Tomorrow I will be partying like it’s 1999. The occasion – I’m throwing a joint 40th Birthday Party with my husband.
Two years ago that number terrified me. The thought of turning 40 made me feel one thing. OLD. And I hated it. It felt like middle age. Like all the best bits of my life were in the past. I was dreading it.
And then…my little sister got breast cancer. Reality check!
Watching her fight through the fear, the chemo sickness and the terror quickly made me realise birthdays are a privilege. They mean we are alive. They mean we get to enjoy good wine, kiss the people we love, travel to the places we haven't been yet and keep chasing our dreams. Now I relish the new number each birthday brings.
Each year around my birthday I now have an annual breast check up. Mammogram, ultrasound, the whole shebang.
The reason I’m sharing this part of my personal life today (and the dead sexy picture of me in gown in a hospital bathroom) is to encourage you to do the same. My sister is thriving today because she self checked. She caught her cancer early and got straight onto it. I know it can be inconvenient and a bloody scary (come on, we all have the same fear, that we’ll actually find something) But SELF CHECKING can save your life.
Just do it!
If someone had asked me two years ago what I wanted for my 40th birthday, I would have answered straight away. “My sister well, back to her normal. hilarious self, dancing with me all night.” A genie has granted my wish and I feel like the luckiest birthday girl around.
Have a great weekend ladies (and check your boobs tonight!)
Winter just got real! Is it just me or did temperatures drop what felt like overnight?
Pack away those sundresses and espadrilles because warm summer days are well and truly over ladies. Say hello to dewy mornings and even colder nights. As much as I would l like to pass the colder months curled up in front of a fire with a cup of tea and a good book, I am going to leave the house at some stage. Forget track pants and hoodies and fill your wardrobe with staples that will stand the test of temperature and time.
We have 5 essentials that will do just that! Keep you warm, while still looking fierce.
In a season when your coat covers up most of your outfit, the perfect handbag can make all the difference. With its gorgeously soft black leather, combined with structure and detail the Georgia in Black is the perfect winter companion. Complimenting your outfit effortlessly with it’s classic shape and clean lines it transitions easily from the office to a warm glass of red after work. Zurii Georgia Handbag.
With these 5 pieces you are ready to take on the winter chill and look good doing it.
Winter is here my friends, and although this means amazing fashion and cooler weather, a drop in motivation is something that can hit us all at this time of year. Gloomy weather, shorter days and rain all week can take their toll on even the most upbeat #zuriiwoman. Enthusiasm switches off and we can find ourselves feeling flat and demotivated.
If you are feeling this way, here’s 5 tips to get you out of that winter slump and back to being your bad ass self!
Treating yourself is so important. It’s different to taking time out for yourself. It’s about giving yourself a little present. Maybe it’s a new handbag, a manicure and pedicure or a brand new outfit. Whatever the treat, you are telling yourself that you deserve it. You are worthy and you are amazing!
These five tips are easy to follow and will have you back to your fierce, bold, brave self in no time.
Need a little help treating yourself? We've got you covered.
How many times have you looked in your closet and thought I have nothing to wear? Rather than buying new, you will be surprised what can be revived in your current wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to reuse old pieces in a new way with accessories or repurpose it into something totally new altogether! We could not agree more with Vivienne Westwood when she said “buy less, chose well, make it last”.
INVEST IN QUALITY
Save up and buy an investment piece that you will truly love. Wouldn’t you rather have one amazing piece that will last for years instead of 10 cheap pieces that won’t make it through three laundry cycles?
By taking time to really think about your purchase from a place of consciousness rather than impulse will have you feeling good and looking good while reducing your fashion footprint. Quality over quantity.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Read your labels, and put anything that is made in Bangladesh, Vietnam, China or Turkey back on the rack, and get straight out of there! These countries house the factories that are the home of fast fashion. Learning exactly where your product has come from and how it has been made gives you power. Send a message by NOT supporting a brand that is neither sustainable, transparent or ethical.
We all love our beautiful leather handbags and wallets – the smell, the feel, and of course, the look. There’s a great satisfaction that comes with stepping out for the day, with unmistakeable confidence, because you have your gorgeous luxe piece by your side.
So, if we value our leather so much… why do we rarely protect it properly?
Mostly it’s because we are lazy…or busy (same result). While the intention to waterproof the handbags and wallets we love is there, actually doing it gets lost somewhere between keeping all the balls in the air and enjoying a glass of wine.
The good news is…it actually takes less than 30 second to do. You can even do it while you drink the wine (carefully!)
Just follow these 4 easy steps:
Although these steps are practically foolproof, if you’re a perfectionist, here are 3 extra tips to keep your leather pieces looking luxe.
Tip 3: Keep your bag stuffed while you’re not using it to help keep the shape
By applying these leather care steps and tips, your handbag will age beautifully.
To have and to hold… until your zip breaks or you no longer fit all of my cards!
Wallets are like men, they come in all shapes and sizes. Finding the right one that’s the perfect match for you can be a real challenge. If we had a dollar for every time we’ve heard a women say, “I know exactly what I want, I just can't find it”, we’d be sitting on a beach in Barbados sipping cocktails.
Whether you prefer a large wallet with lots of card space or a simple coin purse to suit your on-the-go lifestyle, there is a perfect wallet for every woman. The trick is knowing how to find it.
