This week on Everything is Fine


We’ve got author and humor columnist Kimberly Harrington on the show, and we’re talking about her excellent new book, But You Seemed So Happy, which is about divorce in general and her highly unconventional divorce in particular, and explores the many outdated stigmas surrounding the decision not to be married anymore. This may sound like a bummer of an episode, but it’s quite the opposite—Kimberly’s hilarious—so give it a listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. And why not join our Patreon? We’ve got a Patreon-only live Zoom event happening this coming Thursday—the last one was super-fun— and it’s not too late for you to be a part of it.


On the hunt for lightweight quilted jackets


I will definitely be doing a post on winter-weight puffers sooner than later, but today we’re going to look at ones that work for the kind of weather we’re having right now. What I like about a lightweight quilted jacket is that it’s good for really transitional days, when the temperature varies depending what time it is.  This reversible one from Veronica Beard is, I think, polished enough to wear on an evening out, but great with jeans on the weekend too.

Here’s a more casual option from Allsaints, with a waist cinch to keep things looking sufficiently polished.

I am crazy for this traditional quilt-inspired number: the sophisticated cut keeps it from looking frumpy.

The drop shoulder here is a cool touch, and I dig the (kind of lightly) burnt orange hue.

I zoomed in on this bomber to see if it’s made of denim, and as far as I can tell it’s not, but I do like that it looks like it is.

This comes from J. Crew and is available in a few other hues, but this off-white looks freshest to me right now.

A super clean-lined recycled polyester jacket from Cos that—like so many items at Cos—looks pricier than it is.

The length here, as well as the front patch pockets, make this an elegant option.

I like the pop of orange, as well as the half-quilted, half-fleece aspect of this pullover from Veronica Beard.

And the corduroy details on this fleece jacket are just aces.

A floral coat with an appealingly chic silhouette; also, here is a short version of it.

A nifty Barbour jacket that I might size up on for ease of layering.

The topsy-turvy quilted pattern here is kind of fun.

And I like the double breasted-ness and bandana lining on this Xirena jacket. Here it is in a khaki colorway.

Just a cute shirt jacket that doesn’t cost a fortune, from Topshop.

This liner jacket has a fleece interior, making it super-cozy.

This one also comes in an off-white, but I kind of love this watermelon-y color.

A quilted version of J. Crew’s ever-popular Field Jacket: perfection.

And finally: this fleece-lined cape doesn’t totally fit with this category, but I’m such a fan I included it anyway.


Friday links


  • The most iconic book covers ever. (Lit Hub)
  • “What is Good Taste Anyway?”: a smart and amusing piece. (Town & Country)
  • This piece—on famous old literary hangouts—is fun, and is accompanied by some fantastic vintage photos. (NY Times)
  • Funny. (Kottke)
  • This infographic, which charts the age difference between romantic leads in Hollywood pictures, is of course depressing.
  • I’m only kind of a Beatles fan, but I was engrossed by the never-before-seen footage of them in this trailer for the upcoming doc, Get Back.
  • And relatedly, here is a history of The Fool, a Dutch art collective that arguably created psychedelic style, and left their mark on the Beatles, among other bands. (Messy Nessy Chic)
  • The 25 best new movies, books, and TV shows of the next two weeks. (Vulture)
  • Elizabeth Warren on the books that shaped her. (Elle)
  • And hey, may I suggest that if you haven’t listened to this week’s episode of Everything is Fine yet that you do so immediately? Jenn and I are talking about being cool with being uncool, complicated sibling relationships, fall shoes, laser treatments, Sandra Oh, and so much more. Listen in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. And also, why don’t you join our Patreon? We’ve got so much fun content, and another live event coming up soon.







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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