Punch-drunk love.


The doldrums of the year is always the time that I crave citrus and fragrant blooms and lipstick roses and hot pinks and brightness and pools of light. It's a nice time to generate frothy, ebullient love.

You are Magic card by Banquet Workshop, new at Catbird and catbirdnyc.com.

-Leigh

Crudelia!


I really love to watch clips from 101 Dalmatians dubbed in Italian. Try it, it's delightful!

xo Leigh

Posessed.


Wonderful feelings:
1. Cooking something invented from ingredients tucked in cabinets. Lemons are almost always a part of this exercise.
2. Falling deeply into a book that has been tucked on a shelf for years. Hullo, Possession.

-Leigh

Dear Kittens,


I tend to repeat myself and I'm a little forgetful (a winning combination!), but I also know these things about myself and so I say: I am certain I have shared this image here before, but I cannot remember when or what I said, and so I will say: have a luxurious New Year's, whatever luxury might mean to you. To me, it's peace of mind. And coffee in bed.

xo Leigh

My dream came true. For real.


Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies have teamed up to create streaming service FilmStruck. It's been nice knowing you, if you need me, I'll be on my couch watching every movie ever.

-Leigh

Outrageous glow.


The beauty is almost indecent.

-Leigh

Lotus Flower Ring and Curved Cypress Band, by Kataoka at Catbird

Mad Hatter

I could do such fine work in this cap! The thinking, the ideas - the paillettes would spark as the synapses fired! If an Esther Williams movie were a winter cap, this be she.

-Leigh

Aurora Beanie by Jennifer Behr

Keeping tabs.


I really really love Instagram's new favorites tab, a delightful addition to a platform built on light-non-threatening stalking and rabbit holes. I'm very interested in that white hybrid harlequin-nightgown behind Ms. Nishimoto, and can regularly feast my eyes on it, and other favorites I've favorited. 

-Leigh

Hiya, baby!




Rosemary stores her necklace in a Louis Sherry chocolate tin. You can, too! Here's hoping your necklace is a little less creepy than Rosemary's!

Stills from Rosemary's Baby, Jewel Box Chocolate Tins available at Catbird and catbirdnyc.com.

-Leigh

She's a Fleur


Among her other style signatures was a rose corsage and an uncut Russian emerald of proportions just slightly less outsize than her persona. 

We love a lady with signature accessories, we've got a few ourselves. On Fleur Cowles, via Vogue. Painting by Rene Gruau, a Catbird favorite.

xo Leigh

In the mood: Smoke & Violets


Our new SMOKE & VIOLETS Perfume was inspired by bad ballerinas, and wintry nights in New York City. 

"Along the hard crest of the snowdrift
to my white, mysterious house,
both of us quiet now,
keeping silent as we walk."

-Anna Akhmatova


Leigh

Her season.


The air is crisper, there's a bite underneath, here she comes 'round the corner, shining and august.

The Snow Queen Ear Climber is made in our Brooklyn studio using ethically sourced materials and conflict-free stones.

-Leigh

Let the light in.


Imperfect, charming beauty spotted on our friends' Waiting for Saturday's site. A spot to have a coffee and...BE.

-Leigh

Welcome Back Beautiful



The Rose Reading Room in the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue has finally reopened its huge ornate doors after being closed for restorations the past couple years. Though this room reminds me of an overly romanticizing new "New Yorker", fresh faced, wide eyed, and completely lonely version of myself a number of years ago, I'm certainly glad she is back in all of her grandeur. Welcome back, beautiful.


xoxo, Rachel 

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Easy peasy.


Add some jewelry, and I'd say you've got the perfect outfit.

-Leigh

Leslie Caron in a bedsheet via David Downton

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

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