KP + GP

If you have ever even glanced at my blog, you will know that I have been obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow for years and I know I am not alone.  I have seen most of her movies many times and own quite a bit of them.  Favorites are A Perfect Murder, Shakespeare in Love, Emma and Sliding Doors.  There is so much hate out there for her and I am one of those people who just don’t understand why.  But…that is a whole other post….
Last week, I got a text from Grimsley with the screen shot of GP’s Instagram post letting her peeps know she would be at her Goop Gift pop up the next day from 3-4pm.  Holy cow, my head was spinning with this news.  It is C R A Z Y at work these days and I have been running around like a madwomen trying to sell as much as possible before Christmas but not much could have stopped me from going to see her.  Helen moved back our department celebration to accommodate my plans.
Friday, I left my office around 2:20 and headed to the Design District.  I parked and went to find the store.  There was already a small line that had formed. 
As soon as I was standing there, alone, I realized how crazy that none of my co-workers had wanted to come with me.  Not long after, I made friends with some girls in line and we chatted away all sorts of Gwyneth nonsense.  Everyone has a GP story. One of the girls in line’s niece was her nanny.  Verdict?  She was ok but Chris Martin was the most amazing guy and super duper nice and everyone loves him.  Hmmm.
Then, one of her workers clad in an all white industrial looking jumpsuit came out and let everyone know that they would be selling the books in line to keep things moving along.  I bought her Goop Beauty book and they filled out a post-it so she would know how to sign it.  They also handed out tons of Smart Water to everyone, so nice.
Then she arrived…fresh from a huge Escalade, looking fabulous in a black dress and sandals. 
The paparazzi attacked her and it was a wonder she made it inside. Then things started speeding up.  They let some people in who had already purchased their book.  A while later it was our turn.  We walked inside and formed the line on the left. 
There were security people keeping it all in check and there was little room for error.  
When it was my turn, I walked up and seriously not sure how I formed a sentence.  I told her it was a thrill to meet her and she was so nice.  She signed my book and the security dude took my picture.  
Can you see how hard I am smiling here?  No joke, that was how happy I was.
I bolted out of there when I was done to make it to my late lunch and didn’t check the picture until I was in my car.  Thank goodness it was good.  The whole experience was amazing and she did not disappoint.  I was on a high for days.  What an amazing experience!
Loving GP,
xoxo KP

Engaged! No, not me lol

Not sure about you, but I am still on a high from last week’s Royal engagement news of Harry and Meghan Markle.  Such fun, happy news in between some rather dark news days.  They look so deliriously happy and in love, it’s hard not to get on board.
Personally, I have never watched Suits, so I only know about Meghan from the press since she started dating Harry, but she has been on the Today Show commenting on fashion and even had her own blog call The Tig.  Once her future started veering towards the UK, she shut down her blog and that happened before I could check it out.  I just found a link to the archives of it and it is very interesting to read.  Click here.
I am so excited for the months ahead with all the Royal wedding news and of course, the arrival of Kate and Will’s 3rd baby.  Experts are betting that a girl will be Alice, Victoria or Elizabeth and a boy would be Arthur, Frederick or James.  We will have to wait and see on that.  It has also been reported that Kate plans on having this 3rd baby at home.  Remember when she popped outside on the steps of the hospital with her blowout mere hours after Charlotte’s birth?  It was amazing. If there are no perceived complications, I think the home birth is likely, home being Kensington Palace!
Cheerio!
Xoxo, kp

Emmys Rundown 2017

Thank goodness the Emmys were on tonight to distract everyone from thinking about hurricanes.  Things are still so shockingly off kilter in Miami from Hurricane Irma and now Maria is barreling towards us.  Not sure if people can take another big storm. Anyway, I love a good red carpet and there were some pretty dresses tonight. Here are some of the highlights…
Julie Bowen in Alberta Ferretti

Mandy Moore in Carolina Herrera
Kiernan Shipka in Miu Miu

Michelle Pfeiffer in Oscar de la Renta
Susan Sarandon in Zac Pozen

Nicole Kidman in Calvin Klein by Appointment

Vanessa Kirby in Marchesa
Claire Foy in Oscar de la Renta
Zoe Kravitz in Dior Haute Couture
Yvonne Strahovski in Julien Macdonald


Thandie Newton in Jason Wu


Priyanka Chopra in Balmain


Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney

and my favorite….


