ZALESKA GIVES BACK
 
 

We are thrilled to announce that 10% of all sales from our new 10K and 14K solid gold rings will be donated to the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. PIRS is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides empowerment through language, culture, and support programs for immigrant women and their children in Vancouver. 

This alignment feels very close to my heart because my mother, Mercedes, landed in Vancouver as an immigrant from El Salvador in the late 1970’s. She was attending university with the intention of becoming an anaesthesiologist, but the campus closed as a civil war loomed ahead. Her stories of integrating into Canadian culture, and studying to be a nurse with an English-Spanish dictionary by her side, will forever inspire me. 

Canada is better because my mom is here. With your help, we can support a program that celebrates and values the diverse contributions of immigrants and refugees, helping them feel safe and welcomed as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

LIST LOVE FROM ELLE CANADA
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GOOD MORNING!

We just resurfaced from our festive long weekend to discover that ELLE Canada just placed Zaleska Jewelry on their list of A-Z Canadian fashion and accessories designers! We'd like to personally thank Erica Ngao for the mention, and for making Rebecca Black's photo of the beautiful Nova Stevens front and centre of the header photo!

We're thrilled to be amongst friends (hi Wolf Circus + Your Bag of Holding) and we're celebrating with a SALE! Erica's pick of our Empress Hoops have inspired us to put ALL of our hoops at 20% off (no code needed). Happy shopping! 

 

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SUNSHINE COAST VIBES
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Living on the Sunshine Coast for the past three months has been a beautiful experience. My fast-paced city life came to an abrupt pause as daily distractions and a loaded schedule transformed to watching deer and eagles outside our windows. 

During this time there was, of course, a collection to launch, and with that came the need for creative collaboration. I love nothing more than to see my work reflected through other people’s lenses, so it was an absolute pleasure to work with Pauline Holden from Folk Fotos. My friend Izabella, manager of our new stockist Fay Wray Boutique, was the perfect model for our seaside shoot in Gibsons.

Here are some photos from the first look. There are more to come soon.

xx Sylvia

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CHARGING YOUR CRYSTALS WITH MIMI YOUNG FROM CEREMONIE
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My friend Mimi Young is a plant spirit medicine practitioner in Vancouver, BC and owns a beautiful ritual-based skin and spirit line called Ceremonie. As a modern mystic, she integrates core shamanism, crystal therapy, earth-based magick, and other healing modalities into her offerings, and she is also trained in aromatics for skin. Each Ceremonie product is not only vegan, toxin-free and filler-free, but is also blessed with messages from plant, mineral, and animal spirit realms, imprinted with transformational mantras and other vibrational potencies.

I've tried many variations of smokeless smudge mists and hers is by far my favourite. The reason I'm sharing this with you is because I attended one of Mimi's Energetic Spring Cleaning workshops at Nectar Juicery in March of this year and it was AMAZING. She truly is the real deal, and she has just announced A WORKSHOP ON CRYSTALS!! 

If you're interested in learning more, read her description below. I highly recommend attending one of these workshops in Vancouver on May 24 or May 31 (there are two date options). You can find information on these events here.

HOW TO CHARGE YOUR CRYSTALS
Techniques on Acquiring, Cleansing, Charging, and Programming Your Stones

For as long as humans have interacted with them, crystals have been revered for their beauty and recognized for their abilities to accelerate personal development upon the spiritual path. Yet, many are not fully utilizing their stones’ full powers for personal, healing benefits. Join us as Mimi Young provides insights and techniques to various methods to access the energies available from the mineral kingdom. Learn how to acquire, cleanse, charge (renewing its vibrancy) and program (instructing the energies of the crystal to implement its qualities of attunement) your crystals to serve you. Discover ideal times and places to charge and program crystals, plants that enhance them, and a few new ways to use them. This is a theory-based and hands-on class where attendees can practise the techniques. We will also be embarking on a group shamanic journey led by Mimi to invite spirit allies to imprint our crystals. 

Photos and descriptions credit: www.shopceremonie.com and @shopceremonie

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MOCEAN YOGA'S GODDESS RETREAT - COMOX, B.C.

(Before I begin, I'd like you to know that this post is not sponsored). 

Imagine waking up next to the ocean in a home built like a ship. You’re surrounded by acres of old-growth forest, ravines, and meadows. The feeling of complete serenity hits you like an epiphany. How did life feel like before this? This place is real and it exists in the Comox Valley. It’s where the incredible women of Mocean Yoga host their annual Goddess Retreat, and I’m sharing this because it changed me for the better. This retreat is where I connected to a part of myself that had been slightly unhinged by the constant influx of information that follows me everywhere I go (thanks, iPhone/ inbox). A retreat was never something I sought out for myself until this past September, but I know now that real self-care needs to extend past my face mask/bubble bath/energetic cleansing rituals to a deeper level – one that I do not facilitate myself.   

Want details? Here’s a taste. The opening ceremony, talks, and some activities were hosted in a luxurious lotus belle tent on the grounds. This unique space was curated for comfort with beautiful crystals, delicious tea, layers of rugs and pillows from far away lands, and intentionally selected incense. At this point, very early on, I could tell that my stresses were starting to unravel themselves, leaving space for me to identify where my mild yet always annoying anxiety comes from. It dawned on me that I hadn’t even taken the time to notice how wound up I truly was.

So, I played. And I prayed. And I stretched and breathed and laughed. My favourite part was the candle-lit, long-table meals shared with the attendees – women of all ages choosing to put themselves first for the weekend. My favourite part then evolved into the feeling of the sun on my face and the fresh ocean air in my lungs as we did yoga on the dock. And then my favourite part transformed over and over again as healing conversations were had, flower crowns were made, intentions were set during a silent lantern-filled labyrinth walk, and the pace of these three days cemented itself as a reminder to continue putting myself first. This weekend was profoundly invigorating for me, and I’m so excited for the upcoming retreat this June. I cannot wait to join together to celebrate the goddesses we all are. 

If this sounds up your alley, click here for more information, and message me if you have any questions or if you want to carpool!!  

MARRAKECH: A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE


I often describe my 10 days in Marrakech as a whirlwind. From roaming the artisan-lined souks (small, winding alleys that google maps can’t even figure out), to having brunch with the king’s horses (true story), my friend Mindy and I certainly made the most of our time in this magic place.

I perused shops filled with antiques and, after long days of searching, found what I was looking for: vintage Berber jewelry. Some of you may remember these gem-filled and beautifully ornate pieces, which served as inspiration for the celestial engravings in the 2018 collection. 

Click through the gallery below to see some of my favourite photos from our trip, taken by Mindy and me.

I hope you enjoy! xox