This week on Everything is Fine

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Here is my podcast wife Jenn Romolini, when I (finally!) saw her in person in L.A. over Memorial Day weekend. It’s just me and her on today’s episode, and we do a brief postmortem on our L.A. double date with the menfolk, and also discuss various hallmarks of summer: swimsuits, self-tanner, hair removal, the young-person song we’ll be listening to on repeat, and a proposed summer book club (we want your input!). Plus: Celebs who are actually cool IRL, encounters with the Beastie Men, and the pure gossipy joy of Bennifer Part 2. Listen in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you consume podcasts. And hey guys, why not subscribe to our Patreon for all sorts of fun extra content?

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    Carrie
    9 Jun 2021
    7:08pm

    EIF is absolutely my favorite program–I especially love the conversation between the two of you in some “guestless” episodes. Keep at it, please.

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    Joannawnyc
    8 Jun 2021
    1:48pm

    I’m in favor of Somebody’s Daughter for the book club!

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    Elisa
    8 Jun 2021
    6:33pm

    I listened to the podcast for the first time and I really enjoyed it, but I don’t think that shopping for bathing suits from the Land’s End catalogue is quite the death knell you think it is. I have gotten numerous nice looking suits from them–I have big boobs and they have suits that have underwire and DD. They all come in black and some decent other solids and prints and they often have 40% off.

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      Amanda
      12 Jun 2021
      8:42pm

      Yep! Not to mention, they’re size inclusive

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      Liz
      8 Jun 2021
      11:26pm

      I got a catalogue in the mail today for Title Nine swimwear, which appears to be a company that sells suits for women who swim and surf, and they’re really cute while providing fuller coverage like Land’s End: https://www.titlenine.com/one-piece-swimsuits/

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        cw
        9 Jun 2021
        7:42am

        I have a couple of suits from Title Nine––tankinis––they are excellent and have bottoms that really and truly cover my bottom!

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        Heather
        10 Jun 2021
        9:23am

        Title Nine is great. They have more than just swimwear – it’s a woman-owned athletic gear company (including yoga, hiking, etc.).

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      MARGARET
      11 Jun 2021
      9:42am

      Co-sign on Land’s End ! LOL, I don’t get the disdain but maybe it’s a NY thing? Then I realized that I think about Kim’s love for drop-crotch trousers the same way she thinks about my love for Land’s End swimsuits so I guess we’re even. 😉

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    Ann Williams
    8 Jun 2021
    9:11pm

    I was laughing out loud in my vehicle to this conversation. It’s like listening to you best friends. Thank you for the beauty hints, advice, support, and laughs. All super needed now.

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    Kate
    7 Jun 2021
    1:58pm

    So excited to listen to this after work! You’ve had some fabulous guests lately but I also really love an all Kim and Jenn installment.

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    Sue in London
    7 Jun 2021
    2:02pm

    Using fake tan successfully isn’t rocket science ladies! Been doing it for decades so here are my recommendations. Use a tinted express mousse, this means you can see where you are applying it and that you only need to keep it on for an hour or two. This also means there is less room for error such as getting a bit sweaty and causing streaks, you don’t have to sleep in it either. My favourite is Sienna X Express Mousse, however, I’m in the UK and I don’t know if you can get it in the US , but whatever, express is the way to go. Secondly, don’t even try to apply with your bare hands thinking you can just wash them when you’re done, never going to work, besides which you want to be able to tan the backs of your hands. Instead use a tanning mit, this really is the magic ingredient, you will get a streak free finish. Apply your tan from the feet and work your way up, having pre moisturised potential dry areas, feet, knees, elbows, and ankles. When you’ve finished add a little body lotion to your mit and use this to do the backs of your hands so it’s a bit diluted. The get a face wipe or a bit of toner on a cotton pad and clean off your knuckles, pat your elbows and blend up from around the soles of your feet, pat your knees and underarms. Sounds like a whole lot of work but get yourself into the groove and you can do the whole thing in ten minutes. Put on something black and loose (no underwear) and chill for a couple of hours before gently showering it off with no soap. Add a nice body lotion and you’re done. Hope that helps! xx

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      Jennifer Romolini
      7 Jun 2021
      2:33pm

      this is amazingly detailed and incredibly useful ! thank you SO much.

