Things I bought, things I want, crazy-splurgy blow-dryer edition


dyson blow dryer

There is something obscene (I was going to say almost obscene, but there is no almost about it) about spending $400 on a blow-dryer, but reader, I did it. As I have mentioned before, I can’t stand blow-drying my hair. It takes too long, and is so monotonous, and I always end up thinking about all the interesting, productive things I could be doing if I wasn’t doing that. So when I read about Dyson’s newish and very space-age-looking blow-dryer, and a few of you mentioned that you swear by it in the comments, I was intrigued, mostly because it purported to cut down on drying time. The manufacturers also say it’s better for your hair and makes it smoother and shinier, and I suppose it does do a little bit of that, but the headline here is that it is supersonically fast at its primary job—I would say it cut down on the time I spend drying my hair by at least a third. I justify the high price tag because I wash my hair every two or three days, so the cost-per-use will work out nicely.

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I think these shoes are just the cutest in that berryish burgundy hue, and imagine that they’re deeply comfortable (here is the classic Wallabee if you’re more interested in something along those lines).

emerson fry caftan

Emerson Fry has a number of good caftans at the moment, and I’m really liking this leopard print version for lounging and sleeping, and perhaps for wearing to the beach if the weather ever turns warm again. I also like this short iteration of their classic design.

green vase

Having just shelled out a fortune for that blow-dryer, I am in no position to do the same for this paper geranium plant, but it is just so bright and gorgeous, and I really like the idea of permanently having something “flowering” on my kitchen table as I write.

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This Jerome Dreyfuss handbag exceeds the GOACA price limit by a fair amount, but it is so rare to find a good leopard print on a handbag, and the duffel shape is pretty much aces.  AG trousers

I like how nicely slouchy—and yet not sloppy—these trousers are.

MIH jeans blouse

And finally: a gorgeous silk blouse with a nice deep neckline in an excellent, poppy yellow.

20 pretty tops that ring in under $100


chloe & katie top

I really looked hard for tops that very much don’t look like they cost under $100, and was pleased to find so many, all of which I hope you like. This blouse has so much going for it: a nice deep neckline, cool, subtle print, and satisfyingly over-long sleeves.

topshop origami top

This origami top is not left in a lot of sizes, but I think it’s so lovely and sculptural—and looks so much more pricey than it is—that I had to include it.

madewell tunic popover

Just a good, crisp, white popover for throwing on when you want to feel pulled-together.

vince camuto top

I like how the sleeves on this blouse are kind of sweet and romantic, but the rest of the top is nicely streamlined.

eloquii top

This is actually made of t-shirt material, but it looks much fancier, and is definitely work-worthy.

& other stories top

I don’t usually dig a high-neck blouse, but this is so chic, and feminine too.

birdie mixed media top

A simple flowy top for throwing on whenever.

madewell plaid popover

If you like plaid shirts but aren’t so crazy about button-downs, this popover might be the answer.

mango printed tee

This t shirt looks appealingly like a kimono.

madewell flannel shirt

A cozy flannel shirt with graphic black and white stripes.

allsaints isabel top

I’d wear this camisole top under a blazer on a date.

j crew boy shirt

I have an army green shirt exactly like this one and wear it endlessly.

eloquii pintuck top

Pintucks give this a put-together feel.

velvet top

The ruffle neck here is nice and subtle, and I love the red.

& other stories button down

A good blouse for layering under a V-neck sweater.

topshop knot front blouse

This tie-front top comes in black and army green too, but I think this so-subtle shade of pink is quite pretty.

bp perfect shirt

Give me stripes any old time.

eloquii contrast bow blouse

OK, the print of this blouse is on the loud side, but I think if you wore it under a blazer or sweater and only part of it was visible, it would be great.

nydj blouse

This is the kind of top that doesn’t make the hugest statement, but goes with everything.

mango bow sleeve blouse

And finally: a brilliant, vivid green bow-sleeve top.



If you missed it last week, here is a post on colorful, happy tops to combat the winter blahs.

21 dresses with grown-up hemlines


Elizabeth and James sweater dress

I was surprised to note that the last time I brought you dresses with grown-up hemlines was early September: an update is clearly in order. Some dresses here are on the lighter side and not what you might intuitively think about wearing this time of year, but all things are possible with layering: try a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck layered under, wear a full slip for added warmth, and pair with cardigans and tailored jackets and you’re good to go. I like how easy this is, and that it’s got a nicely relaxed cut.

carven sweater dress

And I’m always a fan of dresses that look like separates, as this does.

toit volant dress

I’d either wear a slip or a long-sleeved tee under this to make the neckline a little less plunging.

Joseph shift dress

OK, this is a very spring-y dress, but it could be made suitable for now with matte tights and a nice cardigan. I just love that green.

ALC dress

The twist at the bustline here is so becoming and I dig the asymmetrical hem.

which we want dress

A sweet (but not too sweet) and feminine floral.

public school dress

Another dress that looks pretty spring-y, but would be suitable for now with a little layering. A good choice for days when you really want to break out of the winter doldrums.

Giada Forte dress

Click through and check out the print on this splurgy option: it’s just so pretty .

Farrow Charlotte dress

So flattering and feminine: I like when the waistline is nice and high like it is here.

michel studio dress

The scoopneck here nicely highlights the collarbone—an almost universally flattering spot.

Dries Van Noten dress

This pretty velvet Dries Van Noten dress with is marked way down.

Xirena Leighton dress

I just think this is a fun print.

knot sisters dress

Reasonably priced, bright, poppy, and as good now as it will be in a few months.

farrow dress

The ruching here is what makes this such a figure-friendly (and even forgiving) dress.


city chic dress

This is pretty sexy, but at the same time not too much. Would look amazing with a leather jacket.

vince shirtdress

A shirtdress in an alluring dark floral.

stelen zora dress

This just looks so comfortable, and really elegant too (here it is in grey, which I also like).

vince side slit dress

I like the generous (but not perilous) side slit here.

farrow floral dress

I’d wear a shrunken leather jacket with this lovely dark floral.

Cornejo zuri dress

I’m not the biggest fan of the cold shoulder, but Maria Cornejo somehow always makes it work (and here is a cold shoulder dress in extended sizes that I quite like).

stelen farina dress


Another good asymmetrical hem, which works well because the rest of this dress is pretty straightforward.



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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