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T-shirt – Who What Wear. Jeans – Topshop Boutique. Tartan shirt - Motel Rocks. Bag – JinYoo103684. Boots – Thakoon. Watch – Guess.

Ever since we started having this amazing weather every weekend was a gamble of either risking lasagna-degrees at home or trying to find somewhere that’s not gurgling with people – cool people, especially – because now I feel uncomfortable lying in the park with wild hair and no make-up, clutching a beer generally looking like a hobo. Everyone’s out dressed in beautiful sun dresses and Miss Universe make-up, and is it just me or British boys look hotter in the sun?* I guess they technically are in 31 degrees compared to 12, but that rule clearly doesn’t apply to everyone (me). Some weekends I’d come home after spending a afternoon in Shoreditch or the flower market, wailing EVERYBODY IS COOLER THAN MEEEEE to the hubby. Eventually I’d fall asleep on the sofa to the sound of his ‘there there…’, where occasionally I’d dream that I’m a moose in the middle of a field of shiny horses all wearing horn-rimmed glasses. I run back bawling to my moose husband in the dream too (I’m seeing a pattern here…). So last weekend I tested out an ingenious idea of re-visiting** Canary Wharf, London financial district in the East and satisfyingly void of ‘cool’. Well, that’s not entirely true, because how the river and the concrete meet in this hypermodern-Venice like setting is the coolest, coldest treat in the heat, and the fact that there’s basically no one around is pure bliss. Don’t tell anyone I hang around there though, wouldn’t want to be evicted from Hackney for ‘lack of hip’ and all.

* Sorry for looking, husband, maybe we should sprinkle water on our bellies and go lie in the sun a little to see if we can grow a six-pack by next weekend.

** Used to live there for two years if you can believe it, it was the most NYC I could go without leaving Europe, okay?!

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  1. awesome! Totally in love with this look :)

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  2. I love your outfit, it’s a very original combination

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  3. Super cool <3 What a nice t-shirt!

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  4. I truly love CW.And hate as well.Oh well, somewhere in between.Like any other place in this cccity . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xrt7-Xu2Fk

  5. English boys look better? You’re obviously not hanging out anywhere near me. I’m constantly being assaulted by jelly-belly man-flesh, all white and pasty, usually accessorised with an over-sized can of lager and a fading tattoo.

    Or maybe that’s your thing? ;)

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  6. Like a city within a city, Canary Wharf is a very unique entity. Great yum-cha too!

  7. Danielle

    You’ve just made CW a hip place by visiting there Shini! x

  8. Emily K G

    Love the write up. Currently experiencing major bag envy, too.

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  9. Catriona

    You are the coolest of them all Shini! Don’t let the hipsters drag you down.

  10. Cool pictures! Love your look!

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  11. Love the 90′s look you’ve got going there.
    P.s those valentinos on your instagram <3 <3

  12. Ah, love those jeans on you! And great shots as always.

    xx

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  13. LOL You know what they say: Wait till you have kids. You’ll probably not give a shit about how you dress – as long as you’re decently covered as you hustle everyone out.

    Or not. I don’t know.

    Fashion. Pfft…

  14. Cool look, and nice place to hang out! But as you are so much cooler than you think, now everyone will go there! ;)

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  15. Such a cool punky tomboy look here. That’s not true you’re totally cool in my books!

  16. I love the shirt wrapped around the waist (and your bag)!

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  17. casual chic!

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  18. love your ripped jeans!

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  19. ChicTrends

    Love the look dear!

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  20. love your photos =)
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  21. Canary Wharf is such a fun place to be, kind of reminds me of DC before moving out here too. And tell me about it! How is everyone still able to look so glamorous even during the sweaty peak hours of the london underground?!

  22. Luka

    Coole outfit!

  23. It sure is shorts weather, in fact I’ve only worn trousers twice thing month I think. You’re harder than I am, in big old jeans

  24. It’s getting so hot though. I’m studying in Bath and seriously I pray for air-conditioner every night because I cannot sleep~~

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  25. Very cute t shirt, don’t think you need to worry about not looking cool in the park!

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  26. Hi Shini! My name is Bria and I am a writer for Sacramento Fashion Week in California! I am just discovering your blog, but I had to tell you I love it already. I appreciate that your focus is well rounded to include not only fashion or travel, but both and more. It is a very unique approach, and it is more inspiring to me as a writer to be able to see where all your ideas come from and how they interact. Bravo!

  27. You look stunning and certainly very cool, no moose horn-rimmed glasses required! =)
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  28. Wow! I love the photos! You are so pretty with that cool outfit. :-)

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  29. Miguel

    Hiii…

    Love your look.
    Love that city, London is one of my favorit places.

    Keep Posting
    Your blog have a good vibe. :D

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  30. But you’re exponentially cooler than me.. so it can always be worse! Lol.
    Self-doubt aside, great outfit & great look! And excellent mental image of awkwardly galumphing (sp?) moose.
    You’re just too cool for the self-aware set.. they’re so busy adjusting their hair parts to rakish angles while maintaining an aura of ‘don’t care’ that they never notice the rest of humanity. And doesn’t everyone have somebody’s grampa’s glasses at this point? I’m declaring it passé. Errrm.. And I’m actually quite an expert on passé things.. I spend most of my time wearing them.

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  31. Cute outfit!

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  32. Awww I miss Canary Wharf! I actually loved living there! Men in suits on the weekdays and peace and quite on the weekends.

  33. Loving the tartan!

  34. Looking hot babe. I like the ripped jeans and white shirt. x

  35. Nice look, cool and chic :)

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