What would you love to own but would never buy yourself?


For me (and just for starters) it might just be this hauntingly pretty skull ring from James Colarusso, which I have wanted approximately forever. And you?


Anyone else in the mood to look at some animal prints?


As those of you who’ve been hanging out here a while know, I like a good animal print. And I like them best when they’re executed on clean, minimal shapes without too much flounce or fussiness, which was a challenge this season, because there is a lot of flounce and fussiness out there. But this pleated top, for starters, clears the bar.

I just think the wine hue is really pretty on this Nili Lotan sweater.

This silk shirt is like a rainbow explosion of happiness.

I like how simple and graphic the print on this sweatshirt is.

I think this blouse would look super-pretty peeking out from under a blazer.

A cute and well-priced big huggy sweater.

The tonal print on this sweatshirt is nicely subtle.

I’ve been seeing women wearing little scarves like this one with button-downs, knotted side out, and I think it’s a really good look and would like to give it a shot.

These snake embossed slip-on sneakers from Vince are so sharp-looking, and have a decent platform too.

The leopard print on this blouse is really rich-looking.

And I also adore the print on this Ganni skirt (which also comes as a dress).

I’m always happy to throw a little red and black into the mix.

I was on the fence about including these zebra-print sneakers as they are a bit much, but I feel like the right person could really make them work.

I personally want this dress very much for spring: such a fun but elegant shape.

And finally: how cute is this graphic tote?


The hardest-working items I took on my trip


It’s always interesting to me to look at the packing post I do before a trip, and see how it contrasts with what I actually ended up wearing while I was away. There’s always a good bit of overlap, but a few items emerge as clear heroes, and my Tel Aviv pants from Nili Lotan were probably in the highest rotation of all—it was perfect chino weather in Los Angeles, and these are, to my mind, the perfect chinos. Also, I’m pleased to report that Nili Lotan is offering them in sizes up to 14, which is a nice start.

So many of you west coasters mentioned to me that it isn’t quite sandal weather in L.A., so I brought my good old trusty No 6 clogs instead, and wore them constantly.

This cute striped popover shirt got a lot of wear as well, and right now it’s marked down at Trovata.

On the plane, I carried this Fjallraven backpack, which has ample compartments, fits a ton, and is super-light.

I packed an Il Bisonte bag like this one to carry around once I got there, and it was the perfect size: not too big, but big enough for all my everyday stuff.

I never regret having made room for my GHD curling iron, which is always up to the task of saving my hair from frizzbo hell.

I’ve been wearing this Laura Mercier eyeshadow pencil—the (very nicely subtle) color is called Cobblestone—and it was the perfect eyeshadow to bring on the trip, since it doesn’t require a brush.

And finally, I am very happy with my ultra-durable laptop case from Herschel.



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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