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

Another way to bathe in flowers.


It's spring...so Colette:

...in an interview she said that her future projects included, 'flowers, strawberries, and living in a more tranquil universe. Earthly Paradise, Colette's Autobiography Drawn From Her Lifetime Writings by Robert Phelps

Image: Fantasea by Britta Walsworth

-Leigh

What We're Listening To: Prince


It is a sad day in rock n' roll my friends. Losing another legend like Prince is a little tough to swallow. Luckily, we still have his incredible catalog of music to lift our spirits and have been listening to him all day to commiserate. Here's hoping you get a chance to listen to your favorite Prince songs today, too.

xo
Stephanie

What We're Giving: Mother's Day


 When it comes to gift giving, I always find myself on two opposite ends of the spectrum: scrambling at the last minute to find something that doesn't say, "I picked this two hours ago, mainly because it was what I thought you would hate the least", or planning months ahead, dreaming up ways to find the most thoughtful gift possible. Needless to say, I prefer the latter, but often find myself stumped, wracking my brain for any glimmer of an idea.

Mother's Day is still a bit aways, but best to plan ahead, lest you find yourself perusing the wilted bodega flowers an hour before.

Bittersweets L'il ID Bracelet: I gave this to my mom for Christmas, and she has yet to take it off. 


Malka Dina Pink Marble Ring Dish: The random swirls remind me of a Rorschach test in the best way possible.

Neighbor's Fig Tree Candle: The most inviting scent that teeters the fine line of masculine vs. feminine.

Xo,

Alex

It's practically exercise.


I could play a mean game of catch me if you can with my long-haired chihuahua, Teepee, in a hallway like this. We're both relatively short (she, more than me) so this already palatial Parisian apartment would be positively Grand Canyon-like.

-Leigh

Clare Waight Keller's Parisian apartment via Wall Street Journal Magazine

Gold at the end.


Dear scalloped rainbow dress, you are so very perfect. Worn with our 14k Hoop Dreams paired on a single ear.

Styled by Yety Akinola for Playing Fashion
Dress, Christopher Kane S/S16
Earrings, Catbird

xo,
Sriya


Catbird Neighborhood Favs: Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery's Insulated Dark Lager - Photo: Samantha Niedospial 
I've walked past Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg a handful of times but it never occurred to me to go in. Thanks to a visiting friend I went on a recent Saturday afternoon and appreciated the brewery's existence in my neighborhood.

During my visit I met Hayes Peebles, a tour guide. I interviewed him after attending his free weekend tour where his buoyant humor plays a role in telling the brewery's story. Peebles explained that with every guide you gain a different experience of the brewery's history and brew process, but also a better understanding of the personalities involvedthat of a comedian, beer expert, and brewer.

The Tasting room - Photo: Samantha Niedospial
The brewery began when founder Steve Hindy received a home brewing kit. I asked Peebles about his experience home brewing; the process for ales are easier to create at home than lagers. The yeast in lagers need to be set at colder temperatures for about 4-5 weeks. I contemplated giving it a go, sacrificing my refrigerator space and rent money on equipment. At this moment I've decided to leave it to the experts.

Brooklyn Brewery is a historical part of Williamsburg, having been here for over 25 years. It brought breweries back to a neighborhood where they used to thrive. It's become a staple that both visitors and locals can enjoy in learning about beer. 

Want to feel like a tourist for the day? Then take the free tour on the weekends or for those feeling more ambitious, take the extended version on the weekdays, which includes four beer tastings and the tour for $15. If you are looking for a spot to soak in natural light within an industrial setting, I'd recommend the tasting room.

Good to know: During the summer months they sell their Summer Ale in tallboy cans.

A thing to do.


If you find yourself alone in Manhattan, twiddling your jeweled thumbs, go sit at the bar at Cherche Midi with a book and order a La PĂȘche.

-Leigh
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