09
Nov 16

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

2016-Holiday-Gift-GuideNeed help with your gift list?  Check out some of our suggestions for the personalities in your life. Also to help you, we will include special TLC gift packaging for each jewelry item you purchase during this busy holiday season.

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MarulaThe natural Beauties in your life will love our wild-harvested, cold-pressed Marula Facial Oil with high concentration of antioxidants and fatty acids, Omega 6 and 9.

 

zgcefallEven Super Heroes sometimes need positive encouragement and inspiration to Dream Big,  Live Free, Create Harmony, Go With the Flow, or Follow Your Heart.  Limited Edition Super Power Bracelets are a fun reminder.

 

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What do you give those gracious Hosts who love to entertain? Any of our gorgeous, handcrafted Tableware items, such as the Bread & Cheese platters or Salad Tongs, would be a treasured gift.

 

This holiday season, think Fair Trade 1st for your gift list. Buying Fair Trade provides work, allowing individuals to provide the rest for themselves! You can LIKE Fair Trade but nothing happens for thousands of people around the world if you don’t BUY Fair Trade!


14
Sep 16

What Emotions Does Autumn Bring?

transition into fallEach new season moves us through a period of change and transformation and evokes different emotions within each of us. Some of us love Autumn and all the cozy times that the cooler weather brings so our Fall Style To Go and Color Duets proclaim the feelings that this season stirs in us: Autumn in New England, Pumpkin Patch, Cashmere Scarf, Golden Hour, Misty Morning View, etc. In the same way, our Fall Unity Bracelets are named for the positive encouragement that some of us need to deal with the shift that signifies the fun of Summer has ended:  Strength, Focus, Thrive, Nurture, etc. And of course, our Super Power bracelets are now in Fall’s beautiful colors, too.

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Whether your emotions about Autumn are warm and fuzzy or lean more to the melancholy, we have some ideas to help you with your transition to the new season:

  1. Plan Something Fun: Every season has unique activities and festive elements to enjoy. So continuing that celebratory mind set helps us focus on appreciating everything the new season offers.
  2. Develop New Goals: “Back to School Time” still resonates with most of us as a clean-slate – full of possibilities. Now is a great time to pursue personal improvement projects. Make sure you add commitments slowly so you don’t get overwhelmed. zgcefall
  3. Organize:  Now is a good time to purge your summer clothing: What do you want to keep for another season and what do you want to donate? Bring out your cooler-weather clothes and make sure they are ready to wear before you need them. 
  4. Think Healthy: The Fall Harvest is here so explore new recipes to include fresh seasonal veggies and fruits. Make sure you continue to get exercise. An active body is an important component to physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  5. ut152aFind New Activities for Shorter Days: Hobbies or activities that keep us mentally stimulated and bring us joy are great when outdoor activities aren’t as accessible. Explore creative projects or perhaps an online course for fun. We just discovered Coursera a resource for free or inexpensive online courses offered by top universities and organizations worldwide.

 


29
Aug 16

Fair Trade Fairy (Ripple Effect)

28286328373_49cae5386b_kNow that I have been here for some time, getting to know the ladies and understanding not only their work lives, but also their personal lives, by going to visit their homes and having casual conversation over tea and biscuits, I have truly experienced how much development has come from Fair Trade.  Since I never saw what life was like before, I obviously can’t paint a picture for you reader, but what I can say is that I’ve felt the emotion behind the stories these women so graciously were willing to share with me.  I’ve felt their defeat but was lifted once more by their tales of independence and success.  I’ve bit back tears when they are speaking of life before they had the opportunity of work.  I’ve beamed with them as they proudly display their success and their hope for the future.

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The success here isn’t like the success back home.  When we think of success, we think of having a good office job with a nice house, nice car, latest fashion, and happy family.  When the women here think of success, they think of having their kids, especially their girls, finishing school.  They think of being able to purchase the kind of food they like and the clothes they think are pretty.  They think of eating a balanced meal and a healthy lifestyle.  They think of having confidence in knowing they have control over their lives.  These women know they are successful when more people start working because they are jealous of the working women’s lives improving.  Their meaning of success is so much more than money – it’s a way of life that wouldn’t be possible if not for the work that developed in their community.

