WARM THIS WINTER: CLASSIC PAJAMAS TO LOUNGE IN STYLE THIS SEASON

by Marisa Marcantonio

There are few things as cozy as putting on a pair of freshly pressed classic men's pajamas before slipping into bed on a cold winter night. My search for new classics with a women's silhouette led me to the 7 great pairs below.  From floral to gingham, there is a version that will make every gal on your gift list happy. Sleep tight.

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Want to wear the same fresh patterned Roberta Roller Rabbit prints you love from your summer caftans in a PJ version? The now classic Amanda floral comes in cozy button down classic PJs.

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I can always count on J. Crew to come out with something made out of a floral Liberty printed fabric. I invariably want it. A PJ set in a small pink flower petal print with long pants and cuffs trimmed in navy has a femme look.

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The anchor motif on Pomegranate's Ahoy PJ's for those that wish the were on the shore all year long.

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The preppy appeal of your lived-in checked gingham button down has been translated into crisp pajamas with white piping by a favorite of mine for soft cotton PJ's, Marigot.

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Andy Spade is up to his usual cheeky tricks. This time, he is designing classic standby's like cotton PJ's, boxers, robes and socks with a pared-down  traditional feel under the name Sleepy Jones. All about cozy Sunday mornings, their luxe silk version, the Paley, has a modern stripe down the side that leads to side pockets.

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Pale aqua trims the feminine silhouette of Three J's Jamie PJ's, based on traditional men's pj's in crisp white cotton.

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Known for her classic button down shirts and fresh tailored perspective on women's fashion,  Atlanta-based fashion designer and shop owner Ann Mashburn, does PJ's, with the same attention to detail and quality. Made of the same super soft cotton used to make luxurious bedding, I love her slightly oversized version of the classic set.

THE BEST WAY TO EASE INTO A NEW YEAR

by Marisa Marcantonio

If you find yourself overserved on New Year's eve, perhaps a little hair of the dog and time under the covers will restore your energy and leave you ready to take on 2011! Here are some ways to wile away the day--

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Breakfast in bed may be the best way to spend the better part of your day. Dine in duvet style with Charles Fradin Home's Alva Bed Tray.


Channel your love of folkloric florals with Anthropologie's Cadiz Mug.

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Fill your cup with Partners Tea Co. fair trade teas, a company started by my college friend Sarah Scarborough. I was beyond excited to see her teas included in West Elm stores well-edited holiday gift assortment. Her Sweet Friend Blend is delicious, with its blend of herbal and raspberry flavors.

Kill a cold and get your energy back with Redoxon fizzy Vitamin C tablets. I always stock up on these when I am in London-- they really do the trick.

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Spend you leisure time writing thank you notes for gifts with Rifle Paper Co.'s amusing Friends of The Forest cards from Anthropologie.

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Stay indoors and get cozy wearing a Marigot Collection long cashmere sweater with a handy pocket for tissues if you have the sniffles.

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I love my shearling Uggs, but sometimes an adorable design can trump shearling. Gorsuch has these boiled wool Chalet Slippers with a charming winter scenic design.

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Start off the New Year right by reading a classic, again. Take on Jane Austen's Emma, a Penguin Hardcover Classic, specially encased in in graphic artist Coralie Bickford-Smith's design on stamped linen.

BABY, ITS COLD OUTSIDE: GET COZY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Here are some uber last minute holiday gift ideas for yourself and your nearest and dearest. Some gifts you might never buy for yourself because you are so busy thinking about everyone else or you feel they are too decadent, so provide this list to a person that needs a nudge, and point them in the right direction. These goodies can help you get ready for the New Year, relax, recharge and get cozy.

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If you want to harness your inner style, turn to this new book from Monacelli Press A Life of Style by fashion and luxury lifestyle icon Rebecca Moses for her wise words about what style means and how you can access yours both through your look and how you live. Now is the time to rethink it all, especially if you want to turn over a new leaf in the new year.

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When the holidays are over, you may or may not be into talking about, eating and looking at food. After you have swapped recipes and finally gotten your Aunt to divulge her famous Chili recipe, you can write the secret ingredients down in Rifle Paper Co's Heirloom Recipe Card box. The old timey box is painted in with a floral design and looks as though it was passed down from generation to generation, but that can be our secret. This is a nice time - consuming project for when you feel like opting out of the after dinner walk with the entire family to get some time to yourself. Does this sound familiar?

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Illuminate a Canvas Back to Basics candle to start off the new year-- after all, isn't that what resolutions are all about -- a return to the basic, easy stress-free life you once had? Fig and Orange Blossom scents will fill the air with a serene aroma.

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Brew up a spot of tea and sympathy in Tiffany's bone china Sea Urchin Teapot. It is the perfect time out and a way to take a moment for yourself.

Few things are as cozy as crisply pressed cotton classic pajamas. Finally, they are being made in a wearable (not massively over sized) cut with beautiful accent colors. Lounge around well into January with luxe in a 140 thread count cotton poplin pajama top from Marigot. They are available with pretty contrast piping colors like lime, shown here, and get better with time.
Complete the set with Marigot cotton pants, and begin your collection of PJ's.

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A gift box like this will make your friends feel like they are staying in a 5 star hotel from Waterworks. The box includes a white hand towel and Apothecary Hand Cream, Liquid Hand Soap, Bar Hand Soap, Shower Gel and Room Spray. Give it as a party thank you or keep it for the cadre of relatives that will soon be descending on your home for the holidays. Waterworks is offering Stylebeat readers a special 20% discount for the holidays and you can use the code STYLEBEAT10 at checkout!

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Keep your toes warm with an adorable hot water bottle designed as only the British can. From Nina Campbell.

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If you must go outside, be ready for a flash snowball fight with these Kate Spade Snowball Mittens that read, "place snowball here" on the right glove.

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It has been so cold in New York it is hard not to look like Nanook of the North bundling up to go outside. But since ski slope chic has hit the city hard, you may need this fur funnel neck piece to keep your head and neck toasty from Glamourpuss. A little bit Alps a lot warm.