Geneva Bound

Geneva BoundFinally, this weekend has arrived! We (me and my siblings) booked our trip back in January. A good family friend of ours is getting married so we’ve decided to make a flying visit. When travelling I enjoy keeping things light, hence the sexy/casual double denim look above which is what I’m currently wearing. With 28 degrees heat waiting for us as soon as we land, the shorts are a must as are the Toms. I’ll try grab some snaps for you over the weekend. You have a good one too!

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MOTO Bleach Shirt – Topshop; 501′s – Levi’s; Wayfarers – Ray Bans; Le Plige –  Longchamp; Natural Crochet Classics – TOMS 

 

Glitz // Glamour

IMG_6416They’ve arrived, yay! Ooh I didn’t think I’d adore this shoe and clutch combination so much but together they are pure harmony. It looks as though my outfit for the wedding  this weekend is complete. I must say that after a whole 3 months of worrying about what I’d wear ‘relieved’ doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel. I bought jewellery the other day too soI’ll share that with you soonish. For now though, Happy Tuesday!

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ArkAir Clutch – AldoAernaria – Aldo

 

 

Fine Hair – My Top Products

the_coup_hair_careHi all! When it comes to my hair, I have never been a girl who spends hours and hours on styling, nor have I been very good at experimenting with braids, bows and frills.

I was born with very fine hair and not a lot of it, which is why I like to blow dry it fluffy and wear it down, to create an illusion of fullness. Having always loved less is more approach - curling my hair into soft beachy waves is probably the most I ever spend on it.

Here is the guide to my ultimate favourite hair care products:

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Richard Ward Keratin Styling Spray – sprayed on when hair is damp, followed by the blow dry this gives my hair enough product to style it with ease. I especially love to use it when I am curling my hair as it makes waves hold shape for hours.

Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair BB Beauty Balm – my hair is superfine in texture and I have a lot of fly-away hairs, if I want to wear my hair straight I smooth this balm when hair is damp. This product give it a lovely shine without weighing hair down.

Percy & Reed Finishing Polish – this product works similar to the one to the left, but i like to apply this to tame fly-away hairs when I have finished the blow dry. This is a little heavy, so perfect for windy or damp days that need a bit more hair control.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray – sprayed over wet hair this is the master of all volume hairsprays. My hair has never been bigger.

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John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum – For about two years I have been coloring my hair to achieve that popular ombre look, so you can imagine what all the bleach has done to my ends! Even though my hair texture is fine, I bought this product for ‘medium to coarse hair’, I like how rich this serum feels and sometimes this is exactly the boost of moisture that my dry ends need.

Avlon KeraCare Essential Oils for the hair - this is a similar product to John Frieda but even more intense. It revitalizes chemically processed hair. I like to apply quite a bit to my ends when i don’t mind looking greasy, when i wash this product off my hair gleams with health!

L’oreal Elvive New Extraordinary Oil – this is one product that I use every single day. It is very light and putting too much on is almost impossible. It gives my hair a lovely shine, lightly scented it makes my tresses super soft. I simply cannot live without it!

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Packing Light

Morocco_672x240TS121293940Happy Friday everyone!

How are you all doing? It’s been a while since we last blogged, life sometimes gets a little too much. I have decided to take a break and will be going on holiday tomorrow! Destination – Marrakech, Morocco! I have been to Africa a few times, but never up north. I am very excited to immerse myself in Morrocan culture, explore Medina, try my hand at bargaining at the souks and taste their cuisine.

Morocco is a traditional Muslim country. Even though Marrakech is very touristy, when travelling I am always very aware of respecting cultures, so for this holiday I will have my shoulders, chest and knees covered.

I am also looking to do quite a bit of shopping. I want to bring back souvenirs for friends and family as well as a few pieces for my home, so it is absolutely vital I travel light! Here are 5 outfits I have planned for my trip:

outfit_the_coupTravelling in comfort is essential! These harem H&M trousers in loose fit are very soft and comfy, plus my favorite Accessorize bag is big enough for all my in-flight accessories. Top from ASOS; Flip flops also from ASOS.
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It will be very hot in Morocco, but silk animal print trousers from Zara will keep me nice and cool. This long-line light knit cardigan from H&M will be perfect for covering up when exploring souks.

marrakech_outfit_the_coupZara wise leg trousers in leaf print add a touch of exotic glamour. Accessorize stole with all over diamante is very light and comfortable way to keep shoulders and chest covered. Bag from Aldo.

marrakech_outfit_the_coupMaxi satin skirt from H&M will be my savior from blaring heat.

marrakech_outfit_the_coupI bought this H&M midi dress on sale, you can still get it here.
Have a lovely week everyone!
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Clutch Crush

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Happy Monday!

How cute was El’s sale post last Friday? I particularly liked the Zara top –  I think it would look uber pretty on. One item that I wished would go in the sale is this clutch bag by Aldo. Talk about making a statement – the concoction of pearls and silver beads makes this piece nothing short of heavenly. Sale or no sale, I’m looking forward to this arriving. I might even wear it with this

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ARKAIR – Aldo

Sales Edit

Sales have come to the high street! Don’t you just love a good bargain? I decided to be very organised and check them out before all the good stuff is gone. Here are the items that I have added to my basket.

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1. Zara top with necklace 2. Goldie of London gold sequin skirt 3. Topshop chiffon frill sleeve dress 4. Topshop floral one shoulder dress 5. Zara slingback pumps 6. Zara pencil skirt with pleated hem 7. Topshop stipe lace crop dress.

