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2.13.2018

Getting Spring Ready With A Few Purchases

It's snowing here again. It's not even the good stuff, wet soggy excuse of a snow shower. So why would I even contemplate writing about spring when I'm wearing the same half a dozen jumpers on rotation?

Because the lighter nights are just around the corner. It's not that long until we do that funny thing with the clocks - move them on forward/backwards an hour - I haven't a clue, I just go with the flow (or what my iPhone tells me). And because the weather will creep un on us, we'll wake up one Sunday morning and it will be glorious which will make me very happy. So, it's nice to plan forward and dream a little. 

I've made a few purchases over the last few weeks in anticipation, some you may have already seen. Nothing ground breaking but they will freshen up my staples of trousers, coated leggings and jackets.


2.11.2018

This Has To Be The Easiest Recipe Ever: Thai Noodles With Prawns

So if you're not at all interested in foodie things (seriously??), scoot on by because this will not be for you. 

I popped something up on InstaStories about a recipe that I've been cooking for years and it seems many of you want it too. I've chopped and changed the original over time, I guess this is the best version of itself. 

It's the easiest recipe ever!

We are talking entry level cooking!

Fairly healthy (well it's better than a Big Mac)

One pot cooking (wok)!

Minimal prep!

Hardly any chopping!

Quick - less than 10 minutes from start to finish!

And just 7 ingredients (I forgot the fish stock cube in the photo below). 




INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp Thai red curry paste (careful, this stuff can be hot. The best one I've found is this one from Tesco - it's not as fiery as the others). 

1 x 410g tin of light evaporated milk

Fish stock cube made up to 500ml hot water

1 x small pack fresh coriander chopped (if you can be bothered, separate the stems from the leaves and chop separately (I don't!)

1 x 500g bag Chinese beansprouts

Dried egg noodles (I use 5 blocks of Sharwoods Medium Noodles for 4 people)

250g cooked prawns (I tend to add extra: 2 small packs)

Optional ingredients (sometimes I add, sometimes I don't): 1 lime quartered, packet of potato chip sticks (these), bunch of spring onions finely chopped.





Fry the curry paste for one minute in a large wok.

Add the milk, stock and half of the coriander (or just the stems if you've chopped separately). 

Bring to the boil and add the noodles (I break these up a little) and beansprouts. 

Cook for a few minutes until the noodles have separated and are soft. 

Add the prawns and heat through (don't over do it as they'll be like bullets).

Throw in the rest of the coriander. I think it's called garnishing but I stir it through 😉

Serve in bowls if you want lots of the slurpy sauce.

Delish served with a big bowl of potato chipsticks (they give a lovely crunch to the dish and provide a bit of salt), a squeeze of lime and finely chopped spring onions scattered over the top. 

Not the prettiest of dishes but ohhhhhhh the flavour is all there.

Bib up, tuck in and enjoy. 




*Disclaimer: do not wear your best white shirt when eating this, it's a bit sloppy (in a yummy kind of way). Think Ramen broth consistency. 

Let me know if you cook it (if you can call it that because it's so simple) and what you think.






2.08.2018

Three Women Who Are Following Their Dreams

Following on from the momentous occasion of Tuesday: 100 years to the day that women over 30 were allowed to vote, it got me thinking about us ladies today. I hope that you share your workplace equally with men, I hope that the BBC sorts it's gender pay gap out soon and I hope that we see more women in Parliament (I think the current ratio is 1 to every 3 men). It's easy to focus on what's wrong in the world but I'm trying to wear my positive pants more this year, so I've been thinking about the good things in life right now.

In my four and a bit years of blogging, I've been very fortunate to come in to contact with some very inspirational women whose paths may have been a tad rockier and many more doors slammed in their faces had they set up their businesses 100 years ago. It's tough in the world of business and even tougher if you're a woman. I state that fact without evidence, just life experience. After having my second child, I really wanted to go back to work on a part time basis but this necessitated child care as we live away from our families. So with our daughter at school, I packed off the little one to a childminder for a few hours each week. But oh the stress. I was relying on 6 people being fit and healthy for me to be able to work; me, my children, my child minder and her children. If any one of us fell ill, the whole chain crumbled. The stress of not being able to fulfil my role at work was enormous. I'm sure you know what I mean. So when I see a woman single handedly set up and run a successful business, well the hat comes off in double time.

