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It’s been two years plus some since I lasted blogged and my oh my, do I miss it sometimes. I’ve been toying with the idea to pick up the Coup for a while. Like, literally, I’ve spent a whole year thinking over it. Then I considered opening up a second blog. And now, I’m back at square one. So here goes…

Let’s start with the “what happened” first. If I’m being completely honest, life happened. I finally, after years of studying for it, began my career as a History teacher which, as you can imagine, is pretty time consuming. I’d been working in education for years but no role in a school compares to being the actual classroom teacher. And then, surprise surprise, in between planning lessons, marking books and analysing data, I also found love.

In a nutshell, two wonderfully life-changing things took place and, in the midst of it, blogging took a hit. Totally unplanned of course.  It goes a little like this: you plan to write up a post, you get too busy and miss your own deadline, reschedule it, miss it again and so the cycle continues. After a while, guilt sets in. And doubt of course; that ol’ bastard! “Perhaps I should just stop blogging? Why do I even blog? I can’t think of anything to write about! ARGH!”

For those of you that follow blogs religiously or perhaps even blog yourself, this will not be news to you. Some of the most successful and established blogging entrepreneurs have gone through this. But then you get to this point, two years later, when you’re so consumed with commitments that you wonder where you let all of those little fun quirks and hobbies that made you, you go.

So I’m back. Hopefully our darling El will pop in from time to time and maybe even Mr T: who knows?! But, for now at least, I’m here to stay. And I’m hoping you are too.

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Twenty Seven + Counting

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I love the way I feel on those rare moments that I choose to troll through our blogging archives. Neither me nor Elena are majorly sentimental but still, the visual aids do have an effect. I turned 27 today and I’m seriously wondering where the year went. Actually, the past couple years: it seems as though time is just flittering away. Either way, here’s to the next year and those that follow…

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In need of summer

Triangl bikini girl summer the coupI have a good few months before I’ll lapping up the sun hopefully in one of these Triangl bikini’s. I love the sexy yet sporty balance they encapsulate. Hurry up summer; I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one waiting for you with open arms.

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Noir Extreme by Tom Ford

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It’s been a relatively quiet month in just about every way possible, even shopping wise. I did, however, recently add Noir Extreme by Tom Ford to my beauty bag. Thankfully all of Mr. Ford’s fragrances are unisex. I’ve always been a fan of the original Noir, which was released back in 2012. On a recent trip to Germany, I was planning to pick up a bottle when I came across his latest release. Such a beautiful fragrance, comprised of sweet yet musky amber and oaky scents. I highly recommend it, whether it’s for you or your significant beau :)

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My Watch Story

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Time; what a concept. It has always amazed me how younger generations spend their days wishing away their adolescence  while adults try to hold on to it with the same conviction. Thinking about it, it’s quite bizarre, no?

For me, timepieces are important and with the variety available on the market, nowadays they can be as beautiful as they are practical. My jewellery stand is adorned with roughly ten watches. You may say that that’s not a lot you say but for a person that gets a certain level of satisfaction from not being a hoarder, we can say that a score is a fair few.

About 2 weeks ago, we at The Coup were approached by Invaluable, the World’s largest online auction place. They wanted to know the story behind our favourite timepieces and, likewise, if  they held any sentimental value? This got me thinking.

I like all my watches but choosing my favourite was not as easy as I expected it to be. I can settle on two that I like and, although they couldn’t be further afield in terms of style, they do have one thing in common. Strangely enough, both were purchased abroad. Perhaps it’s the fact that they transport me to that happy, zen-like mood you typically feel whilst holidaying; I don’t know.

The Coup Watch Invaluable Michael KorsThe first one is my classic Michael Kors ; bought in Germany exactly two years ago to the month. I doubt any of you will be surprised that this watch has made it into my favourite two. I was once told that there are 3 things a woman should own. I won’t disclose what all three items were but a classic MK watch did top the list. It makes a statement whilst keeping it classy to say the least.

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A tad more peculiar in style, however, is my favourite; my SKIN Swatch watch. This was also purchased abroad; in Geneva, Switzerland, to be exact. I imagine that this choice will strike you, it took me by surprise too, but in all honesty, this is the one that I opt to wear almost everyday. Perhaps it’s its understated delicacy that does it for me. Or maybe, it’s the fact its comfort, alongside its character and quirkiness,  ticks the right boxes. Who knows but then again who cares? I like it and that’s all that matters right? Right.

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Casual Sundays

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Happy Sunday!

