We are opening orders for The Monthly Dress Paper Doll books to the public today!!  We were overwhelmed with the response we got when we showed them for The Monthly Dress Tour, so we decided to open up sales for the paper doll books and dress prints for four days only.

We will stop taking all orders this Thursday at midnight. 


The Monthly Dress Paper Dolls by Leanne Barlow





All the books and prints are going to be available to order from today until this Thursday the 28th at midnight!  We are just making these available for a few days so grab yours quick! All the books will be shipped out within 2-3 business days (US and Canada residents only).


I loved playing with paper dolls as a little girl! It brings back so many fun memories of using my imagination and swapping out different dresses and accessories. I loved getting to see the little girls at the tour bringing their paper doll books with them as they went from dress to dress!


The Monthly Dress Paper Dolls by Leanne Barlow


The Monthly Dress Paper Doll books come with four different doll options and all 12 of the dresses from The Monthly Dress Series. Each dress has a description that talks about the inspiration behind the dress, and how long it took to make.



The Monthly Dress Paper Dolls by Leanne Barlow


The Monthly Dress prints are available for sale in a pack of all 12 that would be so cute displayed in a little girls bedroom or in an office! They are available of each dress individually in a digital download that you can print out yourself, and prints of all 12 dresses are available in a digital download that can be printed in a 5 x 7 or an 8.5 x 11 size. I have this framed in my office and it’s so fun to see them all together!


The Monthly Dress Paper Dolls by Leanne Barlow

< shop my dress here >

The Monthly Dress Paper Doll books are great for little girls, but it’s also fun for women of all ages! Lots of the women I met at the tour grabbed a book for themselves. One girl purchased a book for her grandma who collected vintage paper doll books!


The Monthly Dress Paper Doll Books would also make such great gifts! They are perfect for:


  • An Easter Basket gift (Easter is right around the corner)
  • A little girls birthday (stock up and grab one to wrap whenever you are heading to a party!)
  • A baptism
  • A baby shower (think how darling this would be wrapped up with a cute little dress to go with it)
  • A gift for Mother’s Day (coming up!)
  • Something fun to display in your office or little girls room

So head here to grab your Monthly Dress Paper Doll book or prints while they are available!

(only available to US and Canada residents)



The Monthly Dress Paper Dolls by Leanne Barlow





The March Dress Desktop Download


We had such an overwhelming response when I posted The March Dress phone calendar wallpaper, that I wanted to add it here for those of you who missed grabbing it on my stories. We created a phone version as well as a desktop version for your computer, and you better believe I have both of them download on my devices.


I had lots of you screenshot your phones with the backdrop and DM them over to me and it’s been so fun to see! One of you said it was like getting a little present each time you open up your phone, and I love that! Such a fun way to love The Monthly Dress Series all year long. We will be rolling out a new phone and desktop wallpaper for you at the beginning of each month!


If you download one of these Monthly Dress wallpapers screenshot it and sent me a DM! I’d love to see it!


The March Dress Desktop Download

The March Dress Phone Download





In case you missed it…

See The March Dress reveal in this post.

Read all about how I started The Monthly Dress Series in this post.

See The Monthly Dress sold out tour recap here.



The last day of The Monthly Dress Tour was just as magical as all of the others! It has been so amazing to reflect back on the tour and all of the wonderful women I’ve had the opportunity to meet. Today I wanted to share some of my very favorite moments from The Monthly Dress Tour.


The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena






The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena


The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena




  • One sweet mother and daughter talked with me at the beginning of the night, and stayed until the very end. The mother came back up to be and hugged me and said, “I wanted to hug you one last time, you have no idea what you have done for us.” The daughter messaged be later that night saying they had had a very difficult day and that the dress tour helped to cheer their spirits that night.
  • One husband forgot to buy tickets for his wife and panicked when he saw it was sold out. He shot me a frantic DM and I opened up 2 slots for them so he could get tickets. He sent me a DM of him waking up his wife surprising her with the tickets and she started crying! They were so fun and so cute!
  • One husband flew him and his wife to the tour from Pennsylvania.  He arranged for sitters for their kids, a hotel, places to eat, everything. He pretended it was for a work trip and she didn’t know they were actually there for The Monthly Dress Tour until she walked up to the doors and saw where they were! Makes me emotional just thinking about it!
  • One sweet girl was in her mid-teens and told me how much she loves fashion and designing clothing but didn’t know if it was something she should pursue. I chatted with her a bit and encouraged her to continue working hard at it because she loved it. She had tears streaming down her face and thanked me for believing in her! Sometimes all we need it someone to tell us they believe in us!
  • One cute aunt drove her 2 nieces from Arizona to come to the tour. They were the first ones waiting for the doors to open and were so cute having a blast on their girls trip!
  • One woman came to one of the speaking nights and told me how her husband had just started law school and they had two small kids at home. I gave her a huge hug and thanked her for coming. I told her I knew exactly how much paying $50 for a ticket feels like at that point in life and how much it meant to me. She said her husband saw my segment on ABC and told her that she had to come here me speak. I loved how many supportive husbands there were!


