Nosing around


I'm surprising myself with how much I like Instagram stories, they are such a lovely way to creep (see above screenshot of Hannah Kristina Metz's cupboard).

xo Leigh

A new kind of Dark & Stormy


A combination that is beguiling and mysterious and full of light, all at once.

The Indian Holiday Ring, and the black diamond pavé Fairy Light, both only at Catbird. Just how we like it. ;)

-Leigh 

Goldfinger.


I love these gold-rimmed nails our friend Tracylee did for the Rodarte shows!

-Leigh

image via Into the Gloss

Book Club: Our Favorites' Favorites

During the waning days of summer, I start to ponder on my fall reading list. Imagery of myself cozy on the couch with some hot tea, wearing cashmere shorts, burning a favorite fall scent and a heavy musky hard cover fill in my head. (Reality- I'm probably on the bus, covered in cat hair and coffee stains, and my kindle battery is dead.)

But nothing is worse than being at a loss on what to read, no matter your surroundings. When you've exhausted the classics and the best sellers list is underwhelming, where do you turn? The pros, duh. Who better to trust than some of the best writers themselves? Here's a list of some of our favorite female authors' favorites.

According to an interview in The Paris Review, Joan Didion's favorite book is Joseph Conrad's Victory. A really interesting book that Didion reads every time she has started a new writing project.

Maya Angelou couldn't choose a single favorite novel but graced us with several beloved ones. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, and of course Alcott's Little Women.

Ah, Patti Smith. You never fail us. The poet, writer, musician, and all around bad ass idol has stocked her book shelf with copies of Carey Wallace's The Blind Contessa's New Machine and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Miranda July, how are you just so cool? Take her advice and read How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, A Time for Everything by Karl Ove Knausgaard, or Man V Nature by Diane Cook.

So there you have it, a few recommendations from some real cool ladies who probably know what they are talking about. We're ready for fall now.

xoxo
Rachel

A New York Love Story


They met at Earwax (fare thee well, old neighbors), and were married at Saipua. Read more in The New York Times, be prepared to smile.

-Leigh 

Singing Her Praises (sorry, so bad)


Sally Singer is one of my heroes. She's erudite, and a reader, and a smart, kind, free-thinker. I really loved listening to this podcast.

Sally Singer, at home at the Chelsea Hotel, from The Selby

-Leigh

Summer's Last Licks

Wait, what? How can summer almost be over?? By way of protest, I am spraying just the right amount of sea, salt and gold onto my hair. That should do it.
- rony

Captian Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray, $28 (pretty reasonable in exchange for a few extra weeks of summer)

Patch me up with gold


Sidewalk Kintsukuroi expands on the traditional Japanese art of Kintsukuroi (“to repair with gold;” performed on ceramics) taking it, literally, out into the streets. At the heart of the idea of such “golden repair” is that something is made more beautiful for having been broken.

Rachel Sussman via Lauren Cerand

-Leigh

Sunday regrets, with the Emperor of Ice Cream.


Last night, after a sumptuous dinner, full of heirloom tomatoes and truffles and dessert, we drove as the sun set and the clouds hung low and heavy, laden with gold not pasta, past a roadside ice-cream stand with lavender ice cream and we kept on driving and I think we made a specious though tiny mistake. Always stop for the (locally-grown) lavender ice cream, even after you've just finished a sumptuous dinner and have already had your dessert.

Two Step Chain Sapphire Earrings (which are almost the shade of North Fork lavender) by WWAKE, $382 at Catbird and catbirdnyc.com

-Leigh

Set your intentions.



He pauses and looks out the window onto the old, twisted plum tree that grows in the courtyard.

“The next house will have a garden.”

Wild and free.


Riotous and dusty flowers for watermelon season.

-Leigh

To do:


1. watch Mustang
2. watch Mustang
3. watch Mustang

-Leigh

A rambling way to say I really like this toner.


