533  //  from the weekend: baby showers, beautiful kitchens, and holiday fun

casa shelter half kitchen // smitten studiobaby-showerThis week started off with a bang so excuse my weekend post on a Tuesday night! I am still recovering from the festivities and I’m noticing you don’t bounce back as quick at 31 weeks pregnant. Sunday started and ended with a party and we had gatherings in between, keeping me up well past my recent granny bedtime of 8:30. The first was a friends baby shower (which took place at casa shelter half, and I couldn’t not snap a pic of the gorgeous kitchen (above) designed by Heather Heron).  After, Rupe picked me up for our first birthing class (holy moly what am I getting into), from there we met friends for a hot cocoa happy hour and walked to the Venice canals holiday boat parade (think homemade floats, lit up kayaks, and rowing carolers all dressed like Santa) and finally, we all ended up back at my house for pizza which somehow turned into a late night ear candle party. You know, your typical holiday activities. :)

Hope you are having a good week. x

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

532  //  my (bump) style: pencil skirt & cardigan

pencil-skirt2pencil-skirt5pencil-skirt4640pencil-skirt3pencil-skirtI’ve always been a fan of the pencil skirt and the silhouette has come even more of a staple in my wardrobe during my pregnancy. Here at 30 weeks I’m pairing it with these non-maternity tops, a cozy fair isle cardigan and a cropped blouse (you may remember it from our pregnancy announcement video looking just a little less filled out ;).

The key to styling clothes around the bump successfully, for me, is to keep at least either the top or the bottom closely fitted, otherwise you can end up just looking like a big blob (and for heaven’s sake I already feel so blobbish, it makes a girl feel better not to look it too). The pencil skirt does the trick here, while I was able to layer up and go more loose and flowy top.

Fair Isle Cardigan by Old Navy and similar here // Pencil Skirt by Old Navy (sold out but find similar here) (and a non-maternity version here) // Top by Zara // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson 

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531  //  lo and sons camera bag giveaway

loandsons-giveaway5smgiveaway-loandsonsTis the season for giving and this week I am teaming up with Lo & Sons to give away one of their leather camera bags, the Claremont! I have been using this bag as my sole camera bag for the last few months and I have to say I LOVE it. It has gone on all of our weekend trips, carries both my canon 7d and a spare lens, and looks more like a beautiful handbag than a camera bag.

loandsons-giveawaysm3loandsons-giveawaysmloandsons-giveaway4smloandsons-giveaway6smIf you haven’t heard of Lo & Sons, I am happy to be the one to introduce you. It is a family owned travel and lifestyle bag brand, started by a mother and two sons, and is based out of NYC. Their bags are built to travel light, without compromising on style or function, which is a win, win, win for me. Above are photos from our trip to Ojai with the Claremont in tow.

Giveaway details:
One winner will receive The Claremont leather camera bag by Lo & Sons (a $300 value).

TO ENTER: leave a comment below saying where you would like to take the bag first AND then enter here.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, December 12th. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Sorry, limited to US readers only. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and then announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

530  //  candlelit christmas table

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candlelit christmas table // smitten studioAs I mentioned before, Rupe and I are staying in California for the holidays this year, so I am planning on making it as close to a white Christmas as you can in a LA bungalow. I’ve teamed up with Target to share this wintery white, candlelit Christmas table using pieces from their latest holiday collection.

candlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studioWire brush trees make up the majority of the centerpiece while mercury glass candle holders round out the rest of the non-floral tablescape, giving it just the right amount of sparkle. I’ve also used my favorite trick of layering on different textures, giving dimension to all of the white on white. Once the lights are turned down, all the candles are lit, and we are gathered with a few friends, Christmas in LA will be pretty special too!

Ceramic Deer Head from Target // Small Wire brush trees from Target and Large // White Round Plates from Target // White Scalloped Plates (old) find similar here // Gold Chargers from Target // Gold Candle Holders from Target // Gold Ornaments from Target // White & Silver Flatware from World Market // Large Gold Mason Jar (used as candle hurricanes) from Target // Extra Large Gold Mason Jar (used as candle hurricanes) from Target // Faux Fur White Throw from Target

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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529  //  from the weekend: babymoon

spa day 29weeksIt may be Monday morning but in my head I am still floating the day away in Ojai. We had a wonderfully relaxing babymoon at the Ojai Valley Inn this weekend. I’ll have more on the trip soon!

