GOOP Timeline

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s website/newsletter GOOP has hit its 10 year anniversary.  They sent out a GOOP timeline from its inception and it accurately shows how GOOP has evolved with the “laugh at our self” attitude that you wouldn’t be aware of if you are a Gwyneth hater or have never listened to an interview of GP.  Imagine knowing that you are putting yourself out there and there are legions of people that just hate you for trying to do a good thing. It’s always boggled my mind.  As you may know if you follow me on any platform, I was able to meet Gwyneth in person last December and it was a true highlight.  She was lovely in person and her little pop up operation was run with a tight grip, no room for error.  It was impressive.  Click here for the timeline link.
If you don’t like Gwyneth and think you may be converted, try these links:
Gwyneth on Howard Stern in 2015 click here.
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Gwyneth on Howard Stern May 2018 click here.
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Gwyneth’s first podcast with Oprah click here.
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I kind of dare anyone to listed to all three and not walk away from them at least not hating her and most likely having an appreciation of her and her accomplishments.

The Ultimate Andy Cohen Experience

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled up to North Carolina to see Meg and the girls for her birthday.  Going to Statesville is one of my favorite destinations.  Meg’s family’s home is so fun, a large farm with all the trimmings.  Every morning a big breakfast is being prepared, there are always people in and out, lots of cousins running around, big comfortable guest rooms and excellent hosts that enjoy early evening chats in their formal living room.  When I arrived, I was so excited to see everyone, the girls seemed taller even though I saw them a month ago.
Friday was Meg’s actual birthday.  After lunch in Statesville, we headed to Cornelius to her brother’s house on the lake.  
We hung out there and got ready for our big night out in Charlotte.  We had VIP tickets to AC2-the Andy Cohen/Anderson Cooper show. We got the tickets in January and I have been dying for this day and my chance to actually meet Andy Cohen.  I had bought a black jump suit a month ago (Andy loves jump suits).  In anticipation of meeting them, I ordered books for Meg and I to get signed by both Andy and Anderson, we brought them with us, hopeful.
When we picked up our tickets and VIP lanyard, they told us they would come get us after the show. We got to our seats (2nd row on the right-so awesome) and just were dying that we were there.  
We started making friends and taking turns going back out to the bar for drinks.  Finally the show started and the two of them were so funny.  In between filmed videos, they talked about each other and their banter back and forth is so entertaining.  My favorite part is Andy (with love) mocking Anderson for being a Vanderbilt.  He kept teasing about how his childhood must have been.  It cracked me up.
Towards the end, they opened it up for Q & A and people scrambled to get in line to ask questions.   Some were so funny and it became very apparent that Anderson was very aware that 80% of the audience was there to see Andy and 20% to see him. He laughed about it and was a very good sport.  In our row alone, 6 of us were there because of Andy and one lone girl was a news junkie and OBSESSED with Anderson Cooper.
Then it ended and because we are rule followers and didn’t know better, we sat still waiting to be collected for the VIP Meet and Greet.  Other people were more dialed in and they know to head to one side and wait for the door to open.  We finally figured it out and got in line where we made more friends…
The line snaked up some stairs and ended up on the back of the stage where the line formed to get to the step and repeat where the boys were.  It was all very organized but sort of slow.
Meg kept asking me what I was going to say and seriously I was stressed out thinking about it.  You could see they really were good at moving the people along so you don’t really have time to have a conversation because honestly I could talk to Andy Cohen for hours about all the Housewives and Southern Charm and all my commentary about the shows.  Guess what, it went by in a flash.  I asked him if he helped the Housewives with their tagline and he said sometimes. I told him that he needs to help Tinsley with hers, she has had two bad ones and he totally agreed. 
 By the time I got those words out, both he and Anderson had signed my books and I was scooted along.
I went with KP since everyone mis-spells my name.
I told them it was Meg’s birthday and they signed her books and she got a great picture as well.
Look at Andy laughing!  So darn cute.
So that was that…
We spent the night at the lake and hung out the next day.  At one point after Kelly’s tennis match #11, we got her and Robb to go out with us for a late lunch.  That was the highlight!
The next day was Sunday, Father’s Day.  Meg’s Dad was at baseball games so the girls all went out to brunch.  It was so fun and a great way to round out our weekend.
As always, I had a blast and can’t wait to go back.
Thank you Bob, Pam, Kelly, Robb and of course birthday girl Meg!
Xoxo, KP

