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Barnaby Lane: Shop Picks

I could go on and on about all the great design coming out of Australia,  it seems like every time I come across a new brand or designer I love they are from Australia. Barnaby Lane was one of those brands that I’ve always coveted from afar, I have pinned those Smith chairs multiple times and cried over the fact that I couldn’t get them. That is… until now! Barnaby Lane recently launched part of their collection in the US and my beloved Smith chairs were one of them. You better believe I have a couple on the way to #samuelfamilyfixer as we speak. I’ve rounded up a few of my other favorites that are now available to us American folk. x

Shop Picks: Tanner Dining Chair // Smith Armchair // Fraser Cushion // Palma Swing // Tanner Armchair // Loop Pendant // Fenwick Dining Chair // Fred Cushion // Spensley Dining Chair

urban outfitters home sale

I woke up this morning to an email saying Urban Outfitters was having a huge home sale so naturally I spent way too much money buying things I don’t really need but will most certainly love and you better believe I used the blog and the fact that “I *might* have a client that this would be perfect for” to justify my full shopping cart. Over the years I have found some real gems of unique pieces that give a lot of bang for your buck from UO… their furniture and accessories and lately I’ve even been loving some of their lighting! So, I’ve rounded up my favorite picks from the sale… some seriously good steals. (links below)

Coffee Table // Vase // Stool/Side Table // Sconce // Velvet pillow // Woven Chair // Candle Holder // Cabinet // Lamp // Chair // Rug // Mirror 

Color Stories: Lavender & Rust

Let me just come out with it… purple is the worst color (in my opinion of course), you will never ever ever see a jewel toned purple anywhere around here. It hurts my eyes. But a soft lavender… that, I can get into and paired with a nice rich neutral like rust. I am definitely down with it.

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Even while I was searching for lavender/lilac items so much purple, purple came up… my poor eyes will never un-see! I really took one for the team. However, I found some really great pieces to help bring the right amount of lavender and rust into anyone’s life, in little or big ways.

_sss_blog_lavenderrust_list_02Lavender: Dress | Petite Bag | MugVelvet Chair | Bowl | Linen TunicPlate | Stool | Side Table

Rust: Club Chair | Vase | Bikini | Floor Lamp | SofaCushion | Chair | Wall Mirror | Bag

See more of my favorite color combos in “Color Stories” Here. 

Woven bag round-up

woven bag - round up - wicker bag - rattanwoven bag - round up - wicker bag - rattanwoven bag - round up - wicker bag - rattanwoven bag - round up - wicker bag - rattanI’ve been buying up all kinds of woven bag, for myself and for gifts, like crazy! It’s one trend I am fully on board with and so happy there are so many good ones out there right now, so I’ve rounded up a few of my faves for your shopping pleasure. x

woven bag - round up - wicker bag - rattanGaia Ark Bag // Wicker Clutch // Aleso Bag // Alice Tote // Birch Clutch // Baan Bag // Dragon Bag // Atlas Bag // Rattan Bag // Norwood // Woven Straw Bag // Larkin Bag

Dress from Zara // Shoes by Steve Madden // Bracelet by Edge of Ember // Cuff by Brandy Pham // Ring by Edge of Ember

Images by Nicki Sebastian

wardrobe tune-up

trunk-club-LAIf you have been following me around on Instagram or Snapchat (@sarahssamuel) you know I’m in New York this week. Before I left I dropped into the Trunk Club LA location because my ‘new mom’, ‘laid back california’, ‘work for yourself’, wardrobe needed a serious tune-up before the trip. Trunk Club recently opened up their services to Women so I was excited when they invited me to come in and try it out. It felt like perfect timing to fill my suitcase with pieces that are a bit more polished.

If you haven’t heard of them yet, Trunk Club is a personal styling service you can work with in two different ways. They offer an actual trunk service to women throughout the continental US, where when you sign up you are paired with a dedicated stylist who gets to know your style, sizes, needs etc and then they curate a personalized trunk of clothes that ships right to your door. The thing I like about that service is that it isn’t a subscription, so you just reach out to them on an as needed basis. Like when you are going on a trip or the start of a new season etc.

And if you are lucky enough to live in one of the cities where they have their clubhouses (Chicago, New York, Dallas, DC and LA) you can meet-up with your personal stylist in person, relax and have a drink at the bar, and try on clothes that they curated for you.  That is what I did and it was so much fun. I got paired up with Simone, we chatted on the phone before my appointment so I could talk about my style and needs. I wanted clothes that could easily mix and match (to make it easy to fit in a carryon) and get me from meetings to site seeing to dinner etc.

trunk-club-LA5When I arrived she had a rack of clothes, shoes and accessories waiting for me. After having a drink at the gorgeous bar, she took me back to a little lounge area with my own dressing room where I was able to try on all the pieces. I have to say I felt a little like a celebrity! I thought only the rich and famous get to go to these private clubhouses and get to have a personal stylist. The whole process was so easy and nice. No battling traffic and parking garages around the malls, no waiting in line for dressing rooms or trying to track down someone to help you get a different size etc. I just rolled up, parked right in front (that sounds funny to say outloud but it is a big luxury in LA) and got to choose pieces from a rack that was already curated to my taste. They carry a lot of my favorite labels so it wasn’t hard to fall in love with a few of the looks.

trunk-club-LA2trunk-club-LA3trunk-club-LA4I ALMOST went home with those shoes… I did love them so… but I am not sure if I can rock that high of a heel anymore, especially in New York, where people actually walk places. I did, however, go home with a few of the pieces like that jumpsuit, the black cropped jeans, the white fringe shirt, the chambray jacket (which was a major splurge but I’m chalking it up as an investment piece that I will have forever, at least that is what I told myself) and a dress not pictured. Some of the pieces were a lot like ones that I already own (chambray and black and white foreverrrr), so I didn’t need to purchase, but it was great having the photos of the outfits put together so when I was packing I could remember what to include and how we styled them in with the new pieces.

The whole process had me really leaning towards developing more of a capsule wardrobe. Less pieces but better quality.

Look 1: Alexander Wang top and jeans // dolce vita sandals
Look 2. Veronica beard jacket // Trouve top // Jeans: Paige Denim //  Shoes: jimmy Choo
Look 3. Top: Vince // Jeans: Frame jeans // Shoes: Vince
Look 4: Veronica Beard jumper // Shoes: Vince
Look 5: Top: Joie //  Jeans by Paige Denim // Shoes by Vince
Look 6: Jacket by Rag & Bone //  Top: ALC // Jeans: Alexander wang //  Shoes: Vince //  Bag: Loeffler Randall

Find your personal stylist to get you these pieces at Trunk Club.

shop picks: Totokaelo

totokaelo shop picksCurating my picks from a shop that is already so selective with their pieces feels a little like cheating, but I couldn’t help but share with you Totokaelo on the off chance you haven’t discovered the site on your own. Totokaelo is a self proclaimed purveyor of beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated fashion and objects and they represent unique artists and designers that make every piece feel like one of a kind. The price point isn’t low here by any means, but even if most of it is out of your budget just browsing the shop is such a great source of inspiration by seeing the unusual forms and silhouettes that you just don’t find everywhere. It’s like visiting an art gallery that has only utilitarian pieces.

I am kind of dying over that chair! and the skort, and the tote

LINKS: Olive Skort // Mykita Sunglasses // Sculptural Stoneware // Josh Herman Vase // Off White Tote // Cross Over Trouser // Hex Paper Weight // Wenger Chair // Slip on Shoes // Ankle Boots // Turning Bar Ring // Pen Stand 

To see more of my SHOP PICKS check here.