Inspiration: Glorified Pajamas

Image via Hunkemoller

Image via Hunkemoller

I admit it, I was one of those weird, tragic high schoolers that wore pajamas and slippers to school sometimes. I think I thought I was making some kind of statement: I don't need to dress up for these people, I'm too tired and cool to care. I won't even get dressed. Ohhhh what a pose! I was clearly fishing for some attention by wearing white, glittery slippers to class. I also recall a particular pair of baggy light pink fleece pants that said "princess" on the butt....hahahahahhhhhhhaaaaaaaa memories.

Anyway! There's a way to do pajamas-as-clothes that doesn't involve flammable drawstring pants printed with Disney characters. When done right, pajamas in the wild come off as glamorous and adult, which is pretty much the vibe I always aspire to strike when I leave my house. Pulling it off takes panache, so proceed with caution!

Image via Asos

Image via Asos

I think there are 3 versions of Daytime Pajamas that work: 1) lacy, slip-like pieces 2) matching tops & bottoms, and 3) ridiculously soft, comfortable clothes that you could go home, curl up in a ball in your bed and pass out in - no outfit change necessary. I'm a fan of all three. 

Image via LA Cool & Chic

Image via LA Cool & Chic

Done properly, the look gives off a so-wrong-it's-right aura that I'm drawn to. It's fun to live in the illusion that I always look so glamorous lounging around my house that I don't even need to get dressed when I leave. (Current visual for you: polka dotted shorts, an old t-shirt, whale-spout hair, mascara fringe under my eyes, and for some reason.....only one sock. I'm not kidding.) 

Tons more inspiration in the gallery below, and over on my Pinterest account. My fashion goal for this week is to pull off one PJ outfit during the day! 

xoxo, 

-Marie 

Independence Day

Winnemac Park, Chicago, July 4th 2011

Winnemac Park, Chicago, July 4th 2011

The 4th of July is one of my absolute favorite holidays. Along with Thanksgiving, it's one of the only holidays I have been able to take ownership of as an adult. It's one of the glorious 2nd tier holidays: yes, you have time off. Yes, it's a national holiday and there are some standard accoutrements that go with it (fireworks, barbecue). But when you live far from family and travel budget is limited, the 4th of July is probably not high on the priority list for a trip. Which means....making your own traditions! 

Winnemac Park, Chicago, July 4th 2012 (Photo by Allen Dayag)

Winnemac Park, Chicago, July 4th 2012 (Photo by Allen Dayag)

I made my traditions in Chicago over the course of a few years living in Ravenswood - I haven't quite found the right Independence Day groove anywhere in California (what the hell is up with the lack of fireworks out here, people?!?!?!), so I always think back to Chicago and my traditions there. My roommates and I would throw a ridiculous party in our apartment in the usually 90 degree heat, no air conditioners in sight. We'd elect a grill master, drink a TON of Budweiser (no Bud Lite allowed), dance our butts off, lay on our rooftop listening to music and watching the sun start to sink low, then we'd make the drunken walk three blocks up our street to Winnemac Park for an annual, family-run, completely illegal firework show that would last until 10 or 11 PM. From there things always got blurry, but I promise you they never got boring. 

Ashley, Emma, me, and Julia on our rooftop. July 4th 2012

Ashley, Emma, me, and Julia on our rooftop. July 4th 2012

You know when you try to take photos of fireworks? They're always out of focus, a humid, hazy blur. They're always off-balance, you usually can barely make out what you're seeing, and even though technically the photo might suck it's still exactly what you wanted to capture. That's how those nights always felt. 

Happy Independence day, guys. 

xoxo,

-Marie