Open Talk with PKP – October 2013

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

When: Thursday October 31st, 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

Comments

  1. Jack

    I love these open talks!

    1.If we were to go through your closet, what would be the most in expecting item to find?
    2.Has anyone ever seen you or called you out as PKP??

    • PKP

      a. Question 1: I would say that shirts are what I have the most of, in terms of quantity, within my closet. I think I’m just drawn to the different colors, patterns, and textures.
      b. Question 2: I was wondering when this question was going to come up. I believe I’ve only been “called out” once (it was during one of my trips to NYC). I willingly admitted it to the inquirer (she was quite lovely actually) and went on with my afternoon.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      This is such a difficult question. If I could only wear one brand for the rest of my life, it would probably be either Brooks or Ralph Lauren. Both brands provide customers with great clothing that (generally speaking) will never go out of style.
      -PKP

  2. Rhyne J.

    1. What are some pants you would reccomend to wear to school?(besides jeans)
    2. Is it acceptable to wear one sweater 3-4 times a week?
    3. Sweaters you recommend for school? (Under $100)
    4. What aee your peraonal Favorite polos from brooks brothers?

    • PKP

      Question 1: I would recommend these chinos from J.Crew (I have about 4 pairs and really like them).
      Question 2: I don’t know about wearing a sweater 3-4 times a week, however, I think it’s ok to wear it at least twice as long as it’s clean and paired with something different.
      Question 3: I would check out this blog post. There are several options from J.Crew and ASOS that are under $100.
      Question 4: My favorite polo from Brooks right now is definitely this one.
      -PKP

  3. Alexis

    I LOVE YOU!
    Okay, sorry about that. Now… the question is
    When someone buys something and you really like it will you buy it?
    Ex: If someone buys a new computer, would you get one too just so you can say you have it too?

    • PKP

      You’re quite kind. In regards to your question, I definitely don’t buy something simply for the purpose of saying that I have it. If someone gets a sweater that I really like, them I’m going to buy it because I like it (not so I can “fit in” or “compete” with the individual).
      -PKP

    • PKP

      To be honest, I really don’t get jealous that easy. I feel that there are more important things that I should be worrying about than looking at what someone else has so I try to keep focused on the things that I can control in life.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I really can’t think of a time that I have wanted to do this. I will say that over the past year, it has become increasingly difficult to balance my “personal” and “professional” worlds while keeping my sanity intact. In short, I don’t get any excitement out of attention from others, which is the reason why I prefer to not attention my name to everything I do.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Of course! (I still don’t own a Globe Trotter Travel Trunk – that was supposed to be a joke). Anyways, I would not say that I get everything I want because life is about overcoming our challenges and working towards a goal. If we all got what we wanted whenever we wanted it, what’s the point of even living?
      -PKP

    • PKP

      There has never been any serious discourse within my family (at least that I know of). My best advice for a situation like this is to try and not take sides and just stay out of the situation. Remember, everyone is human and sometimes an argument is needed in order to resolve a problem. Stay strong and know that family will never abandon family!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Not as well as I should be coping with stress. At the moment, I’ve been trying to incorporate more exercise into my daily schedule (running just seems to make me feel better and allows me to briefly forget all of my responsibilities) as well as keep a somewhat “updated” journal. Whenever you feel like you are under an incredible amount of stress, you should look at the sources of the stress and try to eliminate or minimize them. Remember, life is no walk in the park, however, I believe that we can overcome any obstacle that is placed in front of us with the help of friends and family.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I have heard of the brand before, however, I don’t know too much about their products (they appear to be well made from reading the background history on their website). If I had to choose my favorite piece it would probably be this down vest.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Hmm…to be honest, I haven’t updated my iTunes library since doing the piece for the Town & Country. I’ve been really enjoying Lana Del Rey over the past few weeks as well as Lorde.
      -PKP

  4. Jennifer

    Assuming you go to school in the south, I have a pretty specific question: I am a junior in high school and live in the mid-west, I have always wanted to attend a college in the south (Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee) but I am constantly getting the same comment lately “you’ll only make friends if you’re from the south” or “the girls are too mean” and even “you won’t make it into a sorority because you won’t fit in” because of these comments I have begun to re-evaluate my thoughts, do you have any opinions that could possibly be of any help? or any advice?

