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.

sbz02For the Romantics, we suggest our new Stocking Stuffer on unique Gift Rounds packaging. We also have them in colors for the Wine LoversNature GirlsBeachcombers, and Free Spirits.  

 

bfcwFor the Socially Conscious, give one of our Do Good Cause Bracelets which help support special projects – Beads for Learning, Beads for Clean Water, Beads for Healthy Gardens, or Beads for Girls Graduation.

 

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.


22
Jun 16

How to Travel Light and Pack Smart

Summer usually means vacations and trips, and the dilemma of what to pack! One of our team members traveled to Spain for 2 weeks in April, and she has compiled a list of her favorite tips for packing smart and enjoying your trip:

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The most important thing: TRAVEL LIGHT.  According to travel expert, Rick Steves, there are 2 kinds of travelers: those who pack light and those who wish they had!  Travel light = ONE CARRY-ON BAG. Whaaaat you ask? Here are some reasons why:

  1. You’ll walk with your luggage more than you think you will or you will find your Airbnb accomodations are on the 5th floor…with no elevator. Trust me on this.
  2. No spending money for checked luggage that could be used to buy that beautiful rendering by a local artist of the charming village you visited.
  3. You’re more flexible when plans change, either for unforeseen travel complications or spontaneous exploration of a site or town that you had no idea was so fascinating or beautiful or fun.
  4. You’re not burdened down when you are dashing madly and breathlessly to catch the last train of the day.
  5. Less chance of it getting lost or stolen or of you being targeted by pickpockets because you are struggling with an oversized bag whose wheels won’t cooperate over sidewalks or cobble-stone streets.

Does all that sound good, but you have no clue HOW to do it? Here were the best ideas I found that worked for me:

  1. Find a convertible, carry-on-size soft backpack that can expand. Mine was 21″ x 14″ x 9″ which fit the European specifications for carry-on bags. If necessary, it could have been checked as a regular suitcase, but shoulder straps and a waist belt were securely tucked away in a pocket ready to be converted to a backpack. Totally saved the day. See #1 – #4 above. 
  2. Don’t pack over 20-22 pounds. Again, see #1 – #4 above.
  3. Stack your clothes on top of each other and roll, rather than fold them. They don’t wrinkle as much. There are many YouTube videos to help you figure this out.
  4. Use packing cubes to corral your smaller items.
  5. Plan a capsule wardrobe. Choose neutrals such as black and gray or brown and tans. Choose 1 or 2 brighter colors that will coordinate with each other. I took gray, black, bright blues, with a bit of coral, then mixed, matched, and layered them for different looks everyday. I packed 1 pair of jeans, 2 pairs of leggings that could be worn with my longer tops or under my knit skirt, 2 t-shirts, 2 tunics, 1 tank, one long-sleeved top, one sweater, and took a raincoat. Along with my lightweight accessories mentioned next.
  6. Accessorize simply. One or 2 lightweight scarves that match your capsule wardrobe not only brighten up an outfit but can double as a blanket on plane rides or as a skirt, head wrap or shawl to cover your shoulders when visiting venues that have strict dress requirements, such as cathedrals. Of course, Style to Go Zulugrass is THE BEST travel jewelry!  It is super light, takes up very little room, gives you many options for color, and can be taken off your wrist and given to a host, helpful flight attendant, or new friend. The Leakey Collection even has a couple of Special Edition sets to inspire your travels, in extremely limited quantities so check them out while they’re still available.
  7. Plan the bare minimum of clothes that you think you’re going to need. Then take out a few things.  Again, trust me on this. I could have easily gotten by with 2 or 3 things less than I took.
  8. Pack a small, foldable shopping bag to bring back any souvenirs you will cherish or small gifts for people. If there is something large you think you must have, consider having it shipped to your home.

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Travel light. Pack smart. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

 

 

 


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

 


16
Apr 15

Is It Your Turn to Lead?

Colors of the Earth

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!


06
Apr 15

Discover Manos Zapotecas

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This week, we are teaming up with fellow Fair Trade Federation member Manos Zapotecas in our “Celebrate Fair Trade Giveaway,” and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Manos Zapotecas produces gorgeous hand woven bags, rugs and pillows.

Besides our obvious connection in fair trade principles, there are many similarities between the two companies. Like The Leakey Collection, the designs of Manos Zapotecas are modern, yet utilize an age old skill of the region. Manos Zapotecas employs men and women in Oaxaca, Mexico to weave, an art that has been a part of their culture since 500 BC.  Expert weaver Malena says that part of her motivation is “to make sure that the old designs never die”.  She was taught to weave by her mother when she was just 10 years old, and you can see her gorgeous designs here.

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Additionally, the designs from both companies are very colorful and full of life. The Spring 2015 Collection of Manos Zapotecas was inspired by the vibrant colors and energy of springtime in Oaxaca, Mexico. Their products hold an element of discovery, from the significance of each Zapotec design, to the bold color combinations, and most importantly, of the hands from which they come. Each beautiful handbag provokes images of the charming, tree lined, colonial streets of one of Mexico’s most captivating cities. and

Finally, both companies also have close ties to San Diego.  The founder and CEO of Manos Zapotecas, Shelley Tennyson, lives there as do most of the US based employees from The Leakey Collection.

We are kicking off our Fabulous Fair Trade Celebration Giveaway today with a prize package that includes a stylish handbag from Manos Zapotecas with arm candy from The Leakey Collection to match!  Check for announcements this week on Instagram and Facebook!