Are you flattered or annoyed when a friend buys something you own?


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This question comes via Andrea, who called the other morning to ask if it was OK for her to buy the Maria Cornejo spiral skirt she’d admired on me the other day when we hung out.  I told her that of course it was—there is no one I have style-glommed  more over the years than her.  I’ve also never thought imitation was such a big deal—at Lucky we all copied each other endlessly,* but everyone had her own style, so nothing ever looked exactly the same on any two people. Still, I do believe it is polite to ask. How about you? Compliment or nuisance?

*In fact, in the art department there was a very amusing cork board of Polaroids depicting particularly egregious cases of Office Twinsies.

How much is too much to pay for a pair of jeans?


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I’m not gonna lie. $250.* I’m a freak for fit, and wear jeans more than anything else I own. And you?


*I will add that I do own a few pairs of Levis Curve ID jeans, which both fit great and do not cost anywhere near too much. 

Can’t say I didn’t ask for it


About a squillion of you responded to my challenge to find a catalogue I couldn’t shop, and—as this photo makes abundantly clear—you really knocked it out of the park. In addition to which, you created the most amusing discussion thread in Girls of a Certain Age history. I’m feeling quite fortunate to have attracted such an lively and amusing Girl army, so please do stick around.

The winner gets a $50 gift card from our pals at Beso (which basically means any designer or store they’re affiliated with, which is, like, everyone). I’m calling noon tomorrow as the deadline for entries. And:  excitement! This contest has a Part II, with an even bigger prize. Stay tuned for details.



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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