I am awfully fond of:
1. toners
2. roses
3. French Girl Organics

Ergo, a rosewater toner by French Girl with the added benefits of hyaluronic acids (excellent for plumping the skin, NB I am only interested in plumping my face skin), is a toner for me...for us! Mist all over the face (after cleansing, if you're inclined to double cleanse, sometimes I am, sometimes not), pat dry with a washcloth (or cotton, but a stack of small white washcloths is very nice, even if you, like me, do not have a linen closet, but rather a drawer where such things are folded in a very satisfying and usual way), and follow with your favorite serum or moisturizer (Shiva Rose Glow Balm is the Catbird favorite).  A good rule of thumb for slathering stuff on your face is light to heavy, texture wise. I also really like the smaller size (2 oz) because it's nice to try things for long enough that you can tell if you really like it, but not so long that you lose the romance and get bored and neglect your face.

-Leigh

French Girl Floral Toner, $18 at Catbird and catbirdnyc.com

A rambling way to say I really like this toner.


I am awfully fond of:
1. toners
2. roses
3. French Girl Organics

Ergo, a rosewater toner by French Girl with the added benefits of hyaluronic acids (excellent for plumping the skin, NB I am only interested in plumping my face skin), is a toner for me...for us! Mist all over the face (after cleansing, if you inclined to double cleanse, sometimes I am, sometimes not), pat dry with a washcloth (or cotton, but a stack of small white washcloths is very nice, even if you, like me, do not have a linen closet, but rather a drawer where such things are folded in a very satisfying and usual way), and follow with your favorite serum or moisturizer (Shiva Rose Glow Balm is the Catbird favorite).  A good rule of thumb for slathering stuff on your face is light to heavy, texture wise. I also really like the smaller size (2 oz) because it's nice to try things for long enough that you can tell if you really like it, but not so long that you lose the romance and get bored and neglect your face.

-Leigh

French Girl Floral Toner, $18 at Catbird and catbirdnyc.com

Maryam in Sicily


Oh what a pleasure, to follow along on the delicious adventure of Maryam and Rumi in Sicily.

-Leigh

A very long love letter.


"I am fond of paintings, furniture, tapestry, houses and flowers and even vegetables and fruit-trees. I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it." – The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein

Sweet, sweet, sweet, a little egotistical, and charming. Do read Gertrude's very long love letter of a book.

-Leigh

Gertrude and Alice by Cecil Beaton

First look: Rodin Luxury Lipstick


We love: glowing skin, piles of delicate jewelry, and the perfect lipstick. Linda Rodin, chicest queen of face oils, has launched her collection of lipsticks and they are just that: PERFECT. To achieve the creamy and softly matte texture, Linda infused the RODIN lipstick formula with Olio Lusso, the luxury oil blend at the heart of her cult favorite oils.

 Welcome to Catbird (and the world!) Rodin Luxury Lipstick!

-Leigh

The optimism of 11am.


A good place to make a list of things to do, books to read, recipes to tinker with.

-Leigh

Morning glow from Andrei Tarkovsky's Instant Light via Criterion Collection

Phone home.


Happy summer weekend, loves, soak up all the goodness that you can.

-Leigh

photo by David Hamilton

Hieroglyphics of the heart.


I like to infuse (suffuse is a much nicer word...) my jewelry with meaning. Each piece has a hieroglyphic quality, that can only be deciphered by my heart. I quit a bad habit a year ago, and I've been looking for just the ring to mark that day. I've got my eye on you, Aurora Band, for your sacred three and nod to time, and other quiet ways that are written on my Rosetta stone.

-Leigh

Aurora Band by Tilda Biehn, at Catbird and catbirdnyc.com

Dream Date: Mothers and Daughters.


"Well, we've only got one mother, haven't we," said the very wise Mrs. Hughes.

-Leigh

Odette Rocha and Simone Rocha, via vogue.com

R-OH-OH-OH-chas


Loose, sheer silhouettes with floofy footwear, oh oh oh Rochas, dress me dress me dress me.

