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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Party Special: Ted Baker’s Sequina

ted_baker_sequina_bagted_baker_sequina_bagI have been given this SEQUINA bag for my birthday earlier this year and since then i have been saving it for a perfect party. And it officially can’t get any more perfect than NYE!

This Ted Baker sequin detail clutch bag can be both chic white and flashy gold, depending which way you brush the sequins. So if you think about it, its an ideal office to party bag!

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Buy it here x

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Staples

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Two things you’ll never catch me without; firstly, some cute gold details. I usually buy my stacking rings from H&M in bulk. Inexpensive, quirky and easily replaceable if you lose them which I do all too often. Secondly, for me gel nails are a must. They’re the way forward and I can’t remember the last time I used polish. It’s definitely a few years ago now though. Not only do they last for ages (about two weeks) and stay looking fresh but they also help sustain your nail growth. Pretty much a perfect solution to annoying nail varnish which never went beyond a day. I own a Sensationail Kit. It’s a much more cost-effective way to always having great looking nails.

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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

 

 

Spell It Out

alphabet_necklace_lettering_h&m_gold_1I have finally caved in and got myself a gold necklace. But not just any necklace, a one with a twist! No more agonising over what word best represents you and how you are feeling. With this golden alphabet from H&M, every day you can spell it out.

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Today, I am feeling lucky!

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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!

Accessories for Your Knits

Yep, winter is truly here and I am spending almost every day now in a cosy knit. Luckily I have a nice selection of fabulous necklaces to jazz up those jumpers. I like pairing them up with unexpected textures and colours, from a few items to choose from there could be unlimited pairings. Have fun!

From left to right, Topshop’s knitted speckle jumper and H&M multi gem necklace; Mint bow back jumper from Dorothy Perkins with Zara gold necklace with coloured beads; Orange Chelsea Girl fluffy crop jumper paired with pyramid stud necklace from Topshop.

Interview with… Loukippi

This summer we were seeing a lot of crochet on the high street, after all nothing screams beach and sun like crochet!  Designs that offer a sexy glimpse of skin, without revealing too  much, and create a fresh and modern look. This week The Coup had a chat with Loukippi, a very talented designer behind hand-made crochet accessories. With these pieces you can take a piece of summer into the Autumn/Winter season. Collars (that are so hot right now) will add a touch of prep to your look, and delicate crochet jewellery is a boho classic. We are loving each and every piece!

Flower necklace 1915 (£18), three stacking bracelets (made to order, £6.60) and a crochet lace cuff (£12.35) all by Loukippi.

What made you decide to start your own business?

The birth of my daughter has radically changed my life, its rhythms and needs. I think I have rediscovered a need to express myself creatively, and therefore the decision to open a small Etsy shop has been a matter of course.

Where do you get your inspiration?
The first source is my love for the past, in particular for the so-called “Belle Epoque”. I find antique pattern books from that time really charming and inspiring. However also modern trends and artists, as many wonderful ones met on Etsy, inspire me a lot.

Do you create small production runs or make to order?
Some of my items require a quite long production time, therefore I replicate them but I can not create large runs; some are instead just one-of-a-kind items, as I love to try out new ideas and quit some old ones in the meanwhile.

What are your favourite fabrics to work with and why?
I love old fashioned fabrics, as taffeta and satin. However I mostly create my items with extra fine cotton thread. I use only 100% Italian threads, a very high quality cotton.

How would you define your style?
My scope would be a “modern antiquity”, turning antique patterns into modern trends. However I am just at the beginning of this style research, I am going on working…

Shop Loukippi’s designs:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/loukippi

Follow her blog:
http://loukippi.blogspot.com

Embellished Dress

Embellished dresses are perfect for the Christmas season; you probably will have noticed more of them popping up in shops. I have quite a few embellished pieces in my wardrobe, and the number of them is growing steadily. I love a little glitz and glamour, and embellished garments really do make me feel girly.

