Eclipse season has come and gone, and here we are picking up its pieces while simultaneously attempting to soak up what seems to be the longest, most light-filled month of them all: August. Though we are *SO* looking forward to autumn (hello, jackets!) we thought we'd take a moment to re-center ourselves right here where we are: in the midst of mid-summer.
See below for a little q + a with our team, the faux fam. We share what we've been digging into, and how the sunny season has influenced our daily grind so far. Hopefully, this check-in will remind us to live in the moment and to relish in the remaining languid days of summer.
What books are in your beach bag?
Amber: My daily mindful meditation book and "Wherever You Go, There You Are" By Jon Kabat-Zinn + "Still Life with Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins. A very fun read... such a great book, I love it so far!!
Chrissy: I am a new mama, so books on tape are my friend right now. I just finished "Launching Rockets" by Rob Bell, an outline of a spiritual and awaken approach to parenting and enjoyed it immensely.
Marcia: "Calypso" by David Sedaris. I happen to be a massive Sedaris fan (both Amy and David!) so I'm naturally going to pick this book up, but after a five-year hiatus from essays, this compilation was well worth the wait. These 21 essays are the perfect read for when you have sand between your toes. "Now We Are Five" brought out all the emotions for me... be prepared to both laugh and cry. Also in my stack: "The President Is Missing" by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, "There There" by Tommy Orange, Chloe Benjamin's "The Immortalists", and "I'll Be Gone In The Dark" by Michelle McNamara.
Katie: The "Many Moons" workbook (Sarah Gottesdiener) alongside a composition notepad. When I'm on the beach, I love to re-read anything familiar and easy by Richard Brautigan or Joan Didion. For laughs and terroir knowledge, Marissa A. Ross's "WINE. All the Time". For some real-life enchantment truth, Peter Wohlleben's "The Hidden Life of Trees"- who knew soil could be so fascinating?! Also looking forward to cracking open the Words of Women August book club pick: "Places I've Stopped on the Way Home," a memoir by Meg Fee.
Amber: Definitely listening to the new Kanye West album, "Kids See Ghosts," but I always have "Legend" by Bob Marley and The Wailers + Al Green's greatest hits on rotation.
Chrissy: As the weather warms up, I can’t get enough of songs that echo the season and old favorites including anything from John Denver’s live album, Dreams (Beck), Sweet Disposition (The Temper Trap), Jolene (Cake), Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles) and Mushaboom (Feist).
Marcia: I can't get enough of tunes from the following: First Aid Kit, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, First Aid Kit, Yon Ort, The Carter's new surprise album (Hey Bey + Jay!), Courtney Barnett, Fantastic Negrito, Margo Price, Tribe Called Quest, The Weeks, Cardi B, Greta Van Fleet, Becca Mancari, and Tom Petty forever!
Julia: The new Churches album is on heavy rotation for me.
Katie: Just picked up an original '68 pressing of "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" by The Incredible String Band that sounds like deep summer velvet on wax. Anything by Can, S.E. Rogie, Vashti Bunyan, and Love's "Forever Changes". Stoked to see Animal Collective play "Sung Tongs" in LA at the end of this month. By early autumn I'm sure this list will be heavy on Karen Dalton, Michael Hurley, Connie Converse, and Neil Young.
Any media you've been bingeing through or are addicted to?
Amber: I love movies- especially classics! My favorite go-to's are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Rear Window, and I’m also excited to check out Skate Kitchen this year! I don’t watch too much TV, but when I do, I love old episodes of the Twilight Zone & am currently obsessed with Handmaid's Tale & Evil Genius on Netflix!
Chrissy: I have to admit, I love to binge on bad reality TV (I am one of those Real Housewives fans) and The Great British Baking Show.
Marcia: Podcasts: My Favorite Murder + Hannibal Burress Handsome Rambler. Netflix: Season 2 of GLOW, Social Fabric and revisiting Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown
Julia: I recently binged a bunch of good Podcasts! Here are my faves thus far- Dirty John, Up and Vanished, and In the Dark. As for Netflix and TV viewing… Chrissy and Meg told me about The Jinx and I’m still perplexed over it. It’s SO good! We LOVE Handmaids Tale in our house too.
