A girl’s guide to celebrating Sex and the City: The Movie
After four years of waiting, you can finally stop watching reruns and catch the fab four on the big screen. Sex and the City: The Movie is the most anticipated film of the year, debuting in New York City on May 30th. Before you grab your stilettos and run to the nearest theater, celebrate the cast's homecoming in style. Call up your girlfriends and get sexy!
Read upWant an all-access guide on what to expect from this year's hottest film? Then get ready to head over to the bookstore, where you can purchase Sex and the City: The Movieby Amy Sohn. Known for Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell, Sohn's hardcover features more than 300 photos, interviews with your favorite stars, a behind the scenes look at what really happened during filming, and a city guide to Manhattan's latest hot spots.
Set the moodBefore you head to the theater, get your gal pals in the mood for some sex…with a good ol' fashion fiesta! Editorial Director Eva Ingvarson from Evite.com, an online personal party planner, has some simple ideas for treats. "Cosmos are key, but you can shake up the cocktail by offering four variations," she says. "Just trade out the traditional cranberry for another juice, such as pomegranate, pear, mango, or passion fruit. Let guests pick their poison...and their alter ego for the evening."
She also suggests that you "pay tribute to the show's fifth lady (New York City) by serving upscale takes on street food. Think hot pretzels served with gourmet mustards for dipping and mini pizzas with decadent toppings." Steve Kimble, who designed parties for Paula Abdul and Destiny's Child, also advises an easy-to-do décor. "Put plastic in the bottom of your Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks and fill them with the show's most scandalous flower -- the carnation," he states. "While Charlotte was appalled to receive them from a blind date, Carrie happily accepted a bouquet from her then-flame Burger."
Get sexy in the cityThe last week of May is the perfect time to wear sundresses, peep-toe heels, and lingerie. The Lake & Stars, a new line named after a Victorian woman skilled in the bedroom, unveils "We're On A Break." This romper is a silvery smooth, underwear-meets-outerwear piece specifically chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker to pair with jeans for the film. The Lake & Stars, designed by Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman, also offers bralettes, briefs and garters to bring out your inner vixen. (To purchase this hot number, visit www.thelakeandstars.com or check out www.Figleaves.com.)
If you were one of the thousands who flocked to Steve and Barry's to get BITTEN, then get ready to be "Carried" away. The leading casual apparel retailer will be the only one carrying officially licensed merchandise from the movie. A large collection of comfy t-shirts and tank tops with the film logo are available for $8.95, which will make you feel better about buying those new Jimmy Choos!
"If you are single after graduation, there isn't one occasion where people celebrate you," Carrie once said. Apparently, she hasn't met Ruta Fox, creator of The Ah Ring ($330), containing full-cut diamonds set in a 14K white gold band. What makes The Ah Ring so special isn't just because stars, such as Tyra Banks and Oprah, are fans. Fox specifically designed The Ah Ring for single woman to show how proud and confident they are. With 55 million single women in the US alone, diamonds are guaranteed to be any girl's best friend!
Speaking of jewels, why head to the theater looking like any city gal, when you can wear exclusive accessories directly from the movie? Thanks to Jennifer Fisher, you can custom make your very own 14K gold necklaces, anklets, earrings, or bracelets online, including a tag that symbolizes your personality. "I wanted to create jewelry that signified my own personal style, and incorporated all the things I loved," says Fisher. Not only did Kristen Davis design her own heart necklace with diamonds, but Parker even purchased her cuff bracelets and golden hoop earrings to wear after filming.
Every girl going to see Sex and the City: The Movie is bound to show off their beloved Gucci, Vuitton or Burberry. However, what if you can't afford that beloved Chanel vintage purse you've been eyeing? Carrrie's assistant, played by Academy award-winner Jennifer Hudson, will quickly get you hooked on Bag Borrow or Steal. This online luxury retailer lets you borrow designer handbags, jewelry, even sunglasses! Following the film's release, you can be one of the first to carry a selected style also worn in the movie. Don't go out of your way to find fake Fendi, when the real deal is right here!
Carrie once said, "It's really hard to walk in a single woman's shoes. That's why you sometimes need really special shoes!" Meghan Cleary, shoe expert and creator of the shoe blog MissMeghan.com, met with the fab four and analyzed their footwear. Here are some movie night ideas Cleary recommends for the rest of us:
- Be on the lookout for the black, high heel gladiator sandal Carrie wears in the first few scenes of the movie. It's a trendy, powerful look.
- Ladies should rock sky-high stilettos this summer. Elegant, 1960s peep-toes with a little bejewelment are preferred.
- Strappy stiletto sandals in exotic skins and colors are another hot look coming out of the movie.
Unless you want to smell like buttered popcorn, you better pick up a bottle or two of Parker's perfume. Lovely contains a soft, delicate, floral aroma with hints of mandarin, lavender, even apple martini, leaving you feeling fresh and feminine. When you purchase the Lovely gift set ($69.50), you'll get two eau de parfums, a silky body lotion, and two tickets to see Sex and the City! You'll need a special code to snag them, so hurry up and get all the exclusive details at www.sarahjessicaparkerbeauty.com.
Hit the townWhen it comes to fine dining, the ladies know where to find the most exclusive openings to the best restaurants and bars in town. After catching the flick, why don't you and your friends head over to Fireside Cocktail at Omni Berkshire Place, where "Couture Cuisine" is in. In honor of Michael Tonello's Bringing Home the Birkin, Chef Sam DeMarco created the ultimate chic meal. From crispy poached eggs, confetti caviar, to Japanese Kobe sirloin, you'll be set from breakfast to dinner. Don't forget to try the delicious Berk-tini, a blend of gin, orange and carrot juice, elderflower, plus a spritz of Absinthe. Make sure you sign up for the Bringing Home the Birkin Sweepstakes (www.omnihotels.com/birkin), where you can win your very own purse. We all know what happened when Samantha tried to cut ahead!
Wondering where to go after partying with the girlfriends? You're in luck because some of the top hotels in the city have fabulous perks. All four Affinia Hotels in Manhattan are offering Sex and the City packages (starting at $389), including overnight accommodations, champagne, cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, and a SATC tour by On Location Tours. Also, just a few blocks from Fifth Avenue, The Muse New York ($475) has an equally sinful deal that includes a personal driver to take you to the foursome's favorite shopping sites, hair products used to keep Carrie's curls in check, an hour massage, cosmos, and breakfast in bed!