That Summer

“That Summer” has come out in select theaters and is available On Demand.  Narrated by Peter Beard, it shows the behind the scenes footage of the Beales and Grey Gardens.  There is lots of footage of Lee Radziwill and some voice over commentary by her as well.  If you liked Grey Gardens or are a fan of anything Kennedy, this is very entertaining.
This movie has the most on screen time of Lee that I have ever seen.  Her voice, so wispy and she is so patient with her family members who are living in dreadful circumstances smack in the middle of East Hampton.  A bit of the film deals with Ari Onassis and Jackie stepping in to help fund the renovation of their falling apart home.  The film also demonstrated just how big a part Lee had in Grey Gardens (the film) becoming a reality.  She is really the star of this film…amazing!
You can watch the trailer here.
Happy Memorial Day!
Xoxo kp

Finally, wallpaper!

My kitchen is in a holding pattern right now.  The walls are perfect and smooth and ready for the cabinets to be installed.  The cabinets, which have been ready since October, are being painted right now.  I guess it makes sense for them not to be painted before so they aren’t sitting in a warehouse..I didn’t ask any questions about that.  They are calling me next week to schedule the install.  That could mean next week or in a few weeks.  Just because I am ready doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ready for me!
Once the cabinets are installed, I can finally finish choosing all the extras and one of the most exciting extras is wallpaper!  My cabinets are going all the way up to the ceiling so there is just right around both doors of my kitchen exposed.  So, I think I can choose even a busy print since it’s such a small amount of space.  My kitchen will be all white but there will be a touch of blue thrown in, so the wallpaper I am looking for is blue and are some pics so far.
Brunschwig and Fils

Katie Kime
Meg Braff
Thanks to Paige Minear for posting about this one!
Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily
Cole & Son
If you know of a good wallpaper for this project, I am up for suggestions.  This weekend I am moving some things in my apartment into a storage unit.  I went back and forth about this forever but now am so glad I am doing it.  Should be interesting!
Obsessed with my kitchen walls,
Xoxo kp

It’s Always Back to Ikea

By the time I am done with my condo, it’s going to look fantastic..when they will be is another story.  My kitchen is 65% finished, just waiting for the cabinet install.  I picked out which countertop (and by picked out, I mean I love my friend Cia’s and am doing what she did) but have to wait until the cabinets are in to measure.  I am crossing fingers that I can make it with one slab.  The appliances are on hold-waiting to be delivered and then there are tons of decisions to be made.  At this point, I am waiting until the cabinets are in before making any more decisions (hardware, backsplash, lighting, etc). 

My bedroom is what I am focusing on at the moment.  I have a long wall and need storage for clothes and a place for my tv.  My budget really doesn’t leave room for a custom built-in..enter Ikea.  My house is a complete 50/50 mixture of Ikea and antique pine furniture, which I like.  I think in my mind, as I have gotten older, I feel the need to break away from Ikea but to tell you the truth, Ikea is popular for a reason.  Not only are most things there affordable, but if you are careful in what you choose, they are very well made.

The term “Ikea Hack” is a favorite.  This is where I found the solution for my bedroom. Now, I just need a handyman who can help build it.  My Dad lives 6 hours away and would be able to do it super easy, but he just left town and is not likely to re-appear until Christmas and that is too long!  When looking for a bookshelf/entertainment unit online, I stumbled on the Ikea Pax Wardrobe Hacks. 

This one I love!

