556  //  in my hospital bag

in my bag // hospital bag essentials // sarah sherman samuelAny day now it will be time to have a baby and our bags are officially packed. I am not sure which items I will actually end up using and which I won’t, but I’d rather err on being over prepared than under. I pulled from baby apps, what my doula told me to bring, and anything I thought would come in handy and made my own list of what I’ll be bringing with me to the hospital for our birth trip.

For personal care/toiletries to tuck into my bag, I turned to The Honest Company. They sent me over a sampling of their all natural goods and I was so impressed with the quality, so when they invited me to share what I’d be taking to the hospital, I thought you guys might want a peek as well.  I first found out about The Honest Company through instagram and their adorable diaper selection, but they also just launched an entire feeding section which has high quality items dedicated to the nursing mother, as well as formula fed babes, so I have a feeling I will be looking to them for just about all things in natural baby care.

In my hospital bag:
(Items in gallery above)

Diaper Bag by Barrington
Robe by Calvin Klein
Lip Balm by Honest Company
Nursing Nightgown by My Tummy
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Notebook from Need Supply (somewhere to record thoughts and moments you don’t want to forget)
Newborn Hat & Socks by Little Hip Squeaks
One Piece Newborn Zip-Front (take home outfit) from Old Navy
Flip Flops by J.Crew (for the shower)
Organic Nursing Cover & Scarf by Honest Company
Slippers by Slippers International
Organic Nipple Balm by Honest Company
Socks by Stance
Nursing Bra by Cake Lingerie

Additional Items (not shown)
Massage Oil & Essential Oils of choice
Underwear
Sweatshirt/Sweater
Clothes to wear home
Make-up
Hairbrush & Hair Bands
Lollipops
Yoga Ball
Honey Sticks (to keep up the energy)
Bottled Drinks & Snacks for you and your partner
Receiving Blanket
Emery Board or Baby Nail Clippers
Car Seat in Car
Camera
Phone & Charger (loaded with a playlist)
Copies of birth plan
Cord Blood Kit
Insurance Card & I.D.

To see more of the series “in my bag” check here.

This post was done in collaboration with The Honest Company, all thoughts and ideas are my own.

555  //  Pregnancy Style Feature on Mother

maternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelLast week I had the honor of shooting with the talented Tessa Neustadt for a style feature on Mother Mag. Getting these photos back, it was so nice to see our house from a different perspective… through someone else’s lens!

maternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelmaternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelmaternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelThese were just a few of my favorite shots but head over to Mother to see the full feature and interview that went live today. psst… there is a sneak peek into the nursery too!

Images by Tessa Neustadt for Mother

To see more of our house, check out our renovation progress here.

554  //  from the weekend: waiting for baby

02.22.15 instagram weekendSo turns out we did have one more weekend as a family of just two. We are still waiting on baby Samuel, and trying to distract ourselves with pretty heels, delicious meals, and the Oscar’s :) Also, a lot of walking, yoga, acupuncture, spicy foods, etc. etc. I’m trying my best to be patient and putting my trust in the fact that he will come when he’s supposed to. Same story, different mother right? Hope you have a great week. xo

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

Pumps by J.crew // Dress by Asos // Bag by Chiyome // Flats by Madewell (old) but similar here // Rug from esalerugs.com

553  //  Our Baby Shower

dessert table // sss baby shower I am so thrilled to be able to share photos from the most beautiful baby shower I have ever been to and even more excited because it was MINE! ha, I still can’t believe it. I have to say I have never had a party planned in my honor (post age 6ish) where I didn’t plan it myself or contribute. I have always been the planner and the crafter and the doer, but with this one my friends kept me completely in the dark, all I had to do was show up and pick my jaw up off the floor after I took in all the sweet details of the day.

Of course it helps when one of the hosts of the shower is Amanda from 100 Layer Cake, clearly she knows a thing or two about throwing a party and just wait until you see her gorgeous kitchen! Also co-hosting were a handful of my talented friends that each brought their own expertise to make this a picture perfect fete…

sarah sherman samuel // baby shower  // invitationsAudrey from Urbanic co-hosted and helped with invitations, of course…

sarah sherman samuel // baby shower kitchen // sss baby shower sss baby shower Lauren, founder of Walnut Animal Society was another co-host. She makes those adorable stuffed animals (fox and raccoon above), so she is also basically queen bee crafter. She made most all of the decor, felt garland, stuff animals, and secretly worked with my dad to create those wooden blocks and all the wooden animals that double as super special toys for baby samuel.

sss baby shower fireplace // sss baby shower

more after the jump…

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552  //  from the weekend: appreciating the small things

flowers // simple pleasures // sarah sherman samuelWith our new addition coming right around the corner (like due this week!), I was thankful for the holiday weekend and an extra day with Rupe at home. We spent our days doing a few of our favorite simple weekend activities that we know we won’t be able to get a chance to for a while with a new little one.

