top 5 moments of 2012

2012 was a pretty exciting year! It had its ups and downs like they all do, but there were also some pretty amazing things & changes that happened. Here are my top 5 moments on Smitten Studio.

1. We bought this old weathered cabin.

cabin exterior before

2. We renovated the cabin (Still a work in progress but here is where we are at the years end). See all the posts here.

cabin exterior 2012cabin living room corner

3. I turned 30 and threw a party! See the original post here and on 100 layer cake here.

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4. I quit my full-time job. After building a successful product line for someone else for 5 years I made the leap to do it for myself and spend more time here, in my own studio.  See more of my workspace here.

smitten studio inspiration wall

5. We traveled to a few really cool places. Like Big Sur and England and Wine Country.

human nest treebones sarah sherman samuelAmberley Castlespa weekend calistoga

Here’s to 2013 being filled with great successes, exciting adventures, and big big love.

Party Images by Mike Carreiro all others by Sarah Sherman Samuel

my style: best of 2012

my style round-up 2012

It is no secret that I love mixing different patterns and colors. It is not only a big part of my career but it is also evident in my everyday life through the clothes I wear.

I worked in a small office and being a creative company there was no set dress code or rules (thank God). Although, while that is great for personal expression, it is also a slippery slope where I could easily get lazy with my clothing. (i.e. no one would care if I started showing up to work in my pajamas!) I started my style column as a way to keep myself motivated to put just a little effort into what I wear day to day, and to catalogue the different prints, patterns, and colors that come up in my wardrobe.

I highly recommend snapping a photo of your own outfits here and there. Especially if you have a too tiny closet like me and you can’t see 80% of your clothes without going digging. It has been fun to see how my taste has evolved just over the year and it has even helped me further refine my personal style.

This is a little round up of my favorite style posts from this year. See the coordinating full posts here: 1 party dress // 2 pop of pink // 3 pin dots & army green // 4 stripes & leopard // 5 dots & stripes // 6 floral jeans & dots // 7 bold stripe & lace // 8 fuchsia maxi & geo top

To see all style posts look here.