498  //  smitten travels: 5 night road trip – southwest

perfect 5 night road trip from LA // smitten studioI recently planned a 5 night road trip for Rupert and my anniversary and it ended up being one of our all time favorite vacations, I can not recommend this route enough. We anchored the journey around a visit to Lake Powell (pictured above) but each leg of the trip had something special to see/do/experience.

perfect 5 night road trip from LA // smitten studioperfect 5 night road trip from LA // smitten studioperfect 5 night road trip from LA // smitten studioThe best part about a road trip is the total freedom of just jumping in the car and going! We had the destinations in mind but we were also able to play it by ear. If you are in or around the LA area and looking for an excursion out of the ordinary, this is it!

Get all the details of our route and loads more photos after the jump…

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497  //  from the weekend: endless summer

09.15.14-weekendJust as the rest of the country is cooling down, LA gets hotter than ever. September and October here always feel more like summer than any of the other months and we are soaking up every last bit. I am finally starting to feel a bit like myself again after the first trimester had me down for the count, and it was beyond wonderful to be able to get out and hang with friends, celebrate a dear one’s birthday, spend some time at the beach, dine al fresco, and even do a little shopping.

This weekend was also the kick off to the Gap #DressNormalProject that I was a part of. There was a Gap pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney where some of the photos I took of my friends/turned Gap models were featured alongside some talented LA photographers. It was so fun seeing my friends all over the walls of the shop (Rupe was pretty excited to see his own pretty face. ;) You can read more about it here, in the LA Times.

Hope you had a nice weekend! x

Images by myself and @kendrainman via iphone/instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Sources: Sunglasses by Illesteva // Swimsuit by Victorias Secret // Cover up & Cuff from Skylark // Napkins by A Sunny Afternoon // Dishes by Heath Ceramics

496  //  home progress: entryway part 2

entry, hanging chair // smitten studioLast time I shared about the entryway I had it all covered… to the right of the door. Now, I’ve turned my attention to the left of the door and started a little seating area with the addition of a pretty little hanging chair.

entry, hanging chair // smitten studioOriginally, I was going to add a simple long bench in front of the window but there is so much space there. I wanted to be able to fill it a bit more than a bench would, and a hanging chair is always good for some personality and filling a space but not weighing it down.

Next, I want to round out the area with some sort of occasional table to sit next to the chair. A place for books, mail, etc., and also a place to prop up my feet when perched in the chair. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite options below.

coffee/occasional table round-up // smitten studioI have my heart set on one of these guys but I do fancy each of them. Which would you choose?

Free Range Coffee Table by Blu Dot // Shroom Table by CB2 // Semisfera by Anthropologie // Rustic Storage Table by West Elm // Trienna Table by Artek // Round Glass Top Table by Urban Outfitters 

Other Sources: Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant & planter from Home Depot

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

To see all of the home renovation progress, check here.
To see the entryway before, check here.

495  //  my (life) style: chambray bomber & leopard print

sarahshermansamuel-by-loumoraRecently, I had the pleasure of working with photographer Lou Mora for a little “day in the life” series. He literally followed me around with a camera for a day, while I worked in my studio, took a coffee break, walked the dogs, and stuck my head in some bougainvillea (as I do, habitually of course).  Lou has such a talent for capturing people authentically. He brings the genuine personality out of someone and somehow gets it just right in an image. Even if it means baring my snaggle tooth (like below), he does it beautifully.

sarahshermansamuel-by-loumora3sarahshermansamuel-by-loumora2sarahshermansamuel-by-loumora4My favorite part of the day is often taking a pause from my studio and getting the dogs out for a walk, and now with the bun in the oven, I find it even more important to find time like this to slow down and enjoy a break or two.  Also, with this new baby bump starting to grow, I have been LIVING in loose dresses like this one. I am pretty sure you can’t get anything more comfortable than a lightweight silk shift and comfort is the name of the game these days.

Images by Lou Mora (his Instagram is also a great follow)

Shop the look: Leopard Dress by Joie (sold out) find matching blouse here, or similar dress here // Chambray Bomber Jacket from Anthropologie (sold out) find similar here // Ankle Boots by Ash

494  //  from the weekend: lazy days

weekend // smitten studioThis weekend we mostly lazed around the house, I took naps BOTH days. A+ for me in the sleep department. Rupe also planted a new tree in our front yard while I read a book in the shade. Hope you had a relaxing weekend. x

Image by sarah sherman samuel via iphone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Dress by Asos //  hat by whistles

493  //  Big news in a little video!

We have some big news to share! Turn your volume up and press play!

Rupert wrote this silly, and adorable, little poem for me on our anniversary a couple weeks ago and I thought it would be the perfect way to reveal what we have been up to the last few months and why I have been somewhat MIA. I hope you enjoy!

Poem (and Voice Over) by Rupert Samuel
Stop Motion Video by Sarah Sherman Samuel

492  //  from the weekend: labor day

labor day weekendHope you guys had a beautiful three-day weekend. Unfortunately, I spent most of mine working but it wasn’t so bad since I am pretty excited about most of the things I’ve been working on (one of which I will share about tomorrow with my first ever video project!).

I also was able to squeak out some time for brunch, a quick shopping excursion to General Store, and a walk with the dogs. I also started putting together a post of our Utah/Arizona/Nevada/California road trip (top right is Rupe jumping off a boat in Lake Powell).

Happy Tuesday!

Images by me via iPhone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

491  //  dining al fresco

elephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioThere is nothing like squeezing out the last days of summer with a picnic in your own backyard and while I am still in our lovey dovey Anniversary mode, I thought it would be fun to create an intimate picnic for two. Just the ticket for a date night in or to celebrate something special.

elephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioPattern mixing is always a fine idea by me, and I set the scene by combining my A Sunny Afternoon linens and boards with the Elephant Landing table cloth and pillows. A textile match made in heaven.

elephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioNow all you need is your loved one, some champagne, and to light up the candles, and you’ve got the beginnings of a simple but special evening.

Images by Caroline of Woodnote Photography

Sources: Serving Boards by A Sunny Afternoon // Table Cloth by Elephant Landing // Napkins by A Sunny Afternoon // Pineapple Pillows by Elephant Landing // White pillows from Target // Sheepskin by Ikea // Rugs by Ikea // Gold Flatware by West Elm // Plates by Target // Candle Holders by A Sunny Afternoon // Gold Goblets, vintage

490  //  from the weekend: anniversary road trip

antelope canyon // smitten studioLast week Rupe and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. If you remember from last year, we take turns planning a trip for the occasion and this year was my turn.

Growing up my family did a lot of traveling around the states and I love that I get to show my English husband all the favorite spots that I can remember from when I was just a young one. One of those favorite spots was Lake Powell in Utah, and that was my main jumping off point for planning a 5 night road-trip. I’ll put together a full post on the route we took, the places we stayed and the things we did, but I wanted to share one of the most magical spots from our journey (pictured above), Antelope Canyon.

Image by me via iphone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)