569  //  weekend scenes with Ergo Baby

ergo3bMy mama world just expanded all over again with my new found love of baby wearing. I’m not sure why I hadn’t gotten around to it before now, well actually I do know and it involves a bumpy recovery for me including catheters, infections, and other scary things that I have already started to block out of my memory, which prevented me from a lot of things at the beginning. Thankfully we are sailing along much more smoothly now and it helps that Archer just about makes our hearts explode out of his adorableness on a daily basis.

Seeing as I can not get enough of the peanut’s cuddles, I was pretty excited when Ergo Baby sent me over one of their wraps to try out. Now I am loving our neighborhood strolls, walks to the market, and being able to work with little A snuggled right up to me. I’m officially a baby wearing, hands free carrying, mobile mummy and a happy ball of mush. <3

ergo2bergo5bergo-1bOn a side note, can I just talk about how huge my little guy is already getting?! I can’t believe he was in my belly just 8 weeks ago. At this rate he will pass me up in size before too long, but not to worry, I’ve decided I am just going to wrap him up in this until his feet are dragging on the ground… don’t judge ;).

Baby Carrier Wrap by Ergo Baby // Jeans by Asos // Tee from J.crew // Wide Rimmed Fedora by Catarzi  // Shoes from Madewell (old) find similar here

568  //  shop picks: need supply co.

shop picks: need supply co. // sarah sherman samuelI am starting this new series, that I hope you’ll enjoy and find helpful, where I will highlight different shops and curate a gallery of my favorite picks from the shop.

First up is Need Supply Co. They have a brick & mortar store in Richmond Virginia, and I am a big fan of their online shop as well. They do such a great job of selecting items by unique designers and highlighting the well designed object. Above are my top picks from their current selection.

Lisbon Dress // Brass Age Bracelet // Avenue Shopper // Elizabeth Bikini Top // Tomorrow Bangle // Stone Dress // Faith Bikini Bottom // Ritual Necklace // French Press // Isla Heels // Bucket Bag // Long Bar Studs

567  //  scenes from the weekend

beach-baby-sarahshermansamuelsanta-monica-beach2This weekend was full of big milestones for me on the motherhood journey. My sister came to visit with her husband and two young kids from Wyoming and they were not about to stick around the house all day, so I quickly had to learn how to breastfeed on the fly and in public (gasp! ;)), something I wasn’t really looking forward to. It already sounds silly now, but I couldn’t imagine how I would ever be able to do it without my perfect little nursing station, my pillows set up just right etc, but there I was on the beach, nursing like a champ. ha!

And just like that, it opened up a whole new chapter. We were able to spend the day at the beach, get a delicious lunch at Playa Provisions, and spend a full day away from the house. The rest of the weekend was filled with more beach time, playing games on the santa monica pier, backyard picnics, dining out, and Archer’s first party! It was some good quality time with my sister and little A’s adorable cousins. More photos from the weekend after the jump…

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566  //  DIY Eucalyptus Wall Hanging

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelI’ve had a few requests to share the details on this DIY wall hanging I made a while back (you may have seen it in the works here, and on the blog here), so here she is!

This is definitely one of the easiest DIY‘s I have put together and I really just did it on the fly. You could also make it all your own by switching up the eucalyptus for flowers or other greenery, increasing the number of dowels used, etc. Really, the variations are endless… making me want to make another, and another!

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelSupplies needed: Fresh Cut Eucalyptus // Yarn // 3 Walnut Dowels 1/2″ x 36″ // Scissors

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelThe first thing I did was lay the dowels out on the floor, spaced out how I wanted them. Then I started with the full roll of yarn and tied the end onto the left side of the bottom dowel with a simple knot. I then tied knots on the next two dowels up and stretched the yarn out as high as I wanted it (about two feet above the dowels) and finished tying the rest of the knots, going down along the right side.

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelNext I gathered a bunch of eucalyptus and tied a piece of yarn around its’ end securing it together (repeating that step twice to make two bunches). Then finally I tied the eucalyptus bunches to the wall hanging with a bow, using the same yarn.

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelPretty fun right? Cracker is clearly impressed.

To see more of my DIY projects check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

565  //  from the weekend: sunday walks

from-the-weekend-playa-del-reyThis weekend we took our little down to Playa Del Rey and on our favorite walk along the channel and around the lagoon. We are starting to realize just how exciting it is to share our world with this new life. Everything we do now is “Archer’s first trip to the beach“, “Archer’s first shopping excursion“, or “Archer’s first Sunday nap while the Master’s is on TV” (I take my best naps when Rupe is watching golf. ha). I can only imagine how it will just get better as he gets older and is able to enjoy, interact, and remember all these firsts himself too.

I hope you had a nice weekend and maybe tried something new yourself! x sarah

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

564  //  kitchen before & after

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe kitchen had been 98% finished for… oh maybe about six months before we got around to the final touches. While we may have moved crazy fast on the recent bathroom reno, things get completed a little slower when it’s DIY.

