A personal note

Girls of a Certain Age started on April 3, 2012 (here’s the very first post) and somehow, I let its fifth birthday whiz by without even noticing. So I’m taking a moment to belatedly thank all of you for making this such a lively, happy enterprise. To all the die-hard commenters—Viajera, DeDe, Mamavalveeta, Joanna, Y.K., C.W., Dana D, Suz, Jhops, Hick from the Styx, Adrien, Gables Girl, Mae, Caroline, Raina, Caroline, Ann, Heather, and I’m SURE there’s somebody I’m leaving out, so please forgive me if so—thank you for being the soul of Girls of a Certain Age. For keeping conversation so lively, witty, smart, and—most of all—so very, very kind. To all of the rest of you commenters, thanks a million for everything you have to say. Your words amuse and enlighten me, and—on days when I’m feeling down and lonely—lift me. And if you’ve never commented, thanks for stopping by on the regular. Knowing that you’re all out there makes my life truly rich.

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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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62 Thoughts on A personal note
    Melolexx
    24 Apr 2017
    8:29am

    My most favorite daily indulgence. I’ve purchased many things and enhanced my style at 47 thanks to your curation and comments. Thank you! ❤️

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    Ann
    24 Apr 2017
    8:37am

    Happy belated blog birthday!! I can’t believe it’s been 5 years. You’ve brought us a lot of entertainment, great clothes, and thought-provoking stuff, too. I’m so happy for you that you get to have such an interesting career. Best wishes and have a lovely day!

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    Dana D
    24 Apr 2017
    8:46am

    What Ann said…

    and thank you a million times for offering me this daily mini-pleasure of fashion mixed with other good things for the mind and soul. Thank you, also, for not being afraid to take a stand when that is called for…and for letting us stand up also.

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    y.k.
    24 Apr 2017
    8:46am

    5 years! i remember reading about this in that NYT article & thinking -yes -that’s exactly what I’m looking for in a blog. thank you.

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    Heather
    24 Apr 2017
    9:01am

    Kim, thanks to *you* for investing so much of your time and energy in building this community. I’ve learned a lot about fashion and style, but even more so, I’ve grown to appreciate the words of smart, thoughtful women. Thank you.

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    Mrs Z
    24 Apr 2017
    9:02am

    Happy 5th year! You’re my first pop-in everyday. And here’s a blast from the past (long-time Sassy reader): it’s almost “Kim France pants” weather. Yes, I still cut the legs off my winter tights to about mid-thigh to eliminate the chafe under summer skirts and dresses. Continued success on all your endeavors!

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      KimFrance
      24 Apr 2017
      7:56pm

      I can’t even tell you how many times grown women mention Kim France pants to me. It’s rather amazing.

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        Adrien
        26 Apr 2017
        9:43am

        It was a brilliant solution to an annoying problem.

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    Jandy
    24 Apr 2017
    9:07am

    Congrats, Kim….and THANK YOU!

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    MariaO
    24 Apr 2017
    9:16am

    Thanks to Kim and thanks to the rest of you – this blog is one of the few places where you can ignore the #1 Rule of the Internet (Don’t Read the Comments!), and listen or take part in some intelligent conversations.

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    joannawnyc
    24 Apr 2017
    9:22am

    I was so thrilled when I found out you had a blog. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already! Thank you <3

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    Debra
    24 Apr 2017
    9:25am

    What a nice way to start the work week — a celebration of GOACA! Truly the only blog that is a daily “must read” for me. Thank you, Kim, for expanding my mind and for helping me, in my somewhat unfocused middle age, find a personal style that works for me!!!

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    Jennifer
    24 Apr 2017
    9:27am

    Congratulations on this milestone, and thank you sincerely for this site. I have gotten so much out of it since I first came across it a few years back, and your emailed update is one of the few that I am eager to read as soon as it hits my inbox. Really looking forward to your book, too.

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    Laura Jean
    24 Apr 2017
    9:45am

    Congratulations! Visiting this site is my favorite morning ritual.

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    Caroline
    24 Apr 2017
    9:45am

    Aww..
    Made my day.
    Happy milestone anniversary!
    I can honestly say, checking in with you over my morning coffee has made my days a little bit richer😘
    FYI, totally ordered that j. crew sundress from last week.
    Xx.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    24 Apr 2017
    9:46am

    Congratulations on your “blogiversary,” Kim! 5 years is a REAL accomplishment in the blogging world (Hell, 5 years at ANY job is a real accomplishment!).
    Your posts have let me know that I’m not alone as I deal with the demon of depression and anxiety. Your blog is about SO much more than fashion and yet it draws me in every day. You don’t know (well, with analytics, you probably do!) how many times I share something you’ve posted with friends.
    I love this group of cool, smart, talented and yes…kind women you’ve brought together. Thanks!

