Loving

ALL FIVE SENSES: A GLORIOUS WEDDING

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.

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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

TOUCH: GREI

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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

Friday, February 15th, 2013

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!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Touch: The CAP Bag is here

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

As many of you may already know, the first ever Castor & Pollux handbag has made its debut in the store. The CAP Bag available in both navy/black and mocha/chocolate is a gorgeous Italian leather and suede bag that, in my humble opinion, is the perfect companion for any and every occasion. It is as stunning as it is as functional with a convertible strap that can be worn in multiple lengths across the body, over the shoulder, and even as a belt. Not only is it gorgeous, but it was made right here in NYC. We are so happy to share our first handbag and hope to bring you more in the future. We sold out of the first delivery in one week, so come visit soon!

Touch: Light As A Feather

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

On these hot and humid summer days it can be a struggle figuring out what to wear to take on the sticky heat. We all long for something absolutely weightless, right? Something light, breezy, breathable, and still beautiful. Allow us to suggest a few C&P summer must-haves. These are items that will make you eager to face the scorching temps all the way through the summer – come by for a visit and check them out!!

 

Anagram Pin Tuck Dress and Gary Graham Music Stripe Shirt

Gary Graham Sheer Shirt, White

Rachel Comey Tent DressRachel Comey Riviera Sandals

Won Hundred Walde Dress

LADY OF CASTOR & POLLUX NO. 34:
Coco Videla

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I think this picture says it all: this girl likes to have fun, she always has time for a laugh (and a friend) and is the bomb. She’s also Latin (by way of Venezuela) to her core – something I love in a lady (might be why little Beba is so dear to me). If you’re lucky you might meet her when you pop in: she’ll be the one with five tiny puppies trailing behind her. I told you she’s awesome.

Photo by John von Pamer

Favorite recipe?
I’m terrible with recipes (and instructions, and rules in general), but I do make a mean omelet with basically whatever’s in season.

Last great book you read?
50 Shades…

Summer drink of choice?
Oban is a favorite all year-round, but on a warm summer day nothing beats a Billecart-Salmon Rosé (perhaps while reading 50 Shades).

Your Animals-names and breeds?
My dog Kika got knocked up by a Venezuelan hottie on New Year’s Eve, and now I’ve got 5 little rascals running around my house: Pepe, Manolo, Lola, Jagger and Benicio. Puppies anyone?

Do you exercise? What do you do, if so?
I wander for hours- that counts, right? And I love dancing (alone, on the dance floor, in the gym, on the streets….anything goes).

Salty or sweet?
I ask myself this question every day.

Who inspires you and why?
Everything I needed to know about being a woman I learned from my grandmother’s red lipstick and the click of my mother’s heels.  One inspired me to embrace my femininity and rejoice in all things beautiful, and the other taught me that as long as I had brains in my head and feet in those heels I could get to wherever I wanted to go.

Pool or ocean?
A bubble bath, preferably overlooking the ocean.

Favorite city?
New York is my soul mate. Paris, my lover.

Last great vacation?
No matter where in the world I go, a great trip for me involves a road-trip, getting lost, meeting fabulous strangers, connecting with old friends, laughing lots and dancing plenty. Brownie points if I get to sing to Chavela Vargas (or any song, really) off the top of my lungs.

Favorite tv show?
Right now I’m loving “Girls” on HBO

Weirdest job you’ve ever had?
When I was an interpreter, many, many moons ago, every job was an adventure. Once I spent 3 days with a Spanish biologist dissecting sturgeons and learning the correct method of extracting caviar. Another time a radio station hired me to interview Mike Piazza and Rey Ordóñez in the old Shea Stadium…what I didn’t realize is that the interview would take place inside the men’s locker room, while the players were getting changed. Priceless.

Favorite restaurant?
L’Artusi on W10th. Crazy good.

Favorite object in your home?
My bright-pink chaise longue next to my old Simon Says.

Favorite piece of clothing?
A beautiful Mary Katrantzou dress. Just looking at it makes me happy.

Favorite blog or website?
Instagram.

Something you’re scared of?
Monsters under the bed.

Favorite record?
@50songsofgrey by Kerrilynn & John.  So sexy.

Favorite popsong?
Billy Idol’s Dancing with myself. Talk about dancing like no one’s watching!

Your Ideal day?
I think it was Charlie Chaplin that said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” He was onto something.

Favorite gift you’ve ever received?
I might be getting it this week. I hear every woman should have one.

Favorite flower?
The Flower of My Secret (a film by Pedro Almodovar).

Favorite scent (perfume)
My only scent, Jasmin 17

Astrological sign?
Sagittarius

What do you do for a living?
I work in advertising with a bunch of mad men.

Where do you live?
West Village

Your lucky number?
I’m always doodling the number 8 so it must be lucky? Or extremely hypnotic.

What piece of art would you buy if you had ab
There’s a fantastic photograph of Rossy de Palma wearing a Louboutin stiletto on her head as a fascinator. That would be fun to look at every day.
Also, anything by Yoshitomo Nara.

What do you like most about yourself?
I laugh often and much…

 

 

TOUCH: GET A DOG ALREADY

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Need I say more?

TOUCH: PURL

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

I worked with Joelle and Page years ago at Martha Stewart and always adored both of them. They had style in spades, were amazing at crafting and were  funny to boot. They have since opened the best knitting (and all sorts of other crafts) store to hit the island of Manhattan, Purl. It’s a place I love stopping by when I’m in Soho and am itching for a project to keep my hands busy. I popped in today and found the most gorgeous baby blanket inspired by the Hudson Bay Blankets (I have a couple people that I’d like to gift these to), some needlepoint canvases that could keep me going through the summer, and some sock projects that I’d like to wrap my head around (socks are still totally overwhelming to me). When you’re in the neighborhood, you should definitely stop by and get inspired, there’s lots to take in and always someone sure to help.

 

TASTE: JAMAICA IN BROOKLYN

Friday, March 9th, 2012

We made  a version of Saltfish and Ackee this past weekend that was really good, I might even say that I liked it better than ones we had in Jamaica. Is that alright to say? Sorry, Jamaica.  Of course, eating it next to the ocean far surpassed eating it in our living room but the dish itself was fantastic. I switched out kale for the calaloo and didn’t make the dumplings or plantains but it was still delicious and a little bit lighter. This is a great dish for a relaxing Sunday brunch when you have friends coming over. Let me know if you try it and what you think. Are you cooking anything great this weekend? Enjoy!

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