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.

505  //  home progress: living room nook refresh

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You may remember this corner of the room from ages ago. We had just done phase one of construction, which was opening up two walls that separated the living room from the den and the living room from the kitchen, but had yet to even start on all the main construction.

Since those last photos, amongst the main projects of gutting the kitchen, adding on a bedroom, bathroom and laundry room, we also made these built-in shelves and finished the entryway, and in the process I cleaned out this living room corner of everything, stealing the tchotchkes and books to fill shelves and style corners elsewhere. It has sat empty and neglected for a good eight months or so. Thankfully Target sent me over some of their items from their new fall line, so I was able to finish off this cozy nook all over again. I am LOVING all the gold in the collection.

living-room-reading-cornerliving-room-reading-corner2living-room-reading-corner3Rupe has also already commandeered the rocker that we got from the flea market as his personal TV watching chair. It is actually the most comfy spot in the house, when the cushions are on (they are so ugly at the moment I just can’t keep them on unless in use.. ha), so I found a spot here that he can swivel around to watch his favorite show Project Runway ;), or I can swivel back to steal a quiet moment to read. We will see when baby comes if it will actually make it into the nursery. Maybe I should start shopping for another rocker.

Product Sources: Gold Spotted Vase from Target // Gold Pear from Target // Brass Hex vase from Ferm Living // Gold and White bowl from Target // White Throw Blanket from Target // Gold Pouf // Vintage Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chair is vintage Homecrest // Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Plant is a Fiddle Leaf Fig

To see all of the home renovation progress check here
To see the “before” photos of the house check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

504  //  from the weekend: impromptu palm springs trip

palm-springs-weekendOur friends Sarah and Lou are in the process of selling their GORGEOUS house in Palm Springs so we headed out there to celebrate and have one last hurrah in the dreamy space. Pool time, good friends, and lots of laughs made for the best weekend. I even got a little sun on the neon white belly. :)

Hope you had a nice weekend. Fall is still no where to be seen in these parts! x sarah

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

503  //  a sunny afternoon boat picnic with Beijos + a giveaway!

boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events Today Glitter Guide has featured a fun girls day out in Newport Beach with the talented ladies of Beijos Events. Those Beijos gals are the brainchild behind many a beautiful occasions and I was happy to have a bit of A Sunny Afternoon included in the days festivities!

boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos eventsboat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events How gorgeous is this boat picnic?! Makes me want to pack a basket, grab a few friends, and set sail. Luckily for one reader, The Beijos girls are hosting a giveaway worth $1,135, which also includes one of my A Sunny Afternoon cutting boards! Below is what else is in the goodie bag…

Giveaway: a Pamela V Leather Fanny Pack from Prism Boutique, SALT. Optics Sunglasses, Cleobella Wallet, A Sunny Afternoon Cutting Board, Natalie B Jewelry Necklace, Custom Coasters by Prim & Pixie, 3 Geode Wine Bottle Stoppers by Belle Atlanta, 3 Bud Vases from MV Florals and Moroccan Blanket Pillow from Boho Pillow.

To see the full feature head over to Glitter Guide, and to find out how you can win, head on over to Beijos Events’ Instagram!

Styling & Design: Beijos Events
Photography: Megan Welker
Makeup: Claire Alyse Makeup
Hair: Christy Lanning

502  //  from the weekend: brunch & nesting

09.29.14-weekendThis weekend Rupe and I did a lot of furniture store browsing, trying to get inspired to start planning the nursery design. We hit a lot of our favorite West Hollywood shops…  Lawson Fenning, Organic ModernismNickey Kehoe, and Emperic. While these are definitely not baby stores, I like to pull inspiration and get ideas from places like these because, nursery or not, I still want it to have a similar aesthetic to the rest of the house. We made a full day of it including lunch (and the must-have biscuits) from Hart and the Hunter.

One piece of furniture we did pick up for the baby’s room was on Sunday at the Santa Monica Flea Market. We found this vintage (I think its a Homecrest) rocking chair! It came with all the cushions as well, but I am going to have those reupholstered/re-made. At least it is one purchase for the coming baby down, about a billion more to go.

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

501  //  home progress: entry table/reading nook

entry & reading nook // smitten studioSo, about 9 out of 10 of you mentioned the Shroom, which was, of course, the one I had my eye on for the space. Your extra validation was handy to convince myself and Mr. Samuel that we absolutely NEEDED to go for it ;).  So thanks guys!

entry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioWith the addition of the new table, it rounds out the space as a little reading nook in the front window, which I love. In contrast to the light and intricate hanging chair, the table’s clean lines and solid structure grounds the area without competing visually. Now I just need to carve out a little quality magazine time.

Product Sources:  Coffee Table from CB2 // Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant (by door) & planter from Home Depot // Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant (by Chair) from Home Depot

To see the entry before check here
To see all the home renovation progress check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel