hello monday, hello new week!

hello monday By November 2, 2015 5 Comments

Hello friends! Today we are at UCLA for doctor visits for David. Just routine. We are heading home this afternoon. It’s a lot of driving, but it’s nice to get some time as a family. How about some hellos for a new week?


Hello fun weekend with cousins. My sister’s home is so lovely, isn’t it? So much light and texture.


Hello succulents around the bathroom tub {also in my sister’s home}. This is such a great idea–I think I’ll steal it.

Hello hike with the cousins. It was hot but we made it to the top of the hill. So fun!

Hello family themed costumes. Steve was Obi Wan, I was a storm trooper, David was Finn {he’s a character in the new movie} and Matthias was Kylo Ren {also in the movie}. We had so much fun. And everyone was supportive as we trick or treated. Getting a family pic was definitely challenging–but we did it.

Hello visiting the pulmonologist and dentist today at UCLA.

Hello walking around Westwood to waste time between appointments.

Hello sunshine and LA traffic.

Hello missing a day of school and work and jumping into the week a little behind.

Hello cleaning out the garage. I’m on a roll and it’s my next project. Yay!

Hello no school on Friday. What?!?!

Hello home from 6th grade camp. I missed Matthias last week–so glad he’s back. He had a fabulous time!

Hello couch shopping. Kind of fun and a little stressful.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave a comments with your hellos. Happy Monday, friends!


rings on sale! {hooray!}

jewelry By October 29, 2015 8 Comments

You guys, we hardly ever do a sale on rings–so this is HUGE!

And I love rings. I love mixing metals. Easy to stack. Easy for every day. Full of meaning.


Isn’t the passage ring with the birthstone diamond {bottom left} a pretty pair?

And those stacking rings with your special names {bottom right}? L O V E.


The sunburst diamond ring is breath-taking. It has deep meaning–read about it here.


Take 20% off all rings with code ‘treat’. What a fabulous deal!


Which ones are your favorites? Click here to shop. 


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.


hello stretching and growing

hello monday By October 26, 2015 1 Comment

It’s a big week around here as Matthias heads to 6th grade camp. It’s his first time away from home that isn’t staying with family. He’s excited and nervous. I think he’s going to have a fabulous time and I can’t wait to hear all about it. It’s amazing watching him stretch and grow. And every time he stretches and grows, I have to stretch and grow too. And lately, this mama heart has been doing a lot of stretching and growing.

It’s Monday–a new week with so much to be thankful for. How about some hellos?

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Hello packing for camp. I hope Matthias has the right clothes–warm enough, cool enough, etc.

Hello missing him already. I love to see him growing up and doing new things. But I’ll miss him this week.

Hello continuing to clean and purge and simplify our home. Oh my goodness, it feels so good. There’s no stopping me!!

Hello looking for new sheets for our master bedroom. I want really comfy sheets. Any suggestions?

Hello finalizing Halloween costumes. We’re going with a family theme this year. More on that soon.

Hello prepping for doctor visits at UCLA next week. David has a few check-ups that {hopefully} will be routine.

Hello buzzing and photographing and planning in the shop. I have some FUN things to share next week!!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?


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.



boys’ room redo

decorating By October 20, 2015 3 Comments

I’ve been on a major cleaning/purging/re-organizing/house simplifying kick for the past couple months. It’s awesome. It’s life changing and I’m a little bit obsessed. My most recent project was the boys’ room. The boys have shared a room since Matthias was born and although we have an extra room and couple split them up, they prefer to be together. Which, can I just tell you, makes my heart so happy. Some day Matthias will want more space, but for now, they prefer to be together.

I didn’t take good ‘before’ pics but you can see their bedroom here, from a few years ago. I think Matthias was four in these pics {he’s eleven now}. So it was time! We needed to transition from a little boys room to a pre-teen bedroom. Wanna see some pics?

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Here’s the view as you walk in their bedroom. These are the same bunk beds we’ve had since they were 3 years old. They’ve held up grew. We got them at a local boutique that went out of business.

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Matthias and David {and Steve!} are VERY into Star Wars right now. I mean, isn’t everyone? The new movie comes out in a couple months and we are eagerly anticipating seeing it. There is a lot of great decor out right now, so I got some cool canvases, etc for the walls.

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Our friends, Josh and Maggie got this Curious George ‘jack in the box’ and it is one of David’s very special things. We put some of Matthias’ favorite books on top of the shelf for easy access.

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I hung curtains in the room {with the help of my amazing friend, Brenda and her awesome power tools}. It adds softness to the window and diffuses the light. boys room redo lisa leonard-06
A woman named Karen made these hand-painted signs for the boys years ago. The boys still love them. That R2D2 sign was in the dollar section at Target!

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We hung a shelf up on the top bunk so Matthias can have some of his special things within reach.

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Favorite stuffed friends wait patiently while the boys are at school.

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These cubbies are full of legos, star wars figures, hero factory and other toys that are hard to organize. The basket is for extra blankets.

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The boys closet is all cleaned out the clothes are accessible. I feel like I can breathe!

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We used the space under the bed to hold a new piano, some stuffed animals and Steve’s car from when he was little.

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We found this dresser at a garage sale when I was pregnant with Matthias. We painted it red and replaced the knobs and it’s been awesome. The marquee letters and canvases are from Target. The lamp is from Home Goods.

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Here’s the corner of the room, across from the bunk beds with a bookcase, clips to hold drawings and the dresser.

This room feels so fresh! I keep going back and looking at all the open space, organization and new decor. It feels so good! Are you working on any projects around the house right now?


hello loft, hello you

hello monday, san luis obispo By October 19, 2015 2 Comments

Our new space on Chorro Street in downtown San Luis Obispo has a large open space downstairs and a loft upstairs. The floors downstairs are concrete and upstairs is hardwood. And the brick. I love this space. We are working on planning it out and getting the furniture we need. I can’t wait to share it all with you as it comes together. It’s going to take some time–I can’t wait to make it beautiful.

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Hello skylights in the loft that let in natural light. I love it.

Hello brick and the texture it adds to the space.

Hello finding a new rhythm for getting work done.
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Hello trying a new recipe this week–mediterranean chicken

Hello photo shoot this week. Christmas is coming! Yay and yikes!

Hello loving the fresh, clean, redecorated boys’ room. I have more pics to share this week!

Hello planning my next area of the house to purge, clean and freshen. There’s no stopping me.

Hello wearing this, watching this and being inspired by this.

Hello to you. It’s a brand new week, a new beginning and a fresh start. What will this week bring? Leave some hellos below!


hello sunshine

hello monday By October 12, 2015 6 Comments

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}

blog friends, inspiration By October 8, 2015 2 Comments

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

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?