Open Talk with PKP – November 2013

Today, I am excited to host my fourth “Open Talk with PKP” as we end the month of November.  From college to clothing recommendations to life in general, all questions are welcome for submission! 

When: Tuesday November 26th, 2013 @ 8:00PM EST with early submissions beginning now.

Where: All questions will be answered via comments through this blog post.

How: To submit a question, scroll to the bottom of your page, type in your name, email address, and question you would like answered. (All e-mail addresses will remain anonymous and confidential).

-PKP

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Comments

  1. Joe

    I am moving offices next month and want to get some things that reflect my style. I already have a coffee table and am looking for a good rug for a seating area. Any place you can suggest to look for ideas or things you would recommend? Keep in mind this is an entry level job budget.

    • PKP

      Congratulations on the new space! If I were you, I would look at One Kings Lane. They have a wide array of unique pieces that allow one to transform their space into something that reflects their own personal style. Also, it might be wise it put together a small collage of pictures from space you like. By doing this, you will help yourself “envision” the space and will keep the overall design cohesive.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Great choice! Glad to see you went with grey instead of brown. Though my gut tells me to suggest a black suit, I almost feel a charcoal suit would be more suitable (no pun intended). If I had to give a recommendation, I would suggest one that is similar to this style. You can still wear the piece to formal occasions, however, the light texture makes it more interesting than jet black.
      -PKP

  2. Rhyne J.

    Hi, PKP! Hope you are having a good holiday season. I was wandering what are some good stylish sport coats that are fairly priced, that you would reccomend? Thanks

  3. Max Turcotte

    Hey PKP I’m a huge fan of yours… Just a few questions:

    1. What kind of haircut do you have? Short, long, slick back, combover etc?

    2. Do you like pea coats? If so, which one would you recommend (under $300, please)

    3. Do you know any information about Providence College or Babson College, any opinions? I loved visiting Providence College

    4. Rayban wayfarers or clubmasters? Or both haha

    5. Do you like John Mayer music?

    Thank you so much, keep up the good work

    • PKP

      Question 1: I prefer to keep my hair pretty short in order to cut down on the time it takes to get ready in the morning. I use a little product in order to keep things tidy and occasionally will use some hairspray if it’s windy outside.
      Question 2: I do like peacoats, however, I prefer topcoats/walking coats.
      Question 3: I really like this one from LL Bean right now.
      Question 4: Both! However, if I had to chose one, I would go with Wayfarers.
      Question 5: I think I have a couple of John Mayer sounds on my iPod, however, I’m not a huge fan of his music. I have a pretty diverse playlist that has a bit from every genre.
      -PKP

      • Max Turcotte

        hey pop thanks for your answers… but you didn’t answer #3

        3. Do you know any information about Providence College or Babson College, any opinions? I loved visiting Providence College

        • PKP

          Whoops! Didn’t mean to skip over that one. I actually visited Babson College over the summer (long story) and thought the campus was beautiful. If you’re wanting to focus on entrepreneurship, it’s the best school in the country. Though campus is a bit distant from Boston, I’ve heard that it’s a short drive into the city and that the student body is extremely close considering it’s a smaller private school.

          As for Providence College, my knowledge in nonexistent.
          -PKP

    • PKP

      Honestly, I don’t think I could ever go back to a windows computer after using Apple for so long. I have nothing against the company (a lot of their products are quite cool), however, consistency makes compatibility issues a breeze.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I did not take a car to school with me. A few words of advice: If you are thinking about buying/getting a car in high school, I would suggest waiting until you decide on what college you are going to attend. The only reason I say this is that your car needs at the University of Miami vs. Babson University are going to be dramatically different.
      -PKP

  4. Dominic

    Where would you recommend purchasing chinos from? I have a few pairs of slim fit chinos from Jack Wills for casual wear that I am pleased with, but I am looking to expand my wardrobe and don’t want to buy more of the same that I already own.

    Your input is greatly appreciated!

