Things I bought, things I want, beach edition


I think this new washed denim tote from Claire V would be perfect for stuffing full of sunglasses, books, sunscreen, water, and everything else I bring to the shore.

And I think this cover-up from Emerson Fry is just about the cutest.

I have loved my newish waterproof Birkenstocks—they’re so lightweight and comfy, and about half the price of leather Birks.

A tent that lets in the breeze is just a good idea.

This Yeti cooler is the only thing here that I’ve actually purchased, and it was a bit of a splurge, but so worth it: it is so well-designed, and keeps your cold items impressively cool.

I’ve been trying to break my plastic water bottle habit—so wasteful in every way—and think this tie-dye water bottle could go a long way towards helping me realize that goal.

A Turkish-style beach towel is nice and light, and you can shake the sand out of it easily.

And why not a leopard print beach chair, I ask you?

A tapestry like this perfect for passing out on the sand.

Taking requests: flattering swimsuits


Every summer, a number of you will ask me to do a post on swimsuits that look good even if you’re not model-thin, and every summer I procrastinate, because there are few things I dislike shopping for than swimsuits. But I managed to find some good ones this time around, including this cute cheetah-print suit.

The side ruching on this one helps camouflage stomach pooch.

I like the high neck on this suit, as well as the tonal floral print.

This striped number is sexy without being especially revealing.

This is a Miraclesuit, which promises to take ten pounds off your appearance. I find this compelling.

This one from Norma Kamali looks like something a 50s screen siren would wear.

Here’s another good one for stomach pooch.

A halter-style with flattering ruching.

This has a James Bond vibe that I really like.

The rainbow stripes here add a nice bit of punch.

This skirted suit is just the right amount of flirty.

And finally, the red zipper on this splurgy suit is a cool, statement-y touch.


Today’s podcast episode is a really good one


We’ve got Diane Cardwell, former New York Times reporter and author of Rockaway: Surfing Headlong Into a New Life, which is all about her decision, in her mid-40s, to learn to surf. It’s quite an inspiring episode, so do not delay: listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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