Here are three very inspirational souls.

Lucinda from TLM Edit


Lucinda has a knack of finding things that you didn't know you needed. Such as the white ruffle fake collar or the canvas bag strap. Her online shop is packed fully of colourful sometimes boho, always fun clothes and accessories. Lucinda spotted a gap in the market for reasonably priced, bright, fun things that become the talking point at the school gate. She's been going for a couple of years now and I love the freshness of her Instagram and funny Stories. Go give her a follow and I bet you'll find something that you love on the website. Your enthusiasm is infectious Lucinda.

A Selection of Loveliness from TLMEdit.com


2.05.2018

Wearing The Trousers In This House (And A Cute Little Jumper Too)

This outfit is so me. I mean we could end it here but I suppose I ought to give you the deets.

So, I look for three things in an outfit. It has to be:

Easy wear - minimal creasing, easy to get in and out of, preferably machine washable
Comfortable - no digging or pinching
Smart - speaks for itself

This outfit ticks all three boxes and more!



2.04.2018

Do You Trust Blogger Reviews? A Warts & All Review About LQ Liquid Health For Skin, Hair & Nails

How can we trust reviews these days? I don't know is the answer to that. We see bloggers extolling the virtues of their latest 'gifted' items. Me included. I'm one of those that only posts about 'stuff I love' because I want my blog to be a happy place. I don't write about items that I send back to brands because 'it just didn't work for me' or 'I didn't really like the quality'. Is that right or wrong? I'm not sure. I understand the frustration of readers who want good, honest reviews but I don't want to be the one that damages the reputation of quite often, small brands with a negative review so I choose to return the item and say nothing. I've been offered product and money to write reviews on Amazon (on behalf of independent sellers, not Amazon products). And up to that point, I'd always trusted these kind of reviews because they're from verified sellers right? Wrong. If someone is offering you a gift voucher to purchase one of their products, it really is no different to gifting. And of course the reviewer is more than likely going to post a glowing review.

I find many beauty bloggers difficult to relate to. They chop and change from one product to the next, reviewing things that they've only tried once or twice. How can you talk about something so enthusiastically when you've not given it a proper trial? The best reviews for me are the month end empties because they've tried the products for several weeks and the fact that they've stuck with them has got to count for something.

Which brings me on to the purpose of this post.

I was contacted a few months ago by a P.R. agency asking if I would like to try LQ Liquid Health for skin, hair and nails. Now I'd tried a similar but different brand a couple of years ago and didn't give it a fair shot. Impatience is me. I want results yesterday. So after spending *cough* £300 and having not seen any improvement whatsoever after a couple weeks, I gave up. That's really bad isn't it! So my first inclination was to say no thank you, I'll pass on this one but there was this little nagging doubt in my head "go on, try it, you didn't give it a fair chance last time".  In the end, I caved in and said yes, but vowed that I'd give an honest review of the results.

So here it is warts and all.


What Are LQ Liquid Health Supplements?


Well without being too scientific, they are daily supplements that contain active ingredients to support healthy living. The range consists of 5 different products targeting digestion to joint care. They are taken orally in shot form every day. 

I was sent three months supply of LQ Skin Hair & Nails and was not asked for anything in return, so it was up to me whether I blogged, social media-d (made up word) or whatever. 


2.01.2018

Sexing Up The Anorak. Is That Even Possible?

What I mean is how to make the anorak a stylish piece in your wardrobe rather than one that you wear to pole dance! Just needed to clear that point up.

Not quite ready to hang up the long coats yet but we moved at the rate of knots through January (as if it's February today - how did that happen?) so it's probably a good time to think about outerwear for spring.

I was sat people watching the other day, as you do when you're perched on a stool in the window of Costa nursing a fruit tea but really wanting a full fat frothy cappuccino (how many calories?) and it struck me how many women were wearing anoraks. Black anoraks. Grey day, concrete streets, black anoraks. Jeez, I thought I was looking at a Lowry painting. It really is that grim up north!

So the black anorak. It's a bit of a cop out really isn't it? Just because the weather forces us to wear a sensible coat, doesn't mean we have to wear the drabbest colour of all. And let's face it, for some of us, we wear our sensibles for much of the year.

I therefore proclaim that we think out of the black box, widen our horizons and all that. I mean if we're wearing anoraks for much of the year (well us in the UK anyway), let's at least make it the best version of itself. I'm talking colour here. Why shouldn't we look good in an anorak???

