all white everything with by rosie jane

all white everything // sarah sherman samuelby rosie jane // essentials bag // sarah sherman samuelI’ve been working with a beautiful apothecary company on a few projects lately and meanwhile completely fell in love with the brand. Founded by make-up artist Rosie Jane Johnston, By Rosie Jane is a local LA based company whose products are handcrafted in small batch runs and made using natural and organic ingredients. From the gorgeous packaging to the product itself, everything is clean and simple and made to easily fit into your everyday life. They just launched their new site and along with it, a new extension of their brand… the online marketplace where you can find a hand picked selection of limited edition products and By Rosie Jane collaborations.

One of the first pieces that is sold exclusively in the BRJ Marketplace is the white leather “essentials clutch”. When Rosie described it to me, before I even saw it, I knew I had to have it. I’ve been on a half moon/semi circle kick lately and the little clutch is the perfect size for, well, just the essentials. I have also been frequently debunking the outdated “no white after labor day” rule by going with all white everything… topped off with a little cheetah print of course (cheetah was one of Archer’s first words btw, just about the cutest thing how he pronounced it with quite the enunciation… CHee-TAH).

all white everything // sarah sherman samuelall white everything // sarah sherman samuelall white everything // sarah sherman samuelall white everything // sarah sherman samuelall white everything // sarah sherman samuelall white everything // sarah sherman samuelby rosie jane // essentials bag // sarah sherman samuelAlong with the clutch, you can find the return of a holiday favorite from last year, their gold pineapple candle set. I love these because once the wax is melted away you have a set of beautiful tumbler glasses.

bathroom // sarah sherman samuelsss-white-brj12And a first of many product collaborations in the Marketplace is this BRJ x No. Designs ceramic candle where the bowl was handcrafted by Romy Northover and hand filled by BRJ.

In their about page they describe what they make as “creating products that are essential and easily incorporated into your everyday life” and I’ve found they hit the nail on the head with that. Every piece I’ve collected has seamlessly made their way into my every day.

Shop the post:
Leather Essentials Clutch by By Rosie Jane // Cheek & Lip Gloss // Roll-on Fragrance Oil // White Jeans from TopShop // Top from Midland // (CHee-TAHH) ankle boots by Matisse // Rings by L. Frank

Wall Sconce by Cedar & Moss // Pineapple Candle by By Rosie Jane // Brass Shelf by Schoolhouse Electric

Candle by BRJ x No. Designs // Cutting boards by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Cake Stands by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Gold Urchins by Lulu & Georgia

Photos by The Great Romance Photo for Sarah Sherman Samuel + By Rosie Jane

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.

style story: dress with jeans

dressandpantsI’ve been wearing this dress on the regular, to meetings, to the pool, on lunch dates, and to the huntington gardens. So basically everywhere, and to get even more wear out of it, when there’s a bit of a chill in the air, I’ve been throwing a pair of jeans on underneath. I didn’t think I was the jeans under a dress kind of girl but turns out I am… and I’m kinda into it.


style story: off the shoulder

spring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuel Summer is a coming and off-the-shoulder tops have reached the mass market, like reached and exploded all over it. You might remember when I bought this same top in blush last year for our Mexico trip, and while I was browsing around Topshop recently I came across it in this gorgeous shade of citrus/yellow/green and I just went ahead and got it again. I couldn’t help myself, I still love the structure of it and the silhouette (they also now have it in Salmon, Orange, Light Blue, and Ivory).

spring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuelspring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuelspring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuelspring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samueloff-the-shoulder4-640spring pastels // off the shoulder top // sarah sherman samuelAnd how gorgeous is LA this time of year? I met up with Heather Kincaid, who is the talent behind these photos, in West Hollywood and you would never know this bougainvillea and cactus are just in some random alley we found on our way to a juice bar. Kind of a perfect compliment to the summery pastels.

Now for the serious talk…. Are you pro off-the-shoulder or anti?

Shop the look: Top from Topshop // Shoes from Anthropologie (I have to say I am obsessed with these shoes. They are so comfortable with just enough of a heel) // Jeans from Topshop // Cuff old, find similar here // Bag by Urban Expressions // Rings by L Frank Jewelry

Photos by Heather Kincaid 

style stories: coral

Coral Jumpsuit // Style Story I mentioned awhile back about a nail place, here in LA, that also has a color astrologist available to give you your color horoscope while you get your mani. It’s so LA, but also pretty fascinating. She told me the color that suits me the best, and that I should be wearing, is red. I couldn’t help but laugh because I don’t do red. Like in anything! I don’t own one piece of red clothing, I don’t work with the color red, and if you look at my Instagram feed, you won’t even find it in my photos!

I don’t necessarily dislike the color red (unlike purple (sorry purple)), on other people I think it looks great, but it is a strong color that doesn’t jive with my palette. When I told her this she immediately asked me if my mom liked the color red and I said “YES! it is her absolute favorite”! To which she replied that’s why you stay away from it. haha oops. SO basically I have been subconsciously trying not to be like my mother but, in actuality, I am constantly consciously trying to be just like her. So riddle me that?!

Coral Jumpsuit // Style Story Coral Jumpsuit // Style Story Anyway… Rose Theadora and I arrived at a compromise that totally works for me and that is… coral. The orangey-pink sister to red that I can really stand behind is a favorite of mine. And in honor of the new Michael Kors scent, “Coral”, they invited me to share how I incorporate the hue into my life and the answer is, all-the-heck-over…

michael kohrs coral perfume
Coral Jumpsuit // Style Story I have it in my wardrobe – as you see I am continuing on with my streamlined “perfect for the busy gal/mama” one-piece kind of outfits with this coral jumpsuit. P.S. just give me all the jumpsuits.

I have it in my house – in my favorite rugs, HEREHERE and HERE,

I use it on my lips (my go-to lip color),

and now I have it in my scent world via the Coral fragrance. It’s Fresh and Feminine… blending grapefruit, sweet raspberry and warm sandalwood. My mom’s favorite fruit is raspberries and with Coral as the new red, it makes a wonderful and personal mother’s day gift for her and I may just have to get keep one for myself since it’s what the doctor, I mean astrologer ordered.

Jumpsuit by Asos // Necklace from Poketo // Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell // Michael Kors Fragrance in Coral

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

This post was done in partnership with Michael Kors Fragrance, thank you for supporting our sponsors!

style stories: structured top

style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel Did you all have a mushy gushy Valentine’s Day? We went to the beach, but it was so foggy the sand was still wet and Archie wasn’t a fan of the sand being stuck to his everything. ha! Then in the afternoon I did a weaving class with a friend which is very non-lovey dovey but hey, Valentines can be for friends too right? In the evening Rupert made me dinner which is our usual V-day tradition, he always surprises me with a new recipe and doesn’t let me do a thing but light the candles. However, I saved this outfit for our president’s day dinner out, because nothing says romance like leopard print and George Washington.

style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel I love the interesting silhouette of this top I found a while back at Need Supply. The structure of it works well paired with a fitted skirt or skinny jeans and I was so drawn to the almost architectural quality of it. It is always so fun discovering new labels to love.

Top by Keepsake via Need Supply (in white here, or similar here) // Leopard Skirt from J.Crew (old) Find similar here, here, and here // Gold Booties from Nasty Gal //Cuffs  by Brandy Pham and J.Crew // Necklace from Dogeared 

Photos by Mike Carriero