After six television seasons, a book and two movies, what do we really know about Carrie Bradshaw? Where is her family? Where did she grow up? Was Mr. Big her first real love? Who was she before Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda?
In Candace Bushnell’s prequel to the admired Sex in the City series, the Carrie Diaries, tells us about Carrie Bradshaw before New York City. Before the cosmos, the sex columns and the men Carrie was a not-so-popular, small town girl from Connecticut with three sisters and a dad. Little did we know during the show that Carrie’s mother died when she was a teenager, but her mother was actually her style icon. Always wearing her mother’s hammy-down dresses, hats and bags, Carrie wasn’t like the rest of the kids in her high school.
She longed for the City life. After a failed attempted into the New School’s summer writing program for the summer before her senior year Carrie was discouraged about life as a writer. She didn’t join the school newspaper and spent her senior year with her first real boyfriend, bad-boy Sebastian Kydd.
Through the couples ups and downs Carrie’s desire to write was only clear to her friend George. George was a college student Carrie met at Brown during a visit to her father’s alma mater (he was set on having his daughters follow in his footsteps and become a scientist also). George pushed Carrie to do what she wants and go where she wants to go.
And where she wanted to go was away from fictional Castlebury, Conn. and her high school enemies. The Mouse, Maggie, Walt, Peter and Lali had been friends with Carrie forever, and have all had the same enemies since grade school. But Carrie knew she would be the one to get out of Castlebury and start over, unlike the popular clique boys and girls Carrie and her friend’s hated.
As we all know, Carrie does make it to New York City and the book even ends with a cameo from one of our friends we have come to know and love. Possibly it’s a seek peak at Bushnell’s new book coming out this month, Summer in the City. Definitely a hard cover read.
After watching the first three seasons of one of my favorite city ladies in Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, I have to say, I don’t know if I could write a blog a week about the Real Housewives of New York City
. Although this season has the most ladies of any other season in the entire franchise, I can’t see much happening this season.
We started off right where we ended last year, sans Bethenny Frankel. Alex and Jill are still feuding, which stems from last year’s fight between Bethenny and Jill, despite the queen bee, Jill, saying that she has totally changed this year. At a wedding Jill, Alex and Ramona all attended in the Hamptons, Jill is sitting in the corner talking shit about the other two ladies. She needs to get out of high school. It’s boring now.
Last year we saw Ramona and Alex becoming pretty close friends and as Ramona said in this episode, Alex’s husband Simon is finally growing on her, after four years of bickering. The couple has too begun growing on me, well Alex is at least. She has become more of her own person and less of a little puppy that follows her husband around. While she has grown on me, Simon is still probably one of the most annoying people I have never met. Alex was on speaker phone with her modeling agency (yes, modeling agency) and Simon put a weight in Alex’s hand to have her start working out. ANNOYING. I literally wanted to hit him.
Countess LuAnn fell in love again since last season. Her upgraded French man is a younger version of her ex-hubby. And well that’s it with her. Sonia, still sleeping around. Done. Kelly… still a freak.
And now on to the newest housewife that actually doesn’t seem like she is as catty as the rest of the ladies.
Cindy is a Long Island native who owns Completely Bare Spas. She is a 40-something-year-old mother of twin 10-month of girls which she had through the IVF process.
The New York Housewives started out as five self supporting business women whether it is them working for their husband’s companies, basically running it themselves, or running their own companies. Now they are seven catty women having high school fights. There really isn’t much to it besides that. End of season.
Last week Alexis had a botox, massage party where she invited all of the girls. Tamara took advantage of the event to make a dig at Gretchen and bring mace to keep away “animals” such as her fellow housewife. This week we find out that after the party Alexis let Tamera know how she felt about the joke, and she wasn’t happy about it. Drama, drama.
To add to the drama Frenanda, the newest, Brazilian, lesbian housewife celebrated her new citizenship by throwing herself a party with her lesbian friends. Tamera, who is Fernanda’s in into the group, was supposed to attend the party but last minute had to bail because she was moving. Fernanda made it appoint to make a small comment to her about it at Alexis’s party where Tamera saw a perfect opportunity to throw a pitty party for herself. “Do you even know what I’m going through right now!!?”