And I need to point out that I'm talking 'anorak' in the loosest sense. Providing it's padded, warm-ish, not necessarily waterproof (get yourself a brolly) and with or without a hood (get yourself a brolly).

Let's Talk Colour


If you need a reminder of your own colour palette, click here.

A quick reminder:

LIGHT: naturally blonde hair, pale eyes and eyelashes, delicate skin that burns in the sun

DEEP: dark brown/black hair, dark eyes (eg. brown), any skin tone from black through to porcelain

WARM: red toned hair (strawberry through to auburn), green, brown or blue eyes, porcelain or warm skin tone

COOL: ash tones in hair (be it dark, blonde, white or grey), any colour eyes, pink undertone to white skin or blue undertone to black skin

CLEAR: dark hair, bright, vivid eyes, any skin colour

SOFT: mousey or light brown hair, soft muted eyes, little contrast between hair and skin colour


LIGHT


Black and very deep colours can overwhelm your delicate features if worn close to your face. Check it out for yourself. Take a mirror to the window (not full sun, clouds are good!), pop something black under your chin and look what it does to your face. Oh those shadows that hilight the jowls. You may find that you look tired and a little bit poorly too. There's something really lovely about seeing a woman in colours that flatter her features. So, let's look for other shades for you that are still as versatile.

This in fact. Not only will it be kinder to your skin, it's a pretty versatile shade too. Wear with denim, navy, white, grey for example and it's great for rescuing that black roll neck that you can't part with.


Pink Quilted Jacket currently £35.40



1.27.2018

A Leopard Print Maxi Dress That I Forgot I'd Ordered

When you order a random dress from a random website and it turns out ok. That. 

I saw this on Instagram and on a whim threw in an order. And promptly forgot all about it. I'm talking minutes after ordering, I'd forgotten all about it. So imagine my surprise a few days later when it arrived. Oh yeah, I'd forgotten all about that.


Leopard Print Frill Midi Dress



1.20.2018

Will You Be Wearing Yellow This Year?

Last time we looked at the delights of lilac (here) so it's only fair that we flip the coin and look at a colour that is at the opposite end of the spectrum, yellow, mustard and all the variant shades inbetween. So whilst lilac looks amazing on cool skin tones, yellow is perfect for those of a warmer tone.

It's another sod to wear if you're Judy Dench, Oprah Winfrey or Anne Hathaway who all have cool skin tones. Judy has a pinky complexion, Oprah has a blue undertone and Anne has a porcelain tone. Colours with blue undertones are much kinder to them. Lilac for example.

However, if you happen to be Julia Roberts, Kylie Minogue or Liz Hurley, you'll love how you look in the warmer, yellow based colours.

We're seeing a fair bit of yellow around at the moment: ochre, mustard yellow and lemon. I'm surprised about ochre as this tends to be wheeled out at the end of summer as we move into autumn. Not for me to question the powers that be!

Starting with a sunshine coat that will cheer up the vilest of days (that'll be today then). This is an outfit transformer, pop it over the plainest black roll neck and jeans and you've got a very polished look. Mind you, I think this is only a sensible purchase if you already have a couple of other coats in neutral colours. You'll soon tire of it if it's worn daily. Which seems like a silly purchase yes? Not really because this style of coat doesn't really go out of fashion so you can pull it out of your wardrobe for many years to come, just not every day!


Seamed Boucle Coat £85




A very useful outfit for the busy woman who wants to look polished but totally practical at the same time. I love all of this but it's the jacket that's doing all the hard work. This is me down to a T. I sometimes wonder why I write a blog because I don't consider myself remotely fashionable (thanks for staying with me). You're not going to see tulle skirts and wacky outfits here but I hope by keeping it real we might be able to navigate this crazy world and carve out a little bit of style for ourselves. 

Ochre Quilted Jacket £62




Ok so we're not in to wedding season just yet but this is a buy and stash piece. Love a simple line because you can do so much with it. And of course, it will be in your wardrobe for a long time to come.

Satin & Crepe Dress £59


You might even get me back in jeans with this next top. Such a great weekend jumper and teamed with the navy bag, well, it's just bob on isn't it? This makes my shop my style page

Striped Jumper £75




I've been very much admiring bloggers in their Mums Handmade cardigans, the ultimate in cosiness, ideal for throwing on when you're in and out of the car all day. But let's face it, that chunkiness comes at a price...it's going to add pounds to your frame and there's no getting away from it. This one is less chunk which your body will thank you for.

