my neighborhood, san luis obispo

san luis obispo, shops i love, what I'm wearing By February 10, 2016 1 Comment

We moved our shop onto Chorro Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. I’m standing our front in these pics. We are sandwiched between Eureka! Burger and Black Sheep Bar & Grill with an awesome Boba tea room called Sweetie Cup right across the street. It’s basically amazing. And there are so many adorable boutiques and delicious restaurants steps away. We are working on a plan to open the retail shop–it’s a big project in the midst of busy days. I’ll keep you updated as we progress!

on my street san luis obispo-02 I found this button up dress at Target and we both knew {the dress and I} that we would go home together. It’s a flowy versatile piece and I love it! Plus the price is unbelievable.

on my street san luis obispo-04 The slip dress is a thrift store find from years ago. I think I splurged and paid $10 for it. It’s definitely worth the investment.

on my street san luis obispo-05 And this sweet necklace holds so much meaning for me. I have a heart for each one of us in our little family of four. I am grateful.

on my street san luis obispo-06 These sandals are so comfortable. I got a second pair when they went on sale last year and tucked them away. They’re a warm weather favorite.

on my street san luis obispo-07 Have you seen these stackable ‘sweet love’ rings? Aren’t they sweet? Two for me and Steve and two for my boys.

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Outfit Details: Slip dress, Thrifted. Denim dress {worn open}, Who What Wear, Target. Bag, Nena&Co. Sandals, Miz Mooz. Your Heart in Mine necklace, My shop. Sweet Love rings, My shop.

Please excuse the sandals in February. We’re having a heat wave here in California. Today was 86*–insane. We’re soaking it up while praying for more rain!

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the best jeans in the whole world

jewelry, Louis and Beasley, what I'm wearing By February 4, 2016 9 Comments

We stopped at Banana Republic the other day to get some jeans for Steve, and these super soft, broken-in jeans called to me. They remind me of hunting for vintage Levis in high school. We used to scour thrift shops for hours looking for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans. A good pair of jeans are like a good friend. Or maybe like a security blanket. They’re comforting.

bursting heart lisa leonard-01I’ve also been counting my steps and they add up quickly when I take the dogs to work and we have stretch breaks during the day. My daily goal is 10,000, but when I’m in meetings all day, it’s so hard to get steps! Some days I can’t get more than 5,000 steps no matter how hard I try.

bursting heart lisa leonard-07 The bursting heart ring is making me all kinds of happy lately. And the large gemstone cuff goes with anything. I have the words ‘honesty + bravery’ stamped inside.

bursting heart lisa leonard-08I layer up every day because the mornings are super chilly. And sometimes the shop is chilly–it’s a brick building, so it stays cool.

bursting heart2-01 Sniff sniff sniff. What’s the rush?bursting heart lisa leonard-09 We’re slowly getting better at not getting all tangled up in the leash.

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Outfit details: Boyfriend jeans, Banana Republic. Striped long-sleeve tee, Banana Republic. Green faux leather jacket, Thrifted. Boots, Frye. Backpack, Frye. Bursting heart ring, My Shop. Gemstone cuff, My shop.

Are you counting your steps every day? I’d love to hear what your goals are and how you get all your steps in!

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hanging out with Louis & Bealsey

Louis and Beasley, what I'm wearing By January 29, 2016 11 Comments

I have good news! It’s Friday. Woohoo! For some reason, this week seemed to go on and on. We’ve had lots of holidays sprinkled in the last few weeks–but this was a full week at home. We need to get back in our rhythm, but it’s hard sometimes!

