Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My personal tribute to Sex and the City

I can hardly contain my excitement for the Sex and the City 2 Movie. Sex and the City has meant so many things to me over the years. I started watching the show in college and was quickly addicted. You see I was never one to have many close girlfriends. I always had guy friends and although I loved their company; their friendship was not the same as having a close-knit group of giggly girlfriends. I never let myself get close to any lady friends and I am not really too sure why other than I dreaded and still despise the drama that typically comes with the female gender. (At least this has been my personal experience with lady friends.)
"Take me out to the Ballgame, 1999"
So in a way-Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte were the little clique of girlfriends that I always wished for but never had. 
I adore how they were always there for each other and would be open and honest with one another even when the truth hurt. 
AND, they had fun together. 
Freedom. Independence. 
Sex and the City epitomizes independence. Sure there are relationship struggles and hardships throughout as there are in real life but the girls (I would argue despite Charlotte) can be happy when they are alone and single.
 I never really appreciated this until Fall 2007 after a difficult breakup with who is now my ex-fiance. In fact, in the Fall of 2007, I could not recall a time since high school that I had been single. Truly single, not dating, talking to, or seeing anyone. At the age of 24, I experienced true singledom. Being home on a Saturday night with knowhere to go, nobody to hang out with, not even family around as I lived in Southern California with all my family and friends back east. It was depressing and scary at times. But such a great learning experience too. 
During this time, I struggled being alone. It was really hard. I remember talking on the phone with my Mom on a Friday or Saturday night whining about feeling like a loser with no friends because I was home alone with nothing to do and nowhere to go. 
Wisely, my Mom told me to enjoy being single; enjoy having a gorgeous, clean, apartment all to myself (and little man Polo) with nobody to please but myself. She would tell me to take a bubble bath and have a glass of wine and enjoy the quiet. It is not until now that I appreciate  the time I had alone. With just me and my thoughts. Desperate or not for company. Because now, although I adore and love my fiance to death, I long for those days of being single. I would not trade my current life for the world, but those memories of being able to watch Sex and the City episodes all weekend long without a shower or getting out of bed are just that; a sweet memory.  
Life is busy now. I have more work responsibilities which equal more stress and because I am in a serious relationship my decisions are based on another person as well; not just me. 
In Sex and the City, the girls would get bored when being alone on a Saturday night and they would hang out. However sometimes everyone would be out on a date or what have you, and one of the girls would be alone, bored, not relishing the alone time. But then later on, when life commitments take over such as family, job, children, etc, they yearn for that time again. 
Again, I would not trade my fiance for the world-I am just making a point and reminiscing through words. 

Oh, the love. The struggles between Carrie and her love interest. Whether it be Mr. Big, Aidan, Berger, Aleksandr or whoever, I felt like Carrie's relationships were in part my own. I remember being devastated when she broke Aidan's heart but I knew deep down that she needed to be with Big. When deep down I knew that my ex-fiance and I were not meant to be together, I watched the episode of Carrie breaking it off with Aidan over and over and over again because of how much I identified with the pain that she was going through because she has to do what was right even if it meant breaking his heart. I did that too and it was AWFUL! Probably the hardest, but best decision I ever made because going through with marriage would not have been right for my ex or myself. 
And every time Big screwed Carrie over, my heart went out to her and I would feel terrible for Carrie for days. 
The Music. Some songs really stuck with me and I would listen to them over and over again. Even while writing this, Moon River pops into my head, or You've got the Love, or MC Solaar's le belle et le bad boy from the episode when Carrie finds her Carrie necklace (the item that represents her identity) in her purse while waiting for Aleksandr at the museum...alone...in Paris. And then Big shows up. Oh the joy!
The Clothes. Need I go on? 
I wouldn't say that Sex and the City set the tone for my love of designers and exquisite clothing as I got most of that love from my time living abroad and living in Southern California but I cannot lie and say that Sex and the City had nothing to do with my personal style and how it morphed during my college years and young 20's. I remember watching an episode and hearing of a designer or seeing something that I had to have and immediately jumping online to search for whatever the item(s) were. 

