Lisa Leonard Designs

hello sunshine

October 12th | hello monday

It has been so warm around these parts! If you’re in California–you’re probably ready for a break from the heat. We’ve set out our pumpkins and we’ve pulled out some sweaters–but the weather still feels like summer! So we’re saying hello to the sunshine and finding lots of things to be grateful for. How about some hellos for a brand new week?
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Hello sunflowers. I have them around the house. They are so happy!

Hello leftovers. We had lots of family {25 people} in town over the weekend and we’ll be eating leftovers for the next few days.

Hello getting the house back in order after everyone has left.

Hello quiet house. It always feels so quiet after company leaves. Which is good and bad.

Hello organizing and purging. I am on a roll–feels so good!

Hello saying goodbye to our sitter. She is moving to San Francisco and we will miss her terribly!

Hello clean sheets on the bed.

Hello fresh cup of coffee.

Hello gratefulness–I want to focus on the beauty around me.

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or leave a link to your blog post there.


better together {dayspring}

October 8th | blog friends, inspiration

Dayspring has a new collection called ‘Better Together’ and friends, it is filled with some beautiful, meaningful things for the home. Take a look.

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They sent me a few postcards and this one resonated with me. Some days it’s harder to be brave. Sometimes showing a bit of kindness is an act of bravery. Love this.

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This banner found a spot between two windows. It’s hand-lettered by Aliza Latta. She is so talented!

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And this pillow cover is the same design. We are better together. Sometimes together is hard–I want to be alone and do my own thing. But truly, together, community, belonging is so important.

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And this globe, right?! How gorgeous. I love it.

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You can see the whole Better Together collection here. Which piece is your favorite?

80’s leather jacket

October 7th | what I'm wearing

Last week I came across this 80’s leather jacket at one of my favorite thrift stores. I love the color and the style clean lines–but I wanted to make sure the fit was right. Also it has shoulder pads–and I wasn’t sure about that. I tried it on three different times. It was only $20–so I wasn’t worried about the price, I’m just trying to only buy things I truly love. I don’t want to clutter my closet with things I don’t want to wear all the time.

So, I got the jacket. I wore it and I think I love it. Still debating about the shoulder pads–I could remove them, right?

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Outfit details: Leather jacket, Thrifted. Jeans, Target. Tank, Old Navy. Sandals, Miz Mooz. Dainty birthstone bracelet, My shop. Stacked rings, My shop. 

I say we bring back the 80’s. Who’s with me?

hello new rhythm, hello new addiction

October 5th | hello monday, san luis obispo

We are in our new space on Chorro in downtown San Luis Obispo and unpacking boxes and getting things running. Moving is exhausting! Our new space is such a different rhythm–I love ir, and I’m still adjusting.. I’m parking in a new place, arranging my desk differently, and finding new inspiration. Once we get settle into the space, we’ll begin to put together our retail store. We imagine it will take a few months to get everything together. I can’t wait to make it happen–but it’s going to take time.

Directly across the street from our shop is a boba tea house, called Sweetie Cup.
It’s my new addiction. It’s Monday-how about some hellos for a new week?

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sweetie cup boba san luis obispo-04Hello room to sit and read or chat. This place really fills up in the afternoon.

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Hello wanting to try other flavors, but this one is so good!

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Hello ordering boba online so I can try making it at home, too!
Hello walking more now that we’re downtown. There are great restaurants, shops and coffee.
Hello cleaning and cleaning. I want everything CLEAN {at home and at the shop}.
Hello purging. Friends, I am on a kick to simplify. I feel invigorated.
Hello trying to find the motivation to cook in the midst of transition.
Hello trying to come up with halloween costumes. It’s not that far away!
Hello decorating the porch with pumpkins.
Hello rewatching every episode of Scrubs, beginning with season one. I love that show.
Hello looking for reasons to be grateful {there are so many, don’t you think?!}

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments.

Follow Sweetie Cup on Instagram here!


cream and white

September 30th | what I'm wearing

There was a time when I wouldn’t wear cream and white together. I wouldn’t wear black and brown together. I wouldn’t wear pants without a belt. I wouldn’t wear a bracelet and a necklace {I would pick one}. I wouldn’t really take risks. I tried to follow the rules {or at least what I thought the rules were}. Then I got bored and figured–who cares? Now I just wear what I like. If someone else doesn’t like it, that’s okay with me. It’s just clothes. It’s just fun. And I’m just me–and I’m okay with that. Most days.

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This flowy kimono is from Stitch Fix. I love it! I don’t have a cream tank, but white works just fine. At least, it’s fine with me.

Outfit details: Cream kimono, Stitch fix. White tank, Target. Jeans, Target. Sandals, Miz Mooz. All jewelry, My shop.

Do you try to follow fashion rules or are you a rule breaker? Any rules you just can’t break?

hello birthday boy!

September 28th | hello monday

It’s Steve’s birthday today! We celebrated with friends over the weekend and we’re having a little family celebration today.

Hello to a brand new week with blessings to be found and gratefulness to nurture.

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Hello Beatles fan. Steve has loved the Beatles since he was young. We’re going to see Ringo in concert this weekend!

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Hello berry cobbler for the birthday boy. I made a new recipe last week and we’re still enjoying the leftovers. {I dropped half of it on the ground–so sad. But that’s a story for another time.}

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Hello love and family. We’re thankful to call this guy husband, father, light-saber dueler and friend.

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Hello to the biggest heart. Steve cares deeply for the marginalized and the hurting.

Hello to filling our home with music. I love to hear him play guitar and sing.

Hello running our business with passion and insight.

Hello growing and changing together.

Hello to another year. Birthdays are a good thing!

What awe you saying hello to this week?


embracing change, embracing this moment

September 24th | adventures, finding beauty

It has been such a season of change! In some ways, fall feels more like the ‘new year’ than January 1st. The kids started school and have new teachers. It’s a new rhythm. It’s exciting, disorienting and it’s life–life is full of change. Sometimes I wish things didn’t have to change–but looking back I see the blessings of change. I’m glad these moments have been captured on my blog and instagram. I can look through photos and remember little details. I can see that we’re different today than we were then.

When I’m in a season of change, we like to stop and reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going and where we want to be. I like to reflect and plan. I like making lists and setting goals.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.36.22 AMThe boys have changed so much since I started blogging 10 years ago. {Check out this post–the boys were so little, I stamped jewelry in my garage, we celebrated David taking 6 steps. Crazy!} Heck, BLOGGING has changed so much since I started blogging ten years ago.

My boys are in 6th grade and middle school. They are full of thoughts and opinions. Their needs are so different than they used to be–but no less important. Steve is CEO of our business that started at our kitchen table. When I wanted to quit, he gave me hugs and pep talks. When I needed a break, he would jump in and help. When I didn’t know what to do next, he took brave steps to make the business stable. Steve has not only supported the business but visioned how to grow it and make it thrive. There would be no Lisa Leonard Designs without him.

We are literally moving our workshop as I type. I’m typing among packed boxes and empty tables. We are scheduling utilities to be turned off in our current space and turned on in our new space. We’ll be downtown in San Luis Obispo–more on that soon. It’s exciting. It’s crazy. It’s kind of hard for me to believe it!

We are partnering with artisans in the Dominican Republic to hand-craft our jewelry. It provides life-changing jobs for these people–which means they will have food, housing and education. I never thought the hobby business that started in our kitchen would touch hearts around the world. I haven’t built this business alone. We have a team of amazing people here in California and in the DR that make this business work. They believe in the heart of Lisa Leonard Designs.

And YOU have supported this little business. You’ve loved me and my family. You’ve prayed for us when David had open heart surgery and you’ve cheered for us in the good and bad. You’ve cried with me on hard days and laughed with me on good days. You’ve shared your own journey with us–the beauty and the pain. I am so thankful for this community. I’m thankful for you.

We are all in this together–and I’m so grateful.

oversized embroidered top

September 23rd | what I'm wearing

My sis and I stopped by Ruby Rose a couple weeks ago. I fell in love with this top when our eyes met across the room. It’s a large–so it’s a bit big on me, but I don’t mind. It’s perfect. Sometimes I wear it for days in a row. Don’t tell anyone.
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Outfit details: Jeans {$30 is insane for these jeans!}, Target. Embroidered top, Ruby Rose. Sandals {half price!}, Miz Mooz. Swing free earrings, My shop. Swept away necklace, My shop. Rings {love love love!} My grandmother’s vintage ring and the others from my shop.

hello new beginnings

September 21st | hello monday

It feels like lots of change around here–good change! Change is crazy, right? But it means finding a new rhythm and that takes a bit of time.

It’s Monday, a new beginning and a fresh start. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello eating healthy and whole. Most of my cart was filled yesterday with fresh vegetable, lean meats and yummy cheese.

Hello tired. I didn’t get enough sleep this weekend.

Hello moving our workshop. It’s a huge project and we’re still nailing down final details for our new space. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Hello trying some new recipes with David. All his food is blended and we’ve been stuck in a rut. It’s time to mix things up!

Hello heat wave. We’re longing for fall and rain and cooler weather over here!

Hello birthday week for Steve! Hooray! We’re planning some fun things to celebrate him.

Hello designing some pretty new things for next year.

Hello new art class for Matthias. I hope he loves it.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week filled with new things, opportunities to be brave and beauty waiting to be found. Join me?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.


give me fall {please!}

September 16th | what I'm wearing

Friends, we had a couple cool days–the mornings were even chilly. A few raindrops fell. It was glorious! It’s been such a hot summer and a dry year. We’re ready for fall around here. It’s supposed to warm up this weekend but we’re soaking up the fall weather while it lasts. I didn’t totally need a scarf but it was cool enough to wear one, so I did!

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These are my favorite jeans right now. So easy, so comfortable. Love them. I want to get another color.

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I think I’ve had this chambray top for 5 years or so! I think I found it at Chicos? It’s a good one.

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See the breeze blowing my hair into my face–fall weather, I tell you!

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Rings–love them! The sunburst ring is on my hand every day.

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I wear my grandmother’s ring every day and I layer a think stacking ring and a chevron ring on that finger too. On my ring finger I have a passage ring, X marks the spot ring, and two birthstone rings. Stacked rings, in my humble opinion, are awesome.

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These sandals were on sale and still a splurge but I wear them all the time. So worth it.

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And the bag is big enough to hold my computer and lots of other junk, I mean, important stuff!

Outfit details: Jeans, Target. Chambray top, Chicos. Sandals, Miz Mooz. Bag, TJ Maxx, Scarf, FashionABLE, Stacked Rings, My shop.