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“Hey, it’s me, Carrie. Carrie Bradshaw. I’m a author—I wrote a relationship column for The New York Star known as “Intercourse and the Metropolis” for a protracted, lengthy time (don’t ask how lengthy), which I ultimately was a e-book of essays. And I additionally did some freelancing for Vogue. They paid me $4 a phrase, and I spent all of them at Manolo. I like my cash the place I can see it! Most just lately I’ve been podcasting, and actually? I’m nonetheless warming as much as that complete… factor. However my new publicist says podcasts are the daytime discuss reveals of the 2020s, and I had some further time throughout the pandemic when all the nice New York bars closed.
I’ve been dwelling in New York because the ‘80s, and similar to that, it’s been nearly 40 years. In case you measure a relationship’s success by years spent collectively, New York is my soulmate. After I first moved to New York and I used to be completely broke, typically I’d purchase Vogue as an alternative of dinner—however lots has modified since I first received right here. To begin with, you can get an entire 12 months of Vogue for lower than a salad at that Sweetgreen place. In case you’re shopping for one thing within the meatpacking district that begins with an h, it’s most likely Hermès. You’ll be able to’t smoke indoors; Brooklyn really is the brand new Manhattan; this previous October, they turned the downtown Barneys right into a Spirit Halloween, which is an entire different form of ghosting I simply can’t perceive. However there are good modifications, too, like how now, being single means you’re fairly, attractive, and taking your time deciding the way you need your life to be and who you wish to spend it with. Alternatively, some issues are precisely the identical. Everybody in New York remains to be in search of both a job, an house, or a
boyfriend companion. Now that I’ve a giant closet, I retailer skincare within the fridge. Magnificence is fleeting, however a rent-controlled house overlooking the park is perpetually. And better of all, most of my oldest, dearest associates are nonetheless shut by. We will’t stay with out the crowds or one another.
After I was youthful, I received most of my magnificence merchandise once I went to go to Enid, my editor. There was at all times somebody from the sweetness desk with too many samples of La Mer to get by, and I fortunately accepted their hand-me-downs. My buddy Samantha was actually the sweetness individual out of our group. (She famously confirmed as much as my e-book get together, which thoughts you she organized, however left a layer of her pores and skin at residence.) I’ve nonetheless by no means tried Botox, which she’s been recommending for years, however I do have issues I like. I’ve lived on the Higher East Facet for somewhat over 10 years, and see Dr. Macrene on Park for my pores and skin. I do no matter she tells me to, besides PRP facials. (I couldn’t assist however marvel: why?!) Once you’re an adolescent, all you wish to do is purchase beer. However when you’re previous 30 all you wish to do is to get carded. I’m not going to appear like a 20-something and wouldn’t even wish to, however Tom Ford basis and Gucci Westman’s blush preserve my pores and skin trying wholesome. Quitting cigarettes helped, too. I preferred brown-ish lip colours within the ‘90s however now I simply perform a little lip liner and a few clear gloss. My buddy Charlotte’s daughter Lily gave me this one from Glossier, which I like. And I’ll at all times have an attractive, smudgy black eyeliner in my bag, subsequent to lip balm and mints.
I’ll by no means be the girl with the proper hair, who can put on white and never spill on it. I don’t thoughts if my curls are fuzzy and wild—I used to be getting alongside simply fantastic as a curly woman earlier than anyway. I do give myself fast blowouts at residence with the Dyson Airwrap—I even have their Corrale straightener, which is cordless and somewhat heavier than irons I’ve used prior to now. Lifting that up and down and rides on the Peloton are my two major exercises. And I get my hair coloured at Sally Hershberger, one other holdout from my Vogue days. I’ve at all times gotten highlights, however now that my hair is rising in grey I get a cool gloss to mix it. One factor I’ll by no means do once more is go brunette. I’m additionally not a manicure individual. Or an individual who can That’s the factor about getting older: developments will at all times come and go like cabs with their vacant lights on, however the extra you stroll you understand, you don’t need to get in.”
—as instructed to ITG
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