I am so glad I bought these stupid pajamas

To be honest, I am not totally sure how I ended up as a person who cares about matching pajamas. Maybe it’s the fact that they make me feel grown-up, maybe it’s the fact that I like feeling put-together, but at the end of the day there is nothing I enjoy more than climbing into bed in my top-and-bottom sets. (Yes, I would like my Neurotic Mess Award now).

I currently own at least four pairs…or at least four pairs that are visible on the shelf from where I’m typing. One is pink gingham (similar pair here), one is blue with orange bicycles, one is blue and white striped, and my most recent pair — the pair about which I felt the need to write this post — is red plaid from J.Crew.

I will not bore you with the fucking nightmare I went through to get the pajamas — a perfect storm of sloppy ordering, delayed and lost holiday shipping, miscommunications, and strange sizing. I will just say that it was terrible and yet also somehow totally worth it.

These pajamas are:

  1. Comfortable! They are flannel and warm and cozy and it feels like Christmas every time I wear them.
  2. Adorable. I love having an excuse to be seen wearing these, so I bring them to every family gathering, vacation, and sleepover.
  3. Warm. Those aforementioned family gatherings are often in Connecticut, which gets much colder than Maryland, so it’s nice to have something cozy.
  4. Also owned by Alaina Kaczmarski of The Everygirl, whose style is very much the kind I aspire to have.

Finally, and this doesn’t really fit into a bullet, they honestly feel like an exhale at the end of a long day. I look forward to walking in the door of my apartment, putting them on, and snuggling up on the couch with Jake and a glass of wine. I associate them with home and happiness.

I think they are sold out for the season, but they seem to be the kind of thing they restock every fall. Do NOT pay full price for them; instead, wait for one of J.Crew’s Black Friday or Friends & Family sales.

Anyway, long live plaid flannel pajamas, long live matching sets, and long live New England Christmas fashion. I will wear these until I die.

Love, me.

A little snacking, a little shopping

This weekend was surprisingly hugely successful in terms of shopping. While the intention was to stay at home and do all my work for the next two weeks, instead I ate at all my favorite restaurants, shopped at my two favorite places, and enjoyed the company of my many favorite people.

Starting with the food, here are some fabulous recommendations for anyone touring Litchfield County:

1. Max a Mia: Jake (boyfriend) and I come here for special occasions when we can afford to splurge a little. Between the incredible garlic bread, delectable and sizable entrees (try the stone pies and pasta dishes!), and Bocci Ball dessert…it’s totally worth it. This time, though, I went with my parents and enjoyed a nice, long, paid-for dinner. Love.

2. The Village Restaurant: Owned by local couple Greg and Denise Raap, The Village boasts the title of “Best Neighborhood Restaurant” by CT Magazine and has earned a stellar recommendation by Zagat. The prices are completely reasonable, especially if ordering off the “Pub Menu,” and you can’t beat the atmosphere. Good for your wallet, your stomach, and your attitude.

3. Cugino’s: This was actually an accidental find after Jake and I started searching for a new “night out” restaurant. As college students, our wallets are only so deep and eating gets expensive. Cugino’s has an excellent early bird menu; select entrees $12.99 from 3-6 p.m. Yum.

Now onto the shopping…

So pretty!

I had a field day at Marshall’s, Anthropologie and the flea market this weekend. Having recently discovered the Marshalls chain had a location in affluent West Hartford, I spent one afternoon moseying through the store and picking my favorite items…like this Philosophy Purity one-step facial cleanser for $9.99. This was especially exciting since I’ve been looking for something to replace my usual Clinique Liquid Facial Soap; three years of use has made my skin slightly resistant.

Also, remember how excited I was when I discovered my love for Lollia? Well at Anthropologie, I picked up a clearance bottle of this perfumed shower gel! It’s comparable to something made by Fresh, but the price tag is slightly more reasonable at a mere $9.99. And it smells SO GOOD. I think they also had it in No. 21: Calm, but I preferred the scent of the former. If you have an Anthro nearby: Go. Immediately. Right now. Or else risk missing out on one of the best products I have ever purchased.

(EDIT: Lollia soaps and shower gels are also available on sale via the Anthropologie web site!)

I wrapped up my weekend by spending a few hours with Jake’s mom at the local flea market. And by “local,” I mean “an hour away.” Regardless, I picked up this questionably sold bottle of Burberry Brit for $16. I’d been eyeing it for almost a year and never felt the need to spend the $75 it previously costs. Oh-so-cheap and oh-so-yummy. Win-win.

Some Weekend Sales

I know I said that I’m swamped and you wouldn’t hear from me. but I couldn’t help posting some Columbus Day weekend sales!

  • Right now LOFT is having 60% off certain full-price items (sweaters, skirts, dresses, etc.), while Ann Taylor has 30% off everything.
  • J.Crew is offering 30%-40% off all pants in factory stores, as well as 25% off outerwear for men, women and kids on the website.
  • Bloomingdales has started their first fall sale rack, available through Monday, October 8th.
  • On October 14th, ULTA is offering free haircuts, washes, and styles with a minimum $10 donation.
  • Take an extra 30% off all sale items in stores at Urban Outfitters. 10/4 – 10/8.

I’ve already got my mall day scheduled for Sunday. But don’t tell my wallet.

Shop away, my dears…