    • PKP

      I buy a lot of my casual chinos from J.Crew. For some reason I really like the “Urban Slim Fit” style and have gotten great use out of them over the past few years. Plus, J.Crew carries some really great colors (merlot is my favorite).
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Ha. I see cargo shorts as impractical and unnecessary in every respect. If you need that many pockets (and I don’t know anyone who does), you should just bite the dust and get a document case or something. In short, just say no to cargos.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Ha. Rebecca and I are not dating. Becky has become a great friend and is one of my biggest supporters. I look at her as a sister, as well as a mentor, and appreciate all the she does for me.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I’m sure I can throw something together. I’ll probably talk more about how I spent the holiday with my family since Christmas isn’t about the “stuff” we get.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I’m actually really neurotic when it comes to gifts. I absolutely hate surprises and prefer to know exactly what I’m getting.

      With that being said, I don’t give my parents a “list,” however, I do tell them a few things that I would like. As I get older, family time is far more valuable than anything under the tree because there really isn’t anything else that I need….except a Globe Trotters travel trunk…(kidding, but not really).
      -PKP

  5. Evan S.

    Just a couple questions for you…

    1.What’s your opinion on sporting a short beard while being still being classy? Or do you believe a man should be 100% clean shaven?

    2. Did you ever have braces as a kid? I actually just got mine off yesterday so I was curious.

    • PKP

      Question 1: Personally, I don’t have a beard because I can’t stand the texture. I think the answer to this question depends on your own style since some people can “own it” and some can’t (like me).

      Question 2: I most certainly did have braces and hated every day I had them on. I was the kid who never followed the rules, had them on for a good extra year, and was always in the office for broken bands or brackets.
      -PKP

  6. First off I love the blog and the lifestyle. My question for you is a good winter coat. I already have a nice peacoat, but need something more practical, but also not looking so overly bulky as I make long walks to and from class. First thoughts are North Face & Patagonia, but I would love your opinion…

    • PKP

      Glad to hear that you are a fan! Have you thought of a walking coat or top coat? I find myself wearing one at least once or twice a week and really like the versatility that comes with the piece. Check out this blog post for a few of my favorite styles!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Question 1: I can barely keep track of what I do now! It would definitely be a cool idea to pursue, however, I don’t think I have the bandwidth to keep up.

      Question 2: HUGE fan of the Desert Boots by Clarks. (I’ve worn them in the past four shoots I’ve done..oops).

  7. Stephanie

    I am currently a freshmen commuter student at a prestigious university. Over the past week or two I have had thoughts that this might not be the right place for me. I have really struggled to make friends. I do have a few but they were people I knew before hand. I’ve gone to a few club meetings but I still haven’t found a place where I fit. I do really enjoy the academics and professors at this school but I feel like that is the only thing I have enjoyed. I’ve read your blog post “Owning Your College Experience” and I was wondering if you had any advice to help me own my college experience and find a place where I fit in.

    • PKP

      I can totally relate to where you are coming from and know it isn’t easy to deal with something like that. My advice would be to at least finish out the semester before making any rash decisions. In short, a lot of people find the transition process from high school to college to be difficult, so don’t get discouraged! Remember, you can always submit a transfer application to a new school, however, you need to be sure you are transferring for the right reasons (should you decide to do that). Does that make sense? Feel free to let me know if it doesn’t as I would be happy to elaborate.
      -PKP

  8. Elizabeth Healy

    First of all, love your blog! I’ve been following since the beginning and it’s amazing to see how it’s grown.
    Second of all, I’m just wondering if you have any advice to someone who’s having a hard time in high school. School has just turned into hours and hours of monotonous homework, and although I really love learning and yearn to get into a desirable college, I sometimes wonder if it’s worth it. Any words of wisdom you have on this matter, please share 🙂
    Thanks so much! Stay classy.

    • PKP

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the blog! In regards to you question, high school can be difficult, but college is difficult on steroids. I highly encourage you to keep plugging through and to not give up on your studies. When you’re in you 20s (or even late teens), you’ll look back on this moment and thank yourself that you didn’t give up.

      Remember, never lose sight on your goals!
      -PKP

  9. Rob

    What do you think about wearing a blazer or sport coat over a collared shirt like a polo? I almost feel like a polo is too casual to be worn under a blazer, but I see this look every now and then.