    Thank you!
    Jenny

    • PKP

      This is definitely a legitimate concern, however, I want to first let you know that you will definitely be able to make friends at any of these schools because true friendships are not based upon geographic regions. The one thing that I will say is that I encourage you to look at “why” you want to go to these specific schools and make sure that it’s for the right reasons. Though it’s important to choose a school where you feel that you will be comfortable and happy, it’s also important to choose a school that will challenge you and provide you with a strong education for you future. In short, don’t think that you won’t be accepted by your peers at a particular school simply because you don’t hail from a southern-state.
      -PKP

      • Austin

        What’s your opinion on wearing golf attire (polyester material in pants, polos, jackets, etc.) on a normal basis in the wintertime not in the golfing season? I feel bad not wearing my golf attire in the winter because it just sits in my closet all winter. Because of this, I sometimes wear just polyester polos and pants in public sometimes. What’s your opinion on this?

  5. Shad

    3 questions.

    1. Do you own a pair of Luck Brand jeans? If so, what do you think of them?

    2. Do you wear polo shirts outside of the summer?

    3. Are you a fan of fleece?

    • PKP

      Question 1: I do not own a pair of Lucky Brand Jeans (I tend to prefer J.Crew or Burberry).
      Question 2: During the fall when the weather is still comfortable, sometimes I’ll wear a sweater with a polo underneath to keep me warm (you could also pair it underneath a sportscoat if you wanted).
      Question 3: I am a fan of fleece and think it’s great for studying or lounging around the house.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Question 1: My favorite magazines are GQ, the WSJ Magazine, and Forbes. I wish I had more time to read the paper because I think it’s important to stay informed about what’s going on in the world.
      Question 2: My favorite all time book is “The Great Gatsby” (big shocker), but I really liked reading “The Other Typist” this summer. Check out this blog post for the details!
      -PKP

  6. Zachary Ernst

    What is your view on wearing “summer” clothing such as marine themed embroidery on shorts and seersucker, into the fall …. In reference to areas like Florida that have yet to have been blessed with a cool down ?

    • PKP

      Personally, I would encourage you to stay away from wearing seersucker in the fall/winter. Marine themed shorts/pants are fine and I think you might even be able to get away with white as long as the temperature was warm enough. I definitely under where you’re coming from and would say to just use your best judgment in situations like that.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Question 1: I think the people behind Chubbies are awesome and love the brand that they have created. With that being said, I do not think it is appropriate to wear Chubbies and a blazer believing that the pairing looks bizarre and immature. In my opinion, Chubbies are for the beach or during casual days in the summer.
      Question 2: What city?
      Question 3: I really liked Citizen Cane (it’s an extremely old movie) as well as the Robert Redford version of The Great Gatsby.
      -PKP

  7. Matt

    Do you think a problem with children and young adults today is that the majority didn’t receive real discipline as children? In my opinion getting a good old fashioned spanking as a kid taught me to respect tradition and chivalry. How do you feel about this and do you think your upbringing influences your values?

    • PKP

      Hmm…this is an interesting question. My belief is that parents have taken a less active role in their children’s lives, which is both a good and bad thing. In my case, I feel that my parents gave me an extremely large amount of freedom, which resulted in me becoming more mature at a younger age. In retrospect, I feel that I didn’t need to have a lot of disciple because I knew that I wanted to make something of myself one day and preferred to do things on my own. In regards to the second part of your question, I would say that my upbringing has significantly influenced my values as well as the way that I conduct myself as an adult. My parents ingrained within me the idea that one should work hard in school, prioritize their family, and be considerate of the people around them.
      -PKP

  8. Garrett

    What are some good reads you would recommend for a preppy fellow like myself? Other than the books in the “GentleManners” series, whcih by the way is very good if you haven’t read it yet.

    • PKP

      I’ve been pretty behind on my reading list, however, I would recommend checking out “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles (haven’t read this yet); “The Other Typist” by Suzanne Rindell (great book); or “One L” by Scott Turow (reading this right now).
      -PKP

  9. Mark

    For a little brother in highschool (junior) starting to mature into a man. For him to start out his wardrobe- what brands/essentials should he start out with. Clothes that won’t break the bank. He loves brooks brothers.

