Dream Date: C.D.


Kitten with a Camel and a candle.

-Leigh

Lunch Lady: Hot For Teacher


I know your shoes are probably soaked and you almost dropped your phone in a puddle and maybe your $3 bodega umbrella turned inside out AND it's a Monday... but don't worry because I'm about to give you some really good news. Recently, Charlotte, our resident cocktail connoisseur and I had a little lunch date at one of our go-to spots in the neighborhood- The Meatball Shop. Since we were already celebrating lunch time and the end of winter we decided to have a couple cocktails and make some friends. Well, one thing led to another and some secrets started to slip…


Just kidding- I'm insanely nosy and asked a million questions, but either way it turns out that all of the bread they use is from Il Forno Bakery! Right across the Bronx River from where I was born near Castle Hill. Now, I have always always been told that the best bread comes from the Bronx (they say it's something about the water) and while the people sharing this information may be a little biased, I swear once you have some you will totally agree. After hearing this we decided to order some sliders (because sipping Vodka at 12pm can definitely get a little hairy) and found out that all of the beef is also locally sourced from small farms in Pennsylvania.

So much positive information in such a short amount of time- by the end of the meal our casual lunch date had turned into a crash course in ethical eating. How funny to think I've been coming here for years and had no idea they were so environmentally conscious. Pretty fucking rad.

So, here's to good food, great dates and truly amazing neighbors. Cue in our babe Charlotte to tell you more about the much appreciated Moscow Mules they whipped up for us ;-)

<3 Ash


p.s. If sustainable development and responsibly sourced meats are topics that tickle your fancy, The Meatball Shop is currently in the business of slinging books as well as sliders. They've got an entire chapter in The Carnivore's Manifesto and have even partnered up with Heritage Foods USA to get their pork from farmers who vow against growth hormones AND practice fair labor. Just sayin…

P.P.S! Whatever meatballs you get, try them with pesto- it's my favorite.


Matchmaker, matchmaker, I’ve found my match - the Lunch Lady and the Saucer, together forever, in food and drink matrimony. A 1940’s cocktail seemed fitting to celebrate, and Moscow Mules in copper mugs ensued. The reason for the mug is this: copper conducts temperature really well, keeping your drink extra cold (~metal geek knowledge~) and the handle keeps your warm paws away. Here’s how The Meatball Shop does theirs:


11⁄2 oz Brooklyn Republic vodka
1⁄4 oz lime juice
3 oz Regatta ginger beer


Combine vodka and lime juice in copper mug, add ice and top with ginger beer. Squeeze with lime wedge and serve.

Cheers,
Charlotte

The Saucer: Achilles Heel

The phrase “achilles heel” might, by no choice of your own, bring to mind images of Brad Pitt circa 2004 when he had the best beach hair ever (and it’s so perfectly pulled back he’s got to have some butterfly clips in there, right?!) Or maybe it just stuck with me because the movie Troy (a really, really awful interpretation of The Iliad) came out on my birthday and I took my friends to see it and we ate crappy tempura shrimp and I was most definitely wearing gold lip gloss.

If this is a problem for you too, please immediately take yourself to Achilles Heel in Greenpoint. You can swap out a creepy mental association of sweaty dudes covered with fake blood, speaking in terrible British accents (why?! Troy is in Turkey…) for a wood burning fire, Muffuletta, oysters, and a super beautiful bar with the coziest vibes. Full disclosure: the first time I went there, I wore light blue lipstick-- some things don’t change.

The space is gorgeous, tucked away on West Street, and no surprise that it’s another gem in the neighborhood by Andrew Tarlow and Kate Huling. The building itself has a ton of character - the last time it was open pre Achilles Heel was in 1960. All the moldings are original, and there’s a gnarly dagger hanging over the bar that they found taped underneath it when they first moved in - hell yes.

Kea passed me a Lucky Dog, which looked especially wild when it reflected the light that pours in the bar during the day. This is one lucky pup.

LUCKY DOG

1.5 ounce vodka
.75 ounce campari
.75 ounce grapefruit
Shake, salt rim





Lap it up, kittens,
Charlotte

We're Hosting a Cat Adoption!


Take it from me, there's nothing more special than cuddling up with a little purring fur baby on the daily. In celebration of spring, (and our 10 year anniversary - whoohoo!) we're partnering up with the ASPCA and hosting a cat adoption event this Saturday, April 11th! The event will take place just outside our flagship store on 219 Bedford Ave. between 1pm - 5pm. 