    • PKP

      I think the look is completely acceptable. You could always throw on a v-neck sweater if the climate is a bit too cool for just a polo and blazer.
      -PKP

  10. Holly

    How do you end friendships on a high note? Meaning, you feel the people you are friends with are dragging you down instead of building you up. How do you tell such friends you want to end the friendship?

    • PKP

      Hmm…that’s definitely not an easy thing to do. My advice would be to gradually distance yourself from said individual. The last thing you want to do is completely alienate yourself from them, however, you do need to send a message that it might be time to part ways. Does that make sense?

      In short, you should always surround yourself with individuals who build you up and support you. When that stops happening, you have every right to move on.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I’d love to go deep into the question, but I’m going to have to give the abridged version due to time.

      My favorite Christmas memory was probably when my entire family got together for Christmas in Michigan (I come from a huge family) when I was around 8 or 9 years old. The reason why I hold the memory so dearly is because it was the last Christmas that was spent with my grandmother before she passed away. Though I was blessed to know all of my grandparents, I know that I would probably be best friends with said grandmother had she had the opportunity to live longer. To say she was amazing would be an understatement.

      Sorry to be so sappy…but I answer with honesty.
      -PKP

  11. Adam

    What are some brands that portray the “delta prep” look? I am familiar with barbour, orvis, southern proper, and woolrich. I’m not looking for anything too nautical like vineyard vines or southern tide. More so a sportsman look.

    • PKP

      Hmm…to be honest I think you hit them all. The only other brand that comes to mind is Col. Littleton, however, they specializes more in leather-works than clothing. Sorry I can’t be more of a help!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I do not have a pair of Hunter boots, however, I have heard great things about them. If you’re looking to invest in a pair, I would advise going with black in order to get the most use out of them.
      -PKP

  12. dHb

    Hey! First of all I adore your blog! I was recently admitted to the University of Alabama. I was windering if it is seen as a trashy school or if the students that go there seem low class. Thanks!

    • PKP

      Congratulations on your acceptance! Whether you want to believe it or not, all schools have an extensive amount of diversity to them. While there are some that have more “upstanding” stereotypes compared to others, you will learn that no school is homogenous.

      With that being said, I think you should base your college decision off of your own preferences, what you want to get out of the school, as well as how close or far way from home you want to be. Remember, though we might prefer to surround ourselves with people who are likeminded, diversity is a crucial part to your college experience.
      -PKP

  13. Stressedmess

    I had two days of school this week and I went to Out of townlast week. I was supposed to give a speech as my assignment in ine of my classes but I bailed because i was nervous so i didnt give it. What should I tell my teacher. Im freaking out. He emailed me and said “i didnt have you come in to give your speech”. What am i supposed to say?!

    • PKP

      Well that’s not a fun situation to be in. I know it’s not the most favorable advice, however, I’m a big believer in honesty is the best policy. When you start spinning lies, it’s easy for them to get out of control putting you in a deeper hole than you’re already in. Teachers are usually understanding when it comes to things like this so set up a meeting, explain your case, and ask for lenience. That’s what I would do if I were you. Good luck!
      -PKP

        • PKP

          Perhaps it might be easier sending him an e-mail instead of comforting him face to face? Whatever you do, I suggest resolving the issue as soon as possible in order to prevent any grading penalties.
          -PKP

  14. John M.

    Hey PKP,
    I’ve been a big fan of your stuff for a while and I was just wondering what are some key accessories (wallet, keychain, sunglasses, belt etc.) that you would recommend and some good places to look for these?
    Thanks!

  15. Dj

    As far as making my Christmas list/shopping, would you suggest focusing on winter pieces, getting a head start on warm weather clothes, or finding a balance?

    Thanks!

