Monday, July 19, 2010

Sleepin' Cool in the Heat

A few years ago, while slumbering away in the middle of the night, I was awakened by the sound of the door at the end of the hallway gently being closed.  Hel-loooo I live alone with two cats and not only can they not reach the door knob, they don't wear heavy soled boots.  My mind went into overdrive.  Surely those were not footsteps I was hearing on the hardwood floors.  I tried to convince myself it was nothing; that I was just making it up.  In true MacGyver form I reached over for my cell phone and clicked it to shine the light down the hallway where, indeed, the door WAS closed AND the dining room light was shining from underneath.  Not good.  Someone was out there and my damn phone was almost dead.  Now what??  My adrenaline was racing and my heart was in my throat.

I considered calling 911 (I also sleep with my landline next to my bed) - but what if they heard and killed me before the Police arrived?

I looked around for a weapon.  Not smart.

I leaned over to grab the sweatpants that were folded neatly next to my bed (always prepared for an emergency) and the sneakers tucked underneath.  I have a door off my bedroom that leads directly to the outside and the garage.  That was my escape route.  My cell phone was almost dead so I snuck into the next bedroom on tiptoe (cuckoo?), plugged it in, grabbed my purse, waited a few moments without breathing while the intruder(s) strolled around on the other side of the wall and then, when the phone had a bar or two, I made a HUGE scenario about making a move for the door off my room.  I slammed, banged, and did it up big hoping they would think I was a large male.

Suffice it to say I made it out alive.  I got in my car and drove away at the speed of light, called the Police and, fortunately, did not have a single article stolen from my home.  Probably, they said, due to my heavy footed charade which was basically ridiculous.

The thing that saved me was being prepared.  The change of clothes, bag and keys next to the bed made for an easy getaway.  Suffice it to say, no matter how hot it gets, I will never sleep in the raw.  Never.  Life's too short.  Instead I turn to Honeydew Intimates to beat the heat in the summer - and allow for a pair of sweats over top in case I need to make a quick escape (please God never again).


The summer that many of you have been experiencing has definitely made its way to Southern California.  This weekend was comprised of laying on the beach, late afternoon sandstorms, delicious bbq's, sangria tasting, and trying to get a good night's sleep while ensuring safe getaway.  A/C is great for during the early evening, but I will not use it at night because with the noise level I wouldn't hear if anyone broke in.  Call me paranoid, but given past experience I think I'm justified.

I rely on a ceiling fan and my Honeydew Babydoll nighties.  They are super soft, comfy and very pretty.  With a cool shower before bed they set me up perfectly for a great night of zzzz's.  Have you tried them?  I used to be a strict Hanky Panky girl, but those things are not inexpensive.  A girl in a local boutique encouraged me to give their Low Rise Hipsters a try a couple years ago and they have been a staple in my drawer ever since.  They don't ride up, the cotton is a dream, and they come in all sorts of fun colors.

This afternoon I took a trip over to Nordstrom to check out their Anniversary sale.  Due to the mob the only thing I left with was the Honeydew Hipster in 4 new colors.  They have a great deal right now at 4 for $36 and there was a lot of selection left.  Unfortunately the location I visited was sans the Babydoll, but I'm going to get on the horn in the AM and see what I can do.  It's not getting any cooler and I'm not sleeping fully clothed.  If you are looking for cute and cool nighttime wear I couldn't recommend Honeydew more highly!

If you have experienced success with other items they offer or have an alternate line you turn to in summer I would love to hear about it.

Hope you had a fun and relaxing weekend!!

46 comments:

Krystal said...

I cannot believe that story!!! My heart was all beating kind of fast - insane. And that is pretty much my bedtime wear lately - with no A/C here I sleep as light as poss!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I always sleep in French knickers and top.
What a story. You are a brave girl. Have a nice day.

Café Bellini said...

OMG that is SO scary! How did he get in? Did you have the locks changed after that? Put in alarms? When my husband is away on business I also make sure I have both my mobile and landline phones by the bed but there is no direct access to the garage! What to do in an apartment building? Have a rope handy?! Oh, nearly forgot, those hipsters are really cute!

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Holy cow, what a segway into cute nighties! I would be scared out of my mind!

Unfortunately I live in a brownstone and the only way out is downstairs. This is ridiculous, but I do sleep with a bat within reach near the bed - I guess that is my idea of being prepared!

