Lisa Leonard Designs

kimono love

April 15th | what I'm wearing

This kimono was part of the inspiration shoot we shared yesterday. Is it a kimono or a cardigan or a drapey silk wrap. Whatever it is, I love and it I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day.

It’s jeans and a tank–nothing special, but the kimono takes it up a notch. And lately all I’ve got the energy for is jeans and a tee–so the kimono is a win!

Plus sandals, jewelry and a little lipstick pull it all together.

You wouldn’t even know I hadn’t washed my hair in days. ;)

The stacked up rings are from my shop. Love love love.

And these earrings are my every day favorites.

Outfit details: Jeans, Target. Tank, Old Navy. Kimono, Ruby Rose. Sandals, Old Navy. Bag, H&M. Rings, My Shop. Earrings, My shop. Belt, thrifted.

how to wear it {photo shoot!}

April 14th | inspiration, jewelry

Last week we teamed up with our friends at Ruby Rose to style a few outfits and pair them with new jewelry from the shop. This shop is one of my very favorites in town–filled with vintage books, clothing, succulents and other beautiful things. It was so fun! I took lots of pics–read on for inspiration.

The whole shop is breath-taking. I always say I’m going for inspiration–but then I want to buy everything. The way they style and set up the shop is artistic and out of the box.

Boots, Yes, please.

Lindsay is wearing our first outfit. Isn’t she adorable? Let’s call this outfit ‘Classic with a Hippie vibe’.

 Lindsay runs our customer service in addition to other responsibilities. For this look we used a flowy black top, flare jeans and clogs. Such a great every day outfit!

Lindsay’s wearing the sterling ‘Believe’ Necklace and two Chevron Rings. Classic and free-spirited!

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Onto our next look! Jackie was shopping at Ruby Rose and how cute is she? Super stylish and sweet. So we asked her to jump in on our shoot and she agreed!

I’m calling Jackie’s look ‘Relaxed to perfection’

I love outfits that are stylish but still relaxed. Her awesome jeans are belted and the kimono style cardigan with some pretty jewelry pulls everything together for a finished look.

Jackie is wearing the Half Full Necklace and the Twists and Turns Earrings. Gorgeous!

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Next is Kimmie! She helps us with production and marketing. And she is pretty with the best smile! Let’s call this look ‘Vintage Romance’.

How fun is this dress? I love the lace necklace and tiered skirt. Whimsical and sweet.

Kimmie is wearing the ‘Oval Mirror Ring‘ above and ‘Petite Your Heart in Mine‘ Necklace below.

Below is Lindsay again with a look called {and I’m making these up as I go} ‘Gypsy Love’.

Seriously how amazing is this dress? Just the kind of thing I could wear everyday. So pretty and easy and flattering.

Lindsay is wearing the ‘Tiny Tied to My Heart‘ Necklace above and ‘Very Loved‘ Ring below.

This last look below might be my favorite–but I mean, how can one choose?! This last look will officially be called ‘Boho Chic’.

Kimmie is wearing a spaghetti strap black dress with a floral kimono and sandals. I love that kimono, in fact in came home with me and I’ve worn it five times. It’s awesome.

For this outfit, Kimmie wore the sterling ‘Love Note’ Necklace with her initial.

And a few more pics of the shop just in case you need a little more inspiration.

I’m crushing on our new collection and I’m crushing on Ruby Rose and all the beautiful items so perfectly displayed. Ruby Rose is part of the Junking Trail {a bunch of awesome vintage shops} this weekend. Doesn’t that sound like FUN?!

Our new Mother’s Day collection is full of meaning.

What you do matters. Who you are matters.
You have a nurturing heart and a strong spirit.
You are a mom and so much more!

See the whole Mother’s Day collection here and find the perfect gift for your mom, auntie, grandma or yourself!

Hello Easter 2015

April 13th | family, hello monday

Hello friends! It’s a new week and a new beginning. We are waking up today in Los Angeles and heading for a few appointments for David at UCLA–just standard check-ups. I’m sharing some pics from our Easter celebration last week and feeling thankful for time with family!
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!***

Hello fresh fruit and visiting with old friends.

Hello father/son silliness.

Hello River–sweet baby girl! {and her amazing parents!}

Hello showing up to brunch wearing the same tees. Awesome and nerdy!

Hello Sarah, one of my dearest friends. {and we were college roommates–how crazy it that?!}

Hello backseat silliness with auntie Susan.

Hello yellow flowers. I really want to get this printed to hang on the wall!

Hello Steve, playing guitar. He sounds so good.

Hello twin sis and her sweet family. I love these people! {And yes, my twin sis has twins!}

Hello nerd glasses. Hello cutie nephew.

Hello hunting for eggs.

Hello finding eggs. With lots of fun stuff inside!

