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

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

 

Summer Trip up North

Sorry, I am the slowest blogger these days-this might be the most delayed post ever…  I am back to reality after a whirlwind trip up north to catch up with my Newport roommates.  It was such a fun time and a bonus is that some of my Miami friends were there as well.  It’s always interesting when my worlds collide.
First stop after the airport with Sue was a visit to Denise and I finally got to meet sweet little Caroline.  She was so adorable.
First lobster roll…

Thursday, we headed out towards the Cape and to the ferry.  Even with the best planning, we still cut it too close and couldn’t find a parking spot.  Shannon and Heidi were already there holding our tickets.  We parked and ran to the ferry and the guys holding the ropes were screaming at us to hurry up.  It was so embarrassing..luckily we made it and when I tell you the minute our feet touched the ferry, they pulled away, I am not exaggerating!
We got to Nantucket after lunch and got the shuttle to our hotel.  I headed back into town to walk around and met up with Tara.  We went out for a fun dinner at Brandt Point Grill and for drinks at Ventuno.  Went to bed to get up at the crack for the Lilly Sale at In The Pink.

We were in line at 8:30 and were numbers 6 and 7.  It was a little crazy.

That night we went to the Galley to watch the sunset.
Lisa came with me and met the rest of the girls.

We went to Cru for dinner and watch the opening ceremony for the Olympics.
Saturday, lots of shopping and walking around. I am saving my shopping pics for a separate post.

We visited Town Pool, so fun and right near the Straight Wharf.  Lots of action at Town Pool.

Dinner at Millie’s, one of my favorite places…

Zaria and her family outside their amazing house.  I ended up staying with them for most of my trip.  It was so nice and fun to hang with Zaria on Nantucket!

Goodbyes before we left…

We got back to Boston and I got dropped off at South Station to catch the train to Providence.  Very proud of myself that I able to navigate all this transportation (obviously I had help).  Brooke and the girls met me in Providence and we walked to their place.  So happy to see them.
Monday morning, we were out and about and heading to Newport.  It is crazy to me that for the last few years, I have made it to Newport for just the day.  I begged the girls to indulge me with lunch at the Cooke House, my favorite.  They were serving my favorite summer salad…

Bannister’s Wharf was a little quiet.

The shops were as cute as I remember them to be.
It was so fun to hang out with Brittan and Barrett.

One store I couldn’t wait to check out was the CK Bradley Pop up Store.  I had been seeing pictures all summer in Instagram and it was just as adorable in person.
Tons of clothes and accessories all in her signature colorful prints.

She shared her Co-Pop Up shop with Cece DuPraz and all her fabulous monogramming..

and Sugar Jewelry by Heidi Brueggeman

If you are near by, they are having a huge sale starting today!

We drove by First Beach on our way out of Newport..such a fun place to be in the summer.  Our next stop was the Matouk outlet.  Yikes, I could have spent all my money there.  I restrained myself and only bought new hand towels for monogramming and a gorgeous new beach towel.

What a fun trip!
I loved seeing all my summer friends.
xoxo, kp

The Preppy Pimp at the skinny dip Nantucket

If you are on Nantucket, stop by the skinny dip today and check out the Preppy Pimp trunk show! Lots of fun things including personalized monogram prints on pants, bathing suits, bow ties, totes and much more.  Everything is amazing.

the skinny dip 
a summer collective
23 old south wharf 
nantucket, massachussetts

July 27th, 2016
12pm – 8pm


xoxo, kp

CJ Laing Lovely

One of my favorite stores to check out in Palm Beach is CJ Laing.  Always filled with pretty tunics, interesting jewelry and fabulous other accessories.  I am loving these embroidered clutches from India right now.  Meaasuring 10 x 7 with a long strap and inside zippered pocket, these are great for Spring/Summer.  The CJ Laing goods make their way up to the Nantucket outpost for the Summer, always on my “must stop by” list when I am there.

