Friday, May 19, 2017

Covering Up

Summer is right around the corner..it is already so hot down in Miami.  My summer plans have been slow to materialize but so far I have a tentative road trip to North Carolina and a week on Nantucket with my Northern friends.

I am always looking for cute bathing suit cover ups.  There are tons out there now.  If you take too long to find some, the good ones are snatched up, so don't wait!  Here are some favorites:



Tory Burch Crocheted Cover Up $325


Letarte Leopard Sheer $173.60


J. Crew Striped Tassel Tunic $88



Old Navy Gauze Swim Cover Up $22


Parker Beach Cover Up $154


Roberta Roller Rabbit Punta Long Dress $145


Melissa Odabash Fruley Embroidered Short Dress $199


Seafolly Fine-Stripe Tassel Tunic $91


Talbots Rugby Stripe Cover Up $69.50


Lilly Pulitzer Castilla Tunic $128



Gap Split-Neck Coverup $59.95
Available in Black and White

Planning on sun this weekend at my pool!
Xoxo, Kp

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Allergic...


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This past year, I feel like I have been punked.  Out of the blue, seriously out of nowhere, I developed allergies.  The type of allergies that you hear about, itchy, watery eyes and more.  It is so annoying and I have been in a state of denial about it since I found out.

My brother has had allergies his whole life.  That was the reason (supposedly) why we could never get a cat when we were growing up.  He walks in a house, and can tell if there is a cat there in an instant.  My allergies were limited to red ant bites and bee stings, both sending me to the emergency room a few times, not fun but not life altering.  I remember begging my parents to go to sleep away camp and I was told in order to do that, I would have to endure some painful allergy shots before I went so that plan went up in smoke.

One of my friends on Facebook posted the other day asking if anyone else was dying from allergies this past week and asked for some remedy suggestions besides traditional allergy medicine.  The responses were plentiful, so clearly I am not alone.  Someone suggested using a Neti Pot.

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Remember when Oprah had someone on her show that talked about the Neti Pot?  I raced out to get one like everyone else and experimented with it, making a mess and only really being successful every other time.  If you don't do it correctly, it can cause a mess.  You also have to use bottled water since this liquid is going directly in your sinuses and if it is not clean, you can get super sick.

Anyway, any other suggestions would be welcome.  Allergy sufferers, I did not want to join your club!

Xoxo, kp

Monday, March 20, 2017

Reading List

My reading habits are so inconsistent.  I will find a good book and won't be able to put it down, then read another and the next thing you know, I have read 10 books in a row.  Then, I take a break and it takes a good book to get me back in the game.  Here are three that have been in my Amazon queue...



The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

"The next great New York novel." -Town and Country

"This winter's cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever." -Marie Claire

"Pitoniak's precise and incisive powers of observation gives us a book with startling grace notes." -NPR.org

One of NYLON and REFINERY29's most anticipated books of 2017

In this dazzling debut novel about love and betrayal, a young couple moves to New York City in search of success-only to learn that the lives they dream of may come with dangerous strings attached.





The Antiques by Kris D'Agostino

A family reunites after the death of its patriarch just as a hurricane tears through town in this "sparklingly funny novel about love, power, money and adult siblings finding the beating heart of what matters most: one another" (People).

One the night of a massive hurricane, three estranged siblings learn that their father is dying. For the first time in years, they convene at their childhood home in upstate New York, where the storm has downed power lines, flooded houses and destroyed the family's antique store.

The Westfalls are no strangers to dysfunction.  But never have their lives felt so out of control.  Armie is living in their parents' basement.  In Manhattan, Josef, a sex-addicted techie, is struggling to repair his broken relationship with his daughters.  Their sister, Charlie, who works in Hollywood as a publicist for a wayward young actress, just learned that her son has been expelled from preschool.  Amid the storm, they must come together to plan their father's memorial service, only to learn that his dying wish-they must sell his priceless Magritte painting.  As their failures are laid bare, they discover the hope often lurks in the darkest of places.  And so, too, can hilarity.