Hello Easter with cousins. So fun!

Hello loves. I love these three boys!

Hello driving in LA traffic.

Hello listening to Ira Glass and This American Life. {it makes the traffic so much better!}

Hello grabbing a Starbucks before we hit the waiting rooms at UCLA.

Hello catching up with my sisters.

Hello busy week with a long to-do list.

Hello counting my blessings and feeling thankful!

Hello brand new week with beauty waiting to be found! Join me? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there!


It’s here! {and a giveaway!}

April 7th | jewelry, what I'm wearing

It’s here, friends! There has been lots of planning and designing and dreaming and picture-taking behind the scenes for months! And I can finally share our new Mother’s Day collection with you! We’ve got a GIVEAWAY today! So read on for all the details.

These pieces were designed with you in mind. You are a mom and so much MORE. In the everyday busyness of life, it’s easy to get bogged down in the mundane. We move through tasks and to-do lists with fast fingers and caring hearts.

You tie shoes, wash dishes, pack lunches, write teacher notes and help with homework.

You wipe tears, give kisses, say prayers and snap pics to capture the moment.

You take a moment to breathe, read a book, run a few miles, try a new recipe or create a DIY project. You nurture your soul.

What you do matters. Who you are matters.

You have a nurturing heart and a strong spirit.

You are truly amazing.

Being a mom takes all that we are. It’s stretching and imperfect. It’s beautiful and life-giving.
And the more we tend to our own souls, the more love we have to lavish on our families.

The half full necklace {above} tells how my life is better, because you’re in it. We’ll set a diamond for each of your loves.

These gorgeous twists and turns earrings represent how we will stand together through every twist and every turn. It’s not easy, but together we are stronger. Sterling silver is only $39!

Rings, ladies! So many gorgeous rings!! These chevron rings above are perfect for layering.Point the arrow toward your heart to remind you of those your hold dear.
Sterling silver for $24!

The very loved ring is a heart-melter. Simple enough to wear every day, so beautiful it makes a statement. A statement that reminds the wearer how very loved she is!

It’s hard for me to choose a favorite piece from this collection–each one holds a special place in my heart. So much meaning!

Dear friend, these pieces reflect who you are–your nurturing heart and strong spirit.

You are truly amazing!

GIVEAWAY details…
1. Leave a comment and tell us which piece from the new collection speaks to your heart.
It can be anything from pottery class, to yoga, to a walk around the block.
2. Share you favorite piece{s} from the new collection on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and/or your blog.
Important, make sure to come back here and leave a comment for EACH share!
3. On Friday we’ll pick THREE winners and you’ll get to pick your favorite piece from the new Mother’s Day Collection.

hello pieces of home

April 6th | hello monday

Hello friends! Lately I’ve been appreciating our cozy home more–sure it’s got messes here and there and piles that I can’t seem to overcome, but the light through the windows is so pretty. And there’s a perfect spot on the couch to sip coffee and reflect on life. Today I’m sharing some pics of our home and saying hello to a brand new week!

***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!***

Hello succulents on the front porch. One of Matthias’ job is to water them–and he seems to be doing well. They are thriving!

Hello flip flops and warmer weather. Who am I kidding? The coast of California hardly had a winter this year.

Hello embroidered beauties I found at a thrift store last week. Yay!

Hello daises. Such a friendly flower.

Hello thrifted bear that makes me so happy!

Hello heart from branches. DIY here.

Hello fours. Four is my favorite number.

Hello orchid in my kitchen window.

Hello finding beauty. It matters.

Hello spring break! The boys are out of school this week. That means lazy morning and pancakes!

Hello editing pics from Easter. More to share soon!

Hello NEW pieces to share with you. We’re launching our Mother’s Day collection TOMORROW!

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

mounting photos on wood DIY

April 1st | decorating, DIY

I’ve got a fun {and easy} project to share today! I snapped this pic of our green, vintage typewrite with a sweet note–and I loved it so much, I decided to mount it on wood. Also, as a gift for you, I’m including the high res image to download. Feel free to create this same project or frame the photo. It’s super high res–so you could go quite large! Read on for details.

I’ve got a thing for vintage typewriters–so when I found this green one at a thrift store, I snatched it. Isn’t it sweet?

For this project, all you’ll need is…

*a piece of wood {I got this one at Michaels for $5}
*a large photo {i had this photo developed at costco}
Click here to download the high res image typewrite image. This is my gift to you! For personal use only.
*white glue {thinned with water, 2 parts glue/1 part water}  or modge podge
*sponge or paint brush

Lay wood on top of photo and trace around edges.
Then tear photo inside of lines, so the wood will show around edges.