Abby said...

That is absolutely terrifying! How did he get in? I'm so glad that you're ok!

Emilie said...

lol What a story!!!
I spent the weekend with my sister it was her birthday and we had so much fun ;)
x

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Wow you have such good instincts. I could see myself pretending I'd overracted or been dreaming or something. And very brave of you to check the hallway like that. So crazy!!!!

Did they ever catch the person? At least nothing was taken, but man, you sense of security had to be rocked!

Debby said...

That is so frightening! Thank God you thought quick and got out! Those p.j.'s are adorable.

p.s. I am having a Lavanila perfurme giveaway for fans of my Facebook page if this is something of interest. (winner chooses scent) xo

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Thank God you are okay! Thanks for sharing these pj's with us. I am certainly due for some newer, cuter versions!

Jen said...

Holy cow! What a scary story!! Aren't you still a little freaked out by it?? What ever happened? Did they find who was in there?? Tell us more!!

Jess said...

I was just looking at these on Nordy's website!! Too cute.

And that story is super scary. I'm always so freaked out that this will happen to me too :(

Nikki said...

Omg you gave me goosebumps! I am so happy you made it out in one piece!
Thank you for sharing, it's stories like yours that remind people to be prepared and careful!

PS love the honeydew intimates you picked! I'll make sure to look for them next time I go shopping!

Have a great day sweetie!


xx
Nikki

Debby said...

I kept waiting for you to say that it was someone you knew. I can't believe that you stayed "cool" long enough to get your cell some juice. How did he get in. Did the police find him. You were prepared and brave. Glad you are okay.

Mo Pie, Please said...

I really thought this story was going to end in humor - that it was a surprise visitor that you were happy to have. Boo, how scary! Well at least you were prepared and at least you have great sleepwear!

Alicia said...

OH MY GOSH, how scary!!! This makes me think twice about sleeping in the nude too! haha I love and pretty much only wear Hanky Panky. ;)

Jammer said...

I almost had to battle a girl at the anniversary sale!! Luckily, the thing we were both looking at was in the wrong size for me, but I totally could've taken her!! haha

http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

Ms. Pink said...

this is a crazy story!!! your like a "boy scout", always prepared ;)... I am glad it has a happy ending :)

ps god bless the Nordstrom anniversary sale!

mp
http://www.thepinkandblueblog.com

D&D said...

you are amazing. i would have had a heart attack for sure!
you are awesome.

Indie.Tea said...

Good thing that you are safe. Also, you sure know how to tell a story!

shari @ little blue deer said...

That is so freaky! I would have had a heart attack! Aren't you smart, though, glad it ended up alright! I love Hanky Panky, too, will have to check out Honeydew! XO!

Marcie said...

Oh my gosh Carrie!! This is so scary! I was expecting you to say it was someone you knew and not an intruder. That is super scary, and I am so glad you are okay. I totally agree that being prepared and being able to think in that situation is what saves you. I am going to get a new mace now.

xo Marcie

Kiki said...

OMG - you had me at hello, no - wait, I mean WTH! That was some crazy stuff!!! And I love how the story turned into a shopping moment for sleep wear. See, dont you just love writers, you should pitch that as a ad campaign for Honeydew..I would totally craft it for you...

XOXO
Kiki

PhotoPuddle said...

Blimey, how scary! And a very good reason for wearing clothes in bed!

suzy said...

good graish, that story scared me!!!
and i'm already paranoid.
you're smart though. i would've just laid there until the whoever came in and stabbed me to death with my own car keys.

Closet Fashionista said...

AHHH! That's so scary!!! I'm glad you're okay!!!
And yea, I always have a nightgown and shorts on XD...or shorts and a tank top ;)
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Susan said...

Carrie, you must get a security system like right NOW! That was too close for comfort.

Must say love the hipsters... cant imagine finding them on PEI though.... drag.

Susan

Bren said...

OMG...I would freak OUT!!! That's CRAZY!!!! I've never had that happen to me, but I'm PARANOID that it will!!! Seriously, reading your story I thought it would turn out to be someone that you knew! My heart was pounding right along with yours!!! I'm so happy that you made it out, and that nothing was stollen. I'm going to tuck some sneaks under my bed immediately!

Again, glad that you're ok!

xoxo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

Valerie said...