Some extra pics from Friday’s sneaker shot as promised. True to the name of this post I kept it casual, threw on a plain long sleeve tee and a light bomber coat paired with boyfriend jeans. SNUG! On another note, I hope you guys are having a great weekend. So far mine has been pretty cosy. I gym’d it on Friday night and again yesterday, which was an absolute killer! Me and El had a 2 hour session with our personal trainer. It was so hard but so, so good! I’m paying for it now though…

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy International Women’s Day to each and every single one of you ladies out there :)

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Black Tied – MAC

Who could resist a little sparkle? Black Tied by MAC is the only eyeshadow I wear, and I do so religiously. I’m not really an eyeshadow person, I usually just stick to liquid liner, but I love adding a touch of this glittery black to the edge of my lids. Alongside a touch of highlighter underneath the brows, it’s the perfect transitional combination for a subtle day and night look MAC eyeshadow black tied the coup london fashion style lifestyle blog

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New Hair

The braids are officially gone! Well, they actually went a little while ago. I do enjoy the versatility of adding extensions and trying out new looks every so often but I’m considering keeping it natural for a little while. I have a lot of layers in my hair so curls hold and last for ages. Say hello to classy, chic Adiyam. For now, she’s here to stay…New Hair The Coup Blog
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Berlin Diary

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Postcards from Berlin

This last photo makes me laugh! The hat and gloves I packed did nothing to keep me warm so I made a stop at a memorabilia shop and bought this little ‘I Love Berlin’ combo :). Honestly, I must be Berlin’s biggest fan. There is something about this city that makes me feel so at home. In reflection, I should have taken more photos but, as you can see, it was just too cold to keep stopping. For those of you planning a trip, definitely check out the museums. I’m a history buff and Berlin has tons to keep you occupied with but the Jewish Museum is, by far, the most moving. A visit to the Reichstag is a must as are the numerous sight / memorial spots around the city. The nightlife is pretty cool; check out the many bars / clubs East Berlin has to offer – that’s the spot! There are tons of great places to let your hair down; Berghain Bar, Watergate, Club Gretchen are places I’d recommend.  Aah Berlin, I hope to see you soon.

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Postcard from Berlin

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Last week I spent my first New Years abroad in Berlin, a city I fall more and more in love with each time I visit. Me and one of my girls thought it would be fun to head there for four days. Both of us had already been back in 2013 so there was no added pressure of things to do / see. We just soaked up the city which looked even more surreal in the snow, just like a Winter Wonderland. I snapped the above shot on my iPhone 6. It’s probably my favourite shot but I’ll give you more snaps from my proper camera sometime next week.

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Hairfinity

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With celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West publicly endorsing their use of the hair vitamin, Hairfinity, these two tablets have been causing quite a stir. Wanting to see if the results of this product held any truth, I accepted a year long challenge on my birthday (all the easier for remembering) and vowed to stick by taking the supplement, day in day out, with the hope of seeing an improvement in the state of mane. I must admit, my hair in its natural state is pretty good. As a youngster, it was long, healthy and happy (yes happy). So for me, my aim was to get my hair back to its natural state. I’ve never been one to relax my hair but years of straightening along with being a workaholic has not been good. After six months of taking Hairfinity, I must say I’m impressed. My hair is longer but, most importantly, it is healthier. I have less breakage (practically non) and it’s gleaming with shine. So, so far, so good. If you’re thinking of trying it out I really suggest you do. It’s £30 for a bottle which will last you a month and you can buy it on the official Hairfinity website here. I’m sure I’ll be taking these supplements for a long, long time.Adiyam_signature_the_coup

JW Anderson does Topshop!

Did you hear? Yesterday marked the launch of JW Anderson for Topshop. The actor turned fashion designer has now joined the ranks of powerhouse designers that have previously worked with the high-street dominant including Asish, Christopher Kane and, most recently, Richard Nicoll. Staying true to his Scottish heritage, it’s all about tartan on tartan. But, aiming to please all, Anderson has incorporated his eclentic fashion taste with quilted silks, chunky knits and geometric prints. So never fear tartan-phobics, there too is something for you.
The collection also brings Topshop its first ‘lifestyle’ capsule range which includes stationary, iPad cases and posters. With prices ranging from as little as 99p to £129, Andersons capsule collection truely does offer fashion devotees the chance to sport the lastest trends at very affordable prices. Excited much? We are. Above are our favourite pieces:

 

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  1. ‘Embriodered Cotten Shirt,’ J.W.Anderson for Topshop – £39.99
  2. ‘Ghost Handknit Sweater,’ J.W.Anderson for Topshop – £69.99
  3. ‘Varsity Jacket,’ J.W. Anderson for Topshop – £129.99
  4. ‘V-Neck School Sweater,’ J.W. Anderson for Topshop  – £49.99
  5. ‘Tartan Check Tee,’ J.W. Anderson for Topshop  £59.99
  6. ‘Tartan Check Trousers,’ J.W. Anderson for Topshop  – £79.99
  7. ‘Knee Length Wool Kilt,’ J.W.Anderson for Topshop  – £69.99
  8. ‘Zebra Print Jeans,’ J.W. Anderson for Topshop – £49.99
  9. ‘Quilted Silk Paisley Skirt,’ J.W. Anderson for Topshop – £69.99
  10. ‘Stripe Print T-Shirt,’ J.W. Anderson for Topshop – £29.99
  11. ‘Anchor Notebook,’ J.W. Anderson for Topshop – £7.99
  12. ‘Anchor Badge,’ J.W. Anderson for Topshop – £1.99
  13. ‘Logo Print Umbrella,’ J.W.Anderson for Topshop – £19.99
  14. ‘Single Pencil,’ J.W.Anderson for Topshop – £0.99 
  15. ‘Mini Mart Camera,’ J.W.Anderson for Topshop – £9.99