I’ve been taking Louis and Beasley, our new pugs to the workshop everyday. They are comfortable there and they love to be near us. And of course, I love having them with us all day. For the most part, they are very well behaved. I usually take them for a mid-day walk. I won’t tell you that Beasley pooped in the shop 2 seconds after we returned for our walk last week. It’s a learning process, right?!

the meaning behind the cross bar necklace-04We’ve had chilly mornings that warm to sunny afternoons and then get chilly again. Layering is the best thing when temps change so much!

the meaning behind the cross bar necklace-06Aw, those boys are so sweet!

the meaning behind the cross bar necklace-07We’ve been walking so much! The dogs are trimming down a bit and getting stronger. And it’s great for me too.

the meaning behind the cross bar necklace-01They want to walk and sniff and walk and sniff and walk and sniff. I say, “Less sniffing, more walking!”

the meaning behind the cross bar necklace-02I’m getting great use out of this backpack. It’s awesome when I have the dogs AND David. I love having my hands free.

the meaning behind the cross bar necklace-03These boys are such love bugs.

the meaning behind the cross bar necklace-05The cross bar necklace is a fave. It means so much to me.

the meaning behind the cross bar necklace-08And often on our walks we make friends. How sweet are these scotty dogs? Beasley was very shy, but Louis was ready to play!

Outfit details: Jeans, Target. Tank, Old Navy. Hoodie, Gap. Coat, Cupshe. Booties, Target. Backpack, Amazon. Cross bar necklace, My shop. Gemstone cuff, My shop.

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lightening my load

what I'm wearing By December 1, 2015 3 Comments

A couple weeks ago we spent a few days in Boston. We had so much fun! We walked a ton, saw historical sites and ate great food. But as the trip went on, I began to despise my shoulder bag and how heavy it was. In the morning I packed a bag with food, diapers, snacks, camera, etc–to last the whole day. The heavy bag combined with having to lift/carry David throughout the day was tough. By afternoon, my back and shoulder ached. I began to think about the virtues of a backpack. So last week I invested in a backpack I can love for a long time. Hopefully, my shoulder and back will thank me! Plus with all the pockets and sections I can get super organized. Lately I’ve been using it every day. I’m sure I’ll still use my favorite shoulder bags sometimes, but for travel–this is the way to go.
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Outfit details: Backpack, Frye via Amazon {20% off today!}. Another {more affordable} backpack here. Jogger pants, Cloth + Stone. Black tee, Target. Denim jacket, Gap. Booties, Frye via Zappos. Birthstone cuff/rings, My shop.

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avoid the walls, there’s gum everywhere

san luis obispo, what I'm wearing By November 20, 2015 3 Comments

I am overjoyed! It’s finally cold! Well, cold by California standards. It’s been scarf and boot weather. I wore flats the day we took these pics and my feet were cold. After so many hot months, it’s wonderful to have some chilly weather–even some rain. We’ve turned on the fireplace a few times. Hooray for a chill in the air.

With our shop downtown now, there are lots of fun places to shoot pics. Around the corner from us is bubble gum alley. It’s completely disgusting {as you can see}. It’s definitely something to see and of course, leave your mark {or your chewed up gum}.
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Sunshine on a cold morning is perfect. Especially with a cup of good coffee. bubble gum alley lisa leonard-02 The sunburst ring. It’s a favorite of mine. See it in gold here. And sterling herebubble gum alley lisa leonard-03 Steve picked out this scarf for me last Christmas and I love it {and him!}bubble gum alley lisa leonard-04 Stacking bangles. Yes please. bubble gum alley lisa leonard-05 These flats are super comfortable and they come in ten million shades. Check it out here. bubble gum alley lisa leonard-06 Notice how I’m standing away from the wall. I was so worried my hair might touch the gum. {I have big hair, so this is a real fear ;)}bubble gum alley lisa leonard-07Outfit details: Jeans {on sale!!}, Target. Mock turtleneck sweater, Target. Faux leather jacket, thrifted. Flats, Chinese Laundry {So comfortable!!}. Scarf, Anthropologie. Sunburst ring, My shop. Stacking bangles, My shop.

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real and from the heart

christmas, jewelry, what I'm wearing By November 5, 2015 3 Comments

Oh friends! Our holiday collection is HERE! We’ve been working on this collection for months and months. It’s always surreal to see something go from a sketch, to a sample, to a product on the website, and then finally seeing it around YOUR neck or on YOUR finger. It always seems sort of unbelievable. It’s humbling. It’s an honor to be part of your story.

