from the weekendssss

lake michigan bather // sarah sherman samuelHi Hi, sorry for the radio silence over here. We were in Michigan for three weeks and while I intended to take a week off from the blog to fully enjoy the cabin, that week turned into two when my computer went kaput! Nothing like a forced vacation, although it’s not like I minded too too much. I was also hoping to launch a blog/shop/website re-design while I was away but of course that didn’t happen either. Instead we spent a lot of time with family, introduced archer to the wonders of Michigan, and did a lot of what is pictured above. Now we are back in LA, back at it and I hope to get the new site launched ASAP. Stay tuned… x sarah

Oh and PS happy fourth and all that. Hope you guys had a nice holiday while I was away.
Oh and PPS, did you see my Domino Magazine Instagram takeover? Take a peek for more from my trip.

Image by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)
Swimsuit by Hackwith Design

my (life) style: chambray bomber & leopard print

sarahshermansamuel-by-loumoraRecently, I had the pleasure of working with photographer Lou Mora for a little “day in the life” series. He literally followed me around with a camera for a day, while I worked in my studio, took a coffee break, walked the dogs, and stuck my head in some bougainvillea (as I do, habitually of course).  Lou has such a talent for capturing people authentically. He brings the genuine personality out of someone and somehow gets it just right in an image. Even if it means baring my snaggle tooth (like below), he does it beautifully.

sarahshermansamuel-by-loumora3sarahshermansamuel-by-loumora2sarahshermansamuel-by-loumora4My favorite part of the day is often taking a pause from my studio and getting the dogs out for a walk, and now with the bun in the oven, I find it even more important to find time like this to slow down and enjoy a break or two.  Also, with this new baby bump starting to grow, I have been LIVING in loose dresses like this one. I am pretty sure you can’t get anything more comfortable than a lightweight silk shift and comfort is the name of the game these days.

Images by Lou Mora (his Instagram is also a great follow)

Shop the look: Leopard Dress by Joie (sold out) find matching blouse here, or similar dress here // Chambray Bomber Jacket from Anthropologie (sold out) find similar here // Ankle Boots by Ash

new series! Creative’s Dish: julie lee

recipe: zucchini pasta w/ mint-pea pesto // creative's dish with julie lee // smitten studiorecipe: zucchini pasta w/ mint-pea pesto // creative's dish with julie lee // smitten studioI am so excited to share the first of a new series I have been working on for Smitten Studio called Creative’s Dish. I’ve found that a love for food runs deep in my creative community and as a major foodie myself (but NOT quite a cook), I wanted to find a way to incorporate the epicure side of me into the blog while also highlighting some amazing creatives (and also hopefully learning a few tricks in the kitchen along the way). So, I’ve asked a few inspiring people to share one of their go-to recipes for me to try and replicate while they also dish about what they are currently up to.

First up is Julie Lee of gorgeous food collage fame. Aka, Julie’s Kitchen. I had the pleasure of having Julie come over to my house for this one, luckily she took it easy on me and crafted up this really simple (and tasty) beautiful meal, Zucchini Pasta with Mint-Pea Pesto. Hope you enjoy!

creative dish with julie lee // smitten studioJulie Lee is a self-taught photographer, food stylist, and editor based in Los Angeles. Her food collage photography series is inspired by the beauty of nature and local, farm-to-table eating. Her photography was recently featured in the Flowers for the Moon group show at The Standard and named 100 Best of 2013 by Saveur magazine. If you don’t already follow her on instagram, I HIGHLY suggest you do. Her collages are incredible.

recipe: zucchini pasta w/ mint-pea pesto // creative's dish with julie lee // smitten studioSS: what made you chose this recipe?

JL: “Zucchini and peas are at their peak season right now. I love this dish because it’s delicious, easy, and suitable for many diets (gluten-free, vegetarian, low-carb, etc.). You can even make it vegan by subbing nutritional yeast for the Parmesan.”

SS: most prized kitchen utensil?

JL: “My Shun knives. I love all my fancy gadgets, but at the end of the day a really sharp knife is all you need.”

recipe: zucchini pasta w/ mint-pea pesto // creative's dish with julie lee // smitten studiorecipe: zucchini pasta w/ mint-pea pesto // creative's dish with julie lee // smitten studiorecipe: zucchini pasta w/ mint-pea pesto // creative's dish with julie lee // smitten studioSS: Name three things that we may not know about you.

