After reading all the True Prep posts for months, Lisa Birnbach finally made it to Miami tonight! She showed up to Books & Books right on time and as soon as she walked in the room, she started talking to everyone like she knew was so funny and a great way to start the True Prep party.

There were some die hards in the crowd, lots of preppy outfits, some authentic, some forced looking, but all festive in spirit..I sat in the front row right in the center, something I would have NEVER done in school. There was a lady sitting right next to me that came with her very preppy terrier named Tippy. Lisa wove Tippy and the fact that it wouldn’t be a preppy event if there wasn’t a dog present, in several of her funny stories, unfortunately, Tippy was in serious need of a bath and I am sure I had a horrible look on my face half the time Lisa was talking.

When she started signing the books, I got in the line and waited my turn. She managed to strike up a conversation with everyone in line and they all left with huge smiles on their faces. She certainly knows how to work a crowd. When it was my turn, I handed her my old copy of The Official Preppy Handbook and my new True Prep. She remembered meeting me several years ago and was so nice.

One side note…I noticed there was no beautiful Verdura bracelet watch dangling off her wrist. But..when I left she had a beautiful kp green crystal bracelet mixed with her preppy gold bangles!!! Love her!!

kp on sale

I don’t know how to put a coupon code on my new website…something on my list, but I have created a 20% off coupon on my Etsy Store. If you have been looking at something for a while, now is your chance for a little discount!

Click on my Etsy widget to the right…shop around…enter THANKS2010 at checkout for 20% off!

I am heading out to the Plantation Shop for a little shopping of my own. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Heading North

I am really only checking in my apartment tonight and driving North tomorrow to see my parents for Thanksgiving. My Mom has transformed herself into a sort of Martha Stewart protege via the internet and her cooking is amazing. Her Thanksgiving dinner is definitely worth the almost 6 hour drive.

In the midst of all my Allure hullabaloo, and during the 6 hour window that my phone actually worked, my Dad called and asked me what are my favorite side dishes were from Mom’s kitchen. Uh-oh..I know what that meant…we got an invitation to eat at someones house. Not to be anti-social, but the beauty of having the actual dinner at your house, is you have control of all the leftovers.

For two days, I started panicking and then I came up with a brilliant solution. By the time I got to use my phone again and called home with my idea, our wonder twin powers had already activated and we were thinking alike. She bought a turkey breast for us to cook and keep at home. So, we will hijack some awesome sides from our friend’s and then cook our little turkey breast at home. Our house will still smell like Thanksgiving and we will have ample leftovers to make sandwiches all weekend long. The panic is over.

I am planning to stop by Palm Beach for 30 minutes on my way up I-95. My gold Jack Rogers sandals bit the dust this weekend and it is time for a new pair. Calypso, here I come!

One of KP’s Favorite Things

Even with all of the most amazing things that Allure of the Seas offers, the one thing that has grabbed my attention on this cruise is the new Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. Located on the Royal Promenade, I noticed the bright red machine the first day, but wasn’t able to investigate until later on. Little did I know, it would be an unbelievable treat that would last for my entire trip

This new machine offers 106 different combinations of Coca-Cola products and different flavors. Each Coca-Cola product has its own set of flavors to add. I started out with Diet Coke with orange. It sounds weird, but was delicious. Next, I tried Lime and then Vanilla. Still to try is Raspberry and Cherry (I still have 18 hours until I disembark). Saturday, I tried Sprite Zero with Orange, etc… The possibilities are super fun and you can try so many flavors, it would be weeks before you run out of options.

All around the ship, everyone is holding the large plastic Coca-Cola cups and chatting about what concoction they are drinking. It is quite a conversation starter. The best news is that it has been so popular and all our Executives are on board, we are now going to get one of these beauties in our office in Miami. Hooray!

Adventure at Sea

So, I am on board Allure of the Seas for 5 days, not knowing exactly what my job will be, sort of scary. The first day, Thursday, we had a luncheon on the ship and then checked in around 250 people who were spending the night on board so they could be in the audience for the Today Show broadcast, live from the ship Friday morning from 10 – 11 am. Once everyone was on, they were kind of on their own, so many people wandering around checking out the ship, eating in various places and having cocktails. The ship is debuting Chicago and did a run through for our overnight guests. It was fabulous.

Early Friday morning-seriously early, we got everyone into place while Hoda and Kathie Lee were doing their teasers around the ship. The live broadcast started and it was so much fun. The audience was very enthusiastic and I have to say, we met the ladies for a picture and they were super nice. They filmed a bunch of things Thursday and ran into almost everyone at one point or another. Love them!

The PR Team and the ladies

Me and best dressed friend Hoby

The rest of the day, we got ready for the first sailing guests. In the midst of it all, we were dying for Oprah to start at 4pm, knowing ahead of time that she had a 7 night Caribbean cruise as one of her Favorite Things.

When she announced the cruise towards the end, the crowd here went wild. Her guests are in for a real treat..this ship is amazing and full of fun things to do.

They are filming the moving Jack and Jill starring Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes on board and there have been multiple sightings of everyone since I arrived. Of course, I was dying to see Katie and Suri and I definitely have. Suri is so cute. Katie’s whole group arrived in the Aqua Theater for the Sailaway party and even though surrounded by her body guards, was right in the mix of things. A little much for this People-magazine-loving blogger to handle.

Katie walking to her seat..

Royal Caribbean has a new partnership with Dreamworks so the Sailaway party had
Shrek and Fiona and a bunch of Dreamworks characters dancing on the stage.

Adam Sandler watching the festivities from his balcony…

I am having the best time but am super tired. My blackberry stopped working 15 minutes after the ship pulled out of Ft if anyone needs to get! Will keep you posted.

The People’s Princess

All this talk about William and Kate’s engagement and photos of Princess Diana are killing me. Some reporter asked “do you think Princess Diana is still an important part of this story?” How rude! It is so sad that she didn’t get to see them grow up. I am posting some of my favorite pictures of her..just feeling nostalgic…

This is my all-time favorite picture of Diana and her boys. The video of her rushing to give them both hugs was played a million times after she died..ugh-gut wrenching!!

Quote of the Day

Today, I received an email at work and underneath the lady’s signature, she had this quote…

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.
~Jesse Jackson
I hope everyone is having a great week. It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week. When things are busy, it seems like time literally flies and I find myself overwhelmed in a good way with many things going on all at the same time. Then, in the middle of my craziness, I read this quote and it just made me stop and think.
I am tying up loose ends because I get onboard Allure of the Seas tomorrow until Tuesday! The ship will be coming in and out of port, and my phone doesn’t work out at sea-even though we are literally one mile out. Not the best time for me to be out of touch, but hopefully, everything will be smooth sailing…ha ha