I always enjoy my annual fair isle sweater post


The wilder and brighter designers go with this preppy standard, the better I like it (though, in the interest of mixing things up, I have included a few classic-looking ones here as well). I like to wear them with a striped tee or button-down layered underneath for a little matchy-clashy effect. First up: the sleeves here are a little wonky, but I am so mad for the colors.

The hearts are cute without being too obvious.

I like how the pattern on this one is kind of disrupted.

Such a good weekend option.

The Charlie Brown zigzag here is fun.

This cardigan is from JW Anderson’s capsule collection for Uniqlo, and it is very nicely priced.

Why not throw a couple of skulls into the mix?

 just looks insanely cozy.

A sophisticated choice in black.

Happiness in a sweater.

Taking requests: Not-unattractive items for the kitchen


This challenge comes from my sister-in-law Shirim, who is redoing her kitchen and wonders why most standard items for that room are so ugly. She is not wrong; this was a challenging post to put together. But because I love Shirim, I forged ahead, and bring you, for starters, this very chic bread bin.

I like this utensil holder so much I might have to order it.

Nothing like a classic Wesco trash can.

Shirim specifically asked for me to find a good-looking toaster oven, but I am not convinced such a thing exists. Also, toaster ovens never toast to my satisfaction, so I’m going old school on this one.

I mostly like this paper towel holder because it pretty much disappears.

Shirim is having a vexing time finding a dish rack that isn’t too awful to look at, and I have to say, this was the single toughest item to find. This one from Williams-Sonoma wins, mostly because it is less ugly than most, and is compact, which is good for your average New York apartment.

It wasn’t that easy to find a good-looking coffee maker either, but I did like the look of this one.

Shirim wanted an automatic coffee maker, but my choice for most stylish coffee maker of all time is this timeless drip version from Chemex.

It’s the big Shopbop fall sale, everyone


I love when Shopbop has these sales, because you get a nice markdown on items that otherwise might not ever get discounted. The deal is this: you get 20% off all orders under $200 and 25% off all orders over $500. I’m considering going for this jacket, which has such a good shape and a most excellent leopard print.

I love a grey suede boot, and this one has such a good semi-pointy toe.

R13 jeans are my jam, but I always wait for these sales to buy them cause they’re pricey. I own this pair and wear it endlessly.

If you’re at all interested in buying a pair of leather jeans, this sale is definitely something to take advantage of. I swear by my Frames.



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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