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Why, it’s me! In todays New York Times Styles section. Do you recognize the jacket? Or are you too busy looking at the floor of the purple room and wondering what kind of person can’t get it together to place a few throw pillows back on the sofa before the freaking New York Times comes over to shoot her?  Hopefully your kind of person?

In any case, the story—by the ever-sassy Marisa Meltzer—is kind of fun. Read it here. And to those of you just joining in: welcome, and please do make yourself at home. Get comfortable. Toss the throw pillows anywhere you want.

Posted on May 30th, 2012 46 Comments

46 Responses

  1. Rayna says:

    I discovered your blog through the NYT article and liked what I read — keep going. Look forward to more posts. FYI, on the Affiliate marketing mention in the article — I think your blog would have great appeal for brands involved in the various affiliate marketing networks — more content will certainly help towards that end. For now, I kind of like the uncluttered environment, and the overall vibe. Much luck with this new endeavor.

  2. yvonne says:

    Congrats on the NYT article. Your voice is exactly why I read your blog. Glad it’s back!

  3. Yup. All the reasons you ‘splained are the reasons I love your blog. It seems like those of us who aren’t 24 in the blogging world are few and far between, and though my life with 4-year-old triplets PROBABLY isn’t as glam as yours (I’m going out on a limb here) I love that coming from the same space and time continuum as you, I like, get you, like, totally. Fer shur. Rock out with your c@#k out, mama.

  4. P.S.
    CONGRATS on the article. Duh.

  5. Dorothy H says:

    Congrats on your fun blog and nice coverage in the NY Times. I always enjoyed looking at Lucky but as someone of a certain age wasn’t really the Lucky customer. Your blog’s commentary was a refreshing take on things and I look forward to more.
    Wishing you all the best!

  6. Leuca says:

    Saw the NY Times article and looking forward to reading more of the blog. Who’s the artist responsible for the photo (painting?) on the wall beside you in the NY Times pic? Love it. Who needs well-placed throw pillows when you’ve got that.

  7. Maryse says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now but I just wanted to tell you that your voice is mine. As a 49 year old with my head still in my 20’s, your blog has become a lovely place to visit.

  8. Leah says:

    I’m a new follower as of today. This is me! I’m a grown up with three kids ages 20, 17 and 15. I’m smarter than I ever was, fitter than I ever was, more connected with the important things in life than I ever was but still feel as young as I ever did. 🙂
    I look forward to reading your blog! Congratulations on the article.

  9. Lee says:

    Great article. I love the photograph on the wall. Who is the artist?

  10. Eve says:

    Oh this is the place for me! I was a writer for xojane until I realized I didn’t quite fit in amongst the twenty something adderall aficionados and ” rape jokes R awesome !” crew. And it looks like a lot of us grownass girls have found you!

  11. Gail Schilke says:

    Hi Kim,

    Congrats on great article in the NY Times! I am trying to reach you (can’t find any contact info) to send you a letter/resume convincing you of my absolute rightness as a girl of a certain age who is also a writer & potential contributor to GOCA – am a commenter for Gawker & Jezbel & have the same high/low culture/fashion/lifestyle sensibilities as you. PLEASE contact me so I may send you further info – I promise you will be be very glad you did!
    Than you & Best Regards,
    Gail Schilke

  12. Liz Heinecke says:

    Loved reading about you and your blog in the Times this morning. I’m definitely a girl of a certain age…45 years old (with some 9-year old left in me,) mom of three (6,9,11) and starting an online career with a kids science website and upcoming KidScience iphone app.
    I’m not much of a blog reader, but will follow yours!

  13. Margie says:

    Great article and well deserved.

  14. Laura says:

    I’m so glad I’ve discovered your blog, through the article about you in the NYTimes (congratulations!)

  15. mslewis says:

    I was up until 2:00 this morning and happen to come across the NYT article. Was so surprised and happy. Great article. Hope it gets you tons of new members. Others need to discover your blog.

    P.S.: PLEASE DON’T HIRE ANYONE WHO COMMENTS ON JEZEBEL!!! I don’t want your blog to turn into anything like that dreadful site. OMG, they are awful over there. (My opinion, FWIW.)

  16. Janice says:

    Just found out about your blog after reading the article in the NY Times. Perfect. Just what I needed. Ladies who are my age to read with.

    And I do look at pics of my (now deceased) mom at my age and think, why was she so grown up and I am still floundering and feel like I am pretending to be all grown up? Although, my 13 year old daughter thinks I am very grown up, except when I sing or dance around or tell a joke, and then she is mortified. Maybe that is it; I don’t recall my mom singing or dancing and acting silly. And if that is what it means to grow up, then I will just stay where I am, thank you very much.

    Anyway, I will enjoy your blog.

