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

Summer Travel Plans

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My first summer trip is around the corner! I am heading up to Charleston for a trunk show with my friend Grimsley.  I haven’t been to Charleston in ages so I am so excited to visit there.  My first pit stop will be at my parent’s on Amelia Island, it’s a perfect 6 hours from Miami. Leaving on July 11th, my show will be on the 12th.  

This invitation might be one of my favorites ever in the history of my business. I LOVE Dixie Designs and think their designs are fresh and adorable.  This invitation would get me out of the house showing up to a trunk show, right?
Next stop-visiting Meg at her parent’s house in North Carolina.  Always a fun time there. I haven’t seen them in a month-which seems like forever.
After that-heading to Atlanta to hit one of the last days of the Atlanta Gift Show.  I should be able to do this on Sunday and hit the road to head to my parents house but not sure about this part of my plan.  My goal is to be back in the office by Tuesday.
The next trip is up North!  I leave at the end of July for my week on Nantucket with my old Newport roommates.  So excited to get up there. I have a couple of days in Boston before and a couple in Providence on the way back.  Tuesday, August 8th I will be in Newport so I can keep my blog honest and check out all my favorite Newport spots. 
Amidst all this planning, I still do not have a nailed down kitchen plan!!  The guys I want to do my kitchen are super busy and have postponed my meeting several times.  I am supposed to meet with them tomorrow so hopefully, that will work out.  If I get the plans for the cabinets nailed down this week, it still realistically means there won’t be any action until September with the way things move around here.  So much for “Kitchen Summer” which was what I was calling it. I have bought my faucet and am about to buy my sink, so that is something.
My closet…oh my goodness I had so much stuff in that closet.  Seriously, I found things I haven’t seen in years.  I packed it all up using all my Pierre Deux duffle bags and various totes that were in there I put them in my living room.  I was doing ok putting things away in the new closet when I looked for something yesterday and found two duffle bags that went unnoticed so now I have to find more room in there. Please don’t email and tell me to purge, I have been purging but there are just some things that I can’t get rid of!  I have a 4 day weekend coming up this week and it will all be spent working on my apartment putting things away and clearing things out.  
No solid plans for the 4th of July yet…I used to LOVE that holiday. Every year I would buy a new outfit to go watch fireworks.  Now, it is so unbelievably hot in Miami, I usually am trying to find something to wear so I don’t melt. But that is a whole other post.
If you are in Charleston or have friends in Charleston that might want to come to my show, please reach out to me at summerinnewport@gmail.com for the address. It will be fun!
Thanks friends!
Xo, Kristin

Looking Forward to Summer…

My annual “looking forward to Summer” post. I have posted this picture every year when it starts to feel like Summer is around the corner.  It already feels a little Summerish in Miami weather-wise. Very excited that my Summer plans are starting to take shape.  For the first time, I am going to visit the state of Colorado-Aspen to be exact.  

In July, I am hoping to do a few on-the-road trunk shows and then in August, I am hoping to set foot in Nantucket, even for a weekend..fingers crossed!

Having Summer Fever,
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

Last Leg…

I should be hours away from home when this post gets sent out.  Yesterday’s drive was really horrible, so boring and I am super tired.  In a moment of frustration months ago, I downloaded Season 2 of Downton Abbey on my iPhone, so I listened to that the whole time.  Now I have watched/listened to that season about 8 times.  I get a little teary in all the same spots and it never gets old.
The Atlanta Show was not a huge success for me, unfortunately.  Being ever so positive, I will go again in January and mix it up a little bit.  I need a tiny booth with one table, a riser and some really cute blown up pictures to hang.  I will be plotting this out in the next few weeks.  The good news is that I now have an enormous amount of jewelry on hand so I can photograph it all for my website and promotional materials.  One of our neighbors gave me tutorials every day on how to succeed in the jewelry business and we met the coolest lady- Sarah from Naples who is going to be the best contact, so I kept busy all 5 days.  That show is way too long if you ask me.

Off to New Jersey..trying to stay positive,
xoxo kp

Favorite Find, Packing Up and Heading South

After scouring through the aisles of AmericasMart on my breaks, I have found a bunch of fun new things.  My favorite are these adorable acrylic bow cuff bracelets.  They come in a bunch of colors and they are already on my website.  For $29, they are a great deal!



At 2:00 pm, this show ends and I plan on being in my car by 2:45 pm!  We have to break down the whole booth and cart it all out to our cars.  Then I head down South to Amelia Island to spend the night at my parents.  Tomorrow, at the crack of dawn, I head back home to Miami, unload my car, repack a bag and head to the airport to catch a 5:00 pm flight to New Jersey for a Make-A-Wish conference.  The craziness of this plan is now setting in and by Friday afternoon when I return home, I might just fall asleep on my bed.



Adios Atlanta, 

xoxo kp