Summer Necklace Giveaway

Today, I am in a sad mood because I am packing to go home on Monday. To cheer myself up and those who read this blog, I am offering a Summer Necklace Giveaway. I will give 3 of these adorable pearl drop pendants with Swarovski crystals away to some lucky readers. Swarovski colors available are icy beige, seafoam green, light pink, turquoise, green, hot pink, clear, light blue or black.
To enter:
1. Leave me a comment on this post and tell me (1) which color necklace you would like and (2) what your favorite thing you have done this summer so far… (one entry)
2. Post this giveaway on your blog, facebook or tweet about it (two entries)
3. Both of the above and become a follower or let me know that you are one (three entries)
So, you could get a total of three entries if you do all three. These necklaces are so cute on…you will love it! Enter through Friday, August 6th at 10:00 am. Winner will be announced later that day. Good luck!!!

Juicy Late Summer Read..The Recessionistas by Alexandra Lebenthal

Review from the publisher:

It’s the day after Labor Day 2008, and the bottom is about to drop out of the economy. Hedge fund owner, John Cutter is in the process of an ugly divorce and nearly in financial ruin, except for the assets he is hiding from his wife Mimi in the Cayman Islands. When he concocts a scheme to redeem himself, he enlists Lehman Brothers investment banker Blake Somerset as an accomplice. Blake is ripe for recruitment given that he too is on the verge of being in dire financial straits given Lehman’s decline and imminent bankruptcy. Blake’s socialite wife Grigsby is barely aware of her changing world to begin with, and has no idea of ther perilous situation her husband is about to enter into. As Autumn unfolds, Grigsby fairytale life starts to unwind. Meanwhile, John and Blake’s scheme comes to light when street-smart Renee Parker begins her new position as John’s executive assistant. Convinced something is amiss, she enlists her friend Sasha Silver, CEO of Silver Partners to help decipher what is happening. This story of expulsion from a modern-day Garden of Eden captures what happens when economic decline spells ruin for Manhattan’s pampered elite.

I have been seeing the reviews for this book popping up is now on my Amazon list! Click here to order. Any other good suggestions????

Very Improper

My roommates are always flipping through the Improper Bostonian magazine and this month, they found this ad for Flat of the Hill featuring the most beautiful picture of my crystal necklaces. Flat of the Hill is about to launch their new website

..almost finished and will have all the adorable things you can find in the store, including Kristin Pearce Designs, of course!

I have spend the last 5 days at the beach, so today I am on the couch making jewelry and catching up on tv. Hard to believe my trip is almost over!

Newport Tour Guide

Having someone come to visit me in Newport made me put my tour guide thinking cap on for the first time. BFF Meg came to visit me from North Carolina last week. She has been listening to me talk about the fabulousness of Newport for so many summers, she wanted to see if for herself. We spent Tuesday in Boston checking out Charles and Newbury Street, the Public Garden and more. Tara and Shannon met us for lunch at the Paramount..yum. I am certainly not a Boston expert, so I did the best I could…
Meg and I with the Silver Man in the Garden

We arrived in Newport in the late afternoon. It happened to be unreasonably hot so we got ready and headed straight out for a driving tour and then to dinner at the Barking Crab.

Wednesday, we hit Bellevue and Thames for some shopping, stopping for lunch at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. For dinner we chose the Cooke House, which did not disappoint, was so fun and delicious.

We got up early on Thursday and the weather completely cooled off. We went walking on the Cliff Walk and then drove into the gates of Rough Point to see Doris Duke’s mansion tour. When you drive in, the first thing you see in addition to her beautiful home is her camel topiaries. They are so funny.

Meg and I ended up having our own private tour and our guide was a smidge on the eccentric side. I think we were hoping for more of a People Magazine-type tour and we got the National Geographic tour instead. When Meg tried to ask for some more juicy details having just seen the recent movie about her life, our guide stiffened up and obviously was very uncomfortable sharing details of Miss Duke that were of a more personal nature..hilarious. She also couldn’t help but break into a sing-songy voice when sharing certain facts about the house. I swear, I thought I was going to bust out laughing, but managed to hold it in until we left the tour.

on to a yummy lunch at 41 North…with the amazing weather and the beautiful view, this place is just fabulous. For the afternoon…the beach with some friends. Most of my roommates came back into town and we went to Perro Salado for dinner.

Friday morning, we drove to Boston with Brooke and made a couple of pit stops on the way. One very important stop was the Matouk outlet. If I hadn’t painted my room light blue, I would have changed the whole thing and bought this Lulu DK duvet.

It was less than $100 and so pretty..this one below was there was well. Love, love love..

Meg got to see a little more of Boston-the North End and Downtown on the way to lunch at Stephanie’s on Newbury. Tara met us there and then it was time to say goodbye! I maneuvered the drive to the airport, then to Shannon’s to pick up my borrowed a/c and then got really adventurous and used the GPS to get myself to Beadworks in Cambridge. The Beadworks location conveniently located on Newbury closed, so I had to try this location. I hit the jackpot and found some amazing chain, so my trip was successful. I need to buy one of those Garmin GPS things, it was so easy to use and very portable.
Now that I am a seasoned tour guide, it is almost time for me to go. If someone wants to come for a last minute visit, let me know!

