Lisa Leonard Designs

big big big sale today!

November 14th | jewelry

Oh my goodness! So much to love.

Friends, this is HUGE! All jewelry is 25% off and there are so many pretty things. It’s a great day to tackle your Christmas list! You’re sure to find heartfelt pieces that are full of meaning! Just enter code ‘lisalove’ at checkout!

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winner!! {Nativity giveaway!}

November 13th | giveaway

We’ve got a winner, friends!

Our winner is Courtney Toney! Courtney, I’ve emailed you. Just give me your shipping address and we’ll get your nativity out asap.

I wish I could send each of you a nativity! Find them here–such a sweet way to celebrate was truly matters this Christmas. 

a perfect sweater

November 12th | what I'm wearing

You know what I love even more than a good sweater, sweater weather AND a good sweater! This is a pretty sweet sweater and we’ve been having gloomy, chilly weather which is making me all kind of happy. It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

So I went to the doctor yesterday and I’ve gained 9 pounds. I started working out a couple months ago and she said it’s probably just muscle gain {she’s so sweet ;) } I think I need to cut back on carbs a bit. I can tell I’ve gained a few pounds but mostly, I feel really great. It’s real life, right?

This sweater is so soft. And the polka dot button up underneath was a thrift store find. I cut off the sleeves because when I layer sweaters over tops, I feel like I’m suffocating. So cutting on the sleeves makes me feel more comfortable–and since it was a thrift find, I didn’t feel bad at all!

These jeans and boots are just. so. easy. They’re my go-to-everyday-pieces.

And of course a good bag to hold lots of crap, I mean, important stuff.

Outfit details: Sweater, Old Navy {on SALE here} Jeans, Big Star via Zappos. {similar here}. Boots, Frye via Zappos. Polka dot top, thrifted. Bag, H&M {similar here}. Bracelets, My shop.

turning 70 {fun!}

November 11th | celebrate the every day, family

My sisters planned a gathering to celebrate my mom’s 70th birthday. We live four hours north, but we were able to come down and hop in on the fun.

My mom is one of the most generous, creative people I know. Growing up she was always creating–that’s definitely where I get my creativity. And she gives and gives. If you compliment her on a vase she’ll hand it to you and tell you to take it home with you. She has such a generous heart!

It was so fun to see her friends–many who’ve known me since I was born. It was a laid back gathering with delicious mexican food, yummy sodas and a sweet cake. Pretty much perfect!

That’s my mom on the right, in blue and her sister in the black and white checked top.

Happy 70th, mom! You are a blessing to our family and we love you so!

joy through gratefulness

November 10th | older posts

Lately our youngest son, Matthias, has been struggling with anxiety. He has tummy aches. He worries about homework. He prefers to stay home and is hesitant to try new things. It breaks my heart to see him worried. I wish life was carefree and easy—but that’s not real life, is it?

There’s been a lot of change this year. Matthias started fifth grade. I see him maturing and growing. He’s more aware of life’s imperfections and his own imperfections. He’s been such a confident child but I see that wavering a bit. He’s thinking more deeply about who he is and what makes him valuable.

We’ve also been traveling a lot with expanding production of our jewelry to the Dominican Republic. It means Steve, his dad, and I are tag-teaming with the boys and there have been times lately where one of us is gone while the other holds down the fort at home. Our routine has been, well, less routine. The other day, while Steve was out of the country, I asked Matthias what he wanted for dinner. I thought letting him choose would be special and fun. Instead he responded, “I just want a normal dinner. Nothing special.”

That spoke volumes to me about how much he needs routine.

I’m blogging over at {in}courage today. Hop over and read the rest here.

hello turning leaves

November 10th | hello monday

Hello friends! It’s turning into fall around here. In California we don’t get seasons like most of the country, so we have to soak up the little signs of the season. It’s a brand new week, 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 leaves changing from green to red. Lovely.

Hello shorter days and chilly nights.

Hello pulling out our sweaters and wishing we could wear them. It’s been around 80* here lately!

Hello eating Halloween candy and starting to think about the Thanksgiving menu.

Hello making a Christmas wish list.

Hello thankful for two days off school this week! The boys have Monday and Tuesday off for a teacher work day and Veteran’s day.

Hello seeing Big Hero 6. Have you seen it?

Hello brand new jewelry in the shop. Wow, I am love it all so much. And these front clasp bracelets might be my fave. Or maybe this ring.

Hello pancakes and coffee this morning. And not rushing. Slow mornings are one of the best things in life!

