Entries from March 19th, 2013

my style: mixing neutrals

mixing neutrals // smitten studiomixing neutrals // smitten studiomixing neutrals // smitten studiomixing neutrals // smitten studiomixing neutrals // smitten studioRemember how much I loved the coated denim/leatherette jeans here. Well, I couldn’t help but get another pair and this time I went with the dark green.

Shop the look:
Rocket Leatherette Jeans in Dark Ivy by Citizens of Humanity // Chloé mini Ethel Bag – find it in pink here or metallic python here (no longer available in gold)  // Ankle Boots from Zara – find similar here and here // Linen Blazer by Zara (old) – find similar here // Grey Tee by J.Crew // Stacking rings by Sass & Bide // Necklace by Kilt  


from the weekend: house guests & beach time

03.17.13-weekendWe played tourist in our own neighborhood this weekend while showing around a visiting friend that had never been to California before. One of our stops being Cafe Gratitude (top right) and the beach.

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

smitten travels: Classic Campers, New Zealand Part 2

snells beach new zealand // smitten studiosnells beach // matakana // smitten studiocamper van // new zealand // smitten studiocathedral cove // hot water beach // smiten studiomanu bay // new zealand // smitten studioblack sand beach // manu bay, new zealand // smitten studioWe decided to stay up in the north island this trip so that we didn’t feel too rushed trying to fit everything into one visit (which also means we have a really good excuse to return for the south island). As it went, we still managed to stay in a different place every night and drove anywhere from 2 – 5 hours a day, which for me, made for a good on the road to out and about ratio.

A couple of my favorite days were spent at beaches like Manu Bay near Raglan (bottom two photos) and Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel Peninsula (4th photo block on the left). On both occasions we packed a picnic, took a pretty hike down to the beach and spent a full day playing in the waves,  and relaxing in the sand while the sun moved across the sky.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

If you are interested in taking a similar trip or just want to know where all we went, I’ve laid out our route after the jump!

… and don’t miss Part 1 for all the info on the Kombi


smitten travels: Classic Campers, New Zealand Part 1

vw campervan new zealand // smitten studioWhen planning our trip to New Zealand we knew it had to include a road trip campervan style and as soon as I came across the Classic Campers website I was completely sold on getting into one of their rental Kombis. Retro Volkswagen heaven.

stony bay new zealand // vw campervan // smitten studionew zealand // smitten studiokombi camping // new zealand // smitten studiocows coromandel new zealand // smitten studionew zealand // stony bay // vw camper // smitten studionew zealand road trip // coromandel // smitten studioI can not tell you how much we fell in love with this van (and New Zealand). It became a little part of us while we were touring around the north island’s hills. It was our transportation by day, our shelter at night, it screams happiness and total freedom, and it literally made me smile every time I climbed into the passenger seat. Don’t ask me how a van does all that but it downright stole my heart. Rupe has already started scouring the internet for ones for sale and we dream daily of buying one and driving it all around the states.

Bevan and Andrea, the owners of Classic Campers, were also a treat to work with. He is a bit of a whiz when it comes to the VW mechanics so he had the 1975 Kombi running like a champ. They have a collection of seven vintage campervans that they rent out as well as some modern vans and caravan options. Our particular Kombi came complete with a refrigerator/freezer, hot & cold pressure water, a 2 burner gas stove, and a good stereo system with a USB hookup for our Iphones. What more do you need, really?

All of the photos above are from the first few days of our trip, which covered the Coromandel Peninsula.

I’ll share our full 11 day route with the van in Part two tomorrow!

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Get a few tips for planning a NZ road trip after the jump! READ MORE

from the weekend: fancy paws

03.10.13 weekend fancy pawsThis weekend was our first Fancy Paws Event. We set up shop in The Forge Studio, raised money for NKLA, and had a blast doing it. A big thanks to everyone that came out for it… it was so nice to hear so many great rescue stories and meet some great people. I can’t wait to see and share all of the photos from the day! I’m pretty sure Sarah and all the Birds of a Feather ladies nailed it. :)

Top left is Sarah Yates setting up the gold garland I made for the shoot and on the right is one of the pups getting a nose full of the wall of cow skulls in the studio.

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

Happy Birthday Rupe

happy birthday rupeRupert doesn’t get much face time on the blog but he is a huge help around here and basically in all aspects of my life in general. Rupe is my best friend, my husband, seriously constant entertainment, the perfect travel companion, and my rock. I’m not sure how I snagged this guy, but count me as the fortunate one.

Happy Birthday Rupe.