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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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in my bag: palos verdes beach day

in my bag // palos verdes // smitten studioEvery weekend we can, we pack up the car and head to one of the beautiful beaches up or down the coast. While we only live within spitting distance from Venice Beach, I love the rocky (and less crazy town) beaches in Palos Verdes and Malibu.  Here’s what I pack for a picture perfect day at the beach.

Beach Umbrella // Maxi Dress by Vix // Sunhat by Eugenia Kim // Sunglasses by Karen Walker  // Iphone case by Jordan Carlyle // Swimsuit by TopShop // Picnic Basket by A Sunny Afternoon // Sandals by Joie a la Plage  // The Perfect Sunscreen  // Kinfolk Magazine // Black and White Beach Towel

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Modern Bed & Bath Accessories

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top picks from target room essentials // smitten studioI have been slowwwwwly collecting accessories and finishing touches for our new bedroom and bath. I have made some headway since my last progress posts here and here (and promise an update soon) but I am still without a lot of the basics like oh, bedding, nightstands, lighting, and basically every possible accessory you would need in the bathroom. So, I was really pleased when Target sent me a link to all of their new Room Essentials products. Above, I picked out a few of may favorite items to help round out a modern bed & bath.

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Desk Lamp // Wire Basket // Jersey Sheet set // Chevron Pillow // Bath Rug // Ottoman 

shopping for a console table & entry update

modern console table round-up // smitten studioI’m in the market for a new console table for our entryway, so I’ve scoured the internet for my favorite modern options. You may remember how the space looked before (below) while we were using an existing piece of furniture for the entry table. While I did love the storage, the proportions weren’t great for the space. It stuck out into a walkway a bit too far (too deep) and we also wish it was a lot longer (too squat).

Strut Console by Blu Dot // Rustic Storage Console by West Elm // Quad Console from Target // George Console from Oly // Frame Console by Crate & Barrel // Brent Console by Worlds Away // Brass X-base Console by Lawson Fenning // Mill Console by CB2

Entryway smitten studioI have since moved the wall hanging to a different spot in the house, repurposed the bar in the spare bedroom, and the gave the rug a new home in the den. So basically, we are starting again from scratch. Below is a peek at how it is coming along and where the console will sit.

entryway progress // smitten studioThe one item I did get so far was this oversized mirror to hang above the console. We had it custom made by a local glass & shower company at the same time that they made our glass shower enclosure (bathroom update soon). We also switched out the door for a more modern wood option (don’t mind the painters tape on the glass we are mid-project on staining and finishing the door). I love how the wood breaks up the white walls. So what do you think? Which long, skinny console would you pick?

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To see the before, before photos check here.
To see all the renovation progress check here.

Sources for bottom photo: Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Vintage Hardoy Chair from Surfing Cowboys // Sofa from HD buttercup // Coffee Table is Vintage found at the Long Beach Flea // Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr