Saturday 28th January 2023
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A B O U T   T H E   S I T E  :

Girls of a Certain Age wanted to be Tatum O’Neal in Bad News Bears. Or Brooke Shields in Endless Love. They read every word of Go Ask Alice and believed it. They wept to Carol King, rocked out to Blondie, and made out with their boyfriends to Led Zeppelin II.

Girls of a Certain Age were band dorks, soccer stars, and anorexics; horsey types and Rocky Horror types and weird, hostile girls nobody talked to but who wound up writing for the funniest show on TV.

Girls of a Certain Age don’t mind calling themselves feminists. They think the whole idea that people are still fighting over whether a woman can be smart and obsess over cute little tops at the same time is as boring as watching a clock tick.

They look at pictures of their moms at their age and somehow don’t feel as grown up. Which bothered them for a while, but doesn’t anymore. Because they’re obviously grown-ups—albiet grown-ups who can’t quite part with the notion that motorcycle boots, if styled properly, can make for a perfectly acceptable evening look.

This blog is about the many Girls of a Certain Age who inspire with their style and wit and brains.  It’s about figuring out a new and somewhat tweaked way to look chic and distinctive and sexy—because, as a wise person once said, the older you get, the dumber cool looks. Girls of a Certain Age  is about people and events in the popular culture that are too hilarious, irksome, or wackadoo to go un-noted. But mostly, of course, it is about shopping: online, in boutiques, in massive chains and tiny fleas and anywhere else that money can be exchanged for goods.

A B O U T   M E  :

My name is Kim France.  I’ve been around for a while. I’ve learned a few things, and have failed, sometimes quite spectacularly, to learn others.

I worked in magazines for ages. Along with a very talented group of people, I launched Lucky magazine in 2000 and was its editor in chief for ten years. Before that I worked at and wrote for many, many publications. I was a staff writer at Sassy, a deputy editor at New York, a senior writer at Elle. I saw a lot of bands in the 90s, and wrote about a lot of them too, in places like Rolling Stone and Vibe and Spin.

When Lucky ended, I decided I didn’t want to be in magazines anymore and decided to write a memoir. I decided not to write a memoir anymore. Then I started blogging for my friends, and I kind of liked it. And I hope you do too. Although if you’re not a fan of personal pronouns and dystopian world views, you might not. Forewarned is forearmed.

6 Responses

  1. So happy to find you again Kim France! Your editor’s note every month was my favorite part of Lucky and I noticed its absence immediately. I thought of you today and did a little searching on the web to find this blog. After perusing for the last half hour, I feel like I have found an old friend that I have been out of touch with. So happy to reconnect with you in an “I don’t know you, but know you” kind of way.

  2. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    Hey Kim! How did I miss this?!? Yup. You hit the nail on the head…as always. And isn’t failure always a part of a life well-lived?

  3. Sandra N. says:

    I was so happy to come across your name, Kim France, in an article speaking to what fashion editors of the past are up to these days. I was so saddened when Lucky magazine took a downward turn after your exit, and then sadly its final demise. That was the magazine for me, the one I’d been searching for, well, forever!! It spoke to me and so many others in its uniqueness, straightforwardness, and awesome fun-ness! It was the coolest mag ever! Coming from a fashion merchandising and display background (the olden days of the window dresser in the fine department stores) I had gone through my fair share of fashion mags (occupational hazard) over the years to keep pace with what was current for the sake of not only my job, but my passion for all things cool and unique in the fashion world. I had though those days were over until you and Lucky magazine came along; you brought the coolness back to editorial fashion. So, anyway, I wanted to say thank you for that and I’m glad to have found you and your coolness again!

  4. Kathy O says:

    Visiting friends in Israel in May. I’d love to see a post on walking-around-cities shoes. Maybe a mix of not too clunky athletic shoes and attractive walking shoes. I can’t walk in clogs and I’ve had plantar faciitis so extra points for being able to add shoe inserts with arch support (pink superfeet). Thanks again for the website.

  5. Rie says:

    I’m so happy to find you, Kim France! I was huge fun of Lucky magazine. Especially I loved Lucky magazine when you were the editor in chief. I bought all the numbers since the second issue. (I missed the first issue because the subtitle threw me off. I’m a shopaholic but didn’t want to admit it.) Reading Lucky magazine felt like getting ideas from real people on the street with fabulous fashion sense and lifestyle not like cookie cutter boring fashion shot from other fashion magazines. There is no magazine like Lucky I really miss it. At least, I’m glad that I can find you here!

  6. Taysha says:

    I stumbled onto your blog after seeing it was popular among readers of another blog I follow and what do you know, Lucky Magazine was a favorite of mine. One of the first I subscribed to myself with my own first job out of college money and not under the guise of my parents. I miss it so. Can’t wait to peruse your musings.


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