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Author of Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell, as observed that modern dating has apparently led women to be "angrier". Has she heard of the #MeToo movement?

"Women have the same complaints about men as they did before, except their complaints are much harsher now," the bestselling writer told The Sunday Times regarding dating apps.

"They seem angrier. The rejection and the uncertainty of online communication, it hurts people's souls. It seems to be emotionally destabilising."

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Bushnell was famous for her column for The New York Observer back in the 1990s, which was adapted into the Sex and the City novels.

The books led to a hit HBO series starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon as four women in New York City, navigating romances, friendships, and womanhood.

The series ran from 1998 to 2004, and the success led to two films in 2008 and 2010 being released. The Carrie Diaries and Lipstick Jungle, also penned by the 60-year-old, were also adapted into TV shows.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bushnell has been dating Jim Coleman for two years, and has commented on the two key things she's learned about finding a partner;

"At this age you want someone to be nice, you don't want someone who's critical or demeaning," she told The Sunday Times.

"It feels like when one is younger there can be this competition between partners. Maybe that's part of the sexual attraction, but that kind of stuff just doesn't work when you get older."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She added: "I think romance is something where you're not in a rush to get to the end. It's just about enjoying each other's company. It's doing things together."

She's got some pearls of wisdom, we must say. Some of the most iconic quotes from the hit show from Carrie Bradshaw are still applicable to the complex dating lives of women today.

Samantha Jones' groundbreaking attitudes to sex were also controversial at the time, but arguably educated an entire generation of women on sexual positivity.

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Latch on to your Manolo Blahnik's, it looks like Carrie Bradshaw is set for a mysterious, and no doubt glamorous, return to our lives.

Sarah Jessica Parker uploaded a video to her Instagram account in Full Carrie Character over the weekend, strutting down New York City's streets like she owns the place.

The brief clip was set to the music of Sex and the City, and featured SJP in a vintage-Madonna-esque outfit; gloves, a mermaid-like tulle skirt, a purple beaded clutch and a pair of white lace heels.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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SJP confirmed in the video's caption that her beloved character is back in our lives for a vital reason;

"My old friend. She is making a brief reappearance. Partnering with a great brand and supporting a cause we all care about. More to come. X, SJ," Parker wrote.

Sadly, this isn't a promotional video for a third Sex and the City flick; it's been confirmed multiple times that the movie isn't going ahead.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rumours of a three-quel were being whispered about for years, but those hopes have been dashed,

We're going to assume it's just an upcoming brand partnership with a social responsibility/activism angle, which will feature SJP in Carrie character.

At this stage, we'll take what we can get after the feud between Kim Cattrall and her three co-stars…

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There's something sad about reading about women 'feuding' with other women. We fight so hard for equality, we unite against #MeToo; we want to build each other up, not tear each other down. At the same time, not every woman will get on with each other, that's a normal fact of life. And certainly, women have been 'pitted' against each other for years, be there beef between them or not. Look at Britney vs Christina. Katy vs Taylor. Nicki vs Carli.

Another seemingly ongoing 'feud' played out in public this year in a way we never expected. There was always the rumours. Sex and The City stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall played best friends on screen, but from the early stages of the series, the whispers started. Kim even went on to say publicly that the cast of four women shouldn't be expected to be friends in life just because they were colleagues. 

Then Kim's brother tragically passed away earlier this year and while she thanked her SATC colleagues for the support, she denounced Parker's sympathies in a separate post that confirmed the pair certainly didn't see eye-to-eye.  

"Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already)," she wrote on Instagram after Parker sent her condolences in a comment on the photo-sharing site.

"You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona." Sarah still insists the pair never feuded but this week, a photo has resurfaced that has fans wondering if the whole thing is bigger than both admit. 

And it's SATC's Charlotte, played by Kristin Davis who has inadvertently reignited the rift it seems. The actress posted an old SATC photo on Instagram ahead of the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The photo, taken in 2004, shows Kristin with her co-stars Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker sitting at a table of Emmy Awards trophies.

The post noticeably excluded Cattrall leaving fans to speculate and voice their unhappiness with the move, saying it was "petty." Cattrall's Samantha was arguably the show's most popular character.

"I'm starting to understand why Kim decided not to make more films with you ladies," read one comment.

"Without Kim Cattrall SATC is nothing. Shame on you," said another.

"They didn’t earn those Emmys without her," added another.

Davis has yet to comment on the post and its backlash but we can't help but wonder (and feel a little bit saddened) by the rift that clearly lies between its beloved cast of women. 

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Sitting here on the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City's premiere, we couldn't help but ask ourselves – what are the most iconic looks from Carrie and co.?

SATC has provided us with some phenomenal fashion inspiration over the years, as well as some tales of warning.

The series' fashion was notable as much for its hilarious missteps as it was for its breathtakingly gorgeous looks.

So, dear readers, sit back, relax, and enjoy all of the iconically wonderful (and occasionally terrible) sartorial moments from Sex and the City.

1) The Witches of Eastwick LBDs

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First off, we could not relate to this episode from season one more.

Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte all attend a friend's wedding together, dressed like a stylish coven, and end up at the singles table. And to make matters worse, it's the BAD singles table.

Nothing's going to rain on their parade though, at least fashion-wise. We love how each of their little black dresses subtly matches their personalities.

2) THAT fur coat

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Oh, you know the one. Nothing felt more cosmopolitan growing up than Carrie's (hopefully faux) fur coat, giving her that devil-may-care look.

3) Miranda's overalls

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Yep, these were pretty bad. At the time we couldn't help but think she looked like an overgrown toddler. Now, though, she just kinda looks like a guy you'd run into at District 8.

4) Samantha's gingham getup

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Sam was serving some sexy Pollyanna realness in this gorgeous checkered print. If we're throwing a BBQ, we'll definitely be needing this outfit.

5) Charlotte's second wedding dress

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Charlotte's first marriage was a hot mess, and that included the wedding dress. Actually maybe hot mess is the wrong term for it – it was too cold and stiff. Her second dress, for when she tied the knot with Harry, felt much more like the real Charlotte: sweet, romantic, and pretty much perfect.

6) Carrie's first wedding dress from the film

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While our haphazard heroine may not end up actually getting married in this Vivienne Westwood dress, it's a dream. A literal dream. That is all.

7) Carrie's 'beach party' outfit

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Sorry, but… in what world does a beach party warrant a cowboy hat? She does vomit at the end of the episode though, which pretty much sums up our feelings towards this errant accessory.

8) Carrie's opening look

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We'd be remiss to pass over her classic tutu and tank top combo (That get bus water on them! The horror!). It's bubbly, it's fun, it's Carrie.

9) The FLOWER

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Okay, so this is just one of Carrie's bouquet of fabric flowers. There's something so lovely about the simplicity of this purple blossom, though, and we love that it's paired with coloured trousers.

10) Carrie's tutu outfit in Paris

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It's difficult choosing just one of Carrie's Paris looks – from the ladybird print dress to that stripey number with the gorgeous floral design, her wardrobe is holiday GOALS. 

This one feels especially poignant, though, because not only is she wearing it when Big comes to see her, but it also looks like a more sophisticated version of her look in the opening credits. Carrie's all grown up!

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While Kim Cattrall may have felt she had a 'toxic relationship' with her Sex and the City co-stars, as she previously told Piers Morgan, Sarah Jessica Parker does not feel the same.

'I’d just like to remind everybody that there is no catfight," the actress best known as Carrie Bradshaw told Vulture.

She emphasised the fact that there were four of them, her and Kim as well as Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte). This wasn't a case of two divas fighting on set.

 

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"I also want to remind everybody that there were four women on the set and I spent equal time with all of them, so this was not a set with two women who didn’t get along.

"I’ve always held Kim’s work in high regard and always appreciative of her contributions."

Later on, she added, "But, no, there is no catfight, there never has been a catfight. I’ve never fought with someone publicly in my life, nor would I." 

