Style Monday: Fall Layers Illustrated Outfit

Hello :) Hope you had a good weekend!

It's just starting to feel like fall here, well at least it is cooling down a bit! In San Francisco it is very important that you layer. The mornings can be cool, the afternoons hot, and the evenings can suddenly get freezing. I always bring a jacket when I go out for the day, recently my 2003 Banana Republic jean jacket has been my staple (yep I still fit all my clothing from High School...). I have been really pining after this Madewell sweater - and unfortunately I think it is no longer available. I have been avoiding shopping much since I started freelancing - trying to save money! But recently I have been thinking about getting rid of a bunch of my clothing and replacing with more quality staple items. I have so much random stuff!

Ok back to work :) Have a good week!

Xo Jess

Weekend Links No.2

I am more than due for another edition of Weekend Links! So here we go:


My household is very excited about a new film called Listen Up Philip starring Jason Schwartzman and directed by Alex Ross Perry (who also directed this film). The story is about a Philip Roth type character, who is my husbands favorite writer. Watch the trailer!


I loved reading this Fortune article about how women are described differently in workplace reviews than men - because it is absolutely something that I have experienced. In reviews with men they often focused around my personality, and sometimes got pretty harsh. However in reviews with women they mostly focused around my skills and work. Reading this article really confirmed my suspicions! 


Holy moly, the more clients I get the worse my desktop files are getting. This article by Cocorrina about keeping an organized life really makes me want to whip my files into shape! I really need to spend an admin day and just organize my life.


I also thoroughly enjoyed this Designer Vaca recap by Becky Murphy that highlights all the great resources she learned about to make freelance graphic design life easier! Going to be implementing some of these soon :) I already downloaded the scanner app!


I really wish I lived in NYC so I could go to the new Matisse exhibit at MoMa - but for now I just have to live vicariously through their website. The site for the Matisse exhibit is actually really cool and I loved learning more about how he made the cutouts - for example I had no idea that he painted the paper first before cutting!


Hope you have a good weekend, I am going to NOT work much & PLAY outside :)

Xo, Jess

WIP: Southern Wedding Venue Identity

Hello! This week I have been working on creating these romantic logo options for a wedding venue in North Carolina. The venue is a gorgeous historic manor that has been out of commission for years. My client and her business partners are working to re-vitalize the manor and use it as a romantic wedding venue. Many of the wedding venues in the area are more stiff and severe - so they wanted to create a brand that is soft, airy, and romantic. They want the brand to be inviting and warm "like an enjoyable Sunday afternoon sitting on the porch, rocking in the chair as a light breeze blows past." Surrounding the venue there are giant gorgeous magnolia trees - so we thought it would be great to include a magnolia blossom in the logo. 

Below are a few of the options I presented to my client. They have already narrowed it down to two to pursue further. They are both in here :)

So excited to finish this pretty baby up!

Xo Jess