weekend scenes: palm springs

poolside My parents have been visiting for the past two weeks and we just spent the last one in Palm Springs. We worked on the A-frame, played tourist, had a little pool time, and celebrated Rupe’s birthday. I also started a new instagram account specifically for the A-frame which you can follow @thesamuelaframe

palm springs tramwaypalm-springs-house-stalkingFor Rupe’s birthday we took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for the first time and it was INSANE. But also really beautiful. That teeny tiny tramcar in the photo above holds around 60 people and it rotates while going up the mountain (!!!!!). We survived though and after demoing the A-frame kitchen all day the day before it was nice to get outside and take in some nature. It has been a while.

And no trip to Palm Springs is complete without a little house stalking. Gosh I love the architecture there.

sss-a-frameThis is the view by the A-frame! Such a drastically different landscape than our last Lake Michigan cabin but beautiful in its own right. There were wildflowers in bloom all over and tons of hiking trails which I can not wait to explore.

cactus // sarah sherman samuelpalm springs desert modern-houseAnd remember my Palm Springs client I shared about… “desert modern“. Well, here is a little sneak peek. The house is a vacation home and rental house so it worked out pretty perfect for us to able to stay there while the A-frame is in shambles. We worked on the A-frame by day and I worked on installing some final design touches here by night. I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of the space when all the final pieces come together!

Happy hump day x

Images by me via iphone & Instagram (i’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Iphone photo editing 101

iphone photo editing tutorial // sarah sherman samuelOne of the most frequently asked questions I get is “what filter and/or photo apps do you use” for instagram. I don’t have one specific recipe as every photo is different but I thought I’d put together a little tutorial with examples and give you my go to filters and apps. And who knows, maybe you can pick up a little nugget of a trick to apply to your own photos. Here we go…

iphone photo editing // sarah sherman samuelFirst I should say… all of my instagrams are iPhone photos and edited on the iPhone. The only exception is when I pull an image from a blog post to announce that there is new content on the blog, which I label with either the photographer (if it isn’t by me) or a “link in profile”.

Secondly, some photos just take a little bit of editing and some I end up spending way too much time on. Here is what I did for this first photo. On the left is straight out of the camera, and on the right is the photo I posted. I usually start with pulling the photo into VSCOcam. In there I choose a filter, for this one I used M5 (other favorites are C3, F1, and G3) and usually I dial it back a bit from the full +12. If you are scratching your head right now I can explain. When in VSCO, select a filter and that automatically puts it on full power, now tap the same filter again and there is the scale from +1 to +12, now you can play with how much of the filter you want to be on the photo.

Once I am happy with the filter choice I save it and then open it in Afterlight. I like the control that Afterlight has on brightness, contrast, and sharpening so I do all that there. I also use afterlight to create the white border around mine to keep them landscape or portrait. You can do this by hitting the bottom right button  that is a black circle inside of a white square. Once in that menu hit the icon that looks like two vertical bars and voila.

iphone photo editing // sarah sherman samuelFor this photo, I skipped Afterlight and went right from VSCO to instagram (I posted this one as a square originally so didn’t use the white bars). I picked a filter, and then brightened and sharpened it right in Instagram. Done!

iphone photo editing // sarah sherman samuel Then there are some photos that need a little extra help. For this one I did my thing in VSCO, followed by Afterlight, then I wanted to get rid of a few of those brown pine needles so I pulled it into touchRetouch. This app is great for getting rid of little unwanted things in a photo. I used the lasso tool, circled the pine needles that I wanted out of there, hit the “play” triangle button and like magic, they disappeared.

iphone photo editing // sarah sherman samuelHere is one more example where I used all three apps. Of course not all photos go through this entire process, many I use a little bit of a vsco filter and then bring it right into Instagram but I wanted to give you my full arsenal. So once again… here I used VSCO for the color (their filters are my fave), then brought it into Afterlight for brightness, contrast, sharpening, and the borders. Then I touchRetouched that little boat right out of there and THEN I posted it in instagram, for a semi-insta instagram. PHEW!

Happy iPhonography x sarah


weekend scenes memorial day

monday-archer-rugSomehow, even days that you do nothing at all seem to fly by in a flash. We spent the weekend not doing a whole lot and I have to say it was our best one yet, with little A. We stared at, sang to, and giggled with Archer…had a few friends over, started working on the laundry room, and had a picnic in the park.

exterior house, patio // sarah sherman samuelpark-evening-picnicI also realized I never did share our finished deck. We still have to figure out the furniture situation but there’s a glimpse of it… looking forward to spending a lot more time out there this summer.

Hope you guys had a beautiful long weekend. xo

Images by me via iPhone & Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)


Palm Springs Weekend Scenes

ace-hotel-sarahshermansamuelOur first getaway with the little man was a success! We stayed at the Ace and despite the bumping party music, Archer slept like a champ. Rupert and I, however, barely slept at all and couldn’t stop obsessing over his temperature in the night. Was he too hot? was he too cold? is he cooing in his sleep or is he awake? etc. etc. Meanwhile he was clueless and slept through the night with no problems. Rupe and I are still working on the whole relaxing into parenting thing.

palm-springs-sarahshermansamuelparker-palmsprings-sarahshermansamuelWe spent an afternoon at The Parker having brunch at Norma’s and walking around the beautiful grounds (Archie had nap time in the lounge area)…

palmsprings-pool-partythe ace hotel palm springsand we ended the weekend with a pool party, at our friends house, complete with ping pong, tacos, and popsicles.

Photos by me via iPhone and instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

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weekend scenes 5.2

the line hotel // sarah sherman samuelfamily picnic // sarah sherman samuel single palm // sarah sherman samuelfamily picnic // sarah sherman samuelAn inspiring brunch at The Line Hotel with Vsco, beach walks and a picnic with the fam, this weekend shaped up pretty darn well. Hope you had a pleasant one. x

Images by me w/iPhone via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

scenes from the weekend

beach-baby-sarahshermansamuelsanta-monica-beach2This weekend was full of big milestones for me on the motherhood journey. My sister came to visit with her husband and two young kids from Wyoming and they were not about to stick around the house all day, so I quickly had to learn how to breastfeed on the fly and in public (gasp! ;)), something I wasn’t really looking forward to. It already sounds silly now, but I couldn’t imagine how I would ever be able to do it without my perfect little nursing station, my pillows set up just right etc, but there I was on the beach, nursing like a champ. ha!

And just like that, it opened up a whole new chapter. We were able to spend the day at the beach, get a delicious lunch at Playa Provisions, and spend a full day away from the house. The rest of the weekend was filled with more beach time, playing games on the santa monica pier, backyard picnics, dining out, and Archer’s first party! It was some good quality time with my sister and little A’s adorable cousins. More photos from the weekend after the jump…

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