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Girl loves Garland

IMG_02721Accessories form a fundamental component of any outfit. My favourite summertime accessory has to be the garland. Every since I was a youngin’ who tried hard, day in day out, to create daisy chains strong enough to sport, I have simply loved them. What with our British summer seemingly in full effect I’ll soon be dusting off my old ones and investing in some new 2014 head pieces. The above shot is from this outfit post back in summer 2013. Can’t believe that it has already been a year!

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Blush Puff

Vita Short Dress by CoastDress shopping – it’s tricky business. It’s funny because me and El have both been searching high and low for fancy dresses. You’ve already seen El’s selection of dresses here right? Luckily I believe she has found the one, which is absolutely stunning, but I’ll behave and leave that story for El to tell. For now, here’s the dress I’m planning to wear to a wedding I have coming up in July. Its blush colour is uber cute and the lower layers create a beautiful ethereal feel. I’ll have to be extra cautious with the accessories I choose to pair this with. Decisions, decisions; we’ll see what I go with.

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Vita Short Dress – Coast

 

Outfit: Leopard Print Trousers

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I love a great animal print and these leopard trousers from ZARA are exactly what I craved for this summer. I really like the fact that the pattern is a touch darker on the back – working wonders on my behind! But it seems that all trousers cut differently making the gradients appear different on each pair. I have decided to offset the straight trouser cut with black peplum top from ASOS, Bershka heels (old) and a gold ring from NEXT.

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An Interview with… Gudrun Vickery

Networking – it’s a great thing. You meet someone, whether it’s through friends or work events, and then if you’re a chatterbox like me, you find some common ground. Favourite pastimes, interests or quite simply, your perspective on a number of things. That’s kinda how it went when I met Gudrun Vickery a couple months ago. And we literally spoke about everything before stumbling on to her underwear range.

IMG_0442In all honesty, I’d actually heard about Gudrun’s range long before I had the pleasure of meeting the mind behind its innovation. Its quirkiness is what struck me first; Gudrun’s desire to create an unorthodox line that focuses on the needs and wants of women first. So when we spoke about the brand we covered just about everything, including motivations and inspirations and so forth. Here’s what Gudrun had to say for herself.

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  1. GV Underwear is pretty much a baby brand. What was it that encouraged you to start making your pieces in 2013?

I’d worked as a media consultant since graduating university and was craving something creative after studying art at school. Plus I’d also wanted to learn to sew, it started from there really. I’ve always really been into clothes and underwear, I wouldn’t say fashion as such, but the way people dress, and very sporty. So making sports inspired items was quite natural.

  1. Did any of your past experiences help you in launching your brand? If so, how?

Hmm… I think my friends have helped me more than anything! I would have given up a long time ago without them. They definitely gave me the confidence to believe in what I was doing. Also spending a few years doing something I didn’t feel was quite right for me helped spur me in difficult times. Oh and my research skills, to find YouTube tutorials for sewing! There are some really funny American videos out there made at least ten years ago.GV

  1. Your creations are perfect for this modern age in British fashion where girls are layering, trading in heels for brogues and entertaining the thought of comfort as a decisive factor. What was it that encouraged you to take these factors into consideration way before they took over high-street outlets?

I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy – I have four brothers – so being comfortable in what you wear has always been my approach to clothes. And I think its important that women wear underwear they feel comfortable in but that also makes them feel sexy and confident.  

  1. On your website, it says that you are inspired by female athletes and the muted chicness of French style – what is it about these sources that inspire your creativity?

Having always been a very sporty person – I’m doing the Hackney Half Marathon in June – I admire the strength and determination of female athletes. It takes a lot to push your body that far, and of course athletes have to dress for the peak performance of their bodies while being comfortable. I’ve always loved the relaxed sexiness of french women and the subtlety of their style – the colours and cuts are what influenced mine to be so simple. 

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  1. Underwear is a pretty interesting choice of garment to design. What drew you to creating and specialising in underwear? 

It was sort of by accident. After learning to sew I started to experiment with making pants, and then the kind of sports style tops I like wearing, and the more I learnt the more interested I became. It was me challenging myself I think as it’s actually a very specialist area as opposed to tailoring and making clothes. It’s a difficult area and I’m going to be getting some more detailed designs produced by sewers much more talented than me! 

  1. If you were to create another garment, what would it be and why?

A pair of classic cigarette pants, the ultimate in simple comfortable chicness.

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  1. If you were to choose 3 words that best described GV Underwear, what would they be and why?

Comfort, sex appeal, fun.

  1. Do you have any advice that you could give to others interested in creating their own brand?

Have faith in yourself and work hard.

Such good words there. As a relatively new brand, this is one that I’ll be keeping an eye on for sure. The subtle shades that Gudrun has incorporated into her s/s 2014 range are simply gorgeous and I’ve particularly have fallen for the Maxime and Torraino Set and, additionally, the Lilac Jo shorts which have all been captured for you above. They are all just stunning.

Interested? Be sure to have a peak at Gudrun’s website here.

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Rochelle Humes for Very.co.uk

ROCHELLE3 Here at The Coup we love to keep you updated when it comes to hot celebrity high street collaborations. Most recent to be unveiled is Rochelle Humes for Very.co.uk. I am absolutely in love with this collection that Rochelle from Saturdays designed and modelled. Not so much for her persona but for the designs themselves that are right up my street. Girlie dresses, sexy silhouettes and lovely prints, I can help but want every piece!

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Drawing inspiration from her personal style she has created 19-piece capsule collection, first few items of which will appear on their website tomorrow!

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What do you guys think? Lovely additions to a summer wardrobe or what?