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The Sex And The City Outfits I’m Recreating To Stay Inspired While Quarantined

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With my daily wardrobe now mostly consisting of “nice” sweats, workout wear, and the sporadic jeans-and-tee-combo (when I’m feeling fancy), it’s accurate to say some 80 percent of my wardrobe is actually being utilized. That’s why, to help some of my now-neglected items see daylight once in a while, I like to engage in the occasional grown-up version of dress-up, drawing inspiration from the movies and shows I’ve been bingeing. And nothing refreshes my creativity or love for fashion like Sex and the City, so naturally my latest outfit roundup emulated my fave fab four.

Yes, like many other SATC fans, I’ve used this time indoors to revisit the women who left a permanent mark on my closet. In rewatching all six seasons with fresh eyes, I found myself taking notes of all the outfits and moments I can and have recreated myself. For instance, remember Carrie Bradshaw’s now-legendary silver Manolo Blahnik peep-toe pumps that were stolen from her friend’s party in the Season 6 episode “A Woman’s Right To Shoes”? Well, that exact pair was actually my first purchase from the iconic label and decided on as a direct result of the TV moment.

And Samantha Jones’ love for monochromatic power suits? Well, they instilled in me a love for bold separates and color-coordinated looks. Even Charlotte York’s dainty floral midi skirts and Miranda Hobbes’ belted shift dresses have made their way into my closet, leading me to this revelation: Sex and the City taught me how to dress.

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To pay proper homage to the women who shaped my early views of fashion, I decided to recreate their quintessential looks with items from my wardrobe. In doing so, I couldn’t help but wonder: Will Sex and the City ever lose its magical ability to inspire my style? According to the ensembles below, not likely.

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Sex And The City Outfit: Carrie Bradshaw

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Although there are plenty of over-the-top Carrie style moments to choose from, I’ve been most influenced by her ability to take a seemingly simple ensemble and raise the bar significantly with a great pair of shoes. The aforementioned “Woman’s Right To Shoes” episode concluded with an outfit that I’ll never stop loving, because I’m pretty sure everyone has a version of it in their closet.

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Sex And The City Outfit: Samantha Jones

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In my opinion, Samantha Jones is SATC‘s style MVP. She took power suiting to colorful and brave new heights and I’m forever grateful for it. Nothing is chicer than some color-coordinated separates and this confident PR boss proves it.

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Sex And The City Outfit: Miranda Hobbes

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In revisiting my favorite show, I’ve come to realization that Miranda Hobbes deserved more credit in the style department. Although she wasn’t exactly on the cutting edge of trends, she made practical dressing feel fresh and elevated, especially in the show’s later seasons. The high-powered attorney also deserved points for mastering the belted shift dress look, which is definitely making a comeback.

Sex And The City Outfit: Charlotte York Goldenblatt

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SATC‘s resident “nice girl” stuck to dainty dressing for most of the show (with the exception of her infamous Atlantic City getup in season 5’s “Luck Be An Old Lady” episode). One thing I’ve noticed in particular is Charlotte’s love for floral midi skirts and dresses with sweet detailing like ruffles, bows and lace. Similar to Mrs. York Goldenblatt, I never met a floral skirt I didn’t like.

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Four simple games that will keep your unruly kids entertained for at least 20 minutes

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It’s been a long time since lockdown started. For some of us that’s meant weeks of mindless TV-watching and worrying about the future. For anyone with kids, it’s been hectic, busy, chaos, juggling jobs with being a parent and teacher 24/7. Don’t fear if you’ve run out of ideas for fun things to do. We got Mike Rampton, author of new kids’ games book ‘Open in Case of Emergency’ (Pop Press, £9.99), to reveal four you can play with minimal effort, minimal mess and minimal outside. 

1. Beasts in the tundra

A bit of preparation the night before and everyone becomes an archaeologist.

