Entries from January 8th, 2014

win tickets to Modernisn Week!

Instagram Contest  color and pattern // smitten studioModernism Week in Palm Springs is just around the corner! I am excited to share that I am the special guest judge for this week’s #ModernismProject contest on Instagram.

Get all the details and how to win after the jump… READ MORE

pattern spy: marbled

pattern spy marbled // smitten studioNot only am I big fan of marble in the kitchen, but I love seeing it’s likeness pop up in fashion and paper goods. I just ordered this planner (I can’t wait to get my hands on it), and I am seriously contemplating that dress and that pillow. This wallpaper is pretty amazing too. How much marble is too much marble? I can’t stop!

Marble pillow from Ferm Living // Asos Marble maxi dress // Daily Planner in Marble/Pink by Julia Kostreva

from the weekend: holiday recovery

01.05.13-weekendIt was hard saying goodbye to the midwest winter wonderland but I can say I am pretty pleased that we are missing out on the crazy low temps that are hitting there this week. (I mean -50 degree wind chill? no thank you). We spent the weekend slowly de-christmasing our house, brunching at a favorite spot, and hiking and snuggling with our much missed pups.

Hope you had a lovely weekend.

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

Happy New Year!

We spent New Years Eve with one of my oldest friends and her husband in a SUPER snowy chicago. We rented this great loft, shared a delicious meal, played ping pong, and danced our way into 2014. There was something really special about ending a year while reminiscing about our childhood and looking back at where we both were at different stages of life.

golden new years eve // smitten studioNow, looking back over the past year as it came to a close, I saw a lot of change in 2013. There were big changes in my career path, (I worked my last day at my previous job and launched A Sunny Afternoon), and changes in my surroundings (moving and renovating). This time last year things definitely looked a lot different from what they do now, and I’m looking forward to seeing where 2014 will take us.

I loved this quote by Neil Gaiman and it couldn’t ring more true for myself and for my wish to you…

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

I am still working out my resolutions for this year but I am sure it will be filled with more change, more doing, making, and seeing, and definitely more mistakes. I mentioned a few areas I would like to work at on instagram, like traveling more, worrying less, and loving more, but I’d like to make more specific goals as well, tangible things that lead to the bigger picture. Goals like hiring an assistant so that I am free to create more, or getting my studio set up and organized so that I am less frazzled. While I am still getting mine all sorted out, what are some of your resolutions for 2014?

Cheers to mistakes! x

Image by me, instagram @sarahshermansamuel

Metallic Shoes are from J.Crew // Skirt is from Akira