Meet The New Pajama Company Intern

By Makenzie Lynch, The Pajama Company Summer Intern

Hi Pajama Company Community!

My name is Makenzie and I am the newest summer intern at The Pajama Company. I am a recent college graduate from Miami University in Ohio. I am hoping to pursue a career in the fashion industry, and was so excited for the opportunity to become a social media intern at The Pajama Company. I will be working with Jilly and Ellie this summer to fill you in on everything happening at the Pajama Company and update you on all the latest trends…plus, I get to do this all in my pajamas, not a bad job!

Editor’s Note: To help us get to know Makenzie, we asked her to answer a few very important questions.

1. Describe your favorite pajamas.

First and foremost, I like my pajamas to be comfortable. But it’s definitely a plus when they are also cute and girly. I love fun patterns and bright colors.

2. What would your perfect day look like?

My perfect days usually involve spending time with friends and family. I would love to sleep in, have an afternoon at the beach, go to a nice dinner (with a good bottle of wine), and end the day watching a movie, hopefully in some comfy pajamas.

3. What was the last book you read?

I actually just re-read The Catcher in the Rye. It was a lot more fun to read outside of my high school English class.

4. What song is currently stuck in your head 

Right now, “Pay Phone” by Maroon 5, but that is probably because they play it every few minutes on the radio.

5. What youtube video are you watching over and over?

I love finding funny Youtube videos! The animal ones usually get me. This one of a kitten attempting to jump off of a table is hilarious. The video is only about 7 seconds long but it makes me laugh every time.

6. Winter or Summer?

I would have to lean towards summer because I don’t do too well in the cold, but my favorite time of year has always been early fall.

7. Stripes or plaid? 

Definitely stripes for me!

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What To Get The Dad Who Has Everything?

The same question plagues me most years around this time. What can I get my dad that will show him how much I appreciate him? Of course, there’s always the standard tie or cufflink. But after decades of birthdays and father’s days, he has plenty of those. This year, I have a new idea: themed gifts. Combining a unique gift that he will use with an experience he will love will make this Father’s Day extra special.

Lucky for you, I am going to share a few of my ideas.

  1. The Sunday Morning Special — Give dad a pair of these beautiful and classic Bedhead Men’s Pewter Stripe Fine Cotton Pajamas (you know he’ll love them, but would never buy them for himself) along with a subscription to his favorite magazine or newspaper (e-reader subscriptions are great too if your dad is a kindle or iPad user). He’ll be thanking you every Sunday all year long.
  2. Catch of the Day — Normally, the idea of getting up at sunrise makes you want to push deeper under your duvet. But you could do it once for dear old dad. Treat him to the pleasure of your company by planning a fishing trip for the two of you. Pair the experience with these cozy “Good Catch” Flannel Lounge Pants (they’re 30% off, too!) that he can wear and reminisce about your day out on the water.
  3. A little pampering — He might not admit it, but even dad can appreciate a little pampering now and then. Get him a gift certificate for a massage at a local spa and give him this cashmere-like chocolate brown robe so he can bring a little bit of that luxury home with him.
  4. Pizza Pizza — Sometimes, love is said best with food.Take him out to dinner at his favorite restaurant, or make him his favorite meal at home. And give him this “Sorry, I Was Thinking About Pizza!” shirt to let him know you really understand him.
  5. His Happy Hour — Celebrate your dad’s love of an old fashioned grill out with this fun “Happy Hour” mug and t-shirt from Life is good. Pair it with a membership to the barbecue sauce or beer of the month club to make this gift complete.

Still in need of more gift ideas? Check out our Just for Dad category for many more pajamas, shirts and accessories that dad will love. Remember Father’s Day is June 17. The Pajama Company ships orders the same day. To guarantee delivery by Friday, June 15, choose ground shipping through June 8, third day through June 12, second day through June 14 and overnight through June 14. 

