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in my hospital bag

in my bag // hospital bag essentials // sarah sherman samuelAny day now it will be time to have a baby and our bags are officially packed. I am not sure which items I will actually end up using and which I won’t, but I’d rather err on being over prepared than under. I pulled from baby apps, what my doula told me to bring, and anything I thought would come in handy and made my own list of what I’ll be bringing with me to the hospital for our birth trip.

For personal care/toiletries to tuck into my bag, I turned to The Honest Company. They sent me over a sampling of their all natural goods and I was so impressed with the quality, so when they invited me to share what I’d be taking to the hospital, I thought you guys might want a peek as well.  I first found out about The Honest Company through instagram and their adorable diaper selection, but they also just launched an entire feeding section which has high quality items dedicated to the nursing mother, as well as formula fed babes, so I have a feeling I will be looking to them for just about all things in natural baby care.

In my hospital bag:
(Items in gallery above)

Diaper Bag by Barrington
Robe by Calvin Klein
Lip Balm by Honest Company
Nursing Nightgown by My Tummy
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Notebook from Need Supply (somewhere to record thoughts and moments you don’t want to forget)
Newborn Hat & Socks by Little Hip Squeaks
One Piece Newborn Zip-Front (take home outfit) from Old Navy
Flip Flops by J.Crew (for the shower)
Organic Nursing Cover & Scarf by Honest Company
Slippers by Slippers International
Organic Nipple Balm by Honest Company
Socks by Stance
Nursing Bra by Cake Lingerie

Additional Items (not shown)
Massage Oil & Essential Oils of choice
Underwear
Sweatshirt/Sweater
Clothes to wear home
Make-up
Hairbrush & Hair Bands
Lollipops
Yoga Ball
Honey Sticks (to keep up the energy)
Bottled Drinks & Snacks for you and your partner
Receiving Blanket
Emery Board or Baby Nail Clippers
Car Seat in Car
Camera
Phone & Charger (loaded with a playlist)
Copies of birth plan
Cord Blood Kit
Insurance Card & I.D.

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This post was done in collaboration with The Honest Company, all thoughts and ideas are my own.

valentine’s day gift guide for him

valentine's day gift guide for him // smitten studioNow I couldn’t leave out the guys! I’ve rounded up a few V-day goodies for them too, because manly chocolate and x & o boxers are a sure win. :)

Liberty Print Tie by J.Crew // Brass Key Ring by Areaware // Chocolate Bar by Mast Brothers // Sunglasses by RayBan // Horseshoe Game Set // I Fucking Love You Card // Peg & Awl Canvas Bag from Free People // Wrist Watch by Larsson & Jennings // Headphones by Master & Dynamic // Shaving Set by Baxter of California // XO Boxers from J.Crew // Leather Wallet from Steven Alan

and speaking of the boys… Free People has an all new Men’s Section and in honor of the occasion they sent Rupe his Valentine’s gift a little early this year. Check the handsome fella out below. :) I picked out the weekender bag for him, because you know we like our little getaways.

rupert-weekender-2men's weekender bag I think it suits him just right, hey? And if you missed it yesterday, make sure to check out my gift guide for the ladies. xo

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

valentines gift guide for her

valentine's day gift guide for her // smitten studioHint, hint, wink, wink… here are a few lust worthy items I’ve rounded up for some V-day gift ideas for us gals. Maybe accidentally leave your browser open here or share the link with your cupid. Personally, I’d like one of each please. :)

Tassel Clutch by Lauren Merkin // Knot Bangle by Kate Spade // White Lace Bra by Huit // Rifle Paper Love Note // Drop Back Romper // Pastel Planter by Elizabeth Benotti // Blush Bag // Polka Dot Vase by Jen Kuroki (to fill with flowers of course) //  Kiss Me Earings by Kate Spade // Clutch by Lauren Merkin // Lip Bullet // Compartes Chocolate 

 

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

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in my bag: malibu

in my bag // malibu // smitten studioRupe and I have a wedding to go to in Malibu this weekend, and while it is not too far of a drive for us, I thought we should make a fun little mini-vaca out of it. I am becoming increasingly aware that these romantic weekend trips will probably be put on hold for a long while after baby comes, so I am going to fit in as many as we can until then.  I found a little cottage on AirBnB that is tucked up in the mountains and while I can’t wait to celebrate the newlyweds, I will also be looking forward to some calm respite in the woods.

