Entries from November 10th, 2014

from the weekend: getaway with friends

cayucos beach // sarah sherman samuelOn Friday we drove up the coast to Cayucos to meet some friends and share a little beach rental for the weekend. They live in San Francisco so Cayucos worked out perfectly for us to meet halfway between our two home cities. I’ll share a bit more of the trip once I gather up the photos (you can see a few more here). We had the best time enjoying the small town pace and catching up with old friends. Hope you had some time to re-charge as well. x

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4 amazing nurseries

4 amazing nurseries // boulevard b nursery  // smitten studioI haven’t quite settled on a direction for our nursery yet, but I have made a “baby” pin board from which I’ve started gathering inspiration on all things design for the little one. In the process I have looked at probably hundreds of nursery tours and while I am trying to figure out which way to go (light and airy or dark and dreamy?), I came across these 4 personal faves that serve up some serious originality.

4 amazing nurseries // reath design  // smitten studio4 amazing nurseries // amber interiors nursery  // smitten studio4 amazing nurseries //  inspiration  // smitten studioFreaking beautiful right? :) What are you favorite inspiration sources for the littles?

Happy Friday! x

Room 1 by Rosemary van Zandvoort via Boulevard B. // Room 2 by Reath Design with Sharon Montrose for The Animal Print Shop // Room 3 by Amber Interiors  // Room 4 via Le Petite Florilége

my (bump) style: fall trench & ripped jeans

fall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studioWe just had a few lovely days that started to feel like fall here in LA and I took the opportunity to break out one of my favorite autumnal staples, the long trench coat. I love the versatility of a trench and how it can turn these ripped jeans and tank into a polished look. The length also helps make even this 25 week pregnant lady feel longer and leaner.

fall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studiofall trench love // my bump style // 25 weeks // smitten studioAnd can we just talk about these jeans for a second? Thank you Asos for offering so many non frumpy maternity options.

Blue Trench from Principessa, find similar here, here, and here // Wide Rimmed Fedora by Catarzi // White Tank by James Perse // Ripped Black Maternity Jeans by Asos, (find non-maternity here) // Ankle boots by Steve Madden,  find similar here // Bag by Chiyome // Cuff by The 2 Bandits // Triangle ring from Moorea Seal // Quadruple V ring by K/ller Collection // Nars Lip Pencil in Timanfaya Park 

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from the weekend: indigo dip & shibori dyeing

shibori &  dip dyed indigo // sarah sherman samuelThis weekend we stuck around the house, handed out halloween candy on friday, went out to brunch and caught a matinee (that movie is cray) on Saturday and then spent Sunday dyeing our hearts out! This is my first time ever dyeing and let me just say it is SO addicting and SO MUCH FUN. Once I got started I wanted to dye EVERYTHING. No white surface is safe.

Above are a few of the finished products. These are the tea towels I made, dip dyeing a few (and some curtains) and also using some shibori techniques to make the different patterns.

shibori indigo dyeing // smitten studio shibori indigo dyeing // smitten studio Here are a few of the shibori tea towels once they were pulled out of the indigo dye. For this technique, I cut down various wood shapes (2 of each size) and then accordion folded the fabric to just a bit bigger than the wood shape. Once the fabric was folded up I sandwiched it between the two pieces of wood and secured it with rubber bands. Wherever the rubber bands and wood blocks make contact with the fabric is where the negative space (white space) shows in the pattern.

Experimenting with different shapes and different amounts of rubber bands create endless pattern options, I could seriously have kept going and going but I had already turned my entire backyard into a dye-house and damn daylight savings time was cramping my style. (Sidenote: the dye does keep for a couple days if you keep it in an airtight container).

dip dyed indigo // sarah sherman samuelindigo dyeing // smitten studioI used this dye kit by Noon Design Studio which gave all the ingredients you need to make the dye, rubber gloves, rubber bands, and full instructions. Other items you will need are: a big bucket for the dye, the wood blocks in various shapes, clothes line/drying rack and the fabric for dyeing.

With how busy things have gotten with both A Sunny Afternoon and Smitten Studio lately, I haven’t made much time for anything but work or play in the form of travel. I forgot how much of a creative boost comes from trying out a new type of craft just for fun. I am currently on a maker’s high! Have you guys tried dyeing?

Images by me via iphone & instagram (I’m @sarahhermansamuel)