Kitchen Update

After all the chatter about re-doing my kitchen, it is finally in the works!!  I keep wanting to pinch myself that it is happening.  Of course, it is more complicated than I thought it would be.  My kitchen is a tiny galley kitchen, how hard could it be?
Lucky for me, one of my BFFS re-did a kitchen not too long ago and had some good insight on a few things.  First, the appliances.  She picked the whole Kitchen Aid suite and I loved the way they looked.  They are kind of the nicest-not-crazy-expensive option.  All the appliances were purchased on Saturday at Best Buy and they are holding them for me until they need to be delivered.  One huge hurdle down…

Before I start on the kitchen, my bedroom closet needed to be done. It is about to explode.  The closet guy I wanted to use came to measure and came up with an easy solution for my falling-apart drop ceiling.  At this point, I am so tired of trying to figure out what do to with this closet, I just want it fixed.  The closet guy-Robert-is boxing in my air condition handler that is up there as part of the closet, freeing up most of the right side for more storage.  This is super exciting.  They are coming to start on June 6th.

When they came last week, they brought the whole team to talk about my kitchen and they quoted me a terrific price for wood cabinets with paneled doors all the way to the ceiling.  I am going to schedule that part next.  Somewhere in the middle of this plan, I have to commit to a contractor and have them help me get all the pieces together and pull permits, etc.. It’s all a little overwhelming.

But, I have some questions and would love some feedback:

(1) I want a white sink.  I grew up with a porcelain sink and we never had a problem with chipping but now there are a ton of new options, granite and composite. Should I stick with porcelain or does anyone have any feedback on these other options?  I have a stainless sink now and I do not want another one.

(2) Every pretty kitchen I see online has the sink in front of a window.  That is amazing but my kitchen is windowless.  Over the sink, the cabinets are raised so you don’t hit your head on them.  Do I just have whatever backsplash I use there or should I get a shelf built in.  Is the shelf a think of the past?

(3) What is a normal amount to spend on the faucet?  Of course the one I love is SUPER expensive.  I am trying to find a less expensive option.  I am dying for a bridge faucet.  This is what I want it to look like and this is the one that won’t bankrupt me but it is an investment.  Can you take it with you when you move?  That might help make my decision lol…

That’s where I am right now.  Any good ideas that I need to know, please share. I will be posting all my progress here in the coming weeks.
Thanks so much!
Xoxo, kp

Birthday Weekend

I’m still recovering from my birthday weekend! Friday (my actual birthday) started off with breakfast with friends, a birthday party for my little friend Jordan and ended with a Birthday Happy Hour at Villagio. 

My sweet needlepoint group got together and got me a gift certificate from the needlepoint store. So fun. A bunch of other friends got me a gift certificate to buy a new purse-super excited and grateful for all the love. 
Saturday night we had a little reunion of old friends. Our local group can’t seem to get together so it took a friend coming in town to rally the troops. We meet in the Grove and it was super fun. 
I rounded out the weekend with a fun Sunday brunch and then a slew of my favorite shows last night. All in all, an amazing weekend!
Older and wiser,
Xoxo, kp

T e l e v i s i o n

There is so much on television these days.  Thankfully for me, since I need to watch tv while I make jewelry.  Now that Homeland and The Affair have ended (sad face), I am looking for new things to watch.  I am always hesitant to get attached to new shows since so many of them get canceled right away.  Also, now with Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and other online sites, you can always catch up asap. Here is what I am/will be watching:
Downton Abbey
Downton started up again this past Sunday.  I used to watch online while it played in the UK, but got side tracked in the Fall and now am watching it for real with the rest of the US folks.  It does not disappoint and Sunday’s episode was great.  So sad that this is the last season!!!  View a preview here.
Shades of Blue

Starting on January 7th on NBC, this show is on my list because I am a huge fan of Jennifer Lopez.  I was surprised that she signed on to do a network tv show, but she has played a cop before in Out of Sight, so this should be good.  Also starring Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo View a preview here.

War and Peace

This Lifetime mini-series is an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel starting on January 18th.  Starring Lily James (Rose from Downton), Paul Dano, James Norton, Gillian Anderson and Jim Broadbent.
View a preview here.
Starting January 17th, this show promises to be amazing.  They have been running teaser ads on Showtime for weeks.  Brody from Homeland stars as Hedge Fund superstar Bobby Axelrod and Paul Giametti plays the U.S. Attorney who is determined to bring him down.  If this isn’t as good as the trailers, I will be so disappointed.  Watch the trailer here.

Girls returns to HBO on February 21st! See a preview here.

The Family
Starts March 6th on ABC, this story is about a boy that reappears after being missing for 10 years.  His return has a huge impact on his political mom (Joan Allen) and the rest of his family.  The story has lots of twists and turns and sounds fascinating.  I love Joan Allen.  Watch a preview here.
The Americans
Coming back for Season 4 in March on F/X, this show is so great.  If you haven’t seen previous seasons, they are available online.  Keri Russel and Matthew Rhys star in this story about Russian spies living in America in the 80s.  Having an arranged marriage, this couple lives in a DC suburb and has two children.  The story is set right after Ronald Reagan became President.  It is one to watch!

