I've moved on...
...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.

Lace coat – Courtesy of Amber Sakai, Dress & Vest – Uniqlo, bag – Zara, Bracelet – Kurt Geiger, Shoes – Topshop

I have this bad habit of refusing to eat anything during the day when there’s a promising meal in the horizon… actually, it’s a little similar to my concept of hygiene. (Promising event next week, I MUST SAVE MY HYGIENE.) Sometimes I’d curse the sky when it starts pouring while I’m cycling, screaming ‘Not yet okay!? Let me just get my awesome Cowshed shampoo from my back pocket‘ and do a lawnsprinkler shower in the street. Along with the refusing to eat, there was refusing to get out of bed, so basically I woke up that day to have dinner in Aqua Kyoto. I realised I never really look up when on Oxford Street, and naturally I’ve never had a chance to look down – the view from the fourth floor restaurant balcony is spectacular, especially when you have a fire in your glass and you’re not sure if you’re meant to blow it out or feed it some coal and swap that with the table candle. Na, my drink was the 43 Flowers, frappuchino equivalent of alcohol (a dessert, basically), a very sweet and refreshing drink that complimented the four courses handsomely.

The restaurant is done up in a very ‘exclusive club’ feel, but one reservation call will put you down for a perfect moody corner for that anniversary dinner, or after-work drinks on the balcony and throwing drunken raspberries down on Argyll Street.

Thank you Jessica of TCS for the invitation. The outfit is second instalment of Uniqlooks for this month! Also many kissies to Macku for the photos.

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  1. Aqua Kyoto looks breathtakingly beautiful, such a luxurious interior. Have saved the website for a future visit (:

  2. arrrrgh that looks OUT OF THIS WORLD take me there now…!!


  3. Holy crap, total food porn. Thank you for the pictures.

  4. O my, I so love your name

  5. Canary

    Aqua’s insanely beautiful and your pics are so genuine! The sushi, the B52, the atmosphere: mhmmmmmmmmmmm!

  6. wow, such beautiful photos – you make the food look enchanting!

    & thanks for the restaurant tip, I’ve never heard of the place before but will certainly check it out, it’s good to know that it’s not exclusive members only either! :)

    Katie x

  7. That looks amaaaaazing!


  8. Amazing photography as always – you make me feel as if I were there.

    Looks like a gorgeous place to visit!


  9. what a wonderful place! I was in London some days ago and it’s a pity I didn’t know about it! great pics as always anyway! love your blog!

  10. oh my, you’re killing me with all that japanese deliciousness!!! and on a side note.. you’re gorgeous and you always take the loveliest pictures :)


  11. Beautiful! Whoever knew that there was such a hideaway off the bustling Oxford Street eh? The food looks delicious too! Being a sucker for great food means that my waistline is on the ever expand…

  12. it’s almost twelve o clock at night, and i’m carving for food right now.

  13. Oh, Shini… this looks and sounds incredible. Actually, mostly it just looks incredible! I LOVE your food photos… please start a food blog or create a book of London’s best eats. Or, ok okkk, just keep posting them on your blog sometimes – I guess I can be satisfied with that.

    Gorgeous photography as usual! xx

  14. @the style crusader, p.s. sorry, I got distracted by the food… just want to say that Amber Sakai lace jacket is the bomb.

  15. Wow, that bag is Zara? It’s gorgeous! LOVE LOVE LOVE the food pics, everything looks amaaaazing! May I ask what camera/lense you used? Ta!


  16. You may ask!

  17. kidding, I use Canon 5D Mark II with 50mm f1.2 :)

  18. @Shini, Haha, thanks! Ah! Canon 5D! Nice ;)

  19. The pictures are extraordinary enticing, maybe you should specialise in food and restaurant photography, you made it look magical. The bartender is errr hunky.

  20. I’m the same way about food! I don’t know why I do it, but I save my money/stomach space for a good meal! Glad to know I’m not crazy :x

  21. I think I just died and went to heaven when seeing this captures…Aqua Kyoto is heavenly. From the decor, to the dishes, to the view. And that Sake Prune Creme Brulee. Wow.

    ♥, Jamie

  22. your pictures are always incredible and everything looks so yummy


  23. damn that looks good! and i love the view from the window – oh london, here i come!