Mustard Cable Knit Cardigan £24.99




And another chunky cardi. These balloon sleeves are everything!! 

Yellow Chunky Knit Cardigan £36





Summer seems such a long way away doesn't it? But you know what they say, early bird catches the worm. This is a great top for pear shapes who need to balance out their hips. Team with jeans or white trousers for a very easy outfit.

Yellow Broderie Frill Bib Top £35




So this next shirt looks pretty uninspiring doesn't it? But I love a long shirt over a pair of skinnies for a paired back look. Pop a plain white t-shirt underneath and leave it open or layer up with a blazer. The different hem lines play with the eye and detract from your bad bits. And of course a long shirt is great as a beach cover up too but let's not talk about sunshine and sand and sea and cocktails just yet. Sometimes the simplest pieces make for the best outfits. Personally I would wear this one far more than the one above.

Yellow Shirt £28




Lol, I'm not really an animal wearing kinda girl. There's a really gorgeous dress in Next but it has cats on it. It's just not going to happen. But there's something rather fetching about this top. It's fresh and quirky without being O.T.T. I might order it.


Ochre Long Sleeve Dog Top £16




Another every day top. Stripes are a life staple aren't they? It's got a chuffin cat logo though. I don't do cats (sorry). They make me sneeze! But I love the little ribbon detail.

Citrine Stripe Top £14




Shoes next and I've posted these before. As you know, I'm a great believer in super charging your outfit with a pair of shoes. A boring old outfit of white t-shirt, jeans and a cardi is elevated with a cracking pair. These in fact.

Ochre Sling Backs £35



Ooooh hello little beauties.


Jewelled Flat Pumps £98 (currently 20% off promotion)





A bag can work in the same way. Something like this.


Ring Box Bag £29


Or this (real suede too). I honestly wouldn't pay lots for a coloured bag because I get fed up with them.

Leather Cross Body bag £35.99




I'm a bit excited about yellow this year. Are you? 

Right I'm going to say this here because I know my dad reads the blog (cute or what). Thank you so much for all your messages over on Instagram, I'll show him properly on Tuesday when I see him. Following a spell in hospital, he's back home and much, much better. This flu bug is really something isn't it? And Dad, don't think you're getting out of the spring cleaning, the things you'll do hey.....

Hope you're all keeping well and powering through January. I think I mentioned last time that I'm pinching half an hour a day to do 'special jobs' in the house. Amazing what you can do. Thirty nine kitchen cupboards and drawers cleaned in a week of half hours. Now there's a boring fact. I'll slink off now then shall I?























1.14.2018

New Kids On The Block - Violet, Lilac & Everything Inbetween

We knew it was coming, there were little hints everywhere before Christmas: lilac and violet and all the shades inbetween. Anything purple has been out of favour for such a long time and the powers that be have decided that we should be wearing a few of it's little cousins this season. Hmmmm.




A few facts:

- Did you know that true purple is one of the few colours that we can all wear. The reason being because it's neither too deep or too light, neither warm or cool and neither clear or soft. It's kind of an inoffensive shade, just like charcoal and teal. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that we will be seeing lots of it come autumn.

1.10.2018

A Few Wardrobe Refreshers That Will Take You Right Through To Spring

So following on from the last post, I've been busily scribbling a wardrobe refresher list which will take me well in to spring. There really isn't that much that I need/want and that can only be a good thing right? And remember it's only a wish list, not an absolutely-need-as-my-life-depends-on-it-list so there may be things that aren't purchased at all.

Here we go.....

1. Something Yellow


It looks as if we'll be seeing yellow tones this spring (if Pantone is to be believed). But what's new? Don't we always see a drop of yellow or mustard or ochre straight after Christmas. It's a great way for stores (and websites) to cheer up their facades. Whilst I think buying in to trend colours is an easy way to remain current, I don't much care whether they're in or not. If I like something, I'll buy it. And let's face it, yellow is great at reviving your wardrobe.

*If you have a cool skin tone and struggle with warm colours next to your face, but you still want to wear yellow, introduce it by way of accessories or shoes or even trousers.

