Things I bought, things I want


I’ve been doing a bit more buying than wanting lately, starting with this pretty Iro blouse, which I’ve had my eye on for ages. I finally went to their store on Broome Street the other day to check it out, and it was on sale, and how much do we love when that happens?

This is very pretty, don’t you think?  It’s about as femme as I go.

I splurge on Nili Lotan pants because they fit me just right and really flatter, and am wearing my new camo pants as I type: I usually don’t like pants with a print, but camo reads neutral to me in a funny way. I wouldn’t get too crazy with the top here, and wear mine with a crisp white button-down.

And now, on to that I have yet to acquire: I just think these sweatpants are really snappy.

A cute, simple-as-can-be floral skirt I wish I’d found in time for last week’s roundup.

I like that this dress is boho around the edges but still kind of polished.

And another dress, this one priced nicely under $100. I like the cute ties at the shoulder and the deeply plunging neckline. UPDATE: Looks like you guys sold this dress out.

Thursday links


  • I’m curious what you guys think of these Playboy Playmates recreating their covers 30 years later. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Texas just signed off on some pretty horribly sweeping anti-abortion legislation that includes requiring fetal remains to be buried. This is just such an unspeakable bummer. (The Cut)
  • Today’s excellent time-waster: all 213 Beatles songs, ranked from worst to best. (Vulture)
  • I’m kind of liking this trailer for Victoria & Abdul, which is based on the true story of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and one of her servants. (Kottke)
  • I enjoyed this piece about learning about feminist pioneers via their obituaries. (Elle)

I do love a nice black floral


I wore one—a dress—to my mother’s birthday party, and my brother Todd said I looked very “Morticia in springtime.” But that is sort of the appeal; black florals are pretty and feminine, but also have a bit of an edge. This appealingly clean-lined kimono is on sale right now at Net a Porter.

I like the flattering neckline here, and the print is perfectly lovely.

I’ll get comments on how pricey this dress is—it’s right on the outer limits of the GOACA price ceiling—but it is just divine.

This plus-size option nips in at a pretty universally flattering spot.

Just a really easy sundress.

This wrap dress strikes me as both sweet and work-appropriate.

This top is a very faded black, but I’m including it because it’s so damn cute.

A very moody rose print.



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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