Friday, April 16, 2010

The Art of Sleep

Yesterday was tax day and many people feel like staying bed all day in an IRS induced depression slumber. But if you're like me, you have to go to work and the down-filled cocoon of self pity just isn't an option. 

Luckily for all of us, today is
National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day!

Statistics have shown that comfortable employees are more productive and nothing is more comfortable than working you pajamas. However, if you're planning on showing up at work in your loungewear, there are a few rules to follow:

1. Get Comfy

Stay stylish with this beautiful set from Sleepyheads

Can't wear full-on pajamas to work?
Grab a dress and slip on one of Plum Pretty Sugar's chic robes
(Be sure to check out their gorgeous duvet covers too)

A comfier version of many executive's shoe of choice -the golf shoe!
Golf Shoe Slippers from Hoboken Golf

My personal slippers of choice are these adorable "wooden clogs" from A Touch of Dutch.

2. (In Case You Get Too Comfy) Bring Sleeping Aids

Offices are noisy and bright, but you can still rest from a busy work day. .
(Friendly Tip: Try napping when most people are at lunch. That way when they come back, you can go on YOUR "lunch break" and nap some more.)

The awesome web site Fail Ads has a list of 40 Crazy Looking Sleep Masks. I loved so many of them that I couldn't choose my faves. Below are two that made me smile.

I had no idea that cute earplugs existed, did you? eCrater did!
3. Set Your Alarm Clock

The last thing you want to do is to sleep through a meeting. The boss will never let you have a National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day again! Sure, you could use a cell phone or a nice friend,
 but wouldn't you rather use one of these:

Red Alert Robot from polyvore

Light Bulb Alarm Clock by Quirky

Have a coworker who needs a pick-me-up? Pajamagram makes the perfect gifts for today!

And since it is Friday - lets talk about living the art-full life.  Last week I showed you photos of art in everyday places. Today I wanted to share with you using sleep as an artful inspiration.

In 2009 Chinese artist Chu Yun, 33 created what he called a human sculpture. In a living installation at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Yun hired women ages 18-40 to sleep at the museum (with the optional use of a sleeping pill) while museum visitors view them with no rope or barrier between them. The installation was extremely popular. Did any of you get to see it?

Chu Yun Art Installation

Chu Yun is in good company when it comes to using "sleeping beauties" for inspiration.

Sleeping By Day by British artist Ray Caesar (LOVE this image!!)

Sleeping Goddess by Frank Rozasy (courtesy of Fine Art America)

Sweet Dreams!

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