hello summer to fall to summer

hello monday, what I'm wearing By October 24, 2016 2 Comments

We’ve been teased with some cool fall weather only for the sun to come out in full force again with a heat wave. This is common for us this time of year, but it always catches me by surprise. Layering is the trick. As the sun warms we shed layers–and pretend it’s summer for a little while longer.

It’s Monday–a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-02 Hello dress from one of my favorite shops Ruby Rose. If you love vintage and good design make sure you stop in next time you visit the central coast.

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-03 Hello denim jacket. It’s a staple don’t you think?

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-04 And some really good booties.

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-05 And of course the perfect accessory. This ring represents Hope and Love.

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-08Hello warm sun on my shoulders and rain in the forecast. Fall can’t make up its mind.

Hello lovely visit with Nana.

Hello lots of doctor visits for David. He and I are at UCLA to see 5 different specialists. We have no big concerns, just mainly check-ups.

Hello looking forward to watching this in depth look at an awesome broadway play.

Hello reading this book and getting inspired.

Hello cutting back on carbs this week. It’s two steps forward one step back for us! I wish I didn’t like sugar so much.

Hello Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Holiday season is here!

Hello busy busy but making time for quiet.

Hello you. It’s a new week, a new beginning and a fresh start. What are you saying hello to the week?


thrifted DIY jacket

what I'm wearing By September 28, 2016 2 Comments

I found this jacket at the thrift store last week. I loved the texture but the sleeves narrowed toward the wrist {an 80’s cut} and it made the sleeves look fuller and a little puffy. Since the jacket was only $4 I decided to risk and do a little altering. My alterations consisted of cutting off the sleeves to make them a 3/4 length. I didn’t even hem the end of the sleeves–I left them frayed. Pretty much the easiest alteration ever!

thrifted-diy-jacket-lisa-leonard-01 The jacket has so much texture. I love the nubby weave.

thirfted-jacket-lisa-leonard12-01Here’s the jacket laid out on my tile at home. I cut the sleeves then used the hand wash cycle on my washing machine and laid it out to dry. I ironed it to soften the fabric again and get the collar to lay nicely.

thrifted-diy-jacket-lisa-leonard-02 In general I prefer a 3/4 sleeve–so this was just right for me.

thrifted-diy-jacket-lisa-leonard-03 See how much texture the jacket has? Love!

thrifted-diy-jacket-lisa-leonard-04 The fringe bag is a TJ Maxx find. Sandals are Nine West.

thrifted-diy-jacket-lisa-leonard-05 These earrings are some of my favorites. They’re backordered in the shop right now. But these have a similar vibe.

thrifted-diy-jacket-lisa-leonard-06 The mother’s ring has each of our birthstones. I love it.

thrifted-diy-jacket-lisa-leonard-07 I’ve been seeing frayed edges everywhere in retails lately. Fun.

thirfted-diy-jacket-lisa-leonard-104-01This $4 risk paid off. I love my new jacket!

Outfit details: Jacket, thrifted. Camisole, Target. Black jeans, Madewell. Sandals, Nine West. Bag, TJ Maxx. Earrings, My shop. Mother’s Ring, My shop.


Growing Grounds

san luis obispo, shops i love, what I'm wearing By September 2, 2016 1 Comment

It’s been a strange week of highs and lows. Nothing big, just trying to get back into the school routine and feeling exhausted. I’ve had lots of meetings this week. Matthias has started to have homework {yuck!}. Seems like by 8pm we’re all ready for bed. In between the busyness there have been many moments of laughter and downtime for cuddling. I don’t want to overlook those sweet moments. I have much to be grateful for!

Just down the street from our office is one of the best plant shops in town. It’s just off the main street, so it’s easy to miss it. Growing Grounds has beautiful plants, reasonably priced and it benefits Transitions Mental Health Association. So important.

