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


Monday, September 17th, 2012

There is so much beauty in this video that I can’t seem to get through it without crying — tears of happiness, inspiration, and wonder at this 95 year old woman, Maia. I plan on keeping a photo of her above my desk with the words “Age gracefully” written on it which seems enormously appropriate this birthday eve week. Happy birthday to all you Libras out there, this year I’m gifting myself a chart reading and possibly a visit to the psychic. In my opinion you can never have too much help from the healers and guides in the world. I’m hoping for a lot this year and would like all the guidance and information I can take in. I’ll let you know how it all unfolds. Kisses.


Thanks to the lovely Heidi of 101 Cookbooks for sharing the link.

C&P Needs Your Help!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Calling all friends and supporters! We need your help! C&P has been given an amazing opportunity: a chance to receive a $250,000 small business grant. We have such ambitious visions when it comes to developing our brand into something greater and this grant could help in an enormous way. Here’s the catch – we need 250 votes by Friday the 29th to be considered for this and that is why we are calling on you – our fervent followers and supportive friends – to help!


1. Go to https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/

2. You’ll see a link to to the right, “Log In With Facebook to Support Your Community”

3. Click on that and you’ll be taken to the voting page and just input “Castor & Pollux” in the “business/dba name” box (MAKE SURE TO USE THE AMPERSAND BETWEEN CASTOR & POLLUX IN THE SEARCH, otherwise we will not come up.)
NOTE: You don’t have to give your name or share your contact info or anything like that.  This is a one-time thing: Just VOTE and you are done!

This grant would be an incredible gift and we would be more than grateful for your vote! Please pass this along to anyone else who would be willing to support a small business with big dreams! xoxo


Monday, June 25th, 2012

I read a lot about Gone, Girl before the release date but all the hype didn’t prepare me for the hole I fell into when I downloaded this onto my Nook. I read for four days, sometimes up till 2 in the morning. And, if you know me, you know that is seriously past my bedtime. I could not put it down. Now, I’m not sure what to read next – where do you go after such a crazy yet well written story? I’d love your suggestions, all summer reads welcome!



Friday, June 8th, 2012

This video, created by an old friend, Jason Glasser, is up at Parker’s Box right now. It’s a mesmerizing silent film he made at Barton Springs, a popular swimming hole in Austin, Texas. I’ve been dying to go to Texas lately and it seems to keep coming up in conversation at every turn. Sure sign to go, right?

You can see the video here:



Friday, March 16th, 2012



In the summer of 2011, photographer and dear friend Takahiro Kaneyama ventured to the distant shores of northeastern Japan to visit and photograph Mt. Osore. Literally translated as “Mount Fear,” this active volcano is one of the holiest destinations in all of Japan, believed to be the final passageway as one journeys to hell. This spiritual site often attracts visitors to console and remember the many lost souls. It is believed by some that here you will be able to spiritually connect with lost ancestors. A visitor himself, Taka was able to capture the essence of both fearful and tranquil elements of this holy land through his gift of photography.

Taka’s hauntingly beautiful images are currently being featured in an exhibit at Miyako Yoshinaga art prospects entitled Shades of the Departed. So many thought-provoking themes and ideas are addressed throughout this series of images, yet their understated manner still provides a pure beauty that we may not necessarily expect alongside a representation of the underworld. Truly magnificent! The photographs perfectly combine darkness with inspiration, despair with reflection, and life with death.

The exhibit will run through April 21 and I highly recommend taking your own journey to these riveting landscapes of Japan through images, which delicately yet powerfully evoke emotions of all sorts. Taka’s talent is spectacular and this is absolutely a show worth seeing! Perhaps I should add Mt. Osore to the list for my next Japanese adventures…


Monday, February 6th, 2012

Just another confirmation that dogs are the best. This article was in The New York Times Magazine this weekend and is great on so many levels. I highly recommend reading it.





Sunday, February 5th, 2012

I’m really excited about our Valentine’s event “A Floral Affair” happening this weekend. The lovely and talented Amy Merrick will in-store creating floral arrangements from 12-7 Saturday the 11th, 1-6 Sunday the 12th and 12-7 on Tuesday the 14th (Valentine’s Day!).
A perfect idea for Valentine’s or just to spruce up your home, because who doesn’t need flowers around this time of year? We will be taking pre-orders as well as walk-ins all weekend long so let us know if you’d like to gift someone with flowers. Arrangements will start at $100 in addition to small bouquets for $25. We will also be delivering for $25 below 23rd Street. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at ladies@castorandpolluxstore.com.

On the left is a sample arrangement for the event. Beautiful, right?



Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Visiting the Prada store in Tokyo is so inspiring. The building is designed by Herzog de Meuron and stands tall and proud in the small and elegant neighborhood of Aoyama and is graced with geometric windows flanked by thick molded concrete; it’s a beautiful shrine to modern architecture. Inside, the windows create magical light patterns across the floor depending on the time of day and everything is done to perfection–the racks are covered in fur, the floor is thick, luxurious (and spotless!) carpet, the sales staff  are beautiful and helpful. A lovely combination of grace and service inside makes the experience truly special.  Add it to your list of places to see while in Tokyo, you won’t be disappointed.


Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I spent this weekend taking in all the beauty, compassion and upstairs/downstairs relations that Downton Abbey offers. I was convinced that John wouldn’t want to watch it, too much Masterpiece Theater as a kid, but when I noticed him watching out of the corner of his eye, I realized that he might just want to get involved. Which he did and we proceeded to devour the whole series in two days. What a fantastic show! I can hardly wait for the second season to start, this Sunday, January 8th. So much drama, intrigue, gorgeous clothing, beautiful home–it’s all just so exquisite and complicated. I highly recommend it if you haven’t already started watching, I think you’ll be happy to have it in your queue.