"Mathematics are not just numbers and charts, but magical living [and sparkly] things." I will be dreaming about this stack andhanging with Donald today. Thanks to Leigh for the afternoon entertainment.
Knot Ring, from $320; Thin Band, from $210; TeePee Ring, currently available in store, online soon!
With this crazy heat, I have to pull my (not even long) hair back every single day and what a perfect time to show off some ear jewels. I am crazy about this perfectly mismatched set, pretty sure I need a pair to call my own and wear all summer long.
Okay- first off please forgive my horrendous photography skills today. I was so hungry I took three bites before I remembered you guys might actually want to see what it looks like.
Lately I've been eating nothing but junk and nachos and tater tots and frito pies and more junk, so today I decided to (kind of) eat healthy. And by "healthy" I mean vegan fast food! I fell in love with Foodswings the first time I ever had their Daiya Cheese Fries (the same brand of cheese they use to make all of those Amy's products your yoga friend is obsessed with) and have taken all of my friends there at least a million times since.
Today I ordered the Chicken Caesar Salad. It came with black olives, tomato & cucumbers and it was perfect. Sometimes you get caesar salads and it's like you're eating a bowl of dressing but that definitely wasn't the case with this one. Also, I don't know how the hell they manage to make soybeans taste like fried chicken but it's pretty magical. For desert I had their Crunchberries Milkshake that's made of cookies and strawberry ice cream (which I usually HATE). It tasted like they found an ice cream truck, bought four of those strawberry Good Humor bars and threw them in a blender!
Sometimes I get stuck ordering the same thing at the same places just because I know they won't go wrong, but I can honestly say I get something different every single time I'm here. Next time- Buffalo Drumsticks. Rony and about 20 of my friends swear by them.
My idea of happiness: Spending my days doing something that never makes me look at the clock and wish the hours would pass quicker. Some days that means working, some days it means not working, but I guess having some flexibility and listening to my impulses keeps me happy.
If you had to describe your aesthetic in three words what would it be? Graphic, architectural, and bitchy. I like to take shapes that are more classic and make them more blank, less ornate. I'm pretty influenced by buildings in NYC, particularly the Chrysler Building. And bitchy not in a way of actual meanness, but a costumey sort of sharpness. Like the show Dynasty...
What is your favorite piece of jewelry to wear and why? I've been wearing the Large Saber Studs from my new collection a lot. They're flattering and it's hard to find bigger earrings that don't get lost in my hair.
Where did you grow up? What did you dream you'd be when you grew up? I grew up in NJ. I either wanted to make things (I drew and sewed a lot from a young age) or be a pirate ( this involved pretending my bed was a ship, bossing my stuffed animals around, and playing with my mom's jewelry). My current occupation meshes those interests nicely.
Who/what is your style inspiration? For personal style, my favorites are Diana Vreeland, Freddie Mercury, and Jane Birkin. I once helped Jane Birkin shop years ago when I worked at a men's clothing store (note: she was buying men's things for herself), and she was so much fun! Like, buying shoes 4 sizes too big and stuffing the toes. She didn't seem to take herself too seriously.
If you could own any piece of art, what would it be? I have a space in my living room reserved for Jeff Koons' Michael Jackson and Bubbles.
What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part is developing new pieces. I carve all of the waxes by hand, so it's gratifying to have something really delicate that you've worked on for hours and hours become permanent in metal. Its one of those things that you can do a million times without losing the excitement. I love that.
What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday? Wake up pretty early, go to brunch, maybe at Prune (I love their bloody marys; they come with a tiny beer on the side.) Then a bike ride to the Antiques Garage flea market on 25th street for treasure hunting. At this point, if I haven't acquired something too large to carry (life sized ceramic tiger, etc), I'll head to the Met's Egyptian exhibit and poke around there. Then home to get some work done and make tacos for dinner.
What do you covet at Catbird? It's hard to pick, but Polly Wales makes amazing jewelry. Her rings remind me of eroded sculptures.
Whenever it's this warm out (one million degrees) I tend to gravitate to spicier foods to try and balance myself out. I don't know if it actually works or if it's just because that's something my family has always done but in my head it totally makes sense.
Anyway! Earlier this afternoon I came across Juniper- a place I must've walked by at least 20 times without a second glance, and decided to try it. The food here is so incredible that I actually feel stupid for never giving it a shot. I picked the Jambalaya from their specials menu and the chef, who was hanging out watching the Yankees game <3, warned me that it "had some kick" so I added a bottle of Virgil's Cream Soda to my tab. Being that I've never had Jambalaya before I was definitely not prepared for how spicy it was but it tasted so good I nearly scarfed up the entire plate in 30 minutes anyhow. As with most traditional Jambalaya (thank you Google) my lunch had chicken, Andouille sausage, baby shrimp and fresh mussels- which were by far my favorite part.
Now, if you've been in NY long enough to see even one summer you know everyone goes crazy and everyone gets irritable- myself included- and recently I've been getting really annoyed with the fact that EVERY restaurant in this neighborhood is constantly packed. So, since the last thing I want to do is rub elbows with a sweaty stranger at 3pm I was glad to find Juniper sitting patiently on Berry and N7th just waiting for me to nix my blinders.
I definitely suggest you do the same...and maybe try the Truffle Burger when you go because the guy at the bar could not shut up about it.
!!!! Before I go here's a little treat. It got stuck in my head the second I saw the word Juniper. Don't ask and you're welcome :)
Garth Algar: Sometimes I wish I could boldly go where no man has gone before…but I'll probably just stay in Aurora.
