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


Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Sharing your signature scent can be complicated. I want to be the person that’s happy to tell others what scent I wear when asked, but smell is so intimate and personal that often I find myself being stingy with information. Embarrassing but true. For some reason today I woke up feeling differently and decided that I should share — this scent is that good — and others should enjoy it too. I typically mix it with another perfume depending on my mood but using Molecules 01 as a base is a great starting point for everyone.  I buy mine from my favorite perfume store, Aedes de Venustas. If you haven’t made a trip to their store it’s worth it even if you’re not planning on picking up a bottle of Molecules 01. A totally inspiring experience that I hope you treat yourself to. Enjoy!


Thursday, May 31st, 2012

I’ve been testing loads of natural skin care products for the past year as research for our upcoming natural beauty section at C&P. Part of the testing involved these La Bella Figura products and I’m happy to say that the box arrived today: Barbary Fig Renewal Serum, Decouverte Under Eye Repair Serum and Moroccan Face Gold. I’ve been using a combination of these on my face for the past two months and have been delighted with the results: they work!

They’ll be on the site next week, try them out and let us know what you think. Also, if you have any other natural skin care and beauty that you feel passionate about, please share.


Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

While staying at The Rockhouse I indulged in a massage as well as a fantastic manicure and pedicure. They use Caribbean Essentials products and I liked them so much I bought a massage oil to bring home.  The massages take place at “massage point” which overlooks the ocean, a truly beautiful place to be taken care of and the lovely woman who gave me a mani/pedi couldn’t have been nicer or better at what she did. I just now took a bath and slathered the Rapture Oil on and am pretending I’m still there. Pretty hard to do considering it’s raining/snowing outside and I can’t hear the ocean but a girl can dream, right? And, that’s one of my favorite things about scent is it has such a strong ability to take you back to a place and enjoy it all over again.  Look at that massage spot, it really is heaven.


Thursday, January 26th, 2012

This is the BEST coffee in the world, it’s from Coava Coffee  in Portland (I wish you could smell it, it’s heavenly). It’s on top of the beautiful new Kinfolk Magazine – beauty all around here at Castor & Pollux. We have some of the Kinfolks in stock right now which is surprising as they seem to be out of stock everywhere. Call if you would like one.


Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Sorry about the absence over here. I’ve been in Japan (as most of you know) and decided to take a technology break for the week. I will be posting when I get back and am incredibly excited to share my experience. What an amazing trip it’s been. I feel inspired, lucky and happy–something I hope for all of you. xoxo


Thursday, January 5th, 2012

So this post doesn’t fall explicitly into the smell category of our senses inspired blog, but it does hint at all the senses: see, touch, listen, smell and taste. Such happiness in this video!


Thursday, December 29th, 2011

I posted last week about the gorgeous soap that Sarah’s Mother makes but this week I want to share her blog with you. This girl sees the world through beautiful and bright eyes, check in daily with her to see what magic she’s cooking up and get inspired.



Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

If you’re looking for some last minute stocking stuffers, come by and pick up some of these fantastic soaps. Made upstate by the mother of lovely Sarah from Saipua, they smell heavenly and you’ll have everyone oohing and ahhing over the fantastic packaging. It’s almost that time to have everything ready and prepared for the holidays!

Smell: Vanilla

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

In old medicinal literature, vanilla is described as an aphrodisiac and a remedy for fevers. This evening, we suggest you take a break from the holiday festivities and soak yourself in a warm bath with this black deliciousness from Coqui Coqui. Mildly addictive.