Make sure you get there early to take part in the festivities! We'll be providing a giant chocolate stout and vanilla sheet cake from our neighbors over at Ovenly and travel Kitten candles with matches will be gifted to shoppers on a first come first serve basis. Also, 10% of all Saturday's sales will be donated to the ASPCA. Don't worry if you don't live in the area, you can still show some cat love by shopping online Saturday - 10% of all online sales that day will also be donated!

Now, let's talk kitties. Adopting a cat from the ASPCA is a truly awesome thing! Not only are you giving a loving home to a special feline and gaining a new best friend, you're also helping the ASPCA to rescue more animals in need and continue their life-saving work. All cats adopted from the ASPCA are spayed/neutered, microchipped, are up to date on vaccinations, and come with a free follow-up veterinary exam. You'll also get an adorable collar with a personalized I.D. tag. Could it get any cuter? There are small fees for adoption - these fees cover the cost of all aforementioned veterinary benefits and enable the ASPCA to keep doing what they do best. Kittens up to 4 months old are $125, cats 4 months old - 3 years old are $75, and any cat over 3 years old is FREE! So whether you're in the market for a tiny tyke or a super senior, we're sure you'll find a kitty that's just right for you.

See you on Saturday!


Warm whiskery smooches,
Stephanie



In the Studio with NOVA



You could say our attraction to Chakra, by NOVA, was pretty instantaneous, upon first whiff to be exact. We knew we had to have it for Catbird and so became Chakra’s first NYC retailer. Fast forward to two years later and our love affair is still going strong. It’s not uncommon to catch the unmistakable trace of Chakra’s Bulgarian rose, leather, and tobacco notes in Catbird’s shop.

The floral parfum is a part of Brooklyn perfumer and all around babe Julia Zangrilli’s label, NOVA. With an impressive library of oils and an instinctual nose, she has created collaborative fragrances with some of our favorite brands, though NOVA is known best for its approach to custom blends, done one-on-one with Julia in her studio.

It was well overdue for us Kittens to sit down with Julia.


Swimming Pool Blues


This is not shabby.

-Leigh

via LSD's Pinterest 

Shopgirl: April Picks


In the land of marigolds and cardamom chai, I'll stay in a little bungalow that sits on the outskirts of a spice plantation. And when I return, I think our April picks will preserve the memory, so I can think of while I was there

Two ladies we really like -- Kee of Loup Charmant and Julia of NOVA -- have mixed up something special together. The result is Sultan, with notes of smokey birch, Oud, and feijoa. 

Add in a messy stack of Mermaid's Treasure rings, not unlike those belonging to the Arabian Sea. 

And a cooling Herbivore coconut bath to wash away the heat and dust, come summer in the city. 

xo,

Sriya



Photography by Maureen Peabody


Catbird Loves Ovenly

Most of us at Catbird cannot at all resist a sweet treat, so of course Maureen and I jumped at the chance to have a cupcake-and-jewels breakfast with the ladies of Ovenly. Tucked at the end of an industrial waterfront row in Greenpoint is where you'll find their bakery. A tall vase of fresh-cut flowers and farm eggs greeted us when we walked in, but their centered glass case is what really grabs you. Tray by tray sits their trademark treats: Brooklyn Blackout cupcakes, pistachio agave cookies, and mustard seed cheddar scones.

In the Studio with N+A


The new Twinkle Diamond Ring from N+A is a line of white diamonds that sprout up from the band, like petite cherry blossoms wrapped around your finger. The sisters behind N + A New York, Noriko and Akiko Sugawara, are originally from Yokohama, Japan, and frequently cite the landscape of the country in their designs. "It's more of an influence from my childhood and younger years that stays with me," says designer Noriko. “I work from my instinct and a reflection of what is around me or what I feel.” 

Lunch Lady: How you doin?

Guess what! Today is St. Joseph's Day! The name or feast day of San Giuseppe, the sorta-father of the most famous surprise baby in history. Legend has it that he saved Sicily from famine using the magical fava bean and now every March 19th people get together and eat the foods and wines and things.

