Entries from October 31st, 2014

5 minute DIY halloween costume

last minute halloween // diy costume // burglar // smitten studioRunning a little behind on the halloween costume this year? ME TOO (insert clenched teeth emoji). I went to a costume shop yesterday and the line at the register was all the way out the door so I hightailed it out of there and turned to my closet to create a quick costume from things I already had. My maternity wardrobe isn’t all that grand yet, so I had limited choice, but a black and white striped dress (used as a shirt) was the perfect beginning to a sneaky little robber costume.

last minute halloween // diy costume // burglar // smitten studiolast minute halloween // diy costume // burglar // smitten studioFor the mask I sliced up a black re-usable grocery bag, cut two holes for eyes, tied it around my head, and done. I then drew a $ on a white canvas bag for my loot and called in my sidekick Pikku. A pattern mixing burglar of course tops it off with polka dot gloves.

One of these years I will start planning costumes before the day of, but it has worked ok for me for a mermaid last year and some creepy dolls the year before, and I swear some of the best costumes come out straight out of your closet.

Here are a few other easy DIY costumes that you may be able to find stuff around the house for.
A Pretty Pineapple
Audrey Hepburn
Rosie the Riveter
Mary Poppins

Sources: Maternity Leggings by Gap // Striped Maternity Tunic Asos // Black Suede Boots by Steve Madden // Gloves by Old Navy

pattern spy: bats!

pattern spy // halloween bats // smitten studioHappy Halloween week! In honor of the holiday I pulled together a couple of my favorite bat-centric items. How adorable is that outfit?

Hanging Bats from Target // Bat Crop Top & Skirt from Asos // Bat Mug 

For more of the “pattern spy” column, check here.

from the weekend: nesting & beach breaks

manhattan-beachWe had a busy weekend of errands and closet planning (our new master bedroom closet is still an empty box). Our clothes are currently in a huge pile on the bed in the guest bedroom, which is supposed to become nursery, so after a trip to Home Depot and a marathon Ikea mission (aren’t they always), we have some ingredients to build out the closet and make room for baby. We rewarded ourselves after the exhausting day of shopping with a break at the beach, watching the big waves crash in and eating my favorite iced oatmeal cookies.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. x

Image by me via iPhone & instagram (follow at @sarahshermansamuel)

A Sunny Social at Urbanic

a sunny afternoon + urbanic stationery line // smitten studioA few weeks ago we launched an A Sunny Afternoon paper line in collaboration with everyone’s favorite LA stationery boutique, Urbanic. (a few selects shown above). We also teamed up to host an “End of Summer Social” that brought bloggers, design lovers, and party goers together in celebration of the partnership. Right now the stationery is only available in the store but I will give you the heads up when you can purchase them online!

Below are photos from the event shot by Joanne Pio and don’t miss the video, at the end, that captures all the fun of the night by California Electric.

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a sunny afternoon + urbanic social // smitten studioa sunny afternoon + urbanic social // smitten studioThank you to everyone that came out, that couldn’t come out but wanted to ;), and all of the amazing vendors that helped make it happen.

See more photos on 100 Layer Cake today!

Photographer: Joanne Pio / Videographer: California Electric / Venue, Host, Paper Goods: Urbanic / Host, Home Goods, Paper Goods: A Sunny Afternoon / Window Displays & Event Design: GATHER Events / Floral Design: Moon Canyon / Dessert: Yummy Pops / Bar: One Hope Wine / Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals

A Sunny Social from California Electric on Vimeo.

home update: in the bedroom

master bedroom // smitten studioSince my last bedroom post, we hung a Debbie Carlos print and installed some new Cedar & Moss sconces. Although the new bedroom has been coming along slowly (building it from the ground up didn’t speed up the process. :), it has been so great filling it only with items I love (a practice in editing, for sure) and knowing the designers and artist behind pieces like the print and lights makes each one even more special.

master bedroom // smitten studiomaster bedroom // smitten studiomaster bedroom // smitten studiomaster-bedroom-smittenstudio6master bedroom // smitten studioIn last bedroom update I was also on the search for the perfect nightstand and as I mentioned then, finding a good nightstand is a difficult feat. Well, finding a good one that has a very specific measurement… even harder. Turns out 24″ – 26″ wide nightstands aren’t the norm so I started looking for alternatives. I may eventually end up making my own but as soon as I saw this vintage chair and the measurements were dead on, I had to have it. I have always loved the casual look of a side chair as a nightstand (a couple great examples here and here). Now I just need to find it a mate for Rupe’s side.

Product Sources: Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos // Wicker Chair (vintage) from Venice Vintage Paradise // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bedding by Parachute  // Ombre Throw Blanket from Terrain // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here)

To see all of the home renovation progress check here.
To see the “before” home tour check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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