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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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Remembering the Adventure ~ Part || Myanmar

STEPPING INTO MYANMAR   Continuing the journey from Remembering the Adventure ~ Part I : South America…… After going to uni to study graphic design, and a couple of years of working as a photographers agent in London I started to get itchy feet. I decided to do a few jewellery design courses at Central St Martins, not really thinking anything more of it other than something fun to do in the evening. I had once made a silver ring when I was 15 and knew I enjoyed the hands on approach to creating something. As the daily commute started to grind on me and I found myself spending more and more of my evenings making jewellery, I started to...

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Remembering the Adventure ~ Part I : South America

(Above: Glaciers in Patagonia to the Silver Mine in Bolivia.) From Silver Mines in Bolivia to Glaciers in Patagonia…. The question I most get asked is why did you start your own brand, quickly followed by how? So starting 2019 I wanted to give you a little more insight into the inspirations behind the brand and the path that lead me to create ZM Jewellery.I have never really understood why you would want a massive diamond or lots of gold jewellery which may seem funny considering I own a jewellery brand, but for me its always been about the meaning behind the jewellery you wear, not the amount or weight of the materials its made from. The enviroment also plays...

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Sunday Sessions: Hanging with Britt Fabello

You are originally from the US, and so we know you've done quite a bit of travelling :) - do you have any favourite places?  Oh yes! Morocco always tends to stand out when I reflect back on the last few years. I traveled to Marrakech and took a road trip to the Sahara and then onward to Fez. There were many inspiring moments that stick so strongly with me—staying at a Kasbah with no electricity, the hazy pink light of Marrakech, the rolling dunes of the desert at sunset…I could go on and on. I also love Sweden. Partly because it reminds me of back home, but I also found the archipelago to be a special place. The islands with...

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Sunday Sessions: Hanging with Zoe from Wunder Workshop

Zoe wears the Sunshine Pendant in Brass On the first day of rain in London for what seems like ages we met Zoe from Wunder Workshop in her beautiful home in Notting Hill, west London. We sat down with one of her delicious golden glow lattes in amongst her beautifully decorated home with old potion bottles and healing crystals surrounding us. We chatted about past and future adventures, what inspired Zoe to start Wunder Workshop and more….   How did it start? I started Wunder Workshop 4 years ago. My late mother was a naturopath so ever since I was little I remember being surrounded by interesting books about botanicals and herbal medicine. We grew a lot of our own...

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