Keri Russell looking beautiful in J. Mendel

So much amazing fashion..loved so many.
Xoxo, kp

Evacuated…

This damn hurricane.  I have never felt a sense of panic in my entire life as I do right now waiting for this storm to come.  On Wednesday, I was lucky enough to get out of town and arrived in Austin late afternoon.  This is my first visit to Texas so at least this is a slight distraction.  I am traveling with a dear friend and her children, one is the cutest baby ever so that is also keeping me distracted but every time I look at my phone and see the posts on Facebook, the panic returns.

My trip was decided rather quickly and I didn’t have too much time to thoughtfully deal with everything in my condo like I would have liked.  I put some photo albums and important papers in bins and put them in my bathroom.  I closed my hurricane shutters in my bedroom but my living room sliding glass doors don’t have shutters.  The lock doesn’t work on those doors so I had to tie-wrap them shut.  I used 4 tie wraps so hopefully they hold them shut.  All the furniture was moved away from the windows and doors and  I unplugged all my electronics.

Now from afar, I can’t do anything about it but wait and hope and pray that my condo will be there when I return.  I personally think we through the terms “thoughts and prayers” around too much and they lose a little value over time but I am seriously praying that things do not turn out for the worse.  I hope it turns just enough to spare my pretty town of disastrous results. Please pray for us!

If there is any silver lining of this storm it is the feeling of community something like this brings.  I have heard from so many friends and family members offering me a place to stay, calling to see if I was ok or if I needed anything.  On Facebook, tons of posts with helpful hints like putting really special papers in your dishwasher for safekeeping, which gas stations don’t have horrific lines and words of support from people all over the country.  It is really something.

The company that I work for, Royal Caribbean, has really been supportive and wonderful during this crazy week.  They secured pallets of water and gave them out to all employees on Wednesday, secured our gas truck to come to fuel up all the cars and turned a canceled Bahamas cruise into a safe haven for employees and their families for free to get out of Miami.  If I didn’t go to Austin, I would be on the Enchantment of the Seas for sure.  They leave tomorrow and will return when the Port of Miami reopens.

Hurricane Andrew hit Miami 25 years ago the day I left for college to start Fall semester.  My Mom called my apartment in Gainesville at 6:30am the next morning to tell me they “made it”.  They were up all night moving furniture around as water poured in from the roof.  I didn’t realize how awful it was until afterward and my house then became the neighborhood hang out.  My Dad had installed a gas water heater in our guest cottage so all the neighbors showered there and the kids all swam in our pool.  They made so many lifelong friends from that storm, neighbors they would have probably never met otherwise.

That’s all for now..stay safe!!!!!!
xo kp

Irritating Irma

Hurricane Watch…it’s the scariest and worst. There are two sides to hurricane watching, the positive is that you have time to prepare and get supplies, the negative is that you have days to wait in dread.  After days of watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, we have our own nightmare barreling towards us, Irma!  I live in a solid, old building that has withstood many storms and have hurricane shutters so I feel safe there, but it is the aftermath that is hard to deal with.

The weather down here is jungle hot, so the thought of days without electricity seem unbearable.  I ventured out yesterday to Home Depot with my pal Carolyn and we were like comic relief…trying to buy things that would be helpful in a storm.  We got the last of the batteries and some moon shaped battery-operated lights..or moonlights.  We ordered the rest from Amazon including LED flashlights, batteries, lanterns and more.  I ventured out yesterday to Whole Foods and stocked up on lots of snacks and then had Prime Now deliver Diet Coke and other drinks. 

So, I am stocked up with supplies, now the waiting game.

