Entries from July 19th, 2012

my style: fuchsia maxi skirt & geometric top

pink maxi skirt geometric top sarah 6pink maxi skirt geometric top sarah 7It was extra fun putting together today’s style post because I was beautified by my good friend and makeup artist to the stars Ximena Rolfe (she put on a smokey eye that I have been trying and failing at doing for the last 15 years) and then shot by Mike Carreiro, the same great guy that also shot my birthday party.

Now, about those clothes… I always prefer a hot hot summer but one good thing about the temperate weather along the california coast is that you get to wear layers basically all year round. This maxi skirt and graphic top was great for the day and then I just had to throw on the leather jacket to carry it into the night.

Geometric top by Ecoté // Skirt by Armani Exchange // Bag from Cotélac // Jacket by Zara // ZAD bracelet from Skylark // Sandals from Seychelles

Images by Mike Carreiro of Studio Eleven // Makeup by Ximena Rolfe


cabin progress: fireplace planning

cabin-fireplace-project Ok, lets talk about this fireplace. We have made a little progress on it by scraping off all the old paint and re-painting but that is about as far as we have gotten so far (look here to see it in its original state).

There are a few things that need desperate attention and a few things I am still trying to figure out how to tackle. Like #1, the wall around the fireplace is just plain cinder block and it is not pretty. It kind of makes you feel like you are in someones not quite finished basement. So, one plan I had is where #2 comes in. That is the same wood that we are going to use on the bedroom ceiling and I got to thinking it could cover the wall of the fireplace making a nice horizontal & subtle linear pattern (that is one option but I am open for other suggestions). Then comes in #3 which is a big fat brick shelf that extends halfway over the fireplace and makes it very hard to style around. I thought of extending it all the way over to the left side by creating a wood shelf to go over it but that really cuts down the wall space. I would love to get rid of it entirely but I don’t think that is an option. Finally, #4 is the tile on the hearth. Right now it is a bricky red color. In the photo I placed a section of the marble that we used in the bathroom to see how that would look and I think I am liking it but I’m not sold on that idea yet.

So, here I did a little rough rendering that shows what it would kind of look like with the wood slats on the wall and my attempt at styling around that odd shelf.

cabin-fireplace-project-renderingLike shown messily in my rendering above, we plan to make curtains out of the fabric that I used for my smilebooth background shown here. The prints above the fireplace I saw in the Dwell Studio section at HD Buttercup and fell in love. I may make something myself for this spot but for now they show the look I am going for perfectly. At first I wanted to stack the second one directly above the other one but that just made the entire wall really heavy on that left side. By moving it over to the right (around the annoying shelf) and adding the little set of horns, I was able to visually center the arrangement over the fireplace. I plan on putting something large scale but very delicate, like the arrows, above the shelf on the right side to balance it out without weighing down the entire wall.

I am also still on the hunt for a perfect little chair for that nook but I might just have to get that little zebra pillow (also from Dwell Studio). Thoughts?
To see all the cabin progress done so far, look here.

Image and rendering done by sarah

diy: oversized party bow

diy-giant-party-bows-sarahshermansamuelYou may recognize these big bad bows from my 30th birthday party. Since the feature on 100 Layer Cake and the photos I posted here, I have received a few inquiries on how to make these oversized fascinators (or fantasticles as Rupert calls them). So, here is a quick & festive DIY project to adorn your noggin at your next party.

supplies-neededSupplies needed: • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ heavy weight cover paper • 4 sheets of 20 x 30″ tissue paper • 1 plastic headband • washi tape (I got this gold striped one at Urbanic) • scissors • double stick tape


1. Take 2 of the 4 sheets of tissue paper and fold them in half to measure 15 x 20″. 2. Pull up one corner and gather the tissue to midpoint. 3. Pull up the other side and gather to meet the first corner. 4. Repeat for the two remaining corners gathering all corners to midpoint as shown.

steps-5-105. Wrap tape around the gathered ends making sure to secure all of the edges. 6. Repeat steps 1-5 on the remaining sheets of tissue paper to make 2 halves of the bow. 7. Overlap the two taped ends of the bow halves & wrap tape around to secure together. 8. Now, add the headband. Secure by wrapping the tape around and around pulling taught as you go. (9 & 10 are optional but I found this strengthens the bow and keeps it up right) 9. Cut a mini bow shape out of the heavy cover stock that mimics the shape of the bow. 10. Use double stick tape to attach it to the back.

Now put that puppy on your head because you are ready to party!


DIY images: by sarah  // Party images: by Smilebooth

from the weekend: palos verdes hike


This weekend we took the dogs on a nice long hike along the cliffs down in palos verdes and I got a much needed bang trim.

pattern spy: scallop


I never saw a scallop pattern I didn’t like and here are a few beauties that I am really loving.

1: Dress from Dorothy Perkins // 2: Rug from Urban Outfitters // 3: Purse from Lisa Stickley

cabin progress: the kitchen is coming together

kitchen-progress-1Holy moly it is starting to look like a real kitchen! Remember how it looked when we first moved in (look here)? That under the counter refrigerator definitely opens up the space big time. As you can see, we still need to put up a backsplash, put on cabinet hardware, and put up some shelving, but I had to share the progress so far.

kitchen-progress-2-rangeI already cooked our first meal in our little mini oven and burned my arm in the process so that guy is officially and fully broken in.

kitchen-progress-apron-front-sinkWe switched out the faucet from my original product round up shown here, because I saw this one calling my name instead.

kitchen-progress-butcherblock-arthur-umanoffIt was nice to do a quick de-clutter and see things without tools and construction bits all over everything for the first time. Our Arthur Umanoff table that we shipped out from CA is finally starting to look at home here and all the trim that my woodworker genius dad whipped up is looking amazing (especially the window trim… thanks dad)!

To see the kitchen progress so far go here, here, and then here. Or to see all of the cabin progress go here.

Images by Sarah