    Love the blog,
    Mark

    • PKP

      Hmm…well I definitely think he should start out with the basics: Suits (navy, black, charcoal); an assortment of casual and dress pants (herringbone, wool, cords, chinos, dress slacks); definitely a white dress shirt; and a pair of somewhat formal dress shoes (mocs, loafers, etc..). In regards to specific brands, I feel that J.Crew would be a good starting place because you can usually apply some promotion and the clothes aren’t horribly priced. My recommendation would be to assess what he has and then make a list of what he actually “needs.”
      -PKP

  10. Evan S.

    Hey PKP! I’ve been a follower of your social media accounts for a while. I have also enjoyed reading all of your open talks (and other blog posts); however, I have never participated in one. So, I wanted to ask a couple of questions….

    1. I’ve read before that you are in college. Also, by seeing many Instagram photos, you take a lot of trips, so knowing that, my question is this: How do you maintain a successful school life with all of your other activities, such as your business, and taking trips all over the country?

    2. If you had to give advice to someone to be generally successful in life and everything they do, what would you say to this person?

    • PKP

      Question 1: The brief response to this question is that I do a lot of planning beforehand (I live my life from my calendar). With that being said, I try to prioritize the things that are important to me, which results in me skipping things that are more typical of the “average” college student in order to pursue my passions. I do a lot of my schoolwork while traveling and try to maximize the time I have between classes.
      Question 2: I think the best advice I could give is to find something you really enjoy and just do it. In high school, I felt that I participated in a number of activities that weren’t really important to me, which resulted in wasted time and effort. I feel that it would be appropriate to reference you to this blog post I wrote last week. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or want to talk further about this.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Question 1: I would recommend anything that is made out of a heavier fabric. I really like these cords from J.Crew
      Question 2: I really liked Citizen Cane (it’s an extremely old movie) as well as the Robert Redford version of The Great Gatsby.
      -PKP

  11. Elbert

    Dear PKP,

    As an avid follower of yours I would like to comment that your sense of style is impeccable. Your blog is excellent and you’ve begun to set a great example that young men can proudly follow. I have just have two brief questions:

    1. How do you deal with scuffing on the toes of your loafers?
    2. What are your favorite articles of rainwear?

    Best regards,
    Elbert

    • PKP

      Question 1: Unfortunately, there really isn’t anything you can do to prevent scuffing on the tips of your loafers. My advice would be to not wear them when walking long distances (especially outside) and to try and not “shuffle” your feet when you walk.
      Question 2: My favorite piece of rainwear is definitely my raincoat from Brooks Brothers. I like it because it’s longer than a traditional coat, is extremely well made, and keeps me dry while walking outside.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Ahh. Very interesting question. I think I’m going to have to plead the fifth on this one because I don’t want to push my religious views upon anyone. I think it’s wonderful to see a woman who is proud of her faith and wish more individuals were comfortable with sharing their beliefs. I hope you understand the position that I am coming from.
      -PKP

      • Jill

        I completely understand where you’re coming from with not wanting to offend anyone and also staying somewhat anonymous. I was just interested because most people say that a girl should have a set if pearls and wear them almost everyday, but I’ve been wearing my cross since the day I got it on the day of my confirmation. Now that I’m in college I was not sure if I should keep wearing it in case it offends others, but I am lenient because it has become such a part of me. I hope you had a wonderful Halloween and I look forward to the next open talk.

        Sincerely,

        Jill L. S.

        • PKP

          I definitely don’t think you should stop wearing your cross because it might offend someone. I think it’s great that you are comfortable with your religion and encourage you to continue doing what you feel is appropriate. In short, don’t let others change your personality!
          -PKP

  12. Akil

    I have liked this one girl for quite a long time now, but I’m just scared to ask her out on a date. How should I approach it or deal with it? Thanks!

    • PKP

      Ah love…such a complicated subject. If I were you, I would take the plunge and just ask her out. The worst thing that can happen is that she says “no” to you. If you feel like you need more insurance, you could talk to one of her friends and mention the idea? I know it’s very “high-school” and redundant, however, I do understand where you are coming from.

