This week on Everything is Fine


Jenn’s in Iceland being creative (see above) and I’m in Brooklyn with Covid in this episode (I’ve since recovered), and we’re talking about the hell that social media can wreak on our productivity, and being mindful, vis a vis our screen habits. Also, having an existence separate from our partners, making our lives suit ourselves, the particular way the pandemic made us all crazy, what we’re watching, and more. Listen in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

The best Black Friday deals I could find


The popular Brooklyn-based jewelry and home goods purveyor Catbird is offering 15% sitewide; I might like to go for this black and white diamond necklace.

Buffy, the outfit known for selling the best, softest comforters is going with 20% off everything with the code DREAMDEAL.

Beauty site Dermstore sells a lot of the products I’m devoted to, and they’re offering up to 30% off select items, like this Good Genes lactic acid treatment from Sunday Riley.

Girlfriend Collective sells activewear in sizes up to 6XL; right now it’s 30% off everything, and I’m tempted by  these wide-leg sweatpants that look just like pricier ones from Nili Lotan.

J Crew is offering a whopping 40% off everything—I love how graphic this half-zip sweater is.

Sex toy store Lovehoney  has got items discounted as much as 60%, and you could do worse than this classic Hitachi Magic Wand.

Lunya sells such pretty loungewear, and right now it’s 26% off everything.  This silk sleep set looks so comfy, and I love that the silk is washable.

At Madewell, everything is 30% off with code OHJOY—these lace-up boots have a nice clunky (but not too clunky) sole.

At jewelry site Mejuri, you can get 20% off everything, and I’ve got my eye on these simple beaded hoops.

Cashmere site Naadam is extending a 40% off discount with the code BLACKFRIDAY. I’m especially partial to this cashmere ribbed henley.

Beauty brand The Ordinary is always well-priced, and with 23% everything, they’re practically free. This Squalane oil goes for just over $6; compare that to this for perspective on just how good that deal is.

At cookware site Our Place, select items are as much as is $150 off—their popular Always Pan purports to do the job of eight cooking implements, and right now goes for $99.

Activewear brand Outdoor Voices is offering up to 35% sitewide—I’d go for this bright colorblock fleece.

Parachute is extending 20% off for account holders, but it it costs nothing to create an account. I really like the mustard yellow hue of this duvet cover set.

Parade, a much enthused-over lingerie and loungewear brand, is offering 30% off everything. I love the barely-there stars on this sweet bralette.

Schoolhouse Electric is doing one of those the-more-you-spend-the-more-you-save deals, which means maybe I’ll finally go for this happy desk lamp, which I have wanted forever.

Sheertex—a brand that makes apparently indestructible tights—is offering 40%-60% off. I’d go for a pair or two of these classic sheer ones.

Lingerie brand Thirdlove is extending an extra 20% off orders of $150 or more. I think this mesh scoop bra is rather sexy, and I’ll bet it’s pretty comfy too.


Levi’s 40% off everything.

Baggu 20% 0ff everything.

Reformation 25% off everything

Supergoop! 20% off all SPFs.



Time to talk gratitude


Gratitude is just a really good all-around state of mind: psychological studies, as I am always telling you this time of year, have proven that the more a person pays attention to what they’re grateful for, the happier that person will be. If thinking in these terms is tough for you, or you don’t feel like anything has gone right lately, then start small: a kiss from a dog; a laugh from a friend who’s impossible to crack up; a $20 bill you you found in your pocket; or maybe just a particularly good slice of pizza. The simple practice of taking note of these things helps. As for what I’m grateful for this year: the Covid vaccine, which has made life—if not quite normal yet—then not quite as bleak as it had been. And I’m grateful that when I got Covid anyway, it was a fairly mild case. I’m grateful for the fact that love came into my life this year, and I’m mighty grateful to the man who brought it. I’m grateful for a sane presence in the White House. And for my mom, who is, as always, an inspiration. And for the podcast, which I love doing. And of course I’m super-grateful for all of you, and the kind and caring community you’ve built here. I’ll be back here the day after Thanksgiving with Black Friday deals, so see you here then. Meanwhile, please do share: what are you feeling grateful for?



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.

Find Out More


[wdi_feed id=”1″]

Join my newsletter! The latest fashion, beauty and inspiration for all the girls of a certain age.