Palm Beach

FNO 2012 & Daily Threads

Tonight, while the VMAs showed us some of the worst in fashion, the world celebrated Fashion’s Night Out – 2012! I had plans to attend functions on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach where the hotel I work for was participating in an event at Saks and also checking out FNO at The Palm Beach Gardens Mall. [Not so] unfortunately, I had several family members visiting from NY and I attended a large family dinner to celebrate my godmother’s birthday instead. Here’s what I wore:

Navy and White polka dot dress – Forever21

Red belt – ?

Red leather Ralph Lauren sandals. – I’ve had these for so long now.

Michael Kors Hamilton Tote

Dinner was delicious and the time spent with my family can’t be matched. (I’d missed them so much!) One year… I don’t know when or how… but one year, if my dreams come true, I’ll spend Fashion’s Night Out with this lady, one of my idols, American Vogue’s Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour.

For information about Fashion’s Night Out, check out their site: Fashion’s Night Out.

Next year, I hope you’ll participate the world wide fashion event in your area!

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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Frederic Fekkai

The other day at work, I received a letter from the staff at the Palm Beach Frederic Fekkai Salon (located in The Brazilian Court Hotel). In the letter they invited me to visit their salon and receive a complimentary hair cut! (Working in concerige has its perks!)

I’m am so looking forward to having my hair styled by one of the Frederic Fekkai hair artists! I have until the end of June to get my cut and I will of course let you all know how it turned out!

Alex and Ani (+) energy

Recently, a rep from the Alex and Ani boutique on Worth Ave in Palm Beach visited the hotel where I work and gave one of my coworkers (and newest friend) an energy infused, single charm bangle for each of the ladies who worked upfront. (So nice!) I was given the choice of a Fluer de Lis, a Peace sign and the one I chose:

The Star of Venus

This bangle just “spoke” to me. I knew we belonged together. I especially love the feminine power that this energy infused bracelet was supposed to evoke:

… yeah, this is totally my cup of tea. You can think I’m crazy, but I dig positive energy. 😉

It’s so adorable! and I love beads and bangles and this piece will make an excellent addition to my regular wears.

When I got home, I researched the company and loved everything about them from their eco-friendly practices and their new age philosophy. I think their mission statement says it all:

“Alex and Ani’s mission is to design products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit. Alex and Ani’s collections reflect a design aesthetic that celebrates each wearer’s unique essence. Owner and designer Carolyn Rafaelian believes it is her life’s work to inspire her customers to relish what is unique and authentic about themselves. Alex and Ani’s artistry lies in drawing out the beauty that resides within.”

How fabulous?

I absolutely adore my Star of Venus bangle and always love getting free stuff! Thanks, Alex and Ani!! I will definitely buy another piece. Or two. Or more. I want a necklace so bad now! And there’s saint charms for good catholic girls like me! 😉

Check out the Alex and Ani site and see if there’s a location or retailer near you!

This is only the second time I’ve had the pleasure of writing about an amazing gift I’ve received from a business and it’s jewelry again!! (A girl could get used to this.) The first time it happened, the owner of the business, The Gauze Shop in Downtown Stuart, FL, really appreciated it!

Owl Earrings from The Gauze Shop

Love my new Star of Venus bangle! Thank you Alex and Ani!

Dancing in the rain, alone, in the middle of the street.

Today I drove back down to the hotel in Palm Beach for take care of all my paperwork for hire. (So excited to start this new opportunity!) Leaving my town, it was beautiful and sunny, but I neared West Palm Beach it began to downpour. Heavily. It was scarey. I was on I95 trying not to slam into anyone, whilst also avoiding getting slammed into. It was absolutely ridiculous. I made it to the hotel, late, but I had called and it had been storming badly down there for some time for they weren’t surprised. I found a parking spot and grabbed a spare jacket that I had in the back seat for some sort of coverage. (I never have an umbrella when I need it.) I ran down the block, getting completely soaked. My heels were filling with water. It was horrible. But I made it! I dried off a bit (as best I could) in the ladies and then met with my managers and began filling out my paperwork.

