I Want | Mock Croc

Last Sunday Me and El decided to frequent Westfield’s Shopping Centre. It’s been a while since we did a trip together; it appears as though we have swapped our usual indulgences for a whole load of gym’ing, shocking! :) One thing I noticed was a micro trend of mini handbags that has found its way into high street shops. Zara, in particular, currently have a lovely little range of minuscule bags with this Mock Croc Leather piece being my favourite. How cute is this?!

Zara Mock Croc bag The Coup Fashion London

Bag available here

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Crazy for Palm Print

Sun rays through my window, palm trees on my mind!…

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Hi guys, is anyone planning their summer escapes yet? These days I can’t think about anything but holidays that are yet to come. And of course nothing says I’m ready for summer as a dose of palm tree print. House of Hackney known for being a one stop shop for all your matchy-matchy print needs, has unveiled their holiday shop collection. Palm trees – eat your heart out!

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House of Hackney ‘Palmeral’

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Trend Alert – Stacks on Stacks

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Stacking gold rings have by far been my favourite micro trend of 2013, so much so that they have become a staple addition of mine. I recently bought a few cute ring sets from H&M as you can see in the above photo. If you’re looking to invest in some stacking rings, I suggest you get these, these and these from Hennes. Then mix n match your favourite pieces. The possibilities are endless!

 

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Neon Jewels

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Above, is the set I got for Christmas from my best friend. Below, Topshop necklace and pink earrings from Next.
neon_jewellery_topshop_next_the_coupWith spring days fast approaching, these zingy items are a super fun way to add some colour! Here is what’s out on the high-street right now.
neon_jewellery_highstreet_the_coupFrom left to right, Cord box chain collar by Topshop; Neon flower cuff from Miss Selfridge; Topshop jewel Absail bracelet; The Limited neon bobble necklace.

Motif Mondays

There’s nothing like letting your young, quirky, fun-loving self show through your dress sense. Motif jumpers and t-shirts have been around for a little while now. I have a couple motif tops in my wardrobe but non of these pieces below. What do you think? Me, I love them all. Which one’s your favourite? Motif Modays

‘Fun Fun’ Sweater – Zoe KarssenWhite Zip Wrap Aline Skirt – Topshop; ‘Tara’ – Charlotte Olympia; ‘Geek’ Tee – TopshopSuper Slim Trousers – Mango; Kitty Flats – Charlotte Olympia; Genius Jumper – Topshop; Wax Coated Jeans – Pierre BalmainHodell – Aldo;

Trend Alert: Ear Cuffs

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Everyone who knows me can tell you that I am obsessed with earrings. My vast collection consists of anything from elegant studs to feathers, spikes and crystals. I always need to make sure I have a range of metals and colours to choose from to suit my mood and the look I am going for, so you can imagine how excited I am about this Ear Cuff trend. A few weeks ago Australian model Lara Bingel, above, wore a stunning piece by Sarina Sariano. Both tough and pretty it totally rocked! IMG_7057
As someone who shied away from having more than one piercing per ear, ear cuffs and ear shields are a superb way to achieve this look. I have bought all of the above ear cuffs from Topshop, cant wait for the party season to start so I can show them off!

Trend Alert: A Touch of Lux with Fur

In tough economic times we all seek some luxury in our lives. Fur has been very prominent on the high street lately, as it stands for all things glamorous, while being warm and practical. A fur waistcoat thrown over some basics adds a touch of lux in a flash and you will have no problems finding a piece you like, as shops stock a plethora of faux fur pieces. Browns for daytime, blacks for night. Here are my favourites! Clockwise from left, Mango fur vest, £69.99; River Island cream faux fur coatigan, £50; River Island grey faux fur tippet, £25; Miss Selfridge black fur gillet, £49; Topshop long faux fur belted coat, £98; Alexander McQueen black lamb fur ankle boots.

Trend Alert – Little Leopard

 

Apologies; we haven’t updated our blog in a while. Between travelling and battles with flu, life has been nothing short of crazy for us both. But fear not, we are back with a vengeance, with something hot for you to get your claws into…

Leopard print has made a huge come back this Autumn and since early September we’ve been seeing the big cat print everywhere. But the Leopard print is one that can go terribly wrong if you’re not careful. Our advice to you is that you incorporate small, statement pieces here and there; toning them with denim, leather and other simple materials. Here’s a little leopard inspiration for the big cat in you.

