Pajama Chic: Fashion

Because if you are going to be laying around wearing the same clothes for several days, they might as well be adorable clothes, right? Even when I’m in survival mode, being carted off to the hospital, I’d like the nurses complementing me on my robe, ya know? This is me aspiring to a certain image of chronic fabulicioushness.

Firstly, I’m thinking turbans would be an excellent, practical (and super chic) choice for my bedbounders fashion collection. A turban would keep my hair from getting matted and keep those pesky stray clumps to a minimum (you know what I’m talking about, chronic gals). Also, I want to look like Audrey Hepburn on holiday.

headwrap | ladysmay . "Pajama Chic" #Spoonie

headwrap | ladysmay

 

 This Etsy shop mademoisellemermaid has so many cute things for a Spoonie.

 

Next, let’s talk eyewear. I happen to use some intensive eyewear on the regular, so an eyemask is my best friend along with lightweight shades. PS, the #1 best eye mask is this style because it bulges outwards around the eyes so it doesn’t touch- allowing for blinking and your eyes can breathe without getting gunk on the mask. It doesn’t bother your nose, and the backing is velcro to fit any head size comfortably. I happen to be very picky about my face masks and have several different types. This is my very favorite for comfort. And look, I found a cute one on Amazon!

Sleep Mask | City of Sleep on Amazon. "Pajama Chic" #Spoonie #Fashion

Sleep Mask | City of Sleep

 

Well, I don’t yet have a kimono, but I FEEL like I already own one. You either are a kimono person or you aren’t, and I definitely hear my kimono song calling to me. The song sounds sort of like a circle of drums from which wafts a scent of patchouli mixed with body odor. MMMmmm!

 

Kimono | ASOS "Pajama Chic" #Spoonie #fashion

Kimono | ASOS

 

Now for Palazzo Pants. I heard somewhere they look good on every body type. I also like the Harem Pant idea because I end up in such crazy positions due to my Dysautonomia/POTS, I think they would really live out their Harem pant destiny on my legs if I owned a pair. Mostly though, I just want to know I’ve got something cute going on under my covers. I already have one pair of Palazzos and they are getting it done! (Not sure what “it” means, but the pants are fab and my man always makes nice remarks.)

Palazzo Pants | Palazzo Fashion "Pajama Chic" #Spoonie #Fashion

Palazzo Pants | Palazzo Fashion

 

Harem Pants | Napat Clothing "Pajama Chic" #Spoonie #Fashion

Harem Pants | Napat Clothing

 

I didn’t have many stretch pants until recently, but I’m getting into them now. Anything that makes me look like I am on my way to the dance studio is my kind of delusional clothing. Just laying here on the floor (P.O.T.S.) because I’m so worn out after Swan Lake rehearsals… If you are wearing them outside of your home however, I guess the rule is: your tush should be covered. I’m an inside cat, so I can do what I want with my tush, thank you!

Leggings | Legit "Pajama Chic" #Spoonie #Fashion

Leggings | Legit

 

Leg warmers and socks. For myself and for many people with chronic health concerns, footwear is a sensitive subject. I’ve gone through all kinds of phases with my footwear because of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. If you need compression gear of any kind, Amazon.com really has the very best selection. Legwarmers give an added layer of protection and they also help transport me back to my ballerina days. (Is this what my counselor meant by “Guided Visualization??”)

Legwarmers | Grace and Lace Co. "Pajama Chic" #Spoonie #Fashion

Legwarmers | Grace and Lace Co.

 

Slippers, yay! Or you can refer to them as “house shoes” if you are fancy like myself (ehem). This one is tricky since my feet are so picky about what they want on their feet from one day to the next. I was like that BEFORE I had anything wrong with my feet though (bu-dum-ching). Shoe fetish humor. It can be difficult to find slippers I think I could wear, but these might work for me and they are very cute, too.

 

It’s always fun to look at clothing and get inspired. And even when we are feeling bad and cannot go anywhere, I’ve been told by other Chronics it helps them feel better about themselves to put effort into their appearance just for themselves. Do you find that for yourself? What are your favorite fashions that make you look good and feel comfortable also? For now, for me, these might be aspirational, but maybe in time, I’ll be a turban wearing, kimono sporting goddess of my bedroom.

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If you enjoyed this post, check out my sassy fashionista Spoonie friend at Sublime Mercies.

 

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About abodyofhope

I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 11 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Four years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 4 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on October 29, 2014, in Beauty, Girl Stuff, Humor, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Your constant positivity blows my mind!! You have an outlook on life that I hope I can learn to have one day!! Thank you for another amazing post!!

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    • Thank you so much for saying you look to me as being positive Nikki! I just try to be grateful, especially for people like you who are so encouraging 🙂
      I have been having a rough time since the weekend so searching for pictures helped distract me. Hence this post! Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for commenting ❤

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  2. I just love this! How to enjoy our lives, no guilt attached, make the best of it, and still be attractive, and feel attractive, which is even more important. Not that we owe it to the world to be pretty, just that if you are a spoonie who misses getting all dolled up and going out, this attitude is a breath of fresh air. I was never a social butterfly, but I was just hitting my girly phase for the first time when WHAM chronic illness made me put my eyeliner down and pick up a tennis ball to rub out the trigger points. Oh boy. I feel so sexy typing that. hahahaha. As usual, nailed it! And I love, love, love Charlotte’s blog. She is one *spectacular* and incredibly inspirational human being. She has changed my life forever. 🙂 Glad you also love her and her very wise words, too. 😀
    *spoonie hugs* lovely. I hope you’re in a good place right now, in every meaning of that phrase. You inspire me on the daily too, I am aspiring to be more like you in my approach to beating these illnesses.