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Give Pajamas: Five Graduation Gift Ideas

After years of books, class and final exams, a diploma finally gives the graduate an excuse to relax. Whether your graduate is heading onto college or out into the real world, pajamas make the perfect gift to help them unwind and also remind them of the comforts of home. Here are five ideas for the perfect graduation gift.

1. Cupcake Choices Flannel Pajamas —  Nothing beats comfort food and comfort pajamas. Give these pajamas with a gift certificate to their favorite cupcake or dessert place.

2. Blue Madras Cotton Pant — This pant is perfect for a guy or a girl to wear lounging around the house or even out to class or to grab some food. Check out the full selection for similar prints in green, purple, red and light blue.

3. “Beer Pong League” Sleep Pant — Yes, the college graduate may be leaving the frat parties behind, but they will always have beer pong. Celebrate the graduate’s not-so-grown-up life out of college by giving this pant crowning them the “beer pong champion”. Why not even throw in some red cups and ping pong balls for old times’ sake?

4. “Love Bikes” Poplin Pajama — Whether they are moving to a new campus or a new city, a bike is a useful gift for the recent graduate. These pajamas paired with a new fixed gear bicycle will be the perfect reminder of home. Don’t forget the helmet, too!

5. Kashwere Shawl Collar Robe — A truly luxurious gift, this so-soft robe will help the graduate get cozy in their new apartment or dorm room. The unisex robe comes in black, brown, white, cream, pink, and blue. If robes aren’t their thing, check out the companion Kashwere Pink Throw Blanket and Red Throw Blanket.

None of these ideas fit your graduate? Email media@thepajamacompany.com for more graduation present ideas.

 

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Five Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

We know how hard mother’s work, often taking care of everyone except for themselves. That’s why we love to treat them to some special comfort every Mother’s Day. But what gift can you get that your mom will love and will show her how much you care? We have some ideas. Here are five:

1. The Mother’s Day Luxury Bundle — Upgrade your typical pajama or robe purchase to an extraordinary gift package. The mother’s day bundle comes in a cute tied up pillow case (which she can reuse as well!) and includes a nightshirt, soothing eye mask, cosmetic case and chocolate bar. Substitutions are available on request, so just ask if you want something different!

2. Emerson Street Nightshirts in a Bag — Your mom will love these 100% cotton nightshirts printed with hilarious and fun cartoons suited for her unique personality. All nightshirts come in a cute drawstring cotton bag printed with a matching design.

3. Kashwere Robes — This is truly a gift of luxury. Featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things, these cashmere-like robes are incredibly soft and warm and will never shrink or fade. Add a fun pillow that reminds her that she is the family matriarch like the “It’s Good To Be Queen” Green Embroidered Gift Pillow.

4. “Marching Elephants” Flannel Pajama — One of our favorite new pajama sets, this fun flannel pajama from Munki Munki features a bright and colorful exotic elephant design. Add some poodle slippers to complete the comfy outfit! If you are looking for other fun animal themed pajamas, make sure to check out our Animal Lover section for more options.

5. From Paris With Love — Bring Paris to Mom this year with these beautiful Pink “Eiffel” Classic Flannel Pajama from Bedhead. The comfortable fit, and luxuriously soft 100% cotton pink flannel with crisp piping make this pajama one she will never want to take off. Complete the gift by adding an Anne Taintor cosmetic bag, like “Born to be Wild”, for her to take on her next European trip!

Didn’t see anything here? Check out or Just for Mom category for more Mother’s Day gift ideas. Remember Mother’s Day is May 13! 

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Behind the Scenes: The Pajama Company Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago, The Pajama Company took over a local high school in Connecticut for a photo shoot. Our brave models put on flannel pajama sets and hooded onesies and posed in the high school halls, classrooms and courtyards.

Photographer Alex Bordelon captured photos that perfectly reflect what The Pajama Company is all about: fun, friendship, comfort and a little bit of silliness.

