I made a rather lovely new discovery whilst browsing the Marks and Spencer Nightwear rails; they are now stocking a beautiful range of lightweight, cotton pyjamas and night-dresses under the brand name “La Maison de Senteurs“. Having very recently moved into a barn (temporarily, whilst my own house is knocked about and added to), the rustic, Country Living style of this range appeals to me no end. It’s all muted tones, crisp white cotton and broderie anglaise trim – as far as you could possibly get from my usual style, but pregnancy does seem to have done odd things to me and I’m finding myself drawn – inexplicably – to things that are pretty and borderline-virginal.
Anyway, I treated myself to this little number: the Pure Cotton Floral Embroidered Chemise, largely because it looked OK over my bump but also because it made me feel like the kind of girl who might spend all day reading in the bedroom window of her parents’ farmhouse in rural South of France, waiting for some strapping young lad to come back from a day in the fields and ravish her. (Where the hell did that come from?!) Alternatively, back in the real world, it’s the kind of nightdress that makes you feel nicely summery and optimistic – it’s like the sleepwear equivalent of freshly-laundered cotton sheets. Just add a little jar of lavender sprigs to sit on your bedside table and the idyll is complete…
You can find the whole Maison de Senteurs range online here – I’m going back later to pick up a little matching dressing gown!
Also gorgeous – but I have to admit I’m a bit cross about the fact these went into the sale days after I bought them full price – are the Rosie for Autograph bits and pieces. I bought the Floral Cuffed Hem pyjama bottoms (£14 in the sale here), which are unbelievably comfy – and I like the way that the ankle cuffs stop them from ruching up my legs at night – and the Cocoon Wrap with Cashmere, here, which was £35 when I bought it but is now £17. Bloody, bloody hell. I do like a bit of dedicated “night” knitwear- slouchy jumpers and wraps that are just for lounging in and throwing on over your pyjamas. I only started getting into the whole loungewear-layering thing after I discovered Hush, the bible for comfortable-yet-chic dressing. I haven’t yet done a proper springtime blast on the Hush website – stay tuned for my seasonal splurge!