Perfect Weekend in Newport

I am still recovering from the non-stop action of my crazy weekend. The weather her is so fickle, Thursday morning we woke up early and it was the 70’s and blue skies. Fast forward to the weekend, and the heat set in and as I have mentioned many times, there isn’t much air conditioning going on. Friday, I spent the day in Boston walking around and giving Meg a quick tour before she left and then did a little window shopping. Brooke and I drove home in the pouring rain and made it just in time to go out with the girls. We decided to try something new and go to a restaurant we pass by all the time. There wasn’t that many people there but we ordered a bunch of appetizers and cocktails and had the best time.

Next stop..the West Deck. Not much going on there so we headed to the Dock Side. There, we ran into a bachelor party and spent the rest of the night hanging out with them. The party ended up on our roof deck till all hours.

Saturday, we headed to the beach. It was a scorcher, but so beautiful to be out there. I have become a huge fan of the umbrella, able to get sun and then when you get too hot, you just slide your chair underneath and it is a whole different situation. We left the beach right before the thunderstorm rolled in and headed home. We made plans to meet our bachelor party friends later on.

We got ready for another hot night out and we ended up having a blast. I can’t seem to stop taking pictures from above, thinking it is always a good thing at the time, but really should let someone else take it. I am now thinking that this stems from 3 years ago, at the same place as these pictures were taken, I handed my favorite camera to someone who was a little incapacitated and he dropped it on the floor, and it was never the same again-or I should say RUINED. Boo hoo.

Me and Shannon…

Me and new friend Sid…

The only bummer of the weekend??…favorite Gucci shoes that melted down at the same time for both feet! Isn’t that the strangest thing? I had to walk home barefoot mourning the possible death of these beauties. They are headed straight to Gucci when I get home. I hope they can work some Italian magic on them.

I was able to talk everyone into going to my favorite breakfast place on Sunday. No beach that day, but we all re-grouped and amazingly made it out again last night! Denise and I walked home early and I was secretly planning to be on the couch at 11pm to watch the second showing of Mad Men and guess what?? Our cable DOES NOT HAVE the Mad Men channel!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? Of course no one else in the house even watches it, so I will have to find someone at home that DVR’d it and catch up then.

My big week ahead? Making jewels, working on website, working remotely from my part time job and making more jewelry. My time is flying by here and I am trying to soak it all in before I head back down South. Excellent shopping posts to come later this week!

M. I. A.

Yikes!! MIA and not the airport code for Miami, but clearly missing in action. Meg coming to visit and my search for an air conditioner has kept me super busy. I dropped off Meg yesterday in Boston and picked up a window a/c for my room, so last night I slept in my chilly room very happy. Will post later with more details but wanted to say hello! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and their weekend! xo kp

I Heart Air Conditioning

Well, things are going great up here, but it is a littie warm! The a/c window unit in my bedroom broke the week before I got up here..problem #1. All the stores sold out of window units due to the CRAZY heat lately..problem #2. I might be reporting later that I have borrowed a car and driven all over Rhode Island in search for the $99 window unit that eludes me on my vacation. Fingers Crossed. More later..

My Welcome Back

After another CRAZY travel day Saturday, I made it back up to Newport around lunchtime. When I got dropped off and walked up to the house, this was waiting for me on the door!! So sweet, all my roommates signed it and now it is perched by the door inside. We had a very busy weekend going to the beach and going out at night. Today, it rained all day and we consoled ourselves at Tito’s Cantina for dinner with Brooke.

Tomorrow, my trip to Boston to pick up Meg at the airport. She has never been to Newport, so I am so excited to show her around and introduce her to all my friends up here. We will do a Mansion tour, go to the beach, 41 North, the Cooke House and much more.

The house we rented this year does not have DVR..I can’t tell you how annoying it is not to be able to pause a live show to answer the phone or tape shows..but I can survive 2 weeks without. Ugh..where are my priorities???


There is a reason this little acronym has been around for so long. TGIF..thank God it’s Friday. I am so happy today is Friday, it has been a long week and I am leaving tomorrow for my 2 weeks in Newport. I have packed a bunch of things, shipped a few boxes and think I am ready to go!

Looking forward to many days at the beach…

Many walks on the cliff walk…

Many days with two of my favorite peeps..

Yummy dinners at the Cooke House…

lots of shopping..and blog reporting..

and much, much more! I am finally having a real visitor for the first time in 4 summers. Meg is coming to visit next week, so I will be back in Julie McCoy mode (this happens every so often) and can’t wait. I hope everyone is having a nice summer!!! xo

Rizzoli & Isles

All the good shows are over for the year and I am desperate for new material. Shocking as it may seem, I never watched Laguna Beach, The Hills or The City, thinking down the road I would rent them all and watch then one after the other. So, I was excited to see TNT’s new show Rizzoli & Isles very heavily promoted for the last month, and I was so hoping it would be good…and it was!

The previews were funny, I love Angie Harmon (her Law & Order years were my favorite)but couldn’t place who the actress that plays her partner was. She looked familiar but it wasn’t until I was watching the premier that it hit me…she was Gretchen Witter from Dawson’s Creek!!!

This show will follow one of my favorite summer shows, The Closer, so at least there will be 2 good shows on until Fall. The Real Housewives of New Jersey is getting over the top these days. Can you imagine what the reunion will be like? How will they sit in the same room? Maybe they will have Danielle via sattelite for her protection!