Monday, June 19, 2017

Finished's a miracle!

TAfter an unfortunate cancellation by the closet people on Friday with my entire apartment in shambles-literally piles of clothes everywhere, they finally came today to finish up.  I think I am too nice and they didn't think it was a big deal to cancel on me at the last minute, especially since I had to hunt them down to find out they were canceling. It's really fun...

The problem with my closet in this old building that I live in is that there an air conditioning handler up on the left side that is bulky, loud and has water running through it.  It was always hidden inside my drop ceiling, so it wasn't really a concern.  When I opened it up at one point with the A/C man, I realized the entire right hand side was unused and became obsessed with reclaiming that space.  I need more storage space always!

It started to look like too complicated a job until the right person came and after 3 hours of chit chat sweet talking Robert from the closet company, he decided he could not only fix the a/c handler situation but he threw in the demo of my old closet and even offered to paint-two things he previously told me they did not do.  I have to say that turn of events was exhilarating and confirmed to me that if you are nice it can get you a lot farther than being not so nice.

So, now the closet is needs a quick paint touch up in a few places, but I am so excited to put the obvious things back where they belong and start the not-so-sure pile to go through.  This will for sure be a task but the thought of having a pretty, organized closet where I know where everything is will be a treat!

Here is the end result of the closet renovation:

Starting tonight to fill it up with my stuff.  Wish me luck!
Xoxo, kp

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Closet Update

Well, lost of activity this week in the condo!!  I emptied my closet out last weekend, literally removed every thing in there and it is all over my apartment.  Once the electrician came by, it delayed the plan by a few days, so I have been living with piles of clothes in every room-exactly what I was trying to avoid.

Anyway, Tuesday, they came to remove my old closet shelves and racks and patch the walls and smooth them out...

Wednesday, they came to paint everything white and get ready for the install...

Today they came to install the bulk of the closet.  I can't believe it actually happening.  

Tomorrow, they are coming to box in the air handler and install the shoe rack.  They need to use a saw on my balcony and I am sure that is not allowed so hopefully they are quick so we don't get in trouble.

Now the thought of putting it all back in scares the heck out of me.  I hope everything fits!

It's coming along...
The Kitchen plans get nailed down on Tuesday!
Xoxo, KP

Friday, June 2, 2017

Mom's Favorites

This past weekend was my Mom's 70th birthday.  At this point, getting gifts for my parents has become sort of difficult.  They don't really need anything and they get annoyed if I spend too much money on them.  But, for 70, I decided to do something fun for my Mom.

One of my favorite artists, Paige Smith, does commissions and her work is amazing.  She painted something a long time ago that I loved for her Grandmother, an illustration of all of her favorite things.  

I decided to do this for my Mom and sent Paige a list of all her favorites.  It came out so terrific..

She was so surprised when she opened her gift..I love a good surprise!  Now I am thinking I need one for myself.  My list of favorite things is kind of long but I am planning on doing a gallery wall in my apartment and keep thinking of things that I can add to my art collection.

Check out Paige's blog here.  If you are a Lilly Pulitzer aficionado, you will certainly recognize many of her prints. She is an amazing artist.

Happy Weekend!
Xo, kp

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jackie's Girl

If you are a fan of all things Kennedy, I have a terrific book recommendation for you.  Jackie's Girl just came out last week and was written by Jacqueline Kennedy's personal assistant.  Plucked off a farm in Ireland and arriving in NYC in the 60s, the author was placed at 1040 Fifth Avenue working for the former First Lady and her family.  

Her story is fascinating and filled with intimate stories of her day-to-day interactions with Jackie and her two children.  I couldn't get enough and was so sad when I finished it.

If this is up your alley, another book I highly recommend is by Jackie's former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, Mrs. Kennedy and Me.  This is also a great behind the scenes story of the Kennedys while they were in the White House.  

This past weekend would have been President Kennedy's 100th birthday.  His family made a video with commentary about him.  View it here.

My Kindle app is filled with tons of books and I plan on doing a lot of reading this summer!

Happy reading,
Xoxo, KP

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Covering Up

Summer is right around the 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


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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."

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


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

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 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