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my (bump) style: pencil skirt & cardigan

pencil-skirt2pencil-skirt5pencil-skirt4640pencil-skirt3pencil-skirtI’ve always been a fan of the pencil skirt and the silhouette has come even more of a staple in my wardrobe during my pregnancy. Here at 30 weeks I’m pairing it with these non-maternity tops, a cozy fair isle cardigan and a cropped blouse (you may remember it from our pregnancy announcement video looking just a little less filled out ;).

The key to styling clothes around the bump successfully, for me, is to keep at least either the top or the bottom closely fitted, otherwise you can end up just looking like a big blob (and for heaven’s sake I already feel so blobbish, it makes a girl feel better not to look it too). The pencil skirt does the trick here, while I was able to layer up and go more loose and flowy top.

Fair Isle Cardigan by Old Navy and similar here // Pencil Skirt by Old Navy (sold out but find similar here) (and a non-maternity version here) // Top by Zara // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson 

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lo and sons camera bag giveaway

loandsons-giveaway5smgiveaway-loandsonsTis the season for giving and this week I am teaming up with Lo & Sons to give away one of their leather camera bags, the Claremont! I have been using this bag as my sole camera bag for the last few months and I have to say I LOVE it. It has gone on all of our weekend trips, carries both my canon 7d and a spare lens, and looks more like a beautiful handbag than a camera bag.

loandsons-giveawaysm3loandsons-giveawaysmloandsons-giveaway4smloandsons-giveaway6smIf you haven’t heard of Lo & Sons, I am happy to be the one to introduce you. It is a family owned travel and lifestyle bag brand, started by a mother and two sons, and is based out of NYC. Their bags are built to travel light, without compromising on style or function, which is a win, win, win for me. Above are photos from our trip to Ojai with the Claremont in tow.

Giveaway details:
One winner will receive The Claremont leather camera bag by Lo & Sons (a $300 value).

TO ENTER: leave a comment below saying where you would like to take the bag first AND then enter here.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, December 12th. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Sorry, limited to US readers only. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and then announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

my (bump) style: winter whites at 29 weeks

winter whites // bump style // smitten studioI wore this dress for Thanksgiving dinner, a daring move since food tends to miss my mouth lately and land smack dab on the belly, but it made it through the entire day unscathed. It also made for a very comfortable stint on the sofa while recovering from the turkey coma, turns out sweater dresses are all good by me.

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Sweater Dress from Asos // Shoes by Charlotte Stone

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my (bump) style: stripes & plaid 2 ways

mixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuel27 weeks and counting with this bun in the oven! I can not believe the third trimester is here. Switching gears from my pattern mixing on the table to pattern mixing in my wardrobe, I’m sharing how to combine plaid and stripes two ways and both looks work with or without a baby bump. :)

mixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelAdding a holiday worthy plaid to your wardrobe can be easy as layering on a scarf. The pattern is bold enough that even in a small accessory it makes a big statement. In order to keep the rest of the outfit from fading into the background I chose a graphic stripe to compliment the large plaid.

mixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelmixing stripes and plaid 2 ways // bump style // sarah sherman samuelFor this look, with the black skirt as a base I have added all the pattern on pattern fun on the top. To make the plaid and stripes mixing extra easy on this one, I’ve kept with the common palette of black and white. A combo I can’t seem to get enough of lately.

Look One Sources:  Scarf by Old Navy // Dress by Asos // Feather Bracelet by Monserat de Lucca // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson

Look Two Sources: Pencil Skirt by Old Navy (the version I have is no longer available but can find similar here) // Plaid Blouse by Old Navy // Striped Jacket by Cartonnier from Anthropologie // Cuff by The 2 Bandits // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.
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my (bump) style: fall trench & ripped jeans

fall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studioWe just had a few lovely days that started to feel like fall here in LA and I took the opportunity to break out one of my favorite autumnal staples, the long trench coat. I love the versatility of a trench and how it can turn these ripped jeans and tank into a polished look. The length also helps make even this 25 week pregnant lady feel longer and leaner.

fall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studioAnd can we just talk about these jeans for a second? Thank you Asos for offering so many non frumpy maternity options.