Today, I want to share one of my pieces with you. I have so many to chose from, but after much deliberation I’ve chosen…

I wore this dress for my birthday. As there’s a lot going on in the dress, I thought it was best to keep my accessories to a minimum. You might also remember my outfit from this years LFW, where I wore an embellished skirt.

 

Here are a couple of other cute embellished dresses that have caught my eye. I’m loving the glitz and glamour!

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Elissa Tee Dress – All Saints

Stephanie Dress – Jones & Jones

Aztec Mini Dress – Antik Batik

Long Sleeve Embellished Dress –  Miss Selfridge

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

Ottoman Hands

Vogues Fashion Night Out helped bring a lot of boutique designs to the forefront of Londons most prominent shopping district – Oxford Street. It was here that I first noticed Ottoman Hands – a Turkish jewellry boutique house. Those behind the Boutique select unique gems and work closely with local, skilled artisans to help refine and retain the beauty of Ottoman gems. Craftying these gems in a unique way, Ottoman Hands aims to create affordable yet one-of-a-kind exclusive pieces. With jewels that are best worn to jazz up everyday outfits, these gems promise to inject rare beauty into any outfit. My favourite pieces are these earrings; they are simplistic yet dazzlingly. I love them! Check out the res of the Ottoman Hands range here.
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Cazibe 2, £34.00; Cazibe 5, £34.00; Cazibe 6, £32.00

Special Delivery – Mango

This weeks ‘Special Delivery’ comes from Mango. I’m loving the studded cashmere jumper, leather belt and quilted leather jacket. We all know that studs are a huge look for fall fashion this year. Equally, you may remember our ‘berry crush’ post from August. Adding berry coloured items to your winter wardrobe will help keep your look bang on trend. Pretty helpful as berry is one of those colours that compliments pretty much everything!

Top row:

Two-Tone Long Dress, £134.99; Cashmere Jumper, £34.99; Wrapped Lapel Cardigan, £34.99; Sleeveless Long Jumpsuit, £44.99

Second row:

Striped Cardigan, £59.99; Metal Mesh Necklace, £22.99

Third row:

Touch – Studded Suede Peep Toe, £69.99; Studded Leather Belt, £44.99; Quilted Leather Perfecto, £139.99

 

 

Things that make me go ‘Ohh’!

A statement clutch can either make or break your outfit. As a lover of streamlined btw ensembles , I always look for accessaries that can stand on their own. These Matthew Williamson embellished  suede clutches (£995, from Net-a-Porter) are exquisite! On-trend neon instantly updates lavish looking brocade and with two colours to choose from, you cannot go wrong about updating your look.

New in my Wardrobe: Zara Leopard Print Bag

This mini Zara beauty has been added to my wardrobe on Saturday, and on top of that it was a gift, which makes it so special! I adore the fake fur of the leopard print insert, it seems to be the same print as a lot of other animal accessories on the high street (they must be shopping at the same factories?) which means pairings would be matchy-matchy and easy for me! This bag has a sweet boxy messenger shape and its just small enough for your phone, keys and lipstick. I will pair it with my new Zara leopard kitten heels (will show you later on this week!).

Anyone who knows me will be able to tell you that I’m totally ‘watch crazy.’ From silver to gold,  leopard print, black and even rose-coloured leather straps; you name the style, I can guarantee that I’ve either had it or a worthy alternative.

But I’ve had my eye on these Michael Kors treasures for a while now and I’m having a pretty hard time deciding which one should be my next investment. Fancy feeding my addiction by helping me chose? All comments are welcome – which one do you think should be my next purchase?

** To check out our previous ‘colour watch pop’ post, click here

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Top: ‘Rose Golden Glitz Watch’ – $295, Michael Kors

Right: ‘Ritz Chronograph Glitz Watch’ – Michael Kors

Bottom: ‘Parker Chronograph Glitz Watch’ – $375, Michael Kors

Left: ‘Golden Runway Glitz Watch’ – $250, Michael Kors