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Friday, May 30, 2008

Carrie Bradshaw Gets a New Apartment

Many SATC fans recognize this brownstone stoop as the entry way into the apartment of ultimate N.Y. single girl, Carrie Bradshaw. I was invited to attend the premiere of the new movie this past Tuesday here in Phoenix. Wanting to be kind, I have since somehow managed to reign myself in and keep the decor gushing to myself. But now that the movie has opened worldwide, let the games begin!

The costume design and sets of the film had received tremendous hype and neither disappointed. Carrie and Big finally got engaged after 10 years and moved into a penthouse apartment that is absolutely breathtaking.

The wedding is set to take place in the New York public library. A location perfect for our literary heroine.

Alas, there is a glitch and the wedding does not take place.

Carrie moves back into her old brownstone and finally gives up the folding table "desk" that she has used to write numerous columns and three best sellers on. She actually hires a decorator and the result is still Carrie but 100% delicious. The "Love Too" carpet used as art hanging near Carrie's entryway inspired the new glorious blue wall color. Sigh~ love. It is by Paul Smith and is available from The Rug Company. It's colors inspired the apartments new palette. Sigh~ love.

Still roomy enough to seat all her friends.

It is those friends that make it possible for Carrie to carry on with her life.

The ever sweet Charlotte remains in her lovely Park Avenue apartment with husband Harry. When someone finds out where the lamps next to their couch come from, let me know. Pure metallic circular loveliness.

Samantha has moved to Southern California with Smith and her oceanfront home is all modern west coast sleekness.

Miranda's home in Brooklyn continues to be the red headed stepchild and receives no attention.

Mr. Big stoically continues residing in the penthouse pining away for his lost love.

Carrie once again epitomizes successful singledom while looking fairly fabulous.

But never fear, this is Hollywood, where dreams come true.

The hostesses of the premiere encouraged attendees to dress up. My daughter, the Fashionista rose to the occasion in her own design.

I received inspiration from SJP's London premiere ensemble.

My dress was one I had hanging in the closet that I accessorized with a vintage brooch. I embellished my handbag and dyed-to-match shoes with rhinestones and peacock feathers.

Here is a closeup of the hat I created that featured a peacock and of course Carrie's signature rose motif. The construction involved a small wood base and lots of love from my trusty glue gun.

Still by the end of the night, the weight of it had me feeling like this.

Yet the pain was ultimately worth the pleasure of winning first prize in the "Ultimate Carrie" contest. I received a cute wicker suitcase filled with Philosophy products, and gift certificates for cupcakes and spa treatments. (Not that they will necessarily be redeemed in that order.)

All movie photo stills are courtesy of Craig Blankenhorn/ New Line Cinema.


girl meets glamour said...

Love all the hats and can't wait to see this movie, but I might have to pass this weekend and the mad rush!!


Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

Great post! ;-)

The 'LOVE' wallhanging in Carrie's apartment is by Paul Smith, and can be found at The Rug Company. I think it's about $2500...

I loved the movie too!

Miss Sandy said...

How fabulously fun!!! Love the over the top hat! This must have been so great for your daughter (She looks so cute!) to join you. You are on a winning streak lately!

I have a confession, I have never ever seen this show, although I am hearing a lot of hype about the movie. I am not much of a TV person. I can rarely sit through an entire show and movies, well, I like to rent them so I can pause them when I get restless. Weird huh?

ceekay said...

It looks like you had such a good time. I can understand why you won the prize!

Donna O. said...

Saw it Friday- Love it! How fun that you two looked like you could have been "extras"!!

Joanne Kennedy said...

I just got home from seeing the movie myself. I loved it. But then again I've always been a big Sex in The City fan.

I love your hat! You should have won hands down! Great job.

I wish I could have gone with you!


Sarah said...

What a fun evening! Both you and your daughter looked fabulous! To add to your winning've won the giveaway at my blog! Congratulations! Please contact me with your details and I'll send your goodies right away!

Paul Sears Photography said...

Wow - you know, my wife and the girls from her office all went to see the movie Friday night (and a bunch of the girls from my office did it too). It was opening night at the ArcLight theater up in Hollywood. I was giving her a little crap for dressing up and being similar to those Star Wars kids who wait in line. But she and all her girlfriends, and all the girls from my office - they loved it. My wife says bring a box of kleenex!

Rhondamum said...

You are, as Samathat would say, FABULOUS! How fun are you! I have the S&TC DVD collection and was so excited Friday night! Love your scoop on the movie! I was pleasantly surprised and think that they did a fantastic job with the movie. Can't wait to own that on DVD as well! Come and visit me some time! Love your party attire, thanks for sharing!


Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

Thanks so much for the mention!! how sweet - and thank you for visiting the Frou Frou Fashionista blog!
We will keep checking back in with you and your very charming blog - anyone who loves Sex & The City is a good person.
xo Alison

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

thanks for the updates, sad to say ive been living in the world of wiggles and spongebob for the past 8 years and believe it or not have not seen a single episode of this show.
your outfit was great!

Michele said...

I saw this movie on opening night, and it was SO MUCH FUN!!! My friend and I both really enjoyed all the fashion especially!!! I never even saw the TV show and still really liked this movie. It's a great chic flick for sure!!!


Michele said...

I forgot to add a big congrats to Heather for winning the giveaway! Also, thank you, Laura, for your generosity!

I'm really loving your blog!! I'll be back often!!


Wanda said...

Nice spoiler alert. You both looked amazing. I was wondering if you could email me...I'm going to mail a little something to everyone who entered my giveaway. Thanks. I'll definitely be coming back to check out the rest of your blog.

Joyce said...

Hi Laura... I tried to post this here yesterday, but I guess it didn't go through~ Congratulations! You won my Cottage Charm Giveaway Birdie Pillow & Book!! If you will just email me your address:, I will send your gifts out to you ASAP~ thanks so much for entering my giveaway, and for your sweet words, I love your blog, it is so pretty, I'll be back again soon!

TRay said...

Hey! I thought the movie was pretty good, but I'm bitter with the Carrie/Big situation (always have been...) Anyway, you and the Smooch look great, look FIERCE!

twinkleshabbystar said...

Oh I LOVE it all! You gals look GORGEOUS all dressed up for the premier! I ADORE you Carrie "hat". You look stunning! Oooh I fell in love with Carries new apartment "look". The blue walls were just yummy!!! FUN POST!!! :)

Really Rainey said...

You are just too much fun! Oh Wait! There is no such thing as too much fun!
Loved this post! And looking forward to poking around your blog for more fun!
Happy New Year!