Also, this holiday is vegetarian friendly because, technically, you're not supposed to eat meat. I will most likely eat a burger or something but WHTVR. "To each his own" or "sauzeech calzone," as my sister likes to joke.

Now onto the good stuff... you can also celebrate this holy day by getting a special zeppole!  There are a few different kinds, but the only ones you need to worry about are these two…


They are delicious. They look like boobs. And they're as big as falafel sandwiches. So even if you're not religious, even if your family doesn't talk with their hands- just grab your favorite Joe,  JoAnn or Josephine and stuff your faces with cannoli cream, custard, cherries, pastry & powdered sugar.


Plus, he was a carpenter and since I know yous guys are all obsessed with woodworkers, grab one of these treats for them as a 'thank you' for being so babely and useful.

I got my pretty ladies at Fortunato Brothers on Manhattan just off the Graham L stop. Definitely one of the best Italian bakeries around. They were $3.75 a pop and absolutely worth it. And good news! They stocked up this morning so I think you should be able to grab one or ten if you really haul ass.

<3 Ash



Sleeping Beauty


I bet even her drool is lovely.

-Leigh

image via Byrdie

Dream Date: Anouk Aimée


Magnetic beauty, mellifluously named.

-Leigh

Dark & Stormy Winter



Liz Phillips' Jaipur


There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. - Sir Francis Bacon

These are the words that jeweler Liz Phillips designs by. “I tend to be drawn to things that aren’t entirely correct or beautiful in an obvious way,” she acknowledges. It’s a visual belief that is most apparent in Liz’s surprising gem pairings, self-described as “a bit off" -- deep violet amethysts surrounded by tsavorite, stormy labradorites anchored to a black pavé band, and bright emeralds big enough to swim in. 

The Saucer: Five Leaves


It’s the dead of winter, I almost slipped off the M train platform on black ice this morning, and there was frost INSIDE my bedroom windows last night.


Cue: Cocktail to ease my angst. Enter: Five Leaves.


A resounding favorite of the Catbirdettes, this place boasts the best truffle fries, like, ever, and my absolute stand by -- the bruléed grapefruit (I have a penchant for any foods your grandmother might have eaten, and am a Florida girl at heart so citrus is my jam - spring break 4 evr). They’ve also currently got our Kitten Candles burning, making me feel right at home.


I think the bartender, Chris, could sense my need for a mental escape, and, at 11 am on a Tuesday served me a Southern Belle - the ice around my heart melted and I may or may not have left him my business card. I highly suggest visiting the bar yourself, but if going outside is just not an option, (no judgement!) try the recipe at home and light a Kitten Candle for full effect:


Southern Belle
2 oz. Tea infused Vodka
1 oz Lemon Juice
.75 oz Simple Syrup
5-10 mint leaves


Shake, pour over ice, top with sparkling wine.



Cheers,
Charlotte

Book Club: Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.



“I love that word. Forever. I love that forever doesn't exist, but we have a word for it anyway, and use it all the time. It's beautiful and doomed.”  - Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine from the Slits

I'm not usually the first to sign up to read a music autobiography but who doesn't want to read about hanging out with Sid Vicious when he was awkward with girls, being a leading pioneer in the punk scene, being intimidated by Vivienne Westwood in the 70's, and living as a strong feminist while still longing for someone to love you? Viv Albertine is surprisingly relatable and a true badass. Plus, the fashion. Come on.

x
Rachel

Photo of The Slits in 1979, Viv is far left.


In the Studio with Mullein & Sparrow


Long before Anit Hora created the apothecary line Mullein & Sparrow, she practiced her craft in any and every spare moment found. Though she never lost her deeply rooted passion for ayurveda and aromatherapy, Anit detoured into corporate fashion in her 20s. Only after an eye opening trip to South America did Anit fully immerse herself in the teachings of herbal medicine, leaving her 9 to 5 to work at a yoga studio. "All the natural instincts about self care and holistic remedies just came back to me,” she says of her turning point. Today, Anit continues to develop and batch the full Mullein & Sparrow line herself while also practicing as a Brooklyn based holistic esthetician.

Since the Catbirdettes have been bemoaning our lackluster winter skin, we asked Anit for a DIY recipe to help us exfoliate and hydrate some of the dullness away. “Oats are amazing for helping with any skin irritation, honey is incredibly moisturizing and also antibacterial and sugar helps retain moisture and exfoliates,” Anit said of this simple remedy she generously shared with us. 