Obviously it’s not that terrible because Tamera and Eddie have time to head to Spain together this week. Yeah, yeah, they’re in love we get it. Now back to the Orange County.
In the past two weeks Vicki has made more of an attempt to spend time with her adult family but both times pushed the family to pick on her. Family drama. Her children, Michael and Briana, and husband, Donn, told Vicki that she isn’t spending enough time at home. It seemed like they were blaming her for the family growing apart where Vicki was trying to blame everyone else’s lives. Even on a nice boat ride through Newport Beach she seems to make it all about work chatting it up with Michael’s best friend, who just so happens to be one of her workers.
A season of the OC Housewives wouldn’t be complete without some plastic surgery and in this week’s episode we see Peggy have some boobie drama. After getting her breasts re-done Alexis does the housewife thing and brings her over some food for the week. But the meeting wouldn’t be TV worthy without Alexis making jabs about Peggy’s surgery. “She should have gone to my doctor,” Alexis said in her commentary.
I guess really the least amount of drama in the past two weeks was Gretchen and Slade. Oh the irony. In celebration of Gretchen’s parent’s 40th wedding anniversary (Orange County love) the couple planned a special weekend to surprise her parents. They took a drive in her mother’s first car to the church they were married in where Slade had set up Gretchen’s mother’s wedding dress and pictures from their wedding. From there Gretchen’s mom and dad took a limo ride to their favorite winery, and where they got all dolled up in a new dress and tux and renewed their vows. The most emotional parts of the entire weekend was first when they saw that the minister who originally wed them 40 years ago would be doing the renewal ceremony and next when her mother saw the gift Gretchen and her father had gotten her. Her first upgraded ring their entire marriage. A 4-caret diamond from her tiny ruby she normally had on her left hand ring finger.
The weeding was by far my favorite part of the show in the past two weeks. Next week the drama continues when Tamera and Alexis continue the fight about the mace.
The Tri-State area: home to me, little Italy, some of the most notorious mafia bosses, MTV’s Jersey Shore, and my favorite, pizza! New York and New Haven both have their own style that the area is proud of. (And then you have those holes in the wall places that still are better pizza than you can get anywhere else in the country.) When I moved to Los Angeles I knew the pizza would be a little different, but I didn’t think it would be nonexistent.
And no, Dominos and Pizza Hut don’t count.
So when I went home this past week my goal was to eat as much pizza as I could. PaPa’s Pizza 2 in Milford, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Colony Grill in Fairfield and my newest find Roseland Apizza in Derby. All have their own style and taste.
Pepe’s is famous for their brick oven, burnt bottom pie where Colony’s famous pie is called a hot oil pizza topped with a single pepperoncini. After all of the pizza I ate in a matter of eight days, I think it’s safe to say I am not going to be craving pizza anytime soon.
The story of a modern relationship and a family secret set in England shows how many families have adapted to modern times. Joanna Trollope’s the Other Family is a story about Richie Rossiter and his family.
Richie met the mother of his three daughters when he was in his early forties and she was twenty three. At the time he was a small-time pianist from North Shores, England and she was a city girl from London. Chrissie was young and exciting and Richie was married to his childhood sweetheart with a teenage son. Chrissie promised Richie a life of fame and fortune with her leading the way as his manager. So he left his wife, who was also his manager at the time, and moved south for a new life.
Twenty five years later, Richie and Chrissie have three grown daughters themselves who have all always believed their family is “normal.” But when Richie dies suddenly the Rossiter girls — Tamsin, Dilly and Amy – learn their parents not only have never been married, but Richie is actually still married to his first wife Margaret who lives up north with their son Scott.
This is an amazing story about not one, but two families getting over the death of a father, husband and homemaker. It’s a story of two families bonding and becoming the one family they always should have been. And the Other Family is the story of breaking the stereotypes of normalcy and a family creating their own “normal” and happiness.