Book Club: Tender is the Night


“Actually that’s my secret — I can’t even talk about you to anybody because I don’t want any more people to know how wonderful you are.” Tender is the Night a forever favorite by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

xoxo
Rachel



Collage by Eugenia Loli.

Tell me a story.


Let's light a KITTEN candle and listen to Alice Coltrane and talk about when we were small.

-Leigh

photo of Twiggy and her eyelashes and baby blue sweater via Garance Dore's Pinterest 

The Thanksgiving Table



The week leading up to Thanksgiving always stirs up a fleeting "food stylist gusto" in me, where I momentarily think of creating a full-on setting with split open figs and pomegranates, golden foliage, and a perfectly glazed piéce de réstistance bird. Though that's never fully been realized, when it comes to culinary daydreaming The New Potato always wins. I've been digging their latest recipes, not to mention flawless plating. 

I think post-holidays I'll try a few at my own pace. I recently noticed this PB & J recipe that seems like a good starting point. Of course it had to be photographed with split-open figs. Ha.


xo,

Sriya

photo via The New Potato 

The Blues.


Having a quiet Monday, in the shade of celestial blues.

-Leigh

1920s fan from the collection of The Met, found on Pinterest 

Shopgirl: November Picks


Where exactly did October go? And for that matter, where is November going? Before we go full Yuletide in just a few weeks, we're keeping the moody spirit of the fall season for a little while longer. 

Lately Sarah has been wearing one of my favorite jewelry motifs, the serpent. I love the Yayoi Forest Serpentine Necklace particularly for its coiled form and twinkling diamond eye. It can also be layered with something more delicate like the Chained To My Heart for an unexpected balance.


And almost all of us Catbirdettes have a few of these mini velvet pumpkins sprinkled around our homes. They serve no functional purpose but are entirely delightful in a sort of dark-oddity way that makes me think Tim Burton might own a few. Each is unique, with real pumpkin and squash stems. 

Of course, these pumpkins do best in a Tarot Deck scented environment. 




xo,
Sriya

A Full Heart


This morning, we pre-released one of our favorite pieces from the upcoming Ten Year Collection. The Full Heart Necklace is our most heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last decade, whether Catbird has long been your go-to or you recently bought your very first ring from us. We're extra proud of the Full Heart because of our partnership with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign bridging the education divide for girls in developing countries. 

20% of every Full Heart sale will go directly to enrolling and keeping adolescent girls in school, while also making sure they have access to health services, clean drinking water and resources that teach them important life skills. As a company of 40 (and growing!) women, it's an initiative we're especially connected to. 

You can learn more about the work that Girl Up is doing at www.girlup.org

The Full Heart Necklace is now at our Brooklyn storefront and online. Available in 14k yellow and rose gold, and sterling silver. Custom stamping is available. 







Catbird Bride: Sara


How lovely is Sara? She sent us a sweet note after her wedding with all of the little Catbird treasures she had with her on her big day. 

Sara wore a pearl and pyrite brass cuff on her wrist and Deborah Lippman gold polish on her toes. Following the ceremony, she used a gold Tracey Tanner gold crackle pouch as her clutch for the night's festivities. 

Thank you for sharing photos of your special day with us, Sara. Best wishes to you and your new hubby! 



Black and white and full of light.


Wishing you the most kittenish of weekends. 

Anna Karina image from ?

-Leigh

Fall Playlist!




Oh crap, it's getting colder. Fall is officially upon us, ya'll. It's time to bust out the flannels and curl up by the fire (or by the space heater if you're rocking that New York apartment lifestyle like me). With the help of my fellow birdettes, I've compiled a list of songs to help soothe you into the season. Grab your pumpkin spiced foods of choice and jam along with us.


Cackling and snackling,
Stephanie
(Image by our lovely and talented birdette, Maureen Peabody)

You Go To My Head


Following an exchange of Tweets with Bumble and bumble. last week, we had an impromptu photo shoot with them at Bb. Salon Downtown, a sun-drenched space in the heart of Meatpacking. The idea behind the shoot was conceptualized by Allen Thomas Wood, one of Bumble's incredibly talented stylists whose work can be seen everywhere from Bobbi Brown campaigns to the pages of Vanity Fair.

Allen's vision consisted of romantic tousled waves and messily wound-up plaits dripping in tiny gold Catbird jewels. Obviously we had to find out what this looked like. Read on for a few of the looks that Allen whipped up in 30 minutes flat (seriously, he's a pro), along with some tips on how to recreate the look at home. Not guaranteeing that you'll be able to nail this in the same time frame, but how inspiring is it to see jewelry repurposed in such a refreshing way? After all, that's how the knuckle ring started. And it's where the fun is. 

Kitten



Hi Williamsburg kittens, you early girls of Catbird! In creating a special candle for our 10th year, you alone were our muse. In your busted tee and ballet flats, with your affinity for delicate jewels, the ones you prefer to buy yourself. The way you sneak cigarettes outside of your window and wear your mother's old trench coat. 

