Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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!

Image result for michel design works soap


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