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.

Jacket & Shoes – H&M, Knit Dress – Market in Vilnius, Jeans – Cut Zara, Striped top – Topshop, Necklace – Courtesy of Mimco

Short film by Mimco, featuring Emma Balfour

Mimco approached me with a proposal to send over a piece from their new collection for me to interpret into a photoshoot, video or a bellydance, as long as it illustrated the theme of the collection – a story from the fluttering pages of a Victorian-age débutante’s diary, an Unpredictable Revolution. Within a fortnight, a jelly-acetate necklace cluttered with slick hardware arrived with a heavy red book. The cynical graphic designer in me couldn’t help but chuckle at the cliché of finding the book dug out and containing an antique key and wax-sealed letter, but the package sure delivered the mood. The brief suggested a few different storyboards that could be elaborated on, and I figured this revolution can start from me so I did my own mish mash of themes: Noir – Castaway – Ritual – Nature – Overload – Kaleido – Reflective

Thank you Ellen for helping me out with the photos!

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  1. I LOVE this outfit. It’s kind of unusual to see you in a fully black ensemble but it’s pretty. :)

  2. This one is one of my fav photoshootings you’ve done! and great backround story too ;-)
    crazy cool. i enjoy following you..!

  3. I love your photos so much… I like how you matched the video, too! Haha

  4. oh shini these photos are so insanely gorgeous. i absolutely love your outfit and the edgy dark mood of the photos. the knit dress you’re wearing looks so cool… that jacket does not look like h&m. really wonderfully done shini… looks like it could have been snipped from a magazine. xx

  5. I love your outfit, particularly the knot dress and the photos look great.

  6. These pictures are beyond breathtaking. Spellbinding!!! <3


  7. I quite like that Mimco went through all that effort of cutting out a book to send you a necklace!! It’s lovely.

    Also do you have this knit dress in white as well? I like it, it’s definitely a ‘Shini’ piece.


  8. I can’t help but feel sorry for the person who had to cut them up, (possibly an intern :() since it doesn’t look machine-done!
    I do have the dress in white as well, couldn’t pass it up! :D

  9. I LOVE that militar jacket!!

  10. ahhh! love these photos so much! Ellen did an amazing job with this one ( as always, of course). ++ the reflection through the door.
    Also very much dig the outfit, the knit dress, the glitz and the crop milit/ tail coat looking thing with no tails.

  11. Wow! Bravo girls- great photographs :)

  12. Punks

    Bravo ! !

  13. Janne

    The photos and everything is so beautiful. :)

  14. What a wonderful photo sequence!
    Love all the dark but subtle tones and the clothes seem beautiful.


  15. These photos are gorgeous, I love how you’ve played with the themes. I especially love the dress, the length and overlaying are really unusual. Lovely (as always!) x

  16. These pictures are brilliant!

  17. wowww amazing photos!! love the necklace:-)

    check out my blog at thetalesofselfindulgence.blogspot.com
    two new posts were up ytd!!!

    or follow me on twitter at TTOSindulgence

  18. Ooooh!! I HAVE THE SAME JACKET :D I really love it, so perfect isn’t it?

  19. Absolutely beautifull outfit! I love it. And gorgeus pics!

  20. Ooooo I love your interpretation. So rebel-ish, like a gangster’s innocent daughter gone all awol. Your souvenir key is HUGE!!! I have a poison bottle :S

  21. Great outfit! Really beautiful

  22. kinomi

    Gorgeous! Great match of outfit and scenery….

    May I ask you, what camera do you use? I’m looking for a new one and your photos are amazing!

  23. That net-layering-thing is perfect…also, that image of your shoes and trees and house all jumbled in one is just mind blowing! So great. xo


  24. Wow, that could soo be in magazine!

  25. Awesome outfit and photos!!


  26. Mimco picked a great blogger. The video looks pretty neat.

  27. Great work!

  28. Cat

    Shini your pictures are so good :)
    your humour always cracks me into pieces!

  29. I love how all of your posts are like editorials in a magazine. Gorgeous!

  30. Wow! Yep, your blog remains one of my faves.


  31. I really love those pictures!
    i like your sheer dress and your military jacket!so awesome!!

  32. the fifth shot is beautiful. though it doesn’t display the necklace, the combination of textures is really great. the knit dress and leaves work wonderfully with one another. i feel as if you need to sew faux leaves or feathers to emulate the effect :)

  33. I ♥ ur outfit!
    It’s really amazing!

  34. I LOVE your blog, the photography is incredible. Your style is great, if you’re ever in need of some vintage, please come and visit!

    rebel belle vintage

  35. wow such a fancy sad piece

  36. You are pretty as usual really amazing. love xx

  37. my favourite outfit of you and the greatest photos here ever
    thank you for that great dose of beauty :*

  38. Wow that was super cool! Really a chic and glam/grunge look. I love it!

  39. Hmmm… a lot I can say about this:

    The first shot is stunning. The reflection shot is eerie. Which H&M did you get those boots from, because I need them. Your hair looks perfect. You look ultra skinny (in a good way) *does the eyebrow*.

    Oh and the Mimco necklacey-thing is a bit spesh.

    I like you.


  40. Is the eyebrow wiggle patented because you should so make it all yours.

  41. Some fabulous shots here, you did a great job. Is it your brother who takes your photos because they always look great. Love that second shot.

    Adèle – http://moltocuriosa.com

  42. Thanks Adele! Nah my photographers are always different but this one was done by my friend Ellen and she has the best eye ever. <3

  43. Oh Shini, gorgeous pictures! I’m an enormous fan of Mimco and love the necklace you picked! And that H&M jacket is gooorgeous too!!

    Miss B xx


  44. oh, these photographs are beautifully dark and edgy – the knit dress is just perfect on you! i’m quite jealous at the fact that you always look so lovely!

    love, jazzabelle. xx

  45. I really like the interpretation you gave to this line of accessories. Beautiful photos, beautiful colors, beautiful outfit

  46. your pics are always amazing :)

    xx http://thestylecat.blogspot.com

  47. these photos are stunning, love you look



  48. great video, you’re super talented!