And to everyone who has joined us since, Kitten is our thank you to you too. We hope you enjoy this bottled up piece of our favorite neighborhood. We can't wait to show you more of the special things we've made to celebrate this milestone and you. Our hope is that some pieces will surprise you and that a few you've been waiting for. 

Coming this November. 

xo,
Catbird

Kitten Candle is a limited edition, available online and in store now. Notes of musk, amber, and hand-picked violets. 






In the Studio with Butter



There's something new at Catbird, a bottled liquid the color of golden straw. I was curious when I first spotted it on Leigh’s desk, as I am with most things that land there. Here's what I learned. 

Butter is the brainchild of Lorenza, Jared and Tony — three friends and devout yogis who set out to create something through a shared passion for holistic healing and modern design. They launched last spring with their first product, Butter Elixir. The idea behind the essential oil goes back to the trio's yogic philosophy. The application is meant to be a pure and simple ritual without distraction, keeping the focus on beauty and integrity. It's an idea I welcome given the endless balms, oils, moisturizers, and creams that make an overly complicated promise. 

I spoke to Tony, who broke down the elixir's key blend of four oils for me.

We knew we wanted something with rose because rose has the highest vibration out of all the essential oils. It acts as an astringent, tightening and firming the skin, and has been used as an anti depressant for many years. We then added in rosehip oil for its vitamin A & C and argan oil because it’s packed with vitamin E. Apricot kernel oil acts as a nice base because it’s a dry oil that still retains moisture, making it ideal for the face.

The best way to apply Butter Elixir? Tony recommended I try six drops applied to a clean face. My skin instantly absorbed the oil and all of its vitamins, with only a sheer glow and the faintest scent of rose left on the surface. The elixir can also be used on hair and nails, or added to a warm bath for stress relief. 

We're now carrying Butter Elixir in our shop and online. For more from Butter, check out their Tumblr

xo,
Sriya

Lorenza, Jared, and Tony 

Dancing Swans




What a delight, on this beautiful fall Monday, to stumble across these mesmerizing images.
xo
Rony

The Swans by Lar Rattray, via Miss Moss.

(Our own, more static Swans, can be seen here.)

Secret Sharer


We've got a small secret...you just might want to quick visit our Instagram tonight!

xo Leigh

image by Studio Manasse

Shortcuts and Shortcake

Epicurious, Victoria Pearson

I've had Royal Rose's Lavender-Lemon syrup on my bar cart for months, without a floral-infused cocktail in mind. But it came in handy last weekend when I accidentally made a very, very dry vanilla cake and lost all motivation to frost it.

I took a half cup of Royal Rose, mixed in two more tablespoons of lemon juice, and a handful of blueberries. This was spooned over each slice of cake, with a few more berries as garnish.

You can make a better version of what I just very vaguely described using this Epicurious recipe. Skip the second part of the instructions, which calls for a homemade syrup, and follow the steps from above. Here's to mess ups!

xo,
Sriya







WATG x Catbird Giveaway!



We made a sweater! Our friends at Wool and the Gang a.k.a the coolest girls in knitting helped us design this oh-so-cozy and perfectly chunky wool number. Emblazoned with 'Kitten' across the front, we think it'll make a fine addition to any kitten's winter rotation. 

And though we really want to keep it, what better way to celebrate a one-of-a-kind than with a giveaway? Along with our custom WATG x Catbird sweater, one lucky winner will also receive a set of three stacking rings from our house collection: a Mignon Memory ring, Threadbare, and Lovecat. 

Enter here for your chance to win. Good luck, kittens!


In the Studio with Goest


If a picture is worth a thousand words, Jacqueline Steele's narrative scents are comparable to the most vivid vignettes. She is a purveyor of stories, moments in place and time that are preserved through her fragrance house, Goest. For instance, Dauphine is a scent inspired by Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette not in that it’s reminiscent of the ill-fated queen herself but because of the layered notes that encapsulate a scene from Coppola's film: rose-water pastries with cream, powder and soap on skin, an abundance of fully bloomed roses. 

We’re thrilled to now offer four scents from the Goest library, both in the tiny beauty corner of our Bedford shop and online. Available in classic square cut mini flacons, they can be tossed into a clutch as a travel go-to, or tied to a handwritten note as a teensy and perfect present. 

Catbird caught up with Jacqueline recently to hear more on running a one-woman fragrance house, how she found her start, and the most memorable custom fragrance she’s created.


Pajama Game


Catbird's resident nightgown enthusiast (moi) has her eye on this # by Undercover.