The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Everyone has secrets...

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be.  But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt; another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.

Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding.  Why did Will lie about where he was going?  And what else has he lied about?  As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shocks her to her very core.


I am reading the Marriage Lie right now and cannot put it down!

Happy reading,
Xoxo, kp

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Illustrated...

One of my favorite things about Instagram is how many artists are there actively displaying all their latest work.  So many of the watercolor illustrators draw up runway looks from Fashion Week and they have been whipping up version of Red Carpet looks on the spot.  It is so fun...




Olivia Culpo by @lennie.illustration




Emma Roberts by @carteblac_


Emma Stone by @nickillustration


Felicity Jones and Emma Roberts by @sophiandlilli


Viola Davis by @taniamagniart

Emma Stone by @lennie.illustration



Priyanka Chopra, Olivia Culpo, Octavia Spencer and Kirsten Dunst by @sophieandlilli


Emma Stone and Viola Davis by @sophieandlilli

Gold and Black Dresses by @keratill


Kirsten Dunst by @lennie.illustration


Emma Stone by @art_leena

Still reeling from Sunday night's ending..wowzers!
Xoxo, kp

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Academy Awards 2017 Highlights

The Academy Awards is my Super Bowl.  I was so excited to get situated and ready to watch.  The Red Carpet was interesting this year..some really cool dresses but nothing I really loved. I can't wait to watch Fashion Police because they usually LOVE one that didn't really stand out on TV but in person was really spectacular.  

Right before it started at 8:30, I saw this on Instagram...


Meaning..Gwyneth will not be at the Oscars.  So sad...


But Karlie Kloss in Stella McCartney was looking a little Gwyneth-esque.


Kirsten Dunst in Christian Dior Haute Couture


Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive-so beautiful


Jessica Biel in Kaufman Franco


Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti 


Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo


Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton and Busy Phillips in Elizabeth Kennedy
#dawsonscreekbffs


Leslie Mann in Zac Posen


Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton


Dakota Johnson in Gucci


Olivia Culpo in Marchesa


Darby Stanchfield in Georges Chakra


Emma Stone in Givency


Janelle Monae in Elie Saab


Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta


Viola Davis in Armani Prive

Some of my favorite moments...


The opening number with JT..so fun


The tour bus folks coming through the front row...


The candy dropping from the ceiling...

It was all so amazing until Warren Beatty messed it up and named La La Land as Best Picture, everyone was excited and the speeches started and then a bunch of men came up grabbing envelopes and then embarassingly, they named Moonlight as the Best Picture.  Crazytown...

Love the Oscars,
Xoxo, kp

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stamps with Style




The United States Post Office has come out with a line of beautiful stamps honoring Oscar de la Renta.  The stamps are a mix of dress design patterns and pictures of actual dresses.  They are really stunning.

Back in my bridal consultant days, I always used to worry that when the time came for my wedding, there wouldn't be any pretty stamps available.  These would definitely be worth stockpiling.  Of course, now many years later, with custom stamps available, that is no longer a worry and since I do not have a wedding currently being planned, I can rest easy.   With Forever stamps, you can buy them and they hold the current value of the first class stamp.

Stamp away,
xoxo, kp

Thursday, February 16, 2017

TraffickCam


This popped up in my Facebook feed today, this pretty girl is missing and her Mom is fearing that she has fallen in to the hands of human traffickers.  This is a topic that most people don't know that much about but it is apparently happening all the time.  After seeing the movie Taken with Liam Neeson, it should be terrifying everyone.

Downloading an app called TraffickCam is one way you can help. 


Using your camera phone with this app, any time you check into a hotel, you can take 4 specific pictures and upload them into the app.  


The idea is that by cataloging the background specifics of hotel rooms (carpet, wallpaper, furniture, etc..) they can help identify where victims are that are in any type of online videos posted on the web.  The database of pictures is growing by the day.  

For someone who travels a lot, you could make such a difference using this app.

Hoping Alexis is found ok,
Xoxo kp