Never Straight Enough

I like my hair straight…the straighter the better.  This has always been a huge challenge.  I have tons of wavy hair that I can’t control.  My life changed in the late 90s when a little hair salon opened on Brickell Avenue called Jean Claude Biguine, basically a French Supercuts.  But, they taught their stylists how to straighten hair with a blow dryer that resulted in the craziest straight hair ever.  I was hooked and you could find me there every Friday for my blowout with a  wild girl named Janelle.  Money so well spent..my hair was under control and smooth-life goals at the time.
Years later, in the luckiest chance ever, our salon owner Duane asked Helen and I if we would like to be hair models for the Yuko system.  The trainers were coming from Beverly Hills and they needed people to be the testers for this treatment that changed the make up of your hair, for free.  We showed up and endured almost 6 hours of processing, rinsing, ironing, repeating the process, etc..and the end result was Helen and I looking somewhat Asian with the straightest shiniest hair you have ever seen. This was the pic we took that day. Holy cow…
That Yuko treatment is $150/hour and usually takes 4 hours so it is slightly cost prohibitive but your hair stays straight until it grows out, so you could get this done once a year and maintain a smooth look.  I did it 4 separate times.  In the meanwhile, I found different places for good blowouts and any chance I had, I would be in the chair having someone expertly use their hair dryer and nozzle to get my hair under control.
Blow outs are perfect for vacations as well.  I got a blowout before a girls trip to New Orleans and it saved me tons of time getting ready when people are waiting..what a great excuse to go to the beauty parlor!
These days, I time my blow outs for special events and try to get Keratin treatments every 4-6 months.  A new treatment has evolved, Botox for the hair. The might be my next experiment.
Shampoo and Conditioners make a difference as well.  Right now these are my in my rotation:
Royal Moroccan Shampoo & Conditioner
Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo and Conditioner
Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
Is there any others I should try?
Please let me know!!!!
Happily straight,
Xoxo, kp

Screen Actor’s Guild Awards Red Carpet

I love award season..right about now there is an awards show every week leading up to the Academy Awards.  The SAG Awards is a favorite because it is actors voting for actors and people are drinking and are funny and say all sorts of crazy things.  Here are my favorite red carpet picks:


Natalie Portman in Dior Couture


Taraji P. Henson in Reem Acra


Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton


Kirsten Dunst in Dior-this is my fav


Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad


Sophia Bush in Marchesa


Amanda Peet in Michael Kors Collection


Viola Davis in Vivienne Westwood


Nicole Kidman in Gucci


Amy Adams in Brandon Maxwell


Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra


Claire Foy in Valentino


Janelle Monae in Chanel


Kate Hudson in Dior

Oscars in 28 days!
Xoxo, kp

Hearts for Valentines Day

Loving hearts as I do, Valentine’s Day is naturally a favorite holiday.  There are so many cute things out there with hearts..here are a few that caught my eye…
Gold glitter heart garland $10.50

Prada Heart Leather Skimmer $750

J. Crew Heart Inset Tee $45
Aerin Heart Raffia Pouches $ 40 and $60
Tory Burch Double-Wrap Bracelet $95
Vineyard Vines Valentine T-Shirt $48
Williams Sonoma Olivewood Heart Salt Keeper $29.95
Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart Hoop Earrings $450
Alessi “Big Love” Ice Cream Bowl/Spoon $65
Burberry Check Heart Print Scarf $435
Donut and Hearts Wrapping Paper $15
Van Clef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra Pendant $1,500
Bling 2o Je T’aime Swim Goggles $24
Waterford Heart Ring Holder $65
Tory Sport Soft Modal Striped Tee $95
Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check Heart Frame  $38
Mrs. Strong Tiny Hearts Small Set of Notes $45
Smythson Panama Heart Keyring $95
Chinti and Parker Heart Sweater $450
Target Heart Lamp $39.95
Cute heart necklaces by me! $25  Email to order. 
18 Days Away!
Xoxo, kp

Victoria

Missing Downton Abbey?  Did you breeze through The Crown on Netflix and then felt sad that it was over?  Me too!  Then, just like magic, PBS released Masterpiece Theater’s Victoria.  It is actually one of the time periods of royal history that I am not so familiar with so I am finding the story  fascinating.  Here is the official synopsis:

In 1837, a diminutive, neglected teenager is crowned Queen Victoria, navigates the scandal, corruption and political intrigues of the Court, and soon rises to become the most powerful woman in the world.  Victoria stars Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria in a highly anticipated series that follows the drama of the candid, spirited monarch who was perhaps the first woman to seem to have it all.

Following Victoria from the time she becomes Queen through her passionate courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, the lavish premiere season of Victoria dramatizes the romance and reign of the girl behind the famous monarch. 

Victoria airs on PBS on Sunday evenings.  There are episodes on demand and on the pos website and app so you can catch up. It is really worth the effort!
Enjoy watching,
Xoxo, kp

J. Crew Treats

There are some fun treats at J. Crew right now.  I am so hit or miss there, sometimes I go in and I want EVERYTHING and other times, not so much.  A lot of J. Crew clothes are made for flat super skinny girls so that makes it quite a challenge.  That said, I love how fun everything is and I love that most things aren’t terribly expensive so when I find things that work, I am so excited.  Here are the things on my list right now…

Side-Slit Sweater with Striped Ties $79.50
Popover in Ratti Striped Floral $98
Striped Boatneck Tunic with Tie $78
Cotton Elephant Cover-Up $59.50
Tulle Cuffed Striped T-Shirt $45
Italian Calf Hair Clutch $69.50
Happy Shopping!
xoxo, kp

Scout Guide Miami Vol. 2

Vol. 2  of The Scout Guide Miami launched this week! 
You can check it out online here.

 I am so happy to be in this second issue and had a great time with my photo shoot.  Here is my ad…

My shoot was in early November and I thought I knew exactly what I wanted.  Borrowing my friend Carolyn’s beautiful backyard, I wanted to set up a trunk show by her pool and have a big pink flamingo floating in the water.  You know when you have such an image in your head and are so sure that is the plan?  Well sometimes that doesn’t work out…
After getting my hair done and running around getting ready, my friend Maria came over and helped me get started setting up my “show’ by the pool.  

Meg came by next and was moving things all around, her stylist skills are very honed…
Meredith, the Scout Guide Editor, and her photographer Matt came next and all my plans went up in smoke!  Matt thought we should take advantage of the beautiful yard and move my whole set-up into the grass.  I think I hid the panic well and the next thing you know, we were moving the table, couch, chairs and all my stuff to the middle of the yard.

Some more tweaking and then we were ready  to start…

Rufus jumped on the couch and was hanging out for a bit while Matt was checking the light.  This is one of my favorite pictures..he is so cute!

Meredith and my cute flamingo were watching from across the pool…
After a million shots of me and my set up, we moved into the close-up shots.  Matt got some great shots of my necklaces and my favorite letterpress tags.  

And then it was over!  It was so weird, all that buildup and then 90 minutes later, it was all done.  I was so hopeful that we got some good shots.  Almost two weeks later, I got my proofs and picked my picture!   The whole process is so nerve wracking but so, so fun.  I am thrilled to be in Vol. 2 and am already planning my ad for Vol. 3!
Happy to be Scouted,
Xoxo, kp
The Scout Guide Miami
Editor: Meredith Kallaher
Photographer: Matt Rice

Christmas Cards

I have so many blog posts written in my head, sometimes it is just overwhelming to think of starting to catch up with them.  One thing I would love to share about and not bypass is my Christmas card this year.  I contacted Paige Smith, a wonderful watercolor illustrator, and commissioned her to paint something for me.  
After receiving a few pictures and notes from me, she went to work and I couldn’t wait to get the email with the results.  You never know how something like this will turn out but I have serious faith in this girl. And..I was not disappointed.  She painted a Lillyish version of me in front of my tree with my new curtains in the background and added a ginger jar on the side.  This is it..
and for the inside, she painted this…
I love it so much!  I went overboard and ordered some special stamps to match before I came to my senses.  Overall, I was thrilled it came out so great.  My good friend Kelly from WH Hostess helped me turn these pictures into the card and sent to the printer for me!
This year, the cards were slow coming in.  I think a lot of people decided not to send them.  They picked up closer to Christmas and I ended up getting a bunch.  When I was little, I remember watching my Mom log all of our cards into a little book.  She would check off who she received them from and who she sent them to.  I am of the mind that if someone sends you a card, you send them one back.  If you have run out, then you add their name for the next year.  It’s such an easy thing to do and it is so nice to keep up with friends through personal cards.
Then, after Christmas, I have a hard time getting rid of them.  I end up keeping them, well most of them.  Then the next year I go through the stacks and weed through them again.  Some are too pretty to throw away!
A while ago, I was at a baby shower at someones home.  She had a beautiful leather album that had her Christmas card from every year of her life.  It was so amazing.  You can find a nice album and just start now putting your own cards are for cards.  
I would love to put an album together from the cards since I started sending my own.  This is one more thing to add to my to-do list. There are also lots of ideas on what to do with all the cards you receive.  You can bind them in a little album and keep them organized that way..
My friend Lynley makes a book with all her cards and laminates it so it lasts forever. It is so cute.  
I haven’t wrapped up Christmas yet, all my ornaments are on my dining room table.  Trying to get motivated to put them all away. I think my grand plans to re-organize my big closet before putting things away might have to wait!
XOXO,
KP