      NOTE: If you take her out, please do not let her pay for any of the bill. Opening doors will also earn you significant points. Good luck!
      -PKP

  13. Riley

    My guess is you go to Vanderbilt, judging by one of your pictures. I won’t ask you to confirm or deny it but I would like to know what do you think of Fraternities? I had heard Vandy has some of the best around so I’m sure you have some sort of experience. You don’t have to tell me which fraternity but to know if you were in one would be nice 🙂

    In addition, what do you think is a proper occasion to wear a bow tie? I wear them pretty much any time I could/would wear a tie (Funerals and such excluded), but have been recently called out for almost overwearing them.

    • PKP

      Question 1: I think “Greek Life” varies from campus to campus and really depends on what the individual is wanting to get out of the experience. When I was a freshman, I went through the entire rush process and dropped at the last minute because I felt that it just wasn’t for me. I have a number of friends who are in “Greek Life” and have nothing against the program at all. My point is that each fraternity/sorority is different and will appeal to each one of us differently.

      Question 2: I think it’s acceptable to wear a bow tie whenever you want to as long as you mix up the pattern/style. In my mind, a bow tie and a regular tie are equal to one another.
      -PKP

  14. Hunter

    What kind of headphones do you use?
    Also, in the last open talk, you mentioned quite a lot about how you don’t typically wear socks with your shoes. So my big question is, how do you keep you shoes from smelling bad even though you don’t wear socks with them? Sperry’s in particular tend to stink up a storm when you don’t wear socks with them but over time don’t all your shoes smell? Let me know!

    • PKP

      Question 1: I just use the typical headphones that came with my iPhone because they’re small and easy to shove into a pocket.
      Question 2: Great question. I have two suggestions for you. First, you can buy “Cedar Shoe Trees,” which will absorb any moisture, keep the shoe fitted, and prevent odor. Second, you can put baking soda in your shoes every month or so and leave them sitting for 24 hours before wearing them again. You can also use special insoles or “chips” that serve the same purpose.
      -PKP

  15. William

    You always look so fit and so thin in all your pictures, I am wondering what recommendations would you have on gym attire or what sort of ways you stay in shape?

    • PKP

      I don’t do anything major except to watch what I eat. I try to run once a day and usually will do a small workout beforehand (pushups, jumping jacks, and situps). I actually don’t go to the gym and prefer running to anything else.
      -PKP

  16. Elizabeth

    While I love your blog, I’ve been looking for something more girl orientated lately, mainly for suggestions on clothes and make up products. Do you have any you recommend?

  17. Patrick

    Hey PKP! I’m a huge fan.

    1. What is your policy on friends borrowing clothes? My roommates have been borrowing my clothes a lot lately and some of them are getting wrecked.
    2. How much denim is too much denim?

    • PKP

      Question 1: Typically, I do not loan out my clothes because I’m always worried that they are going to get ruined. With that being said, I would either stop letting your friends use your threads or ask them to be a more careful with the items. Remember, you do have a right to say “no” if you feel the privilege is being abused.

      Question 2: The only denim I wear is jeans. My only piece of advice is to never wear denim on denim and to try and avoid jeans that are ripped or “distressed.”
      -PKP

  18. Scott

    Typically when I’m just wearing jeans or shorts I don’t wear a belt so I feel more comfortable that way. Would recommend always wearing a belt even in casual situations?

    • PKP

      I don’t think a belt is a requirement with every outfit. I wear belts whenever I feel that my pants are sagging or when I have a shirt that is tucked in.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Personally, I am not a fan of the brand because I think there are better options on the market and feel that the branding does not mesh with my personal style.
      -PKP

  19. Brian

    I’m meeting my girlfriend’s father for the first time this sunday for dinner and I’m really nervous. He’s a retired military officer and is very protective of his daughter. I was wondering if you had any advice on how to make a good impression?

    • PKP

      Being nervous in a situation like this is completely normal. The best piece of advice I can give you is to make sure you give her father a firm handshake when you meet him. I guarantee you he will look at you in a more mature light and might even loosen up a bit during the dinner. On another note, be friendly, professional, and ask questions that will result in a conversation with depth. Last, make sure you open the door and pulling out a chair certainly wouldn’t hurt.
      -PKP

  20. Emily

    Hey PKP,
    The blog is great- keep it up! I only have one question for you.
    What is the one of the best moments that has come out of running this blog? Big or small, just a time when it suddenly became all worth it for you.