The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena< cute Cash came along the second night!>

The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena


  • One adorable group of older women walked up to me and they looked so chic! They were all wearing fascinators and had incredible outfits on. I commented on how amazing they looked and they said, “we never get an excuse to dress up like this anymore and we are so happy you threw this tour so that we could dress up and feel beautiful for the night!”.
  • One mom of three boys left them with her husband and flew to Pasadena from San Francisco for a fun little solo trip. She was so excited to see the dresses and it was her first time away from her kids. She said she felt rejuvenated and refreshed and I was so flattered and impressed that she decided she wanted to come and made it happen!
  • I got to meet one of the sweetest readers in real life and it was such a treat. She talked to me about what she was going to wear at the tour and the dress she was most excited to see for weeks leading up to the tour. She was one of the first ones to arrive and brought a photobook of all of my dresses she had made for her coffee table that she wanted me to sign. She also had a section with all of Jills drawings and a spot for Jill to sign! She said “Everyone at my work knows how excited I was for this dress tour and I’m going to be talking about it all week long!” I loved getting to meet her in person and thank her for her kind words!
  • I had a handful of really special moments with my team throughout this tour. We had worked so hard and so long to prep for this! In Utah I remember Jill walked in my dressing room right after getting her makeup done and I had just finished putting on my dress and we just stared at each other freaking out. We couldn’t believe it was actually happening!
  • I mentioned on my instagram about how the tour was a little bittersweet for me because I had wished my dad were still alive to see it (he passed away from prostate cancer 12 years ago). One special thing we talked about before he passed was that he would send us a rainbow to let us know when he is thinking about us. Since his passing I have had some really special experiences seeing rainbows in the sky, or reflections from a mirror at significant times in my life. On the first night of the tour in Utah I had just finished with hair and makeup and I put on my dress and walked into the ballroom to see the final set up of all of my dresses before the night started. As I entered the ballroom the light hit the chandelier just right and there was a rainbow reflection along the floor as I entered the ballroom and I knew he was there with me!
  • The other really special experience I had I was lucky enough to catch on film and shared it in this post. As a little girl my dad sang the song “Edleweiss” to me every night. He passed away from cancer 12 years ago, and I always sing this song to my boys at night and tell them it’s a lullaby from Grandpa Hafen. After the final guest had left and we wrapped up our very last night night of the tour, Garrett asked me to dance with him before we left the space. For some reason, my playlist I had playing ended at that exact moment, and Spotify just plays random songs when it’s over. We started dancing and the most beautiful version of Edleweiss started playing out of nowhere. Truly one of the closest times I’ve ever felt to my dad since he died. It was like he was there with me telling me how proud he was. A moment I’ll never forget.


The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena


I had a few different goals going into this tour, but one of my main goals was to be able to connect face to face with women I’ve only chatted with over social media. I wanted to be able to hug these women and look them in the eye and thank them for all of the encouragement they have given me during The Monthly Dress Series.


My second goal for the tour was to inspire my guests to be creative. I wanted to show them that you don’t have to have the right degree, a big following, or tons of money to be able to create something that they are passionate about. I have seen how much joy creating dresses has brought me, and I want that same joy to be felt by others for diving into their own creative passion!


The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena


I was absolutely floored at the number of women who came to the tour. This taught me most of all about how important human connection and tangible experiences are! Seeing something online and connecting online is amazing, but to be able to travel and experience it first hand is so powerful!


Women out there are craving creativity and femininity. My guests wanted a reason to dress up and feel beautiful and feminine. They also want to create. There are plenty of women out there who are just as passionate about their interests as I am about creating dresses, and I really hope this tour gave them a little nudge and the permission to express themselves creatively simply because of the joy that creating brings.



The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena





The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena


Creating and planning The Monthly Dress Tour was a huge undertaking. I knew the scale I wanted this event to be, and there were plenty of challenges and setbacks along the way.