Garments:

Animal Print Crew TopOasis; Leopard High-Heel Sandals with Studded Ankle Zara; Leopard and Skull-Print Cashmere & Silk-Blend Scarf – Alexander McQueen; Leopard Print Gloves – Maison Scotch; Leopard Print Hair Calf BeltLauren; Animal Print Clutch –   Guess by Marciano; 

Trend Alert: Seeing Red

Scarlet has been on the fashion radar ever since Jil Sander has showcased a mesmerising red cover-up at Fall Winter’12 runway show. Followed by parades of strong scarlet pieces, it was clear that this has to be the colour of the late winter season. Not only it adds a touch of warmth to deep hues of winter dressing, this time it couldn’t be easier to sport this trend, just pop one of these items on and let the ‘red’ do the talking! Clockwise from left, MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Ankle-length asymmetric V-neck crêpe dress (coming into store soon); Guy Laroche Vintage oversized jacketTed Baker Sinthia Small Crystal Bobble Framed Purse; Mango zipped pockets dress; Marni rabbit collar; River Island red platform ankle boots; Oasis red crepe peplum top; Kardashian red v-neck dress for Dorothy Perkins; Wallis double platform court shoe.

Image source: thefashionspot.com

Trend Alert: Coup d’etat

I’ve never been a huge fan of the colour khaki but lately, I can’t seem to get enough of it. I’ve recently bought a couple of things online and I’m waiting for them to arrive before I go khaki-crazy. Okay, not crazy, but at least a little more involved with the whole khaki-craze. We’re seeing a huge come back of military wear too, which goes perfectly with the colour. Just look at this Mango khaki military coat; it’s a dream right? Anyways, here’s a little ‘coup’ inspiration for you. Enjoy!

PS. I”ll take some photos of all the things I’ve recently bought when they arrive. I’ve been a naughty girl… whoops!

PPS. Have a great day!

Items, left to right:

Military Style Long Coat – Mango; Knitted HoneyComb Jumper – Topshop; Textured – Leather Mini Skirt Carven; Crochet Trim Ankle SocksTopshop; Corsini Suede FlatsAquaruzza; Lace Crop Topshop; Leather Panelled Wool Twill Pants – Alexander Wang; Suede and Leather Wedge Thigh Boots Rick Owens; Ultra AviatorRay Bans; Leather Sleeve Shift Dress Topshop

Trend Alert: Gothic Glamour

One of this seasons strongest trends is dark, mysterious and sexy. I wanted to wait until the evenings became darker and weather  a little gloomier to write about this trend, as it doesn’t bode well with the sunshine. Now, in October, it’s the perfect time to explore your ‘inner goth.’  I am not sure if any of you have experimented with this before, but I certainly dabbled with black netting and eye liner in my teens. And even though I have emerged from the days I spent as a goth, this seasons trend of Gothic Fairytale is very close to my heart. Countless designers have sent models wrapped in black lace; Dolce and Gabbana (top) emerging the most opulent of them all. Something about an occasional flash of skin makes you feel very powerful and sexy without trying too hard. Here are my best picks. From feather to velvet, release your ‘inner goth.’

Clockwise from top left, Day Birger et Mikkelsen Night Velvet Lounge embellished cape from Outnet.comWarehouse mesh panel faux leather dressOasis flocked gothic dressAccessorize crystal lizzard broochTopshop’s velvet cut out bodyTopshop’s father capeletOasis long sleeve lace Victoriana topH&M boots; MAC matt lipstic in Diva; Assad Mounser glass bead and chain collar necklace availablke from Net-a-Porter.

Trend Alert – Oversize Me.

Most girls I know are pretty scared of sporting oversized items and I don’t exactly find this shocking. So I’m pretty sure that like me you’re feeling a little thankfully for the rise of the oversize this fall.