As we launch our Christmas collection, I’m thinking and planning our family Christmas season. I already know it will be imperfect. But I want to make memories we’ll keep forever. I want to let it be messy and fun. I don’t want to worry about the tangled up twinkle lights–we’ll just get a new set. My home doesn’t have to be perfectly clean or tidy. Maybe we’ll play too many video games or eat too much pie. I’ll probably loose all the gift  receipts I planned to keep safe. I’ll likely stay up way too late on Christmas eve, wrapping gifts. I want to remember mornings snuggled on the couch with coffee. I want to side by the fireside and feel the warmth on my back. I want to focus on the moment, focus on love, focus on what matters. This is what’s real. #myrealchristmas

Can I share some of the new designs with you?Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 7.34.58 PMThere are so many rings in this collection that make my heart melt. They are full of meaning–and I want to wear them all! I think I may need more fingers. 😉

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The rings are meant to be stacked and the NEW bangles are meant to be layered together. It’s togetherness that feeds our souls. Each of these pieces represents someone who has your heart. Each of these pieces is created just for you. The symbolism holds deeps meaning.
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The ‘good things in threes ring’ above is different and funky and I love it. Good things often come in threes–three little words, “I love you.” Three people–You, me and us. Three is a significant number. See all the details for this ring here.
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And the birthstone stacking bangles? Oh my goodness. Hand-wrapped gemstones are breath-taking. Layered together they make a huge statement. I love them!
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These pieces are about real life and real love. It’s the messy, beautiful stuff of everyday that makes our lives meaningful. It’s not perfect. It looks nothing like a pin from Pinterest. It’s honest and true. This is where I live. This is where you live. This is where we journey together and find hope.

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This season is full of rushing and worrying and stress. What if we set it aside and enjoy the blessings all around us? What if we let each other be imperfect? What if we let it be what it is? I think we’ll find more joy and meaning, don’t you?

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You can see the whole collection here. Let’s make real memories this Christmas. #myrealchristmas. What’s real is what’s beautiful.

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boho dress + sweater + rings

what I'm wearing By October 28, 2015 3 Comments

Sometimes I just want to feel flowy and comfortable. This dress and kimono style sweater pretty much feel like pajamas–so soft and easy. The boots don’t feel like flip flops but they are comfortable. The colors in this sweater are some of my favorites. Now all we need is much cooler weather!

We’re having a BIG SALE on rings today–scroll down for more information.
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Outfit details: Maxi dress, Plenty Boutique. Kimono sweater, Plenty Boutique {on sale!}. Boots, Sam & Libby for Target {similar boots here}. Earrings, made by me, similar in my shop. Rings, My shop.

Today all rings are 20% off with code ‘treat’. This is a big deal–we hardly ever have sales on our rings. If you’ve had your eye on a ring–today is a good day to buy. Click here to shop rings.

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at the mission, san luis obispo

san luis obispo, what I'm wearing By October 21, 2015 9 Comments

Now that we’re downtown, there are so many beautiful places to take pictures. The mission is just a couple blocks from our shop. Just one little problem {that I may have mentioned before} I feel like a complete nerd taking pics of what I’m wearing. But we did it and I lived. Hooray!

This gorgeous kimono was sent to me from Fancy Free shop and it’s flowy and lovely. Everything else is super basic and easy–but the kimono steals the show. fancy free san luis obispo lisa leonard-01 fancy free san luis obispo lisa leonard-02 fancy free san luis obispo lisa leonard-03 fancy free san luis obispo lisa leonard-04 fancy free san luis obispo lisa leonard-05
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Outfit details: Jeans, Target. Tank, Old Navy. Kimono, Fancy Free. Sandals, Miz Mooz. Sunburst ring, My shop. Birthstone bezel cuff, My shop.

 

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80’s leather jacket

what I'm wearing By October 7, 2015 10 Comments

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?

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cream and white

what I'm wearing By September 30, 2015 8 Comments

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?

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