Shine a Light

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Soft Armour

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There are few things more comforting and practical than a wool sweater in the middle of a very wet and cold November. Here are a few current favourites that go with absolutely everything. Much like these, 90% of my own knitwear collection is white, grey, or black. Paired with denim or leather or soft wool trousers, you can never ever go wrong.

All knits by COS & Zady

Technofeminism

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10/10. Would ogle again.

Images via Pitch

AÃRK Collective x Daniel Emma

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I adore these unisex marble-printed watches by Australian accessories label AÃRK collective, in collaboration with design studio Daniel Emma. I’ve long been drawn to simple watches featuring bold, minimal design, and I love the monochrome marble print of the circular watch face in contrast with the colourful ticker. My Obaku watch has served me well for the past two years, but I think it’s time I start looking for a new daily-wear watch, especially considering the face on my Obaku no longer stays in place, which makes telling time pretty much impossible. A watch is an accessory, but it should still serve a functional purpose after all.

Images via AÃRK

Behind the Scenes – Yang Li SS16

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Images via Dazed