With rushed mornings now that the boys are back in school, I’m basically wearing the same thing everyday–whatever is closest and easiest. I’m obsessed with this camisole from WhoWhatWear at Target. It’s perfect for layering. And then jeans and easy boots or sandals. The polka dot scarf was a last minute addition and pulls the outfit together. I am so glad handkerchief scarves are making a comeback. I used to wear them all the time in college. I think they’re so sweet.












Outfit details: Jean, vintage Levis, thrifted. Camisole, Target. sleeveless vest, {similar} Anthropologie. Bag, TJ Maxx. Scarf, Target. Boots, Frye. Jewelry, My shop {love these earrings!}

The weekend is beginning! I’ve got a few fun projects to work on and lots of downtime to relax. What do you have planned?


borrowing from grandma and boyfriends

what I'm wearing By August 10, 2016 2 Comments

We’ve been having some glorious cooler weather. It’s been overcast until late morning and when the suns comes out it warms to about 75*. It feels more like fall or winter than summer! It’s nice to layer on a cardigan in the morning and evening.

I found this cardigan at our local Goodwill bins.It’s basically a first stop for donations–and if you’re willing to dig through boxes and bins before items go to local stores, you can find some amazing deals! I imagine my grandma had a sweater like this back in her younger days. The boyfriend jeans are from Banana Republic {not actually from a boyfriend ha!}. Worn-in, broken-in jeans are the best.

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Outfit details: Vintage sweater, thrifted {similar here and here}. Boyfriend jeans, Banana Republic. Tank, Old Navy {similar here.} Lace-up sandals, Amazon. Bag, Local consignment boutique. Rings, cuff, My shop.


DIY short sleeve denim jacket

what I'm wearing By August 4, 2016 4 Comments

I saw this short sleeve denim jacket on Madewell and fell in love! Super cute, right? I kept thinking about it and how perfect it would be for summer evenings and fall. When I came across this denim jacket at Old Navy on sale, I thought it would be perfect for simply cutting off the long sleeves and making it into a short sleeved denim jacket. So easy!

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Outfit details: Denim jacket, Old Navy. Also this one is super cute and on sale! Black jumper, Old Navy. Sandals Seychelles. Bag, Local consignment shop. Personalized Gemstone Cuff, My shop. Earrings, new design I’m working on!

What do you think of the short sleeve denim jacket? Would you wear one?


hello market baskets and missing france

what I'm wearing By July 26, 2016 3 Comments

We are fresh back from France and missing the lavender fields and amazing architecture. The more we travel, the smaller the world feels–and I love that!

This super easy, comfortable dress was on clearance for $10 at Target. It’s the type of thing I could wear everyday–with thee sandals for lunch with a friend or flip flops for dinner near the beach. Market baskets are very affordable in France–I think this one was $17. Smaller baskets are around $12. They are so adorable–and useful!

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Outfit details: Black dress, Target {similar}. Sandals, Miz Mooz {on sale!} Market basket, French market in France. Cuff, sunburst ring, My shop.

Is there somewhere in the world you would love to see? I’d love to visit Greece. I think that’s next on my wish list!


thrifting and furry footprints

jewelry, Louis and Beasley, what I'm wearing By June 14, 2016 2 Comments

Steve and I were in New York for meetings a couple weeks ago. We were walking through a charming neighborhood and we stumbled on St. Luke’s thrift store–which to me is like the happiest thing ever. They had some great things–lots of collectibles and some good clothing. It was a curated store–so a bit more expensive but a lot less hunting through junk. I found this vintage kimono and the leather bag.

We are introducing the adorable furry footprint tag and necklace today. Check it out!






Louis and Beasley love their new tags! Oh these pups are such heart melters. I can’t believe how much joy they add to our family. We are so grateful.

