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.


Touch: The Castor & Pollux Holiday Dress Guide

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Today’s “Touch” segment is about softness, ease and elegance. While everybody is busy running around doing this and that this week, the last thing you are going to want to think about is what to wear to those holiday parties, so we came up with a couple of suggestions. Don’t judge us for being partial to the dress.

This first beauty is from our favorite Macedonian, Risto Bimbiloski. He has taken Bambi to a whole new level with this magnified deer print dress.

Our second selection is created by the Swedish design house, Acne. This dress is light, elegant and sexy. Its deep wine color is holiday appropriate and the slit in the back shows just enough skin to make it sexy in a refined way. Dress it up with some super sheer stockings or down with some opaque.

“Ciao, Sophia Loren!” when you walk by in this modern silk twill take on the classic hour-glass shape. It’s pure elegance paired with some va-va-voom.

Check out this playful silk crepe dress from Risto. It looks beautiful paired with some golden accessories. What’s more, it can be worn straight into Spring. What’s not to love?

Another little number from Acne. This piece of architecture combines a one-off shoulder, an open back with an inviting slit. When you try it on, you’ll make everyone blush!

Everyone should be wearing this electric blue dress from Cardona Bonache on New Year’s Eve.

A certain LBD from Italian HACHE. Perfect for our favorite minimalist, who doesn’t want to distract from her new necklace.

We have a few other suggestions, but you’ll have to stop by the store to see them! Or email your personal shopper at shopper@castorandpolluxstore.com. Cheers!


Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Let’s talk cookbooks for a second. I might be using this column as a way of telling my loved ones what I want for Christmas, but I really think you should take a look! These are some outstanding additions to your cookbook collection – enjoy!

Cooking in the Moment (already have this one but had to put it on the list) by Andrea Reusing. I had the pleasure of meeting Andrea in person just a few days ago and she is as lovely as her writing. Storytelling intertwined with recipes makes for a perfect before bed read.

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals by Maria Speck. I’ve been eating lots of grains this past year and am excited about learning different techniques to take me out of my comfort zone.

Rice & Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cuisine by S.H. Fernando Jr. A book all about rice and curry – need I say more?

Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub to Share with Family and Friends by Debbie Lee. Food to eat while drinking a cold beer and hanging out with friends. Sounds good to me.

Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibanez with J.J. Goode and Shelley Wiseman. I love Mexican food and am always looking for the best. From the reviews it sounds like this might be just that.

The Homesick Texan Cookbook by Lisa Fain. I’ve never been to Texas and can’t say that I know much about this cuisine but after perusing her blog, I had to add this to my list. Not the kind of food I eat everyday, but could be fun every once in a while. Spicy yet comforting.

SEE: The Playing Mantis

Monday, December 5th, 2011

We are firm believers in enjoying this time of year with friends and family instead of shopping for presents that nobody wants, so we are going to let you in on a little secret that will simplify the process for you.

Our secret is the Playing Mantis, a magical old-fashioned toystore at 32 North Moore Street in the cobblestone streets of Tribeca.

This magical store is a quiet, safe haven for the tired masses. The relaxed and easy atmosphere makes you want to stay inside for hours, fiddling with instruments and reminiscing about long sun-soaked afternoons in the children’s room at your grandparent’s house.

There are moss-covered gnome houses, dancing puppets, miniature kitchenettes, wooden chessboards and birdhouses, colorful multi-ethnic dolls, heroic archers and swordsmen costumes, beautiful old-fashioned storybooks and hand-made mobiles that lull the most anxious child to sleep.

What’s more, the toys and crafts are all handmade from around the world, inspired by stories of heritage, culture, and a passion for artisanal craftsmanship. Nothing in this place will be thrown in a corner after 5 minutes by the child in question. Rather, the child will most likely cherish and protect the toy and eventually want to turn it into an heirloom someday. Just what we love here.

Store Info:

Playing Mantis is on 32 North Moore Street, New York, NY 10013.

Tel: 646-484-6845

Open to everyday until 7pm; except for Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm.

Touch: Perfection by Cheryl

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

I strongly suggest you do something nice for yourself this next month and book an appointment with aesthetician extraordinaire, Cheryl McKereghan. My friend, Olivia, who has exquisite skin (see below) introduced me to Cheryl years ago and I’ve never looked back. My other friend Wini Burkeman (see below again)  is blessed with gorgeous skin too, but attributes some of it’s beauty to Cheryl as well. So go make that call now – the holidays are rapidly approaching and you’ll be the better for it. In addition to making your skin feel great she’ll work miracles on your body with massage. A perfect gift for yourself and loved ones.

Lovely Olivia of the perfect skin club

Gorgeous Wini of the same club

Touch: Either-Or

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Today’s “Touch” segment in Loving’s Five Senses examines Tini Bloom and her existential jewelry line, Etten-Eller.

Initially inspired by a friend’s grandfather, a watch repairman, who died an untimely death on his 96th birthday, Cristina Bloom designs pieces that expose vintage pocket watches’ inner mechanisms: etching, gems, gears, and hands – normally hidden from view. Subsequent seasons include diverse materials such as recycled vinyl, African phono-record beads, snake vertebrae, and metal springs. Every single object joins a unique history and life lesson with strong aesthetic appeal.

