Entries from November 29th, 2013

smitten links: 03

link-love-novemberHope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you are staying in and avoiding the black friday madness like me, here are a few great things for your viewing pleasure. :)

1: The beautiful work of Workstead. This Salon they designed from an old brothel is particularly gorgeous.

2: There’s a new online (and brick & mortar) shop in town. Loneflag is a well-edited mix of premium products (and also one of the first select stockists of A Sunny Afternoon!)

2: This collection of patterned scarves, pretty prints & lovely styling.

4: If you haven’t heard of Tiny Atlas Quarterly yet, I would suggest you hop over to their site and take a look at their past online issues. Its a publication that features what happens when creatives (photographers, stylists, art directors, etc etc) are at play. It’s not work done for a client, it is a collaboration of their own designing and that is why it has struck a chord with me.

They are currently working on their next issue and have a kickstarter project to fund it! If you’d like to see the stunning photography and travel stories in print, head over to their kickstarter page to sponsor the project. There are only 2 days to go! There are all levels of pledges, you can pledge $25 for your own printed issue, and from $30 to $1500 for different limited addition prints from Tiny Atlas contributors. Let’s help them make this publication happen!

gift guide: for her

gift guide for her // smitten studioAnd now for the ladies! I gathered these feminine giftables to cover the women in your life and maybe to give santa a little hint hint on my end. ;)

Don’t miss the gift guide for the men and my “gifts” pinboard for even more ideas that I will continue to add to.

Shopping Guide: Bralette by La Fee Verte // Makeup Brush Set from Target // Glass Terrarium by ABJ Glassworks // Headphones by Frends // Chambray Top by Madewell // Fashion Insider’s Guide: Paris // Chevron Cuff // Foldover Clutch by Clare Vivier // Perfume Wand // Clutch by Kelly Wearstler // Coco Chanel Biography // Baguette Chrystal Ring by Bing Bang

Thanksgiving table for two

thanksgiving table for two // A Sunny Afternoon // Smitten StudioThis year Rupert and I are going to have a Thanksgiving meal, just the two of us, cooking in our kitchen together (it will be the first real meal cooked in the new space!) and reflecting on all we are thankful for before heading out to drop in on a few friends’ celebrations around town.

thanksgiving table for two // A Sunny Afternoon // Smitten Studiothanksgiving table for two // A Sunny Afternoon // Smitten StudioI like to set the table the day before (in this case two days before, because I am feeling festively nerdy) so that the next day we can dedicate all our time to the food. I make a pretty good mess in the kitchen and since I don’t cook all that often, I have to concentrate hard on getting all the timing right. One less thing to think about helps make sure we aren’t eating dry stuffing or cold turkey. ;)

How are you guys spending your Turkey Day?

Napkins & Table Runner are part of my new A Sunny Afternoon collection // Flatware by West Elm // Black Plates by CB2 // Table by Organic Modernism // Chairs are vintage

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

gift guide: for him

gift guide for him // smitten studioWith our more major house renovations just around the corner, this year I have a feeling my Christmas shopping list for Rupe is going to read a lot more like a Home Depot receipt (nothing says Merry Christmas like drywall or a new toilet right?). I did however put together this round-up of my favorite “for him” gifts so that you can get the men in your life something a little more exciting.

Although, I may just have to breakdown and get those handsome screwdrivers. He can use it around the house so I think it still serves double duty right? ;)

I also started a “gifts” Pinterest board if you want to follow along and get some more gifty options as I do all my other holiday shopping.

Shopping guide: Herschel Duffle Bag // Brass Compass // Dopp Kit // Bomber Hat // Bamboo Wireless Keyboard // Uniform Wares Gold-plated Wristwatch // iPhone case // Shaving set // A Sunny Afternoon Cutting Board // Screwdrivers // Leather Wallet // Jack Spade Tweed Scarf 

from the weekend: nesting & quality time

11.24.13weekendLast week we got our Semihandmade cabinet doors and drawer fronts all painted and ready to hang (see a sneak peek here), so Saturday Rupe and I had an all day DIY date with our kitchen. When Sunday came around we took a break and did an exact repeat of last weekend with a lazy brunch and a long walk by the water in the early evening.

p.s. how is it Thanksgiving week already! Yikes.

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

my style: moto jacket & patterned pencil skirt

moto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studiomoto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studiomoto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studiomoto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studiomoto jacket, patterned pencil skirt // smitten studioAs soon as I saw this skirt I had to have it. The pattern and the fit… it is just all so good and I must say a little edgier then Anthropologie’s usual assortment. I really love how it looks shown here, with a chambray top, but I thought I would further edge it up with a moto jacket. I never did meet a moto jacket I didn’t like, so when Emma of Emmadime asked me to be a part of her Lovely Lady series, I thought this was just the look for it.

Shopping guide: Skirt by Eva Franco // Tank by Pickwick & Weller // Moto Jacket by Elevensees // Clutch by Clare Vivier // Ankle Boots by Steve Madden