Entries from November 21st, 2013

my style: moto jacket & patterned pencil skirt

moto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studiomoto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studiomoto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studiomoto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studiomoto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studioAs soon as I saw this skirt I had to have it. The pattern and the fit… it is just all so good and I must say a little edgier then Anthropologie’s usual assortment. I really love how it looks shown here, with a chambray top, but I thought I would further edge it up with a moto jacket. I never did meet a moto jacket I didn’t like, so when Emma of Emmadime asked me to be a part of her Lovely Lady series, I thought this was just the look for it.

Shopping guide: Skirt by Eva Franco // Tank by Pickwick & Weller // Moto Jacket by Elevensees // Clutch by Clare Vivier // Ankle Boots by Steve Madden

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch & Shop Update!

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update  // Smitten Studio I am thrilled to share that we just launched a big A Sunny Afternoon shop update where I not only re-stocked some of the most popular and ongoing items, but I released new designs along with a tasty new lookbook.

What better way to mark a new collection then a pancake brunch?

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update  // Smitten StudioI have to say it was TORTURE a little difficult not eating all the hotcakes before shoot time, but somehow we managed. :)

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update // Smitten StudioI hope you guys find something you like! You can see the new boards here (including the most requested, a large hexagon), along with the new tea towels, and napkins.

Check out the lookbook here and some more images from the day after the jump…


DIY – painted floors in my studio

DIY painted floors // smitten studioHere’s the first peek into my new studio! Until recently it has been filled with moving boxes, with the exception of where I carved out a small corner for my computer desk (a glance in here last week and you would swear I was a hoarder), but I have slowly cleared it out so that I can start planning how to turn it into an inspiring workspace. I was getting pretty sick of looking at the ugly brown (poop brown to be exact) flooring and although I haven’t had a chance to do anything else, I figured I might as well start from the ground up, literally.

So, when A Beautiful Mess asked me to share a few DIY’s with them, I new this would be the perfect chance to bring some personality into the space that I’ve been spending most of my time.

DIY painted floors // smitten studioAs this is A Sunny Afternoon headquarters I wanted to make sure to get a little pattern in there but nothing that would compete with all of the products. I’m liking that it turned out looking like an extension of the collection and also as though we just had a party in my office and all that is left is the confetti on the floor.

What do you think? Too much, not enough? The best part is that it is so easy and inexpensive, I could even switch up the pattern whenever the mood strikes.

Get all the DIY details over on A Beautiful Mess and also see the before & after and furnishing sources after the jump…


pattern spy: handira / moroccan wedding blanket

pattern spy // Moroccan Wedding Blanket The Moroccan wedding blanket, aka Handira, is no new trend, the muted color palette, the mix of textures, and a little bit of sparkle is a winning combination that is coveted by many for their home.

Traditionally these textiles were woven by a Berber bride’s female relatives to be used and worn in a wedding ceremony and they are now often used as blankets, wall hangings, rugs, throws, and some people have made smaller pieces into pillows like above. There is no denying their influence on that sassy little mini skirt either. Happy Handira shopping.

pillow from Modern Glamoour // skirt by English Rose // Wedding blanket from Beyond Marrakech

Here are a few more sources for wedding blankets… PinkRugCo, Red Thread Souk, Imports from Marrakech, El Rama Hamra, The Boucherouite Shop and a mass produced version at Anthropologie.

from the weekend: work, walks, & brunch

instagram sarahshermansamuel weekendI spent a lot of the weekend working but still made sure to fit in two of my favorite weekend activities, Saturday brunch and a Sunday walk by the water with Rupe. Do you guys have any must-do weekend rituals?

Hope you had a lovely one! xo

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

Jacket by Madewell // Boots by Steve Madden // Coated Jeans by Madewell

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