It was still pouring when I finished and they offered to let me stay and wait out the rest of the rain. I declined politely and ran back to my car except this time, I was done. I didn’t need to preserve my skillyfully crafted look. I took of my heels and splashed down the sidewalks. Once I got to my car I opened the door and through my purse inside as well as the jacket I had used for coverage on the way in in the back seat. I tossed my heels in and on the floor and stood there. I allowed the rain to come down over me and I loved every second of it. Suddenly I was overcome with the joy of knowing I didn’t have to return to my old job and the excitement of starting this amazing new oppertunity… I was jumping up and down the puddles and did a short, but distinct, happy dance. (Kind of a jumpy butt-shake session.) I found myself completely elated and dancing in the rain, alone, in the middle of the street.

It was pouring, but bound to let up. I had made it through the storm. Survived. I was now standing at that crossroads where my life takes a different direction and who knows where it will lead.

It was one of those perfect moments. The kind that make life worth living and remind you that that’s exactly what you’re doing, living.

Sometimes in life you have to stop and take time to dance in the rain.

 

Ok… and now, real quick: I had to go take my drug test, right… in Lake Worth… ok…

The “lab” was creepy, one room and a bathroom.

I walk in. Nobody there, but the door is wide open. I read the sign, “fill out this form… blah blah blah”. So I take a clipboard and start working on that.

After a few minutes, the Doctor comes out of the bathroom, very surprised to see me and says “Can I help you?”

“I’m here for a drug screening. I’m from *the hotel*”

“Oh. Ok.” He says and then begins to spray the sh*t out of some air freshener in the bathroom. Clearly, I walked in on him dropping a deuce. Awkward.

He begins to start processing my paperwork and recieves multiple personal calls on his cellphone. Something about someone in his family taking someones car for an oil change or something. Lots of yelling though. This gives me time to properly acess this man of medicine’s attire:

Scrub pants. Ok. Obvious doctor attire.

Dirty sneakers. Ok. Kind of gross.

Tank top.

…. well not so much a tank top. To be precise, it was a sleeveless, stretched out old tshirt.

Yeah.

He barely followed proper collection protocol (I know this because I am drug screen certified in Florida thank you very much!) but whatever, it was weird and creepy… and in Lake-freaking-Worth. Gross.

 

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Dressed for Success!

Earlier in the week, I submitted my resume for an open position at a super-cute, super-British, fancy-schmancy and completely adorable hotel down in Palm Beach. On of my best friends works in the hotel’s restaurant (which is absolutely gorgeous btw!) and he heard of the opening, suggested they consider me and had me forward the appropriate people my resume.

Well, today I had my interview and it went beyond perfect! The managers seems really great and the atmosphere is amazing. I’ve always enjoyed working in hospitality and never intended to work in medical reception for as long as I did. Even when I was doing marketing for the clinics, it was all too “medical”. (And I was damn good at Marketing for the record! Damn, Good!) But I always enjoyed and felt I “shined” when I was working in Hospitality. (That kind of sounds like something a hooker would say, doesn’t it? … I’m not a hooker… if I were a hooker, I’d have much nicer clothes.)

Back to the interview. The interview went extremely well and they must have liked me because they called me tonight and told me I had the job. I’m heading down there again tomorrow to fill out all the necessary paperwork. I’m calling the clinic tonight to quit. … They need me to start immediately. (and I’m ready to move on… ASAP.)

But how could you not want to hire this? Here’s what I wore (I got to take my Hamilton Tote for a day out!)

I look a litte scarey; super exhausted. Excuse my eyes.

White Oxford – $30(?) Bealls. Black Pencil Skirt. Michael Kors Hamilton Tote. Got my pearls on too! (none of those faux ones either! not today!)

Wow... super tired. Plus the sky was still bright but dark enough not to need my shades so I was partially squinting. That's the look of light-sensitive pain!

The whole look. Top-to-Bottom

Brand new, White Oxford – $30(?) from Bealls. One of my many Black Pencil Skirts. (If you don’t own one: a.) whats wrong with you? b.) go buy one.) Slate Micheal Kors Hamilton Tote. My new $25 watch from Bealls (I need to invest in a good one. This one’s just a temp.) Grey Suede BCBG Wedges.

Grey Suede BCBG Wedges. Slate Michael Kors Hamilton Tote. cheap-ass watch from Bealls.

 

Tonight was opening night for Annie, the show my guy is currently doing sound for. Fate designed that our busy paths crossed today with us both all spiffed out. (He looks so adorable.)

Looking Snazzy

 

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***Now I shall do my happy, new job dance!***