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 (Would you just look at that holding frame, DERP written all over) Wearing: Top – Marc Jacobs. Trousers – Iris & Ink at The Outnet. Shoes – Christian Louboutin

One other thing I generally suck at: speaking. Case in point, see above. And you’d think since it’s one thing you do everyday you get better at it, like walking – in fact, one sucks at walking too. IT’S JUST DIFFICULT OKAY. Scarily, my skills in public speech (or lack thereof) has always been a deal-breaker/maker of almost every junction in life, starting with my English IB orals in high school that single-handedly reduced mighty dreams of Modern History at Oxbridge to colouring at artschool (fun fact: CSM’s IB requirement is 26, which is basically the lowest ‘pass’ point in IB) (of course, one requires a killer portfolio and generally must appear mad-for-art to qualify). If I remember correctly there was a bit of Eminem’s Stan (ft. Dido) lyrics snuck into a Macbeth passage interpretation. Examiner clearly had no sense of humour, or swag, yo. Fast forward to late 2012, I take the exact same bag of skills to the Outnet shoot, fully expecting my character to be killed off in the pilot. What you’re seeing here is hours of painstaking editing, separating of the sane and insane moments, and sewing them seamlessly all together, all courtesy of the video wizards; and let’s not forget Ciara the lovely makeup artist, who eventually had to muster up a pot of peach-coloured acrylic paint to cover up a very scarlet face. So I do realize this is like admitting hey I’m kinda hot after someone’s photoshopped my head onto Jessica Alba’s body, but I quite like how it turned out! Plus, the shop edit they put together for me has rather awesome pieces that makes me look like I belong in Tommy Ton/Nam’s streetstyle snaps. It’s all good fantasizing fun.

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  1. This Pictures are just so beautiful!
    Loving your outfit! Tha Polka dot top looks gorgeous on you!
    And loving the necklaces!

    Andi

    http://andicui.blogspot.com.es/

  2. Oh, you’re way too harsh on yourself. I actually enjoyed both watching you and hearing you speak. You sound friendly and approachable and surely that’s a good thing. :)

  3. My tears don’t fall.. I wonder why?

  4. Clementine

    I don’t want to be creepy but…I love your voice! I’d never heard it before, I think it’s beautiful. Ok, done being weird. Great video!

  5. I think you did great. If it makes you feel better I could understand every word that you said, and english is not my first language.

    That blouse is a killer, you definitely can’t do wrong with dots.

    Btw, your voice was completely different from what I was expecting.

  6. I’ve actually already seen this video while typing your blog’s name on Youtube as I was curious to know more about you. I like watching videos of bloggers because the feeling I get while I am looking at them helps me figure out who you are. Obviously, I meant knowing you as far as the internet enables us.
    Being in front of a camera is nothing easy, it’s not a photo for your blog you can choose if you look well or not or if it is aesthetically interesting. In front of a camera you move, I won’t learn anything to anybody saying this, but it’s a BIG change.

    This said I really appreciated the video and don’t worry you speak as well as you write !
    Your Marc Jacobs top is very unique and these Louboutin are really gorgeous.

    Shug Avery of Incognito

    http://www.thinkincognito-eng.blogspot.com

    ps : I so laughed reading this “hey I’m kinda hot after someone’s photoshopped my head onto Jessica Alba’s body”, I exactly know what you mean by the way !

  7. love the poka dots!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  8. Loved the video! I didn’t find anything about your speaking to be bad.
    And those Marni necklaces are so beautiful!

    xx

    FASHION EATERS

  9. It’s so strange to finally hear you in person. I don’t think it’s too bad at all. Your little quirks make you YOU!

  10. Nice video and great style info :)

  11. Shini,

    Love your top and video! And glad to hear your voice. Your accent is as you described in an earlier reply. I think you did a great job.

  12. Ami S.

    You have a lovely, soothing speaking voice and you are quite eloquent! I adore your style and your blog, Shini. Keep it up ;)

  13. You did a fabulous job!!! <3

  14. Loved the video! I didn’t think it was awkward at all, and you look great! :)
    Nice to have a voice to go with your writing now!

