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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
PS Fun fact: When I was little I was absolutely positive I started the 80s roller skating craze.
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.
"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
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:
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.
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.
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.
Day is still a bit aways, but best to plan ahead, lest you find
yourself perusing the wilted bodega flowers an hour before.
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.
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 involved—that 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.
"Couples were already gliding over the floor beyond: the light of the wax candles fell on the revolving tulle skirts, on girlish heads wreathed with modest blossoms, on the dashing aigrettes and ornaments of the young married women's coiffures, and on the glitter of the highly glazed shirt fronts and fresh glacé gloves." — Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
Dipped back into a favorite this weekend, and I was so pleased to be reminded why I love Edith Wharton so. What's new and modern is always strikingly so.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada F/W 1999 by Steven Meisel
In the Judd Apatow produced Netflix series Love, Mickey, played by Gillian Jacobs, is just about everything you could ever want in a bad-girl crush. She's impulsive, irreverent, hot boxes in her car to get her cheeseburger to taste up to its full potential, and jumps off of roofs into pools (in the style of Almost Famous). Ok, so she is a total mess, but a really cool mess.
Once I started watching the series I couldn't stop and binged through the whole thing in 4 days. Don't judge, I was also stuck on the sofa with the flu! The show takes place in sunny LA, shedding a humorous, realistic light on the pains of the dating world. You should give it a watch, even if only for ensemble ideas from Mickey. A few of my favorites...
To say we're surrounded by a sea of talented ladies here at Catbird is quite the understatement. Case in point, our very own Victoria Reed. Victoria has just debuted her first album, Chariot, and it sounds just as beautiful as it looks. The things I personally admire most about her, her supernatural wisdom and sincerity beyond her age, spill through on her folk-inspired songs, leaving you feeling like you just had tea and tarot with someone who just really "gets it." I could go on and on about how talented she is or how her lyrics frequently get stuck in my head, instead you should do yourself a favor and listen below: