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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)

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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my style: travel basics & anthropologie giveaway (closed)

pilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologieAnthropologie sent me these beautiful pants from their colorful line of Hyphen Chinos just in time for our trip to Miami and they quickly became a staple in my travel wardrobe. I picked the “candied ginger” colorway, which happens to be my latest hue obsession. You may also recognize it from my new studio floors… CAN NOT get enough of that color in my life.

Check out the other four lovely bloggers that Anthro teamed up with and what style they picked here.

And don’t forget to enter below for your chance to win a pair in the color of your choice!

Here’s the giveaway details…
To win a pair of the Hyphen Chinos:
1. leave a comment below saying which colorway is your favorite, and…
2. follow Anthropologie (@anthropologie) and myself (@sarahshermansamuel) on instagram

One Smitten Studio reader will be chosen at random and will be gifted their preferred Hyphen style. Good luck!

Shop the Look: Hyphen Chino from Anthropologie by Pilcro // White Blouse by Zara // Hat from Forever 21 // Gladiator Sandals by Sam Edelman (old) find similar here.

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering and congratulations to Phoebe for winning the Pilcro Chinos!

Images by Smitten Studio for Anthropologie 

from the weekend: los angeles in two days

griffith observatory, los angeles // @sarahshermansamuelI got to play tourist in my own city this weekend with one of my best gal pals who was visiting from San Francisco. We caught up while buzzing around town to a lot of my favorite spots. Here’s the short list for our whirlwind weekend in LA.

We had an unforgettable dinner at Alma, a peek at the new Ace Hotel downtown, a manicure at the most beautiful nail salon in Beverly Hills, brunch at Gjelina & Salt Air, shopping on Abbot Kinney as well as in Silver Lake, another tasty meal at Sqirl, hiking and taking in the view at Griffith Observatory, tacos and drinks at Alibi room, and a long, and by then, delirious meal at Cafe Gratitude.

Image by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

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 

from the weekend: lake michigan winter wonderland

lake michigan // sarah sherman samuelI got my white Christmas after all! We arrived in Michigan to a fresh blanket of snow that continued to grow as the week went on. If you’ve been following me along on instagram, you may already be sick of the wintry photos but I can’t stop!

Where my parents live, in the southern part of Michigan, they don’t usually have this much snow this early in the year, so I am in heaven! We hiked, sledded, and walked along the frozen shore until the sun went down. Not a bad way to spend the last weekend of the year.

Image by me, instagrammed here: @sarahshermansamuel

smitten links: 03

link-love-novemberHope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you are staying in and avoiding the black friday madness like me, here are a few great things for your viewing pleasure. :)

1: The beautiful work of Workstead. This Salon they designed from an old brothel is particularly gorgeous.

2: There’s a new online (and brick & mortar) shop in town. Loneflag is a well-edited mix of premium products (and also one of the first select stockists of A Sunny Afternoon!)

2: This collection of patterned scarves, pretty prints & lovely styling.

4: If you haven’t heard of Tiny Atlas Quarterly yet, I would suggest you hop over to their site and take a look at their past online issues. Its a publication that features what happens when creatives (photographers, stylists, art directors, etc etc) are at play. It’s not work done for a client, it is a collaboration of their own designing and that is why it has struck a chord with me.

They are currently working on their next issue and have a kickstarter project to fund it! If you’d like to see the stunning photography and travel stories in print, head over to their kickstarter page to sponsor the project. There are only 2 days to go! There are all levels of pledges, you can pledge $25 for your own printed issue, and from $30 to $1500 for different limited addition prints from Tiny Atlas contributors. Let’s help them make this publication happen!

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch & Shop Update!

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update  // Smitten Studio I am thrilled to share that we just launched a big A Sunny Afternoon shop update where I not only re-stocked some of the most popular and ongoing items, but I released new designs along with a tasty new lookbook.

What better way to mark a new collection then a pancake brunch?

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update  // Smitten StudioI have to say it was TORTURE a little difficult not eating all the hotcakes before shoot time, but somehow we managed. :)

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update // Smitten StudioI hope you guys find something you like! You can see the new boards here (including the most requested, a large hexagon), along with the new tea towels, and napkins.

Check out the lookbook here and some more images from the day after the jump…

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