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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

Why smaller bags and clutches are becoming more popular...

Over the 9 or so years we have been creating bags for our Zjoosh customers, we have noticed that there is an increasing shift toward smaller bags and I can see why. The first ever purse/clutch we sold at Zjoosh was the Mama Mia, which is still our best seller.
Customers love that they can also throw the Mama Mia into into a larger bag, but I love using these practical zippered pouches on their own with my cards, lippy and phone safely tucked away.

Our Hayley Clutch is a slightly larger, super streamlined version which has been hugely popular for formal events when it’s the dress which should do the talking. Unless of course you opt for one of the super bright fuscia numbers which will give you the perfect pop against your all black outfit. Wow!


Using a clutch forces me to reduce what I lug around to the essentials. For me the larger the bag, the more I feel the need to carry around, when the truth is I really only need a few things to get me through the day or night. By doing away with a larger bag I somehow feel lower maintenance in a chic sort of way.

Gone are the days when a giant sized tote is perceived as luxurious or the mark of success. For a while there it was a trend to carry a large luxury label bag (and I took up this trend with vim and vigour). I’m here to tell you that nothing feels less luxurious or successful than forgetting you put chocolate paddle pops in your bag as a treat after swimming only to find a sweet melted mess in the bottom of your Louis hours later.
Stepping away from the big bag isn’t for everyone. Young mums I get it. But now being at a life stage where nappies and wipes, matchbox cars and snacks do not need to travel with me everywhere I go, I’ll pack lightly in my small clutch with pleasure.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

An Ounce Of Prevention - Clean and Fresh is Best

There is a good deal of fear in the community right now about the spread of the Coronavirus. There’s panic buying on all sorts of products from toilet paper to pasta and rice and some of the footage of customers losing their minds in the supermarkets is really quite distressing. There is endless talk about the possible outcomes, but being a solution driven person my tendency is to take practical steps to stay healthy rather than waste time on hypothesising about what might happen. Following the recommendations of the World Health Organisation is the obvious starting point. In short they say that “clean hands save lives”. A simple straightforward message and one which is pretty easy to follow.

It’s no surprise that we’ve had a bit of a run on soap at Zjoosh and in particular our new Glasshouse Fragrance handwashes. Customers are purchasing for homes and businesses alike, and with 25% off storewide, now it the time to purchase in order to protect your family and your employees. Our newly reformulated hand washes are just gorgeous and will turn hand washing from a chore to a treat. No need to worry about the drying effects on skin as these washes are enriched with aloe vera, kakadu plum extract, coconut fruit water and vitamin E to help cleanse, moisturise and protect hands. No parabens, no silicones, no sulphates and not tested on animals, these products are the perfect incentive to engage in excellent hygiene practices. Shop all stores and online while our sale continues. Trust us. You will love these products.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

You're Indestructible - Always Believe In Gold!

At Zjoosh we always believe in gold and when it comes to accessories,  metallic bags and clutches are a stylish and decadent choice. A perfect way to make a confident, contemporary statement.

I love the fact that a shimmery gold bag can be so effortlessly transformative. Wear with your most formal, to the floor, evening gown or your jeans and a T and suddenly you look incredibly glam, all because of your little gold clutch!

Gold turns heads so you will be sure to be noticed.  Not only that, it’s a neutral and can be worn with absolutely everything. It is timeless and has been around for centuries, so it’s not as though its super “way out there” 

Wear our Gold Caroline Tote with your floaty prairie dress to create cool juxtaposition. With its handy pouch your belongings will be safe and sound but with functionality and fashion appeal.

Add to your arm party from our auxiliary our gorgeous gold bangles and bracelets. Gold says “first place”. Take the lead and wear gold!

A key part of the Zjoosh aesthetic has always been accents of gold. Our gilt mirrors, wall sconces and gold chandeliers have graced our stores since opening. We love the way a touch of gold can add a Frenchy chic feel to a space which is both opulent and feminine. To us gold adds a certain richness. Shop our gold accent pieces and bring some gold glam to your home. Where Silver brings “cool” gold adds warmth. Always believe in Gold!

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

Significant Gifts For Her

Over time, ZJOOSH has become a “go to” destination for purchasing gifts,  from thoughtful gestures to more luxurious significant gifts to mark special milestone birthdays or other important occasions.