  17. Julia says:

    Hi Kim,
    I’ve been a reader of your blog and a fan of yours for a while now. I’m only in my 30s but find you relevant to me as a young mom too.

    Loved the article in the NY Times today. Can you let me know, who is the artist of the photo you are standing next to? I love it and the colors are fabulous.


  18. frances says:

    Enjoyed the NYT article – congrats!

    I would venture to guess there are girls of another certain age reading this blog as well: those of us who loved Sassy as teens, and have been mourning its passing for the past 20 years(ish). I’m about 10 years younger than you and, as another commenter said, my life is somewhat less glamorous, but your attitude, interests, and voice speak to me as well.

    I’m happy to have discovered your blog (I came to it through VSL, btw), glad you’re getting some publicity, and I look forward to the continued evolution of this space.

    • ashley says:

      Yes, when I saw the name “Kim France” in the NY Times piece, Sassy came straight to mind, followed by a lot of wistful sighs. Definitely still mourning its passing, and wishing more than ever that it was around for my own teenage girls.

  19. Margit says:

    I feel privileged to have discovered your blog from a gofugyourself recommendation awhile back. I love your voice & opinions & shopping tips! 🙂 Congrats on the NYT article & good luck on your venture. I hope you hire wisely when you bring in new voices and continue to make it fun for yourself!

  20. MG says:

    I discovered your blog through the NYT article as well, never read Lucky. For the record I’m 25 (and an admitted curmudgeon) and I dig your voice! Looking forward to reading more

  21. Trudi says:

    Bravo & kudos on the NYT article! Not only are you a great writer with a wonderful voice, but you’re a kick ass publicist, too! I totally relate to where you are coming from – at 46, I am right there at that “certain age,” from the Tatum-Quadrophenia-Sassy mindset. And I agree that there’s a real need for us Gen X-chromsomers to speak our minds – so glad you’re speaking yours. Rock on with your good self, Kim, and thanks for condoning a life of accessible fashion, world-wise insights, and strewn pillows!

  22. Bella says:

    So glad to have found your blog via the NYT! Lucky Mag hasn’t been the same since you left. I still have my copy of the original Lucky Style Manual, although mine has yellowed a bit over the years. Looking forward to reading more on your blog!

  23. PhotoGirl says:

    There you are! I literally clapped my hands when I saw the NYT article. I’ve wondered what happened to the old “Lucky” crew. (The mag isn’t the same without you;I let my subscription expire.)

    Your blog looks very promising. I look forward to reading more.

  24. Hi there!

    Congrats on the NYT article. Great place for smart, funny women of our certain age! We need it. i’m an artist and writer. i create illustrated stories about being a woman of a certain age. Would love if if you found a place for them on your site.



  25. Cathy says:

    Great to read the NYT story and find out about the blog, which is *perfect*. I’m so glad you’re back! Lucky was better when you were there, so this fills a big hole for me. Definitely do the 90s Tumblr!

  26. Sarah says:

    omg- we’re the exact same age! I thought you were younger and I was just extra hip because I relate so well to so much of your blog. I knew I loved you! I never realized how much until you left Lucky; it’s never been the same.

    Love your blog. Thank you for being cool and relevant and not a 30 something Mommy Blogger ( not that there’s anything wrong with that..)

  27. Lisa C says:

    Kim, so nice to find you via NYT, as I’m a devoted Sassy and Lucky reader. (And I would defend Jezebel circa 2008-2010 to the death as very sassy, though not what’s going on lately…those poor writers) I’m only 35 but hopefully you guys will let me play anyway! But I am a mom and fashion has certainly become harder and less fun with my new body/budget/playground-and-office lifestyle, so I’m excited to read your posts and get enthused about getting dressed!

  28. Sara says:

    Congratulations on the Times article. Well done! Hopefully, you will gain many new followers. Cheers!

  29. Viajera says:

    Obviously I think you’re interesting and have an individual taste and style. That’s why I hang out here.

    But just to contemplate the NYT – which I love – for a mo, do they put the age of male subjects in their titles? I think not so much. I think I am a little bit mad at them. What is up with that? This seems like one of those things, we can either fight back against it for ourselves, or start imposing ridiculous ideas on men. All for the sake of equality. It’s kind of boring and tiring to think about. Or am I being a big-a** baby?

  30. Jay says:

    Discovered your blog (like others) from the NYT article. First of all, CONGRATS! Second, I am a male who is turning 40 and you struck a note with me – all of us “of a certain age” have a specific style and taste that is influenced by our own past experience instead of today’s youth yet we appreciate their creativity. Overall, we are all proud of ourselves and you are expressing that for a large amount of women (and men).

