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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Outfit: Tropical print

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When I was on holiday in St. Petersburg, Russia I came by Monton boutique. Monton is a very popular eastern European brand, that produces lovely smart casual pieces.

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I couldn’t resist picking up this ‘palm’ print skirt. Although in these photos palm trees are hidden under my knit. The skirt is made from structured fabric, nipped at the waist. Playing on the burgundy notes I paired it with a thin knit from New Look. You can see skirt’s beautifully unusual pattern much better here:

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I highly recommend taking a look at Monton’s website, montonfashion.com. They have loads more pieces that I’d love to order. For now I will wear my new skirt to work. Ta-Ta!

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3 Ways to Wear: Zara Pajama Print suit (part 2)

1_the__coup_zara_pajama_suit_floral_outfit.jpgHere is a casual way of wearing the blouse from Zara pajama suit. Paired with a  green fluro bouclé skirt and a simple black vest.

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4_the__coup_zara_pajama_suit_floral_outfit.jpgThese Bershka heels have seen me through all summer. With Velcro straps they are a life-saver for people with small ankles.

3 Ways to Wear: Zara Pajama Print suit (part 1)

1_coup_zara_pajama_suit_floral_outfitThis week I will be doing a ‘how to’ trilogy on how to wear these Zara separates. Today I am going to start with how it was initially intended – to be worn together.

I have to admit that I’ve had this Zara suit combo in my wardrobe since February before I braved wearing it last week. And I cannot believe I have left it this long! I love the fit and the feel of the fabric.

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3_coup_zara_pajama_suit_floral_outfit.jpgThis Japanese flower print couldn’t be more on trend for this Fall, worn with big crystal chandelier earrings it’s reminiscent of 1920’s ‘lounging’ ladies.

4_coup_zara_pajama_suit_floral_outfit.jpg6_coup_zara_pajama_suit_floral_outfit.jpgI have slipped on theses strappy heels from ASOS – open toes make the overall look less heavy.

5_coup_zara_pajama_suit_floral_outfit.jpgWhat do you guys think? Do you love it as much as I do?

coup_fashion_blog_zara_pajama_suitP.S. We are trying a little GIF action, let us know what you think of this new element!

Elena x

Outfit Inspiration – Aztec

Sandre Aztec Sequin Mini DressI’m in love with this Sandre Aztec Sequin Mini Dress. I must admit, I’ve never purchased anything from Missguided before but I can’t wait to have this piece in my wardrobe. I’d pair this with minimalistic, strappy white sandals though. Perhaps these River Island ‘Barely There’ beauties?

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Outfit – Casual Florals

Denim Crop Jacket Floral Dress

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Floral prints are one of those rare prints that transcends all four seasons. We often see winter florals appear in shades of burgandy, grey, purple and so forth during the A/W season. Likewise brighter, more vibrant floral designs pop up during and throughout the S/S season. This dress is a funny one though. I bought it at Christmas but don’t you think however that it’s better suited to the S/S season? I’m loving the way it looks in the sun!

Denim Crop Jacket Floral Dress And, bonus, it’s pretty easy to dress up and down too! For a more casual look I have previously worn this dress with a pair of classic brown brogues and cute ankles socks. Today however, I’m emulating a feminine and more youthful look by sporting nude heels and a casual denim crop jacket.

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The dress’s lightweight material means that I’m going to have to be a tad conscious of the wind blowing. We don’t want a boo-boo now, do we?!

Floral Dress Denim Coat TopshopThis is a favourite neck piece of mine – isn’t it stunning? It reminds me a little of a vintage stamp. The gold / brown themes makes it an unusual yet perfect piece for this dress.

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Items worn above:

Denim Crop Jacket – Topshop (old, similar here)

Floral Dress – Topshop (old, similar here)

Nude Heels – Aldo (old, similar here)

Gold Watch – Michael Kors

Gold Cuff – H&M (old, similar here)

H&M Trend Leopard

Stella McCartney inspired? Perhaps! But as soon as I saw this leopard print, I fell in love! I can already imagine living in these leopard printed trousers in spring time, paired with black patent stiletto and a simple tank….Leopard print jacket thrown over a casual outfit…

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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; 

Things that make me go ‘Ohh’!

I have been looking for a ‘WOW’ coat for quite some time now. This Autumn I don’t want to blend in with the sea of black and navy, so going through tons of stores, boutiques and online in search of a piece that either had a vibrant colour or a strong graphic print, has been a long process. Today I am very happy to finally announce that here is it- the ‘OH MY ‘ coat of the season. The winner is Christopher Kane Leopard-print coat, £1.380 (available from Matches Fashion). This coat ticks all of the boxes. With an uber modern take on animal print, it truly represents designer’s bold aesthetic vision. The ‘no button’ design works very well when you just want something to trow over a sweater. Now, the only thing I need to worry about is how to start saving…

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:

 

Items, from left to right:
  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

Added to my wardrobe: Autumn Pumps


Two new additions to my shoe collection-absolute must have pumps for this season. Leopard print with velvet toe, I can’t live without, from Oasis (£35) and a Dynamo slipper from Miss Selfridge (£30),  all over studs and small black heat. These two are super versatile, whether its to complement a day outfit, or for an easy relaxed night time look. I am sure pay-per-wear will be totally justified with these pairs!

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!

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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

All Eyes Fixed On

After Fall Winter 2012 shows were over everyone was buzzing about one particular designer Mary Katrantzou. Her collection is truly a work of art! Just prints alone will make you go weak at the knees. Colourful, catchy and attention craving, they call to be inspected and digested with your eyes. Mary created graphics from everyday objects such as clocks and cutlery…I have spent ages looking all over until I spotted the elements and hapes!

These pieces are bright, not for the quiet little mouse, but also surprisingly wearable. I am in love with every look from this collection, hope you enjoy them too! Keeping my eyes firmly focused on Mary Katrantzou!
Following items available from Net-A-Porter.com
Printed jersey T-shirt £255
Printed silk-satin tulip skirt £620
Intarsia knitted sweater £945

(Top photo: Evan Sung)