Our Musings

A swan's messy throne.

A swan's messy throne.
Learning about swans today for so many new swan things, and my favorite bit thus far: swans are notoriously messy nest builders. xo Leigh

"Pierre climbed out of bed"

I can't stop listening to Maira Kalman interviews. How does that relate to Pierre, by Elizabeth Peyton? New York? Observing? Maira's mother never asked why, or what, they thought of art. Just look, she said!

xo Leigh

ps another favorite New York Pierre 

The Big Cute

The Big Cute

Our beloved Mignon Memory Ring has a new cousin! So many of you asked for our Mignon Memory Ring in full sizes and we listened. The new Grand Mignon has slightly different dimensions than the original for durability in a full finger size, but she retains the smooth, shiny surface and a sleek low dom ...

Lounging under a willow tree sounds nice to me.

Lounging under a willow tree sounds nice to me.

Now and then, I spend time thinking about how to turn more of life into the feeling of a long day reading at the beach. Placid, sun-baked, mind coursing with the syncopation of a perfect sentence, or paragraph, the horizon wobbling against the sea. Pictured here: another sort of day to imagine, bir ...

"Ali McGraw in her black tights"

Nick Cave on falling in love with Susie Cave - makes me weak in the knees for love and good writing.

plucked from Astrid Mai's Instagram

xo Leigh

Ayako

Ayako

Calling Ayako a pastry chef doesn’t quite translate what she does, she’s a pastry sculptor and artist: shortcake somehow reminiscent of a ripe peach, braided pigtail pie, and scented floral cookies. We shot her in the kitchen of Burrow, her tiny Dumbo bakery tucked discreetly into an office building.

Reading Willa Cather at The Odeon

Reading Willa Cather at The Odeon

A few weeks ago, I took some days to prowl around the spas and cafes of Manhattan alone, with a book in hand, and on phone. I sat in The Odeon reading Willa Cather, amongst the newly marrieds who seem to plentifully lunch there after a civil ceremony at City Hall, and drank half a glass of white win ...

Let's twist.

Let's twist.

Two sorts of twists, doing the twist together. This combination is tall, shining, and chic, I love it so!

xo Leigh

top: Vettore Ring by ILA at Catbird

bottom: Endless Ring by ILA at Catbird

Julia

Julia

Julia is the author and artist behind Salad for President, the popular blog turned best selling book of over 75 imaginative salad recipes created in collaboration with artists and creatives. Thumbing through her book makes us 1.) hungry 2.) consider how we’d prepare a salad worthy of a page in her book. We photographed Julia in her Brooklyn townhouse, adorned in Catbird while preparing an early dinner for for her family.

Onwards!

Onwards!

On the eve of our move to the our new HQ (!), a celebration of that "I'm still not totally unpacked from my move...a few years ago" aesthetic as created by Holly Golightly, and perfected by Autumn Hruby of Hesperios. Chuck out the clutter, stack high the boxes, play records in the kitchen! xo Leigh ...

Bless this Mess

Bless this Mess

And from henceforth we decree that at the end of every party there shall be a scrum of flower petals. xo Leigh

More than a small thing

More than a small thing

This weekend, I gave my stepmother who grew up in the Bronx, a Louis Sherry Jewel Box Chocolate Tin. She got a warm look in her eyes, and exclaimed, "Louis Sherry!" and for a minute, was back to a summer days on City Island, her trim mother, off to work in pumps and stockings, a world that is no mor ...

From the art department

From the art department

In this week's Art Department inspiration meeting we spoke about black velvet ribbon, plastic subway seats, age-inclusivity, and the following excerpt from Tar Baby by Toni Morrison, brought to our attention by Girls at Library: At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't nee ...

Strange Love

Strange Love

I like to follow florists, Italians, yogis, girls who wear bows.

photo from Simone Gooch the great

xo Leigh

Cyndle

Cyndle

As a resident makeup artist for Chanel, Cyndle has quite a few coveted products on hand at any given time. But it’s her approach to beauty, a minimal look focused on an inner glow above illusion, with unexpected hints of color, that we find so memorable in the looks she creates. This is an afternoon with Cyndle, who met us wearing our favorite uniform of worn jeans and diamonds - her own Kataoka necklace to be specific.

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