    • PKP

      Great question! I would focus on asking for things that you need. Considering it’s going to be cool for the next 4-5 months, it might be wise to focus on winter items.
      -PKP

  16. Shad

    I’ve been on a hunt recently for a pair of chino’s that I can dress up with a navy blazer and down with a polo. Do you have any recommendations that are not rediculous in price? Preferably slim fit and a khaki shade.
    Thank you

  17. Manuel Nunez

    Hey PKP,
    I just had a quick question, I have this really nice off white colored cardigan, its a cable knit, that I simply don’t know what to pair with and do I button all the buttons or just the middle ones ? If you could give some advice I would be quite grateful.

    • PKP

      Question 1: I would wear it with a shirt similar to this one from Ralph Lauren in order to pick up on the white.
      Question 2: Typically, I unbutton the very top and very bottom button. If you don’t like the button idea, just put on a belt and wear it as an open cardigan.
      -PKP

  18. Nicole

    First of all I would like to say that I absolutely adore your blog! To the question…. I am a college student in the Midwest where preppy is not really the way to be. I feel like guys do not appreciate my lifestyle, engagement in politics or sense of class. I was just wondering what advice you would give to a girl who’s blessings are frowned upon..?

    • PKP

      It’s never easy to be in the minority, however, I encourage you to keep being who you are. Though you may feel that you are alone, there is probably someone who is looking for exactly the same individual (aka YOU). In short, you should never change yourself in order to fit in with the crowd. You might want to take a look at the blog post “Being Bold” for a little inspiration.
      -PKP

  19. Richard

    Hey PKP,

    I’m a big fan of yours. I wanted to know if you wear cologne, and if so, what do you wear or recommend?

    Thanks and keep up the awesome work!

    • PKP

      Glad to hear you are a fan! My favorite scent at the moment in “Pour Homme” by Lacoste. In my opinion, you should find a scent that you like and stick with it for at least 4-6 months before changing things up.
      -PKP

  20. Jonathan F.

    Hi PKP! Huge fan of yours! I’m gong to New York City on December 6th for a week-long visit and have a few questions.
    1. Do you have any nice dinner
    that you could recommend?
    2. What are some ideas on
    scarves that I can wear with my
    new black topcoat?
    3. Lastly, what is your favorite pair
    of horse bit loafers?
    Thanks so much!

    • PKP

      New York is so much fun! You’re going to have an awesome time especially since the city will be dressed up for the holidays.
      Question 1: Oh geeze…where to even start?! Mind narrowing it down a bit? Perhaps a favorite cuisine?
      Question 2: I think this reversible scarf from Ralph Lauren would look quite nice.
      Question 3: “The” Gucci Horse Bit Loafer is iconic, however, it definitely comes at a hefty price.

      Safe travels to the city!
      -PKP

  21. Julius

    Hey, first time commenter. I need to get a blueish grey suit fitted sometime soon, I was just wondering what kind of tips or advice you could offer? And I was thinking of wearing it with a navy dress shirt, checkered blue bow tie, black belt and black shoes, what do you think?

    • PKP

      Welcome! Another great question. If you are using a new tailor, I would print out a few pictures of men that are sporting suits in the fit you are looking for. By doing this, you can clearly explain what you want and will prevent any miscommunications.

      Your choices sound great to me! The only addition I would suggest would be to throw in a pocket square for a pop of color.
      -PKP

      • Julius

        Awesome! It’s really helpful, the last time I got a suit fitted I was just a kid. And the pocket square is a great idea! Can’t believe I forgot it. Thanks again!

  22. Christopher

    Hey,

    What are your thoughts on Gettysburg College? Have visited and thought I noticed a lot of boarding school kids – which I liked – but would like to hear your thoughts on it. (Obviously the types of kids that go to a school shouldn’t be the deciding factor)

    Also, how would you recommend someone from a well-to-do family use social media without coming off as pompous & pretentious?

    Thanks

    • PKP

      Question 1: I actually have not been to Gettysburg College, however, I’ve heard that the campus is quite lovely.

      Question 2: Regardless of what socioeconomic strata you come from, you should never talk about money or insignificant possessions. Focus on your character and forget about the unnecessary “stuff.” Does that make sense? My point is to just be be genuine and down-to-earth person…
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Oh goodness…I definitely do not need anything, however, I’m completely flattered by the gesture! You are more than welcome to send anything to our PO Box, which will eventually end up on my desk.

