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Wearing: Sweater – Topshop. Skirt – Zara. Heels – Valentino. Bag – Nina Ricci ‘Ballet‘.

For those kind, brave-hearted folks who follow me on Instagram will know that I’ve recently taken on a 6-week beginners’ ballet course at the City Academy, all part of a personal ‘spring clean’ campaign brought on by a sudden onset of severe eczema a couple months back. It’s still a bit of a battle, although the flare-ups are much less aggressive nowadays… I’m still trying to adjust my lifestyle and work towards curbing it, accepting it can’t be completely cured. A spot of ballet every week seemed like a gentle, manageable solution to get myself back to being a little physical, while revisiting something I loved doing imitating when I was a kid. Coincidentally, a week into the course, I got an email  from Nina Ricci to work on a video to coincide the launch of their new bag, named Ballet. It felt natural, so I accepted. We shot the video in Frame, my preferred dance-studio in Shoreditch (long time-followers will also remember this particular Black Swan-inspired barré class 2 year ago), and while I was hoping to explain the connection to my personal initiative, we decided to keep it light and frothy (+ squeaky). Thankfully, the bag isn’t all that fluffy and airy in character, it’s actually a very solid construction of beautiful, supple leather met with suede; golden metallic detailing that hint on a bit of maturity and luxuriousness. If anything, it”s the size of the bag that gives away the personality of the owner, carrying a little more than what’s necessary, perhaps hiding a secret or two it the interior. Hope you enjoy the video!

Collaborative post with Nina Ricci.

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  1. You have such a posh accent haha!
    Love the bag and the video :)
    X, Jessy

  2. I suffer from eczema too so I understand how you feel. I find that regular moisturisation helps. Lovely bag and video! x

  3. The bag looks superbly gorgeous!


  4. Beautiful, classic bag.

  5. I love it! It is perfect!

  6. Lovely video and this bag is beautiful. I love the skirt you’re wearing in the video. Good luck with the ballet!

  7. So adorbs shini!

  8. lovely bag!


  9. Wow I’d love to do something like that, must be incredible, good luck I’m sure you’ll do wellxx

  10. Love this Shini – cute bag and I am rather taken with your pirouettes in those heels!!

  11. Sylvie

    Woah. I need this bag!
    I used to do ballet too…

    haha you’re too funny at the end of the video! love it.

  12. oh ballet sounds interesting! hope you get better! LOVE your bag x

  13. Aw you were so adorable in this, Shini! I loved every aspect of it. beautiful bag also. Perhaps after my degree and working full time, I’ll be able to get one!


  14. you’re so cool! and adore the bag!

  15. gorgeous!

  16. That’s so cool! Great video. Also a great bag.

  17. Every time I come here to read a new post I find a new lady like piece I have to add to my list of items I must acquire.

    The Fashann Monster

  18. I loooove the colour and it’s so feminine in design! A tad too big in size for me tho.
    Hope your eczema is under control now…i think i have hayfever cos it’s spring

  19. You’re such an inspiration!

  20. Love that bag, the color is so sweet ♥

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING

  21. cool bag!

  22. Great bag and love the video!

  23. That bag is amazing

  24. I love that bag !!

    xx, Brittany

  25. You’re so adorable..loved it :)

  26. This is too cute! I smiled and giggled with you the whole time and also REALLY want this bag. I am such a huge fan of weekenders…probably because I imagine a life where every weekend I jet off so some romantic cozy escape with just the perfect amount of fabulous clothing in my perfect bag and not a single thing more to weigh me down. *SIGH*

  27. I think you should donate this bag. To me of course, ha ha! Great video!
    Mafalda ❤

  28. Ana Ilka

    Try to keep calm, I’ve found that stress makes my eczema pop out and say “hi” in the worst of times.
    Anywho….LOVELY :)

  29. What an amazing bag. I love, love, love it :) And I enjoyed what you had to say about being a graphic designer and seeing the world. As a writer, I view things in text. When everyone else is drinking beer my gluten-free self is scanning of the back of the can to see if the copy-writing is well-thought out! haha.

    I’ve been following you for the best few months, and I admit I need to dedicate a week to this awesome site and all the old posts, but have you ever collab’d with a designer and made a bag or perfume or other fashion accessory?

  30. Kristen

    “Whoops sorry, I’m not a fashion designer. Sorry!”
    Lol I love you, you’re so cute. I love the video!

  31. Ohmygoshiloveyouonvideo! I can’t believe you said you were a fashion designer XD Next I wanted you to say “I designed this bag and it’s the best thing ever”

  32. Sarah Nizomi

    what a perfect bag! so classy

  33. lovely bag!

  34. Cool video: ) Very natural! I like: )

  35. Ive got eczema too and it was really bad during primary sch. what made it worse was the humid weather I had to live with. but ever since I moved to London to study (LCF), my condition improved tremendously! guess finding the right moisturiser for ur skin and applying 3 times a day helps alot. also always have steroid creams for flare-ups! :)

    love the ballet bag. been learning ballet since I was 6. and stopped because I was moving to London. Wish i could go back into the routine

  36. Love how you shot this in a ballet studio! So en point! The bag suits so perfectly. Très Chic!

  37. ChicTrends

    Such great video, Shini! Loving the bag and that skirt. x

  38. Farah

    Love the bag – and enjoy ballet!

  39. your new bag is so beautiful.^_^

  40. Your blog is my go-to for inspiration! From your simply beautiful photos to your witty, humorous writing, I love Park & Cube! <3 Thank you for another great post!

  41. omg so cute!! And that felt like a genuine mistake in the beginning hahhahhaha so funny. I have to say the bag is very you. So clean.

  42. i was expecting to hear you speaking in a British accent,but you didnt. It caught me by surprise and amuses me at the same time as well. (and i mean all this in a good way)

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  45. This bag looks stunning, you style it well.