So I would have totally over looked this stripe shirt except for the fact that I have it in the blue and white colour way and know how easy it is to style. It's a throw on shirt that you can dress up or down with a few tweaks. I wear it over these ponte leggings and trainers for those days where you don't come up for air. And then I'll pop on a blazer for a smarter look. It's loose but straight cut so very flattering. This is one of those bread and butter clothing items and very easy to make an outfit out of.

Ochre Stripe Shirt £30




1.08.2018

Shop Your Own Closet

Does anyone else feel the urge to purge every cupboard come new year? I've set myself the task of doing 30 minutes of 'special jobs' every day. Starting with the cloak cupboards. The baskets are full of odd gloves and random scarves that no one wears. Oh and let's not even talk about the one Adidas Superstar trainer. How my grown daughter can lose a trainer is beyond me! So, no excuses, every day regardless of what I'm doing, there'll be 30 minutes of spring cleaning. That's 210 minutes a week. Soon adds up doesn't it?



12.31.2017

Well Hello 2018. Very Pleased To Meet You Indeed

Here's to chasing your dreams in the cutest pair of shoes that you own


Because that is exactly what I intend to do this year. My kids are almost grown up, well one is and one is almost there so it's time to start thinking about the next chapter of my life. Wow that sounds drastic doesn't it, but what I really mean is, enhancing the fortunate life that I already have. I hope you will stay for the journey.

Thank you so much for dropping by for a quick read and entertaining me with your witty comments. I have been known to laugh out loud in public places. 

Wishing you and your families a very happy and prosperous 2018. And may the new James Bond be announced soon....

Much love.




12.26.2017

Shopping The Sales Sensibly | How To Avoid The Tat!

Sales Galore! And is it me or are retailers starting earlier and earlier every year? I for one am usually all shopped out come the end of December and can barely summon the energy to open up a new tab on the old lap top never mind trawl site after site. But in the interests of blogging, here are my tips.

Firstly, keep in mind that it's only in the sale because no one wanted it at full price! I know, that hurt didn't it? But it's true. That lime green fluffy jumper with bows down the back and double ruffle sleeves has 70% off for a reason.

So what should we buy in the sales?




12.17.2017

Five Practical Pieces You Might Need Over The Festive Period (And Not A Sprinkle Of Glitter In Sight)

Are we over sparkly dresses and spangly pants yet? I am. So here are five pieces that you may need over Christmas.

1. A slouchy jumper to disguise the lumps and bumps


I have this and I can't tell you how useful it is. It's a straight cut and doesn't cling, a perfect shape in fact. Throw it on with a pair of comfy leggings (see below) and chunky boots for a festive walk, honestly, you don't need to think too hard about this one. It's 100% pure cotton and surprisingly warm. A lovely piece to take you into spring so you won't be packing it away in March.

Audrey Cotton Jumper - Winser London £89




12.11.2017

A Bit Of A Top Up At Harley Academy Clinics

This post is a follow on from these publications:

Are you considering Botox or Fillers? This post may help you make the right decision

Post Botox & Dermal Filler treatment results | The follow up post 




A few weeks ago, I rang Harley Academy Clinics to book in for a bit of a Botox/filler top up as a paying customer. They recognised my name and asked if I would be prepared to do a further review in return for complimentary treatment which was rather kind.

12.06.2017

Christmas Jumpers That Aren't Christmas Jumpers That You Can Wear At Christmas AKA Tasteful Festive Wear!

I hate Christmas jumpers. There, I said it. My kids made me wear one a couple of years ago, it was a Primark special with a picture of Father Christmas on the front. Vile it was. Never again. But give me a jumper with a nod towards the festive season and I'm all over it.

Here are my picks.

I have this first one from M&Co and love it. Let's just say as I type, it's hung over the bannister rail drying after it's third wash. Although not natural fibres, the knit is very tight so it's really warm. And there's a lot going on for the money. The chevron detail and pointed finish on the sleeve and the silver beadwork all make for a really classy sweater. They say it's cream, I'd describe it more as a winter white which is a very flattering colour for everyone.

Ribbed Stud Jumper was £35 now £28



12.04.2017

Blogmas Day 7: Techy and Teenage Gifts

I've bungled these two together because well, they go hand in hand really don't they? Like nuts and bolts, strawberries and cream, socks and shoes, or green eggs and ham. We rarely see one without the other.