    • PKP

      a. I really like this question because I think I’m going to finally put together a blog post that answers this question in depth. To be short, I think the best moments that have resulted from PKP are the follow-up e-mails from individuals who have reached out to me in the past who were dealing with some sort of problem and wanted my advice. There is no better feeling that having someone thank you for helping them work towards a certain goal or milestone with the belief that you are the reason that they were able to reach the finish line. While I firmly believe that I play no part in any of these individual’s successes, it is humbling to have such kind words said. On another note, I feel that everyday adds something new to my list of “best moments,” which makes PKP worth more than anything I could ever own.
      -PKP

  21. Evan

    What keeps you happy? (And before you tell me that you do what you enjoy, I’d like to seriously know of the smallest things that put a smile on your face, the little joys in your daily life that make you proud to be alive.)

    • PKP

      I really like this. I’m going to answer the last question because I had one of those moments just a few days ago. I woke up to a text message from my mom that was essentially a “PKP Travel Pose.” She was wearing jeans, a matching Burberry scarf and shirt, trench, and had her duffle lying on the floor of the airport. It made me smile that I almost cried. Why? Well, it made me realize that she pays attention to PKP and for some reason it acted as a sign that she approved. I don’t mean to be too deep here, however, my mother is my role model and I don’t know what I would do without her. So, what makes me proud to be alive is knowing that I am surrounded by individuals (such as my mother) who approve, support, and believe in me.
      -PKP

  22. Steve

    I am a freshman in college this year and I just learned that one of my roommates is gay. I’m a relatively conservative Christian and while I understand people have a right to live as they choose, I just don’t know how to handle this situation. What are your thoughts?

    • PKP

      This is definitely a difficult situation to be in and I’m not quite sure how much help I will be. My advice would be to respect his right of choice and to try and look past his sexual orientation. When it comes down to the facts, he’s still the same person you knew at the beginning of the year and I think it would be unfair to completely ignore him. With all that being said, you could always speak to your RA or even advisor in order to work through the situation. Feel free to e-mail me at Inquiries@ProperKidProblems.com if you want to talk about this further.
      -PKP

  23. MW

    I’m a huge fan of your posts! I spent the summer in NYC studying at Columbia and I absolutely love it! I love seeing your pictures of The Waldorf-Astoria, it is my favorite place to stay in the city, I lived in a suite there throughout the summer! Your posts make me miss it!
    But I’m curious:
    1) Are you currently in college?
    2) How did you/your family become successful?
    3) Are you dating anyone?
    4) What is your favorite place to vacation and why?

    Thank you!

    Xoxo, M

    • PKP

      Question 1: I am in college.
      Question 2: I would prefer to plead the fifth on this one simply for privacy.
      Question 3: I am not dating anyone at the moment.
      Question 4: Honestly, I have so many favorite places that I couldn’t pick just one. I like any vacation where I can spend time with my family and just relax (a beach is also nice…).
      -PKP

  24. Hey PKP,
    I’m in the process of applying to colleges and wanted your personal opinion on some of my choices. I’m from Virginia and my top choice is the Virginia Military Institute, second is Princeton, and my third is UNC Chapel Hill. Thanks so much my friend!

    • PKP

      Those all sound like great schools to me (I’ve always loved UVA)! My dad gave me some great advice when I was applying to college that I want to pass along to you. He told me that I should apply to 3 schools I’ll definitely get into; 3 schools that I’ll probably get into; and 3 schools that would be difficult to get into. In short, don’t be afraid to send out a couple extra applications to a school that’s far away from home or outside of your comfort zone. Good luck with the application process!
      -PKP

    • PKP

      The simple answer is yes, however, there are a lot of people that would probably be shocked to find out I do this. Life isn’t any fun without a little suspense, right?
      -PKP

      • MW

        Of course! I love the fact that you remain anonymous. Do you ever think you will reveal your identity to the public, if so, why?

        • PKP

          I’m sure there will come and time when I will be completely public, however, I still want to accomplish a few things before doing that.
          -PKP

  25. Austin

    1. Where’s the best place to find southern brands like Southern Tide, Southern Coast, Old South Apparel, etc. for cheap prices?
    2. I saw you post on instagram earlier in the year several pictures from Williamsburg, Virginia. I was wondering if there was a particular place you like going to while there?
    3. I can’t help but wonder where in the world you get your clothes from? Where can I find any kinds of clothing that you have for cheap prices?