      Such a kind thought!
      -PKP

  23. Jennifer

    First, I would like to start by saying I love your blog and admire you so much!
    Second, I am going on a trip to England over spring break, which will also be my first time on a plane, and I was wondering if you had any advice on how/what to pack?
    Thank you so much and have a lovely Thanksgiving!

    • PKP

      I’m so flattered by the kind compliment! Many thanks.

      What a great trip! When it comes to travel, I would suggest wearing something that is comfortable especially when you’re on a long flight. Make sure you pack the essentials (headphones, a good book, a computer if you want to watch movies) as well as appropriate clothing for when you land.

      Oh, and make sure you take a camera.
      -PKP

  24. Joseph

    Hi PKP!

    What are your suggestions for casual shoes that can go with chinos as well as shoes that can be paired with shorts. (I’m trying to get away from boat shoes.)

    Also, what oxfords or brogues do you recommend?

    Thanks

  25. Ben

    How involved do you like to be in the political world? Not just by way of supporting the political party you associate with but also in terms of how informed you prefer to be in regards to daily political news.

    • PKP

      I used to be pretty involved in political news a couple of years ago, however, my interests have since shifted, which has resulted in me being less informed as I use to be.

      With that being said, I still keep up on world events and enjoy reading about discussions on Capitol Hill.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      You’re on the air! (Kidding.)

      I shall plead the fifth on this one! I will say that I’m expecting it to be quite the game…
      -PKP

  26. Jason

    Hey man, so I have a few questions for you first being, predominantly, what gender is in your close social group, secondly, what was your “label” in high school, and finally I currently am a mixture of 2 or 3 different styles, how do I find one that fits me, and allows me to stick to it?

    • PKP

      Question 1: Ha, I think I have more friends that are girls than guys, however, the ratio has recently become a bit more equal.
      Question 2: Oh high school (*shudders*)…I remember being selected as “Best Dressed,” “Most Likely to be President,” and “Most Likely to Succeed” during senior year (don’t mean to be obnoxious). I was a pretty…bold…person in high school and had no qualms about expressing my views so I’m sure my “label” varied from person to person.
      Question 3: Honestly, I don’t think you should eliminate any of the styles you currently emulate. Just because you don’t “perfectly” fit into the (insert name) style, doesn’t mean that you should toss the other two. I consider style to be the ability to confidently express yourself without the worry of others judging you. Does that make sense or am I just babbling…
      -PKP

      • Jason

        Yeah man, I appreciate it. Although, not worrying about be judged by others will be a task to overcome, but anyway, thank you.

        • PKP

          Overcoming that obstacle is certainly not easy and won’t happen overnight. However, the wold is a judgmental place and will more than likely stay that way. My advice is to embrace your character and forget the ignorant, baseless, and immature comments someone may have about it. Stay strong my friend!
          -PKP

  27. Matthew

    Hi PKP,
    I wanted to start off by saying that I love your twitter and blog and have been a follower since the beginning! I’m a senior in high school and it’s beginning to really hit me that I will be off to college next year. My best friend means so much to me and I don’t know what I’m going to do without him next year. I was hoping you could give me some advice on going off to college and leaving your friends and family?
    Thank you!

    • PKP

      Well I certainly appreciate the longstanding support! In regards to your question, leaving a best friend to go to college is never easy. I actually went to a completely different school from my best friend (about a 2-3 hour flight away), however, we were still able to maintain our friendship long-distance. To be honest, long-distance friendships are like long-distance relationships. If you both are committed to making it work (in this case staying in touch), then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

      On another note, college is about making new friends and unfortunately that usually involves a little purging. Whatever happens, your best friend will always have your back no matter how far apart you two are.
      -PKP

  28. Sarah

    Hello! For spring break I will be going to NYC. I will be 21 and this time, so are there any cool bars or places that you would recommend I visit while I am there? I was there when I was little, but it will be a lot different now that I will be old enough to actually do adult things! Thanks 🙂

