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 corner..it 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