfy pajamas.
Remember the footies you wore as a child? Well, good news...they're back! And back for good. We know that there's a little kid envy out there for footies and we are here to help. We've managed to find some fabulous footie models over the years to prove once and for all how much fun footies are for those young at heart. Here are a few of our favorites.
When the headline first appeared in my Google Alerts that a parish in Louisiana was attempting to enforce a ban on wearing pajamas in public, I barely gave it a second glance. Unfortunately, wearing pajamas in public seems to be a hot topic these days. Even today's Wall Street Journal tackles the topic. We've heard recently of schools banning its students, or even parents, from wearing pajamas on its premises and now this prospective anti pajama legislation in Louisiana.
But as I read more about Caddo Parish District 3 Commissioner Michael Williams’ attempt to push through an ordinance that would prohibit anyone from appearing in public wearing “a garment sold in the sleepwear section of department stores,” I realized this was emblematic of a more concerning trend in our country.
Now, I’m not just saying this because I happen to own an online store which sells only sleepwear apparel. I am saying this because I believe clothing is one of the greatest forms of personal expression in our modern world. And personal expression is something that must never be limited in a successful democracy.
I founded The Pajama Company eight years ago because after a career in the fashion industry in New York and living and traveling abroad working for an international women’s NGO, I realized pajamas were my favorite type of clothing. After two decades of wearing power suits and dresses, I found pajamas were what I wore to feel my most creative, to feel my most comfortable and to express myself most fully. I've done my best work in pajamas.
That kind of power should never be taken away from the people.
Now perhaps you are reading this news and agree that kids wearing plaid pants in public is distasteful. Chances are you would also frown upon boys wearing baggy pants or girls in short skirts with heels. I personally am not a fan of men in basketball shorts or women in leopard print. Fortunately, in America we all have the right to make our own judgments, to share our thoughts with our friends or our social networks. We can celebrate the ridiculousness of the fashion choices of people we see on the street on sites like People of Walmart or on shows like What Not To Wear. But we would never walk up to those people and tell them to change their clothes. We would be dismayed to see them charged with a crime based on their choice of apparel.
As we learn from TLC’s Stacy and Clinton any item of clothing can be manipulated to look either tacky or stylish. For me, there is nothing better than putting on a crisp pair of pajamas with mascara and a great pair of boots or flats.
And I know I’m not the only one who feels that way. Pajamas and items sold in the “sleepwear section” of stores have recently been worn on the red carpet by the likes of style icons Rachel Royand Ryan Gosling and highlighted by fashion columnists and bloggers. In November, Marie Claire ran a slide show touting the latest trend of pajamas in fashion with a subhead reading “there’s nothing sleepy about this timeliness trend: Loungewear wakes up to luxe.” Glamourinstructed its readers to look fashionable by staying in pajamas over the weekend. Even Prada designed a line of high end pajamas, which are definitely not meant to be concealed in the bedroom.
And how dangerous can pajamas be when a pastor of a church in Toledo sponsored it's second annual "Pajama Pants Sunday" last week?
Williams cited citizens’ uncomfortableness with the trend of public pajama wearing as his reasoning for the ban.
For a child of the 1960’s like myself, there is something especially uncomfortably familiar with an authority figure attempting to ban youth from exhibiting a fashion trend for fear of what it represents.
How is this different than schools and businesses banning young men from wearing their hair long in the 1960’s or schools preventing kids from wearing denim in the 1950’s? For that matter, it is even reminiscent of a time when women wearing pants was frowned upon in public.
It's nice to see that Commissioner Williams doesn't feel the "crime" of wearing pajamas warrants jail time, merely community service. Who joins me in cheering pajama clad citizens who already affect good in our society, who already volunteer in their local communities?
Today is Monday and at The Pajama Company it's our first Maternal Health Monday. I started my pajama business six years ago because I love pajamas and love to celebrate the happiness pajamas bring to families. Yes, we lounge in pajamas. We celebrate in pajamas. We work in pajamas. Today, we are doing something important in pajamas. We are taking a stand for Maternal Health. We are saying it's unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of women die every year from pregnancy and childbirth complications.
Eighteen years ago, in my 8th month of pregnancy I was told my baby was breech...upside down in the womb. I was calmly reassured that all was well and I would have a scheduled Cesarean section. I was in London at the time and despite my anxiety at the news, my doctor put me at ease with his description of the procedure. He was right, all went well. I'm well aware that were this scenario playing out in an earlier time, my outcome would not have been bright.
Sadly, in 2011, for many women around the world, the basic right of bringing a child safely into the world remains a luxury. I know that in many parts of the world a woman facing a breech birth today would most certainly die. In fact, today a woman will die every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy. This is why we have chosen to partner with Every Mother Counts, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on increasing education and support for maternal and child health around the world. Today we are donating 10 percent of our sales to Every Mother Counts.
Today my daughter is 18 years old. She is thriving. Today pregnancy is the biggest killer of women ages 15-19 in the developing world. Nearly 70,000 young women die every year because their bodies are not ready for parenthood. Incredibly, every year an estimated 10 million girls worldwide are married before the age of 18. If current rates of child marriage continue, 100 million girls will be wed in the coming decade. Excluded from education and other opportunities to develop their full potential, they and their children will be poorer as a result.
Join our Maternal Health Monday campaign and help change the lives of women and their families across the globe...and yes, we're doing it in pajamas.
Today my husband purchased some weights for our upstairs home gym. The weights now join the treadmill, a crunch chair, a yoga ball and an antiquated stairmaster that everyone detests. The problem with our upstairs gym is that it's in the same room with a quite large TV and a very inviting leather sofa with fluffy pillows and super soft fleece blankets. .
