I may need a new bag


I’m always impressed by women who manage to switch out their bags every few days, or to match their outfits; it’s something to aspire to. My M.O. is more to buy a bag I love, carry it for months and months every single day, and then get sick to death of it and crave a new one bad. It’s like when you really like a song and play it so many times that finally you can’t bear to hear it anymore. That’s where I am right now, and I have to say, it feels like the pickings are slim. I believe I think this because I’m not crazy for any bag trend right now, and especially not what appears to be the biggest one of all: making them really, really tiny. But I did manage to find a handful I liked, including this delightful, loud orange one.

Or maybe what I really need is a backpack? This one is a pretty perfect size, and I like that it’s kind of handbag-ish-looking.

I know it’s not the most practical thing, but I do sort of desire a chain-strap bag, and this one from A.P.C. is so elegant.

This is a good laptop-friendly option, and the striped strap is fun.

This looks very chicly minimal and old Jil Sander to me.

I’m not especially looking for a tote, but this splurgy little number from Il Bisonte is such a fantastic and unexpected blue.


This nylon camera bag has got a very utilitarian, cool-girl appeal.

Cheap and chic of the week


Just last week I was saying I don’t see the point of short-sleeved sweaters, and yet here is another one I think is really good, so I guess I’m going to have to revise my opinion. This ribbed polo from Everlane comes in a few colors (I like this poppy cobalt blue too) and is made of merino wool, so there’s a minimal itch factor. The fact that it’s got more buttons at the neckline than usual strikes me as very chic and a little French, as do the elbow-length sleeves.

This is a mini-miracle


I have historically been lousy at applying concealer, and mostly avoid doing it altogether, even though the circles under my eyes can be tragic sometimes. But recently I discovered this under eye primer, and I have to say it has changed the game. You smooth it on after your moisturizerĀ  but before makeup, and it de-puffs and color corrects and just generally makes the application of concealer a lot less tricky and more seamless. It’s also super-light, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a cakey extra layer in the heat, which is nice.



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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