Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blo and Gwyneth

Disclaimer....this post is all about hair.  So anyone who doesn't care about blow outs and straight hair, you might want to skip today's post.

Ever since my Jean Claude Biguine obsessed days, I always been coveting an occasion to get my hair blown out.  Getting keratin treatments have helped and expensive hair dryers can do the trick when I have 45 minutes to spare..but nothing is like getting it done from a professional.  Miami doesn't have too many "just blowout" salons..but they are slowly catching up.

Today on my way home...I saw this Instagram...



and my reaction was "holy cow..is Gwyneth in Miami?"  I clicked on the #blobodycoralgables hash tag and it took me to their Instagram.  Gwyneth has partnered with Blo and it seems just posted this pic promoting their opening.  About five minutes later, I got a text from my pal Grimsley (another GP fan) who saw the same Instagram.

I actually panicked for a second and wondered if I could squeeze a drive-by to Blo into my crazy schedule.  My hair wasn't blown out yesterday, so how embarrassing?  Luckily enough, there was no need.  Upon further investigation, she was just promoting the opening on her Instagram.  She has appeared at several Blo location openings.  Earlier this year, this cartoon version of GP debuted in conjunction with the partnership.  Flowing blonde hair..what an advertisement!

Fortunately for me, I have had a close encounter (about two feet) with Gwyneth in 2008 at a Coldplay concert in Boston.  You can read about that here.  Now that...was a true lifetime highlight.

If you don't like Gwyneth, I am not sure we can be friends...
xoxo, kp

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday..only 2 days away!  I love that everyone celebrates this holiday and of course, the food.  The last few years, I have been lucky enough to be invited to a friends' house where they serve the most delicious food.  If I can't have my Mom's Thanksgiving dinner, this is the next best thing.  These tablescapes got me in the mood for holiday decorating...getting my tree this weekend.  This year I am going to secure it with my cement blocks so I don't have a repeat of last year's epic tree fall disaster!



















Looking forward to Thursday,
xoxo kp

Images courtesy of House Beautiful, Marcus Design and B Lovely Events.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Perfection of Bunny...

Auction aficionados were all abuzz this past week over the stunning estate of Rachel Lowe Lambert Lloyd Mellon, otherwise known as Bunny Mellon.  Bunny had many titles in her life, Heiress, Wife, Mother, Botanist, Friend of Jacqueline Kennedy,   Her death at 103 in March of this year was reported with headlines saying one of the last great heiresses had passed away.  Born into a wealthy family and married into an even wealthier one, her entire wardrobe, including gardening clothes were designed by Cristobal Balenciaga and later Hubert de Givenchy.  She was the epitome of understudied elegance and sophistication and very old school, in the best possible way.

Items from homes in Virginia Hunt Country, the Cape, Nantucket, Antigua and others, were expertly grouped and photographed enticing bidders from 43 countries and ending up selling many, many millions of dollars.  Known for her expert eye and as an arbiter of great taste, her auction was primed to be a success, but one item went way off the charts, a blue pear shaped diamond which sold for over $32.6 million  Other  rare items include Tiffany & Co. branded Rolex watches, china, stirrup cups, furniture, jewelry, snuff boxes, tea stoves and an actual hitching post. The catalog has been ordered for my library and can't wait to see it in person. The auction ended on Sunday.


















Bunny was a self taught Horticulturist.  She famously was asked by the Kennedys to re-do the White House Rose Garden.  She did several other White House gardens and later kept up the work for the Johnsons.






Art from this sale exceeded $158.7 million.












The proceeds from this miraculous sale will benefit a foundation in her Father's name.  A link to the catalog is here.

Thrilled to get a glimpse of Bunny's life..
xoxo, kp

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Needlepoint Jackpot

On eBay, I have a set search for needlepoint ornaments.  I have sworn many times to not buy anymore of them since I have about 30 sitting in a pile ready to stitch.  Yesterday, I happen to look and saw this entire lot of FINISHED needlepoint ornaments for $35.  To get one ornament finished these days is at least $40, so was the bargain of the century.  It is on the way to me now, and I can't wait to get it and check it out.


This is the whole lot...all 35 ornaments!


The raindeer, tree, horse and three Kings are so cute...


love the elephant, wreath and the santa on the right...


the elephants on the top right, the present below and the Santa face...


My favorite is the welcome sign..that would have been worth $35 alone.

So..I will weed out the ones I want and probably put the others back on eBay.

Seriously, the jackpot...
xoxo, kp

Friday, November 21, 2014

Better Dress Up...

Back in my bridal consultant days, I spent a lot of time compiling good info to put together to write a smart guide for brides.  In my seat at the time, I had a front row view of all brides before and after their weddings and they loved to talk talk talk about the good, the bad and the ugly.  It was fascinating..one thing that a bride told me stuck with me and I warned all future brides to make sure they addressed it..make sure your photographer and videographer are dressed appropriately for the occasion.  Nothing looks worse than a sloppily dressed photographer at your elegant wedding, they stick out like a sore thumb.  It isn't something to assume, that they will wear appropriate attire.  You have to tell them what you want them to wear.

Last month, I went to a very elegant fashion show at a high-end department store. Everyone was dressed up and looked amazing...then looking down the runway sat ten or so photographers in t-shirts and jeans, and they looked horrible.


Apparently, the Royal family is like-minded.  To prepare for Prince William and Kate Middleton's visit to New York and DC in December, the British Monarchy laid out a dress code for all those reporters who will come in contact with them.



According to Politico...

“Journalists… should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of The Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family,” the British Monarchy website declares.
“Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians,” the warning notes.  “Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit,” it proclaims.
I read this online this morning and it just made my day...




I mean..could they be cuter??

As always...obsessed with the Royal Family,
xoxo, kp

Monday, November 3, 2014

Ultimate Monogram..Rachel Rogers


Featured in Traditional Home this month, amazing artist Rachel Rogers and her whimsical family crests and monograms.  She can incorporate all your interests in your custom 9 x 12 painting.  Her artwork is available on all sorts of products at Society 6 Shop.  Check it out!











This custom stationery is adorable as well.

Dreaming of my custom monogram as we speak,
xoxo kp