If you are wanting to help with Hurricane Harvey, there is plenty of time to still do so. I think the relief efforts are going to be ongoing for months.  I follow @25Park on Instagram and she has been rallying her troops to find direct places to donate rather than donating to large non-profits where the money will not be 100% directed towards the people who truly need it.  One of her suggestions is to support the Rick Anthony Athletic Foundation by putting backpacks together for students starting school who have lost all of their belongings.  This is such an easy thing to do and the people who are collecting them will put them right in the hands of deserving recipients.  They have partnered with 4 local Houston elementary schools which have low income students.  Their goal is 2,500 backpacks and they have 605. Here is the info:


Send the backpacks to:
Rick Anthony Athletic Foundation
405 Main St.

Houston, Texas 77002

One of my friends who lives in Houston said people are in serious need of plastic storage bins to protect the valuables they were able to save.  I sent some from Amazon directly to her and she will put them into the hands of people who need them.  There are many ways to do things like this.  I personally, am not the biggest fan of the Red Cross in times like this.  After reading articles about how they botched the Haiti relief efforts, I am hesitant to donate to them.  Friends in Houston have suggested Catholic Charities of Houston and Houston Food Bank.

Stay safe!
xoxo, kp

Making Lists on Vacation

Nothing like being on vacation with nothing to do when your brain can’t stop thinking about all you have to do when you get home.  My kitchen plan is well in the works but I have hit some road bumps along the way.  One of my issues is that I have to pack up my entire kitchen before they demo the existing and leave time for them to paint, patch and whatever else needs to be done. That means that I will be living with piles of boxes and plastic bins filled with everything in my kitchen.  This gives me hives.  I don’t necessarily have a contractor yet confirmed and I know there are things I am not thinking of that are going to pop up and throw me off my plan and budget.
Once I pack up the kitchen, the next hurdle is the enormous Ikea cube bookshelf that is quite full of books, papers, business samples and a ton of other stuff.  I need to pack that up as well and find a new home for my bookshelf.  The pink hutch in my kitchen is moving to my dining room.  The pine dresser by my front door is moving to my bedroom, the pine dresser in there is moving out to my living room and the one that is currently there is moving to by my front door.  Everything listed above needs muscles so that is a whole other set of problems.  
On a more positive note, I met with my website guru Cara today to discuss my new site and how we can get it up and running FAST.  I am putting together a bunch of stuff for her to load up this week and I am hoping to have it up and running by August 28th.  That is my new goal.  It’s going to be so amazing.
Nantucket is so fun.  The weather is so perfect..not so hot during the day and a little cool at night.  We went out to Madaket last night to see the sunset and have dinner at Millie’s.  The crowd for the sunset watching was intense.  The sun looked like a crazy red/orange fireball.  

It slowly slipped down into the water. It was so beautiful.
This is my office this week…
I am working on my current to-do list.  Hopefully I will have it done before I leave for Providence on Monday!!
Xoxo, kp

Headed North

Just when I unpacked from my road trip, I packed up more stuff to head up North to Boston/Nantucket/Providence for 12 days.  I have been looking forward to this trip for months.  We (Newport roommates) rented a house on Nantucket for this whole week and I am so excited to be here with nothing to do but have fun.  Of course, I am working a tiny bit on the side so things don’t get too backed up at my real job.  My old pal Dede picked me up at the airport and we went to lunch..next stop to Tara’s in the North End.  We ventured out for dinner and waited in line at Giacomo’s.  

This guy was walking up and down the sidewalk with a tape player serenading everyone with songs…

Tara and I in line…
After dinner, we hit up Mike’s Pastry. What a zoo.  The cannolis were delicious-definitely worth the line.

Saturday, we ran errands and were all over the place but made it to Flat of the Hill right before they closed at 5pm.  I walked in and couldn’t believe my old crystal necklaces were hanging by the register.  They were tucked away and they found them so they put them out.  They looked so cute and sparkly, I think I should start making these again.  

Lucky for me, the owner Katherine was there.  She is my most favorite store owner and I got to catch up with her and check out her amazing store..still my favorite ever.

Sunday morning, we packed up all the stuff and headed to the Cape.  We overpacked as usual and I was so worried it wouldn’t all fit in our friends’ Jeep.  Tara, ever patient, was not worried.