    • PKP

      Question 1: I’m not quite sure…you could check Zappos perhaps?
      Question 2: I’ve been to Williamsburg, VA several times and think it’s such a peaceful little town. I think my favorite part about going there is usually the food (The Fat Canary & The Cheese Shop are amazing).
      Question 3: I get my clothes from all kinds of places that range from department stores to small boutique shops. If you’re looking to save money, I would suggest browsing the sale racks or signing up with a website such as RueLaLa.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I think my favorite university in Virginia is UVA. I’ve always thought it’s a gorgeous campus (especially in the fall).
      -PKP

  26. Jessica

    I wondered what you thought of the “rule” that you can’t wear white after labor day. Is that something that people still follow? Do you?

    • PKP

      My view is that white pants/shorts should not be worn in the fall or winter when the temperatures are cool. However, if you’re living in a state such as Florida where the temperature is 85 in December, I feel it would be “OK” to wear white pants in certain situations. With that being said, I do not think it is appropriate to wear seersucker and would say that there are heavy supporters of the “no white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day” rule.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I bought a pair of Dockers pants from Urban Outfitters once, however, I don’t own anything else from the store. I feel that the clothing doesn’t really fit my style and think that I would probably stick out like a sore thumb in one of their stores.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      My best advice is to pursue something that you are passionate about. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing/studying/working towards, then you won’t end up reaching your fullest potential.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      Question 1: If I could go back to high school, I would have participated in rowing. I was close to joining my Junior year, however, I got cold feet and never ended up pursuing it.
      Question 2: Whichever one is winning (kidding).
      -PKP

  27. Cam

    What are your thoughts when it comes to women? Not like best ways to ‘pick up chicks’ or anything like that, but what do you consider the best way to woo a lady you fancy? And what is your advice on dealing with stress caused by said lady?

    • PKP

      This is great. I actually laughed out loud when I read this question (that’s a good thing not a bad thing just so you know). To keep it simple, I believe treating a woman with respect is the best way to gain, and keep, her attention. In regards to “dealing with the stress,” that, my friend, is part of being a man that has no solution.
      -PKP

  28. Meredith

    Hi PKP!

    Thank you for continuing your blog and other social media sites, you really are inspirational in your spirit, style, and personality. It’s amazing how well you keep up with PKP and your life, such as school and family. I look forward to the future of PKP and all of its success! Stay classy (though I know I don’t have to remind you, haha)!

    Best,
    Meredith

    • PKP

      Why thank you! I’m touched by your kind comments and appreciate your support. Please let me know if I can ever do anything for you.
      -PKP

  29. Steve

    Were you spanked as a kid? I just ask because of your southern background and your response to the earlier question on parental discipline. As a 19 year old who grew up in South Caroline I know I sure did, and deserved it too!

    • PKP

      I’m sure I was, but I don’t specifically remember any instances. To be honest, I got away with a lot while I was a kid (I was a bit of a handful to be honest) because my parents were not the ones who typically watched over me. I actually came across some old journals last summer from one of my previous nannies and was horrified by some of my actions. The passages were hilarious, but they made me question if the world (or I) could handle a mini “me.”
      -PKP

  30. Austin

    What is your opinion on wearing polyester golf attire (pants, jackets, polos, etc.) outside of the golf course. Sometimes I’ll just throw a polo and pants on before school and sometimes even a jacket. While I do like the feel of them, it does feel strange wearing them all the time to school because nobody wears polyester normally. How do you suppose I can solve this dilemma?

    • PKP

      Generally speaking, I don’t ever wear golf attire outside of a golf course. To be honest, I don’t have much golf attire to begin with, however, I do own a Brooks Golfing Polo that I will wear with jeans and moccasins on a casual weekend afternoon. I don’t see any “issue” with wearing such items, however, I feel that the light material wouldn’t keep you warm on cold winter days.
      -PKP

  31. Paul

    Hello PKP, I just have one question. Have you ever read “Catcher in the rye” if so what do you think of the book? I just finished t and I really liked it.