Cover the wood with glue mixture, then cover the back of the photo with glue mixture

Place photo on wood and cover top of photo with glue mixture

Let dry completely

I nailed directly through the wood, but you could attach a hanger to the back {if you’re not lazy like me!}

Click here to download typewriter image. For personal use only.

So fun and easy, right? I think this would be adorable with pictures of your kids at the beach. Three in a row over the fireplace? Love it!

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hello behind the scenes

March 30th | hello monday

Hello friends! There’s so much happening behind the scenes over here– with photo shoots, designing and dreaming. I thought you might like to take a look!
It’s been busy and fun and exciting.

It’s Monday! 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!***

Hello Kreuzberg. Good coffee and good lighting–perfect for a photo shoot.

Hello Mary! She’s the one behind the camera. So thankful for her talents!!

Hello making lists and checking them twice.

Hello Batch. The best ice cream sandwiches in town. Yum.

Hello gorgeous trees lining the path in Arroyo Grande.

Hello flowers. Aren’t these beautiful? And more list making.

Hello Mother’s Day shoot. Can’t wait to share more!

Hello little girls who would rather run and play than do a photo shoot {and that’s the way it should be!}

Hello rooster who wanted in the pics.

Hello time with Nana this weekend. We are always so relaxed at her home. Much needed downtime.

Hello sniffly David. I’m hoping he an kick this cough in the next couple days.

Hello folded laundry. It’s a triumph! Wooohoo! {It’s not put away, though. Oh well!}

Hello menu planning and making dinner for friends this week.

Hello jewelry class and being stretch creatively.

Hello HUGE SALE in the shop. Save 25% shop wide with code earlybird25. Shop for Mother’s Day early!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week. Today is a new chance to be grateful and look for beauty. Will you join me?

Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

all the beautiful things

March 26th | get creative

Last weekend I took a wire wrapping class in Morro Bay. I’ve been trying to sign up for various creative classes around the central coast, just to keep my skills fresh and learn more. It’s been so fun. And I’m inspired.

So Sunday afternoon, I got in my car. By myself. And drove the quiet 20 minutes down Los Osos Valley Road, past farms and cows and crops to Morro Bay. I spent some time thinking and praying. I arrived a couple minutes early, so I popped into a thrift shop. Awesome, right?

The bead shop has lots of succulents, glass, stones–not to mention so many pretty beads. I looked around, took my time and tried to soak up all the beautiful things.

Halfway through the class, I took a break and got some frozen yogurt with fresh raspberries. I took my camera along and snapped a few pics.

It’s so good for me to have alone time and time to stretch my creativity. I adore my boys and family time–but I need to recharge, too. Wanna see what I created in the class? Here’s a peek.

How do you recharge your soul?

believe necklace

March 25th | what I'm wearing

I’ve got something new to share with you today! Since Easter is right around the corner, I’ve been reflecting on this season of hope. The N E W believe necklace is what came from my inspiration. I hope you love it as much as I do!

This outfit is as basic as it gets without wearing sweats.
I’m a poet and I don’t even know it!

But the necklace is anything but basic! I love it.

And let’s not forget the matching bracelet.

Pretty stones are hand-wrapped on each side of the cross. And I’m loving the long 30″ length these days!

I’ve got all the boys Easter basket stuff bought and ready. Friends, that never happens. I don’t even know myself anymore! Do you do Easter baskets for your kids?

Outfit details: Favorite jeans, Big star via Zappos. Tee, Anthropologie. Sweater, Gap. Sandals, Target. Sterling believe necklace/bracelet, My shop.

hello slowing down

March 23rd | hello monday

Matthias woke up with a fever and David was up all night throwing up–so like it or not, everything came screeching to a halt and we are laying low and trying to kick the germs out of our home. My boys have been so healthy this winter, so I can’t complain. It’s good for us to take some time to regroup, rest and heal.

It’s Monday and there is so much to be thankful for!
***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!***

Hello awesome sign. Things to note…
1. There is a mohawk drawn in the dust over the dog owner’s head.
2. And a tidal wave sweeping over the dog.
3. A little ‘hi’ written in the dust as well.
4. And a reminder to slow down. Love it.

Hello disinfecting. I kind of have a thing about germs and I am constantly trying to keep them away.

Hello working on new designs. I can’t be stopped–inspiration is flowing!

Hello Mother’s Day photoshoot this week. So excited!

Hello streaming the new Annie movie on Amazon. Have you seen it? I’ve seen the original at least 100x. It’s a childhood favorite.

Hello never-ending laundry.

Hello visiting Nana this weekend. Looking forward to seeing her and some friends!

Hello field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Matthias’ class. He better get well quickly!

Hello bubbles and more bubbles. David is loving the bubble machine.

Hello spring. It’s finally here! Is it showing it’s face where you live?

Hello spring break coming up in a couple weeks. We’re trying to plan something fun.

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