Thursday, June 18, 2009

Introducing the Ladies of Castor & Pollux!

Today we introduce the first installment of our Ladies of Castor & Pollux! We are beginning a year-long project that will feature an especially interesting customer, colleague, or friend. We want to know more about these stylish ladies and now you will too! It has been so fun to come up with this list and not especially easy as the world is full of amazing people. Every two weeks we will present a questionnaire and a portrait taken by John von Pamer that gives us a glimpse into who they are and what interests them.

Today’s first post is featuring a dear friend and an inspiration to so many that meet her, Poppy King of Lipstick Queen fame. Castor & Pollux has been carrying Poppy’s lipsticks (and her fabulous business book Lessons of a Lipstick Queen) since she launched LQ in 2006. She truly believes in what she is doing and is a perfect testament to the saying “Do what you love and success will follow.”

Obsessed with the pursuit of the perfect lipstick, she began her company in Australia when she was just 18! As you all should know by now, I don’t sell anything in the store that I don’t believe in. When approached to sell LQ I wasn't sure that lipstick was necessarily something that we needed in the store. That being said, I was convinced otherwise upon meeting Poppy and seeing her genuine enthusiasm for what she is doing and her complete belief in it. I was a convert from day one. I love her Saint Rose color and always seem to get compliments on the days that I wear it... a testament to Poppy’s genius. I hope you find her as interesting and inspiring as I do!


The Ladies of Castor & Pollux
Lady no. 1
Poppy King of Lipstick Queen

Photo by John von Pamer
Favorite recipe?
Peanut butter on toast! I am not a great cook.
Last great book you read?
Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time Vol. 2:
In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower.

Summer drink of choice?
Sakatini (sake martini).

Animals-names and breeds?
I love Jack Russells and their jaunty little swagger.

Do you exercise? What do you do, if so?
I am a bikram yoga freak.

Salty or sweet?
Both together…hence the peanut butter fixation.

Who inspires you and why?
The Chrysler building and its glorious pointing towards the sky.
It is like an inspiration compass to me.

Pool or ocean?
Ocean for sure.

Favorite city?
New York City…yes I still love it.

Last great vacation?
Tel Aviv is totally fascinating.

Favorite tv show?
Mad Men

Weirdest job you've ever had?
I would say the one I do now…designing lipsticks.

Favorite restaurant?
CafĂ© Gitane…it is home away from home for me.

Favorite object in your home?
My Bang and Olufsen stereo

Favorite piece of clothing?
Vintage leopard print trench coat.

Favorite blog or website?
Google…it still blows my mind having all that
info at my fingertips.

Something you're scared of?
Not trying. If I see something I believe,
I am terrified of not giving it a go.

Favorite record?
Led Zeppelin II.

Favorite popsong?
Kiss by Prince.

Your Ideal day?
Love, animals, food, yoga and reading (oh…and a spot of shopping).

Favorite gift you've ever received?
My boyfriend spoils me rotten and I love everything he has given me.

Favorite flower?
As predictable as this is…it is Poppies. I also love tulips.

Astrological sign?

What do you do for a living?
I am founder and designer of Lipstick Queen, a lipcolor brand.

Where do you live?

Your lucky number?

What piece of art would you buy if you had no budget?
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency by Nan Goldin.

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