In my bag is a mix of maternity and non-maternity wear. I can still fit into most regular tees and tops but at 21 weeks I’ve made the cross-over to maternity dresses and jeans. I have been loving Asos and TopShop for the mama-to-be clothes as they are pretty reasonably priced, but also fashion forward instead of frumpy and blah. I am to the point where I don’t feel very attractive in this crazy changing body and having cute clothing options are definitely a help.

Product Sources: Lo & Sons Leather Camera Bag // Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera // Butterfly Print Dress by Asos Maternity // Lingerie by TopShop // Gold Clutch by Diane Von Furstenberg // Maternity Pillow by Bump Nest (I seriously can’t go one night without it) // Studded Ankle Boot // Moto Jeans by TopShop Maternity // Burts Bees Belly Butter // Gold Cuff Bracelet by Giles & Brother // Hello Goodbye Tee by J.Crew

Sidenote: I have been asked a lot about what camera I use and while all my instagram and most of my travel photos are just shot on my iPhone, my interior shots on the blog and style posts are taken on my Canon 7D (which I included above). Also, some of you have asked about a tutorial on my editing process for my iPhone photos and I promise I will put one together soon!

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in my bag: road trip edition

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Last week I shared about our recent road trip and while it’s still on the brain, I’m giving you a peek at what came with me. I basically lived in my swimsuit for the majority of the trip, so bikini, hat, and sunglasses were obvious must-haves.

I love rompers for their simplicity and versatility (to dress up or down), so one of those usually makes it into my bag. What I didn’t take into account was how many times I would have to stop and completely undress to go to the bathroom, which as a pregnant traveler was A LOT (slightly annoying this time, but not enough to deter my romper love).  Some denim cut-offs, comfortable shoes, and a tee were perfect for meandering through scenic trails, and for the longer stretches of time in the car, leggings were a comfy way to go. Once out of the car, I then dressed them up for dinner with the help of a statement shoe and gold cuff.

Below is the version I wore for our night out in Sedona. Road trip chic. ;)

black and white // smitten studioblack and white // smitten studioblack and white // smitten studioblack and white // smitten studioblack and white // smitten studioLeggings c/o Athleta // Black & White Check top by Madewell (old) find similar here or here // Sunglasses by Illesteva // Shoes by Zara, (old) find similar here // Bag by Chiyome // Cuff from Principessa, find similar here

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home progress: entryway part 2

entry, hanging chair // smitten studioLast time I shared about the entryway I had it all covered… to the right of the door. Now, I’ve turned my attention to the left of the door and started a little seating area with the addition of a pretty little hanging chair.

entry, hanging chair // smitten studioOriginally, I was going to add a simple long bench in front of the window but there is so much space there. I wanted to be able to fill it a bit more than a bench would, and a hanging chair is always good for some personality and filling a space but not weighing it down.

Next, I want to round out the area with some sort of occasional table to sit next to the chair. A place for books, mail, etc., and also a place to prop up my feet when perched in the chair. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite options below.

coffee/occasional table round-up // smitten studioI have my heart set on one of these guys but I do fancy each of them. Which would you choose?

Free Range Coffee Table by Blu Dot // Shroom Table by CB2 // Semisfera by Anthropologie // Rustic Storage Table by West Elm // Trienna Table by Artek // Round Glass Top Table by Urban Outfitters 

Other Sources: Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant & planter from Home Depot

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

To see all of the home renovation progress, check here.
To see the entryway before, check here.

house update: finished bed & shopping for nightstands

recovered-bedNot a lot has happened in the bedroom since I last checked-in, however we did finish re-upholstering the old bed (more on that in a minute). Now, we are on the hunt for some nightstands. I stole the little plant stand from next to the dresser so I have something to put a glass of water on at night but Rupe still has nowhere to put his Harlequin novels (what’s a man to do!). So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite nightstand options to try and narrow the search.

nightstand round-up // smitten studioGood nightstands are like the unicorn of home furnishings. So hard to find! I tend to like larger, more dresser sized nightstands like the campaign style or the double drawer, but in this space they might be a bit tight. I also love the look of a simple brass side table like the libby or the hexagon but they don’t offer up any storage. I thought I had found the perfect one when West Elm came out with the Penelope nightstand but they only make the all white version in large and, by george, I wanted the wood one in LARGE. What to do, what to do.

Penelope Nightstand // James Nightstand // Campaign Style // Hexagon Side Table // Catalina Nightstand // Tall Storage Nightstand // Audrey Nightstand // Double Drawer Dresser // Libby Side Table

To see all of the home renovation progress check here.

To get the rundown on how we reupholstered the bed, continue on after the jump!

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