Lisa Leonard Designs

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.

passage ring *g i v e a w a y* CLOSED

March 18th | giveaway, jewelry

I’m so excited! This ring has resonated with so many of you! Tell us your story for a chance to win the new passage ring! Read on for details.

The N E W passage ring is the perfect way to mark a special moment in life. It’s hand-molded, cast in either sterling silver or 10k gold and hand-set with stones. It’s perfect for layering and pretty enough to wear alone. I love it!

Okay, so now it’s YOUR turn! Here are the details to enter…

1. We want to hear YOUR story! Tell us what ‘rite of passage’ you’re celebrating in the comments.
It can be something small, like, taking a new dance class to something as big as getting married.

2. For extra entries, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and/or your blog. Hashtag the share with #lisaleonard
*Important* make sure to come back here and leave a separate comment for each share!

3. Two winners will be chosen next week, each will receive a sterling or gold passage ring.

4. I hope YOU win!

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WINNERS! We have two winners! Congrats Jessica Richey and Jordan K. I just emailed both of you with details. xoxo

a break from buying new things

March 17th | what I'm wearing

Hey I’m sharing my ‘what I wore’ post a day early. I’ve got something fun coming tomorrow–so make sure to check back!

For Lent this year, I decided to take a break from buying new clothing. I’ve still thrifted a couple pieces–but I’m trying to shop less and refocus some of that attention on things that matter. And there are so many things that matter so much more!

It’s been a great way to shift my perspective and it’s also been wonderful to wear pieces from my closet that I already own and love. When I walk through Target, I keep telling myself, “I’m not buying anything, I’m not buying anything, I’m not buying anything.” So far it’s working. Even the cute scarves haven’t tempted me.

For my post this week, I’m sharing outfits that I’m re-wearing and loving. Here are some of my favorite, easy pieces.

This cream dress was thrifted for a few dollars. It’s pretty much as basic as can be–and super comfortable. Love it.

This black dress from Plenty Boutique is flowy and fun. Sometimes I layer a faux fur vest over or a slouchy sweater.

This dress from Anthropologie was an after-christmas splurge with a gift card from my Mother-in-law. The cut is easy to wear and it’s something different.

I see we’re on a ‘dresses’ trend here. I’m either wearing dresses or my favorite jeans. This dress was on major clearance from Zara after Christmas. The ombre effect is different and adds character. And of course a jean jacket makes it perfect for the workshop.

This black dress from Plenty Boutique has been making the rounds a lot. I always feel pretty in it. I have a thing for black dresses.

This anthropologie dress was a Christmas gift. The pattern is different than what I would usually wear but the cut of the dress is awesome and easy.

Did you give up anything for Lent? Has it been easy or hard for you?

hello brand new week

March 16th | hello monday

Hello friends! We had a full weekend! Full with sunshine, laughter, good food, family, friends, tears, honest conversation, bubbles and playing with cousins. It was pretty awesome.

How about some hellos for 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 yellow flowers and blue sky.

Hello frisbee on the beach with cousins.

Hello spying the pier through the leaves.

Hello bridge that leads to the Bob Jones Trail in Avila.

Hello silly smiles and melted hearts.

Hello trying to notice the beauty and capture it.

Hello music-lover soaking up every note.

Hello bubbles in the backyard as the sun sets.

Hello dads connecting.

Hello wonder.

Hello carefully blowing a ginormous bubble.

Hello brand new week with so much to do.

Hello opportunity to start over. That’s a beautiful thing.

Hello doctor appointment, dinners to make, emails to send and clothes to fold.

Hello brand new week with beauty to be found. Are you ready? What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

gorgeous day in morro bay

March 12th | an everyday moment, family

Last weekend we spent the afternoon in Morro Bay. The weather was insanely pretty. My mom left yesterday, but we had her with us for a week. And it was wonderful!

Steve road his bike to Morro Bay and we met him at Taco Temple. Yum.