< we completely transformed the space and gave it a fresh coat of white paint. We also hung all the posters on the wall gallery style which looked so cool and freed up more space for the guests > 





The part of planning the tour that took the longest, was securing a location for Pasadena. We started looking for a venue to hold the tour back in June of last year! I was very adamant about having it in Pasadena. I wanted to invite guests to my city! I wanted them to experience how magical Pasadena is. We researched every venue option in Pasadena. We met with venue after venue (hotels, wedding venues, churches, City Hall, everywhere!). There were some places that felt right but were way out of our budget, and some places that weren’t a good fit.


After realizing that most venues in Pasadena were out of our budget and/or not the location I wanted, we ended up working with a commercial real estate agent who showed us some store locations for lease at The Paseo (the outdoor mall location we ultimately used). The location was perfect and the budget was right. This meant that we had a lot more prep work for the space than booking a traditional venue, but this also meant that I could mold the space into exactly what I wanted it to be.


The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena




Working with the city of Pasadena is NO JOKE.


There are rules and lots of people you need to jump through hoops to get approvals from. We worked for 2 months on trying to get a max capacity number from the city. I had to get a max number of people that could fit in the space before I could sell tickets. Could you imagine if the fire department shut down the tour because it was over the capacity number? I knew I was going to have guests flying in for this, so I needed the number I had to work with.


Tracking down the right contact was tricky, then getting him to listen to me was harder! I didn’t want to annoy him..but he was also very busy.


If you remember I shared this story a little on my instagram stories a few months back. I called and called and emailed and emailed. I finally got him when he was in his office and I ended up bribing him with a pizza and a beer if he would just give me a number right there on the phone! He ended up being really great (but did not understand why people would want to “just come look at dresses”). I finally got a max capacity number from him!

But then..

A few days before we were supposed to get our original location painted, we got a call from the management saying that there was a leak in a previous space and that another store needed to take out location (which was contractually legal for them to do). This was a day after we had finally gotten a max capacity number for the space! So we had to change store locations (which ended up working out better in the end), and push back the dates of the tour by 2 months.



I kept pretty quiet about these setbacks on social media, mostly because I wanted to keep everything surrounding the tour positive. I didn’t want to get on and complain, or express any worry. That was something I needed to keep between me and my team.


The tour was happening regardless. When front doors closed, that just meant that I needed to work a little harder to find a back door or open window to use instead.


< The boys knew just what to do! I loved having them walk me onto the stage! >


The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena< I really wanted to display January a little differently, to make her look like she was under water!  >


The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

< let’s talk about the acrylic podium for a minute. I was adamant on finding an acrylic podium and when I found the only place that rented one I had to have it! I loved it SO MUCH! >




I didn’t have very many people saying “You can’t do this!” to me. For the most part when I talked to people about the tour, it was well received. But many people were confused. Venues, potential sponsors, paninters, management offices said


But at the very beginning there were two comments that really got to me. I toyed around with the idea of having an exhibit where people could come see them. I posted a survey on my blog back in June asking if people would be interested in seeing my dresses. 3000 responses in 24 hours. 2998 responses from women wanting to see my dresses in person. But there were 2 that said no. And I can quote word for word those 2 comments.


“You do realize that this is a vanity project, just a way for you to show off”.


That hit me hard. It had not crossed my mind that this could appear a little vain. This whole time, I was just making dresses! I was thinking how much fun this was and why not have a big party when they were done! I also know how many women were inspired by this series and had lots of people ask if I could display them somewhere for people to see them!  


< my best girlfriends from high school + my best Pasadena girlfriends. It was so much fun getting to see them all! >


The second comment of a woman who wasn’t interested in coming to the tour said,


“There was a Dior exhibit not too far from me, and it cost money to go see. I didn’t even want to pay to see Dior’s dresses. There is no way people are going to pay to see your dresses.”


I had 2998 women telling me they would buy a ticket to see my dresses, and all I could think about was how nobody would want to buy a ticket.This comment almost killed the whole project.  In all honesty when I got that comment, I stopped. For a moment the light was out. There is no way. What if she was right? What is nobody buys a ticket.





Everyone bought a ticket. What if I had listened to that one voice? What if I had let that stop me?


The Monthly Dress Tour Pasadena

<I made my dress the night before in 5 hours. Mood Fabrics graciously gifted me the fabric. I knew that I wanted a blush pink fabric with feathers for the first night of the Pasadena tour!>


< my amazing group of volunteers! These women were so incredible! All so hardworking and happy to be there. I’m so grateful for their help with running both nights of the tour! >

< Dots Cafe (the bakery where we shot The April Dress) was kind enough to provide cupcakes to each guest the first night. But these weren’t any cupcakes..they were CUSTOM Monthly Dress Cupcakes with an image of a monthly dress on each cupcake! I absolutely died when I saw them and guests were freaking out over them! >

< I love that the fabric was embroidered along the top and the feathers gathered at the bottom. I wanted to keep that same effect with the dress! >

< My incredible assistant, Jill > 


< my sweet friends surprised me, Jill, and Jordan all with flowers! >

< he is the greatest >


To me, being creative includes ignoring people who just don’t get it. I had to ignore these voices, and keep moving forward in planning this tour. And I am so incredibly glad that I did!