We didn’t quite make the ferry we were scheduled on, but we got on the next one with our bags and our Jeep came over a little later.  We headed to Baxter’s to wait around and started the trip with Mimosas.  

Tara was in serious travel mode making sure we hadn’t forgotten anything before boarding (notice her awesome See Designs tote with an enormous monogram)…
We made it to the island by 3pm.  The weather is amazing!

This is my room for the week, a window a/c unit and a ceiling fan.  Those two things will make me happy.

We went to Brandt Point Grill for dinner and ended up at Cru for cocktails after.  Such a fun start to our week.

Monday, after a quick brunch, we hit the streets for some shopping. One of my favorite stores on the island is Monelle.  They have a location in Newport as well.  I have never seen a store with so much good stuff….
Lots of good shoes, jewelry, dresses, jeans, tops, tunics, hats, wraps and so much more.  Everything is so cute, I could spend all my money here!

After shopping, I went back to the house to do some work. I got lost along the way and kept stopping to take pictures of all the cute houses I saw…

It’s so beautiful here.
Best vacation spot.
Visit Monelle at their website here.
Xoxo, kp

Atlanta Gift Show

Last Sunday, I got up at the crack of dawn and left Statesville on my way to Atlanta.  As I drove out of driveway of the Stamey’s home, I passed the cows having breakfast…
Arriving in Atlanta around 11:30 am, I headed straight to building 3 of AmericasMart to check in.  I got my credentials and went downstairs to the Cash & Carry jewelry section to hit up two of my favorite vendors.  I do the same exact thing every time I get to this show…

I ended up getting

Soaps from Michel Design Works.
I am in love with these foaming soaps and they make great hostess gifts!

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Visited with my pal Meg Carter in her adorable booth…

Ordered more clutches from Brooke Wright Designs…

Picked out lots of earrings from La Vie en Parisienne….

Picked up a new line of bags…

The pink and green ones were a favorite…

Saw my friends and Crab & Cleek..they also had some new tops on display. I ordered the one below for me to “test out”.

Daniel Richards showroom to see what was new.
These are the new designs from Donovan Designs.
Of course, I was dying over them!

Lifeguard Press..the prettiest showroom of course…

Toss Designs..I almost died when I saw their new chinoiserie bag.  I ordered a bunch!

They teamed up with Paige Gemmel and had her amazing designs on some of their products..I got the bags and can’t wait to get them.

I also got these pom pom bags and the rose glitter bags. 

One of my favorite things about is Atlanta is that it is a great place to meet in person my internet friends.  Two years ago, I met Paige from the Pink Clutch and in the past have met many bloggers who came to my booth to say hello.  So fun!

One of my last stops was Alexa Pulitzer. I love their notepads and mousepads.  I ordered a bunch to get me through the beginning of Fall. 

Bleary eyed, I left around 5:45 and on the way out, spotted Laurie Byrne from LB Originals.  I have been buying her cute paper goods for such a long time.  It was so fun to finally meet her.
Then…I got turned around-easy to do in these enormous place and couldn’t find the street where the garage was where I parked my car.  I clicked on the maps feature on my phone and they had made a notation for me.  I seriously followed with blue dot until I was going in the right direction and finally found my car.

The rest of this day was not so exciting. I could not decide whether to stay in Atlanta or keep driving towards my parents. I finally opted to get on the road and made it to Macon.  My hotel picking luck failed me and I stayed in a very boring not fancy hotel and got Outback take out for dinner.  The next morning, I decided to hit up Waffle House for breakfast. I woke up at 7am, was sitting at Waffle House at 7:13 and was back on the road by 7:31 heading to Amelia Island.  I got there right around lunch and got to hang out with my niece Taylor and my parents-and Maisie.  All in all, a very fun trip!
Overspent in Atlanta,
Xoxo, KP

Charleston Trunk Show

It’s been years since I have visited Charleston and I was so excited to get back there on my road trip two weeks ago.  My pal Grimsley has lived there for years and we put a little show together with some friends.  Once I got there and unloaded my car, we ran some errands.  First stop was Sugar Bakery.  What a cute place!  We got some sweets for later, everything was displayed so adorably…