  15. You’re not that bad at speaking – don’t be so hard on yourself!
    I love the polka dot top and stilettos together.
    Great video :)

    M.

  16. Great shoot, inspiring shots!

    http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com

  17. LOVED this video of you- you are so brilliant with pairing prints and making an on-trend item truly your own and so ladylike. x

    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

  18. Love your honesty. I get so excited sometimes I end up running words into each other, and creating new ones. This throws people off, and a chuckle escapes on my expense. Ah, ces’t la vie. But I have to relate.

  19. lovely captures!

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

  20. OMG I love your pictures !! Your blog is just wonderful ! :)
    Marie
    xx
    http://www.pocketofsun.com

  21. I love the focus in the third photo. The shallow DOF you tend to use in your photos is my favorite thing about your style of photography in general.

  22. Don’t be too hard on yourself! The photos are great, and I love your polka dot top, and all the shoes!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  23. lovely photos, and lovely paragraph :)

    DIY Galaxy Bracelet Giveaway – http://mayotuna.blogspot.sg/2013/01/diy-galaxy-bracelet-giveaway.html

  24. Love your photos!!!!!!I really enjoyed the video too :-)

    Eirini from http://fashionreactor.blogspot.gr/

  25. Oh I think you did such a great job! You are clear and articulate, nice work :) looove the outfit btw, great stilettos! xx

    http://www.phoandchips.com

  26. i loved your video, even a few weeks back when saw it on the outnet. i though you did very well.

    http://www.vasilievablog.com

  27. I loved your shoot and your sales picks were super clauhsssssy.

    Everyone hates themselves on film it’s just a fact.

  28. Waoa. Amazing photos. And amazing look. Very rarely to see you in make up. I can see your blush and eye shadow. You look so beautiful. Love it.

    Kuti
    http://Www.ishootstyle.com

  29. Ah, I think it wasn’t bad at all! Public speaking improves with training – but natural charms is hard to come by. You ooze natural charm.

    x Sibylle

  30. Nothing better that lunch time coffee and few minutes on you blog! I enjoyed the photos and the video! Great! plus love the outfit, simple but cool, x

  31. I think you did better than what I would have done! I suck at speaking irl and I know I suck even more in front of a camera, which I sometimes feel sad about because I really would like to get in the whole YouTube-thingy. But I often stutter and my sentences are grammatically wrong most times – I call it speech dyslexia. I feel like people would concentrate more on my speech than on what I’m actually trying to say.

  32. MeaganS

    I think you did a great job. Believe me when I say my speaking skills are much, much, much worse.

  33. I want everything on that jewellery table!

    http://youngandimpressionablee.blogspot.com.au/

    xx

  34. Yea, you get better at it every next time, but they say, there is no second first impression and that scares me the most. I totally get you. For me it helps that I stop thinking how I must look on camera and just focus on things to say.

  35. beautiful pictures. love your dotted top.

  36. Oh my God I totally get it. I always stumbled on my own words (sometimes feet since we’re talking about speaking and walking here) but hey, at least one could rock that polka dot top and those ah-mazing accessories right (I mean you). And actually I’ve always imagined you in British English when speaking but turns out it’s American! Hihihi… :) Anyway, I adore your style very much! <3

  37. I think you’re adorable! And way too harsh on yourself :)
    It’s refreshing to see someone who hasn’t been professionally trained to speak on camera!

  38. Emma

    I just took my English IB oral today, oh the terrors…and your photography is beautiful!

  39. oh, shini, it’s so great to hear your voice! (sorry, fan girl alert!).

  40. Seraphina

    Oh gosh public speaking in IB… the dreaded IOC for English was a killed me.

  41. I saw this video on another website…which is how I discovered your lovely blog and site! you spoke wonderfully and eloquently, Shini! Great job and loving your unique approach to style and street fashion!

  42. love the classy dot top
    http://www.we2zsquare.com/

  43. You have a lovely way of writing AND speaking Shini. And you’re so right about cropped trousers and fancy shoes combo, winner every time x

  44. Just put this in your head: You are amazing!
    Lovely images
    Love the combo of Big polka dots and the more subtle teeny ones on your shoes
    xx

  45. I love that you’re self deprecating, witty and quirky. People relate to you which is probably why I’ve enjoyed watching this video.

