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.
Leather Chain Shoulder Bag – & Other Stories
How cute is this bag?! I absolutely love it, and the fringe adds a perfect dose of quirk. The combination of chain and leather detail makes it a lovely transitional piece that I’ll happily be taking in to a/w 2014. El bought it for me as one of the many birthday gifts she gave me last week. I had the most amazing birthday this year. Me and my friends celebrated by having dinner at Stef’s Italian in Oxford Circus (highly recomended!), followed by a few cocktails at the London Cocktail Club. Probably my best birthday yet, I feel so lucky! This weekend me, El and another one of our good friends are going to hop on the Eurostar and take a trip. We decided to book a flying visit to beautiful Paris and our aim is nothing other than to indulge in its quaintness. Naturally photos will follow. For now though, happy Friday!
Fringed messanger bag – Zara
Better late than never but never late is better I know, but, ‘it’s been a while’ is an understatement! The good girls here at the Coup have done a sterling job keeping you Coups and Coupettes up to date and ahead in this wonderful world we call Fashion. However, just as the old seasons fade and the new ones bloom, I’m back to brighten up the days.
Although I’ve been away, the shopping never stops! On many occasions, I tried and tried and tried to resist temptation and stay clear of the high street. It worked, until I saw this black velvet two tone bomber jacket with leather sleeves from Zara.
It was paid for and packaged (all in my head) before I had even tried it on! It was a ‘must have’ as soon as saw it.
I wore a pair of black ripped skinny jeans from Zara to compliment the bomber jacket.
Now finding these Orange Patrick Mohr Kx1 (sold out everywhere) trainers was like trying to mine gold in England. Search upon search, avenue upon avenue and one lead after the other, I kept coming up with nothing. I finally got my hands on a pair and parted with a lot of my money but it was money well spent! Last but not least, I accessorized with a Michael Kors black chronograph silicone strap watch.
It’s good to be back.
Ctlr, over & OUT
Black velvet and leather two-tone bomber jacket from Zara (old but similar) – Asos
Black Ripped Skinny Jeans from Zara (old but similar) – Zara
Black Michael Kors chronograph, silicone strap watch – Michael Kors
Orange Patrick Mohr Kx1 trainers (sold out everywhere)
Morning birds and bees!
I realised that I didn’t show you my new court shoes. You saw them in Fridays outfit post but there’s no close up shots. I bought these about 2 weeks ago and decided to go for something with a little twist, hence the sling backs. As of late I’m getting really good at strutting my stuff in heels. Okay, I don’t exactly strut but you know what I mean. Whoever said practise makes perfect just may have had a point…
Gecko Black Leather Courts – Topshop
Houston, we have a problem!
My shoe fetish seems to be getting worse. To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that I had one but lately I can’t seem to get enough of buying shoes. Unintentionally (intentionally?!), recently I’ve bought more types of footwear than I have anything else. It all started with these oversized beauties. My new kicks came not too long after that, and then most recently (like last week!) I got these dreamy heels and flats. I’m not complaining though, I just hope this isn’t getting a tad repetitive for you…
One thing I am annoyed by is that these boots aren’t on H&M’s website. This is the second time this has happened, where I haven’t been able to link you to the actual product. I bought my pair in Oxford Circus the other evening and I’ve seen them in quite a few of the central London branches. Mine are made from genuine leather and were only £40. They have a leather imitation pair on the website for a little less, which you can check out here. The difference between the two however is that the leather pair look A LOT better. I’d personally recommend you making a trip down store!
It’s not often that I buy plain pumps. My favourites usually involve some kind of print or at least chain detail across the front. My friend actually bought these before me in a burgundy colour a few months ago but I recently decided to opt for the black pair in this years sales. A classic cut, and I really like the hard-meets-soft incorporation of both suede with a clean looking leather finish. New staple shoe? I think so. Well, perhaps when it gets a little warmer outside…!
Tally Ho Pumps – Office (the black ones have sold out but you can check out the other colours here)
Morning birds and bees!
I’m totally loving the return of the polo neck! Growing up I wasn’t too much a fan. My sister loved them – I didn’t really get her fascination. I always felt a little claustrophobic wearing one. This winter though, I have a feeling that they’re going to become a little staple of mine.
Also… me wearing all black? Hello, this is a huge rarity! You’ve probably worked out that I’m a fan of all things bright and beautiful (see evidence here, here and here). So far this winter, however, I can’t seem to get enough of wearing black and grey, and working with tones instead of colour. Take this leather skirt for instance, and the way it contrasts with my light knit…I know, it’s lush right? :-) I’m turning to pop socks too, instead of tights. It’s like I’m sixteen all over again. xx
Turtle Neck – Mango; Florence Trench – G-Star RAW; Leather RaRa Skirt – Zara (old), Pop Socks – ASOS; Suede Loafers – H&M
Finding a good, oversize clutch can be tricky business but this clutch is beautiful. I love the simplicity of it.
Leather Clutch – Zara
Growing up, every boy wanted to be in the army, wear the uniform, holster a gun and destruct all before him in a tank. Thankfully for me, ageing and wisdom camouflaged that dream as I’m too pretty to fight and too young to die.
Not wanting to look like an attendee at a fancy dress shin dig or the latest recruit on the front line, I’ve opted for some contrast with this leather panel sweatshirt from Zara.
Dressed in a pair of camouflaged jeans courtesy of Zara, is as close as I’m willing to get to that dream.
This look wouldn’t be complete without a pair of Converse. I’m wearing black All star hi leather thinsulate boots.
Ctrl, over and OUT!
Leather panel sweatshirt – Zara
Camouflage jeans (old but similar) – Zara
All star leather hi thinsulate (old but similar) – Converse
This is what an ideal everyday bag looks like! I have not parted with this beauty since I got it from Aldo a month ago. Lovely sturdy shape, perfect size and bold gold accents. It goes with everything I wear these days!
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.com; Warehouse mesh panel faux leather dress; Oasis flocked gothic dress; Accessorize crystal lizzard brooch; Topshop’s velvet cut out body; Topshop’s father capelet; Oasis long sleeve lace Victoriana top; H&M boots; MAC matt lipstic in Diva; Assad Mounser glass bead and chain collar necklace availablke from Net-a-Porter.
Last week, Cheryl Cole was wearing this simple yet slightly futuristic silhouette panel dress on X Factor. It’s pretty rare to find something that can compliment most body figures, but if I were to choose one item that could achieve this, it would be a silhouette panel dress. They work in the most amazing way, adding and deducting a little shape in all the right areas. Finally, a dress for all; I’ll definitely be investing in one of these soon..! I’ve seen a few in a couple of different shops, but my favourite (by a mile) has to be this leather and wool combi by Ministry of Retail (below). I’m in love with both of them. The only problem is, that I can’t decide which colour I prefer. Decisions, decisions…
‘Slim Fit Leather Panel Dress,’ Ministry of Retail – available here
From wide leg to skinny, this seasons ‘must have’ trousers have to be those made of leather (faux leather for a more pocket friendly version). I’m still searching for the perfect pair but here’s a couple that have caught my eye during my quest. Which will it be…?
From left to right
1. Skinny Leather Trousers, J Brand
2. Leather-Panelled Wool-Twill Pants, Alexander Wang
2. Croc Print Trousers, Topshop