weekend getaway

in my bag: palm springs

in my bag // palm springs It’s probably no surprise that Palm Springs is our favorite destination for a quick weekend getaway and we are heading there soon for our first mini vaca as a new family of 3! EEK. My bag is packed and here is hoping little A likes the desert as much as we do.

Leather Luggage Bag // Aya Mini Dress by Gypset // Gold Grid Cuff from BaubleBar // Cereal Magazine // Linen Cropped Tee from J.Crew // Ripped Mom Shorts from TopShop // Gladiator Sandals by Free People // Perforated Leather Sandals by Rag & Bone // Scallop Swimsuit from TopShop // Harvest Sunglasses by Karen Walker // Panama Hat from J.Crew

For more of the “in my bag” series check here.

from the weekend: malibu

end of summer // malibu // smitten studiomalibu airbnb // smitten studioPool time, book reading, a beautiful wedding, beach days, and this peaceful mountain top rental property made for a pretty wonderful weekend in Malibu for this mama to be. I found the cabin on Airbnb which came complete with a private pool and gorgeous mountain views. Even though we were less than an hour from home, we could have been a million miles away, waking up to the sound of a distant rooster crow and cows mooing! I love living in the city but I also crave these quiet escapes.

morning view // malibu airbnb // smitten studioOur morning view of the mist coming up from the ocean (above) and the walk down to my favorite beach, El Matador, which was just a short drive down the mountain.

el matador state beach // smitten studiobackyard wedding // malibuI have never been to a more stunning backyard wedding. Candles floated in the pool, hung from the trees in lanterns, and were nestled all around the garden. The interior shot was of the bride and groom’s house, I just couldn’t NOT take a photo. :)

el matador state beach // smitten studioel matador state beach // smitten studioWe ended the weekend with a day at El Matador and at 21 weeks pregnant the walk back up to the car was definitely a little more difficult than I remember! (still worth it though).

Places we enjoyed:
Our Airbnb Rental
Nobu (best seaside restaurant)
The Malibu Cafe (tucked back in the mountains about 6 mins from our rental)
El Matador State Beach
Malibu Wines (we didn’t go this trip but great for wine tasting)
Malibu Country Mart (shopping and star sighting if you are into that ;)

Images by me via iPhone/instagram. (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)