We had a lingering brunch at our favorite local (Gjelina), we meandered around Abbot Kinney doing some shopping (I can’t even remember the last time we went clothes shopping just for fun), we made and hung some shelves in the nursery (which probably isn’t an appealing activity to everyone, but I LOVE it and working on a project together is one of my absolute most cherished things) and finally we took long walks around the neighborhood noticing all the gorgeous new flowers popping up and of course binge watched some Bachelor. ;)

As possibly our last weekend as just the two of us, it may not sound like the most thrilling days, but with such a huge adventure to be thankful for on the horizon it felt important to stop and recognize all life’s simple pleasures too. Hope you had a weekend full of tiny victories and lots of love. xo

Image by me (follow on instagram @sarahshermansamuel)

551  //  gender neutral nursery for baby samuel

gender neutral nursery design // cloud wallpaper // sarah sherman samuelOk, one week until my due date and the nursery is finally getting going! I’ve had this board and the design for a while so the items have been slowly trickling in. Between this and my online ordering excursion for the bathroom, our front porch has turned into quite the shipping and receiving department! So, besides being up to our ears in cardboard boxes, it is all starting to come together.

I turned one of my own patterns into some custom wallpaper, which is that cloud pattern at the top and we put it up last weekend! I am hoping to get the rest of the room set up this weekend (fingers crossed and the if the baby stays in :).

I have to say I am super excited that we are having a boy but so much of the “baby boy” clothes and “baby boy” nursery decor, I am just not a fan of. I don’t like primary colors and for some reason it seems like that is 90% of what they offer for our male littles. I wanted the nursery to be an extension of our home and so I kept to a light and whimsical palette incorporating a lot of natural materials in their raw state (bamboo mirrors, unfinished wood crib, and the natural reed baskets) and injected a bit of color with the peach rug, toys, and a painted dresser.

Now about that dresser shown above. Ideally this is the shape I was looking for, however it doesn’t come in the color I wanted, so with a little help from photoshop I changed it just for the board. I am planning another ikea hack to get that look but for a lot less.

Wish me luck!

Product Sources: (top to bottom and left to right-ish)
Custom Cloud Wallpaper by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Mirrors from Wayfair // Rock Lamp from Land of Nod // Stuffed Animals by Woodland Tale // Falling Bear & Fox Prints from Land of Nod // Dresser by Urbangreen // Arrow Banner from Ferm Living // Set of Three Lidded Baskets from One Kings Lane // Henry the Fox by Walnut Animal Society // Milo Swivel Glider from Land of Nod // Sheepskin Rug from Amazon // Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Crib by Kalon Studios // Throw Blanket from Target

550  //  home progress: main bath renovation

bathroom renovation // tile progress The tile is DONEZO, (woo hoo!) aka grouted and finished, and I am completely in love with the subtle textural pattern created by matching the grout color to the tile. It is a clean slate, ready to have the fixtures installed and accessories added.

bathroom renovation // tile progress bathroom renovation // tile progress We tiled all the walls except the one with the entry door on it which I had painted in “pitch black” by Farrow & Ball to match the floor tiles. I was a bit hesitant to paint the door and trim so dark but I really like how it turned out, gives it just a bit of drama. You can also just see the new linen closet/cabinet tucked in the corner which is where the old tiny shower was. The space is now much more utilized with the cabinet for extra storage.

bathroom renovation // tile progress See how far we’ve come after the jump…

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549  //  from the weekend: the waiting game

venice beach pierOur hospital bag is packed, car seat is in the car, and we’ve made most of the necessary preparations for baby samuel’s arrival… and now we wait. At 38+ weeks I could still be waiting for a few weeks and maybe that will give me some time to finish the nursery, (will be sharing the plans in there this week!) and maybe it won’t, but I am totally ok with that. I hope you guys haven’t given up on me sharing the nursery design. ha! The bathroom project kind of took over but I promise it will be something good. For now, you will find me taking long walks (like this refueling one by the sea), eating spicy food, and sipping raspberry leaf tea, because nursery ready or not, I’m ready to have this little guy on the outside. :)

Hope you had a great weekend. Did any of you veg out and watch the Grammys? I only made it halfway through, so I can’t say it was all that exciting, apart from Pharrell maybe, but have the rest DVR’d.

x sarah

Image by me via iPhone/instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

548  //  valentine’s day gift guide for him

valentine's day gift guide for him // smitten studioNow I couldn’t leave out the guys! I’ve rounded up a few V-day goodies for them too, because manly chocolate and x & o boxers are a sure win. :)

Liberty Print Tie by J.Crew // Brass Key Ring by Areaware // Chocolate Bar by Mast Brothers // Sunglasses by RayBan // Horseshoe Game Set // I Fucking Love You Card // Peg & Awl Canvas Bag from Free People // Wrist Watch by Larsson & Jennings // Headphones by Master & Dynamic // Shaving Set by Baxter of California // XO Boxers from J.Crew // Leather Wallet from Steven Alan

and speaking of the boys… Free People has an all new Men’s Section and in honor of the occasion they sent Rupe his Valentine’s gift a little early this year. Check the handsome fella out below. :) I picked out the weekender bag for him, because you know we like our little getaways.

rupert-weekender-2men's weekender bag I think it suits him just right, hey? And if you missed it yesterday, make sure to check out my gift guide for the ladies. xo

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel