What’s your most recent and favorite cheap and chic purchase?


I decided recently that my kitchen needs a pitcher, but I didn’t want to spend a lot on it, because a pitcher is the type of item I’d be prone to break, and don’t even ask me why. So I was excited to find this ceramic one, which looks hands-thrown but most assuredly isn’t. I’m also looking forward to employing it as a vase. OK, your turn: what inexpensive item has recently set your heart racing?

In search of corduroy everything


This shirt dress comes in a few darker colors, but I like the idea of wearing this off-white one, with black tights and boots.

I’m very keen on J. Crew pants these days, and might just have to go for these easy boot cut jeans.

A cozy sherpa-lined jacket that’s also kind of retroish in a 70s way.

This bright blazer is a statement for sure—I dig how much the blue pops.

So tempted by these wide-leg cropped pants.

This patch pocket blazer from J. Crew is so good in this off-white (it comes in navy too).

A lightweight shirt jacket is a really excellent and versatile piece.

Just an easy pair of chinos that don’t cost a lot and come in a few good colors.

A sweet button-front skirt from Madewell.

This blazer has such excellent professor vibes.

Just the cutest bucket hat in the palest pink.

A super-chic trench that looks far pricier than it is.

A cute jumpsuit with lots of handy pockets.

This shirt could easily double as a jacket.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be nabbing this excellent popover.

And finally: an army pant in a really good khaki.

This week on Everything is Fine


We’ve got veteran beauty editor (and newsletter author par excellence) Val Monroe on the show this week, and we’re talking about finding a more forgiving attitude towards beauty as we age, among other things. Val said a lot that both made sense to me and made me really think, I have to say. Do listen in, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.



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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