    • PKP

      Ha I think you’ve come to the wrong person on this one my friend…the only two places that I could recommend going to would be Dorrian’s or Lavo. I’m certainly not a regular at either (only been to each once), however, both are quite popular spots within the city. I’ve always wanted to go to 230 Fifth or No. 8 in Chelsea, but haven’t had the opportunity yet. Enjoy you time in NYC!
      -PKP

  29. Nicole Joy

    What are your views on how a young lady should dress? I dress rather conservative/preppy and my friends all seem to like it but occasionally at school I can hear people talk as I walk by. Every time I wear my Hunter Rainboots the same people mock me because I have the bright yellow ones. I know it shouldn’t matter to me what they say but it’s hard to ignore.

    • PKP

      I think a young lady should dress in a way that reflects her personality, morals, and own personal style. With that being said, if yellow Hunter Boots is your style then wear them with pride! As I get older, I have quickly realized that there will always be someone who doesn’t like you for whatever personal reason. Though you may feel that there is something “wrong” with you, I say ignore the haters and keep being yourself!

      I hope that helps.
      -PKP

  30. Logan

    PKP,

    I’ve been loving the blog and everything you post on all social media! You surely are quite the icon, and seem to be a great all around person in general. My question is, what color shoes would match best with the brown anchor belt by ASOS? I believe I have seen a picture with you wearing it, and I know KJP has it. I recently bought it, but was looking for the right drivers to match it. I was thinking the Air Grant driving mocs by Cole Haan (especially as they’re 30% off at the moment), but I’m not sure of what color! Any suggestions?

    Sincerely,
    Logan

    • PKP

      Well I’m far from an icon, however, I am quite flattered by your generous compliment.

      I think you hit the nail right on the head! The only other suggestion I could think of would be a penny loafer (perhaps the Howland Penny) that might be more suitable for the winter. Glad you went for the nautical piece.
      -PKP

  31. Nate

    PKP,

    First and foremost, I’d like to say I am a fan and PKP is very inspiring. Second, what are some classic shirt and tie combinations you think every gent should have in their wardrobe?

    • PKP

      Well thank you! This is a pretty broad question, however, I think I understand what you’re getting at. When it comes to shirts, every man should have at least a white and blue dress shirt. After that, you can select pieces that work well with the pants, sweaters, and jackets your already own in order to “build out” your closet. In regards to ties, the options are limitless. I highly recommend a repp tie, a knit tie, as well as a simple solid. I wish I could go more into detail, however, I have to keep moving on down the list. Feel free to submit a Tumblr question or e-mail if you want more specifics.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I don’t think there is really such a thing as a “preppy” sport. If you’re looking for something that is a bit more “neat,” I would suggest tennis, golf, fencing, or croquet.
      -PKP

  32. Shad

    Have you ever been to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge? If so what do you think and have you ever been to the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

    • PKP

      I have been to Gatlinburg before, however, I’ve never been to the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. All I know about the region is that they have a Brooks Brothers outlet…
      -PKP

  33. Paul

    Evening!
    I am going to be travelling to NYC a few times before I go home to NC for Christmas Break, however I live in MA. Where would you recommend my Christmas shopping take place? Also what would be some essential winter accessories to purchase this season, maybe a cologne that captures the whole winter feel? Thank you for your time!

    • PKP

      Question 1: The possibilities are endless when it comes to shopping in NYC. The big department stores are massive (Neimans, Saks, Macy’s), however, I encourage you to take a look into some of the flagship stores such as Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, Barbour, Brooks Brothers, J.Press, etc.
      Question 2: Currently working on a holiday list that should go up within the next week. Stay tuned!

