Waking Up With Needham Lane

The thing I look forward to the most when visiting a hotel is going to sleep. There is nothing more satisfying in this world than laying down your head on a freshly made bed that you did not make. Checking out the bed is the first thing I do when we enter our room and I can remember every great hotel bed. I'm seriously obsessed with hotel beds. Like, I actually bought a hotel bed for my master room. I'm not at all kidding (I'll share that whole story another time). 

BTW I really did wake up like this. 

Anyway, a few years ago I was trying to think of a way to make my hotel stays even more luxurious and that's when I came up with the idea to treat myself to a new set of pjs before every trip. I've been doing it for about three years and never looked back (plus it helped me upgrade my sleepwear from the hubby's old t-shirts which was so not classy). For our trip to London I wanted something as special as the city itself and thanks to a recommendation I read on another bloggers webpage (hello White Cabana!) I headed to the Needham Lane website. 

I had been looking forward to this London trip my whole life, not just the seven or so months since we booked our flights. London has always been this far away city filled with gorgeous architecture, nods to the past around every corner, British teas and food and the fashion. Oh my, the fashion. In my books, there has never been a better hotbed for fashion (sorry, Paris. I prefer tweed any day.). I felt that this special trip needed a special set of pjs and Needham Lane agreed. I explained to the Needham Lane team that I am a lady of colour. The brighter, the pinker, the better. This company, based in Massachusetts, had exactly what I was looking for. 

The Palmer Long Sleeve Pajamas in classic pink and green and Pineapple Canvas Slip-Ons. They were the first things I packed for the London leg of our trip. 

My favourite part of staying in British hotels is they always have a kettle with tea, milk and biscuits waiting in the room. As a self professed teaholic (I'm not nearly as bad as my mom!) I need a tea the minute I wake up. Yes its a bad habit and no I am not interested in changing. We were very lucky weather wise and had the warmest and sunniest days while in London. On our first morning I enjoyed my cuppa while reading Kate's British Vogue cover story while the warm morning light streamed in. 

The hotel we stayed at in London has the nicest grounds. It was a little slice of paradise in the centre of a bustling city. And none of the other hotel guests were using it. I even asked if we could have our tea outside in the morning and they invited us to stay as long as we like. Since no one else was using it, we figured it was fine to just wear our pjs out there! 

What I like the most about the Palmer Long Sleeve pajamas, besides the colours which I do love, is the fit and fabric. The material is 100% cotton which gives a wonderful softness. I am always cold at night and these pjs kept me comfortably warm but did not make me overheat. I stopped wearing fleece to bed for that reason. The fit is excellent. I am wearing the size medium and never felt restricted when moving around (which is good for those of us that clean their house early in the morning in their pjs!). I have washed the pjs a few times and they look as good as the first day they arrive. I wash all my clothes on a delicate cycle and hang everything to dry. To remove the crispness of line drying I throw everything into the dryer on a delicate cycle with a dryer sheet for about 5 minutes. 

Did you know there are palm trees in London? They have them in Wales as well! I've always associated palm trees with tropical climates but I guess the southern areas of Britain don't usually get very cold. 

My Pineapple canvas slip-ons were very comfortable for walking around the hotel. They are quite substantial, these are the thickest soul slippers I have ever seen! Truth be told, since we have been home I wore them out a few times with white jeans. They are adorable and have the same styling as a smoking slipper, which is a very popular look right now.   

Well my second tea of the morning is all gone and I am ready for my third and fourth. Guess we better head back to the room and start exploring London. Cheerio!

Many thanks to the wonderful team at Needham Lane for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.