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If I had to chose three words that best illustrated what ‘oversized fashion’ is all about, I’d chose big, bold and bossy. To help maintain that trendy look this fall, I really do suggest that this is the one trend you don’t ignore! For one, it’s really comfortable, looks fierce and, bonus,it’ll keep you warm.We’re not just talking about clothes here to; ‘oversize’ is taking over scarfs, jewellry and bags too.

Choosing the right items to pair your oversize garments will help accentuate your look. A word of advice; always think opposite. Oversize trousers & fitted top. Oversized top & either a pencil skirt or tailored trousers (ankle trousers too!). You get the idea. Remember, what you want to do is compliment the other section. Now go on, try something new today.

Items, from left to right,

Mohair Oversized Wool Jumper – Mango; Anna Dello Russo Bracelet – H&M; Contrast Sleeves Masculine Coat – Mango; Anna Dello Russo Earrings – H&M; Palazzo Pants – Ministry of Retail; D-Frame Acetate Sunglasses -Michael Kors; Oversized Clutch With Bow – Miss Selfridge; Women’s Tulle Skirt – Rundholz; Tall Oversized Blossom Tee – Topshop; Oversized Spot Tights – Pamela Mann; Blue Oversized Shirt – MiH; Anna Dello Russo Leather Boot – H&M; Sparkle Jewel Long Pendant – Accessorize;  Montpellier – Kurt Geiger

Trend Alert: Velvet Vixens

Gucci and L’Wren Scott looks from Fall 2012 collections.

You have probably already noticed – Velvet is back! Making a first appearance since 2010, now we have another opportunity to purchase a few items made from this luxurious and sumptuous material. It is fair to say that velvet will be a valuable addition to your closet. You have probably seen your mother and your grandmother whipping out their velvets every now and again and those pieces never losing their charm and ‘wow’ factor.

Velvet makes me think of Playboy mansion, a royalty on a trip to Monaco and a Gucci girl. Speaking of which, Kim Kardashian, who made a jaw dropping appearance last week at a the Midori Makeover Parlour in L.A. wore a stunning  emerald green Gucci from their Fall Winter 2012 collection, same as the navy version above. Gucci does velvet very well, but for those who have no means to go designer, I have also found a few perfect items from the high street that are bound to satisfy all your velvet cravings!

From left to right, Zara vamp shoe with velvet heel, £19.99; Red velvet blazer from River Island, £35; Topshop’s velvet shorts, £32; Juicy Couture bow front velvet bag, £56 (on sale, from outnet.com); Gucci long velvet dress; Velvet tapered pants By Malene Birker, £190; T by Alexander Wang maxi skirt, £112 (sale, from outnet.com); H&M heels, £29.99.

Trend Alert – Sergeant Indigo

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Taken at London Fashion Weekend, these runway shots confirm that incorporating shades of indigo in your winter wardrobe is a must. This year however,  it’s all about creating a fresh spin on your indigo pairings by using grey, khaki, violet colours and boyish tailoring to vamp up your blue. So add some oversized garments, create masculine silhouettes and transform yourself into ‘Sergeant Indigo’.

Items:

Cotton Tweed Trench Coat – £1795, Burberry Prorsum; Maybray Crew Jumper – £70, Aubin & Wills; Stud Western Shirt – £45, Oasis; Military Patched V-Neck Dress – £55, Oasis; Lace Insert Yoke Tee – £20, Warehouse; Premium Herringbone Mensy Blazer – £85, Topshop Unique; Palazzo Trousers – £44.99, Mango, Zemorah Suede & Leather Mini Skirt – £325, Dagmar; Cutout Suede Platform Ankle Boot – £720, Giuseppe Zanotti 

Trend Alert – Opulent Baroque

As one of this seasons most prominent trends, opulent baroque designs are big, bold and back. Likewise, the big boys are doing them well. Dolce and Gabbana, one of Italy’s most luxarious fashion brands, first showcased their desire to lead the ‘baroque boom’ with their dazzlingly, vibrant runway designs earlier this year during Milans Fashion Week.

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You too may have seen ‘This Weeks; Spot On’ post last Wednesday; Selena Gomez looked like a dream in another baroque design that was also brought to us by D&G. With high street taking to opulent baroque, there is no reason for you not to indulge in this seasons most prominent trend. Just remember your golds, blacks, heavily embroidered designs and you are good to go!

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