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Race Ready or Not, Let's Just Do Lunch!

For some, Melbourne Cup is all about horse racing, but for most women I know it’s really just an excuse to take time for a long girly lunch with friends. It’s an opportunity to “frock up” and drink champagne (as if we ever needed an excuse!). To be honest, many a year has gone by where I haven’t watched the race, never mind placed a bet!

  

Our floaty, feminine dresses are perfect for lunching. Light, springy and easy to wear. Top with one of our gorgeous ornate headbands and a cute clutch and you are “girl’s luncheon ready”!

 

While it is nice to step out to a restaurant to be waited on and celebrate together, I do love a relaxed lunch at home where there is no rush to vacate the table for the next sitting. No traffic to battle or bills to divide. Entertaining at home has become so much easier. These days we are spoilt for choice by local food purveyors who offer a plethora of delicious cheeses, breads, fruits and other beautiful produce which make entertaining at home super easy. With this kind of more relaxed menu in mind we’ve added some enormous French inspired boards to our range which will provide the perfect platform for your plentiful, fresh grazing selections. Our leaf and shell bowls, being fresh and white are perfect for salads, seafood and fresh berries. No need to spend time in the kitchen away from your guests. Make life easy and allow guest to serve themselves in a warm and relaxed setting.

Setting a beautiful table for girlfriends is a beautiful and generous gesture and one that is a bit of an obsession for us Zjoosh women. We have added to our collection gold rimmed crystal glassware in the most glorious shade of blush pink.  Luxurious, feminine and the perfect addition to your super girly table scape! Beautifully boxed so you can store your glassware safely till its next luncheon outing.

  

When its time to serve dessert, our gold plated cake serving set will add yet another flourish to your girly event as will our gold plated ornate tea strainers. A hot cup of tea served in one of our bone china tea cups with a sweet macaron on the side will provide the perfect finale to your Spring soiree.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH 

  • Rebecca Taylor

Breakfast With Sarah Jessica Parker and Your Girl's Weekend Essentials

A fun breakfast last week with Sarah Jessica Parker and 2000 other Sydney women was inspirational on so many levels. Not only an actress but also a producer and a designer, Sarah kept us highly engaged and amused for well over an hour. At times I found myself confusing the actress herself with the most famous character she played. She did quip at one point “well, for starters, we look alike”. I have a deep fondness for the character Carrie Bradshaw who had kept me company over the years while my babies napped and I folded mountains of laundry in front of the TV.

Episode after episode, I was often moved by the strength of the female friendships between the four fabulous women who would relish their Friday night cocktails, shopping trips, and who can forget their incredible vacations together?! That image of 4 fun friends heading out of Manhattan with the roof down for a weekend by the sea. Girls only of course.

Many episodes served to remind me of the importance of holding on to those friendships despite the pressures and time constraints of family life.  And, like many women, a weekend away with my besties has come to be the ultimate in soul food.

With this in mind, we’ve curated a super fun collection of essentials for your next girl’s weekend away. Think delicious long lunches and afternoons on the beach relaxing and recharging and catching up on laughs.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH 

  • Rebecca Taylor

Palazzo Pant Styl

Our Lafayette Pants are a version of the popular palazzo pant which has made a huge come back this season. Palazzo pants can be worn absolutely everywhere.

      

Our Lafayette Pants are a version of the popular palazzo pant which has made a huge come back this season. Palazzo pants can be worn absolutely everywhere from the street, to a party, to the office and even to a weddings! So popular in the 60s and 70s, it’s easy to see why everyone loves them now. Stylish, comfortable and versatile, our Lafayette pants will work overtime for you. If you are wondering whether these pants are for you, here’s a few reasons we think you should include these classic staple trousers in your capsule wardrobe.

With their superbly loose cut, you will struggle to find a more comfortable pant. They are the perfect swirly swishy pant which appear graceful while feeling completely relaxed. Our Lafayette pants are high waisted with a perfectly flat front, so super flattering and extremely comfortable having and elastic back and no zip or button closures.  Whether you are tall or on the shorter side our Lafayette pants will create a beautiful silhouette when worn with a well fitting blouse or T-Shirt.

For a sophisticated look, Wear our Lafayette pants with our simple and classic Brigitte shirt with covered buttons,  or for a frillier feminine look, opt for our Rivoli Blouse.  A pair of heels adds a dressier vibe making this look appropriate for anything from the boardroom to an evening out. Give emphasis to the flaring nature of these pants by wearing a super fitted stretch top or a classic tee, or show your softer side by wearing your palazzos with a pretty floral print like our Piper Blouse.  A cute pair of white sneakers or flat strappy sandals will make your outfit perfect for casual coffee catch-ups or long days on your feet shopping with girlfriends.

Our classic cut, wide-leg Lafayette pants will never go out of style. Take inspiration here for ways to wear yours this season.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH 

  • Rebecca Taylor

Relieve HSC Stress - Thoughtful Reminders That You Are There For Her

With the HSC final exams commencing this Thursday, we are thinking of all those year twelve students who will doubtless be head down in their English texts right now. For many it’s a very stressful time, but it’s important to remember that these exams, and the results to follow are not the only things to define them and their academic abilities.  The end is in sight and we want them to know that we are thinking of them and willing them not to rush, stress or worry about how things will work out, but instead remain calm and focussed, trusting that everything that belongs in their life is making it’s way toward them.