Hello wanting to put up the Christmas tree. Don’t judge.

Hello cleaning and organizing and donating things we don’t need any more.

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

***nativity giveaway*** {closed}

November 6th | blog friends

Ok friends! I’ve got a BIG giveaway today! Someone is going to win a nativity set! {scroll down for details!}

The response to the nativity has been so overwhelming. You guys are amazing! It went out of stock last week and we’ve been working hard to bring it back.I know that was frustrating for some of you and I apologize.

This project started because I wanted to create a keepsake for each of my nieces and nephews. As it came together, I knew I had to share it with you too! Each nativity comes with a story booklet. The pic above is my son, Matthias, reading the booklet to my nephew, Brandon. My heart completely melted!

Growing up, the nativity was a big part of our Christmas every year. I want this nativity to become a keepsake that your kids can share with their kids. Each piece is hand-molded, cast in fine pewter and hand-polished. There are 14 hand-crafted pieces along with a stable made from california wine barrels. Simply beautiful and full of meaning.

It’s the perfect way to bring the true heart of Christmas in to your holiday season.

N A T I V I T Y   G I V E A W A Y   T I M E ! ! !
Here’s how to enter:
Leave a comment telling us your favorite part of your family’s Christmas celebration.
For additional entires, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and/or your blog.
Leave a comment for EACH entry here on the blog.
Good luck friends! I hope YOU win!

stuck in a rut

November 5th | what I'm wearing

Hey friends! I have been in a major rut lately. I’ve just been wearing what I love–not much creativity with getting dressed. But I’m wearing the stuff I love–so maybe this rut’s not so bad. I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration!

I’ve been wearing these jeans almost every day. And these booties too. So comfortable and so easy. Then I grab a top and call it an outfit.

The fur vest breaks the mold a bit and adds some fun.

Plus the mornings have been chilly but by noon it’s pretty warm. I am ready for some cold, wet weather! We’ve been joking that I’m protesting the warm weather by wearing boots and fur.

There’s nothing wrong with ‘go-to’ pieces. Why over-complicate?

So lately I’m just wearing my favorite pieces and adding interest with:
*red lipstick
*great earrings
*a fun scarf or vest

Outfit details: Jeans, Zappos {similar}. Boots, Frye via Zappos {love!}. Peasant top, Lucky Brand {similar}. Fur vest, Target. Bag, H&M {similar}. Earrings, My shop {LOVE these!}

huckleberry market {love}

November 4th | inspiration, san luis obispo

Hey there! I have inspiration to share today! We’ve got a new floral + gift shop here in San Luis Obispo and it’s nothing short of lovely. It’s full of texture, light and color–so that means it’s full of my favorite things! Take a look…

They’ve taken over Ruby Rose’s old space and made it fantastically new.

Succulents make my heart sing!

It’s such a light-filled space.

Wouldn’t these library cards make adorable gift tags?

Paper, ribbon and scissors–what else do you need?

The shop is owned by Karen and Carla {that’s Karen above} and it’s beautiful. If you live near San Luis Obispo, or pass through, you must stop in! You can follow Huckleberry Market on Facebook and Instagram. They also do creative gatherings. So fun!

What’s inspiring you today?

hello halloween, hello monday

November 3rd | celebrate the every day, hello monday

Hello friends! We a great weekend of hanging out with cousins, trick or treating and celebrating my mom’s 70th birthday! It’s a brand new week and a brand new month! 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 Captain America. He’s on the lookout for evil. Thankfully, all was well at ChickFilA.

Hello cuddles from Auntie Chrissie and a heart-melting smile from David.

 Hello to my {three} superheros. Love.

Hello silliness and celebrating.

Hello being out past bedtime and knocking on random doors. Matthias wasn’t sure about interacting with so many strangers. David was ready to go inside each house and get to know everyone.

Hello moonlight, porch lights, twinkling lights and flashlights.

Hello carved pumpkins–so glad we could enjoy our friends because we didn’t carve any ourselves {slacker mom!}

Hello love. People were so incredibly kind as we knocked on their doors. They took extra time with David and filled their bags with candy. I went to bed with my faith in humanity restored. There is so much good in the world!

Hello November! Wow!

Hello kicking this cold to the curb and praying the boys don’t get it.

Hello colder nights and even a little rain. Hooray–Califonia needs it!

Hello fun things to share this week.

Hello brand new beautiful week, just waiting to be lived to the fullest!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!