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Morning, and Happy Monday to you!

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. It started a little early for me and El with us taking a trip up to Bath Spa on Friday. Good food, great company and a fun, girlie day out; as you can imagine it was total bliss! Since the weekend has been really chilled but I did get a little overexcited when a fairly large parcel from one of my new favourite stores, & Other Stories, arrived. It’s cute right? You can’t see much of the detail but it has side panels embossed with a reptile-like print. And a little hit of chain detail too – yum! I must say, I think this will make a very good replacement for my Longchamp Le Pliage Tote. Adiyam_signature_the_coup

Leather Chain Shoulder Bag – & Other Stories

 

Things that make me go ‘Ohh’!

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I know, I know, I am supposed to be trying to immerse myself in colour this season, but I cannot resist a a bit of arm candy, ESPECIALLY when it comes in a delicious nude. French Connection have hit it on the nail, this lovely piece is perfection!

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An Interview with… Paulina Liffner

Say hello to the Little Liffners; fashions newest and cutest accessory!

Perfect for adding a little character into your daywear, these bags are ‘small in size but big in style.’ They are just so cute! I’m looking forward to purchasing one on my next trip to Sweden, which hopefully will be sometime this winter. Team Coup recently spoke to the lovely Paulina Liffner; mastermind behind these beautiful creations.

Q: Did you have any experience of working in the fashion industry before launching Little Liffners?

Yes. My magazine jobs basically consisted of styling and during my years in PR I have worked closely with many fashion labels which gives quite a lot of insight, so its all different sides to the same coin really.

Q: What was it that made you specialise in designing bags?

 I always thought of accessories as the icing on the fashion cake. Also many of my friends and I seemed to have trouble finding beautiful bags in a clean style that didn’t come with a price tag of a two week vacation.

Q: Which sources do you draw inspiration from?

Art exhibitions, street style photos, architecture and cool interiors. Traveling is also a major source of inspiration. I’m a major people watcher, a starer even, haha. I love to make up imaginary life stories for the people I stare at.

Q: What are your favourite fabrics to work with and why?

Leather of course, the possibilities are endless and it’s a natural material that ages well. But I look much forward to working in other exciting materials to like rubber, woven wools and canvas.

Q: If you had to choose 3 words that best described Little Liffner bags, what would they be?

Clean, all round and chic

Q: What has been the highlight of your career in fashion so far?

Taking the leap and starting Little Liffner for sure. But also being a fashion assistant at ELLE Sweden at my first photo shoots was amazing.

Q: What is next for the Little Liffners?

To do the best bags I possibly can and develop the concept of add-ons further with additional shoulder straps, handles, name tags etc.

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.

(image source: http://www.vogue.co.uk)

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

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!).

Toffee Tanned Totes

Everywhere I go, I’m seeing shoppers lugging around huge totes. And not just any colour – toffee is the colour of this season. As this seasons must-have accessory, shoppers everywhere are sporting one. Think about it, I’ll be surprised if you haven’t seen a handful of stylist ladies around sporting a ‘Toffee Tanned Tote.’

Will these ‘Toffee Tanned Totes’ become fashions next staple? That, I don’t know. What I do know however is that right now they are in and they are hot! Carrying bundles of shopping has never been so chic. Make sure you grab yours today!

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  1. ‘Hamiliton Large Studded Tote,’ Michael Kors – $378, Michaelkors.com
  2. ‘Dorset Leather Tote,’ Mulberry – £325 Net-a-porter.com
  3. ‘Clean Tote,’ Warehouse – £36 Warehouse.co.uk
  4. ‘Leather Tan Premium Tote,’ Next – £75, Next.co.uk

Things That Make Me Go ‘Ooh!’

Imagine this; you’re sitting on a flight, homebound from an amazing trip to the US, slightly gloomy about the fact that you’re leaving your party-animal friends are out there. That’s not a nice situation to be in right? Right. Well that was me, last week, and boy oh boy did I not want to leave. I had just enjoyed one of the best holidays of my existence!

So, searching for a little pick-me-up, I purchased Vogue Magazines 120 year anniversary September issue in duty-free. Louis, Chanel, Dior, Lanvin; all such stunning and artistic adverts. But my heart stopped when I saw this:

Studded gloves and clutch And just like that, Burberry Prorsum got me all excited about the new range of fashion hitting stores right now. There is nothing that I love than shopping in Autumn; it is by far my favourite time to shop til I drop. All because you find key, distinctive pieces like these: Burberry Prorsum’s Country Animal Studded Clutch & Studded Leather Gloves, made with the finest of leather and dazzling gold studs. With even an uber cute gold duck getting involved here, what is not to love? And as both of these fine garments made me go a little more than ‘Ooh’ on that dreaded flight of mine, I’m featuring them together. Be sure to check out the rest of Burberry Prorsums A/W 2012 range here.

Special Delivery: Topshop

Aztec prints, faux leather and brushed suede – this week ‘special delivery’ from Topshop is totally fierce. This post is all about ‘new items in’ at high street. Every week we will pick one store to focus on, so make sure you check back next Friday for next weeks ‘Special Delivery’.