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  3. Why am I not surprised we follow the same blogger?! Ha 🙂 Yes, she truly is a fabulously inspiring and beautiful woman. And “not owing it to the world to be pretty” (your words) was exactly what her last blog post was about. So funny 🙂

    Thank you for all of those lovely things you said. Wow, “guilt free” is a huge complimentary way to describe anything I am doing as that is something I am always challenging myself to overcome. You are speaking to my soul girl 🙂

    The fact that your girly phase was interrupted by chronic illness is such a heartbreaker. You didn’t get to “come into your own” in the natural way, I suppose 😦 But now, you will do it publicly with your words. And so will I for the same reason. Maybe that will make it more special? Let’s tell ourselves that anyhow 😉 😉

    I’m so glad you liked this post! Thank you for saying so. It tapped me out, whew…
    Nap time 😀 ❤

    Have a great day. I hope you had a restful weekend and your week is going well so far. I'll catch up with you later Jessi xo

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    • That’s so funny, lately I have been really reveling in the fact that I don’t owe it to the world to be “pretty” in any particular sense of the word… it’s a new concept for me that just entered my knowledge bank a year or less ago and is slowly washing across my experience. It gains more meaning as I can’t be “pretty” in a make up and high heels kind of way, but I can still find hints of beauty in myself, even if it is far from conventional. I actually haven’t read the new post yet, but it sounds like I should do so immediately. I think feeling lovely and expecting ourselves to live up to a standard of some kind are two completely different things, and that’s what I love about this post. Being sick cannot be all sadness and despair, sometimes we still just put on pretty pajamas and silk scarves and pretend like we’re princesses and it’s our choice to lay around the house all day, which is a great kind of escape from the monotony of being housebound! Thanks for showing us equal measures of your fun and serious sides, 😀
      As you’ve helped me to see, being interrupted isn’t the end of my world. I don’t think I was trying to get in touch with my feminine side for the right reasons, but now I am starting to figure out what the right reasons are, and it makes the experience that much better. I’m not giving up yet! I still put on make up at 3 am sometimes just because I need a distraction from painsomnia, and I have days where my eyeliner is like warpaint, if I can put it on I am invincible and nothing can ruin my day. Other times, eyeliner is no substitute for health and/or impossible to put on.

      love you sweetheart, glad to know we are on the same page yet again! Of course we have the same excellent taste in online writers. 😉

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      • Jessi,
        These perspectives are so uniquely ours and so different from other women’s. It seems to me, in a world where young girls find self worth by how many likes her selfie gets on Instagram, a perspective like yours could be such a wake up call.

        Your war paint image is awesome to me. I made this poster not long ago for chronic pain awareness. What you said reminded me of it. Hopefully you can link to it. If not, it’s my War Paint poster on my Pinterest Gimpy Girl board ( you know where to find me) 😉 https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10689945_10152457910456149_2373567202202676898_n.jpg?oh=a9d012976db99e1a45bf0a8b20c68416&oe=54AA52AB&__gda__=1424998687_60f830b2720fab22f22c1b70c0ebb0d3

        Sometimes we are merely surviving, as I was doing for years straight, and now, this year, I’m waking up to myself again and to more appreciation than I had before. Sometimes we have bad days with bad feelings, and sometimes we have bad days with joy and light in our hearts. That is what I hope to capture as much as possible: That pain and suffering can still accompany gratitude and joy even.
        Thank you for sharing your feminine realizations with me. They are very unique and inspiring. Don’t forget that. You are unique and so is your voice.

        I hope you had a happy Halloween, no matter what. love ya friend ❤

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  4. Nikki, Your posts bring a smile to my face. I love my PJs and have a special pair just for the pain flare up days! Each time I would have a procedure I would buy a new pair 🙂 Like the idea of an eye mask!

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  5. So glad you enjoyed it Kathleen 🙂 I enjoyed writing it. Just had that feeling there was another pajama collector like you out there who might dig something like this. You have such a great idea to get yourself a new pair of PJ’s for every procedure. You SHOULD be rewarded 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your encouragement ❤
    PS, I'm Mary or you can call me aBodyofHope. Either way 😉 😉

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  6. Thanks for the shout out. I guess you already know how I feel about making the effort to look good. It’s important to me because I love beauty, and how better to enjoy beauty than to wear it? I’m not as good about that at home but I do try — a bit. Comfort is key at home though.

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  7. I am going to bookmark this article and look for some cute turbans! I love the cute but practical items here. Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I have some palozzo pants that I bought on sale and I LOVE them! I wear them as much as I can.

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    • Danielle, Thanks so much! I had fun writing it. I’m sort of a Pinterest addict, so this was a result of a weekend immersed in pinning to distract myself 😉 lol.
      I don’t know if you already checked out the Mademoiselle Mermaid’s shop linked above, but she has some very cute turbans and lounge wear. None of this is an ad, I just liked that shop and think I’ll ask for one for Christmas 🙂 If you wear a turban with your palazzo’s, you will look ultr-chic! Like Palm Springs art festival 😀
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping a message ❤

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  8. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I just bought my first pair of slippers. Now I don’t want to wear any other shoes! My collection of kimonos, palazzo pants, stretch pants/leggings (and joggers this year because they’re in style!) is extensive though. I need to buy more legwarmers… since I got my thyroid out, I am ALWAYS cold!

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  9. Sounds like you are getting into the groove of cozy stuff! Yes, we are kind of lucky fashion-wise that lounge wear is in fashion right now.
    My cousin just got her thyroid out recently as well. Do you find you are feeling better than before? I hope they can help you manage your symptoms and chills :/
    Thanks so much for visiting and commenting 🙂 Take care!

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