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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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43 Comments

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

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

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  3. The bag looks superbly gorgeous!

    <3
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  4. Beautiful, classic bag.
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  5. I love it! It is perfect!

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

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  7. So adorbs shini!

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  8. lovely bag!

    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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!

    C+C

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

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  15. gorgeous!

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

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  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

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  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

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  19. You’re such an inspiration!

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

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING
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  21. cool bag!

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  22. Great bag and love the video!

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  23. That bag is amazing
    xx
    Sasha
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  24. I love that bag !!

    xx, Brittany
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  25. You’re so adorable..loved it :)

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  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*

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

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  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?

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  30. Kristen

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

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  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”

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  32. Sarah Nizomi

    what a perfect bag! so classy

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  33. lovely bag!
    xx

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

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  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

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

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  37. ChicTrends

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

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  38. Farah

    Love the bag – and enjoy ballet!

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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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