    • PKP

      I read “Catcher in the Rye” while I was in high school and remember really liking it. I feel that I didn’t appreciate a lot of the books that I read when I was younger and plan on re-reading a number of the classics.
      -PKP

  32. Austin

    For my Print Journalism class, I have to create a blog and I was thinking about modeling it after yours. Do you have any advice on how to succeed with my blog?

    • PKP

      My advice would be to use wordpress as your platform and to utilize the pre-created themes on the website. To be honest, I had a web-design team make my page, so my knowledge in regards to coding is pretty limited. Good luck with the project!
      -PKP

  33. Hello there.
    I regard your stye highly, especially since people don’t know how to dress any more.
    Since you are the adventurous type who likes clothing, I thought you might be interested in J. Peterman
    http://www.jpeterman.com
    Let me know what you think.
    Regards,
    Peter

    • PKP

      I have not heard about JP Peterman, however, I definitely could see myself wearing some of the items in their store. I’d love to get my hands on the “Boating Blazer.”
      -PKP

  34. Joey

    Hi Mr. PKP,

    I realize I am extremely late, but better late than never right? Ok my first question is

    1) I once saw something (I dont remember if it was a blog post, instagram post, or twitter post) about how you are up really late doing homework. How do you keep yourself focused and awake?

    2) Do you live on campus or off? and with a room mate or alone?

    3) Obviously your a succesful business man, who requires a computer and other tech all the time. How do you cope with being stuck on your computer? I mean, it’s my first year of college and my school is very very very eco friendly. EVERYTHING is on the computer, from homework to tests. (No its not an online school) It wasn’t like that and I didn’t know when I applied they were changing to this type of learning. Now I am on the computer for atleast a total of nine hours a day (not at once). and my eyes and wrists hurt all the time. I don’t know what to do. What do you do?

    • PKP

      Question 1: I usually with drink a coffee in the afternoon (around 3) to fuel me into the evening. I try and take “breaks” in order to stay focused and not zone out while working.
      Question 2: Plead the fifth!
      Question 3: Honestly, I have always preferred taking notes/doing work on a computer instead of by pen or pencil. My best advice would be to try and print out assignments instead of reading them on the computer and to work in a well lit rooms.
      -PKP

  35. Joey

    one more! all these girls want to marry you, i don’t want to marry you (thats gay) but will you be my older brother you are toooo cool.

  36. DJ

    What color pants do you recommend having for the fall/winter? (For example: yellow chinos are more appropriate for spring, not cold weather)

    • PKP

      I would suggest sticking to “earth” tones or darker colors. My top recommendations would be navy, brown, grey, a dark red (like merlot), or even a deep green.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I do have an iPad, but I hardly ever use it these days. I would like to have an iMac in order to work on larger projects as well as photo editing, however, it seems redundant to have a laptop and a desktop.
      -PKP

  37. Ryan

    Good Afternoon Sir,

    In a above comment you said you use your mac to take notes, and do work. Do you take it to class? If so do a lot of your class fellows use computers? I am asking because in my school computers are allowed, and I love to use computers but i am the only one who would be using one. I don’t want to stick out. Suggestions?

    PS: You mentioned you like the iMac, but don’t see the need for a desktop, and laptop. Have you considered a Thunderbolt Display? It is 27″ of pure hevean. I love mine. Ill post the link.
    http://www.apple.com/displays/

    • PKP

      I pretty much take my computer wherever I go because I prefer to type notes rather than taking them by hand. If you think that a computer will help you with your studies, then I say take it to class with you.

      Thanks for the recommendation! The reason why I was considering getting an iMac is because the computing power is significantly higher. Though I can do just about anything on my MacBook Pro, it’s getting pretty filled up with photographs and other “work” items that it would be nice to have a work desktop. Definitely not necessary, however, it would be a nice luxury to have.

      -PKP

  38. Beau

    You commented above on how you don’t care for the brands American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Aeropastle. I don’t care for those clothes either; however, people tell me that its the same style of clothing as Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, or Vineyard Vines. How would you settle this debate about the 3 clothing brands (Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle, and Aeropasatle, vs. the brands Ralph Lauren JCrew or Vineyard Vines.

    • PKP

      I would definitely say the “styles” between the two groups of brands are significantly different and cater to specific demographics. With that being said, I feel that the pieces that Ralph produces are far less likely (generally speaking of course) to go out of style versus something that Abercrombie would produce.

