Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – Coffee Table Reads


Clockwise from top left: Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles – TASCHEN; The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits by Mihaela NorocRemodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson; In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine by Alberto Oliva, Norberto Angeletti; The Life and Love of the Sea by Lewis BlackwellArt Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes – PHAIDON

Weekend Wishlist – Last Weeks of Winter

Weekend Wishlist Last Weeks of Winter

*Clockwise from top left: Zara Checkered Coat, Illesteva ‘Leonard II’ Sunglasses; Tinley Road Faux Fur Infinity ScarfAlex and Ani Feather Pull Chain Bracelet; ‘Girl in a Band’ by Kim Gordon; Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in ‘First Love’; Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment; Adidas Originals Stan Smith Sneakers; H&M Dungarees; Monki ‘Irja’ Knitted Top

New Year Reads for 2015

New Year Reads

The legendary C.S. Lewis once said: “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”  With that thought in mind, going on a good paperbound adventure with a soul-warming cuppa in hand seems like a pretty good way to start off a new 365.  Here’s what’s on the Poppies and Pence bookshelf to start off 2015:

Grace: A Memoir – Grace Coddington

This has been on my to-read wish list since it ‘graced’ the bookstore shelves back in 2012. I know, I’m way late to the party on this one. Having always been intrigued by Grace Coddington, perched effortlessly in fashion front rows around the globe, her appearance in The September Issue documentary made me even more curious.  From her early days as a model to becoming Creative Director at Vogue and everything in between, the book is also filled with wonderful illustrations by the women herself.

Refinery29 Style Stalking – Piera Gelardi, Christene Barberich

Ah yes, a street style book. But not just any street style book, Style Stalking comes from the brilliant editors of the one website I literally spend the most time on – Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi put together style essentials in a collection of gorgeous and eclectic photos bound together in pages I could pretty much flip through endlessly. *Coffee table essential for any street style lover.

So, Anyway – John Cleese

Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, need I say more? A massive fan of both the show and the comedy troupe, this is a book that HAD to be included. If Cleese brings even an ounce of the wit and brilliance to his writing as he does to his performances, this is sure to be a page-turner.

How To Be Alone – Sara Maitland

From the book: ““You are one of those courageous people who want to dare to live; and to do so believe you have to explore the depths of yourself, undistracted and unprotected by social conventions and norms.” Never one to adhere to any kind of social convention or norm, this is a must-read for those who appreciate the wonderment and strength of solitude. The way Maitland navigates through the touchy subject of how society has still not accepted those who actively, and bravely, choose to live solo is so wonderfully stated and extensively well-researched. It really gives you something to think about.

What are you reading/looking forward to reading this year?

xo Coco

The Christmas Gift Edit – The Fashion Fan

Fashion Fan

It’s the first day of December and the official start of the Christmas countdown! Lights and trees are going up, the mulled wine is being, well – mulled, and the Christmas markets are buzzing! To mark this festive of days, here is the first of my Christmas Gift Edits. Now, if I had it my way, gifts would consist of mostly baked goods and hugs.  The first because, well, baked goods! The second, because they are free and the best kind of gift you can get.  But, I digress, here is the first of the series – gifts for that street-style blog reading, fashion week watching, sale-hopping fashion lover in your life. What I like to call – The Fashion Fan.

xo Coco

Clockwise from top left: Topshop Squeeze Pom-Pom Velvet Slippers; J.CREW Crystal Cluster Earrings; Madewell University Stripe ScarfCOS Graphic Print Top; ‘I Love Your Style’ by Amanda Brooks; Refinery29: Style Stalking by Piera Gelardi and Christene BarberichRebecca Minkoff Mini Avery Tote

Wednesday Wishlist – How to Be Parisian

Parisian Wishlist

‘How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are’ Book; Tweed Chester Coat – Ines de la Fressange for UNIQLO; Striped Boat Neck Long Sleeve Tee – UNIQLO; Tweed Trousers – Ines de la Fressange for UNIQLO; Prue D’Orsay Flat – Loeffler Randall; Block Heel Leather Boots – Zara; Cashmere Blended Stole – Ines de la Fressange for UNIQLO; Classic 28 Sunglasses – Saint Laurent; Printed Long Sleeve Dress – Ines de la Fressange for UNIQLO


Wednesday Wishlist: All You Need Are Books and Tea

Books and Tea


Markus Lupfer ‘You Are My Cup Of Tea’ Jumper; UNIQLO Women Drape Pants; ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate’ by Naomi Klein; ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ by Cheryl Strayed; ‘How to Be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran; Marimekko Cups; ‘Books and Tea’ Tea Towel

Because sometimes a good book and a nice big cuppa just make everything right.

xo Coco