Last weekend, I smacked myself out of my post-fashion week meets post-midterm week daze and hurried over to Sweetie Pie on Greenwich Ave for a brunch hosted by Elle‘s fabulous creative director Joe Zee and NYC’s Fashion Laureate: Sarah Jessica Parker.
While the purpose of the brunch was to discuss the launch of SJP’s newest fragrance, SJP NYC, inspired by Carrie Bradshaw, the environment lent itself to relaxed girl talk rather than a serious business breakfast.
Before SJP arrived I found myself the odd-girl-out in a room of women on the verge of fainting at the mention of her. Don’t get me wrong, I love SJP as much as the next girl, but I’ve never seen a group of people this excited to meet a celebrity.
Well, except for the time I sat next to a tween at the Christian Siriano show and she nearly cried.
Perhaps it’s because I almost entirely missed the Sex and the City fad; I wasn’t allowed to watch it until I was eighteen and by then the series was long-over. Regardless, I can say SJP is probably the coolest, most down to earth celeb I’ve ever met, and definitely the funniest.
She talked about her fragrance (which smells really wonderful), but also her beauty routine (au naturale) and Twitter (she thinks it’s changing people’s attention spans). As the beauty editors tried to pry answers out of SJP, I realized that she is just a normal woman, not some otherworldly fashion faun. Everything discussed–her kids, her busy schedule, her job–where things everyday women talk about. She didn’t sit there naming designers left and right, but instead chatted about her constant search for a good mascara and her ineptitude of applying lipstick.
The event culminated with group pictures with SJP, like the ones you take at Disney with Minnie Mouse when you’re five, and some women reacted with more panic than said five-year olds.
But the best part? Twenty minutes after SJP’s departure for an “imporant event” I got an unsolicited text from a friend saying, “OMG I just spotted SJP eating at Chipotle on 8th St.!!” That’s how I knew SJP was probably the coolest celeb in New York, and potentially the world. If you need further proof, just watch the above video.