Meron & Kelsey in Watercolor

A few of the artists we met this year have sent us illustrated renditions of our jewelry. Each one shows the face of Catbird through the artist's visual signature, which is why we keep many of them pinned up in our studio as a reminder of how much creative talent we're surrounded by. Artist Ellie Benuska recently did two watercolors for us based on our Fall 2015 lookbook. We love how perfectly she mimicked Meron and Kelsey's on-set personas. 

Ellie is a fashion assistant at Vogue by day, and illustrates off-duty. Her portraits can be seen @elliedujour

And Catbird's latest lookbook can be viewed here!


I found Cinderella's slippers.

I'm very interested in throwing a full sweat suit and slipping my feet into Cinderella's slippers and taking my chihuahua for a morning neighborhood stroll.

slip-ons by Rochas at Maryam Nassir Zadeh


Slinkster cool.

We're working on a new something that will pair beautifully with this louche Balenciaga get up. Stay tuned!

xo Leigh


In the Studio with Captain Blankenship

We all have our beauty rituals and mine tend to lean towards the indulgent. Enter: face masks! When your schedule (or wallet, or both) doesn't allow for facials, masking is undeniably the next best thing. And it falls under indulgent behavior because it's a reason to sit perfectly still and quiet, beverage in hand, and maybe a hot towel in hair. 

My new mask is from Catbird's longtime friend Jana Blankenship. You've heard about her from us before, under her magic-brewing alias Captain Blankenship. Through her namesake apothecary line, created in the Hudson Valley region, Jana makes organic products with lush, natural scents and luxurious ingredients. 

Jana recently released the Mermaid Detox Face Mask. Open the jar and you're in a kelp and seaweed soaked world, but one that's mixed with the scent of floral essential oils. "I really wanted to introduce masks to the line and had been planning for a long time on a seaweed and french green clay based mask, but kept refining it until it became the powerful Mermaid Detox Mask, " explains Jana of her early experiments. "I was really excited to add in the organic Matcha tea, which helps fight inflammation and rejuvenates skin cells." 

So what's in this little glass jar exactly? The mix of bladderwrack, kelp and spirulina is the mineral blend that draws out your skins impurities. Add in powdered nettles and you have an antioxidant astringent to smooth and tone your skin's surface. And french green clay to firm and inject a glow. At home, I pour two table spoons into a small dish, sprinkle in water and paint on a generous layer with my fingertips. 

When Jana isn't working alongside her 3-person crew in a studio overlooking the mountains, she's exploring her upstate backdrop. She made a list of her favorite places, for a kitten's weekend escape from NYC! 

p.s. Pack your Mermaid Mask


HOTEL The Graham & Co is a really cool hotel in beautiful Phoenicia. It is right near the Esopus River where you can go tubing and cool off, plus they have a nice pool. Phoenicia is very cute and has great food, including the cult Phoenicia Diner. They also put on an incredible event called the Phoenicia Flea several times a year that Captain Blankenship has participated in. 

RESTAURANT: The Corner at the Hotel Tivoli. It is my favorite. It is in a beautiful inn with decor that is 80s amazing, so bright and celebratory. The farm to table food and cocktails are on par with the best in NYC. 

CAFE Karma Road in New Paltz. Great vegan cafe with delicious prepared foods, juices and smoothies. The vegan pizza is a favorite. Perfect on your way to/from hiking! 

FARMER'S MARKET The Westwind Orchard in Accord is the place to go for organic apples and the best pizza in the Hudson River Valley. Laura and Fabio who run the orchard are the sweetest and everything about their property is magical. They are starting to screen movies outside on Saturday nights. 

HIKING TRAIL I have so many favorites! This summer, since I am very pregnant, I have been wanting a short hike and a swim. I have been making almost daily pilgrimages to Minnewaska State Park and the Peter's Kill Trail, which ends in a beautiful little waterfall that my daughter calls the "swimming pool." 


Gucci girl of my dreams.

Dress me up in this dress, seven days a week.

Gucci S/S 2016 image via


Weekend Plans with Ashkahn x Catbird

Going to lay in the park this weekend in a blanket fortress filled with wine, books, and our new Ashkahn x Catbird stationery. 