Stop by later this week as I share photos from my last night of the tour along with some of the most touching interactions and stories I had with my guests! These moments are so special to me, you won’t want to miss it!



Catch up on my other Monthly Dress Tour night recaps:







The Monthly Dress Tour

The exhibit-only night of The Monthly Dress Tour was a slightly different experience, but still just as magical. In many ways, it felt a little more intimate, because I had a longer time to spend chatting with my guests.


The Monthly Dress Tour




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The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The exhibit-only night was full of little girls!! I just died getting to meet so many darling little girls all dressed up with their moms, aunts, and Grandmas. In Utah we had five little girls dress up like The May Dress (complete with a floral crown). I loved having each little girl twirl for me in their pretty dress. They felt so special!


The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour




Planning this scale of a dress tour really felt a lot like planning four separate weddings. I posted a survey six months earlier that gave me a good idea of the location of where women would would want to attend lived, and about how many were truly interested.

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

Most of my survey responses came from women living in Southern California and Utah. I was relieved so many of them were in California, because I was dying to show off my home city, Pasadena. I was equally as happy to pick Utah as a location, because I lived up in Provo, UT for 10 years while I was in school and while Garrett was doing his undergrad and law school years, so Utah felt very much like home. I also had a lot of really good connections still up in Utah that I knew I could ask for help.



We started by securing the Utah venue (the Pasadena venue took much longer and was so incredibly complicated). Then we broke down the tour piece by piece. We went to downtown LA and bought 12 mannequins to display each of the dresses. I was incredibly picky and specific about how I wanted my dresses displayed. We got the mannequin toppers and bases at a different location from the actual bust forms because I liked the busts at one location and the toppers at another location.


The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

I’m glad that I was really picky. I had a hand and a say in every single part of this tour, and I think that played a big role in having it turn out exactly how I envisioned. I wasn’t afraid of working hard and taking on tasks that I wasn’t super thrilled about in order to bring the tour to life properly.




Asking for help! Ahh! Many times I hate asking for help, but I had so many friends and readers reach out and ask how they could help with the tour. If I didn’t have something specific for them to do right then, I would make a mental note and you better believe I reached out when something came up later on down the line! I learned the importance of relying on my community. There are so many talented and connected women that wanted to help!  

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

For the past year, I had spent a lot of my energy trying to keep my dresses, locations, and shoots a secret. I love the concept of doing a big reveal without sharing much behind the scenes with my community beforehand. I think that was a big part of the magic in The Monthly Dress Series..the reveal.


For the dress tour, everyone had seen the dresses and everyone knew it was coming. I didn’t need to hide many things. There were some aspects of planning the tour where my instagram community showed up for me in MAJOR ways!

The Monthly Dress Tour

I learned very quickly how to lean on my community and ask for help! When we had exhausted every possible option in LA, I turned to my readers on Instagram to ask for help find someone to custom make the dress pedestals for me. One reader’s husband is a talented woodworker, and when I asked about who could help me make these pedestals to display my dresses on, a handful of women recommended him!


In Utah so many people reached out and volunteered to help with set up/take down, flowers, treats, etc. I have to give a huge thank you to Rebecca from Rebecca Creative for organizing all 16+ amazing volunteers to help set up/work/and take down the Utah tour. She helped me find a florist, videographer, photographer, makeup artist, and really helped put my mind at ease in pulling the tour together when I was states away!

The Monthly Dress Tour The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour




My goal for my guests at The Monthly Dress Tour was for them to be able to walk into the ballroom and have a way to experience each of the dresses and relive each photoshoot. The dress on it’s own is an amazing display, but I needed a way to incorporate the shoot.


I was lucky enough to partner with Mixbook who instantly saw my vision for this exhibit and really pulled through with bringing the dress shoots to life. Mixbook offers high quality completely customizable photo books, cards, home decor, photo prints, etc.


The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour


When each guest entered the venue they received this Monthly Dress Guide that I created with Mixbook. I selected a customizable folding 5X7 card which was perfect so that I could load each page of the guide. The cards were printed on thick high quality matte finish paper with crystal clear printing.


