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from the weekend: showers, house guests, maternity shoots, renovations… oh my!

01.04.15weekend2015 has officially started off with a BIG bang in all the best ways. Over the weekend I worked with photographers Katherine and Luke of Max and Friends to document this mama to be time in my life and they couldn’t have been sweeter or more talented to work with. I’ve only gotten a little sneak peek from the shoot but am SO looking forward to seeing the rest.

I went straight from the shoot to the airport to pick up one of two old friends who both flew in to celebrate our little one on the way at a shower that was thrown for me and baby Samuel on Sunday. It was such a special gathering of incredible (and crazily talented) women that I feel so fortunate to call my friends, I mean check out that dessert table!! (CAN NOT wait to see and share the photos from that too!)

We also stretched the weekend into Monday (because who wants to go back to work after a long break on a Monday anyway) and the Bachelor Premier should of course be considered a holiday, am I right? Kidding of course, kind of, but mostly because we also started a full gut job renovation on the original bathroom, the only room that hadn’t been touched yet. I am cutting it a little close to the ole due date but man when that nesting bug hits in the third trimester, it is NO joke. :)

And finally, last but not least, there has been one more major change in the Samuel household… Rupert made a big career change, leaving his company that he founded in 2007, and later sold, to take a position at CP + B, where his ad career began in the very first place, way back when (you can read a bit about him here and another blurb in the NY Times. #proudwife ;)). After having the month of December off from any work,  his first day was today! I will surely cherish all the extra time we had with just the two of us around the house and now look forward to the big adventure of parenthood!

I hope you had a great start to the year. x sarah

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

from the weekend: 32 week bump

32 weeks // dressing the bump // smitten studioI hope you all had a great Christmas. Rupert and I spent ours hunkered down with just the 2 (.5) of us and the dogs. It was the first time we didn’t travel to see family and I definitely missed them and the snow, but it was also really special knowing that it will be the quietest Christmas we will most likely ever have and this time next year a mini Rupe will be scooting around the tree.

Los Angeles is also a lot quieter in general, between Christmas and New Years, and I’ve enjoyed taking many a trips to get the best decaf latte in all the land without a line! Above we were on such a coffee run in celebration of hitting 32 weeks!

Shop the Look: Wide Rimmed Fedora by Catarzi // Jacket by TopShop (old) find similar here // Tank by Madewell // Wet Look Maternity Leggings from Asos  // Shoes from Madewell (old) find similar here

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

from the weekend: making room for baby

11.24.14-weekendThis weekend we finally moved most of our clothes into the new closet in our bedroom and out of what will soon be the nursery, starting to make room for baby. We also had a couple nice meals out, watched some walking dead (I don’t know how we got into it but am totally hooked and am having crazytown dreams because of it), and had our driveway and front walkway demo’d to get ready to pour a new one. We also picked out the winner of the Thanksgiving Tablescape giveaway. Congrats Carin!

Photos by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

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

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

from the weekend: malibu

end of summer // malibu // smitten studiomalibu airbnb // smitten studioPool time, book reading, a beautiful wedding, beach days, and this peaceful mountain top rental property made for a pretty wonderful weekend in Malibu for this mama to be. I found the cabin on Airbnb which came complete with a private pool and gorgeous mountain views. Even though we were less than an hour from home, we could have been a million miles away, waking up to the sound of a distant rooster crow and cows mooing! I love living in the city but I also crave these quiet escapes.

morning view // malibu airbnb // smitten studioOur morning view of the mist coming up from the ocean (above) and the walk down to my favorite beach, El Matador, which was just a short drive down the mountain.

el matador state beach // smitten studiobackyard wedding // malibuI have never been to a more stunning backyard wedding. Candles floated in the pool, hung from the trees in lanterns, and were nestled all around the garden. The interior shot was of the bride and groom’s house, I just couldn’t NOT take a photo. :)

el matador state beach // smitten studioel matador state beach // smitten studioWe ended the weekend with a day at El Matador and at 21 weeks pregnant the walk back up to the car was definitely a little more difficult than I remember! (still worth it though).

Places we enjoyed:
Our Airbnb Rental
Nobu (best seaside restaurant)
The Malibu Cafe (tucked back in the mountains about 6 mins from our rental)
El Matador State Beach
Malibu Wines (we didn’t go this trip but great for wine tasting)
Malibu Country Mart (shopping and star sighting if you are into that ;)

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

from the weekend: brunch & nesting

09.29.14-weekendThis weekend Rupe and I did a lot of furniture store browsing, trying to get inspired to start planning the nursery design. We hit a lot of our favorite West Hollywood shops…  Lawson Fenning, Organic ModernismNickey Kehoe, and Emperic. While these are definitely not baby stores, I like to pull inspiration and get ideas from places like these because, nursery or not, I still want it to have a similar aesthetic to the rest of the house. We made a full day of it including lunch (and the must-have biscuits) from Hart and the Hunter.

One piece of furniture we did pick up for the baby’s room was on Sunday at the Santa Monica Flea Market. We found this vintage (I think its a Homecrest) rocking chair! It came with all the cushions as well, but I am going to have those reupholstered/re-made. At least it is one purchase for the coming baby down, about a billion more to go.

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