Beautiful gifts are “our thing” and we spend loads of time thinking about what people of “a certain age” would really like to receive to mark their special moment in time.

I seem to be at a time in my life when significant birthday party invitations are popping up with great regularity in our family. I have a daughter turning 18 and a son turning 21, and I am 50 next year. The party season is in full flight for all of us, so beautiful gift ideas are front of mind for me. I LOVE giving good gifts and I love nothing more than to help customers find perfect gifts they are as thrilled to give as the receiver will be to receive.

So, having applied much thought to gift giving, here is a list of my most favourite gift ideas for special birthdays. 

 

1. Silk Slip Nightgown - Deeply personal, incredibly luxurious and truly Just for her. I gave this recently to the daughter of a dear friend who was turning 21 and she was absolutely thrilled.

2. Silk Eyemask and Pillow Slip – Again so personal and luxurious, but also incredibly practical. She will use these every single night and be reminded to take care of herself. 

3. Jewellery – Perhaps opt for something a little more special. Maybe something from our Ellani Range if she is turning say 18 or 21. A piece from our Zjoosh by Sybella range might me more suitable if she is turning 40, 50 or 60. Both ranges are sterling silver and rhodium or gold plated. Beautifully boxed and suitably special.

4. Cashmere- For me a no brainer!! Everyone LOVES cashmere. There is no fibre softer or more luxurious. Whether it’s a single width scarf or double width wrap, she will think of you each time she uses it. I have loved giving cashmere as 21st gift to girls heading off on their travels to the Northern Hemisphere. Equally a perfect gift for someone older who truly appreciates the finer things. 

5. Our Inlay Boxes - Wow. Just Wow. Handmade in Rajasthan, these keepsake boxes will be cherished forever. I was given something similar for my own 21st birthday and to this day it holds everything from first locks of my children’s hair, baby hospital bracelets, wedding invitations, love letters and my grandmother’s holy cards. If the house was burning down, it would be the first thing I would take with me.  

6. Zjoosh Candelabra or our Plantation Style Hurricanes- A gorgeous significant gift for someone who truly loves their home. These timeless classic pieces will bring her joy every day and will no doubt be passed down as family heirlooms.

Don’t forget that any every gift purchased at Zjoosh is wrapped with love and great care. Celebrating special moments brings family and friends together and we love to help you make these experiences more beautiful.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

Essential Ingredients For Warm and Inviting Living Spaces

I am not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination. You will always find “signs of life” as I like to call them, in every room of our home. Don’t get me wrong, I love a clean house, but I love to look around the room and let me eyes settle on things collected over time. Not necessarily things of value to anyone else but just to our family. A vase that belonged to my grandmother, ginger jars bought on my travels, framed prints, brass sculptures, things which tell the story of who we are. I’m also not opposed to the odd school book lying around or a jumper slung over the back of a chair depending on my mood that day.

I used to pack everything away diligently when there were just 2 or 3 of us, but they’ve been six of us for a long time now and I’ve relaxed into liking just a bit of clutter. Loose change in a bowl, piles of magazines on the coffee table, hats and backpacks hung on hooks in hallways, stacks of books in “to read” piles by beds and candles pretty much everywhere. The overall effect is “lived in” and we like it that way.

When searching for products for our beautiful stores, I find myself drawn to things which I would love to have in my own home. A warm and comfortable feeling is everything to me and I believe that is best created by interspersing things which you love and are meaningful to you, with other items which just happen to catch your eye along the way.

We have some beautiful styling ingredients at Zjoosh to blend in with your sentimental objects. Pretty blue and white ceramics work with any interior style and ceramic dishes placed here and there make perfect resting places for shells collected on holidays, matches. keys or coins.  

Everything is more beautiful by candlelight, so why not add some of our cut glass hurricane lamps to your sideboard or entry table. The warm glow of a flickering candle will make a night on the sofa watching Netflix feel as though you are on a romantic vacation.

I’ve said it before that new cushions are like new clothes for your sofa, and for me it’s the more the merrier! Soft velvets in a range of colours from deep amber and ink navy to powder blues and blush pinks make for the comfiest seats in the house. What could be more inviting than a sofa with layers of sumptuous soft velvet cushions ready to fall into.

Take a peek online and in our stores for inspiration as to how to make your living spaces warm and inviting. We are always happy to offer suggestions for styling rooms you will love spending time in for many years to come.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH