Things I bought, things I want

30

 

I had a credit at 6397, so when I was in Manhattan the other day I dropped in to their Nolita store and nabbed this spiff snakeskin-print shirt. It was a little stiff at first, but I ran it through the wash and hung it to dry, and now it is literally the softest shirt ever.

I just think this tiger sweatshirt is awfully cute, and I also really dig the color combination.

These reusable cloths from Baggu are 100% organic cotton, and you can use them for any number of things—as a bandana, or to wrap a gift, say. But I’d use them as napkins. They come in several different print groups, but I’m partial to this floral set.

When Mister was a puppy he chewed everything, including a not-cheap Pendelton dog bed. So I purchased a frankly ugly but indestructible one, but now that he’s older and mellower, I’m thinking I might make an upgrade, like maybe to this cute madras one.

I love the cut of these white wide leg jeans, which have just enough stretch to keep things comfortable.

And I like these blue jeans for the same reason.

This striped tee kind of looks like something Peter Brady would wear, which I’m viewing as a plus.

I have been swearing by SKII sheet masks lately, which I’m convinced make me prettier, and brighten up my face. But they’re so pricey that I only use them for days when I really want to look good. Their secret miracle ingredient is something called pitera, a liquid containing amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and organic acids, which is said to improve the clarity of your skin, decrease wrinkles, and lighten dark spots. So I’m thinking of going for this facial treatment, which also contains pitera and which you can use every day. It’s not cheap either, but how often do you encounter a genuine miracle ingredient?

I like that this army shacket has a fit that’s on the snug side.

Warning: the following story is not for the squeamish. So the bottom pierce on my right earlobe has been stretched out for years—the result, to be sure, of wearing big, dramatic earrings for the entirety of the 80s. I’ve meant to go to the dermatologist to get it stitched up for ages, but that’s surprisingly expensive, and the kind of elective medical undertaking that seemed pretty unnecessary during Covid. Well, the other day, I was trying unsuccessfully to take off an earring, and so I yanked it really hard, and the earring ripped right through my lobe. Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt, but it was plenty gross, and now I’m in the market for clip-on earrings, like these cute little hoops.

I have shared with you before the philosophy of my former Sassy co-worker Mary Clarke, who used to always say that the clunkier the shoes, the skinnier your legs will look, and these Doc Martens are a pretty ideal object lesson in that. They also come in white, which makes them come off slightly lighter.

This very spiff dress isn’t cheap, but it’s got so many good details: poet sleeves, deep V-neck, and—best of all—concealed pockets. It’s also kind of a new take on the shirtdress, which I appreciate.

This denim skirt from Universal Standard is really cute and has a ton of stretch.

 

 

Share this post:

Comments

30 Thoughts on Things I bought, things I want
    JenM
    26 Mar 2021
    9:57am

    So sorry about your earlobe, Kim! Glad that did not hurt at least. May I post something here I bought yesterday that I still can’t believe was just $20? And a pretty good dupe for an Ulla Johnson top IMO. The purple version of it even looked slightly Isabel Marant Etoile-ish. Usually I’m just at Target for the toilet paper etc but this seemed too good not to take a chance on and I’m glad I did. Actually looks great on! I thought of my GOACA community immediately! 🙂 https://www.target.com/p/women-s-floral-print-balloon-long-sleeve-blouse-universal-thread/-/A-81234762?preselect=80875177#lnk=sametab

    4

    0
    cw
    25 Mar 2021
    8:32am

    That snakeskin print shirt is perfect! A word on the Docs…before the Pandemic hit last year I tried them on in my local Nordstrom. They did not look good on my legs, but the other style they had was a slide on style without the ankle strap and those looked fabulous so I bought them. I’ve worn them once. Not because they aren’t fabulous, but because the Pandemic hit and I had nowhere to go. Both styles were extremely comfortable so I say go for them if your legs look good in an ankle strap––height and comfort and edgy––what more could a girl want?!?!? Also loving those Baggu cloths! Are there any mid-rise wide legged jeans? Maybe I should try a high rise cut in a size or two larger than I normally buy to get the mid-rise comfort I’m looking for, yes?

    6

    0
      kimbersam
      25 Mar 2021
      10:48am

      CW, Rises (shakes fist at sky) are a pain! Been doing the size-up trick for a while now. IMHO it works for boyfriend cut and straight leg but not for the fitted pelvis, wide leg. YMMV

      5

      0
        cw
        25 Mar 2021
        11:27am

        Ahhh, good to know, Kimbersam. (also shaking fist at the sky) argh.

        5

        0
    Ashley
    25 Mar 2021
    8:43am

    SKII is definitely worth it! It smells like old gym socks, but if you use it for a few weeks and you’ll see a big difference. I buy it at Costco.

    9

    0
      Mamavalveeta03
      26 Mar 2021
      12:11am

      Does it do the same thing as Biologique Recherche P-70? (Which also smells like an old gym sock)

      3

      0
    CC
    25 Mar 2021
    8:41am

    I love the pics and the earring story has me thinking of Dr. Zizmor’s subway ads…they ran for forever!

    3

    0
    Jax
    26 Mar 2021
    2:20am

    I don’t generally like the wide leg pant/jean, but those Paige blue jeans are the best version I’ve ever seen.
    I love Docs, but for some reason, can’t abide those sandals.
    A good jeans skirt is classic.

