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Styling With Grasses

Pampas grass is the year's newest (and most surprising) trend. These gorgeous natural and pink toned grasses recall vintage gardens and pastures. Our everlasting synthetic grasses beautifully complement modern decor as well as more traditionally styled interior spaces. Purchase individual stems in all stores, or if you would like more than 12 stems of any one kind, we can ship to you free of charge.

I love pampas grass as a glamorous and impactful event styling ingredient. It makes a great addition to any earthy or boho-inspired event. A single large installation can make a gorgeous, soft statement for a 21st birthday or wedding party and can be enjoyed for years afterwards placed alongside an ornate mirror to supremely decadent effect. Mixing roses and other dried elements makes for an even softer romantic look. Whether you opt for just 2 or 3 stems or a giant, cloud like arrangement, you can be certain the ultimate effect will be feminine, wistfully dreamlike and an interesting, modern alternative to standard flowers and greenery. 

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

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It's All About YOU

For me lighting a candle has become an evening ritual. I get home from work, set down my bag and keys, pop the heating on and light my favourite candle. Lighting a candle signifies that it’s time to relax.

Scented candles are a perfect way to subtly add a wonderful fragrance to your space. At Zjoosh we have a wide variety of scented candles available for purchase in a number of fragrances. Everything from creamy vanilla scents, to airy &  clean or woody fragrances. I personally love floral fragrances, but we really have something for every taste so you can burn the scents YOU love.

Candlelight provides a warm ambient glow to living spaces. No matter how you approach interior design, candles add to your home decor. Strategically placed candles throughout your living room make it cozy and calm, and lighting a candle in the bathroom provides a spa-like retreat feeling. Run a warm bath and add our ZJOOSH therapeutic bath salts and take care of YOU.

You’ve heard it said that “The ocean cures all.” For years I will admit that I thought about Bath Salts much like pot-pourri – one of those things hanging around bathrooms in the 80s with no specific function other than to gather dust. It is only in the last little while that I have begun to understand that natural bath salt have true therapeutic qualities. Submerging our bodies into a warm bath with salt is proven to be one of the best ways to restore ourselves after a long day. This beautiful ritual soothes the muscles, hydrates the skin, detoxifies the body, and relieves internal swelling. The macro and trace minerals can actually be drawn into the bloodstream during a warm bath, which can help to balance out the entire body. 

Soaking in a warm salty bath even for 15-20 minutes once a week, can improve the skin barrier function, hydrate the skin and decrease inflammation. Regular salt bathing has even been shown to improve eczema and psoriasis. The minerals found within a salty soak also work to promote more youthful, glowing skin from the inside out by purging impurities from the skin and balancing skin moisture levels. 

A salty bath can help to increase overall circulation throughout the body, which in turn works to further relax our internal systems. Along with eliminating stress, bath salts help to soothe our muscular systems and aid in both mental and physical rejuvenation. A warm bath is perfect for helping us relax when we’re tense or anxious. 

 

Salt baths can play a role in encouraging better sleep patterns. Taking baths with magnesium-rich salts allows our bodies to absorb the mineral through the skin, which in turn assists our bodies in getting a good night’s sleep. 

Studies show that regular salt soaks can work to promote our biological and cellular function as well as our overall immunity and balance our alkaline / acid levels. These salty soaks remove toxins from the bloodstream, with their intensive detoxification properties. Additional benefits include regulating blood sugar, improving cardiovascular health, and boosting circulatory and nerve function. 

Soaking in warm water with added bath salts can help to ease various types of pain by taking weight off of the joints and muscles. The act also helps our bodies to heal faster after injury or surgery, as salt offers exceptional natural healing properties. With chronic pain, nourishing salt baths have been proven highly effective in treating various issues including rheumatoid arthritis. The magnesium-rich salt can help to relieve muscle spasms and cramps.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

The Gift of Rest

At the risk of generalising, most of us women have busy schedules. We are masterful multi-taskers juggling work and home life with the hope (sometimes unrealistic) of squeezing in some time for ourselves along the way. It can be A LOT, and if there is one thing I’d love more than anything this mother’s day, It’s a good, uninterrupted night’s sleep, or failing that, a nap. Sound familiar?

