Entries from December 8th, 2014

candlelit christmas table

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candlelit christmas table // smitten studioAs I mentioned before, Rupe and I are staying in California for the holidays this year, so I am planning on making it as close to a white Christmas as you can in a LA bungalow. I’ve teamed up with Target to share this wintery white, candlelit Christmas table using pieces from their latest holiday collection.

candlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studioWire brush trees make up the majority of the centerpiece while mercury glass candle holders round out the rest of the non-floral tablescape, giving it just the right amount of sparkle. I’ve also used my favorite trick of layering on different textures, giving dimension to all of the white on white. Once the lights are turned down, all the candles are lit, and we are gathered with a few friends, Christmas in LA will be pretty special too!

Ceramic Deer Head from Target // Small Wire brush trees from Target and Large // White Round Plates from Target // White Scalloped Plates (old) find similar here // Gold Chargers from Target // Gold Candle Holders from Target // Gold Ornaments from Target // White & Silver Flatware from World Market // Large Gold Mason Jar (used as candle hurricanes) from Target // Extra Large Gold Mason Jar (used as candle hurricanes) from Target // Faux Fur White Throw from Target

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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from the weekend: babymoon

spa day 29weeksIt may be Monday morning but in my head I am still floating the day away in Ojai. We had a wonderfully relaxing babymoon at the Ojai Valley Inn this weekend. I’ll have more on the trip soon!

Hope you all have a great week. x

Image by me via iPhone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

in my bag: ojai babymoon

in my bag // ojai // babymoon // smitten studioRupe is treating me to a long weekend at the Ojai Valley Inn for our mini babymoon and I am looking forward to some spa time and a massage more that you can know. Such a treat! Here’s what I am taking with me.

Cable Knit Sweater by TopShop // Pleated Midi Dress from Asos (perfect for a night out and also makes a great holiday dress for mama’s to be) // Bag by Monserat de Lucca // Lace Chiffon Robe // Animal Print Zip Bikini by TopShop // Birkenstock Sandals (because they have saved my feet this pregnancy) // Leather-like Pants by 7 for all Mankind from Pea in the Pod // Foldover Clutch by Clare Vivier // Ankle Boots by Ugg // Zoe Bracelet by Jules Smith

For more of the “in my bag” series, check here.

my (bump) style: winter whites at 29 weeks

winter whites // bump style // smitten studioI wore this dress for Thanksgiving dinner, a daring move since food tends to miss my mouth lately and land smack dab on the belly, but it made it through the entire day unscathed. It also made for a very comfortable stint on the sofa while recovering from the turkey coma, turns out sweater dresses are all good by me.

winter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studiowinter whites // bump style // smitten studioAny single item of clothing that you can throw on, and it makes an entire outfit is juuust perfect for the third trimester. :) I liked the lace detail in the shoulders which took care of the need for accessories, leaving me to just add a shoe and done!

Sweater Dress from Asos // Shoes by Charlotte Stone

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from the weekend: thanksgiving

thanksgiving weekendI hope you all had a really great extra long Thanksgiving weekend. We spent turkey day with just a few friends this year, Amanda of 100 layer cake obviously knows how to put together a table (and cook a turkey for that matter. :)). It was a day filled with thanks, football, yummy eats, and lingering at the table for hours with good conversation. Everything Thanksgiving should be cracked up to be. Oh how I love the holidays and am not afraid to be a total nerd about it.

The rest of the weekend Rupe and I laid pretty low enjoying the quiet time with just the two of us before baby’s February arrival. We dug a few christmas decorations out, did a little shopping small on saturday, brunched, got a mani & pedi, and then traded in my Mini Cooper for a more mommy sized car (I may have cried when I had to turn in the keys. Stupid but true… I realllly liked that car. ha).

How did you guys spend your holiday?

Image by me via iphone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel).