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Double,
triple life
Versatility, apparently, is a superpower

Every six months my parents ask me via Whatsapp, “so… what exactly is it that you do now?” And every six months, I struggle to explain what exactly it is that I do now. If they asked this morning, I would add ‘5-minute spaghetti chef’ to the list, alongside photographer, web designer and blogger, and my mother would show me the true spelling of ‘tsk tsk’. (It’s true, I am this close to a Michelin star tyre) There is no doubt that I do lead a bit of a double life, if not triple – just like any ambitious (read: charged with the crazies) individual today. Plus, it comes with the territory when working in the visual industry.

For this reason I don’t have a uniform, there is no one cape that I can wear to all three jobs, unless stained Pyjamas count (thank the heavens for Skype conference calls). Truth is, I rely heavily on versatile, multi-purpose pieces that can minimize the stress of having to face an important client in the morning and then go on a physically demanding photoshoot in the afternoon. On this collaboration with Fay, I thought I’d show you exactly how I live this double, triple life quite comfortably with just one coat called Virginia.*

Don’t forget to check the Double Life feature over at Fay.com with the full scope of the campaign and rest of the Double Life babez.

In collaboration with Fay. Photography – Krisatomic;

Coat – Fay ‘Virginia’.

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I start the morning with a meeting with a client over coffee and breakfast pastries to discuss her branding and a new website. I’ve done up the clasps of the Fay coat up to my neck and belted it at the waist for a more formal look, although by the third pain au chocolat I regret this decision. I do love that it gives an overall military (think cavalry…) vibe, but with a slight feminine twist with the stilettos and red lips.

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I work from a home studio/office so it’s always a big deal when I’m out in town, so I always try to make the most of it by scheduling in at least one visit to an exhibition or gallery. Today I’m gatecrashing at the Dorothy Mead exhibit at Waterhouse & Dodd.
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Back to the office where I swap my 5-inch-heel horse and into more comfortable gear. We’re shooting in the studio today so I’ve slipped on a skirt and a pair of yoga shorts underneath. (No one is seeing my uterus today…) The Fay coat is perfect to throw on for the coffee run, finished off with an oversized scarf.

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Coat – Fay ‘Virginia’. Top – ASOS. Skirt – Carven (via Harvey Nichols). Bag – Saint Laurent. Boots – Stuart Weitzman. Scarf – ZARA

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Is it just me, or late lunch always tastes better? Oh wait, that’s the hunger speaking. Despite the three pain au chocolats and a plate of eggs from this morning of course. Aubaine’s Poulet Paillard is my go-to hunger buster.
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Coat – Fay ‘Virginia’. Top – ASOS. Bag – Hipsters for Sisters. Skirt – Alexandra Grecco. Sneakers – Isabel Marant.
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Given how dark it gets these days, my happy hour is winding down somewhere bright and cheery, so I ask a friend out to meet at the Wallace Collection – one of my favourite places in London – before heading to dinner. It’s been a long day so I pull out something fun and comfortable to wear under the Fay coat, like this puffy tulle skirt and white sneakers. AND A FANNYPACK. I swear it sounded better in my mind…

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* I don’t really change three times a day (unless I spill curry twice a day, which has happened in the past, mind.), this is simply to illustrate the multiple scenarios of styling a coat.
** Apologies if my third-grader handwriting offended anyone’s eyeballs this morning. I blame the rise of the machines…

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  1. Love this outfit, perfect match!

    L.A

  2. Stunning pictures Shini! Just beautiful.

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  3. miri

    Beautiful jacket! I also love the tulle skirt and sneakers on you!
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  4. Great post :) Love the outfits, but also the story, quite inspirational :)

  5. has anyone already told you that you get prettier and prettier?
    is it the success? haha
    xxx

  6. It’s the makeup ;) x

  7. my my — your shoes !!!! seriously hyper crush

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  8. Love this. Your looks are amazing! Xx

  9. Gorgeous skirt! It looks so princess-like!

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  11. Omg I absolutely love the skirt with the suede boots!
    great look for fall!

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  12. omg, this post. Love love love! Definitely may favorite writer on the web. Keep it up love.

  13. Love your outfit!

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  14. Besutiful! Where did breakfast take place? Trying to identify the floor….

  15. I think you’re pretty awesome for being able to be that good in so many things, you work you blog you shoot and most of all, your writing deserves a prize! Love that you are updating more regularly, your posts always put a smile on my face :)

    Have a lovely weekend,
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  17. What a cool post – love the idea! And the overknees are just beyond gorgeous!

    XX from Germany
    Jecky
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  18. Dude, I would have thought the idea of a leopard print bum bag (especially paired with a tulle skirt?!) would be the epitome of cheesy tat but you somehow manage to make it look very cool.

    p.s. thinking you and Kris are a match made in visual heaven. Really beautiful photos! xx

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