402  //  a sunny afternoon valentine’s picnic & giveaway

a sunny afternoon // chalkboard mag // heirloom LA // picnic giveawayT-minus 2 days until Valentine’s day! We are celebrating this year with a giveaway over on The Chalkboard Mag. Enter to win one of my A Sunny Afternoon baskets packed full with a delicious picnic for two by Heirloom LA.

Get all of the giveaway details here.

Also make sure to check out all the photos (Rupert and I had to sample the menu, you know just to make sure it was O.K. :) and by O.K. I mean INCREDIBLE) and see the full feature here.

Image by Yayo Ahumada for The Chalkboard Mag

401  //  from the weekend: joshua tree

01.09.14-weekendAfter a week of my parents camping out in our living room on a fold out sofa, we figured we better treat them to a nice weekend away. The four of us packed up the car and headed for Joshua Tree, this time with our pups in tow. We went back to 29 Palms Inn where we lazed around in the courtyard outside our room (Irene’s Adobe is the best!), hiked around the national park, and soaked up some sunshine.

You know, just doing my best to keep up my New Years goal to take more weekend trips. :) (finally a resolution I reeeally want to keep up with). See our last visit to Joshua Tree here and more from this one here.

Hope you had a nice weekend. x

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

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)