Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In the Works and In the Queue

Trying to get all my needlepoint in order.  I have been on a stitching tear trying to finish all the canvases that are half done, and unfortunately, there are a bunch!  This past weekend, I finished 2 different canvases and added them to the finishing pile.

These projects are in the works....

One of my goals is to have a bunch of stand up trees because I have so many ornaments at this point!

I think this was purchased in 1996...seriously

Changing this from red to hot pink..

Eyeglass case...

This one I love but I ran out of thread-I am famous for it...and our local needlepoint store is closed on Monday's...and that is always when I want to go!

Millie Pillow-I used fur-like thread and it kills my hand

For my kitchen, I have started the background twice and taken it out.  Someday this will be framed...

This is so old from Rita's in NYC, I don't even think Silk & Ivory was invented yet.

I was so in love with the Pierre Deux-like frame..I can barely see the holes they are so dark.

These cute pouches are from the Container Store.  I am loving them to help me get organized. They are $1.99 - $4.99 each. They are fantastic!

When I get caught up..these are the next canvases that I want to stitch..

After I took down my tree this year, I spread out all my needlepoint on a large table. It was so fun to see it all together.  Prized possessions!!!

Happy Stitching!
Xoxo, kp

Never Straight Enough

I like my hair straight...the straighter the better.  This has always been a huge challenge.  I have tons of wavy hair that I can't control.  My life changed in the late 90s when a little hair salon opened on Brickell Avenue called Jean Claude Biguine, basically a French Supercuts.  But, they taught their stylists how to straighten hair with a blow dryer that resulted in the craziest straight hair ever.  I was hooked and you could find me there every Friday for my blowout with a  wild girl named Janelle.  Money so well spent..my hair was under control and smooth-life goals at the time.

Years later, in the luckiest chance ever, our salon owner Duane asked Helen and I if we would like to be hair models for the Yuko system.  The trainers were coming from Beverly Hills and they needed people to be the testers for this treatment that changed the make up of your hair, for free.  We showed up and endured almost 6 hours of processing, rinsing, ironing, repeating the process, etc..and the end result was Helen and I looking somewhat Asian with the straightest shiniest hair you have ever seen. This was the pic we took that day. Holy cow...

That Yuko treatment is $150/hour and usually takes 4 hours so it is slightly cost prohibitive but your hair stays straight until it grows out, so you could get this done once a year and maintain a smooth look.  I did it 4 separate times.  In the meanwhile, I found different places for good blowouts and any chance I had, I would be in the chair having someone expertly use their hair dryer and nozzle to get my hair under control.

Blow outs are perfect for vacations as well.  I got a blowout before a girls trip to New Orleans and it saved me tons of time getting ready when people are waiting..what a great excuse to go to the beauty parlor!

These days, I time my blow outs for special events and try to get Keratin treatments every 4-6 months.  A new treatment has evolved, Botox for the hair. The might be my next experiment.

Shampoo and Conditioners make a difference as well.  Right now these are my in my rotation:

Royal Moroccan Shampoo & Conditioner

Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo and Conditioner

Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Is there any others I should try?
Please let me know!!!!

Happily straight,
Xoxo, kp

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Screen Actor's Guild Awards Red Carpet

I love award season..right about now there is an awards show every week leading up to the Academy Awards.  The SAG Awards is a favorite because it is actors voting for actors and people are drinking and are funny and say all sorts of crazy things.  Here are my favorite red carpet picks:

Natalie Portman in Dior Couture

Taraji P. Henson in Reem Acra

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Kirsten Dunst in Dior-this is my fav

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad

Sophia Bush in Marchesa

Amanda Peet in Michael Kors Collection

Viola Davis in Vivienne Westwood

Nicole Kidman in Gucci

Amy Adams in Brandon Maxwell

Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra

Claire Foy in Valentino

Janelle Monae in Chanel

Kate Hudson in Dior

Oscars in 28 days!
Xoxo, kp

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hearts for Valentines Day

Loving hearts as I do, Valentine's Day is naturally a favorite holiday.  There are so many cute things out there with hearts..here are a few that caught my eye...

Gold glitter heart garland $10.50

Prada Heart Leather Skimmer $750

J. Crew Heart Inset Tee $45

Aerin Heart Raffia Pouches $ 40 and $60

Tory Burch Double-Wrap Bracelet $95

Vineyard Vines Valentine T-Shirt $48

Williams Sonoma Olivewood Heart Salt Keeper $29.95

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart Hoop Earrings $450

Alessi "Big Love" Ice Cream Bowl/Spoon $65

Burberry Check Heart Print Scarf $435

Donut and Hearts Wrapping Paper $15

Van Clef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra Pendant $1,500

Bling 2o Je T'aime Swim Goggles $24

Waterford Heart Ring Holder $65

Tory Sport Soft Modal Striped Tee $95

Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check Heart Frame  $38

Mrs. Strong Tiny Hearts Small Set of Notes $45

Smythson Panama Heart Keyring $95

Chinti and Parker Heart Sweater $450

Target Heart Lamp $39.95

Cute heart necklaces by me! $25  Email to order. 

18 Days Away!
Xoxo, kp