**Fair Trade Fairy**

New strand-naming contest on Facebook and Instagram. Winner will be chosen by random so check our feed to find out what you need to do!  Don’t forget to check out Fair Trade Fairy’s designs – the Pied Piper Collection and the rest of The Leakey Collection’s jewelry – and be involved in the success for these women! Your purchase matters.


05
Jul 16

What’s in Your Beach Bag?

What's In Your

New Marula from Katy
DSC_0311We know you are protecting yourself with hats and sunscreen, but sometimes you may still overdo that sun exposure! Did you know that Marula Oil has been used for hundreds of years by women in Africa to heal minor burns, to soothe redness, swelling and irritation, as well as a highly valued moisturizer for radiant skin? Not only does it fight free-radicals that cause premature skin aging with its extremely high concentration of antioxidants and fatty acids, Omega 6 and 9 but is great for sunburn!

model by poolOf course, durable, water-proof, lightweight Zulugrass is THE jewelry for water activities, whether it’s surfing, water-skiing, or relaxing by the pool with a cool drink in your hand. Our Duets or Style To Go have several color options to provide a little sizzle for your summer wardrobe.


09
Mar 16

Elegance with a Dash of Daring

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Off-the-shoulder style and peek-a-boo shoulder cut-outs are one of 2016′s BIGGEST fashion trends, providing “Elegance with a Dash of Daring!” This neckline can range from sitting just at or well below the shoulders and flatters most body types. It just calls for earrings to accentuate the feminine curve of a neck and shoulder. That’s why you need plenty of earrings! Luckily, we have several styles to choose from!

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18
Aug 15

Step by Step Guide to “Build Your Own Custom Necklace”

Custom necklace from Pure Art

Our Canadian friends Pure Art have created a fantastic way to wear Zulugrass using your own beads and charms, as well as porcelain and wood charms from The Leakey Collection.

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LEARN HOW BY CLICKING HERE.

 


22
May 15

10 Ways to Wear Zulugrass You May Not Know About

“Zulugrass is as versatile as the individual who wears it” is one of our favorite mottos!  As summer approaches, we thought you might like a little warm weather inspiration so here are some top Ways to Wear. Watch our Ways to Wear video for detailed instructions.

1) Summer is a great time to wear Zulugrass as an anklet.

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2) Embrace the season’s boho style with this headband. 

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 3) Have you tried Zulugrass as a hair tie? 

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4) Use a wood hoop as a bracelet extender or added feature with a large grouping of Zulugrass on your wrist. As a bonus tip, try a ZuluSport Bracelet as a ring.

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 5) Use several strands looped together as a belt.

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6) Wear a single strand as a necklace extender.

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7) Twisted into a cable necklace with a clasp makes a statement.

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8) A grouping of Zulugrass is a fun way to dress up your hat.

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9) Like your necklaces long? Try this lariat style.

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10) Of course, you can wear multiples of Zulugrass as a long necklace by simply pulling over your head. It really dresses up a simple tank. Be bold!

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We want to see YOUR Zulugirl style! Post your Zulugrass selfies on your Facebook and tag @The Leakey Collection or on Instagram with the hashtag #LeakeyLove. We may feature you in a style post, AND you will be eligible to win some #fairtradeswag.

10 Ways to Wear Zulugrass

 


13
May 15

10 Tips for Healthy Gardening During Drought Times

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This photo of the drought in Kenya a few years ago makes our team members in California a little wary of the drought situation here, as well as other parts of the US.  We’ve been researching some ways to grow a vegetable garden during a drought situation and thought we’d pass on some ideas for your personal use.