The Monthly Dress Tour


The Dress Guide walked each of my guests through all of the dresses starting with January. We had them displayed in order when you first entered the room. The guide featured all of Jill’s drawings of each dress and talked about details about each dress- the inspiration, how long each one took to make, how much fabric was used, etc. The customized cards were a hit with the guests and they were the perfect take home souvenir from the event.




Using Mixbook’s incredible easy to use software, I also created twelve Photo Books that were 11.5 x 8. Most of the images from the dress shoots were vertical, and I was so excited to find a Photo Book printer that offered this size of book! I displayed each book next to the corresponding dress, and the books displayed all of the shots for that particular dress shoot! We displayed them on tall bistro tables at both locations. I loved having something eye level that my guests could pick up and flip through. I wanted someone to enter the room who had never seen my dresses before, to grasp the full concept of each shoot, and I love that Mixbook helped me achieve that.


The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour




The dresses wouldn’t be complete without showcasing a large print from the actual shoot. Mixbook has a 20 x 30 Mounted Poster Print option that is totally customizable. I actually screamed out loud when I got them in the mail. They are incredibly crisp clear quality for being so large, and they come mounted on foam board with a backing that makes them super easy to hang. Truly blown away by the quality of Mixbooks products!


The Monthly Dress Tour


I’m absolutely sold on the quality, ease of use, and customer service that Mixbook offers. They offer fast shipping (it took less than  5 business days to receive over 600 of my custom cards). I can’t recommend them enough!


Next week I will be sharing all about the Pasadena Monthly Dress tour, what I learned from this tour, and some of my most memorable moments with the guests at the tour!



The Monthly Dress Tour


The Monthly Dress Tour is complete and it was even better than I dreamed it would be!

In total, we had over 600 women attend The Monthly Dress Tour over the past 2 weekends and it was absolutely and honor to meet so many of you!


Here is a look into the very first night of the tour. Throughout this week I will be sharing each night and different elements about the tour. Today I’m sharing all about opening night, our incredible venue, and what it was like to be a guest at The Monthly Dress Tour.


The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour< I love that I was able to involve my boys at the tour!>


With any wedding, exhibit, or large important event, the venue is almost always the first big decision to make. When I was looking for the perfect place to hold The Monthly Dress Tour, I knew that I had to select a venue that would hold the large amount of guests that would be attending and a place that would be the perfect backdrop to display my dresses from The Monthly Dress Series.



The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour


I decided to hold The Monthly Dress Tour at Noah’s Event Venue in Lindon, UT. They graciously partnered with me for this tour and I am so happy I worked with them. Many of my guests were coming from Southern Utah, and many from Northern Utah, so Noah’s Lindon was a perfect middle spot. It’s right off of the 15 freeway and very easy to find. It’s a larger stand alone building that is within driving distance of hotels and lots of yummy spots to eat around Provo, Orem, and Lehi.


<Jill was absolutely my everything through planning this entire tour. She put just as much of her heart into this as I did, she is the best!>


Noah’s Event Venue had everything I was hoping for in my Utah Dress Tour. We reserved the entire building for both nights and they were such a dream to work with. Noah’s provided and set up all of the chairs for the first night of the tour and they took them all down after the night was over.


I opted to add the Spoke ceiling onto my package and I am so glad that I did! They had the chairs and the ceiling completely set up and ready to go when we walked in the space to prep for the night. The beautiful twinkling ceiling and drop down center chandelier really pulled the entire ballroom together. I wanted all of the decor in the room to be white except for my dresses, and the gorgeous white ceiling was the perfect finishing touch. It felt like you were walking into a jewelry box when you entered the room!


If you are newly engaged or in the market for a great venue for a reception or big party, I can’t recommend Noah’s Events Venue enough. They were so easy to work with and so accommodating. It is pretty stressful trying to plan this large of event out of state, but the team at Noah’s really put my mind at ease and walked me through the floor-plan, all of the staging for how I wanted to display the dresses. They saw my vision and helped me execute it.



I am so happy I kicked off the tour at Noah’s in Utah. We completely sold out the first night, which was so exciting! The doors opened at 7pm sharp, the guests entered venue, were checked in and received a Monthly Dress Tour “dress guide” that walked them through each of the dresses.

We didn’t open the doors to the ballroom until just before Garrett and I spoke, but we had a media room with all of my “Behind the Dress” videos playing and chairs set up theatre style for guests to watch.