Six years ago I launched my website selling pajamas. I've loved pajamas all my life and have always loved being lazy. In the early years and once last week, I denied my true love of lazy and fained a slight interest in gym equipment. I must have been peer pressured. But, 99% of the time I'm not shy about embracing who I really am. I'm lazy. Just plain lazy. I don't say this like it's a bad thing. For me it's exhilarating, it's liberating. I even boldly wrote it on a medical form last week in answer to the activity level question.
Last spring I wandered into a yoga apparel store and found the clothes to be really cute for lounging. I know that's not the intention of the design but from my point of view, it was all about comfort. I started to look through the assortment and was interrupted by a sales person asking me quite enthusiastically what was my sport. I said actually I don't have a sport but I still find the clothes really cute. She seemed slightly surprised and after a bit of an awkward silence I quietly mentioned that I occasionally walk my dog. (I do play golf but insist on riding in the cart so decided not to get into that.) Anyway, she perked up at that and began to suggest a few options for me. I left the store with some cute yoga pants and a sweatshirt. I was happy. I spend a lot of time in pajamas but switching to yoga pants and sweatshirt for an outing is perfect. I was recently at the grocery checkout when the woman behind me complimented my outfit and asked me where I do yoga. I said "Actually I don't do yoga, I just really like the clothes." The fact is I don't do yoga and really can't recommend a local place. But, for anyone looking to be comfy, I can recommend a great spot to buy yoga clothes and of course a great place to buy pajamas.
I feel strongly about embracing our passions. I have friends and family who love to work out, who love to run, walk, jog, lift weights, go to pilates class, spin class, yoga class, kick boxing class. I know for many the thought of lounging seems just unpleasant. For many, being lazy is considered a character flaw. For me lazy is defined in many ways. Being lazy is curled up on the couch napping, being lazy is sitting in my favorite chair with a stack of magazines or reading my friend Meg's best selling thriller. Being lazy is reading the Sunday paper with a piping hot cup of coffee in my favorite mug. Being lazy is watching TV or surfing the web in my cozy pajamas.
Jerome K. Jerome exclaims in his essay "On being Idle" that "Idling always has been my strong point. I take no credit to myself in the matter—it is a gift. Few possess it." Jerome goes on to say: "It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen." How true.
Winnie the Pooh famously said “Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering." Yet again, Pooh, you are right.
Today I'm not planning on using the new gym equipment and probably tomorrow I'll just be a little too busy doing what I love most. Working in pajamas and maybe taking a short break to be "idle."
If you’re like many women today, you have a core group of long-time friends that help you make it through the day. Away from husbands, children, jobs and the everyday chores of life, these friends sustain you, entertain you and keep you sane.
You’d like to show these women how much they have enriched your life. Hubby is out of town and Grandma’s willing to watch the kids. Why not treat your friends to a pajama sleepover?
Make it unique with stylized invitations, an unusual focal centerpiece with games and gifts galore! Grab some flannel from the yardage store and cut out cute little pajama pants. Draft your invite on the computer, cut and glue it to the flannel and you have a custom-made invitation that can be delivered or mailed.
Make your decorations unique and fun. We know it's summer but if you have an aluminum Christmas tree sitting down in the basement, haul it upstairs and decorate it for your sleepover. You can use toothbrushes, samples of shampoo, conditioner and soap, disposable razors, and mini-sized stuffed animals to decorate the tree. Use the biggest pair of slippers you can find as a tree topper. If you choose to put lights on the tree, choose a blue soothing color that can be used as a giant nightlight.
If Christmas in June is just a little too "out there," you can create a party theme around a single item like a teddy bear. Spread them around the room, use them as a centerpiece and have one ready for each of your guests to take home.
If you want an unusual activity, plan a game personalized for your guests. Play a game called Who Know Who Best? Make up a whole bunch of questions about your friends. The possibilities are endless.
What was the name of their secret crush? Who had the first date? If they were going to be an animal, what would they be? Who was in labor the longest with their first child?
Divide the women into two teams, give them a piece of paper and a pen and grace the winning team with a prize. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleasersand one that brings back fond memories and lots of laughter.
Or you can plan a scrapbooking activity. Take pictures of everyone in their pajamas, add some old photos, make copies and let your friends go to town with mini-albums, loads of colorful trims and paper and everyone can create a special memento of the night.
If you would rather create an old time slumber party, have lots of drinks ready to serve along with popcorn and chick flicks. You can always play charades, the blindfolded makeup challenge or tell ghost stories before lights out.
Party gifts can range from a new set of pajamas to a fun-filled goodie basket of bath soaps and lotions. Personal items like manicure sets, vanity mirrors and mini-massagers are great as party favors too.
Whatever your plan, have a breakfast set up for your guests in the morning before they head out the door. It’s a pajama party that will go down in the annals of your friendship as one of the best nights ever!
I've been doing a little research on that always baffling question "What do Moms really want for Mother's Day?" It's her day and families want to get it right. Is it jewelry, flowers, chocolates, dinner out, a party? Finding the perfect gift is always a struggle. I'm a Mom and I think I've cracked the code on what Moms really want on Sunday and it is one word...Sleep! We know that a staggering percentage of Moms are chronically sleep deprived, not getting enough sleep most nights of the week. Moms of young children are particularly sleepy but Moms of teens and 'tweens are also affected. The thought of having one morning to sleep in is the perfect gift. Undisturbed sleep...period. So look no further than a comfy pair of pajamas, a soft pillow and a dark, quiet bedroom for the perfect Mother's Day morning, afternoon or however long it takes for Mom to wake happy and refreshed for this one day of the year....and when she wakes say a simple "Thanks for being a great Mom." Sweet dreams to all Mothers on Sunday!