Who doesn't want their best friend to have the Baberham Lincoln of their dreams? Wayne, Garth: wish big, and you might get a babelicious babe to call your own. And, lucky for guys we ship, so you won't have to leave Stan Mikita's. Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth.
It's no wonder that our buyer, Leigh, has some of the fanciest hands in Brooklyn. Her finger real estate is high and she only allows herself to buy and wear pieces with significant meaning, two of which were passed on to her from her mother (seen here, her bracelet and top ring on her center finger).
The other week we all got an email from Allison about updating our Meet The Staff section of the blog. It asked for your favorite band, what ring you would trade your sister for, books you're reading, etcetera, etcetera and then the only one I could answer in a heartbeat- favorite place to eat in Williamsburg. Naturally the list was pages long in the start but the landmark holding first place was and is Bamonte's. So, I passed my homework forward and to my surprise almost no one knew what I was talking about!!! Then I realized that since there are so many taco trucks and sandwich shops in the neighborhood it can be all too easy for everyone to overlook some of the most amazing places I've ever been to in my entire life. Places that have been open for over one hundred years and have managed to remain a neighborhood staple... This place is one of them.
Bamonte's opened it's doors in the early 1900's and is still owned by the same family- The Bamonte's. Or more specifically Anthony Bamonte and his 3 beautiful daughters <3 Cute, right? Which got me to thinking about father's day (this Sunday for all you deadbeats out there) and what my father means to me. Besides the fact that he's a talented artist, a great person who knows almost everyone we pass on the street (every three feet there's a different person yelling "Aye, Frankie") and the smartest man alive, he's a phenomenal cook and taught me that it's not called sauce- it's gravy. So that's exactly what I was looking for when I walked into Bamonte's this afternoon. And I got just that. Eggplant Parmigiana covered in melted Mozzarella and Gravy that was even better than my grandmother's.
I went with my friend Meaghan who ordered the Baked Ziti and we split a Stuffed Artichoke. Strangely enough everything I ate was the best thing I've ever eaten. Maybe it's because I miss my dad (even though he lives right on South 1st) or maybe it's because you just walk into the place and can tell everyone knows exactly what they're doing. Either way I love it here and recommend that everyone goes at least once. If not for the food (which would just be stupid) then just to get a glimpse of the roots under the Williamsburg, Brooklyn that we know today.
But I mean, really you should go for the food. Next time I'm getting meatballs.
She let down her hair, let him up, and then she lost her hair (Witch!), and then he lost his sight, and then she cried 2 clear tears into his blind eyes and his vision was restored and bliss, love, a kingdom, jewels, etc. etc.
I've always wanted multiple ear piercings and since I've known Ash I've envied her collection of mis-matched stacks of studs that always seem to make perfect sense. Here she is wearing three of my most favorite earrings, a Lauren Wolf Blue Sapphire Stud ($176), Nancy Kraskin Dot Earring in Yellow Gold, $80/set and Catbird Rose Gold Heart, $96/set.
Not even my steady diet of strawberry-rhubarb galettes from Saltie will keep my pale self away from the new old McCarren Pool this summer. I will take comfort in the assumption that my fellow dwellers of Williamsburg feast daily on the bevy of pastries our small town tempts with on every corner. If you're looking for me this summer, you'll find me sitting poolside, legs white as the moon, in a large amorphous sheer dress, nibbling on a donut from Peter Pan.
Best decision of the day: Crif Dogs on Driggs Ave! I had a Crif Dog with mustard, avocado, sauteed onions and diced tomato. Right after I ordered I realized I had no idea what it was going to taste like since I picked things at random BUT I happen to be a genius and it was great :) Being there kind of reminded me of camp when I was little and we would all pool our lunches together to make the weirdest sandwiches possible- I don't think I'll ever want a peanut butter & bologna sandwich again but it was fun at the time. I can definitely see someone getting carried away here though (they've got 20+ toppings including pineapple and egg) and I know I probably will a handful of times this summer just to see what I can come up with.
Did I mention this place is perfect for hungry nerds to geek out over Star Wars action figures??? Plus the people working there are awesome and you get to stuff your face on top of a Ms. Pac-Man game.
Next time I'll make sure to go there hungry- it was absolutely no coincidence that once I decided to give up on my chili cheese tots (better than great) I noticed GAME OVER flashing under my paper plate. Guess I'll just have to learn how to pick my battles!
Meaghan is really great at giving multiple Catbird designers love within her stacks. She wears two Catbird First Knuckle Rings on her ring finger, $64/each, a Blanca Monros Gomez Seed Ring, $170, stacked on get center finger with a Satomi Kawakita Tiny City Band, $170, a custom birdette m. green gold Bittersweets pinky ring gifted to her.
Also, we aren't all lucky enough to have a mama bird who picks us up amazing vintage pieces for our birthdays each year so we tend to drool over all of Meaghan's vintage rings - here she is wearing a beautiful turquoise piece on her ring finger.
My husband is a laundry fanatic, and I'm...not. The best part of our weekend laundry ritual is siphoning some of my Tocca wash into the machine housing my delicates. I'm maybe too excited about using this new multi pack.
She: Just a sweet Australian transplanted to a very American high school where everyone looks like they're thirty.
He: A hot-to-trot greaser who might be more sensitive then he lets on - and can dance the entire friggin' universe under the table. Oh Danny - you can't be everything to everyone.