January 8, 2020

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 […]


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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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Recipes on my list to make this season

A few days ago I had the opportunity to attend a cooking class at the most darling local cooking school, Teaspoons. Spending the evening sauteeing, braising, and learning some fun new techniques has really inspired me this season! Because even though I love to spend time in the kitchen anytime in during the year, doesn’t […]

December 8, 2019


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


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