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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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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)

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 travels: joshua tree & 29 palms inn

joshua tree // smitten studiojoshua tree // smitten studiojoshua tree // 29 palms inn // smitten studiojoshua tree // 29 palms inn // smitten studioI remember driving through Joshua Tree National Park on a family vacation as a youngster and being thoroughly unimpressed. I’m not sure if I was too young to appreciate the landscape (big deal another weird looking tree) or if my motion sickness from the drive tainted the experience (vomiting tends to do that, eww), but now that I’ve revisited it a few times as an adult I have completely fell in love with its wide open spaces, unusual terrain and otherworldly plant-life.  More after the jump…

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smitten travels: wyoming & south dakota

halloween road trip // smitten studiohalloween road trip // smitten studiowyoming ghost townopen road // smitten studioHere’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…

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smitten travels: the ace, palm springs

palm springsthe ace palm springsthe ace, palm springsthe ace palm springsthe ace, palm springsthe ace, palm springsWhen 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.

To get a better glimpse into the event check out this video by Jaymee of JayAdores

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from the weekend: palm springs getaway

05.13.13 weekendIt was high time to get out of the house and get in some relaxation time. Rupe surprised me with a weekend trip to Palm Springs to take a break from the busy whirlwind my days have become lately and to celebrate his almost finished recovery after surgery. We happily swam, read, ate, and relaxed the weekend away at Korakia Pensione.

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