      -PKP

    • PKP

      I can guarantee you I shall receive it! However, please do not feel obligated to send me anything. I am perfectly content with a simple letter.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Only a few dozens times! My inbox is currently at 67 right now, however, I hope to get through the majority of them this evening (fingers crossed).
      -PKP

  34. Eleanor

    Hi PKP…
    Over the summer I met this boy who I had one of the best times of my life with, and at the end of it all when we all had to go home and were saying our final goodbyes, we said we would keep in touch no matter what. Now, he lives far away and straight up ignores me and will not return my phone calls or texts. I know he isn’t worth my time but I miss him so much and I fell so hard for him. I will see him next summer for sure though. I’ve been trying to go through a phase of reinventing myself, however. What is your best advice to go about reinventing myself, and what is your advice just about my current situation? I miss him a lot.
    Thank you for being my inspiration and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

    • PKP

      I’m sorry to hear you were ignored. That’s certainly never any fun…

      When it comes to reinventing yourself, I would suggest identifying areas you want to fix. Perhaps you want to be more outgoing, less critical, more serious, etc. By doing this, you will be able to figure out how you want the “new you” to be, which will keep your transition on track. On a similar note, I want to remind you that you should never change your character simply because one person doesn’t relate to it. Our characters are what make us unique and while everyone might not dig them, it’s far more enjoyable to be yourself than someone else.

      In regards to moving on from the friendship, I think you have to forget about the past. It’s not fair to go the extra mile for someone when they refuse to give you any acknowledgement or thanks. Love is a double edged sword and can leave us with some of the deepest of scars…stay strong!
      -PKP

  35. Meaghan

    What are your opinions on the University of Massachusetts Amherst? I’m just curious- whether you have been there before or not

    • PKP

      I have never been to the campus, however, I heard it’s supposed to be beautiful in the Fall! Sorry I couldn’t be more of a help.
      -PKP

    • Paul

      In my opinion it is a very nice school, one of the better schools within Western Mass. Some other schools I may recommend would be WIlliams, Amherst, Tufts, Smith and Mount Holyoke, they are all excellent schools.

    • Hi, just thought I’d drop in and say that, having grown up in Amherst, it is a really nice college town and I have a lot of friends who love attending school in the area. As far as the university itself, my Dad is a professor there and I think he would agree that given its large size, you would be better off considering particular academic programs as opposed to the more “general” qualities of the school. Good luck with your decision!

    • PKP

      Interesting question. I have never “re-dated” someone before, however, I don’t see anything wrong with taking an ex back and long as the decision is made with rationality. For instance, if an ex was stressed out with life and abruptly ended things because of an inability to balance all of life’s difficulties, then I would say getting back together would make sense as long as both individuals are on the same page. However, if an ex did something to physical or mentally hurt you, then I say to move on and keep things as they are.
      -PKP

  36. Thomas

    Hello PKP, I am currently a college student with one of the most demanding majors at the university I attend (Architecture) and I am currently employed at the universities Starbucks on campus. The staff is great, and getting free coffee is amazing;however, my pay there is very slim considering my parents are slowly not paying for things to teach me responsibility which i agree with, but it is still hard to keep up with all the payments that I make. I want to find a new job that pays me a bit more, but I don’t know where to look. I have a car so I do have options around Lexington, Kentucky its just difficult to know where to start with all of those options.

    Sincerely,

    Thomas

    • PKP

      First off, I think it’s great that you have a job so you should give yourself credit for that. When it comes to getting a better job, the only thing you can really do it submit as many applications as possible. If I were you, I would focus on two-three places that I really wanted to work at, learn about the company, and then try to “show off” in the interview. Now is a great time to apply because a lot of stores are desperate for help during the holiday season and typically pay a little extra to students who are willing to work during part of the holidays.

      The job market is tough right now so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get an offer immediately!
      -PKP

  37. Clay

    I enjoy reading your blog and following your social media because I use you as a fashion role model. However your recommended items are always outrageously expensive for someone who hasn’t graduated college yet. Do you think you could keep the younger and less financially gifted audience in mind?

    • PKP

      Thanks for the feedback, Clay! I definitely acknowledge that the items I suggest tend to be on the higher end of the price spectrum, however, I try to encourage individuals to buy from quality retailers instead of looking for the cheapest item on the market. I do this because I’m a firm believer in investing in one’s closet in order to get to greater return on said investment. I’m always open to feedback and will try to do some digging to see what new brands I can incorporate into my content. Happy Thanksgiving!
      -PKP

  38. Haydn

    Hi PKP,

    I’m a high school sophomore, highly interested in a career in law. I would love to work in a law office this summer to gain experience, but I’m having a hard time getting potential employers to take me seriously. Any thoughts?

