Shirt: Bitten (Oh, SJP) / Jeans: Gap
Belt: thrifted / Shoes: Converse, DSW
Have I ever talked about the time I met Sarah Jessica Parker on here? Either I haven’t and you’re welcome for this story or I’m sorry that I’m bringing this up again.
It was the summer of 2007, right before the filming of SATC: The Movie (ughh), and Sarah Jessica Parker was celebrating the launch of her Steve and Barry’s line Bitten. I was in my big SJP phase during that time. I still think she is a lovely lady but back in the day she was my role model. The best of the best and I just wanted to be exactly like her one day. Needless to say when I heard she was doing a meet and greet touring four malls in August to promote her line, I was all over it.
I’m lucky to have grown up in the great state of Ohio. Many well-known people are from this state - Paul Newman, Phyllis Diller and SJP. SJP was born in Nelsonville, Oh right outside of Cincinnati. She loves coming back to Ohio, at least she states this in interviews, and wouldn’t you know she was coming to the Steve and Barry’s store at Cincinnati Mills Mall. I had the day off of work and planned to spend the entire day waiting to meet my idol. Seriously this is how serious I was.
I got up super early that morning and drove with some friends down to Cincinnati. I wanted to be first in line and I would like to say that I would have been but I wasn’t as aggressive at 20 as I am now at 25. Oh the times. Anyway when those doors opened I rush and was…fifth in line. Five is my lucky number so I felt ok. This was around 10am and she wasn’t coming until like 2 or 3pm. It was a long day. My friends brought me food, went and saw a movie (Fantastic Four:Silver Surfer ughh) and made sure I was doing ok. Once again, it was a looong day.
Then that magical moment came. She, SJP, came down the escalator and I felt my nerves start to tremble in my body. She wasn’t taking pictures and only signing photos from her Bitten line - kind of lame but I didn’t care because I was going to be face to face with the real deal, Carrie Bradshaw. Oh!
She is the only huge celebrity I have ever met and by that I mean security on high just surrounding her and her every move. We had to go through five people before we got to the table where she was sitting. The moment came and I was one person away from her. My conversation with that woman:
Me (Sara): “Um what do I say to her”
Woman: “Just say hi, she’s really nice”
Me (Sara): “Yeah, I don’t think I can do that”
Turns out I was right. I finally got to the table. And I must say she is a lovely woman and very sweet. I shook her hand and said “I just wanted to say thank you for being you and doing what you do”. I did! I really said that, oh boy. As soon as I said “you do” I could feel my throat clench and knew it was coming…I started crying. Hysterically. Ok, maybe not hysterically but too much crying for a 20 year old young lady. She told me it was ok and I said “No, it’s not” and then I ran off back into the real world. Where I belong!
I still can’t believe that really happened. If I met her today I would say
“Sarah Jessica, why did you feel the need to make SATC 2? I let the first one slide but the second one. Oh brother”
Who am I kidding? I’d probably start crying all over again. I’m weak.