Worlds collide: pajamas and jeans

I am all about fashion and comfort colliding. At home on the weekends, I live in yoga pants, a variety of sweats, ball caps and sneakers or flip-flops. When I head out to catch a movie or see friends, I toss the comfies aside and although I don’t go high fashion, I usually shower, toss on some make-up and fix the hair, whip on a pair of my favorite jeans, cute top and some heels.

But what if these two worlds COULD collide?

What would I give to have my favorite jeans FEEL like yoga pants?

Does such a world exist?

Apparently it does. Hubby fired me a cryptic text on Saturday that said “blog post…pajama jeans…” I was stumped but my fav gal pal knew exactly what he was talking about.

OMG I’ve totally heard of those,” she said. “They are jeans that fit and feel like pajama bottoms.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR?!?!

Online I went and lo and behold, there is such a thing as Pajama Jeans (US site here & Canadian site here).

Creaters claim that Pajama Jeans are the most versatile jean ever; made for work, play, working out, travel, and even sleeping. Wrinkle resistant they are tailored with high contrast top stitching, brass rivets, and back and front pockets that give them a “European designer” look. They have a mock fly, no buttons and a hidden front draw string.

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Ummm…these are sounding a lot like the comfy jeans that my bestie mistakened for maternity jeans.

They are made with a cotton-spandex-denim blend and lined with Dormisoft that not only stretches (my fake maternity jeans do that) but is also super soft on the skin. Ummmm…tempting!!!

In Canada, they come in boot cut and cost around $50. In the US you can get them in boot cut or skinny jean and they cost around $40. They are available in sizes from XS to 3X.

Unfortunately, they only come in 31 inch inseam (for all sizes) so that sort of sucked the excitement out of me. I don’t buy a pant, comfy or not, that has less than a 34 inches inseam. I might be comfy and able to roll out of bed and onto the runway in Pajama Jeans but with a 31″ inseam, I’d be looking like I was prepared for the next great flood. No thanks.

I am not so sure about the infomercials claim that they are“the fashion sensation that fits every figure perfectly” but the “smooth butt lifting design” is certainly appealing. Who doesn’t want their ass lifted while wearing something that feels like jammies?

Anyone try this “fashion sensation” yet and care to share a review? Would you be happy to combine fabulous jeans with comfy PJs? What’s your favorite multi-function fashion must-have? Come on…share the wealth…

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My fab 5 for 2011

I read a fantastic post by Ginger Calem on her top five for 2011. I loved it so much I thought I’d do my own fab 5 for 2011. As Ginger pointed out, the “givens” are already understood. We all know everyone is grateful for their spouses, family, children, health, home etc. This is more about those 5 fabulous little ditties that made you squeal in personal delight. They changed your pleasure world and gave you something unexpectedly delicious. They gave you itty bitty butterflies in your belly. You know…the FUN STUFF!

My fab 5 for 2011 (in no particular order) are:

1.      My Kindle

My Kindle was a 2011 birthday present and it’s been one of my most delicious finds for 2011. I love it so much; hubby thinks I am having an affair it. Every night I dash into bed excited to curl up with the little bugger. I love the convenience of it, the highlighting, the dictionary, the page turns, and the light! Best of all, a few weeks ago I bought the first book to the Vampire Diaries. And there I found myself at midnight, finished book one with no book two in hand. Well instead of having to wait until morning to head to the bookstore, I just fired up amazon, ordered book two and in under a minute, I was happily immersed in the story again having never left the comfort and warmth of my BED! LOVE THAT!

2. Blogging/WANA711/ROW80/Twitter

I lump all my social media fun into one fab 5 because they are all interconnected. 2011 was simply a huge social media year for me. I started the year strong but my readership and enthusiasm for blogging waned 6 months into the year. That’s when I came across Kristen Lamb’s blogging to build brand course and my world changed. It was, as we writers like to call it, the inciting event. My world has not been the same since. Through her course, and beyond, I have connected with so many amazing people who are encouraging me to chase my dream in ways that has deeply touched my soul! I don’t feel like we are just a network…we aren’t just a community…we are a family! And I don’t know what I’d do without each and every one of you. You’ve enriched my life and brought me such joy and laughter. The truest gift of friendship and support I’ve ever received….thank you simply does not come close to expressing my gratitude!

3.      My 6 foot pre-lit palm tree

You might think this sounds odd but I’ve wanted one of these bad boys for years! I mean, we don’t live anywhere my beloved palm trees so there’s something that just warms my heart every time we drive by a house that has one of these things lit up. “Look hubby…ahhhh…isn’t that gorgeous!!!” I’d say time and time again. It’s just one of those things that tweaked my weird funny bone. This year, hubby delivered at Christmas in spades and when I opened this box up, I literally squealed and did the flash dance toe-tap! I couldn’t wait to tear into the box and set it up. Although we put it up for a bit over Christmas, I decided our winter weather will likely destroy its beauty too quickly so it’s tucked away until spring when I will create a palm tree oasis on my back deck! Eeekeee…I can’t wait!

4.      Shoes – all of them – but especially the newbies to the collection!

I gotta say, nothing makes me feel sexier than a hot pair of shoes. There’s just something about it. Something that makes me stand taller, walk prouder, feel more confident. I swear, hot shoes could solve world peace! I have a good friend who has an addiction to hot shoes that makes my collection look like child’s play. Lucky for me, she enjoys passing her hardly-worn, slightly used oldies to make room for newbies meaning my shoe collection is growing in size and style. It’s hot hot hot! Tara, if you are reading this, thank you – you make my shoe world a rockin’ place to be.