Could there be a more quintessential card for everyone you love? Silverlake based artist  Ashkahn Shahparnia created this paper wonder just for us and we have plans to fill many with our words. 


sold individually, blank inside. 

Meet a Kitten; Jasmine W

In this week's edition of Meet a Kitten, we step into the Bed-stuy loft of Jasmine. When Jasmine isn't at the Catbird storefront, she's working out of her home studio to make the most beautiful and intricately hand-dyed silks. 

Upon first entering, Jasmine's cat, Simon Guacamole, greets me at the door. He seems to be fixated on striking poses with the feline themed cards from The Wild Unknown tarot deck. I guess he knows they share his kindred spirits. 

Jasmine tells me that she shares the space with two roommates, one of whom has built a fish and turtle pond which trickles like a fountain underneath a converted tree house (that's right, an actual tree house). We pass through her work area filled with colorful fabric and textile tools, stopping to get a closer look at her work. Then Jasmine, who is wearing a shirt that she hand dyed herself, leads me towards her room which is a treasure trove of sparkling tchotchkes as well as vintage and handmade silks that hang from the wall and ceilings. There are white and gold porcelain unicorns, soft glistening miniature conch seashells, a string of white lights and beauty products by Kypris, Belmacs, and Ilia.

Job Title: Sales Associate
Length of Time at Catbird: 6 months
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Astrological Sign: Double Leo, Pisces Moon
Current song/album that you have on repeat: Song: Jasmine by Jai Paul (narcissistic I know, but it's a great subway wake-up song!) 
Album: The Moon Rang Like A Bell by Hundred Waters
Most vivid childhood memory: Getting yelled at in the mall because I crawled into the window to see if a fern was real. It was fake!
Hidden Talent: It's a secret!
What are you reading?:  Currently attempting Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
Favorite film: It's a toss-up between Children of Men and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet, both feature great Radiohead songs
Most visited/fav neighborhood hangout: Doris in Bed-stuy, I'm a sucker for good lighting!
Coolest Dream you've ever had: That my whole family was magical
Most valued object: A leather journal of quotes and poems that my dad collected when he was younger

Jasmine's line is called OrjasmicFabric, check it out!



A real New York story.

Working on a new project, thinking about an old favorite, The Cricket in Times Square.


In the Studio with Shiva Rose

With the first jar of Shiva Rose glow balm that arrived at Catbird, we all fell hard. Not an easy thing given our varied preferences, and general desire to keep our beauty routines uninterrupted until the next truly special thing comes along. 

Against ivory packaging is a single rose traced in watercolor shades of pink and embossed gold - the prettiest teaser to what’s inside. You first note the scent, both distinctly and subtly rose. Rosehip seed oil, shea butter, and coconut oil at the base creates the smooth texture, which can be applied generously for a dew glow, or sparingly as a sheer highlighter against the collar and cheekbones. 

Iranian-born, LA-based naturalist Shiva Rose, whose name is almost too perfectly aligned with her nature to really even mention, created her line of rose oil based apothecary after a bigger personal shift. “I truly made the natural world a priority seven years ago after a few life changes. I was getting a divorce, raising two daughters, overcoming health issues and needed to get closer to simplicity and to the earth. When we strip ourselves bare and get into the wilderness we become closer to the source of all things and therefore our souls,” Shiva explains of her found connection to nature. 

For now, her Santa Monica home serves as her studio, where she creates the alchemy for her line. “I am meeting with some organic labs as my line expands, and hopefully will be able to collaborate with one,” she says of plans for growth. Though she’s a team of one in her studio, when it comes to sourcing her botanicals and oils, Shiva is careful to nurture the right relationships. “ This is so vital to me, to know the farmers who grow my ingredients.”

We asked for a peek at what’s to come, because we were really curious but mostly because we’re fast approaching the bottom of our first glow balm jars. “I am using some secret ingredients that were used by Cleopatra and an Asian Empreses. I cannot wait to reveal the ingredients to you. I suppose this will be my dream apothecary,” Shiva says of a new cleanser and eye cream out this fall. 

In the meantime, Shiva's blog The Local Rose is updated daily with recipes, stories, tips, and products that embrace mindful living. And Shiva Rose Glow Balm is now available at Catbird.



From Belle

A Catbirdette, as seen by Argentinian illustrator Belle Kröl on a particularly sleepless night.


Brooklyn Rive Gauche

Parisian kittens, we arrive tomorrow!

Famed Left Bank department store Le Bon Marché debuts their Brooklyn Rive Gauche exhibit from September 3rd through October 17th. Spanning the entirety of their space, 100 Brooklyn made brands across ready-to-wear, leather goods, home decor, jewelry, and speciality foods have been imported for the occasion. 

What exactly does this mean? Baggu totes, McClure's Pickles, Catbird stacks and Ulla Johnson blouses in one trés chic exhibit!

Always exciting to be seen as part of the collective Made in New York identity, and especially flattering to have it interpreted through the lens of our second favorite city. :) 

Don't forget to tag us @catbirdnyc if you spot our rings and things at Le Bon Marché this fall. 


Suki, Immy, and the Giant Sweater

Suki Waterhouse, photographed for Teen Vogue with her sister Imogen, wears a Sportsmax sweater and a layer of 14k rings from Catbird. 

I'm now in search of the largest, ill-fitting cable knit. And on the opposite end, always seeking quiet jewelry that requires a closer look. 

September, hello there!

Credits: Teen Vogue (top); Vogue (bottom right); Catbird (bottom left)

Neapolitan Trilogy

If the Neapolitan Trilogy by Elena Ferrante were cigarettes, I'd be chain-smoking them. I've got a habit, and I don't want to quit.


Two Silver Swans

Lancôme's new campaign for their iconic serum, Advanced Génifique, has Lupita Nyong'o and Penelope Cruz glooooowing off the page. 

Imagine our excitement when we had the opportunity to send a tiny silver Catbird package to their photo shoot. Shown on Lupita's pinky is a stack of Classic Hammered rings, topped with one Classic Hammered Memory ring. Penelope wears a Tomboy + Classic Hammered mix on her ring finger.

Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styling by  our favorite lady, Julia Von Boehm 


Meet a Kitten: Sara

In this edition of Meet a Kitten, we get to to spend time with one of our jewelers, Sara. She is the Assistant Manager in the Wedding & Engagement Department, and one of the super rad ladies who make up our jewelry studio. Sara is always decked out in the most amazing ensembles, so I decided to document a week's worth of her OOTD, as well as ask a few questions to the talented lady hand setting our most precious stones.

Job Title:  Assistant Jewelry Studio Manager - Wedding & Engagement Dept. 

Length of Time at Catbird:  2 years

Hometown:  Evanston, IL 

Astrological Sign:  Libra 

What are you reading?: Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 

Favorite film: Beginners 

Favorite neighborhood hangout: The Meatball Shop on Bedford

Weirdest dream you've ever had: I have really detailed dreams all the time so I always find them weird and interesting.  As a kid I had a series of dreams where a platinum blond dude rode around on a bike and led me and other kids on super hero adventures. 

Staff Pick: Teensy Skull Ring by Bittersweets, I love cute things with a dark slant.

Most vivd childhood memory:  Posing for a picture in my family's apartment building's garden, wearing a kelly green sundress with animals on it.  Seeing the picture helps make that memory so vivid! 

What is your most valued object?: A print that my parents gave me for high school graduation that reads, "If you hold on to the handle, she said, it's easier to maintain the illusion of control. But it's more fun if you just let the wind carry you." I've embraced that idea more and more over the last several years and it's made me a happier person.

Kittens and kittens.

BriaAnne Wills
Steph, who you've probably seen being smiley at the Catbird storefront, was featured recently on a Tumblr we're very excited to learn exists. 

Girls and Their Cats is a project by BriAnne Wills. A new photographer to the city, Brianne was working on a nude series when one of her models brought her cat along. The feline visitor prompted the idea of photographing girls in the city with their cats. Babes and kittens, universally likable and of interest. 

This is Steph above, with her rescue cats Simon and Oliver. Simon and Steph met in a suburban backyard in Michigan. Steph was on tour with her band in Philly when she came across Oliver. For that story, you'll need to ask her!