My family laugh at the fact that I am the first one to suggest we all watch a movie, but I’m also invariably sound asleep by the second scene. If I’m travelling, I am sound asleep before for the plane has even taken off, and long card rides present the perfect opportunity to roll back the seat and have a doze. I remember both my mum and grandmother doing exactly the same thing. Stealing a little sleep on the go because a solid night’s sleep is a rare thing for us mums.

Ample sleep has eluded me since I became pregnant with our first child in 1998! Having had 3 more babies in fairly quick succession afterwards, I remember there being years of my life where I was permanently tired. Woken with cries of hunger, teething, fevers and all the many other reasons a baby or toddler just won’t sleep through.

And Just when I could guarantee the kids would actually sleep through the night, It was me who would lie awake worrying whether they were “meeting milestones”, happy in their friendships, or “thriving” at school. It seems that being a mum and sleeping soundly are two things which do not go together well.

So it stands to reason, that for me, sleep is the ultimate luxury and I imagine the same goes for so many mums all over the world. It is therefore no mystery that at Zjoosh we see beautiful loungewear and sleepwear as the ultimate gifts for mum. Items that are so truly luxurious and comfortable that pure relaxation and drifting off to sleep will come all the more easily to her.

Both our Zjoosh Cotton Cashmere collection and our gorgeous Ginger Lily Sleepwear collection make perfect gifts for the woman who deserves a really good rest. Choose from our many beautiful styles and know that she will feel suitably appreciated this Mother’s Day.

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Mother's Day Memories

I remember being a primary school student and absolutely loving the lead up to Mother’s day. My mum and her friends were the “crafty mums” and our living room would be overtaken with all kinds of materials to create “homemade” gifts that children could purchase at the annual School Mother’s Day Stall. The whole house would be fragrant with the smells of lavender and soap ready to make sachets and soap swans . Our home would be a hive of activity as women gathered around over cups of tea, busily crocheting tea cosies, sewing sachets and assembling other “crafty” creations with hot glue guns ready for the big day.

The church hall was transformed into a fabulous girly boutique, festooned in pink crepe paper. The kids would line up in their class groups with their money in hand ready to purchase something special for their mums and grandmas.

 

All over the world, the sentiment behind Mother’s Day is the same. “We love you Mum!”, “Thank you!”, “You are the centre of our family!”  and for that, we are grateful! Often there is a mass or Mother’s Day morning tea hosted by the school, and always backpacks come home containing sweet handmade cards and gifts from the kids lovingly made in class.

This year things will no doubt be a little different.  Schools are mostly closed and the usual prompts for the kids to display thoughtfulness and gratitude for mum are no longer in place. With this in mind, we have curated a Zjoosh Virtual Mother’s Day Stall where families can shop for mums and grandmas and guarantee that everything will be beautifully wrapped and packed so that they feel extra special on their day.

From the smallest gestures to more luxurious gifts, we have items to suit the budgets of junior shoppers as well as their dads. You are welcome to shop online and we will arrange delivery to your home, browse online first and collect in store later, or visit us in stores to choose for yourself. We are here to work with you on your terms and help make mum and grandma feel special and to make the experience of shopping for Mother’s Day a beautiful one.

Kell xx

 

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Keeping It Local - Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Having spent many years in my 20s and 30s living in London and Bath, I developed a deep love for “shopping local”. When my kids were little, I liked to be able to pop them in the stroller and walk down to the local deli, grocer or chemist and purchase the things we needed to get us through the day. It was a way to punctuate the day. An activity to tire everyone out in time for an afternoon nap.
Being far from home and isolated from family and friends, seeing the familiar, friendly faces of the local shopkeepers in the village made me feel as though I was part of something. Our daily expeditions to little village shops in Larkhall are something I remember with great fondness. Turns out I was actually on to something without knowing it, because I was later to learn that “Happiness Studies” indicate that happy people are more likely to be connected to their neighbourhoods than unhappy people.
I’m not one for big soulless shopping centres. I actively avoid them. I hate the parking areas, the lifts, the escalators and all of that. I prefer my local IGA to a huge supermarket simply because I love to see the owner family so genuinely invested in their business. I admire the pride they take in the products they sell and I like it when they use my name and when I use theirs. So it stands to reason that our Zjoosh stores are almost always nestled snugly in local communities.
At Zjoosh we have always immersed ourselves in the fabric of the areas in which our stores are located. We proudly support local sporting clubs and schools simply because we know these clubs and schools are comprised of people in our neighbourhoods. These people are our customers and we truly value the communities in which we operate. Our Zjoosh women are locals who have, in lots of cases, worked with us for many years. They love working locally and serving people they have come to really know. Our relationships with our customers are real, long term and loyal.
With all the strangeness of Covid 19 and the changes in the way we are able to move about and interact, we have adapted our service style to ensure we are still a vital part of our local communities. The messages we have received from our customers clearly tell us that they are so happy our doors are open so that they can still obtain the little luxuries of life which make these times of isolation a little bit more enjoyable.
We would absolutely love for you to shop at your local ZJOOSH for your Mum this Mother’s Day. We have put a great deal of thought into our product range and we are ready to wrap your gifts! Our stores are clean and safe and we are also willing to arrange contactless delivery to you if you prefer. Our online store is always open for those who do not have a store in their neighbourhood. More than anything we really want to be here on the other side so that we can continue to make life more beautiful for you!
- Kell x
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Social Distancing - The Silver Linings Playbook

“I don't want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.”- Mathew Quick -The Silver Linings Playbook.

Home Sweet Home has taken on a whole new meaning with the current recommendations for social distancing. Here we are in these unprecedented circumstances, told to stay at home and hunker down for the safety of all. By nature, I’m wired to try and find the positive in most situations. I often joke with our Zjoosh team that even my blood type is O Positive. I try to find the silver lining to every cloud knowing that no amount of panic or negativity will make those clouds go away. So, without in any way wanting to minimize the seriousness of the current situation, here are my musings on why being told to stay in needn’t feel so bad, and how we at Zjoosh can help you make it even nicer over these next “indoorsy” days.

  • More Time together - Sometimes it seems there is never enough. This past weekend with cancelled activities, our little family took some time to prepare nice meals to enjoy together, read books and watch movies. – Not so bad huh! It’s a good time to snuggle under warm blankets and cuddle up on the sofa together.

  • Take Time For You- Take a long hot bath by the light of a beautiful scented candle. Use our bath salts or a body scrub, inhale the fragrance and listen to your favourite podcast. 

  • Hop into your PJ’s early. Have you noticed it’s a bit chilly in the evenings, so get cosy in our new Ginger Lily PJs, robes and slippers and relax with our wheat packs and heat packs. Breathe in and breathe out forgetting all the madness just for a moment and enjoy the quiet. When is the last time you made time just for you?  Make staying at home the ultimate luxury experience.

  • Make your surroundings more beautiful - With more time spent in your home, you might decide to rearrange that bookcase, or restyle your dressing table. It’s amazing how little things such as grouping your perfume collection on a pretty tray can create a feeling of romance and luxury.

So while we can’t control what is actually happening out there, we can make the best of the situation in front of us right now and we are here to help you do just that. We want you to know that we are still here for you and ready to serve you on your terms. Our stores are open and our Zjoosh women are taking extra precautions to disinfect surfaces and are diligently washing their hands after every interaction.

We are extremely conscious of your safety while doing our level best to provide you with the care and attention you deserve. Our online team are wrapping and packing your order in a sanitized environment and are dispatching to you as quickly as possible. If your item is a gift, we will gift wrap beautifully for you with our compliments as always.

Customers are warmly welcomed in stores, but we are also happy to take orders over the phone and have items wrapped and packed for your collection at your convenience. Call your store and chat to our team about how we can help you. In the meantime stay warm, cosy and healthy. With love from Zjoosh.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor