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baby bump love fest! aka maternity photos

maternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsI hope you guys are prepared for a whole lotta baby bump because I had the hardest time narrowing down options from such a unique batch of images that Katherine & Luke sent over from our shoot together. When I was introduced to their work, I instantly fell in love with their style and knew it would be a perfect match with mine, so I couldn’t wait to see what we could cook up together. When they came to our house to shoot they also couldn’t have been any sweeter to work with so it was a major win all around. I couldn’t think of a better way to document our little growing family.

maternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsWhen I first thought of getting professional maternity photos taken, I had talked to some friends and across the board, the ones that didn’t, regretted it, and the ones that did were so happy they had. So if you are on the fence at all, I say do it! Growing a baby is a beautiful, terrifying, and crazy business that goes by so fast and we will surely cherish these captured moments.

More photos and pregnancy talk after the jump!

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from the weekend: 32 week bump

32 weeks // dressing the bump // smitten studioI hope you all had a great Christmas. Rupert and I spent ours hunkered down with just the 2 (.5) of us and the dogs. It was the first time we didn’t travel to see family and I definitely missed them and the snow, but it was also really special knowing that it will be the quietest Christmas we will most likely ever have and this time next year a mini Rupe will be scooting around the tree.

Los Angeles is also a lot quieter in general, between Christmas and New Years, and I’ve enjoyed taking many a trips to get the best decaf latte in all the land without a line! Above we were on such a coffee run in celebration of hitting 32 weeks!

Shop the Look: Wide Rimmed Fedora by Catarzi // Jacket by TopShop (old) find similar here // Tank by Madewell // Wet Look Maternity Leggings from Asos  // Shoes from Madewell (old) find similar here

Image by me via iPhone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

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.

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering and congratulations to Chelsea for winning the Claremont!

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.

winter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studioAny single item of clothing that you can throw on, and it makes an entire outfit is juuust perfect for the third trimester. :) I liked the lace detail in the shoulders which took care of the need for accessories, leaving me to just add a shoe and done!

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

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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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