Hope you all have a great week. x

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

528  //  in my bag: ojai babymoon

in my bag // ojai // babymoon // smitten studioRupe is treating me to a long weekend at the Ojai Valley Inn for our mini babymoon and I am looking forward to some spa time and a massage more that you can know. Such a treat! Here’s what I am taking with me.

Cable Knit Sweater by TopShop // Pleated Midi Dress from Asos (perfect for a night out and also makes a great holiday dress for mama’s to be) // Bag by Monserat de Lucca // Lace Chiffon Robe // Animal Print Zip Bikini by TopShop // Birkenstock Sandals (because they have saved my feet this pregnancy) // Leather-like Pants by 7 for all Mankind from Pea in the Pod // Foldover Clutch by Clare Vivier // Ankle Boots by Ugg // Zoe Bracelet by Jules Smith

For more of the “in my bag” series, check here.

527  //  my (bump) style: winter whites at 29 weeks

winter whites // bump style // smitten studioI wore this dress for Thanksgiving dinner, a daring move since food tends to miss my mouth lately and land smack dab on the belly, but it made it through the entire day unscathed. It also made for a very comfortable stint on the sofa while recovering from the turkey coma, turns out sweater dresses are all good by me.

winter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studioAny single item of clothing that you can throw on, and it makes an entire outfit is juuust perfect for the third trimester. :) I liked the lace detail in the shoulders which took care of the need for accessories, leaving me to just add a shoe and done!

Sweater Dress from Asos // Shoes by Charlotte Stone

To see more style posts, check here.

526  //  from the weekend: thanksgiving

thanksgiving weekendI hope you all had a really great extra long Thanksgiving weekend. We spent turkey day with just a few friends this year, Amanda of 100 layer cake obviously knows how to put together a table (and cook a turkey for that matter. :)). It was a day filled with thanks, football, yummy eats, and lingering at the table for hours with good conversation. Everything Thanksgiving should be cracked up to be. Oh how I love the holidays and am not afraid to be a total nerd about it.

The rest of the weekend Rupe and I laid pretty low enjoying the quiet time with just the two of us before baby’s February arrival. We dug a few christmas decorations out, did a little shopping small on saturday, brunched, got a mani & pedi, and then traded in my Mini Cooper for a more mommy sized car (I may have cried when I had to turn in the keys. Stupid but true… I realllly liked that car. ha).

How did you guys spend your holiday?

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

525  //  smitten travels: cayucos

cayucos-airbnb-sarahshermansamuelA few weeks back Rupe and I headed up the coast to meet up with some friends in the darling little beach town of Cayucos. It is situated just north of Morro Bay, not far from San Luis Obispo and about halfway between LA and San Francisco (which is where our friends were coming down from). We filled the weekend with walks on the beach, wandering around the town, antiquing, good food, and lots of laughs (you know, all the important things in life. :)).

california-road-tripcayucos-beach-2-sarahshermansamuelcayucos-airbnb2-sarahshermansamuelWe found this special Airbnb rental that felt part Swiss Family Robinson, part Wes Anderson film set (the bedroom is pictured in the first image). The nautical themed 2 and 1/2 story house (for real there was a half floor with about 4 foot high ceilings, between the top and bottom floors, perfect for kids to crawl into and with enough beds to sleep the Duggar family (ok not quite)) was just a few blocks from the beach and had this lovely back patio where we spent Saturday night, grilling, dining al fresco, and chatting around the fire.

cayucos-beach-sarahshermansamuelcalifornia-road-trip2morro-bayWe also took some side trips to towns like Morro Bay, (photo above) where we had a delicious breakfast at Dorn’s and San Luis Obispo, where we dined at Taste and Big Sky Cafe, as well as stopped by the Madonna Inn for a little color therapy in all shades of pink (photo from the dining room 1 image up on the right). I have yet to stay the night there but the secret kitsch loving side of me is dying to test out one of their ridiculous(-ly awesome) themed rooms, each on is different!

Our favorite foodie stop in Cayucos was Ruddell’s for the smoked fish tacos (which I actually couldn’t eat being pregnant and all, but I can attest that the smoked chicken taco’s were delicious :).

Images by me (iphone) more on instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel).

To see more of our travels, check here.