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Necklace – Cartier Amulette

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You know what they say, if you’ve done a round of Scrabble, it’s time for some Charades and beers. Then Karaoke. Then more beers. A plate of quesadilla too if you can distinguish pan from pot. If not, just toss everything into a bucket of KFC Assorted Wings and eat it with a ladle, it all looks the same when it comes out as chunks later. Who says that? I don’t know, probably somebody famous, and fabulous. Somebody last Friday night maybe, who may or may not have had one too many glasses of boxed wine, who sang Swan Princess until the cops showed up at the door. DEREK! YOU AND I WERE MEANT TO BE…

…it took exactly one year and two months to muster up the courage to put this up here for you to see.

I digress. Ladies and gentlefolk, welcome to the charades and karaoke part of the night. Everything is downhill from here. If you’ve been following this blog for the past eight years, you know I’ve shuffled a LOT of shameless face cards and tiled many a Scrabble board with bad grammar and nonsensical rants. It was only time that we moved the party onto the singing and dancing part*.

UNLOCK • Watch the full video below

In all frankness, it took exactly one year and two months – to the day – to muster up the courage to put this up here for you to see. One rainy Sunday in June 2015, I took two buses to get to the On.Cut studio shack up in Hendon, and within about 20 minutes of warm-up** and a packet of Cheesy Dorito’s, we got to recording. At Emarr at the helm, song practically wrote itself. Jam mixed it on the spot. Ten days later we shot the video under an incredibly menstrual July sky and amidst a field of lavender. I could barely remember the words.

It’s not a Billboard topper, heck, it’s shower singing at best, but it’s a small dream come true. Thanks are due to Cartier’s relentless support, to my assistant Simon (who judges Rihanna yet curiously reserves comments on my wailing) and to hidden talents like Emarr & Jam… here’s Unlock.***

* More on Snapchat (ID Sparkncube) and Instagram Stories
** Basically yelling ‘WOW. WOW. WAW. WAAAW’ until the dudes say that’s not really a thing.
*** On hindsight, let’s all pretend that blue smoke grenade is a gassy Pokemon in the wild, and not a hipster filming gimmick that I thought was a great idea at the time. AIN’T IT SO 2015.

Dress – Zara. Shirt – ASOS. Hat – Zara (similar).

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Dress – Razan Alazzouni

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creative direction SHINI PARK photography assistance SIMON SCHMIDT music produced by & MUSICBYJAM video directed by EMARR produced by CUBE COLLECTIVE in collaboration with CARTIER

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  1. Marvellous pics!

    Don’t miss today on the blog a comfy & very chic outfit with off the shoulder top…and a pair of lovely lace-up sandals! ;)
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  2. Love the music video, great work

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  3. La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Beyond beautiful . . . As always! Simply fabulous! :)

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  4. Great pictures ..
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  5. This video is on another level, i wish i could use some hands up emoji right now, AMAZING!!

  6. Me encantan las fotos y el vídeo.
    Muy bueno el post.

    Saludos desde Ecuador.

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  7. Wow.. Stunning!!

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  8. Gry

    Amazing! You constantly stun me with your talent! I can’t sing to save my life, but in all other areas you are a source of inspiration!

    Gry

  9. Wow amzing!

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  10. Chantal PERIN

    Élégant ,ravissant, belles images, jolie chanson . Merci !

  11. So Amazing ! … always ! ;-)

  12. Love this necklace so much! I’ve seen other people wearing it, and it’s so so so pretty and chic and aaah love it!
    Lucie, xx

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  13. Shini, if you ever decide to put your focus on music, I’m supporting it! <3 Love this! More of this please ;)

  14. WowAmazing! You constantly stun me with your talent.

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  15. oh wow, JAW DROPPED! I remember bits of you sharing this BTS. Love how it turned out! And that Razan Alazzouni dress is GORGEOUS on you xx

  16. Ah! I cannot wait to listen, in the mean time, those photos are stunning!!

    Rxx

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  17. Will you marry me?

  18. I certainly wasn’t expecting that! Since when do you sing? I actually like it. It shouldnt have taken a year to get out there, but well done on having the courage to publish it. Looking forward to more….maybe even a concert then, eh? :P

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  20. Okay so I am guilty of first watching the video then reading, and, as I was listening, I thought “Wow this sounds good, but why does it sound so much like Shini? Wait is that Shini lip syncing? Okay, let’s read…SHE WAS ACTUALLY SINGING IT? THIS IS AWESOME!” It’s far from shower singing and it’s probably one of the rare English songs I am willing to listen to {I made the transition to Kpop/Kdrama OST back in 2010 and now the only English I listen to in songs is {on occasions nonsensically} sandwiched between Korean sentences}

    On a side note, Simon, if you are reading this, I volunteer as your Rihanna-judging buddy. :P

  21. ahhhhhhhhhhh i am BLOWN AWAY. i remember when you shot this on snapchat and like literally i’ve been waiting for these pictures for so long! you are beyond amazing. please rub some of it off on me.

    xx Faiyaz
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  22. I love the images you have created!

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  23. Awesome pictures and music video! I actually really liked the song :D

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  24. Love your pictures and video! Beautiful :)

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  25. Love your pictures and video! Beautiful :)

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  26. oh my, the pictures are beautiful. Great video as well!

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  27. So I’m totally with Simon on this one – you are AWESOME. Such a total natural in front of the camera and although you deny it (please, I know what awkward in front of a camera is!!) you are totally meant to do this! Keep it up Shini, I am LOVING this video!

    Now this song is stuck in my head. Cue: head bop.

    x
    Shloka
    thesilksneaker.com

  28. This is amazing, as always!

    Characters & Carry-ons

  29. Wow! You are so multi talented! I love your blog, your design and the effort you put into every single post! A true inspiration!

    XX
    Storm

  30. Awesome!

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  31. awesome video!

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  32. Omggg the car photos in particular just inspired meee to recreate similar shots in my new convertible Miata!!!

    Joua to the Rescue

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  34. Cool video! Really great quality.
    xo, Alisha Ricki | Life(Style), Travel, & Culture

  35. I dont know what to say, this is too beautiful, and cant explained by words, what a view

  36. You are the universe’s gift to the masses. <3

  37. wow
    so beautiful
    i liked
    god

  38. Amazing! I like your talent.

  39. awsome!!!, beautiful voice is on the beautiful flowers field. Wish you success

  40. So beautiful . . .
    As always! Simply is gud