life + style  in southern california

capturing everyday beauty 


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 are our only "pause button."  Learn more about Elizabeth Johnson Photography by clicking below!  

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Our Fall Kitchen

The days are getting shorter, cozy blankets are making their way onto the couch and little touches of fall are around our home. While I wouldn’t say that I decorate “seasonally”…each change of season does bring a shift in my mood and aesthetic. For me, it’s amazing how just a few details can change the […]

October 21, 2019


Chicken Noodle Soup

My good friend Becca made me this chicken noodle soup right after I had Emmy. It was like a big warm hug in a bowl and I’ve been wanting to learn how to make it ever since! Lucky me she came over a couple weeks ago and showed me all of her tips and tricks […]

October 8, 2019


My work: Family Session in Newport Beach

Fall family sessions are in full swing and keeping my schedule very busy. I love it!! I recently shot this gorgeous, fun and rambunctious family at a beach in Newport. Nothing like the energy of two boys! They were so playful, energetic and FAST, haha! They had me running and kept me on my toes! […]

September 30, 2019


Photoshoot with Danielle Oakey

I think you’ve all heard me mention beautiful pillows from Danielle Oakey’s shop before…I have a few sprinkled throughout my house, and her pillow shop is always the first on my list when I’m on the hunt for new textiles. So just imagine my excitement when I recently had the opportunity to photograph her new […]

September 23, 2019


Late Summer Dahlias

Fridays are my flower days…I swing by the farm stand or Trader Joe’s and I can’t resist picking up a few bunches for the weekend ahead! Whether we’re planning to have friends over or it’s just the 6 of us, flowers make the house weekend ready. Once the end of summer and early fall hits, […]

September 13, 2019


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