What We're Giving: Catherine



Catherine is our graphic design extraordinaire, the Catbirdette behind everything from the direction of our latest look book (Off Duty Ballerina!) to that killer neon sign in the Catbird Wedding Annex. Kind of an obvious statement for me to say she has a great design sensibility, which is why I've been looking forward to peeking at her gift list!

I'm giving Rodin Lip Balm rings to my gal pals. I love finding gifts that strike that perfect balance between casual and fancy. The most refined lip balm in a pretty kitsch container hits the mark.

The Swan Ring is for my mom. As a Catbirdette who joined the team this year, I'm so excited to be a part of our ten year celebration, which almost everyone here worked on! My mom also collects unique pieces of jewelry from all over the world, but she doesn't own a swan from Brooklyn (yet).

For my fiancé, the Equilateral Nails (and an appointment to the Wedding Annex. Haha). The nails are made by my friends at Winsome Brave, and are perfect for the apartment sprucing we're planning for the new year. 


What We're Giving: Anna



Anna is our super awesome web manager -- the gatekeeper to the flurry of holiday orders coming in and shipping out to Kittens worldwide. Her whole system kind of mystifies me because I know hundreds of requests are passing through her everyday, but she never seems to break a sweat?! So what's the lady who gets all of you your holiday presents on time giving her BFF? 

Anna's giving her best friend the Les Fleurs Wall Calendar -- complete with 12 Rifle Paper Co. illustrations to mark 2015. The calendar is being paired with the porcelain swan mug, our favorite vessel for morning caffeine jolts. 

xo,
Sriya








In the Studio with Ariel Dearie


Ariel Dearie easily has one of our favorite career hyphenations. She’s created towering headpieces for Dior and bucolic fantasy backdrops for VOGUE, but her twisting, overgrown floral designs also have a very real life presence among Brooklyn locals who see her magic up close and (wildly) contained in tiny jars and bouquets. Walking by the street-front windows of her South Williamsburg studio space on any given day, you’ll find amnesia rose, anemone, and ranunculus among piled antique brass and silver vessels reminiscent of a topsy-turvy Persian tea.

So what’s the hyphen to master florist? Ariel’s second calling is, in a way, a natural extension of Ariel Dearie Flowers. As a compliment to her botanical work, Ariel began developed apothecary in 2013. Royal Botanicals started with three signature bath soaks that capture the aromatherapeutic properties in natural elements. She continues to small batch the crystals herself, bottling them in deep amber glass with spherical stoppers. 

We scooped up her bath line soon after its debut, along with Marlow and Sons and The NoMad Hotel. But when this didn’t quite satisfy our girl crush, it came time to make something special with Ariel, tapping into our collective love of all things rose. Released today in our storefront and online, Thousand Rose Bath Soak is an Ariel Dearie x Catbird exclusive. “We worked with Leigh and discussed what scent characteristics the Catbird girls love most,” explains Ariel of the starting point. “We knew we wanted to do something with roses and worked to create a blend that was powdery and feminine yet also had a warm and woodsy quality to it.”

For more of Ariel's world, scroll down Kittens! 

Lush overflow with Japanese Ranunculus
"When we were looking for a new studio space, natural light was the highest on the list." 
Ariel's collection of antique brass, a signature accompaniment to many of her designs.
Two Henris: Ariel cites the influence of Matisse and Fantin-Latour in her work

Scoop two to three tablespoons of Thousand Rose into a warm bath for a moooost soothing soak. Velvet Underground record and a glass of wine optional, but highly recommended.

xo,
Sriya






What We're Giving: Rony


Rony is keeping her recipients anonymous so as to not give away the surprise, but her top picks do reveal that she leans towards tiny things in pretty packaging. 

I give Egyptian Magic to all of my friends over 35 because it's all natural and truly good for any skin type. 

Aster & Bay Cleansing Oil is is a rich blend of nourishing oils at only $28 a bottle. It's one of my favorite new beauty finds. 

The Sleeping Beauty Ring is just the right amount of sparkle - you can't really go wrong with gifting jewelry this classic and subtle. 

Goest Silent Films is a complex scent packed into a simple bottle. It also comes with a beautifully illustrated card that explains the different notes in just a few words. 

Continuing with my love of gifting tiny things, the new Marvis Gift Set includes two small tooth brushes. It's a great idea for anyone with a guest room. 

Head in the clouds.


And the body, too.

Signed, 
The Nightgown Enthusiast

confection by Christian Lacroix 

What We're Giving: Amy




I’m giving my mum a Jewel Thief Bandit Raccoon. She loves tree decorations, especially ones that my sisters and I pick up on our travels. I’ll be sending him all the way to Australia soon! 

In the Studio with Darner


Socks have taken a fashionable turn. The tubesock variety we've always known are spinning off into patterned and bright, flirty and accented. And they're surfacing - as any bold makeover should. You've seen them peeking out from rising menswear hemlines and more than a few Catbirdettes have tried the modern sockhop - lace trimmed socks with patent Mary Janes and slingbacks. But alas, we found our perfect pairs. They're sheer and silky, with a beautiful seam detailing to elongate the foot. And did we mention they're in every color of our dream palette? 

The duo behind Darner, Roxi and Harold, showed us their LA workspace - complete with mood boards covered in Acne pinks and McQueen black and whites. 


A scroll through Darner's Instagram shows a deep knowledge and love of directional and minimal brands - Celine, Acne, The Row. "We create the socks with the idea of being an addition to the runway looks we love, and hope they convey a similar aesthetic," said Roxi of their design approach. "We like to start each season with a broad range of prints, textures, and colors. Throughout the design process, we narrow it down based on wearability, trends and our personal favorites." 

