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Up Goes The Tree

It has recently been reported by scientists that people who begin Christmas celebrations early are happier and more excited about life.

According to Unilad, Psychoanalyst, Steve McKeown says "In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate with things that make them happy, and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood."

"Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!"

In my family, decorating for Christmas is a way to make coming together more special. I will admit that in recent years, the hectic pace of working in retail has meant that we are not the earliest to put the tree up. My husband is a stickler for a real tree which means waiting till the boy scouts start their sale. This year however, I have opted for for lots of table trees ahead of time to herald the later arrival of the real pine tree which will no doubt make its dramatic entrance in December.

For me, beautiful trees, wreaths on the door and gorgeous table decorations signify the importance of sharing special times together where we can reflect on the year that’s been and our hopes for the year to come. Decorating for Christmas in our home is crucial to preserving the tradition of bringing family together. It is part of who we are.  

The Christmas tradition brings to us a sense of comfort and belonging. Listening to the same music and serving the same foods year on year such as baked ham, stuffed roast turkey, and Christmas pudding provide the perfect context for us to create lasting memories of being together. It’s a time to reflect on those memories of waking on Christmas morning as a child to see if Santa had been and now reminiscing on those very precious years when our (now almost grown) children still believed.

As the climate in Australia is very different at Christmas time from that in the Northern Hemisphere. When I was living in England and the USA, decorating with heavy greenery and deep reds and greens made everything feel magical against the bleak snowy backdrop. With Christmas “down under” coinciding with summer, and the lighter, brighter spaces we enjoy here in Sydney, I like to keep the decorations a little “lighter” and easier on the eye, than the stark primary colours commonly associated with Christmas in Europe and America. Our Pearl Ball Wreaths and trees help to provide an equally magical setting for celebration without overbearing the room.

Our Crystal Glisten table trees in different heights are subtle, delicate and very elegant when placed down the centre of your table. Our beautiful baubles need not be reserved for trees and look incredibly beautiful when scattered on the Christmas table, and our large poinsettias placed in the middle of each plate mark each place perfectly. Pearl ball wreaths hung in windows by lengths of satin ribbon looped though look especially gorgeous when the lighting is soft.

So while there is much talk in the media about “the excess of Christmas”, dispensing with gift giving and the need to “simplify” and move toward a “less is more” Christmas model, I will always feel inclined toward going the extra mile in honour of this beautiful tradition, particularly when it comes to making our home feel festive. Decorating beautifully and celebrating wholeheartedly a tradition which has lived long before us, and is sure to outlive us, allows us to feel part of something much much larger - part of the magic that is Christmas.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

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