February 9, 2020

February has me leaning in to a slower pace of life. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and have delved into the world of homemade bread. It’s so much fun and my kids are loving my test loafs! Luckily they seem to like it all. We’re also making plans for our yard, and I’m […]

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February Mood ’20

life + style  in southern california

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Pretty Smitten began as a creative outlet after the birth of my first child in 2008. What started as a sweet little Etsy shop has now grown into a full Southern California Life + Style site featuring home decor, food, entertaining and wellness content. I believe there is beauty in the simplified, and I strive to create a beautiful happy home where we can stop to enjoy the little things. I hope within this blog you'll find a little inspiration for your own home life as well.

I'm also now thrilled to be offering fine art lifestyle photography. Documenting love in all forms is truly a gift...sweet little newborns, expecting mamas, families and couples...photos are our only "pause button."  Learn more about Elizabeth Johnson Photography by clicking below!  

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February Mood ’20

February has me leaning in to a slower pace of life. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and have delved into the world of homemade bread. It’s so much fun and my kids are loving my test loafs! Luckily they seem to like it all. We’re also making plans for our yard, and I’m […]

February 9, 2020

EVERYDAY LIVING

Danielle Oakey’s Winter Collection Photoshoot

A beautiful house in Redondo Beach…a group of talented women…a new collection of gorgeous pillows….all things that added up to make a pretty amazing day photographing Danielle Oakey’s New Year collection! Honestly it’s one of my favorite ways to spend the day and I’m realizing more and more my passion for interior design photography. I […]

February 4, 2020

PHOTOGRAPHY

Birthday Wishlist

Tomorrow just happens to be my birthday and I’m going to be blessed with a few hours to myself in the morning. I’m planning on a solo cup of coffee and some browsing at my favorite shops…including McGee & Co., Madewell and Williams Sonoma! Just for fun I put together a little ‘birthday wishlist’ …here […]

January 28, 2020

AT HOME, BEAUTY STYLE, EVERYDAY LIVING

Inspiring Cookbooks for 2020

As much as I love the ease of finding recipes online, there is nothing better then flipping through an actual cookbook. I find so much inspiration in the pages of a good cookbook. I love to read the stories behind recipes, find out favorite techniques and tools, and most of all be inspired by beautiful […]

January 21, 2020

EAT SIP, ENTERTAINING

A Day in Pacific Palisades

One thing we love about living in Southern California is the proximity to so many cool spots. We can easily head to San Diego, inland to the mountains or LA for the day. The LA drive can be pretty brutal with traffic, but honestly when we commit to just getting through it we are never […]

January 8, 2020

EVERYDAY LIVING, MY FAMILY

January Mood ’20

Happy January! And welcome to a new decade! Every year Christmas comes and goes and at first I’m a little bit sad. It’s such a fun, cozy and family centered season. But then guess what? January 1st hits and it’s goodbye Christmas!! Not a hint of sadness and I’m thrilled to pack it all up […]

January 3, 2020

EVERYDAY LIVING