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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

Spruce For Spring!

Whilst in broadcasting, the green room is the waiting room for the stars before they take the stage, at Zjoosh this Spring we’ve made the green room the main event! The infinite variations of the colour green blend easily with almost every other hue. Perhaps this is because it is the colour our eyes are most accustomed to seeing.

 

Green is the colour of life and energy. Green means go! Soft shades can be subtle and inviting, while deeper tones shades convey confident, dramatic elegance. We invite you to explore our new collection of homewares and add a splash of newness to your living space. Here's to going green.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

Better by Candlelight - Keeping the Flame Alive

Lighting is such an important part of every interior. I’ve often felt a burning urge to dim the lights in a restaurant. You know the ones, amazing food, but stone cold atmosphere and all because the lights are just way to bright! Busy lives mean we long for quiet relaxing spaces to rejuvenate and spend quality time in. There are few better feelings than coming home at the end of the day, cosying up in your favourite chair with a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) underneath the warm light of a beautiful table lamp.

Switching on a lamp creates an instantly calm and warm atmosphere whether the lamp is on your hall table, side table or by your bed. For me, reading in bed in freshly laundered pyjamas by lamplight before 10pm is the new rock ‘n roll!

We have a huge selection of beautiful ceramic lamps in all stores and online which will work perfectly with almost any interior space.  

Rarely an evening goes by when I don’t light a candle, whether it be a scented candle in the hallway or unscented pillar candles in hurricane vases on the dining room table . It’s an easy way to make the table feel “set” so that even a simple meal of spaghetti bolognaise becomes a little more special.

Hurricane lighting is a simple, affordable and effective way to create ambience and romance without interrupting clean decorating lines. Our hurricane vases are handmade in Poland from beautiful durable glass using time honoured techniques which have changed very little over the last 200 years. I own several of them in various heights and styles and they would all be amongst the most often used items in our home. I love to place them either side of the front door to welcome guests, over the fireplace, on the coffee table or even in the bathroom when it’s time for a luxuriously long, hot bath.

When not being used for candlelight, our glass hurricanes can be used to great effect as vases for long stems and branches . Recently I used hurricane vases to create very large and impactful arrangements for a wedding. Their heavy bases made them perfect for oversized floral displays preventing them from toppling over.

Our hurricanes make perfect wedding or engagement gifts as their simple elegance means they work with absolutely any decorating style indoors or outdoors. You can guarantee they will be used time and again over many years both during celebratory occasions and ordinary evenings which will become more beautiful and romantic with the strike of a match.  

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

Hoopla- Go Big or Go Home!

Hoop earrings are timeless. A style that spans cultures and ages. Dating back as far as the bronze age – hoop earrings were created in gold, silver and surprise surprise, bronze.

Frescoes which date back as far as 1600BC on the island of Santorini depict both women and men wearing hoop earrings. Some would argue that hoop earrings have always been in vogue not only featuring in ancient times but it also in both pop culture and street culture where they remain today.

In the 1960s, Cher and Diana Ross wore hoops and in the 70s hoops were a disco dancer’s must have! Today they are endorsed by fashion houses from Chanel to Tom Ford and worn by the likes of J Lo, Beyonce and Kaia Gerber.  

 

Our Zjoosh hoops are for women who are strong and passionate about their style. Adorned with beading and fringing, our hoops say “go big or go home”. Step out of your comfort zone and embrace the statement hoop which will give your look confident style and defined direction.

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

Botanical Curiosities

My long time interest in Botanical illustration was recently reinvigorated during a visit to Paris in the Spring. A walk through the magnificent Jardin des Plantes and then to the banks of the Seine to browse the libraries of the print vendors was an absolutely beautiful way to spend a morning. 

Botanical illustrations have for a long time been particularly fascinating to me. Not only are so many of these works incredibly beautiful, but they are also scientifically accurate. They are usually composed in consultation with a scientific author and demonstrate an understanding of plant biology and close observation of actual specimens. They are both academic works and artistic works in one. The best part is that quite often, beautiful prints can be picked up so inexpensively. I paid around 10 euros each for two gorgeous prints this last trip.

I love collecting prints and books depicting botanical art. I find the incredible detail and water colour treatment truly remarkable, and then there’s usually that gorgeous script at the bottom of the illustration which reminds me that a real person has laboured for hours to create this almost photographic work of art. 

Our Zjoosh homewares collection this season includes some beautiful curiosities, trinket boxes, plates and dishes decorated with botanical illustrations. These items make feminine and interesting additions to small vignettes on surfaces in your home. They are the sort of items which make you want to stop and examine them more closely. We’ve also added an abundance of beautiful faux floral stems which are works of art in and of themselves in their striking resemblances to fresh blooms.

I feel as though there has been a resurgence of interest in botanical illustration over the past little while and I think this is most likely due to an increasing interest in the changes occurring in the natural world, and in the central role plants play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. I’ve noticed a sudden burst of roof gardens and vertical gardens in the city, and there is a real resurgence in the popularity of house plants. I’m obsessed with mine and it follows naturally that the ideal subject matter for artwork we love should be the plant life we are so keenly interested in.

 

I’ve always preferred more figurative artworks to abstract art and therefore plant and flower depiction as wall art is a perfect fit for me. Plus, it is scientifically proven, that fresh flowers really do increase one’s happiness, so it stands to reason that the accurate depiction of flowers in art does just the same thing. 

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor

Have you heard of Status Anxiety?

Have you heard of Status Anxiety? 

It is the social condition caused by comparing ourselves to those around us. We’re all familiar with the questions “where do you live?”, “what do you do?” even our favourite - “what school did you go to?"

Status Anxiety is anxiety caused by measuring how we're doing in terms of other people’s perceptions of success such as possessions, looks, and income and this Status Anxiety can cause us to make decisions with our time and money that compromise what we really value in order to be successful. 

 

The brand Status Anxiety, proudly founded in Sydney’s Shire, is all about worrying less about the perceptions of others, not taking ourselves too seriously and reassessing real value in all areas of our lives. The brand is for a life lived simply, with a greater appreciation for things that last rather than the latest fashion fad.

Every Status Anxiety piece is handcrafted in inherently awesome, ethically sourced, prodominantly Italian and Brazilian leather. 

Browse our range of bags and wallets and rest assured that the quality of these pieces is truly incredible. Our customers LOVE Status Anxiety. Touch and feel these beautiful products and find out why. 

By Kellie Rigney - Founder & Creative Director of ZJOOSH

  • Rebecca Taylor