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        Sue in London
        7 Jun 2021
        3:14pm

        Jennifer you are so welcome, if it didn’t involve baring my body I’d do a YouTube demo!

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    Eloise
    7 Jun 2021
    2:57pm

    Haven’t listened, yet, but hope you’ll keep doing “host only” episodes often!

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      Kim France
      7 Jun 2021
      3:09pm

      Thanks, Eloise. That’s the plan.

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    Emily M.
    7 Jun 2021
    11:12am

    Love it! You two are a blast! And I am glad Michelle Obama was one of the nice celebrities.

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    cw
    7 Jun 2021
    11:15am

    Fun podcast and such a relief to know I’m not the only one struggling to reenter the social world.

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    Mimi A.
    7 Jun 2021
    11:47am

    I read The Vanishing Half and found it mediocre. It received such glowing reviews that perhaps my expectations were too high.
    I use Latisse for my lashes and spread some on sparse areas of my eyebrows. It works, but you do have to use it, if not nightly, then at least often.

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      Heather
      10 Jun 2021
      9:25am

      I felt this way about Where the Crawdads Sing. I could only get through half of it. The geographic errors (ie Asheville is not on the coast) drove me nuts.

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      Lorna
      8 Jun 2021
      11:20am

      I also did not love the VH as much as I thought I would, but it has stayed with me more than books i liked more.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        8 Jun 2021
        3:24pm

        Looking forward to listening to this episode. It’s now my policy to wait until the hype has died down before I read or watch something. I’ve found that hype in the past has caused me to not enjoy books or shows that I would have enjoyed. (The only recent exception for me is Deacon King Kong, which I think is underpraised.) I realize promotion is needed for new works of art appearing, but I just respond better to a soft sell, I guess. Meanwhile, I have often thought it would be great having an anti-book club book club where the books read are ones that never usually get read in book clubs. However, I can’t tell if my anti-book club book club is one of those ideas that sound fun in concept, but not so much in execution.

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          Viajera
          8 Jun 2021
          9:49pm

          Ha, well… I am not really in a book club, and part of the reason is, my two close friends who *are* in book clubs are constantly being assigned really depressing books. This year I tried to join a book club anyway but I couldn’t deal with the writer’s style (this was a non-fiction). They used 100 words when 10 would have worked as well. No no no. If I were really going to be in one, I might only do books which are at least 20 years old. By then, the lesser quality has fallen by the wayside. There are lots of great books written by women and POCs who fit this category. I don’t really trust the gatekeepers right now. Everyone is too afraid to not like something. Just my two cents.

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    rachel in berkeley
    7 Jun 2021
    8:47pm

    two thoughts 1/2 way thru the ep:
    -what’s with the hair migration? as new arrivals sprout on the chin, down below in the nether regions they’re jumping ship. truly, TRULY something i was unprepared for. #dontwanttolookprepubscentinmy50s
    -several years ago in the before times a large group of us went to sicily to celebrate a significant birthday. on the beach in cefalu the americans were immediately obvious because we were all in one piece bathing suits. all of the italian women–no matter their age or size–were in bikinis. made me realize the potent american culture message: if you’re not perfect, hide yourself.

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    Liz
    7 Jun 2021
    11:28pm

    Weirdly, I just finished Opal and Nev yesterday and started reading Lady in Waiting last night, after intending to read Brideshead Revisited but lacking the concentration to do so. LiW is incredibly juicy and made me finally start watching The Crown, but Opal and Nev was just ok. I thought the author didn’t develop the characters well, and they were more types than interesting. The Vanishing Half was ok, but I really loved Nella Larsen’s Passing, about the same subject but more literary. I thought Bennett’s writing lacked the kind of style you expect a book on so many “best of the year” books to have.

    Jen should try Tinkle facial shavers for all those hairs. I get them, too, and it gets to a point where tweezing is just too annoying and time consuming and you can’t wax often enough.

    The funny thing about wearing a mask is how many people have told me how young I look after asking my age. I guess the top 1/4 of my face is much younger than my jowly lower half, since no one’s ever said this before.

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