As you can see, they have a lot of flexibility.  Many of them are sitting on top of frames made by a handyman and also extra molding to make them seamless and look custom.
Then this one popped up. This is exactly what I want.  I am so excited. I might add the mirrors on the squares like one of the pictures above (2nd one down).  This would add so much extra storage to my life and look great in my bedroom.  My Mom is making my panels with the fabric she has had forever..I need to measure so she can get going.  There is some furniture that needs to move around and I need someone who can lift some heavy pieces to help me.  There are storage containers with all my kitchen stuff everywhere, so I have to wait.
It’s all I ever do these days..wait and wait and wait!
Waiting patiently,
Xoxo kp

New Kitchen: New Chocolate Chip Cookies

Over the holidays, I ran into so many friends and all of them asked me about my kitchen.  Well, not much has happened since the end of November but tomorrow, someone is finally coming to pick up where they left off.  The floors where my old cabinets were need to be filled in and the walls need to be put up, they are all exposed.  I think my timing was just not great and people got busy but hopefully, I will get back on track.  Once the walls and floors are done, they can install the cabinets-which have been done for months.  Not having a kitchen for this long has been a challenge and I think of how fun it will be to walk in my new, white pretty kitchen sometime soon and get a Diet Coke with the amazing ice from my ice machine.  That sounds like heaven to me.
On the cooking front, I am also equally excited to get back to baking.  I used to be an awesome baker but my confidence wavered with the last two oven I had, they were never right and things kept burning. So frustrating.  The very first thing I will make when I have a new kitchen is these chocolate chip cookies.  This picture popped up in Instagram from Williams-Sonoma and it stopped me in my tracks.  I am a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies!  If someone wants to try this recipe out first and let me know, I can’t wait to hear!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/4 cups (6 1/2 oz./200 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./125 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz./105 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
6 Tbs. (3 oz./90 g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (15 oz./470 g) semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low speed until blended. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix just until incorporated. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the chocolate chips.
Using a small ice cream scoop or heaping tablespoon, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the dough mounds 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
Bake the cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned and the tops feel firm when lightly touched, 10-13 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 30 cookies.
Happy Baking!

Keep Warm!

This weather is quite a way to start off 2018!  Right now I am wearing a puffy coat inside, it is a little chilly in my office.  The pictures from up North are so crazy, this “bomb cyclone” has certainly blanketed the Northeast with snow.  It even snowed in Tallahassee for the first time in almost 3 decades.  Of course online retailers are taking advantage of people being trapped inside to entice online shopping.  Even without snow, I have been sucked into all the sales being offered.
J. McLaughlin has an amazing sale right now.  Before my Chicago trip, I purchased a neck warmer and a head band.  They were amazing and kept me super warm as you can see by my selfie below lol.

The headband is sold out but the neck warmer is now super on sale.

There are also some other goodies still available.  
And with an extra 10% off of the sale price, some great bargains.

comes in various colors
comes in various colors
Keep warm and happy shopping!

Funny Christmas Story

Well, I made it through the holidays!  A few times in December I thought..I can’t wait until January!  This year, I sold stuff through Christmas Eve with my last sale around 2pm in my driveway.  Love the last minute shoppers!

One of my last shows was on Sunday the 17th.  I found an adorable invitation from Dixie Designs and set up shop at my friend Laurie’s.  

Surprisingly, it was one of my better shows!  So many friends came to hang out and shop.  Laurie’s niece Catherine, one of my old friends, bought a pair of my new tassel earrings.  

She picked the red ones and was excited to wear them that night.  She said when she got home from her party, she put them by her sink in her kitchen.  A few days went by and she went to grab them to wear and couldn’t find them.  She looked all around and in her jewelry box and no earrings.  She called her housekeeper and asked if she had seen them.  She said no and suggested looking in her bathroom.  Catherine was stumped.  Now, while she was telling me this, my mind was racing ahead not sure where this story was going.  Then she said about an hour later, her housekeeper called her back.  She said, look on the tree!  She thought they were ornaments and had put them on the tree.

Sure enough, Catherine went to the tree and both of the earrings were hanging there.  She was cracking up telling me this story and then we were all dying.  They do look like they belong on the tree but they are much cuter as earrings!

Hope you all had a great holiday season and are as excited as I am to hit the ground running in 2018.


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