-Leigh

(see the full show at Vogue.com)

Let's spend the night together.


I can't stop thinking about you, Sakura Ring.

-Leigh

Summertime Routine


Scrubbing with French Girl Sea Polish after exercising in the summer, is one of the best feelings you could possibly treat yourself to. You know when you can't stop sweating, even after a shower? It does the trick! Like brushing your teeth, on your whole body. 

to-do


1. Find your sun spot
2. Take your shoes off
3. Laugh at your own stories

-Leigh

Jeanne Moreau, via Criterion Collection

Life Lessons: Roller skating


This past rainy weekend my ten year old and I went roller skating at the extremely fun Brooklyn Bridge Park roller skating rink. (Highly recommended for tourists and residents alike.) She has skated before so I was surprised to see her clutching the wall and only looking down at her feet - a slow, measured clomp.

I immediately turned into her coach. “Look up - face where you're going and you'll get there! Don’t be afraid to fall down! You can’t skate if you are only thinking of falling!” On and on...

And, since I am not only her mother and roller skating coach, but also her de facto life coach - I was really hoping she would absorb my wonderful skating lessons as wonderful life lessons.

Look up, everyone! A laser focus on your goals can get you there! If you only think about failing/falling, you will not move forward!

Who knew?

- Rony

PS Fun fact: When I was little I was absolutely positive I started the 80s roller skating craze.

Glow from within


You know that breathtaking feeling when you see a color that can only occur in nature? The glow of the sky just past dusk, the crazy oil slick colors in beetle’s wings, the magical depth of flower petals - colors that are rich, vivid, elemental. They glow from within. And you think to yourself “That can only exist in nature. It is impossible to mimic. It is something beyond just ‘color’.”

That is the inspiration for our new 22k Old World wedding bands. The glow of gold as a pure and rare element, with that magical quality that nature provides in her own color factory.

- Rony




A warm-blooded creature.


"Researchers report that the lotus has the remarkable ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers to within a narrow range just as humans and other warmblooded animals do. Dr. Roger S. Seymour and Dr. Paul Schultze-Motel, physiologists at the University of Adelaide in Australia, found that lotus flowers blooming in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens maintained a temperature of 30–35 °C (86–95 °F), even when the air temperature dropped to 10 °C (50 °F)."

Magic flower, magic ring. The Lotus Flower ring by Kataoka is now at Catbird, the Wedding Annex, and catbirdnyc.com.

-Leigh

The Three Graces


The sisters Haim, wearing the sisters Mulleavy at the Met Gala, looking awfully like that John Singer Sargent painting of sisters that hangs in the Met.

(This month's issue of Vanity Fair is all about sisters, it's an irresistibly mysterious read for those of us who have none, and wonderfully self-reflective for those of you who do).

-Leigh

What We're Giving: Mother's Day for the Mom Who Loves Baths


It's been some years now since I've actually taken an honest to goodness soak in a bathtub, not for lack of suds or trying, but rather, lack of space. Living in a tiny New York apartment does have its drawbacks at times, little legroom in bathtubs being one of them, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't given our bath products a test run in my doll-sized tub. So if your mother is of the soaking persuasion, look no further:



Mullein & Sparrow for Catbird Bath Soak Imagine bathing in the most fragrant, floral tea with rose, lavender, hibiscus, and calendula.



French Girl Sea Polish If, like me, your mom isn't the best at mornings, she'll love this scrub. It smells like peppermint, and it's an instant pick me up, especially for those early mornings, when all you feel like doing is lying in bed.



Egyptian Magic Skin Cream I'll admit that I'm a bit set in my ways when it comes to trying new moisturizers (why mess with a good thing), but I'm so so so happy I stepped outside my comfort zone with this skin cream. It's replaced virtually every moisturizer I own.

xo,

Alex
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