I know we've moved into autumn, but the team at Temple is still riding high in summer style. I loved hearing about everyone's vacations and staycations, and just the little things that made summer so much fun. Sharing a quick roundup of our summer favorites below and holding onto every last warm day before I bring out my puffy coat.
Astoria Park! I couldn't stop riding my bike up here this summer. Especially in the morning when it's quiet and empty, the area under the bridge feels like a secret wonderland. I also love riding over to Socrates Sculpture Garden or Roosevelt Island for a picnic. Also nearby, The Bonnie, a great little bar for a drink and snack, and Babs Home and Pantry, a tiny shop that sells funky gifts from local artists.
Been on a BIG summer martini kick — in my book, it's always 'tini time! I've tested out different recipes and ingredient combinations (sometimes very dry, sometimes extraaa dirty, always with gin!), while also learning the art of a perfectly chilled glass.
I've had my eye on these beauties to add to my collection from Maison Balzac but haven't been able to pull the trigger!
CATT'S PERFECT 'TINI
• 2.5 oz gin
• 0.5 oz dry vermouth
• 0.25 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
• 2 dashes orange bitters
• top with a lemon twist!
My summer favorites — top: Everything Everywhere All at Once, an A24 American absurdist comedy-drama film written and directed by the Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert); bottom left: my Big Bud press fanny pack that fits it all! It has 5 pockets, it's simple, colorful, and made from durable American-milled 100% cotton denim; bottom right: the refreshing 100% fruit slushies from local and family-owned A & N fruit store.
I stumbled into a small shop in Santa Margherita, Italy called Frau Lau. Laura creates the most beautiful and comfortable summer dresses, skirts, blouses, and more. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Laura about her love of textiles, and I rocked my new Frau Lau staples all summer long!
I got in the habit this summer of heading straight from work on Friday out to Brighton Beach. I'd pack a little cooler with snacks and some sparkling rosé and meet friends, swim and hang out on the beach until we were all sun-baked. From there we'd take a stroll down the boardwalk towards Coney Island for some Nathan's hot dogs or go to the Sideshow to see some sword swallowing and fire eating which never ceases to amaze me. It was just such a classic Brooklyn summer thing to do and something I look forward to every summer!
My favorite book that I read this summer was The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The Latecomer follows the story of the wealthy, New York City-based Oppenheimer family, from the first meeting of parents Salo and Johanna, under tragic circumstances, to their triplets born during the early days of IVF. I loved getting to learn about the family and learning all about them growing up in Brooklyn.
It's an annual tradition with my family to go 'down the shore,' as we say in Philly where I grew up, which is the Jersey shore! This trip always anchors my summer, and I get my fill of my pure summer-ness, with salty air, sand everywhere, boardwalk strolls, and pretty sunsets.
Seeing Old Dominion in concert! 🙂🙃🤠🎵
My favorites this summer are all French skincare and my trip to Montpellier, France. The Nuxe Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm and the A313 Vitamin A Pommade have been my two must haves! So much so, that I had my mom bring some back for me on her last visit here!