514  //  5 minute DIY halloween costume

last minute halloween // diy costume // burglar // smitten studioRunning a little behind on the halloween costume this year? ME TOO (insert clenched teeth emoji). I went to a costume shop yesterday and the line at the register was all the way out the door so I hightailed it out of there and turned to my closet to create a quick costume from things I already had. My maternity wardrobe isn’t all that grand yet, so I had limited choice, but a black and white striped dress (used as a shirt) was the perfect beginning to a sneaky little robber costume.

last minute halloween // diy costume // burglar // smitten studiolast minute halloween // diy costume // burglar // smitten studioFor the mask I sliced up a black re-usable grocery bag, cut two holes for eyes, tied it around my head, and done. I then drew a $ on a white canvas bag for my loot and called in my sidekick Pikku. A pattern mixing burglar of course tops it off with polka dot gloves.

One of these years I will start planning costumes before the day of, but it has worked ok for me for a mermaid last year and some creepy dolls the year before, and I swear some of the best costumes come out straight out of your closet.

Here are a few other easy DIY costumes that you may be able to find stuff around the house for.
A Pretty Pineapple
Audrey Hepburn
Rosie the Riveter
Mary Poppins

Sources: Maternity Leggings by Gap // Striped Maternity Tunic Asos // Black Suede Boots by Steve Madden // Gloves by Old Navy

512  //  from the weekend: nesting & beach breaks

manhattan-beachWe had a busy weekend of errands and closet planning (our new master bedroom closet is still an empty box). Our clothes are currently in a huge pile on the bed in the guest bedroom, which is supposed to become nursery, so after a trip to Home Depot and a marathon Ikea mission (aren’t they always), we have some ingredients to build out the closet and make room for baby. We rewarded ourselves after the exhausting day of shopping with a break at the beach, watching the big waves crash in and eating my favorite iced oatmeal cookies.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. x

Image by me via iPhone & instagram (follow at @sarahshermansamuel)

511  //  A Sunny Social at Urbanic

a sunny afternoon + urbanic stationery line // smitten studioA few weeks ago we launched an A Sunny Afternoon paper line in collaboration with everyone’s favorite LA stationery boutique, Urbanic. (a few selects shown above). We also teamed up to host an “End of Summer Social” that brought bloggers, design lovers, and party goers together in celebration of the partnership. Right now the stationery is only available in the store but I will give you the heads up when you can purchase them online!

Below are photos from the event shot by Joanne Pio and don’t miss the video, at the end, that captures all the fun of the night by California Electric.

a sunny afternoon + urbanic social // smitten studioa sunny afternoon + urbanic social // smitten studioa sunny afternoon + urbanic social // smitten studioa sunny afternoon + urbanic social // smitten studioa sunny afternoon + urbanic social // smitten studioThat handsome mad behind the bar is none other than Rupe himself (just to clarify any questioning as to why I sneak a kiss from the bartender in the video. :), serving up some bubbly from the One Hope Wine mimosa bar.

a sunny afternoon + urbanic social // smitten studioa sunny afternoon + urbanic social // smitten studioThank you to everyone that came out, that couldn’t come out but wanted to ;), and all of the amazing vendors that helped make it happen.

See more photos on 100 Layer Cake today!

Photographer: Joanne Pio / Videographer: California Electric / Venue, Host, Paper Goods: Urbanic / Host, Home Goods, Paper Goods: A Sunny Afternoon / Window Displays & Event Design: GATHER Events / Floral Design: Moon Canyon / Dessert: Yummy Pops / Bar: One Hope Wine / Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals

A Sunny Social from California Electric on Vimeo.

510  //  home update: in the bedroom

master bedroom // smitten studioSince my last bedroom post, we hung a Debbie Carlos print and installed some new Cedar & Moss sconces. Although the new bedroom has been coming along slowly (building it from the ground up didn’t speed up the process. :), it has been so great filling it only with items I love (a practice in editing, for sure) and knowing the designers and artist behind pieces like the print and lights makes each one even more special.

master bedroom // smitten studiomaster bedroom // smitten studiomaster bedroom // smitten studiomaster-bedroom-smittenstudio6master bedroom // smitten studioIn last bedroom update I was also on the search for the perfect nightstand and as I mentioned then, finding a good nightstand is a difficult feat. Well, finding a good one that has a very specific measurement… even harder. Turns out 24″ – 26″ wide nightstands aren’t the norm so I started looking for alternatives. I may eventually end up making my own but as soon as I saw this vintage chair and the measurements were dead on, I had to have it. I have always loved the casual look of a side chair as a nightstand (a couple great examples here and here). Now I just need to find it a mate for Rupe’s side.

Product Sources: Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos // Wicker Chair (vintage) from Venice Vintage Paradise // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bedding by Parachute  // Ombre Throw Blanket from Terrain // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here)

To see all of the home renovation progress check here.
To see the “before” home tour check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

509  //  from the weekend: baby showers & birthday parties

10.20.14weekendThis weekend we got a taste of what is to come with a little one. I had a friend’s baby shower on Saturday and then a 4 year olds birthday party on Sunday. We were surrounded by little ones, moms and moms and dads to be, and I found myself thanking God I have friends with kids to help show me the way (especially one’s that throw an epic boy scout party like the one above! :).

I reached the 5 month mark and might not wear anything but dresses for the rest of the pregnancy. So comfortable and who needs pants anyway?

Shop the look: Dress from Asos similar (less expensive) option here // Chambray Bomber from Anthropologie (old) find similar here // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson // Sunglasses by Illesteva

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

508  //  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.

507  //  from the weekend: malibu

end of summer // malibu // smitten studiomalibu airbnb // smitten studioPool time, book reading, a beautiful wedding, beach days, and this peaceful mountain top rental property made for a pretty wonderful weekend in Malibu for this mama to be. I found the cabin on Airbnb which came complete with a private pool and gorgeous mountain views. Even though we were less than an hour from home, we could have been a million miles away, waking up to the sound of a distant rooster crow and cows mooing! I love living in the city but I also crave these quiet escapes.

morning view // malibu airbnb // smitten studioOur morning view of the mist coming up from the ocean (above) and the walk down to my favorite beach, El Matador, which was just a short drive down the mountain.

el matador state beach // smitten studiobackyard wedding // malibuI have never been to a more stunning backyard wedding. Candles floated in the pool, hung from the trees in lanterns, and were nestled all around the garden. The interior shot was of the bride and groom’s house, I just couldn’t NOT take a photo. :)

el matador state beach // smitten studioel matador state beach // smitten studioWe ended the weekend with a day at El Matador and at 21 weeks pregnant the walk back up to the car was definitely a little more difficult than I remember! (still worth it though).

Places we enjoyed:
Our Airbnb Rental
Nobu (best seaside restaurant)
The Malibu Cafe (tucked back in the mountains about 6 mins from our rental)
El Matador State Beach
Malibu Wines (we didn’t go this trip but great for wine tasting)
Malibu Country Mart (shopping and star sighting if you are into that ;)

Images by me via iPhone/instagram. (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

506  //  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!

For my of the “in my bag” series check here.