california

from the weekend: pink sky california

pink sky california // smitten studioThis weekend we tinkered around the house some more, had a date night at our local sushi place, and finished it off with our favorite hike around Will Rogers State Park. It was cloudy most of the time but that made for a pretty beautiful rosy sky Sunday evening. Who needs silver linings when you can have pink!? ;)

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from the weekend: dinner with friends and sunday hikes

palos verdes // smitten studioThis weekend we hung around the house mostly, finished a couple projects (like the front door), had an eventful dinner with friends (one expecting guest went into labor before the main course!), and wrapped up the weekend with a pretty walk on the cliffs of Palos Verdes. Hope you had a nice weekend. x

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from the weekend: hike & work

palos-verdes-weekendThis weekend I did a lot of last minute prep work for my One Kings Lane sale (which starts tonight!), but also took some time to fit in a stunning california hike, my favorite.

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travel stories: joshua tree & 29 palms inn

joshua tree // smitten studiojoshua tree // smitten studiojoshua tree // 29 palms inn // smitten studiojoshua tree // 29 palms inn // smitten studioI remember driving through Joshua Tree National Park on a family vacation as a youngster and being thoroughly unimpressed. I’m not sure if I was too young to appreciate the landscape (big deal another weird looking tree) or if my motion sickness from the drive tainted the experience (vomiting tends to do that, eww), but now that I’ve revisited it a few times as an adult I have completely fell in love with its wide open spaces, unusual terrain and otherworldly plant-life.  More after the jump…

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my style: 31 bits with denim & lace

denimandlace-smittenstudio12denim and lace // smitten studiodenim and lace // smitten studiodenim and lace // smitten studioag denim and lace // smitten studiodenimandlace-smittenstudio10I’ve been on the hunt for a good statement necklace for quite a while now… you know the kind you can wear with a plain t-shirt and it instantly makes you feel put together? Well, I may have let out a little shriek when I received this one in the mail from 31 Bits… mission complete. It dresses up my distressed denim and brings color and a little more pattern (always a good thing ;)) to my white on white top & jacket.

If you haven’t heard about the great things 31 Bits is doing to support and empower women in Uganda head over to their site and read their mission.

Shop the look: Necklace by 31 Bits // Jeans by Adriano Goldschmied // Shoes by Sam Edelman // Lace top by Madewell // Jacket by Zara // Double bar ring from Forever 21 // Stacking rings from L.Frank Jewelry // Bag from Asos (old) find similar here

Images by Mike Carriero

from the weekend: shopping & sun

from the weekend venice caRupe and I spent this weekend shopping for a few things for our upcoming trip, finally booking where we are going to stay while in New Zealand, and enjoying the sun before the Super Bowl took over and planted us in front of the TV for a few hours. At least I got a good walk outside before succumbing to the chicken wings, pizza, and sofa time.

p.s. how great was this commercial, I got excited as soon as I saw the words Paul Harvey.

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