On June 6th, 1998, HBO took on the much anticipated storyline written by Candace Bushnell and turned it into one of the greatest, and longest running, series in television history. Sex and the City chronicled the lives of four single women living in New York City, changing the landscape of life for women all over the world, forever. These women and their interactions with each other, the dating world, life, and the City that Never Sleeps, have since influenced, inspired and guided the burning desires and questions of women of all ages. Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Catrall – or better known Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha – are a pop culture icon that will live on in the lives of women for years to come.
Carrie Bradshaw (SJP), the show’s narrator, is a sex columnist for the fictitious New York Star and fabulous fashionista, attending the hippest of hotspots with her group of glamorous girls. Her quirky, but cool, style, has inspired designers, dames and downright divas of the like, and has been imitated in a multitude of manners. From her favorite shoes (Manolo Blanik), to her wild hair, and even her signature pink tulle skirt featured during the opening credits, Ms. Bradshaw has “carrie-d” her way through the seasons in style.
But it’s not just her splendid sartorial sense that made me an avid SATC aficionado, it’s her love of writing, love of love, and more than anything, love of New York City that had me at “Hello”. As a thirty-something single woman and creative curator living in this city of my dreams, it was characters like Carrie’s who inspired me to find purpose through prose, and so, my blog was born. I’d even be willing to say I’m the “Cuban Carrie” (at least that’s how I feel).
Throughout the show, Carrie was known for her love of labels and hot heels. And as a fellow shoe fanatic, a favorite line of hers in the series is this – “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.” So when last week I learned Ms. SJP would be doing a meet-n-greet with her fans in honor of the launch of her new shoe collection at Bloomingdale’s, I jumped at the opportunity to meet one of my favorite females!
On Saturday morning, I hopped out of bed bright and early, and employed my best ensemble for the much anticipated meeting. I made my way to the dapper department store on the corner of 59th and Lex and up the stairs to the lux shoe lounge where Ms. Parker would be gracing us with her glamorous presence.
Upon arrival, there was already a pack of people. But I wasn’t going to let that stand in my way of at least getting a chance to catch a glimpse of the famous glitterati girl. And while I was disappointed to find out I had to purchase a pair of her shoes to meet her (I just couldn’t shell out that kind of money…though Carrie would starve for a week to be able to afford a pair of shoes), just being in her presence was a dream come true.
In true Carrie fashion, she was poised, posh and just plain fabulous. She greeted her guests with that gorgeous, radiant smile of hers, and at times, was even in Carrie character uttering “I love the black”, holding her heart (making reference to a client’s purchase). As she sat signing shoes, alongside her co-creator and designer of her namesake shoe collection, SJP, George Malkemus (yes, the CEO of Manolo Blahnik…how ironic), she was everything her fans imagined her to be.
All in all, and despite the inability to personally interact with the boss babe herself, this casual Carrie encounter was just one of the many reasons I love living in this city – a source of inspiration is always waiting in the wings.