Spotlight: Lisa Milestone of Pippa & Co


Today I'm turning the spotlight over to another creative entrepreneur local to the Bay Area. Lisa Milestone has single-handedly (or with the help of her darling husband) brought the bespoke party scene to Alameda with Pippa & Co.

The space is gorgeous, light, airy, colorful, with clean lines and a distinct palette. The beautiful dip-dyed window display was made by local artist Victoria Nicoll, and the walls are adorned with various signs, Glam Fete tassel garland, and super chic samples from her balloon bar. Her wares are carefully curated, from the little baby moccasins to the birthday crowns, cake stands, and state-inspired art prints. She's done such a great job of filling the space with products that both little tykes and their super stylish, design-oriented parents would love. And that's not to say that any aged passer-by wouldn't enter and find something darling enough to take with them as well.

She also has a fabulous workshop series. You can join the community in her space and learn anything from wooden spoon carving (with Melanie Brantes), wreath making (with the Twigss Floral mother-daughter duo, Melissa and Addison), weaving with Ama Wertz, how to make Easter egg pinatas with Tiffany Turner of Papel SF, and even modern hand lettering with yours truly. The workshops are reasonably priced, and always catered with yummy snacks, accented by relaxing and upbeat music, and everyone walks away with knowledge, a fun experience, and a new skill to practice. 

I've loved getting to know Lisa, and hearing her story behind Pippa & Co. If you're local to the Bay Area, be sure to visit her on Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda, and come prepared to stay and shop for at least an hour. There are so many goodies to uncover!


- Note: If you're interested in taking my Intro to Modern Lettering Workshop at Pippa & Co., registration is now open for the class this Sunday, March 1st from 11am - 2pm PST. Head on over here to sign up and secure your spot. Class is limited to 12, so grab a girlfriend and register!

new! art work available on etsy

i've been receiving a lot of lovely feedback on the newest september show up at both sides gallery in pilsen, chicago. and an overwhelming amount of questions on how to purchase the work, if it's for sale, where can it be shipped to, etc etc etc. sept second fridays

so! with great aplomb and excitement, i'm proud to announce that all the framed typographical illustrations currently on view at the gallery are also available for purchase through the jilly ink etsy shop. browse away, but remember- these are one-of-a-kind pieces of work, so be quick to the draw if you want one for yourself!

 

have a lovely and gorgeous and wonderful september autumn day!

joy and weddings and logos galore

for the past few weeks, i've been designing and drawing up a storm here in the (for the meantime) stormless city of chicago. i thought i'd share a few of the most recent projects i've finished. first up, for our recent lululemon athletica store reopening party at the 900 n michigan location, we decided to honor our amazing yoga, run, spin, and dance ambassadors (see the lovley amber cook, rebecca niziol, antonia desantis, mike thomson, karim tonsy, and jim bennit). custom cards housed a very special surprise for them, and i was more than happy to provide the lettering for these inspiring and incredible members of the downtown chicago community.

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secondly, a lovely wedding logo for a couple of engaged new yorkers, wilma and theresa. they wanted a design that brought the two of them together with their new shared surname. i think it'll look lovely on everything they decide to use it on throughout their wedding planning, and thereafter.

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and thirdly, the most lovely woman from north carolina contacted me a few weeks ago to design the logo for her wedding photography business. anne liles is incredibly talented, and her style is so indicative of everything i find beautiful about love - the simplicity, the purity, the vibrancy and richness of all the senses. she captures all of that and more, and i was so pleased to be able to design something that represents that, along with her motto, 'life is art'.

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on the scroll - calligraphy samples

recently i had the opportunity to put a few samples together for a bride's upcoming new orleans nuptials.  not sure yet if the gig will go through, but i thought i'd share the sample envelopes i designed for her anyway.  she is a huge fan of using scrolls on the outer envelopes, and will also use them in the invitation and possibly rsvp card design, so i played around with this idea and really quite like what came of it.

there's always next year

yes, unfortunately, earlier today, in the blistering cold of foxboro, massachusetts, my beloved new england patriots lost their first playoff game against the baltimore ravens.  it was a sad, sad game, and with it came the sad realization that another football season is yet again over before i'm ready.  being a new england fan in new york isn't easy (especially after the giants killed our near-perfect season with a surprise superbowl win a couple of years ago), but i do try to wear my colors proudly, even after admitting defeat at the end of a long and nail-biting season.  i don't know how much of you are sports fans, but there really isn't anything better than sunday afternoons spent yelling at a television, drinking a few beers and eating deliciously cheesy snack foods with friends (whether they be rooting for the same team or not). but now on to an entirely different subject.  are any of you as obsessed with wedding blogs as i have been for the last year or so?  some of the ideas that people come up with for their day of nuptials are truly spectacular; i don't think i've been quite as captivated with any other sort of styling than that i've seen of wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement shoots, etc.  it's all making me want to dive into the industry and become a wedding stylist.  what an amazingly beautiful job that would be - talking with a couple about their interests, ideas, visions, and then pulling together all the details to make it a visual representation of the day they've been planning in their minds.  i'm in love with blogs like once wed, style me pretty, 100 layer cake and green wedding shoes, all of which highlight photos and details from real weddings, musings on the various subjects involved in pulling a wedding together, inspiration boards, self-styled photo shoots, and various vendors in the field.  the girls behind these blogs must be in love with their jobs: spending hours looking at gorgeous photos from vintage, modern, rustic, french-inspired, carnival-esque, etc. events, building relationships with some of the most gifted and innovative wedding photographers, stationers, designers, and caterers, and just generally being around people in the business of promoting the love of two people.  in light of that, and because i'll be attending and participating in a few weddings myself this year, i've decided to devote sundays to posting what i've found beautiful, helpful, and inspiring in the wide world of wedding blogs.

to start off, a little while ago, oh so beautiful paper featured a real invitation by jefferson perky (incidentally, also the groom in that particular wedding), that absolutely blew me away.

some of you may recall how much i love autumn, and this woodgrain design captures the rustic and earthy qualities of the season in a very stylized and beautiful way.  i also adore the typography - it has a little 'alice in wonderland' feel, which brings a sense of whimsy to the theme.

if you want to see more, check out the perky bros. website, and read jefferson's take on the process of designing the invitations over on o.s.b.p.

{image credits: perky bros}

look for more wedding-inspired posts every sunday (unless i become completely overtaken, and feel the need to post more often), and i hope you all have a lovely week!