JL: ” 1. I play fantasy football. (I’m the only girl in my league.) 2. I love playing Scrabble so much that I sometimes play against myself. 3. I love to get lost in the woods. Backpacking is the best.”

recipe: zucchini pasta w/ mint-pea pesto // creative's dish with julie lee // smitten studioSS: Guilty pleasure?

JL: “Binge watching Scandal.”

SS: Sweet or Savory?

JL: “Ugh Both! Especially the combination of the two. I’m an eating machine.”

recipe: zucchini pasta w/ mint-pea pesto // creative's dish with julie lee // smitten studioSS: What are three blogs you can’t stop reading?

JL: “Besides Smitten Studio, 101 CookbooksLingered Upon, and Sprouted Kitchen

recipe: zucchini pasta w/ mint-pea pesto // creative's dish with julie lee // smitten studioI had so much fun turning the camera around on Julie and shooting her while she schooled me on spiralizing! Get the full recipe after the jump and let me know what you think! …


travel stories: miami beach

miami beach, south beach // smitten studiosouth beach, art deco // smitten studiohill climb // smitten studiosunset over miami // smitten studioI’m back with more from our recent trip to Miami! Visiting South Beach was a big ole trip down memory lane. Rupe and I checked out our old apartments, stopped by the place where we first met and made sure to drop in at all of our favorite spots which I’ll be sharing below.

Some things have changed since the last time I was there, like the Wynwood Art District and the city skyline with how the buildings seemed to have multiplied (photo just above taken of Downtown from our room at the Mondrian). While, other things have remained the same, like sometime around 6pm being my favorite time to go to the beach (top photo taken then, from the 5th street lifeguard tower).

miami beach south beach // smitten studiosoho house, miami // smitten studioLincoln Road is still one of the best spots to do some serious people watching (and shopping and eating, but really the people watching is so good), and the Soho House is the perfect refuge from the usual South Beach chaos (image above).

the atlantic // smitten studioleaves-miamithe raleigh, miami // smitten studioThe Raleigh is one of my favorite hotels in South Beach with its’ post card perfect (or rather, instagram worthy) art deco style and small details that make the designer in me swoon (even their website is awesome). We also had Rupert’s 40th birthday “day after the celebration brunch” at their Restaurant Michael Schwartz (the bar pictured above).


framing my flamingo

Remember the Flying Flamingo from my color palette inspiration? Well I got the print!! and I went big… 30″ x 40″ big, to be exact. I took it straight to Michaels where they do custom archival framing. I was a little scared to pass off my new treasured Sharon Montrose print to someone else, but at my framing appointment they treated it like gold with white gloves and all. I can’t wait to see the finished piece.

So, for now I will have to continue to ogle at all of the prints online until I get mine back home.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon MontroseLet me just say, I have wanted a Sharon Montrose print for reaally long time. Seriously, the hardest part was trying to decide which one. Here are a few of my personal favorites.

sharon montrose, Animal Print ShopThe clean backgrounds really let the animals shine and I can’t help but anthropomorphize each one, thinking that the llama smirking at me must be the class clown or the stoic cougar is hiding something behind those beautiful eyes. I could stare at these all day.

If you aren’t familiar with Sharon’s work I highly suggest popping over to the Animal Print Shop. Just don’t blame me if you lose hours poring over each photo. ;)

All animal photographs by Sharon Montrose, Above styled photograph by Laure Joliet.

san francisco love shoot

love-shoot-woodnote-kierstenlove-shoot2love-shoot3It is still major wedding season for me over here as I am halfway through a stretch of four back to back weekends with weddings and with our anniversary just passing as well, love is definitely in the air. While I am in the thick of all the mushy gushy-ness, I thought I would share a little love shoot I collaborated on with the always fabulous Kiersten Stevens and Woodnote Photography.

I designed the menus and some various stationery, Kiersten made the floral crowns and styled the shoot while Caroline of Woodnote Photography captured it all beautifully. To see more you can check it out on Kierstens site here and to see more work from Woodnote check out their blog here.