Lisa Leonard Designs

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.
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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!

stacked up bracelets {love!}

October 29th | what I'm wearing

I’m on day four of not washing my hair, which honestly is so not like me! I used to wash my hair every single day and blow dry it–lately I can hardly be bothered. I have dry hair and I throw it up in messy bun and it’s easy. Add earrings and I look look put together. Awesome.

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

Remember this dress? I wore it here. It’s from a local boutique called Plenty in Santa Ynez {one of my favorite shops}. If you’re passing through wine country I recommend stopping!

I layered the dress with my fur vest from Target and it was easy and cozy. The mornings are cool and the afternoons are sunny–so I don’t need tights yet.

And stacking up bracelets makes it kind of funky and adds interest.

All bracelets are 25% off today–mix, match and stack. Click here to see them all!

Outfit details: Black dress, Plenty boutique. Fur vest, Target. Boots, Frye via Zappos. Leather bag, H&M {similar}. Earrings, My shop. Bracelets, My shop.

hello togetherness

October 27th | hello monday

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing pics from UCLA a couple weeks ago. Since then, our little family has been separated a lot–first me in the Dominican Republic, then me home but Steve in the Dominican Republic. It’s been a crazy, imperfect season that has required a lot of grace. It’s time for our little family to be together. We’re ready and excited to simply be together.

It’s a brand new week full of beauty, waiting to be found. 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 Westwood. If we have to see doctors, it may as well be in Westwood where there is sunshine, great restaurants and plenty to do!

Hello little heart-melting smile.

Hello three boys who make my world go round.

Hello golden evening light. Magical.

Hello growing up right before my eyes. It seems like every day he is different–changing, growing and gaining insight.

Hello bike path with a steep incline.

Hello UCLA–a place that for us, represents fear, amazing care and lots of gratefulness.

Hello So Cal. You like to show off with your palm trees and blue skies.

Hello pretty tiles and tired feet.

Hello movie theater playing Gone Girl. I just finished the book and it was creeeepy!

Hello photo shoot and pretty things to share with you {soon!!}

Hello Halloween. Is it bad to just want to stay home, watch a movie and eat candy?

Hello birthday. My mom is turning 70 which is awesome! Happy birthday mama!

Hello haircut, dentist and vision appointments. They all seem to come at once!

Hello brand new week. It’s a gift and I want to welcome it with open arms. Will you join me?

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

God made light

October 24th | blog friends, celebrate the every day

Have you heard of God Made Light? It’s been all over the internet lately. It’s a new children’s book, and you guys, it is beautifully written and full of truth.

It talks about how God made light and God made YOU. It’s poetic and moving–I started crying, especially when it talks about how when God made YOU, God made light. This is near to my heart because of David’s special needs. He was made to shine and he does. That’s beautiful. Matthias really liked the part about how His light shines in us, even in the dark, even at bedtime when we might be afraid. Lately he’s been a little scared at bedtime and this was a sweet reminder.

As you can see, David didn’t want to put it down. So sweet!

Matthew Paul Turner and his wife Jessica are friends of mine. I’ve been hearing about this book for a while and I am so thrilled to see it out in the world and to read these precious words to my boys {and myself!}. So meaningful.

God Made Light is available here. And there is an adorable floor puzzle and night light here.

creating traditions {with nativity}

October 23rd | family, inspiration

Ah! I am THRILLED over the response to our new nativity. It’s so exciting!

I know this will be a keepsake year after year.

I created the nativity for my nieces and nephews. I wanted them to have something to cherish in their childhoods and carry memories into adulthoods. I hope they use these nativities with their own children!

When I was growing up, the nativity was a big part of our Christmas season. Every year, after we went to bed on Christmas eve, my mom would place baby Jesus in the manger. And when we woke up on Christmas morning he would be there–reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas.

Each piece is hand-molded and beautiful in it’s sweet simplicity. I spent hours trying to capture the story through these little pewter figures.

When I was molding baby Jesus, I felt so humbled trying to capture something with such HUGE significance and wrap it into a pewter figure. Jesus has brought JOY to the world and his birth changed my story.

The demand for the nativity has been great. We are doing our best to keep up, but please if you want one, don’t wait! They are only $199 and I don’t want you to miss out!

Find the new nativity here. 

feeling fallish {finally!}

October 22nd | finding beauty, what I'm wearing

This morning is actually felt like fall. It was chilly and my scarf felt cozy {as opposed to me wearing cozy things regardless of the warm weather. We’re so ready for some cooler temps and rain around these parts!

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

Have you heard of fashionABLE? It’s an awesome shops that creates sustainable business in Africa. Pretty awesome, right? This scarf is from their shop.

I love mixing prints and this floral with the striped scarf is fun without being crazy.


Outfit details: Coated jeans, Banana Republic {similar}. Floral top, Collective concepts, TJ Maxx {similar}. Scarf, FashionABLE. Heels, Target. Bag, Target. Necklace, My shop.

I’m loving the 30″ chain on the tiny diamonds necklace–it’s perfect for layering scarves over a necklace. I’m ready for fall. Who’s with me?