Carrie, I cannot believe you had an intruder in your house!!! That's the scariest story I've heard in a long time. Thank goodness you were prepared and quick on your feet. I got the chills reading this. My goodness, I think you're COMPLETELY justified in being a bit paranoid after that. Thank goodness you're okay!

I love the honeydew hipsters too. I wear them all the time. About the hug deli, I personally like only to hug close friends and/or family members. I'm not a big fan of strangers touching me, so I decided to just observe. I love the concept and think it's so sweet and helpful to some people. But being the weirdo that I am, I just enjoyed watching. ;)

xo
Valerie

MarchMusings said...

Smart thinking. Love the hipsters

Style, She Wrote said...

Brave girl! You handled yourself marvelously! That sounds like such a scary experience. I live alone and totally understand the fear factor. Great ever-ready picks too!

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

Honeydew really is such a fun brand...and you can't beat the price!
i went to the Nordstrom sale too...so many people were shopping!!
xox alison

Fashion & Beauty Lights said...

Omg Carrie this was A story! I agree with everyone, you are very brave dear! And those picks are lovely hihi :)


Btw Carrie, I created a new blog cuz I will be deleting my old one, please follow me there if you can: http://fashionandbeautylights.blogspot.com/

Thank you,
Irene

Josie said...

What a terrifying story! You are a smart, smart girl, my dear. I love the nightie you've featured and have to say, as serious as the topic is, I loved your MacGyver reference with a passion.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

That is such a scary story! How brilliant you are for making it out without a scratch. And what a reason to wear cute pajamas! Honeydew is super duper cute. Have you checked out Naomi Lingerie on Etsy as well? Also adorable.

Fashion Meets Food said...

What a terrifying story! Oh my goodness I would have definitely been freaking out. Good thing you keep stuff right by your bed! I definitely need to consider doing that. I love honeydew hipsters! They were all sold out at the two nordstroms I went to.

xo

Fifth Sparrow said...

oh geeze! So glad to hear that you're ok! That is seriously terrifying... I live alone too and have never thought about an escape route! I think I might have to plan one right now!

I've never heard of Honeydew, but the stuff is adorable! Thanks for the tip! xx

Anna Walker said...

I pretty much would have died in my bed if that had happened! Ugh! Scary! That is the only situation that I would believe in having a gun in!

Anyway, cute underclothes! I will be checking them out...NOW!

:)

xoxo

Anna Jane said...

umm...that's seriously terrifying! right before bed and now I'm terrified...

Funny you post about the sale on underwear at Nordstrom because I JUST bought some, as in two hours ago! great minds think alike :)

xx,
anna jane
http://seejaneworkplaylive.blogspot.com

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Oh my goodness I would have been terrified if this had happened to me!!!!

I should have some special summer outfit at night in this heat here, but I don't. Just plaid ol' shirt and shorts.

Fashion and Beauty Lights said...

I just made my best friend read the story and she got chills. Honestly, I am traumatized of intruders. Thank God u came out of it fine and brave!

Jorge said...

how about telling those who leave comments to stop injecting links to their blogs. no point in allowing them to reap the benefits of your success? they are all a bunch of crazy mofo's.

most of their junk is simply turd burgers - most of them rip your ideas anyhow. i'd b***h slap them if i were you.

http://www.CrazyMofos.com

MT Days & Nights said...

AHHHH that is my worse fear ever! I live with 3 other people so luckily I'm rarely home alone, but when I am I always have my cell phone close by. I'm glad they left and you were ok.

TASHA B said...

im addicted to underwear!!

Ms Sublime said...

Carrie I am tuning in after a bit of time off from blogging and have read about your experience! You brave woman!! I love that you managed to turn a serious issue into an article about 'preparation'! i.e. sleep wear is important!! really glad you are ok hun xx

Jessica said...

Oh Carrie! I'm so glad you were safe with that intruder! I can't imagine what I'd do if it were me. My bedroom is lofted, so there's not a good escape route to avoid being offed by a crazed person. I'd probably just freeze up and pretend I'm not there. Avoidance always works, eh?

Victoria's Secret has some cute boy shorts that I love to sleep in. Super soft cotton, they don't cut into your sides, and they have cute little lace details. I'd post a link, but I"m at work. Can't imagine the tech guys would appreciate that (or maybe they would ...).

Ms Sublime said...

Jessica i think they would definitely appreciate it! ;-))

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