Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Flamingo Gifts

Flamingo Gifts got in touch with me recently to see if I wanted to review a few of their products, they have some really lovely items on there, so of course I said yes! Lets start with the beautiful Alphie Fox Cushion which is so cute! I love patterns and I love foxes and this is going to look awesome in mine and Gandalf's campervan (more details about that soon!). Next up is the adorable Happy Jackson Yay Lunchbox which is my fave colour of the moment and the perfect dinky size to chuck in a backpack on day trips, and I go on a lot of day trips :D My favourite item is this set of four Abode Plates which are sooo beautiful. I adore the bright colours and simple illustrations and... patterns (there's a recurring theme here lol). Last but not least is this little chalk board, another item for the van... perfect for writing to do lists, or places to go... on your day trip! XD


Monday, 9 March 2015

5 Reasons Why Your Retail Shop Should Install LED Lights

Hi girls! Have you ever thought about running your own boutique shop, selling cute items that you covet yourself and sharing your fashion taste with the world in a commercial way? I'm sure most of us fashionistas have! Being your own boss is brilliant and has basically been my life since university, I am a freelance textile print designer, photographer, artist and model (just a few ways I've made rent in the last few years!) Owning a shop has a lot of outgoing costs, which is something I don't have to worry about as most of my work is digital and free to produce, but for those ladies who have taken the plunge and opened a retail business, there are lots of considerations to take into account and one of those is lighting. I had come across Recoup lighting which provides retail LED lights for your shop and can help you save money in the long run. There are lots of benefits to LED's and I am going to list my top 5!

1. It's cheaper to run. LED lights have dramatically higher efficiency & lower power usage compared to incandescent lights. Outdated lighting technologies waste a large amount of the energy they consume on producing heat instead of light.  This means an elevated electricity bill.  Switching to LED lighting saves retail outlets thousands of pounds, whilst providing equivalent, if not increased, levels of light.

2. They look great! Commercial LED lighting attracts more custom.  Clean and powerful light is the best way to showcase merchandise and consistent, natural lighting creates a pleasant in-shop environment for customers, increasing the chance of more sales conversions. Another aesthetically pleasing option would be to include more of a statement light along with the LED lighting as a design feature in your retail outlet, such as the ones from Winona.

3. They run at much lower temperatures which increases their life span. Excess heat produced by fluorescent tubes and halogen bulbs causes them to burn out quickly.  In most retail environments, LED lights last for 15-30 years meaning that even more money can be saved on maintenance.

4. They have a typically lower infra-red and ultraviolet output. This can also mean a lower fire risk, especially compared to halogen downlights. Plus they won't damage or discolour the garments in your shop over time.

5. They are more environmentally friendly as they don't emit as much CO2. Plus, unlike fluorescent, halogen and CFL lights, LED retail lighting contains no mercury or glass.  Mercury can be very damaging to human health if inhaled and broken glass can cause injury.  Switching to LED lighting is a simple solution to increasing health and safety in your retail premises.


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Tres Jolie!

My everyday look at the moment, lounging at home working on patterns and things for seemingly endless hours cause I love it! Just super comf and casual :) I instantly fell in love with the print on these pants, they had one pair left in a size large (which is a 14-16) lol, but I was like what the hell, I'll try them on anyway and they were sooo baggy it felt like I was wearing nothing and now I call them hippy pants and wear them constantly haha. I've been loving royal blue recently because 'indigo' is a big trend in the fashion/print design world. I'd love some bright blue pants such as these ones from J Brand. Ever since I saw Serena from Gossip Girl wearing some I've wanted a pair lol.


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Freelance Textile Print Designer | RJH | Rachael Jane Harrison

I have been a busy bee!

See loads more at my new portfolio website, I update it daily!

Loves! x