Here are 10 tips to grow a healthy garden during drought times:

  1. Well-amended soil is the foundation of a vegetable garden that will tolerate drought. Prepare your garden’s soil by adding lots of rich, organic compost that will help trap moisture and encourage deep root formation in plants.
  2. Practice efficient irrigation – Apply water slowly to the base of plants, which will reduce water usage by about 50%. Drip systems use much less water than any other form of irrigation, and the plants like it better, too.
  3. Irrigate in the morning when temperatures are still cool.
  4. Mulching minimizes evaporation of water from the soil surface, reducing irrigation need by around 50%. Use an organic mulch to a depth of 3 to 4 inches, depending upon the particle size of the mulching material. The larger the particle, the deeper the mulch should be applied.
  5. Black plastic or black landscape cloth conserves moisture. This can be used with tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and the vine crops in cooler areas. Place plastic or landscape cloth down on top of well-amended soil with pins, tear or cut holes big enough for the plant root ball, and insert plants.
  6. Plant in off-set blocks, rather than rows. This creates shade for roots and reduces evaporation. Control weeds, as they are competing with the vegetables for water. Group plants with similar water needs on the same section of irrigation. Cucumber and zucchinis and squash, for example, require similar water applications.
  7. Grow vegetables that do well with little water. Beans have built-in drought resistance. Tomatoes, melons and squash grow deep roots that seek out water and do not need to be watered as often. Vegetable plants with smaller leaves tend to lose less moisture due to transpiration so choose varieties carefully.
  8. Focus on high-yield vegetables that produce abundant crops like tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplants.
  9. Try dry farming your tomatoes – Plant your tomatoes and water them as usual for the first few days to get them established, then water only once a week. Once the tomatoes flower and set fruit, cut off all water. The plants may not look great, but they will produce, and some say the fruit will taste better.
  10. Rethink ways to capture water rather than letting it run down the drain. Use buckets in your shower and sink to catch the water as it heats up. Water from cooking pasta and vegetables also provides nutrients to your soil.

Gardening concerns are also abundant in the Rift Valley, which suffers from droughts frequently.   With proceeds from our Beads for Healthy Gardens Bracelets,  we are educating and encouraging Maasai women to plant healthy gardens.  Most rural pregnancy and birth issues, as well as child development problems, can be eradicated by eating a healthy diet. We’ve also created a school program to teach children the importance of a balanced diet.

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Happy Gardening to you and to the Maasai women in Kenya!

 


16
Apr 15

Is It Your Turn to Lead?

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Earth Day is April 22nd.  This year marks the 45th anniversary of a movement that started in America and has grown to include 192 countries! According to Earthday.org, “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

This year’s theme is “It’s our turn to lead.”  To symbolize this theme, our Earth Day 2015 bracelet  features 4 Zulugrass strands, one for the earth, one for the sky, one for the waterways, and the last strand represents the individual that is wearing it, one who is “taking the lead”.!  You can purchase yours this week for $31.95, a savings of $20, to show your commitment to our planet.

Check out earthday.org to find out more ways YOU can get involved. Wearing Zulugrass is just the start!


01
Mar 15

Read Across America Day

Monday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and “Read Across America” Day. We have long believed in the power of reading and education, and this charming video about the 90-year-old Kenyan woman who is attending school grabbed our attention and our hearts! Click the link below to hear the story about this truly inspirational woman and then continue reading to find out how it relates to what The Leakey Collection is doing!

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90 year old Kenyan woman attends school

“I want to say to the children of the world, especially girls, that education will be your wealth.”  Priscilla “Gogo” Sitienei

“Gogo” embodies one of our goals: the empowerment of girls and women through education. Our highly successful Beads for Learning Bracelets have improved education for children in rural East Africa. And now, we are so excited to introduce a brand new bracelet to raise awareness and funds specifically for girls:  Beads for Girls Graduation.

Young girls tend to drop out of school before completing their primary education. The Leakey Collection will dedicate proceeds from the sale of these bracelets to our Girls Graduation mentorship program, counseling young teens to keep them on track towards graduation. We will also allocate money to a girls’ scholarship fund.

These bracelets will be in our partner stores this month and are now on our website. Ask your favorite store if they’ve ordered theirs yet. Together, we can Make a Better World!

Happy reading!