Both Roxi and Harold touch nearly every aspect of their business, from working with fabric mills and designing to packing and shipping new orders. But when it comes to the big picture, they're on their game, having already teamed with LA based womenswear brand Wren, and other artistic collaborations in the works. 

It goes without saying that we're so happy to welcome Darner to Catbird's growing home & lounge offerings. You can shop our selection here.


xo,

Sriya








What We're Giving: Leigh


Leigh is dolling out the sweetest lollipops to the sweetest babes she knows. And our new Kitten Onesie is going to the babe's babies.

As for Leigh's Chihuahua, Teepee, well she's getting a crop top version of the onesie because she fits into it perfectly and dusty violet is so her color. 

Hand-painted lollipops available in marshmallow full and crescent moon and champagne stars. 

Custom Chihuahua crop top not for sale. Unless Leigh is willing to make you one. 

xo,
Sriya


Red alert: this post has nothing to do with Winter Holidays



Refinery29 has an absolutely fantastic interview with Girls' Executive Producer Jenni Konner. So much of it rang true to my ears as to what we work hard to achieve here at Catbird. Hire not only amazing people, but also people who get along, manage with kindness, that it's okay to take things personally - even when you're the boss. And it's okay great to do your job like a woman!

The full article is here. I can't possibly recommend it enough. Especially for any other women running companies out there. 

xo
Rony

PS - Jenni & Lena - I heart you, big time.


Some quotes from it that really stood out for me:
"And, I have this personal theory that women crew up differently than men. Instead of being like 'Okay we need the best DP, and the best gaffer,' they think ‘We need the best gaffer that’s going to get along with the best DP.' They think about personality balances in a way that I think is uniquely female. [That’s a part of why] our crew keeps coming back year and year. It’s not a very convenient job to have, honestly. They can get on other shows that last all year long. So, it’s not the most lucrative job, but all of our crew comes back, and I think that’s because it’s a lovely place to be. I’m really proud of our management style."

How have you taught yourself to take a beat and process the thoughtful criticism — to deal with the idea that someone is unhappy with your work, which is so personal? "People always say you can’t take that stuff personally, but that has never worked for me. I actually do take things personally and that’s okay, too. I do feel like our work is personal and sometimes we feel personally about it. I think one of the great gifts of being a woman in the world is that we take things personally — and our work is different because of it. 
"I don’t ever try to back away from what the female version of a showrunner looks like. I never try to do my job like a man; I’m trying to do my job like a woman. I do take things personally and I do very much care about the feelings of everyone including our crew, our cast, and our writers. And, I think we have a very functional cast and crew because of it, not despite it." 

That’s such a refreshing approach. We give so much career advice to women that is about hiding their female-ness, but it shouldn’t have to be that way. "I know. I was being interviewed recently, and they were talking about the dos and don’ts in the office and asked about crying. I was like, ‘Yeah, I cry at work!' It’s okay to show vulnerability and still be in control." 

Do you believe there are people working for you right now who are taking away those same kinds of lessons? "I hope so, I really hope so. Lena and I both, we really try to do our jobs with kindness. There are plenty of people who don’t run a show in a kind way and still have really great shows. The equation isn’t be nice and your show will be good, but even with that being said, why wouldn’t you? I hope people learn [from us] that you can be really kind and open and still have a lot of strength."

What We're Giving: Sea of Shoes 



We had to interrupt our regularly scheduled What We're Giving to share this sweet "one for me, one for you" idea, courtesy of Sea of Shoes' Jane Aldridge and LoveGoldLive. Jane gifted her sister our Dollhouse Locket, and herself one to match. Get creative and include a little illustration or note on the inside to make it extra thoughtful.

"It is such a simple gift to give, but the sentiment behind it stands the test of time. I fell in love with the minimalist design of this locket by Catbird. When I saw it I knew it was something my sister would love. I love the idea of sharing matching gold lockets with her, and I’m so glad to have found the perfect gift for us to share." 

Jane and Carol are pictured below in the 14k gold pendant. Also available in sterling silver

xo,
Sriya


What We’re Giving: Josephine


Our bows and boxes and tissue are flying through the Cat Cave as the holiday season gets underway. While we’ve been plenty busy prepping the very first batch of holiday deliveries for the early birds, there’s still the matter of our own lists. As purveyors of the sparkliest jewels and overall delightful finds, we take gift-giving seriously around here. Over the next few weeks, we'll share our personal picks with you in hopes of spreading a little gifting inspiration. Because let’s face it, we all have the one who stumps us every year with their discerning eye and darn poker face. 

Kicking off What We’re Giving is Josephine, whose taste in nail polish and baked goods I already hold in high esteem. 

Formulary Bath Bars are my favorite add-on gift because the packaging is so pretty that you can just tie it into the giant bow of an already wrapped gift. My favorite scent is Bonjour Monsieur, a smoke and citrus blend (even the guys love it!). 

A Threadbare is going to all my lady friends. It’s subtle and classic and opening a box with one tucked inside has never been met with anything but sheer excitement.

My sister is getting The 14k Yellow Gold Changeling Necklace because it’s fancy and she deserves it. 

Ghost Rose Solid Perfume is another add-on gift for all the ladies in my life. It’s ultra-moisturizing and even though scents sometimes feel too personal to gift, this one layers really well with other fragrances to create a signature scent. 

RGB Haze is long lasting and the loveliest smokey violet hue. I'm giving it to my BFF who loves a good beauty upgrade. 


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.













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