We have been really busy here at the Natasha Jade Studio with lots of interesting new projects following a knock out show at Top Drawer SS17. We have some exciting new stockists that we would like to introduce you to. Of course we are thrilled that they now stock Natasha Jade products, but they also house so many other great products making them great destinations to visit!
Natasha met Catherine who runs Mi Vida at Top Drawer 2017 and they got on very well! Mi Vida (who are based in Liverpool and also have an online shop), have always been passionate about the latest trends, homewares and fashion. Over the years they have become expert shoppers for special gifts they’ve discovered from their world travels. We are thrilled to have our cards, prints and mugs for sale within this great mix of products from around the world.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city like we all do from time to time then why not head over to the Cotswolds where our brilliant social media savvy lady Jess grew up. You can pop by and see the friendly and knowledgeable Amanda Hanley – an interior designer with a classical style. You can visit the welcoming studio space stocked with beautiful home furnishings fabrics, wallpaper, and pillowcases in Burford, Oxfordshire. Perfect for new décor ideas.
If you don’t have time to run off to the country and bathe in a pool of flowers, then go for the next best thing and treat yourself to a gorgeous bouquet from Moyses Stevens. They use British flowers in their world famous flower arrangements wherever they can from the stunning countryside of Dartmoor. Their bouquets are bursting with colour and dreamy scents. Go and ponder the day away in their store in Hampstead Garden Suburb and then head over for a walk in Hampstead heath for a wholesome day out in London.
Rebel Rebel in Hackney, East London is another floral gem which we are thrilled to have as our stockist! The independent and experimental florist is a feast for the eyes with their beautiful display which features a floral arch. Located on Brooksby’s Walk, drop in, pick up some beautiful flowers and enjoy a great day out at Chatsworth Road market!
Palm 2 and Organic and Natural
As our local deli, Palm 2/Organic and Natural is close to our hearts – they source the best fair trade and organic products. Situated in Clapton Pond it’s the perfect place to stop by and grab delicious fresh produce made daily by chefs. You can sit in or take a yummy box of goodness away to eat al fresco while enjoying the sunshine in Hackney Downs.
Smoke on the Water
If you’re feeling creative then why not head to Kent and visit Smoke on the Water in Deal where you can partake in a workshop and learn how to transform old furniture using chalk paints – for a shabby chic new look. They also supply French-inspired hand painted vintage furniture and a unique range of decorative items household accessories, soft furnishings, gifts and greeting cards.
Violet Hill Studios is very close to our hearts. This beautiful centre for natural healing is a little piece of joy in the heart of London. With an extensive selection of natural healing disciplines, ranging from yoga to family consultations, you can also find a selection of Natasha Jade cards. Natasha has a special personal connection to the beautiful studio so it’s with great pleasure that our cards are now stocked there.
We hope you enjoyed reading about our fabulous new stockists! To find your nearest Natasha Jade stockist, visit our stockists page.
Natasha Jade + Team x
In business and creativity, I find myself asking questions like – why am I doing this? Should I have made that decision? Is this piece of work good enough? The list goes on! These questions come up time and time again for me in my business and creative life. But the real question is – how do I deal with them? I believe the answer is to trust in the way things are.
When creating a painting I am slowly learning to trust the decisions I make. Maybe it doesn’t make sense to use a certain colour, or to use a certain technique in a painting. But within my creative process, I realize it’s important to trust my instincts and do what feels right, not what my mind is telling me I should do. This is when I create my best work.
This also applies to times when I have to make a decision. I know that when I make a decision I endeavor to make the best move that I can in that moment. Things may change but in that moment I make the best possible decision I can. Again this is where I need to hold onto everything I have learned in the last few years and come to trust in myself and believe in my decisions.
Sometimes in my business and creative life, undesirable situations inevitably arise. These situations can be tricky, unplanned or just massively inconvenient! I realise now that we never really know why we are presented with certain situations in life, but we can look positively at the situation at hand and trust that everything happens for a reason. And in hindsight, what seems like a big problem at the time can turn out to be a blessing in disguise. This serves as a reminder to trust that everything will turn out to be OK in the end.
Written by Jess Molteno Murray – Social Media Manager for Natasha Jade
Within the past 2 years, our Instagram has grown from 0 followers to over 10K! We’ve made some mistakes along the way but we’ve also developed some strategies that seem to be effective : ). Here are some tips that you may be able to incorporate into your brand’s strategy… or you could use them to take your personal Instagram up a level ⬆️
1. Mix it up. Initially, we posted groups of similar images which we quickly realised can be a little bit boring and monotonous. So now, we strive to vary our posts, alternating between product shots, lifestyle, inspiration and ‘studio life’ images. This keeps the feed fresh and varied.
2. Engage and comment back. If someone has made the effort to comment on your post, it’s nice to comment back with thanks or an answer to their question. This encourages more people to comment and also shows appreciation and gratitude.
3. Think in threes. As you know, Instagram is organised in rows of three posts, so it’s good to be aware of how each row of three appears on your feed. Perhaps you may choose similar colours or shapes (if using frames) to create a uniform and branded feel. For example, Harrods seem to move through different colour phases and Zachary Pulman Design Studio posts three similar photos for each row. The downside to this is – once you start you might find it hard to break free from the ‘rule of three’. So, you may want to be more randomised, after all – rules are made to be broken!
4. Edit your pics in flight mode. If you like to use frames or scheduling software such as Hootsuite, then it’s useful to pre-edit your photos. If you put your phone in flight mode, then you can use Instagram’s editing features (crop, filter, brighten etc) without actually posting the photo to your feed. In flight mode, edit your pic and post it – the picture will fail to post but a copy will appear in your photos. Your filtered/edited pic is now ready to be framed and/or scheduled!
5. Master your product shots. It’s worth spending a bit more time on your product shots. After all, this is your chance to present your work/products/artwork at it’s best. Be aware that white can sometimes appear grey, especially when there are shadows within your pics. We noticed a big difference when we started using photoshop to make white backgrounds whiter.
Before and after editing:
6. Use emojis. Because they just make your posts more fun and help to break up big chunks of text. 💕
7. Use hashtags to your advantage. A good exercise – is to think about which hashtags your target market/potential fans use. You can then use those hashtags to find and interact with new potential fans. You can also use some of those hashtags within your posts to help people find you…
8. Shoutout other brands. Each trade show we exhibit at, we create a diary (read our latest diary here) showcasing new brands that we discover during each show. We then post about them on our blog and social media. This has led to new collaborations with brands and features in newsletters. It also gives our followers an insight into fresh new brands that they may not have discovered otherwise. So tell the world about brands you admire!
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