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

Picture this: 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. 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


Shopgirl: August Picks


Here on Bedford Avenue, we intend to fully soak up the last few weeks of summer. Which means taking any and all opportunities to show off our favorite anklet, Wicked Game. We wear it over silk socks, dangled low with sandals, or just peeking out from under rolled up cigarette pants.

Chelsea's pick for August is the Wicked Game paired with her equally sparkly flats. We admire a girl who can save all bling for the very tip of her outfit!


Chelsea's also the first of us to try the latest addition to #catbirdbeauty. Belmacs Blitz gold leaf eyeshadow has just arrived in the shop! The secret to its shine is that the cream based shadow is enriched with precious metal leaf. Keeping the rest of her face bare, Chelsea layers up to her brow for max sparkle. Belmacs Blitz can also be combined with face cream as a highlighter or used to line the lids. I personally love dabbing on the inner corners of my eyes as an instant way to brighten and fake a few more hours of sleep. 

xo,

Sriya 


Peeping Tom


Sublime beauty and the quotidian make the loveliest bedfellows.

-Leigh

photo by Henry Leutwyler from New York Magazine 

Our Month Through Pinterest

Catbird x J.Crew 14k Lovecat

Things that excited and inspired us this month, as seen through our latest pins. Plus a few new baubles! 

1. Catbird x J.Crew has officially arrived! Shop the full collection here.


2. Elle.com received a sneak peak of our 2015 look book. Read on for stacking tips straight from the set. 


3. Is it just us or do our Tomboy rings and Kitten Mitten seem to glow on mega-babe Kelly Framel of The Glamourai


4. Something about summer just doesn't feel right without an anklet. Luckily, the Wicked Game is now available in our storefront and online. Bring on those sunshiny days. 




Follow us at www.pinterest.com/catbirdnyc to stay connected! 

xo,

Sriya

A night at the circus.


We're going to the circus! Cirque de Soleil, that is! What's more amazing than an evening in Brooklyn, seeing people perform seemingly miraculous feats, that they've actually worked so so so hard to achieve?!  We're real big fans of working like the dickens to make the impossible possible. Thanks so much to our pals at Cirque de Soleil for giving us tickets to their magical Verekai show. You can get your own tickets for the Barclay's Center shows right here (Verekai will be at Barclay's from July 30- August 3, tickets start at $45) - see you under the Big Top!

xo Leigh

Vans Girl



I'm completely still in summer mode but this Vans babe with her #catbirdstacks has me a tiny bit excited for cider, flushed cheeks, and perfect plaid sweaters.  

xo,

Sriya

Image c/o Vans Zine - Issue 02 

The Wild (Williamsburg) West



The Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast has opened its doors in Williamsburg and it's an explosion of industrial chic meets the Wild West. 

I think a staycation is definitely in order because I'd very much like to light a Campfire candle and soak in this tub. With a whiskey. 


h/t Domaine

xo
Sriya

What We Love Today: Bonjour Monsieur Soap.


Oh, to be clean and clever, it's a true gift! Speaking of gifts, pile up a couple of bars, tie with a big fat bow, et FIN. We make it easy.

-Leigh

Bonjour Monsieur soap, available in store and online, $9

Dream Date: Lou Doillon


Dear Lou,

I've Dream Date-ed you before, and I'll Dream Date you again. The light! The camera! The fringe! You're making us kittens purr.

Sincerely,
Leigh

image from Lou Doillon's Instagram


What to Give: 4th of July, beach house edition



We're invited to our friends' house in Asbury Park for this holiday weekend and I am coming equipped with sparklers for everyone and a beach-y candle for our lovely hosts. 
Happy Fourth, Kittens!!
xo
Rony




Summer Playlist!


Summer is my favorite time of year! The days are longer, the nights are warm, and it's totally acceptable to eat ice cream as often as you like. Whether you're lounging at the beach, chilling by a pool,  barbecuing in the sun, or cruising around town, there's nothing like a perfect summer soundtrack.

I did a quick poll of the birdettes for their favorite summer tunes and compiled them (along with some of my personal favorites) into a playlist. We hope you use it wisely...aka while you're drinking pina coladas and flirting with summer babes.

Pools and palm trees,
Stephanie

Shopgirl: July Picks



July, the month of escapes to Rockaway, fireworks, beer the color of sunshine and melty ice cream cones. Straight from the shop, our Kittens Jess and Stephanie share their picks for our favorite month. 


Steph's beauty routine is going dark(!) with Rituel de Fille's Forbidden Lipstick in Shadow Self. "This shade to me is a sort of goth summer look, and can be lightened up by layering on top of a peach or pink lip stain." And on the subject of layering, the lingering scent of Summer Solstice bath bar mixed with Nova Chakra parfum is her July calling card. Light florals with Bulgarian rose and hints of tobacco musk and leather--a solid choice for this Brooklyn heat. 


Jess is going with classic rings and simple silhouettes. Check out her golden #catbirdstack: classic hammered ring, twisted stacker, Bittersweet's famous letter ring, diamond baguette, threadbare and opal teardrop. Topped off with a few tomboys and a Bittersweet's Boo ring. Did you catch all of that? Check out our stacking guide for the breakdown. 




And don't forget to share your summer #catbirdstacks with us, tag us at @catbirdnyc 

xo,

Sriya

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