5.      Clothes that fit

Most of you likely read my post about how hubby took me shopping for some new clothes to fit my growing body (no, I am not pregnant, just put on 20+ pounds this summer). I had been refusing for months and months promising I was going to drop some of the weight. He couldn’t take seeing me so unhappy and told me to suck it up and off we went to the mall. I had no idea that accommodating my weight gain by buying bigger sizes and clothes that fit would actually make me feel wonderful about myself and…smaller?!?! It was a true gift and one I’ve been reveling in ever since. Definitely one of my fab 5 experiences this year! And the new loot hanging in my closet helps!

There are probably a hundred other things, experiences, and emotions that I could add to this list. 2011 was really a stellar year for me with a ton of growth and change, most for the better. It’s going to be hard to top that year but…I have every hope that 2012 is going to blow it out of the water. That’s the plan anyway.

Here’s to maintaining an attitude of gratitude like Tameri Etherton is doing beyond this post of fabulousness…but all year-long! 

What’s your Fab 5 for 2011? How do you embrace an attitude of gratitude?

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My metrosexual hubby made me realize the power of clothes that fit (no matter the size)

My new boots (photo: http://www.lechateau.com)

I consider myself a very lucky lady; especially in the husband department. Deep down I think it’s God’s way of saying “sorry for all the shit I threw at you over the years…” but whatever my luck, hubby’s a dream come true!

Now most of you have read that I’ve put on a wee bit of weight in the last year or so (about 25 pounds). A few weeks ago I did a post on the terrible plight of ugly jeans that I’ve succumb to wearing since my ass and thighs exploded. Well no one has to hear about it more than hubby!

Every day I head to the closet to choose one of the only 3 pairs of pants that currently fit. I dig through dozens of gorgeous pants and suits that no longer fit. I pick through my shirt selection that is easily over a year old. And I whimper and complain. I grumble.

For a serious shopping girl like me, this has been torture. I used to go on shopping sprees every few months! But I have simply refused to buy new clothes for this body.

  1. I don’t want to reward myself for putting weight ON.
  2. I don’t want to make it any easier or comfortable to stay this weight.
  3. I want to have the motivation to lose weight to get back into all my gorgeous clothes AND to get to buy new stuff.
  4. I think there might be a small part of me that feels like I should punish myself for letting this happen.
  5. To find pants that fit my shape is cruel and unusual torture.
  6. Not to mention going into stores with young, skinny sales staff that give you the quick “once over” making you feel even more middle-aged and fat as they quickly move pass you to serve other young, skinny people. The nerve!

So I have refused to shop!

Hubby has tried. He’s begged. He’s pleaded. “Please let’s go shopping for you…” and I have stayed the course with my refusal. Socks and underwear, maybe the occasional sweat pant or PJs, that’s it!  

You can’t be THE ONLY ONE this shape. We see hundreds of women larger than you who ALL have great pants?!?!?!” he screams in frustration.

I don’t know what to tell you hubby, those ladies obviously have connections to a Pants Fairy or know of a secret stash and they ain’t sharing the wealth?!?!

Well last weekend, hubby could take it no longer. My complaining took him to the brink of anxiety and he took me out kicking and screaming. He insisted that we would NOT leave the mall until I had a few new pairs of pants; even if that meant buying them 2 or 3 sizes too big and getting the waist tailored.

OMG! I drug my feet as hubby pushed me into the first store.

What’s your size?” he demanded as he started digging through racks.

That’s the problem, I don’t know?!? Every freaking pair of pants fits me differently but I’d start with a 14 or a 36 waist…

And off he went. He enlisted the help of sales people and filled my arms with pants after pants.

Go try them on!

4 hours, 5 stores and over $500 later and I came away with:

  • 2 pairs of black pants that fit perfectly. Not just perfectly but…beautifully!
  • 3 pairs of jeans. One pair needs the waist taken in but the other two fit perfectly!
  • 3 new shirts.
  • 1 stunning, super soft oversized sweater in gray.
  • 1 rockin’ pair of winter boots (you saw them above…HOT or what?!??!) that totally won’t keep my feet warm but will look FAB!

More than the new clothes, I came away with a new lease on my body.

I put on that stunning, soft, luxurious new gray sweater. I slid into my sexy black pants. I laced up those gorgeous, HOT boots and…I felt great. I felt sexy. I felt wonderful. It felt like I dropped 20 pounds. I walked taller and with more purpose. Every hallway became a runway and I channeled and stomped to my inner supermodel heart’s content.

Who would have guess it, hubby knew what he was talking about. You are the weight you are and you might as well do whatever you can to feel good about it while you work to lose it. No point feeling miserable and beating yourself up. Life’s to short! Clothes that fit, whatever the size, and make you feel good are worth it. And, it doesn’t need to be a $5000 shopping spree to make a real difference in the wardrobe.

And…the skinny, young sales people (to my utter surprise) were wonderful, friendly, and totally put me at ease. One in particular, as we stood there watching hubby pick up things for me to try on, commented how lucky I was to be with a metrosexual who would help me shop. Hubby…a metrosexual…shut the front door! Love that!

Thank you hubby; for always knowing when to push and for wanting me to be happy above all else! MUAH! xoxoxox

How about you? Does a pair of hot, sexy, crazy wild shoes make you stand taller and feel sexy? Do clothes that fit and feel great give you more confidence? How has your significant other made you realize you are beautiful just as you?

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