435  //  renovation update: finished floors & bathroom progress

kitchen-progressWe are getting closer to the end of our renovation and I CAN NOT wait to start moving our things back in, hang some art, and just enjoy some time at home. I can’t believe how much counter space we have now that that wall is history. The new pieces of marble for the extension of the countertop and backsplash are in place, and all that is left to do hang the upper cabinets, put the doors on the new base cabinets, and paint the toe-kicks.

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434  //  shopbop sale!

shopbop sale!I haven’t been doing a ton of clothes shopping lately with my mind and wallet on the house so much, so when I heard about Shopbop’s big sale, happening now, I just had to stop everything and stock up on some new spring & summer duds (ok, I found a few home items in there too, I can’t help it). They are giving 25% off all regular priced items (with code INTHEFAMILY14) and I thought I’d give you the heads up and share what made it into my shopping cart. Happy hunting!

poison romper // coclico slingbacks // luli fama bikini // horn candle holders // chambray jumpsuit // northern star ring // pedro garcia booties // radlabs plate // myne v-neck dress // clare v. oversized clutch

433  //  from the weekend: spring blooms

spring blooms // sarah sherman samuel“When I heard that there were artists, I wished I could some time be one. If I could only make a rose bloom on paper, I thought I should be happy! Or if I could at last succeed in drawing the outline of winter-stripped boughs as I saw them against the sky, it seemed to me that I should be willing to spend years in trying.”
-Lucy Larcom

Last week was a pretty hectic week that ended up spilling right over into the weekend. On the plus side, I’m working on some exciting new things with A Sunny Afternoon and for the blog, and I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel of our renovation. We did sneak outside a few times to enjoy a break in the day and noticed that Spring is in full bloom around our LA neighborhood.

Hope you spent some time doing something you love. x

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

432  //  pattern spy: woven

pattern spy woven with tassles // smitten studiopattern spy woven with tassles // smitten studioI love it when modern designers and artists breath new life into an age old traditional craft, especially when the result is anything like each of these wondrous woven works of art. The textural pattern from hand woven pieces can make my heart skip a beat and anytime I come across one of Native Vine’s gorgeous wall hangings it really goes all aflutter (I covet every piece). And how about that top and necklace?! I’d say they’re both even frame worthy!

Woven Wall Hanging by Native Line // Woven Patchwork Top by Phillip Lim // Sunset Tassel Necklace by Cave Collective

See more “pattern spy” here.

431  //  smitten travels: miami beach

miami beach, south beach // smitten studiosouth beach, art deco // smitten studiohill climb // smitten studiosunset over miami // smitten studioI’m back with more from our recent trip to Miami! Visiting South Beach was a big ole trip down memory lane. Rupe and I checked out our old apartments, stopped by the place where we first met and made sure to drop in at all of our favorite spots which I’ll be sharing below.

Some things have changed since the last time I was there, like the Wynwood Art District and the city skyline with how the buildings seemed to have multiplied (photo just above taken of Downtown from our room at the Mondrian). While, other things have remained the same, like sometime around 6pm being my favorite time to go to the beach (top photo taken then, from the 5th street lifeguard tower).

miami beach south beach // smitten studiosoho house, miami // smitten studioLincoln Road is still one of the best spots to do some serious people watching (and shopping and eating, but really the people watching is so good), and the Soho House is the perfect refuge from the usual South Beach chaos (image above).

the atlantic // smitten studioleaves-miamithe raleigh, miami // smitten studioThe Raleigh is one of my favorite hotels in South Beach with its’ post card perfect (or rather, instagram worthy) art deco style and small details that make the designer in me swoon (even their website is awesome). We also had Rupert’s 40th birthday “day after the celebration brunch” at their Restaurant Michael Schwartz (the bar pictured above).

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430  //  from the weekend: L.A. loving

04.07.14-weekendI realized this weekend that we will have lived in LA for seven years now, this month! It took us a while to settle in but lately it just feels like it keeps getting better. I guess I made it past the seven year itch. :) We spent Saturday and Sunday jumping around town running errands but had so much fun furniture shopping, picking out fabric for some projects at home, while exploring parts of the city I rarely get to. We had a brunch at Sqirl that is always well worth the wait, picked up some sweet treats at Bottega Louie, and dinner at a favorite, Salt Air.

Hope you had a happy weekend.

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

429  //  smitten studio + 31Bits

31Bits-smittenstudio731Bits-smittenstudio3b31Bits-smittenstudio2b31Bits-smittenstudio631Bits-smittenstudio53I’ve shared a little about 31Bits in the past, but if you haven’t heard about the awesome things they are doing, you can take a peek at their mission here. In a nutshell, they work with women in Northern Uganda, purchasing jewelry from the artisans on a monthly basis creating a working relationship that empowers the women to rise above poverty. Really great right?

Well, they’ve recently doubled their do good power and have approached me about helping to get the word out about a new collaboration with “Not For Sale“, an organization that works to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery. I put this shoot together that features one of the pieces of jewelry that 31 Bits made exclusively for this new partnership, where over half of the profit will be donated to “Not For Sale”.

You can learn more about “Not For Sale” here, and shop the exclusive 31 Bits + NOT FOR SALE pieces, here and here.

Product Sources: Freedom Bracelet by 31 Bits // Brass Bangles from Madewell // Leather Tote from Zara (see I told you I was obsessed with that color) // Jeans c/o Madewell // Blouse from J.Crew

Images by Smitten Studio

428  //  my style: jeans, stripes, & a graphic tee

stripes & graphic tee // smitten studiostripes & graphic tee // smitten studiostripes & graphic tee // smitten studiostripes & graphic tee // smitten studiostripes & graphic tee // smitten studioIf you follow me on instagram you might remember this jacket from my birthday celebrations and an oscar party. As soon as I laid my pattern loving eyes on it, I had to make it mine and have been wearing the heck out of it ever since.

Jeans by Pilcro c/o Anthropologie // Graphic Tee by Madewell // Striped Jacket by Cartonnier from Anthropologie // Feather Bracelet by Monserat de Lucca // Shoes from Zara (old)

427  //  house update: talking wood floors, paint colors, & chaos

house update, stuccoOk guys, sorry for the lack of house updates. There hasn’t been anything too exciting going on and everything is still so not pretty, it isn’t very inspiring to take photos of, or look at, really. Thankfully the end is getting near(ish) and most of the major stuff is done! I can’t wait for the day that we can clean everything out of there and start over with a brand new blank slate. A status update on all the rooms and, as promised, a bit of the reality of living through a renovation, after the jump…

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