Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

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.


The wedding party Read More


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


Sir Ian officiating the ceremony Read More


LeVar Burton giving a toast Read More


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.


Patrick at the helm of the Thunderbird Yacht Read More


Best time ever! Read More


Kate James and her extraordinary toast Read More


Melissa Clark with Daniel and Dahlia Read More


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


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


Good Times!! Read More


Getting serious on the dance floor Read More


Harper Blynn and Sir Ian Read More


Sunny serenading the groom Read More


All photos: John von Pamer

Video: Freja Mitchell


Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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.


Obama and Led Zeppelin

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

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?


Monday, October 1st, 2012

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


Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Wow, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve been here. Apologies for the silence; I’ve been working on our new knitwear(!) collection, gearing up for fall, unpacking loads of boxes filled with gorgeous goodies and trying to enjoy these last days of summer. My husband, John, has been spending his time making a Fall 12 playlist for me — such a treat to have a husband who is obsessed with good music. I wasn’t supposed to listen to it till September 1st but I snuck a listen in today and found this gem of a song sandwiched between all the other beauties. Hope you enjoy it as much as I am.


Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Chavela Vargas has been on John’s laptop constantly this summer. Her life reads like a movie, in fact she is so cinematic she’s actually been in Almovodar’s movies. Suffering from polio and blindness as a child, she was cured by shamans, she dressed as a man, drank heavily, smoked cigars, carried a gun and was known for always her wearing her red cape. She came out as a lesbian at the age of 80, and apparently had a slight limp for most of her life due to jumping out of a window because a woman disappointed her in love. Why hasn’t anyone made a movie about this legend?


Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

I’m loving the new Bon Appetit in all it’s incarnations: blog, magazine, twitter feed, website. It’s smart, relevant and in touch with what is happening in food across the world. I like to think that food is something we all participate in so why not enjoy it? This interview with Keith McNally gets to the heart of what he appreciates, what he doesn’t and the music he likes to eat by. Ever since I read his recommendation of Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B Minor it’s enchanted me, leave it to him to suggest the perfect classical music. Enjoy — it might even inspire a moody, luxurious, late night dinner party. I hope so.


Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

We’re at the beach with Neil Young on repeat, Camparis in hand, pool in sight. Life is good.

I honestly don’t think there’s anyone I want on repeat more than Neil. One of my life long dreams is to have dinner with him where he’ll end up singing a few of these at the end of the evening. Until then, I’ll be listening nonstop:


Listen: All That We’ve Become

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

This song  makes you want to open up the windows and let summer in. We’re playing it non-stop on our drive out to Sag Harbor today. Enjoy!


Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I know this is a bit “off brand” for us over here at C&P, but I just can’t stop singing along.

“I want it all; money, fast cars
Diamond rings, gold chains and champagne
Shit, everydamn thing
I want it all; houses, expenses
My own business”

For some reason this is just repeating in my brain. Summer anthem?