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The Gentlewoman, Bramble & Thorn

A lil' recommendation for a magazine you may or may not be familiar with: The Gentlewoman.

Not already acquainted? Featuring inspirational, international women and cover models as diverse as Beyonce, Angela Lansbury, Adele and Inez van Lamsweerde, The Gentlewoman pairs ambitious journalism with a sartorial perspective on personal style. Offering a fresh and intelligent approach to fashion, The Gentlewoman explores the way women actually look, think and dress. A vibrant sister publication to Fantastic Man, the magazine is a beautifully designed, treasurable keepsake brimming with breathtaking photography.

Their issue earlier this year featuring Zadie Smith was utterly incredible and worthy of spending a full day devouring.

film in frames: the witch (2015)

Film in frames: shout-outs to movies that are visually appealing to watch and best enjoyed with a big cup of tea. It goes without saying: all films featured are best watched on Blu-ray or the highest definition copy you can find. Your eyes will thank you.

warming meals for autumn

The days are getting shorter and the weather is cooling down in Melbourne, so I'm adding more warm meals into my recipe rotation. Here are three recipes I've got my eyes on.

artspiration: henri matisse

“What I dream of is an art of balance, purity, and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter... a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” -Henri Matisse

Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.

His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.

I adore his paintings of women and definitely need to get a couple of prints around my house of his work.

japan itinerary: how to get the best out of japan in 15 days

Having recently returned home from my fourth holiday in Japan, I feel that I've really nailed the creation of a great Japan itinerary. It's essentially just following one simple rule: quality over quantity. Don't rush through the country trying to tick off every major city, accept that you won't be able to see everything and fully immerse yourself into the places you do go.

This, of course, applies to basically every travel itinerary you'll ever need to create, but feel it's worth repeating whenever I write about creating an itinerary!

My itinerary could definitely be used by anyone hoping to get a taste of Japan: immersing yourself in the craziness of Tokyo, wandering through old forests in the hills outside of Osaka, and eating the freshest (and most delicious) sushi you can imagine in the seaside city of Kanazawa. Add two days either end of your itinerary for traveling, and you've got yourself a solid itinerary.