Loving

ALL FIVE SENSES: A GLORIOUS WEDDING

October 3rd, 2013 by Kerrilynn

I love weddings: the over the top dresses, the pre-ceremony jitters, the toasts (and roasts!), the free-flowing drinks, the crazy dancing, and the very public and exciting declaration of love and commitment. Earlier this month I went to a wedding that had it all – my friend, Sunny Ozell, was marrying Sir Patrick Stewart in Lake Tahoe. John and I headed out with our close friends, Jason and Alexis, and met up with some other soon-to-be great friends for a weekend of festivities that included ridiculous amounts of nachos, brutal games of Celebrity, swimming in the glorious water, and absurd amounts of time debating whether or not we should all just up and move to California already.

We shared our cabin in the woods with some extremely talented culinary geniuses. Betsy Devine, the wonder woman behind Salvatore Brooklyn Ricotta showed off her prowess in the kitchen — and her prowess in dressing – I wish you could have seen what she was wearing. Too good. Nekisia Davis, the mastermind behind Early Bird Granola, was wowing us at every turn with her wit, general awesomeness and mad queso-making skills. I can’t stop thinking about that stuff, but who the hell makes queso when they’re not on vacation? I don’t think I can bring myself to do it just for two of us at home, but next time I’m away it will be the first thing I share with loved ones. Danny Amend, the chef at Marco’s (formerly of Franny’s) engaged us in conversation and made food with an attention and love that was inspiring, and the results were of course delicious. As if that wasn’t enough food love, the esteemed food writer Melissa Clark of the New York Times was staying a mere couple towns over with her husband and daughter, Dahlia, who acted as flower girl extraordinaire.

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The wedding party Read More

 
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Cutest ring bearer ever, Sunny's nephew Will Read More

 
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Sir Ian officiating the ceremony Read More

 
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LeVar Burton giving a toast Read More

 
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Crazy beautiful sunset over Lake Tahoe Read More

 

The wedding took place in one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever been, The Thunderbird Lodge, on the Nevada side of Tahoe. After the gold rush, George Whittell, Jr., bought 29 miles of lake front property for $6 an acre and the only property built on the land is his home, where the wedding took place. We watched the ceremony at what felt like the edge of the world – the sun was shining, the lake was twinkling and Aperol fizzes were in-hand. We were ready for a performance and that’s exactly what we got. Sunny walked down the aisle to “How Could I Love You More” by Arkestra One, chosen for her by another talented friend, Lori Hon, who makes her living creating fantastically cool playlists. After the extraordinary entrance of the bride in her Temperly gown, followed by the world’s cutest nephew as ring-bearer, her best friend, Jillan LaVinka stepped forward to give her reading. I assumed we were in for some common quotes about love, patience and kindness but I was dead wrong. Hidden between the pages of her Bible was the most original, funny and loving speech cobbling together song verses as disparate as “ She was a fast machine she kept her motor clean” with “And you can hear it in my accent when I talk, I’m an Englishman in New York” to ” You, you make loving fun, and I don’t have to tell you that you’re the only one” only to end with “She shook me all night long”. I’m not used to wedding speeches making me laugh till I cry but that was clearly a theme at this wedding because next up was Kate James of Second City fame, ready to enlighten us on what love is all about. I imagine it can be a blessing or a curse to have a seriously funny comedian give your toast at your wedding but this one was all blessing. Watch the video where she shares with us all the misconceptions surrounding love. I’m pretty sure that the most desired favor to take home in your luggage (besides the Maggie Bracelets and The Graces, which we were honored to have included in the festivities) had to have been a hard copy of her toast to be hijacked and used at all future weddings.

The post-speech merriment inevitably led to insane dancing – Harper Blynn made a surprise appearance and we danced like maniacs until Sunny got on the mic and sang “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”. Genius. The party moved to the lakefront gazebo where I begged Ben to woo us all with one of my favorite songs, Lovely Day. For weeks John and I had become obsessed with the idea that Sunny’s friends would serenade her with this most perfect of love songs. Once we discovered Ben’s exquisite voice at the bachelorette party a few weeks prior we decided he was the voice we’d been waiting for — it wasn’t super hard to convince him – I’d sing on command if I had that voice like that too. I’ll remember that scene for the rest of my life – looking out on that spectacular lake, surrounded by new and old friends and listening to one of my favorite songs being sung by one of my favorite voices made me happy to be alive. And, in my book that’s what weddings are all about — being alive and celebrating the whole of what that means.

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Patrick at the helm of the Thunderbird Yacht Read More

 
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Best time ever! Read More

 
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Kate James and her extraordinary toast Read More

 
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Melissa Clark with Daniel and Dahlia Read More

 
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Two of the best girls: Nekisia Davis (Earlybird Granola) and Betsy Devine (Salvatore Ricotta) Read More

 
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Gorgeous C&P Maggie bracelets, The Graces candles and delicious Early Bird Crack of Dawn Bars Read More

 
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Good Times!! Read More

 
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Getting serious on the dance floor Read More

 
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Harper Blynn and Sir Ian Read More

 
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Sunny serenading the groom Read More

 

All photos: John von Pamer

Video: Freja Mitchell

TASTE: APEROL FIZZ

September 4th, 2013 by Kerrilynn

It’s been so long since I’ve posted I’m just going to dive back in with one of my favorite things, The Aperol Fizz. I associate this with all the beauty of summer: long, leisurely evenings, beyond delicious produce, humid days and a general relaxation that allowed me to close the store for Sundays and Mondays and even sneak out early on a few occasions. My good friend, Francine of Franny’s fame, shared this recipe many moons ago before the cookbook was published. Now that the cookbook is on shelves (you should buy it. And, I’m not just saying that because John shot it or Cindy styled it, or Franny and Andrew and Melissa wrote it — although, those are all good reasons, but it’s just a fantastic addition to any kitchen library) many more have access to the recipe but for those who don’t, here’s a little gift. Either way, it’s a beautiful drink, and one I intend to hold onto until the last feelings of summer slip away.

The Aperol Fizz

-Fill highball with ice
-Add 1 1/2 ounces Aperol
-Add a heavy splash of lemon (1/2 ounce)
-Add a squeeze of simple syrup (1/4 ounce)
-Stir and then top with Prosecco and stir again
-Garnish with a lemon twist
We like to use a lighter style Prosecco, one with not too much fruit — Bisson or Bisol are good options.

Enjoy!

LISTEN: NASHVILLE’S LENNON AND MAISY

April 17th, 2013 by Kerrilynn

I can’t get enough of the show Nashville: the music, the city (should we move there?), the clothing, Tammy Taylor. And, then Laura introduced me to this:

If this doesn’t make you smile, not sure what will.

 

TOUCH: GREI

March 26th, 2013 by Kerrilynn

We just got the most beautiful assortment of pieces in from Grei, a collection designed by Larry Paul and Andrew Spargo. We love these men and adore their creations. They will be on the site later this week, for now you can take a peek at the images below. Let us know if you would like one, we’d be happy to send one off to you.

These are all shot on one of my closest friends, Wini. You may remember her from the Ladies column, she is truly one of my absolute favorite people ever. And, seriously, could she be more beautiful — inside and out. xoxo

TOUCH: NATURAL BEAUTY

February 15th, 2013 by Kerrilynn

We’re experimenting, exploring and playing with the most gorgeous natural beauty products over here. Just in: Vered Organic Botanicals and Kahina Giving Beauty. I had a facial with Vered last week — she’s a genius — and I had dinner with Katharine of Kahina — she’s fantastic. These products WORK. And, did I mention that they’re all natural. This may sound like an exaggeration but it’s not: these products are changing my life.

 

TOUCH: SAMPLE SALE!

January 15th, 2013 by Kerrilynn

TASTE: KIM CHI FRIED RICE

January 2nd, 2013 by Kerrilynn

Kim Chi Fried Rice  is one of my favorite things to make and is in constant rotation at our house. This week the flavor ante was seriously raised when one of my favorite people, Alexis, gifted us a fermentation crock. I don’t imagine there are many people that would be as excited about this gift as I was but given the fact that I’m well on my way to making almost all of our condiments — almond milk, hot sauce, cashew cream cheese, bitters — it seems appropriate that this lovely little crock is now taking center stage in our kitchen. I also heard that I almost got a dehydrator for Christmas from John but he decided to hold off after reading the dimensions online and opted for a Dries Van Noten dress instead. The man knows my deep loves; gorgeous clothing and obscure food projects.

I made my first batch of Kim Chi the day I received the crock and I have to say, it’s good. I mean, it’s REALLY good. I cobbled together the Dok Suni recipe and the Neo Homesteader recipe and made something between the two and it’s pretty much perfect. I’m going to assume your don’t have a fermentation crock — correct me if I’m wrong — so for this recipe I suggest using Mama O’s Extra Spicy Kim Chi which is what I’ve always used in the past and it works great. Let me know how you like this recipe and please let me know if you want more food ideas here, I’m working on content for  the blog and would love to hear your thoughts and wants for this coming year. Happy Happy New New Year Year!

