Paper & String & Castor & Pollux!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

So many ampersands, so little time! We wanted to thank our neighbors at Paper & String for the lovely shout-out that they gave us a few weeks back. Their intrepid reporter Whitney Port (yes, Whitney Port!!!) very kindly declared her adoration for our Gary Graham duds and Castor & Pollux Maggie bracelets, among other things. We like that she is obsessed with all of our favorite West Village snack spots, too – we have a pretty bad One Lucky Duck habit here at the store and have been known to finish their Cacao Latte in seconds. SECONDS!!!

Big ups to Paper & String for its support of independent retailers and neighborhood businesses in NYC. Viva la West Village!

Toast of the town.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Contrary to popular belief, summer is a time for leather. Not the icy black or gray or white variety that ensconces us during winter, but the warm, broken-in caramel of basic brown. Found on the beaded belts that snake through the loops of cut-off denim shorts; on braided huarache sandals that camouflage the chips of your two-week old pedicure, and on leather cords that suspend shells, bones, horns, antlers, and other natural ephemera acquired on camping trips, hikes, and coastal ventures. The hue can also be found on the new Castor & Pollux wallet that arrived in the store today, in the beautiful, rich, long-awaited shade that falls somewhere between walnut and coffee with just the right amount of milk in it.

We don’t have any photos yet, but we created a mood board of sorts. Enjoy.


Friday, April 29th, 2011

Lazy. L-A-Z-Y. This is really the only word that you need to describe my cooking skills. Habits. Tendencies. Whatever you want to call the propensity to throw things into a pot or a pan – although, even then, you’re adding more steps than I am fully comfortable with. I approach dishes with great trepidation and skepticism – do we really need to use that? We’ll just have to wash it later! *exasperated sigh* When poring over recipes, anything that exceeds five ingredients is automatically discounted. Too many things to carry from the bodega! Too many things to keep track of it! And, sadly, in this cookbook-free age, too many trips to the laptop to consult the recipe; greasy, lemon-juice-y hands messing up the functionality of the trackpad. What’s a slothful girl to do, then, when taste buds demand substance, when there are dinner guests to impress, when minimal funds can be allocated towards the meal?

Photo courtesy of 101 Cookbooks

Eight words (and five ingredients): Vegetable stock, chick peas, pappardelle, olive oil, salt. How endlessly mutable is that?

5 PM on a spring afternoon

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I will never cease to reap the joy of daylight savings. You’d think after 27 years of being exposed to the elements and the passage of time, one would become accustomed to the extended sunny hours of the spring and summer months, but no. You can find me standing on West 10th Street, transfixed, basking in the sunlight like someone new to Earth.

The store looks beautiful right now, illuminated by the afternoon glow and the keen motor skills of our wonder-merchandiser, Becky. I feel compelled to share. (Excuse the less-than-stellar photos!)

The bell jar houses mysterious scents from Coqui-Coqui.

The Easter tree! The Tucker butterfly-print dress!

Gabriela Artigas Swarovski-crystal necklaces look best when exorbitantly piled.

The turban’d horse.

Get thee to a funnery!

Oxalis, the wonder plant.

Hyacinths and tulips courtesy of our neighbor, Madame Matovu.

Rebozos on the horizon!

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

This photo doesn’t do justice to how beautiful this new rebozo from Hacienda Montaecristo is -we’ll be getting them in this spring – I can barely wait. We were lucky enough to hang out with Francy and her lovely family while in Mexico last week. It’s quite a life down there in the Yucatan Peninsula – something to add to your want list if it’s not already on there – go to Tulum!

Hallowood according to AdR.

Thursday, October 28th, 2010


“I don’t want to be cool, I want to be fashion!” – Anna dello Russo

Anna dello Russo’s life never ceases to amaze me. She lives large – larger than I can even possibly imagine – and seems to have a hell of a good time while doing it. I think we could all take some advice from her – maybe not necessarily to her three outfit a day lifestyle – but absolutely to her commitment and full fledged passion to beauty and love. Whatever your passion is, pursue it with honesty, love and consistency – a supreme combination that is sure to bring happiness to yourself and others.


Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

One of the cutest models ever, right? This is little Leon – Francesca and Nico’s boy in Mexico. Looking forward to meeting him in November, for now we have to be happy with cute pics at breakfast!


Monday, September 20th, 2010

A beautiful leftover from yesterday’s magical wedding at Blue Hill. I was honored to be the “Matron” of Honor for my loveliest friend and partake in the exquisite festivities. Everything was perfect:  flowers, food, weather and especially the couple. All my love to them – I hope other people find what they have – it changes lives and makes the world a better place.


Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Went by Gavin Brown yesterday to catch the Rob Pruitt show and say hi to Corinna when what did I see on the wall but a bunch of drunk and sated panda bears sitting on whimsical chairs. I wish I had an art budget for this. This painting is huge – I want to put it in my dining room and smile every time I eat dinner. Gotta love the panda bears.


Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Are you kidding me? I almost fell off my chair when I happened upon these pictures this morning. They are iPhone covers that look like food. Only in Japan – oh please let me get to Japan sooner rather than later. I might just have to rent a boat and fill it up with goodies. I can’t wait till we have a store there.

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