Entries from February 28th, 2014

in my bag: miami beach

in my bag miami beach // smitten studioSpeaking of escaping the construction dust… Rupe and I are heading to Miami!

Once upon a time, more then a few years ago, we both lived there (me for just two years, Rupe for more like 12). It is where Rupe got his first internship in the States after leaving university in England and it is also where I got my first internship after leaving my university in Michigan. Of course that was 8 years apart, but luckily he stuck around long enough to meet me, before we both moved to LA, separately but at the exact same time, after knowing each other for 6 months. You follow? Ha, so that’s our story in a nutshell.

Anyway, back to Miami… we are heading there to celebrate Rupert’s big 40! SO OLD, I know. :) I’ve only been back once since we moved about 7 years ago, so I am really excited to celebrate with a bunch of old friends, hit up some of our favorite spots, spend time at the beach, and take in all the art deco goodness of South Beach.

Here’s what’s going with me:

Palm Leaf Shift Dress by Just Cavalli // Hot Pink Sandals by Michael Kors // Ampersand Tee by Madewell // Aviator Sunglass by Aerie // Chiffon Romper by Fleur du Mal // Sunhat by Scala // V Neck Crop Top by TopShop // Nude Sandals by Jeffrey Campbell // Distressed Denim Skity by Paige Denim // Black & White Bikini by Ted Baker // Gold Leather bag by Baggu // Fujifilm Instaxe Mini Camera // Blush Leather Clutch by American Apparel

To see more of my packing round-ups check here.


house update: patio doors & kitchen demo (round 2)

new patio doors // renovation Our new patio doors are in (yay!), the trash pile is now taller then me, and the exterior is ready for stucco. Meanwhile on the inside….


birthday giveaway ~ now closed

a sunny afternoon giveaway // smitten studioToday I turn the big (not big at all) 32! I wanted to celebrate my birthday on the blog with a little A Sunny Afternoon giveaway! One reader will receive one of my small Walnut Arrow serving boards, (of course lovingly made by my dad and me) perfect for hanging on your kitchen wall, throwing me a birthday party ;), or just styling up your afternoon tea.

To enter simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite A Sunny Afternoon item.

Entries must be posted by next Monday, March 3rd. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Sorry, limited to US readers only. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and then announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered, it was wonderful reading your favorite pieces and thank you so much for all of the birthday wishes! Congrats to Cassie who is the winner of this giveaway.

Images by Jessie Webster for A Sunny Afternoon, Styling by Sarah Sherman Samuel

from the weekend: brunch dates & girls nights

02.23.14 weekendThis weekend I celebrated a friend’s birthday with a girls night in (bunny ears included), lingered over coffee with Rupe at brunch, and avoided our construction dust covered, half finished house at all costs. :)

Happy Monday!

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

studio update & DIY shelves

smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // diy shelvesI am embarrassingly still not quite settled in the new studio (although it is doing better then the house right now), but these shelves I put up are helping A TON. I needed some organization in my life more than I can express (If you are remembering the corners of the house that I kind of had finished, like the living room and the entry way… erase them from your mind because they are now almost empty rooms with an inch thick of construction dust!).

Anyway… the studio is now my happy place :) You may notice I also painted the floors again. Thanks to my obsession with seeing other peoples workspaces, I’ve seen so many all white studios and I wanted to switch it up a little, so I went for this floor paint called georgia peach (I had them tint it 20% lighter). It’s bright and light like the white on white spaces I still love, but brings a subtle bit of color in.

Still to do in the studio is: Replace the light fixture, install skylights, find a place for a mood/layout board, and decide what to hang over that love seat.

Shelf DIY instructions after the jump…


pattern spy: boobs!

pattern spy boobs // smitten studioBoobs, jugs, knockers… with so many names (262 according to this guy), it’s only right to have a few fun patterns to further celebrate our lady lumps (and these playful ones are pretty awesome). Keep an eye out for more in Rachel Antonoff’s Spring 2014 collection too!

What do you think, would you rock a breast print?

Boob Tote from Gravel & Gold // Breast Tee from Maurie & Eve // Georgia Cookie Jar by Jonathan Adler