    1

    0
    Mamavalveeta03
    25 Mar 2021
    11:27pm

    That striped dress is SO good! I’m telling myself “Sew it, Val!” Unfortunately, I’m suffering from some lower back issues, and sewing is hard on it.
    Bummer about your ear lobe! Will insurance cover repair if you tear the hell out of it?

    2

    0
    Eloise
    25 Mar 2021
    7:13am

    Whoa – exceptional selections! I am going to grab the Docs (which I think you’ve featured before?) , would grab the Paige jeans if I were taller and am off to google pitera….

    2

    0
      Kim France
      25 Mar 2021
      9:25am

      I featured a slightly different pair before, Eloise.

      2

      0
    Sharona
    25 Mar 2021
    4:41pm

    Live those Docs. Broke down and bought some ridiculous Crocs sandals today and can’t look myself in the eye.

    5

    0
    Jennifer
    26 Mar 2021
    5:59am

    The same thing happened to my ear lobe ages ago and I’ve used these ever since. As long as you wear something that has even the slightest coverage where the earring goes in, they work perfectly and you can’t see it all.

    https://www.amazon.com/Lobe-Wonder-Ear-Support-Patches/dp/B00LSCDX7G

    3

    0
      Ann
      27 Mar 2021
      12:15pm

      Yep, I use them too. I am deaf in one ear so I use phone on right ear which has stretched my piercing. I love the ear patches -lobe Wonder and have found this tape made out of same material. Just tear off a small piece and patch the back of your ear.

      Nexcare Clear Tape 3/4″ X 7 Yd (Pack of 4) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I3KA676/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_E0YGM9KE6S4ATYGXQJE6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

      0

      0
    Mindy
    25 Mar 2021
    10:29am

    You say “Peter Brady,” but I would call that an “Ernie”shirt. 🙂

    23

    0
    Leah
    25 Mar 2021
    10:44am

    I too love the SK-II masks, but recently tried these and found they do an excellent job of imparting that same glow, minus the sometimes leftover dried mask on my face I sometimes get from SK. https://us.gotoskincare.com/products/transformazing?variant=29634711421037

    3

    0
    Mary
    25 Mar 2021
    10:52am

    A big “hello” to that Anibe Bing!

    I’m also sizing up in high rise jeans to get them to sit a little lower – it works!

    4

    0
    kimbersam
    25 Mar 2021
    10:57am

    Kim, Your poor ear! I can’t wear earrings in my left ear (the one that had three piercings) at all (hence no earrings whatsoever). I developed a cyst in my earlobe that I would need to have excised and then possibly have the lobe pierced again. My skin cancer doctor (who is also a BCPS) was nice enough to look at it and the office quoted me a price, which as you said seemed ridiculous.

    5

    0
    Sarah J
    25 Mar 2021
    11:17am

    The styling on the Universal Standard skirt pic hurts my feelings.

    8

    0
      Jennifer Z
      29 Mar 2021
      10:39am

      Not the most flattering photo, right?

      0

      0
    Tahe Z
    25 Mar 2021
    11:19am

    And here I am lamenting my slightly longer earlobes that only I would ever notice. I have given up wearing any kind of heavy dangler. Or danglers at all, really, since they get into fisticuffs with my mask.

    7

    0
      Jeanne
      25 Mar 2021
      1:10pm

      Not that it helps in the earring department, but in some Asian cultures, long earlobes are a sign of luck and compassion. That’s why Buddha is depicted with long earlobes. Perhaps you are that much closer to enlightenment 🙂

      10

      0
        Tahe Z
        26 Mar 2021
        10:27am

        Aww I love that, Jeanne!!

        1

        0
    Nicole
    25 Mar 2021
    11:43am

    Well, at least the situation on your ear lobe should be considered medically necessary now, and therefore covered by insurance? I’m heavily invested in this story now.

    11

    0
    MaryAlice
    25 Mar 2021
    11:57am

    That Clare V sweatshirt is the cutest thing ever. Also I bought the Docs slides you featured in an older post and they are like walking on clouds. And I have VERY fussy feet.

    2

    0
    Viajera
    25 Mar 2021
    12:15pm

    Sorry about your ear!! I’m glad it didn’t hurt too much.

    2

    0
    Viajera
    25 Mar 2021
    12:25pm

    Hmm. I think that shirtdress is really a caftan. Yay! … … …. The striped tee is a wee bit too subdued to be a real Ernie or Brady shirt. I prefer the originals. … … … Were I a shacketeer, I might want that one. But it wouldn’t matter bc only half of me would fit in it. … …. … The dog bed is quite nice. As long as you won’t be upset if he chews it, I think it’s a yes.

    2

    0
    Elle
    25 Mar 2021
    12:25pm

    So sorry about your earlobe! I hope it heals well. Always appreciate a Peter Brady shirt. This was a great round-up!!

    2

    0
    Cathy
    25 Mar 2021
    1:35pm

    I love the SKII Essence but it is expensive. I’m currently using a NeoGen Essence from SokoGlam that I really like and seems to work as well as the SKII.

    And so sorry about your earlobe. I also wore large hoops in the ’80s and stretched out my piercing. One morning I woke up and noticed blood on my pillow- apparently while sleeping on my side I tore it. I now have a little v-shaped notch on my left lobe and got it re-pierced above about 6 months later.

    3

    0

Leave A Comment

Archives

About

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

Instagram

[wdi_feed id=”1″]

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