Another room we set up was a merchandise room full of my Monthly Dress Paper Doll books (that were a hit!). We also had individual prints of each dress, a smaller 5×7 print of all the dresses, and Monthly Dress notebooks with gold outlines of all the dresses on the cover. I was so happy with the merchandise we had available! I am pretty partial to the paper doll books though. I think they made the perfect takeaway from the tour. Something to highlight each of the dresses, and a way for little girls to remember the tour by. We are hoping to take preorders for the paper doll books in the near future for any you who weren’t able to attend the tour!



When it was time for Garrett and I to speak, they opened the doors to the ballroom and the gorgeous jewelry box room filled with over 200 women. Women in pretty dresses (some that they even made themselves!). These women were mothers and daughters, sisters, aunts with their nieces, college roommates, supportive husbands with their wives (some of the husbands had surprised their wives with tickets! I made sure to give those husbands a great big hug!!), longtime friends, and groups of women who met there as strangers to attend together and left as friends.



Garrett kicked off the night by giving a really beautiful introduction to the tour and to me. He also gave away Monthly Dress Paper Doll books to the oldest women in the room, the youngest woman in the room, and the woman who traveled the furthest (the first speaking night the winner was Ashley who traveled with her husband from Huntsville, Alabama. The second night of the speaking tour was a tie- Charlotte, North Carolina, and Manhattan, New York.


The Monthly Dress Tour

<the oldest woman at the tour. isn’t she darling?!>

The Monthly Dress Tour<the youngest girl there that night. She was so excited to get a Paper Doll book!>


After Garrett’s introduction, he called our boys up on stage and let them introduce themselves. Eli pulled the greatest on-cue stink eye, and then he sent them to go get me. I got to hold their hands as they led me through the middle of the crowd and onto the stage. This was the first time I got to see all of these beautiful women who had come from all over to support me and it was so touching and incredibly humbling.



I spoke to the women about my struggles and triumphs with learning to sew and create my own clothing. About my bad grade in Beginners Sewing, and how I decided to teach myself how to make my own clothing when Garrett was in school and money was tight. I talked about how I received inspiration to start The Monthly Dress Series (you can read a little more about that in this post), and how it evolved into a Monthly Dress Tour.



I spoke about how I felt so strongly like I needed to make this tour a reality, but how 2 negative comments almost made me cancel the tour altogether. I spoke on what it really means to overcome self doubt and shut out the voices in your head or from others that might discourage going after your dreams.


I spoke about creativity and how important I believe it is to practice on a daily basis. How I firmly believe that every single women is creative and all the different forms creativity can take. One part of my speech that I feel very passionately about read:


“To the non-creatives out there, I’m here to tell you that you are creative. You don’t need a needle and thread to be considered creative. Not all forms of creativity can be placed on a pedestal.”



Mood Fabrics graciously let me select fabric from their LA store for some of my Dress Tour dresses, If you remember a few weeks ago I brought you along with me on Insta Stories and showed you some of the fabrics I was choosing between. This gorgeous crystal mint fabric completely stood out to me. Mint was a color I hadn’t used for one of my Monthly Dresses, and the scalloped eyelash lace along the edges was perfect for the hem of my dress. I also created cascading layers of the trim when I created my sleeves, much like I did for my sleeves in The March Dress. I wanted to keep the length of the dress longer and elegant, but I also wanted to show off the incredible shoes Badgley Mischka sent me, so I made it tea-length. I created 4 panels for the skirt that opened at the bottom so that it flowed and sparkled a bit as I walked.



I made it over the course of 2 nights right before we left for Utah. It took me exactly 5 hours to make and I broke 6 needles sewing it. You better believe I was wearing my protective glasses to sew that dress!


I went with these statement earrings that picked up a bit of the mint along with beautiful touches of spring pastels. I kept the rest of my jewelry simple, and wore this Tory Burch Coin ring (a little Monthly Dress Tour gift I bought for myself. I’m obsessed!) along with this thick gold cuff ring.


Samantha, my incredible makeup artist created a really sophisticated lighter smokey eye with taupes and light brown to make my eyes pop. We opted for one of my favorite mauve shades in Charlotte Tilbury “Pillow Talk” liner for my lips. I wanted a bronzed look on my skin, so I used my current favorite self tanning mousse on my arms and legs, and a drop of my favorite face tanner (I use the medium/dark shade) in my night cream the night before. I added this incredible smelling golden body shimmer on my arms, and wore Chanel’s Chance perfume (my latest obsession). It’s a jasmine and grapefruit mix, but the real magic is the underlying white musk scent. Any perfume with white musk always lasts so long on me!