  31. Kamila says:

    I am so relieved to find your blog. I am a regular visitor to many because of all the pretty pics but there are few I actually read. Thank God I decided to check the NYT tonight – oh lucky me 🙂
    Congratulations on quitting your job and prioritizing your life. So looking forward to reading your blog regularly.

  32. muranogirl says:

    I wanted to be Tatum O’Neal in the Bad News Bears! I cannot believe I just read that in the NY Times. You have hooked me.
    Congrats on the article. Really nice to read a 40-something’s point of view for a change. Don’t get me wrong, many well done blogs are from the perspective of the anxious 20 or 30 something , but I need a change.
    Thanks for the breath of fresh air!! Turning 47 next month and yes, keep dropping the references our generation can appreciate.

  33. Sean Bianca says:

    A friend of mine gave me the NYT article on you and your blog. I too have started a blog for forty somethings. i started mine in October of 2011 and my audience is for both men and women that are forty plus. Although I do have readers in their 20s as well as the over 50 set.
    Congratulations and much success!

  34. just joining the crowd to say that i loved the write-up in the NYT and totally relate to the perspective of ‘girl of a certain age.’ as much as i enjoy a good silly girl blog, the endless parade of 20 something voices gets tiring.

    oh, and Lucky is definitely suffering from your absence IMHO. 🙂

    kudos, and rock on.

  35. Beth says:

    Thanks to the NYT article, your blog is my new favorite thing. Yay!

  36. Eileen says:

    Congrats on the article! I too am a girl of a certain age, and was until recently creative director of a major specialty store for girls of certain other ages (I worked for there seven years). I too live in the Village. I would love to meet you to share experiences, and since I have all the time in the world right now, perhaps I could help you out (gratis) in some way. 🙂 Enjoy!

  37. Terry says:

    Congratulations on the NYT article, which brightened a visit to the doctor with my diabetic aunt.

    Like you, I don’t feel grown-up. I read “Go Ask Alice” at least twice and wanted to be Brooke Shields (even though she’s three years younger than me). I didn’t make out with anyone to Led Zeppelin II, though, because I had spindly legs and red hair that stood on end, and nobody would date me.

    I used to be a Lucky subscriber, but the current women’s magazines leave me cold (I’m not into MORE; its mission seems to have slid from female empowerment to directing readers to plastic surgeons).

    Good luck with the blog. I’m excited to be here and will definitely be back.

  38. Kate says:

    Saw you in the Times today and came on over. I’m 47, starting a new career myself. Bon chance and I’ll be back. Btw, I love nineties fashion, too.

  39. Rhonda L says:

    I’m so delighted that I came across the article about you and your blog before tossing the NYT style section away in disgust after seeing they were actually giving the “Countess”/NY Housewife LuAnn de Lesseps an entire page of print. And after perusing your blog I can honestly say what a delicious breath of fresh air for women of our generation!
    (And btw, I assumed the pillows on the floor were some Manhattan-centric design ethos styled by the NYT or yourself that while it looked just comfy/homey to me had sailed right over my naive NJ head:-))

  40. Becca says:

    I was going to say I feel “Lucky” to have found you, but that just seems corny…so I won’t. So glad the NYT did an article on your blog-(I wouldn’t have found you otherwise…) who in their forties doesn’t feel as though they are treading water all of the time? (Trying to stay out of the kiddie pool, not ready for water aerobics?) The blog is great- will so definitely be back.

  41. Sara says:

    Congrats on the great article! I am 33 but after you left Lucky I just couldnt anymore…Your blog is so great and thank goodness because I needed a replacement for my Lucky fix!

  42. Sarah says:

    Terrific article. All the best wishes on this blog which I will be following– and I am 52! I also left the big job in my late forties….enjoying doing a few projects. One is reping a “functional” sportwear line created by and for woman of a certain age ( your term, not theirs!) anyway if you are interested in learning more … I am having a open house shopping party thus week Wednesday June 6th … 56th and broadway10am- 8pm. It is really unique fabrics/styles- anyone interested can contact me. I think it will be worth your time.

  43. Lorraine says:

    Neat site. I relate to you and the other comments. It’s a sort of strange place to be, 51. Just like during my teen years, my sense of being unique is amplified, only without the accompanying self-loathing. And I wonder…Am I old now? If so, then why do I love handbags as much as I do? Thanks for this, and I’ll keep checking in. Best wishes to you.

  44. Loved the article. I read it and thought, that’s a person I’d love to meet. Speaking about the over 48 demographic, I live in Miami and thought it’s about time there’s a guide in Miami for those over 45 (there IS life here after 30) so I just launched a blog on quality food, fashion and culture for 45+, So far, so good.

  45. Lauren says:

    Kim France! I’ve loved your writing since I got Sassy magazine as a young teen. Just wanted to say how excited I am for your blog – I know it will make a big splash. Good luck!