Outfit details: Vintage kimono, leather bag, Thrifted. Skinny jeans, Target {similar here}. Cream camisole, Amazon. Sandals, Miz Mooz. Dog tag/Necklace, My Shop.


fun and easy jumpsuit

what I'm wearing By June 1, 2016 4 Comments

I ran into Old Navy last week to get some t-shirts for the boys {they are both out-firing everything right now!}. I think Old Navy has cute clothes but in general I find that it doesn’t fit me quite right–so I don’t usually shop for me. But as I passed through the women’s section to get to the boys section, I spotted this adorable jumpsuit. No way. I was sure it wouldn’t fit right but I decided to try it on and guess what? I loved it! The price was reasonable so I decided to give it a try. I wore it to work last week and got several compliments. As I walked down the sidewalk approaching our shop, a man in a truck drove by and yelled out, ‘You look great! And great dogs!’ I’m not even joking! I started cracking up.

So there you have it. A jumpsuit that demands attention. jumpsuit lisa leonard-01 jumpsuit lisa leonard-02 jumpsuit lisa leonard-03 jumpsuit lisa leonard-04 jumpsuit lisa leonard-05 jumpsuit lisa leonard-06

Outfit details: Surprisingly amazing jumpsuit, Old Navy. Some of my favorite sandals, Miz Moos. A denim jacket that gets better with time, Gap. Cross bar necklace with a stone set for each of my loves, My shop. Stacking rings with my boys names, My shop.

It’s June friends! Time to find the perfect jumpsuit and soak up some sunshine. Are you ready for summer?


crochet and clogs

what I'm wearing By May 24, 2016 5 Comments

I found this crocheted cardigan at Anthropologie last year on sale. I haven’t worn it much–but it’s so pretty. It’s a statement piece. To keep it from being too sweet I paired it with casual jeans and slip on easy clogs.
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The swept away necklace is a simple piece but has impact. I have a stone set for each of my loves.
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These jeans are super comfortable. They have a high waist that I love.crochet and clogs-03

Did you know Stitch Fix is carrying shoes now? I love these clogs! The color is neutral and the heel isn’t too high. crochet and clogs2-01

I found this bag at a resale shop downtown. It’s pretty much perfect and it was a steal {my favorite!}
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Outfit details: Cardigan, Anthropologie, similar here. Jeans, Levis. Tank, Old Navy. Clogs, Stitch Fix. Bag, Local resale shop. Warm Embrace Necklace, My shop. Large gemstone cuff, My shop.

Off to meetings today and out on a date tonight. Yay!


these are not skinny jeans

what I'm wearing By April 27, 2016 10 Comments

I’ve gone out on a limb. It’s not a big thing–but sometimes small things can feel like a big change. Every pair of jeans in my closet is skinny jeans–well, I do have one pair of boyfriend jeans that are straight leg. But basically, I wear skinny jeans. I’ve been seeing more flare jeans around and I kind of like the look–I took a risk and purchased this pair from Madewell. It’s been fun to try something new. It feels good to break out of my comfort zone!

these are not skinny jeans! lisa leonard-01 These jeans are the first thing I’ve every purchased from Madewell. But I’m sure they won’t be the last–what an awesome store.

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these are not skinny jeans! lisa leonard-03 And have you seen the new long lineage necklace? Oh my gosh I love it! I’m wearing a 16″ chain. We’ll set a stone for each of your loves.

these are not skinny jeans! lisa leonard-04 And I’ve got a few bracelets on–the gemstone cuff, crossbar bracelet and birthstone bangle. Love.

these are not skinny jeans! lisa leonard-05 The pups were being so good! Aren’t they sweet? Louis and Beasley support my adventure to try out flare jeans.

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And of course a few rings stacked on keeps my boys close all day.

Outfit details:Flare jeans, Madewell. Tank, Old Navy. Faux leather jacket, Thrifted. Sandals, Ugg {so comfortable!!}. Long Lineage Necklace, My shop. Bracelets, My shop. Rings, My shop.

So tell me what you like to wear–skinny jeans or flare jeans? Or something else?