Game of Thrones

Returning to HBO on April 24th, Game of Thrones is new to my list.  I watch all previous 5 seasons this summer and loved it.  When I asked on Facebook for some show recommendations, this was by far the most discussed.  If you haven’t started, you could start now and finish up right when the next season starts! #savejonsnow

Glued to my tv,
xoxo, kp

Golden Globes 2015

So, I am going to use my theory on catching up with putting pictures in photo albums with this blog.  Start in the present and work backwards.  I have about 6 blog posts half written and will get them out this week, but will dive right into the present and one of my favorite nights..the Golden Globes.

Here are some favs from the red carpet:

Taylor Schilling in Ralph Lauren

New Mom Rosamund Pike in Carolina Herrera

Allison Williams in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts in Gucci with Bulgari jewels

Former Miss Golden Glob Dakota Johnson in Chanel

Renee Russo in J. Mendel

Claire Danes in Valentino

Sienna Miller in Miu Miu

Jennifer Anniston in Saint Laurent

Jennifer Lopez in Zhair Murad

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Mrs. George Clooney in Dior

Kerry Washington in Mary Katrantzou

Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab

And Gwyneth in Michael Kors…beautiful!

Golden Globes is my Superbowl,
xoxo kp

Out of Commission…

So, it has been an interesting week to say the least.  Last Monday, I drove myself to the ER and ended up having surgery to remove an infection that got out of control.  It was very unexpected and I have been recuperating at home since Tuesday.  Things are moving along a little slower than I thought.

I can’t get over the ER experience… very interesting.  I have seen every episode of ER there ever was multiple times, so I think I am somewhat of an expert.  It made me laugh when I heard them use all the ER lingo, proud of myself that I knew what they were talking about.  The lady a few curtains down was screaming for more drugs–all I could think was she is drug seeking..they can sniff them out quickly.  My drug on Monday was Dilaudid, which I highly recommend when you are in pain.  It was effective.

My friend Meg showed up and stayed with me throughout my whole ordeal and then Helen and Nicole took over in the evening.  I have such great friends.  My other friend Cynthia started a list and people have signed up to come bring me food, which has been so great.  My refrigerator is stocked and I get visitors, which is fun.   I am addicted to smoothies these days..the pain meds make you not so hungry.  

Having never spent the night at the hospital, I was unprepared for all the interruptions to my sleep.  I guess when you are on the night shift, 4 am seems like the afternoon.  This nurse kept waking me up to do all sorts of things and I was so annoyed with her.  So many people kept coming in, by 8 am, I felt like I had been awake forever.  My friends showed up with breakfast and I was out by noon.

So all week, I have been taking it easy and resting.  It’s a lot to process and I have had a lot of help, thankfully.  Every day, a nurse comes to help me.  The nurses they send are all male!  It is so funny, but at this point, it doesn’t even register.  Armando is becoming my BFF and he is so helpful.

I am hoping to be back on my feet by the end of this week and back to business.  I have so many blog posts stored in my mind and my shows are about to start full force, so I don’t have time to be down for the count.    Having a blog brings guilt along with it.  I feel guilty when I am away for so long…so just wanted to check in.  Look for some good posts very soon. 

Feeling grateful,
xoxo kp

The List

Meet Adrienne Brown, a twenty-eight year old Wellesley College grad who recently left her glamorous job at Town & Country for a spot at The Capitolist.  Known simply as the List to Beltway insiders, it’s the only media outlet in D.C. that’s actually on the rise. Taking the job means accepting a painful pay cut, giving up perks like free Louboutins, and moving back in with her parents, but Adrienne is certain that her new position will be the making of her career.

And it is—but not at all in the way that she expects. The Capitolist runs at an insane pace: Adrienne’s up before five in the morning, writing ten stories a day (sometimes on her BlackBerry, often during her commute), and answering every email within three minutes. Just when it seems like the frenetic workload is going to break her, she stumbles upon a juicy political affair, involving a very public senator—and her most competitive colleague. Discovering that there’s much more to the relationship than meets the eye, Adrienne realizes she’s got the scoop of a lifetime. But should she go public with the story?
Inspired by Washington insider Karin Tanabe’s experiences at Politico, The List is a riveting debut novel bursting with behind-the-scenes details about what happens when media and politics collide.
Check out The List on Amazon here.

Julian, You Beast…


Having watching the UK airings of Downton Abbey via online stolen links last Fall, I have been sitting on the secret of the ending of the season for some time.  Painful, really.  I received the first secret link through a friend in Idaho.  She had seen me post about Downton and knew I was obsessed.  I watched it in disbelief that I was breaking all sorts of network television rules.  Each week, the link appeared on a Facebook page and each week I devoured the episodes on my laptop.  

Around this time, Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) began a Broadway run in New York and reports surfaced that he was not signing on for Season 4 of this amazing show.  These reports always pop up and usually go away, but this one stuck.  So, in the back of my mind, I knew there was a possibility of Matthew’s demise.  The horror!!!

Season 3 proved to be full of drama…Cora’s Mothers arrival started it off, the death of poor Sybil and Thomas’ shenanigans filled each episode with plenty to digest.  I hated Sybil’s death..she was such a favorite but I saw the benefits of this twist in the storyline play out in later episodes.

Edith is still single and searching for love and now Mr. Branson is trying to move upstairs gracefully without stepping on any toes.  Things in the kitchen get a little bit interesting when Daisy gets a promotion…

If you have not caught up on Season 3, get to iTunes and catch up quick.  You won’t be able to stay away from the shocking finale news for long.