BriAnne recently shifted her original Tumblr content over to Instagram. You can now follow the ongoing series @girlsandtheircats 


In the Studio with Apoteker Tepe

For perfumer Holladay Saltz, the differentiating core between the meaningful and the material lies in the ability to inject intention, artistry and a little irreverence into the process. Looking past the conventions of the big fragrance players, she composes with rare and natural materials, for a contemplative experience that is unique to each. 

Curious about her approach and one-woman operation, we asked Holladay to give us a glimpse into her new Rhode Island studio, where she conceptualizes and batches her line, Apoteker Tepe. Here's what we found. 

On the path to being a maker.  

I went to art and design school, then onto a stint at a wonderful but short-lived think tank doing research into the future of publishing, then to private-sector tech startups when the bottom fell out of the economy. That was a turning point. Fast-forward to 2013 and I was the creative director for a company whose sole purpose was making toss-away marketing sites that no one, not even the clients, cared about. It felt terrible and frightening, but I came to the conclusion that I needed to jump off the train. I’d been working with fragrance for some time, had always been fascinated by the sense of smell, and I longed to make something with my hands without the use of a screen.

Apoteker was and is a continued exploration. Fragrance and smell are often overlooked as avenues to meaning, but they are incredibly visceral and ancient - nothing affects people in quite the same way, literally, as smell.

Everyone has their own relationship with scent, but there are things Holladay hopes you take away from hers. 

People find meaning in different places at different times, and one of the lovely and terrifying things about putting something subjective into the world is that once it leaves you, you can’t really control it anymore, nor should you try. However, I hope that when someone smells a fragrance I create they are reminded of something they might have forgotten until that moment; I hope it makes them pay attention to something they may not have otherwise noticed. 

She looks for the rare. 

The fragrance industry is extremely old and mostly controlled by a few corporations who manufacture not only ‘fine’ fragrance but everything from detergent to flavors for processed foods. Making real money in fragrance, like most other physical things in the current age, is dependent on volume and consistency. Having volume and consistency means that you cannot use raw materials that are very expensive, and that these materials must also be entirely consistent from batch to batch. The extension of this is that in your average department store fragrance you have almost no natural materials— everything is synthetic. Natural materials are beautiful and complex (there are nearly 500 aroma molecules that make up the smell of a rose), and importantly, variable. They have personalities, and they are not merely the sum of their parts. I think it’s a loss when we no longer know the smell of jasmine or orris, only their reconstituted elements. Being small and independent means I can focus on quality and on uncovering something people may not have experienced before. It also means there is a limit to how much Apoteker can grow, but I completely accept it.

Interestingly enough, Holladay wears fragrance almost exclusively while she is formulating one. Though she still has her favorites, yet to be extracted and bottled! 

There are things I always want to smell: dark wet earth, salt air, and the still, hot interior of old churches in the summer.

Now available at Catbird are three of Apoteker Tepe’s debut scents. Explore here or stop by the shop for a dab. 


Made in America

For the cool, cool, cool of the evening.

Bill Blass, from Gossamer Vintage

xo Leigh


Hi New York Kittens!

Come see us tonight at the #RAFLEA. Our friend Rachel Antonoff is hosting a bazaar with Samantha Pleet, Tavi Gevinson, Peppercotton and yours truly.

Dogs will be available for on-site adoption, and BarkBox will help you pick items for your own box to take home with your furry friend.

So come down to shop, snack, and support!


Portion of sales from the event will be given to Social Tees Animal Rescue. @socialteesnyc

Gingham and gold.

From Vogue:

Photographers burst into the registry office in which the marriage was to take place, reported the UPI, “where they formally asked Brigitte for permission to photograph the ceremony. Brigitte’s brown eyes blazed. She stamped her foot and shouted ‘Non, non, non.’ Then she buried her face in her hands and burst into sobs.”


Surf, Sand, Simplicity.

The latest issue of PORTER Magazine has this beauty in a classic racerback suit, wearing our Hoop Dreams and Ballerina Bracelet. 

What I love about a streamlined suit and gold accents is that it means adding a wrap skirt (or khadi towel!) makes you ready for beach-to-night. As a light vacation packer, I can appreciate. 


14k gold Hoop Dreams
14k gold Ballerina Bracelet

Styled by Morgan Pilcher
Photographed by Chris Colls
Mikoh swimwear

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