This first item is something that I've featured before on Instagram, a laptop skin which is a great little gift for any newbie laptop owner this Christmas. Basically, it's a thick piece of vinyl that you simply stick on. A brilliant protective layer to the top of your computer. 

Mine was gifted back in August and it took me a good three weeks to pluck up the courage to stick it on. The last thing I wanted was for it to start peeling and leaving a sticky, gunky mess but the brand assured me neither would happen. So mine is the lighter marble design, three months down the line and it's stood the test of time. It's as good as the first day that I applied it. And speaking of which, it's dead easy to apply.

MacBook Skin by CaseApp




You can choose from one of the many designs that are online, customise your own or customise one of their designs. And their Instagram account is a huge source of inspiration, one of my favourites actually. Check out the mobile phone covers too. Now if you would like to buy one of these as a gift, I would suggest that you order a gift voucher so that the lucky recipient can design their own. They cost £21 including p&p and that will buy either a customised skin for many types of laptop and tablet or phone cover. 
12.03.2017

My 'Affordable' Winter Bag Collection (Christmas Gift To Yourself Ideas)

I hesitate to use the word 'affordable' because what is affordable to one person could be pin money to another and totally aspirational to someone else. What I really mean is that we're not talking stupid money. I am 51 and have yet to own a Chanel bag (I'm sure most women fall in to this category). Not for want of opportunity. Hubby took me in to Chanel last year and I couldn't bring myself to part with £4k for a piece of sodding leather. No matter how much I want one, I just can't get over the fact that it's....leather. There's no precious metal, no diamonds. It's 100% pure cow. Gosh I'm sure it's a good cow but still!!

Never say never though. I may well indulge one day but for now, I'm much happier to spend £200-£500. Anything over that constitutes birthday and Christmas presents. Thing is, fashion moves at such a quick pace these days and whereas just 10 years ago, you could buy a Mulberry Messenger and use it every day for years, now we're enticed in to upgrading to the next new thing every season.

So with that said, let's just retitle this post 'reasonably priced bags'. These are my five go-to winter bags with a bit of colour thrown in here and there mainly red, mustard and leopard print which are mainly high street purchases.


11.29.2017

Blogmas Day 6: Stocking Fillers & Secret Santa Gifts

We're half way there (happy dance, happy dance). I'm not going to lie, these blog posts are killing me. I'm waking up in the earlier hours with ideas, two nights ago it was posh drinking chocolate for the Cosy Things post. I mean seriously woman, GET A LIFE. My own Christmas shopping has come to a grinding halt because I can't feature anything on here that I'm thinking about getting for the kids as they'll see right through it. Anyway, keep the comments and messages coming through, they're spurring me on and you are a funny lot. I was in trouble this morning for laughing at an Insta message that someone had sent. Well it was 6.30am and the husband had been working late.

Today we're looking at stocking fillers and secret santa gifts. I refuse to partake in anything secret related ever again after two family members (yes, you husband and daughter) recycled a bicycle bell and rewrapped a half eaten box of chocolates one year.

So let's start with a baby gift. I want one. I want one. Not a baby you fool, a cute sippy cup! It will keep them entertained for hours.


Sophie La Girafe Sippy Cup (currently £8)





11.28.2017

Blogmas Day 5: Cosy Things

I was stood in Mint Velvet earlier admiring their lovely table at the front of the shop full of winter warmers and it really did feel like Christmas. Fluffy socks and winter jumpers, wild fig candles and hot water bottles. I didn't dare cross over to The White Company because we would have had a dangerous credit card situation on our hands. These shops are bloody good at making sure we part with our money aren't they?

Anyway, we all like a bit of cosiness in our lives at this time of year don't we? So here are my winter warmer picks. 

First up, pyjamas. Initially I was really disappointed when I looked at women's nightwear in Marks & Spencer yesterday. It all seemed LOUD and BRASH and very BUSY. Everything I hate about pyjamas but I did spot a couple of lovelies. 

You're going to need to be quick to bag these as there aren't many left online (although there were a few in my local store). I have pyjama-pyjamas and pretend pyjamas. So the first ones are ones that if you answer the door, the delivery man will say, yep she was in her 'jamas. And then there's the second kind which look more like loungewear that you sleep in. Are you still with me? These fall in to the second category.

Personally I'd size up for a slouchy fit. Fitted pjs don't really do it for me! 

Cotton Rich Long Sleeve Pyjamas £30