475  //  from the weekend: michigan to la

cabin-weekendThis weekend we said sayonara to the cabin for a little while and headed back to LA, but not before sitting on the beach through one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve seen yet, and savoring every last minute in our little place of refuge. No cell signal and no wifi meant a forced unplugging but I have to say for the most part it was pretty great. A true getaway. Hope you had a lovely weekend. x sarah

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

473  //  from the weekend: cabin time

lake-michigan-cabinWe made it over to the cabin this weekend and had my sister and her family (2 kids and husband), and my parents over for a day at the lake, BBQ and all. My sister lives in Wyoming so it was a real treat to have her and my adorable niece and nephew there. Living far from family isn’t always the easiest but it definitely makes it extra sweet when you can gather a few together. Hope you had a great weekend.

Image by me iphone/instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

472  //  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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471  //  in my bag: michigan (again)

in my bag michigan I’m packing my bag for Michigan again, yee haw! I’m excited to get back to the cabin, the beach, and also to get to work on that Michigan guide idea. So glad you guys are on board! Here’s a few items perfect for any beach getaway. x sarah

Shopping Guide: Taylor Headphones by Frends // The Vacationers by Emma Straub  // Romper by Black Halo // Effel Sandals by Vince Camuto // Zig Zag Tote by Marc by Marc Jacobs  // Swimsuit by Marysia  // Lemon Skort by TopShop // Thea Sandals by Madewell  // Slouchy Jean Shorts by Joes // Weave Top by Boutique 

Check here for more “in my bag”

470  //  a sunny afternoon summer collection realease

a-sunny-afternoon-summer-lookbook-woodnote-2I’m excited to announce the launch of my new A Sunny Afternoon summer items! I had so much fun shooting the lookbook for this release, as it includes a few of my favorite items to date. It also didn’t hurt working with a great crew, Caroline & Jayden of Woodnote on photography and Tim and Merrill Melideo modeling.

a-sunny-afternoon-summer-lookbook-woodnote-5a-sunny-afternoon-summer-lookbook-woodnote-6a sunny afternoon new items // smitten studioHere is a glimpse at the new products that are now available, there are new napkins and tea towels, new boards, and some pretty rad rolling pins, if I do say so myself. :) Head on over to the shop to check them out and make sure to take a look at the new lookbook too!

There’s also a few more images from the day after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »

469  //  home progress: kitchen update

kitchen renovation // smitten studiokitchen renovation // smitten studioIt has been a while since I’ve done an update on the kitchen, and things are so so close to being done! Last check in, we had just finished off extending the countertop, backsplash, and floors into the expanded kitchen space that was created when we removed the wall that led to the old laundry room/pantry. We also installed all the additional door and drawer fronts. Now from the front door instead of seeing the washer and dryer, it’s all kitchen!

kitchen renovation // smitten studiokitchen renovation // smitten studiokitchen renovation // smitten studioWe also swapped out an old lamp for another Cedar & Moss light fixture (you can spot it on the ceiling by the refrigerator), added the rest of the cabinet pulls, and found an under the counter microwave to fit in a 24″ cabinet space. We then had SemiHandmade make us a custom sized drawer front for beneath it (about 2″ taller than the standard ikea drawer) to finish it off.

Now the only thing left to do in here is to finish trimming out the top of the cabinets. Phew! Dinner party anyone? ;)

To see how the kitchen looked when we first moved in, check here.
To see all the home renovation progress, check here.

Sources:
Alto Pendant Lamps by Cedar & Moss // Cabinet Doors & Drawer fronts by SemiHandmade // Cabinet Hardware by Lewis Dolwin // Stools by Organic Modernism // Cabinet paint colors: Pigeon & Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Floor Stain Color is Ebony by Minwax // Faucet by Brizo // Lucia Ceiling Light by Cedar & Moss // Microwave by Summit // Serving boards & Linens by A Sunny Afternoon

468  //  from the weekend: home time & hikes

06.30.14-weekendWe’ve been go going a lot this month and were in much need of a weekend at home, doing nothing. Cracker spent the majority of it curled up in her favorite spot on the patio and Rupe and I were either parked next to her or inside watching the world cup (how about those Dutch?!). Our one venture out of the house landed us on our favorite hike at Will Rogers State Park.  I hope you are feeling recharged after your weekend!

x sarah

images by me via iphone/instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

467  //  backyard baby shower

backyard-babyshowerbackyard-babyshower2Remember that baby shower I gave you a glimpse of a few weeks back? Today I’m sharing the rest of the sweet soirée. My friend Lauren Bradshaw of Walnut Animal Society (the cutest stuffed animals you ever did see) is expecting her 2nd baby boy very soon, so I teamed up with Audrey Woollen and Melody Hansen to throw her a celebratory shower in my backyard.

backyard-babyshower3backyard-babyshower4backyard-babyshower5Melody made the strawberry shortcake for dessert after we all dined on delicious grilled chicken and carnitas tacos homemade by fellow friend Bea Schlatter.

backyard-babyshower6backyard-babyshower8My backyard was transformed when I brought out the dining table from our previous house (currently stored in the garage) and rented those gorgeous bentwood chairs from Yeah Rentals. I found those white vintage fiberglass chairs that sit at each end of the table at the Long Beach Flea Market which make great captain’s chairs.

backyard-babyshower7backyard baby shower // smitten studiobackyard baby shower // smitten studioI made a few changes in the lounge area, just for the party, by switching out my cushions for some rentals and adding the pattern backdrop. I also swapped out the fireplace for a wicker peacock chair to give Lauren a proper throne that the expectant momma clearly deserves. :) It was our first time getting to entertain in the new patio space and I couldn’t love it any more.

backyard baby shower // smitten studiobackyard baby shower // smitten studioI hope you enjoyed seeing this fun fête, and my backyard, in a whole new light. To get all the details and see a ton more photos head over to 100 layer cakelet where it is being featured today!

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler // Event design and planning: Audrey Woollen from Urbanic Paper, Sarah Sherman Samuel from Smitten StudioMelody Hansen // Food: Beatrice Schlatter // Stationery: Smitten Studio // Linens: A Sunny Afternoon // Florals: Audrey // Rentals: Yeah Rentals