Age Four and up
Players Two and up (dependent on freezer space).
What you need One plastic box and one toy per player or team, a freezer.
How to play Freeze the toys in water in the plastic boxes the night before. Action figures or dinosaurs are ideal, and you can consider adding food colouring to the water to make it that bit wackier. Players then have to release their creatures from their frozen slumbers – just like Captain America – before their opponents do. Breathing heavily on to the ice, rubbing it or wrapping it up might all work, or (with adult supervision) heat and gravity can work wonders…

2. Blow football

A huffing, puffing, indoor version of the world’s most popular sport.

Age Five and up.
Players Two.
What you need Two straws, a ping-pong ball and something for goals: margarine tubs, books, whatever works.
How to play Mark out a pitch (or use something that already has two ends, like a rug or a table) using tape if needed. Work out where the centre line is, and go for it [blowing the ball through the straws], trying to score goals against your opponent. If anyone touches the ball with their hands, the other player gets a penalty from the centre line. The first to five goals wins.

Or blow skiing

Make a slalom course around a table using whatever is to hand – clumps of Blu-Tack with toothpicks sticking up out of them and a little paper flag make very nice ski gates, for instance. Take it in turns to do time trials [blowing the ball] around the course, with a ten-second penalty for every flag hit and a 30-second penalty if the ball falls off the table.

3. The great sock hunt

A scavenger hunt that makes up in ease for what it lacks in glamour.

Age Five and up.
Players Two and up.
What you need As many different pairs of socks as you wish.
How to play Hide one sock from every pair around the house, then present players with a pile of odd socks. Within a time limit (which depends on how big the house is, how many socks you’ve hidden, how good at hiding socks you are, and how good at finding socks they are – start with five minutes and experiment), and never carrying more than one sock at a time, can they reunite all the pairs?

Or super secret sock search

Hide the odd socks apart from one, which, instead of being hidden somewhere around the house, goes in your pocket. Players take it in turns to spend one minute each searching for socks, with each one they find eliminating one option as to what your pocketed ‘secret sock’ could be. The player who correctly describes that sock wins.

4. Five pence hockey

Air hockey tables cost a fortune. This alternative costs less than anything.

Age Seven and up.
Players Two.
What you need A table, tape, two 2p coins, one 1p coin.
How to play Don’t play on a table that is likely to get scratched – that’ll make the game a lot more expensive. Use the tape to mark out equally sized goals. Then stand one at either end and play hockey: slide your 2p around with your middle finger, using the penny as a puck. First to ten goals wins.

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    Why France Is Postponing Its Summer Sales Period – Footwear News

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    To mitigate losses in revenue resulting from the country’s ten-week confinement, France is postponing its summer sales period by three weeks said Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Tuesday.

    Like many European countries, France has strict regulations regarding the length of its promotional period. Summer reductions were previously scheduled to run for four weeks from June 24 to July 21 but now they will start on July 15 and run til the middle of August.

    The Institut Français de la Mode (French Institute of Fashion) reported this week that year on year revenues were down by 28.2% percent in the first four months of 2020.

    However, the new regulations only apply to independent retailers who are perceived to be more seriously affected by the pandemic in terms of immediate cash flow than their larger counterparts with more resources.

    Eric Mertz, president of the Fédération Nationale de l’habillement, (the National Clothing Federation) welcomed the fact that the government “was listening to independents who have experienced increased distress due to the downturn in commerce.” Nevertheless, he warned that the measures might not go far enough as stores were still experiencing a 30% drop in attendance compared to normal. He suggested a reassessment might be necessary.

    He had initially proposed that general sales only begin in August. He had also wanted to limit the country’s ventes privées system. These are early private sales for registered customers operated by larger concerns. They constitute an exception to the rules.

    The government’s announcement follows an open letter published last month by a group of international designers and retailers led by Dries Van Noten. It called for a rethink the traditional calendar of retail deliveries and discounts for all retailers, not only independents.

    It proposed that deliveries be realigned with the actual seasons so fall/winter merchandising would take place between August and January and spring/summer between February and July. It also asked that a discount period be set for the end of the season in question as opposed to mid-season sales.

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