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  1. 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 wine and thought about the last piece that Truman Capote wrote as a birthday gift to his best friend Joanne Carson, on a chance encounter with Willa Cather outside the New York Society Library, and the walk that the boy from the south and the writer from the plains took together, in the great swirling city hushed by snow.

    xo Leigh

    Willa Cather by Nicolai Fechin

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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  4. 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

    Image via Vogue

  5. 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

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  6. 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 more.

    Leigh

  7. 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 need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don't need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens -that letting go - you let go because you can. The world will always be there - while you sleep it will be there - when you wake it will be there as well. So you can sleep and there is reason to wake. A dead hydrangea is as intricate and lovely as one in bloom. Bleak sky is as seductive as sunshine, miniature orange trees without blossom or fruit are not defective; they are that. So the windows of the greenhouse can be opened and the weather let in. The latch on the door can be left unhooked, the muslin removed, for the soldier ants are beautiful too and whatever they do will be part of it.

    photo: Leila Goldoni in Shadows

  8. Strange Love

    Strange Love

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

    photo from Simone Gooch the great

    xo Leigh

  9. 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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  10. Small stores and little houses.

    Small stores and little houses.

    "Little houses with shining, clean windows and wonderful rippled window shades and lace curtains," she would recall for interviewers. "Old stores where they made cigars by hand in the windows, and the pillow shop where they made pillows. . . ."

    Betty Smith, author of a Tree Grows in Brooklyn, on our dear Williamsburg - photo is from my Instagram, where I like to collect photos of apartments with lace curtains, I was so very excited to find this quote (in the New York Daily News, no less!).

    -Leigh

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