Slumber Party Series Part Three: Sheets, Duvets & A Giveaway

Happy National Sleep Awareness Week and welcome to part three of the Slumber Party series! This installment is all about my favorite duvets and sheets. But first, a giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with Slumbr, which is a company that makes the most amazing pillows (they make you relax faster than a valium and champagne) and Poéthique, which is an eco-luxe brand of 100% plant-based skincare products. 

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Now let’s get the party started on bedding. I’m a duvet girl and down insert (aka down comforter) kind of girl. I know some people like regular comforters and no duvet, but I don’t. Sorry. If you enjoy a good comforter vs duvet debate, there’s a great post on Apartment Therapy.

Also, I know there are alternatives to down, but for me, there is no alternative. Would you rather drift off to sleep in a comfy cloud of down or sandwiched between clumps of cotton/polyester fill? Didn’t think so. Down is just so lux. Furthermore, a decent down comforter will last you forever. I took my parents’ old one with me to college and I still use it for guests to this day. Honestly, it's probably like 15 years old at this point. So buy the real thing. It's worth it. 

Here are some of my favorite duvets along with sheet suggestions for maximum style and comfort.

Dwell Studio Chinoserie Duvet

If you couldn’t tell from the picture above with my dogs, I love my Dwell Studio Chinoserie Duvet. It’s soft, stylish and looks good with any style of bed or headboard. As they say in Portlandia, put a bird on it

Marimekko Kesahelle Sheets

While I’m normally not a fan of mixing patterns, I really like the way Marimekko’s Keashelle sheets coordinate with the Dwell Studio duvet. The stripes contrast the birds without getting too busy.

Missoni Patrick Duvet

Missoni bedding is kind of my dream. It’s Italian (omg, do you feel a Dresses to Decor coming on, I know I do!) and impossible to mistake for anything else. The Patrick Duvet provides a great focal point for a room, especially if you have simple bedroom furniture. 

Sky 500 Thread Count Sheet Set

If you’re going to have a Missoni duvet, you can’t go crazy with patterned sheets unless you want to give the person you are sleeping with a seizure. Sky’s 500 Thread Count Sheets are available in two perfect colors to work with the Missoni Duvet, which are orange (I get it, not for everyone) and lavender (the safer choice). 

Anthropologie Georgina Duvet

Anthropologie’s Georgina Duvet is like that person who walks into the party and everyone stares and gasps at their beauty. An interesting update of the Shabby Chic style, it is available in white and cream as well as the muted blue color that is pictured. 

Anthropologie Embroidered Sateen Sheet Set

With a classic scalloped edge, Anthropologie’s Embroidered Sateen Sheet Set is the perfect compliment to balance the Georgia Duvet. Remember, no one wants to get busy in a bed that looks too busy. 

Anthropologie Tolouse Duvet

The Toulouse Duvet by Anthropologie is what you choose if the person you are sharing your bed with thinks the Georgina is too feminine for their taste. A little more muted and modern, it has just enough ruffle going on. 

Sweet Home Collection 1800 Thread Count Sheets

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Dark on dark starts to look goth. Don’t be a downer. The crisp mint color of these shockingly affordable 1800 thread count sheets from Sweet Home Collection is a fresh compliment to the dark Tolouse Duvet.

Serena & Lilly Cherry Duvet

Serena & Lilly’s Cherry duvet is technically kids bedding (so it’s only available in twin and full/queen sizes, boo), but it was too cute not to include in this roundup. What adult wouldn’t love these cheery cherries?  I die for this to dress up a guest room. 

Comphy Sheets

Sometimes, less is more. I think if you are going to use a fun fruit print duvet, plain white sheets are best. And I found the most comfortable ones are from a brand called Comphy. I swear, I can’t make this up.

I discovered these sheets when I was getting acupuncture from Colette Widrin at Askeo Theraputics last week. She had the softest sheets on her table. I was literally never so comfortable having someone insert needles into me. Comphy sheets are made from magic, clouds and microfiber from heaven. 

Slumber Party Series Part Two: Get On The ZZZ List With Luxe Sleep Accessories

Welcome to part two of my Slumber Party series. 2016 is almost over and resolutions are on everyone’s mind. Even if your resolution is fitness or wellness related (and really whose isn’t?), it’s been scientifically proven that getting more sleep will help you reach those goals and support an overall healthy lifestyle.

But, if you’re anything like me, it’s hard to relax in bed. My life is crazy and I always have so much going on. My mind feels like the Energizer Bunny because it keeps going and going and going and going… However, since adding some luxe sleep accessories to my bedtime routine, I’m able to wind down and relax a whole lot faster. So, if you want to be on the ZZZ-list, here are four ways to join my slumber party.

Slumbr Pillows

Sometimes a better pillow is all you need for a superior night of slumber. But the process of purchasing a pillow is a total pain in the neck (sorry, I can’t help myself). The last time I bought a pillow at a retail store, I kept feeling and petting those things like a puppy. Sure, it felt soft and fluffy, but I really had no idea if I chose the right pillow for me. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t.  

Then, I tried to buy another set of pillows from a website where I was at the mercy of reviews. Long story short: SleepXprt4U69 was not an expert after all. 

Several sets of crappy pillows later, I was thrilled to discover Slumbr. The company was founded by two Silicon Valley #girlbosses turned pillow experts, Michelle Fishberg and Heather Rebuelta. They realized that people spend thousands of dollars on mattresses, but cheap out when it comes to pillows and then wonder why they aren’t getting a good night’s sleep. After some facepalming and major research, they designed six different pillows to fit a variety of sleep styles and budgets. Then they created a highly scientific but also short (because really who has time for this?) quiz to help you choose the right one. Quite simply, Slumbr is a total game changer.

Soft Surroundings Silk Pillow Case

We all love our 10 bajillion thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets, but unfortunately, if you use a cotton pillowcase, you might as well be sleeping on a cactus. I hate to break it to you, but cotton dries out your skin and hair, causing split ends. That’s why you need to make the switch to silk. Silk pillowcases are like a magical beauty treatment. In addition to preventing bed head, silk helps your skin retain moisture, so all of your products work better.

My favorite silk pillowcase is from Soft Surroundings. It makes me feel like I’m sleeping at a five star hotel. Also, unlike many other silk pillowcases, this one is machine washable, so you don’t have to get it dry cleaned. Available in 12 colors with lots of monogram options, Soft Surroundings makes sure your bed looks just as fabulous as you do.  

AnaOno SHHH! Eye Mask

Nothing kills a deep sleep faster than sunshine. (Isn’t that literally the only time you don’t like sunshine?) So, avoid the light from hitting your eyes with this chic sleep mask from Ana Ono. Embroidered with a message for your bedmate and an elastic strap to stay secure, this mask practically guarantees a better night of shuteye.

Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment

Sometimes, it’s just impossible to CTFD. Tata Harper’s Aromatic Bedtime Treatment is made for those moments. Featuring notes of melissa (the plant, not your best friend from fifth grade), orange, lemon and lavender, all you need to do is apply it to your pulse points before bedtime. Then take at least five deep breaths and get ready to drift off to Slumberland. It might just be your new Ambien, but obviously natural and less harmful.