Because really, after you’ve done the entire kitchen and ran out of supplies for the last pieces of trim, who wants to get all the tools out again just to put up some trim above the cabinets and finish off the toe-kicks? Not this girl… so I saved the project for when my dad came to town and made him do it. Dad’s are good for that sort of thing. And just like that… it is done! Don’t miss the “before and afters” after the jump!

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelWe used Semihandmade doors & drawer fronts that were custom made to fit Ikea cabinets, you can read more about the process here. We initially had a professional spray paint the fronts but when we extended the kitchen, we ended up buying a sprayer and painting them ourselves which you can read more about here.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelPreviously the kitchen was a tiny space, completely closed off to the rest of the house. We gutted it, opened it up, expanded it, and added on a separate laundry room so that we could move the washer and dryer out of the pantry and away from the dishwasher.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI sourced the Calacatta Marble from a slab yard in Van Nuys. I can’t say for sure, but I think I found it at Marble Unlimited. There are quite a few stone suppliers in Van Nuys and after visiting a bunch of them, we found the slab I wanted and I can’t remember exactly which one it was from. It makes a pretty perfect backdrop for my cutting boards hey? ;)

Your best bet if you are in the LA area is to drive out there and hop from one to another. Just a warning though, some of them only supply to contractors, you might want to ask first before getting your heart set on the perfect slab.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI knew I had to have brass in the kitchen and found these perfect pulls on myknobs.com (best website name ever?! ha). Cedar & Moss lighting was the icing on the cake and I am still SO in love with the cabinet color (it’s “pigeon” by Farrow & Ball btw). All the sources and side-by-side before and afters, after the jump…  Read the rest of this entry »

563  //  shopbop spring sale! in my cart

shopbop sale // my spring must haves // sarah sherman samuelIt’s my favorite sale of the year… the Shopbop 25% off everything spring sale! It has been awhile since I have shopped for anything non-maternity related so I am EXTRA excited to use the sale to stock my closet for summer. Here are a few of my spring sale must haves that I snatched up in my buying frenzy. I may have gone a little crazy with so many crop tops but I have been missing out on them for the last 9 months and as I thoughtfully explained to Rupe, I am just trying to reach my crop top quota, of course.

The sale only lasts from April 7 – 9th so get a move on!

Chambray Dress by Soft Joie // Gladiator Sandals by Schutz // Crop Top & Midi Eyelet Skirt by Zinke // Lauren Bracelet by Jason Wu // One-Piece Suit by Mara Hoffman // Peach Satchel by Phillip Lim // Jumpsuit by Kamali Kulture // Fringe Clutch by Rebecca Minkoff // Crop Top by Mason by Michelle Mason // Tassel Sandals by Loeffler Randall // Champray Crop Top by Loup // Arrow Ring by Shashi

562  //  from the weekend: day dates and archer’s first day out

mama's first day out // distressed denim & black pumps // sarah sherman samuelIt may have taken me 5 weeks but I did it… this weekend I finally got out of the house, and twice!

On Friday my doula dropped by to watch Archer for a bit so Rupert and I could have our first day date since baby and a little time with just the two of us. We had a long lunch at our favorite local spot and hit up a couple shops before running back to feed the little guy.  The next day we ventured out again and this time with baby in tow, to another fave spot by the same folks.

Overall, it was a huge success and much needed outings for me. Every little milestone like these are helping to build my mama confidence. The rest of the weekend we spent around the house, working on our our feeding, cuddling, walking around the hood, sleeping, and then feeding again cycle.

mama's first day out // distressed denim & black pumps // sarah sherman samuelbougainvillea // sarahshermansamuelbaby A // sarah sherman samuelfamily nap // sssbaby A // sarah sherman samuelI hope you all had a happy Easter from our family to yours.  xo

Distressed Jeans from Zara (old, find similar here) // Sweater from J.Crew // Black Elsie Pumps from J.Crew // Gold Bracelet by Brandy Pham

561  //  style at home: swan midi

style at home // swan print midi // sarah sherman samuelstyle at home // swan print midi // sarah sherman samuelstyle at home // swan print midi // sarah sherman samuelvstyle at home // swan print midi // sarah sherman samuelRupe got me this purdy skirt for my birthday, which he pulled from my “I want” pinterest board (such a handy thing for husbands, that pinterest), and of course I got all dressed up to sit around at home and take care of a newborn.  The full midi silhouette does kinda scream 50’s housewife after all right? So really I am just doing my part to fall into my new role.

Ok but seriously, I adore this skirt and will cherish these photos as our first family portraits. xo

Swan Print Midi Skirt from SheInside // Black Crop Top by Sugar Lips (sold out but find long sleeved version here) // Orange Onesie by Carters // Rupert’s shorts by Volcom // Shirt by The Original Penguin (sold out, find similar here)

Images by Katherine and Luke of Max and Friends