-Leigh

image from NY MAG

We Have Arrived! (Our Annex, That Is)




It's official, we've landed on Driggs! No no, it's not a move. Our little storefront remains happily ever after at 219 Bedford. But follow the scent of a burning Fig Leaf candle two blocks north, and you'll find yourself at 540 Driggs Avenue, home of Catbird Wedding Annex. It's an intimate place we created especially for seekers of shimmering stones and golden bands

We designed the space as a room for three - you, your other half, and an expert Catbirdette. A crystal ship chandelier and a neon sign - Oh My Stars - dances light across worn wood floors. Smokey stones set in rose gold, roughly-hewn bands, and instant heirlooms line dove-grey cabinets with gilded knobs. A black and white of Jane and Serge hangs tacked to a corner wall.

Through the year, we'll also be unveiling exclusive designs from both our favorite jewelers and our own studio. We can't wait to show you new pieces here first. xo. 

Catbird Wedding Annex is open Sat and Sun, 10 to 6 pm and Fridays by appointment.

Connect with us at weddings@catbirdnyc.com to schedule your complimentary ring consultation.













Smart, Sexy Kittens

Cat's Meow and Purrfect Ring, $318.00

Hortense, our very favorite French jeweler, has created a set of coquettish pieces exclusively for Catbird. Channeling the sensibility of the French woman, who is equal parts demure and playful, our new rings and single studs are a come hither solidified in gold. A flash of Meow when you tuck your hair behind your ear, and a low Purr glinting on your finger. 

Every piece is handmade in Los Angeles, in 14k solid rose gold. Online meow

xo, 

Sriya
Cat's Meow and Purrfect Stud, $154.00 (single)









BILL




If you ever thought that there was maybe a method to Bill Murray's particular form of Zen, Vulture has organized it into an easy to digest list! And at the risk of sounding like a book review cliché,  it really is surprisingly poignant. 

"So what’s it like to be me? You can ask yourself, What’s it like to be me? You know, the only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself: That’s where home is."

Read on for some positive Monday vibes, Kittens! 7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life 

h/t Vulture

xo,
Sriya


Autumn Sweater


A short study on how to be pouty, nonchalant, and beautiful.

-Leigh

Shopgirl: September Picks


Leo is our resident engagement ring expert, and also a newly engaged Kitten herself! Today she shares with us her power pinky stack, which treads perfectly between delicate and tough. 

At the base is a Bittersweets Evil Eye ring, followed by a gold Tomboy, Bittersweets Teensy Skull Ring, another gold Tomboy and capped with a hint of color found in Claire Kinder's Turquoise Pip Ring. Leo adds in one last punch of gold at the very top with a Tomboy first knuckle ring. 



And where do these beauties sleep at night? On a Crescent Moon plate by decoupage genius John Derian, of course. 



To make a wedding consultation with Leo, send a note to weddings@catbirdnyc.com


xo,
Sriya

Shannon Getting Married


We love the unexpected, especially as it applies to a unique bauble. This duo of rings that our lovely customer Shannon chose for her upcoming nuptials - and the sweet note she sent us after her visit - left our hearts feeling a bit full. 

Shannon and her fiancée chose the Elisa Solomon Anna Karenina Ring layered with the Bittersweets Marquise Twig Ring.

xo,

Sriya



Moonsong by our Songbird




One of the amazing things about working at Catbird is being around beautiful, talented, and inspiring women. One of them being Ms. Victoria Reed. Her new music video for "Moonsong" just graced us with its presence and I'll tell you a secret... more than a couple Birdettes are in it. Her sultry voice, sweet dance moves, and those icy blue eyes on the white wolves have put us all under a spell.


 
Victoria Reed "Moonsong" from Kevin Steen on Vimeo.
xoxo
Rachel

Amélie's Parisian Apartment IRL!



Domaine has brilliantly made it possible for us to recreate Amélie's Parisian apartment. I want to note that this includes her pig lamp. 

If I could choose a scent for this bizarre and charming room, I'd go with Blackbird Violet Hour Incense

h/t Domaine 

xo,

Sriya

Hats (and tats) off.



Wow. Kelly Framel (aka The Glamourai) takes styling to a whole new level in this shoot. Those eyebrows, the cornrows, the flash tattoos. I am awestruck.
xo -Rony

Wrapped Up, Blinged Out


Toni Garrn wears the raddest shearling and tweed in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar Germany. And when your outerwear game is this strong, one or two (or five or six!) of your favorite Catbird pieces are really all you need. Plus pants, if you're so inclined.

Pictured in the Rose Thorn necklace and Ballerina Collar (above) and a single golden stack on her middle finger (below). 

Now excuse me, I need to find a hot glue gun and embellish a few things before autumn's arrival.  


Photos by Nagi Sakai for Harper's Bazaar Germany 

Portrait of a Lady


“It’s so peaceful for me here; very calm and very private,” Facchinetti says. “It took me a long time to find this place, and now I never want to leave.”

Let's journey away: a virtual visit to a Milanese apartment.

-Leigh

Alessandra Facchinetti's apartment, from W Magazine

Sleeping Beauty Blue


Hello, weekend plans - I'm looking at you, pajamas and bare feet.

-Leigh

Ellen Von Unwerth for Vogue, 1991


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