The Hocus Pocus actress also touched on Sex and the City 3. Kim had noted before that she felt she had blame unfairly placed on her for the film being cancelled because she chose not to reprise her role as Samantha.

"If she chooses not to do the third movie, there’s not a lot I can do to change her mind and we must respect it," Sarah shared, "That’s the only thing I’ve ever said about it, you know?

"The three of us have shared our disappointment that we’re not making that movie, not just on our behalf but our crew, but also just the people that have been vocal about wanting to see it." 

However, all is not lost! The story of our favourite New Yorkers could return – albeit in a slightly different form. 

The 53-year-old said, "So whether we choose to revisit it at another time and reimagine that story — that’s something Michael and I just haven’t talked about yet, that doesn’t mean we won’t, but we haven’t at this time."

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Fingers crossed we get to see the ladies back together! We will sorely miss Samantha's presence though, and her hilarious stream of innuendos.

Sarah reflected that, despite some of the public controversy between her and Kim in recent months, she will always be proud of the work they did together:

"We are enormously proud of what we got to do and I don’t want someone sharing thoughts publicly, which is Kim’s right to do and that is what it is, but we spent 10, 12 years of our life doing something that I really loved and I feel privileged to be part of and I don’t want this to eclipse it or change its experience for that audience that was so good to us for so long."

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Carrie Bradshaw is a complete style icon, whether you love or loath her daring looks.

Sarah Jessica Parker rocked Carrie's wardrobe for the best part of a decade, and in hour of the esteemed actresses 52nd birthday, we want to pay homage to some of her sassiest Sex And The City looks to date. 

10. Like this drop dead gorgeous printed frock, accessorised with a Mr Big

 

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9. And this divine swirl of mint green tulle

 

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8. This red frock looks perfect teamed with a black beret and a bag of Mc Donald's fries

7. While it is technically from the film, we couldn't not mention her amazing wedding gown. And that peacock feather? Iconic. 

 

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6. This deconstructed look sort of screams Vetements, no?

5. This Dior frock was just as controversial as the episode.

4. We're not sure how we feel about this plaid tea cosy with we appreciate SJP's commitment to tartan.

3. This floaty gown is spring wedding guest dress perfection.

 

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2. This ensemble is sexy AF, and we're not even mad about that gas little bustle at the back

1. Of course, the tulle ballerina dress had to get a mention. 

 

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Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote for YOUR favourite style icon, and you can do it right here!

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Back in June, Kim Cattrall had everyone in a tizzy when she hinted that a third Sex and the City movie could be on the cards.

And now, Sarah Jessica Parker – aka Miss Carrie Bradshaw – has furthered that suggestion by saying there is a “possibility” that SATC will return.

While it is not yet clear whether the show’s long-awaited comeback would take the form of a seventh season or another big screen instalment, the 51-year-old actress told the Press Association that she and her co-stars have not ruled out furthering the adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda.

The Hocus Pocus star said: “I don't think any of us have said no.  I don't know whether it's a series or the movie.”

“I think that remains an open question and discussion that will continue until it's been resolved.”

“I think [a comeback is] always a possibility, definitely.”

We have everything crossed that this “possibility” becomes a reality.

 

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Let's be real.

We can only guess that if we ever meet our heroes, we'd no doubt go into a full-on fan-girl mode and drool all over them. Not the most sophisticated, but hey… celebrities.

Well, it turns out Kim Kardashian isn't unlike the rest of us when she met her idol, Sarah Jessica Parker.

SJP went backstage at Kanye's concert last night, and met Kimmy while she was there.

Of course, Kim took to Snapchat to share a video of her just GUSHING to Sarah's face.

"You're like… my idol. You're the most amazing person on the planet," Kim tells her as Sarah just laughs off the remarks off.

We'd be happy meeting just meeting North!

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They may have been soul sisters on Sex and the City, but as far as the public is concerned Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall's friendship was reserved solely for the set of the HBO show.

Rumours have been swirling for years that the two actresses failed to see eye to eye while filming the groundbreaking television series and its two subsequent films, but it looks like everyone fell victim to the rumour mill.

In a move which confirmed that SJP has nothing but love for her co-star, the actress shared a photo of Kim before writing a heartfelt tribute to the actress on her 60th birthday.

"Happy birthday you beauty @kimcattrall," she wrote alongside a throwback snap yesterday.
 

"Sending love and the very best for a perfectly marvelous, joyous, healthy and adventure filled birthday year," she added.

Finishing the post which has clocked up almost 80,000 likes, Sarah signed off: "Your ol' pal, fellow mischief maker and "sister", Sj"

"This gave me feels," wrote one Instagram user while another added: "That's so sweet. I miss you 4 guys being together."

Sex and the City 3, anyone?

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When we picture Sarah Jessica Parker, it's hard not to picture her as Carrie Bradshaw dominating New York streets in her highest heels but it seems SJP loves spending her down time in Donegal.

 

The 51-year-old actress owns a holiday home with her husband Matthew Broderick in Kilcar Co Donegal and it looks like their son James loves it as much as they do.

 

 

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The 13-year-old has apparently grown to love the area as well as one other Irish tradition.

 

"My son is 13 and has a certain vanity about his appearance that seems age appropriate. He's interested in soccer and GAA," Sarah told the Irish Sun on Sunday.

 

 

I might do this all day long. Cause I love himsez so. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JW! XXX, Mama

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Sarah says that the family, including her son James and her seven-year-old twins Marion and Tabitha all try and get to Ireland as much as possible but unfortunately this year it seems the Donegal town won't see a visit from the A-list family.

 

"We always have a fabulous time in Donegal and I’m sorry we’re not going to be able to make it this year.

 

“It’s one of our happiest places ever, but sadly we have to skip this summer. My in-laws will be visiting instead.”

 

 

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Back in our mother's day, weddings were ALL about the dress, and the shoes were simply something that peeked out from beneath the hem, but nowadays we know better.

Oh, so much better.

The moment we're done gushing over the gown, our attention moves to the bride's shoe as we gauge whether she went for a pop of colour, killer heel or – dare we say it – iconic red sole.

And while we'd totally consider ourselves footwear aficionados, we obviously pale in comparison to the shoe queen that is Carrie Bradshaw – Sorry! We mean Sarah Jessica Parker.

So, we're totally with these three brides who fell all over themselves when they realised that the shoe specialist on hand during their dress fitting was none other than our favourite New Yorker.

Having launched a new shoe range for brides, Sarah Jessica treated the three overwhelmed brides-to-be to their very own Cinderella moment as she crouched in front of them and lovingly matched the perfect heel to their chosen gown.

Ladies, just imagine!

 

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With six full seasons – and two movies to boot – of Carrie Bradshaw's romantic antics, we can't imagine anyone else in the key Sex And The City roles.

Take Mr. Big, for example. No-one else but Chris Noth could have charmed Carrie with that smile as she dropped an entire handbag full of condoms onto the ground, we're sure of it.

But if things had gone a little differently, Carrie's main squeeze could have been played by someone else entirely. SATC's creator Darren Starr revealed in an interview this week that he had someone entirely different in mind for the role.

"I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially," Darren admitted, adding that he didn't know much about Chris Noth before meeting him for his first audition. 

"I don’t really watch Law & Order [Chris's main show prior to SATC], but I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect.

"I remember the first table read, how good he was. I’m not saying that Chris was Mr. Big, but he brought a lot of his own persona to the role."

Abso-f***in'-lutely, he did.

But it's not just Big who could have been played by a very different face – Darren revealed he had another actor in mind for the role of Aidan too.

"We initially were thinking about Aidan Quinn for Aidan, but I think he wasn’t available. 

"I loved John Corbett [the actor who eventually went on to play Aidan] in Northern Exposure, and we were like, ‘Well, what’s John Corbett been up to?’

"He just had the laconic, dudish vibe. But we kept ‘Aidan’ because we loved the name."

Okay, Alec Baldwin we can *just* about get over, but someone else in the role of Aidan? No. JUST NO.

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