style story: off the shoulder

spring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuel Summer is a coming and off-the-shoulder tops have reached the mass market, like reached and exploded all over it. You might remember when I bought this same top in blush last year for our Mexico trip, and while I was browsing around Topshop recently I came across it in this gorgeous shade of citrus/yellow/green and I just went ahead and got it again. I couldn’t help myself, I still love the structure of it and the silhouette (they also now have it in Salmon, Orange, Light Blue, and Ivory).

spring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuelspring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuelspring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuelspring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samueloff-the-shoulder4-640spring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuelAnd how gorgeous is LA this time of year? I met up with Heather Kincaid, who is the talent behind these photos, in West Hollywood and you would never know this bougainvillea and cactus are just in some random alley we found on our way to a juice bar. Kind of a perfect compliment to the summery pastels.

Now for the serious talk…. Are you pro off-the-shoulder or anti?

Shop the look: Top from Topshop // Shoes from Anthropologie (I have to say I am obsessed with these shoes. They are so comfortable with just enough of a heel) // Jeans from Topshop // Cuff old, find similar here // Bag by Urban Expressions // Rings by L Frank Jewelry

Photos by Heather Kincaid 

shop picks: Totokaelo

totokaelo shop picksCurating my picks from a shop that is already so selective with their pieces feels a little like cheating, but I couldn’t help but share with you Totokaelo on the off chance you haven’t discovered the site on your own. Totokaelo is a self proclaimed purveyor of beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated fashion and objects and they represent unique artists and designers that make every piece feel like one of a kind. The price point isn’t low here by any means, but even if most of it is out of your budget just browsing the shop is such a great source of inspiration by seeing the unusual forms and silhouettes that you just don’t find everywhere. It’s like visiting an art gallery that has only utilitarian pieces.

I am kind of dying over that chair! and the skort, and the tote

LINKS: Olive Skort // Mykita Sunglasses // Sculptural Stoneware // Josh Herman Vase // Off White Tote // Cross Over Trouser // Hex Paper Weight // Wenger Chair // Slip on Shoes // Ankle Boots // Turning Bar Ring // Pen Stand 

To see more of my SHOP PICKS check here.

 

lcdq legends event recap

Legends Gala-232-X3galaIf you follow me on snapchat (i’m @sarahssamuel there) you were able to get a good idea of how the events unfolded around Legends, the annual design event in the La Cienega Design Quarter, a couple weeks ago but since snapchat isn’t forever and I still have a love hate relationship with it, I thought I’d share a few highlights from the design and party filled few days. I was thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador along with such a talented group of designers/writers/design bloggers… by my side was Amber InteriorsDabito, Justina BlakenenyOrlando SoriaHolly Hollingsworth PhillipsAnthony D’ArgenzioWill Taylor, and  Marisa Marcantonio.

The first night we had the opening Gala at the beautiful Fig & Olive, and I busted out a fancy pant-suit. Formal pants!? Yes ma’am (and find a similar one here).

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DIY copper plant stands

DIY copper plant stands // sarah sherman samuelDIY copper plant stands // sarah sherman samuelDIY copper plant stands // sarah sherman samuelDIY copper plant stands // sarah sherman samuelMy copper infatuation is still in full swing so when I was looking for plant stands for the studio and came up empty handed, I took matters into my own hands. Get the full DIY after the jump…

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patio before & after

backyard patio // before & afterI realized I’ve shared the far side of our backyard quite a bit, but never posted the final patio/back of the house since we added on the bedroom and laundry room, which has now become a great little landing pad/hang out spot when friends come by. We had the deck built connecting from the laundry room to our bedroom (which you can see the beginnings of here) and although the space is quite small, with a little help from Target we have now made the deck inviting as the rest of the yard i.e. the pergola and the larger patio area.

patio-after6-640patio-after5-640 I started by laying down an outdoor rug which helps to extend the living room right out onto the patio. The french doors both open up onto the patio so on the warm days we truly have the indoor/outdoor living room which we, especially the dogs and Archer, love.

backyard patio // before & afterpatio-after7-640And just in case you forgot how the backyard looked before we got started down our renovation spiral… here is the oh so satisfying before & after

BEFORE:
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AFTER:
backyard patio // before & afterpatio-after2-640patio-after-640To make the space feel casual and loungey I added some comfortable poufs and a low coffee table. And finally, I placed a couple strategic potted plants to break up all the straight lines. Hello summer… here we come.

See the full renovation progress here and the patio in the making here.

SOURCES:
From Target: Outdoor Rug // Natural Pouf // Natural & Cream Pouf // Gold Metal Votives
Coffee Table is vintage // Exterior Paint color is Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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