We walked the path to the rock and saw otters playing.

I love my boys.

The squirrels {chipmunks?} were extra friendly.

Steve went into a music shop and when David saw this piano painting, he really wanted it to make noise!

I hopped next door to the bead shop, looking for inspiration.

Then we got Thrifty ice cream and came home.

That night we had leftovers and played scrabble. Pretty much a perfect day!

Come back soon, grandma! We love you!

And now the weekend is here again. Thank goodness! What do you have planned?

easy boho {and a giveaway}

March 11th | blog friends, what I'm wearing

Hello friends! I think lately I’ve been pouring all my creativity into basic day to day stuff. It’s just been so crazy busy–the kind of busy where I forget to eat. Crazy, right? That means I’m making the same dinners over and over and wearing the easiest outfits. And that’s okay!

Today I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

I wear this black dress a lot–it’s one of the easiest, most comfortable things I own. And the boots are jacket are every day favorites.

And the bag, right? I’m partnering with Nena & Co for a giveaway on instagram today. Scroll down for details!

I find if I get good pieces while I’m shopping, outfits come together easily. I don’t have time in the mornings to plan outfits. I pretty much grab the easiest stuff.

Outfit details: Dress, Plenty Boutique. Denim jacket, Gap. Booties, Frye via Zappos. Necklace/Earrings, My shop. Bag, Nena & Co.

Wanna win a bag from Nena & Co and a ‘Next Step’ necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs? Hop over to Instagram for the giveaway!

hello yellow flowers

March 9th | hello monday

Hello to you. Oh friends, I am feeling more hopeful and more present than I have in quite a few weeks. We’ve been under a lot of stress with business stuff, travel and just life in general. And God has met us there. It’s been rough but I am thankful. It feels like a new beginning and I welcome it with open arms. Join me for a some hellos today?

***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 yellow. It’s the happiest color. And it’s rhymes with ‘hello’. So that’s awesome.

Hello happy David. He has been so engaged lately–silly, cuddly, loving and just plain FUN!

Hello trying to double recipes for dinners so we have more leftovers. It’s great for lunches and great for our budget.

Hello Scrabble. Grandma introduced Matthias to the game and he loves it! And he’s good at it!

Hello warm weather. I know some of you are freezing–and I don’t want to make you feel bad. We’re having a heat wave in Cali.

Hello trying to limit screen time in our house, it seems to take over unless we set boundaries. I hope I’m not the only one who struggles with that.

Hello creating and creating and planning and creating. We have some super fun things in the works.

Hello praying for this sweet friend.
A long hospital stay and a need for answers–this is not an easy road.

Hello sharing over at {in}courage today. We all want to matter, don’t we?

Hello making time for nothing. I’m not good at this, but my soul needs it.

Hello early out for Matthias this week.
It’s parent/teacher conference so he gets out at 1pm every day.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with so much to be grateful for! Let’s look for beauty together. Leave some hellos in the comments or leave a link to your own hello monday post there!

next step necklace {spring launch tomorrow!}

March 4th | jewelry, what I'm wearing

Eeek! Friends, I am so excited about our spring launch happening tomorrow! I’ve got a sneak peek for you today. This might be my favorite necklace from the collection but maybe not. It’s really hard to choose!

It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration!

Last week we did a photo shoot downtown–I’ve got more pics to share tomorrow. It was so fun!

I was there to help with styling and making sure we got all the photos we needed. Mary does our graphic design and photography and Mikala was our model.

The ‘next step’ necklace is classic and simple–perfect for everyday. It’s hand-crafted in sterling silver. Isn’t it pretty?

And we’ve got more to share with you too! Make sure to check back tomorrow for all the details!

Outfit details: Black harem pants, local boutique. Sheer top, Old Navy. Cranberry heels, Target. Bag, Nena & co. Necklace, My shop {available tomorrow!}. Earrings, My shop.