  46. You are my inspiration. When I found out you were a graphic designer, it made me love you even more. I am studyin to be a graphic designer and you are a huge inspiration. Your fashion and your pictures are amazing, just in love with your blog.

    PS: Sorry for my english, its not my first language.

  47. Rui

    SHINI! Never bothered commenting before but just wanted to say your blog is amazing, aesthetically beautiful, and it’s so much more than just ‘outfit shots’. ALSO – the fact that you were in IB, I have my English Orals next week and as you can see, I BE procrastinating…

    Don’t know if you read these but keep posting, you’re creating beautiful images and everything you do is just such high quality. Visiting your blog is such an enjoyable process. I know you’ll be able to find creative and economically sustainable ways to keep doing this (that Chloe campaign WAS SO GOOD).

  48. well done shini! i loved this video of yours. just darling.

  49. You are very good writer though. I’m same, better writer than speaker, but hey, everybody is different.

  50. Oh Nam.

    Love this video of you chica – looking gorgeous and sounding like quite the fashionista. xx

  51. I adore that blouse! Hooray for The Outnet too. xx.

  52. Great photographs, a very inspiring article!

    xx
    Théa

  53. Love your blog! Fantastic photos.

    http://www.retrobeans.com

  54. The giant polkadot blouse is lovely! I must remember to venture into polka dots more!

  55. Absolutely loved this video about you!! I love how your job as a graphic designer has a massive influence on how you dress xx

  56. Love it!

  57. Oh, I think you were so charming :) And it was interesting to hear your voice. I have to say I expected a strong 007/S. Connery accent. Lovely and charming :)

  58. My first thought, just as I read about your difficulties speaking, was “well, you should see my IB English oral presentations”. It must mean something.
    And QABABbdaisfbigbr you’re wearing the… the most perfect of all the perfect tops! The first photo is outstanding.

  59. We agree, you are way to harsh on yourself! We think you did a great job!

    http://destinationbcn.com/blog

  60. Helu sista

  61. not awkward at all!!!! ^_^

    a style that combines method with creativity!

  62. great job Shini! – I saw your shop edit by outnet a few weeks ago and bought this Iris & Ink pants. I have to say that, actually, I never liked clothing collections launched by shops or so and would never attracted to Iris & Ink. no way! but OMG, it’s worked and I’m so lucky to possess this olive pants, I was looking for so long! I had not even noticed before that you’re wearing the same one on the advertisement, lol

    Greetings from Berlin

    http://www.clothierin.blogspot.com

  63. you did great! i love the video and your photos. public speaking or presentation scare me…eek!

  64. Hi Shini,

    You said that you sucked at speaking, but it doesn’t seem so once you talk about what you’re really into! I thought I would hear a lovely British accent from you, but yours turn out to be quite American, with the ‘r’ sound.
    Anyway, love your video, and your post, as always!

    -from an avid stalker

  65. I’m usually to lazy to comment on things but after watching this video clip you are too adorable and I love your blog. It is designed and done so well :)

  66. I like the accessories!

    http://www.iamprincessangeles.com

  67. I love these photos, the one of the shoes is amazing.

    Lou
    http://www.thekeypieces.co.uk

  68. You don´t suck at speaking I think. I´m really awkward in front of camera, so, I guess I do know how you might feel about talking haha

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  70. Fabulous top and heels!

  71. Koi

    So glad to place a voice to your words!
    You looked really nervous but I enjoyed the interview nonetheless!
    You’re too hard on yourself, the video was fabulous and real! good job :)

  72. omg after years of reading your blog, I realize this is the first time I’ve ever heard you speak. *___* At least IB provided some public speech training. I wimped away from IB and now my speaking skills are close to zero (not that I regret not being in IB because it would’ve killed me). And I had a job interview today, haaaah.

    I really like hearing about your style. Other fashion people do unrealistic things like working an outfit around a pair of statement heels. Not everyone owns a pair of Rodarte! But anyway, this post was fun (and funny) to read, as always! And you do not suck at speaking.