Shop similar dresses and my look from the night:




After I spoke, we did a short Q&A (that actually could have gone on for much longer! It was so fun!). Then we turned on a playlist of all of my most favorite songs in the world (including Michael Jackson, Mariah, Taylor Swift, Natalie Cole, Ariana Grande, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Adele, and Michael Buble). We opened the room up so that everyone there could walk through and see all the dresses up close, and so I could meet and speak with the amazing women in attendance.

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour


The distance that so many people traveled was what completely blew my mind. We picked Utah as one of the tour spots because a large percentage of women who took my dress tour survey months ago were from Utah. But never in a million years did I expect women to fly across the country to attend The Monthly Dress Tour! We had women attend the Utah tour from Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, Arkansas, Nevada, Idaho, Oklahoma, Colorado, and more! In California we had women that traveled from New York, South Carolina, San Francisco, Michigan, Ohio, etc. I was truly floored that so many women traveled incredible distances to come!


The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour<all my sweet friends that came out to support me! love these girls so much!>

The Monthly Dress Tour

The Monthly Dress Tour<Jordan and Jill. The best team a girl could ask for!>

<my photographer Jordan and her darling mom and aunts>

<Brittany from House that Lars Built>

<Alison from The Alison Show>

<my family!>

<love that my mom came up from California to support me!>

<my handsome brothers!>

all photography by Kenny Dawn Photography 


Tomorrow I’m sharing all about DAY 2 of The Monthly Dress Tour, including how we pulled of the logistics of transporting the dresses to Utah, planning/set up, and how we brought each of The Monthly Dress Series photoshoots to life.





I told everyone that would listen about my idea for The Monthly Dress Series. The whole way my vision for The Monthly Dress Series came about is a story all its own (read about how I started The Monthly Dress Series here). Once I had the concept for this series in my head, I couldn’t stop dreaming up new ideas for each dress. Now dreaming about these dresses was fun…but actually making these dresses was so much better.


Here is a recap of all twelve dresses from The Monthly Dress Series. I actually started in October, but because seeing them in chronological order gives me so much mental satisfaction, I’m going to start with January…



The January Dress

The January Dress Inspiration Board

The January Dress. January is a fresh start to a brand new year. The dress had to be white…and it had to be underwater. January is a time for reflecting on the previous year, and the reflection from the top of the water portrays this. Click here to see all of The January Dress. 

Watch the Behind The Dress: January episode here.



The February Dress

The February Dress Inspiration Board

The February Dress. A dress inspired by the love and romance that February brings. A month full of flowers, hearts, love notes, and kisses. I knew early on that February would be a ball gown. It had to be big and grand and beautiful, but it also needed to be whimsical. Click here to see all of The February Dress. 


Watch the Behind The Dress: February episode here.



The March Dress, part of The Monthly Dress Series by Leanne BarlowThe March Dress Inspiration Board: The Monthly Dress Series

The March Dress. When I looked forward to the Monthly Dress for March, there was only one color this dress could be: a beautiful, true kelly green.  I took the image of a field of clovers and morph it into a gown. St. Patrick’s Day was my main source of inspiration for this monthly dress. Click here to see all of The March Dress. 


Watch the Behind The Dress: March episode here.




The April Dress, part of The Monthly Dress Series by Leanne Barlow

The April Dress Inspiration Board, part of The Monthly Dress Series by Leanne Barlow

The April Dress. Spring colors are bursting all around me. Trees and flowers and wardrobes are adding pastel pinks, blues, and yellows after a winter of drab. April is the perfect time of year to gather up a bouquet of garden flowers and head to an elegant tea party! Click here to see all of The April Dress. 


Watch the Behind The Dress: April episode here.



The May Dress. Part of The Monthly Dress Series by Leanne Barlow

Inspiration board for The May Dress by Leanne Barlow

The May Dress. A form-fitting full-length embroidered dress with brilliant shades of fuchsia and orchid melting together in a field of flowers, to give the effect that The May Dress is blooming right from the ground. Click here to see all of The May Dress. 


Watch the Behind The Dress: May episode here.



The June Dress. Part of The Monthly Dress Series by Leanne Barlow

The June Dress Inspiration Board

June is traditionally the most popular month to marry, so The June Dress is all about the bride! I put my own spin on this dress and created a wedding gown inspired by the old English saying that all brides walking down the isle need ‘something blue.’  Click here to see all of The June Dress. 


Watch the Behind The Dress: June episode here.



The July Dress, part of The Monthly Dress Series by Leanne Barlow

The Inspiration Board for The July Dress

July is one of my favorite months of the year! I love getting to celebrate our nation. I love feeling patriotic, and I wanted The July Dress to be a bold expression of America! The horizontal stripes on the dress are a nod to the stripes on our nations flag. Click here to see all of The July Dress. 