      I’m not saying these brands are “bad,” I’m just saying that there are other labels that I prefer to wear. The response to this question varies from person-to-person because everyone perceives style and quality differently.

      -PKP

  39. Thomas

    For those who don’t earn a lot of money because they have to pay bills, car payments, and groceries (like me) but want clothes from JCrew, Ralph Lauren, and etc, what advice would you give them?

    • PKP

      Definitely a great question to ask. My advice would be to make sure you are able to determine the difference between “need” and “want.” By doing this, you will eliminate waste and will end up with a closet that has far more use than many.

      The other piece of advice I would give you is to always keep an eye out for sales and promotions. J.Crew is probably the best example of this because they ALWAYS have a sale going on. I strongly recommend signing up for the e-mail blasts in order to keep you up to date about deals in the marketplace.

      I’ve also heard some incredible stories about people thrifting. In fact, I was talking to someone a few days ago that told me that they found 2 Hermes ties (they sell for around $275-$400 a piece) at a thrift shop and paid $5.00 for both. I don’t have any experience in this, however, I don’t think you have anything to lose.
      -PKP

  40. Luke

    hi. I have a weird question to ask you. Ok here goes. I have a mac book air i got it for my birthday. I got it on August 3 (my birthday). I have probably used it about 10-13 times. I am a college student. So its not that i dont need it. Its the fact that i am terrified of ruining it. I bought a cheaper windows computer just so i dont have to use my mac. Are you like that? How do you over come it? It is seriously taking over my life.

    • PKP

      Your concern is definitely justifiable, however, I think it will make your life a lot easier if you stuck with one computer. I don’t own a Macbook Air, however, I have a close friend who does and he uses a simple leather case to keep it safe. Unless you throw the computer off a building, Apple can probably fix whatever issue your computer runs into. If you’re looking for a case for your Macbook Air, I strongly suggest this one.
      -PKP

  41. Jenny

    I think i have only seen you “re wear” an outfit a handful of times. Do you ever think in your head “I have nothing to wear?”

    • PKP

      Question 1: I rarely re-wear an exact outfit, however, I constantly re-wear specific pieces and mix up the pairings in order to keep things looking fresh.

      Question 2: As crazy as it sounds, I constantly say this to myself and then realize the though has no foundation. My problem is that I tend to gravitate to the same things (example: white oxfords) instead of breaching out and going with something different.
      -PKP

  42. Carly Jones

    Are people sometimes just so mean that you just don’t know what to do?

    What do you do when you are having a bad day?

    • PKP

      Question 1: Definitely. Unfortunately, the world is not a nice place and is filled with people who want to bring you down or hurt you. My best advice is to avoid those people and channel positive energy.

      Question 2: Whenever I’m having a bad day I try and think about happy things (family, my accomplishments, funny moments in life, etc.) Getting depressed and thinking about negative things only makes the situation worse. If I’m having a really bad day, sometimes I’ll write everything out in my journal as a way to empty out my thoughts. It’s actually extremely helpful and usually gets me back on track.
      -PKP

  43. Benjamin

    What would you suggest I buy for a birthday present for a good friend of mine, who loves monograms, and all things preppy? (Keeping price reasonable)

  44. Luke

    Thank you. Can you show me the leather case he uses? Also. Do you have the same problem? I mean aren’t you afraid of breaking your computer?

  45. Luke

    Thanks bro. Last think. What do you do to keep your battery in such good shape. I saw your post that said you’ve never replaced it.

    • PKP

      Of course! To be honest, my battery is probably not in the greatest of shape any more…I’m pretty bad about leaving it plugged in overnight, however, I’ve never experienced any significant issues while traveling or studying outside of my room.
      -PKP

    • PKP

      I think I was more shocked than nervous. I didn’t think people valued my advice so highly and was really quite honored to be contacted in such a manner. If I had to choose my favorite thing about PKP it would definitely be the emails.
      -PKP

  46. SanaHaque

    When you transport your computer to class do you keep it in your backpack or a case?

    How many cases do you have for your laptop?

    Do you take it to every class?

    • PKP

      I usually keep my computer in a basic computer sleeve and carry it around in my backpack to class everyday. I believe I have two cases, however, I only use one.
      -PKP

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