‘Tis so fitting that Tini should choose a collection name so similar to the title of Søren Kierkegaard’s existential masterpiece, “Enten-Eller” (ed. Danish for “Either-Or”), which explores the aesthetic and ethical stages of human existence by portraying two life views, one consciously hedonistic, and the other based on ethical duty and responsibility. The first part full of Don Juanism, skepticism, and the second part toned down and conciliating, ending with a sermon that is said to be quite excellent.

Etten-Eller speaks to Bloom’s relentless search for depth and meaning in all aspects of her life, inevitably manifesting itself her beautiful design.  Do you need more reasons to love her? We think not.

Beautiful beads.

A stack of golden bars.

An existential masterpiece.


Gifts: It’s That Time of Year…

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

That gift guides are rolling out – and look what Google Reader sent us this morning. A lovely gift guide that we were included in – thanks Olive’s!
They pointed out our wallets and Pied-de-Biche ring as excellent gifts and I agree. Especially that wallet – I’ve given these to many, many people over the years and they never disappoint – the ultimate gift. Stylish, chic and perfectly useful – three golden rules around here.


Monday, December 14th, 2009

A glimpse into how my mind works. A grouping of seemingly disparate items that upon closer inspection all add up to a life well lived. This is a listing of the little (and big) things that make your days more enjoyable because I believe luxury without necessity is boring and necessity without luxury is even more boring. These items are what I like to think of this as my gracious living “mash-up.”


These two wrote the book on life well lived. An intriguing glimpse into their homes all from the comfort of your couch. A perfect gift for the fashion and home obsessed alike.

One of the best suggestions that I’ve ever taken from a friend many years ago when she told me I needed this in my life. I love you Miss Silvia. (Thank you, Ms. Weiss!)

By now the word is out about this magical wallet. But the fact is is that the rumors are true. It will change your life, it will make you more organized, it will bring beauty and functionaliy to your world. Enough said.

Fragrance is an obsession of mine and this is one of the classic products that should be in everyone’s bathroom. At $12 it’s a bargain but doesn’t smell that way.  (Stay tuned for more about the C&P fragrance that is in development right now.)

Rick was our neighbor but that’s not the reason for this entry. These make everything better. From Bloody Marys to marinating pork in the brine, you’ll be happy to have these in your fridge.

Any time it’s snowing I know where I’m going. Angel’s Share, a perfect Japanese bar in the East Village is great all the time but especially wonderful with snow falling outside. Just make sure you leave a seat at the bar for me, please.

See you next week, hope you have lovely one filled with lots of parties and fun.


Monday, December 7th, 2009

Two more full weeks of shopping, how are you feeling? John and I braved the crowds on Sunday to do some East coast to West coast shopping as all of our things need to be sent by Thursday of this week, so that made this Sunday instrumental to keeping on top of it. We got things for nieces and nephews, Moms and Dads, sisters and brothers.  Followed up by a delicious meal for a day of “hard work”. Even John said “when you do it this early, it’s so much more enjoyable”.

PS. The wallet was featured in Daily Candy today on their national gift guide so we sent many of those off to their new homes. If you are interested in ordering one of these, I would do it sooner rather than later as they seem to be the Cabbage Patch Doll for stylish women of 2009.


For all those Francophiles in your life (by way of Japan in this case). This is a lovely little book complete with step by step instructions to crafting these lovely desserts when you can’t make it to LaDuree.

A beautiful ring by Katie Finn. This is modeled after a horse bit with a grey diamond in the center. It appeals to all I love: horses, gold and diamonds (that’s not really all I love, but that was fun to type). Need I say more?

I love Randi who makes this, and I particulary love this necklace. It is magical and wonderful and it is called Ancient Tongues which makes it even better. Like the most gorgeous spine wrapped around your neck. It’s a good one for a good girl.

If the coolest girl went to camp and was forced to make something, this would be it. Not everyone could come up with something so beautifully simple and interesting. But Lauren Manoogian did. Lucky for us.

Wow. All I can say about this piece is wow. It is glorious and sexy and tribal and all of the above. So I guess I actually have a lot more to say about it. But seriously, wow.

One last idea. An adored customer, Melissa Kushner,  started this wonderful organization called Goods for Good. It is based on the simple idea that we have the ability to turn excess into progress. The organization receives donations of surplus goods from companies, coordinates shipments to Africa and puts them in the hands of schools and community centers. Just the smallest item can make a difference. A pen in the hand of a school child can make the difference between going to class or not. A new meaning for the word bauble. Please give to them, it truly makes a difference

More to come next week. Have a fun one.


Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

If you are looking for something spectacular for the holidays, this is the piece. Hand hammered brass nails are lovingly strung on a leather cord by talented designer Tini Bloom of Etten Eller (yes, her name is Tini, and yes, I want to name my daughter that at some point in the future).

And, if you are feeling a bit more subdued than the full blown amazonian glamour above this is a beautifuloption.  Brass nuts strung on thin chain make for a lovely weight around the neck, I really love this piece.

We also just received jewelry from Sunday’s Best that I’m putting out today as well as lingerie from The Lake & Stars. All great gifts for the holidays.