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A dress in the life of …

I ended up pulling a switcheroo yesterday, and instead of going to the fashion swap I went to Sex and The City 2 with a couple of girlfriends. The movie was as bad as the reviews suggested, but the clothes were pretty fabulous. I was puzzled by one particular scene in which Carrie gives Big a hard time about lying on the couch with his shoes on … while she’s wearing 5 inch stilettos indoors. Is wearing shoes indoors an American thing? Because I don’t really see the benefits — I shudder to think about what my carpets (and hardwood) would look like after  a few months. Besides, wearing high heels at home seems like unnecessary torture; all I want to do at the end of a long day is take my stilettos off. But, as the movie audience was told again and again, Carrie Preston nee Bradshaw is a very special snowflake. She probably wears her Jimmy Choos in the bathtub.

As coincidence would have it, today I had the opportunity to experience the Carrie life first hand. The Bay has recently added a few new designer collections to its roster, including Rachel Roy and Halston Heritage. They are currently available in Edmonton only at the Southgate Bay store (aka “the fashionista’s Bay”). I was there earlier this afternoon and spotted a couple of the dresses worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in SATC2. I figured this could very well be the only chance I’d ever have to step into her fabulous shoes (metaphorically speaking) and I took it. 
The dress I tried on was the crinkly purple number Carrie wears when she returns home from [minor SPOILER ahead] Stanford’s wedding. I did not look to see what fabric it was made of, but it didn’t feel that luxurious … considering that we are talking about a $500+ dress. On me, the dress felt … swishy. SPJ must be a heck of a lot tinier than me, because she managed to look willowy in it on screen (the said 5 inch heels probably helped) while I managed to look … vaguely tent-like.

Sadly, I did not have my camera with me, so I have no photographic record of my brush with cinematic fame. However, here is a picture of the lovely lady herself wearing the Halston on set:

                                                                 Image credit: James Devaney/

There and back

After a couple of whirlwind days, I’m back. Vancouver was gorgeous, though somewhat on the cool side (and I’m not talking about the hipsters). Flowers everywhere, of course. I think all of Edmonton’s showers must be having their effect over there. From the multitude of photos I took, I’m sure that one or two will pop up here in due time.

For now, I can report that the trip had divided success. We found our wedding rings (and they are lovely), we ate to our hearts’ content, but sadly we were disappointed with the shopping across the border. More on that later.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Westward bound

This long weekend, I’m bound for Vancouver with my beloved. We are both so ridiculously excited that it might as well be Christmas. Until recently, we both spent quite a bit of time out west, and we’ve been missing our old haunts. The purpose of our trip is threefold:

1) picking out wedding rings;
2) eating; and

3) shopping

Each of our goals is exciting in itself. Who doesn’t like shopping for jewelry? Not me. My fiancé and I also enjoy eating – really enjoy it – and we’re looking forward to going back to some of our favourite restaurants in Van. Sushi, of course, will be very prominent on our menu, and we’re excited to revisit Kadoya, our fave place on Davie Street. And let’s not forget the cupcakes. Especially not the cupcakes! We also like shopping – I don’t need to tell you how much – and we’ve been making plans for an assault on the American outlets near Seattle for months now. All in all, it should be a perfect getaway.

As it is, I won’t be posting over the weekend, but I will be back on Monday, hopefully happy as a clam … stuffed with sushi and cupcakes. Have a great weekend!