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I 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)
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.
Now, 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
I 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
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!
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?
I have to say it was
TORTURE a little difficult not eating all the hotcakes before shoot time, but somehow we managed. :)
Check out the lookbook here and some more images from the day after the jump…
Here’s a few more shots from our trip. My sister lives in a small town in Wyoming so after flying into Colorado, we had a 5 hour road trip ahead of us. The open road, the distant horizon and the change of scenery was a welcomed adventure that also made for a pretty great Halloween, made even better by taking the trip in our costumes. Oh yes, we did. More after the jump…
Remember the Flying Flamingo from my color palette inspiration? Well I got the print!! and I went big… 30″ x 40″ big, to be exact. I took it straight to Michaels where they do custom archival framing. I was a little scared to pass off my new treasured Sharon Montrose print to someone else, but at my framing appointment they treated it like gold with white gloves and all. I can’t wait to see the finished piece.
So, for now I will have to continue to ogle at all of the prints online until I get mine back home.
Let me just say, I have wanted a Sharon Montrose print for reaally long time. Seriously, the hardest part was trying to decide which one. Here are a few of my personal favorites.
The clean backgrounds really let the animals shine and I can’t help but anthropomorphize each one, thinking that the llama smirking at me must be the class clown or the stoic cougar is hiding something behind those beautiful eyes. I could stare at these all day.
If you aren’t familiar with Sharon’s work I highly suggest popping over to the Animal Print Shop. Just don’t blame me if you lose hours poring over each photo. ;)
When I think of what Palm Springs looks like, I think of the Ace Hotel. Add the decor with the super cozy beds (they have latex mattresses, I checked what kind because I liked the beds THAT much), the chilaquiles for breakfast and the fish tacos for lunch and I could move right in…permanently.
Even though I have stayed at the Ace in Palm Springs a multitude of times, every time I visit I still find little corners that I hadn’t discovered before. I love going during the week when the it’s quiet and the weekend madness hasn’t yet arrived.
I was there last week for an event called Designer Vaca where 50 some female designers gathered together for a little fun in the sun and a bit of work chat too. I spoke on a panel where I talked about my career path and the whys and hows of when I decided to quit my full-time job to launch my own business. I left the retreat feeling a sense of community that you don’t always get when you work solo a lot of the time. I mean how often do you get to be in a room with 50 people that have the same passion? (magic) It had me craving more creative collaborations and laughing until my cheeks hurt.
Images by sarah sherman samuel
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