KIM CHI FRIED RICE

2 T Coconut Oil & 1 T Sesame Oil
Head of kale, stems removed and leaves torn small
2 inches of ginger, peeled and cut small
3 cloves of garlic, smashed and cut small
2 T Tamari
1 T Mirin
1 1/2 – 2 cups chopped Kim Chi and leftover juice
Generous squirt of Sri Racha (I like very spicy food, if you don’t you can omit the Sri Racha altogether)
3-4 Cups day-old rice. I typically move between brown and white, depending on what we have left-over. Both are good.
Toasted nori

Heat up  your wok and add the oils, swirl around till glistening.  Add your ginger and garlic and actively move around so they don’t brown. They should become fragrant but not burnt. Add the Tamari and Mirin, swirl to cover the the garlic and ginger over high heat. Add your kale stems and cook for about a minute, then add your kale leaves, stirring rapidly. At this point add the rice and smash into the sauce, garlic and ginger, you want them to come together and create a cohesive whole. I usually add my Sri Racha here, but like I said, if you don’t love hot food you don’t need it. Add your Kim Chi and juice and toss around in the wok till a little crispy, a few minutes. Take off heat, add toasted nori and Shichimi and you’re ready to enjoy!

xoxo,

Kerrilynn

 

Obama and Led Zeppelin

December 6th, 2012 by Kerrilynn

Thanks to Julie for sending this along. She knows me well — I have a deep love and respect for Obama and Led Zeppelin — how can you not?

Lady of Castor & Pollux No. 35 – Charlotte Linton

October 18th, 2012 by Kerrilynn

Favorite recipe?

At the moment its Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Sourdough loaf which I am gradually honing to perfection. I love the challenge of making bread – it really is a craft in itself.

 Last great book you read?

Great Expectations – Dickens had such a good sense of humor. I’m now reading ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ also Dickens. My favorite paragraph so far describes a hat as “a most wonderful bonnet, like a Grenadier wooden measure…or a great stilton cheese.”

 Summer drink of choice?

I love mojitos but you are more likely to find Brooklyn Pennant Ale in my fridge.

 Your Animals-names and breeds?

Norman, our Russian Blue rescue cat. He is pretty crazy, switching between sweet and docile and completely wired. He impresses me daily with his incredible acrobatics and athletic running, and he is very, very handsome.

Do you exercise? What do you do, if so?

My recurring dream for about ten years was running through open countryside and feeling an incredible sense of freedom. I took up running for real about a year ago and now I am completely addicted.

 Salty or sweet?

Sweet, I could live off fruit and I love good cake.

 Who inspires you and why?

The women of my family who are incredibly strong. They have always found their way through tragedy and rift whilst holding the rest of the family together.

Pool or ocean?

Pond? I love swimming in the ladies pond on Hamstead Heath, London where you can swim amongst the weed and ducks. The water comes from a natural spring so it is clean, and very refreshing. You can then sunbathe on a grassy hill and picnic and gossip – its very bohemian but the lack of men can sometimes be a little unsettling!

 Favorite city?

Tokyo – Always looking for ways to get back there.

 Last great vacation?

The Isles of Scilly, which is a mini paradise in the UK. We took a swim in the turquoise sea out to a sand bar – it was the most exhilarating experience. The sand is white and the water is crystal clear but it is deceivingly icy cold!

 Favorite tv show?

At the moment I am obsessed with Misfits, a Channel 4 show. It’s about a group of teenagers doing community service who get super powers during a freak storm. It is hilarious and well written.

 Weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I did a bit of ‘real’ modeling for a while and some of the things they make you do at castings are pretty odd and the jobs are always quite random. I once did a shoot for the RHS – Royal Horticultural Society in the UK. All my parents’ friends took great pleasure in pulling my picture out of magazines or spotting me at the garden centre.

Favorite restaurant?

Ottolenghi in London, if only for their brownies.

Favorite object in your home?

I am very proud of our fireplace full of the ceramics my boyfriend and I made at pottery classes. We have just invested in a Potters Wheel so hopefully the collection will continue to grow.

Favorite piece of clothing?

My ‘Maki’ Lemur scarf doesn’t really leave my neck in the cooler months and goes with everything.

Favorite blog or website?

The Guardian Newspaper online

Something you’re scared of?

House spiders – although I insist they must be freed humanely!

Favorite record?

David Bowie – Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Favorite popsong?

Any upbeat Brittany Spears – before the meltdown.

Your Ideal day?

A day on a near deserted beach – watching surfers, going for a wander, collecting shells, having a non-fussy picnic and a nap in the sun.

Favorite gift you’ve ever received?

I’m very fond of the drawings my nieces send me regularly; they are both obsessed with clothes so they usually feature some ‘off the wall’ fashion designs.

 Favorite flower?

Geraniums – for their luminescence and reminding me of Europe in the summer.

Favorite scent (perfume)?

Au Naturel

Astrological sign?

 Capricorn, I am a New Years day baby.

What do you do for a living?

 I’m a print designer, clothing designer, writer and illustrator. Each day I can’t quite believe how lucky I am when I am sitting at my desk drawing for example … Puffins!

Where do you live?

I’m a bit Nomadic at the moment, I live between New York, London, Essex and I’m off to Scotland for a few months at the end of May.

Your lucky number?

8

What piece of art would you buy if you had absolutely no budget?

One of Picassos decorated earthenware plates from the 1940’s.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I always stand as a very proud red head.

LISTEN: TRIXIE WHITLEY

October 1st, 2012 by Kerrilynn

CANNOT. STOP. WATCHING. THIS. Would do pretty much anything to be able to sing like this beauty.