Watch the Behind The Dress: July episode here.



The August Dress: part of The Monthly Dress Series by Leanne Barlow

The August Inspiration Board


The August Dress. This dress is all about the HEAT of August. There aren’t any major holidays in August…maybe because it’s just too dang hot to celebrate anything! I wanted The August Dress to capture the heat of a scorching desert. Click here to see all of The August Dress. 


Watch the Behind The Dress: August episode here.



The Monthly Dress Series: The September Dress | Elle Apparel Blog

The September Dress, part of The Monthly Dress Series by Leanne Barlow

September is fashion month. New York, London, Paris, and Milan host fashion week and Vogue publishes its biggest issue of the year. Vogue’s September issue is legendary–it sets the tone for the fashion world. It’s takes clothing and makeup and hair transforms them into art. Click here to see all of The September Dress. 


Watch the Behind The Dress: September episode here.



The October Dress: a dress inspired by the dark, eerie month of October. I added multiple layers of tulle on the bottom section of the gown, and added a structured tulle double overlay shorter skirt on top to create a full dramatic silhouette. Click here to see all of The October Dress. 



The November Dress by Leanne Barlow

November Dress Inspiration Board

November. I wanted this dress to evoke the feeling of fall. I wanted it to capture the golden glow of the sunlight hitting orange and yellow fall leaves. There were a few different color pallets I could have gone with to incorporate changing leaves, but quickly settled on a light yellow that melted into a burnt sienna. Click here to see all of The November Dress. 



The December Dress

The December Dress

The December Dress! Inspired by the magic and wonder that comes with the month of December, I knew this dress needed to pack a punch. This month I wanted the drama to be in the fabric, so I went with clean simple lines in a form fitting silhouette with a full mermaid skirt and back train. Click here to see all of The December Dress. 

After an entire year of designing and creating a custom dress each month for The Monthly Dress Series, I’m showcasing all of my dresses so YOU can see them live and in person! With all 12 gowns from The Monthly Dresses on display, this one-of-a kind exhibit is the ultimate Instagram-worthy experience.



The Monthly Dress Tour Tickets


After an entire year of designing and creating a custom dress each month for The Monthly Dress Series, I’m showcasing all of my dresses so YOU can see them live and in person! With all 12 gowns from The Monthly Dresses on display, this one-of-a kind exhibit is the ultimate Instagram-worthy experience.


Tickets for the Utah Monthly Dress Tour:







Tickets for the Pasadena Monthly Dress Tour:






Whether you have followed along with The Monthly Dress Series all year, you are a fashion lover who dreams of the chance to attend a show at New York Fashion Week, or you love the chance to get dressed up and be inspired, join me for an intimate night with  all twelve of The Monthly Dresses!



Pasadena Monthly Dress Tour



Tickets for the Pasadena Monthly Dress Tour are officially on sale! I will be talking all of The Monthly Dresses to Pasadena in an exhibit on February 8th and 9th.

The first day I will be speaking, and the second will be the exhibit only. Also, I will be there to meet and hug all of you!




THE MONTHLY DRESS TOUR EXHIBIT ONLY: February 9, 2019 (7-10 pm)


I am so excited for where we are holding the exhibit in Pasadena! Located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, the Pasadena Monthly Dress Tour exhibit is walking distance from the iconic Pasadena City Hall, the hottest restaurants and outdoor shopping Pasadena has to offer, the Pasadena Playhouse, The Pasadena Convention Center, hotels, movie theaters, and more. It’s the perfect location to experience The Monthly Dresses and all that Pasadena has to offer!


Click below for tickets to the Utah Monthly Dress tour:



THE MONTHLY DRESS TOUR EXIBIT + MEET & GREET: February 1, 2019 Time slots 5-7pm and 8-10pm 

After an entire year of designing and creating a custom dress each month for The Monthly Dress Series, I’m showcasing all of my dresses so YOU can see them live and in person! With all 12 gowns from The Monthly Dresses on display, this one-of-a kind exhibit is the ultimate Instagram-worthy experience.

Whether you have followed along with The Monthly Dress Series all year, you are a fashion lover who dreams of the chance to attend a show at New York Fashion Week, or you love the chance to get dressed up and be inspired, join me for an intimate night with all twelve of The Monthly Dresses!

We are so excited to be able to bring these dresses to life for you. Also, I can’t wait to meet you in person! Space is limited and the Utah tickets are already selling fast, so grab your girlfriends, mom, daughters, or your significant other and get yourself a ticket!