1. Mexico Aztec Tasslers Loafers, £28; 2. Alisha Scallop Edge Boots, £75; 3. Two Button Short Gloves, £24; 4. Galactic Studded Court Heels, £60; 5. Vintage Oval Ring, £8.50; 6. Premium Twist Chain Necklace, £40; 7. Moto Coated Leigh Jeans, £42; 8. Moto Scandi Floral Leigh Jeans, £40; 9. Petite Moto Leigh Jeans, £38; 10. Bleach Hem Check Trousers, £36; 11. Knitted Dogtooth Jumper, £42; 12. Knitted Garcon Jumper, £40; 13. Knitted Camoflage Jumper, £40; 14. Knitted Necklace Jumper, £45; 15. ZZ Dress by Motel, £58; 16. Audrey Dress by Jones by Jones, £60; 17. Cherub Heart Stud Earrings, £6.50; 18. Faux Pony Leather Purse, £30; 19. Longsleeve Bib Tie Blouse, £36; 20. Catseye Cross Two Finger Ring, £8.50; 21. Mammal Suede Shoes, £30; 22. Pax Chain Riding Boots, £150; 23. Lace Trim Ankle Socks, £3.50

It’s in the Bag!


This weekend has been a very good shopping one -I have left with a bargain and a treat! I would like to say that I am a very organised shopper, never buy on impulse and always think about items for a while before going for it. There is no point of owning something that just lives in your closet, every piece deserves to see the day light…or moon night. And it feels just so much better when you spend your money on something that you absolutely love!

These heels were on my mind for a while. I have passed Kurt Geiger shops many many times, seeing them on a shelf, but this weekend I have taken the further step and tried them on. Once I did there was no going back! Unbelievably comfortable pair of heels is a must have, especially when they look so cute! Snake print is super hot for this season so that’s a double whammy, Im a happy girl!

photos by The Coup

This Aldo bag has reminded me of the time in Rome, this spring, when I stood in front of Valentino boutique, drooling at their new collection. They had a number of studded totes and purses and if you have been reading this blog for a while you know how I feel about studs! Unfortunately with prices from £1600 for a medium sized bag,  there was no way to justify it. But once I saw this one, I couldn’t resist!

Aldo ‘Saurel’ studded detail satchel, £50 and Carvela Kurt Geiger ‘Arietta’ leather and suede heels £45 (originally £110).

Get to Know…Kate Spade

Westfield Store (photo by The Coup)

I get so excited when I get introduced to a new label! That’s exactly what happened when I wondered into a new Kate Spade New York store in Westfield (White City) shopping centre. This boutique is lovely, ambient and all of the products were presented with great style and composition. I must have spent good 20 minutes walking through the shop, constantly stopping, looking and touching every item. From clothes to jewellery, to bags and shoes, you see the trademark Kate Spade’s design being carried through.


It all started in 1993, when Kate Brosnahan Spade set out to design the perfect bag. She created only 6 silhouettes, playing with sleek colour palettes and textures. Everyone fell for that fresh take on the everyday accessory and from then on Kate Spade New York with its graphic approach and trademark became a visually recognisable brand all over the world.


In 2012 you see this brand carry it’s colourful design through handbags and clothing, jewellery, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby, fragrance, tabletop, bedding and gifts.

At the average price of £200 for a designer bag – it is very good value. You can see one of them being featured in your ‘Work It’ bag post here. Cannot wait to pop in there for another look next time I am in Westfield! http://www.katespade.com

‘Work It’ bags


Everyone needs a good bag to wear to work. Something that will survive getting over packed with things that we say we cant live without, long journeys via public transport and all kinds of weather. This selection includes bags you can trust, that combine style and practicality like no other.
From top left, Edaline by Whyred, 4.500 SEK; The Brooklyn bag by Marc B, £49; South Kensington Dunn by Kate Spade, $528; Citybag with zip from Zara, £99.99.

Things that make me go ‘Ohh’…


this Cut Out Detail satchel from Oasis. I don’t think this picture does the satchel
much justice – having the bag physically in front of you will make you want to
purchase it right away! Its cut out detail adds a very vintage twist to the satchel,
transforming it into that perfect everyday bag with a bit of character. Classic and
cute; I love it! And at £30.00 it’s a bargain too!

(image source: www.oasis-stores.com)

New in this week: Zara
Zara – one of my all time favourite high street shops, has put out the following items out this week. Loving the tiger clutch (£69.99),  which will be huge for this autumn, (more on animal print, to follow!), nude patents pumps (£39.99) – a wardrobe staple and an animal print scarf (£15.99) to effortlessly brighten up any casual outfit.

I WANT: Holographic Purse

Proenza Schouler Resort 2013 leather bag.
Oh my oh my…


Image source: http://www.purseblog.com

The holographic accessories also feature in Stella McCartney’s Resort 2013 collection.
I am hoping high street will also pick that infectious trend up!