Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

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

end of summer social!

urbanic & a sunny afternoon summer social inviteI’m so excited to be co-hosting the “end of summer social” with Urbanic this year! If you have been to one of their events before, you know how much fun they are and we have a great line-up of vendors to help make it extra special. We will also be debuting the first ever A Sunny Afternoon paper goods with an exclusive Urbanic product collaboration! I also created a limited edition “picnic” print that the first 50 people in the door will be gifted! So if you’re in LA, come and celebrate the last days of summer with us, Thursday, September 4th… would love to see you there!

Hosts: Urbanic & A Sunny Afternoon // Planning by Gather Events // Mimosa bar by One Hope Wine // Treats by Yummy Pops // Flowers by Moon Canyon // Photography by Joanne Pio 

backyard baby shower

backyard-babyshowerbackyard-babyshower2Remember that baby shower I gave you a glimpse of a few weeks back? Today I’m sharing the rest of the sweet soirée. My friend Lauren Bradshaw of Walnut Animal Society (the cutest stuffed animals you ever did see) is expecting her 2nd baby boy very soon, so I teamed up with Audrey Woollen and Melody Hansen to throw her a celebratory shower in my backyard.

backyard-babyshower3backyard-babyshower4backyard-babyshower5Melody made the strawberry shortcake for dessert after we all dined on delicious grilled chicken and carnitas tacos homemade by fellow friend Bea Schlatter.

backyard-babyshower6backyard-babyshower8My backyard was transformed when I brought out the dining table from our previous house (currently stored in the garage) and rented those gorgeous bentwood chairs from Yeah Rentals. I found those white vintage fiberglass chairs that sit at each end of the table at the Long Beach Flea Market which make great captain’s chairs.

backyard-babyshower7backyard baby shower // smitten studiobackyard baby shower // smitten studioI made a few changes in the lounge area, just for the party, by switching out my cushions for some rentals and adding the pattern backdrop. I also swapped out the fireplace for a wicker peacock chair to give Lauren a proper throne that the expectant momma clearly deserves. :) It was our first time getting to entertain in the new patio space and I couldn’t love it any more.

backyard baby shower // smitten studiobackyard baby shower // smitten studioI hope you enjoyed seeing this fun fête, and my backyard, in a whole new light. To get all the details and see a ton more photos head over to 100 layer cakelet where it is being featured today!

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler // Event design and planning: Audrey Woollen from Urbanic Paper, Sarah Sherman Samuel from Smitten StudioMelody Hansen // Food: Beatrice Schlatter // Stationery: Smitten Studio // Linens: A Sunny Afternoon // Florals: Audrey // Rentals: Yeah Rentals

from the weekend: backyard dinner party

peonies // sarah sherman samuelWe flew back from England Saturday, arriving home in LA in the evening just in time to climb our jet lagged arses into bed and then wake up the next day to throw together a dinner party! (as a totally sane person does ;). I had already agreed to host the LA dinner party, with Anna Watson Carl for her cookbook road trip/tour, before our unexpected trip to the UK and there was no way I was going to give up a chance to have her to come and cook at my house. So, Sunday morning I went to the Santa Monica farmers market and found these gorgeous peonies, set up a table in the backyard, and welcomed some friends over for what turned into a really lovely evening.

Anna has been traveling the country since June 1st stopping in various cities and co-hosting dinners like this one to promote her cookbook project. She has collaborated with some hugely talented folks to create a beautiful cookbook and has a kickstarter going to raise money to self-publish!  To read more about the project check out her kickstarter!

Shop the look: Skirt by Topshop // Blouse by J.crew (find similar here)

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

from the weekend: backyard babyshower

baby-shower-weekendThis weekend I had the first of hopefully many a party in our backyard. Here is just a peek at the sweet baby shower for a dear friend. I can’t tell you how nice it was to finally be able have friends over and enjoy the space. We had brand new sod laid two weeks ago so it also happened to be the very first day we could walk on the grass! #cuttingitclose ;)

I’ll be sharing photos showing the whole party soon! Hope you had a lovely weekend. x

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

from the weekend: oscars and oh joy brunch

oh joy for target // brunch // sarah sherman samuelThis weekend I celebrated the upcoming launch of Oh Joy’s collaboration with Target at a brunch with creative friends and inspiring women, like Joy herself. The line is just as adorable as you think it would be (I call dibs on the bud vases! :)), and it launches march 16th! On Sunday Rupe and I did a major re-organization and cleaning marathon of the house, and since we both were completely out of clean clothes, towels, and underwear… we watched most of the Oscar’s at the laundromat!

Happy Monday!

Images by my via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

smitten studio + madewell event!

baseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventbaseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventbaseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventbaseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventbaseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventI’m so excited to announce that I am teaming up with one of my favorite brands, Madewell, to host an event next week! We will be celebrating the Santa Monica location’s 1 year Anniversary and the launch of their new Spring Collection. We’ll have sips and sweets, a special in-store discount, as well as a chance to win a Madewell gift card. I’ll be curating a rack of my favorites from the new collection to make your spring shopping even easier. So please stop by and say hello! I can’t wait to meet some of you there.

- Thursday, January 30th 7 to 9pm
- Madewell Santa Monica, 1349 3rd Street Promenade

Shopping Guide: Madewell Items… Baseball Sweater // Skinny Skinny Jeans in Waterfall // Calf Hair Zip Pochette // The Mira Heel

Glasses by Warby Parker

Happy New Year!

We spent New Years Eve with one of my oldest friends and her husband in a SUPER snowy chicago. We rented this great loft, shared a delicious meal, played ping pong, and danced our way into 2014. There was something really special about ending a year while reminiscing about our childhood and looking back at where we both were at different stages of life.

golden new years eve // smitten studioNow, looking back over the past year as it came to a close, I saw a lot of change in 2013. There were big changes in my career path, (I worked my last day at my previous job and launched A Sunny Afternoon), and changes in my surroundings (moving and renovating). This time last year things definitely looked a lot different from what they do now, and I’m looking forward to seeing where 2014 will take us.

I loved this quote by Neil Gaiman and it couldn’t ring more true for myself and for my wish to you…

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

I am still working out my resolutions for this year but I am sure it will be filled with more change, more doing, making, and seeing, and definitely more mistakes. I mentioned a few areas I would like to work at on instagram, like traveling more, worrying less, and loving more, but I’d like to make more specific goals as well, tangible things that lead to the bigger picture. Goals like hiring an assistant so that I am free to create more, or getting my studio set up and organized so that I am less frazzled. While I am still getting mine all sorted out, what are some of your resolutions for 2014?

Cheers to mistakes! x

Image by me, instagram @sarahshermansamuel

Metallic Shoes are from J.Crew // Skirt is from Akira