GATHER 
  • 1 tbspn oat flour
  • 1 tbspn floral powder( you can use rose, lavender, chamomile in any combination- I use them all!)
  • 1 tbspn honey
  • 1 tspn sugar for exfoliating action

MAKE
  • Mix ingredients into a paste and then add a little water as needed.
  • Spread mixture around face using circular motions to lift up dead skin cells and dirt. 
  • Wash to reveal cleaner skin with a glow! 
  • Can also leave this on as a mask for 10 minutes.

Enjoy Kittens! You can also shop our Mullein & Sparrow offerings here

xo,

Sriya


Did Someone Say Carrier Swan?


New York Kittens, this one's for you! We've partnered with our neighbor Parcel to bring a very last minute Valentine - planning ahead is so over - straight to you! Choose from three limited edition gifts and we'll do the rest. This means fancy wrapping and a Swan dispatched to your door on Thursday or Friday night - your choice. Okay, the Swan might actually be a Parcel driver, but beating Catbird's holiday crowd and free same-day delivery still sounds like a win/win. 

And if you want to get creative and send this Valentine right to your love's door, we're in the business of surprises too. 

xo,
Sriya


Catbird Bride: Emily


He proposed on a houseboat in Amsterdam, and while I was totally overwhelmed in the moment (and getting splotchier and more emotional by the second), I was completely thrilled by the two black diamonds he presented. Ryan has a timeless and simple taste, and the rings perfectly represented both our styles. 





Valentine's Day Playlist!


Cupid's reign is upon us my friends! Whether you have a special someone, or that "special someone" is actually your cat and a bottle of jim beam, these tunes are sure to put you in the mood for love. 


Chocolate-covered smooches,
Stephanie

We're Playing Cupid for a Day!


We know how it goes with Valentine's Day. You plan and primp and re-think and then plan again. Or you might be baffled by the holiday all together. And like some of us at Catbird, the day just entirely sneaks up on you, until you finally notice how stocked on heart shaped chocolates your local drugstore is. 

However you like to do V-Day, we promise you'll love this dreamy date our friends at Vensette and ShopBAZAAR have planned - and so will your dude, best gal, or lucky mom. Whoever you choose to share it with! 

One lucky kitten will win a set of rings from yours truly and a $1,000 shopping spree from Fleur du Mal - maker of the prettiest underthings. Then you'll be whisked off to hair and makeup from the expert artists at Vensette, and end the day with a reservation for two at Bar Primi, courtesy of The New Potato. So celebrate Valentine's Day your way, but let us do the rest!

Enter here, Kittens! 

xo,
Sriya

Book Club: Wuthering Heights




“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” - Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Cue heart in eyes face, classic broken heart, stream of tears face emoji characters in that order...


-Rachel

Still from the 1939 film adaptation


Lay Lady Lay


We're snowed in though there's not much snow - a delightful excuse to putter around and practice the magic of tidying and preen just a little.

 Bianca Jagger via Pinterest

 -Leigh

Shopgirl: January Picks


January, the month of resolutions, new beginnings, and a chance to get it all right again. Thankfully, this edition of Shopgirl has nothing to do with any of the above! 

Josephine was one of the first Catbirdettes to land the Sweet Nothing bracelet, which debuted approximately five days ago. This thin chain bracelet is classic in a way that allows it to be worn any which way. It can be a subtle player in your existing wrist stack or worn alone as a barely there thread of gold. 

Oh, and who's that perched so elegantly on her desk? Well that's Mr. Sweet Bun, our resident truffle enthusiast. 

xo,
Sriya

What We Love Today: ManiaMania for Catbird


Today, we love the belated snow. The Cat Cave faces the Williamsburg Bridge, and its red steel frame is finally coated in a dusting of white. 

We also love that our dear friend Melanie of ManiaMania has done it again, and created a wondrous necklace exclusively for us. The Ritual is a triangular pendant with seemingly mystical properties. A single champagne diamond hangs suspended on thin chain over an open pavé arrow cradling the most glorious rose-cut diamond stunner. How does she do it? We're spellbound. 

The Ritual Necklace, exclusive to Catbird, is available at the storefront and online meow! 





Plans.


Let's drink very cold champagne and groovy slow dance.

Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, dancing at home - 1959

-Leigh

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.


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