Entries from November 13th, 2014

Pear Hard Cider Sangria

pear-cider-sangriapear-cider-sangria2For the first time, Rupert and I are sticking around LA for the holidays. While I will be missing me some Michigan, I’m pretty excited about starting some new traditions with our growing family and celebrating with our friends out here.

While my expecting party of 1.5 won’t be partaking in the cocktails this year, I am already planning my contribution to Friendsgiving and this Pear Hard Cider Sangria is at the top of the beverage list. Target‘s new holiday collection will also be helping me to make sure the presentation is as tasty as the drink.

pear-cider-sangria4pear-cider-sangria3Pears are a fall favorite and make this twist on sangria (made with hard cider instead of wine) fit for a Thanksgiving cocktail hour. For this recipe you can make most of it in a pitcher ahead of time and then add the hard cider just before serving.

Pear Hard Cider Sangria Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled bartlett pears
1 navel orange—quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1 cup apple juice, chilled
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup pear brandy
One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled
Ice

Instructions: In a pitcher, combine the pears with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy. Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Cheers!

Product Sources: Round Gold Tray from Target (in-store), find similar (in silver) online here // Small Gold Bowls from Target // Cutting Board by A Sunny Afternoon // Rectangle Gold Tray from Target  // Tall Tumbler Glasses from Target // Brass Cocktail Picks from Lawson Fenning

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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a sunny afternoon for apartment34

a sunny afternoon for apartment34I am so excited to share that I’ve partnered with Apartment34 for their new holiday shop! Apartment34 is a lifestyle blog and inspiration haven based in San Francisco. They’ve teamed up with 10 of their favorite artisans to create limited edition pieces for a fine curation of giftable goods and I couldn’t be happier to be one of them! I made this new octagonal board which you will find over in the shop which launched yesterday.

Below is the list of the incredible designers and artists that they are showcasing.

Hackwith Design House
Vrai and Oro
Rebecca Atwood
Emily Johnston
Sketchbook Crafts
Chapman at Sea
My Trick Pony
Julia Kostreva
The Citizenry
A Sunny Afternoon (woo hoo! ;)

Image by Aubrie Pick for Apartment 34

from the weekend: getaway with friends

cayucos beach // sarah sherman samuelOn Friday we drove up the coast to Cayucos to meet some friends and share a little beach rental for the weekend. They live in San Francisco so Cayucos worked out perfectly for us to meet halfway between our two home cities. I’ll share a bit more of the trip once I gather up the photos (you can see a few more here). We had the best time enjoying the small town pace and catching up with old friends. Hope you had some time to re-charge as well. x

Image by me via iPhone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

4 amazing nurseries

4 amazing nurseries // boulevard b nursery  // smitten studioI haven’t quite settled on a direction for our nursery yet, but I have made a “baby” pin board from which I’ve started gathering inspiration on all things design for the little one. In the process I have looked at probably hundreds of nursery tours and while I am trying to figure out which way to go (light and airy or dark and dreamy?), I came across these 4 personal faves that serve up some serious originality.

4 amazing nurseries // reath design  // smitten studio4 amazing nurseries // amber interiors nursery  // smitten studio4 amazing nurseries //  inspiration  // smitten studioFreaking beautiful right? :) What are you favorite inspiration sources for the littles?

Happy Friday! x

Room 1 by Rosemary van Zandvoort via Boulevard B. // Room 2 by Reath Design with Sharon Montrose for The Animal Print Shop // Room 3 by Amber Interiors  // Room 4 via Le Petite Florilége

my (bump) style: fall trench & ripped jeans

fall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studioWe just had a few lovely days that started to feel like fall here in LA and I took the opportunity to break out one of my favorite autumnal staples, the long trench coat. I love the versatility of a trench and how it can turn these ripped jeans and tank into a polished look. The length also helps make even this 25 week pregnant lady feel longer and leaner.

fall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studioAnd can we just talk about these jeans for a second? Thank you Asos for offering so many non frumpy maternity options.

Blue Trench from Principessa, find similar here, here, and here // Wide Rimmed Fedora by Catarzi // White Tank by James Perse // Ripped Black Maternity Jeans by Asos, (find non-maternity here) // Ankle boots by Steve Madden,  find similar here // Bag by Chiyome // Cuff by The 2 Bandits // Triangle ring from Moorea Seal // Quadruple V ring by K/ller Collection // Nars Lip Pencil in Timanfaya Park 

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