    • PKP

      Great that you are wanting to get experience early! I would talk with your parents and see if they know anyone local that you could shadow. Considering you are a bit younger than most, it might be beneficial to have an “in.”
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Nautica definitely would fall under the “preppy” umbrella. I think they have solid pieces that are great for casual outfits.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I actually don’t follow too many Tumblr accounts, however, I did just come across “Prima Ivy” and really like the photographs she posts. You should check her out!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I really like “Scotch & Soda” right now. I wouldn’t call them an up and coming brand, however, not too many people know about them. You should also check out Billy Reid. He has some incredible pieces for the winter right now..very “southern” style.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I wouldn’t say there is any particular reason that I don’t wear too much from these brands. I suppose I haven’t had the opportunity to really look at a lot of their clothing since the majority of their products are sold through e-commerce websites. I hope to expand the brands I wear in 2014 because I think it’s time to freshen things up and would prefer to support a small-start up than a large corporation such as J.Crew.
      -PKP

  39. Court

    I’m so sorry I am asking this question so late. I am a senior in high school and have applied to a few state schools and a few small private schools. My parents are beggining me to go to a private school, when my heart is telling me to go to a state school. Their argument is that they feel I will not have a sense of community if I go to a state school, and my counter is I need to “get involved” and find people who sare common interests. Your thoughts?

    • PKP

      Great question (sorry it took so long to reply). In all honesty, the decision upon where you should go to school has to be made by you. While your parents do have a valid point in saying that the “community” within a small school is far stronger, I would not discredit all state/public schools. If you feel a private school is too constraining, then I encourage you to go with your initial decision. However, you should also consider that larger schools will have more kids in lecture halls, more people in dorms, and less “one-on-one” time with professors and staff members. I wish you the best of luck with the application process and am confident that you will make the right decision.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I stay motivated by keeping my goals in the forefront of my mind. If you don’t have anything to focus on, then you can’t move forward. To be honest, motivation is all psychological and demands on one’s passion to accomplish a particular objective.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Whenever I’m stressed, I usually go for a long run in order to clear my mind. Though I’ve been pretty bad about exercising over these past couple weeks, I hope to get back into the swing of things once finals are over.
      -PKP

  40. Sania

    Are you a fast or slow driver?

    Is that cartoon man supposed to be you? 😀

    Any plans to change the design of your website? ex: colors, fonts?

    • PKP

      Question 1: I wouldn’t say I’m a “fast driver,” however, I do tend to drive in the left land and can’t stand people who go below the speed limit.
      Question 2: I’d say it’s a close rendition.
      Question 3: Not at the moment. There are a few other projects that I want to focus on right now and thought I’d love to do a website overhaul, I simply don’t have the time!
      -PKP

  41. Ryan

    I know you have a brother because of a old inst pic you posted. But I don’t know who two are. I just was wonder

    Do you get along

    Do you get jealous of each other

    Is he your best friends

    • PKP

      Question 1: We do get along well, however, we’re brothers and we like to push each others’ buttons.
      Question 2: No we don’t really get jealous of each other because there’s isn’t anything to be jealous about.
      Question 3: Best friend or not, he’s my brother and I will always do whatever I have to to keep him safe.
      -PKP

      • Ryan

        My brother & I are the same, but I think I love him more than he loves me. I think that’s because of age. Do you think he will change once we get older

    • PKP

      Question 1: I wouldn’t say that I hold grudges, however, I do remember when someone has wronged me. Trust is not a commodity that can be obtained with ease. When I say that, I mean that trust is difficult to earn and incredibly difficult to earn again once it’s lost. In short, forgive those who have hurt you, however, don’t forgot that it happened.

      Question 2: I’m sure I would.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I bought the iPad when it first came out (I guess that would be 4 years ago). Currently, I really don’t use mine except when I travel in order to watch movies. If you feel that you really aren’t going to use it that much, I would suggest saving the money for something else you really need.
      -PKP

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