  24. soo fancy schmancy hehe :P

  25. Shini, PUHLEASE start a foodie blog too!?! Pweety please

  26. You have THIS bag too, hihi :)

  27. Shini, these photos are SO BEAUTIFUL. My eyes are weeping with joy! Maybe not quite so insane, but they are wonderful. i never think to look up on Oxford st either, I will now always be wondering what insanely lush restaurants lurk at the top of every building!

  28. WOW foods looks so fine! I would love to try it, when I’m in London.

    Travel in Style

  29. Ohhh that looks amazing!! I think I have to go there soon

    XO Charlotte

  30. Yin Pang

    Your pictures are always so incredible, nothing less!


  31. Oh my gosh this is like my favourite bar ever ever, I’m there like every 2 weeks minimum!! Love the photos, you’re making me miss home.

  32. that food looks unbelievably delicious. you always visit the most amazing places for some grub. thanks for sharing these gorgeous photographs.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  33. That food looks so delicious!

  34. OMG! Everything looks absolutely deliscious!

    Oh, I soo wanna go back to london, when I see these pics…


    – the many lives of line

  35. looks like paradise on a plate! :)

  36. Beautiful pics! …I’m hungry now…


  37. Aah, back on – it must have been my system. This looks so lush and yum-yum, but as I usually refuse to eat after hours I would have to make do with 43 flowers… which would be fine by me.

    And now I’m sure I always wanted to own a lace coat.

  38. miranda

    Your website design and photography skills are freakin’ impressive, as is your overall sense of style and beauty. best blog hands down

  39. Oxford Street is so gorgeous. That’s so awesome that you were able to get invited to the restaurant. It does look very exclusive.

  40. mmmm food looks gorgeous and you look amazing as per. Really love your top and bag.

  41. Eleanor van Overdijk

    Wow, Shini, I’m booking a flight and making a reservation. Your photos are so enticing and just when I’ve been craving a trip to London!

  42. You look so pretty and amazing food photos :)

  43. It’s a fantastic pictures and dishes :)

  44. Everything looks absolutely stunning. It must have been a joy to eat there.

  45. You basically have the most beautiful photography on any blog, anywhere, bar none. It’s just stunning on every level from subject to Photoshopping.

  46. I wuv yu (tear)

  47. Wow, that looks SO good. All of it!

    Annah xx


  48. looks SO GOOD.
    yum, raw fish!

  49. That picture with fire in the glass….. is amazing!!!

  50. OMG the food looks so so good ^^

  51. Wow, that is swank. I’d not realised how tall the buildlings are around Oxford Street either.

  52. looking at your pics is like a holiday for the tortured brains department-if that makes sense.

  53. wahhh, it’s an amazing place!! i’ll save the website to remember to go there :):) ps: if i know i have a nice dinner i have the same concept, i eat really light things during the day!!^^

  54. From blog to blog I just found yours and the truth is that i love it.I just became your follower and i leave you my blog aswell. In case you like it I hope you support me aswell.


    Room on the third floor

  55. (Que the sucker for sushi, right here.) What an enticing atmosphere.

    AND THANK GOODNESS! Oh, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who will refrain from eating at the prospect of a later meal. I keep trying to convince myself it’s healthy. Well, okay, maybe it’s not but still! :D

  56. Gorgeous photography! Wishing I lived in London so I could try Aqua out, and also, if I’m honest, flirt with that bartender. :)

  57. ahh, one of my favorite blogs. When I see you have a new post up I make a little “oo” sound, it’s high pitched, like a sound I would make if I found an earring I thought I lost. I love your style all around, and your humorous posts always make me laugh. I am starting a new little weekly post on my blog called: Style Envy, and you will be my first feature :) Please let me know right away if you would prefer not to be featured on my blog. I might cry a little inside, but I’ll get over it.
    Thanks for being awesome and sharing your awesomeness.
    take care!
    -rosalynn of ModernLoveVintage.blogspot.com

  58. One reason (and good reason) to go in this city.

    It looks very cosy !

  59. Clesyah

    I know that guy! the guy who is working with the black jacket!
    is an Italian boy who lived in the same city where I live, before moving to London! what a coincidence!
    p.s. sorry for my bad English

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