430  //  from the weekend: L.A. loving

04.07.14-weekendI realized this weekend that we will have lived in LA for seven years now, this month! It took us a while to settle in but lately it just feels like it keeps getting better. I guess I made it past the seven year itch. :) We spent Saturday and Sunday jumping around town running errands but had so much fun furniture shopping, picking out fabric for some projects at home, while exploring parts of the city I rarely get to. We had a brunch at Sqirl that is always well worth the wait, picked up some sweet treats at Bottega Louie, and dinner at a favorite, Salt Air.

Hope you had a happy weekend.

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

429  //  smitten studio + 31Bits

31Bits-smittenstudio731Bits-smittenstudio3b31Bits-smittenstudio2b31Bits-smittenstudio631Bits-smittenstudio53I’ve shared a little about 31Bits in the past, but if you haven’t heard about the awesome things they are doing, you can take a peek at their mission here. In a nutshell, they work with women in Northern Uganda, purchasing jewelry from the artisans on a monthly basis creating a working relationship that empowers the women to rise above poverty. Really great right?

Well, they’ve recently doubled their do good power and have approached me about helping to get the word out about a new collaboration with “Not For Sale“, an organization that works to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery. I put this shoot together that features one of the pieces of jewelry that 31 Bits made exclusively for this new partnership, where over half of the profit will be donated to “Not For Sale”.

You can learn more about “Not For Sale” here, and shop the exclusive 31 Bits + NOT FOR SALE pieces, here and here.

Product Sources: Freedom Bracelet by 31 Bits // Brass Bangles from Madewell // Leather Tote from Zara (see I told you I was obsessed with that color) // Jeans c/o Madewell // Blouse from J.Crew

Images by Smitten Studio

428  //  my style: jeans, stripes, & a graphic tee

stripes & graphic tee // smitten studiostripes & graphic tee // smitten studiostripes & graphic tee // smitten studiostripes & graphic tee // smitten studiostripes & graphic tee // smitten studioIf you follow me on instagram you might remember this jacket from my birthday celebrations and an oscar party. As soon as I laid my pattern loving eyes on it, I had to make it mine and have been wearing the heck out of it ever since.

Jeans by Pilcro c/o Anthropologie // Graphic Tee by Madewell // Striped Jacket by Cartonnier from Anthropologie // Feather Bracelet by Monserat de Lucca // Shoes from Zara (old)

427  //  house update: talking wood floors, paint colors, & chaos

house update, stuccoOk guys, sorry for the lack of house updates. There hasn’t been anything too exciting going on and everything is still so not pretty, it isn’t very inspiring to take photos of, or look at, really. Thankfully the end is getting near(ish) and most of the major stuff is done! I can’t wait for the day that we can clean everything out of there and start over with a brand new blank slate. A status update on all the rooms and, as promised, a bit of the reality of living through a renovation, after the jump…

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426  //  shopping for a modern chandelier

chandelier shopping // smitten studioRemember when our house looked like this. It was after phase one of the kitchen renovation and when we were still trying to make the house look like it wasn’t all under construction (and before we gave up that pipe dream in our third month of the major renovation). You will be able to see how we’ve been living lately in the next post, but I wanted to take a look at this for my chandelier shopping needs.

I am sure we all can agree that lighting makes such a difference in a house. I have a real weakness for beautiful modern chandeliers. I could lose hours (and I already have) happily shopping for the perfect one. Here are my top picks!

modern chandeliers - round up // smitten studioLucky for me (not so lucky for the pocketbook) I have places for THREE different chandeliers! Two you’ll see in the photo above, one over the dining table and one to replace the ceiling fan, and the third will be in the master bedroom.

Zanadoo Chandelier // Kalmar Dome Ceiling Light // Thirteen Arm Vintage Chandelier // Agnes Chandelier // Meurice by Jonathan Adler // Satellite Chandelier by DWR

 

modern chandeliers - round up // smitten studioOne of my favorite sources for lighting is 1st Dibs, they have so many amazing vintage lamps. Of course most are way out of my budget, but it still helps to narrow down the style I want and it also makes me think doing a DIY like this one or this one, might also be a great option.
Which ones are your favorites?

Twelve Light VIntage Chandelier // Priti Chandelier // Satellite Six Chandelier // Stilnovo Vintage Chandelier // Black Cord Chandelier by Brendan Ravenhill // Half Dome Pendant by Allied Maker

For more product round-ups look here.
For all the product sources in the top photo look here.

424  //  A Sunny Afternoon + One Kings Lane!

sarah sherman samuel // one kings lane - artisanal sale // a sunny afternoonHappy Friday guys. I wanted to share some exciting news!

I’ve partnered up with One Kings Lane to do an A Sunny Afternooon Artisanal sale! I’ve been a big fan of One Kings Lane for quite some time, so when they approached me to sell my own products I about jumped out of my chair. They have partnered with so many top designers, tastemakers, and all around amazing creatives (I mean have you seen the “Paris with Kelly Wearstler” sale going on right now?) and I am seriously chuffed to be a small part of what they are doing.

The sale starts this Monday (the 31st) at 6pm, it will be packed with my A Sunny Afternoon goods, including a few new pieces, and be up for the week! Check out the preview here.

Image by Nicole LaMotte for One Kings Lane

423  //  my style: travel basics & anthropologie giveaway (closed)

pilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologiepilcro pant // smitten studio for anthropologieAnthropologie sent me these beautiful pants from their colorful line of Hyphen Chinos just in time for our trip to Miami and they quickly became a staple in my travel wardrobe. I picked the “candied ginger” colorway, which happens to be my latest hue obsession. You may also recognize it from my new studio floors… CAN NOT get enough of that color in my life.

Check out the other four lovely bloggers that Anthro teamed up with and what style they picked here.

And don’t forget to enter below for your chance to win a pair in the color of your choice!

Here’s the giveaway details…
To win a pair of the Hyphen Chinos:
1. leave a comment below saying which colorway is your favorite, and…
2. follow Anthropologie (@anthropologie) and myself (@sarahshermansamuel) on instagram

One Smitten Studio reader will be chosen at random and will be gifted their preferred Hyphen style. Good luck!

Shop the Look: Hyphen Chino from Anthropologie by Pilcro // White Blouse by Zara // Hat from Forever 21 // Gladiator Sandals by Sam Edelman (old) find similar here.

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering and congratulations to Phoebe for winning the Pilcro Chinos!

Images by Smitten Studio for Anthropologie