Kind words of reassurance are important and small gestures to show love and encouragement will be gratefully received as a welcome circuit breaker at this time. We’ve gathered together some thoughtful gift ideas which may give our students a little boost as they approach the beginning of these exams.

Fox and Fallow Stationary

There is something about a new pen, notebook that sparks an emotional response. The smell and cleanness of a fresh notebook makes us feel that, within this book, anything can be achieved. We can write quotes, lists, thoughts and memories to record forever and this sense of potential can be quite magnetic. Blank pages to be filled with dreams, aspirations and plans.

With these positive and motivating associations, is it any wonder that so many people love beautiful stationery? Having the right stationery really does help encourage us to be more creative and organised and let’s face it, if there is to be a pen in her hand for hours on end during HSC time, it may as well be a pretty one. Our new collection of beautiful stationery from Fox and Fallow is bound to make her smile and sure to make writing and rewriting those quotes a little more pleasurable.

 

Gold Foil Prints

   

Our Beautiful Gold Foil Prints are perfect to frame or pin up in study areas. Gentle reminder that life is beautiful (even though it may feel stressful right now). Perfect when popped in frame or pinned about her desk to add some colour to her workspace and some thoughtful inspiration.

 

Cup Of Tea?

A cup of tea (especially herbal tea) is known to relax and calm anxiety and stress. One of our bone china mugs with a box of her favourite Peppermint, chamomile or passion flower tea will make a very thoughtful gesture. Herbal teas can not only reduces stress and anxiety, but may also help treat insomnia and reduce irritability. Taking time to stop and make a cup of tea and imbibe a warm drink is the perfect way to punctuate long hours spent at one’s desk.

 

Fragrance

Lighting a candle can signify time to relax and breathe in the subtle calming scent. A warm bath with a candle burning and some soothing music playing can be the perfect way to de-stress. Add some sweet new smells to her bath and shower with our Zjoosh Bloom Bathing Brew. Included are three different luxurious sachets, each featuring a different botanical blend – rose, verbena and rosemary which she can use in different ways from rubbing on her skin to clean and exfoliate or hanging under running water to give the bathroom a fantastic fragrance which will calm and relax her before a good night’s sleep.

 

Faux Flowers

Our best-selling Peony Bouquets make a gorgeous addition to any workspace. A splash of pink will brighten her desk and serve as a reminder that you are thinking of her.

 

To all our customers who are students or who have students in their lives, we wish you positivity, focus and calm. Remember to take care of YOU!

With Love from ZJOOSH.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH 

 

  • Rebecca Taylor

Formal Season- It's All about You!

Graduation time is one of those very special times in life, and it makes perfect sense that there is much celebration surrounding it. It is the season of valedictory dinners and formal events, and the subject of  “what to wear?” is buzzing through the air.

You have the dress and the shoes, but what about the extras? The icing on the cake? The Cherry on top? With these questions in mind, our team at ZJOOSH have worked hard to ensure that all your accessories needs are fully catered for.

Our abundant collection includes everything from purses and clutches in every imaginable colour,  to a huge range of earrings and necklaces which will compliment your outfit beautifully. From “subtle” to “statement”, we have you covered.

At Zjoosh we always encourage our customers to pop in with their dresses and shoes with them to any of our locations so that our team of expert Zjoosh stylists can help you to create the exact look you want in a warm and friendly way. It’s all about YOUR tastes and requirement and the look YOU want to achieve. It really is ALL ABOUT YOU! Dressing up has never been this easy and this much fun.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH 

  • Rebecca Taylor

Create the Perfect Beauty Spot - Dressing Table Decor

I have incredibly fond memories of visiting my favourite Aunty who was extremely glamorous with a penchant for very beautiful things. I used to love standing at her dressing table and examining the beautiful perfumes and lotions and potions she had collected. She was a skincare fanatic and it was back in the 70s when Estee Lauder skin creams came in the most beautiful frosted fluted jars with gorgeous ornate lids. She used to allow me to use whatever I liked when I visited and I always asked her to keep the bottles and jars for me when they were empty. I still treasure them to this day and keep my hair ties and bobby pins in them. I guess this is where my love for beautiful dressing tables was born.

Whilst it is easy for dressing tables to become a dumping ground for jewellery, books and toiletries which might be better off in the bathroom, It can also provide the perfect stage for you to convey your own personal style.

At Zjoosh we like to help our customers create warm and inviting environments which will make the everyday moments more beautiful. With this in mind, we have curated a beautiful collection of dressing table styling ingredients for you to choose from. An array of pretty bottles and bowls, water carafes, frames and jewellery stands to inject a feminine “boudoir” feeling into your private space.

Elegant frames can be used to house special memories and a small vase of fresh flowers brings life to any surface. Our marble and brass jewellery stands keep fine chains from becoming tangled whilst also showcasing your beautiful things and reminding you to wear them rather than save them for a special occasion. Add to this the soft fragrance of a scented candle in a crystal vessel and the warm light of a beautiful lamp and you have the perfect space reserved especially for you.

We invite you to step inside any of our Zjoosh stores or our online store and discover ways to create an elegant, restful, private place where you can take time to care for yourself.  

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor