400  //  in my bag: joshua tree

in my bag // joshua tree // smitten studioMy parents are visiting to escape the below freezing temps in Michigan and we’re going to take them to Joshua Tree for a little outdoor time. They haven’t been since our family trips years ago, when I was a real peach in the car with my two sisters (bless their hearts), so I am looking forward to hiking and driving around with them and my new found appreciation for the park.

Here’s whats heading to the desert with me…

Baggu Leather Drawstring Bag // Felt Hat by Club Monaco // Tassel Scarf by Love Quotes // Blue Sweater by Current/Elliot // Blue Zip Jeans by Current/Elliot // Kendall Booties by Rag & Bone // Desert Canteen by Texsport // Presley Pullover by Rag & Bone // Tomboy Ankle Jeans by Stella McCartney // Rust Ankle Boots by Hudson // Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag by Kaufmann Mercantile // Leather iPhone case by Il Bussetto // Flannel Pajama Set by J.Crew // Sunglasses by Karen Walker

To see more of my packing for travels check here.

399  //  military jacket: 3-ways

3 ways to style a military jacket // smitten studio3 ways to style a military jacket // smitten studioMy friend Kiersten just started up a brand new blog and I took part in her “1 Item 3 ways” feature. This Military Jacket has become a staple in my wardrobe so I thought it would be the perfect item to show you how I style it a few different ways.

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398  //  from the weekend: madewell & parents visiting

01.02.14-weekendThe Madewell party on Thursday was a blast, Prosecco & shopping should always go hand in hand. :)  Thanks to everyone that came out, it was so fun getting to meet some of you in person.

My parents also arrived for a visit this weekend, we were hoping to have the construction done by this visit but, not so much. They will be enjoying their stay on our pull-out sofa in the den/storage room. Thankfully they are good sports and to sweeten their stay we will be treating them to some tasty meals, like our brunch above at a weekend favorite, Salt Air. We also watched the most boring Super Bowl in all the years of Super Bowl (right?) but at least we had this to keep our attention.

Did you guys to anything fun for Super Bowl?

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

397  //  shopping for: a dresser

dresser/chest round-up

Now that we’ve made the space for it, I am on the hunt for the perfect dresser. Here are my top picks from near and far.

Woodwind Chest from Urban Home // Hazel Chest by Arteriors // Case Study Dresser by Modernica // Dawson Chest by Crate and Barrel

dresser/chest round-upUptown Dresser by The Land of Nod // Asher Dresser from Smart Furniture // Cincinnati Cabinet by Organic Modernism // Med-Century Dresser by West Elm (also comes in a wood finish)

394  //  from the weekend: naps & hikes

01.26.14weekendI have to say 2014 is kind of kicking my butt. I have been juggling a bit too many things, and the stress of it has already started to take a toll (I was supposed to worry less this year rememeber?). It is hard not to work extra long hours when you work for yourself but I don’t think that is good for anyone (especially the work itself!) so last week, I vowed to take back control of my schedule and to plan in some quality me (& Rupe) time. It is all about the balance right?

My two favorite weekend activities for relaxation and recharging have to be napping and hiking, so I made sure to squeeze in some time in for both. We also enjoyed the sounds of silence with a break in the construction (waiting on another inspection), which is most likely what led to the napping.

Our hike took us around Pelican Cove in Palos Verdes. We waded in the tide pools, had a picnic, and laughed at Cracker clumsily navigating through the rocks. The cloudy skies made the horizon line disappear which I always find so eerily beautiful. More photos from the hike here.

Hope you had a great weekend and that you are doing better with your resolutions then me!

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

393  //  smitten studio + madewell event!

baseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventbaseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventbaseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventbaseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventbaseball sweater & spotted clutch // smitten studio & madewell eventI’m so excited to announce that I am teaming up with one of my favorite brands, Madewell, to host an event next week! We will be celebrating the Santa Monica location’s 1 year Anniversary and the launch of their new Spring Collection. We’ll have sips and sweets, a special in-store discount, as well as a chance to win a Madewell gift card. I’ll be curating a rack of my favorites from the new collection to make your spring shopping even easier. So please stop by and say hello! I can’t wait to meet some of you there.

- Thursday, January 30th 7 to 9pm
- Madewell Santa Monica, 1349 3rd Street Promenade

Shopping Guide: Madewell Items… Baseball Sweater // Skinny Skinny Jeans in Waterfall // Calf Hair Zip Pochette // The Mira Heel

Glasses by Warby Parker

392  //  home progress: mixing modern & vintage in the bathroom

vintage & modern mix // bathroom round-up // smitten studioSInce the new bathroom is beginning to take shape, I’m getting into some major retail therapy by ordering all the fun finishes.

I love mixing old and new, so when it came to designing our little loo I wanted to find the perfect modern vintage mix. I did this by combining sleek new pieces, like the gold Kohler Purist faucets and the clean round mirror, with timeless finishes, like the classic subway tile for the shower walls, and the white hex tile for the floors, as well as adding in some vintage pieces like this walnut credenza. The plan there is to retrofit the credenza into a bathroom vanity that will hold two of the square vessel sinks (fingers crossed all goes well). I also stayed with a monochromatic color palette which allows me to play up all the different patterns and textures. Now just to wait for the walls.

Product Sources: Kohler Purist Shower Head // Spotted Candles & Ceramics by Oui // Hexagon Towel Rack // Handmade Horn Comb // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet // Tissue Holder // Ferm Wire Hamper // Merola White Hex Tiles // Natural Sea Sponge // Vintage Credenza // Round Mirror // Daltile White Subway Tiles // Pendant Lamp // Black Tea Soap