Monday, May 30, 2011

Weekend in Baltimore, Part 1

This year for Memorial Day weekend, I headed to Baltimore with my good friends Hoby and Christina for a garden party at Hoby's Mom's house. The last time I visited there, I could not stop walking around her home, looking at every room and all of her beautiful things. Her decorating style is so precise, yet looks like so effortless. Tons of framed family photos and prints, lots of pink and green fabric, ample needlepoint pillows and heirloom pieces all pulled together in warm, comfortable rooms. It is so inviting and I felt like I was home as soon as we walked in the door. Her style is very similiar to one of my Grandmother's, which might also be why I love it so much. Dede's house is definitely a favorite...













How cool is this vase???




The back porch leading out to the garden...




When we arrived, she and her garden people were still out there finishing up last minute touches. She has been working on her new and improved garden for months and you could certainly tell. It was beautiful.







After we had a tour of the new garden, we hung out in the kitchen. Dede had bought all of Hoby's favorite foods and we sat there snacking for a while. A certain large container of chicken salad from Grauls Market was the main target of our grazing. It was delicious.




Later, we went out to dinner at Crush..it was so fun. On the way home, I begged Hoby to find us some Berger cookies. We stopped at the store and he came out with a bag .

By the next morning..this was all that was left. They are unbelievable...
Tomorrow..the party post!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Help

The Help is coming to theaters in August. The trailer is playing in theaters now and it the movie looks so great. When this book came out, I feel like everywhere I turned, people were reading it and talking about it.




If you haven't read this fabulous book yet, you still have time to order it and read it quickly!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer is (almost) here!!!

This is my official post accepting that summer is definitely here. Memorial Day..the start of summer and one of my favorite holidays. I am not going to Nantucket this year but heading to Baltimore with good friends. My friend Dede has finished her new garden and is having a fabulous garden party to celebrate. Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday.

xoxo kp

Thursday, May 26, 2011

North Carolina Christening Weekend

This past weekend, I was in North Carolina visiting BFF Meg for Elizabeth's Christening. From the minute I stepped out of the airport, I had a blast. The weather was amazing and a very welcome relief from the Miami heat. Right from the airport, we headed to South Park and did some shopping. I tried to take some pics during lunch but someone wasn't in the mood to pose..


Then she flashed this sweet smile...I put my camera away for a while..not to overdo

little Elizabeth

We headed to Cornelius and settled in with the girls. Meg made yummy dinner and we sampled some Skinny Girl Margaritas. After several of them, we started to question how much alcohol is really in them..don't tell Bethenny but we called shenanigans.

Friday morning, we took care of morning naps and then headed to Birkdale..my favorite outside mall North of Bal Harbour. A quick peek inside Poppies and a dash into my favorite Gap and then we went back and got ready for a little trip.


Next stop..Statesville to Meg's parents' home. We had a big steak dinner that night..cooked on a crazy big new grill. It took the whole grilling process up a notch for sure.




Me and Tef, the grilling expert. He came to North Carolina with his own special rub for the steaks..and he didn't get caught by any TSA agents.

Meg's Dad at the bar

This situation here is my perfect setup..icemaker, nice glasses, sliced lime wedges and an endless supply of diet coke.


Pam with her after dinner cordials


The next morning, the horses were saddled up and we headed off for a ride.




The barn

Me on Little Girl before I put my helmet on



Heading back to the barn..I was trying to snap pics and kept messing with the reins and then my horse would start heading the wrong way..you shouldn't try to be a horse riding photographer




Max with Sassy the lamb and Buster the goat..they are bff





Getting a ride back to the house

Then the pony came out...




Ashley and her adorable cousins having the best time



and then..a dance party on the porch



Sunday morning, we all got up and ready for Church. Elizabeth's big day! We got there with plenty of time to take some pictures. During the service, she was a perfect angel.



Meg, Brett and Elizabeth


Posing for pics before the service

All the girls


Meg and Elizabeth


The whole group at the church


The lunch afterwards was delicious..there was a huge buffet.

Kelly, Megan and brand new baby Chase!


Heather and her family


David and the boys


the cake




Tef and Lynn



Me and Elizabeth. She is so cute. I am a very proud Godmother!!!

God bless Elizabeth!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

funny funny funny

My Mom sent me this. So funny after my travel week. I just got home from the best weekend in North Carolina..a post chock full of my weekend activities will come very soon. Hope you had as great a weekend as I did!