It’s been 9 years since the last episode of Sex and the City aired, but even after all these years I am still “Carried Away.”
While I loved sexy Samantha, ambitious Miranda, and romantic Charlotte, it was the witty dreamer Carrie that I wanted to be my BFF. Sex and the City first aired when I was in high school and university, and I remember thinking that I wanted to be just like Carrie Bradshaw when I “grow up.” I wanted to move to the Big City (Vancouver) after graduation, meet a great group of girlfriends to have breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks, coffee with, date many handsome young men but eventually find my “Mr. Big”, go shopping for fabulous designer shoes on the weekend, live in a cute girly apartment with a to-die-for closet, have a fun career that I am passionate about, and basically live a charmed material life.
What I failed to see was that my TV hero writes a weekly newspaper column (appropriately titled “Sex and the City”) and lives in one of the most expensive cities in the world, but yet Carrie lives an extravagant lifestyle. How does Carrie afford it? There is no way, even in HBO TV land, that this kind of lifestyle in Manhattan, New York is realistic on a writer’s salary. It’s so obvious, why didn’t I see it sooner? Was is possible that my beloved Carrie Bradshaw’s charmed material life may have been bought on credit card? Was Carrie in debt??? (The horror!!!)
Thinking back now, the show did drop hints that Carrie wasn’t as responsible with her money as she could have been. In season 4, Carrie applies for a bank loan to purchase the apartment that she had been renting for over a decade but the loan application got decline. We also find out in the same episode that Carrie only has $957 in her savings account. She has even less in her checking account. Carrie was 35 years old at the time.
I remember another episode where the ever practical Miranda estimated that Carrie’s to-die-for shoe closet is worth a minimum $40,000!!! Carrie owns over 100 pairs of Jimmy Choos, Monolo Blahniks, & Christian Louboutins and each designer brand starts out at $400+!!! Let’s not forget her designer clothes and purses…
One of Carrie’s most famous quotes “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.”*side note: I LOVE Carrie Bradshaw quotes. I really could write a full blog post on just my favorite Carrie quotes*
This is how I use to think too. That spending my money on beautiful clothing would make me happy because as long as I looked good on the outside than I would feel good on the inside too. Guess what people? All that spending on beautiful things just put me in consumer debt and that feels
like shit. horrible. Can I even say “s h i t” on my blog?
To all the lovely young ladies out there who read my blog and may be a shopaholic or recovering like myself, I just want to say that it’s time to let go of The Carrie Bradshaw Debt. We can still be fabulous like her, but instead of owning 100 pairs of designer shoes, save and budget for that one sexy-I-feel-like-a-million-bucks pair! Carrie said it best herself: “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”
Amen Miss Bradshaw.