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Travel Tips, Melbourne Australia : ZM Travels

Well it was pretty obvious to me why Melbourne has been voted the best city to live in for the past few years....  I loved hanging out there. Its got everything you need and seriously good vibes. Not to mention the coffee food and ice cream. It was awesome to hang out with some old friends, and see how their lives now work and see all their successes. Heres a few of my favourite spots while I was there.  Coffee.... well pretty much anywhere but a couple of my favourites where Dukes Coffee on Flinders Lanes and Addict on Johnson street. Doughnuts - Short Stop - it blew my mind. Ice Cream - Messina, again it blew my mind.... after living...

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In Praise of Camping Out

In Praise of Camping Out By Zoe Morton   Stirring to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, peeking one eye open to see the sun rising. For me, there is no better way to wake.   I’ve had many special mornings waking in the wilderness. Before my van, I loved to camp out. From almost being flattened by crazy hail storms to freezing to death in Yosemite with no blankets and nothing but a broken borrowed tend for shelter - camping isn’t always glamorous, but rain or shine, it always leaves you with incredible memories.   After a long trip back from Italy, I decided I needed an upgrade. A tent was great, but as a jewellery...

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Wild Swimming Guide: London, UK and more...

Our Swimming Guide… Its a heatwave here in London, 39+ degrees and everyones wondering what to do… so heres our swimming guide to cool you all down… Hampstead Heath Ponds - This is my favourite spot - especially the women’s pond - it has a very special feeling about it. Theres nothing better than jumping in with ducks. West Reservoir Centre - Stoke Newington - You need to do an open water test (Monday evenings) but once you’ve done that you can head on down. Hyde park Serpentine Lido - if your stuck in central London and need a cool off! I prefere fresh or salty water, but London also has lots of nice Lido swimming pools.. Walpole Tidal Pool...

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ZM Travels : Sri Lanka

Early in 2019 I took an adventure to Sri Lanka. First stop was Columbo to look at the Sapphires that go in your Jewellery. It was amazing to see the sustainable supply chain of the stones and ensure the process was as sustainable as it could be. You can see more about the stones here.   I then went on to the mountains, and then to the coast to host an Earring Making Workshop at a boutique hotel - The Kip Sri Lanka. (Read more from the founders of the Kip - Seddy and Phoebe here.) At the coast our great friend and amazing videographer Phoebe Galloway joined me. I met Phoebe quite a few years ago now, through the...

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Sunday Sessions: With Phoebe and Seddy Founders of The Kip Sri Lanka

We sat down with the fabulous Phoebe and Seddy, owners and co founders of The Kip Sri Lanka. Phoebe and Seddy met in Melbourne, Seddy originally from Italy and Phoebe from Australia. They decided to leave Melbourne on an adventure with dreams of setting up a dreamy boutique hotel / creative space / brunch spot in Sri Lanka, and this is what they did! The Kip is our number 1 recommendation for Sri Lanka - it embraces the slow life and is pure magic full of laugher, new friends and generally joy! ps. Their raw vegan cakes and iced cashew lattes are incredible… What was it about Sri Lanka that made you want to make the move from Melbourne? Where...

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ZM Travels : Travel Guide to Devon + Cornwall

On a beautiful sunny day, you just can’t beat the turquoise waters of Cornwall or dramatic coastlines of Devon. We may not have the best weather here in the UK, but when the sun does shine, you can’t beat the South West Coastline. After spending my whole life traveling down to Devon, and in more recent years exploring Cornwall in my van, I have come to discover some special places.   Below, in no particular order, I have outlined my favourite places, along with the places that are still on my list to visit. Cornwall Wheal Kitty Workshops, St Agnes Here you will find some of my favourite spots to hang out in Cornwall. First up - Open Surf -...

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The Vida Jewellery Collection

  At first, my trip to Sri Lanka was motivated by the desire to learn more about the sapphires I use in my bespoke jewellery. You can see the video of the stone cutting here. While mentioning to friends about my trip to Sri Lanka I got introduced to Phoebe. Phoebe owns a beautiful boutique hotel on the coast of Sri Lanka (Ahangama). This meeting materialised into my first earring making workshop in collaboration with The Kip. I mentioned this to a friend and incredible videographer over in Australia (Phoebe Galloway), and we decided it would be pretty cool if she came out and filmed the workshop and a few other bits. We filmed various projects, including the video above...

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Jewellery Making Workshop at The Kip in Sri Lanka

On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, I held a jewellery making workshop in collaboration with The Kip Sri Lanka. The Kip is owned by Phoebe and Seddy. They moved from Melbourne Australia to start on a new adventure in Sri Lanka. They have created the most beautiful Boutique Hotel with an incredible Cafe (The Kip Kiosk) which serves the most delicious vegan food. Our Favourites where the Raw cakes with a cashew milk iced latte. It also has a beautiful little shop. We stayed in their Studio room which we loved - it’s out in the garden surrounded by nature, with the most beautiful outdoor bathroom. For the earring making workshop, 8 creatives gathered to make an exclusive pair...

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Sustainable Sapphires from Sri Lanka

Since doing more bespoke work I have been working hard to source stones from sustainable sources, such as these sustainable Sapphires from Sri Lanka. The Sapphires I use come from Sri Lanka and so I took a trip out to meet the people mining and cutting the stones to confirm the supply chain was sustainable. I met with Janaka in Columbo who showed me the cutting studio which is on the roof of his family home. Here I met Sanjeewa and Chnandrasiri who both cut the stones. I hoped to visit the mines too, but after heavy rain they where filled with water so the mine was closed - I will go back next year and try again! All the...

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Remembering the Adventure ~ Part ||| Florence, Italy

The Final part before I set up ZM Jewellery took place in Florence, Italy. I drove my little car from London to Florence to take a 3 month Jewellery course at Alchemia Jewellery School. It was here that I furthered my skills in making and challenged my ideas in designing. I was lucky to be taught by some incredibly talented contemporary jewellery designers who pushed me to create. From my previous travels I had gained the ideas behind the brand, Florence reinforced these and allowed my technical skills to develop and be challenged. I started to do the initial parts of building the brand while I was in Florence. From writing an initial business plan to trying out various website...

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