Katie: The podcast "That's So Retrograde" makes time fly by when I'm stuck in traffic on the 405. On Netflix, Hannah Gatsby's "Nanette" has transformed my idea of comedy. And I never want to quit elevating my life with the new Queer Eye series.
Do you have any trips or events you're looking forward to before autumn hits?
Amber: I have a few road trips planned, but my biggest trip of the year is going to Telluride, CO! I've never been there before, I’m so excited!
Chrissy: I don’t have any fun trips planned, but I plan to live vicariously through our #FauxOnTheGo travel diary.
Marcia: Italy! One of my best friends is getting married in Cinque Terre at the end of August so I'll be in Rome and Florence too. And, I just returned from Fauxgerty pop-up events in Florida and Denver!
Julia: YES! We are headed to Destin Florida in a week for a big family vacation. My huge family rented a house and we’re all gonna crash together. So excited for some salt in my hair and some quality time with my fam.
Katie: Going to take a little PCH excursion with my mom this month, but remaining relatively low key for the remainder of the summer. (I think? I'm such a spur of the moment traveler!) A home-town bestie is visiting me in LA this week, and we are going to trek over to the mid-century mecca that is Palm Springs for a solid 48 hours. Also over the moon to attend the Fauxgerty pop-up in Portland on September 22nd! And trying to organize a little Tokyo jaunt before winter arrives.
Favorite things to eat and drink when it's sticky icky outside?
Amber: My favorite summer drink is definitely tequila on the rocks with a couple limes & the national drink of Brazil: a Caipirinha!! Nom nom nom, I want all day long! I can also never get enough of STL classics like Lonas Lil’ Eats and Fork & Stix.
Chrissy: I love to dine al fresco for a late dinner to celebrate the longer days. Summer makes me crave colorful salads, lemonade, and a really cold glass of white wine.
Marcia: Robust salads filled with all the veggie goodness. Along with champagne or cheap beer!
Julia: Embarrassed to admit that the Cascara coffee from Starbucks is such a winner for me. But I'll also go with anything watermelon in the summa time.
Katie: Not the best month for me to answer this question- I'm about a week away from finishing Whole 30. Never ever thought I'd be tired of eggs or almond butter, but it's a thing. I daydream of pizza and tacos, always. Loving the mezcal I brought back from Mexico. Also, is it bougie to indulge in iced red wine with a splash of La Croix + frozen berries? Not asking for a friend.
Your hot & humid uniform?
Amber: Cut off shorts and a bodysuit, all day every day! Also, any time is a good time for a jumpsuit!
Chrissy: Give me The Amber Jumpsuit and a straw hat and I am set!
Marcia: Slip dresses. Think Courtney, Winona, and Kate from the 90s!
Julia: I’m addicted to jumpers + rompers + overalls. I literally want to live in them.
Katie: Linen dresses or tops with breezy cotton pants and sustainably made Mohinders city slippers.
Any goals or intentions for the remainder of the summer?
Amber: I want to concentrate on becoming more mindful and present in the moment... I want to watch life unfold with clarity and soak it all up!
Chrissy: A new season always echos an opportunity for a new ritual to me. I had put self-care on the back burner as I acclimate to motherhood, and I want to use the rest of the Summer season to remind myself to pencil in time for myself - tucking away my phone to be more present, spending time with fresh foods in our kitchen and walks in our neighborhood park.
Marcia: Hiking + Yoga + Reading + Travel = My Zen intention
Julia: I want to give my daughter that summer that she will talk about for years to come. So we are soaking up any opportunity we have to seize the moment and see where the day takes us.
Katie: Internal growth as opposed to external movement. Usually, summer is space for me to rage and travel nonstop, but this year I'm trying to focus on staying put and fostering my foundation.
Thanks for tuning in to our half-way-through-the-year roundup! Is there anything you've read, seen, or heard lately that needs to be on our radar? Feel free to share your end-of-summer intentions or mention any mantras that have helped you beat the heat in the comments below!