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  1. 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

  2. "Pierre climbed out of bed"

    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 

  3. 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, birds and bugs warbling, and frogs belching under lily pads.

    xo Leigh

    photo by Yelena Yemchuk


  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Bless this Mess

    Bless this Mess
  9. 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.


  10. 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

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