A whole bunch of cute sunglasses


Because I am very light sensitive, sunglasses are an essential for me, year-round. But in summer they’re especially clutch, and even though I currently have a number of pairs in rotation, that doesn’t keep me from wanting more. I think this pair from Anine Bing is pretty sharp, and trendy without being too much so.

Now this pair is rather nuts, but in a pretty excellent way.

I like the bottle green shade of the frames on these, from Warby Parker.

My friend Andrea was wearing these Ray Bans when we met the other day for a socially distanced walk, and I’ve been craving them ever since: they’re like Wayfarers, but the shape is just a little bit cooler.


These have just a hint of a cat eye, which I like.

The red on this splurgy pair is just so good, and so is their shape—if you like cat-eyes but don’t think they look good on you, a rounded-off pair like this one just might do the trick.

These are a classic Wayfarer shape, but the off-white hue makes them fresh.

You can’t beat Ray Ban’s Clubmaster for timeless cool.

These are both statement-y and well-priced, which is a winning combination.

I think these squared-off wire frame lenses are just a shade cooler than aviators.

If you are truly light sensitive, you will need a pair of sunglasses with thick arms, and these can’t be beat in that respect.

A hexagonal pair is surprisingly flattering on the face.

These, from Celine are pricey (they’re Celine after all) but I just really dig the clunky shape and thick frames.

And I love the purple lenses on this oversized pair from Karen Walker.

And finally: these are from Bose, and have mini-speakers and a microphone, so you can use them as you would your AirPods, which is pretty great.

White dresses with grown-up hemlines


There are few items of clothing that make me feel as crisp and put-together than a white dress, and I love the antique-y feel of this one.

Here’s a gauze number from Xirena that’d be cool layered over a colorful slip.

The tiered skirt here is a nicely feminine touch.

I’d swap out the belt here for a thick brown leather one for a kind of Out of Africa feel.

This has a caftan-y feel that I like, and it’d make a great beach coverup too.

There is something very romantic about this dress, and I dig the tonal embroidery.

A simple tee dress with an appealingly deep V-neck and side slits.

This shirtdress has side slits too—deep ones—that make it pretty sexy, especially for a shirtdress.

The pops of color on this dress are fun.

A prairie lace dress that’s a tea length, which I usually don’t go for, but that I like here.

The ruffle collar on this textured linen dress from Alex Mill is kind of unexpected and sweet.

Puff Shoulders are not, like tea-length dresses, something I usually like, but everything else here is so streamlined that I think they work.

I like the slightly oversized dimensions of this shirtdress.

This sort of looks like an old-school nurse’s uniform, in a way that I think kind of works.

And finally, this flowy specimen from Cos is actually light gray, but it’s so light I think it still works in this category.


My search for the perfect mask


It has  been epic, as I am very picky: the masks must be comfortable, and have clips at the nose, and room for a filter. I do think I have discovered the ideal, and they come from M. Patmos. They’re a little thick for the weather now, though, so I was excited to see that they have introduced a lighter-weight summer mask and immediately purchased four: two for me, two for my mom. They come in a few colors, but I’m a fan of this poppy yellow number.



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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