Saturday, April 24, 2010

SATC: Now and Then

We love a good trailer here at The Portmanteau. Whole evenings are devoted to memorising the lines of The Bounty Hunter clips and bottles of sparkling wine are uncorked when a particularly good one lands on youtube. It’s perfect: you get a little insight into how bad these movies are and all from the comfort of your own home. Obviously the most eagerly anticipated trailer of the year has been Sex and the City 2. Could it be as bad as Sex and the City 1? Could they come up with a character as annoying as Jennifer Hudson’s Louise from St. Louis?

Carrie and the crew have often divided people but I’m not ashamed to say that I adored the TV series. I remember the very first time I caught an episode (while on holiday in America aged 15) and just being wowed by the clothes and the glamour and the way in which the characters were allowed to be smart and silly and urbane and slutty all at the same time. As Naomi Wolf so eloquently put it when she named Carrie Bradshaw her Noughties icon in the Guardian “Carrie showed audiences week after week that a lively female consciousness was as interesting as female sexuality or motherhood or martyrdom – the tradition role model options.” The Carrie Bradshaw of the TV series is my hero. But the Carrie of the movie? She’s just annoying. “Women come to New York for love and labels!” Eh, speak for yourself. Or for Charlotte perhaps. But nobody I know is that needy or shallow.

Anyway, back to the issue at hand: the SATC 2 trailer. They go to Abu Dhabi (Now why would you do that?), Carrie considers hooking up with Aidan again (Now why would you do that?) and Big flirts with Penelope Cruz (Can kind of understand why you’d do that). Liza Minelli and Miley Cyrus appear and Miranda and Charlotte get saddled with a boring motherhood-is-hard storyline. All to the sound of Jay Z and Alicia Keyes’s Empire State of Mind. I love it. Yeah so it's sure to fall way short of the glory days of the TV show but I’m still excited.

And if that wasn’t enough, now you can read SATC prequel extracts in the Sunday Times Style. In 'The Carrie Diaries' we meet the precocious teenage Carrie who is beginning to interact with feminism and literature at her local library. Last week’s extract was pretty lame with Carrie talking about “writing a book that would change the world.” Yeah while I do appreciate that her columns were published in book format in series 5, I’m not sure just how world changing that was. Anyway, tomorrow “Carrie gets the boy of her dreams or so she thinks.” LE

Monday, April 12, 2010

Making Eyes

Sorry, sorry, sorry, I’ve been a terrible blogger. I was in LA for a lot of March and couldn’t seem to focus on any internet-related activities while there. When the sun is shining, it just seems a little ungrateful to stay holed up inside reading blogs and sending emails. And while I didn’t quite embrace the healthy hiking and gym lifestyle that LA is famous for, I did drink a lot of beer whilst wearing a bikini, an activity that is as rejuvenating and fulfilling as any mountain trek.

I also managed to fit in a trip to make-up and beauty emporium Sephora. When it comes to beauty products I’m a one man (or one foundation/lipstick/powder) kind of girl. Once I find a product I like, I remain slavishly devoted to it. I’ve had a completely monogamous relationship with Kat Von D eyeliner for over two years now. Kat Von D is, I gather, some sort of tattooed reality show star and while her image is pretty much the diametrical opposite of mine, I love her eyeliner so much that I will overlook the fact that the packaging conjures up pictures of Bombshell McGee and other Jesse James types.

This eyeliner goes on incredibly easy, making perfect little ticks and staying put for hours. Then it slides off with a gentle cleanser. Prior to discovering it, I had tried several more expensive and well-known brands but nothing came close for precision or staying power. It’s only available at American branches of Sephora though, so it is one of those things – along with Lucky Charms and Butterfingers – that you must request from US-based friends. LE