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      DeDe
      24 Apr 2017
      10:44am

      I heart you, Val. Not just because you’re a fellow Sconnie but because you seem like a genuinely kind, thoughtful person. And I’m sure I’m not the only commenter here who feels that way. You know, for whatever it’s worth. <3

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        Dana D
        25 Apr 2017
        8:50am

        Such a genuinely nice thing for you to express…

        I feel the same way, about both of you.

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          KimFrance
          25 Apr 2017
          9:32am

          I love all of this love!

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    DeDe
    24 Apr 2017
    10:17am

    GROUP HUG GROUP HUG

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      Dana D
      24 Apr 2017
      10:25am

      Yes!!!

      going off to work feelin’ all warm and fuzzy!!!

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      Raina
      24 Apr 2017
      5:27pm

      Yes, in DeDe! I’ll show myself out…

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    elise
    24 Apr 2017
    10:22am

    Well where did those 5 years go?? Time does fly when you’re having fun! Congrats and thanks for all the fabulous content – you make my day every day! So excited for your book!

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    Viajera
    24 Apr 2017
    10:31am

    Ditto all the nice comments people made!!! It really helps to have something to look forward to, Kim. You have created a beautiful place filled with interesting objects and lovely people. I found out about it from the NYT too. Wow five years went by quickly! Please keep being you!

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      KimFrance
      24 Apr 2017
      7:59pm

      Viajera, don’t YOU ever change. Don’t know what I’d do without your presence here.

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    Mary Alice
    24 Apr 2017
    10:36am

    Kim, I’d like to thank you for this blog. It has come to mean a great deal to me, to check in every morning and see how smart, funny and totally cool all these girls of a certain age are. I regularly share items from this blog with my twenty-something daughters.I could go on and on but you get the idea, I hope.Thannk you!!! You’re the best!!

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    Erin
    24 Apr 2017
    10:43am

    Congratulations, and thank you for writing this blog. It has become an important part of my routine. While I don’t comment frequently, seeing all of the intelligent and topics and post commentary/conversation here helps me feel connected to so many amazing women. May you see more milestone anniversaries!

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    tiffany cain
    24 Apr 2017
    10:49am

    This site has made hitting my 50’s extra fun- thank you for your great curate’n eye!

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    Ann
    24 Apr 2017
    10:55am

    Your blog has become a part of my life these past five years. Happy Anniversary, and thank you for everything. Please never stop.

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    Adrien
    24 Apr 2017
    11:08am

    Aw, congratulations (and thanks for the shout-out!) This is my favorite blog and I can’t wait to read your book.

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    Linda
    24 Apr 2017
    11:39am

    Aw, congrats on this anniversary! I really enjoy your blog and agree that the comments here are charming instead of traumatic (as they often are elsewhere). Thanks to you and your long-time commenters for building a positive community. Cheers!

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    Christina
    24 Apr 2017
    12:16pm

    Congratulations! I read your blog daily and am so grateful that you’ve continued to write! You’ve cultivated such a wonderful community here. I also find myself asking “WWKD?” on a regular basis and am happy to say you’ve played a significant role in helping me find a fulfilling and authentic style. In addition, I truly appreciate the more personal posts you’ve written. Sometimes it feels like you’re the cool aunt I never had, helping guide me through the messiness of adulthood. So, thank you- many many times over.

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    Erica
    24 Apr 2017
    1:19pm

    Love love love your blog. With the smart commentary, impeccable sense of style and real talk that you offer I am constantly referring friends to your site. Thank you for all that you do!

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    c.w.
    24 Apr 2017
    1:39pm

    Wow, five years! Major Congrats!

    This is one of my favorite places on the internet. Smart links, great fashion and the whole slew of incredible women you’ve managed to gather around you make GOACA a must read for me every day. (thank you, too, NYTimes for running a piece that included Kim and this site which is how I found myself here.)

    Also…for me…this site is more important than ever given the givens of what is happening nationally and globally.

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    jhops
    24 Apr 2017
    1:39pm

    Congrats & happy blog b-day! From the day I randomly purchased what turned out to be the inaugural issue of Lucky at a newsstand, I have appreciated your voice & sense of style so much. And the day you replied to one of my comments on here made me positively giddy. Thanks so much for what you do, and the community you have created.

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      Christina
      24 Apr 2017
      4:04pm

      I still have all of my old issues of Lucky magazine! I re-read them all the time.

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    Sheila
    24 Apr 2017
    1:41pm

    Congratulations on five years of blogging! I’m thankful for your words.

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    suz
    24 Apr 2017
    3:01pm

    5?! Congrats and happy b day! I have no idea how I found this blog, but it has been a mainstay since day 1. There is an honesty and solid truth to the goings on here, to your viewpoint and writing that I don’t see anywhere really – so, sincerely – thank you for bringing this all about. And for gathering all these excellent people together.

    Keep it up! I always am happy and/or enlightened by what I find here.

    Now I feel there should be cake….

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    Sara
    24 Apr 2017
    6:45pm

    Five years of inspiration, entertainment, connection and hope. Thanks, Kim! Looking forward to five more!