Next stop, a quick lunch at Burbage’s Market.  
I wish we had something like that in Miami!!
Then, back to the house to set up all my stuff.
Our show was from 4-8pm…

I am so mad that I didn’t take more pictures of the actual people!  This always happens to me, I have the best intentions to document and then I get busy and the next thing you know, I am breaking it all down.  I did get this one cute pic.  All the ladies that came to shop were so nice and everyone had fun!
We went out to dinner and Grimsley gave me two choices.  We ended up at one and then found out Shep from Southern Charm was at the other!  Seriously, I am dying to meet him in person.
For this trip, I was so lucky to be able to stay in Gibbon House, the beautiful carriage house behind Stevenson’s home.  It is listed on VRBO here.  It is so comfortable and in a terrific location in Charleston.  
Highly recommend!

On Thursday, after breakfast at the famous Hominy Grill, we went for a ride in the golf cart and I got to see so many pretty homes, including Thomas Ravenel’s from Southern Charm.  It was much bigger than it seems on tv. No T-Rav sighting though…
We went to the Battery so Grimsley’s dog Sierra could stretch her legs and we watched her stalk squirrels with serious concentration.  We hit up some stationery shops and then it was time to go…right when I was getting ready to leave, we saw Michael, Patricia Altschul’s butler pull his car around to her front gate.  Soon after, we see her walk out and we waved hello and she waved back and the next thing you know Grimsley is crossing the street and I, who usually doesn’t have a problem talking to anyone, froze up.  I managed to chat with her about the show, her book and II don’t even remember what else and then she posed for a pic with me. What a treat!!!
I had the best time.  I am definitely planning another trip in the fall with some friends.  Grimsley, get ready!!!

Nest stop Statesville, North Carolina to see Meg and her family.  I hadn’t seen them in such a long time.  The girls looked so tall!  Elizabeth lost a tooth right when I arrived.

We went to Blowing Rock one day..so fun in the summer. Lots of people walking around.

We ran into our friend Karen on the street!  What a great surprise…

We had such a fun day..topped off with a quick visit to Kilwin’s. OMG what delicious ice cream

Always a good time in Statesville…next stop Atlanta Gift Show.
Having a fun summer!
Xoxo, KP

Cheating on Newport

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One of the perks of writing a blog is having a reference guide to your life’s activities.  I was trying to remember when an event happened and I fell down the rabbit hole of my own blog.  Reading old posts one after another and I couldn’t stop.  All the pictures from my Newport days bring back so many fun memories.  It is hard to imagine living there for a whole summer like I did in 2008, the summer of my life!  
Usually before the summer kicked in, my roommates from Newport who all live in Boston, would go to Nantucket for Figawi-Memorial Day weekend.  My first time was 2006 and I fell in love with Nantucket.  It is so different than Newport, although a lot harder to get to.  Through the years, our Newport rentals dwindled but the Nantucket plans never did.  We usually made a plan to get there some time in the summer.  One of my Miami friends had a house that she lent to me several times so that made going much easier.  On the way home, I stopped in Providence to visit Brooke and her family and made her go to Newport at least for the day.  That has been my plan for the last 3 years..one day in Newport.  It’s hard to believe that’s it!
This year, same deal. We rented a house on Nantucket the first week of August.  No shows or pop ups for me, just a relaxing vacation on the prettiest island around. I am so excited to get there, this time with one of my Miami BFFs there at the same time.  I will be in Newport on Tuesday, August 8th. Can’t wait to check out all my favorite places.  
So, I feel like I have been cheating on Newport with my beloved Nantucket.  A few years ago, I got a comment on this blog asking why I call it Summer in Newport when I am hardly there and have very little Newport content.  It caught me off guard to say the least, but I am all about authenticity and this blog was started in 2007 when I first went to Newport as a way to stay in touch.  Little did I know I would still be typing about my life 10 years later!  I secured this domain for another 5 years a month ago, so it is here to stay.  
Hope you are all having a nice summer!!!!
Xo, kp