Joy. Happiness. My heart swelled with excitement and I actually believe that I squealed in the theater when Carrie and Big got married. 
I am a sucker like that-a sucker for love. I adore how these two individuals were drawn to one another no matter what weathered their relationship.


Now I know that I am leaving out-what seems like a ton-cancer, religion, children, money, etc. but this was just a fun walk down memory lane for me as I prepare for the movie. I am trying not to have high expectations so that I will not be crushed if the movie does not go "my" way. 
One thing is for sure, I will be so excited on Wednesday at 12am when I head to the theater to see the film. I know that I will laugh, squeal, and cry throughout the movie because I relate so much to these girls. 
Whatever happens, I just hope to God that Carrie & Big do not break up! 

Do you personally relate to Sex and the City? How so? 
Luv & smiles,
gina
photo credit: weheartit.com

15 thoughts:

Robyn said...

Wow, you really are excited. I am pumped about seeing it, just for a girls' night out. Do you have an outfit picked out? So many girls I know are planning to go all out.

BarelyVogue said...

How amazing you totally made my wait look more longer. Can't get enough of it.

xx
Sahi
www.barelyvogue.com

Josie said...

Aaaaaah, I'm so excited! Can't wait. What a fab tribute you've given to the show here!
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

I love this post! I'm so excited too, I definitely need to catch the movie this weekend - I'm forcing my BF to go with me as part of my Bday present, lol! I'm the same as you, I never had many girl friends, I'm more "one of the guys", so I honestly identified with the 4 ladies in SATC as my girlfriends! And I really hope Big and Carrie don't break up - I'll be devastated! I've been rewatching the whole series this week to get pumped up about SATC2, and I'm in the middle of season 2 right now, when everything is going so well for Carrie and Big - I really love them together :) Anyways, sorry for going on and on... I guess I'm a little overexcited for SATC2!

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

WendyB said...

Great post. I just loved it for the fashion and sassiness!

Valerie said...

Yes, I'm so excited for the movie too! I'm going to see it on Sunday with my girl friends. I love the way the SATC girls are so honest with each other too. They bring out the best in each other and have fun together while they do it!

xo
Valerie

Amanda said...

this is my favorite blog post you have ever done... it was so honest and I love when you're honest like this.
It's funny you wrote this because just yesterday I was remembering my single life days... and missing them. I never appreciated them like I should have. And I regret putting my life on hold when I was in a relationship... as you know, one of my biggest regrets was not studying abroad- which I chose not to do because I was in a relationship.
I love the girls in SATC... there were a lot of unrealistic happenings- but there were also a TON of situations one could apply to their real life- which was great.

DiamondsandTulle said...

What a great post Gina on SATC and on yourself! Totally understand your singledom reminiscing. I try to go out with my girlfriends at least once every couple of weeks and we have such a blast!
I'm hoping to watch tonight but it's kinda tough w/the long weekend ahead- but already planned a big group viewing for next week too.
Love this post and all the pics!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Missy M said...

i love this! thanks for sharing x I’ve just come across your blog and I love it! Will be stopping by from now on x

Missy
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Viva La Fashion said...

<3 satc! :D

Fashion Court said...

i'm not a huge fan (i've never seen many episodes!)..but i LOVE this tribute!

Le Sigh of a Fashionista said...

I cannot wait, it is going to be SOOO amazing!! Did you see it last night?

Emily said...

I can't wait to see the new movie. I was so sad when the show went off the air, I felt like I lost my girls forever! I adored the first movie and only hope they don't ruin it all with this new one. -e

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

How I love SATC! My little brother went into the movie not expecting much and we actually enjoyed it quite a bit---entertaining wardrobe and lots of the usual laughs. I'll forever be a Carrie Bradshaw fan : )

XX Katie

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Love Carrie and Big, and when you said music, I instantly thought of Moon River!
Their story is so real, nothing about love is normal!
The old guy is like old friends, always the best, you have history!

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