Blue Trench from Principessa, find similar here, here, and here // Wide Rimmed Fedora by Catarzi // White Tank by James Perse // Ripped Black Maternity Jeans by Asos, (find non-maternity here) // Ankle boots by Steve Madden,  find similar here // Bag by Chiyome // Cuff by The 2 Bandits // Triangle ring from Moorea Seal // Quadruple V ring by K/ller Collection // Nars Lip Pencil in Timanfaya Park 

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my (bump) style: sweats in the city!

AdvertisementAdvertisementmy bump style // 22 weeks // smitten studioWell it’s official, I have a recognizable baby bump! A perfect stranger asked if I was expecting and it made me so happy, ha! And so begins my quest for dressing my growing belly in stylish ways that don’t scream maternity (and are comfortable too!).

my bump style // 22 weeks // smitten studiomy bump style // 22 weeks // smitten studio my bump style // 22 weeks // smitten studio my bump style // 22 weeks // smitten studioI’ve been mixing in a few leggings and now joggers (aka more stylish sweatpants) into my wardrobe which are obvious go-tos for comfort but to take them out of the house they need a little structure and polish. I matched mine with a leather jacket and my new favorite heeled booties to run errands and show off the new bump!

Maternity Joggers by Old Navy // Leather Moto Jacket by Elevensees, in Wine here, or find similar here, and a vegan option here // Tank from Forever 21 (old) find similar here // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson // Clutch by Old Navy // Rings by Moorea Seale, K/ller, and L. Frank Jewelry // Necklace by Loren Stewart

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy‘s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

in my bag: road trip edition

This post brought to you by Athleta, the premier fitness fashion brand for women.

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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my (life) style: chambray bomber & leopard print

sarahshermansamuel-by-loumoraRecently, I had the pleasure of working with photographer Lou Mora for a little “day in the life” series. He literally followed me around with a camera for a day, while I worked in my studio, took a coffee break, walked the dogs, and stuck my head in some bougainvillea (as I do, habitually of course).  Lou has such a talent for capturing people authentically. He brings the genuine personality out of someone and somehow gets it just right in an image. Even if it means baring my snaggle tooth (like below), he does it beautifully.

sarahshermansamuel-by-loumora3sarahshermansamuel-by-loumora2sarahshermansamuel-by-loumora4My favorite part of the day is often taking a pause from my studio and getting the dogs out for a walk, and now with the bun in the oven, I find it even more important to find time like this to slow down and enjoy a break or two.  Also, with this new baby bump starting to grow, I have been LIVING in loose dresses like this one. I am pretty sure you can’t get anything more comfortable than a lightweight silk shift and comfort is the name of the game these days.

Images by Lou Mora (his Instagram is also a great follow)

Shop the look: Leopard Dress by Joie (sold out) find matching blouse here, or similar dress here // Chambray Bomber Jacket from Anthropologie (sold out) find similar here // Ankle Boots by Ash

my style: summer loving

beach-tunic-smittenstudio4Not long ago I found myself in Palm Springs for a pool party and realized I somehow forgot to pack a kaftan/tunic/beach cover-up. I mean CRISIS! ;) Minutes before the party we were downtown and I saw the perfect one hanging in a storefront window, so I rushed in and bought the lacey tunic before I even knew where I was and before my stylish friends could find out the truth about my lapse in packing skills. Lo and behold, this is my true story about when Chico’s saved the day!

beach-tunic-smittenstudio3beach-tunic-smittenstudio5beach-tunic-smittenstudio6beach-tunic-smittenstudioWord of my brush with ‘pool party dress code failure’ spanned across the land and Chico’s wanted me to share the harrowing tale with you (OK, the spreading of the word part didn’t really happen, but when they asked me to work with them, I jumped at the chance to share my story and my new secret (now, not-so-secret) source for beach/pool wear). A couple other beachy items on my list are this bag and this poncho.

Shop the Look: Intricate Lace Tunic by Chico’s  // Sandals by Vince Camuto find similar here or here // Feather Bracelet by Monserat de Lucca // Sunglasses by illesteva // Bikini by Tori Praver

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