Here are our 4 top tips to help you choose the right wallet for you:
The most important of the four criteria. Think about where you want your wallet to go, and what you most want to use if for. This will help determine the size and type that suits you best. For example: do you want a versatile wallet that can double as a clutch, moving seamlessly with you from work, to dinner and a night out? In this case, size and compartments are important.
Think about ease of use and the type of layout you like. Good questions to ask yourself include: Do I prefer a coin section on the outside, a zip-around wallet or tri-fold design? Do I want my phone to fit inside (security) or outside (ease of access)? Does it slide easily into my handbag?
Neutral versus statement colour. Oh…what to choose! The purpose of your wallet will help answer this question, as will your wardrobe. If your wardrobe is filled with blacks and neutrals, introduce a pop of colour via your wallet. There is also the added benefit of a bring wallet being easy to find inside your handbag. Neutral tones beautifully complements a colourful wardrobe. Neutrals go well with almost every outfit your own. Plus, black always equals classic.
Focus on these 4 tips and you will find your perfect match in a wallet.
Handbags and shoes…they are the two things most women lust after. I always joke that I love shopping for handbags, because you can never be to too fat or too short for a handbag. They fit you just the way you are.
So why is it so many of us feel guilty about investing in a beautiful, well made, high quality handbag? It’s because we often struggle to reward ourselves. We are happy to reward and buy things for the people we love, but self love is a whole other issue.
I believe every woman deserve a beautiful, well made handbag, and here are the four reasons why:
1. Your current one should be retired!
It’s old, it’s tatty, there are stains and pen marks on the outside, or parts of it are starting to peel and break apart. Sound familiar? Your handbag makes a statement about who you are. What is your bag saying to the world about you? If you don't love the answer, it's time for an upgrade.
2. It’s one of the accessories you use the most
Splash out on a good quality, handmade bag and it will last you. Think about the fact you use your handbag almost, if not, everyday. When you divide the purchase price by the number of days you will use it over a year…you will be stunned. Treating yourself with a good quality handbag is actually a bargain when you look at cost per wear!
3. It’s an easy way to revamp your wardrobe
Feeling bored with your wardrobe but don’t have the spare cash to seriously update it? Adding a new handbag can instantly revamp your look. The trick is to go for a neutral colour and multi-purpose function. This means the bag can go from day (office) to night (dinner) and will add a new twist to outfits you already have.
4. You actually deserve it!
When you look good you feel good. A recent study revealed that luxury handbags improve your mood. But more important than that, you deserve it. You work hard, you run multiple people’s lives and you keep all the balls in the air. Buy you rarely treat yourself because you feel guilty. Sound familiar? Well it’s time to pack the guilt up and reward yourself. You serve everyone better when you feel good about yourself.
The handbag you sling over your shoulder every day says a lot about you. What are you carrying today and what is it saying about you?
Need some inspiration finding your perfect match? Shop our collection of beautiful handbags here.
Photo: One For The Book - How to Roast Marshmallows with Nanny (and not get smoke in your eyes).
My gorgeous mum Kathy has been on my mind constantly over the past week. I blame the barrage of Mother’s Day advertising at every turn.
We all love the pieces in our wardrobe, but rarely do we stop and ask, who made them? Do you know where your favourite pair of heels, that gorgeous new knit for winter or the handbag you use every day came from?
More importantly, did the people making them – usually young women – receive a fair wage and decent working conditions to do so?
It’s Fashion Revolution Week – which means you can’t escape the question #whomademyclothes this week. Instagram is flooded with the hashtag.
Fashion Revolution Week was launched following the Rana Plaze collapse in 2013, where a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1100 workers. The big issue with Rana Plaza is the level of exposition that was taking place, so consumers like us could have cheap, ‘fast fashion’.
Despite the building having visible cracks and workers expressing concerns it was unsafe, they were forced inside to complete orders for global fashion brands. There were being paid a maximum of 24 cents an hour to do so. That’s a wage of $12.48 per week. When it collapsed, there was no way out. They were trapped.
Now I’m sure you feel the same as me. I am horrified at the thought of another human dying so I can have a new shirt.
This is one of the reasons I started Zurii. I wanted to have beautiful pieces in my life, but I didn't want someone else suffering so I could have them. It was almost impossible to find out where leading brands were making their products and if they were paying their workers a living wage. I vowed to have a label based on transparency.
So today, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing people making your Zurii pieces.
MEET KEVINE & EUNICE
These two women are entrepreneurial powerhouses who handcraft many of our jewellery pieces.
MEET JALASE & RISTI
This lovely couple work together to create some of our key leather goods pieces, including the Cara Boho bag below.
When you choose a Zurii piece you can rest easy knowing it has been handcrafted with love, and the hands that made it were valued, well paid and working in a safe environment. Now that is good fashion!
You can find your favourite piece here. SHOP THE COLLECTION
Style a red necklace against a neutral coloured top for maximum impact with minimal effort. Earrings are also the perfect way to add detail and colour. Go big and bold to make a statement or opt for small and understated for a minimalist look.
Throw a red belt on with a tailored black dress for a current look in the office, or add a scarf to a plain white shirt or knit for the perfect weekend look.
Feeling bold? Rock a statement red leather handbag. You are sure to turn heads. A luxe red wallet is another great everyday option.
Be brave and have fun with red this autumn/winter. There are so many easy ways to integrate it into your wardrobe.
If you need help finding accessories, check out our range of gorgeous red pieces here.