Now that you’ve seen the photos, we wanted to get to know the person behind the camera. Bordelon, a high school senior, recently spoke with The Pajama Company about his passions, inspirations and plans for the future.

The Pajama Company: When did you first start taking pictures?

Alex Bordelon: I started taking photos when I was thirteen when I went to Italy. But I didn’t start taking an interest until my sophomore year when I was in an intro to photography class.

TPC: What is your favorite subject to shoot?

Bordelon: My favorite subject to take photos of are people. I love working with people and taking photos of them. It’s fun to bring out a side of them that’s not always seen.

TPC: What do you love about photography?

Bordelon: I love that there are so many ways to get involved with the art. Unlike painting, photography (specifically digital photography) is still a newer medium. Because we’re in the digital age, connecting with people online makes creating art and sharing it even easier. I love how photos can permanently capture a moment in time. I also love how nearly anyone can be a photographer. You can be five or ninety-five and take photos, and that is amazing.

TPC: Taking pictures of people can be tricky. What is your best tip for taking better pictures of people?

Bordelon: When working with people in a studio, or on any photo shoot, you need to make them feel comfortable. Most people aren’t used to having cameras and lights in their faces. By making them comfortable you’re able to get to that vulnerability people have when their guard is down. Telling jokes, playing music, and just talking with your subject will make getting the shot you want easier. The other piece of advice I can give is practice. As cliche as it sounds, the more you work with people and work with a camera the better you get at it.

TPC: Which is your favorite photo from The Pajama Company shoot?

Bordelon: My favorite photo from The Pajama Company shoot is the group photo in the studio (Ed note: It’s the one featured above!). It’s really difficult to get a group photo like that where everyone looks good. I’m really inspired by photographers like Annie Leibovitz. She has so many fantastic photos from her job at Vanity Fair and her project with Disney.

TPC: How do you plan to make photography a part of your future?

Bordelon: I love photography but making it big in the art world is incredibly hard. I’d love to work as a photographer for a big magazine like Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazar, or Vogue. I will be attending DePaul University in the Fall and I plan on majoring in International Relations and minoring in photography. Even though photography is my biggest passion, I still need the security of finding a job if I’m unable to break into the business. I still want to keep it on the back burner and take photos as much as possible while in school. If I don’t make it maybe I’ll be able to retire early and pursue it then. Either way, I will be involved with photography. When you’re that passionate about something, it’s nearly impossible for it to leave your life.

Check out more photos of Alex and the models behind the scenes of the high school photo shoot in this video.

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Pajamas At Prom

A fashion trend has truly stuck when it makes it way into the halls of high school. And according to Teen Vogue and The Wall Street Journal, that is exactly where the fashion forward pajama trend is headed this spring.

Teen Vogue suggests girls wear pajamas could be the big trend at proms this year.

Of course, pajamas in high school is no new fad. Teens have been wearing pajama pants to class for years (whether or not it’s pajama day). But pajamas have never been seen at prom, until perhaps this season.

According to Teen Vogue’s April 2012 prom issue, high schoolers could be trading in their formal dresses for formal pajama sets. Teen Vogue’s fashion news director told the Journal that teens inspired by rebellious, trendsetting celebs who have dressed up their pj’s for high profile events  — see Salma Hayek, Rihanna and Rachel Roy‘s recent looks — could be making fashion statements at proms around the country this year. She suggests teens looking to emulate the runway and red carpet looks pair their pajama sets with “red lips, heels and festive jewels” to make the prom outfit complete. (Make sure to check out our tips on dressing up pajamas as well!)

Here are a few of our favorite pajamas that could easily be dressed up and made into the perfect prom outfit.

This pajama set was worn on the red carpet by Rachel Roy. $162

Wear "Whales" for an even more unique look. $94

This violet satin pajama has a more feminine touch. $142

Are you planning to wear pajamas to prom? Tell us about it and send pictures to media@thepajamacompany.com.

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Enter The Pajama Street Fashion Photo Contest

We have seen pajamas on the runway and the red carpet. Now it’s your turn to show us how you are styling your pj’s.

This week The Pajama Company is holding the Pajama Street Fashion Photo Contest. The person who submits the best photo of themselves wearing an outfit that features pajamas as part of a fashionable daily outfit will win “Anchors Away” red check capri pajama pants. (Refer to Official Contest Rules for more information)

Try wearing pajama pants with a classic shirt:

Or wear a pajama shirt with trousers:

For inspiration on how to style your pajamas into a fashionable outfit, check out our recent blog, How To Turn Your Pajamas Into A Fashionable Outfit, and the great examples from New York Magazine, NY Mag Fashion: “Pajama Hour is Any Hour”.

Enter the Pajama Street Fashion Photo Contest before midnight on Sunday, April 15 to qualify.


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How To Turn Your Pajamas Into A Fashionable Outfit

Now that stars like Rihanna and Salma Hayek have been spotted looking stylish in their pajamas, there is no question that pajamas outside of the house is a fashion trend. And why shouldn’t it be? Pajamas are comfortable, lightweight and flattering.

If you can’t get your hands on Rihanna’s Pucci pajamas, there’s still hope. We have tips to help you make this trend your own and examples of how to do so with pieces from our collection.

To turn your sleepwear into street wear, just follow these three rules:

Rule #1 Wearing pajamas out of the house is not an excuse to look sloppy. Take a shower, do your hair and make-up and make sure your pajamas are clean and freshly ironed.

Rule #2 Pair your pajamas with non-sleepwear accessories like heels or sandals or a classic blazer or cardigan.

Rule #3 Be creative!

Here are a few examples using items from our own collection.

Pair these Navy Toile Classic Flannel Pajama Pants

with a navy blue sweater (like this one from stylebop.com)

and blue flats (like these from Steve Madden)

Complete the outfit with accessories like a scarf or bracelets.

Roll up the legs of these pajamas to the length of a cropped pant.

Pair with a black tank top and denim shirt (like this one from Lands End)

And red wedge sandals (like these from TOMS).

How do you style your pajamas?

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Rihanna Wears Pajamas On The Red Carpet

Another celebrity traded the designer dress for designer pajamas on the red carpet. Superstar Rihanna showed up for the world premier of her new film “Battleship” in Tokyo on Tuesday in her pajamas.

Of course, these weren’t just any pajamas that she pulled from her closet. The singer wore blue and gold metallic pajamas from Emilio Pucci’s Autumn Winter 2012 collection. To transform the pajamas from sleepwear to evening wear, Rihanna paired them with nude heels and long elegant earrings to complete the outfit.

For those keeping track at home, Rihanna makes the third celebrity we have caught dressing up pajamas. (See: Rachel Roy and Selma Hayek)

Will you be joining in on the trend?

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Five-Year-Old Suri Cruise Wears Pajamas To Dinner (So What??)

The twittersphere was all worked up last week over the news that Katie Homes brought her daughter Suri to dinner wearing pajamasAccording to dad, Tom Cruise, the 5-year-old Suri has her own sense of style and chooses her own outfits.

So did the celebrity kid, who was out to dinner with her mom and grandmother, decide to make a style statement following the leads of fashion icons Rachel Roy and Selma Hayek who were recently seen dressing up their pajamas? Doubtful. (Uh, she’s five. Remember?)

Our guess is Suri chose pajamas for the same reason many of us adults do; they’re comfy, cute and unique.

To turn her pajamas into an outfit, Suri paired heart print capri pant and top with a purple jacket and silver flats.

Some moms are still upset about Suri’s style choice or her mother’s allowing her daughter’s fashion freedom. A writer on babycenter.com points out that mom, Katie Holmes, had an opportunity to bring Suri a change of clothes after their afternoon activity.

But is it really that big of a deal for a 5-year-old to go out in pajamas? What do you think?

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