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


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

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September Mood

Hello September! Remember how just last month I wasn’t ready to give up summer? Well, now I’m happily back into the school routine, early mornings and all! While summer brings carefree days, last minute dinners thrown on the grill and later bedtimes, I think by the end of it I crave the structure of home […]

September 4, 2019


Currently Smitten No. 2

Summer is winding down and I’m feeling the cravings of fall starting to creep in to my thoughts. We’re hosting an end of summer dinner party at our house soon and this color palette has me completely smitten! 2. I’m also ready for cozy, comforting meals! How decadent does this gnocchi look? Ahhh! I’ll have […]

August 28, 2019


Coffee Table Books Perfect for Styling

I’ll never get tired of using coffee table books as styling props in my home. Not only do I love the way they look, but when I have a moment of free time I love browsing through them and I’m continually finding new inspiration. I wanted to share one trick that I often do with […]

August 14, 2019


August Mood

AUGUST! What?! How can that be? This summer might be the quickest yet. My kiddos head back to school in just a few short weeks. I’m not sure I’m ready for the early mornings again, and I’m definitely not ready to give up our weekday trips to the beach. So this month it’s all about […]

August 2, 2019


Amazon Finds – Home Decor

Amazon has become a sort of online Home Goods for me….it’s a fun place to search and find some good deals, but you have to sift through some junk too! I made it easy on you guys and put together a fun round-up of some home decor items I’ve found recently. What do you think? […]

July 25, 2019


Peach Scones

One of my favorite things about a trip to our local farm stand is I’m never exactly sure what I’m going to bring home! Browsing the stand and seeing the bins overflowing with beautiful, fresh produce provides so much inspiration for my cooking. I love letting these moments dictate the recipes I’ll be making that […]

July 22, 2019


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