 

There are lots of treats in the store right now…


Also love these oversize pom pom scarf/sarongs $125


Split Sleeve Oaxacas Dress $245


Alpargatas $225

Palm Beach Store
34 Via Mizner
(Open all year long)


Nantucket Store
44 Centre Street
(open Memorial Day – Columbus Day)


Have to have one of those clutches,
xoxo, kp

Stunning on Nantucket

It’s starting to get hot and that makes me think of Summer.  I am still trying to nail down my Summer plans and am hoping to get up to Nantucket at some point.  I am dying to do a pop up shop at Town Pool.  That is my goal…
During my many trips to Nantucket with my Newport roommates, we have rented so many different houses.  It is so fun and also nerve wracking to find a house online to rent, commit to ungodly sums of cash and then wait until you arrive to see what you are really renting.  Most of our houses have been amazing.  Last summer, our original house had some serious issues and the owner upgraded us to a house a few blocks away..we were so psyched!  This year, I would be happy to go back in a sleeping bag.

Designer Victoria Hagan’s home on Nantucket is in another league.  This beautiful home was featured in Architectural Digest. It is amazing!

All photos courtesy of Architectural Digest.

Dreaming of ACK,
xoxo, kp

August…

The only bummer of enjoying an unbelievable vacation in July is that August is horrendous.  It is so hot and sticky here in Miami, it is hard to take.  I haven’t even attempted to go down to my pool, and it shows in my crazy paleness.  Around this time I always have a conflicted sense of being sad that summer is almost over and happy for Fall to start.  Fall is always such a busy and exciting time for my business and I am ready this year to get started.

My goals for the rest of August are:
1.  Clean out my closet
2.  Organize all of my kp designs stuff (still in bags from my trip)
3.  Have my panels made for my bedroom
4.  Paint my bedroom
5.  Have two chairs recovered in fabric I purchased 7 months ago.

I feel like if I put this list out there in the universe, it has a better chance of being accomplished.  Most of this list is doable, but realistically, the first two are most likely to happen and I will keep working on the last 3.
I will back-post about my trip this week.  It really was so much fun, but two highlights were:


Making it to the Galley to catch this sunset. 
Our first attempt earlier in the week was not so fruitful…


and at my Pop Up Shop, a long time reader came who happened to be on Nantucket.  Her name was Laura and she was so nice, it made my day!
Hope everyone is having a nice summer.
xoxo, kp

F R A U D A L E R T

So, I am feeling like such a fraud.  I have the BEST intentions of keeping up this blog but it seems like there is never enough time to sit down and actually post.  There are tons of really good posts all stored in my head.  Also, since I have not set foot in Newport, Rhode Island in over two years, I feel like a fraud to have this blog with this name.

So, I am resolving these issues right now. I have a few blog posts lined up and I am promising to keep them up as I countdown the days until I leave on my summer trip.  My Pop-Up shop on Nantucket at the White Elephant is a go, and I am super excited about it!  The logistics of me actually getting up to Nantucket with all of my stuff is another story.  My trip is not locked down right now with a few items pending.  Hopefully in the next week, I will have a better idea of the day I am leaving and all my stops along the way.

I will be in Newport in a few weeks, so that part of my guilt will be relieved.  Looking forward to lunch at the Cooke House and a peek at my favorite stores.  If time permits, a visit to the Matouk outlet is also on my list.  No trip up to the Boston area would be complete without a stop at the Flat of the Hill on Charles Street, one of my favorite stores on earth.  All my Newport roommates are in the area and most of them are coming to Nantucket at some point during my week there.  So excited to see everyone.

Kristin Pearce Designs has been gearing up for this pop-up shop. Not only have I have been making tons of jewels, but I have also been ordering cute Nantucket themed paper products.

There are more things on the way.  One of my favorite vendors, Boatman Geller, just launched their new 2015 collection and they added Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard icons as well as a blue and white sailor shirt. All are super cute!

Cups with the Nantucket icon are on order and I might have ordered myself a little set of notecards with the sailor shirt and my name on them.  

I tend to post on Instagram the most with all my new stuff, so check out http://www.instagram.com/kristinpearce2.

Good to catch up, 
xoxo kp