Things I bought, things I want


I haven’t done one of these posts in a while because I really have been trying not to buy much, but I found the siren song of the Zero+Maria Cornejo sale to be irresistible, and picked up this short-sleeved cardigan that I wear even as I type.

I was recently accused of having very basic taste in earrings, because I always wear the same old small hoops, day after day. So I’m thinking I might mix things up a bit, and these pearl earrings from Ted Meuhling are just so elegant.

This tote packs down to nothing, and is perfect if you’re the type of person who acquires too much when she travels to fit it all in her suitcase.

Just a really chic little faux fur jacket at a decent price.

This is a pretty simple top, but I like how it’s sort of peasant-y without being at all hippie-ish.

This zebra-stripe cashmere sweater pleases the part of me that knows I peaked, style-wise, some time in the 80s.

Just a cute jaguar-print sweatshirt for lounging about.

I wear my black No.6 clog boots constantly, and they are currently looking quite beaten up in that way that even a trip to the shoe repair can’t fix. So I’m thinking of replacing them, but with this navy pair. Thoughts?

How about we look at some pretty party dresses?


I like everything about this, from the kind of Grecian drapiness to the golden hue to the playful bit of fringe at the hem.

Another slightly metallic choice with a really nice bit of twisty business going on at the neckline.

A well-priced velvet dress in my color-of-the-moment, mustard yellow.

Tonal leopard print and a gloriously streamlined cocoon-ish shape: perfection.

You can’t go wrong with velvet and lace: so sweetly feminine.


A simple wrap dress like this would be aces with a statement-y necklace.

I like the smocking here, and the cool square neckline.


Another velvet dress with a cute, retroish silhouette.

A metallic chevron print is loud in a good way.

I do not especially like bustiers or tiered skirts and this dress has both of those things, but I still find myself drawn to it, perhaps because of the boss star print.

What do they call skirts that flounce out like this at the hem? Sometimes I wish I’d hung on to my Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion after I left Lucky. In any case, I usually don’t love that either, but everything else here is so clean-lined that it works.

This, I believe, is what they call a tulip hem, and I think it’s very pretty.


I believe that this rhinestone-studded number could pass as black-tie attire.

This dress has a certain hippie-goth vibe that I admire.


Some Cyber Monday deals for you


Welcome back from the holiday, everyone; I hope it was a peaceful one. If you didn’t satisfy your bargain jones on Friday, here are a few more deals for you, starting with & Other Stories, where everything is 20% off. I like this short faux fur jacket.

At Asos, everything is 25% off today, and I think this coat is quite elegant.

Over at Barneys Warehouse, the discount is a whopping 50% sitewide; I’m considering this pretty printed silk Zero+Maria Cornejo top.

At extended sizes retailer Eloquii, the discount is 50% too; I think this neon leopard print dress is really excellently 80s new wave.

You can take 30% off everything at H&M today; I like this simple but sophisticated shirtdress.

There are about a million exclusions (which is always so annoying) over at Need Supply, where the discount is 20%, but there is still good stuff to be found, like this chic drawstring A.P.C. bag.

At Reformation, the discount is 30%; I always love a black floral print, and the one on this dress is really pretty.

And finally: at French retailer Sandro, the discount is up to 30%; this coat is only 20% off, but it’s so good.




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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