Friday links


  • I love these faux retro movie posters by artist Patrick Concepcion. (Kottke)
  • Check out this awesome footage of  a 1979 Blondie show in Asbury Park, N.J. (Open Culture)
  • Was anything cuter this past week than the moment young Zalia Avant-garde won the Scripps National Spelling Bee? She is the first Black American ever to do so. (NY Times)
  • Sometimes Brooklyn is so Brooklyn. I truly thought this was an Onion headline when I saw it. (Curbed)
  • And relatedly—ugh, sometimes my home state really bums me out. (Elle)
  • I made this simple and delicious recipe the other day—it’s a perfect summer pasta. (NY Times)
  • The story of this cool abandoned hiking lodge in Spain designed by famed architect Gaudi is pretty fascinating. (Messy Nessy Chic)
  • I hope you’ve listened to this week’s episode of Everything is Fine, in which our guest is the amazing Marlo Thomas, because it’s a good one. Also, we’ve started a book club! The first one up is the tremendously good Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford, who will be appearing on the show and taking questions some time in August. (Apple Podcasts)
  • And speaking of Everything is Fine, former guest Danielle Henderson’s essay on the freedom—and neglect—of coming of age in the 80s is just stupendous. It’s an excerpt from her new memoir The Ugly Cry, which is at the top of my to-read list. (The Cut)


I love this stuff


As I have mentioned in the past, I am not especially good at applying makeup, so I’m always searching for products that make it easy for me. I find powder blush to be so difficult to get right and often fake-looking (at least the way I apply it) and much prefer a cream formulation, like this one from Nars—the shade here is called Scandalous. It’s much more sheer than it looks here, and is quite buildable. Plus, it feels light on my skin, which is awfully nice right about now.

Cheap and chic of the week


In summer during my time at Lucky, I would forever find myself raiding the fashion closet for a cardigan to warm me up in the face of the Conde Nast building’s extra-frosty A/C. And while I no longer have access to that magical thing that is a fashion closet, I do try to look out for the kind of cardi that isn’t too heavy, and will look good with dresses, which is most of what I wear this time of year. This short-sleeved option from Cos seems like a perfect solution. Its mesh fabrication keeps things light, and the shape is slightly shrunken—perfect for not overpowering your frock.



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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