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    GT
    24 Apr 2017
    6:50pm

    Brava, Kim!

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    KimFrance
    24 Apr 2017
    7:09pm

    Thanks for all these sweet comments, ladies. They made my day. xxx

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    Suzanne
    24 Apr 2017
    7:10pm

    I love you & the ladies who make this my favourite place to visit each day. It’s nice to have a place where people you’ve never met, just ‘get you’. xx

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    Llana
    24 Apr 2017
    7:40pm

    Kim,

    I don’t think that I have ever left a comment, because I have been intimidated (you are Kim France!).

    I have followed your work since the Sassy days, when I read the magazine from my row-house as a teenager in Philadelphia. That magazine made me want to leave town, might even have helped propel me to do so.

    I am very much looking forward to the book. Maybe I will make it to a reading in the city when that happens. I live in Albany.

    Best,

    Llana Carroll

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    mlinky
    24 Apr 2017
    7:47pm

    Thank you so much for this blog!

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    Tricia
    24 Apr 2017
    8:01pm

    I love your blog. There’s always some great thing that I learn about by checking in 🙂

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    Gables girl
    24 Apr 2017
    8:50pm

    Kim, I am so honored by the shout out. Its funny–our styles are quite different. I’m more Iris Apfel crossed with Lovey Howell and JCrew mixed with LL Bean. But we are following a similar sober path and I can’t imagine not checking in every day. Hope our paths cross sometime. XO–

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    Raina
    24 Apr 2017
    9:09pm

    Five years blogging the best insight, advice and shopping enablement is no mean feat.

    Mazel on your accomplishment, Miz Kim, and may the next five be even more fab!

    P.S. A Kim France shout-out? You honor me, ma’am.

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    Claire
    24 Apr 2017
    9:32pm

    Happy blog birthday, Kim! GOACA is my favourite blog – great writing, wonderful picks and a fantastic commentariat full of whipsmart women. Thank you for carving out such a special place in the wild, wild Web. And, I can’t wait to read your memoir!

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    Sarah K
    24 Apr 2017
    10:30pm

    Yay for this entire community, and extra hats off to its fearless ringleader, K. France! Thank you! Kim, for so much style and topical stuff in this little corner of the ‘net.

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    Tiffany
    25 Apr 2017
    4:02am

    Congrats and thank you for my favourite blog!

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    karen
    25 Apr 2017
    6:40am

    Happy Anniversary….i wish i would have found this blog 5 years ago! really, from reading this blog…i wish i could go back in time and be a sassy reader. thanks for giving me something to ponder each day, love the way you mix the high and the low, the fun and the serious.

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    Ista
    25 Apr 2017
    9:39am

    Happy anniversary! 5 years has flown by–I don’t remember how or when I found GOACA, but it was early on and remains one of my daily check-ins. Thank you for being here!

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    Lisa Carnochan
    25 Apr 2017
    2:48pm

    Happy five years and thank you so much for soldiering on.

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    lynne
    25 Apr 2017
    10:13pm

    Congratulations on 5 years and thank you! *your* words amuse and enlighten *me*

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    lynne
    25 Apr 2017
    10:18pm

    Congratulations on 5 years and thank you so much because *your* words amuse and enlighten *me*

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    Lori in Toronto
    26 Apr 2017
    7:21pm

    Congratulations on 5 years, and for being a site a Girl of a Certain Age can really enjoy!

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    Meg Davis
    28 Apr 2017
    2:33am

    This is still the only fashion blog I read, and it has totally changed the way I think about clothes. Thank you for making getting dressed a much more fun part of the day.

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    ljchicago
    28 Apr 2017
    8:44am

    The only blog I have read longer than yours is GFY. Great content and writing on both.

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    litzipet
    4 May 2017
    3:17pm

    Congratulations on 5 years!
    I love reading your blog for many reasons, not least for your own personal experiences and life advice – thank you for giving us such a heartfelt and always interesting blog.
    And for all the great make up tips too, it’s changed how I look at make up.

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    Susan Davis
    6 May 2017
    7:47am

    I have told people you are my “grown-up imaginary friend” who lives in Manhattan and advises me on all-important lifestyle things. This makes me passively cool. It is my daily read. I take pleasure in your writing – even when you say “pop” of color (>sigh< +eye roll). My heart aches when love disappoints you. I get excited when you get a new pair of clogs. Thank you for your vulnerable and powerful writing and lust for life. Write On!

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      KimFrance
      6 May 2017
      7:53am

      Such a lovely note. Love to you.

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    Natalie
    8 May 2017
    6:27am

    One of my favourite spots on the internet and I’m not sure I’m even of a certain age yet (38? Dunno). The content is funny and interesting but like everyone else, I agree that it’s the insanely amazing commenters that help make this place so special. It’s such a kind, funny, supportive environment.

    Congrats and much love to you Kim and everyone else who lives on here x

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