Bright and Comfy Mom on the Street: Audrey Leishman

Whether she’s helping families through her Begin Again Foundation or playing with her three kids, Bright and Comfy Mom on the Street Audrey Leishman has a fun and effervescent style that’s sure to put a smile on your face. Learn all about Audrey and her fabulous style!

Meet Audrey

I am 35 years old. My father is retired navy and I was born in Naples, Italy but have lived in Virginia Beach since I was 4. I went to Salem High School and then to William and Mary where I graduated with double majors in government and psychology. I went into the psychology field where I worked with developmentally disabled and mentally ill adults until landing at Social Security Disability and an analyst.

Marc and I have been married for 8 years and have three children, Harvey (7), Ollie (5) and Eva (1) In April 2015 I almost died from Sepsis, toxic shock syndrome, and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

We launched the Begin Again Foundation in April 2016 to bring life’s most pressing needs to families experiencing medical and life crises. Thus far we have helped over 100 Sepsis survivors with $1,000 grants, over 2,000 families at CHKD through our Butterfly Blessings Program and support five local shelters with Period Planners.

Bright and Comfy Style

Which three words best describe your style? Comfy, patterned, bright

What are your favorite places to shop? Monkees, Anthropologie, Target

Who’s your favorite style icon? Oh gosh, I don’t really have a style icon unless you count the Anthropologie catalog!

What’s your best style advice? Dress for you. Don’t worry about what’s in or what brands the influencers promote. Beauty comes from the inside and as Audrey Hepburn said, happy girls are the prettiest.

What article of clothing/accessory would you not want to live without? Lululemon align leggings- the most comfortable ones I’ve ever put on!

Which trend would you want to see make a comeback?
Not a trend but I’d love to see little girl clothing look like it’s made for little girls again. So much of what I see is so grown up.

What should NEVER make a comeback? Over-plucked eyebrows

What fashion/style did you love at the time, but now cringe when you see old photos? Grungy, wide-legged pants! It was not a good look for me.

What’s your best style secret? LipSense gloss is my absolute favorite because I put it on in the morning and don’t have to worry about reapplying the rest of the day.

Stilettos or flats?Flats!

Bright and Comfy Family

What’s your favorite way to spend time with your family? Outside in our backyard on a nice day.  We put music on our Sonos, the kids love to jump in the pool, on the trampoline and chase each other around.

What’s been your best family vacation? We love coming to Hawaii! My husband plays tournaments here every year so it’s not fully a vacation but we absolutely love everything about it.

Best parenting advice: Trust your gut. You know your kids better than any “expert.” 

Parenting true confession: I never feel sad to send my kids back to school at the end of summer!

What’s your go-to family dinner? In all honesty, dinner is difficult because my oldest is a very picky eater and they are hungry by 5pm. I’ve become the mom who makes more than one dinner and it’s exhausting.

What’s your favorite family restaurant? Pungo Pizza. My boys love to play arcade games between bites.

Bright and Comfy Life

What’s your favorite show to binge-watch? Jane the Virgin was my most recent favorite, but in general, I prefer happy light-hearted shows.

What’s your favorite beach read? Anything by Liane Moriarty

What’s the best song to dance to when nobody’s watching?  All About That Bass by Meghan Trainer

If you could go shopping with anyone from history, living or deceased, who would it be? Ellen DeGenerous simply because I love to laugh.

What’s at the top of your travel bucket list?I would love to go to Greece!

What’s your favorite way to unwind at the end of a long day? I love an Epsom salt bath with good music or a good book.

Your Bright and Comfy Style

Looking at Audrey’s great choices of colors and patterns just makes you happy! We love how she’s not afraid to use a fun print or bold color and has a great eye for mixing the right kinds of patterns. She also has a really well-curated look and seems to know how to add just the right shoes and accessories for every occasion.

We also love the way she’s bringing her bright and comfy style to the Begin Again Foundation, as she educates women about the dangers of Sepsis and other women’s health issues. Rather than retreating after her health crisis, she’s used her platform to help thousands of people. Be sure to follow Audrey and her Begin Again Foundation to learn more about her great work!

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